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Browns, Ravens, Titans to host Clemson’s Mike Williams

Like many expecting the unexpected from New England this offseason, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted that the Patriots have inquired about Jason McCourty via trade in the past. The team has been connected to numerous free agent cornerbacks this offseason and could be a front runner to land Jason and reunite the twins for the first time since their days together at Rutgers.

USA Today reported that the breakup between Jason and the Titans was over the re-working of Jason’s five-year, $43 million extension he signed back in 2012.

Of course, with more than three weeks remaining before the draft, there is more than enough time for another club to add to Williams’ travel itinerary. Given that Williams is considered one of the draft’s top three prospects at his position, along with Washington’s John Ross III and Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if a team wanted to squeeze in some more time with him.

The Ravens and Titans both have a draft need at the position. The Browns used a first-round pick on a receiver just a year ago in Corey Coleman of Baylor, but his production (33 catches, 413 yards) was limited by a broken hand.

Marcus Mariota was back on the field for the Tennessee Titans to open organized team activities on Tuesday. Considering earlier this month the quarterback wasn’t running at full speed, it’s significant the face of the franchise participated in the May workouts.

“It felt great,” Mariota said after practice, via the team’s official website. “Four months ago I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate in OTAs, and being able to do some of the drills … I was very happy and very grateful. It was fun to be out there with the guys, and I enjoyed it.”

No matter, the Preds will return home for Game 3 on Saturday night, and you can pretty much guarantee prominent members of the Tennessee Titans will be there to cheer them on. Titans players — mostly offensive linemen but also quarterback Marcus Mariota — have become a popular side attraction during Preds home games during the playoffs, hoisting fresh catfish (it’s a hockey thing) and chugging beers for an adoring sellout crowd.

NBC brought some more exposure to this new tradition on Wednesday night when they aired some of the Titans’ antics during the Western Conference Finals. Bro Party Rule No. 1: It ain’t a bro party until a bro is shirtless.

Davis became the highest drafted player from Western Michigan in the common draft era. The only other first-round pick from WMU: DE Jason Babin, 2004, HOU, No. 27.

Later in the first round, the Titans shored up their defensive backfield with corner Adoree Jackson. The USC corner and explosive return man doesn’t have ideal height, but owns explosiveness and outstanding ball skills. He immediately upgrades Tennessee’s special teams.

Green-Beckham was the Titans’ 40th overall pick (second round) in 2015, selected a day after they took Mariota at No. 2 overall. This year, Tennessee holds the Nos. 5 and 18 picks in the first round, the second of which is in the range of draft projections on Ross. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, in fact, projects the Titans to make the Mariota-Ross connection a reality. As a high school recruit, Ross took an official visit to Oregon in October of 2012. His host? None other than Mariota.

“That was the only time I’ve ever talked to him, but I got a great first impression from him,” Ross said. “He was a really good dude. He was humble and quiet, so he reminded me of myself. It would be great to talk to him again.”