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NFL draft profile: Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, well-built edge rusher (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
Shutdown Corner counted down the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft with a scouting report and quotes from NFL evaluators. 1 2 . Clemson DE Shaq Lawson 6-foot-3, 269 pounds Key stat : In his first two seasons, Lawson collected 21 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. In 2015, replacing first-round pick Vic Beasley, Lawson collected 25.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. [ Follow Yahoo Sports draft expert Eric Edholm on Facebook and Twitter ] The skinny : Growing up in the shadows of Clemson, Lawson spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy and then was a role player his first two years in college on a talented Tigers line. Then Lawson broke out as a junior in 2015, finishing as a finalist for three major awards (Hendricks, Nagurski, Lombardi) and led the NCAA in tackles for losses. He had two sacks in the national championship loss to Alabama despite having sprained his knee in the semifinal win over Oklahoma the week before. Lawson left school early and peformed well at his pro day and at the NFL combine, although a left shoulder injury prevented him from doing the bench. Scouts asked him to work out at the pro day as a linebacker, and he looked able enough. Clemson had Lawson standing up at times, as well as kicking down inside at times as a defensive lineman, so his versatility is solid. NFL teams noted to Shutdown Corner that Lawson had strong interviews throughout the pre-draft process. Best-suited destination: Fairly scheme-diverse, Lawson could be a open-side rusher in a 4-3 front or as a stand-up rush 'backer in a 3-4, although the former might be a little better fit. He's well-built but not that long and possesses goof but not elite change-of-direction skills. Teams that could use a front-seven "force" player such as Lawson includes the Atlanta Falcons (who drafted Beasley last year), Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and others. So, basically half the NFL teams or more. Upside : The pass-rushing talent in this class is slightly overwhelming, and it drops off precipitously after the top 40 or 50 picks in the draft. It would be shocking to see Lawson fall past that point or, frankly, even that close to it. He could develop into an elite run-stopping end and even a solid pass rusher. There's little doubt he can be a three-down impact player. As long as his conditioning is in line, there are not many major concerns in Lawson's game. Downside : But on the flip side, other than run stopping is there anything that Lawson is truly great at? That's the debate that NFL teams could be having — even if they've slapped a very strong grade on him previously — on the clock when weighing two options. He has some versatility, but he likely fits best as a 4-3 end and might not solve any team's pass rush overnight. Beasley was considered the far superior QB hunter coming out, and he had moments struggling to adapt at times as a rookie. Scouting hot take : "When you watch him, you have to remind yourself when he's making all these plays. They're all third downs, fourth quarters, big plays when you need them. That's what I like best about him: Dude finds a way. We could use some of those.”— NFC pro scout who cross-checked defensive linemen Player comp : Jabaal Sheard, who will command big money next year Previous profiles 50. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller 49. Indiana OT Jason Spriggs 48. Florida DL Jonathan Bullard 47. Texas Tech OT Le'Raven Clark 46. Arkansas TE Hunter Henry 45. Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard 44. Michigan State QB Connor Cook 43. West Virginia S Karl Joseph 42. Michigan State DE-OLB Shilique Calhoun 41. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller 40. Pitt WR Tyler Boyd 39. Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah 38. Alabama DE-DT A'Shawn Robinson 37. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott 36. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch 35. Alabama C Ryan Kelly 34. Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler 33. Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche 32. Georgia DE-OLB Leonard Floyd 31. USC S-LB Su'a Cravens 30. Alabama LB Reggie Ragland 29. Mississippi State DT-DE Chris Jones 28. Baylor NT Andrew Billings 27. Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith 26. Houston CB William Jackson III 25. Alabama RB Derrick Henry 24. Ohio State CB Eli Apple 23. Eastern Kentucky DE-OLB Noah Spence 22. Baylor WR Corey Coleman 21. Ohio State OT Taylor Decker 20. Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair 19. Michigan State OT Jack Conklin 18. Alabama DE-DT Jarran Reed 17. TCU WR Josh Doctson 16. Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander 15. Ohio State LB Darron Lee 14. Clemson DE Kevin Dodd 13. Cal QB Jared Goff More on NFL prospects PODCAST: NFL Draft Preview Week 5: Big Trade, Big Uglies: Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm Yahoo! Thu, Apr 21
 
Critics of NFL concussion deal seek further court review (The Associated Press) ( today ) Courtesy of
Critics of the proposed $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion claims want a full U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia to review a recent decision that upheld the deal. The challengers believe the lead players' lawyers negotiated away compensation for chronic traumatic encephalopathy because the science is still being developed. In their appeal Thursday, the critics' lawyers say the lead players' negotiators ''traded'' away the issue in exchange for enhanced compensation for less common problems, such as Parkinson's disease and dementia. Yahoo! Thu, Apr 28
 
