Three and out: Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits

In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team’s situation and needs.聽
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1. They were a different team after defensive anchor Ryan Shazier went down with a spinal injury late last season. The Steelers have drafted a linebacker with their first-round selection in three of the past four years. They may very well make it four of five.
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Advice:聽This draft is deep at running back and might even offer players with three-down skill sets close to Bell’s. USC’s Ronald Jones, Georgia’s Sony Michel, LSU’s Derrius Guice and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny could Womens William Gay Jersey be available on Day 2, though it’s not likely any will last until the Steelers are on the clock at No. 60. Colbert would probably have to make some kind of move to get one of them.

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming:聽Yup, the latest buzz links Allen and his ballistic arm to Cleveland. But before you dismiss the notion,聽consider that new Browns GM John Dorsey traded up last year, when he was running the board in Kansas City, to select Patrick Mahomes, who, like Allen, probably had the biggest fastball and most upside 鈥?and risk 鈥?of any incoming passer. And even though arm strength remains a dubious trait when forecasting NFL success, it’s definitely a nice attribute for quarterbacks who play in the AFC North’s cold and windy climes.聽Like Mahomes, Allen would also reap the benefits of joining an up-and-coming roster while sitting behind a veteran, Tyrod Taylor in this case.

Sam Darnold, QB, USC:聽OK, let’s have some fun. Buffalo didn’t believe in Taylor and certainly didn’t invest in AJ McCarron at a level that would suggest team brass believes he’ll replicate his championship feats at Alabama. But with Darnold, widely regarded as the best overall quarterback in the draft, on the board in our scenario, GM Brandon Beane has to complete his systematic trek to the top of the board to get the long-awaited successor to Jim Kelly.

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The Rutgers spring game has not been heavy on action the last two years.

It’s not going to be a legitimate football game. It’s going to be kind of a scripted scrimmage, Ash said Thursday after the Scarlet Knights’ 10th spring practice. But it’s going to be a scrimmage. We’re going to live tackle.
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The challenge lying ahead for him is a standard one for a small-school prospect. Neal is facing a steep jump in the level of competition after playing for an FCS school. Combine that with a search to find his role and best use in the NFL after playing multiple positions at Jacksonville State, and Neal may not make a notable impact until at least 2019.

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The Bob Quinn- and Matt Patricia-run team will bring in a veteran to work behind Matthew Stafford. Both were with the Patriots when Cassel worked behind Tom Brady during the 2000s. Released by the Titans last month, Cassel is entering his age-36 season. He has not been a regular starter since his days with the Chiefs, but he did make several starts with the Vikings and Cowboys before becoming Marcus Mariota’s backup and serving in that role the past two years. The Lions have 2016 sixth-round pick Jake Rudock on their roster.

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Much to the delight of football fans everywhere, the NFL has unanimously approved changes that will simplify the definition of a catch.

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His younger brother Matthew is in a master’s program for piano at Florida State.

He was always more devoted to music than I was, DeJong said. I played the piano, as well. Also the trumpet. But I stopped sophomore year in high school for the trumpet and a little earlier than that for the piano.

DeJong sent a fastball from Steven Matz off the facing of the left-field second deck in the second inning and drove Jacob Rhame’s slider off an orange M&M advertisement just over the left-field wall in the eighth for his second solo homer.

The allegations underscore Mueller’s interest in Manafort and Gates, who continued to interact with business associates in Ukraine even as they helped lead Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Manafort, 68, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, money laundering, and tax and bank fraud charges related to his lobbying work for a Russian-friendly political party in Ukraine and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Gates, 45, who was deputy campaign manager for Trump and had earlier worked with Manafort in Ukraine, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy and lying to the FBI in a cooperation deal with Mueller’s probe.

With one of the thinnest rosters in the league, it has to hurt to trade away four high-draft picks as part of this deal. It will be disastrous if the Jets make this deal and don’t come away with a franchise-altering player.

In 1963, Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions were suspended for betting on NFL games. Commissioner Pete Rozelle insisted there were no bribes, no game-fixing or point-shaving, and that all of the bets were on their own team or on other NFL games. patriots_017

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Report: Frank Gore, Dolphins Agree to 1-Year Contract After 3 Seasons with Colts

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The Miami Dolphins and veteran running back Frank Gore reached an agreement Thursday on acontract for next season.
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I think I’m showing people that if you love what you do, it shouldn’t matter what age [you are], Gore said. As long as you train and love to compete, you can do whatever you want.

