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2020 NFL Draft Recap: NFC North

Green Bay Packers Notable picks: Deguara showed patience setting up his routes, good hand-eye coordination and improved blocking skills in 2019. While not a burner, he plays fast and brings toughness to the table. He was a solid kickoff cover guy early in his Bearcats career.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (26) Jordan Love6’3 224
QB-Utah State
35/2nd Round Love’s playing style (VIDEO) has some similarities to starting QB Aaron Rodgers. Using his eyes with more effectiveness to maneuver defenders should be on the top of his to-do list.
2 (62) A.J. Dillon6’1 247
RB-Boston College
64/2nd RoundDillon’s physical prowess is defined by upper and lower body power. He is patient when following his pullers on power schemes (either inside or outside). Can he be a factor in pass protection? Will he even need to be with Aaron Jones in the mix?
3 (94) Josiah Deguara6’2 245
TE/H-back-Cincinnati
136/3rd RoundAt the prep level, Deguara caught 24 TDs as a senior. This past season, he led the Bearcats with 7 receiving TDs as a flex/H-back option. He improved every year as an on the move blocker.
5 (175)Kamal Martin6’3 240
LB-Minnesota
423/5th RoundThe former all-state QB makes up for a relatively high playing disposition with good feet. Eliminating some of the wasted motion gives him a better chance to earn a spot as a special team contributor/backup.
6 (208)Jake Hanson6’4 303
OC-Oregon
454/6th RoundHanson -a former DL with aggression- started 48 games in school. He was an effective communicator in the pre-snap when it came to line games and potential twists. Can snap-and-pull in confined areas.
6 (209)Simon Stepaniak6’4 321
OG-Indiana
434/6th RoundStepaniak-who carries 10 3/8″ hands- was a 31-game starter in school and grappler at the OG spot.
7 (236)Vernon Scott6’2 205
DB-TCU
N/AScott made a statement about his film study when he recognized a bunch formation against Oklahoma on his lone career interception returned for a score. His tackling has been hit-or-miss (see Texas ’19).
Dillon (No. 2 pictured) powered his way behind a stout offensive line for three years. Boston College finished eighth nationally in rushing yards per game in 2019.
7 (242)

Jonathan Garvin

6’4 263
DE-OLB-Miami (Fla.)
219/
4th
Round
The smooth DE gained nearly 45 pounds in school and it didn’t really rob him of much short-area burst. He slips offensive tackles and defeats blockers in the run game, but he has to generate a go-to move to win in the NFL.
Chicago Bears Notable Pick: The selection of Kmet means the Bears can now use a number of two tight end formations with both he and free agent signee Jimmy Graham. It is a clear sign that the team is intent on attacking the middle of the field in 2020.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
2 (43)Cole Kmet6’6 262
TE-Notre Dame
53/2nd Round The former left-handed closer on the baseball team handled multiple roles for the Fighting Irish. He can be effective on the move as an H-back or in-line as a tight end.
2 (50) Jaylon Johnson6’0 195
CB-Utah
73/2nd Round Johnson finished his career with seven interceptions (165 yards, 2 TDs) and 21 pass breakups.
5 (155)Trevis Gipson6’3 259
DE-Tulsa
128/3rd
Round
Gipson’s ability to play the run from the four-technique position often took away pass rush opportunities. In that facet (pass rushing), he has to become a better bender overall.
5 (163) Kindle Vildor5’10 191
CB-Georgia Southern
54/2nd RoundVildor was a team leader and excellent tackler while at Georgia Southern. He impressed in the postseason with 4.44 speed and an 11’1″ broad jump.
5 (173) Darnell Mooney5’10 176
WR-Tulane
295/4th RoundMooney has the skill-set to run routes outside the numbers or in the slot. He has very good run after the catch skill.
7 (226)Arlington Hambright6’4 307
OL-Colorado, Oklahoma State
161/3rd RoundHambright impressed protecting the blindside for quarterback Steven Montez as a senior in 2019 but largely was unavailable for Oklahoma State in 2018 due to a high ankle sprain.
7 (227)Lachavious Simmons6’5 290
OT-Tennessee State
N/ASimmons’ aggressiveness getting off the ball as a left guard overcame the occasional balance issue. the first-team All-OVC selection has seen time at LG, RG and LT.
Minnesota Vikings Notable pick: The number of picks could be considered what is notable. One pick of particular interest, however, is Metullus. During the pre-draft process, he seemed to go largely undervalued and the Vikings have traditionally struck gold with late round or free agent pickups after draft.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (22)
Justin Jefferson
6’1 202
WR-LSU
32/2nd Round Jefferson was already a good player in 2018, but his confidence soared in 2019. He enters the NFL believing no one can guard him in one-on-one situations.
1 (31)Jeff Gladney

5’10 191
CB-TCU
55/2nd Round Gladney’s competitiveness made him a fiery contributor for a Gary Patterson defense that requires a lot of man coverage from its cornerbacks. The Horned Frogs led the Big 12 in pass defense in each of the last three seasons. Gladney was a big reason why.
2 (58)Ezra Cleveland
6’6 300
OT-Boise State
88/2nd Round Cleveland is smooth, experienced and efficient with his footwork in pass protection. Can he maintain a consistent lockout? The former high school wrestler enjoys tying up defenders, but needs to improve his initial pop as a run blocker.
3 (89)Cameron Dantzler
6’2 188
CB-Mississippi State
90/3rd Round Dantzler’s workouts didn’t reflect his instincts, timing and willingness to tackle. In Minnesota, the team will challenge him to trust his technique and he should be able to earn a role in nickel and dime packages as a rookie.
4 (117)D.J. Wonnum
6’5 258
DE-South Carolina
252/4th Round After a breakout sophomore campaign, Wonnum’s sack production diminished in 2018 due to injury (ankle). He began to regain his form in 2019.
4 (130)James Lynch
6’4 289
DL-Baylor
57/2nd Round
The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year played up-and-down the Bears defensive front in school. Lynch finished his career with 33.5 TFLs, 7 PBUs and three blocked kicks.
4 (132)Troy Dye
6’3 231
LB-Baylor
129/3rd Round
Dye’s teammates voted him the team’s defensive MVP as a rookie and it was a sign of things to come. Although angular by nature, Dye has unique eye speed, flexibility and field speed.
5 (169)
Harrison Hand
5’11 197
CB-Temple, Baylor
218/4th Round
Hand has good size, toughness and footwork. Technically, he is a work in progress (see UCF ’19). With that said, he brings capability in either man or zone coverage.

5 (176)
K.J. Osborn

6’0 205
WR-Miami (Fla.), Buffalo
246/4th Round
Osborn was arguably the Bulls best receiver in 2018 despite the presence of All-MAC receiver Anthony Johnson. The narrative largely remained the same at Miami (Fla.) as a grad transfer after the disappearing act of Jeff Thomas.
6 (203)
Blake Brandel
6’6 302
OT-Oregon State
529/6th Round
Brandel -a 48-game starter in school at both tackle spots- made most of his starts on the left side of the line (39). He has 10 3/8″ hands, 33 1/4″ arms and an 80 1/8″ wingspan.
6 (205)
Josh Metullus
5’11 210
S-Michigan
153/3rd Round
Metullus -a 38-game starter in school- is smart, communicates well and can get off of the hash marks. Michigan challenges all of its defensive backs in man coverage. He has shown aggressiveness as a tackler.
Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes, pictured, finished his career with 26.5 quarterback sacks and 51 tackles for loss.
7 (225)
Kenny Willekes
6’4 264
DE-Michigan State
104/3rd RoundWillekes -the 2019 Burlsworth Trophy Award winner- was the rare dominant former walk-on. He plays low enough, handles tight ends in the run game and times his snap count reactions. Will his leverage allow him to overcome his length deficiencies?
7 (244)
Nate Stanley
6’4 231
QB-Iowa
132/3rd Round
Stanley has all of the physical tools, but his work in the pre-snap phase of the game identifying fronts often allowed him to make checks at the line of scrimmage in the run game. He may have helped himself by playing in a postseason all-star game.
7 (249)
Brian Cole II
6’2 213
S-Mississippi State, Michigan
181/4th Round
Cole II -a one-year starter- timed his blitzes (off the slot or from the edge), covered the slot and played a LB-type position for DC Bob Shoop and the Bulldogs. The former WR also returned kicks in school.
7 (253)
Kyle Hinton
6’2 296
OG-Washburn
616/7th Round
Hinton’s Pro Day performance (4.9 40-yd, 34 1/2″ VJ) subsidized a decent showing during the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. During school, he showed the ability to get out and hit the occasional moving target.
Detroit Lions  Notable pick: The Lions have been searching for a Top 10 running back it seems like for the entire Matthew Stafford-era in Detroit. Can Swift be more than just a change of pace for Kerryon Johnson? If so, their running game could become a team strength as opposed to question mark.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (3) Jeff Okudah6’1 205
CB-Ohio State
11/1st RoundOkudah will be challenged in man-to-man coverage and that should fit his skill-set. The former high school safety brings an assertive nature similar to the last Lions cornerback taken in the Top 5 in the first round, Bryant Westbrook (1997 NFL Draft).
2 (35) D’Andre Swift5’8 212
RB-Georgia
7/1st RoundSwift has been afforded the luxury of being in a rotation during his career and this should remain the case in Detroit. An underrated receiver with outstanding peripheral vision as a runner, Swift’s only big knock was the occasional nick during school.
3 (67) Julian Okwara6’4 252
DE-OLB
Notre Dame
186/4th RoundOkwara stood up, played both DE spots in school and even dropped into coverage effectively out of a two-point stance (see Michigan ’18). He has contributed effectively on the field goal block team.
3 (75)Jonah Jackson6’3 306
OG-Ohio State, Rutgers
225/4th RoundJackson has started at right guard, center and left guard. Before arriving at Ohio State, he was a team captain at Rutgers. The criminal justice major plays with heavy hands and takes good angles in the run game, particularly on combination blocks.
4 (121)Logan Stenberg 6’6 317
OG-Kentucky
110/4th RoundStenberg -despite his height- latches LBs on the second level. He runs his feet on angle blocks and uses a solid skip-pull technique in confined areas. He has starting potential.
5 (166) Quintez Cephus6’1 202
WR-Wisconsin
130/3rd RoundCephus overcomes small hands with confidence catching the ball, solid weight distribution and suddenness. We feel he has room to grow in either the slot or on the outside.
5 (172) Jason Huntley5’8 182
All-purpose-New Mexico State
385/5th Round Electricity is the name of the game for Huntley in both the return game and as an all-purpose specialist. He can become even more effective with less touches, as he was in 2017 while playing with Larry Rose III.
6 (197) John Penisini6’2 318
DT-Utah
425/5th Round Strong DL capable of slanting and spiking. The former Ute is satisfactory holding the point vs. double teams.
7 (235)Jason Cornell6’3 284 (E)
DL-Ohio State
N/ACornell enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 with 4 QB sacks and 6.5 TFLs. He has played both DE and DT in school, and stood out in the 2019 CFP national semifinal.
Detroit Lions second-round pick D’Andre Swift averaged 6.6 yards per carry during his career at Georgia.

