Sherman's NFL mock draft 1.0: Eagles select speedy receiver

Sherman's NFL mock draft 1.0: Eagles select speedy receiver

As the 2017 NFL draft continues to draw closer and closer, Jared Sherman checks in with his initial first-round mock draft of the season.

For Paul Hudrick's first seven-round Eagles mock draft, click here.

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns won't get their franchise QB here, but get a potential superstar pass rusher in Garrett.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
With holes all over, the Niners need to find something to hang their hat on. Thomas, who can be unblockable at times, makes sense with their defense moving to the 4-3 under Robert Saleh.

3. Chicago Bears - Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Bears upgraded their secondary by signing CBs Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara, but still, lack a difference-maker at safety. Adams is the best all-around S in the draft and brings Ed Reed-like leadership to the field.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Once again, the Jags made a big splash in free agency on the defensive side of the ball, but still lack offensive firepower. Fournette could be this year's Ezekiel Elliott. He's big (6-0/240), fast and a handful to tackle.

5. Tennessee Titans - Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Even with the signing of Jonathan Cyprien, the Titans can't pass on the immensely talented Hooker. Only a redshirt sophomore, Hooker is a raw and instinctual athlete who, in time, will be a star.

6. New York Jets - Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The Jets try yet again to find a franchise QB. In a weak class, Trubisky stands out to me as the best prospect of the bunch. He's tough, accurate and mobile, but, like many young QBs, he'll need to process things a lot faster in the pros.

7. Los Angeles Chargers - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Not a pressing need for the Bolts, but Lattimore is an outstanding player with huge upside. My top CB in the draft, Lattimore's size (6-0/193) and speed (4.36 40) are incredible, and he has the agility to shadow receivers all over the field.

8. Carolina Panthers - Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Jonathan Stewart has been a warrior for years, but it's time to get a more explosive RB behind Cam Newton. Cook has some fumbling problems but brings a dynamic element to a sometimes stodgy offense.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Never shy about taking on potentially volatile personalities, the Bengals grab my favorite defensive player and add him to a potentially dominant linebacker corps.

10. Buffalo Bills - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills' offense is desperate for playmakers, and Williams' size (6-4/218) and ability to just go up and get the ball make him an ideal addition.

11. New Orleans Saints - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Drew Brees' career is winding down, but the Saints want to try to make one more run with him. Howard gives Brees another dangerous target who blocks well enough to help the run game, too.

12. Cleveland Browns (from. PHI) - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Browns signed Kenny Britt this offseason, but have little else offensively. Davis brings more size and outstanding route running to an offense that needs it.

13. Arizona Cardinals - DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
I love what Watson did in college, but I'm not sold on his long-term NFL success. Still, he's a winner, was ultra-productive in college and he's very mobile. Carson Palmer's effectiveness is waning and Watson could see the field quickly.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN) - John Ross, WR, Washington
With the injury to Washington CB Sidney Jones, I don't think there's another CB worthy of a top-15 pick anymore. So the Eagles address their second biggest need -- wideout. The Birds signed WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this offseason, but both are essentially one-year rentals. Ross, who set the NFL combine record for the 40-yard dash (4.22), brings an element back to the Eagles they haven't had since DeSean Jackson -- deep speed. I know Smith was brought in for that as well, but Ross brings a more dangerous skill set to the table. Ross' agility and speed allow teams to move him all over the field. Throw it to him deep, hand the ball off or run a bubble screen for him (sure beats throwing one to Dorial Green-Beckham). Ross might not be a true No. 1, but his presence and versatility will be a tremendous boon to Carson Wentz's development.

15. Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Andrew Luck can't keep taking a beating like he has over the years, so continuing to upgrade the offensive line is critical. Ramczyk was named an AP All-American in his first year playing D-I football after transferring from D-III Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

16. Baltimore Ravens - Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Reddick had an incredible combine performance, putting up huge numbers in the 40 (4.56), vertical jump (36.5 inches), and broad jump (133 inches). He won't play DE in the NFL but could be Terrell Suggs' successor at OLB.

17. Washington Redskins - Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Allen, at one point, was in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick, but worries about his shoulder and a lackluster combine performance dropped his stock. In Washington, he'd play a 3-4 DE, where his strength and explosiveness would be a huge help to a weak defensive front.

