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NFL Notes: Draft, Bears, Browns, Chargers

Draft

  • Panthers HC Ron Rivera attended Stanford’s Pro Day, while the team is scheduled to meet with Stanford DE Solomon Thomas Thursday night. (Jason Cole)
  • In addition, Bengals coaches ran drills with Thomas and they also worked out Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel at his school’s Pro Day. (Katherine Terrell)
  • Buccaneers DBs coach Jon Hoke worked out Washington S Budda Baker on Wednesday and he has worked out for six other teams so far. (Jenna Laine)
  • According to Greg Auman, the Buccaneers will have a second meeting with Cincinnati LB Eric Wilson at his Pro Day.
  • Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and HC Bruce Arians attended Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes‘ Pro Day workout on Thursday. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Pittsburgh QB Nate Peterman said he will have private workouts for the Bills and Steelers after his April 4 appearance on Jon Gruden’s Quarterbacks Camp, per Alex Marvez.

Bears

  • Adam Schefter has a hard time seeing the Bears selecting a quarterback early in the 2017 NFL Draft after acquiring QBs Mark Sanchez and Mike Glennon.
  • Schefter expects the Bears’ depth chart to look like Glennon, Sanchez, David Fales, and Connor Shaw.
  • For what it’s worth, the Bears are expected to bring in Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer for a private workout at some point this week. (Brad Biggs)

Browns

Browns Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas mentioned during an interview on 92.3 The Fan that he believes UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky is the best fit for Cleveland or any other team.

“I know that Mitchell Trubisky is probably the guy that has the most upside potential in a pro-style offense in the NFL, and I don’t see those other guys as obvious fits in NFL offenses,” Thomas said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “So if you’re going to take a guy, he might be your guy you want to take.

“With that being said, I think he’s only started for a year, so he’s got a lot of improvement to make before he is ready to be the starting quarterback.”

Chargers

The Chargers have been doing a lot of work on quarterback prospects in recent days, which implies they could bring someone in to develop as a long-term option to take over for Philip Rivers.

Rivers mentioned in an interview with KLSD-AM that he isn’t surprised by the Chargers’ interest in some young prospects and believes it may end up being a good thing for him in the end.

I think it’s to be expected they’re going to get a young guy in the room to try and develop him and groom him,” Rivers said, via ESPN.com. “It doesn’t by any means really affect me. I think it’s healthy for me. … This thing doesn’t last forever. I have to get to playing better and keep this thing going as long as you can.

“As long as I do that, then whoever it is they bring in here, they’re going to sit for a while.”