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All signs point to Rams drafting QB


07:28 AM ET 04.21 | The countdown is on. With less than three weeks remaining before the draft, the Rams are strongly considering taking a quarterback, and in doing so are casting a wide net at the position. Tom Savage of the University of Pittsburgh has made a "top 30 visit" to Rams Park. The team has spent a lot of time with Connor Shaw of South Carolina, you know, the guy who prevented Missouri from having a perfect regular season. On Wednesday, the Rams dispatched quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti and director of player personnel Taylor Morton to Athens, Ga., where Aaron Murray took part in Georgia's pro day. ... "I don't think there's any question the Rams are taking a quarterback," said Gil Brandt, the longtime NFL draft guru. "(General manager) Les Snead has been around looking at those guys."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Old-guard owners thumbs-down on Trump


07:28 AM ET 04.21 | For Donald Trump, the bottom line may not be enough. [Trump], whose fortune has been listed at $3.9 billion by Forbes, can probably pay cash for the Bills, listed as the 30th most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes last summer with a value of $870 million. Trump has set himself up as a potential hero by saying he is serious about buying the Bills -- the team's only owner Ralph Wilson died at the age of 95 on March 25 -- and is committed to keeping them in Buffalo. One small problem: NFL owners have long memories. Trump, who was the owner of the New Jersey Generals, is considered by the NFL as the driving force behind the USFL's $1.69 billion antitrust lawsuit against the league in 1986, which ultimately earned the USFL an award of $1 trebled to $3.

New York Daily News

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The first safety off the board


07:27 AM ET 04.21 | My, how times have changed from a time safeties weren't looked upon as a primary position at the NFL's draft. Today, the safety has to be able to cover, support the run, and have range. He also has to be one of the most instinctive players on the defense. This year, the safety class is good but not great. ... 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama. Clinton-Dix is a third-year junior and a two-year starter for Alabama. At 6013 -- 209, he has good safety size to go along with good speed and overall athleticism. He has some corner movement skills, and that helps him in coverage. ... Assuming he is given a clean bill of health, he should be the first safety drafted and go in the first half of the first round. He can play either free or strong and will start right away.

National Football Post

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Lions out to change Stafford


07:26 AM ET 04.21 | Some of what has made Calvin Johnson into Megatron are those catches on contested balls. But with the Lions trying to rein in some of Matthew Stafford's erratic play at quarterback, they may have to live with fewer highlight-reel catches from Johnson. Lions coach Jim Caldwell has said several times this offseason he wants Stafford to be a better decision maker. That means throwing fewer passes into double coverage, even if it won't completely eliminate the jump ball. "There may be some times that we may be guilty of that again and it might not be (Stafford forcing it)," Caldwell said at the owners meetings last month. "It might be me, 'Give him a chance.' Believe me, you better find a way to use your best resources, and (Johnson is) one of those."

Detroit Free Press

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Bears eyeing FSU LB?


07:23 AM ET 04.21 | When the Bears step to the podium next month, it's unlikely the draft's two premier linebackers, Khalil Mack of Buffalo and Anthony Barr of UCLA, will be on the board. Alabama's C.J. Mosley might be available, and he'd be an ideal long-term middle linebacker. But with [D.J. Williams] in the fold, it's unclear how much Mosley would play this season. Instead, look for the Bears to find a linebacker starting in the third round. ... If the Bears value versatility, [Christian Jones] might be the perfect pick in the third or fourth round. Last year, he started every game at strong-side linebacker for the national champions. The year before, he started 10 on the weak side and twice in the middle Jones, who fits Phil Emery's preference for size and athleticism, also played four years of special teams.

Chicago Sun-Times

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