Extra Points: Thomas, Watkins, Raiders

Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas may be small, but he contributed mightily for the Ducks, writes Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star. While Thomas is just 5’9″ and 174 pounds, there’s no doubting his playmaking ability. In his three years at Oregon, Thomas scored 46 touchdowns in nearly every manner possible whether it was rushing, receiving, kick returns, or punt returns. Still, he’s likely a mid-round pick because of his size. Tonight’s look around the NFL..

  • If Sammy Watkins is off the board by the time the Raiders pick at No. 5, they should look at his teammate, Martavis Bryant, in the second or third round, writes Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle (Sulia link). Bryant boasts good size at 6’4″ and has tremendous physical tools.
  • In a press conference earlier today, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie confirmed free agent signee Austin Howard, a former right tackle with the Jets, will get a look at right guard with the club having released Mike Brisiel. “What coach (Tony) Sparano likes with the offensive line is versatility,” McKenzie said. “What else can this guy play. We already know he can play right tackle. We think he can play right guard also so let’s get the best five and see what happens.”
  • After cutting ties with Chris Johnson this winter, the Titans are looking for versatility from their current stable of running backs, the Associated Press writes. Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, Jackie Battle, and Leon Washington are now charged with filling the void left by the talented but inconsistent veteran tailback.
  • The Rams are amongst teams with interest in South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, writes Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Shaw went 27-5 for the Gamecocks, making him the winningest QB in school history.
  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd told SiriusXM NFL Radio (on Twitter) that he’s hearing there’s no way he’ll go any later than the third round.
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