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Quarterback, five WRs among 49ers’ undrafted free agents

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Though the 49ers did not draft a quarterback, they have added a rookie free agent at the position.

San Francisco has signed South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson, the team said Tuesday. Thompson is the lone quarterback among the 49ers’ nine undrafted free agent signees.

Thompson (6-3, 218) connected on about 60 percent of his pass attempts in 2014, throwing for 3,564 yards with 26 TDs and 11 interceptions. Thompson and Blaine Gabbert are the lone backups to Colin Kaepernick on the San Francisco roster.

Of the 49ers’ other eight undrafted free agents, five are wide receivers: Dres Anderson (Utah), Isaac Blakeney (Duke), DiAndre Campbell (Washington), Darius Davis (Henderson State) and DeAndrew White (Alabama).

Other undrafted free agents signed were Auburn offensive lineman Patrick Miller and Michigan State defensive lineman Marcus Rush.

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PFT Planet hits 3-of-5 draft props, beats the house

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The results are in, and PFT Planet was dialed in when it came to the 2015 NFL Draft.

Of the five draft proposition “bets” set by PFT, the readers were correct on three of them. Here were the winners:

Over-Under on first-round RBs: 2.5. Ultimately, 92 percent of the more than 5,500 voters selected UNDER 2.5. And indeed, only two backs — Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon — were taken in Round One.

Over-Under on draft spot of first cornerback taken: 12.5. About 61 percent of the nearly 2,700 voters sided with UNDER 12.5, which cashed when Minnesota took Michigan State’s Trae Waynes at No. 11.

Over-Under on Marcus Mariota’s draft position: 2.5. Winner, winner. Out of about 6,300 votes, 55 percent projected Mariota to be chosen first or second. And indeed, he was the No. 2 overall pick of Tennessee.

While PFT Planet correctly handicapped those props, they struggled on two of the gambles:

— A majority of readers believed the first, second or third pick of the draft would be traded. Alas, no trades came until the Chargers moved up for the No. 15 pick.

— About 60 percent of voters projected Alabama wideout Amari Cooper to be selected no earlier than No. 5 in Round One. However, he was Oakland’s pick at No. 4.

Despite those losses, PFT Planet ended up a collective winner on the five draft props. Assuming the normal house edge, where bettors have to bet $11 to win $10, PFT Planet ended up $2,732 in mythical commenter dollars.

So congratulations, readers. You beat the house this time. Here, have some buffet passes. How about some show tickets? Can we freshen your drinks?

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Colts agree with QB Bryan Bennett, 14 other undrafted free agents

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The Colts announced Monday they had reached deals with 15 undrafted free agents, including a quarterback who played at the Senior Bowl.

Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett, who began his collegiate career at Oregon, is among the UDFAs agreeing to terms with Indianapolis.

Bennett (6-2, 211) threw for 2,357 yards with 18 TDs and eight interceptions in 2014. He also led his team in rushing (669 yards, 15 TDs). However, he completed less than 50 percent of his passes a season ago, and he could be more likely to stick on the Colts’ practice squad than their roster.

The Colts also announced a deal with Yale running back Tyler Varga, another Senior Bowl invitee. Varga (5-11, 222) rushed for 1,423 yards and scored 26 total touchdowns for the Bulldogs as a senior.

The other rookie free agents slated to join the Colts are Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray, Western Michigan cornerback Donald Celiscar, San Diego State linebacker Cody Galea, Cincinnati linebacker Terrell Hartsfield, Harvard linebacker Zachary Hodges, Nebraska cornerback Joshua Mitchell, San Diego State wide receiver Ezell Ruffin, West Chester cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz, Massachusetts tight end Jean Sifrin, Purdue tight end Justin Sinz, Clemson safety Robert Smith, Toledo linebacker Junior Sylvestre and Northwestern center Brandon Vitabile.

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2015 NFL Draft Trades

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The following trades were made during the 2015 NFL Draft. Trade terms were furnished by and cited from the league:


San Diego Trades: Selection Choices: Round 1, 2015 (17), Round 4, 2015 (117), Round 5, 2016.

San Francisco Trades: Selection Choice: Round 1, 2015 (15).

Chargers selected Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon at No. 15.

49ers selected defensive lineman Arik Armstead at No. 17 and Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell at No. 117.

Denver Trades: Selection Choices: Round 1, 2015 (28), Round 5, 2015 (143) from Chicago, Round 5, 2016, center/guard Manny Ramirez.

