NFL fans, coaches talk NFL Draft, picks and trade topics

NFL players and coaches were at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where they had a chance to chat with a wide variety of fans.

Here are some of the highlights.

The combine featured a number of notable names:New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, Michigan State wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Alabama linebacker Myles Garrett.

The former two players had a lot in common, with Blackmon saying, “I was born a Packers fan, and now I’m in the NFL.”

Jones said he was looking forward to the NFL Draft.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had that much time.”

Blackmon, who also has ties to the Patriots, said he’s looking forward “to having a long and successful career.”

Jones, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, has had some success in the league, with 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his five seasons with the Patriots.

Blackmon also has four interceptions in five seasons.

The two players were part of the Packers’ Super Bowl championship team in 2014.

The Eagles’ Carson Wentz and Washington’s Kirk Cousins were the only players not in attendance at the combine.

Washington’s Carson Wentzan was drafted in the first round by the Eagles.

The other two were Arizona’s Carson Palmer and New York Giants’ Eli Apple.

The Patriots and Redskins also had players, including former San Diego Chargers linebacker Ryan Delaire and former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Ryan Mallett.

Former New York Jets cornerback Kyle Fuller also was there.

The Browns were expected to have a good show.

Cleveland quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to be the first quarterback drafted in 2020.

Luck, who was the first overall pick by the Colts in the 2016 draft, signed with the team.

The Bengals and Lions had no players in attendance.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton signed with them after signing with the Colts.

The Lions signed free agent linebacker Kony Ealy, who played for the Lions from 2004-09.

The Browns are also expected to keep their first-round pick in the draft.

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