NFL Notes: Draft, Jameis Winston, & Patriots


  • Lance Zierlein of mentions that TCU LB Paul Dawson’s Combine performance have thrown a “monkey wrench” in his draft stock, as teams won’t spend a premium pick on a linebacker who posted a 4.95 40 time.
  • Washington LB Shaq Thompson posted forty-yard dash times of 4.72 and 4.69 at the Combine, which some have mentioned could prevent him from playing safety at the next level.

Jameis Winston

Albert Breer reports that the Cowboys‘ doctor was the one who placed the request to have an electromyography on FSU QB Jameis Winston’s shoulder.

Doctors later told teams that Winston’s shoulder is “not an issue.”

According to Breer, this condition is common and tends up show up in baseball players who’ve pitched for more than a decade. Overall, it’s considered basic wear-and-tear.

Breer hasn’t found a single team that’s concerned about Winston’s shoulder.


  • Mike Reiss of ESPN writes that this year’s weak safety draft class and a veteran free-agent crop leaves Patriots free agent S Devin McCourty in a good spot. According to Reiss, worst-case scenario for McCourty is that he’ll receive the Pats franchise tag.
  • Reiss mentions that Greg Schiano has also been “hanging close” with Patriots HC Bill Belichick and could possibly take on a more formal role at some point.
  • While nothing is imminent, Reiss points out that the Patriots could take a loot at LB Jerod Mayo‘s $10.2 million salary-cap charge as an area for salary cap relief.

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