A Charger in college, Veldheer joins NFL’s Raiders

It’s pretty rare for a player from Hillsdale College to get drafted, much less in the third round, but don’t count out OT Jared Veldheer. One of the most physically imposing players in the entire 2010 class at 6-foot-8, 312 pounds, Veldheer was a star at the NFL Scouting Combine, finishing as a top performer in nearly every category.

Mays will have chance to make Carroll regret decision

As a member of the 49ers, Taylor Mays will have a chance to show his former college coach, Pete Carroll, made a mistake by not drafting him with the Seahawks.

Brady has a new toy in New England

Bill Belichick is known for his creative play-calling, and with Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski now on the roster, he has another versatile weapon to employ.

Chiefs getting more than just an exciting player

One of the most entertaining players to talk with throughout the pre-draft process of the past few months has been Dexter McCluster. While the dynamic playmaker is a joy to watch on the field, he is just as pleasant to converse with off the field as Kansas City fans and reporters will find out.

Jets reps have some fun at the draft

Sometimes, it’s the light-hearted moments off the cameras that leave an impression at an event such as the draft. And what better team to provide such a comical diversion off-stage than the New York Jets.

NFL legends to announce picks for former teams

As part of the continuing celebration of the NFL draft’s 75th anniversary, some of the teams’ picks on Friday will be announced by a legend from that franchise.

Once again, Patriots busy moving down in draft

It has become an annual first-round tradition. Commissioner Roger Goodell steps up to the podium and announces: “The Patriots have traded their pick.”

Williams hopes to follow in footsteps of Samuels

Oklahoma’s Trent Williams will be replacing long-time left tackle stalwart Chris Samuels in Washington. It was fitting then that one of the first people he met after hearing his name called by Commissioner Roger Goodell was Samuels.

By staying home, Graham escapes chorus of boos

Brandon Graham is headed to Philadelphia, and if he were at Radio City Music Hall, he’d be getting his introduction to the Giants-Eagles rivalry.

Haden’s day starts with breakfast, ends with Browns

Florida CB Joe Haden began the day with a rousing family breakfast, and ended it holding up a Cleveland Browns jersey.

NFL legends having a ball at the draft

With their newest draft experience complete, the NFL’s Hall of Famers just couldn’t help but marvel how far the league has come.

Rolle gets an education from fellow Rhodes Scholar

No one can understand exactly what Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle has gone through the past couple years. There is one person, however, that can relate somewhat to Rolle’s experience: Former Rams quarterback Pat Haden.

Deion’s diss makes Berry want to be man of people

A message Eric Berry finds dear to his heart is making sure he treats the fans well. He acknowledged still feeling upset when Deion Sanders declined to give him an autograph when he was in high school (and wasn’t interested in speaking to Deion at the Play 60 event), and said he wants to be as accommodating as possible to fans.

Thomas rejects criticism of his route running

Many analysts project WR Demaryius Thomas as a first-round pick, despite a foot injury. He played in the Yellow Jackets’ triple option offense at Georgia Tech that featured few pro route combinations, and that has been a knock on him as well — but not one he puts much stock into.

Jets’ acquisitions of Taylor, Holmes OK with Revis

While the addition of Jason Taylor might not go over too well with some Jets fans, Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis is accepting of the move.

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