Baker Mayfield first QB to visit Cleveland, with others to follow

The Browns may end up taking Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick, but they are doing their due diligence on all four of the top quarterbacks. After privately working them out, the Browns now are bringing all four in for pre-draft visits.

One NFL mock draft is never good enough, especially if it comes before free agency. While the results and rumors from the NFL Combine provided a little more clarity on the 2018 NFL Draft board, now that teams have made their biggest moves to address needs in March, it’s a little easier to know what they might be thinking for late April.

Just like in free agency, the tone of the NFL Draft will be set by how several teams choose to address quarterback. Since the first mock, there also have been two trades — Bills-Bengals, Jets-Colts — that will have big ripple effects for the top dozen picks.

Although there will be more such deals to come, and it’s not a mock draft without taking those into account, here’s going through the first round as it stands now.

Belichick would much rather trade a player away when he can still get something valuable for him, rather than wait until that player gets older and loses a step, or until that player’s contract makes him harder to afford, or until that player hits free agency and leaves without the Patriots getting anything in return.

The list of noteworthy players that Belichick has traded is long. Randy Moss, Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Richard Seymour, Logan Mankins, Mike Vrabel, Deion Branch, Drew Bledsoe, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, to name a few, have been sent packing by Belichick.

Albert Breer of reported that two teams are planning to make offers to the Patriots for Gronk. If those offers are good enough, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see a trade made on draft day.

Draft prospect Antonio Callaway: I’m not the bad person the media portrays

During his freshman season at Florida in 2015, Antonio Callaway was an All-American return man. During his sophomore season in 2016, he was the team’s leading receiver. And then he was kicked off the team for a series of off-field incidents before his junior season.

Now Callaway is hoping that in 2018, NFL teams will look past those off-field incidents and look at what he’s capable of doing on the field.

He has hit 44 percent from deep, third in the league. Run him off the arc, and Porter is comfortable improvising a pick-and-roll and pulling up for a smooth midranger.

He’s shooting 52 on long 2-pointers. Pressure that shot, and Porter scoots in for a teardrop; he’s shooting 41 percent from floater range, a tidy mark, per Cleaning The Glass.

He runs the floor. He cuts behind defenses. He has just enough post-up game to punish teams who hide little guys on him. Failing that, Porter might bum-rush inside for offensive rebounds.

Players with contracts of that size aren’t usually competing for starting jobs because teams usually aren’t happy with their current options. That was certainly the case with the Giants as Ereck Flowers has failed to establish himself on the left side since the Giants made him the ninth overall pick of the 2015 draft.

Flowers will be moving to the right side to compete for the starting job at tackle and coach Pat Shurmur discussed the move at this week’s league meetings.

“The right-tackle, left-tackle thing in itself, you got to protect both edges, and it comes down to the matchup of the rushers a lot of times,” Shurmur said, via the New York Post. “There are some guys their whole careers have played on the right or the left, so a move like that would be difficult. But most often because these guys were not just born starters, they’ve had to move around up front, and we’re very confident he’ll have success over there.”

The Giants were bad across the offensive line last season so a strong transition for Flowers would wind up making them better at two spots as they try to erase the stench of their 3-13 season.

Aldon Smith Arrested Again … Allegedly Violated Bail Condition

Aldon Smith was arrested, again … and is behind bars after cops in San Francisco say the ex-NFL star violated a condition of his bail … TMZ Sports has learned.

Smith was booked into the San Francisco County Jail around 5 PM Friday night. He is still in custody. Jail records indicate his bond is $500K.

Manning says no one with the Giants has talked to him about his contract status beyond 2018. He is under contract through 2019, and team brass has committed to him as the starting quarterback for this season.

A lot can change in a year’s time. Just ask Manning and the Giants, who went from Super Bowl contenders to owners of the No. 2 pick after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

Plenty of teams choose to still pay a player who gets injured while working out on his own. When the alternative is sitting on the couch eating pork rinds and watching bowling, teams prefer players to choose to be active. Given Beckham’s current relationship with the Giants, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Giants place Beckham on the non-football injury list and to elect not to pay him if he pops an Achilles tendon running on a beach.

