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|4/30/2016||Brian Hoyer, Hou, QB|
|The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with Hoyer, giving them a veteran backup to Jay Cutler.
Analysis: Hoyer was released nearly two weeks ago - a little more than a month after Houston signed Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract.
|4/30/2016||Rico Gathers, Dal, TE|
|Gathers, a former basketball star at Baylor, has been selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Gathers will attempt to carve out an NFL career as a tight end. He reportedly drew 24 NFL teams to a personal pro day just prior to the draft. Gathers' size and athleticism give him a legitimate shot to make the league, though his career may begin on the practice squad.
|4/30/2016||Jamar Taylor, Cle, CB|
|The Browns acquired Taylor from the Dolphins during Saturday's final day of the draft.
Analysis: The teams swapped seventh-round picks as part of the deal, with the Dolphins moving up from the 250th overall selection to No. 223. Taylor, a second-round pick of Miami in 2013, started six games last season and recorded 48 tackles and four passes defensed.
|4/30/2016||Keenan Reynolds, Bal, WR|
|The Ravens took Reynolds in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, listing the former Navy quarterback as a wide receiver.
Analysis: Reynolds rushed for 4,559 yards and an FBS-record 88 touchdowns during his prolific career at the Naval Academy and finished fifth in the 2015 Heisman Trophy race. He's too small to play quarterback at the next level and scouts don't think he'll hold up as a running back due to his slight build, so he'll remain in Maryland with a chance to transition to a receiver.
|4/30/2016||Cardale Jones, Buf, QB|
|The Bills chose Jones with the final pick of the fourth round (139th overall) of the NFL Draft.
Analysis: Jones possesses excellent size and tremendous arm strength but a limited track record, starting only 11 games at Ohio State and losing the No. 1 job to J.T. Barrett midway through last season. His skill set makes him worth a flier for a Buffalo team that could lose Tyrod Taylor to free agency following this season.
|4/30/2016||Devontae Booker, Den, RB|
|Booker was selected by the Broncos in the fourth round (136th overall) of the NFL Draft.
Analysis: Booker rushed for 2,773 yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons as Utah's featured back, though his age (will be 24 in May) and a torn meniscus late in his senior year caused his stock to fall some. He joins a crowded Denver backfield that retained C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman during the offseason.
|4/30/2016||Dak Prescott, Dal, QB|
|The Cowboys selected Prescott with the 135th overall pick of the NFL Draft.
Analysis: Arguably the best player in Mississippi State history, Prescott is one of four players in FBS history to throw for 70 touchdowns and rush for 40. He's an intriguing dual-threat prospect who'll get a chance to become Tony Romo's eventual successor.
|4/30/2016||Connor Cook, Oak, QB|
|The Raiders selected Cook with the second pick of the fourth round (No. 100 overall) of the NFL Draft.
Analysis: Cook had been considered a potential first-round pick after compiling a 34-5 record in three seasons as Michigan State's starting quarterback, but fell due to questions about his accuracy and leadership skills. He'll battle Matt McGloin for Oakland's No. 2 job behind Derek Carr as a rookie.
|4/30/2016||Cody Kessler, Cle, QB|
|After trading out the No. 2 overall pick and a chance to take Carson Wentz last week, the Browns waited until the No. 93 pick to nab Kessler, who threw 88 touchdown passes during three seasons for USC.
Analysis: The Browns have spent their entire expansion era looking for a franchise quarterback, and while Robert Griffin III is expected to start next season, Jackson sees Kessler as a major part of his team's future.
|4/29/2016||Derrick Henry, Ten, RB|
|The Titans selected Henry with the No. 45 overall pick, their third of three picks in the second round Friday night. They traded for DeMarco Murray in March and reworked his deal keeping him under contract through 2019.
Analysis: Coach Mike Mularkey wants the Tennessee Titans to run so often that having the NFL's 2014 rushing leader wasn't enough.
|4/29/2016||James Bradberry, Car, CB|
|The Carolina Panthers have selected Bradberry out of Samford in the second round of the NFL draft.