2020 NFL Free Agency: Team-by-team signings, live updates

The 2020 NFL Free Agency period is upon us and here is a list of all of the free agent signings. This is a live document, so feel free to check out any of your team’s latest signings day-to-day. Bold and italicized players have already agreed to terms with their respective teams or are heading elsewhere.

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive free agents

QB Jameis Winston
QB Blaine Gabbert (re-signed)
RB Peyton Barber (agreed to terms with Redskins)

WR Breshad Perriman (agreed to terms with Jets)
RT Demar Dotson
T Jerald Hawkins
T Josh Wells
G Earl Watford
G Michael Liedtke (RFA)
TE Tanner Hudson (ERFA) re-negotiated contract
TE Antony Auclair (re-signed)
WR Bryant Mitchell (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches (re-signed)
DT Ndamukong Suh (re-signed)
LB Shaquil Barrett (franchised)
OLB Carl Nassib (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Kevin Minter (re-signed)
LB Jason Pierre-Paul (re-signed)
OLB Sam Acho
S Andrew Adams (re-signed)
S Darian Stewart
CB Orion Stewart (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on DE Shaquil Barrett, re-signed OLB/DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year deal, re-negotiated TE Tanner Hudson’s contract
  • Agreed to terms with QB Tom Brady (Patriots), G Joe Haeg (Colts)
  • Re-signed WR Bryant Mitchell, DE Rakeem Nunez-Roaches, ILB Kevin Minter, S Andrew Adams, DT Ndamukong Suh, CB Ryan Smith, QB Blaine Gabbert
  • Lost OLB Carl Nassib (Raiders), DT Beau Allen (Patriots), RB Peyton Barber (Redskins), WR Breshad Perriman (Jets)
Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 61-percent of his passes a season ago for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive free agents

G John Wetzel (re-signed)
WR Justin Hardy
RB Kenjon Barner
FB Keith Smith (re-signed)
TE Austin Hooper (agreed to terms with Cleveland Browns)
QB Matt Simms
C Wes Schweitzer (agreed to terms with Washington)
RB Brian Hill (Original-Round Tender)
G Sean Harlow

The Falcons picked up former Los Angeles Rams and 2017 AP Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley (No. 30 pictured). Gurley has accounted for 70 career touchdowns, including 14 in 2019.

Defensive free agents

DE Vic Beasley (agreed to terms with Titans)
DT Jack Crawford (agreed to terms with Titans)
DE Adrian Clayborn (agreed to terms with Browns)
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
(re-signed)
SS Kemal Ishmael
DT Tyeler Davison (re-signed)
FS J.J. Wilcox
DE Steven Means (re-signed)
SS John Cyprien
CB Jamar Taylor
DE Ra’Shede Hageman
OLB De’Vondre Campbell (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
S Sharrod Neasman (re-signed)
DT Michael Bennett (RFA)

The Falcons acquired former Ravens first-round pick Hayden Hurst, who caught 30 passes for 349 yards (11.6 YPR) and 2 TDs in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for TE Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick
  • Re-signed DT Tyeler Davison to a three-year deal, OG John Wetzel, S Sharrod Neasman, FB Keith Smith, DE Steven Means, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (Rams), RB Todd Gurley II (Rams), WR Laquon Treadwell (Vikings), G Justin McCray (Browns), ILB LaRoy Reynolds (Bengals), LB Edmond Robinson (XFL)
  • Lost TE Austin Hooper (Browns), DE Vic Beasley (Titans), lost OL Wes Schweitzer (Redskins), DE Adrian Clayborn (Browns), DT Jack Crawford (Titans)
  • Released RB Devonta Freeman, CB Desmond Trufant (agreed to terms with Lions), OT Ty Sambrailo (Titans)

Carolina Panthers

Offensive free agents

TE Greg Olsen (signed with Seattle Seahawks)
RT Daryl Williams (agreed to terms with Bills)
WR Jarius Wright
WR Chris Hogan
G Greg Van Roten (agreed to terms with Jets)
WR DeAndrew White (re-signed)
TE Dillon Gordon
QB Kyle Allen (traded to Redskins)
G Brandon Greene
G Kitt O’Brien
TE Marcus Baugh (agreed to terms with Redskins)

Defensive free agents

DT Dontari Poe (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
DE Gerald McCoy
(agreed to terms with Cowboys)
OLB Mario Addison (agreed to terms with Bills)
OLB Bruce Irvin (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
CB Ross Cockrell
FS Tre Boston
DT Vernon Butler (agreed to terms with Bills)
DT Kyle Love
CB James Bradberry (agreed to terms with New York Giants)
DT Stacy McGee
CB Javien Elliott
CB Cole Luke (ERFA)

Former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (No. 24 pictured) agreed to terms with the New York Giants.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Kyle Allen to Redskins for 2020 fifth-round pick, OG Trai Turner for OT Russell Okung (Chargers)
  • Re-signed WR DeAndrew White
  • Agreed to terms with QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints), WR Seth Roberts (Ravens), DE Steven Weatherly (Vikings), CB Juston Burris (Browns), OG John Miller (Bengals), WR Keith Kirkwood (Saints), TE Seth DeValve (Jaguars), WR-KR Pharoh Cooper (Cardinals), OLB Tahir Whitehead (Raiders), QB P.J. Walker (XFL), WR Robby Anderson (Jets), DT Zach Kerr (Cardinals)
  • Lost TE Greg Olsen (Seahawks), CB James Bradberry (Giants), DE Mario Addison (Bills), DT Gerald McCoy (Cowboys), OLB Bruce Irvin (Seahawks), DT Vernon Butler (Bills), TE Marcus Baugh (Redskins), DT Dontari Poe (Cowboys), RT Daryl Williams (Bills)
  • Released S Eric Reid, QB Cam Newton

New Orleans Saints

Offensive free agents

QB Drew Brees (re-signed)
QB Teddy Bridgewater (agreed to terms with Panthers)
G Andrus Peat (re-signed)
FB Zach Line
RT Patrick Omameh
RB Dwayne Washington
G Cameron Tom (RFA)
WR Austin Carr (RFA)
QB Taysom Hill (placed a first-round tender)
WR Keith Kirkwood (ERFA) (agreed to terms with Panthers)

Defensive free agents

OLB A.J. Klein (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Eli Apple
CB P.J. Williams (re-signed)

SS Vonn Bell (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Johnson Bademosi
ILB Stephone Anthony
OLB Josh Martin
ILB Manti Te’o
FS D.J. Swearinger(re-signed)
DT David Onyemata (re-signed)
DE Noah Spence (re-signed)
CB Justin Hardee (re-signed)

SS J.T. Gray (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed a first-round tender on QB Taysom Hill, re-signed QB Drew Brees to a two-year deal, DT David Onyemata to a three-year deal, OL Andrus Peat to a five-year deal, CB Justin Hardee, FS D.J. Swearinger, DE Noah Spence, CB P.J. Williams
  • Lost QB Teddy Bridgewater (Panthers), OLB A.J. Klein (Bills), WR Keith Kirkwood (Panthers), SS Vonn Bell (Bengals)
  • Agreed to terms with LS Zach Wood on a four-year deal, S Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles), WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers), FB Michael Burton (Redskins)

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive free agents

G Rashod Hill (re-signed)
QB Sean Mannion (re-signed)
LT Dakota Dozier (re-signed)
RB Ameer Abdullah (re-signed)
C Brett Jones (re-signed)
WR Laquon Treadwell
(agreed to terms with Falcons)
FB C.J. Ham (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Everson Griffen
CB Trae Waynes (agreed to terms with Cincinnati)
SS Anthony Harris (franchise tagged)
SS Andrew Sendejo (agreed to terms with Cleveland)
CB Mackensie Alexander (agreed to terms with Cincinnati)
OLB Kentrell Brothers
S Jayron Kearse (agreed to terms with Lions)
DE Stephen Weatherly (agreed to terms with Panthers)

OLB Eric Wilson (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
CB Marcus Sherels

Special teams free agents

PK Dan Bailey (re-signed)

The Minnesota Vikings traded wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills after he posted career-highs in receiving yards (1,130) and yards per reception (17.9) in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
  • Re-signed QB Kirk Cousins to a two-year extension, RB C.J. Ham, P Britton Colquitt, K Dan Bailey, QB Sean Mannion, G Rashod Hill, C Brett Jones, LT Dakota Dozier, RB Ameer Abdullah
  • Placed the franchise tag on SS Anthony Harris, placed second round tender on OLB Eric Wilson
  • Agreed to terms with DT Michael Pierce (Ravens), WR Tajae Sharpe (Titans), DE Anthony Zettel (49ers)
  • Lost CB Trae Waynes (Bengals), CB Mackensie Alexander (Bengals), DE Stephen Weatherly (Panthers), DT Linval Joseph (Chargers), SS Andrew Sendejo (Browns), WR Laquon Treadwell (Falcons)
  • Released CB Xavier Rhodes (Colts), TE David Morgan

Detroit Lions

Offensive free agents

WR Jermaine Kearse
TE Logan Thomas (agreed to terms with Redskins)
G Graham Glasgow (agreed to terms with Denver)

RB J.D. McKissic (agreed to terms with Redskins)
QB Jeff Driskel (agreed to terms with Broncos)
OT Ricky Wagner (agreed to terms with Green Bay)

Defensive free agents

DT Damon Harrison
DT Mike Daniels
SS Tavon Wilson
CB Rashaan Melvin (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
DT A’Shawn Robinson
(agreed to terms with Rams)
S Miles Killebrew (re-signed)
DT Darius Kilgo
DE Jamie Meder
CB Michael Ford (ERFA)
CB Dee Virgin (ERFA)
LB Devon Kennard (agreed to terms with Cardinals)

Former Philadelphia Eagles OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai agreed to terms with the Lions on a five-year deal. He started 20 games for the Eagles in four seasons.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with QB Chase Daniel (Bears) on a three-year deal, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Eagles) on a five-year deal, LB Jamie Collins (Patriots), C Ted Karras (Patriots), DT Nick Williams (Bears), CB Desmond Trufant (Falcons), DT Danny Shelton (Patriots), S Jayron Kearse (Vikings), CB Tony McRae (Bengals), WR Geremy Davis (Chargers), ILB Reggie Ragland (Chiefs), OLB Elijah Lee (49ers), WR Geronimo Allison (Packers)
  • Re-signed S Miles Killebrew, WR Danny Amendola, T Oday Aboushi
  • Lost OG Graham Glasgow (Broncos), OT Ricky Wagner (Packers), OLB Devon Kennard (Cardinals), RB JD McKissic (Redskins), QB Jeff Driskel (Broncos), DT A’shawn Robinson (Rams), TE Logan Thomas (Redskins), CB Rashaan Melvin (Jaguars)
  • Team acquired S Duron Harmon from the Patriots, traded CB Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick

Green Bay Packers

Offensive free agents

OT Bryan Bulaga (agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers)
RT Jared Veldheer
WR Geronimo Allison (agreed to terms with Lions)
TE Marcedes Lewis (re-signed)
WR Ryan Grant
FB Dan Vitale (agreed to terms with New England)
FB Malcolm Johnson (RFA)
TE Robert Tonyan, Jr. (ERFA)
WR Jake Kumerow (ERFA)
G John Leglue (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Tramon Williams
OLB Kyler Fackrell (agreed to terms with the Giants)
ILB B.J. Goodson (agreed to terms with the Browns)
SS Ibraheim Campbell
ILB Blake Martinez (agreed to terms with the Giants)
CB Chandon Sullivan (ERFA)
DE Tyler Lancaster (ERFA)
FS Will Redmond (ERFA) (re-signed)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Agreed to terms with LB Christian Kirksey (Browns), OT Ricky Wagner (Lions), WR Devin Funchess (Colts)
  • Re-signed TE Marcedes Lewis, FS Will Redmond
  • Lost OT Bryan Bulaga (Chargers), TE Jimmy Graham (Bears), ILB Blake Martinez (Giants), OLB Kyler Fackrell (Giants), LB BJ Goodson (Browns), FB Dan Vitale (Patriots), WR Geronimo Allison (Lions)

Chicago Bears

Offensive free agents

WR Taylor Gabriel
QB Chase Daniel (agreed to terms with Lions)
TE Bradley Sowell
G Ted Larsen
LT Cornelius Lucas (agreed to terms with Redskins)
RT T.J. Clemmings
RT Rashaad Coward
TE J.P. Holtz

Defensive free agents

CB Prince Amukamara
ILB Danny Trevathan (re-signed)
FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
S Sherrick McManis
OLB Aaron Lynch, OLB Devante Bond
DT Nick Williams (agreed to terms with Lions)
OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DE Brent Urban (re-signed)
S DeAndre Houston-Carson (re-signed)
ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (agreed to terms with Raiders)
S Deon Bush (re-signed)
DT Roy Robertson-Harris (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
LB Isaiah Irving

Nick Foles under center for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bears acquired former Jaguars QB Nick Foles, who is 26-22 in his career as a starter.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with TE Jimmy Graham (Packers) to a two-year deal, TE Demetrius Harris (Browns), DE Robert Quinn (Cowboys) on a five-year deal, CB Artie Burns (Steelers), S Jordan Lucas (Chiefs), OLB Barkevious Mingo (Texans), RT Germain Ifedi (Seahawks)
  • Re-signed S Deon Bush, ILB Danny Trevathan, DE Brent Urban, S DeAndre Houston-Carson
  • Placed a second-round tender on DT Roy Robertson-Harris
  • Released former first-round pick OLB Leonard Floyd (Rams), lost QB Chase Daniel (Lions), DT Nick Williams (Lions), OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Redskins), ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (Raiders), LT Cornelius Lucas (Redskins), FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (Cowboys)
  • Team traded a 2020 fourth-round pick for QB Nick Foles (Jaguars)

NFC East

Washington Redskins

Offensive free agents

TE Jordan Reed
WR Paul Richardson
G Brandon Scherff
TE Vernon Davis (retired)
RB Chris Thompson
QB Case Keenum (agreed to terms with Browns)
G Ereck Flowers (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
QB Colt McCoy (agreed to terms with Giants)
RT Donald Penn
C Tony Bergstrom
FB Michael Burton (agreed to terms with Saints)
RB Wendell Smallwood
TE Jerome Cunningham (RFA)
QB Josh Woodrum (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Josh Norman (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
ILB Jon Bostic (re-signed)
CB Aaron Colvin
DE Nate Orchard (re-signed)
SS Kenny Ladler
DE Treyvon Hester
DE Chris Odom
DE Caleb Brantley (re-signed)
DE Myles Humphrey

Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller (No. 23 pictured) is returning to the team that drafted him in the third round (84th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Traded CB Quinton Dunbar to Seahawks for 2020 fifth-round pick, acquired QB Kyle Allen from Panthers for 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Agreed to terms with CB Kendall Fuller (Chiefs), OL Wes Schweitzer (Falcons), LB Thomas Davis (Chargers), OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Bears), S Sean Davis (Steelers), RB JD McKissic (Lions), TE Logan Thomas (Lions), LT Cornelius Lucas (Bears), TE Marcus Baugh (Panthers), RB Peyton Barber (Buccaneers), TE Richard Rodgers (Eagles), WR Cody Latimer (Giants), CB Ronald Darby (Eagles)
  • Re-signed DE Nate Orchard, ILB Jon Bostic, DE Caleb Brantley
  • Lost QB Case Keenum (Browns), OG Ereck Flowers (Dolphins), QB Colt McCoy (Giants), FB Michael Burton (Saints)
  • Released CB Josh Norman (Bills) and TE Vernon Davis retired

New York Giants

Offensive free agents

RT Mike Remmers (agreed to terms with Chiefs)
WR Cody Latimer (agreed to terms with Redskins)
K Aldrick Rosas
WR Russell Shepard
RB Javorius Allen
TE Scott Simonson
WR Corey Coleman (resigned)
C Jon Halapio (RFA)
FB Elijhaa Penny (re-signed)
WR Cody Core
WR Amba Etta-Tawo (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

ILB Alec Ogletree
OLB Kareem Martin OLB
DE Leonard Williams (placed the franchise tag)
OLB Markus Golden
FS Michael Thomas
CB Antonio Hamilton (agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
ILB David Mayo (re-signed)
ILB Deone Bucannon
ILB Devante Downs (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with LB Blake Martinez (Packers) on a three-year deal, TE Levine Toilolo (49ers), CB James Bradberry (Panthers), OLB Kyler Fackrell (Packers), RB Dion Lewis (Titans)
  • Agreed to terms with T Cameron Fleming (Cowboys), FS Nate Ebner (Patriots), QB Colt McCoy (Redskins), DT Austin Johnson (Titans). TE Eric Tomlinson (Raiders)
  • Placed the franchise tag on DL Leonard Williams, re-signed ILB David Mayo, FB Elijhaa Penny, WR Corey Coleman
  • Lost RT Mike Remmers (Chiefs), CB Antonio Hamilton (Chiefs), WR Cody Latimer (Redskins)

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive free agents

WR Amari Cooper (re-signed)
WR Randall Cobb (agreed to terms with Texans)
TE Jason Witten (agreed to terms with Raiders)
WR Tavon Austin
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (agreed to terms with Bengals)
QB Dak Prescott (exclusive rights franchise tag)
TE Blake Jarwin (re-signed)
QB Cooper Rush (Original-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

DE Michael Bennett
DE Robert Quinn (agreed to terms with Bears)
OLB Sean Lee (re-signed)
DT Christian Covington
CB Byron Jones (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
SS Jeff Heath (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Joe Thomas (re-signed)
DE Kerry Hyder (agreed to terms with 49ers)
OLB Malcolm Smith
DT Maliek Collins (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Ray-Ray Armstrong
FS Darian Thompson (re-signed)
OLB Justin March (re-signed)

CB C.J. Goodwin (re-signed)
DT Daniel Ross (agreed to terms with Raiders)
CB Anthony Brown (re-signed)
S Kavon Frazier
DT Antwaun Woods (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott, re-signed WR Amari Cooper on a five-year deal, CB Anthony Brown, K Kai Forbath, ILB Joe Thomas, OLB Justin March, CB C.J. Goodwin, OLB Sean Lee, FS Darian Thompson, TE Blake Jarwin
  • Agreed to terms with Gerald McCoy (Panthers), CB Maurice Canady (Jets), FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (Bears), DT Dontari Poe (Panthers), TE Blake Bell (Chiefs), K Greg Zuerlein (Rams)
  • Lost DE Robert Quinn (Bears), CB Byron Jones (Dolphins), WR Randall Cobb (Texans), TE Jason Witten (Raiders), SS Jeff Heath (Raiders), CB Donovan Olumba (Browns), DE Kerry Hyder (49ers), DT Daniel Ross (Raiders)
  • Lost T Cameron Fleming (Giants), DT Maliek Collins (Raiders), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Bengals)

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive free agents

LT Jason Peters
QB Nate Sudfeld (re-signed)
WR Nelson Agholor (agreed to terms with Raiders)
QB Josh McCown
RB Darren Sproles
TE Richard Rodgers (agreed to terms with Redskins)
RB Jordan Howard (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
G Halapoulivaati Vaitai (agreed to terms with Lions)
RB Corey Clement (RFA)

Defensive free agents

FS Malcolm Jenkins (agreed to terms with Saints)
OLB Nigel Bradham
FS Rodney McLeod (re-signed)
CB Ronald Darby (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DE Vinny Curry
DT Timmy Jernigan (agreed to terms with Texans)
DT Hassan Ridgeway (re-signed)
OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
CB Jalen Mills (re-signed)
CB Craig James (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DL Javon Hargrave (Steelers) on a three-year deal, ILB Jatavis Brown (Chargers), S Will Parks (Broncos), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Rams)
  • Re-signed FS Rodney McLeod to a two-year deal, CB Jalen Mills, QB Nate Sudfeld, DT Hassan Ridgeway
  • Traded a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions for CB Darius Slay
  • Lost OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Lions), RB Jordan Howard (Dolphins), OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Dolphins), S Malcolm Jenkins (Saints), WR Nelson Agholor (Raiders), TE Richard Rodgers (Redskins), CB Ronald Darby (Redskins), DT Timmy Jernigan (Texans)

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

Offensive free agents

WR Emmanuel Sanders (agreed to terms with Saints)
C Ben Garland (re-signed)
TE Levine Toilolo (agreed to terms with Giants)
WR Jordan Matthews
RB Matt Breida (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
WR Kendrick Bourne (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

FS Jimmie Ward (re-signed)
CB Jason Verrett
DE Arik Armstead (re-signed)
DE Damontre Moore
CB Dontae Johnson
DT Sheldon Day (agreed to terms with Colts)
DE Anthony Zettel (agreed to terms with Vikings)
DE Ronald Blair (re-signed)
OLB Elijah Lee (agreed to terms with Lions)
DT Ethan Westbrooks

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded DL DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, re-signed DE Arik Armstead to a five-year deal, FS Jimmie Ward to a three-year deal, G Shon Coleman, C Ben Garland, DE Ronald Blair
  • Agreed to terms with G Tom Compton (Jets), ILB Joe Walker (Cardinals) DE Kerry Hyder (Cowboys), WR Travis Benjamin (Chargers)
  • Placed second-round tender on RB Matt Breida, WR Kendrick Bourne
  • Lost TE Levine Toilolo (Giants), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Saints), DE Anthony Zettel (Vikings), DT Sheldon Day (Colts), OLB Elijah Lee (Lions)

Los Angeles Rams

Offensive free agents

LT Andrew Whitworth (re-signed)
QB Blake Bortles
WR Jojo Natson (agreed to terms with Browns)
WR Mike Thomas (agreed to terms with Bengals)
G Austin Blythe (re-signed)
TE Johnny Mundt (tendered as ERFA)
C Coleman Shelton (tendered as ERFA)

Defensive free agents

OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (agreed to terms with Falcons)
DT Michael Brockers (re-signed)
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (agreed to terms with Eagles)
ILB Cory Littleton (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Bryce Hager
DE Morgan Fox (RFA)
S Donte Deayon (re-signed)
S Marqui Christian (agreed to terms with Jets)
OLB Josh Carraway (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Tendered TE Johnny Mundt (ERFA), C Coleman Shelton (ERFA), re-signed LT Andrew Whitworth, G Austin Blythe, DT Michael Brockers, S Donte Deayon
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Leonard Floyd (Bears), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Lions)
  • Lost ILB Cory Littleton (Raiders), S Marqui Christian (Jets), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Eagles), OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (Falcons), WR Mike Thomas (Bengals), K Greg Zuerlein (Cowboys)
  • Released RB Todd Gurley (Falcons), OLB Clay Matthews, Jr.