Detroit Trades: Selection Choice: Round 1, 2015 (23).

Broncos selected Missouri defensive end Shane Ray at No. 23.

Lions selected Duke offensive guard Laken Tomlinson at No. 28. Pick No. 143 was traded to Minnesota.


New York Giants Trade: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (40), Round 4, 2015 (108), Round 7, 2015 (245) from Denver.

Tennessee Trades: Selection Choice: Round 2, 2015 (33).

Giants selected Alabama S Landon Collins at No. 33.

Titans selected Missouri wide receiver Dorian Green-Beckham at No. 40, Alabama fullback Jalston Fowler at No. 108 and William and Mary wide receiver Tre McBride at No. 245.

Carolina Trades: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (57), Round 3, 2015 (89), Round 6, 2015 (201).

St. Louis Trades: Selection Choice: Round 2, 2015 (41).

Panthers selected Michigan tight end/wide receiver Devin Funchess at No. 41.

Rams selected Wisconsin offensive tackle Rob Havenstein at No. 57, Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion at No. 89 and Missouri wide receiver Bud Sasser at No. 201.

Cleveland Trades: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (43), Round 7, 2015 (229).

Houston Trades: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (51), Round 4, 2015 (116), Round 6, 2015 (195).

Texans selected Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney at No. 43. Pick No. 229 was traded to the Jets.

Browns selected Utah defensive end Nate Orchard at No. 51 and Mississippi State tight end Malcolm Johnson at No. 195. Pick No. 116 was traded to Arizona.

Miami Trades: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (47), Round 6, 2015 (191).

Philadelphia Trades: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (52), Round 5, 2015 (145) from St. Louis, Round 5, 2015 (156).

Eagles selected Utah cornerback Eric Rowe at No. 47 and Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd at No. 191.

Dolphins selected Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips at No. 52, Memphis cornerback Bobby McCain at No. 145 and Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett at No. 156.

Arizona Trades: Selection Choice: Round 2, 2015 (55).

Baltimore Trades: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (58), Round 5, 2015 (158) from Detroit.

Ravens selected Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams at No. 55.

Cardinals selected Missouri defensive end Markus Golden at No. 58 and West Virginia defensive end Shaquille Riddick at No. 158.

Indianapolis Trades: Selection Choices: Round 2, 2015 (61), Round 4, 2015 (128).

Tampa Bay Trades: Selection Choices: Round 3, 2015 (65), Round 4, 2015 (109) from St. Louis.

Buccaneers selected Hobart and William Smith center Ali Marpet at No. 61. Pick No. 128 was traded to Oakland.

Colts selected Florida Atlantic cornerback D’Joun Smith at No. 65 and Central Florida safety Clayton Geathers at No. 109.


Seattle Trades: Selection Choices: Round 3, 2015 (95), Round 4, 2015 (112) from New Orleans, Round 5, 2015 (167), Round 6, 2015 (181) from New York Jets.

Washington Trades: Selection Choice: Round 3, 2015 (69).

Seahawks selected Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett at No. 69.

Washington selected Florida running back Matt Jones at No. 95, Alabama offensive guard Arie Kouandjio at No. 112 and Virginia Tech safety Kyshoen Jarrett at No. 181. Pick No. 167 was traded to the Saints.

Houston Trades: Selection Choices: Round 3, 2015 (82), Round 5, 2015 (152), Round 7, 2015 (229) from Cleveland, wide receiver DeVier Posey.

New York Jets Trade: Selection Choice: Round 3, 2015 (70).

Texans selected Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong at No. 70.

Jets selected Louisville linebacker Lorenzo Maudlin at No. 82 and Texas A&M offensive guard Jarvis Harrison at No. 152. Pick No. 229 was traded to Jacksonville.

Kansas City Trades: Selection Choices: Round 3, 2015 (80), Round 6, 2015 (193).

Minnesota Trades: Selection Choice: Round 3, 2015 (76).

Chiefs selected Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley at No. 76.

Vikings selected Louisville defensive end B.J. Dubose at No. 193. Pick No. 80 was traded to Detroit.

Detroit Trades: Selection Choices: Round 3, 2015 (88), Round 5, 2015 (143) from Chicago.

Minnesota Trades: Selection Choice: Round 3, 2015 (80) from Kansas City.

Lions selected Stanford cornerback Alex Hunter at No. 80.

