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Jim Alexander: Chargers might trade the No. 5 pick -- and they should

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With the fifth pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, the Los Angeles Chargers … should trade down.

Seriously.

When new general manager Joe Hortiz met the media Thursday for the traditional pre-draft briefing, he didn’t come right out and say that was the plan. Executives do not ever tip their hands leading up to a draft. But there have been “...Read more

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Sam McDowell: Three clues that Chiefs GM Brett Veach dropped about his NFL draft plans

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the final weeks before the NFL draft, the Chiefs front office will, at some point, engage in the same exercise that you, me and thousands of others outside those walls partake.

A mock draft.

With a tad different motive.

They are dry-run exercises designed to produce a collection of road maps — or contingency plans �...Read more

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2024 NFL draft prospect rankings: Wide receivers

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Editor's note: The Union-Tribune's Eddie Brown is breaking down prospects, position by position, leading up to the NFL draft (April 25-27). Here are his top 10 wide receivers, plus "bonus" players he believes will be drafted or signed as a priority free agent:

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— 1. Marvin Harrison Jr. (Jr., Ohio State, 6-foot-3, 209 pounds)

The ...Read more

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Mark Bradley: ESPN asks why the Falcons didn't hire Belichick. Here's why.

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ATLANTA — The first time you read it, ESPN’s recount of Bill Belichick’s failed job search expresses more than a dollop of incredulity. How could any team — the Falcons having been the only club to grant him an interview, this mostly means them — be so silly as to leave the greatest-ever NFL coach unhired?

The second time through, it ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Here's the backdrop for everything I write or say about the 2024 Dolphins

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Sports writers rarely reveal the philosophy that guides their coverage. Readers assume things — sometimes correctly, sometimes incorrectly — but perhaps that’s because sports writers don’t clearly define the situation.

So, as the Dolphins prepare for the NFL draft, and as we take more steps down the path to the regular season, I’m ...Read more

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2024 NFL draft prospect rankings: Running backs

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Editor's note: The Union-Tribune's Eddie Brown is breaking down prospects, position by position, leading up to the NFL draft (April 25-27). Here are his top 10 running backs, plus "bonus" players he believes will be drafted or signed as a priority free agent:

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— 1. Jonathon Brooks (So., Texas, 6-foot, 216 pounds)

Brooks is a former...Read more

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Zach Wilson remains in limbo as Jets still seeking trade partner for disappointing QB

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NEW YORK — No news is not good news for Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.

In February, GM Joe Douglas and the Jets gave Wilson permission to seek a trade. However, two months later, Wilson remains on Gang Green’s roster.

Then last month, at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., Jets owner Woody Johnson said they would not release Wilson if...Read more

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2024 NFL mock draft: Six quarterbacks selected in first round

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We're a week away from the NFL draft (April 25-27) kicking off in prime time in the Motor City.

This is my penultimate mock draft of the season. My final version will be posted next week.

I'm not factoring trades into this version, but I will be discussing the possibilities throughout.

There's still plenty of uncertainty (outside of the first...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Did Robert Kraft save Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie from hiring Bill Belichick?

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PHILADELPHIA — Bill Belichick reportedly was voted off Falcons Island. Apparently, he never even made onto Eagles Island.

Not yet, anyway.

An ESPN.com report published Wednesday recounted, with glee, the repeated rejections fired Patriots coach Bill Belichick endured this offseason during his “Failed Job Hunt,” or so read the headline.

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2024 NFL draft prospect rankings: Tight ends

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Editor's note: The Union-Tribune's Eddie Brown is breaking down prospects, position by position, leading up to the NFL draft (April 25-27). Here are his top 10 tight ends, plus "bonus" players he believes will be drafted or signed as a priority free agent:

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— 1. Brock Bowers (Jr., Georgia, 6-foot-3, 243 pounds)

Bowers is one of ...Read more

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Reports: NFL lifts suspensions of five players, including several former Lions

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DETROIT — The NFL has reinstated five players, including four former Detroit Lions, from indefinite suspensions stemming from violations of the league's gambling policy last year, according to multiple reports.

The league lifted the bans for wide receiver Quintez Cephus, safety C.J. Moore, defensive end Rashod Berry, defensive lineman ...Read more

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NFL won't discipline Ravens WR Zay Flowers after investigating alleged domestic violence incident

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BALTIMORE — Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers will not face discipline from the NFL following a police investigation into an alleged domestic incident earlier this year, the league announced Thursday.

“Following a review, the NFL concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that Zay Flowers engaged in any activity that ...Read more

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After 1 year on the job, Bears President Kevin Warren has made an impression with his energy. Will it produce results?

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CHICAGO — Kevin Warren had just arrived in Orlando, Fla., for the NFL owners meetings last month, so his attire was more casual than the suit and tie he usually wears to such events. His morning travel didn’t afford time for lunch, so tucked in the back room of a restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, he took bites of blackened shrimp salad amid ...Read more

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As Ravens offseason workouts begin, new RB Derrick Henry has one goal: 'Hold that trophy up'

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BALTIMORE — New Ravens running back Derrick Henry strolled out of the team’s weight room at the Owings Mills facility alongside Zay Flowers, the sleeves of his workout T-shirt struggling to contain his biceps and his 6-foot-2, 247-pound frame dwarfing the second-year receiver — as well as the sun trying to poke through a nearby window.

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Sam McDowell: How a looming Rashee Rice suspension will (and should) affect the Chiefs' draft plans

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs and coach Andy Reid won’t say much publicly about wide receiver Rashee Rice and the eight charges he faces from his role in a car crash last month.

That’s as expected, though a hint of condemnation is a relatively low bar to clear — the case is ongoing, sure, but Rice did admit to police he was driving one ...Read more

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2024 NFL draft prospect rankings: Offensive tackles

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Editor's note: The Union-Tribune's Eddie Brown is breaking down prospects, position by position, leading up to the NFL draft (April 25-27). Here are his top 10 offensive tackles, plus "bonus" players he believes will be drafted or signed as a priority free agent:

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— 1. Joe Alt (Jr., Notre Dame, 6-foot-8, 321 pounds)

The massive ...Read more

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2024 NFL draft prospect rankings: Safeties

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Editor's note: The Union-Tribune's Eddie Brown is breaking down prospects, position by position, leading up to the NFL draft (April 25-27). Here are his top 10 safeties, plus "bonus" players he believes will be drafted or signed as a priority free agent:

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— 1. Tyler Nubin (Sr., Minnesota, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds)

Nubin is a former ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Here's what Dolphins should do with their first two picks in the NFL draft

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Terron, Jevon, Jaelan and Jaylen.

One of those four key players is almost certain not to be with the Miami Dolphins next season, and there’s a reasonable chance two of them depart.

What’s the Dolphins’ plan?

Net week’s NFL draft might offer us insight into how the Dolphins are thinking regarding left tackle ...Read more

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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Interior offensive linemen

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Editor’s note: The U-T’s Eddie Brown is breaking down prospects, position by position, leading up to the NFL Draft (April 25-27). Here are his top 10 interior offensive linemen, plus “bonus” players he believes will be drafted or signed as a priority free agent:

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— 1. Troy Fautanu (Sr., Washington, 6-foot-3, 317 pounds)

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How coach Kevin O'Connell's quarterback history could shape the Vikings' draft

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Kevin O'Connell, Vikings head coach and noted quarterback aficionado, has a good handle on what and who he wants, should his team be in the right position to pull the trigger come draft night April 25.

The who will have to wait. As for the what, well, he wants …

Accuracy. Toughness, both mentally and physically. A fast mind that instantly ...Read more