Jaguars sign five draft picks, including Travon Walker


The Jaguars’ signing of No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker stole the headline, but he wasn’t the only draft choice the team signed Thursday.

The Jaguars announced the signings of five of their seven draft picks.

Besides Walker, second-round linebacker Devin Lloyd, fifth-round running back Snoop Conner, sixth-round defensive back Gregory Junior and seventh-round cornerback Montaric Brown also have signed their four-year deals.

Their signings leave only third-round center Luke Fortner and third-round linebacker Chad Muma unsigned.

Browns sign seven of nine draft picks

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The Browns announced the signings of seven draft picks, leaving them with only two unsigned in their 2022 class.

Third-round cornerback Martin Emerson Jr., third-round defensive end Alex Wright, third-round receiver David Bell, fifth-round running back Jerome Ford, sixth-round receiver Michael Woods II, seventh-round defensive end Isaiah Thomas and seventh-round guard Dawson Deaton all are under contract.

Fourth-round defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey and fourth-round kicker Cade York remain unsigned.

Emerson finished his career with 28 starts in 36 games played, totaling 154 tackles, six tackles for loss, one interception, 16 pass breakups and a forced fumble in his three-year career.

Wright appeared in 31 games at UAB, posting 91 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Bell started 26 of 29 games played in three seasons for Purdue, making 232 catches for 2,946 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Ford joined the Bearcats’ program early in 2020 after two years at Alabama and finished with 1,242 yards rushing, 19 rushing touchdowns and 20 total touchdowns at Cincinnati.

Woods, who played at Arkansas before transferring to Oklahoma, started 38 of 43 games played his collegiate career, catching 118 passes for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Thomas started 22 of 43 games played for the Sooners, totaling 81 tackles, 18.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Deaton appeared in 44 games with 35 starts for Texas Tech.

Vikings sign Ty Chandler, Jalen Nailor

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The Vikings have signed two more draft picks, getting fifth-rounder Ty Chandler and sixth-rounder Jalen Nailor under contract.

The NFL’s transactions report also confirmed the signings of first-round choice Lewis Cine, fifth-round choice Esezi Otomewo and seventh-rounder Nick Muse. They also reportedly have agreed to terms with sixth-rounder Vederian Lowe.

That leaves second-rounder Andrew Booth Jr., second-rounder Ed Ingram, third-rounder Brian Asamoah and fourth-rounder Akayleb Evans unsigned.

Chandler, a North Carolina running back, started all 13 games for the Tar Heels last season. He ran for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns in becoming the 20th player in school history to record a 1,000-yard rushing season. He added 15 catches for 216 yards and one touchdown.

Nailor, a Michigan State receiver, finished his college career with 86 receptions for 1,454 yards and 12 touchdowns in 28 career games. He missed time in multiple seasons with injuries.

The Spartans went 9-0 in the games Nailor played last season, and he set career highs with 37 receptions, 695 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked second in the Big Ten with an 18.8-yard average per catch and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from media in 2021.

Nailor finished his college career with 1,844 all-purpose yards, adding 179 yards on kick returns and 48 on punt returns.

Bills, Terrel Bernard agree to terms

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The Bills have reached an agreement with third-round draft choice Terrel Bernard, Kyle Brandt of NFL Media reports.

The linebacker will sign a four-year, $5.042 million deal that includes a $912,992 million signing bonus.

He is the first Bills’ draft pick to agree to a deal.

Cornerback Kaiir Elam (first round), running back James Cook (second round), receiver Khalil Shakir (fifth round), punter Matt Araiza (sixth round), cornerback Christian Benford (sixth round) and offensive tackle Luke Tenuta remain unsigned.

Bernard was a three-year starter at Baylor whom the Bills selected with the 89th overall choice.

Texans, Austin Deculus agree to terms on rookie deal

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The Texans have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with draft pick Austin Deculus, Aaron Wilson of reports.

The team made Deculus, an offensive lineman, a sixth-round choice.

Deculus appeared in more games than any player in LSU history.

He played 61 career games in five seasons for the Tigers. He started 46 of those games, including a national championship game victory over Clemson.

Deculus started 12 games last season and played 829 snaps.

He grew up in the Houston area.

