NFL Draft info. (30 April 2006) from KFFL
[size=24px]Vikings | Team trades for A. Hicks[/size]
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:57:47 -0700
NFL.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have traded a fourth-round draft pick, No. 115 overall and a sixth-round draft pick, No. 185 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for OL Artis Hicks and a fourth-round pick, No. 127 overall.
Dolphins | Team will look for right fit for Toledo
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:30:12 -0700
Armando Salguero, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins selected OL Joe Toledo in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft. Toledo, 6-5 and 338 pounds, was picked with the 114th overall pick. The former 285-pound tight end bulked up in two years and moved to the offensive line. It is likely the Dolphins will try Toledo at both guard and tackle to find the right fit for him. 'I'm open to anything,' he said. "I can learn offensive tackle, I can play offensive guard. I'm excited about getting down there and getting to work.'
Eagles | J. Bloom taken with No. 147 pick
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:29:21 -0700
With the 147th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected WR Jeremy Bloom (Colorado).
Patriots | Gostkowski taken with No. 118 pick
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 09:13:57 -0700
With the 118th pick in the NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected PK Stephen Gostkowski (Memphis).
Bills | Team had no interest in Leinart
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:53:34 -0700
Allen Wilson, of the Buffalo News, reports the Buffalo Bills had no interest in taking USC QB Matt Leinart, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. General manager Marv Levy said, "We feel good about what we have at quarterback. We're going to get better at quarterback not by getting some glamour guy out of the draft, but by making our team better around the quarterback."
[size=24px]Vikings | Team had interest in moving up to No. 8[/size]
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:50:12 -0700
Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports the Minnesota Vikings expressed interest in trading with the Buffalo Bills for the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Bills did not feel they offered enough to accept the trade.
49ers | Team considered drafting L. White
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:28:18 -0700
Dennis Georgatos, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said the team gave some consideration to drafting RB LenDale White with the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft.
Jets | Team selects B. Smith at No. 103
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:20:58 -0700
The New York Jets have selected Missouri QB Brad Smith with pick No. 103 in the NFL Draft. The Jets are projecting him as a running back or wide receiver for them.
49ers | Team selects M. Robinson at No. 100
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:20:30 -0700
The San Francisco 49ers have selected Penn State QB Michael Robinson with pick No. 100 in the NFL Draft. The 49ers are projecting him as a running back for them.
Cardinals | Team expected to go with defense Day Two
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 07:01:45 -0700
Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals are expected to draft defensive players the second day of the NFL Draft Sunday, April 30. "It's going to even out for us," head coach Dennis Green said. "We have some good quality players with good value that are on the defensive side of the ball." The Cardinals hoped to take a defensive tackle, a cornerback and a linebacker in this draft.
Cardinals | Green calls Leinart selection huge
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 06:56:45 -0700
Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals took all of about two minutes to write QB Matt Leinart's name on their draft card when he was still available at the No. 10 selection in the first round of the NFL Draft. "This is a huge pick," head coach Dennis Green said. "I mean, this is huge." In Leinart, they have a quarterback who could have been the No. 1 overall pick had he entered the draft a year ago instead of pursuing a third college championship. "Coach Green was fired up," Leinart said. "He said it was a gift from heaven. I think it's a great fit. I know they have great, great players on offense and a lot of weapons, similar to what I'm used to at USC." Ideally, Leinart won't play at all in 2006. QB Kurt Warner is the starter, and Leinart will compete with QB John Navarre for the backup's job. But if the Cardinals' start losing, or if Warner struggles, there will be pressure to play Leinart.
Lions | Team debated trading in the NFL Draft; but passed
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 06:37:01 -0700
Tom Kowalski, of mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions team president Matt Millen gave some thought to trading up or down in the NFL Draft, but he wound up passing. "Teams were calling so you listen to everything and then, at one point, you just say `This is the right player, so let's take the player,"' said Millen. While there were plenty of offers for the Lions to trade down, Millen said he did consider trading up. "I did make one phone call, but it didn't make a difference," Millen said. While he didn't elaborate, it's believed that Millen contacted the Green Bay Packers, who had the fifth overall choice, about possibly moving up to draft Ohio State LB A.J. Hawk.
Giants | Accorsi says you can never have enough pass rushers
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 06:20:31 -0700
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi completed his last NFL Draft before retiring with a few surprises. The first surprise was drafting DE Mathias Kiwanuka in the first round. Kiwanuka plays defensive end, a position the Giants are already loaded at, but Accorsi said the Giants were eyeing a group of five players for their first-round selection, and Kiwanuka had the highest grade of them all. "We wouldn't have picked him if we didn't feel he was going to be on the field," Accorsi said. "I know he's at a position where we have two Pro Bowlers, but pass rushers are like home run hitters and pitchers. You just never have enough of them."
Cowboys | Hatcher represents Grambling
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 06:17:19 -0700
Rick Herrin, of the Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys selected Grambling DE Jason Hatcher with the 92nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. Hatcher (6-6, 285) became the highest drafted Grambling player since 1991 when WR Jake Reed was selected in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings.
