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NFL Notebook: 23 Prospects Confirmed to Attend Draft in Nashville

Prospects in attendance stand on stage at the start of the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Prospects in attendance stand on stage at the start of the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The NFL announced Tuesday that 23 prospects are confirmed to attend the 2019 Draft in Nashville, Tennessee.

The group is headlined by three quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray from Oklahoma. Quarterbacks Daniel Jones (Duke) and Drew Lock (Missouri) will also be in attendance in hopes that their names are called on Thursday, April 25.

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa – brother of Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa – also plans to walk the red carpet in Nashville. The younger Bosa is widely expected to be a top-five selection this year. Other notable names include defensive tackles Quinnen Williams (Alabama) and Ed Oliver (Houston), linebackers Devin White (LSU) and Devin Bush (Michigan), and wide receivers Marquise Brown (Oklahoma) and D.K. Metcalf (Mississippi).

Last year, Chargers first-round selection Derwin James attended the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Chiefs sign former Chargers edge rusher

The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Chargers edge rusher Jeremiah Attaochu, the team announced on Wednesday.

Attaochu, 26, was a second-round selection of the Chargers in 2014. In 38 games with the team, he made 13 starts and totaled 75 tackles and 10 sacks. Attaochu appeared in 11 games last season with the New York Jets.

The Chiefs will enter the 2019 season without two of their top-three pass rushers from 2018. Long-time outside linebacker Justin Houston was released in March after eight seasons. His counterpart Dee Ford was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in the same month. Together, they combined for 21 sacks in 2018.

Patriots add a tight end, re-sign kicker

The New England Patriots took steps to fill their void at tight end just over two weeks after Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL.

The team announced Wednesday the signing of former second-round pick Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, who most recently played for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In five NFL seasons, Sefarian-Jenkins has caught 116 passes for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 26-year-old was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also spent time with the New York Jets.

New England also announced that it locked up its all-time points leader, kicker Stephen Gostkowski on Wednesday.

In 13 seasons – all with New England – Gostkowski has scored 1,743 points in 200 regular-season games. The Patriots have made six Super Bowl appearances and have won three with Gostkowski kicking.

Four more offseason programs begin

The Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers began Phase One of their offseason programs this week.

All eight teams with new head coaches now have players in their buildings for the voluntary workouts. The Chargers will commence their offseason program on April 15 along with 22 other NFL teams.

The Chargers will play at Arizona in Week 1 of the preseason. LA hosts the Packers during the regular season.


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