Seattle Seahawks

Offensive free agents

G Mike Iupati
RT Germain Ifedi (agreed to terms with Bears)
WR Josh Gordon
WR Jaron Brown
RB Marshawn Lynch
RB Robert Turbin
QB Geno Smith
TE Luke Willson (re-signed)
RB C.J. Prosise
C Joey Hunt (Original-Round Tender)
OT George Fant (agreed to terms with Jets)
WR David Moore (Original-Round Tender)
TE Jacob Hollister (placed a second-round tender)
G Jordan Roos
WR Malik Turner
TE Tyrone Swoopes

Defensive free agents

DE Jadeveon Clowney
DE Ezekiel Ansah
OLB Mychal Kendricks
DT Al Woods (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
DE Quinton Jefferson (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Akeem King
DT Jarran Reed (re-signed)
CB Neiko Thorpe
OLB Dekoda Watson
DE Branden Jackson (Original-Round Tender)
CB Kalan Reed
FS Ryan Neal (ERFA)
CB Jeremy Boykins (ERFA)
DT Bryan Mone (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Redskins for CB Quinton Dunbar
  • Agreed to terms with OT Brandon Shell (Jets), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (Bengals), G BJ Finney (Steelers), TE Greg Olsen (Panthers), OLB Bruce Irvin (Panthers), WR Phillip Dorsett (Patriots), DE Benson Mayowa (Raiders)
  • Re-signed DT Jarran Reed to a two-year deal, TE Luke Wilson
  • Placed a second-round tender on TE Jacob Hollister
  • Lost OT George Fant (Jets), DE Quinton Jefferson (Bills), DT Al Woods (Jaguars), RT Germain Ifedi (Bears)

Arizona Cardinals

Offensive free agents

RT Marcus Gilbert (resigned)
TE Charles Clay
G Max Garcia (re-signed)
C A.Q. Shipley
QB Brett Hundley (re-signed)
RT Jordan Mills
RB Kenyan Drake (placed transition tag)
WR Damiere Byrd (agreed to terms with the Patriots)
WR Pharoh Cooper (agreed to terms with Panthers)
RB D.J. Foster (re-signed)
K Zane Gonzalez (placed second-round tender)

Defensive free agents

DE Rodney Gunter (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
OLB Brooks Reed
DE Clinton McDonald
OLB Cassius Marsh (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
FS Josh Shaw
DE Jonathan Bullard (re-signed)
SS Chris Banjo (re-signed)
DT Zach Kerr (agreed to terms with Panthers)
CB Brandon Williams
S Charles Washington (re-signed)
ILB Joe Walker (agreed to terms with 49ers)

CB Kevin Peterson

Former Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10 pictured) had 31 games of more than 70 receiving yards over the last three seasons (2017-19).

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded RB David Johnson and a 2020 second-round pick to the Houston Texans for WR DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick
  • Placed the transition tag on RB Kenyan Drake, agreed to terms with DT Jordan Phillips (Bills), OLB Devon Kennard (Lions), LB De’Vondre Campbell (Falcons), DT Trevon Coley (Colts)
  • Re-signed QB Brett Hundley, SS Chris Banjo, DE Jonathan Bullard, G Max Garcia, S Charles Washington, RB D.J. Foster, RT Marcus Gilbert
  • Lost WR Damiere Byrd (Patriots), DE Rodney Gunter (Jaguars), WR Pharoh Cooper (Panthers), ILB Joe Walker (49ers), OLB Cassius Marsh (Jaguars), DT Zach Kerr (Panthers)

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

Offensive free agents

TE Delanie Walker
QB Marcus Mariota (agreed to terms with Raiders)
RB Dion Lewis (agreed to terms with Giants)
RT Jack Conklin (agreed to terms with Browns)
G Kevin Pamphile
RT Dennis Kelly (re-signed)
RB Derrick Henry (placed exclusive rights franchise tag)
RB David Fluellen (RFA)
WR Darius Jennings (agreed to terms with Chargers)
TE MyCole Pruitt (re-signed)
WR Tajae Sharpe (agreed to terms with Vikings)

Defensive free agents

CB Logan Ryan
DE Cameron Wake
ILB Wesley Woodyard
ILB Daren Bates
CB Chris Milton (resigned)
ILB Kamalei Correa (re-signed)
DT Austin Johnson (agreed to terms with Giants)
CB Tramaine Brock
CB LeShaun Sims (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Tye Smith (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal, RT Dennis Kelly, TE MyCole Pruitt, CB Chris Milton, ILB Kamalei Correa and placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry,
  • Agreed to terms with DE Vic Beasley (Falcons) on a one-year deal, ILB Nick Dzubnar (Chargers), DT Jack Crawford (Falcons), T Ty Sambrailo (Falcons)
  • Lost QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders), OT Jack Conklin (Browns), RB Dion Lewis (Giants), WR Tajae Sharpe (Vikings), DT Austin Johnson (Giants), CB LeShaun Sims (Bengals), WR Darius Jennings (Chargers)
  • Team traded DT Jurrell Casey to Broncos for a 2020 seventh-round pick

Houston Texans

Offensive free agents

RB Lamar Miller
QB A.J. McCarron (re-signed)
RB Carlos Hyde
TE Darren Fells (re-signed)
QB Joe Webb
RB Taiwan Jones (agreed to terms with Bills)

Defensive free agents

ILB Dylan Cole (original round tender)
CB Johnathan Joseph
CB Vernon Hargreaves (re-signed)
OLB Barkevious Mingo (agreed to terms with Bears)
SS Jahleel Addae
FS Mike Adams
OLB Tyrell Adams (re-signed)
DT D.J. Reader (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Phillip Gaines

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded WR DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, a 2021 fourth-round pick and RB David Johnson
  • Agreed to terms with S Eric Murray (Browns), S Jaylen Watkins (Chargers), WR Randall Cobb (Cowboys), RT Brett Qvale (Jets), DT Timmy Jernigan (Eagles)
  • Re-signed CB Bradley Roby to a three-year deal, T Roderick Johnson, QB A.J. McCarron, TE Darren Fells, OLB Tyrell Adams. CB Vernon Hargreaves
  • Lost DT D.J. Reader (Bengals), RB Taiwan Jones (Bills), OLB Barkevious Mingo (Bears)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive free agents

G Tyler Shatley (re-signed)
LT Cedric Ogbuehi (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
RT Benjamin Ijalana
TE Nick O’Leary (agreed to terms with Raiders)
TE Ben Koyack
TE Seth Devalve (agreed to terms with Panthers)
G Brandon Thomas (ERFA)
RB Devante Mays (ERFA)
WR Keelan Cole (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
RB Alfred Blue

Defensive free agents

ILB Jake Ryan
DT Akeem Spence
OLB Najee Goode
ILB D.J. Alexander
ILB Preston Brown
DT Carl Davis (RFA)
ILB Donald Payne (RFA)
OLB James Onwualu (RFA)
ILB Austin Calitro (ERFA)
DE Yannick Ngakoue (placed the franchise tag)

Former Browns 2017 Pro Bowl LB Joe Schobert should be a welcome addition to the Jaguars defense. He has posted over 100 tackles in each of his last three seasons (seven forced fumbles). Schobert had four interceptions for the Browns in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded DL Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick and QB Nick Foles to Chicago Bears for a 2020 fourth-round pick, placed the franchise tag on DE Yannick Ngakoue, placed second-round tender on WR Keelan Cole
  • Agreed to terms with LB Joe Schobert (Browns), DE Rodney Gunter (Cardinals), OLB Cassius Marsh (Cardinals), CB Rashaan Melvin (Lions), DT Al Woods (Seahawks), TE Tyler Eifert (Browns)
  • Re-signed G Tyler Shatley and LB Lerentee McCray
  • Lost LT Cedric Ogbuehi (Seahawks), TE Seth DeValve (Panthers), TE Nick O’Leary (Raiders)

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive free agents

WR Devin Funchess (agreed to terms with Packers)
TE Eric Ebron (agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers)
WR Chester Rogers
WR Dontrelle Inman
RT Le’Raven Clark (re-signed)
G Josh Andrews (agreed to terms with Jets)
RB Jonathan Williams
G Joe Haeg (agreed to terms with Buccaneers)
WR Marcus Johnson
WR Daurice Fountain (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

DE Jabaal Sheard
FS Clayton Geathers
FS Isaiah Johnson
S Briean Boddy-Calhoun
DT Trevon Coley (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
S Kai Nacua (ERFA)
S Rolan Milligan (re-signed)

Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his 16 NFL campaigns.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers for DT DeForest Buckner, making him second highest paid DT behing Aaron Donald
  • Re-signed S Rolan Milligan
  • Agreed to terms with QB Philip Rivers (Chargers), re-signed OT Anthony Castonzo to an extension, OT Le’Raven Clark, CB Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), DT Sheldon Day (49ers), CB Travis Carrie (Browns)
  • Lost TE Eric Ebron (Steelers), G Joe Haeg (Buccaneers), G Josh Andrews (Jets), QB Brian Hoyer (Patriots), WR Devin Funchess (Packers), DT Trevon Coley (Cardinals)
  • Released QB Brian Hoyer (agreed to terms with Patriots), CB Pierre Desir (agreed to terms with Jets)

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive free agents

WR Seth Roberts (agreed to terms with Panthers)
WR Chris Moore (re-signed)
G Parker Ehinger (ERFA)
C Hroniss Grasu C
C Matt Skura (Original-Round Tender)
RB Gus Edwards (ERFA)
G Randin Crecelius (ERFA)
RT Andre Smith (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

