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2014 Selection Order
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- December 5
- (3:00 PM): FSU QB dodges legal bullet; won't face charges ... Star Florida State redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault after local police nd prosecutors determined there was little chance of getting a conviction. Winston is a leading candidate to win this year's Heisman Trophy and of course has a chance to lead his Seminoles to the national championship game next month IF they can defeat upstart Duke in the ACC title game on Saturday. The fact that he has been cleared should also set up a fascinating dual next fall between Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to see who will be the #1 pick at the 2015 draft. Winston was investigating by authorities after reports circulated that a woman had told police that she had been was sexually assaulted at a party last winter at which time it appears that both had been under the influence of alcohol. For his part, Winston never denied that a sexual encounter had taken place, but claims that it had been consensual.
- (9:00 AM): Big Board updated ... The GBN 'Big Board' ranking of the top 125 overall prospects for the 2014 draft has been updated. Please note this ranking is not necessarily how we have the players rated at the GBN, but rather they reflect our best guess based on the latest intelligence as to how we think NFL teams have this year's prospects graded, although of course there will be considerable variation from team-to-team on how individual players rank.
- (12:01 AM): Defensive positional rankings tweaked ... With the NFL at the quarter pole and the colleges wrapping up their season, the GBN positional rankings for the defense have been updated.
- Top pick on line in mid-week game … It will be #1 versus #2 on the NFL Thursday night game later this evening when Houston plays at Jacksonville in a dual between the teams that would have the first and second picks overall were the 2014 draft held this week. Indeed, there is a better than even chance that the loser of tonight’s game will end up with the top pick at next May’s draft. That would particularly be the case for a Houston loss this evening. The Texans are already a game behind everybody else in the league with just two wins and have a difficult remaining schedule after Jacksonville with road games at Indianapolis and Tennessee with their only home game against Denver.
- No tag for Bears QB fuels speculation … Interesting story out of Chicago where Bears’ GM Phil Emery ruled out applying the franchise tag to QB Jay Cutler if the free-agent-to-be veteran does not resign before the start of the NFL year in March. The Bears have also put off negotiating with Cutler until after the season. All that has fueled some speculation that Chicago may not be all that interested in bringing Cutler back next fall. And if the Bears were in fact to cut ties with Cutler they would very likely be in the market for a QB with an early pick at the 2014 draft, although journeyman Josh McCown has played well enough the past few weeks with Cutler sidelined. In fact, Emery attended the Missouri-Texas A&M game last Saturday where Aggies’ QB Johnny Manziel was the featured attraction. Manziel, though, likely would be long gone by the time get on the board this coming May as 6-6 Chicago would have the 17th pick were the draft held today. At the same time, if Cutler did become a free agent, he could be signed by one of the teams expected to be looking hard the QB class with an early pick at this year’s draft.
- Early Xmas for us … We got our first Christmas present of the year when we received a comp copy of old GBN friend Palmer Hughes’ 2014 Draft Notebook. Lots of good stuff for those looking for a nice Christmas stocking stuffer. Here’s more info, as well as how to order.
- December 4
- (11:30 AM): Steeler picks at risk in coach sideline flap … Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for stepping onto the field into the path of Ravens’ KO returner Jacoby Jones during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. And the league has not ruled out also docking the Steelers a draft pick or two, although no final decision will be made until the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined. The fact that the league will wait until after this year’s draft order is finalized could aso indicate that the league is looking to penalize the Steelers with the loss of a fairly early pick, including Pittsburgh‘s first-round selection which would be the 10th pick were the draft held today. However, even the loss of a later round pick would be tough on the Steelers as they currently only have 5 picks at this year’s draft after trading their 3rd rounder to Cleveland as part of a 2013 draft day deal, as well as an undisclosed late round selection to Arizona for OT Levi Brown.
- SEC safety has ACL surgery … Mississippi State safety Nickoe Whitley underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL earlier this week. Whitley is considered to be a solid 3rd day prospect for the upcoming draft. Whitley actually suffered the injury way back in mid-September, but continued to play and in fact had 5 interceptions this fall, however, it appears unlikely that he will be able to work out for pro teams prior to the draft.
- (8:00 AM): LSU QB has torn ACL ... ESPN is reporting that LSU QB Zach Mettenberger tore an ACL during last Saturday'swn over Arkansas. Needless to say, Mettenberger won't play again this season;indeed, the injury couldnot have come at a worse time as Mettenberger almost certainly won't be able to work out for NFL teams prior to the draft and likely won't be available when training camps open next July. Metteberger had been considered to be a mid-to-late first round prospect for the upcoming draft, but the injury likely willcloud his immediate draft prospects.
- December 3
- (7:00 PM): Ducks QB, C to return to school ... In a move that could have rippl ramifications for the 2014 draft, Oregon redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has announced that he will will be returning to school next fall despite the fact that he is considered to be potential top 2-3 pick. The defection of Mariota could push several other QBs up the board this coming May given the importance of the position. One potential beneificiary, for example, is Fresno State QB Derek Carr, who reportedly is now being looked at as at least a possible top 10 prospect by a lot of teams around the league with the upside to go higher. Indeed, the ultimate irony would be if Carr climbs into the top 5 and gets a look from Houston, which currently would have the #1 pick overall were the draft held and of course selected Carr'solder brother David with the first pick at the 2002 draft. The fact that Mariota has decided to return to school could also impact the decision of several other underclass QBs such as UCLA redshirt soph Brett Hundley as they ponder their decision to enter this year's draft. And if nothing else, Mariota's decsion to return to school has shaken up the QB rankings for the upcoming draft. Meanwhile, Oregon junior C Hroniss Grasu, a three-year starter along the Ducks' offensive line, has also announced that he is returning to school for his senior season.
- (12:01 AM): Updated selection order posted ...
Here is the full, updated first-round
selection order for 2014 as it stands today with just 4 weeks left to go in the schedule.
- Buffs WR; SC CB to enter draft; BU QB stays home … Colorado jnunior WR Paul Richardson has announced that he will skip his final season of eligibility and enter the 2014 draft. The 6-0, 170-pound Richardson is a tad on the spindly side, but he has been a very productive receiver catching 79 passes for almost 1,300 yards and 10 scores this season; he is considered to be a second-day prospect for the upcoming draft. Meanwhile, there are reports that South Carolina junior CB Vic Hampton will also be ntering the upcoming draft, although there hasn‘t been anything official from the player or school as of yet. On the other hand, Baylor junior QB Bryce Petty has indicated that he will be definitely returning to school next fall forhis senior campaign. for the 2014 season.
- SC DE Clowney may stick around for bowl … While there is absolutely no doubt that he’ll be turning pro this winter, South Carolina junior DE Jadeveon Clowney, has still never really officially said he’ll be entering the upcoming draft where he is expected to be a top 5 pick, if he isn‘t the first player chosen overall. Indeed, Clowney participated in senior day activities this past weekend before the Gamecocks big win over state rival Clemson. Clowney has also indicated that he will not make a decision about when to have surgery on the bone spurs in his foot that have slowed him all season long until after USC‘s bowl game is announced. There had been speculation that Clowney would have the surgery immediately after the team‘s regular season finale to give himself the maximum time to rehab before the combine in late February.
- December 2
- (12:01 AM): Top of pick board shuffled ... With only the Monday nighter between leading NFC contenders New Orleans and Seattle to go this weekend, the top of the 2014 selection order has been set at least for this week. And there are some major changes from recent weeks. Indeed, if the draft were held this week, Houston would have the top pick, while Jacksonville, which won for the third time in four weeks, would have the second pick. Meanwhile, St. Louis would pick 3rd with Washington's pick which the Rams acquired from the Redskins in last year's trade that allowed Washington to select QB Robert Griffin with the 2nd pick at the 2012 draft. Atlanta would then have the 4th pick, followed by Tampa Bay at #5 and Minnesota at #6, with Cleveland, Oakland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh rounding out the top ten. As usual, the full first-round selection order for the upcoming draft willbe updated after the Monday night game.
- December 1
- Gator CB appears headed to NFL ... Nothing has been stated officially, but Florida junior CB Loucheiz Purifoy told an ESPN sideline reporter that he would leaving school and declaring for the 2014 draft shortly after the Gators' disappointing season-ending loss to Florida State. Purifoy had been considered to be one of the top 2-3 CB prospects prior to the season, but did not have a great year and now figures to be a second-day candidate this coming May.
- November 30
- (5:00 PM): Big day ahead in college football updated again ... There is a huge day of college football scheduled for later today including several with either major national implications starting with the big Alabama-Auburn match-up for the SEC WEst title late this afternoon. And just about every game on today's docket has its share of prospects for the 2014 draft. Here are quick previews of
players to watch in today's key late games with an eye toward the
- November 29
- (10:00 AM): College football Friday … While most of this weekend’s key college football games are scheduled to go tomorrow including the big Alabama-Auburn match-up for the SEC Wes title, there are several games worth watching today. And the best game today should be the annual Civil War in the northwest when Oregon hosts Oregon State at 7 PM ET on Fox 1 Sports. This game features two of the best underclass QBs in the country in the Ducks’ redshirt sophomore Marcus Mariota (#8, 6-4, 215), who figures to be a top 5 prospect if he opts to enter this year’s draft, and Oregon State junior gunslinger Sean Mannion (#4, 6-5, 215). Both teams also have an outstanding junior receiver in Brandin Cooks (#7, 5-9, 185) of the Beavers and Oregon RBWR De’Anthony Thomas (#6, 5-9, 180). Cooks, in particular, has had a remarkable season in which he has already caught 110 passes for almost 1,600 yards and 15 TDs while Thomas is one of the most electrifying all-purpose runners in the country, but has had an injury-plagued season. Other Ducks to watch include DE Taylor Hart (#66, 6-5, 295) and OLB Boseko Lokombo (#25, 6-2, 230), while other Beavers to watch include junior DE Scott Crichton (#95, 6-2, 260). There could also be an interesting potential QB dual when unbeaten 16th ranked Fresno State puts its BCS busting hopes on the line at San Jose State at 3:30 PM ET on CBS Sports. In that game, Fresno State QB Derek Carr (#4, 6-2, 220) goes against SJSU’s David Fales (#10, 6-2, 220) in a match-up of senior QBs who both entered the season with at least some first-round potential for the upcoming draft. However, while Carr, the younger brother of David Carr, the first player chosen at the 2002 draft, has had a strong season and could go as early as the middle of the opening round, Fales has struggled at times this year and probably isn’t rated as much more than a mid-round prospect at this time. However, if folks get a chance to watch just one player today that guy should Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald (#97, 6-0,275) when the Panthers host Miami at 3:30 PM ET on ABC. Needless to say Donald isn’t very big, but he has had a remarkably disruptive season for an interior defensive lineman as he has 10 sacks and 16 other tackles for loss.
- X-UGA RB to enter draft … Alabama State junior RB Isaiah Crowell has announced he will be foregoing his final year of eligibility and will enter the 2014 draft.
Crowell has rushed for almost 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns this season in which he has averaged 6.6 yards per carry. The 5-10, 190-pound Crowell was originally a big-time recruit at Georgia where he lead the team in rushing in 2011, but was dismissed from the program after facing a weapons charge, although that charge was ultimately dismissed.
- November 28
- (3:00 PM ET): Another tight vote for rook of the week ... After last week's relatively lackluster week for NFL rookies, there were some pretty good outings this past week resulting in yet another close vote for the GBN 'Rook of the Week'. Click here for the details of an
interesting week in this week's Rookie
- Bonus coverage … This weekend’s big college football games don’t come until Saturday, however, the NCAA does get in on the Thanksgiving Day football fest with a couple of games later this evening including Texas Tech at Texas on Fox 1 Sports, while Mississippi State hosts Ole Miss on ESPN; both games kick-off at 7:30 PM ET. And the guy to watch in these games with an eye to the 2014 draft is Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro (#22, 6-5, 255) who is almost certain to be one of the first 2-3 players off the board at the position if as expected he opts to enter this year’s draft. For the record, Amaro has a remarkable 92 receptions for 1,157 yards this season. Meanwhile, Mississippi State OG Gabe Jackson (#61, 6-3, 335) reportedly has seen his grade rise in recent weeks, while Ole Miss junior WR Donte Moncrief (#12, 6-2, 215) could also work himself into that late first-round range by the time the draft rolls around in May.
- November 27
- (12:01 AM): Award finalist lists out … The finalists for college football’s individual awards other than the Heisman Trophy have been announced. And while we don’t put a lot of stock in these awards as indicators of a players potential draft status, they do generally indicate which players have had good years. The final nominees for both the Maxwell Award for the college player of the year and the Davey O’Brien QB of the year are sophomore Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, senior A.J. McCarron of Alabama, and Florida State red shirt freshman Jameis Winston; the finalists for the Doak Walker award for the top RB are juniors Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona and Washington‘s Bishop Sankey and Boston College seniorAndre Williams; the nominees for the Biletnikoff award for top receiver are TexasA&M sophomore Mike Evans and juniors Sammy Wtkins of Clemson and Oregon State‘s Brandin Cooks; the finalists for the Mackey award for top TE are Washington senior Austin Seferian-Jenkins and juniors Eric Ebron, of North Carolina and Florida State‘s Nick O’Leary; the Outland Trophy for outstanding lineman nominees are Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald, Texas &M LT Jake Matthews, and Baylor G/T Cyril Richardson; the nominess for the Chuck Bednarik Award for Defensive Player of the Year are UCLA OLB Anthony Barr, Pitt DT Donald, and Alabama LB C.J. Moseley; Barr and Mosley are also finalists for the Butkus award long with Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, Ohio State junior Ryan Shazier and Shane Skov of Stanford; the Thorpe Award for top defensive back are seniors Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State; Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State; the Lou Groza Award for top place kicker are Roberto Aguayo of Florida State, Anthony Fera of Texas and Marvin Kloss of South Florida; and the nominees for the Ray Guy Award for top punter are Tom Hornsey of Memphis; Drew Kaser of Texas A&M and Cody Webster of Purdue. Meanwhile, The 10 finalists for the Manning award which goes to the top QB in the country include seniors Tajh Boyd of Clemson, Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray of Georgia and Fresno State‘ Derek Carr; juniors Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and Bryce Petty of Baylor, redshirt sophomores Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota; and Florida State redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. Manziel was the winner of the 2012 winner, the first freshman winner in its eight-year history.
- Former Vandy WR to enter draft … Former Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd has reportedly decided to enter the 2014 draft rather than transfer in the wake of his suspension from the program earlier in the year. Boyd was dismissed from the Commodore program after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor accessory charge in the rape investigation that resulted in the arrest of four of Boyd's former teammates on sexual battery charges. The 6-3, 205-pound Boyd could be an interesting late-round prospect as he is a big receiver with good hands who had 81 receptions including 13 for scores in his first two years with the program.
- Vet RB out at TCU … Texas Christian senior RB Waymon James apparently is no longer a part of the football team. James was suspended earlier this month for violating unspecified team rules and has not played the last two games. The 5-8, 205-pound James is a slasher who had once been considered to be an interesting second-tier prospect after leading the team in rushing in 2011 with 875 yards and a 7.2 yards per carry average, but played in only two games last fall because of a knee injury before this season‘s off-field issues.
- Behind the scenes at the combine … We don’t normally reference articles from political pages, but this excerpt Nicholas Davidoff’s “Collision Low Crossers: A year inside the turbulent world of NFL football” at Salon.com has some behind the scenes insight from the combine.
- November 26
- UNC Te to enter draft ... North Carolina junior TE Eric Ebron hasannounced that he will skip his senior season and enter the 2014 draft. Ebron made the decision early so he will be able to participate in this weekend's senior day ceremony before the Tar Heels host Duke. Ebron has already caught 50 passes this fall and is projected to be the first player at the position off the bard this coming May, possibly as early as the middle of the opening round.
