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NFL Notes: Draft, 49ers, Eagles, Raiders, & Titans

Draft

  • Sources tell Lance Zierlein of NFL.com that Florida LB Dante Fowler Jr. will end up being better in the pros.
  • Scouts still aren’t sure what position is best for Washington’s Shaq Thompson.

“He was 219 pounds when I visited late in the season,” Zierlein’s source said of Thompson. “I’m concerned about whether he will be able to keep enough weight on to be a 4-3 WILL. Until I see him actually play deep as a safety, I’m not sure that is a projection I’m comfortable making.

  • An NFC East scout believes Clemson LB Vic Beasley would be better suited as a Will or SAM linebacker, than as a 3-4 edge rusher.
  • An NFC East regional scout referred to Kentucky LB Bud Dupree as a “pure see ’em, get ’em 3-4 rush end.”

On a separate draft-related topic, Tennessee LB A.J. Johnson has been indicted in a rape investigation. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

49ers

Eagles

  • Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com writes that the Eagles should consider signing ILB Mychal Kendricks to a contract extension this offseason.
  • Kapadia wouldn’t be surprised to see the Eagles address the inside linebacker position in the early rounds of the draft.

Raiders

  • New Raiders HC Jack Del Rio told reporters that Latavius Murray‘s size and speed makes him “candidate” to be the team’s No. 1 running back next year. (Vic Tafur)
  • Del Rio did say that Murray still needs to work on his awareness and football IQ.
  • Del Rio added that he still believes veteran RB Maurice Jones-Drew still has something left to offer, but they’ll have to figure out just how much. (Vic Tafur)

Titans

  • Paul Kuharsky of ESPN takes a look at some notable free agents that the Titans should avoid this offseason.
  • Kuharsky rules out the need for a tight end such as Julius Thomas of the Broncos, based on the play of Delanie Walker and their other roster needs.
  • Bills DE/OLB Jerry Hughes may not be a fit based on the fact that most of success as come as a 4-3 defensive end and the Titans employ a 3-4 base defense.
  • Kuharsky also lists Eagles OLB Brandon Graham and Panthers DE Greg Hardy as other players worth passing on for Tennessee.