CB Jimmy Smith
SS Tony Jefferson
CB Brandon Carr
DT Michael Pierce (agreed to terms with Vikings)
ILB Patrick Onwuasor (agreed to terms with Jets)
SS Anthony Levine (r-signed)
OLB Pernell McPhee
DT Domata Peko
ILB Josh Bynes (agreed to terms with Bengals)
S Jordan Richards (re-signed)
SS Brynden Trawick
DT Justin Ellis (re-signed)
DT Jihad Ward (re-signed)
S Fish Smithson (ERFA)

New Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell (No. 93 pictured) has gotten better with age. In his last three seasons, Campbell has 30.5 of his 88 career quarterback sacks.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for DL Calais Campbell, DE Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Traded TE Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Re-signed DE Jihad Ward, DT Justin Ellis, RT Andre Smith, CB Jimmy Smith, SS Anthony Levine, WR Chris Moore
  • Placed the franchise tag on DE Matthew Judon and agreed to terms with DE Derek Wolfe (Broncos)
  • Lost DT Michael Pierce (Vikings), WR Seth Roberts (Panthers), ILB Josh Bynes (Bengals), ILB Patrick Onwuasor (Jets)
  • Released OL James Hurst

Cleveland Browns

Offensive free agents

TE Demetrius Harris (agreed to terms with Bears)
LT Greg Robinson
G Eric Kush (agreed to terms with Raiders)
QB Drew Stanton
WR Rashard Higgins
RB Kareem Hunt (placed a second-round tender)
G Justin McCray (agreed to terms with Falcons)
TE Ricky Seals-Jones (agreed to terms with Chiefs)
WR Khadarel Hodge
RB Dontrell Hilliard
TE Pharaoh Brown

Defensive free agents

ILB Christian Kirksey (agreed to terms with Packers)
CB Travis Carrie (agreed to terms wit Colts)
ILB Adarius Taylor
FS Damarious Randall (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Joe Schobert (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
FS Eric Murray (agreed to terms with Texans)
CB Juston Burris (agreed to terms with Panthers)
DE Bryan Cox Jr (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) on a four-year deal, OT Jack Conklin (Titans), ILB BJ Goodson (Packers), SS Karl Joseph (Raiders), QB Case Keenum (Redskins), DT Andrew Billings (Bengals), WR Jojo Natson (Rams), S Andrew Sendejo (Vikings), CB Kevin Johnson (Bills), CB Donovan Olumba (Cowboys), Adrian Clayborn (Falcons), C Evan Brown (Dolphins)
  • Placed a second-round tender on RB Kareem Hunt
  • Lost FS Eric Murray (Texans), ILB Christian Kirksey (Packers), ILB Joe Schobert (Jaguars), CB Juston Burris (Panthers), TE Demetrius Harris (Bears), G Eric Kush (Raiders), G Justin McCray (Falcons), CB Travis Carrie (Colts), FS Damarious Randall (Raiders), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Chiefs)
  • Released FS Morgan Burnett

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive free agents

WR A.J. Green (placed the franchise tag)
TE Tyler Eifert (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
G John Jerry
G Alex Redmond (RFA) (Original-Round Tender)
TE Cethan Carter (RFA) (Original-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

CB Darqueze Dennard
DE Kerry Wynn
ILB LaRoy Reynolds (agreed to terms with Falcolns)
OLB Nick Vigil (agreed to terms with Chargers)
DT Andrew Billings (agreed to terms with Browns)
S Brandon Wilson (Original-Round Tender)
DT Josh Tupou (Original-Round Tender)
CB Tony McRae (agreed to terms with Lions)
CB Torry McTyer (re-signed)
CB Greg Mabin (re-signed)
ILB Hardy Nickerson, Jr.
S Clayton Fejedelem (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
DT Niles Scott

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on WR A.J. Green, agreed to terms with DT DJ Reader (Texans) on a four-year deal, CB Trae Waynes (Vikings), CB Mackensie Alexander (Vikings), OG Xavier Su’a-Filo (Cowboys), WR Mike Thomas (Rams), ILB Josh Bynes (Ravens), SS Vonn Bell (Saints), CB LeShaun Sims (Titans)
  • Re-signed CB Torry McTyer, CB Greg Mabin
  • Lost S Clayton Fejedelem (Dolphins), DT Andrew Billings (Browns), CB Tony McRae (Lions), ILB LaRoy Reynolds (Falcons), TE Tyler Eifert (Jaguars), OLB Nick Vigil (Chargers)
  • Released OG John Miller and OT Cordy Glenn

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive free agents

TE Vance McDonald (CO)
G B.J. Finney (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
TE Nick Vannett (agreed to terms with Broncos)
RT Matt Feiler (RFA) (second-round tender)
OT Zach Banner

Defensive free agents

CB Artie Burns (agreed to terms with Bears)
OLB Bud Dupree (franchise tag)

FS Sean Davis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Javon Hargrave (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Mike Hilton (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
DT Leterrius Walton (RFA)
ILB Tyler Matakevich (agreed to terms with Bills)
FS Jordan Dangerfield (re-signed)
DE Lavon Hooks (ERFA)

New Pittsburgh Steelers tight end and 2018 Pro Bowler Eric Ebron has 27 career touchdown receptions.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for DE Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick, re-signed FS Jordan Dangerfield
  • Placed the franchise tag on OLB Bud Dupree, placed second-round tender on RT Matt Feiler, CB Mike Hilton
  • Agreed to terms with FB Derek Watt (Chargers), C Steven Wisniewski (Chiefs), TE Eric Ebron (Colts), DT Cavon Walker (XFL), DE Dewayne Hendrix (XFL), S Tyree Kinnel (XFL), LS Christian Kuntz (XFL)
  • Released DL Anthony Chickillo, LB Mark Barron, WR Johnny Holton, FB Roosevelt Nix
  • Lost DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles), ILB Tyler Matakevich (Bills), FS Sean Davis (Redskins), G BJ Finney (Seahawks), CB Artie Burns (Bears), TE Nick Vannett (Broncos)

AFC East

New England Patriots

Offensive free agents

QB Tom Brady (agreed to terms with Buccaneers)
WR Phillip Dorsett (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
RT Marshall Newhouse
TE Benjamin Watson
C James Ferentz
C Ted Karras
OL Joe Thuney (franchise tagged)

Defensive free agents

ILB Kyle Van Noy (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
FS Nate Ebner (agreed to terms with Giants)
OLB Jamie Collins (agreed to terms with Lions)
DT Danny Shelton (agreed to terms with Lions)
OLB Shilique Calhoun (re-signed)
OLB Elandon Roberts (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
DE Keionta Davis (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on OL Joe Thuney
  • Agreed to terms with FS Adrian Phillips (Chargers), FB Dan Vitale (Packers), DE Brandon Copeland (Jets), QB Brian Hoyer (Colts)
  • Re-signed OLB Shilique Calhoun
  • Lost QB Tom Brady (Buccaneers), LB Kyle Van Noy (Dolphins), S Duron Harmon (Lions) , LB Jamie Collins (Lions),OL Ted Karras (Dolphins)
  • Lost DT Danny Shelton (Lions), OLB Elandon Roberts (Dolphins), FS Nate Ebner (Giants), WR Phillip Dorsett (Seahawks)
  • Released K Stephen Gostkowski

Buffalo Bills

Offensive free agents

RT LaAdrian Waddle
RB Frank Gore
RB Senorise Perry
WR Isaiah McKenzie (RFA) (re-signed)
G Isaac Asiata (RFA)

Defensive free agents

DT Jordan Phillips (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
OLB Lorenzo Alexander
CB Kevin Johnson (agreed to terms with Browns)
DE Shaq Lawson (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
OLB Julian Stanford
FS Kurt Coleman
DT Corey Liuget
SS Dean Marlowe (re-signed)

Buffalo Bills new defensive end Mario Addison (No. 97 pictured) has 55 career quarterback sacks.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick for Minnesota Vikins WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick.
  • Agreed to terms with LB A.J. Klein (Saints) on a three-year deal, DE Mario Addison (Panthers) on a three-year deal, LB Tyler Matakevich (Steelers), CB Josh Norman (Redskins), DT Vernon Butler (Panthers), RB Taiwan Jones (Texans), DE Quinton Jefferson (Seahawks), RT Daryl Williams (Panthers)
  • Re-signed SS Dean Marlowe, WR Isaiah McKenzie
  • Lost DT Jordan Phillips (Cardinals), lost DE Shaq Lawson (Dolphins), CB Kevin Johnson (Browns)

Miami Dolphins

Offensive free agents

C Daniel Kilgore
G Evan Boehm
RT J’Marcus Webb
TE Clive Walford TE
WR Trevor Davis

Defensive free agents

CB Aqib Talib
FS Walt Aikens
DE John Jenkins
OLB Deon Lacey (RFA)
FS Adrian Colbert (ERFA) (re-signed)
OLB Chase Allen (RFA)
DT Kendrick Norton (ERFA)

Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback/safety Byron Jones has 43 passes defensed in his career.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Chiefs) on a two-year deal, CB Byron Jones (Cowboys) on a five-year deal, OG Ereck Flowers on a three-year deal, LB Kyle Van Noy (Patriots) on a four-year deal and Shaq Lawson (Bills) on a three-year deal,
  • Agreed to terms with RB Jordan Howard (Eagles), S Clayton Fejedelem (Bengals) and OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Eagles), OG Ted Karras (Patriots), OLB Elandon Roberts (Patriots)
  • Re-signed FS Adrian Colbert

New York Jets

Offensive free agents

C Ryan Kalil
LT Kelvin Beachum
WR Robby Anderson (agreed to terms with Panthers)
WR Demaryius Thomas
QB Trevor Siemian
G Tom Compton (agreed to terms with 49ers)
RT Brent Qvale (agreed to terms with Texans)
RB Bilal Powell
RB Ty Montgomery
TE Daniel Brown
QB David Fales (re-signed)
G Alex Lewis (re-signed)
WR Josh Malone (RFA)
WR Jeff Smith (ERFA)
OT Brandon Shell (agreed to terms with Seattle)

Defensive free agents

CB Brian Poole (re-signed)
FS Rontez Miles
DE Brandon Copeland (agreed to terms with Patriots)
ILB Neville Hewitt (re-signed)

S Blake Countess
ILB Albert McClellan
OLB Paul Worrilow
OLB Jordan Jenkins (re-signed)
CB Maurice Canady (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
ILB James Burgess (re-signed)
CB Arthur Maulet (Resigned)
ILB B.J. Bello (RFA)
CB Bennett Jackson (re-signed)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OT George Fant (Seahawks), OG Connor McGovern (Broncos), G Greg Van Roten (Panthers), G Josh Andrews (Colts), S Marqui Christian (Rams), CB Pierre Desir (Colts), WR Breshad Perriman (Buccaneers), ILB Patrick Onwuasor (Ravens)
  • Re-signed OG Alex Lewis, ILB Neville Hewitt, CB Arthur Maulet, CB Brian Poole, ILB James Burgess, CB Bennett Jackson, OLB Jordan Jenkins, QB David Fales
  • Lost CB Maurice Cannady (Cowboys), OT Brandon Shell (Seahawks), G Tom Compton (49ers), RT Brett Qvale (Texans), DE Brandon Copeland (Patriots), WR Robby Anderson (Panthers)