- Sooners boot vet RB ... Oklahoma has reportedly kicked senior RB Damien Williams off the squad after he was suspended for a second time this season for violating team rules. Williams had been consideredto be one of the top senior prospects at the position for the upcoming draft, but has seen his stock plummet of late as he has only run for 550 yards this fall
- November 25
- (12:01 AM): Top 4 picks set; rest to be decided ... Jacksonville could have pretty much wrapped up the #1 pick at the 2014 draft with a loss today in Houston, but the suddenly resurgent Jaguars won for the second time in three weeks to really tighten up the race to acquire the first pick overall at this year's draft. However, despite the win, Jacksonville will keep the first pick for at least another week as the Jaguars have a considerably weaker strength of schedule than Houston and Atlanta, the other two other two-win teams. In fact, if the draft were held this week, Houston would pick second, followed by Atlanta at #3, with Minnesota, which got a tie with Green Bay earlier today, in the 4th slot. And in the end, who gets the top pick this year could come down to the rematch between the #1 Jaguars and #2 Texans in two weeks. Meanwhile, St. Louis would have the 5th pick with a selection acquired from Washington if the latter loses to San Francisco in the Monday night game this evening, while Tampa Bay would have the 6th pick. However, a Washington win would vault Tampa Bay into the 5th slot with Cleveland moving up to #6 and the Rams dropping to #7. As usual, the full, updated first-round selection order for the upcoming draft will be posted after tomorrow night's Monday nighter.
- Canada goes green ... The Saskatchewan Roughriders won the 101st edition of the CFL's Grey Cup game with a 45-23 win over Hamilton in frigid Regina. Former Purdue RB Korey Sheets was named the game's MVP after he rushed for 197 yards, in the process breaking the CFL championship game record which had stood since 1956.
- November 24
- (11:30 AM): UGA QB done for year ... Pretty much as feared, Georgia has confirmed that star QB Aaron Murray tore an ACL in last night's win over Kentucky and will undergo season-ending surgery later this week. Team doctors expect Murray to make a full recovery, however, given that the usual timeframe for recovery from a torn ACL ranges from 9 months to a year, Murray will also miss the re-draft testing process and likely will not be ready to go when training camps next summer. That's all rather ironic for Murray who was starting his 52nd straight game for the Bulldogs this week. While scouts remain divided on his pro potential, there is no question that Murray was one of the most productive passers in college football history as he threw for over 13,000 yards and 121 TDs during his career, both of which are all-time bests for the SEC.
- November 22
- Tech CB to miss 4-6 weeks ... Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller will miss the next 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a groin muscle injury earlier this week. Fuller is expected to ultimately make a full recovery, but could miss the rest of the Hokies' schedule this fall including any possible bowl game. Fuller, who is considered to be a mid-round prospect for the 2014 draft with some upside, had been off to a solid start this season, only to be limited by the groin issue the last month or so.
- November 21
- (7:00 PM): Season over for top Irish DT ... Notre Dame junior DT Louis Nix, one of the top-rated prospects at the position for the 2014 draft, underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL earlier today. As a result, Nix will miss the rest of the season including the school's bowl. While he has a year of eligibility remaining, Nix is still expected to enter the upcoming draft. Indeed, having the surgery now rather than waiting until after the season will give him more time to rehab and prepare for the draft.
- Bucks CB heading to NFL … Ohio State has
confirmed that junior CB Bradley Roby will be entering the 2014 draft.
Roby had been considered to be a potential top 10-15 prospect prior to
the season, but has had an up-and-down year such that he is no longer a
lock to be even selected in the upcoming opening round. Meanwhile,
there are reports that Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi has had a change
of heart and will at least consider his options regarding entering the
2014 draft. Ogbuehi had indicated earlier this year that he would
return to school next season and o play LT and improve his overall
- (12:01 PM): Jags keep top pick; others still to
be decided … After losing at home to Arizona on Sunday afternoon,
Jacksonville will hold onto the first pick overall at the 2014 draft at
least for another week. On the other hand, there will be some shuffling
of the top ten selection order were the draft to be held this after
Tampa Bay won for the second straight week thumping division-rival
Atlanta. Indeed, the Buccaneers, who came into the week sitting on the
2nd pick overall, will slip down to the 5th selection. However, its
still too close to call between Minnesota, Atlanta and Houston, the
league's other 2-8 teams, for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th picks. How close is
it: after Sunday's games Minnesota would have the second pick followed
by Houston and then Atlanta. But if Carolina wins the Monday night game
later this evening, Hoouston and Atlanta would flip the 3rd and 4th
picks. And if the Patriots defeat the Panthers later tonight, Houston
would move up to #2, with Minnesota dropping to #3 and Atlanta to #4.
If indeed, the Patriots knock off the Panthers bumping Houston into the
#2 pick, it would set up a #1 versus #2 game this coming weeknd as the
Texans are scheduled to host Jacksonville this coming Sunday. As usual,
the full, updated first-round selection will be posted after tonight's
Monday night game.
- College football notes … Florida junior CB Marcus
Roberson was suspended from the Gators’ game against South Carolina for
one of those proverbial violation of team rules issues. Robeson is
expected to enter the 2014 draft where he has late second-day
potential. Meanwhile, Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde was not allowed to
start the Buckeyes’ game against Illinois, reportedly for missing
classes. The chastised Hyde then ran for 270 yards of total offense and
5 TDs in OSU’s 60-35 win. Washington won’t know for another day or so
whether QB Keith Price will be available for the final two weeks of the
season. Price was forced to leave Friday night’s loss to UCLA after
falling awkwardly on the shoulder; he had an MRI on Saturday, but
results have yet to be announced.
- November 16
- (12:01 AM): Star game cancelled … The Texas
versus the Nation all-star game which had been scheduled for the first
Saturday in February has been cancelled, although organizers reportedly
hope to be up and running again next fall. As the name implied, the
Texas-Nation game featured players from Texas playing a team made up of
players from the rest of the country. With the cancellation of the
Texas-Nation game, there are 9 all-star
games left on the schedule starting with the DIII game in Salem,
Virginia on December and culminating with the Senior Bowl which is set
for January 25th in Mobile.
- (9:00 AM): Clemson QB gets scare, but appears to
be okay … Clemson coaches and fans got a real scare when star QB
Tajh Boyd had to be helped off the field after injuring his shoulder at
the end of the 3rd quarter in last night’s win over Georgia Tech. Boyd
did not return to the game, but was seen on the sidelines taking some
practice throws later in the evening. Preliminary x-rays were
reportedly negative and there are reportedly no broken bones but only a
bruised sternum and collar-bone. Earlier in the game, Boyd, who is
considered to be a late-first round candidate for the 2014 draft, broke
for NC State and current San Diego QB Philip Rivers conference record
for career TD passes. And with a game against an FCS opponent - the
Citadel - next week, Boyd will have some time to rest up for the Tigers
intra-state showdown with South Carolina in their regular season finale
the following week. Meanwhile, Southern Carolina RB Silas Redd has been
ruled out of tomorrow night’s big game in LA against 4th ranked
Stanford because of a knee injury suffered last week against
California. It has been a trying year for Redd who has only played in 5
games because of nagging knee and leg issues.
- Bonus coverage ... Pretty good Friday night
college football fare this evening as UCLA hosts Washington at 9 PM ET
in a game
with a number of very good prospects for the 2014 draft starting with
star Bruins' OLB Anthony Barr (#11, 6-3, 245), a one-time FB who is
currently challenging South Carolina DE Jadevon Clowney to be the
top-rated defensive player for the upcoming draft, although Barr's
production is down somewhat this year as he has faced a lot of double
teams. For the record, Barr has 6 sacks through 9 games this year after
he posted 13.5 in 2012. Pro scouts will also be focused on redshirt
freshman QB Brett Hundley (#17, 6-3, 230) who had been talked about as
a possible top 5 candidate earlierin the season; however, his grade
apears to have slipped somewhat after a couple of less than sterling
performances in recent weeks. No question about Hundley's arm strength
or accuarcy - he's still completing close to 70% of his pass attempts -
but his mechanics and poise under pressure have come under greater
scrutiny. For good measure, the Bruins also have one of the better
interior offensive linemen in the country in junior OG Xavier Su'a-Filo
(#56, 6-3, 305), who has actually spent some time filling in at LT this
fall and figures to get some early second-day interest if he decides to
enter this year's draft. Other UCLA veterans with mid-to-late round
potential include DE Cassius Marsh (#99, 6-3, 270), WR Shaq Evans
(#1,6-1, 215), and MLB Jordan Zumwalt (#3, 6-2,235). The latter
combines with junior MLB Eric Kendricks (#6, 6-0,230) to give UCLA one
of the most active pairs of ILBs in the country. Despite three losses
this fall, it does appear that Washington is back in the big time after
several down years. In particular, the Huskies are led by an offense
that features some of the best skill-position talent in the country
including junior RB Bishop Sankey (#25, 5-9, 205), a slasher with
second-day draft potential who is 3rd in the country in rushing with an
average of over 145 yards per game, while TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
(#88, 6-5, 270), a gifted receiver who can block, is the top-rated
prospect at the position for the upcoming draft, although he hasn't has
not had quite the expected year so far to date. Meanwhile, scouts
remain divided on junior QB Keith Price (#17, 6-0, 205), who isn’t all
that big, but is a playmaker who has completed over 65% of his pass
attempts this fall including 18 for scores against just four picks.
- November 14
- (9:00 AM): Bonus coverage ... Not sure what
the NFL schedule maker was thinking, but tonight's Thursday night NFL
Network game between Indianapolis and Tennessee will have almost no
bearing whatever on the early selection order at the 2014 draft!
Meanwhile, over on ESPN, their Thursday night college game has Georgia
Tech, which still has ambitions to make it to the ACC title game, at
8th ranked Clemson, which still hopes to make a BCS bowl, at 7:30 PM
ET. And while Clemson has just about all the big-name prospects for the
2014 draft in this game including first-round candidates QB Tajh Boyd
(#10, 6-1, 225), junior WR Sammy Watkins (#2, 6-0, 205) and junior
DE/OLB Vic Beasley (#3, 6-3, 245), Georgia Tech has a number of very
good players of its own worth a look including DE/OLB Jeremy Attaochu
(#45, 6-2, 245), a very good edge rusher with second-day potential,
along with undersized, but active SS Jemea Thomas (#14, 5-10, 195),
rangy CB Louis Young (#8, 6-0, 195), OLB Brandon Watts (#11, 6-1, 240),
SB Robert Godhigh (#25, 5-7, 190), RB David Sims (#20, 5-11, 225) and
G/T Will Jackson (#52, 6-3, 295).
- Hokie PK gets the boot… Virginia Tech PK Cody
Journell, one of the better kickers in college football, has been
dismissed from the program for one of those ubiquitous violation of
team rules. Journell has had issues before, though, as he was suspended
for a game earlier this year; he was also charged with felony breaking
and entering, a charge that was later reduced to a misdemeanor in 2011.
Journell made 44-of-58 career FG attempts, although he was off this
fall as he connected on just 10-of-16 tries this season.
- November 13
- (8:00 AM): Sex investigation could shake
upcollege football ... Multiple media sources are reporting that
star Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is under
investigation for a sexual assault from an incident last December. No
charges have been filed and Winston has denied the allegations through
his attorney who claims it was his understanding that the case had been
closed some time ago. However, if the story ineed has legs there are
some retty profound implications for college football. Florida State is
currently ranked second in the BCS rankings and appear to be on track
to get an invitaion to this year's national championship game in
Pasedena in January. Meanwhile, Winston is the consensus leading
candidate to win this year's Heisman Trophy. Most scouts will also tell
you that Winston would be a lock to be the first player selected at the
upcoming draft, however, as a redshirt freshman won't be eligible to
turn pro until 2015. Stay tuned!
- (12:01 AM) Bonus coverage … They’ll play
the MAC regular season game of the year later this evening when 18th
ranked Northern Illinois hosts once beaten Ball State at 7:30 PM ET on
ESPN3. At stake is the MAC West division spot in the conference
championship game with NIU also eyeing bigger fish as the 9-0 Huskies
still have dreams of busting into the BCS picture. The game also
features a dual between a pair of outstanding non-AQ senior QBs in
Jordan Lynch (#6, 5-11, 215) of NIU and Ball State’s Keith Wenning
(#10, 6-2, 220). Lynch, in particular, could very well be in the thick
of the Heisman discussion if he played at a more prominent progam. For
the record, Lynch has already run for over 1,100 yards and 12 scores
while completing 63% of his pass attempts , including 19 for TDs
against just 5 picks. For his part, BSU’s Wenning also has a 63%
completion rate and has a 27-5 TD-interception ratio. Pro scouts will
also be watching ball-hawking NIU FS Jimmie Ward (#15, 5-10, 195) who
isn’t all that big but has excellent instincts and range. Meanwhile,
other BSU Cardinals to watch include TE Zane Fakes (#88, 6-2, 240),
WR/KR Jamill Smith (#2, 5-8, 140), OT Matt Page (#75, 6-5, 300), OG
Jordan Hansel (#70, 70, 6-3, 325), DE Jon Newhouse (#11, 6-2, 240), and
DT Nate Ollie (#92, 6-0, 295), although other than perhaps TE Fakes,
none is more than a marginal draft prospect.
- November 12
- ((1:00 PM): Bonus coverage ... Mid-week
games on the MAC aren't usually must-see TV but tonight's game with
Buffalo at Toledo at 7:30 PM on ESPNU offers another chance to check
out Bulls'LB Khalil Mack (#46, 6-2, 245), an outstanding two-way backer
who is considered to be a legit top 10-15 prospect for the upcoming
draft. Buffalo also features a very productive back in Branden Oliver
(#32, 5-8, 205) who is on pace to rush for over 1,500 yards this fall,
while WR Alex Neutz (#19, 6-2, 205) is a very good possession receiver.
Toledo also has a very good RB in David Fluellen (#22, 5-11, 215),
although he may not play because of a leg injury.
- College injury update … NNorthwestern RB/KR
Venric Mark, who had been considered to be one of the best kick return
specialists in the 2014 draft class, will not play again this season
because of a fractured ankle. Because Mark only played in 3 games this
fall, he is expected to seek a medical redshirt and return to school
next fall … While he’s not considered to be much more than a marginal
draft prospect, it appears unlikely that Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
will play again this season because of a foot injury that reportedly
gets worse with any activity and may require six to eight months to
heal. Martinez entered the season with hopes of getting some Heisman
consideration, but has limited to just four games this fall because of
injuries to his shoulder, hip, abdomen and finally the foot ... Texas
DT Chris Whaley, a later round or free agent prospect for the upcoming
draft, will miss the rest of the year after suffering a knee injury in
the Longhorns win over West Virginia on Saturday evening … Oft-injured
Southern California RB Silas Redd is listed as questionable for this
week’s big game with Stanford after he was forced out of last week’s
win over California with an undisclosed knee injury.
- November 8
- (9:00 M): Top QB prospect has knee issue …
For those that missed it last night, Stanford knocked off previously
unbeaten Oregon 26-20 to pretty much end the Ducks‘ dreams of a shot at
the national championship. There are also unconfirmed reports that star
Oregon redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota, a potential top 2-3 pick
at the 2014 draft if he opts to go pro this winter, has been playing
with a sprained MCL in recent weeks. The full extent of the injury
isn’t known, but Mariota has been playing with a brace on his knee and
has not been running as much of late. In fact, after taking a hard hit
against the Cardinal last night, team doctors tested the knee before
allowing him to return to the game. For the record, Mariota did not
have a particularly good game against Stanford. Mariota's numbers
weren't necessarily all that bad as he completed 20 of 34 pass attemtps
for 250 yards and a couple of scores and was not picked off, but he
fumbled twice and missed several wide-open receivers. However, its
unlikely that one-sub-par game against a really strong pass rush will
affect his draft grade all that much.
- Bears stay bearish but lose WR … While high-flying
Oregon stumbled last night at Stanford, unbeaten Baylor made a
statement with a 41-12 trouncing of Oklahoma that may have pushed the
high-scoring Bears into the national debate. However, the win did not
come without cost for Baylor as explosive, big-play WR Tevin Reese was
lost for the rest of the regular season with a dislocated wrist. The
5-9, 170-pound Reese, a mid-to-late round prospect for the 2014 draft,
has averaged almost 25 yards per catch this fall and scored 8 TDs in
the Bears 9 games.
- (12:01 AM): Vikes win; may have said goodbye to
top pick ... Minnesota rallied to beat Washington 34-27 in the
NFL Network's Thursday night game to up their record to 2-7. In the
process, the Vikings likely took themselves out of the chase for the #1
pick at the 2014 draft as Minnesota is now two games clear of both
Tampa Bay and Jacksonville, both of which are still looking for their
first wins of the year. In fact, its possible that Minnesota could come
out of the weekend sitting on the 5th pick in the proverbial if the
draft were held today 2014selection order depending on how Pittsburgh
and Atlanta fare as both teams also have two wins but have weaker
strength of schedules. Pittsburgh will be home to Buffalo on Sunday,
while Atlanta hosts NFC-leading Seattle.