“I’m beyond blessed,” Deculus said. “To be able to play for a team that I grew up down the stadium from, they were always in my backyard, so to be able to play for the backyard team, that makes me feel blessed.”

Connor Heyward: Seeing my brother’s teammates who are now my teammates is different

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Connor Heyward, like Kenny Pickett, didn’t need a tour of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Pickett played at the University of Pittsburgh, which shares the facility with the Steelers. Heyward is the younger brother of Steelers veteran Cameron Heyward.

The Steelers drafted Connor in the sixth round out of Michigan State, making he and his brother teammates.

“I have been seeing familiar faces I have seen my whole life,” Connor Heyward, a tight end, said, via Teresa Varley. “Seeing my brother’s teammates that are now my teammates is definitely different. It all hits home a little more. I went to my grandmas, my brothers, but coming here to where I now work is when it hit the most.

“I know where the practice fields are, the weight room and locker room, where most of the work gets done. Today was the first time I went upstairs where the meetings and game plan go on. I hadn’t been there before. I feel like I should be here. I am just excited to be here and am ready to go. I have been working out, trying to stay in shape. Hopefully that translates over into tomorrow’s practice.”

The Steelers also have T.J. Watt and Derek Watt, Terrell Edmunds and Trey Edmunds and Carlos Davis and Khalil Davis, giving them four sets of brothers on their roster.

Cameron Goode agrees to terms with Dolphins

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The Dolphins had only four draft choices. They have agreed to terms with one of them.

Linebacker Cameron Goode will become the first of the team’s draft picks to sign his four-year rookie deal, Aaron Wilson of reports.

The Dolphins made the University of California product a seventh-round pick, No. 224 overall.

Goode played 37 games in five years at Cal. He totaled 172 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks and two interceptions.

The Dolphins’ other selections were Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall (third round), Texas Tech receiver Erik Ezukanma (fourth round) and Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson (seventh round).

Panthers agree to terms with Ikem Ekwonu

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Panthers offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu agreed to terms Tuesday, the team announced.

He becomes the third of the top-six picks to reach agreement with No. 2 overall choice Aidan Hutchinson and No. 4 overall choice Sauce Gardner having already signed. Ekwonu was the sixth overall choice.

Ekwonu will join the rest of the team’s draft class at the rookie minicamp this weekend. The Panthers already have draft picks Amaré Barno, Kalon Barnes and Cade Mays under contract, leaving only third-round choice Matt Corral and fourth-rounder Brandon Smith unsigned.

The Panthers remade their offensive line this offseason, signing guard Austin Corbett and center Bradley Bozeman and drafting Ekwonu, a Charlotte native.

Bryan Cook’s contract disapproved but will be refiled

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The contract for Chiefs’ second-round choice Bryan Cook was disapproved, according to the NFL’s personnel notice. It will be refiled.

The safety signed a four-year, $5.847 million deal, Aaron Wilson of reports. The contract includes a $1.432 million signing bonus and base salaries of $705,000, $970,779, $1.161 million and $1.427 million.

Cook played for Howard University for two years before transferring to Cincinnati.

In 2021, Cook had 78 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

He had offseason shoulder surgery, which kept him from playing in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and working out at the Scouting Combine.

Scott Turner: Sam Howell will get opportunities


The Commanders traded for veteran quarterback Carson Wentz. That didn’t stop them from drafting Sam Howell in the fifth round.

Howell is expected to start his career as the third quarterback behind Wentz and Taylor Heinicke, but offensive coordinator Scott Turner said the rookie will get opportunities in training camp.

“We like Sam a lot,” Turner told Julie Donaldson of the team website, via “We had him graded high. We’re really surprised he dropped to where he did. We were happy to get him. But he’s a young guy. He only spent 3 years in college. He’s only 21. So, this is an opportunity for him to come in and learn how to play behind two quarterbacks that have played a significant amount of time in the NFL. However he does, that will dictate where it goes. He’ll get opportunities. How you do with those opportunities dictates the next opportunity that you get.”

This time last year, Howell was a favorite, along with Spencer Rattler, to be the No. 1 overall choice. Instead, he was the sixth quarterback off the board.