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive free agents

QB Chad Henne (re-signed)
RB LeSean McCoy
QB Matt Moore
FB Anthony Sherman (re-signed)
C Stefen Wisniewski
(agreed to terms with Steelers)
TE Blake Bell (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
RB Spencer Ware
WR Demarcus Robinson (re-signed)
WR Marcus Kemp (ERFA)
TE Deon Yelder (ERFA)
TE David Wells (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

OLB Terrell Suggs
ILB Darron Lee
DT Xavier Williams
S Jordan Lucas (agreed to terms with Bears)
CB Morris Claiborne
CB Bashaud Breeland (re-signed)
DE Emmanuel Ogbah (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
ILB Reggie Ragland (agreed to terms with Lions)
CB Keith Reaser
DE Mike Pennel (re-signed)
CB Kendall Fuller (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Chris Jones (franchise tagged)

The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on DL Chris Jones (No. 95 pictured). Not only does Jones have 33.5 career quarterback sacks, but he has also has 20 passes defensed in just four seasons.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on DL Chris Jones, agreed to terms with CB Antonio Hamilton (Giants)
  • Re-signed QB Chad Henne, FB Anthony Sherman, DE Mike Pennel, WR Demarcus Robinson, CB Bashaud Breeland
  • Agreed to terms with CB Antonio Hamilton (Giants), RT Mike Remmers (Giants), QB Jordan Ta’amu (XFL), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Browns), RB DeAndre Washington (Raiders)
  • Lost CB Kendall Fuller (Redskins), lost DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Dolphins), C Steven Wisniewski (Steelers), S Jordan Lucas (Bears), TE Blake Bell (Cowboys), ILB Reggie Ragland (Lions)

Los Angeles Chargers

Offensive free agents

QB Philip Rivers (agreed to terms with Colts)
WR Travis Benjamin (agreed to terms with 49ers)
RB Melvin Gordon (agreed to terms with Broncos)
RB Austin Ekeler (re-signed)
G Michael Schofield
TE Lance Kendricks
WR Geremy Davis (agreed to terms with Lions)
G Ryan Groy
RB Troymaine Pope (RFA)
G Spencer Drango (RFA)
FB Derek Watt (agreed to terms with Steelers)
TE Sean Culkin (RFA)
G Trenton Scott (ERFA)
WR Dylan Cantrell (ERFA)
C Dillon DeBoer C (RFA)

Defensive free agents

DT Brandon Mebane
OLB Thomas Davis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Damion Square
FS Adrian Phillips (agreed to terms with Patriots)
ILB Nick Dzubnar (agreed to term with Titans)
CB Jaylen Watkins (agreed to terms with Texans)
DT Sylvester Williams
DT Isaac Rochell (RFA) I
ILB Jatavis Brown (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Michael Davis (ERFA) (Second-Round Tender)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed second-round tender on CB Michael Davis
  • Re-signed RB Austin Ekeler
  • Agreed to terms with OT Bryan Bulaga (Packers), CB Chris Harris, Jr. (Broncos), DT Linval Joseph (Vikings), WR Darius Jennings (Titans), OLB Nick Vigil (Bengals)
  • Lost QB Philip Rivers (Colts), FB Derek Watt (Steelers), OLB Thomas Davis (Redskins), FS Adrian Phillips (Patriots), RB Melvin Gordon (Broncos), CB Jaylen Watkins (Texans) , ILB Jatavis Brown (Eagles), ILB Nick Dzubnar (Titans), WR Travis Benjamin (49ers), WR Geremy Davis (Lions)
  • Traded OT Russell Okung for OG Trai Turner (Panthers)

Denver Broncos

Offensive free agents

G Ron Leary (declined option)
RB Theo Riddick
RB Devontae Booker
C Connor McGovern (agreed to terms with Jets)
RT Elijah Wilkinson (placed a second-round tender)
QB Brandon Allen (RFA)
WR Tim Patrick (RFA)
WR Diontae Spencer (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Chris Harris (agreed to terms with Chargers)
DE Derek Wolfe (agreed to terms with Ravens)
DT Shelby Harris (re-signed)
DE Adam Gotsis
DE Billy Winn
CB Cyrus Jones
OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (re-signed)
ILB Corey Nelson
CB DeVante Bausby (RFA) (re-signed)
OLB Joe Jones (RFA) (re-signed)
S Dymonte Thomas
DE Mike Purcell (RFA) (second-round tender)
S Will Parks (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Davontae Harris (ERFA)
S Trey Marshall (ERFA)
OLB Dadi Nicolas
DT Joel Heath (re-signed)
S Justin Simmons (placed the franchise tag)

New Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (pictured scoring TD) has accounted for 4,240 yards rushing (4 YPC) and 36 touchdowns in five seasons. In addition, Gordon has caught 224 passes for 1,873 yards (8.4 YPR) and 11 touchdowns.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OG Graham Glasgow (Lions) to a four-year deal, QB Jeff Driskel (Lions), RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers), TE Nick Vannett (Steelers), P Sam Martin (Lions)
  • Traded for CB A.J. Bouye (Jaguars), RB Andy Janovich to Cleveland Browns for a 2021 seventh-round pick, 2020 seventh-round pick to Titans for five-time Pro Bowl DT Jurrell Casey
  • Placed second-round tender on LT Elijah Wilkinson, DE Mike Purcell, re-signed CB DeVante Bausby, OLB Joe Jones,OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, DT Joel Heath, DT Shelby Harris
  • Lost OG Connor McGovern (Jets), CB Chris Harris Jr (Chargers), S Will Parks (Eagles), DE Derek Wolfe (Ravens)
  • Declined option on OG Ron Leary, released QB Joe Flacco

Las Vegas Raiders

Offensive free agents

QB Mike Glennon
WR Dwayne Harris
RB Isaiah Crowell
G Jordan Devey (re-signed)
RB Rod Smith (re-signed)

WR Keelan Doss (ERFA)
TE Eric Tomlinson (agreed to terms with Giants)
RB DeAndre Washington (agreed to terms with Chiefs)
QB Nathan Peterman (RFA) (original round tender)
G Cameron Hunt (ERFA)
G Richie Incognito
OT David Sharpe

Defensive free agents

OLB Tahir Whitehead (agreed to terms with Panthers)
CB Daryl Worley
SS Karl Joseph (agreed to terms with Browns)
OLB Vontaze Burfict
DE Benson Mayowa (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
DT Josh Mauro
OLB Kyle Wilber (re-signed)
FS Curtis Riley
ILB Will Compton
DE Olsen Pierre
ILB Ukeme Eligwe (RFA)
CB Makinton Dorleant (ERFA)
DE Jeremiah Valoaga (ERFA)
OLB Nicholas Morrow (RFA)
S Dallin Leavitt (ERFA)
CB D.J. Killings (ERFA)
DE Dion Jordan

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown 76 touchdown passes to 44 interceptions in his five-year NFL career.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with QB Marcus Mariota (Titans), TE Jason Witten (Cowboys), LB Cory Littleton (Rams), DE Carl Nassib (Buccaneers), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (Bears), G Eric Kush (Browns)
  • Agreed to terms with SS Jeff Heath (Cowboys), DT Maliek Collins (Cowboys), WR Nelson Agholor (Eagles), TE Nick O’Leary (Jaguars), DT Daniel Ross (Cowboys), FS Damarious Randall (Browns)
  • Re-signed RB Rod Smith, OLB Kyle Wilber, G Jordan Devey
  • Lost SS Karl Joseph (Browns), OLB Tahir Whitehead (Panthers), TE Eric Tomlinson (Giants), DE Benson Mayowa (Seahawks), RB DeAndre Washington (Chiefs)

Photography: @DraftNasty

2019 NFL Draft recap, pick-by-pick: NFC North

Summers (No. 42 pictured) finished his TCU career with 319 tackles, 10.5 quarterback sacks, 23.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions and nine pass break-ups.

Green Bay Packers Notable picks: DC Mike Pettine’s 30-front background makes sense considering we feel Gary is better versus the run or pass the closer he moves down inside.  Savage won’t be handed anything, but we think he could challenge for a starting role relatively early in his career.  Summers fits the profile of the linebackers currently on the roster.
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1 (12) Rashan Gary Michigan 26/2nd Round Gary’s effort was commensurate with what you would expect from a top pick, but he still needs work rushing from the outside.  As he proved in 2017, he may be a better fit rushing the passer from an interior DL spot on third downs. He will be an effective four-technique DE.
1 (21) Acquired from Seattle Darnell Savage DB/Maryland 25/2nd Round Savage could allow the Packers to use his multi-dimensional skills on first and second down in man coverage if he wins the starting spot opposite free agent signee Adrian Amos. Incumbent starter Josh Jones has started 12 games in two seasons.
2 (44) Elgton Jenkins OL/Mississippi State 18/2nd Round Jenkins projects to center (and enjoys the position), but he has also started at tackle and guard.  It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get some looks at a couple of spots in training camp as the team seeks to play its best five linemen. 
3 (75) Jace

Sternberger

TE/Texas A&M 112/3rd Round Sternberger can run through the catch and is solid after the grab.  The team has enough depth at tight end to employ some Ace personnel (2 TE, 2 WR, 1 RB) now that he has joined the mix.  He has some similarities to New York Jets TE Chris Herndon. 
5 (150) Kingsley Keke DL/Texas A&M 128/3rd Round Keke has all of the tools to develop into a multi-purpose DL.  As he has done in school, we think he is capable of lining up over the center in sub-packages in reduced fronts.  He has a chance to compete for a four-technique position in their base fronts.
6 (185) Ka’dar Hollman CB/Toledo 299/4th Round Hollman went from former walk-on to steady hand within the Rockets program.  His feel for the game gives him a chance and his special teams ability could help him compete for a fifth or sixth DB role.
6 (194)

Acquired from Seattle

Dexter Williams RB/Notre Dame 260/4th Round Williams has the ability stick his foot in the ground to get north-south.  Despite running in the high 4.5-range, he proved capable of finishing long runs in school.  He could provide a change of pace option to Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones.  How he performs on special teams could determine his fate.
7 (226) Ty Summers LB/TCU 118/3rd Round Summers’ 4.51 speed is a big reason he produced 121 tackles back in 2016.  The team used him in more of a pass rush role this past season and his numbers don’t reflect his ability to play the exchange LB.  He could surprise in training camp.  Summers finished with the second-most tackles in the Gary Patterson-era at TCU.

Ridley (No. 8 pictured) led the Bulldogs with nine touchdown receptions in 2018. His physical playing style earns high marks.