- USC OLB to have surgery … Southern California OLB
Morgan Breslin is scheduled to undergo hip surgery within the next
couple of weeks and will miss at least the rest of the regular season,
although scholl officials are holding out hope that he could return for
the Trojans’ bowl game. Breslin, who had 4.5 sacks in the 5 games he
was able to play this fall after racking up 13 in 2012, is considered
to be a second day prospect for the upcoming draft, although he
obviously will have to be thoroughly checked out medically.
- Top college linemen list down to dynamic dozen …
Semi-finalists for this year’s Lombard Award which given to college
football’s best offensive or defensive lineman or linebacker has been
announced and includes a kind of who’s who at these positions for the
2014 draft. The 12 semifinalists in no particular order include OTs
Jake Matthews of Texas A&M, Taylor Lewan of Michigan, and David
Yankey of Stanford, who is projected to play inside at the next level;
OG Cyril Richardson of Baylor; DEs Jadevon Clowney of South Carolina,
Trent Murphy of Stanford and Missouri‘s Michael Sam; Pittsburgh DT
Aaron Donald; OLB/DEs Anthony Barr of UCLA, Clemson‘s Vic Beasley and
Kyle Van Noy of BYU; and Alabama LB C.J. Mosley. The inclusion of
Clowney is something of a surprise as he hasn’t had a very good year,
although he is still considered to be the top defensive prospect for
the 2014 draft. On the other hand, the most glaring omission from the
list is Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack, who might actually be getting some
Heisman hype if he played for a big-time AQ program, while Colorado
State DE Shaquil Barrett also could make a case for inclusion.
- November 7
- (12:01 AM): Prime time with a draft edge ...
The guy who puts together the FL schedule must be a big fan of the
draft as two of the league's three prime-time games this weekend likely
will have a bigger impact on the final selection order for the 2014
draft than this year's playoff lineup. The Thursday night game on the
NFL Network, for one, has Minnesota, which would have the 3rd pick
overall were the draft held this week, hosting Washington. Meanwhile,
Tampa Bay, which is currently sitting on the top pick this year, hosts
Miami in the Monday nighter.
- Big night in college football ... Its not often
that the Thursday night college football fare is more compelling than
the mid-week NFL game, but certainly appears to be the case this week
as there are not one, but two excellent games with national
implications on tap. Its starts at 7:30 PM ET on FoxSports1 when 6th
ranked Baylor, and its high-octane offense, host 10th ranked Oklahoma,
while 3rd-ranked Oregon faces #5 Stanford in potentially one of the
games of the year on ESPN at 9 PM. And both games feature a number of
top prospects for the 2014 draft. Here's a quick preview of the players to watch in tonight's games with
an eye toward the upcoming draft.
- Other SC DT appears headed to pros … It appears
that South Carolina junior DT Kelcy Quarles will be entering the 2014
draft. At least that’s what his father said in an interview with a
local media outlet earlier this week. The 6-3, 300-pound Quarles leads
the Gamecocks with 7 sacks and 4 other tackles for loss; he has
excellent quickness for a big interior defender and should start to
attract some interest from pro teams in the latter part of this year’s
- (12:01 AM): Mid-season mock posted … We
aren’t by nature big fans of mock draft - or at least how so many folks
react to them - especially this far out from the actual draft. However,
with the NFL season at the mid-point its not a bad time to see how the
2014 draft is starting to shake out. Of course, there’s still a ton of
sorting out to do before May 8th, including figuring out which
underclassmen are in and which ones aren’t, so it’s way too early for
fans to start ranting about which particular player is slotted to their
team. What a good projection can do, though, is provide some
perspective on where players are likely to come off the board, given
what is known at this time. The whole business is also complicated by
the fact that given the number of quality QBs that are going to be
available this spring, and the number of teams that are likely to be in
the market for said QBs that it is very likely that trades will play a
major role in this year's opening round, but we wouldn't even begin to
think about trying to include that kind of stuff at this poin. All that
said, here’s the GBN’s mid-season first-round
projection for the 2014 draft. And again please note that the
players slotted to the respective teams reflect our best educated guess
as to what that particular team is likely to do rather than what we do
- Irish DT may need knee surgery ... There are
reports that Notre Dame DT Louis Nix could require surgery at some
point to deal with tendonitis in one of his knees. Nix, a top 10-15
prospect for the upcoming draft, has missed the last two games because
of knee issues. Nix also has a small MCL tear, but that injury is not
considered to be serious. Not clear yet whether the surgery, which one
would expect to come at the end of the season, will impact Nix's
prepfor the draft; also no real way to tell whether the issue will
affect his ulimate grade, however, it can hardly help.
- Season done for Heels’ QB … A disappointing season
is now history for North Carolina QB Bryn Renner who is scheduled
to undergo surgery later today on his non-throwing shoulder and is out
for the season. Renner has a detached labrum as well as a fracture in
his shoulder blade. No word yet on whether Renner will be ready for
pre-draft workouts including the combine at the end of February. Renner
put up excellent numbers at UNC including a 67% career completion
record, over 8,200 passing yards and a pass efficiency rating that is
the highest in ACC history. However, the Tar Heels were never big
winners in his tenure - including a very disappointing 3-5 so far this
fall - such that Renner is only considered to be a mid-round prospect
for the upcoming draft.
- Big Board tweaked … As a result of clues picked up
from the NFL, the GBN Big Board ranking of
the top 100 prospects for the 2014 draft has been tweaked.
- Bonus coverage … Draft watchers will get a chance to
check out one of the top prospects for the 2014 draft who doesn’t get
much national exposure when OLB Khalil Mack (#46, 6-2, 245) and his
Buffalo teammates host Ohio at 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday evening on ESPN2.
While he may not be all that familiar to casual football fans, pro
scouts certainly know all about Mack who is considered to be a top
10-15 prospect for the upcoming draft. For the record, Mack has 7 sacks
through the Bulls’ first 8 games this fall, as well as 4 other tackles
for loss; for good measure he’s also solid in coverage and has picked
off 3 passes and broken up four others. Buffalo also has a pretty good
back in Branden Oliver (#32, 5-8, 205), who is on pace to run for close
to 1,500 yards this fall, while WR Alex Neutz (#19, 6-2, 205) is a
big-play receiving threat. Meanwhile, Ohio has a very efficient QB in
Tyler Tettleton (#4, 6-0, 200).
- Top OT prospect goes bad boy … Michigan LT Taylor
Lewan, a top 10 prospect for the upcoming draft, raised some hackles
this past weekend after he was involved in several on-field incidents
during the Wolverines 29-6 loss to cross-state rival Michigan State. In
fact, there were some calls for Lewan to be possibly be suspended as a
result of a face-mask rip on State DB Isaiah Lewis, although it appears
unlikely the conference will take any further action, especially after
Lewan publicly apologized. The issue also likely isn‘t to impact
Lewan‘s overall grade from draft scouts as most teams like their
offensive linemen to be on the nasty side, although most teams will
likely at least want to take a longer look just in case there are any
- Cards cut rook pick after arrest … Arizona has
released rookie TE D.C. Jefferson, a 7th round pick at the 2013 draft,
after he was arrested and charged with DUI late last week. Jefferson,
who reportedly sideswiped another vehicle, had a blood alcohol content
that was twice the legal limit. The 6-5, 255-pound Jefferson, who
played at Rutgers, had played in four games with the Cardinals this
fall, but had yet to catch a pass.
- November 4
- (12:01 AM): Bucs, Jags 1-2 after wacky weekend
... Tampa Bay looked like they would finally get off the schneid
as the winless Buccaneers led Seattle by 17 points in the second half,
but alas it was not to be as the Seahawks rallied in the 4th quarter
and ultimately won in OT. That dropped the Buccaneers to 0-8 and leaves
them tied with idle Jacksonville at the bottom of the NFL standings.
However, Tampa Bay's strength of schedule is slightly weaker than of
the Jaguars meaning the Bucs would have the #1 pick if the draft were
held this week, while Jacksonville would select second. Meanwhile,
Minnesota dropped to 1-7 with a tough last minute loss in Dallas and
will maintain the uncontested ownership of the 3rd pick at least for
another week. The big 'mover' in the 2014 selection order were the NY
Giants who were on their bye, but drop from the 4th pick to #7 after
Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Houston all lost to fall to 2-6 and move ahead
of the Giants into the 4th, 5th and 6th spots respectively as all three
currently have weaker strength of schedules than the Giants. As usual,
the full, updated selection order for this year’s draft were it to be
held this week will be posted after the Monday night game.
- November 3
- College football injury update …. For those that
missed it late Friday night, Southern California junior WR Marqise Lee
made a dramatic return to the lineup when he caught a 71yard TD pass on
the Trojans first play from scrimmage in their win at Oregon State. Lee
finished the game with 5 catches for 105 yards. Lee sprained a knee
late in September and had played in only one game since. Meanwhile,
Notre Dame NT Louis Nix did not play for a second straight week in the
Irish’s tight win over Navy. Nix has been sidelined with tendonitis in
a knee. Same story, for Wisconsin LB Chris Borland who sat out the
Badgers win at Iowa because of a hamstring problem. Borland was able to
test the leg during pre-game warm-ups, but ultimately wasn’t able to
go; Wake Forest WR Mike Campanaro, one of the most productive receivers
in college football history, will miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his
collarbone early in a 13-0 loss at Syracuse on Saturday.
Campanaro, who has caught a pass in 30 straight games, has 229 career
catches including 67 through 8 games this fall. The injury likely means
that Campanaro will miss the rest of the season, but could be available
if the Deacons make a bowl.
- Vols DT career done … Tennessee DT Maurice Couch
has been ruled permanently ineligible for accepting improper benefits.
Couch, who has not played since the second week of the schedule,
reportedly received just over $1,200 from an agent. Tennessee, though,
reportedly will appeal. The 6-2, 300-pound Couch has been a sometime
starter with the Vols and had 38 tackles, including a sack last fall.
- November 1
- Bonus coverage … There will be a potentially
interesting game in the Pac-12 later this evening when Oregon State
hosts Southern California at 9 PM ET on ESPN2. The good news for pro
scouts is that it appears USC junior WR Marqise Lee (#9, 6-0, 195) will
return to the lineup after missing several weeks with a sprained knee.
Lee had been considered to be a possible top 5-10 prospect for the
upcoming draft, but durability questions have dropped his grade of
late. The Trojans are also hoping to have junior TE Xavier Grimble
(#86, 6-5, 250), a second-day prospect who has been slowed the last
couple of weeks by an ankle injury. On the other hand, DE/OLB Morgan
Breslin remains sidelined. Other USC players to watch include RB Silas
Redd (#25, 5-9, 200), OT Kevin Graf (#77, 6-5, 300), DE/OLB Devon
Kennard (#42, 6-2, 260), MLB Hayes Pullard (#10, 6-0, 230) and junior
SS Dion Bailey (#18, 6-0, 200). This game also offers another chance to
check out Oregon State junior QB Sean Mannion (#4, 6-5, 220) a
prototype pocket passer who continues to lead the nation in passing and
could ultimately end up in the top 5-10 discussion this spring. Mannion
will be throwing to the Beavers’ prolific junior WR Brandin Cooks (#7,
5-10, 185) who could get some late second day consideration this coming
May if he opts to go pro this winter. Meanwhile, OSU junior DE Scott
Crichton (#95, 6-2, 260) also has some second-day potential.
- October 31
- (1:00 PM): Bonus coverage ... In the grand
scheme of things tonight's Pac-12 game between Arizona State and
Washington State on ESPN at 10:30 PM ET isn't all that big a deal on
the national stage, but it does offer an opportunity to check out
several interesting prospects especially ASU DE Will Sutton (#90, 6-1,
305) one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the
country. Meanwhile, other Sun Devils with at least some mid-round
potential include RB Marlon Grice (#1, 5-11, 205), TE/HB Chris Coyle
(#87, 6-2, 225), OT Evan Finkenberg (#62, 6-4, 295) and junior DE/OLB
Carl Bradford (#52, 6-0,245). At the same time, WSU FS Deone Bucannon
(#20, 6-0, 200) is an emerging second-day prospect in the secondary.
- Top Sun Belt LB suspended … Western Kentucky LB
Andrew Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team
rules. Jackson, a 255-pound tackling machine, is considered to be a
mid-round prospect for the 2014 draft who could go higher if he runs
better than the 4.85-4.90 40-time that he is currently projected to
- October 30
- (9:00): Trade deadline passes with whimper ...
Prior to yesterday's trade deadline the NFL was alive with rumors of
several big-name players being shopped, however, when all wassaid and
done, there was actually only one minor deal in which New Engalnd
acquired DT Isaac Sopoaga, along with a 6th round pick in 2014 from
Philadelphia in exchange for a 5th-round pick next May. As a result,
the GBN Trade file has been updated.
- October 29
- (3:00 PM): Top 5T to miss rest of year ...
Stanford DE Ben Gardner will reportedly miss the rest of the season
after tearing a pectoral muscle. The 6-3, 275-pound Gardner is
considered to be a mid-round prospect for the 2014 draft; he has 4.5
sacks to date after posting 7.5 last fall. The injury comes at a bad
time for the 6th ranked Cardinal which is scheduled to play second
ranked Oregon in one best matchups of the year a week from Thursday.
- Let's make a deal ... The NFL trade deadline comes
up at 4 PM ET later this afternoon. And while in the past there have
been few veterans dealt prior to the deadline, there are at least
plenty of rumors about the league about players who could be available.
- (12:01 PM): Jags, Bucs hang onto top pick, Vikes
move up to #3 ... Jacksonville fared no better across the pond
than they have done in the States as the Jaguars were swamped 42-10 by
San Francisco in London on Sunday afternoon to run their record to 0-8.
As a result, the Jaguars will hold onto the mythical #1 pick in the
2014 draft were it held this week. Tampa Bay also remained winless
after losing to Carolina on Thursday, but the 0-7 Buccaneers have
played one game less than Jacksonville. Howeve, there is almost no
statistical difference between the strength of schedules of the Jaguars
and Buccaneers so until one of them actually wins a game the top pick
at the upcoming draft appears to be very much in play. Meanwhile,
Minnesota dropped to 1-6 after losing to Green Bay on Sunday night;
that moves the Vikings up to the 3rd pick after the Giants who won
their second game of the year earlier on Sunday afternoon. The 2-6
Giants would pick 4th were the draft held this week followed by
Pittsburgh, St. Louis with a pick acquired from Washington, Atlanta and
Houston with the 5th through the 8th picks respectively. As usual the
full updated weekly draft order will be posted after the Monday night
- College injury update ... Southern Cal junior WR
Marqise Lee did not play in the Trojans win over Utah on Saturday
evening because of lingering problems with a knee. Lee banged up the
knee late last month and returned to the lineup last week in the Notre
Dame game, but wasn’t able to go against the Utes. Lee had been
considered to be a potential top 5 this coming May, but has seen his
grade plummet in recent weeks, in part, because of concerns about his
durability. In fact, its possible that Lee could start seriously
thinking about returning to school next fall to re-establish that
earlier grade. Meabwhile, Oregon junior RB De’Anthony Thomas returned
to the lineup after missing a month with an ankle issue in the Ducks’
win over UCLA on Saturday night, but aggravated the injury in the first
half and did not play after the break. Virginia Tech CB Antone Exum,
who tore an ACL playing pickup basketball back in January, finally
returned to the lineup this past weekend, but probably wishes he just
stayed in bed after the Hokies were absolutely stunned at home by Duke.
For the record, Exum started the game but had only 1 tackle. Washington
junior WR Kasen Williams broke his foot in the Huskies win over
California and likely will miss the rest of the year. Williams is one
of the better possession type receivers in the country and had been
thought of as a potential mid-round prospect if he were to opt to enter
the upcoming draft. Texas A&M junior OT Cedric Ogbuehi did not play
in the Aggies’ win over Vanderbilt because of an undisclosed injury.
Ogbuehi is considered to be one of the top OTs in the country, but has
indicated that he will be returning to school next fall for his senior
- October 27
- (12:01 AM): Top FB tears knee ... Oklahoma
FB Trey Millard, by far the top-rated prospect at the position for the
2014 draft, will miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL
during the Sooners win over previously unbeaten Texas Tech on Saturday.
Millard, who will have surgery in the next few weeks once the swelling
has subsided, still hopes to be able to work out for pro teams in the
weeks before the draft.
