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|4/28/2016||Germain Ifedi, Sea, T|
|The Seahawks addressed needs on the offensive line by taking Ifedi with the final pick of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: Ifedi is 6-foot-6, 324 pounds and projects as a right tackle or possibly a guard. Seattle had the No. 26 pick but traded that selection to Denver, who picked Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. Seattle moved back to No. 31 and picked up the No. 94 overall pick in the third round, giving the team 10 picks in the draft and five in the top 100.
|4/28/2016||Vernon Butler, Car, DT|
|The Panthers selected Butler with the 30th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 316-pound Butler gives the Panthers another big interior defensive lineman. He had 50 tackles and three sacks last season as a senior and was named first-term All-Conference USA. The Panthers have Star Lotutelei and Kawann Short as their starting defensive tackles.
|4/28/2016||Robert Nkemdiche, Ari, DT|
|The Cardinals have selected Nkemdiche with the 29th pick in the NFL draft.
Analysis: Nkemdiche was considered one of the most talented players in the draft but he was still available late in the first round due to an incident last December at an Atlanta hotel, when he fell 15 feet through a broken window. He was charged with marijuana possession after the drug was found in the hotel room. The Cardinals front office and coaches believe they have the kind of solid locker room culture to help Nkemdiche succeed.
|4/28/2016||Joshua Garnett, SF, G|
|The 49ers addressed a big need on their offensive line, trading with Kansas City for another first-round pick to select Garnett with the 28th choice Thursday night.
Analysis: Garnett started 14 games for the Rose Bowl champion Cardinal at left guard last season, playing in front of record-setting running back and AP Player of the Year Christian McCaffrey. Garnett could make an immediate impact on an offensive line that lost left guard Alex Boone to Minnesota in free agency.
|4/28/2016||Kenny Clark, GB, NT|
|The Packers filled a need on defense by taking Clark with the 27th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Analysis: Clark played three years at UCLA, starting all 13 games in 2015 and making 29 consecutive starts overall. A team captain, Clark had 75 tackles and six sacks for the Bruins last season. There is a huge void in the middle of the defense with tackle B.J. Raji choosing to take a year off. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Clark will help plug that hole.
|4/28/2016||Paxton Lynch, Den, QB|
|The Broncos have selected Peyton Manning's presumed successor in Lynch with the 26th overall pick of the first round in the NFL draft.
Analysis: Lynch, a shade under 6-7 and 244 pounds, is perfect for Gary Kubiak's play action but the question is how soon will he develop into the starter. Lynch joins a QB group that includes newcomer Mark Sanchez and 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian. The Broncos swapped the final pick of the first round along with a third-rounder (94th overall) with the Seattle Seahawks to move up five spots.
|4/28/2016||Artie Burns, Pit, CB|
|The Steelers took Burns with the 25th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, the first cornerback taken by the club in the opening round in nearly 20 years.
Analysis: The Steelers are looking to revamp a secondary that finished 30th in the league in pass defense in 2015, one of the few weak spots on a club that made the playoffs for a second straight season. Burns led the ACC with six interceptions last fall for the Hurricanes. The selection marks the first cornerback selected by the Steelers since they took Chad Scott with the 24th pick in 1997.
|4/28/2016||William Jackson III, Cin, CB|
|The Bengals took Jackson III with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Analysis: Cincinnati needed a receiver after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency. The Bengals signed Brandon LaFell, but got shut out when the Texans, Redskins and Vikings all took receivers in the three spots ahead of them. It's the third time in the last five years that the Bengals made a cornerback their top pick. They took Dre Kirkpatrick in 2012 and Darqueze Dennard in 2014. Kirkpatrick and Adam "Pacman" Jones return as the starters.
|4/28/2016||Laquon Treadwell, Min, WR|
|The Vikings addressed a glaring need at wide receiver, selecting Treadwell with 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Analysis: Treadwell, who's listed at 6-foot-2 and 221 pounds, recovered from a gruesome left ankle injury in 2014 to lead the SEC with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. He's the all-time leading receiver in Ole Miss history with 202 career catches.
|4/28/2016||Josh Doctson, Was, WR|
|The Redskins selected Doctson with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft.
Analysis: The Redskins' selection of Doctson, listed at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds, gives last season's NFC East champions a young wideout who eventually could help replace veterans DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Those two are both entering the final year of their contracts. Doctson's senior season was cut short by a wrist injury but he still was an AP All-American selection.
|4/28/2016||Will Fuller, Hou, WR|
|The Texans selected Fuller, trading with Washington to move up one spot to take him at No. 21 overall in the NFL draft Thursday night.
Analysis: Houston was scheduled to pick 22nd, but traded away their sixth-round pick in 2017 to the Redskins to select Fuller. The Texans needed a receiver to play with star DeAndre Hopkins and give new quarterback Brock Osweiler another target as he takes over Houston's offense. Fuller had 62 receptions for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns last season for the Fighting Irish.
|4/27/2016||Von Miller, Den, LB|
|Miller says he's optimistic he'll soon have a long-term contract with the Denver Broncos.
Analysis: During an appearance at his charity event Wednesday night, Miller said, "I'm expecting a deal any day. That's just the mind-set I have." Earlier this week, general manager John Elway said there's only been one offer and one counter-offer with Miller's representatives. Elway placed the exclusive franchise tag on the star linebacker. Miller is skipping voluntary team workouts while awaiting a new contract.
|4/26/2016||A.J. Hawk, Cin, LB|
|The Cincinnati Bengals have released linebacker A.J. Hawk.
Analysis: A native of southwest Ohio who starred at Ohio State, Hawk joined the Bengals as a free agent last spring after spending nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers and departing as that team's career leader in tackles.
|4/25/2016||Saalim Hakim, Cle, WR|
|The Browns signed wide receiver Saalim Hakim after he had an impressive tryout last week in their voluntary minicamp.
Analysis: The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Hakim made several nice catches during a practice on Thursday, when he outjumped a defensive back to haul in a long pass from quarterback Austin Davis and earned immediate praise from new Browns coach Hue Jackson.
|4/25/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend.
Analysis: The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M star was accused by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley of hitting her and threatening to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear. The indictment accuses Manziel of striking Crowley and "forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard."
|4/25/2016||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in New York.
Analysis: The decision by a three-judge panel may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league's top teams. It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback and top NFL star played in using underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game in January 2015.
|4/22/2016||Josh Norman, Was, CB|
|Norman has signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Redskins, according to NFL.com.
Analysis: Two days after Carolina rescinded Norman's $13.9 million franchise tag, the All-Pro cornerback received the lucrative long-term deal he had been seeking. The four-year veteran is coming off his best season, in which he recorded four interceptions and 16 passes defensed for the NFC champion Panthers.
|4/21/2016||Mitchell Van Dyk, Ind, T|
|The Indianapolis Colts signed offensive tackles Kevin Graf and Van Dyk on Wednesday.
Analysis: The 6-7, 299-pound Van Dyk spent all of last season on the Pittsburgh Steelers' injured reserve list. The Rams drafted Van Dyk in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, but was waived before the season began.
|4/21/2016||Kevin Graf, Ind, T|
|The Indianapolis Colts signed offensive tackles Graf and Mitchell Van Dyk on Wednesday.
Analysis: Graf split time on the Philadelphia Eagles' active roster and practice squad in 2014 before he was waived last August. The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Southern California product was originally an undrafted free agent. He has never played in an NFL game.
|4/20/2016||Chris Chester, Atl, G|
|The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed guard Chris Chester.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Chester started all 16 games last season, his 10th in the NFL.
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