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Raiders trade up in 4th to pick QB Cook

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was schooled in the draft by Ron Wolf during his long tenure in the front office in Green Bay.

Even when they had an entrenched starter like Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers, the Packers believed in the importance of drafting quarterbacks anyway to develop as backups or chips to trade in the future.

McKenzie did just that Saturday when he traded up to select Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook with the second pick in the fourth round despite having an established starter in Derek Carr.


Colts' contract talk with Luck intensify

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday that negotiations on Andrew Luck's contract extension are getting serious and a deal could be reached before training camp begins.

"Talks are progressing well. We have gotten into serious discussions and we have made progress," Irsay said after taking a break during the sixth round of the NFL draft. "Serious discussions have happened and indicate we should be able to come to deal."


Cowboys pick Mississippi St. QB Prescott

IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have drafted a quarterback for the first time since 2009 and added a Baylor basketball star who last played football when he was in eighth grade.

The Cowboys took Mississippi State's Dak Prescott with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday, adding to the group competing to be the backup to Tony Romo.


Bills take Ohio St. QB Jones in round 4

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) After focusing on defense in the first three rounds of the draft, the Bills selected Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones with the 139th pick.

Jones is a raw, developmental prospect who displayed signs of greatness along with inconsistency throughout his time with the Buckeyes. At 6-foot-5, 253 pounds, Jones has a strong arm and tremendous size.


Dolphins owner likes risky Tunsil pick

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says his latest shake-up of the organization paid off in the draft, including unanimity about the risky decision to take Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil.

The Dolphins selected players they had targeted, and benefited from cohesion among their decision-makers lacking in the past, Ross said Saturday.


Vikings draft first player from Europe

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have made German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer the first player drafted straight into the NFL from Europe.

The Vikings took the 22-year-old Boehringer in the sixth round Saturday with the 180th overall selection. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Boehringer put on a head-turning performance in March at Florida Atlantic's pro workout day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. Only three wide receivers at the league's scouting combine in February ran faster.


Chargers take DE Watt's brother, Derek

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers selected J.J. Watt's younger brother, Wisconsin fullback Derek Watt, in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Watt will be reunited with Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, who had a miserable rookie season in large part because he didn't have a fullback to block for him and the line struggled to open holes.


Titans pick WR Sharpe to begin 5th

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans added another target for Marcus Mariota in the passing game, taking wide receiver Tajae Sharpe of Massachusetts with their first pick of the final day of the draft.

The Titans waited about two hours Saturday before kicking off the fifth round by taking Sharpe with the 140th pick overall. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Sharpe led the nation with 111 catches for 1,319 yards last season, and he can't wait to get to work with Mariota.


Jones says Cowboys won't re-sign Hardy

IRVING, Texas (AP) Greg Hardy won't return for a second season with the Dallas Cowboys.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Friday night he has ruled out re-signing the polarizing defensive end after one tumultuous year.


Goff arrives in LA, eager to get to work

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jared Goff is Northern California to the core. He grew up in Marin County rooting for the San Francisco Giants and idolizing Joe Montana before going on to a record-setting football career in Berkeley.

When he touched down Friday on the other end of the Golden State as the new quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams, the Bay Area product decided he might like it in the Southland after all.