- (12:01 AM): Bucs lose to keep second pick …
Tampa Bay left nothing to chance as the Buccaneers were never really
all that close as the dropped a 31-13 decision to Carolina in the NFL
Network’s Thursday night game. As a result, the Buccaneers’ record
falls to 0-7 to tie Jacksonville for last place in the NFL standings.
However, Tampa Bay has a somewhat stronger - currently .570 versus .559
- strength of schedule so the Jaguars will hang onto the #1 pick were
the 2014 draft held today at least until Sunday, while Tampa would have
the second pick.
- Top 100 posted … With the college football season
just past the midway point, the GBN ranking of
the top overall 100 prospects for the 2014 draft has been updated.
- Top DT dinged … Notre Dame DT Louis Nix, the
top-rated player at the position for the 2014 draft, will not play in
Saturday’s game at Air Force. Nix injured the shoulder in last
weekend’s victory over Southern Cal and was held out of practice all
week. There are also reports that Nix has been bothered lately by
tendonitis in one of knees which may be of greater concern to pro teams
than the shoulder issue which is not believed to be serious.
- October 24
- (9:00 AM): Ex-Duck in coke bust ... Former
Oregon junior TE Colt Lyerla was reportedly arrested overnight in the
Eugene area and charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and
interfering with a police officer. The athletic Lyerla had been
considered to be a first-round prospect for the 2014 draft, but
struggled through an indifferent season this fall before abruptly
quitting the team earlier this month. And while NFL teams will often
turn a blind eye to marijuana indiscretions, cocaine is another thing
and Lyerla may have snortedhimself right out of the draft, if he wasn't
- Draft goes prime time again ... This week's
Thusday night game on the NFL Network has a draft theme as Carolina
travels to Tampa Bay, one of two remaining winless teams in the NFL.
However, even if the Buccaneers lose this evening to fall to 0-7, Tampa
Bay will still only sit second in the current selection for the 2014
draft as the Buccaneers will have a somewhat stronger strengthof
schedule than Jacksonville, the league's other winless team.
Jacksonville hosts San Francisco on Sunday afternoon.
- Bonus coverage ... If the Buccaneers-Panthers
match-up in the NFL turns out to be less than compelling then there is
a college game with a couple of decent prospects on ESPN at 7:30 ET
when Kentucky plays at Mississppi State. The Bulldogs have one of the
top OG prospects in the country in Gabe Jackson (#61, 6-3, 335), while
FS Nickoe Whitley (#5, 5-11, 205) is a solid second-tier safety
candidate. Meanwhile, Kentucky's bet prospect is veteran MLB Avery
Williamson (#40, 6-0,240), another later round possibility.
- October 23
- (12:01 AM): Defensive back rankings posted ...
Wrapping up our initial series of positional rankings of prospects for
the 2014 draft, here are the CBs, along
with the safeties.
- October 22
- October 21
- (4:00 PM): Ravens get pick for vet OT ...
Miami hasreportedly acquired veteran OT Bryant McKinnie from Baltimore
for what is believed to be a conditional late round pick. McKinnie
became expendable in Baltimore when the Ravens acquired OT Eugene
Monroe from Jacksonville last month. For McKinnie its a home coming of
sorts as the 12-year veteran played collegiately at 'The U' where he
was a first round pick. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday October 29th
at 4 PM ET.
- Texans waive three rooks including premium pick ...
Strggling Houston, which has lost 5 straight games, has released DEs
Sam Montgomery and Willie Jefferson an RB Cierre Wood after they
reportedly violated team rules at their hotel in Kansas City over the
weekend. Montgomery was the Texans' 3rd round pick at the 2013 draft,
while Jefferson and Wood were undrafted free agents.
- October 20
- SC WR re-tweaks knee in college injury update …
Southern California junior WR Marqise Lee reinjured his left knee in
the Trojans 14-10 loss to Notre Dame last night. Lee, who had been
projected to be a top 10 pick at the 2014 draft, originally injured the
knee late in September, but returned to practice last week. Lee went on
to start against the Irish and caught two passes for 18 yards in the
first half before re-injuring the knee and watched the second half of
the game from the sidelines in sweats. So far, though, no word from USC
on the extent of the injury or how long Lee could be sidelined. Across
town, UCLA junior LB Eric Kendricks, who led the Pac-12 in tackles
in 2012, was taken to hospital for tests on his kidney during the first
half of the Bruins' loss to Stanford on Saturday. Tests were negative
and Kendricks was able to fly home with the team where he will be
re-evaluated later today. Meanwhile, rising Wisconsin LB Chris Borland
also watched the second half of the Badgers win over Illinois from the
sidelines after he tweaked a hamstring in the first half and did not
return. However, that injury is not believed to be serious and Borland
is not expected to miss any further game time. Boise State QB Joe
Southwick won’t be so fortunate after he broke his ankle and is
expected to miss the rest of the season in the Broncos’34-17 win over
Nevada. And oft-injured Florida junior DE Ronald Powell did not play in
the Gators’ loss at Missouri because of an unspecified ankle injury.
- October 19
- (12:01 AM): Injuries sideline receiver prospects
… San Jose State has confirmed that veteran WR Noel Grigsby will
miss the rest of the regular season with a torn MCL. Grigsby, one of
the better possession type receivers in the 2014 draft class, is
considered to be a mid-to-late round prospect for the upcoming draft.
Grigsby underwent surgery for the injury in late September and could
possibly be back for the team’s bowl game. However, if he doesn’t play
again this season, he would be eligible to return for the 2014 season,
although it certainly sounds like Grigsby would prefer to try his hand
at the NFL next year. Meanwhile, emerging Miami junior WR Phillip
Dorsett is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a partially
torn MCL he injured in the Hurricanes dramatic last second win over
North Carolina on Thursday.
- Top S prospect reinstated … Alabama junior FS
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been reinstated to the team after he served a
two-games suspension for accepting a loan of under $500 from a member
of the Alabama strength and conditioning staff. Clinton-Dix is
generally considered to be the #1 prospect at the position for the
upcoming draft should he opt to leave school early.
- October 18
- Extended bonus coverage ... Tonight's college game
on ESPN provides another chance to check out Louisville junior QB Teddy
Bridgewater, the favorite to be the first player picked at the 2014
draft, when the Cardinals host Central Florida at 7:30 PM on ESPN. UCF
actually has a ver good QB of its own in rising junior Blake Bortles.
- More backtracking on Irish DE pro decision ...
Notre Dame junior DE Stephen Tuitt continues to walk back a statement
he made earlier in the week to the student newspaper that he intended
top return to school for his final year of eligibility next fall.
Almost immediately afterward, Tuitt put out a cryptic twitter that has
since been deleted in which he is reported to have cautioned ’not to
believe everything’ people read. Now, Irish head coach Brian Kelly has
reiterated that no decision has been made one way or the other by Tuitt
who was considered to be a top 10 prospect with J.J. Watt type
potential entering the season, but has not had a particularly good year
to date after reportedly putting on some weight.
- October 17
- Bonus coverage … There is an interesting - at
least from a draft perspective - Thursday night college game later this
evening when unbeaten and 10th ranked Miami (5-0) plays at North
Carolina (1-4) at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN. Indeed, as many as 5 NFL GMs are
expected to be in attendance along with scouts from all 32 teams. For
starters the game should feature a dual between two of the better
senior QBs in the country in QB Stephen Morris (#17, 6-2, 215) of the
Hurricanes and UNC’s QB Bryn Renner (#2, 6-3, 225), both of whom have
NFL arms, although both have careers marked by some inconsistency; both
have also been slowed at times this fall by injuries. Somewhat
surprisingly, while Miami is the heavy favorite in this one, North
Carolina may actually have the better pro prospects for the upcoming
draft. Junior TE Eric Ebron (#85, 6-4, 245), for example, is one of the
top 2-3 prospects at the position and has some first-round potential,
while OT James Hurst (#68, 6-6, 305) is a solid second day candidate.
Meanwhile, DE Kareem Martin (#95, 6-5, 265) and FS Tre Boston (#10,
6-0, 205) are decent mid-round prospects. For its part, Miami may lead
the country in offensive line prospects, although the unit may also
have as many questions as answers. And the biggest questions, both
literally and figuratively surround veteran RT Seantrel Henderson (#77,
6-7, 345), once the top-rated recruit in the entire counrty who has
elite physical tools, but has had a career plagued by injuries and
off-field issues. At least Henderson will be in uniform this evening
after being suspended last week for yet another violation of team
rules, but likely won’t start. Same for junior LG Malcolm Bunche (#79,
6-6, 330) who has struggled with consistency this fall. With Henderson
on the bench steady RG Brian Linder (#65, 6-5, 320), a mid-round
prospect for 2014, will move over to RT where he‘ll get the chance to
show-off his versatility. Meanwhile, other Miami players to watch
include TE Asante Cleveland (#82, 6-4, 260), WR Allen Hurns (#1, 6-2,
195), DTs Curtis Porter (#96, 6-1, 315) and Luther Robinson (#93, 6-2,
305), DE Shayon Green (#51, 6-2, 265), and MLB Jimmy Gaines (#59, 6-2,
235), although none is more than a later round prospect. In fact, the
Hurricanes big-play threats are explosive true sophomore RB Duke
Johnson (#8, 5-8, 200) and junior WR Phillip Dorsett (#4, 5-9, 185),
who is starting to generate a little buzz for the upcoming draft.
- Aggie OT; Irish DE say they’ll be back … Texas
A&M junior RT Cedric Ogbuehi, an emerging prospect along the
offensive line, is being quoted
on the school’s website as saying that he fully intends to return
to school for the 2014 season when he expects to make the switch to LT
and hopes to really improve his draft grade.
- October 16
- (9:00 AM): College injury update … There is
a rather long list of injuries in college football that will have an
impact on the 2014 NFL draft. Nebraska OG Spencer Long, one of the
better prospects at the position for the upcoming draft, for example,
suffered a serious knee injury in the Huskers’ win over Purdue on the
weekend and will be lost for the season. Long, who is considered to be
a mid-round prospect for this May’s draft, is expected to undergo
surgery tomorrow. Meanwhile, Arkansas DT Robert Thomas will also miss
the rest of the season after he broke his leg in the Razorbacks’ loss
to South Carolina this past Saturday night. Thomas, a late round
prospect who was having a solid season which included 3.5 sacks, is
expected to need 3-4 months of rehab and hopes to be close to 100% for
the combine … Colorado State DE/OLB Shaquil Barrett is listed as
questionable for this weekend’s game with Wyoming after he suffered an
ankle injury in the first half of Saturday’s loss to San Jose State.
Barrett is an emerging prospect who never did much as a regular DE for
the Rams earlier in his career but has blossomed as an OLB this fall
and actually is tied for the national lead in tackles for loss and is
third nationally with 6.5 sacks ... Southern California DE/OLB Morgan
Breslin continues to be sidelined indefinitely with a hip problem and
will not play this weekend when the Trojans play Notre Dame in their
annual rivalry game. USC did get some good news though when star WR
Marqise Lee returned to practice earlier this week. Lee sprained a knee
two weeks ago and did not suit up against Arizona last week, but is
reportedly good to go against the Irish … Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, a
top 10 prospect for the upcoming draft, is also expected to play this
weekend when the Wolverines face off with Indiana. Lewan suffered an
apparent head injury in the first half of last weekend's game against
Penn State and did not play in the second half. QB James Franklin will
only be out three to five weeks with a shoulder injury ... Missouri has
confirmed that star QB James Franklin will miss 3-5 weeks after he
dislocated his throwing shoulder during the Tigers’ monumental upset
win at Georgia on the weekend. The injury comes at a terrible time for
the suddenly hot Tigers as they put their unbeaten record on the line
against Florida this weekend ... Elsewhere, enigmatic Miami OT Seantrel
Henderson has been reinstated to the team after being suspended last
week for violating team rules. However, Henderson, once the top recruit
in the country, will not start Thursday night against North Carolina.
Henderson remains an intriguing prospect for NFL teams as he has a
unique blend of size and athleticism, but his off-field issues remain
serious red flags.
- No 2 tries harder ... With the 0-6 New York Giants
ensuring that they will hold onto the #1 pick for the 2014 draft were
it held today for at least another week after losing in Chicago on
Thursday evening, the draft focus today shifts to the second pick.
However, the only drama regarding the second pick may be how badly
Jacksonville loses as the Jaguars will be a 4-touchdown underdog play
when they play at Denver, the NFL's best team through the first 5 weeks
of the season, in a late afternoon game. On the other hand, Pittsburgh
and Tampa Bay, the NFL's other two remaining winless teams have at
least winnable games as the Steelers play at the Jets in New York while
Tampa Bay hosts Philadelphia which will be without starting QB Michael
Vick. There will also be one less onewin team in the league at the end
of the day as Minnesota hosts Carolina in a game that has been clouded
by the tragic death of the young daughter of Vikings' star RB Adrian
Peterson earlier in the week.
- Top prospects plays ... For the record, South
Carolina junior DE Jadevon Clowney was was on the field during the
Gamecocks' 52-7 trouncing of Arkansas yesterday afternoon. For thos who
haveb been in another galaxy, Clowney, one of the top 2-3 prospects for
the 2014 draft, surprised everyone, including his own caoches when he
announced just before USC's game last week that he couldn't play
because of sore ribs which had everyone questioning his heart,
toughness and commitment etc. And for the record, Clowney reportedly
played well enough, although he only had one tackle. In fact, it was
upset Saturday in college football as #5 Stanford was shocked at Utah,
Missouri stunned #7 Georgia 41-26, Texas won the Red River shootout
over #12 Oklahoma 36-20, and #18 Michigan lost a wild one 41-38 in
overtime at Penn State. However, Missouri's big win over Georgia came
at a price as star QB James Franklin separated his throwing shoulder
and could miss the next 6 weeks or so. Missouri CB E.J. Gaines was also
forced to leave the gam with a strained quad and his immediate
availability is also in question. The unbeaten Tigers host Florida this
coming weekend. Meanwhile, one aways wants to be careful making
week-to-week changes in player grades for the upcoming draft, but while
Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater, arguably the top prospect overall
for the 2014 draft, had only a so-so day when the Cardinals beat
Rutgers on Thursday night, the next-rated 2-3 QBs all had really good
games this week. Again, for the record, Bridgewater completed 21 of 31
passes for 310 yards and 2 scores in leading the unbeaten Cardinals to
a sloppy 24-10 win overunranked Rutgers in which Bridgewater had a
pick, was sacked twice and lost a fumble. Meanwhile, Oregon redshirt
sophomore Marcus Mariota his on 24 of 31 passes for 366 yards and 3
scores and ran for 88 yards and another TD in the Ducks' 45-24 win at
#16 Washington, while UCLA redshirt soph Brett Hundley completed 31of
41 passes for 410 yards and 3 TDs in the Bruins'37-10 win over
California. And rising Oregon State star Sean Mannion certainly didn't
hurt his stock when he threw for 493 yards on 34 for 51 passing
including 4 TD throws in the Beavers 52-24 win at Washington State.
- October 11
- (12:01 AM): Giants stick to model to keep 1st
pick ... Going into tonight's game in Chicago the Giants had a
net minus-13 turnovers in just 5 games, easily the #1 reason the team
was 0-5 and went into the week sitting on the #1 pick in the 2014 draft
were it to be held today. And the Giants pretty much stuck to the
formula enroute to yet another loss this time 27-21 to the Bears. New
York QB Eli Manning had two of his first 5 passes intercepted, one of
which Chicago returned for a TD that turned out to be the difference on
the scoreboard, and then had a third picked off with less than two
minutes to play and the Giants deep in Chicago territory driving for a
potential winning score. As a result, the Giants drop to minus-16 in
turnovers and 0-6 in the win-loss column and will hold onto the first
pick for at least another week.
- October 10
- Rook award stays with AFC East ...
For the fourth time in the first 5 weeks of the schedule, the GBN
of the Week award goes to a player from the AFC East. Here are all the
details in this week's Rookie Report
of the season.
- Young Frog DE could miss rest of year … TCU
sophomore DE Devonte Fields, one of the best young defensive players in
college football, reportedly will have surgery to repair a nagging foot
injury and likely will miss the rest of the year. If he does not play
again this fall, Fields could get a medical redshirt to preserve a year
of eligibility, although its likely that he‘ll be headed to the NFL
sooner than that, possibly as early as 2015. After racking up 10 sacks
as a true freshman last fall, but was suspended for the first two games
of the season for a violation of team rules.