Chicago Bears Notable Pick: The team came into the 2019 NFL Draft with a couple of goals.  One of them was finding a complement to Tarik Cohen and the selection of Montgomery was a step in the right direction.  The team drafted a receiver from Georgia for the second straight year.  Whyte often played second-fiddle to Devin Singletary at FAU, but he may been the Owls best home run threat in 2018. 
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3 (73) 

Acquired from New England

David

Montgomery

RB/Iowa State 62/2nd Round Montgomery is the rare running back with the peripheral vision and foot quickness to make five-yard highlight film runs.  He will complement Tarik Cohen well and make up for the loss of Jordan Howard.
4 (126) Riley Ridley WR/Georgia 86/3rd Round Ridley’s 199-pound frame supplements sufficient play strength.  He is an efficient route runner who works the sidelines well.  We think he is physical enough to play a hold-up position on punt return, possibly run down from a wing or tackle on the punt team and he should be able to contribute in kick coverage. With all of that said, he had just one career tackle in school.
6 (205)

Compensatory pick acquired from New England

Duke Shelley CB/Kansas State 439/6th Round This is a pick that continues to account for the loss of stud nickel Bryce Callahan (Broncos) in free agency.  Shelley is tough, quick and plays bigger than his size.  He finished his career with 8 interceptions and 31 pass break-ups.
7 (222)

Acquired from

Philadelphia via Denver

Kerrith Whyte All-Purpose/FAU 380/5th Round Whyte, a junior-entry, ran 4.36 (40-yd) and posted a 42-inch vertical on FAU’s Pro Day.  He accounted for 8 rushing TDs and averaged 28.7 yds/KR in 2018.
7 (238) Stephen

Denmark

CB/Valdosta State 102/3rd Round It was encouraging that Denmark was such an aggressive tackler as a former college wide receiver, but not much of a surprise considering his 6’3, 215-pound frame.  He posted a 43 1/2-inch vertical jump and ran in the 4.4s on his Pro Day.  He has excellent late vision ball skills.

Smith (No. 82 pictured) was often a favorite target of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He averaged over 16 yards per reception in 2018 and notched seven touchdowns.

Minnesota Vikings Notable pick: The team understood value in this year’s draft and didn’t reach for any of its picks.  Smith, Jr. may serve as insurance as Kyle Rudolph enters the last year of his contract. Mattison is an explosive insurance commodity and relief pitcher for Dalvin Cook, who has struggled to stay upright.  Keep an eye on Watts. He was one of the nation’s best interior pass rush artists in 2018 after being invisible for most of his career. 
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1 (18) Garrett

Bradbury

OC/NC State 10/1st Round One of the safest players in the 2019 NFL Draft, the former tight end has unique athletic traits for the center position.  He is a perfect fit for the Vikings zone-based run scheme.
2 (50) Irv Smith, Jr. TE/Alabama 80/2nd Round If there is a knock on Smith, it could revolve around his relative lack of length.  He is an effective on the move blocker who excels creating room at the top of his routes.  He is reminiscent of New York Giants tight end Evan Engram, but enters the league as a slightly better blocker. 
3 (102) Alexander Mattison RB/Boise State 156/3rd Round The former high school wrestler is more elusive than he is given credit for running in-between the tackles. One aspect of his game that was slightly underrated was pass protection.  He contains legitimate lift-and-rise in that aspect.  Mattison also posted 60 career receptions. 
4 (114) Dru Samia OG/

Oklahoma

142/3rd Round Samia’s experience at multiple spots boosts his value.  He has the right element of ‘nasty’ in his game but quicker defenders have caused him to lose his poise at times.  He will have an opportunity to grab a fifth or sixth OL spot.
5 (162) Cameron Smith LB/USC 304/4th Round Smith surprised many in the postseason when he put together explosive pre-draft testing numbers.  He hasn’t always been consistent in man coverage, but his eye speed and football intelligence give him a chance to fight for a backup role in camp.
6 (190) Armon Watts DT/

Arkansas

307/4th Round Watts came on strong in 2018 and could have gone much higher if not for one year of production.  He could vie for a pass rushing role if he can play more consistently with his hands.
6 (191) Marcus Epps S/Wyoming 382/5th Round The Burlsworth Trophy Award finalist often drew secondary marks to safety-mate Andrew Wingard, but his ability to trigger when he sees the action stood out.  He was the safety often in coverage when Wingard roamed the field. 325 career tackles, 9 INTs and 22 PBUs.
6 (193) Oli Udoh OL-Elon 104/3rd Round It is not often that a player with an 85 1/2-inch wingspan lasts this long in the draft.  Some teams projected him to guard, but we think he has enough quickness to stay outside if he can improve his hand placement.
7 (217)

Pick acquired from New York Jets

Kris Boyd CB-Texas 99/3rd Round For the second consecutive year, the Vikings traveled to Texas to pick up a cornerback.  Boyd has one of the shorter memories in this year’s draft at cornerback, but he has to control his hands better in man coverage.
7 (239)

Acquired from New England via Philadelphia

Dillon Mitchell WR-Oregon 132/3rd Round The quick-twitched former high school basketball standout could have been played the spot at the collegiate level.  He uses that level of shiftiness to win in the slot and on the perimeter. He didn’t stand out as a punt returner, but that could be his key to grabbing a roster spot.
7 (247) Olabisi

Johnson

WR-Colorado State 317/4th Round He never caught up to his breakout performance in the 2016 Idaho Potato Bowl, but he still finished his career with 125 receptions (16.2 YPR) and 11 TDs.  He posted six tackles in 2018 and adds potential as a punt return option.
7 (250) Austin

Cutting

LS-Air Force 708/7th Round Cutting has posted long snap times as low as 0.65 seconds and generally averages in the low 0.7-second range.  He has excellent size at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds.

 

Fulgham, the Lions sixth-round pick, caught a touchdown pass in nine straight games for Old Dominion in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver has 34-inch arms and outstanding body control. He became the second ever Monarch drafted and the second in the 2019 NFL Draft.

 

Detroit

Lions

Notable picks: The selection of Hockenson could open up opportunities in the middle of the field for Stafford with Golladay and Jones on the outside flanks.  Fulgham -a receiver built in the mold of Golladay- had third-round value late in the draft. Tavai fits the type of  inside linebacker the team covets, but he has also been a good pass rusher in school.  Although Bryant went in the fourth round, he could be expected to contribute some edge presence in a room that needs to create more of a pass rush.
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1 (8) T.J.

Hockenson

TE/Iowa 2/1st Round Hockenson, the 2018 Mackey Award Winner, has proven capable of excelling as a run blocker.  In addition, the former Hawkeye improved dramatically as a route runner during his redshirt sophomore campaign.
2 (43) Jahlani Tavai ILB/Hawaii 159/3rd Round The former rugby star has underrated pass rush skills but an even better feel for how to adjust his outside-in charge.  His game against Army in 2018 displayed his ‘want-to’ when it comes to getting to the ball. 
3 (81)

Acquired from Minnesota

Will Harris S/Boston College 141/3rd Round An experienced 41-game starter, Harris brings strong safety potential to the team.  His special teams capability stretches back to time earlier in his career.
4 (117)

Acquired from Atlanta

Austin Bryant DE/

Clemson

238/4th Round Bryant is a power rusher with just average bend.  Despite that, he was just as productive in stretches  as many of the other Clemson DL who went in Round 1.  Durability is a concern.
5 (146) Amani Oruwariye CB/Penn State 102/3rd Round The biggest key for Oruwariye in transitioning to the next level will come down to trusting his eyes.  He left a number of potential interception opportunities on the ground even after producing slick plant-and-drives.  The team will ask him to re-route receivers and play multiple coverages.  He has the skills to do both.
6 (184) Travis

Fulgham

WR/Old Dominion 84/3rd Round Fulgham has 34-inch arms and jumps well to time passes outside the numbers.  Perhaps just as impressive is his ability to stem the defensive back on short-to-intermediate routes.  His body control is a big reason he caught a touchdown in six straight games in 2016 and nine straight games in 2018.
6 (186)

Acquired from Atlanta

Ty Johnson All-

Purpose/

Maryland

111/3rd Round The Lions have an outstanding kickoff returner in Jamal Agnew, but he played in just six games in 2018.  Johnson is one of the draft’s best kickoff returners and he runs in the 4.4-range.  Expect him to battle it out for return opportunities in training camp.
7 (224) Isaac Nauta TE/Georgia 193/4th Round Postseason workouts didn’t do Nauta any favors, but he does everything better on the field than in T-shirts and shorts. In a deep tight end room, he will have to showcase sufficient field speed on special teams to find a roster spot.
7 (229)

Acquired from Detroit

P.J. Johnson DT/

Arizona

N/A Johnson posted tackles for losses in six of his ten appearances in 2018.  He has enough upper body strength to clog the middle but can also win on occasion with surprising quickness. 

 

Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears, 12-9-18: In-game report

Chicago used a physical defense and excellent special teams play to defeat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.  The Bears topped the Rams, 15-6, and are on the doorstep of winning the NFC North.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in- game report:

Tarik Cohen

The Sunday night showdown was largely about the defensive efforts of the respective teams but running back Tarik Cohen left his mark on the contest. Head coach Matt Nagy is as creative a playcaller as there is in the NFL, he follows his mentor, Andy Reid’s philosophy of getting your best players the ball in space.  Cohen can make plays in the passing game, the running game and through his return ability. Cohen (5’6 179) is one of the smaller players in the league but he is built well and has very strong legs. The back isn’t afraid to lower his shoulders and run behind his pads and between tackles. Coupled with his acceleration, Cohen is a hard cover. His running back mate, Jordan Howard, runs most of the power running plays between the tackles but Cohen can run the same concepts but at a lower rate. The former North Carolina A&T running back makes his money on the outside and in space.  The Bears running back finished with 111 all-purpose yards, and the team as a whole put up 336. 

Bears defense 

A mark of a good defense is the ability to make the opposing offense uncomfortable and force them to find new ways to score. Chicago forced Rams quarterback Jared Goff to throw four interceptions and held Los Angeles to 214 yards of total offense. The pocket was rarely clean for Goff, who was sacked three times and when it was clean, he rushed throws and made errant reads.  Chicago didn’t do much better than the Rams offensively (294 total yards) but the Bears have the type of defense that can carry its football team. Khalil Mack stirs the drink but the Bears possess playmakers at all three levels of the defense. 

Rams play calling 

The Rams rank in the top five in scoring per game, passing yards per game and rushing yards per game but looked ordinary against the Bears.  Sean McVay is a Coach of the Year candidate and the honor is warranted but his play calling was suspect on Sunday night.   The Rams best player offensively, Todd Gurley, carried the ball just 11 times and he finished with just three receptions despite being targeted seven times in the passing game. The passing numbers aside, Gurley should’ve seen more touches in the running game.  On 2nd and 15 to start the third quarter, McVay opted for a shotgun set when his team was on its own five-yard line.  Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman capitalized and sacked Goff for a safety. 