Vikings selected LSU DE Danielle Hunter at No. 88 and Southern Illinois tight end MyCole Pruitt at No. 143.

Cleveland Trades: Selection Choices: Round 4, 2015 (111), Round 5, 2015 (147), Round 6, 2015 (202) from Baltimore.

New England Trades: Selection Choices: Round 3, 2015 (96), Round 7, 2015 (219) from Tennessee.

Browns selected Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper at No. 96 and USC linebacker Hayes Pullard at No. 216.

Patriots selected Florida State offensive guard Tre’ Jackson at No. 111 and Arkansas tight end A.J. Derby at No. 202. Pick No. 147 was traded to Green Bay.


Carolina Trades: Selection Choices: Round 4, 2015 (124), Round 5, 2015 (161), Round 7, 2015 (242).

Oakland Trades: Selection Choice: Round 4, 2015 (102).

Panthers selected Oklahoma offensive guard Daryl Williams at No. 102.

Raiders selected Florida linebacker Neiron Ball at No. 161 and Kansas cornerback Dexter McDonald at No. 242. Pick No. 124 was traded to Tampa Bay.

Jacksonville Trades: Selection Choice: Round 4, 2015 (103).

New York Jets Trade: Selection Choices: Round 4, 2015 (104), Round 7, 2015 (229) from Cleveland.

Jets selected Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty at No. 103.

Jaguars selected Louisville safety James Sample at No. 104 and Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack at No. 229.

Detroit Trades: Selection Choice: Round 3, 2016.

Philadelphia Trades: Selection Choice: Round 4, 2015 (113) from San Francisco.

Lions selected Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright at No. 113.

Arizona Trades: Selection Choices: Round 4, 2015 (123), Round 6, 2015 (198), Round 7, 2015 (241).

Cleveland Trades: Selection Choice: Round 4, 2015 (116) from Houston.

Cardinals selected Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter at No. 116.

Browns selected Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle at No. 123, USC tight end Randall Telfer at No. 198 and Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomus at No. 241.

Oakland Trades: Selection Choice: Round 4, 2015 (124).

Tampa Bay Trades: Selection Choices: Round 4, 2015 (128) from Indianapolis, Round 7, 2015 (218).

Buccaneers linebacker LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander at No. 124.

Raiders selected Miami (Fla.) offensive guard Jon Feliciano at No. 128 and Tennessee State offensive lineman Anthony Morris at No. 218.


Atlanta Trades: Selection Choices: Round 5, 2015 (146), Round 6, 2015 (185).

Minnesota Trades: Selection Choice: Round 5, 2015 (137) from Tampa Bay.

Falcons selected Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett at No. 137.

Vikings selected Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs at No. 146 and Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson at No. 185.

Green Bay Trades: Selection Choices: Round 5, 2015 (166), Round 7, 2015 (247).

New England Trades: Selection Choice: Round 5, 2015 (147) from Cleveland.

Packers selected UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley at No. 147.

Patriots selected Navy long snapper Joe Cardona at No. 166 and Marshall cornerback Darryl Roberts at No. 247.

Indianapolis Trades: Selection Choices: Round 5, 2015 (165), Round 7, 2015 (244) from Dallas.

San Francisco Trades: Selection Choice: Round 5, 2015 (151).

Colts selected Stanford nose tackle David Parry at No. 151.

49ers selected Clemson punter Bradley Pinion at No. 165 and Florida offensive guard Trenton Brown at 244.


New Orleans Trades: Selection Choices: Round 6, 2015 (187), Round 6, 2016.

Washington Trades: Selection Choice: Round 5, 2015 (167) from Seattle.

Saints selected Georgia cornerback Damian Swann at No. 167.

Washington selected Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer at No. 187.


New York Jets Trade: Selection Choice: Round 7, 2015 (224) from Chicago.

St. Louis Trades: Running back Zac Stacy.

Rams selected Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager at No. 224.

Dallas Trades: Selection Choice: Round 6, 2016.

San Francisco Trades: Selection Choice: Round 7, 2015 (246) from Indianapolis.

Cowboys selected Texas tight end Geoff Swaim at No. 246.

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Bears reach deals with QB Shane Carden, 14 other undrafted rookies

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If you can’t beat him, sign his doppleganger.

East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden, who has been said to look like former Packers star Brett Favre, is one of 15 undrafted rookie free agents to agree to deals with the Bears, the club said on its website on Sunday evening.