We’ve filled out our brackets, and what follows is a quick team breakdown heading into the postseason to remind you of the top lines, power plays and goaltending situations. The teams are listed by conference in order of how far we think they’ll go, pointing to some players we like from each squad.

It’s been a magical season for Alex Ovechkin, winning another Maurice Richard Trophy with 49 goals and scoring his 600th along the way. The postseason ghosts that have haunted this team are well known, but the Capitals are positioned to finally get the monkey off their back. Ovechkin goes into the postseason on a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson, while Nicklas Backstrom is holding down the second line with T.J. Oshie and Andre Burakovsky.

Johnny Manziel: Spring League Debut Disappointing but a’Huge Step’

Johnny Manziel played in The Spring League for two quarters, finishing 9-of-15 for 82 yards with a touchdown and three sacks. Afterward, Manziel gave himself a mixed review.

“It’s disappointing, some of the things that happened, but nevertheless, it’s a huge step for me,” he said, per Kevin Seifert of “I put pads back on. A lot of people wrote me off just to even get to this point. I’m definitely emotional about it. I’m definitely happy about it. This isn’t the end goal for me, but I’m having fun again. I have a smile on my face.”

Manziel, 25, was the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, but a combination of mediocre play on the field and concerns off it left him without a job after two seasons. He is now attempting a comeback and previously threw at the pro days for both San Diego and Texas A&M.

Manziel still appears to have the tools that intrigued the NFL the first time around.

“I’ve never been around Johnny Manziel until this moment of time, but I see a very quick arm. I see very active eyes,” Spring League coach Terry Shea told Seifert. “He sees things, and those classic Johnny Manziel plays, particularly when he’s on the move, I’ve seen those come up here.”

“I never got too concerned with it,” Manning said during a news conference Monday. “We all know the talent Odell has and what he brings to the field. I look forward to playing with him this year and for years to come.”

Joining his teammates for offseason workouts will not only help lessen the perceived tension between sides, but it also gives Beckham insurance on his current $8.5 million pay for 2018 — if a player is injured at the team facility they are eligible to receive their entire salary.

How long Beckham will attend voluntary workouts remains to be seen. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported that OBJ wouldn’t set foot on the field without a new contract. Given that Phase One doesn’t include on-field instructions, the receiver isn’t yet breaking from that plan. Beckham could work out with the team much of the offseason before holding out once training camp rolls around.

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Written off by many in spring training, Shohei Ohtani has instead lived up to or even exceeded the hype so far. After going 4-for-32 with zero extra-base hits this spring, Ohtani is 7-for-19 through four games as a hitter and has hit a home run in each of his past three games at DH. He also has flashed a nasty splitter on the mound, and his average fastball velocity ranks among the best for starting pitchers. Ohtani’s incredible run has helped overshadow an unusually slow start for Mike Trout. — Paul Casella, ESPN Stats & Information

Advice: Even though Minnesota sits 30th in the first round, it should have several good options to choose from. Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey, perhaps the top tackle, could be gone by then but is the clear choice if available. Otherwise, the Vikings could look at players who may be interchangeable at both guard and tackle, like Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn or Texas’ Connor Williams. Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill and Louisville’s Geron Christian could be tackle targets on Day 2.

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2. Terence Newman will turn 40 in September. Given he has not yet re-signed anyway, the Vikings could be looking for a viable nickel corner. And coach Mike Zimmer is always on the lookout for cornerbacks regardless of circumstances.

Los Angeles Airport Police spokesperson Rob Pedregon said Monday that Davis and a female companion were checking in at the Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter Sunday morning when the ticket agent asked them if they had a list of unapproved items like aerosols, knives or explosives — a standard procedure before checking in to a flight.

Davis then turned to the companion and, according to Pedregon, made “a statement in the area of, ‘Yeah, did you pack the explosives?'”

Airport police were alerted to the 24-year-old’s comments, and he was subsequently arrested on a misdemeanor charge of making a bomb threat. Davis was then booked into a Los Angeles jail shortly after noon Sunday and released within the hour on $15,000 bail, according to online inmate records.

Davis is due to appear in court May 3, according to the online records.

