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NFL Notes: 49ers, Jets, Raiders, Rams, & Titans

49ers

  • Paul Gutierrez writes that the 49ers are in a unique position in that at No. 15, given that they have the luxury of drafting for need rather than taking the best player available.
  • Gutierrez doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of the 49ers moving up for Alabama WR Amari Cooper.
  • According to Gutierrez, veteran LB Lance Briggs remains a free agent worth keeping an eye on the coming weeks for San Francisco.

Jets

  • Rich Cimini of ESPN believes the Jets would pass on taking Nebraska DE Randy Gregory, due to multiple failed drug tests.
  • Cimini has a hard time believing the Jets will use their No. 6 overall pick on an interior lineman such as Iowa’s Brandon Scherff.
  • Cimini does not expect the Jets to trade up for DL Leonard Williams, even if he falls to the third pick in the draft.
  • According to Cimini, the Jets remain interested in free agent RB Stevan Ridley, but are willing to wait until after the draft to sign him.

Raiders

Rams

  • Nick Wagoner writes that although the Rams have shown interest in free agent C Stefen Wisniewski, it appears as though their interest has waned as of late.
  • According to Wagoner, the Rams have shown interest in a number of the top offensive line prospects including: Andrus Peat, Jamon Brown, Ereck Flowers and T.J. Clemmings.
  • Wagoner wouldn’t be surprised if Brandon Scherff was eventually added to that list.
  • According to Wagoner, the Rams have shown interest in a number of the top offensive line prospects including: Andrus Peat, Jamon Brown, Ereck Flowers and T.J. Clemmings.
  • Wagoner wouldn’t be surprised if Brandon Scherff was eventually added to that list. 
  • Wagoner admits that there is still time for the Rams to re-sign OT Joe Barksdale or sign a free agent like G Justin Blalock.
  • As for Rams free agent OT Jake Long, Wagoner doesn’t expect any teams to show interest in him until he has shown his knee is healthy.

Ravens

  • Jamison Hensley of ESPN expects G Marshal Yanda to be the first Ravens player to receive an extension, followed by CB Jimmy Smith and K Justin Tucker.
  • According to Hensley, Smith and Tucker are both looking for a “big” payday.
  • Hensley anticipates the Ravens signing Yanda to a four-year, $30 million contract at some point. Although, he isn’t unsure of when a deal will be reached.
  • Hensley mentions G Kelechi Osemele, NT Brandon Williams and DT Timmy Jernigan as players in position to have breakout seasons in 2015.
  • Hensley rules out the Ravens drafting East Carolina WR Justin Hardy, due to owner Steve Bisciotti saying the team is looking to draft speedy receivers that can, “take the top off defenses.”
  • For small school players, Hensley mentions the following people to keep an eye on: Northern Iowa RB David Johnson, Samford S Jaquiski Tartt, Southern Illinois TE Mycole Pruitt, Harvard OLB Zack Hodges, and Towson DE Ryan Delaire.
  • Hensley expects second-year DE Brent Urban to get a shot at starting in 2015.

Titans

  • Paul Kuharsky of ESPN does not see the Titans using their second-round pick on a running back, due to the presence of RB Bishop Sankey.
  • Kuharsky believes there is a possibility the Titans trade down from the No. 2 pick if there is not a consensus belief that DT Leonard Williams is the best player available.
  • Kuharsky mentions drafting a quarterback at No. 2 could buy the coaching staff an extra year, if their jobs are in fact in jeopardy.