Carden (6-2, 218) threw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his final two seasons with the Pirates. In this span, he threw 66 TDs and just 20 picks in 1,166 passes. Carden will vie to stick on a depth chart that includes Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen and David Fales.

The Bears also reached deals with these undrafted rookies: TCU LB Jonathan Anderson, Rice CB Bryce Callahan, East Central CB Qumain Black, Toledo PK Jeremiah Detmer, Central Florida CB Jacoby Glenn, Coastal Carolina OG Chad Hamilton, UCLA S Anthony Jefferson, Arkansas OT Cameron Jefferson, Old Dominion LS Rick Lovato, Illinois State WR Cameron Meredith, Baylor WR Levi Norwood, Miami (Fla.) DE Olsen Pierre, Washington LB John Timu, Alabama TE Brian Vogler.

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Steelers address defense in draft

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When a defense allows the third-most yards per play in the previous regular season, the subsequent draft would figure to bring to reinforcements.

Such was the case for the Steelers, who selected six defensive players in eight picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Half of the defensive selections were defensive backs: Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson (Round Two), Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant (Round Four) and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman (Round Seven). Golson and Grant have a chance to vie for roles right off the bat, while Holliman has a chance to make the roster, what with safety not one of the Steelers’ deeper positions.

The Steelers began the draft selecting an edge-rusher, Kentucky’s Bud Dupree, in Round One. Other front seven picks were Miami (Fla.) outside linebacker/defensive end Anthony Chickillo (Round Six) and Central Michigan defensive tackle Leterrius Walton (Round Six). Dupree, Walton and Chickillo all face a learning curve as they learn the Steelers’ defense, but if they can play, there are reps to be had.

Whether the Steelers’ defensive picks pan out remains to be seen. But leaning defense was the play in 2015, and it may have been the only one, given the depth chart.

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Grady Jarrett’s home damaged in fire Friday night

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According to multiple reports, a fire damaged the family home of Falcons draft pick Grady Jarrett on Friday night, but no one was hurt in the incident, reported.

Per NFL Media and, there were between about 30 to 50 people at the home in Conyers, Georgia when smoke drove those present out of the house. The fire, which damaged the left side of the house, is thought have been electrical in nature, per

Jarrett’s agent, Carmen Wallace, told NFL Media that the home can be salvaged but needed work.

The Falcons traded up in Round Five to select Jarrett, a defensive tackle who played collegiately at Clemson.

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Falcons trade up with Vikings, select Clemson DT Grady Jarrett

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At the top of Round Five, the Falcons struck for one of the top defensive tackles still on the board, trading up with Minnesota to select Clemson’s Grady Jarrett at No. 137.

In exchange, the Vikings received a fifth-round pick (No. 146) and a sixth-round choice (No. 185).

The son of former Falcons linebacker Jesse Tuggle, Jarrett (6-1, 304) notched 73 tackles and 12 QB pressures for Clemson in 2014, per statistics from the school.

Writing in his 2015 NFL Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki compared Jarrett to a “poor man’s Brandon Mebane.” The 6-foot-1, 311-pound Mebane has had a productive career for the Seahawks, for whom new Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn was an assistant for four seasons.

Jarrett would seem likely to compete for a role in Seattle’s DT rotation in Year One. And if he turns out like Mebane — a starter in all eight NFL seasons — then the Falcons will have made one of the best moves of Round Five.

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Bears take RB Jeremy Langford in Round Four

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With running back Matt Forte in the final year of his contract, the Bears moved to add some depth at the position at the beginning of the fourth round, selecting Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford with the 106th overall pick.

As a senior in 2014, Langford (6-0, 208) rushed for 1,522 yards and 22 TDs for the Spartans, gaining 5.5 yards per carry.

Langford, Jacquizz Rodgers and Ka’Deem Carey are the primary options behind Forte, one of the game’s most versatile backs. Longer term, the focus will turn to whether Langford can assume a bigger role in the backfield for Chicago.

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Rams take Oregon State QB Sean Mannion in Round Three

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The remaking of the Rams’ QB depth chart continues.

First, they added a new starter (Nick Foles) in a March trade with Philadelphia.

Now, they have added a rookie to the mix, taking Oregon State’s Sean Mannion in Round Three (No. 89 overall).

The 6-foot-6, 229-pound Mannion is likely to compete with Austin Davis for the Rams’ top reserve role. He threw for 13,600 yards with 83 TDs and 54 interceptions in four collegiate seasons, completing 64.6 percent of his throws.

