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Jets Trade Up in Draft to Add Bryce Petty

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets made a quarterback controversy even more interesting when the team traded up in the fourth round to draft Bryce Petty of Baylor.

"That was the longest 48 hours I've ever had in my life," Petty told reporters after being drafted.

Petty said falling to the fourth round didn't bother him.

"No, not at all," he said. "That's part of it, when people question you. My job is to prove to the 31 other teams what they're missing out on."

Petty will be added to a depth chart that includes Geno Smith and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans.

The Jets haven't named a starter, saying Smith and Fitzpatrick will compete in training camp. Coach Todd Bowles said Smith will go into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but he also said that it could change.

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Draft Prospect La'el Collins Will Sit Out Until 2016 If Not Drafted Friday


(CHICAGO) -- Draft prospect La'el Collins has stated he will sit out the 2015 season and not sign a contract with a pro team if he is not selected in the second or third round of Friday's NFL draft. The announcement was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rappaport.

Collins, who played at LSU and is considered a first round talent, has been taken off the draft board of many teams after the investigation surrounding the alleged murder of a pregnant woman with whom he is believed to have had a relationship. Collins will be brought in for questioning Monday, but is not considered a suspect.

After the police investigation was announced and teams began to take Collins name off of their draft board, his agent attempted to have Collins removed from the draft and entered into the supplemental draft.  The NFL rejected the request.

Last year with LSU Collins was a first-team All-SEC selection and second team All-American.

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NFL Draft Day 2 Recap

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Rounds two and three of the NFL draft concluded with few surprises.

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, widely considered a top 10 talent, slid all the way to pick number 60 where the Dallas Cowboys added him to a defensive line in need of pass rushers.

Hall-of-Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly received a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd before announcing the team's first pick of the draft Ronald Darby. Kelly, defeated cancer twice was declared cancer free last August. 

LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, the highest rated player remaining, continued to go undrafted as Louisiana officials investigate the murder of a 29-year-old pregnant woman. Collins is not considered a suspect.

Several more trades went down on day two most notably the Giants traded up with the Titans to grab LSU defensive back Landon Collins -- Tennessee in turn selected receiver Dorial Green Beckham. The Seattle Seahawks traded three draft picks to select Kansas State wide out Tyler Lockett. Additionally, the Ravens moved in front of their AFC North Rival Pittsburgh Steelers to grab tight end Maxx Williams.

The first round of the NFL draft captures most of the headlines and all of the spotlight, but the middle rounds are the days championships are made.

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Eagles' Chip Kelly Denies Making Blocksbuster Trade Offer for Marcus Mariota

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was no secret that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was more than interested in reuniting with former Oregon and now Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, but he denies making a massive trade offer in order draft him.

The Titans were reportedly seeking a king's ransom for the second overall pick, and the Eagles were unwilling to pay it.

"It’s like driving into a nice neighborhood and looking at a house and saying, ‘That’s really nice,’ and then they tell you the price and you turn around and drive away. We didn’t walk in the front door. We didn’t take a look around," Kelly clarified Thursday night.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Ealges offered the Titans with two first-round picks, a third-round pick, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and quarterback Sam Bradford.

“That’s false. We never had any conversations about players," said Kelly. "[The talks] didn’t get very far. The starting price for what it was wasn’t where we were gonna go."

Kelly coached Mariota while the two were both at Oregon.

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2015 NFL Draft 1st Round Results

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- #1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston - Florida State

