The Denver Broncos selected Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28. The Broncos traded up with the Seattle Seahawks, giving up their first-round pick a third-round selection to move up five spots.
Huddle Up: The selection of the Memphis standout would seem to close the door on a trade for Colin Kaepernick or Sam Bradford, but it isn't necessarily bad news for Mark Sanchez as Lynch projects as a project who could need a season to adjust to the pro level. In the meantime, though, fantasy expectations for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders should be kept in check with the Denver passing game in a state of flux.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: The Vikes jumped in on the back end of a three-WR run to nab Treadwell, rated by many analysts to be the draft's best wideout despite his slow 40 time. He'll now be paired with second-year wideout Stefon Diggs, and it'll be up to the Vikes to take the leash off Teddy Bridgewater and throw the ball more to get the full value out of their WR corps.
The Houston Texans acquired the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft from the Washington Redskins in exchange for the 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft and a 2017 sixth-round pick. The Texans selected WR Will Fuller with the pick.
Huddle Up: The Texans have a new QB in Brock Osweiler, and on Thursday night, they gave him a weapon in the speedy Fuller, who looks to be a good complement to stud WR1 DeAndre Hopkins. That's if the rookie can cut down on the dropped passes which were the primary ding on his draft stock.
The Cleveland Browns selected Baylor WR Corey Coleman with the 15th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: After trading down twice in the first round, the Browns still were able to get their choice of wide receivers and went with Coleman, adding a much-needed speed element to their WR corps. In actuality, just about any wideout would've helped Cleveland, and don't be surprised if it takes two more this weekend before its bounty of picks is expended.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: With visions of their 2014 ground dominance, the Cowboys couldn't resist taking the draft's top back in Elliott, who immediately is the odds-on favorite to be the first rookie off the board in fantasy drafts this summer. In the meantime, the fantasy stocks of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris obviously are falling fast.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Wentz joins the QB conglomerate in Philly, but likely will spend his rookie season on bench unless Sam Bradford is traded or gets hurt. But, really, what are the odds of either of those happening?
The Los Angeles Rams selected California QB Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: As expected, Goff becomes the face of franchise in its move back to L.A., and with Case Keenum and Nick Foles currently atop the depth chart, the Cal product certainly has a good opportunity to start right away.
Justin Blackmon - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge from December in Oklahoma on Thursday, April 28. He's scheduled to be sentenced June 8. It was Blackmon's third alcohol-related arrest and fourth arrest overall. He hasn't practiced or played since Week 8 of the 2013 season, and he's been suspended indefinitely since.
Huddle Up: Even if the troubled Blackmon avoids long-term legal trouble, a possible return to the NFL grows more doubtful by the month, and look for the Jags to release him if his suspension ever gets lifted as they're set at wideout for the time being.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) is out of practice at the minicamp Thursday, April 28. Evans tweaked something at the end of the first day of the camp.
Huddle Up: Not the best of offseason news for those banking on an Evans rebound in 2016 after a season filled with drops, including a decline from 12 to three TD receptions.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford is not interested in playing for the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Chip Kelly, according to NFL Network's Jeff Darlington.
Huddle Up: Interesting news after Kelly orchestrated Bradford's trade to Philly a year ago, but the former Oregon and Eagles coach seemingly doesn't have an overabundance of players around the league wanting to play for him.
Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell could be a target of the Cleveland Browns if the Browns trade down from their eighth overall selection.
Huddle Up: With Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel currently topping the team's WR depth chart, the Browns head the list of WR-needy teams so targeting the draft's wideout is to be expected.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has put in work to enter the 2016 season in much better shape, and his teammates were impressed with the results during voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 26. Winston's trainer, Tim Grover, said Winston lost 18 pounds since last year. 'I was joking with him the other day. He took his shirt off, and I said 'Man, what happened to the belly?' He's got a six-pack like me. He's put in a tremendous amount of work, and I think it's going to be a great year for him and this whole team,' WR Mike Evans said.
Huddle Up: It sounds as if things are continuing to look up for the second-year QB, who is a serious threat to the QB1 ranks after accumulating the 13th-most points among fantasy QBs a year ago.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins continue to talk about a long-term deal, according to general manager Scot McCloughan. The negotiations are considered positive, and McCloughan thinks a deal could be imminent. Cousins signed his franchise tag for close to $20 million on March 3. The deadline for a long-term deal is July 15.
Huddle Up: It's likely going to come down to the length of the deal, with the team angling for a shorter-term contract and the QB hoping for more years and more guaranteed money. It sounds likely, though, that they'll eventually find some comfortable middle ground.
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch could be an option for the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Saints had talks to move up to No. 1 overall for a quarterback previously. They could be a team to watch to move up into the first half of the first round to grab Lynch.
Huddle Up: Drew Brees likely only has a couple seasons remaining after turning 37 in January, and Sean Payton and Co. must start prepping for the future. The Saints are picking 12th in the first round, but that might not be high enough to nab Lynch.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
The Denver Broncos asked about Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford, according to a prominent league source. According to a league source, the asking price from the Philadelphia Eagles was too high.
Huddle Up: Denver is doing is due diligence with every available QB, but it doesn't sound like Bradford isn't an option going forward.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) posted a video on Twitter showing himself dunking a basketball.
Huddle Up: Bell's keeper and dynasty-league owners surely took notice as should re-draft league owners who own top-three picks.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has made great strides, according to head coach Bill Belichick. 'The reps that he's gotten on the field in preseason games and in practice,' Belichick said, 'I think he’s shown a lot of development - better understanding, quicker recognition and reading of the defenses, more awareness of what's happening on the defensive side of the ball, better communication, better understanding of the offense - really everything.'
Huddle Up: Garoppolo has attempted 31 regular-season passes in two seasons, but unless the DeflateGate mess is extended -- and why wouldn't it be after we've been tormented this long? -- he'll be be facing the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills to open the season. And it's not like you still won't be starting Gronk, no matter who's playing QB in N.E.
JaMarcus Russell - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell (Raiders), who has been out of the league since 2009, reportedly sent letters to NFL teams last season seeking another chance. 'I am willing to lead the scout team for free for one year just to get experience in your system,' Russell wrote in a letter to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, according to Sports Illustrated.
Huddle Up: Well here's this, and in a league increasingly desperate for QBs, who knows, maybe one of the biggest draft busts of all-time gets a tryout.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not show up for offseason workouts, according to a source. He is training in South Florida with the Bears' permission. Jeffery has already signed his franchise tag and is training in order to fix the soft tissue problems in his hamstring that plagued him in 2015. He is expected to report for mandatory minicamp from June 14-16, if not sooner, according to the source.
Huddle Up: After back-to-back seasons of 85-plus catches and at least 1,133 yards, Jeffery struggled through a 54-80-7-4 season in nine games last season, and the Bears are going to take every measure to prevent a repeat with their No. 1 target, who's more important than ever with the offseason departures of Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett.
Garrett Graham - TE - Denver Broncos
Free-agent TE Garrett Graham (Texans) has signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: After a career-best 49-catch, 545-yard season in 2013, Graham has logged only 22 receptions and 227 yards the last two seasons, but now he is reunited with old coach Gary Kubiak. Overall, though, it's shaping up to be a fantasy-unfriendly TEBC in the Mile High City with Graham joining the likes of 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman and veteran Virgil Green.
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