In drafting DL Dominique Easley, the Patriots got a guy who likes to inflict pain on opponents; “One of the great things about Dominique, when he lines up across from someone, it’s the same. He’s trying to physically hurt them,” Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said. “Seriously, that’s the guy’s approach. It’s an amazing thing.”
So why did the Ravens take a middle linebacker, a defensive tackle, and a safety in the first three rounds? “It’s important to be strong up the middle,” coach John Harbaugh said.
Steelers first-round LB Ryan Shazier, once bullied for having Alopecia, has come to embrace it. “I feel like it’s my signature now. . . . I feel like having a bald head actually saves me a lot of money.”
By adding an offensive lineman and a receiver, the Colts are trying to get the most out of Andrew Luck; “I think that as long as he’s healthy and upright, and he’s got great protection, and he’s got enough weapons surrounding him, we’ll probably be here for a long time,” coach Chuck Pagano said.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan see big things coming for his adopted hometown: “I think Jacksonville is going to change and is going to change for the better,” Khan said. “I’m very optimistic.”
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt danced around comparing DE Dee Ford to one of the franchise’s all-time great pass rushers; “I don’t want to say that they compared him to Derrick Thomas, but in describing his physical attributes, certainly Derrick came to mind,” Hunt said.
The Raiders were happy that QB Derek Carr remained available at No. 36; “We were surprised that he was there at 36, yes,” director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales said. “The Raiders need a little luck just like everybody else.”
Chargers G.M. Tom Telesco loved what he saw of CB Jason Verrett on tape; “You see the enthusiasm, the toughness, the way he flies around. . . . That stuff’s contagious. And the fact he also is extremely fast and quick with ball skills, it’s just a nice package for us.”
The Cowboys ultimately weren’t concerned about three separate one-game suspensions imposed on DE Demarcus Lawrence at Boise State.
New Giants DT Jay Bromley was out shopping when he got the call he’d been drafted by the Giants.
The addition of LB Trent Murphy gives the Redskins a deep rotation of pass rushers, at least for 2014.
Lions TE Eric Ebron says it’s “mind-blowing” to be part of an offense that includes Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, and Golden Tate. (Ebron may call it something else, if/when he’s not getting the ball much.)
Before the NFL assumes that holding the draft in May will always mean higher interest and ratings, the NFL should consider the wisdom of former Bears coach Mike Ditka: “This draft was really about one player: Johnny Manziel. Face it, he made this draft. The interest was all about one man.”
Louisville coach Charlie Strong defends Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater; “It was just amazing to hear some of the conversations because I just knew his makeup and what type of player he is,” Strong said. “Just to see this unfold the last two weeks, I told him the other day, ‘Listen, just be patient. You are who you are. You’ll never change for anyone and that’s why I really respect you.'”
At only 20 years old and with just two years of college football, Panthers G Trai Turner has plenty of tread on the tires.
The Cardinals entered the draft with a list of their 120 top players, and G.M. Steve Keim says it has been picked “pretty clean.”
The Rams created major loyalty with CB Lamarcus Joyner by trading up for him in round two; “Now I feel like I owe them for that,” Joyner said. “I’m gonna give ’em my heart. I’m gonna give ’em my everything. Because they sacrificed for me, so I have to sacrifice for that organization.”
The 49ers seem to be making moves with an eye toward toppling the defending division, conference, and NFL champs.
New Seahawks WR Paul Richardson says he has run a 4.28-second 40-yard dash with electronic timing.