NFL Notes: Draft, Roger Goodell, Colts & Packers


An AFC scout tells Lance Zierlein of that doesn’t think the Will Fuller comparison for Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook is all that accurate.

“I’ve heard other scouts compare him to Will Fuller, but that’s just too much in my opinion,” the scout said. “Fuller’s football speed was off the charts. Fuller would get his separation on speed alone, but I think Westbrook is helped out a little bit by the offense Oklahoma runs. I like him, but I don’t ‘Will Fuller like him.‘”

Zierlein believes Westbrook could end up being a second- or third-round pick based on potential. However, the recent reports that he was previously arrested for domestic violence back in 2012 and 2013 could end up having a major impact on his draft status.

  • Matt Miller reports that Miami QB Brad Kaaya is “leaning” toward declaring for the draft but nothing is final as of now.

Roger Goodell

  • Roger Goodell mentioned Wednesday that he has spoken with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and has expressed interest in extending the current CBA beyond 2020. (Bob Glauber)
  • Goodell confirmed the reports that the 2017 salary cap will grow by more than $10 million. (Jason Cole)


  • Colts owner Jim Irsay tells Ian Rapoport that QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) that there is “no plan for surgery, certainly not on his throwing shoulder.”


Packers RB Eddie Lacy mentioned that he’s hoping to re-sign with the Packers next year but admitted: “Honestly, I have no idea how any of that works.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN writes that the season-ending ankle injury could actually help Lacy’s chances of returning to the team next year if he’s willing to sign a short-term, prove-it contract. Demovsky suggests a similar contract to the two-year, $6 million contract James Starks signed with the Packers this past offseason.

Lacy also confirmed that he expects to resume the training he did last year and take part in a P90X program.

  • Packers HC Mike McCarthy announced Thursday that RB James Starks is in the concussion protocol after he was involved in a car accident on Monday. (Ryan Wood)

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