In three seasons, Howell played 37 games and completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 10,283 yards with 92 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

Kayvon Thibodeaux will wear No. 5

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Jabrill Peppers tried to buy No. 5 from Graham Gano last year but found the kicker’s asking price “way too high.” Either Gano lowered his price or rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux is spending part of his signing bonus on securing his preferred jersey number.

The Giants tweeted a photo of the No. 5 with “Thibodeaux” on the name plate. “Thibodeaux got it,” read the caption.

Gano replied, “Thought you guys were gonna post my new jersey hanging up.”

It is unknown how much Thibodeaux paid for the jersey number.

Thibodeaux wore No. 5 at Oregon.

After his selection, Gano tweeted “For the right price. #Five”.

Thibodeaux has a tattoo on his hand with five tally marks that represent five of his friends who believed in him. The Giants selected him fifth overall, as he noted.

Lions agree to terms with seventh-round pick Chase Lucas

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The Lions have started the work of getting their 2022 draftees under contract.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, Detroit has agreed to terms with seventh-round cornerback Chase Lucas.

Lucas was Detroit’s final selection of this year’s draft, as the Lions picked him at No. 237 overall. Lucas appeared in 53 games with 49 starts for Arizona State. He received honorable mention All-Pac 12 recognition in 2021 after recording 34 total tackles with six pass breakups. He finished his college career with 34 passes defensed and six interceptions.

Lucas is one of eight draft picks for Detroit in 2022, including No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson and No. 12 overall pick Jameson Williams.

Skyy Moore rehabbing a hamstring injury

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Receiver Skyy Moore, a second-round choice, is dealing with a hamstring injury. His injury appears minor, but it prevented him from doing team drills in the Chiefs’ rookie minicamp this weekend.

The Chiefs hope he can get work at the organized team activities that begin May 25.

It is unknown when or how he hurt it, Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star reports.

“It’s getting better,” Moore said Sunday, via Teope. “It’s a minor hamstring tweak. I’m just working with (vice president of sports medicine and performance) Rick [Burkholder] right now. I’m going to be back soon.”

Moore will join a receivers room that includes veterans Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Josh Gordon and Daurice Fountain. The group is trying to replace Tyreek Hill, whom the Chiefs traded to the Dolphins.

“I feel like the receiver room that I’m walking into has about everything,” Moore said. “But I feel like I bring versatility and just another playmaker.”

Tyler Badie grew up playing youth football near Ravens’ practice facility

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Tyler Badie, who grew up in Randallstown, Maryland, played his youth football in the shadow of the Ravens’ practice facility. While playing for the Owings Mills Wolfpack, Badie dreamed of one day playing for the Ravens.

Dreams do come true.

The Ravens selected the Missouri running back in the sixth round.

“The first thing coach (John) Harbaugh said was, ‘You ready to play with Lamar (Jackson)?'” Badie said, via Clifton Brown of the team website. “Hell yeah! I was just really excited to get the opportunity.”

Badie has fond memories from growing up 10 minutes from the team facility. He lived there from elementary school until the 11th grade and once attended a youth football camp run by Ed Reed that netted him the Hall of Famer’s autograph.

“Ray Lewis, his daughter played Wolfpack on a lower age group than me,” Badie said. “It was pretty cool. He used to be at all the practices and stuff.”

Badie, who signed his rookie deal Friday, caught 126 passes for 1,149 yards and 11 touchdowns during his college career. He had 2,740 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, with 1,604 of those yards and 14 of those touchdowns coming in 2021.

Commanders sign four draft choices, including Sam Howell

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The Commanders signed half of their eight draft picks Friday.

According to the NFL’s transactions report, defensive back Christian Holmes, quarterback Sam Howell, offensive tackle Chris Paul and tight end Cole Turner signed their rookie deals.

Howell was a fifth-round choice (No. 144 overall) as was Turner (No. 149 overall). Paul (No. 230 overall) and Holmes (No. 240 overall) were seventh-rounders.

Their signings leave receiver Jahan Dotson, a first-rounder, defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis, a second-rounder, running back Brian Robinson Jr., a third-rounder, and safety Percy Butler, a fourth-rounder, unsigned.

Howell becomes the team’s developmental quarterback behind Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke on the depth chart.