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43 underclassmen are drafted in first three rounds

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A total of 84 players applied for early entry to the 2015 draft.  More than half of them were selected in the first three rounds.

43 players were taken on Thursday and Friday, with 18 of them among the first 32 on Thursday night.

That includes the first four picks (Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Dante Fowler, Amari Cooper) and a total of seven in the top 10.

Some of the guys who gave up additional college eligibility may end up not being drafted, and the rules should allow them to return to college if they aren’t picked — as long as they haven’t hired an agent.  But that would give colleges one less tool for persuading players to continue to play without fair compensation.  If the colleges don’t want to give that up, the NFL definitely won’t push for it.

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Bryce Petty, Brett Hundley remain available on Day 3 of the draft

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The NFL draft has not gone as expected for Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley.

Although Petty and Hundley were widely viewed as the third and fourth quarterbacks in the 2015 draft class, neither has been selected through the first three rounds.

Petty’s stock may have been inflated by pre-draft smokescreens. There was talk that the Saints were so high on Petty that they might have selected him late in the first round. Instead, the Saints passed on Petty and instead took quarterback Garrett Grayson in the third round.

NFL teams may question whether Petty’s college production was more a function of Baylor’s offensive system than his own talents, and question whether Petty can adapt to an NFL offense. And Hundley is undoubtedly a talented quarterback, but NFL teams have doubts about him as a pure passer.

Petty and Hundley will surely be drafted today. But they both have to be disappointed that they’re heading into Round 4 wondering where their NFL homes will be.

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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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Saints make Garrett Grayson third QB off the board

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The Saints dropped some hints leading up to the draft that they were thinking about drafting a quarterback and it turned out that they weren’t just blowing smoke.

New Orleans made Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson the 75th player and third quarterback taken in the draft. The first two — Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota — went with the first two picks, so it was a long wait between signal callers.

Grayson lit up the Mountain West in his last two seasons at Colorado State, throwing 55 touchdowns and showing steady improvement that led to a steady rise in the eyes of NFL scouts. He’s not ready to start yet, but there are worse places to learn how to play quarterback than behind Drew Brees in Sean Payton’s offense.

When General Manager Mickey Loomis dropped the hint about taking a quarterback, he made it clear that the idea was for the new arrival to do just that under the best circumstances.

The Saints were also thought to be interested in Baylor’s Bryce Petty, who joins UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Oregon State’s Sean Mannion as possible picks before the NFL closes business on Friday night.

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Werder says some teams “think there are mental health issues” with Gregory

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On Wednesday, NFL Media tiptoed around it.  On Friday night, ESPN jumped right in.

After the Cowboys made defensive end Randy Gregory the 60th pick in the 2015 draft, Ed Werder of ESPN said that “some people in the league think there are mental health issues” with Gregory.

The disclosure comes not long after Gregory said, while waiting to be drafted, that he has “some issues I’m taking care of, and those I think are up in the air.”

NFL Media previously reported that there is “concern about Gregory’s ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football.”

Mental health problems routinely are stigmatized by those who have never experienced them.  If Gregory truly has such issues, we wish him the best as he attempts to get those issues resolved.

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Cowboys stop Randy Gregory’s slide at No. 60

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A couple months ago, Randy Gregory looked like a Top 10 pick. Tonight, the Cowboys drafted Gregory with the 60th overall pick.

Gregory’s stock tumbled after he failed a marijuana test, showed up late to meetings with teams, and was the subject of critical reports about his mental makeup. Apparently Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones thinks Gregory is worth the risk.

And it’s easy to see why: Gregory was an excellent pass rusher at Nebraska, and he could make a huge impact on the Cowboys’ defense as a rookie. With the newly signed Greg Hardy suspended for the first 10 games of the season, the Cowboys needed another pass rusher Now they’ve got one.

But the Cowboys have to hope that Gregory can put his focus on football and keep it there. He has the potential to be a star, but he also has the potential to be a bust.

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La’el Collins situation becomes even more complicated

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At the core of the confusing situation involving tackle La’El Collins is a tragedy — the murder of a 29-year-old woman. The situation became even more tragic on Friday night; according to Albert Breer of NFL Media, police in Baton Rouge say that the infant daughter of Britney Mills has now died, too.

Police want to question Collins, who is not a suspect in the murders. Until he is officially cleared, however, it will be difficult for any team to employ him.

