Adam Schefter is now reporting that the Raiders have canceled their visit with free agent LB Brian Cushing now that they’re expected to sign Derrick Johnson to a contract.
Rising stars: Look for Louis Riddick, a rocket ship in Bristol, to get more air time. Ditto for McShay, Kiper’s longtime draft foil.
The draft is an emotional time for execs, because as players are being selected by other teams, there is a mix of shock, mild surprise, dismay, compliments or disdain based on reactions to certain selections. I remember a few drafts when it seemed our draft room was bugged, because in several rounds, players we were targeting were picked within a spot or two of our selection.
For all the excitement on draft day, there also is a lot of tedium, including the pre-draft process. In the later rounds, things can get boring, especially during a round in which a team has no picks. Long days in meetings prior to the draft are followed by long days during the draft. Several meals are eaten in the draft room. Draft analysts take over the TVs at an excessive rate.
The 2018 NFL Draft order is set. At this point, only trades will affect where and when teams will pick through all seven rounds.
This year, 32 compensatory draft picks were awarded to 15 teams for a total of 256 selections in the 2018 NFL Draft. Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
Did you know? The NFL has confirmed running back Saquon Barkley of Penn State and quarterbacks Sam Darnold of USC and Josh Allen of Wyoming will attend the draft. … If five quarterbacks are taken in Round 1, it will mark the third time that has happened since the beginning of the so-called “common draft” in 1967. The 1983 version holds the record with six QB’s taken in Round 1, including Pro Football Hall of Famers John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.