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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin said first-round pick Terrell Edmunds can play free safety, strong safety and subpackage linebacker. "He checks all the boxes," Edmunds said.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

While there were questions about Da'Ron Payne's ability to rush the passer, Redskins coach Jay Gruden didn't share those worries.


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones compared Leighton Vander Esch to Rolando McClain, who had a great 2014 season with the Cowboys. Rod Marinelli had Brian Urlacher with the Chicago Bears. “That's it,” Jones said. “That's an example of what you get when you get a three-down backer that can also get the offense the ball himself.”

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

What did the Rams do when the No. 23 overall pick was announced? They played a highlight reel of new WR Brandin Cooks. "It looked good," GM Les Snead said.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"We made calls. If you were to ask me what were the odds of me getting into round one, I would have said very low. That didn't mean I wasn't going to try. We certainly had dialogue from 27 to 31, 32. It has to make sense for us both now and the future. So when you're talking about (trading) multiple picks or (2019) picks, that wasn't something we were interested in doing.'' -- general manager Brett Veach on the Chiefs' efforts to trade into the first round.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers GM lauds Ryan Shazier's ‘inspirational steps' at the NFL draft.


Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ozzie Newsome: Lamar Jackson impressed during pre-draft visit

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

John Harbaugh: Ravens couldn't pass up on a talent like Lamar Jackson


Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Les Snead, full of jokes today: "You know there was a rumor going around that Baker had this flight to Indy. Had a great tutoring session with someone that he sat beside on the plane." Sean McVay, blushing: "I heard it was pretty spectacular."

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"It was a lot of waiting but we're certainly excited for tomorrow.'' -- Chiefs GM Brett Veach. The Chiefs didn't have a first-round pick but have three choices on Friday., including two in the first round.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he first noticed Da'Ron Payne when he was watching film of teammate Jonathan Allen. Gruden said that tandem will help linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears general manager Ryan Pace believes first-round pick Georgia ILB Roquan Smith has everything the team is looking for at the linebacker position.


Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

New Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson interrupted a reporter when asked if he has a chip on his shoulder. "Absolutely," Jackson said. "You don't have to finish the question. There's one on both shoulders. It's motivation."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Some names to watch Friday as possible future Broncos: UTEP G Will Hernandez, LSU RB Derrius Guice, Georgia RB Nick Chubb, Iowa CB Josh Jackson, South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert, Clemson WR Deon Cain and Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Baltimore paid 8.6 in expected AV to the Eagles for a couple picks worth 5.9 in expected AV, including No. 32 which the Ravens used on Lamar Jackson. Again, that analysis isn't position specific so probably understandable to pay something of a premium when trading up for a quarterback.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Florida DT Taven Bryan was among the four players the team was considering at that spot and Bryan was the highest rated of the group. Caldwell also said there wasn't concern that Bryan was a starter for only one of his three seasons at UF. Production as a pass rusher (4.0 sacks in 2017) was good for a three-technique tackle.