Saints coach Sean Payton said during a Friday visit to PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio that he believes Collins will be selected tonight. This latest development will make it even more difficult for a team to draft him.

According to his agent, Collins will sit out the 2015 season and re-enter the draft, if he’s not selected in rounds two or three.

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Jim Kelly gets standing ovation from fans in Chicago

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He didn’t have to say anything for the fans at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre to rise to their feet and cheer their hearts out.

Seeing Jim Kelly, cancer survivor and Hall of Fame quarterback, was enough to energize the room.

Kelly, in Chicago to announce the Bills’ second-round pick, got three rousing ovations from the crowd here at the 2015 NFL Draft, including when he told draft studio host Brittney Payton that an MRI taken two weeks ago showed him to be cancer-free.

Before and after announcing the Bills’ selection of Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby, Kelly thanked fans for their support and prayers.

And with their voices and hands, they showed him how delighted they were to see him.

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Lions take Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah

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After bolstering their offensive line in the first round of the draft, the Detroit Lions have added a running back in the second round.

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was the Lions’ pick with the 54th overall selection in the 2015 NFL draft. Abdullah should help make plays in an offense that lost running back Reggie Bush this offseason.

On Thursday night the Lions drafted guard Laken Tomlinson and also traded for guard Manny Ramirez. That should improve the middle of their line, and Abdullah should find some holes to run through.

Abdullah is good in the passing game and can make people miss in the open field, and he’ll be a good player to pair with the Lions’ starter, Joique Bell. The Lions’ offense is getting better.

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Chargers select Miami (Fla.) LB Denzel Perryman 48th overall

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With their first pick of the second day of the draft, the Chargers went for defense, taking Miami (Fla.) inside linebacker Denzel Perryman with the No. 48 pick.

At the least, Perryman (5-11, 236) will prove depth behind Manti Te’o and Donald Butler at inside linebacker, and given his draft standing, it’s possible he could push to start. He notched 110 tackles (9.5 for loss) in 2014 and earned an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The Chargers have just three selections left: one in the third round (83), one in the fifth round (153) and one in the sixth-round (192). They would seem a club receptive to trade-down opportunities as the draft progresses.

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Randy Gregory: I have problems, issues I’m taking care of

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Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory, once viewed as a Top 10 talent whose draft stock has plummeted, acknowledged as he went undrafted into the middle of the second round that he has personal trouble he’s working through.

“Obviously I wanted to be drafted early. That’s the main goal. I honestly think I’m elite. But I also have problems. I have some issues I’m taking care of, and those I think are up in the air, obviously, because I haven’t been picked yet,” Gregory said on ESPN.

Gregory didn’t say what those “problems” and “issues” are. There have been a number of reports indicating that NFL teams are worried about Gregory off the field, but those reports are short on details.

Although Gregory is one of the most talented players in this year’s draft, it may be a while before he finds his NFL home. He’s the last player left in the green room, a development no one would have expected a few weeks ago.

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Report: Randy Gregory missed at least three meetings with teams

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On Thursday, a report emerged that Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory would be taken in the top 10 of the first round.  He wasn’t.

The top 10 picks of the second round have been made, and Gregory still hasn’t been picked.

So what’s going on?  ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who said last night that Gregory may not have been truthful with teams at the Scouting Combine about his use of marijuana, reports that Gregory had another problem in his meetings with teams.  Specifically, Gregory failed to show up for some of his meetings with teams.

“He missed some meetings with some teams, at least three of those meetings with teams,” Schefter said.  “Now he did have a long and extensive travel schedule.  It wore him out.  So he deserves some compassion, and he deserves some chances here.  But he wasn’t responsible, teams noticed.  It alienated some of the teams.”

It apparently did.  Considered to be a top-10 talent, Gregory is plunging.  Whatever that NFL Media report from Wednesday was hinting at, something has caused Gregory to slide farther than anyone thought he would.

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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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Titans take Dorial Green-Beckham with the 40th overall pick

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The Titans took the safest of the two top quarterbacks.

They followed with perhaps the riskiest of the wide receivers.

With the 40th overall pick, the Titans took Missouri-Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to add to Marcus Mariota’s arsenal.

Green-Beckham had plenty of issues in college, from drugs to a domestic violence allegation (no charges were filed).

What is known is that he’s one of the most physically gifted players in the draft, with Randy Moss-type talent.

Taking Mariota last night offers them some insulation, and getting a first-round talent at this stage gives their new quarterback a better chance to succeed.

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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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