NFL Rumors: Jaylon Smith, Draft, Browns, Colts, & Cowboys


Jaylon Smith

Jeff Legwold and Adam Schefter report that multiple teams are skeptical about Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith‘s recovery from a torn ACL and LCL after medical exams drew concerns over possible nerve damage.

Multiple teams have reportedly decided to fail Smith’s physical exam, while three teams already said they will not draft him.

  • Darren Rovell reports that Smith’s $5 million loss of value insurance policy will pay him $700,000 tax free if he falls out of the first round and another $100,000 for each pick he drops thereafter.
  • According to Tony Pauline of, there was a glum mood and a lot of sadness for Smith from the scouts and coaches on hand with one source saying: “I felt like crying for the kid.”
  • Pauline adds that there are a number of teams who think Smith could fall into the final day of the draft, due to this injury.


  • Ohio State S Vonn Bell and Clemson S T.J Green said they will both have a formal interview with the Chiefs at some point this weekend. (Terez A. Paylor)
  • Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland said he will have a formal interview with the Packers on Saturday. (Ryan Woods)
  • According to Tom Pelissero, one wide receivers coach compared Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell to Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.
  • Tony Pauline of reports that a number of NFL teams believe MSU OT Jack Conklin could end up being a top-15 pick after his Combine workout.
  • Another player who impressed at the Combine, according to Pauline, was Texas Tech OT Le’Raven Clark, who could now be a second-round selection.
  • Pauline adds that Wisconsin QB Joel Stave will likely end up being a late-round pick based on teams liking his 6-foot-5 1/2, 235-pound frame and arm strength.


  • In regards to another Browns’ free agent, S Tashaun Gipson, Pauline mentions that he’ll likely have a “big market” and secure a large contract when all is said and done.



Cowboys owner Jerry Jones mentioned that he expects Tony Romo to be their starting quarterback for the next four to five years.

The one unequivocal fact about the lead up to this draft is that I believe Tony Romo will be our QB for 4-5 more years,” said Jones, via David Helman.

  • Jones went on to say that he is unsure of what the Cowboys will do with the No. 4 overall pick, and added that they will consider all options. (David Helman)

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