NFL Notes: Odell Beckham Jr, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Draft

     

Odell Beckham Jr

  • Giants owner John Mara tried to clarify his prior remarks regarding Odell Beckham Jr, but still left the door open for a potential trade: “I don’t know how much more clearly I can say it: I don’t want (Odell) to be traded. I want him to be a Giant. But I can’t sit here and say it’s 100 percent guarantee that will happen. I can’t say that about any player.” (Tom Rock)
  • Mara when asked why they don’t just squash the trade rumors regarding Odell said: “There’s no harm in having people call you.” (Tom Rock)
  • Mara did, however, say that the noise about a potential Beckham trade is “unequivocally” louder on the outside than it is within the team and within the league. (Tom Rock)
  • Mara added that conversations between teams happen all the time that ultimately result in nothing.
  • Mara later said that the no player on the Giants is guaranteed a spot on the 2018 team “except maybe Nate Solder because we couldn’t afford the appreciation (on his four-year, $62M contract).” (Ralph Vacchiano)

Sam Darnold & Josh Rosen

Former UCLA HC Jim Mora believes that the Browns should select USC QB Sam Darnold over UCLA QB Josh Rosen, who played under Mora the past three years, and explained that he feels Darnold is simply a “better fit” for Cleveland.

Because of fit, I would take Sam Darnold if I were the Cleveland Browns,” Mora said. “I think [he has] that blue-collar, gritty attitude. I think his teammates will love him. I think the city will love him. He’ll say the right things. He’ll come in and represent well. I think he kind of represents what Cleveland is. And then if I was one of the New York teams, I’d take Josh like that. I think they’re both going to be great pros.”

Draft

  • Washington DT Vita Vea has pre-draft visits lined up with the Cowboys, Buccaneers, Washington, Chargers, Giants, Bengals, Broncos, and Browns. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Steelers HC Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert are scheduled to have dinner with LSU RB Darrius Guice next week. (Jeremy Fowler)
  • The Dolphins sent RBs coach Eric Studesville to Georgia’s Pro Day to get the best possible evaluations of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. (Armando Salguero)
  • Florida State DE/OLB Josh Sweat will have a pre-draft visit with the Giants. (Dan Duggan)
  • The Jaguars met at length with Virginia WR Andre Levrone at his Pro Day. (Mike Kaye)
  • Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith has dinner meetings scheduled with the Eagles and Colts before his Pro Day on Tuesday. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Marshall S C.J. Reavis has a top 30 visit lined up with the Chiefs on April 4th. (Aaron Wilson)