Peter King of TheMMQB.com shares a few notable draft updates to lead off his latest column, so let’s dive right in and check out the highlights….
- Jadeveon Clowney won’t be working out for any more NFL teams, according to King, who says that Clowney and his camp have turned down at least three clubs hoping to work out the standout defensive end. The decision, which stems from the torn ACL suffered by Brandon Thomas during a workout with the Saints, was met with mixed reactions from the general managers who spoke to King. While it shouldn’t have a real impact on Clowney’s draft stock, at least one GM was disappointed not to get a closer look at the South Carolina defender: “I’d want the guy who’s going to be coaching him to put him through some of our drills, and see how he responds.”
- Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage is one of the draft’s hottest names, and has such a full calendar this month that he literally has no room to schedule more visits. By the end of April, Savage will have visited with or worked out for 24 or 25 teams, says King. There’s a good chance that the young signal-caller could be drafted ahead of players like A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger.
- Four quarterback-needy teams with top-five picks – the Texans, Jaguars, Browns, and Raiders – are “strongly considering” passing on the position in the first round, according to King. Those teams aren’t necessarily in love with any of the top quarterbacks, and may prefer to take a surer thing at another position. I’d be pretty surprised if all four of those clubs decided not to draft a QB in round one, but it sounds like at least a couple could pass.
- The Jaguars “really like” Jimmy Garoppolo, who could be available when Jacksonville picks in the second round.
- King also explores the Alex Mack situation, suggesting that the Jaguars‘ willingness to negotiate with Mack and offer him $18MM+ guaranteed could buy some good will for the team next time the veteran center hits free agency. King adds that Mack likely won’t forget that the Browns, who had plenty of cap space and for whom the 28-year-old has never missed a game, didn’t choose to pay him until their hand was forced. I’m not sure I fully agree with King on that point, since simply using their transition tag on Mack indicated that the Browns were serious about keeping him around and paying him a significant salary. Still, it’ll be interesting to see what happens in two years when Mack has the chance to opt out.