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Beckham reported Monday for the start of the Giants offseason voluntary workout program. It is unknown how long he will stay, especially because he is rehabbing his ankle and unlikely to take the field.

“What I’m disappointed in is we had an agreement as men,” Lewis said. “The difference between me and everybody else is I don’t need nothing or want nothing from you.

“But when you tell me you want me in your life to help you, when you tell me that we will be accountable with reading our Bible and sharing scriptures, and it don’t happen, then you wonder why things around you start to happen?”

Mack enters the final season of his rookie contract, set to make $13.846 million on the fifth-year option. The former Defensive Player of the Year and two-time first-team All-Pro is likely seeking a contract that makes him the highest-paid edge defender in the NFL — a title currently held by Von Miller at just over $19 million per season. Sides have reportedly engaged in contract talks this offseason.

At this point, Mack’s absence is nothing for Raiders fans to fret over. Skipping voluntary workouts in which players aren’t hitting the field is sometimes part of the negotiating process. With the Raiders able to wield the franchise tag two years beyond 2018, Mack isn’t leaving Gruden’s club anytime soon.

The goaltending situation here is a bit tricky, as Philipp Grubauer has easily been the better choice for the latter half of the season, but Braden Holtby has the experience and pedigree. Further complicating the matter, Holtby has looked a little better over the past two weeks. This may be a goaltending duo to avoid even if you think the Capitals are going to win the Cup.

Steven Stamkos sat for the end of the regular season, but should be fine for the playoffs. J.T. Miller has proved to be a welcome addition to the Bolts’ top line with Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.

The 24-year-old was taken into custody by LAX police and released from jail after posting $15,000 bond. The woman with Davis was not arrested, police said. Davis’ preliminary court hearing is scheduled for May 3.

TMZ first reported Davis’ arrest.

“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Trevor Davis ,” the Packers said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.”

Raiders release popular P Marquette King

The Raiders have released popular punter Marquette King.

The Nets trail only Houston for 3-pointers made league-wide. The Rockets entered Saturday with an NBA-record 1,213.

It was Brooklyn’s 15th straight game with double-digit 3-pointers made, setting a franchise record.

The Loyola men’s basketball team was honored at the game after their surprising recent Final Four run in the NCAA Tournament.

Former Ramblers star Milton Doyle, a Nets rookie from Chicago, proudly watch his team make the run as an 11-seed.

“It was just like watching my family, enjoying all the success,” Doyle said. “It was great seeing everything that was going on and them getting all the praises and all the shout-outs from the big stars.”

Kilpatrick had at least 20 points for the third straight game, matching the longest streak of his career. He has scored double digits in six of the seven games he has played for Chicago since signing on March 26.

Nets: The teams will meet again Monday in Brooklyn, then the Nets will close the season Wednesday in Boston.

Bulls: After Monday’s rematch, the Bulls will close their season Wednesday against visiting Detroit.

Pryor will join a Jets receiving corps led by Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa (who missed all of 2017 with a neck injury), ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. He also will be reuniting with two former Browns teammates: quarterback Josh McCown and running back Isaiah Crowell.

Milwaukee also committed an error for the seventh straight contest after pinch hitter Tommy La Stella’s hard bouncer caromed off Aguilar’s chest at first into short right, allowing Victor Caratini to score from second.

The errors “get a little magnified,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Three shutouts in a seven-game homestand, that is probably the surprising thing for me.”

Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo missed a third straight game with back tightness. Maddon said Rizzo might miss the Cubs’ home opener on Monday against Pittsburgh, but he wasn’t “overly concerned” after talking to the first baseman and the trainer. “Everything I’m hearing from him and the trainers is that he’s doing … better, so I don’t think we’re far off,” he said.

Chargers sign QB Geno Smith to 1-year deal

The Chargers have agreed with veteran quarterback Geno Smith on a one-year deal that puts him in the mix to back up Philip Rivers in 2018, the team announced Sunday evening.

A second-round pick (39th overall) by the Jets in 2013, Smith, 27, appeared in 33 games (30 starts) over four seasons with New York, where he completed 501 of 866 passes for 5,962 yards and 28 touchdowns with 36 interceptions.