18. Tennesse Titans - Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
The interior of the Titans' OL needs a serious upgrade, and the versatile Lamp would be a great fit. A four-year starter at LT, Lamp will probably be shifted inside where his heavy hands and constantly moving feet make him very hard to beat.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
A superb athlete, Njoku brings a new dimension to an offense lacking weapons outside of WR Mike Evans. Njoku can explode out of his breaks and uses his leaping ability and strength to beat tight coverage.

20. Denver Broncos - Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
A gifted athlete, Bolles can play either OT position. With Menelik Watson and Donald Stephenson tentatively penciled in as starters, the Broncos have to be looking to upgrade, and Bolles' skill set fits Denver's scheme perfectly.

21. Detroit Lions - Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers offers the Lions versatility at two positions they need help with -- S and OLB. In a league that's quickly becoming a sub-package haven, having a player who can fill so many roles is invaluable.

22.  Miami Dolphins - Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
When Byron Maxwell is starting for you at CB, you know you need to find a long-term replacement. Conley played in the shadow of Lattimore at Ohio State but has the size (6-0/195), speed (4.44), and toughness to be a No. 1 CB himself.

23. New York Giants - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Even with the re-signing of Jason Pierre-Paul the Giants will find it hard to pass on a raw talent like Charlton. His length (6--6/277) and athleticism make Charlton an intriguing prospect who can learn under Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon.

24. Oakland Raiders - Budda Baker, S, Washington
An absolutely ferocious player who will fit well into what they're building in Oakland. Small (5-10/195) but fast, Baker flies all over the field and is always around the ball.

25. Houston Texans - Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
The Texans could use another pass rushing threat, especially at OLB. McKinley had 10 sacks last season, using his combination of size (6-2/250) and relentless motor to be a difference-maker.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Seahawks love big corners and Wilson (6-2/211) fits the mold. A tough competitor and not afraid to come up and pop a running back, Wilson could move to safety at some point.

27. Kansas City Chiefs - Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Chiefs have little depth at CB, so White would be a solid addition. He could step in immediately, start in the slot and contribute on special teams.

28. Dallas Cowboys - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Barnett had an outstanding college career and should find a nice niche in the NFL as a pass-rush specialist. I'm not as high on him as some because he lacks the quickness to consistently get to the QB.

29. Green Bay Packers - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Pack lost the underrated CB Micah Hyde in free agency and replaced him with Davon House. Humphrey needs some seasoning, but all the physical tools are there to be a long-time starter.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri
The Steelers are always looking for the next dominant outside pass rusher (James Harrison can't play forever, right?). Harris played DE in college but has the size (6-3/253) and quick twitch you like to see in a 3-4 OLB.

31. Atlanta Falcons - Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
The Falcons don't have a ton of holes to fill, but a LB who can rush the passer like Cunningham is always welcome. Having him across from Vic Beasley would make opposing offenses nervous.

32. New Orleans Saints (from NE) - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Saints again go offense and select a dangerous runner and receiver. McCaffrey might be the best pass-catching RB in the draft, and he would be a nice complement to Mark Ingram.

NFL Notes: Dez Bryant throws huge BBQ, then reportedly late for camp

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NFL Notes: Dez Bryant throws huge BBQ, then reportedly late for camp

LUFKIN, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to his East Texas hometown to thank supporters with free barbecue that drew several thousand fans to a park.

Bryant was in Lufkin on Thursday afternoon for the outdoor event that included games and a chance to meet the NFL star as temperatures reached the 90s. Lufkin police spokeswoman Jessica Pebsworth on Friday estimated the crowd at about 3,000 and said two people were treated for heat exhaustion.

Pebsworth says everyone was excited to see Bryant and he was a great host.

Bryant says he decided a couple of days earlier to throw the catered event in Lufkin, a city of about 36,000 located 110 miles (177 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

The Cowboys open camp next week in Oxnard, California.

However, it appears that generosity caused Bryant to be a bit tardy. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Bryant was late on Friday to report for camp with the Cowboys’ other veterans.

Bengals: Jones suspended 1 game for altercation
CINCINNATI -- Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has been suspended for the regular-season opener against Baltimore for his role in an altercation at a downtown hotel earlier this year.

Jones had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the January incident, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran. The NFL said Friday that the suspension was for a violation of its personal conduct policy.

