Trestman: “I can’t wait to get my hands on” Cutler
Posted by Darin Gantt on January 17, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT
New Bears coach Marc Trestman made it clear in his first press conference that quarterback Jay Cutler’s going to be a pet project.
Trestman said he’d handle offensive play-calling, and that getting off to a good relationship with Cutler was going to be essential.
“I can’t wait to get my hands on him,” Trestman said. “That starts today.”
The new Bears coach stressed that “the quarterback has to play at an efficient level,” but also pointed out problems the Bears had last year that had not as much to do with Cutler.
“This guy loves football,” Trestman said of Cutler. “He wants to be great. And hopefully we can give him some direction and protection.”
Trestman also said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has chosen to leave. There were some reports yesterday that Marinelli had a chance to stay, but he’s apparently looking elsewhere.
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 28, 2016, 10:03 PM EDT
A run on offensive tackles is continuing in the NFL draft, with the Lions selecting Taylor Decker from Ohio State.
The Lions turned in their card almost immediately after they were on the clock, suggesting that Decker was very high on their draft board. It’s easy to see why: Decker is NFL-ready and can play either right tackle or left tackle on a team that needs help protecting Matthew Stafford.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has called Decker one of the best players he’s coached, comparing him to brothers Mike Pouncey and Maurkice Pouncey (whom Meyer coached at Florida) in terms of their ability to translate college success to the next level.
It’s been a big night for Ohio State, who also had Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott and Eli Apple in the first half of the first round. The Buckeyes are sending plenty of talent to the NFL.
Posted by Josh Alper on April 28, 2016, 10:01 PM EDT
The Browns traded from No. 2 to No. 8 before the draft started and they moved down to No. 15 while they were on the clock Thursday night, but they’ve decided to stop stockpiling future picks and use one.
Wide receiver Corey Coleman was the pick as the Browns go back to the Baylor wideout well while waiting for Josh Gordon’s possible reinstatement from his substance abuse suspension. If Gordon does return and things break Robert Griffin III’s way at quarterback, Baylor will be well represented in Cleveland.
Coleman is coming off a very productive year that saw him catch 76 passes for a Big 12-leading 1,363 yards and an FBS-best 20 touchdowns. That made him the choice as the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the best collegiate receiver and helped him become the first receiver off the board on Thursday night.
He isn’t the tallest receiver, but has a lot of speed off the line and can make plays after the catch. The Browns’ cupboard at wideout isn’t well stocked, which should leave plenty of work for Coleman as a rookie if Hue Jackson thinks he can handle the load early on.
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on April 28, 2016, 9:56 PM EDT
With the retirement of Charles Woodson, the Oakland Raiders were in need of some additional help in the secondary. They found it in West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, selecting him with the 14th pick in the draft.
Joseph will join Nate Allen and Reggie Nelson in the back of the Raiders defense.
Allen appeared in just three games last season and Nelson is a 10-year veteran. At 5-10, 205, Joseph will likely assume a free safety role with the Raiders.
The addition of Joseph infuses some youth into Oakland’s secondary to pair with a front-seven that included Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin as pass rushers.
Posted by Mike Florio on April 28, 2016, 9:49 PM EDT
Not long after ESPN’s Adam Schefter offered up the hyperbolic notion that tackle Laremy Tunsil was on the La’El Collins track, Tunsil has a home.
The Dolphins have made Tunsil the 13th overall pick in the draft.
Tunsil’s slide has been fueled by the late release, via apparent hacking of his Twitter account, of a video that seemed to show Tunsil smoking marijuana with a bong and a gas mask.
In an interview with ESPN’s Suzy Kolbe, Tunsil declined to say whether he’s the person seen in the video. He reiterated that his account was hacked.
Tunis becomes the eventual replacement for Branden Albert at left tackle, and Tunsil is, from an intensity standpoint, possibly the exact opposite of the tackle the Dolphins picked in the second round two years ago, in Jonathan Martin.
Time will tell whether the No. 13 pick ends up being a lucky one for Miami. It caps what has been an unlucky night for Tunsil.
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 28, 2016, 9:42 PM EDT
The Saints need all the help they can get on defense.
They took a big step toward fixing that with the 12th pick, taking Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.
Rankins could provide immediate pass-rush help from inside for the Saints, who were unable to make opposing quarterbacks hurry at all last year.
The Saints also signed Nick Fairley in free agency, giving them options up the middle, and perhaps the opportunity to be something other than dreadful against the pass.
Posted by Mike Florio on April 28, 2016, 9:37 PM EDT
The good news for Ohio State is that three former Buckeyes have made it to the top 10 of the draft. The good news for the rest of the Big 10 is that these guys are all gone.
Joining Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 3) and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot (No. 4) is cornerback Eli Apple, who went to the Giants at No. 10.
According to ESPN’s Chris Berman, it’s the first time any school has placed a trio of players in the first 10 selections, an amazing development considering the number of dominant college football programs over the years.
More Buckeyes could be coming in round one and beyond. For now, the folks in Columbus can take pride in the fact that their school has accomplished something no one else has.
UPDATE 9:43 p.m. ET: Well, that’s what I get for listening to Berman. Apparently, Oklahoma has done it before. Regardless, Ohio State did it tonight.
Posted by Zac Jackson on April 28, 2016, 9:30 PM EDT
The Buccaneers used the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft to select cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
Going defense makes sense for the Buccaneers, who last year got their quarterback in Jameis Winston and three other starters from the draft. Hargreaves will immediately see action for a defense tasked with slowing NFC South quarterbacks Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.
Hargreaves, who’s from Tampa, was an early entry to the draft after three years at Florida.