He added: I’ve been told since I was 28 what I can’t do or will I fall off this year, and I’m still going and still having fun and showing people on film that I still can play this game.

Gore, a third-round pick of the Niners in 2005, will enter his 14th NFL season with 14,026 rushing yards, 3,672 receiving yards and 94 offensive touchdowns.

Signing with the Dolphins brings his career full circle. He was born and raised in Miami, shined at Coral Gables Senior High School and starred with the University of Miami Hurricanes at the collegiate level before earning five Pro Bowl selections in the NFL.

Now Gore is back home, where he should compete with Kenyan Drake for the starting job during training camp and the preseason. They’ll likely end up in a pretty even timeshare, regardless of which back is out there for the first snap.

Building slowly through the draft is wise. Except when it wipes out one of the few precious years a team has left before its next round of pricey, critical quarterback decisions.
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The Cowboys would love to keep up with the big spenders and daring traders at the top of the standings, but they are too saddled with old debts to do it. That may just cost them the best opportunity any team could hope for.

Johnathan Hankins, the 26-year-old run-stuffer, is now looking for his third team in three years after the Indianapolis Colts released him unexpectedly last week. He lasted just one year into a three-year deal, but the Colts’ loss should be the Detroit Lions’ gain.聽

The Lions have a big need on the interior of the defensive line after losing Haloti Ngata in free agency. In Hankins, Detroit would be getting its best defensive tackle since Ndamukong Suh left for Miami. Hankins can anchor against the run and collapse the pocket as Womens Tashaun Gipson Jersey a rusher.

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The Lions listened at the trade deadline, too, but ended up holding onto Ebron when they didn’t get a deal to their liking.
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Ebron, the 10th overall pick in 2014, made 53 catches for 574 yards and four touchdowns for the year and for his career has 186 receptions for 2,079 yards and 11 touchdowns.

How do you think people would rate Tom Brady coming out of college now His lack of mobility was highlighted in 2000, nowadays it’s practically a must. Plus the fact many of the things that make him great now like the way hes the field and the work he does pre-snap a) he developed as a pro and b) aren’t prevalent in the college game as a lot of the offenses are two routes and throw to a or b. I think he’d go Undrafted if Michigan Tom was in the 2018 draft.

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But they’re also aware that the No. 2 pick is a major investment, and the shelf-life for running backs can be short. Also, a great running back with a mediocre quarterback usually results in a mediocre team. It’s been hard to tell if new Giants GM Dave Gettleman has the team in win-now, or build-for-the-future mode. Barkley would seem to be a win-now move, to get one more title run in Eli Manning’s final years.

Gettleman believes in big men, which means players on both lines. He also understands that in today’s NFL, you need a quarterback and someone who can disrupt the quarterback.

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Heck, we saw the offense look different with Jimmy Garoppolo playing over his time in New England. If the next QB is Mason Rudolph it won’t look the same as it would if it were Lamar Jackson or even Kyle Lauletta. I think the Patriots are on the lookout for the best available QB, not the next Womens Zack Greinke Jersey Brady, Garoppolo or even Brissett, the last guy they drafted at the position.

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, has established an impressive media presence in recent months. His career could be heading in that direction.

Wherever it’s going, he’ll let the world know within a week.

Broncos give Matt Paradis, Shaquil Barrett second-round RFA tenders

The Broncos are expected to be working on acquiring a new quarterback in the next couple of days and they’ve made a move to hold onto the guy who will be snapping the ball to him.

According to multiple reports, the Broncos have extended a second-round tender to impending restricted free agent center Matt Paradis. Paradis stands to make $2.9 million if he signs the tender and will be able to sign an offer sheet with another team, although they’d need to give the Broncos a second-round pick if Denver opts not to match it.

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He had 54 tackles and an interception in 15 starts last season.

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Malcolm Butler: I’ll always have love for New England

Malcolm Butler is now a member of the Titans and that means his final game as a member of the Patriots saw him just one special teams snap.

Coach Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Butler, who had ed almost every snap up to that point, for Super Bowl LII has been discussed quite often since the Eagles’ 41-33 win in Minneapolis without any detailed reason for the call. Butler revisited the issue with Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald on Wednesday as he officially moved to the list of former Patriots and gave his best guess.

Joe Thomas retired Wednesday, but it’s apparently not the last we’ve seen of the former Browns left tackle.

Thomas appears headed to the TV studio or announcer’s booth. He had a tryout with FOX Sports two weeks ago, USA Today reports.