“Really, consistently over and over I continue to put our players in bad spots,” McVay said during the postgame press conference. “Certainly a humbling night, but it’s one you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better and move forward accordingly and that’s exactly what we’re going to do and that’s all I know how to do.  And I have to be better for our football team.  This loss is on me.  I didn’t do a nearly good enough job for us today.  I trust we will respond the right way.” 

The Rams coach accepted blame for the loss. Look for Los Angeles to establish the running game early in their next game against the Eagles. 

DraftNasty spotlights Chicago Bears 2nd Round pick Anthony Miller: It’s Miller Time

Former Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller was ranked 43rd overall on DraftNasty’s 2018 Big Board.  The Chicago Bears took him with the 51st overall pick (2nd Round) of the 2018 NFL Draft.  The second-team All-American went over the 1,400-yard mark in 2017 (1,462) after topping the 1,200-yard mark as a junior.  His ability to play in the slot or on the outside made him one of the draft’s most attractive targets.

2018 NFL Draft Recap, pick-by-pick: NFC North

NFC North

 

Green Bay Packers

Alexander (No. 10 pictured) may be relied upon to work at the nickel back spot for the Packers.

Notable picks: Alexander and Jackson could eventually develop into the two outside starting cornerbacks. Alexander’s ability to return kicks, play outside or in the slot makes him one of the more versatile players in the 2018 NFL Draft. The potential combination of Alexander, Jackson and Kevin King could be game-changing for the Packers secondary.

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1 (18) Jaire

Alexander CB-5’10 196

Louisville 40 (2nd Round) Teams relied heavily on his outstanding 2016 film. Believes in his recipe. Will he play the nickel with Jackson and King on the outside.
2 (45) Josh

Jackson

CB-6’0 196

Iowa 55 (2nd Round) Jackson is used to this part of the country and the elements won’t be a factor. His ball skills will aid a defense which finished 23rd in pass defense.
3 (88) Trade from Carolina Oren

Burks

LB-6’3 233

Vanderbilt 71 (3rd Round) Burks adds another coverage linebacker to a group that needs more on-field speed. The former safety has all of the tools to develop into at least a nickel contributor in Year 1.
4 (133) J’Mon

Moore

WR-6’3 207

Missouri 160 (3rd Round) Moore was the rare SEC wide receiver to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
5 (138) Cole

Madison

OL-6’5 307

Washington St. 127 (3rd Round) Former TE with good feet, durability and tackle experience. While he played RT in school, he could battle former UCF star Justin McCray (8 starts in 2017) for playing time at OG.
5 (172) JK

Scott

P-6’6 208

Alabama 411 (5th Round) Four-year starter who punted and kicked off the ‘Tide. Can be dominant kicking in Domes. Catch-and-kick times average between 1.15 and 1.25 seconds. Reminiscent of former Clemson punter Bradley Pinion.
5 (174) Marquez

Valdes-Scantling

WR-6’4 207

USF 281 (4th Round) Valdes-Scantling built on a good junior campaign with a breakout senior campaign.
6 (207) Equanimeous

St. Brown

WR-6’5 214

Notre Dame 80 (3rd Round) St. Brown probably may have more to give than even the team’s fifth-round pick. Regardless of the team’s QB play, he didn’t finish on the ball as well in 2017.
7 (232) James

Looney

DL-6’3 287

California 243 (4th Round) NFL bloodlines are complemented by a steady diet of lateral quickness and strong hands. He is an inconsistent pass rusher and Tyson Alualu-type.   35 ½” VJ.
7 (239) Hunter

Bradley

LS-6’3 241

Mississippi State N/A (long snappers, page 388 of Corey Chavous’ 2018 Draft Guide) Bradley, a long snapper, ran in the 4.7-range and was a big reason for P Logan Cooke’s success.
7 (248) Kendall

Donnerson

DE-6’3 250

SE Missouri State N/A Donnerson turned heads in private workouts prior to the draft with a 40” VJ and 10’11” BJ.

 

 

Chicago Bears

Smith’s ability (No. 3 pictured) to run down plays laterally could increase the speed of an already formidable Bears rush defense.

Notable Pick: Smith could make life painful for opposing running backs as he combines with playmaker Danny Trevathan. He rejoins former Georgia Bulldog teammate Leonard Floyd.   All of the linebackers will have to pay attention to fourth-round pick Joel Iyiebuniwe. He could challenge for playing time.

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1 (8) Roquan

Smith

6’1 236

Georgia 13 (1st Round) Smith’s speed will increase a defensive unit that is going…all the way up.
2 (39) James

Daniels

6’4 295

Iowa 41 (2nd Round) Daniels has he mobility to challenge for a starting offensive guard spot right away. In addition, he is athletic enough to backup at a tackle position.
2 (51) Anthony

Miller

5’11 201

Memphis 43 (2nd Round) Miller’s quickness will open up options on the outside or in the slot. His play speed will make him a major option in the run-pass-option game with Trubisky.
4 (115) Joel

Iyiebuniwe

LB-6’1 229

Western Kentucky 112 (3rd Round) The Bears continue to overhaul their LB corps with a ‘backer who can run and hit.
5 (145) Bilal

Nichols

DT-6’3 306

Delaware 97 (3rd Round) Nichols very easily could have gone higher if not for questions regarding his pad level. He could provide a challenge for DE Jonathan Bullard.
7 (224) Javon

Wims

WR-6’4 215

Georgia,

Belhaven

223 (4th Round) The Bears took a late-round flyer on a player who excelled adjusting to tough passes in 2017. He’s another tall, long wideout in the mold of current Bears Robinson and White. Can he play special teams?

 

 

 

Minnesota Vikings

Carlson connected on 13 field goals of 50 or more yards in school.

Notable pick: Carlson’s ability to hit field goals near the midfield mark will extend the team’s offensive range. Jalen Holmes brings positional versatility to the table and could be a big factor on third downs rushing from an interior line position.   Aruna could become a Day 3 find with his immense level of athleticism.

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1 (29) Mike

Hughes

CB-5’10 183

UCF 16 (2nd Round) Hughes not only offers sub-package immediate potential, he is one of the draft’s best returners.
2 (62) Brian

O’Neill

OT-6’6 298

Pittsburgh 66 (3rd Round) O’Neill has starting potential as a left tackle if he can learn to sit down with more urgency.
4 (102)

 

Jalen

Holmes

DE-6’5 283

Ohio State 156 (3rd Round) Holmes can play up-and-down a defensive front.   He is improving with his hand usage.
5 (167) Daniel

Carlson

PK-6’5 223

Auburn 267 (4th Round) Despite six blocked kicks in school, he kicked 13 field goals of 50 yards or more.
6 (213) Colby

Gossett

OL-6’5 311

Appalachian State 105 (3rd Round) Gossett started 37 games at RG, 8 games at RT and one game at OC in school.
6 (218) Ade

Aruna

OLB-6’5 262

Tulane 219 (3rd Round) Former two-star recruit was much better in 2016 when he stood up as a two-point OLB much of the year.
7 (225) Devante

Downs

LB-6’1 245

California 515 (6th Round) Downs finished his career with 211 tackles and five interceptions despite missing significant time as a senior.   His eye speed makes up for ordinary explosion.

 

Detroit Lions

Johnson’s workhorse mentality was complemented with an ability to throw the halfback pass.

Notable picks: Detroit went into this draft with the desire to get more physical on both sides of the ball. They drafted Johnson to run behind Ragnow and then selected the draft’s best blocking fullback in Bawden. Johnson will make-or-break this crop. If he can provide a one-two punch with some of the current Lions backs, it will finally take pressure off of Matthew Stafford.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (20) Frank

Ragnow

C-6’5 307

Arkansas 121 (3rd Round) Ragnow has always carried starter-traits, but leverage can be an issue for him vs. squatty nose guards.
2 (43) Trade from New England Kerryon

Johnson

RB-5’11 213

Auburn 101 (3rd Round) Johnson’s power and stride length make him look like a 6’2 runner on the field. He contains underrated lower body explosiveness at 213 pounds.   Easy mover.
4 (114) from New England Da’Shawn

Hand

DL-6’4 297

Alabama 137 (3rd Round) Hand is a player with heavy hands and an ability to defend the run. He may never be a great pass rusher, but he fits the profile desired on an underrated defensive front.
 
5 (153) Tyrell

Crosby

OT-6’5 319

Oregon 14 (1st Round) Crosby ranks as one of the best steals of the draft.   He may not look the part, but his 11-inch hands and 35-inch arms will make a difference at the right tackle spot.
7 (237) Nick

Bawden

FB-6’2 240

San Diego State 210 (4th Round) Bawden –a former college quarterback- reads through defenses with an ability to seek and destroy.   A true passion player with huge upside as a blocker. He adds substance to the team’s desire to run effectively in December.

Q&A with Chicago Bears DB Deon Bush

When it comes to making a statement from a physical perspective, Chicago Bears and former Miami (Fla.) safety Deon Bush has proven capable of making it happen either defensively or on special teams. DraftNasty’s Corey Chavous sat down with Bush during 2016 East-West Shrine practices and discussed the strengths in his game.

Corey: How has it been so far this week working with a guy like Sam Madison (former All-Pro cornerback with Miami Dolphins)?  I know you’re kind of familiar with him from down that way (South Florida).

Deon: It’s always an honor to work with Sam Madison.  Coach Madison, I’ve worked with him since high school.  He was on
my 7-on-7 Express (South Florida Express) and he worked us out. He’s always good to work with; he knows the game of football. He’s
played for so long and it’s great to work with a guy like him.

Corey: You’ve had a lot of games in your career where you’ve kind of imposed your physicality. Go back to the Notre Dame game three years ago (2012), two forced fumbles. The physical part of the game is always been something you’ve always enjoyed.  But you’ve had some injury problems.  How have you been able to overcome that and become a consistent player?

Deon: I’ve been able to overcome that by accepting that in football you’re going to have injuries.  It’s a physical game and when
you play physical it is going to happen. You’ve got to fight through it and try to avoid those injuries as much as possible.  Just
fighting through it and not letting it just bring me down.  It’s part of the game at the end of the day.

Corey:  Do you feel like your man coverage skills are a little bit underrated?

Deon:  I feel like it’s an underrated part (of my game).  I’m confident against whoever they (offense) put out there. You can put a fast
receiver out there, a tall receiver, a tight end and I feel like I can cover them all.   I feel like I have the speed to cover them, I feel like I have the size to cover the big guys and I think I’m physical enough to cover the tight ends.  Every time I step on the field I try to show what I can do and try to prove to everybody that I can play all the coverages and be physical at the same time.

Corey: Who would you say was your toughest opponent in school?

Deon: I’d probably say Dalvin Cook (RB-Florida State).  He was a very explosive and fast running back.

Corey: We want to wish the best of the luck in the draft.

Deon:  Thank you.

-2016 East-West Shrine practices