The Bears and Buccaneers swapped picks in the second on-clock trade of the first round. The Bears gave up a fourth-round pick to jump in front of the Giants and select pass rusher Leonard Floyd.
The Giants took cornerback Eli Apple at No. 10.
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 28, 2016, 9:22 PM EDT
Good news for Eli Apple: There are some great restaurants in New York, and he’s now a Giant.
Apple, who was the subject of the most ridiculous pre-draft discussion of the week when an anonymous scout criticized his alleged inability to cook, was selected by the Giants with the 10th overall pick in the draft.
Put aside the silliness of cooking, and Apple is a very good cornerback from Ohio State who should make an immediate impact on the Giants’ defense. At 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds, Apple has good size for a cornerback, and is viewed as ready to play in the NFL right now.
Now Apple, who grew up in South Jersey, heads to the Big Apple.
Posted by Josh Alper on April 28, 2016, 9:15 PM EDT
The Bears had the 11th pick in the draft, but it seems they were worried about the Giants taking the player they wanted.
Chicago made a trade with the Buccaneers to move up to the ninth pick of the first round and selected Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. The Bears gave up No. 11 and No. 106 to move up to Tampa Bay’s spot.
Floyd’s star was on the rise in the weeks leading up to the draft. He was always projected to be a first-round pick, but made his way from the second half of projections into the top as the big day drew closer. Floyd showed a lot of versatility while in Georgia and there has been talk about him playing at either inside or outside linebacker in the NFL.
The Bears could use playmakers all over their defense and Floyd gives the a piece who defensive coordinator Vic Fangio can use to build a more threatening unit in his second season with the team.
Posted by Zac Jackson on April 28, 2016, 9:14 PM EDT
The Browns and Titans keep making trades.
The Titans have actually made a draft pick. The Browns keep loading up on picks and will be very busy later.
In the trade that allowed the Titans to move up from No. 15 and select Jack Conklin at No. 8, the Browns got a third-round pick (No. 76) in this year’s draft and a second-round pick in 2017.
That means the Browns currently hold five picks between Nos. 15-77 in this year’s draft, two first-round picks in 2017 (theirs and the one the Eagles sent to move up for Carson Wentz) and two second-round picks in 2017. They previously added an extra 2018 second-round pick from the Eagles.
The Browns have lots of needs, and under new football honcho Sashi Brown and coach Hue Jackson they now have a lot of picks to address them.
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on April 28, 2016, 9:09 PM EDT
The Tennessee Titans acquired the No. 8 overall pick in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in order to grab Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin.
The Titans needed help on the offensive line to protect last year’s first round selection Marcus Mariota. But instead of selecting Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil – who continued to slide after a bong hit video was posted on his Twitter account Thursday before the draft – the Titans elected to go with Conklin.
Tennessee has done a fantastic job early in the draft. By moving out of the No. 1 overall pick, the Titans grabbed a haul of draft picks from the Los Angeles Rams. Despite initially moving back, they found a partner willing to deal in the Browns to allow them to still get the immediate help on the offensive line they desperately needed.
Posted by Josh Alper on April 28, 2016, 9:05 PM EDT
One of the big stories of the first hour of the draft is about Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil, a player who hasn’t been picked after a video of him taking a bong hit while wearing a gas mask was posted to his Twitter account just before the draft.
Tunsil’s agent has confirmed that Tunsil is in the video and says that the video was posted to the account by someone other than Tunsil.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said on the draft broadcast that Tunsil’s agent has been calling teams in an attempt to reassure them about his client. Tackles Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin are both off the board while Tunsil waits to hear his name called, however.
UPDATE 9:34 p.m. ET: There was previously a reference in this post to a tweet from Tunsil’s account, but it was a fake account.
Posted by Mike Florio on April 28, 2016, 9:03 PM EDT
With plenty of needs on both sides of the ball, a former Oregon coach has drafted a player he once recruited.
Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner has been drafted by the 49ers and coach Chip Kelly.
Buckner started as a true freshman in 2012, Kelly’s last year in Oregon. Now, Buckner will play for Kelly during Buckner’s first year in the NFL — and Kelly’s first year with the 49ers.
It’s the second straight year the 49ers drafted an Oregon defensive lineman in round one.
The 49ers need help on the defensive line given the 2015 retirement of Justin Smith and the decision last year to part ways with Aldon Smith.
Posted by Josh Alper on April 28, 2016, 8:58 PM EDT
Carson Wentz is officially a member of the Eagles and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman says that Sam Bradford’s going to remain one as well.
Bradford would like to be traded as a result of the team’s decision move up to the No. 2 pick and select Wentz, but Roseman said in a press conference after the pick that Bradford is “our quarterback.” That has been the team’s position since making the trade with the Browns and Roseman wouldn’t say whether the team has had any talks about trading Bradford.
Bradford hasn’t been taking part in offseason work with the team since the deal. Coach Doug Pederson said that they’ll welcome him back with “open arms,” although it remains to be seen when that return might come.
Until he does, it’s probably safe to assume that we’ll hear more about a potential change of address and more of the Eagles saying that Bradford will be staying in Philadelphia while Wentz gets his feet wet as a backup.
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 28, 2016, 8:55 PM EDT
The Ravens might be shopping their left tackle now, since they just chose another one.
With the sixth overall pick, Baltimore took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley.
He’ll likely replace Eugene Monroe, who was rumored to be on the trade block prior to the draft. Now with a like-for-like replacement, it’ll be easier.
Stanley was viewed by some as a safer tackle prospect than Laremy Tunsil anyway, and that’s before a bizarre video turned up on Tunsil’s since-deleted Twitter account.
The Ravens have been known to take chances on players with off-field issues in the past, but this time, Stanley’s clean record might have broken what may or may not have been a close decision.