Re: NFL Draft info. (30 April 2006) from KFFL
Packers | Poppinga still on the way back
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:38:42 -0700
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said LB Brady Poppinga (knee) is continuing to rehabilitate the surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but didn't provide a timetable for his return. "He is, as you know, pretty much a nail-eater, and you have to pull him back, but he's coming along very good," Thompson said. "You just never know when that time's going to be. It could be that he's OK sometime during camp, it might be that he might be a PUP (physically-unable-to-perform) candidate, but we're a long way from getting to that point."
Packers | Team see C. Rodgers as return specialist
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:33:23 -0700
Mike Vandermause, of PackersNews.com, reports Green Bay Packers special teams coach Mike Stock is giving rookie WR Cory Rodgers the early nod for being the team's primary return man. "We're very enthusiastic about the chances of him coming in here and being he guy," Stock said of Rodgers.
Giants | Cofield will have chance to compete
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:32:49 -0700
David Porter, of the Associated Press, reports New York Giants DL Barry Cofield will have a chance to compete at defensive tackle. The team does not have many strong candidates to fill the vacancy left by DL Kendrick Clancy, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.
Packers | Wide receivers coach drops hint that Driver is better than Walker
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:28:49 -0700
Mike Vandermause, of PackersNews.com, reports Green Bay Packers wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson hinted that he liked Packers WR Donald Driver better than former Packers WR Javon Walker. "He's had a bunch of solid years with pretty good numbers," said Robinson. "To my knowledge, Javon has had one. And I'm not disparaging Javon. He's an excellent player. But my point is, Donald Driver is a big-time player." Robinson called Driver a "premier talent."
Packers | Team projecting Blackmon as a defensive back
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:27:50 -0700
Mike Vandermause, of PackersNews.com, reports the Green Bay Packers are projecting fourth-round draft pick CB/WR Will Blackmon (Boston College) as a defensive back. He started at cornerback for Boston College before shifting to wide receiver as a senior. Scouts rated him a mid-round pick based on his athleticism and return ability. He is known for his blazing speed and game-breaking ability as a return specialist.
Bears | J. Williams can play any linebacker spot
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:16:28 -0700
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears fourth-round draft pick LB Jamar Williams is a versatile linebacker. Williams possesses speed and athleticism. "When we look for a linebacker, the ultimate guy is a guy who can play all three positions and he can play all three positions," said Bears director of college scouting Greg Gabriel. The Bears have yet to decide where Williams will line up, though defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is pretty certain that the fourth-round pick won't play the middle linebacker position.
Broncos | B. Marshall discusses playing in Denver
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:00:33 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall talked about playing with WR Rod Smith and learning from wide receivers coach Steve Watson and head coach Mike Shanahan during his teleconference. Marshall said, "I was just talking to my advisor and my high school coach. Just to be able to play behind (Broncos WR) Rod Smith and just learn from him, I mean that is always a blessing. It will be a much easier transition for me because I have a veteran, a guy who hasn't missed one workout in the offseason throughout his years in Denver. So to be there seeing his work ethic and learn from him and (Wide Receivers) Coach (Steve) Watson and (Head) Coach (Mike) Shanahan and the great organization of the Denver Broncos is a blessing. It can't be better. Everything happens for a reason."
Lions | E. Sims discusses his concussions
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:00:04 -0700
Detroit Lions LB Ernie Sims discussed his history with concussions during his introductory press conference. Sims said, "Four of them were minor concussions and then one of them was kind of serious. But overall, I took my neuron-psych tests, and [the doctors] said it was okay."
Jets | Rumor alert: No trade for J. Jones
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:59:55 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New York Jets did not trade for Dallas Cowboys RB Julius Jones during the first round of the NFL Draft. Apparently there had been some rumors that trade could occur.
Jets | No trade for Suggs
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:59:19 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New York Jets did not trade for Cleveland Browns RB Lee Suggs during the first round of the NFL Draft as had been rumored.
Saints | H. Thomas looking forward to a fresh start
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:46:23 -0700
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints DT Hollis Thomas said he is looking forward to a fresh start with the Saints. "This gives me a fresh start," Thomas said. "I know they expect me to come in and make plays, or they wouldn't have brought me in. I feel like they feel like I'm a play maker. I'll try to be a leader by example." Thomas said he sensed a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles was coming.
Broncos | Cutler discusses strengths and weaknesses
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:42:02 -0700
Denver Broncos rookie QB Jay Cutler discussed his strengths and weaknesses at a press conference Sunday, April 30. "I think my strengths are I can move in the pocket, I've got a strong arm and have played against some very good defenses. I think playing in the SEC for four years is going to help me in the NFL. I've overcome a lot of adversity playing at Vanderbilt. We took some tough losses and had to bounce back week after week. Everyone wants to talk about me throwing off my back and how poor my footwork is. I think that has to be addressed, but I think that getting into this system and this offensive line and having the protection and the pocket there, that stuff is all going to come naturally."
Dolphins | R. Williams offered a book deal?
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:31:21 -0700
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports an associate of Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams said Williams has been offered close to $500,000 on a book deal but hasn't given an answer.