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NFL Notes: Draft, Buccaneers, Falcons, Lions & Rams


  • Gil Brandt said on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio that Oregon DL Arik Armstead has decided against attending the NFL Draft festivities in Chicago.
  • Jason La Canfora reports that he continues to hear that the Jaguars, Raiders, and Redskins are “very open” to trading down.
  • Canfora adds that it is not totally certain that the Titans hold onto the No. 2 overall pick.
  • According to Ian Rapoport, Missouri DE Shane Ray will not require surgery on his injured foot, and that an orthotic will solve the issue.
  • Dane Brugler believes that Baylor QB Bryce Petty is likely to be selected in the early portion of the second round, and that he would not be surprised to see Petty drafted late in the first round.


  • Peter King writes that the Buccaneers haven’t received any offers that would make them consider trading the No. 1 overall pick.


  • HC Dan Quinn said on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio that Shane Ray is “absolutely” on the Falcons’ draft board, despite his recent citation for marijuana possession.

Yeah, absolutely.  As we’re going through the process we felt good about him,” said Quinn, via D. Orlando Ledbetter. “I think he had a setback.  It was hard, and hopefully one that, like I said, he learns from and can move on from.”


  • According to Jason La Canfora, the Lions are making “lots” of calls about trading down from No. 23 overall to obtain more draft picks.


  • HC Jeff Fisher said it is “very possible” that the Rams draft an edge-rusher with the No. 10 overall pick. (Jim Thomas)
  • Despite admitting that the team remains in contact with free agent OT Joe Barksdale, Fisher still “feels good” about the current state of the Rams’ offensive line. (Howard Balzer)


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