- October 9
- (12:01 AM): The best ever maybe … Prior
the start of the season the consensus around the NFL scouting community
was that the 2014 draft would feature a good, but not necessarily
exceptional QB crop. However, with the college still not yet at the
mid-way point there are whispers about that this could actually be one
of the better years at the position. That’s one of the themes in the
latest edition of the
Scouts Notebook. For the record, here is the first in-season GBN
ranking of this year’s QB prospects, along
with the RBs and FBs.
- Panthers get #7 pick for LB Beason … Sources
both New York and Carolina are indicating that the Panthers will get a
7th round pick in 2014 from the Giants in exchange for veteran LB Jon
Beason who was sent to the Giants earlier this week.
- Put me in coach … really … In the wake of the
media furor (also see this week’s Scouts Notebook) over the fact that South
Carolina DE Jadevon Clowney opted to sit out last weekend’s game at
Kentucky, he is stating publicly this week that he is committed to the
program and will complete the season. However, that may not include
this weekend’s game at Arkansas as Clowney is currently listed as
questionable because of that rib injury. There had been some
speculation that Clowney might be close to tanking the season to get
ready for the draft. In particular, Clowney may want to get healthy as
he has been slowed by bone spurs in one of his feet which will require
surgery once his season is done.
- A&M DT lost for year … TexasA&M Kirby
Ennis will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL; the 6-3,
300-pound Ennis is considered to be a late round or free agent prospect
for the 2014 draft.
- (9:00 AM): Star SC WR dinged again …
Southern California junior WR Marqise Lee, the top-rated wideout for
the 2014 draft, is listed as ‘day-to-day’ with a sprained knee and is
considered unlikely toplay when the Trojans play Arizona on Thursday
night. The injury is being described as minor, but may raise a red flag
or two for pro scouts as it’s the third ‘minor’ injury that Lee, who
isn’t all that big at around 190 pounds, has suffered this year. Lee
missed time with a bruised shoulder suffered during fall training camp
and then was slowed by a sprained ankle late last month. The good news
for USC is that RB Silas Redd will reportedly finally be in uniform
this week. Redd injured a knee last year and is back after undergoing
two surgical procedures.
- Canes big OT suspended for game … Miami OT Seantrel
Henderson did not play in Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech after he was
suspended for a game for one of those ubiquitous violation of team
rules. Henderson will be back at practice this week and is expected to
play when the unbeaten Hurricanes play at North Carolina a week
Thursday. For the record, this week’s suspension was the third of
Henderson’s career. Once the #1 recruit in the country, Henderson is
only considered to be a mid-round prospect.
- October 7
- (9:00 AM): Top TE leaves school … In
something of a surprise move, Oregon junior TE Colt Lyerla, one of the
top 2-3 prospects at the position for the 2014 draft, has left school
for what are cited ass ’personal reasons.’ Lyerla did not travel with
the Ducks to their game at Colorado this past Saturday after he was
suspended for what was described as a violation of team rules. In fact,
it has been a trying season as Lyerla was involved in public
disagreement with Ducks’ head coach Mark Helfrich after he missed the
Ducks' game against Tennessee with an illness. Lyerla complained
publicly after Helfrich described his absence because of
‘circumstances’ though the TE later apologized. Lyerla was also
reprimanded earlier this summer when he posted some conspiracy type
comments about the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. Lyerla has another year
of eligibility, but apparently has already decided that he will be
entering the upcoming draft. He’s a very athletic TE with considerable
upside, but has never been all that productive on the field. And, of
course, the off-field personal issues are going to have a lot of NFL
teams doing extra due diligence on his maturity and stability.
- October 6
- Top D prospect sits league game … South Carolina
junior DE Jadeveon Clowney, one of the top 2-3 defensive prospects for
the 2014 draft, did not play in Saturday night’s win over Kentucky
because of bruised ribs. Clowney missed practice on Thursday with the
injury and hoped to play this weekend but came out without his pads on
prior to kick-off. Clowney, who entered the season as the consensus
top-rated player at any position for the upcoming draft after he posted
13 sacks in 2012, has been bothered by assorted injuries and illness
throughout the season including bone spurs in his right foot, and has
just two sacks to date.
- (12:01 AM): On further review Tech CB won’t play
yet … After receiving medical clearance earlier in the week to
return to action this weekend, Virginia Tech CB Antone Exum apparently
has decided he needs at least another week on the sidelines. Exum, a
potential second-day pick at the 2014 draft, tore an ACL playing pickup
basketball over the winter.
- Bills, Browns out starting QBs … Cleveland and
Buffalo both lost their starting QBs during Thursday night’s 37-24 win
by the Browns. In fact, Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer is out for the rest of
the season after tearing an ACL during the game. Hoyer was replaced by
former starter Brandon Weeden who led the Browns to the win, but has
struggled in the past. And no there is no truth to the rumor that
Cleveland had acquired Matt Schaub from Houston. Reports did surface on
the internet that such a trade had taken place, but turns out it was
hackers. Meanwhile, Buffalo will be without rookie starter EJ Manuel
for 2-3 weeks after he suffered a sprained LCL when hit along the
sidelines. Manuel will be replaced by Jeff Tuel, an undrafted rookie
free agent who really struggled after replacing Manuel against the
- Utah State QB Keeton dinged … Utah State junior QB
Chuckie Keeton suffered what could be a potentially serious leg injury
early in Friday night’s game against BYU. Keeton was taken out with
what appeared to be a left leg injury. His leg was wrapped and had ice
put on it before taken to receive an MRI. It would seem as though
Keeton’s night is done before the end of the first quarter, but now the
question is just how severe the injury is and when he might be able to
return to the help the Aggies.
- October 4
- (9:00 AM): Giants close to deal for vet Panthers'
LB ... The New York Giants have reportedly acquired former 3-time
Pro Bowl LB Jon Beason for waht is being described as a late-round
draft pick. The deal is contingent on Beason passing a physical with
the Giants later today; however, while the physical is usually rather
perfunctory nothing is given with Beason who has had multiple injuries
over the past couple of years including microfracture srgery on a knee
that is still nowhere near 100%. However, the Giants are desperate for
help at LB after free agent signee Dan Connor was injured. Ironically,
Beason lost his starting role in Carolina to former Giants Chase
Backburn whom the Giants opted not to resign this off-season. Stay
- Bonus coverage ... Speaking of heading west, the
Friday night college schedule features a couple of interesting games as
BYU plays at Utah State at 8 PM ET on CBS Sports Network, while San
Diego State hosts Nevada at 9 PM ET on ESPN. The first game features a
legitimate first round prospect in disruptive BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy (#3,
6-3, 235), while the Cougars expect to have WR Cody Hoffman (#2, 6-3,
21) back in the line-up after he sat out last week for disciplinary
reasons. Meanwhile, it will be the third week in a row on national TV
for Utah State and star junior QB Chuckie Keeton (#16, 6-2, 200), while
USU C Travis Larsen (#58, 6-3, 315) is a decent late round prospect.
The second game doesn't have quite the same level of draft talent,
although Nevada junior DE Brock Hekking (#53, 6-3, 255) is an emerging
edge rush prospect.
- Thursday nighter has draft implications … When the
NFL schedule originally came out it appeared that Thursday night’s NFL
Network game between Buffalo and Cleveland would have a major impact on
the ultimate selection order for the 2014 draft as both teams were
considered strong possibilities to end up with top 5 picks. Indeed, it
looked like Cleveland had their sights on the top pick overall when the
Browns traded RB Trent Richardson to Indianapolis two weeks ago.
However, the Browns have won both their games since, including last
Sunday’s upset win over division rival Cincinnati which evened their
record at 2-2. Meanwhile, Buffalo is also 2-2 after shocking defending
Super Bowl champion Baltimore last weekend. As a result, the winner of
tonight’s game may have already played themselves out of a lottery
pick, although Cleveland, which still needs a big-time QB, could still
be in position to trade up into range to get one of this year’s top QB
prospects as the Browns have a second #1 pick after getting
Indianapolis’ top pick in the deal for Richardson.
- Bonus coverage … For those that can’t sleep after
tonight’s NFL game - and have a good cable package - there’s a pretty
good chance to check out a couple of the top prospects for the 2014
draft when UCLA plays at Utah on Fox Sports 1. In fact, UCLA has a
couple of potential top 5 prospects in redshirt sophomore QB Brett
Hundley (#17, 6-3, 225) and OLB Anthony Barr (#11, 6-3, 245).
- October 2
- (8:00 PM): Top safety suspended ... Alabama
junior Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the top-rated safety for the 2014 darft, has
been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. As a result,
Clinton-Dix won't play when top-ranked Alabama plays FCS Georgia State
on Saturday in what should be a cakewalk for the two-time national
champs. Whether the suspension extends past this weekend will give a
better idea of the seriousness of Clinton-Dix' indisretion.
- (1:00 PM): Trade updates .... Sources in
Jacksonville are now reporting that the Jaguars will get 4th and 5th
round picks at the 2014 draft from Baltimore in exchange for veteran LT
Eugene Monroe, although final confirmation of the deal is still pending
the formal physical that Moore will be required to undergo with the
Ravens later today or tomorrow. The 26-year-old Monroe was the 8th
player selected at the 2009 draft. With the departure of Monroe, the
Jaguars are expected to shift rookie OT Luke Joeckel, the second player
selected at the 2013 draft, from RT into Monroe’s old spot at LT. As
well, the Jaguars may not been done dealing veterans as RB Maurice
Drew-Jones, TE Mercedes Lewis and even LB Paul Poluszny could also be
dealt before the October 30th trade deadline. In fact, if the current
report is confirmed the Jags would have ten picks at the upcoming draft
including three 5th rounders - they also have a 5th from Detroit for WR
Mike Thomas - and an extra fourth, along with their regular complement
of picks. Meanwhile,sources in Pittsburgh are confirming that the
Steelers have acquired veteran LT Levi Brown from Arizona in exchange
for an undisclosed late round selection this year. Brown was the 5th
player selected at the 2007 draft, athough he never lived up to
expectations. With these deals the GBN Trade Mart
has been updated.
- Bucs shopping vet QB ... Tampa Bay is reportedly
shopping QB Josh Freeman after he was replaced as the team’s starter by
rookie Mike Glennon. Reports from Tampa Bay indicate however that the
Bucs haven’t exactly been bowled over by offers for Freeman. As well,
Freeman has asked the Buccaneers to simply release, which they may
ultimately do but likely not until they have fully explored the trade
option. Of course, the whole situation is further complicated by the
fact that it was leaked that Freeman is in the league's substance abuse
program, although the player later indicated that he inadvertently took
the wrong drug for his ADHD condition. Stay tuned.
- (12:01 AM): Tech CB cleared to play; other
college injury updates … Virginia Tech has confirmed that senior
CB Antone Exum has been cleared to return to action as early as this
week when the Hokies play North Carolina. Exum, who had been considered
to be a solid second-day prospect for the 2014 draft, tore his ACL in
pickup basketball in January and has been rehabbing since ... Oregon
junior RB/WR Oregon De'Anthony Thomas has been ruled out of Saturday's
game in Colorado after spraining an ankle on the opening KO of last
Saturday's game against Cal. While the injury is not believed to be
serious enough to impact Thomas’ draft status, he is currently in a
walking boot, but hopes to return the following week ... There are
conflicting reports whether Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin
Gordon, potentially the top-rated prospect for the upcoming draft, will
be available for the for the Badgers’ next game in two weeks against
Northwestern. Gordon, who was forced out of last week’s loss at Ohio
State with a tweaked knee, is officially listed as questionable for the
game, but coach Gary Anderson expects him to be ready. Wisconsin also
hopes to get back TE Jacob Pedersen, who has missed the past several
weeks with a knee injury that appears to be more nagging than serious …
Florida DT Dominique Easley has indicated that he will not be seeking
an extra year of college eligibility and will be making himself
available for the 2014 draft. Easley, who was also considered to be a
second-day prospect for the upcoming draft, tore an ACL last, would
have been eligible for a medical redshirt, but has apparently opted to
take his chances with the NFL, although its unlikely he will be able to
do a full workout prior to the draft. One reason that Easley has
decided to turn pro this winter is that this is in fact the second torn
ACL he’s suffered in the past three years. Meanwhile, the Gators have
indicated that WR Andre Debose, who is also out for the year following
ACL surgery, has not yet decided whether to petition the NCAA for a 6th
year of eligibility that would allow him to play next season.
- September 30
- (12:01 AM): Winless ranks drop by two … The
number of winless teams in the NFL was reduced from 6 to just 4 this
weekend as both Washington and Minnesota got their initial wins of the
season leaving Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the Giants still
looking for their first ’W’ of the year. And no it is not a misprint,
but if the 2014 draft were held this week, the Giants and Steelers, who
between them won four of the past 8 Super Bowls, would have the first
and second picks overall respectively. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay and
Jacksonville would pick 3rd and 4th respectively based on their
opponents‘ collective winning percentage. As noted several times to
date, its still a ad early to start posting the full, updated selection
order for the 2014 draft, but give it another week or two.
- College injury update … Ohio State safety
Christian Bryant will reportedly miss the rest of the year after he
broke an ankle in Saturday’s win over Wisconsin. Bryant had been
considered to be a mid-to-late round prospect for the 2014 draft.
Meanwhile, Louisiana-Monroe QB Kolton Browning will likely miss the
rest of the season because of a torn quad muscle he suffered against
Tulane this past Saturday.
- (9:00 AM): Kiffin out; Lee hurt in blowout USC
loss ... The big news after Southern California's dismal 62-41
loss at Arizona State late last night was that embattled Trojans' head
coach Lane Kiffin has been fired. The bigger news, though, may be that
star junior USC WR Marqise Lee, a top 10 prospect for the 2014 draft,
was carted off the field late in the game with a knee injury. Lee, who
had become USC's all-time leading receiver earlier in the game, will
undergho further tests later today, but the talk around the Trojans'
bench after the injury was that it didn not look 'good'. Lee wasn't the
only top Pac-10 junior WR to get bangd up this late last night as
Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas was hurt on the opening kick-off of the
Ducks' rout over Washington State and spent the rest of the night
watching on crutches from the sidelines. Meanwhile, Wisconsin redshirt
sophomore RB Melvin Gordon, who was emerged as the top prospect at that
position for the upcoming draft, was also injurd in the Badgers' tough
31-24 loss at 4th ranked Ohio State. Gordon landed awkwardly after a
tackle and appeared to bang a knee. He was walking under his own power
on the sidelines, but did not return to the game.
- Draft order games lowlite pro sked ... At least
one winless team entering the weekend will get their first 'W' of the
season as 0-3 Pittsburgh plays at 0-3 Minnesota in one of today's early
games. Meanwhile, Jacksonville, which remains the presumptive favorite
to end up with the #1 pick at the 2014 draft, goes after its initial
win of the year when the Jaguars host Indianapolis in another early
game. Same for the 0-3 Giants who will be in Kansas City looking for
their first win of the year, while 0-3 Tampa Bay will host Arizona
again in early games. Then at 4:25 this afternoon, Washington plays at
Oakland in another key early season at least as far as the potential
draft order for 2014 is concerned. The Washthings are the 6th team
looking for their 1st win of the year, while Oakland is 1-2, but is
considered to be one of several struggling teams that could end up with
a very early pick this year.
- September 28
- (9:00 PM): Star Coug WR to sit game … BYU
WR Cody Hoffman was suspended from the Cougars' game Friday night
against Middle Tennessee for violating one of those team rules. And at
BYU one doesn’t have to do much to get suspended. Senior LB Spencer
Hadley, for example, was suspended for at least 5 games earlier this
season pictures of him drinking and partying in Las Vegas were
circulated. For most college kids that sounds like Friday night, but at
BYU, with its strict honor code, that’s a violation that will have a
pro prospect scrambling to answer for at pre-draft testing. Hoffman,
who leads all active FBS receivers in career receiving touchdowns with
28 and ranks third in both career receptions with 213 and career
receiving yardage with 2,889, is considered to be a solid second-tier
prospect for the upcoming draft.
- SJS CB carted off field during loss to Aggies …
San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere, a potential second-day prospect at
the 2014 draft who entered the week 3rd nationally in pass breakups,
was carted off the field with a head or neck injury that occurred while
making a tackle in last night’s 40-14 loss to Utah State. Bewikere
reportedly had movement in his extremities as he left the field, but
remained in hospital overnight for precautionary reasons.
- September 27
- September 25
- (6:30 PM): Tweak turns to tear for Gators DT ...