NFL draft profile: Alabama DL Jarran Reed, bull-strong run stopper (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
Shutdown Corner counted down the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. 18. Alabama DT-DE Jarran Reed 6-foot-3, 307 pounds Key stat : In 21 games in junior college, Reed totaled 4.5 sacks in 21 games. In 29 games with the Crimson Tide, he totaled two sacks. [ Follow Yahoo Sports draft expert Eric Edholm on Facebook and Twitter ] The skinny : Country-strong, solidly built double-team eater who has helped his team erase run games everywhere he's been. And he's been — seemingly — everywhere, or at least made plans to do so. Reed originally committed to D-II Fayetteville State out of high school before spending a year of prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Then Reed went to East Mississippi Community College for two years and committed to North Carolina, Florida and Ole Miss before ending up in Tuscaloosa. After a bad start at Bama, being charged with a DUI before he played a snap in 2014 and being demoted to third team, Reed came back to start most of his junior season and arrive on the scene as an ascending player. Although his stats decreased slightly in 2015, Reed attracted attention for his incredible power and lane-clogging ability. A left shoulder injury prevented him from bench pressing at the NFL scouting combine, and his workouts were nothing special there. But NFL teams know what Reed can offer. Best-suited destination: Although he can fit in most fronts, Reed likely will be most effective as a two-gap nose tackle where he's not asked to (or expected to) rush the passer. He's not done it at any level, so it's unrealistic to expect Reed to develop that part of his game in the NFL. That doesn't mean Reed doesn't have significant value in the modern NFL game. Teams often try to run 3-4 defenses without the proper personnel, and there are very few true pillars who can anchor against the run and open lanes for linebackers to make plays. Teams that could use that type of player include the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins. Upside : We just listed 10 teams for which he'd be an ideal fit; technically, he could play nose in a 4-3 system as well, so there really isn't a scheme out there that Reed doesn't fit in some ways . But even as deep as this D-line class is, there are few run stoppers as qualified as Reed is. Of the 12 worst run-stopping defenses last season, eight were 3-4 fronts and two more use multiple fronts. Downside : With almost no pass-rush value, Reed's grade will be knocked down significantly by some teams. He also has some character questions, with some early immaturity in his career, so he's not a completely clean evaluation. Reed averaged about 40 snaps per game on the most talented D-line in the country and didn't flash nearly as much as his teammates did. Do you take a two-down run-stopper with a top-20 pick? That's the debate. Scouting hot take : "Oh, he's a man's man. Tough kid. Does the dirty work. [The coaches] vouched for him down there when we asked about all the flip-flopping he did early on with all the different schools. He's on track now. Nick [Saban] got him in line.” — NFC defensive line coach Player comp : Casey Hampton, who had nine sacks and five Pro Bowls in a 173-game career Previous profiles 50. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller 49. Indiana OT Jason Spriggs 48. Florida DL Jonathan Bullard 47. Texas Tech OT Le'Raven Clark 46. Arkansas TE Hunter Henry 45. Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard 44. Michigan State QB Connor Cook 43. West Virginia S Karl Joseph 42. Michigan State DE-OLB Shilique Calhoun 41. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller 40. Pitt WR Tyler Boyd 39. Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah 38. Alabama DE-DT A'Shawn Robinson 37. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott 36. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch 35. Alabama C Ryan Kelly 34. Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler 33. Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche 32. Georgia DE-OLB Leonard Floyd 31. USC S-LB Su'a Cravens 30. Alabama LB Reggie Ragland 29. Mississippi State DT-DE Chris Jones 28. Baylor NT Andrew Billings 27. Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith 26. Houston CB William Jackson III 25. Alabama RB Derrick Henry 24. Ohio State CB Eli Apple 23. Eastern Kentucky DE-OLB Noah Spence 22. Baylor WR Corey Coleman 21. Ohio State OT Taylor Decker 20. Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair 19. Michigan State OT Jack Conklin More on NFL prospects   - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm   Yahoo! Sat, Apr 16
 
Order of selections for first round of NFL Draft (Reuters) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
(Reuters) - Following is the order of selections for the first round of the National Football League draft to be held in Chicago on Thursday: 1 Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee) 2 Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) 3 San Diego Chargers 4 Dallas Cowboys 5 Jacksonville Jaguars 6 Baltimore Ravens 7 San Francisco 49ers 8 Cleveland Browns (from Philadephia through Miami) 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 New York Giants 11 Chicago Bears 12 New Orleans Saints 13 Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia) 14 Oakland Raiders 15 Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles) 16 Detroit Lions 17 Atlanta Falcons 18 Indianapolis ... Yahoo! Wed, Apr 27
 
NFL-Order of selections for first round of NFL Draft (Reuters) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
April 27 (Reuters) - Following is the order of selections for the first round of the National Football League draft to be held in Chicago on Thursday: 1 Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee) 2 Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) 3 San Diego Chargers 4 Dallas Cowboys 5 Jacksonville Jaguars 6 Baltimore Ravens 7 San Francisco 49ers 8 Cleveland Browns (from Philadephia through Miami) 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 New York Giants 11 Chicago Bears 12 New Orleans Saints 13 Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia) 14 Oakland Raiders 15 Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles) 16 Detroit Lions 17 Atlanta Falcons 18 ... Yahoo! Wed, Apr 27
 
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