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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 ESPN.com’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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Report: Saints see Bryce Petty as draft’s “best pure passer”

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With nine picks in the 2015 draft, including five in the first three rounds, the Saints are well-positioned to add some young talent at positions of need.

One position that isn’t a pressing need is quarterback; after all, Drew Brees is under contract for two more seasons. However, with no heir apparent to Brees, it wouldn’t be a surprise if New Orleans drafted a young passer.

And according to a published report, there is one quarterback in the Class of 2015 with whom the Saints could be especially fond.

In his first-round mock draft, well-connected Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn has New Orleans taking Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty with the No. 31 pick.

According to McGinn, the Saints believe Petty is “the best pure passer in the draft.”

Per multiple reports, the Saints put Petty through a private workout earlier this month.

The No. 31 pick was acquired in the deal that sent tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle. The Saints also have their own first-round selection (No. 13). In addition, the Saints have one second-round choice (No. 44) and two third-round picks (Nos. 75 and 78).

The Bills have also been linked to Petty after meeting with him on Tuesday. However, the Bills don’t have a first-rounder and don’t pick until 50th overall.

Indeed, the QB intrigue in the 2015 draft doesn’t end with where Marcus Mariota lands.

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PFT Draft Prop No. 5: Over-Under on first pick traded: 3.5

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Leading up to Thursday’s NFL draft, we’ll put on our oddsmaking hats, Ace Rothstein glasses and Terry Benedict suits and set one proposition “bet” per day for PFT Planet to ponder. At the conclusion of the draft, we’ll see how PFT Planet did on the wagers, which are for entertainment purposes only.

Here’s today’s prop:

PFT Draft Prop No. 5: Number of pick first traded in Round One: Over-Under 3.5.

In each of the last three years, at least one club selecting in the top five has dealt its pick:

— In 2012, the Browns traded up from No. 4 to No. 3 with Minnesota for running back Trent Richardson.

— In 2013, the Dolphins moved up from No. 12 to No. 3 with Oakland for defensive end Dion Jordan.

— In 2014, the Bills traded from No. 9 to No. 4 with Cleveland to select wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Entering the 2015 draft, a good deal of trade intrigue surrounds the top five. Will Tennessee (No. 2) hold onto its pick? And what about Jacksonville, Oakland and Washington at picks Nos. 3-5? According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the Jaguars, Raiders and Washington are not opposed to moving down from their spots.

Hence, we’ve set the Over-Under on the highest pick traded in Round One at 3.5. Pick a side in the poll, and give your trade takes in the comments.

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La’el Collins will not attend draft

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On Tuesday came news Baton Rouge, La. police wanted to speak with former LSU offensive tackle La’El Collins to see if he could assist them in the unsolved murder of his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend — a case in which authorities have said he is not a suspect.

Now, Collins is going to meet with police.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Collins, a potential first-round selection, is leaving the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago to meet with Baton Rouge police to aid in the investigation.

In a story published Tuesday, Collins’ lawyer, Jim Boren, told ESPN that he has “tried to rule [Collins] out as a suspect” and has hired a private investigative firm to aid in the efforts of establishing where he was when the crime occurred.

Said Boren, according to ESPN: “We have identified where La’el was the day the lady was murdered to establish he was nowhere around. We have offered to give names, witnesses who can vouch for his whereabouts that day until after the woman’s body was discovered. We believe that when [police] have verified that information, that they will rule him out as a suspect in the homicide, just as I believe he should be.”

The deceased woman, Brittany Mills, gave birth to a baby. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, who also reported Collins would be heading to Louisiana to talk authorities, the offensive tackle had intended to take a paternity test next week.

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Report: Lions exploring prospect of trading down

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A playoff team from a season ago reportedly has some interest in dealing out of its spot in the final 10 picks of Round One.

The Lions have reached out to clubs about potentially trading back from the No. 23 overall pick, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports.

Detroit has six draft choices. The club lacks a selection in Round Four after dealing it to Baltimore for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

Supply and demand could tell the tale on whether Detroit can make a move backwards in the draft order. The No. 23 spot could be attractive to clubs worried about teams picking from Nos. 24-32 snapping up a prospect who has slid unexpectedly.

The Lions made a pair of trades in the 2014 draft, trading up for linebacker Kyle Van Noy in Round Two and trading back in Round Five, picking up defensive tackle Caraun Reid (fifth round) and kicker Nate Freese (seventh round).

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Sports book’s odds imply Winston has 93.8 percent chance of being top pick

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In the lead-up to the 2015 NFL Draft, we’ve set a handful of for-entertainment-only proposition bets on a variety of things that could happen in Round One.

However, one subject we’ve stayed away from is the No. 1 overall pick, what with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston a clear favorite to be Tampa Bay’s choice atop the draft.

Well, online sports book Bovada has set actual, available-to-be-bet odds on whom will be selected first. And as expected, the odds reflect the perception that anyone but Winston being taken No. 1 would be a major surprise.

At the moment, Bovada lists Winston as a 1-to-15 favorite to be selected first overall. That implies Winston has a 93.75 percent chance of being taken atop the draft.

Bovada lists two other choices for the No. 1 pick. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is 15-to-2, while the field — all other players — is 9-to-1.

Finally, we can’t end here without putting up a poll asking for your take on who will be the No. 1 overall selection. We’re interested how Winston’s vote count measures up with his implied odds.

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