As feared, Florida DT Dominique Easley did in fact tear an ACL in a
non-contact drill in practice earlier in the week and will miss the
rest of the season. Easley, a quick, but small interior defender who
likely will have to play as a 5-tech 3-4 DE at the next level, had been
considered to be a mid-round prospect for the upcoming draft, but
needless to say his status is now very much up in the air. If there is
a positive for Easley, who tore the ACL in his other knee in 2011 and
was just getting back to close to 100% from that injury, its that the
injury happened early enogh that he might be able to participate in
some way in pre-draft testing this spring.
- Then there were three ... Speaking of first-year
QBs, winless Tampa Bay has benched starting QB Josh Freeman and will
replace him with rookie Mike Glennon, the former North Carolina State
star who was the Buccaneers' 3rd round pick at the 2013. Meanwhile,
Minnesota, another one of this year's 6 remaining winless teams could
also have a change at QB this coming weekend as incumbent starter
Christian Ponder has a rib injury. If he can't go when the Vikings are
scheduled to play Pittsburgh, yet another of this year's winless teams,
in London on Sunday, Ponder would be replaced by veteran Matt Cassell.
- September 23
- (9:00 AM): Jags do it right … There was
never much doubt that Seattle would pose a threat to Jacksonville’s
path to the #1 pick at the 2014 draft, but the Jaguars left nothing to
chance as they trailed 24-0 at the half, and 38-7 late into the 3rd
period, enroute to a 45-17 loss that saw their record drop to 0-3. If
there is a silver lining for the Jaguars its that they actually scored
17 points, albeit late in the game long after the issue was decided,
against the NFL’s best defense. On the other hand, the Cleveland Browns
obviously didn’t get the memo that the organization had opted to tank
the season in the hopes of ending up with one of the top QB prospects
at the 2014 draft when they traded away RB Terry Richardson last week.
Instead, the Browns went out and shocked the Vikings 31-27 right in
Minnesota with journeyman QB Bobby Hoyer at the helm. Meanwhile, other
teams falling to 0-3 this week include Washington, Minnesota, Tampa
Bay, Pittsburgh and the Giants. And yes it is just a tad early to start
posting the updated draft order for 2014, but give it a couple of
- Good news for ‘Canes’ QB … Miami QB Stephon
Morris, who many analysts consider to be the top senior prospect at the
position for the 2014 draft, is expected to a go when the Hurricanes
host South Florida this coming weekend. Morris suffered what is being
described as a bone bruise on his ankle early in Miami’s romp over FCS
Savannah State this past weekend, but there were concerns at the time
that he might have sprained an ankle which could potentially be a more
- Top MWC receiver out indefinitely … San Jose State
WR Noel Grigsby, the current NCAA active leading receiver, is out
indefinitely after injuring a knee in practice last week. The 5-10,
175-pound Grigsby, who was considered to be a mid-to-late round
prospect for the 2014 draft, had 82 catches for over 1,300 yards last
- Top FCS QB out for awhile … Montana State has
confirmed that veteran QB Denarius McGhee will not play again until at
least the middle of October as he continues to rehab from a separated
shoulder suffered earlier this month. While not overly tall at barely
6-0, the athletic McGhee, who had started 40 straight games prior to
the injury, is considered to be one of the top 4-5 lower level
prospects at the position.
- Noles’ LB suspended for game … Florida State OLB
Christian Jones, one of the top prospects at the position for the 2014
draft, has been suspended from Saturday night's ‘huge’ game against
Bethune-Cookman, for a violation of team rules.
- September 20
- (12:01 AM): To QB as easy as 1-2-3 ... The
2014 draft wasn't supposed to be a real strong year at the skill
positions, including QB, but the emergence of several impressive
underclassmen may have NFL teams rethinking that consensus. That's the
focus of this week's edition of the
- (7:00 PM): Browns trade RB Richardson to Colts
... In something of a shocker, Cleveland has traded RB Trent
Richardson, the 4th player selected at the 2012 draft, to Indianapolis
for the Colts first round pick this coming draft year. In dumping
Richardson and acquiring a second opening round pick this year, the 0-2
Browns appear to positioning themselves to get one of the top QBs at
the 2014 draft. Stay tuned.
- Buckeye duo return in prospect roundup … Ohio
State junior QB Ohio Braxton Miller has returned to practice and is
listed as probable for the team’s game this weekend against Florida
A&M. Miller sprained the MCL in his left knee early in Ohio State’s
season opening win against San Diego State and has not played since.
Meanwhile, OSU senior Carlos Hyde is also reportedly back on the team
after sitting out a three-game suspension to start the season. Hyde,
who had been considered to be a potential mid-round prospect this year,
was suspended earlier this summer when he was charged with assault
after a brief altercation with a young women at a Columbus bar in July.
Hyde was eventually cleared of all charges, but was still suspended for
the 3 games. Meanwhile, BYU senior LB Spencer Hadley has been suspended
indefinitely by the team for a reported violation of the school’s
strict honor code which among other things forbids the use of alcohol
and drugs as well as engaging in premarital sex. The 6-0, 230-pound
Hadley, who had 55 tackles in 2012 including 3.5 sacks and 5.5 other
tackles for loss, will reportedly miss at least 5 games at which time
his case will be reviewed. Hadley is considered to be a second-tier
prospect for the 2014 draft who likely will have to find his way to the
NFL as a free agent. At the same time, Rutgers senior LB Jamal Merrell
remains sidelined by what is being described as a kidney issue. If
healthy, the 6-3, 225-pound Merrell, who runs well and had 83 tackles
in 2012, could be something of a late-round sleeper at the upcoming
draft. Rutgers hopes to have him back for the start of their conference
schedule early next month.
- (11:00 AM): Top DE has foot issue … South
Carolina junior DE Jadevon Clowney, who is projected to be one of the
top 2-3 picks at the 2014 draft, was in a walking boot after the
Gamecocks’ 35-25 win against Vanderbilt yesterday. In fact, Clowney was
in the walking boot all week prior to the game outside of practice as
he deals with what he is describing as ’painful’ bone spurs on his
right foot. For now, Clowney says intends to play through the injury
and have it cleaned out after the season. Clowney, who was bothered by
the same condition last season although not a severely, has 10 tackles
and 2 sacks through USC’s first three games after posting 13.5 sacks
- (9:00 AM AM): Vols DT ruled ineligible …
Tennessee DT Mo Couch has been deemed ineligible by the school. The
6-2, 300-pound Couch is only a back-up with the Vols, but had been
considered a potential late-round or free agent type of prospect for
the 2014 draft. Couch is the only active player to be linked to the
latent improper benefit scnadal that has rocked the SEC. Couch is
allegedly accepted a total of $1,350 from a former Alabama player who
had reportedly been serving as a middleman between NFL agents and top
players around the SEC. Stay tuned.
- Rooks on waiver wire … New England has claimed DT
Chris Jones off waivers from Tampa Bay. Jones was originally a 7th
round pick by Houston at the 2013 darft, but was released prior to the
seaon and signed by the Buccaneers. The Patriots made room on the
roster for Jones by releasing undrafted rookie free agent C/G Josh
Kline. Meanwhile, Houston placed OT David Quissenberry, a 6th round
pick this year, on injured reserve. Meanwhile, Buffalo has promoted
undrafted rookie free agent CB Johnnie Adams from the practice squad to
the 53-man roster. The former Michigan State star had stints with both
Houston and Indianapolis before landing with the Bills.
- September 8
- (12:01 AM): Are you ready for some football!!!
Of course you are with the first full weekend of the 2013 NFL season
set to continue later today. And while we think that predictions are
usually best left to the gypsies, we'll take a shot at it with our
annual Fearless NFL Forecast, as well as
our first first-round projection for
the 2014 draft of the fall to help folks wile away the hours until
the early games kick-off.
- Better day for Bucks' QBs ... Officials at Ohio
State are breathing a little easier after it was announced that star
junior QB Braxton Miller only suffered a sprained MCL in Saturday's win
over San Diego State and could very well play when the Buckeyes head
west to play California next weekend. Miller, a Heisman Trophy
contender and possible top 100 pick at the 2014 draft if he opts to
leave school early, was carted off the field and did not return to the
game. Meanwhile, there is still no word on the extent of the gruesome
leg injury suffered by Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux other than that he
will remain in a Chicago hospital overnight while he undergoes furthyer
tests. At the same time, TCU QB Casey Pachall has already had surgery
on his non-throwing arm and is expected to miss substantial playing
time after injuring it in the Frogs game on Saturday.
- September 3
- (12:01 A): Cowboys get sort of rookie LB for
future pick … Dallas has acquired OLB Caesar Rayford from
Indianapolis in exchange for a conditional pick in 2015. For those that
have never heard of Rayford you are not alone; he’s a 27-year-old edge
rusher who was not signed as an undrafted free agent after he graduated
from Washington in 2007 and went on to stops in the CFL and arena
league since. Rayford, who is listed at a stork-like 6-8, 265 did lead
the entire NFL with 5 sacks this pre-season. Meanwhile, Indianapolis
has unceremoniously released FS John Boyett, a 6th round pick at the
2013 draft, after he was charged with disorderly conduct, public
intoxication and resisting law enforcement during an altercation with
police earlier this week. Boyett had been placed on the non-football
injury list earlier this summer as he continued to rehab from two knee
surgeries that ended his college career at Oregon prematurely last
- Tide WR retires; returns in same day … Alabama WR
Kenny Bell has apparently had a change of heart and will be back at
practice with the Tide later today after announcing that he was giving
up football. Bell, one of Alabama’s big-play threats at WR who averaged
over 25 yards per catch on 17 total receptions last fall, was
considered to be a late-round or more likely free agent prospect for
the 2014 draft.
- (7:00 PM): Dallas has acquired a conditional
seventh round pick at the 2014 draft from Chicago in exchange for TE
Dante Rosario. Meanwhile, Chicago also claimed DE David Bass, a 2013
7th round pick by Oakland who was released over the weekend. In another
deal, San Francisco has acquired a conditional 7th round pick from
Indianapolis in a deal for LB Cam Johnson. Johnson, a 7th round pick in
the 2012 draft who did not play much last fall, Johnson, a 2012
seventh-round draft pick, had two sacks and blocked a punt that he
recovered for a touchdown in Thursday's exhibition win at San Diego,
but got caught up in the numbers game when the 49ers claimed WR Chris
Harper, a 4th round pick this past April, from Seattle.
- Top SEC QB listed as doubtful … Mississippi
State QB Tyler Russell, who some scouts regard as the best pure pocket
passer in the 2014 draft class, is being listed as doubtful for the
Bulldogs home opener next weekend against Alcorn State after he
suffered a head injury last weekend against Oklahoma State.
- (11:00 AM): 49ers ink top cut ... The
fun and games in the very competitive NFC West took an interesting turn
this morning when San Francisco signed WR Chris Harper off the Seattle
practice squad. Harper had been the Seahawks 4th round pick at the 2013
draft and was the highest player chosen at this past April's draft to
be released as teams got down to Saturday's 53-man roster limit. In
fact, he was the only player selected in the first four rounds to be
released prior to the deadline, although Oakland has since released QB
Tyler Wilson, who was selected 9 picks ahead of Harper in this year's
- (12:01 AM): The 2013 draft by the numbers …
Its hardly an exact science, but the results for the 2013 draft class
to date have been almost record-setting in terms of the number of
rookies, both draft picks and undrafted free agents, that made an NFL
roster over the weekend. Here’s a quick overview of some of the key
results from this weekend’s roster
- Dawgs WR out for year with ACL … The news
didn’t get any better for Georgia on Sunday after the Bulldogs tough
38-35 opening night loss at Clemson as it was learned that emerging
junior WR Malcolm Mitchell tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the
season. What makes the injury even harder to take is that it occurred
while doing the old ‘leap-and-bump’ TD celebration after a Georgia
score. Mitchell, one of the most versatile athletes in the country, had
been considered a potential early second-day prospect were he to enter
the 2014 draft, but appear destined to return to school next fall. In
fact, Mitchell has yet to red shirt and will have two years of
eligibility remaining beginning next fall.
- Draft picks on the wire … Even though NFL teams
cut their rosters down to the 53-man opening day limit over the
weekend, many have continued tinkering with their lineups. Oakland, for
example, released QB Tyler Wilson, a 4th round pick this year, to clear
up a spot on the roster. In fact, Wilson, who was taken with the 112th
pick this year, becomes the highest drafted player this past April to
be released. Meanwhile, Indianapolis also released RB Kerwynn Williams,
a 7th round pick this year, while Tampa Bay claimed DT Chris Jones, a
6th round pick released by Houston, and Kansas City claimed DB Marcus
Cooper, a 7th rounder released by San Francisco.
- September 1
- (4:00 PM): Cowboys make pair of late trades …
Dallas has acquired veteran LB Edgar Jones and a 7th round pick at the
2014 draft from Kansas City in exchange for the Cowboys’ sixth-round
pick this coming May. Dallas also acquired a 7th round pick in 2015
from San Diego in exchange for veteran DT Sean Lissemore.
- August 31
- (12:01 AM): Final cut listed … It took
awhile, but we finally got all the cuts
from today’s roster moves as NFL teams got down to the opening day
53-man roster limit. Teams will then be able to sign their 8-man
practice squads after players released today clear waivers tomorrow
afternoon. A couple of preliminary observations from today’s moves: by
our unofficial count, fewer than 30 players selected at the 2013 draft
were released this week; that’s a significantly lower number than in
recent years. In fact, almost as many players drafted this year were
placed on a reserve list as were released. We’ll have a full breakdown
of these numbers once we get them confirmed in the next day or so.
- Jax gets late pick for DT … There was only one
trade in Saturday’s roster moves as Jacksonville acquired an
undisclosed late round pick from Seattle for D’Anthony Smith. The
Jaguars had originally had Smith on their list of players to be
released this weekend, but opted to make the deal when the Seahawks
- Top CB sits opener … Florida junior CB Loucheiz
Purifoy, one of the top 2-3 prospects at the position for the 2014
draft, was one of 5 Gators to be suspended from the team’s season
opener against Toledo on Saturday for breaking team rules. Purifoy was
arrested this past winter for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, but
those charges were dropped and are not believed to be related to the
current suspension. Meanwhile, Penn State junior WR Allen Robinson did
not play in the first half of the team’s 23-17 win over Syracuse for
undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Robinson, a potential first round
pick, then came off the bench to catch 7 passes for 133 yards,
including a 51-yard TD, to help the Nittany Lions hold off the Orange.
On the other hand, Georgia junior WR Malcolm Mitchell was in uniform
when the Bulldogs kicked of against Clemson, but spent most of the
evening on the sidelines with an ice bag on his knee after suffering an
undisclosed injury early in the contest.
- (9:00 AM): Final cuts coming ... The
deadline for NFL teams to get down to their opening day 53-man roster
is 6 PM ET later today. Some teams have already made some cuts with
Buffalo and Jacksonville basically at the limit already, however,
something in the neighborhood of 500 players still have to be released
by the dinner hour today. As usual we’ll be tracking
all this weekend’s roster moves.
- Top CB to sit opener … Florida junior CB
Loucheiz Purifoy, one of the top 2-3 prospects at the position for the
2014 draft, is one of 5 Gators to be suspended from the team’s season
opener against Toledo later today for breaking team rules. Purifoy was
arrested this past winter for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, but
those charges were dropped and are not believed to be related to the
- (3:00 PM): Cards IR top pick ... Arizona
has placed OG Jonathan Cooper, the 7th player selected at the 2013
draft, on season-ending injured reserve because of a fractured leg
sufferde during a pre-season game earlier this month. The Cardinals
also released 13 players including undrafted rookie free agent WRs Dan
Buckner and Charles Hawkins and C Adam Bice.
- (2:00 PM): Eagles IR, cut 7th rounders ...
Philadelphia got the ball rolling as NFL teams get down to the serious
business of paring their rosters to the opening-day 53-man limit. All
teams must be down to that number by 6 PM ET Saturday. The Eagles
placed DE Joe Kruer, a 7th round pick this year on IR and released a
dozen other players including DE David King, another 7th round pick
this past April. The Eagles still have to make 9 roster moves to get to
- Top TE to miss college opener … Washington
junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, arguably the top prospect at the
position for the 2014 draft, has been suspended for Saturday
season-opener against Boise State as a result of a DUI charge in March.
