South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney has taken out a $5M total disability policy on himself.
The policy protects Clowney financially if he sustains a career-ending injury this season. It does not protect him against a loss of value. As of now, he's widely projected to go in the top-two of the 2014 draft, along with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. Clowney was a unanimous first-team All-American as a sophomore last year, recording 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for a loss.
Saints selected Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead with the No. 75 overall pick.
It's an excellent fit in terms of both value and need for the Saints, who lost LT Jermon Bushrod in free agency. Armstead (6-foot-4 3/4, 306) set an NFL Combine record for offensive linemen with a 4.71 forty-yard dash, and tied Oklahoma's Lane Johnson for this year's fastest ten-yard split (1.64). His vertical was 34 1/2 inches. Drawing pre-draft comparisons to Texans All-Pro Duane Brown, Armstead is a long-armed (34") left tackle with rare movement skills and sky-high upside. Concerns are his level of competition and a medical red flag on Armstead's back, discovered during pre-draft exams. Along with a shoulder issue from last season, it's why the athletic freak slipped this far.
USC QB Matt Barkley, Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore headline the list of notable players still available after the first two days of the 2013 NFL draft.
The list of big-name and starting-caliber players left is lengthy and a testament to this draft's depth. Draft guru Josh Norris' best-available column is accessible at the below link. More highly rated players still undrafted include Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin, Texas DE Alex Okafor, Tennessee Tech WR Da'Rick Rogers, and Alabama NT Jesse Williams.
Mike Jurecki of XTRA Phoenix reports the Cardinals are "likely going" to select a linebacker in the "next couple of rounds" of the draft.
Jurecki is "hearing" LSU ILB Kevin Minter "could be on the radar." The Cardinals signed Jasper Brinkley as a free agent to pair with star ILB Daryl Washignton in the middle, but Washington was handed a four-game suspension earlier this month for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Minter and Manti Te'o are widely regarded as the top inside 'backer prospects left on the board.
NFL Network's Albert Breer reiterates he expects FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien to be a candidate for the Jaguars' pick at No. 33.
Breer acknowledges Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks -- who at this point looks like the favorite to be drafted 33rd -- is also in play for the Jaguars. ESPN's Chris Mortensen previously reported Matt Barkley would be considered, but a report since has stated Jacksonville will not be taking a quarterback at 33.
The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans will not draft LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu after he "stiffed" the team on a scheduled pre-draft visit last week.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Mathieu also "stiffed" the Seahawks. There's an obvious microscope on Mathieu, but he could only have hurt himself by being a no-show at pre-draft team events. There's still been enough buzz surrounding the Honey Badger's name that we anticipate him being selected on day two.
ESPN New York's Rich Cimini expects Alabama RB Eddie Lacy to be "in play" for the Jets' selection at No. 39 overall.
Per Cimini, Jets brass "loves his raw talent." Gang Green could target a quarterback with the pick, and NFL Network's Kimberly Jones also mentioned the team is eyeing pass rush help on Friday. Regarding Lacy, the Jets badly need a talent infusion in their backfield. If Lacy were to be drafted by New York, it would likely rule out a trade for Saints running back Chris Ivory.