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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Clemson's Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts after making a play against Pittsburgh in the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C. Simmons was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals with the eighth pick in the NFL draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Cardinals beef up defense, add protection for Murray

Apr. 25, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

The Arizona Cardinals focused on two major needs in the NFL draft: Improving a defense that was among the league's worst last season and protecting young franchise quarterback Kyler Murray. On Saturday, the Cardinals selected two defensive linemen in the fourth round — Utah's Leki Fotu and LSU's Rashard...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) runs down field against Georgia during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Burrow is expected to be a first round pick at the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 23, 2020.(AP Photo/John Amis)

The Latest: SEC breaks draft record with 15 1st-round picks

Apr. 24, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft. ___ The Southeastern Conference broke the NFL record for first-round draft picks by a conference. Fifteen players from the powerhouse league were selected in the opening round Thursday night. That topped the previous mark of 12 set by the Atlantic Coast Conference...

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, AJ Terrell, seated wearing headphones, listens while others celebrate during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Atlanta. Terrell was selected by the Atlanta Falcons during the first round. (NFL via AP)

Falcons bolster secondary with Clemson CB Terrell at No. 16

Apr. 24, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons moved to bolster their secondary by taking Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell with the No. 16 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, looking past his struggles in the national championship game. Following the release of top corner Desmond Trufant in a salary-cap move, the...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Clemson's Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts after making a play against Pittsburgh in the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C. Simmons was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals with the eighth pick in the NFL draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Cardinals add 'Swiss Army knife' on defense with Simmons

Apr. 23, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

Clemson's Isaiah Simmons was a do-everything defender during his college days, switching seamlessly between pass rushing, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and the secondary. Now that he's in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, don't expect that role to change anytime soon. “He’s sort of a Swiss...

NFL Draft: Ohio State's Young top defensive player in draft

Apr. 20, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

Top defensive players available in the NFL draft (x-entered draft with college eligibility remaining). EDGE RUSHERS Position outlook: There is Chase Young and everybody else. The everybody elses should start coming off the board in the middle of the first round. x-Chase Young, 6-foot-5, 264, Ohio State...

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

NFL following NBA's lead in blurring traditional positions

Apr. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

The NFL is embracing dexterity for the first time since the 1960s, when expanded rosters and the age of specialization ushered out the last of the great two-way players such as Chuck Bednarik and Les Richter. For much of the last half-century, players who didn’t fit the mold were essentially taunted as...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) charges Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. The Panthers will look to upgrade their defense in the NFL draft after losing nine starters from last year’s unit, including five-time All-Pro linebacker Kuechly. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Panthers expected to turn attention to defense in NFL draft

Apr. 16, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Look for the Panthers to get defensive in the upcoming NFL draft. Carolina lost nine defensive starters from last year’s team, including five-time All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly, who abruptly retired at age 28 following three concussions during his eight-year NFL career. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah get ready for a Michigan play during an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. If the Detroit Lions choose to keep the No. 3 pick overall in the draft, Okudah is expected to be available for the taking. The Ohio State star appears to be worth being the highest-drafted player at his position since one was selected from the same school two-plus decades ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Lions might fill void with Ohio State CB Okudah in NFL draft

Apr. 16, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

The Detroit Lions should have an opportunity to turn a weakness into a strength in the NFL draft. If Detroit chooses to keep the No. 3 pick overall, cornerback Jeff Okudah is expected to be available. The Ohio State star appears worth being the highest-drafted player at his position since Shawn Springs was...

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Clemson star Isaiah Simmons a do-it-all talent for the NFL

Apr. 11, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

Several years before building a Super Bowl roster in San Francisco, John Lynch the broadcaster was pining for a new kind of defensive playmaker. What the NFL needed to counter all the offensive innovations driving up scores, he said back in 2013, was a hybrid linebacker/safety who could stay on the field no...

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow passes against Clemson during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NFL will have 58 prospects participating remotely in draft

Apr. 9, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young are among 58 prospects who will participate remotely in the NFL draft in two weeks that will double as a telethon to raise money to fight the coronavirus crisis. Burrow is one of eight LSU players who will take part in...