Earlier this summer Seferian-Jenkins spent a day in jail for the
offense. That’s the bad news for Seferian-Jenkins; the good is that he
was actually medically cleared to play in the opener against the
Broncos after fracturing a pinkie finger in August.
- August 29
- 49ers IR top UDFA … San Francisco has placed
undrafted rookie free agent DE Lawrence Okoye on injured reserve with a
knee injury. Okoye is the former British track star - he holds the
national record in the discus and was a finalist at the 2012 Olympics -
with intriguing physical skills, but who had never played football
until this summer whom the 49er signed after this spring’s draft.
- August 28
- (4:30 PM): Johnny Football suspended ... for a
half!! Texas A&M sophomore QB Johnny Manziel, the first
freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, has been grounded by the NCAA
for the 1st half of the Aggies' season opener this weekend against
Rice. The NCAA had been investigating Manziel for weeks in the wake of
published reports that he had accepted large sums of money for signing
autographs and other football memorobilia. However, it does not appear
as if the NCAA was able to find the smoking gun that proved Manziel had
indeed received anything directly for his services so suspended him for
signing a large number of items knowing the the person he was signing
them for would sell them for profit. So there! As noted earlier, while
not a prototype NFL QB, Manziel has already indicated that this will be
his last year in college football and that he will be entering the 2014
NFL draft this winter.
- (12:01 AM): The Turk has come and gone ....for
now NFL teams got down to the league's initial 75-man roster
limit yesterday afternoon, but the really heavy lifting comes later
this week when teams have to be get down to their 53-man opening day
rosters. That deadline is Saturday at 6 PM ET. Interesting that through
the firt round of cutsonly one player
selected at the 2013 draft - Kansas City FB Braden Wilson, a 6th round
pick this past April - was released. At the same time, though, a total
of 14 draftees were placed on either injured reserve or the PUP list.
That included three San Francisco picks - second round DE Tank
Carradine, 4th round RB Marcus Lattimore and 5th round DE Quinton Dial
- who were placed on IR, while Seattle placed a pair of 5th rounders -
DT Jesse Williams and CB Tharold Simon - on injured reserve and PUP
- (10:00 AM): NCAA grills Heisman winner ...
Texas A&M sophomore QB Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy
wnner, remains in the crosshairs of the NCAA over his alleged
involvement in a scheme in which he reportedly received payment for
signed autographs and other football memorobilia. Manziel was
reportedly interviewed for over 6 hours by investigators from the NCAA
yesterday. If it were found that Manziel had accepted the money he
would almost assuredly be suspended, likely for the rest of the year.
Most analysts believe though that the NCAA doesn't have any concrete
evidence of any wrongdoing other than the original media reports and
may be trying to scare Texas A&M into declaring Manziel ineligible
themselves with the fear that the Aggies would have to forfeit any wins
in which Manziel played this year if he were declared to be ineligible
by the NCAA later this fall. Whatever happens the case it also appears
that Manziel already intends to enter the 2014 draft, although its not
clear just how he'll be evalated by pro scouts as he isn't that tall at
barely 6-0 and doesn't have protype arm strength. Stay tuned.
- (9:30 AM): Saints get vet LB from 49ers for
late pick ... New Orleans has reportedly acquired veteran OLB
Parys Haralson from San Francisco for what is believed to be a 7th
round pick at the 2014 draft. The terms of the deal are expected to be
released after Haralson passes a physical with the 49ers later today.
If the deal is confirmed it would give the 49ers a second
extra 7th rounder this coming May as they had earlier acquired a
pick in the round from Carolina for safety Colin Jones. Meanwhile,
Haralson is expected to try and help fill the vacancy on the Saints'
defense that opened up when veteran OLB Will Smith was lost for the
- August 26
- (2:00 PM): Seahawks IR 5th rounder ...
Seattle has placed DT Jesse Williams, the team's 5th round pick at the
2013 draft, on injured reserve. Williams, was considered to be a
potential late first round prospect this past spring, but his stock
slipped because of concerns about a knee that is still bothering him.
- (9:00 AM): Steelers IR late pick ...
Pittsburgh got down to this week's 75-man roster limit by releasing 13
players, while veteran LB Sean Spence was placed on the PUP list and DE
Nick Williams, a 7th round pick this past April, went on IR.
- (10:00 AM): Top picks dinged ... Arizona
rookie OG Jonathan Cooper, the 7th player selected at the 2013 draft,
could miss the entire season after he broke his leg in last night's
pre-season loss to San Diego. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh OLB Jarvis Jones
was hospitalized with an undisclosed chest injury after he was tackled
following an interception in the final quarter of the Steelers'
overtime loss to Kansas City last night.
- August 22
- (12:01 AM): Top star game releases watch list
... The Senior Bowl has announced its pre-season watch list of prospects for this year's
game which is scheduled for January 25th in Mobile. The 400 or so
players on the watch list will be whittled down to just over 100 for
this year's game. And its no surprise that the SEC leads all
conferences with 72 players on the list including 10 from defending
national champion Alabama, while Notre Dame and Ohio State have 8 each.
And while the major BCS conferences dominate the list, there are also
65 players from outside the ranks of D1A schools including Eastern
Illinois QB Jimmy Garopollo, Stony Brook RB Marcus Coker, DEs Larry
Webster of Bloomsburg and Ethna Westbrooks of West Texas A&M and
Lindenwood CB Pierre Desir.
- Steelers rook RB to miss extended time ...
Pittsburgh rookie RB LeVeon Bell, the Steelers second round pick at
this year's draft, could miss as much as the first 6 weeks of the
regular schedule with a Lisfranc injury in his foot. The former
Michigan State star who was selected with the 48th pick this past
April, was projected to be the Steelers starter this fall.
- Charges against top Cb dropped ... The misdemeanor
disorderly conduct charge that has dogged Ohio State junior CB Bradley
Roby, one of the top prospects at the position for the 2014 draft, has
been conditionally dismissed as long as he completes a diversion
program and stays out of legal trouble over the next year. Roby was
originally charged with assault after he allegedly became involved in a
scuffle with bouncers at a night club in Bloomington, Indiana earlier
this summer, although video evidence reportedly appeared to clear Roby
of any kind of battery. However, Roby will still miss at least the
Buckeyes' season opener later this month against Buffalo.
- Star USC WR dinged again ... Just a couple of days
after he declared himself 100% recovered from a bone bruise in his
shoulder, Southern California junior WR Marqise Lee, a top 10 prospect
for the 2014 draft, had to leave Wednesday's intrasquad game after
again falling awkwardly on the shoulder. However, the indications are
that the latest injury is not serious and Lee should be good to go when
the Trojans open their season in Hawaii next Thursday night. Meanwhile,
the prognosis is not so positive for USC RB Silas Redd who likely will
not be ready to play next week. Redd, who led the Trojans in rushing
last fall after transferring from Penn State, underwent surgery after
suffering a knee injury during spring practice and is still not 100%.
- August 21
- (12:01 AM) Saints make early cuts … NFL
teams don’t have to be down to the 75-man roster limit until next
Tuesday, but New Orleans got a jump on the rest of the league by
releasing 8 players and placing another on injured reserve to get close
the limit at least for now. Included among the Saints’ cuts was former
Stanford OLB Chase Thomas, who was rated as one of the top undrafted
rookie free agents following the 2013 draft. Thomas wasn’t employed
long, though, as he was claimed off waivers by Oakland. As usual, we’ll
be tracking all the cuts over the next
couple of weeks through the
September 1st deadline for teams to get down to their season-opening
- (12:01 AM): Are you ready for some football ...
With the start of the college football season now less than two weeks
- August 18
- (9:00 AM): Vet Irish LB retires ... Notre
Dame OLB Danny Spond, who likely would have got some looks as a
late-round or free agent 3-4 outside backer in 2014, has decided to
give up football because of an undisclosed medical reason. The 6-2,
250-pound Spond had 39 tackles in 2012 despite missing a couple of
games because of numbness on one sideof his body. He was seen at
practice earlier this week walking with a cane.
- (12:01 AM): Top picks to miss rest of
... Buffalo rookie QB E.J. Manual will miss the final two weeks
of the pre-season after undergoing a procedure on a knee following the
Bills' pre-season game this week. Manual, the 16th player selected at
this year's draft, appeared to be on the verge of earning the Bills'
starting job to open the season following two strong pre-season
outings. Meanwhile, Cleveland OLB Barkevious Mingo, the 6th player
taken this past April, will also miss the team's final two games after
he suffered a bruised lung the Browns' game this week.
- Top CB prospect to sit opener … Ohio State
CB Bradley Roby, one of the top prospects at the position for the 2014
draft, will miss at least the Buckeyes’ season opener as a result of an
incident outside a bar in Bloomington, Indiana late last month. Roby
was initially charged with misdemeanor battery, but the charge was
reduced to disorderly conduct yesterday and could be dismissed if Roby
completes a pretrial diversion program. Ohio State opens its season
August 31st against Buffalo.
- SEC DB gets the boot … Auburn has kicked
DB Demetruce McNeal off the team just hours after he was arrested and
charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The 6-1, 195 McNeal,
who can play both FS and CB, was the Tigers’ leading returning tackler
with 90 and was considered to be a late-round or free agent prospect
for the 2014 draft.
- UCF gets second-tier WR prospect … Central
has confirmed that WR Jackie Williams has transferred from
Alabama-Birmingham. Williams had been considered to be a free-agent
type prospect for the upcoming draft after catching 52 passes in 2012,
but will be forced to sit out the 2013 season before completing his
eligibility next fall. Williams was abruptly dismissed from the UAB
program last week for undisclosed reasons, although the dismissal does
not appear to have anything to do with his behavior.
- August 14
- (12:01 AM): Top DE returns to practice …
Just a day after a visibly miffed South Carolina head coach Steve
Spurrier hinted that he might not be in uniform when the Gamecocks open
the season later this month, star junior DE Jadeveon Clowney, the
presumptive favorite to be the first player selected at the 2014 draft,
returned to practice on Tuesday. Clowney, who has been sidelined with a
bruised shoulder after missing time last week with a slight knee
injury, drew Spurrier’s ire yesterday when he wasn’t at practice at
all. Whatever, none of this is going to do much to alleviate the one
concern pro scouts have regarding Clowney and that relates to his
overall conditioning and work ethic.
- Leading TE prospect breaks finger … Washington
junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, arguably the top rated player at the
position for the 2014 draft, could be sidelined for an extended period
after he broke a pinkie finger that will require surgery. The 6-6,
275-pound Seferian-Jenkins, who caught 69 passes in 2012, was already
something of a question mark for the Huskies season opener because of
an off-season DUI charge for which he was sentenced to a day in jail.
- Redskins’ 4th rounder out for year … Washington
Phillip Thomas, a 4th round pick a the 2013 draft who was in the mix to
start this fall, will miss the upcoming season after he suffered a torn
Lisfranc ligament in his foot. Thomas will undergo surgery and is
expected to be out four to five months.
- August 11
- (9:00 AM): Better news for dinged star USC WR
... Southern California officials are hbreathing a little
easier today after x-rays revealed that star junior WR Marqise Lee, a
potential top 5-10 pick at the 2014, only suffered a bone bruise when
he landed awkwardly after catching a pass at practice late last week.
There had been fears that Lee, who was carted off the field and was
seen with his arm in a sling after practice, might be out for awhile,
but is now being listed as day-to-day. Lee isn't all that big at a
listed 6-0, 195 and lacks true sprinter speed, but is a silky smooth
receiver who had a remarkable season in 2012 when he caught 118 passes
for over 1,700 yards.
- (12:01 AM): Vols DE/LB out 4-6 weeks …
Tennessee DE Jacques Smith, a second-tier prospect for the 2014 draft,
will reportedly miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a
fractured thumb. The 6-2, 245-pound Smith, who had 33 tackles and 2
sacks last fall will play DE this season, but could also get looks as a
3-4 OLB next spring.
- LSU OG dinged … Veteran LSU OG Josh Williford suffered
serious concussion during practice on Thursday which may put his
football career in jeopardy. Williford, who missed the final 7 games of
the 2012 season because of an earlier concussion, reportedly was
unconscious for about five minutes after he went down. The 6-6,
325-poiund Williford had been considered to be a late round or free
agent prospect for the upcoming draft.
- Bruins DE done for year; maybe longer …
UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa will miss the upcoming season after
undergoing a second off-season operation on his hip.
- August 6
- (9:00 AM): Hokie CB to miss opener …
Virginia Tech CB Antone Exum is now expected to miss the Hokies’ big
season opener against defending national champion Alabama early next
monh; in fact, its likely that Exum, who tore his ACL while
playing pickup basketball in January, could mss the whole first month
of the season. Exum is considered to be a top 100 prospect for the 2014
draft if the knee checks out at pre-draft testing.
- August 5
- (12:01 AM): Johnny Football under scope
... The NCAA is reportedly investigating whether Texas A&M
redshirt sophomore QB Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner,
was paid for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and other
football memorabilia during a trip to last year's BCS National
Championship game in Miami. If the NCAA finds the allegations are true,
Manziel, the first freshman ever to win the Heisman, could lose his
eligibility. Manziel, who will be eligible for the 2014 draft, has
already indicated that this will be his last season with the Aggies.
- August 2
- (11:00 AM): The Dyer has landed ...
latest, and hopefully last, stop on the long and winding college
football saga junior RB Michael Dyer will be Louisville as the former
Auburn star has reportedly been accepted to play with the Cardinals
this fall. Dyer was originally a star recruit at Auburn in 2010 where
he rushed for over 2,300 yards and 15 scores in his two seasons with
the program, which included the run to the 2010 national championship
during which Dyer was named the title game's MVP, but he transferred to
Arkansas State after the 2011 season after being suspended from the
Tigers’ bowl game that year. However, he was abruptly dismissed from
Arkansas State just before the start of fall practice this year for an
undisclosed violation of team rules; and just for good measure ended up
testifying on behalf of the prosecution in a case in which several
former Auburn teammates used his gun in a robbery. In the end, he
didn't play last fall, but instead enrolled in tiny Arkansas Baptist
where he supposedly concentrated on academics and life skills. And Dyer
joins a loaded Louisville squad led by star junior QB Teddy
Bridgewater, the consensus top prospect at the position for the 2014
draft; indeed, there are whispers that Louisville could be a dark-horse
national championship candidate.
- July 31
- (9:00 AM): No charges for Buck RB; still
suspended ... First the good news for Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde:
he won't face any charges after being named as a person of interest by
police in an incident involving a female in a bar in Columbus a couple
of weeks ago. The bad news for Hyde in the sometimes bizzarro world of
college football: he'll still be suspended at least three games by the
team. Hard to tell at this point whether all this will hurt Hyde's
draft status, although it certainly won't help. The 245-pound Hyde, who
an for just under 1,000 yards and 16 TDs last fall, is considered to be
a second-day prospect for the 2014 draft.
- July 29
- (2:00 PM): And then there were none!! ...
Tennessee OG Chance Warmack, the last remaining unsigned first-round
pick at the 2013 draft, has reportedly agreed to terms on a 4-year,
12.1M deal with the Titans. Warmack, the former Alabama All-American
who was the 10th player taken at this year's draft, missed 4 training
- (9:00 AM): Every draft(nik) has a story ...
All NFL camps are now officially open for business and with colleges
set to open their pre-season training next week, the football season is
bearing down on us. At the same time, the draft community is also
starting to really gear up for the serious work of preparing for the
2014 draft. Of course, there is a certain similarity to the actual work
- the rankings and mock drafts etc - every draft analyst has their own
unique story. Indeed, Drew Boylhart of the very excellent Huddle Report has documented
his own draft journey in "The Draftnik" which has just been released.
Its a fascinating story of personal growth with much that just about
anyone who follows the draft can relate to. Plus, there's lots of
inside stuff on the draft process. "The Draftnik can be ordered at
- (9:00 AM): Eagles sign big rook FS OT …
Philadelphia has signed D1AA All-American OT Michael Bamiro from Stony
Brook who was declared a free agent after the NCAA ruled that he was
out of eligibility. The 6-8, 335-pound Bamiro, who had given up
football after not being recruited out of high school, was considered
to be late round prospect for the 2014 draft.
- Horns LB gets extra year ... The NCAA has
confirmed that Texas OLB Jordan Hicks has two years of eligibility
remaining after he missed all but the first three games of the 2012
season with a hip injury. However, the 6-2, 240-pound Hicks, who was a
high school All-American still could enter the 2014 draft if he is
healthy and productive this fall.
- July 22
- Corner fails physical; Bucs-49ers trade nixed ...
