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Chargers address defense woes

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LOS ANGELES--Cleveland was a pass. The New York Giants had other needs. Same for the New York Jets. The Browns went with a different defensive back. Denver, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Chicago and San Francisco all said "No," too.

And by the time Arizona, Miami, Tampa Bay and Washington had also passed on Florida State safety, Chargers general ...Read more

Ravens trade back into first round, draft QB Lamar Jackson with 32nd overall pick

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Ten years after drafting quarterback Joe Flacco, a decision that contributed to one of the best stretches in franchise history and the organization's second Super Bowl championship, the Ravens hope they found his successor.

In leading his last draft as the Ravens general manager before he steps aside after the 2018 season, Ozzie Newsome made ...Read more

Vikings draft UCF cornerback Mike Hughes with 30th pick

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While the Vikings waited to make the 30th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, the teams in front of them provided plenty of intrigue as they jockeyed for position in what became the most quarterback-heavy draft in modern history.

The Vikings drafted Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes with the 30th pick. He could play nickel and ...Read more

Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey go in NFL draft's top 10

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Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey were captains and the All-American rocks of Notre Dame's offensive line in 2017.

Thursday, the two went in the top 10 of the NFL draft.

The Colts selected Nelson with the sixth pick while the 49ers took McGlinchey with the ninth pick.

"I'm jacked up," Nelson said. "My parents bought a house in Indiana when I...Read more

Falcons select wide receiver Calvin Ridley in NFL draft

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With the 26th pick in the NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley Thursday night.

He caught 224 passes for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons. "He can come in day one and be your starting slot," Mayock said. "He's so tough and so quick."

In each of the past three drafts ...Read more

Seahawks move down in first round, take running back Rashaad Penny

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Death, taxes and the Seahawks trading their first-round pick.

As just about everybody figured they'd do, the Seahawks on Thursday traded their original first round pick, No. 18 overall, to Green Bay, getting the Packers' pick at No. 27 (which Green Bay had just acquired from the New Orleans Saints) as well as picks in the third round (76) and ...Read more

Lions select Frank Ragnow with No. 20 pick in draft

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After watching their offensive line struggle badly in 2017, the Detroit Lions took a major step towards fixing it with their first-round pick Thursday.

The Lions took Arkansas center Frank Ragnow with the 20th pick of the first round.

Ragnow should start this fall on a line that returns four of its starters. His addition means Graham Glasgow, ...Read more

DJ Moore goes 24th to Panthers, is first Maryland player picked in first round since 2009

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Three years after coming to Maryland as a mostly overlooked three-star prospect, wide receiver DJ Moore will leave College Park as the first Terp picked in the opening round of the NFL draft in nearly a decade.

Moore, who set a single-season school record with 80 receptions last season despite playing with five quarterbacks on a 4-8 team, was ...Read more

Cowboys pick linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with 19th pick

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys felt all along the 2018 NFL draft would set up right for them.

With so much focus on the quarterbacks early on, they felt the player they wanted would fall to them at No. 19.

Things turned out just as the Cowboys hoped as Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was on the board when it came their turn to...Read more

Josh Rosen selected No. 10 by the Arizona Cardinals

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UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 10th pick in the NFL draft.

The Cardinals traded up five spots to select Rosen.

Rosen was the fourth quarterback chosen. The Cleveland Browns took Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma first, the New York Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the ...Read more

Raiders trade for troubled Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant

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New Raiders coach Jon Gruden continued to follow late owner Al Davis' motto of "Just win, baby" by acquiring troubled Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant during the NFL draft Thursday night.

The Raiders traded a third-round pick (No. 75 overall) to the Steelers for the speedy Bryant, who has been suspended by the league in two of the past ...Read more

Raiders take offensive tackle Kolton Miller at No. 15 after trading back

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders selected former UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller with the 15th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

Oakland traded down from the 10th pick to No. 15, where they grabbed a potential starter at right tackle after the release of last year's starter, Marshall Newhouse. Miller could also be insurance at left ...Read more

Browns draft Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward fourth overall

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BEREA, Ohio -- Denzel Ward received the early birthday gift he hoped for when he became a first-round pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. He went to his hometown Browns, too.

A cornerback from Ohio State, Ward was picked fourth overall by the Browns two days before he'll turn 21 and about a half-hour after Cleveland took Oklahoma ...Read more

Dolphins select Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick with 11th pick

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The Miami Dolphins selected Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick with the draft's 11th pick, adding a dynamic defensive back who can play all five positions.

Fitzpatrick, who won the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards in an All-American junior season at Alabama, was excellent value for the Dolphins, as many prognosticators had him one of the ...Read more

Fan boos drown out Roger Goodell at NFL draft

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was expected.

But not this loud.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was greeted with such a thunderous round of boos that no one in AT&T Stadium could hear him.

He was escorted to the stage by Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and Jason Witten.

Even the Dallas Cowboys contingent could not stop the boos, which lasted for almost a...Read more

49ers draft Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey got picked No. 9 overall Thursday night by a 49ers team looking to protect quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and enhance coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

McGlinchey likely will take over at right tackle in place of Trent Brown before possibly transitioning to left tackle once Joe Staley...Read more

Bears draft linebacker Roquan Smith with eighth pick

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The Bears selected Georgia inside linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth pick in the 2018 NFL draft Thursday night.

Smith (6-foot-1, 236 pounds) is widely regarded as a menacing sideline-to-sideline tackler with terrific instincts, in addition to leadership skills that could make him the face of an NFL defense.

"Roquan Smith is the truth, man...Read more

NC State DE Bradley Chubb goes No. 5 overall in NFL draft to Broncos

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Both New York teams passed on Bradley Chubb and the Cleveland Browns did twice but the N.C. State defensive end landed in an ideal spot on Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft.

The Denver Broncos took Chubb with the fifth overall pick and will pair him with All-Pro defensive end Von Miller.

"Being able to learn from the best, I ...Read more

Browns draft Heisman winner Baker Mayfield first overall as quarterback of the future

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BEREA, Ohio -- New Browns general manager John Dorsey boldly planted a flag atop the NFL draft, and the name of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was emblazoned on it.

The Browns selected Mayfield first overall Thursday night, choosing the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as their quarterback of the future over the other top-ranked passers in ...Read more

Cowboys keeping options open on Earl Thomas

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys remain interested in a trade for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Earl Thomas.

But there remain many moving parts before that could happen.

The Cowboys have already balked at the Seahawks original asking price of a first- and third-round pick. The Cowboys would likely give nothing higher than a second-round pick....Read more