#2. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota - Oregon

#3 Jacksonville Jaguars - Dante Fowler Jr. - Florida 

#4 Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper - Alabama

#5 Washington Redskins - Brandon Scherff - Iowa

#6 New York Jets - Leonard Williams - USC

#7 Chicago Bears - Kevin White - West Virginia

#8 Atlanta Falcons - Vic Beasley - Clemson

#9 New York Giants - Ereck Flowers - University Of Miami

#10 St. Louis Rams - Todd Gurley - Georgia

#11 Minnesota Vikings - Trae Waynes - Michigan State

#12 Cleveland Browns - Danny Shelton - Washington

#13 New Orleans Saints - Andrus Peat - Stanford

#14 Miami Dolphins - DeVante Parker - Louisville

#15 San Diego Chargers - Melvin Gordon III - Wisconsin

#16 Houston Texans - Kevin Johnson - Wake Forest

#17 San Francisco 49ers - Arik Armstead - Oregon

#18 Kansas City Cheifs - Marcus Peters - Washington

#19 Cleveland Browns - Cameron Erving - Florida State

#20 Philadelphia Eagles - Nelson Agholor - USC

#21 Cincinnati Bengals - Cedric Ogbuehi - Texas A&M

#22 Pittsburgh Steelers - Bud Dupree - Kentucky

#23 Denver Broncos - Shane Ray - Missouri

#24 Arizona Cardinals - D.J. Humphries - Florida

#25 Carolina Panthers - Shaq Thompson - Washington

#26 Baltimore Ravens - Breshad Perriman - Central Florida

#27 Dallas Cowboys - Byron Jones - Connecticut

#28 Detroit Lions - Laken Tomlinson - Duke

#29 Indianapolis Colts - Phillip Dorsett - University of Miami

#30 Green Bay Packers - Damarious Randall - Arizona State

#31 New Orleans Saints - Stephone Anthony - Clemson

#32 New England Patriots - Malcom Brown - Texas

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Denounces NFL Draft Leaks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the NFL gets closer to the Draft, more and more information is leaked about perspective prospects, possibly to manipulate the draft boards. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert thinks it has to stop.

"I think it's horrible," Colbert added. "I think it's really bad for our profession when people use whatever means they use to get information out to try to influence the draft and they talk about a kid's test score, a kid's injury, a kid's character. I think that's awful. It's disrespectful to our profession, it's disrespectful to the game, it's disrespectful to the kid."

"We don't believe in mock drafts and what people are saying about other teams because so much of it is misinformation," he continued. "You'd just lose your mind trying to figure out what everyone's going to do. We're going to be true to what we do and feel good about it and live with it."

The first round of the NFL Draft is April 30.

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Prospect Shane Ray Cited for Pot Possession

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(MISSOURI) -- Just days before the NFL draft, Missouri Tigers edge rusher Shane Ray has been cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession and a traffic violation.

The arresting officer detected the smell of marijuana after pulling over Ray, and after inspecting the vehicle found an amount in his possession.

Ray was issued a citation for not driving in the right lane of highway and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

Shane released the following statement on Monday night:

"I’d like to apologize to my mother, fans and prospective NFL teams for my poor judgement Monday morning. I am embarrassed and realize there are consequences for my actions. I was not under the influence nor impaired, therefore I was not detained. Fortunately, Mondays incident only resulted in a citation. I will make better choices in the future. It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself. My future NFL career has been something I have always dreamed about and is very important to me. I commit that my actions will represent that. There are no excuses here and I will take the necessary steps to ensure this will not happen again. I will not jeopardize my ability to have a positive impact on and off the field moving forward.”

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Report: Prospect Collins Failed Multiple Drug Tests At LSU

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just days before the NFL draft, reports have surfaced that LSU defensive back Jalen Collins has "multiple failed" drug tests while enrolled at the university, according to NFL Network.

Collins played in all 13 games for LSU this past season snagging one interception and racking up 38 tackles.

After running a 4.5 40-yard dash at the combine, it was discovered that he had an incomplete Jones fracture in his fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Collins underwent surgery soon after to correct the break.

Collins was projected to be a late first to early second round pick before the report.

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Mariota Scores 33 on Wonderlic; Jameis Winston Had 27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Wonderlic scores for Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston won't be among the knocks against them when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose what to do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Mariota scored a 33 out of 50 on the test and Winston a 27, Yahoo! Sports has reported, citing multiple league sources, later posting Mariota's score via Twitter.

That puts both in good company among NFL quarterbacks: Andrew Luck scored a 37 while Aaron Rodgers had a 35, Tom Brady a 33 and Philip Rivers a 30. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson each scored a 28, while Joe Flacco had a 27 and Ben Roethlisberger recorded a 25.

The Wonderlic is a 50-question test administered to all combine participants that measures cognitive ability. The time limit is 12 minutes.

A score of 20 is indicative of "average" intelligence and roughly equivalent to an IQ of 100. Former Bengals punter Pat McInally, who attended Harvard, is the only prospect known to have scored a perfect 50 on the test.

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Winston 'Would Love' to Play in Tampa

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had an all-day meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday.

The Buccaneers, who hold the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, had team officials meet with the youngster who many believe the Bucs will take with that top pick.

"Being able to play three years in Florida, I would love to stay here in this great state," Winston told the Bucs' website. "I've just got to take advantage of this blessing. It's not really important to me to be the first pick, but it is important to me to be picked. I believe that I have been blessed during my years at Florida State to win a national championship and just be a winning quarterback. And I believe this place -- I would love to be here."

The 6-foot-4, 230 pound Winston played two seasons for Florida State, winning a national championship and Heisman Trophy along the way. He finished his time in Tallahassee completing 66 percent of his passes for 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions.

The NFL Draft runs from April 30 to May 2 in Chicago.

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