Analysis: The Panthers, who lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, used the 62nd overall pick Friday to fill a need in their defensive secondary following the departure of All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman. Bradberry, 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds, was a four-year starter with the Bulldogs after transferring from Arkansas State. Playing primarily at cornerback, Bradberry had eight career interceptions and 27 pass break-ups, and was a two-time all-Southern Conference pick.
|4/29/2016||Roberto Aguayo, TB, K|
|Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall pick.
Analysis: The previous kicker to go in the second round was Mike Nugent, who was the 47th overall pick by the New York Jets in 2005. Aguayo also became the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to forgo his senior year in college. As a sophomore he was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. Had he stayed for his senior season, Aguayo would have likely set NCAA records for scoring.
|4/29/2016||Myles Jack, Jax, LB|
|The Jaguars traded up two spots to grab the UCLA linebacker in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, landing a speedy player with huge upside. If Jack returns to form, the Jaguars could have the steal of the draft.
Analysis: The Jacksonville Jaguars got "three good looks" at Jack's injured right knee and were satisfied with the results. Still, it took an emotional tug for general manager Dave Caldwell to get Jack to Jacksonville. Jack had been widely projected to go early in the first round Thursday. Instead, he slipped to the second day.
|4/29/2016||Christian Hackenberg, NYJ, QB|
|The New York Jets have selected Hackenberg with their second-round pick in the NFL draft.
Analysis: With Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned and in a contract stalemate with the Jets, New York added another quarterback to the roster in Hackenberg. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Hackenberg threw 16 touchdowns with six interceptions last season for the Nittany Lions. The Jets also have Geno Smith, the former starter who was a second-rounder in 2013, and Bryce Petty, a fourth-rounder last year, at quarterback.
|4/29/2016||Noah Spence, TB, DE|
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have addressed the need for a pass rusher with the selection of Spence in the second round of the NFL draft.
Analysis: Spence was the eighth player selected Friday night, No. 39 overall. He began his college career at Ohio State, but wound up at Eastern Kentucky because of off-the-field issues that kept him being a first-round pick. The Bucs are using the draft to re-tool a defense that allowed opponents to complete 70 percent of passes and throw for 31 touchdowns last season. Part of the problem was an inconsistent pass rush.
|4/29/2016||Reggie Ragland, Buf, LB|
|The Buffalo Bills traded up eight spots in the second round to select Ragland with the 41st pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.
Analysis: Ragland is listed at 6-foot-1 and 247 pounds and was the SEC's defensive player of the year last season. In selecting Ragland, the Bills continued filling needs in revamping what had been an under-performing defense last year.
|4/29/2016||Chris Jones, KC, DT|
|The Kansas City Chiefs chose Jones from Mississippi State with the sixth pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.
Analysis: The Chiefs had traded their first-round choice to San Francisco on Thursday night for a package that included the No. 37 overall pick, plus selections in the fourth and sixth rounds. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Jones provides depth along the defensive line after the retirement of veteran Mike DeVito this offseason. He also gives the Chiefs some bargaining leverage with defensive tackle Dontari Poe, whose contract expires after next season
|4/29/2016||Jaylon Smith, Dal, LB|
|The Dallas Cowboys have taken Smith with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft.
Analysis: Smith isn't expected to play in 2016 after tearing ligaments in his left knee in his final college game against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. He skipped his final season of eligibility despite the injury.
|4/29/2016||Laremy Tunsil, Mia, T|
|Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins' news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.
Analysis: Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said. "Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he's with our medical staff and hopefully it's just a quick, short-term thing," Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. Wags on Twitter diagnosed the problem as Tunsilitis.
|4/28/2016||Jared Goff, LA, QB|
|The Rams are returning to Los Angeles with a new face of the franchise after choosing Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.
Analysis: Two weeks after trading up from 15th to grab the top pick from the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles selected Goff over North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. The Rams hope they've finally solved their perennial problem at football's most important position.
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