Police said Jones kicked and used head-butting as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a hotel employee. He was arrested outside the hotel, and police video showed him protesting that he hadn't done anything to deserve it, loudly demanding, "Let me go!" and at times struggling with officers while yelling obscene insults. Video of Jones in the back of a police cruiser at one point showed him telling an officer: "I hope you die tomorrow."

Jones apologized in court for his behavior and specifically to Cincinnati police Sgt. Jarrod Cotton. His attorneys said he had been receiving treatment, including for anger management (see full story).

Chiefs: QB Mahomes inks rookie deal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs have signed quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a four-year rookie contract.

Kansas City traded its first- and third-round picks this year and its first-round pick next year to the Buffalo Bills to grab the Texas Tech quarterback with the 10th overall selection.

It was the first time Kansas City had taken a quarterback in the first round since Todd Blackledge in 1983.

The Chiefs sent the No. 27 and No. 91 overall picks in this year's draft to Buffalo in order to acquire a successor to Alex Smith. The veteran starter has two years remaining on his contract, though Smith becomes inexpensive to release after next season.

Jets: Top pick Adams signs 4-year contract
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets on Friday signed safety Jamal Adams of LSU, the sixth overall pick in the draft.

Adams gets a four-year deal worth about $22 million. As with all first-round contracts under the current labor agreement, the Jets have a fifth-year option.

All nine of the Jets' selections in April's draft have signed.

A versatile defender, Adams had one interception and four passes defensed as a junior last season, committing zero penalties as he rarely was thrown at. For his three seasons at the school, he played in 37 games (26 starts) with five interceptions, 14 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one recovery, 209 tackles and 17 1-2 tackles for loss.

Adams is expected to be a starter this season for the rebuilding Jets.

Eagles gearing up for live periods, added competition in training camp

Eagles gearing up for live periods, added competition in training camp

This spring at the NovaCare Complex, Eagles practices had a new look.
While the team still did all the normal position and team drills, the Eagles also had several "competition periods" during which head coach Doug Pederson would split the team onto two fields and work on certain situations like fourth down, red zone or two-point plays.
"As they say, iron sharpens iron," Pederson said in a pre-training camp media availability. "Your senses are on high alert, your juices are flowing, it makes you better as a football team. And within the umbrella of competition, it's also situational football."
Pederson has had competitions in the weight room, races throughout the spring and even a pop-a-shot video game appeared in the locker room this spring. Competition all around.
But the real competition has been on the field.
"It takes the grind of practice away and it makes it fun for them," Pederson said. "And it's just a short little blast. It's five or six plays. You saw us split the field this spring, which was new. And it helps develop our younger guys and it helps develop our younger coaches. The coaching staffs were split too. I think it's all just beneficial in development."
Pederson splits the field during these periods, sending the first teams to face off against each other under the direction of the Eagles' position coaches. The second and third teams take to a different field under the direction of assistant position coaches.
The idea came to Pederson last season and he began these competition periods about halfway through the season; these periods had nothing to specifically do with the game plan for the week.
They carried over into this spring and the Eagles will continue to use them during training camp this summer. Pederson is planning on five days in camp with those competition periods on split fields.
"It's working on a situation of football that is non-related to the game plan that week, offensively and defensively, but just being able to work a third-down scenario or a red-zone scenario during the regular season because those are critical areas we need to get better at as a team," the head coach said. "Third down needs to get better on offense and we need to get better in the red zone."
These competition periods are important to Pederson and he said he hasn't been a part of a team that has used them before. In fact, when asked about the ways he's separated himself from his mentor Andy Reid, these periods were one of the things he brought up.
One area where Pederson hasn't separated from Reid is the inclusion of live hitting during training camp. While the days of two-a-days with live periods during camp are long gone, Pederson still thinks it's important for his players to hit during training camp.
Pederson is planning on having three days with live tackling in camp, including two before the first preseason game in Green Bay on Aug. 10. In this respect, this training camp will be a lot like last year's, although it seemed like Pederson backed off the intensity once Jordan Matthews was hit in the knee by then-rookie Jalen Mills.
Still, last year hasn't stopped Pederson from wanting his team to hit.
"Injuries are a part of the game and it's unfortunate, but I feel it's important that guys hit. It's a physical game," Pederson said. "It's hard sometimes to just show up on game day and put the pads on and go hit if you haven't prepared for it. You obviously have to be smarter in the regular season, obviously not hitting during the season, but three live days I think is plenty. ... It gets them into that physical mentality you want, especially in training camp."