Tennessee left tackle Michael Roos is retiring from the NFL after playing 10 seasons and 148 games with the Titans. Roos announced his decision Thursday on social media after informing the Titans.
The Bears have outstanding offensive skill-position personnel which will make Mariota's transition easier.
As NFL coaches and general managers go, Bruce Arians and Steve Keim already make up quite a tandem. ''Flattered,'' Arians said at a news conference with Keim on Tuesday.
Connecting the dots on a mock draft three weeks before the start of free agency proves to be difficult, especially with more health and workout information needed on a few key injured draft prospects. But we’ll take a crack with the NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror and the bulk of the draft information in the tank. Here’s how we think the first two rounds looks as things stand now. 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Florida State QB Jameis Winston Head coach Lovie Smith says he’s OK with Winston’s character, which would be the only real roadblock to welcoming him in the building. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter won’t have to dig deep in his playbook to find a system that fits Winston’s skills, having coached similar physical types in Byron Leftwich and Matt Ryan in Jacksonville and Atlanta, respectively. The stars are starting to line up for this marriage. [All Draft News, All The Time: Follow Shutdown Draft 365 on Tumblr ] 2. Tennessee Titans — Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Our best comp for Mariota since last fall has been Alex Smith, who has been a good but hardly transcendent quarterback. Mariota’s strong workouts this weekend only reinforce that. Titans OC Jason Michael spent two years as Smith’s QB coach in San Francisco and certainly can draw on that experience to find a way to get the best from Mariota. Are we certain Mariota will go second? No, but the Titans’ lukewarm defense of Zach Mettenberger in Indy makes us think this could happen. Otherwise, the Titans might be open for business at No. 2 if the right team blows them away with a trade offer. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars — USC DT Leonard Williams The Daytona Beach native might be the perfect force player for Gus Bradley’s defense, even if an interior player isn’t the most pressing need. Who cares? Williams might be the cleanest prospect available and could give the Jaguars another horse up front to control the action.
Some of the most important developments at the NFL scouting combine happen behind closed doors — the medical and character evaluations of most of the 323 players attending — but the on-field product matters to a certain degree, too. We’ve collected our data, sent out a barrage of text messages and calls to NFL evaluators and put it all together to determine who has helped themselves in Indianapolis and who has not. [All Draft News, All The Time: Follow Shutdown Draft 365 on Tumblr ] (Note: This was written prior to some of the linebackers and defensive backs working out, so we’ll update you on their performances later.) Here are the winners and losers: WINNERS Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota They’re not guaranteed to be the first two picks in the draft, but their decision to throw at the combine did not hurt them at all. In fact, it might have solidified that the on-field products for both — while far different from each other — are good to very good. Winston won over the media with his easy charm, and there were anonymous media reports that he was killing it behind closed doors. One offensive coordinator told Shutdown Corner that Winston “still comes off as immature, even if he can be likeable. He needs to stop smiling when we’re asking him tough questions. But he swatted back every [football question] we had for him easily. It was impressive. The kid knows the game ... has a feel for it, a real gift.” In addition, a different NFL evaluator told us that Mariota was quiet and introverted in their interview session, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but they felt he was mature and grounded and had a foundation to work with as a player, both mentally and physically. He also led all quarterbacks in the running times, displaying his excellent athleticism. The bottom line is that these are two unique talents, and there is a noticeable dropoff to the other quarterbacks in this class, even if Baylor’s Bryce Petty had a strong throwing session. Winston and Mariota won’t get out of the top 10, and someone could move up to draft the second QB whomever that will be. Wide receivers The cream rose to the top. The consensus top three — Kevin White, Amari Cooper and DeVante Parker, whatever order you have them in — all performed exceptionally well in almost every way. White especially blew away teams by running a 4.35 40, with strong performances in almost every other physical drill. He also ran the gauntlet drill well, looking confident and polished. Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong pushed his way into the first-round discussion, and ex-Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham had an impressive day on the field, even if one NFL evaluator told SDC that he worried about DGB’s maturity and football IQ after meeting with him. Other off-the-radar prospects such as Georgia’s Chris Conley, Nebraska’s Kenny Bell, William & Mary’s Tre McBride and Georgia Tech’s Darren Waller all raised their stock with strong weekends on the field. Yes, 2014 was the year of the wide receiver in the draft — one of the all-time great classes at the position. But 2015 appears to be an excellent sequel worth catching. Hobart OT Ali Marpet Who? Yes, one of the big postseason winners has been an offensive tackle from a school with an enrollment of 2,200, one that is better known for its lacrosse program and a football team that hasn’t landed a player on an NFL roster since before World War II. Marpet shined at the Senior Bowl , showing he can play up to the better level of competition, and he tested out as one of the more athletic offensive linemen in Indy this weekend. Throw in his positional versatility (playing tackle in college, and could project to guard or center in the NFL) and the intelligent, grounded Marpet might end up a top-75 pick. One scout joked with SDC that he was probably breaking NFL rules by asking Marpet, an economics major at the liberal-arts school, for advice about his financial profile after their 15-minute interview session was over. OTs Jake Fisher and La’El Collins Oregon’s Fisher and LSU’s Collins both were some of the cleanest performers in the offensive line positional drills, and Fisher’s athletic prowess — clearly in great shape playing in the Ducks’ revved-up offense — jumped off the field. Fisher might project