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NFL Notes: Draft, Broncos, Colts, Panthers, & Ravens


  • Joel Erickson reports that Vanderbilt edge rusher Stephen Weatherly visited the Saints a couple of weeks ago.


  • According to Troy Renck, the idea of the Broncos taking quarterback in first three rounds is “real.”
  • Renck mentions that Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has size, but also slow feet and accuracy issues.
  • Renck adds that there are a number of quarterbacks who make sense for the Broncos in the middle rounds including: Dak Prescott, Jeff Driskel, and Kevin Hogan.


Mike Wells doesn’t see the Colts moving back in round one to secure more draft picks, even though they do have a number of roster spots to address.

Grigson recently addressed the idea of trading back.

“I don’t think you (trade back) just to hoard more picks,” Grigson said. “I just think that wouldn’t be wise. I think we’ve moved up and moved back in every draft pretty much, so I think if the opportunity is there and there is a player we really like, quote, unquote ‘really like,’ then we’ll be aggressive if we can be.

“Like I said, we’ve got to make these picks count. There’s always picks — I’ve never tried to trade a pick like five years from now but maybe, you never know.


  • Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wonders if the Panthers could have recouped a draft pick in return for CB Josh Norman, given the contract he eventually signed with the Redskins.
  • Carolina is now in position to secure a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, so they would likely have been seeking a pick higher than the end of round three.


  • Jamison Hensley believes there’s a 10 percent chance of FSU Jalen Ramsey being available to the Ravens at No. 6 overall and a 60 percent that Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil is there.
  • Hensley writes that odds are against either TE Dennis Pitta or RB Trent Richardson making the team.
    Even so, Hensley seems to think Richardson has the better chance of securing a roster spot.

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