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There was simply no way NE was going to be able to keep Hightower, Collins, Jones, Sheard and.It’s a long.They would never reach amounts these bills yet they are a vital part if most cities and would be better able to create safe healthy spaces to serve people statewide!The 10-game streak is the longest current one the, and ties Houston for the second-longest this season.I’ve had a hip replacement.I put a lot less pressure on myself and went and enjoyed the experience.

That’s a significant amount of youth, skill and upside on the roster; but the loss of Duclair still stings.But any case, I ‘t really follow the Red Sox anymore.You’ll know you’re receiving the best deals available on thousands of quality products.I’m the batting cage now, trying to iron out the swing a little bit.

That guess came without any post-Super Bowl conversations with Belichick, but included a recollection of when Belichick’s decision-making involving Butler had a better result.49ers_073

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Friday’s PFT PM looks at trade craziness, more

Friday’s edition of the PFT PM podcast was being taped while news of the Jarvis Landry trade broke, which means you’ll get the benefit of my real-time surprise at the news.
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However, that didn鈥檛 mean that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wasn鈥檛 a bit wistful about the prospect of a reunion with Kirk Cousins going out the window following the trade.

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For Kyle, I think the thing I would tell people is we made the trade and then there were some days that Kyle Shanahan was like in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually,Lynch said, via WEEI.

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Bennett鈥檚 lone year with New York resulted in career highs of 55 receptions, 626 receiving yards, and five touchdowns. He parlayed that into a four-year, $20.4 million deal with the Bears. His performance only increased from there, culminating in his first Pro Bowl invitation and a 916-yard season in 2014.
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The emergence of Zach Miller helped push him out the door in 2016 in a bargain-bin trade with the Patriots. Bennett, along with a sixth-round pick, were shipped east to play alongside Rob Gronkowski in exchange for the low cost of a fourth-rounder. Bennett would prove vital to the team鈥檚 playoff run, filling in for his injured counterpart and giving New England a game-changing talent at tight end en route to an NFL championship.

Packers raise ticket prices for the ninth straight year

Since their fans didn’t have to spring for playoff tickets last season, the Packers found another way to make up the revenue.
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Hang on a second, Paraag. Do you mean to suggest that, if Sherman had made it to the Pro Bowl but was not able to play in the Pro Bowl because the team made it to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would have screwed him out of the benefit of making the Pro Bowl

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Dorsey said the organization also will listen to offers for the fourth overall pick they acquired from the Texans during last year’s draft.

Any good G.M. wants to field phone calls from all of his peers. Why wouldn’t I Dorsey said. That’s why I say, ‘Give me a call and see what’s up.’

The Browns have plenty of money to spend in free agency and four of the top 35 picks in the draft. They can make great strides this offseason.

As an organization, we understand this is a pivotal offseason for us, Dorsey said. We have really done our due diligence in laying out a plan, and I feel really good about that plan moving forward.

Former Packers wide receiver James Jones continues to break news during free agency. A week after he was the first to report that Jordy Nelson was headed to the Raiders , Jones tweeted Monday night that safety Morgan Burnett , who spent the first eight years of his career in Green Bay, was headed to Pittsburgh to sign with the Steelers .

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Patrick, an icon of ESPN telecasts for 36 years, suggested Thursday, a week after it was announced he was leaving the network, that he didn’t necessarily go of his own accord. Asked on Glenn Cark Radio when it hit him that it was time to walk away, Patrick cast a larger net of responsibility.

Patrick, ESPN’s first NFL play-by-play voice, worked primetime games for 17 years and famously called Duke-North Carolina games with Dick Vitale.

One of the top tight ends in the draft, Fumagalli was born with a missing finger. In the past, he had told people he lost the finger in woodshop class, among other tall tales. At the combine, Fumagalli played it straight.

I’m pretty serious about it, he said. Serious events like this, I don’t mess around with. I know it’s part of the process. They invest a lot of money in people so they need to know everything, so it doesn’t bother me.

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Senat said his basketball background helps him as a blocker.

When you are blocking on the field, you’re basically just defensive sliding on people, staying in front of a defender, he said. I think playing basketball has helped me develop quick feet and that kind of conditioning and quick twitch that you need to play offensive line.

NFL teams are intrigued by Senat’s potential, but also question his commitment to playing football full-time.

On Friday, Senat went through the drills. He put up the fourth-best time in the three-cone drill among linemen and was 13th in the broad jump.

Senat went to the East-West Shrine Game in January, where he got to face stiffer competition than he saw at Wagner. He projects as a right tackle in the NFL, but said he believes he could play either side.