as a left tackle, and Collins has positional versa tility at both guard and tackle, making him a safer pick. Both men helped themselves in scouts’ eyes. Don’t get blinded by Collins’ pedestrian 40-yard dash or his subpar bench number. He was plenty impressive in the foot drills to make us believe he could be a Day 1 starter in the NFL on the right team. Clemson OLB-DE Vic Beasley Eyes were opened when Beasley, whom NFL people estimated played last season in the 220-to-225-pound range this past fall, arrived in Indy weighing 246 pounds. Would he still be able to run and move in the drills? Uh, yes. Beasley smoked his 40-yard dash (4.53 seconds, tops among all edge rushers along with Virginia’s Eli Harold), pumped out a stunning 35 reps on the bench, notched a 41-inch vertical and a 10’10” vertical jump and looked more than capable of being a 3-4 outside linebacker at this weight and perhaps even a pass-rush specialist in a 4-3 scheme. At this point, he’s looking more and more like a first-round pick who could end up in the top 20 when it’s all said and done. LOSERS Running backs In what is perceived to be a deep class, the cream didn’t rise to the top the way it could have. Georgia's Todd Gurley remains injured, and he reportedly would not let doctors inspect his torn ACL, although he is expected to return to the medical recheck in Indy next month for that. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ran two solid but hardly blazing 40-yard dash times, which could keep him out of Round 1. Indiana's Tevin Coleman broke his foot in training prior to the combine and could not work out. The fastest 40 was turned in by a player, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford, whose game is not based on long speed and who projects as a late Day 2 or Day 3 pick. David Cobb, who shined at the Senior Bowl, stumbled to 4.81-second 40, pulling up lame with a quad injury. It wasn’t a total loss. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah helped himself with strong all-around workouts and showed up at a respectable 205 pounds. Northern Iowa’s David Johnson certainly helped continuing to help himself after a nice Senior Bowl week. But if we’re expecting multiple players in Round 1, that might not happen now and some other good players at the position such as Alabama's T.J. Yeldon could leak into Round 3. As a group, the backs created little upward push this weekend. East Carolina QB Shane Carden Carden struggled at the Senior Bowl and did little to stand out in Indy. He has good character and was productive in college, but — as many scouts suspected — a lot of that production was manufactured by the Pirates’ offense. Carden’s physical skills just are not impressive, and he doesn’t appear to be a draftable prospect at this point. Tight ends Minnesota’s Maxx Williams picked things up after a slow start, and Florida State’s Nick O’Leary and Notre Dame’s Bay Koyack looked respectable in positional drills. But overall this is not a sexy or particularly deep group. We were not blown away by anyone’s workouts this weekend, and it’s very possible that Williams could slip from the top 20 talk that everyone wanted to bestow on him pre-combine. The depth just isn't here in this class.
As many as 12 million viewers will tune into the NFL combine at some point to watch draft prospects do nothing more exciting than run sprints and lift weights. Ryan Satterlof, a fifth-grade Indianapolis math teacher and fantasy devotee, was among 600 fans watching Saturday's workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium. ''The NFL handed out forms if we wanted to chart times and stuff,'' he said. ... I won't make any serious judgments - even on players I saw here - until after the draft.'' The combine and fantasy football were low-key endeavors when Satterlof, now 37, and a few high school buddies organized their first fantasy league in 1994.
Nick Mensio keeps track of all the reserve/future contracts signed around the NFL.
Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark says he's retiring from the NFL after a 13-year career as a player. As expected, the 35-year-old old Clark is going to work as an NFL analyst for ESPN. He started his pro career with the New York Giants, won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers and had two stints with the Redskins, including last season.
Admitting that he is ''going to miss it,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he will give up his job calling plays for Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay offense. The decision is part of a significant shake-up on that side of the ball, where the Packers led the NFL in scoring in 2014 and Rodgers won his second NFL MVP award. McCarthy is handing off play-calling duties to Tom Clements, whom he promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach. Edgar Bennett was named offensive coordinator, while Bennett's responsibilities as the wide receivers coach were given to Alex Van Pelt, who will now coach both quarterbacks and receivers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are bracing for losing running back Le'Veon Bell for the first two games of the 2015 season. Bell was arrested last August on marijuana and DUI charges, along with former teammate (and current New England Patriot) LeGarrette Blount. Even if the charges are dismissed, as they could be if Bell is admitted into a court program as a first-time offender, the league could issue discipline in the case. Bell was given 15 months probation in the case. With the NFL's new substance-abuse policy, Bell could face a two-game suspension that would begin at the start of the 2015 NFL season. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said Tuesday that the Steelers will be prepared for Bell to be unavailable to start the season. The Steelers don't have a clear-cut option to replace him. Bell ran for 1,361 yards (second most in the NFL) and eight touchdowns, and he also was the Steelers' second-leading receiver with 83 catches for 854 yards. Ben Tate might be washed up, Dri Archer is an undersized specialist and Josh Harris only broke the lineup late last season out of necessity. Here's another potential rub: We speculated recently that the Steelers might be the favorites to open the NFL season at the New England Patriots, being one of the more high-profile options to play in the marquee TV game. Also, the Steelers have played an AFC North opponent in either Week 1 or 2 in three of the past four seasons. So that could be two huge games that Bell misses. The Steelers have to think long and hard about adding help to the position in that case. Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Rushing Distribution | FindTheBest - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
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