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


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.

Steelers address defense in draft


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.

Grady Jarrett’s home damaged in fire Friday night


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.

Falcons trade up with Vikings, select Clemson DT Grady Jarrett


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.

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.

Rams take Oregon State QB Sean Mannion in Round Three


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.

Falcons snag Tevin Coleman in Round Three


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.

Packers double down on their secondary, take Quinten Rollins


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.

Falcons select LSU CB Jalen Collins at No. 42


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).

Bears take nose tackle Eddie Goldman in Round Two


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.

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

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.

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


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.

PFT’s 2015 second-round mock draft


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.

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


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.”

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.”