Foles and Davis are in the final years of their contracts; at the least, Mannion is some long-term insurance at the position.

The more interesting storyline, of course, is whether Mannion becomes more than that.

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Falcons snag Tevin Coleman in Round Three

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A running back who reportedly drew some first-round consideration finally came off the board early in Round Three.

Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a junior, was the No. 73 overall pick of Atlanta on Friday night.

Coleman (5-11, 206) stands a chance at seeing immediate playing time in a Falcons backfield that lacks a lead back. Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith are other competitors for playing time, but both might be best in complementary roles.

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Packers double down on their secondary, take Quinten Rollins

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For the second time in as many picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Packers added to their defensive backfield.

And did they ever take an intriguing prospect.

Miami (Ohio) cornerback Quinten Rollins, who played four years of basketball in college before moving to football in 2014, was the No. 62 overall selection by Green Bay on Friday night.

This is the second time in as many years that Green Bay has taken a cornerback with a basketball background. Last year, the pick was Baylor’s Demetri Goodson in Round Six. Goodson, like Rollins, was a point guard in college with relatively little football experience. However, Goodson’s measurables (5-11, 197) made him an intriguing projection, and he made Green Bay’s roster as a rookie.

Rollins (5-11, 195) was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year in his lone season on the gridiron, which is certainly a good start as he tries to transition to the NFL game. The question now is how much the Packers can reasonably expect in his first pro season with so little football foundation.

The Packers’ next and final pick of Day Two is in Round Three (No. 94). With their first selection, the Packers took Arizona State’s Damarious Randall, who will play cornerback.

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Falcons select LSU CB Jalen Collins at No. 42

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The Falcons have added a cornerback with good size in Round Two, taking LSU’s Jalen Collins 42nd overall.

Collins (6-1, 203) fits the mold of the longer corners featured in Seattle, where new head coach Dan Quinn rose to prominence as an assistant. He’ll vie for playing time in a secondary that features third-year corners Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, Atlanta’s first two picks in 2013.

The Falcons have the remaining picks: No. 73 (Round Three), No. 107 (Round Four), No. 146 (Round Five), No. 185 (Round Six), No. 225 (Round Seven), Ro. 249 (Round Seven).

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Bears take nose tackle Eddie Goldman in Round Two

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With their second-round pick, the Bears added some bulk to their defensive line.

Florida State’s Eddie Goldman, who likely projects to nose tackle in the Bears’ 3-4 front, was Chicago’s selection at No. 39.

Goldman (6-4, 336) notched 62 tackles and six sacks in three seasons with the Seminoles. He has also played defensive end, and his size would certainly suit him well at that spot in Chicago’s scheme, too.

Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus announced the selection of Goodman at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.

“I like this,” Butkus said of the Bears’ choice.

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Report: Falcons, Seahawks looking to move up in Round Two

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Two NFC clubs are reportedly interested in moving up in Round Two.

The Falcons (No. 42) and Seahawks (No. 63) would like to vault into the opening stages of the second round, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

The Falcons have seven picks left — one in Rounds Two through Six and two in Round Seven. All can be traded.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, have 11 selections, including four compensatory picks that cannot be dealt. Seattle has three fourth-rounders, including two that can be moved, and it has at least one selection in all six remaining rounds.

NFL Media, like ESPN, reports the Steelers are another club interested in making a move up in Round Two. Pittsburgh, which holds the 24th pick in the second round (No. 56), has one tradeable choice in each of the next six rounds.

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Report: Unknown club attempted to trade up for Tevin Coleman in Round One

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While just two running backs were selected in Round One on Thursday night, that is progress, considering no backs had been taken in the first 32 picks since 2012.

However, there’s word that a third tailback might have had a chance to hear his name called in the first round.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, a club efforted to trade up for Indiana’s Tevin Coleman on Thursday night, but the deal did not get done.

The identity of the team said to be quite interested in Coleman was not disclosed in the report.

PFT’s second-round mock draft projects Coleman to land with the Cowboys at pick No. 60.

Coleman (5-11, 206) racked up 2,036 yards for the Hoosiers in 2014, garnering first-team All-American honors.

The Rams and Chargers took backs in Round One, with Georgia’s Todd Gurley landing with St. Louis at No. 10 and San Diego dealing up to take Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon at No. 15.