The Raptors have nothing to play for, and Lowry appears to be wearing down at the worst possible time (9.5 points per game in April on 30.2 percent shooting from the field). Is it possible that Lowry gets right? Of course.

But I think Toronto is more likely to take it easy on him (they are on the second night of a back-to-back) over the final week in an effort to have him rested for what they hope is a long playoff run. The Pistons rank in the top half of the league in defensive efficiency, and while they have nothing to play for, I expect them to perform well in their final home game. Lowry has proved to be more risk than potential reward of late, and with so much star power residing on desperate teams, there is no reason to spend up for a struggling player on a satisfied team.

Thompson, 29, has spent time with the Ravens, Bills and Bears since going undrafted in 2012. He began last season in Chicago before returning to Buffalo for his second stint with the team, finishing the year with 38 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns.

He has 77 catches for 1,032 yards and four touchdowns over his six-year career.

“In a lot of ways, it probably does define my career to fans or people that don’t know me or whatever. And I’m looking forward to getting up to Boston. It’s a special thing to be a part of.

“Getting a taste of that as a player, you realize how special it is, what a big deal it is, kind of what an honor it is to compete in those games.”

As far as how people in Boston have treated him since he joined Bucky Dent as light-hitting infielders to KO the Red Sox, Boone said, “I’ve been treated really well there. I’ve kind of said since they’ve won as much as they have since ’04, I feel like a lot of the ribbing I get up there is a little more good-natured. At least that’s how it appears to me and the organization has treated me very well.

“I’m sure that now I’m back in uniform it won’t be as good-natured and that’s part of it.”

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Catcher Gary Sanchez also was removed in the 14th inning after clutching his right calf in between pitches. He and Boone said he was cramping. By the point when he came out, Sanchez had caught more than 250 pitches.

The case has been referred to the Los Angeles county court system, Pedregon said.

“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Trevor Davis,” the team said in a statement to ESPN. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.”

Davis, 24, was a fifth-round draft pick from Cal in 2016 and last season served as the Packers’ primary kick returner and punt returner. He ranked third in the NFL in punt return average (12.0) last season with a long return of 65 yards against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 10 that set up the game-tying touchdown to force overtime.

A San Francisco native, Davis was expected to be back in Green Bay next Monday for the start of the Packers’ offseason program.

While Richards knows the five walks aren’t appealing, he said the problem is mechanical and fixable.

“We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” the Patriots said in a statement. “He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”

This is Harmon’s first off-the-field issue since joining the Patriots as a third-round draft pick in 2013.

Harmon, 27, has played in 79 games with 15 career starts. He led the Patriots last season with a team-best four interceptions and compiled 23 tackles. The safety signed a four-year extension last season reportedly worth up to $20 million.

“There was never a panic, there was never any doubt in that room,” Thomas said. “If we needed to win the game 2-1, we were going to win the game 2-1. You saw it on third-period play where we really shut them down.”

Report: Randy Gregory preparing reinstatement application

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who didn’t play last season while serving a drug-related suspension, is preparing to petition the NFL for reinstatement, multiple sources told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. Gregory has reportedly either failed or skipped at least seven drug tests over his two-year career. He also tested positive for marijuana multiple times in college.

Foster was arrested by Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police in California on Feb. 11. After making contact with Foster and the victim, police took Foster into custody without incident after their initial probe.

The deal features Denver giving up a fourth-round pick and two fifth-round picks for Cravens, a fourth-round pick and a fifth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Denver has two fourth-round picks and three fifth-round picks, and it’s unclear which picks they’re giving up in the deal.

Reuben Foster’s tumultuous off-field history has spurred questions about whether his future with the San Francisco 49ers is in jeopardy.

Speaking at the Annual League Meeting in Orlando on Wednesday, 49ers owner Jed York said the team is prepared to potentially move on from the 2017 first-round draft pick, who was arrested in February on suspicion of domestic violence and weapon charges last month.

Well, I don’t have any insight into what the Supreme Court is going to do. We’re not privy to that. I think what we did this week was make sure people understood the, I would call it, prospects and potential for how gambling can change, in part because of the Supreme Court decision, how it’s evolved on its own beyond that. And this isn’t new work. We’ve been focusing on this for several years of how does it affect the way we operate.