- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner32 mins ago
The Dallas Cowboys wanted a quarterback in this year's draft, and after getting beat out for the first two they had targeted, they finally grabbed one at the end of the fourth round, taking Mississippi State's Dak Prescott at No. 135.
While other teams who have a starter in place regularly draft quarterbacks – the New England Patriots drafted Jacoby Brissett on Friday night, two years after taking Jimmy Garroppolo in the second round, and earlier Saturday the Oakland Raiders drafted Connor Cook – Prescott is, remarkably, the first quarterback the Cowboys have drafted since 2009.
That year, they took the largely forgettable Stephen McGee in the fourth round. You have to go all the way back to 2001 to find the only other quarterback Dallas drafted this millenium, when they took Quincy Carter in the second round.
Prescott is certainly a project, but the Cowboys were a disaster at quarterback after Tony Romo got hurt not once but twice last season. Prescott's draft stock took a hit when he was arrested for suspicion of DUI in March, two days after his pro day.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner45 mins ago
Cardale Jones watched eight quarterbacks get selected in the NFL draft before he finally heard his name called.
Ohio State's hero from the 2014 season finally went off the board with the last pick of the fourth round, to the Buffalo Bills with a compensatory pick. Jones was taken 139th overall on Saturday.
Jones' decision to go back to school for one more season has been debated many times, though Jones himself never has seemed too stressed about it.
Jones was in a unique situation after the 2014 season. He started just three games, and they were a win in the Big Ten championship game and two wins in the College Football Playoff. He could have left Ohio State with a national title and a pristine reputation. NFL teams would have had to have made a tough decision based on incomplete data, but practically everything Jones put on film for them was very good. Jones had the arm strength, great size, and good athleticism. ESPN’s Mel Kiper said he thought Jones would have been a second-round pick had he declared last year, though we've seen plenty of quarterbacks slip in the draft once NFL teams start to pick apart their flaws. Ask Matt Barkley. Or Connor Cook.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The New Orleans Saints traded up in Round 4 for a fascinating but very raw prospect from an unusual location: The University of Manitoba. They took 6-foot-3, 300-pound DT David Onyemata, a very raw prospect but one who could pay off in time, with the 120th pick in the draft.
Yes, that's Canada, folks. The NFL will dip its toes in the northern waters occasionally, and the Saints are more willing to do so than other teams it appears. The last Canadian prospect taken this high in the NFL draft was third-rounder Akiem Hicks by New Orleans in 2012 via Regina. And the only other player drafted from Manitoba? Israel Idonije, who had a nice career in the NFL.
Hicks didn't work out in New Orleans, but he found success with the New England Patriots last season after he was traded there and parlayed that into a big free-agent deal this offseason with the Chicago Bears.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Though Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie drafted his team's quarterback of the foreseeable future a couple of years ago in Derek Carr, McKenzie clearly learned a thing or two from his time in Green Bay. In this case: there's no harm in having extra quarterbacks.
So on Saturday, as the final four rounds of the draft began and Michigan State QB Connor Cook was still available, McKenzie swung a trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up 14 spots and take Cook at No. 100.
By moving into that spot, the Raiders jumped over the Dallas Cowboys; on the NFL Network broadcast, Ian Rapoport said teams in the top of the fourth round believedthe Cowboys were targeting Cook at No. 101 as a backup to (and possible replacement to?) the aging Tony Romo.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
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Shutdown Corner draft coverage
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
The Jacksonville Jaguars have displayed a lot of patience with coach Gus Bradley. It has been a prudent, long-term approach.
One would imagine Bradley won’t be given that kind of patience if the Jaguars lose again this year, not after the fine offseason they’ve had.
At the end of last season, a lot of people had already glommed onto the Jaguars as a 2016 sleeper. The bandwagon is really rolling now. The Jaguars made the best pick of the first round, somehow taking cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the best player in the draft, fifth overall. They might have made the best pick of the second round too.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
CHICAGO – The Jags look scary. Jerry Jones gambled, as only he can. And there was a surprise at what quarterbacks heard their names called on Friday night. Oh, and someone traded UP to get a kicker.
Here are knee-jerk reactions and grades for Day 2 of the NFL draft, which featured Rounds 2 and 3.
1. Cleveland Browns: DE Emmanuel Ogbah – A big, talented rush end who might stand up in the Browns’ 3-4 defense or bulk up and play the end spot. A bit of a curious pick given that uncertainty, but Ogbah is athletic and has a track record of getting to the QB. Grade: C+
2. Tennessee Titans: DE Kevin Dodd – Pass rusher run! Dodd was one of our favorites, Shutdown Corner’s No. 14 overall player, and he has a chance to be a very good pro after breaking out last season and residing in the shadow of Shaq Lawson until the national title game. Dodd can play on his feet, has great length and is ascending. The Titans needed front-seven help. A nice start to their second day. Grade: A-
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
When the New England Patriots make an unusual pick, you shrug and assume Bill Belichick knows what he's doing, and Patriots fans hope it's not just another Dominique Easley reach.
But the Jacoby Brissett pick was pretty unusual.
Brissett is a talented quarterback from N.C. State. He makes sense as a third-round developmental pick, because he has good physical skills and needs some work at the NFL level. The player isn't the issue, but the team that picked him is worth noting. It's not like the Patriots aren't set at quarterback already.
That's not to say there isn't a plan, and it probably has more to do with Jimmy Garoppolo than Tom Brady. Garoppolo will be entering his third season, and he can become a free agent after the 2017 season. Although it looked like Garoppolo might be Brady's successor when the Patriots took him in the second round, it doesn't seem now like Brady will be out of gas by the 2018 season. Brady will be 39 next season but he's still among the best in the NFL.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Players who aren't invited to the green room at the NFL Draft decide to wait for their moment in a lot of different ways, though most of them involve friends and family and a party of some sort.
Newly-minted Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry was with family, but he wasn't exactly partying when the call came in from Panthers' brass that they were making him the 62nd overall pick:
Newest Panthers CB James Bradberry was fixing his mom's toilet when he got the call from Carolina. Seriously
Bradberry didn't have time to fix the toilet. "It may not get fixed" now
Hopefully there's another, functioning, toilet in his mama's house while she waits for him to finish the job.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
During his playing days, retired New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk was renowned for his pass protection, his ability to keep defensive players away from quarterback Tom Brady.
Faulk's days of protecting Brady on the field are done, but clearly he is still protecting his friend and former teammate off the field.
On Friday night, Faulk was at the draft to announce the Patriots' third-round draft pick (all of the picks in the round were announced by franchise Walter Payton Man of the Year nominees, and Faulk was New England's in 2009), and as NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent introduced him, Faulk stood to Vincent's left, hands on hips, his chest puffed out.
The stance was to highlight that under his unbuttoned purple blazer Faulk was wearing a navy blue No. 12 jersey, Tom Brady's jersey, over his button-down shirt and tie. As we all well know by now, Brady has been locked in a battle with the NFL over deflate-gate, and earlier this week a federal appeals court decided to re-instate Brady's four-game suspension.