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PFT’s 2015 second-round mock draft

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With the first round in the books, here is PFT’s 2015 second-round mock draft. No trades were forecast, but moves are likely as clubs try to secure highly graded players who slipped into Round Two:

33. Titans: NT Eddie Goldman, Florida State

34. Buccaneers: OT T.J. Clemmings, Pitt.

35. Raiders: DL Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State.

36. Jaguars: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma.

37. Jets: OT Jake Fisher, Oregon.

38. Washington: CB Jalen Collins, LSU.

39. Bears: CB Doran Grant, Ohio State.

40. Giants: S Landon Collins, Alabama.

41. Rams: DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska.

42. Falcons: LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA.

43. Browns: WR Devin Smith, Ohio State.

44. Saints: OLB Eli Harold, Virginia.

45. Vikings: OG-OT Donovan Smith, Penn State.

46. 49ers: WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State.

47. Dolphins: CB P.J. Williams, Florida State.

48. Chargers: CB-S Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio).

49. Chiefs: WR Rashad Greene, Florida State.

50. Bills: QB Bryce Petty, Baylor.

51. Texans: ILB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State.

52. Eagles: TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota.

53. Bengals: DL Carl Davis, Iowa.

54. Lions: RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska.

55. Cardinals: RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama.

56. Steelers: CB Alex Carter, Stanford.

57. Panthers: DE Danielle Hunter, LSU.

58. Ravens: NT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma.

59. Broncos: RB Duke Johnson, Miami (Fla.)

60. Cowboys: RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana.

61. Colts: S James Sample, Louisville.

62. Packers: OLB Nate Orchard, Utah.

63. Seahawks: DE Markus Golden, Missouri.

64. Patriots: WR Sammie Coates, Auburn.

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Shane Ray assures John Elway he won’t “have any issues”

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On Monday morning, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was cited for marijuana possession, an incident that certainly didn’t help his draft stock.

On Thursday night, though, he still heard his name called in Round One, with the Broncos trading up with Detroit to take him No. 23 overall.

Speaking to reporters at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre after his selection, Ray called the arrest a “mistake.”

Said Ray: “I’ve grown from it, and I’m going to be the best that I can be.”

Ray said he has assured Broncos General Manager John Elway the arrest was an aberration.

“I guaranteed Mr. Elway that I will not have any issues,” Ray said. “As I said before, I’m not a person who has character issues at all.”

When a reporter asked Ray to sum up the last three days, his answer reflected a range of feelings.

“I could have fell out of the first round,” Ray said. “I could have not even came to Chicago to face the music. But my family supported me, and I came here, and my name was still called, despite what people may have thought, and despite the fact that so many teams that originally were supposed to be fans of me passed up on me.

“And now those teams have to see me twice a year.”

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Brandon Scherff “pretty surprised” to get the call from Washington

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Washington’s selection of Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff with the No. 5 overall pick might have caught some draftniks off-guard.

Well, Scherff was in the same boat.

“I haven’t talked to them since the Combine, so I was pretty surprised,” Scherff said Thursday night in Chicago. “But I’m stoked and happy, and I’m ready to go.”

Scherff was regarded as one of the top linemen in the draft. He will play right tackle in Washington, head coach Jay Gruden said Thursday night, according to’s John Keim.

Asked how he might be able to help Washington’s offensive line, Scherff said: “I like to consider myself to be a nasty football player. I want to jump in and earn the respect from all the teammates first and learn the plays and just go out and prove it to all the guys.”

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Jets add Leonard Williams to a loaded defensive line

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With the first pick of the Mike Maccagnan-Todd Bowles era, the Jets went with defense, selecting USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams with the No. 6 overall pick.

Widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the draft, Williams (6-4, 302) notched 74 tackles and six sacks for Southern Cal in 2014. He can play inside or outside, which will add to the Jets’ schematic flexibility under new head coach Bowles, the former Cardinals’ defensive coordinator.

Williams joins a Jets defensive line already regarded as one of the NFL’s best, with Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson standouts and Damon Harrison a big, productive presence in the middle.

According to an NFL Media report, Williams had a shoulder ailment regarded as problematic by some clubs, which might have caused him to last a little longer than expected.

The Jets have just five more picks — one in Rounds Two, Three and Four and two in Round Seven. This would seem to make the Jets a potential trade-down candidate later in the draft as Maccagnan, their new General Manger, tries to fix a club that went 4-12 a season ago.

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