Last week's trade between Tampa Bay and San Francisco in which the
49ers received veteran CB Eric Wright for a conditional late round pick
in 2014 has ben voided after Wright failed his physical with the 49ers.
Wright's rights were returned to Tampa Bay which promptly released him.
- (11:30 AM): Two Bucks in trouble … A
pair of Ohio State stars who could be early picks at the 2014 draft
were involved in separate incidents over the weekend. Junior CB Bradley
Roby, who likely would have been one of the top 2-3 CBs in the upcoming
draft, reportedly was charged with battery resulting in bodily
injury resulting from an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Indiana.
Meanwhile, senior RB Carlos Hyde has been dismissed from the football
program after he was named as a person of interest in a weekend
assault against a female in a bar in Columbus, although as of now there
are still no charges against the 245-pound Hyde who an for just under
1,000 yards and 16 TDs last fall.
- (9:00 AM): Football season underway …
For NFL fans the long off-season is finally over as training camps open
this week. In fact, Miami and Dallas opened their full camps yesterday
while all other camps will be open by next weekend. Here is the full
NFL training camp schedule. And while there is lots going on right
across the league, long-time GBN friend and partner Pigskin Paul
Guillemette has some thoughts on what to expect at training
camp at Green Bay, one of the favorites in the NFC this year.
- Cowboys lose 3rd rounder for year … Dallas DE
Tyrone Crawford, the Cowboys 3rd round pick this year from Boise State,
tore his Achilles tendon on the first day of training camp and will
miss the rest of the season.
- Former Terp, Badger QB moves to DII … Former
Maryland and Wisconsin QB Danny O’Brien has transferred to Division II
Catawba. O’Brien, a 5th year senior, will be eligible immediately.
- July 20
- (10:00 AM): Bucs get late pick for embattled
CB … Tampa Bay has acquired what is being described as a
conditional late-round pick at the 2014 draft from San Francisco in
exchange for veteran CB Eric Wright. The trade comes less than two
weeks after Wright was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles.
- July 16
- (12:01 AM): Top TE gets day in jail …
Washington junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the top-rated player at
the position for the 2014 draft, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of
driving under the influence stemming from an automobile accident this
past spring. Seferian-Jenkins was sentenced to 364 days in jail with
all but one suspended. That one day will be July 31st. Washington
begins fall camp a week later, although its not clear at this time
whether Seferian-Jenkins will be allowed to participate. He remains
suspended from team activities and there is still no word from team
officials whether he will face any additional punishment.
- Bronco personnel execs suspended … Denver
suspended director of player personnel Matt Russell indefinitely
without pay and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert for one month
without pay for their recent drunken-driving arrests.
- July 15
- (12:01 AM): More controversy for Heisman QB …
Teas A&M sophomore QB Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, the 2012
Heisman Troph winner, did not finish his scheduled stay as a college
coach/counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. There have been reports
that Manziel had been partying and was sent home after he missed
assigned several meetings and practice sessions. Camp officials,
though, claimed those reports were inaccurate and that Manziel missed
his assignments because he wasn‘t feeling well. Of course, the two
reports aren‘t exactly mutually exclusive and it likely will be just
one more thing Manziel, who has made a lot of other similar headlines
this off-season, may have to explain whenever he does enter the draft.
- July 11
- (2:00 PM): No players taken in supp draft; 6
to sign as UFAs ... According to several sources, none of the 6
players available in today's supplemental draft were selected. As a
result, all 6 are now eligible to sign as undrafted free agents.
- (12:01 AM): Supp draft today; six entered …
The NFL will hold its annual summer supplemental draft later today
beginning at 1 PM ET. The league has announced that 6 players are
eligible for today's draft including WRs O.J. Ross of Purdue and
Houston’s DeWayne Peace; DEs James Boyd of UNLV and Cntral Florida’s
Toby Jackson; UNLV DT Nate Holloway; and South Alabama CB Damond Smith.
These players are eligible for the supplemental draft as they were also
eligible, but did not declare for the entry draft last April and have
lost their eligibility for the upcoming college season. Ross is perhaps
the best known of the players available for today's draft; he was a
reasonably well regarded recruit who caught 56 passes for the
Boilermakers in 2012, although he barely averaged a measly 8 yards per
catch. Ross is 5-9, 190 and reportedly runs in the mid-4.4 range for
the 40, but was suspended indefinitely back in February for an
undisclosed violation of team rules; it was his second suspension.
Meanwhile, Peace was Houston’s leading receiver last fall with 54
receptions despite missing three games with an ankle injury; he’s 5-11,
190 with 4.55 speed and is academically ineligible for the upcoming
season. The most intriguing prospects in Thursday’s draft, though, may
actually be DEs Boyd and Jackson, both of whom were big-time recruits
at USC and Georgia respectively. Boyd, for example, was a Parade
All-American who started his career at USC as a TE and actually worked
at QB before switching to DE at UNLV. If nothing else he looks the part
at 6-5, 255 with a decent 40 clocking under 4.8; however, he didn’t
make much of an impact in his only year at the position at UNLV in
2012. Jackson, who never qualified academically at Georgia and didn‘t
play at UCF in 2012, again because of academics, also looks the part at
6-4, 260, but only runs in the mid-to-high 4.8 range in the 40.
Meanwhile, South Alabama CB Smith is also getting some attention, at
least from from Green Bay which tried to sign him in May after the 2013
draft, but were told he was not a free agent. The 5-11, 181-pound
Smith, who reportedly ran in the low-to-mid 4.4 range at Jacksonville
State’s pro day earlier this year, played originally at Western
Michigan, but left after a fight with a teammate. Lastly, UNLV‘s
Holloway is a massive 350-pound run stuffer who did not play in 2012,
but did start 5 games in the 2010-2011 period. Unlike the regular
draft, any team interested in a player in the supplemental draft
submits a bid to the NFL indicating in which round they would take the
player. The team submitting the lowest round is awarded the player; if
more than one team bids on a player in the same round, the player is
awarded to the team that had the earliest pick in that round at the
2013 draft. Any team that ultimately selects a player in the
supplemental draft forfeits their pick in the corresponding round at
next year’s draft.
- (9:00 AM): Trust everyone is having a happy and
safe Independence Day weekend!
- Gators QB signs pro deal… Florida junior QB Jeff
Driskel has reportedly signed with MLB’s Boston Red Sox. The Sox
selected Driskel in the 29th round of last month‘s amateur draft
despite the fact he hasn’t played baseball since high school. Driskel,
who is considered to be a possible mid-to-late round prospect for the
2015 NFL draft, has said that for now he is sticking with football and
would only consider a future in baseball if things did not work out for
him in pro football.
- (12:01 AM):Badgers DE becomes a Cane …
Former Wisconsin DE
David Gilbert, who originally announced he was retiring from football
because of recurring foot problems, has had a change of heart and is
transferring to Miami where he will be eligible immediately. Gilbert,
who had four sacks in 2012, sat out most of the 2011 season because the
foot problems and was sitting out spring practice this year after
undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in the same foot.
- June 22
- (12:01 AM): Top RB prospect transfers …
Former Houston RB Charles Sims has reportedly transferred to West
Virginia where he will be eligible for the 2013 season. Sims, who had
reportedly considered entering this year’s draft, opted to return to
Houston for his senior season, but abruptly left school earlier this
spring. At that time, there was some specualtion that Sims could
consider entering this summer's supplemental draft. Sims, who has the
potential to be a mid-round pick this coming April, Sims, ran for 851
yards and 11 TDs in 9 games last fall while also catching 37 passes.
- June 21
- (9:00 AM): Tide OT has minor surgery …
Alabama junior LT Cyrus Kouandjio had arthroscopic surgery on one of
his shoulders following the end of spring practice. However, it doesn’t
appear that the issue is particularly serious and Kouandjio is
reportedly back lifting weights during summer workouts and is expected
to be ready for the start of fall camp. Kouandijo is considered to be
one of the top OTs in college football with first-round potential
should he opt to enter the 2014 draft.
- Charges against top RB dropped … One story we
missed while we were away is the fact all charges against Arizona
junior RB Ka’Deem Carey have been dropped. Carey had been charged
with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct following a
domestic incident involving his pregnant girlfriend. have been dropped.
The 5-9, 205-pound Carey led the nation in rushing in 2012 with over
1,900 yards and scored 23 times.
- June 12
- (12:01 AM): NFL thinking more changes to draft
… Back in the day when working for a national agency there was a
saying that HQ had a VP in charge of ’bad ideas!” Sounds like the NFL
may have hired that guy as a consultant on their draft plans as Don
Banks of Sports Illustrated reported yesterday that the league is
exploring several options to make the draft more ‘fan-centric.“
According to the report, one possible future plan being analyzed by the
NFL would be to hold the draft in different cities with the first round
in one city, the second and third in another and the final rounds in a
third. Huh! Another, and certainly more logical option would be to
rotate the draft to a different city each year. Memo to the NFL: it’s a
draft! A player draft! Its one of the most popular events on the league
calendar because NFL fans - real football fans who care passionately
about their team - care passionately about which players their team
selects each year. And no matter how they try and gussy it up - and
what’s next: picks being announced by scantily clad cheerleaders or
fans voting for their team’s picks - its always going to be about the
- Breaking down the NFC North draft ... GBN
analyst Dave Syvertsen continues breaking down the 2013 draft for each
division with a look at the NFC
- Vet QB leaves Badgers … He was going to be the
next Russell Wilson, but it didn’t quite work out that way for QB Danny
O’Brien, who has announced he will be leaving Wisconsin with one year
of eligibility remaining. Like Wilson who transferred from North
Carolina State to play for the Badgers his senior season, O’Brien came
over from Maryland last summer, but lost the starting job early last
and was buried deep on the Badgers’ depth chart heading into camp this
fall. No word where O’Brien plans to enrol for the upcoming campaign.
- June 9
- (9:00 PM): Bears trade former #1 pick to Bucs
... Tampa Bay has reportedly acquired OT Gabe Carimi from Chicago
for what is being reported as a 6th round pick at the 2014 draft.
Carimi was the Bears' #1 pick at the 2011, but was never able to live
up to the hype especially after tearing up a knee late in his rookie
- May 29
- (12:01 AM): Dates for 2014 draft set …
The NFL notified teams on Tuesday that the 2014 draft will be held May
8-10 in New York at Radio City Music Hall. That‘s three weeks later
that the draft normally would have been held. The NFL has reportedly
been talking with the NFLPA about changing the football schedule,
however, the change in dates for the draft is the only change we‘ll see
this year. The scouting combine will go as usual in Indianapolis from
February 19-25, while the new NFL year begins March 11th. The NFL will
also again hold several regional combines on various dates from January
24th through February 16th. At the same time, no decisions has been
made regarding dates for the 2015 draft and beyond. A variety of
alternatives are being explored, teams were told, including holding the
draft at Radio City or at other locations, either in the New York area
or in other cities. NFL clubs were also informed that there would be no
significant changes in the dates of other off-season events next year.
- Raiders top pick out until camp … Oakland CB
D.J. Hayden, the Raiders’ first-round draft pick at the 2013, will be
out until training camp after undergoing abdominal surgery to have scar
tissue removed. It is not clear whether the issue is related to the
serious injury Hayden suffered late last season when he tore a blood
vessel after a practice collision with a teammate at practice. The
Raiders selected Hayden with the 12th pick overall last month after
trading down from the 3rd pick with Miami.
- May 23
- (9:00 AM): Top MAC WR becomes Jayhawk …
Former Miami of Ohio WR Nick Harwell, a decent second tier prospect for
the 2014 draft, reportedly will be moving on to Kansas. Harwell was one
of the most productive receivers in the country over the past two
seasons, but got the boot from Miami after he was arrested in March.
Harwell pleaded guilty to one count of attempted theft and was
sentenced to 90 days in jail, all but one of which was suspended. It is
not clear whether Harwell, who caught 165 passes over the past two
seasons including 97 in 2011, will have to sit out the upcoming season
or will be eligible immediately.
- (12:01 AM): Coug RB leaves program; may enter
supp draft ... Houston RB Charles Sims has reportedly told school
officials that he will not be returning to school for his senior
season. Sims reportedly seriously considered leaving school after the
2012 season to enter this year's draft, but ultimately decided to
return. Its not clear what Sims plans to do, but he could either
transfer or enter this summer's supplemental draft. Stay tuned!
- May 17
- Bills introduce new G.M. … Buffalo formally
introduced Doug Whaley as the Bills‘ new G.M. in the wake of the
resignation of former G.M. Buddy Nix; Whaley had been the Bills‘
assistant general manager. Along with Whaley, the Bills have named
Kelvin Fisher as director of college scouting, while Jim Monos was
hired as director of player personnel. Fisher comes to the Blls from
Pittsburgh, while Monos spent the past eight years working as an area
scout with New Orleans. Meanwhile, Kansas City rounded out its new
personnel department by naming Will Lewis as director of pro scouting
and Marvin Allen as director of college scouting, while Randy Ball was
named pro scouting assistant and Trey Koziol an area scout. The Chiefs
also promoted Mike Borgonzi to assistant director of pro scouting, Dom
Green to assistant director of college scouting, Brett Veach to pro and
college personnel analyst and Ryan Poles to college coordinator.
- May 14
- (12:01 AM): Bills Nix steps down as GM …
Buffalo has a new G.M. as Buddy Nix somewhat surprisingly stepped down
on Monday and will be replaced by Doug Whaley , who moves up from
assistant general manager. The 73-year-old Nix will stay with the team,
though, as a special assistant to the G.M. Meanwhile, Arizona
reshuffled its personnel department as Dru Grigson has been promoted to
director of college scouting, while Quentin Harris has been promoted to
director of pro scouting. Grigson had been a regional scout with the
Cardinals who also named Josh Scobey as a pro scout, while Terry
McDonough, who had been director of player personnel at Jacksonville,
the past four years, was named the team’s eastern regional scout after
being hired last week. At the same time, John Mancini becomes the
Cardinals’ area scout for the midwest, while Debbie Pollom becomes
college scouting coordinator, and Glen Fox and Darius Vinnett become
scouting assistants. Marvin Allen, formerly a national scout with
Atlanta has been named Kansas City’s new director of college scouting.
- May 9
- (7:00 PM): Colt get conditional pick for C …
Indianapolis has acquired a conditional pick in the 2014 draft from
Baltimore in exchange for C A.Q. Shipley. No word on the conditions
involved in the deal, but it may be something along the lines of the
Colts get a late round pick if the player makes the Ravens’ opening day
- Cards add vet personnel man to front office …
Arizona has reportedly agreed to terms with Terry McDonough, who was
just fired after spending the past four years as the Director of Player
Personnel at Jacksonville. It has not been announced what role
McDonough will play with Arizona but he will be involved in scouting.
- May 7
- (12:01 AM): Big DT goes #1 in CFL draft …
Hamilton selected Calgary DT Linden Gaydosh with the first pick overall
in Monday’s CFL draft of Canadian-born players. Winnipeg then took
Eastern Michigan DE Andy Mulumba with the second pick, while Montreal
took Calgary LB Mike Edem with the third selection which the Alouettes
acquired from Montreal. In fact, it was a great draft for former
Calgary Dinos as RB Steven Lumbula was taken 5th overall by Montreal
with their own first round pick. In between, Saskatchewan selected
Eastern Michigan OG Corey Watman with the 4th pick. Meanwhile, Toronto
selected McMaster OT Matt Sewell with the 8th pick, while Edmonton
grabbed Regina DT Stefan Charles two picks later. Both of the latter
players were signed by Tennessee as undrafted free agents following
last month's NFL draft. Here is the full CFL draft tracker.
- Browns pick charged with DUI … Cleveland DE
Armonty Bryant, who was selected in the 7th round of last month’s
draft, was charged earlier this week with driving under the influence
of alcohol. Last year, Bryant, from little East Central State of
Oklahoma, pleaded no contest to a felony charge of marijuana
distribution in a school zone.
- Broncos reshuffle top personnel staff ... Denver
has reportedly hired former Cleveland G.M. Tom Heckert as a 'personnel
executive'. While that is a rather generic title it is likely that
Heckert will assume some of the duties of former Broncos director of
pro personnel Keith Kidd, who was informed his contract would not be
renewed over the weekend.
- (9:00 AM): Final conditions for Smith trade
reported … Peter King of Sports Illustrated is reporting in his
Monday morning QB column this day that the conditional pick in 2014
San Francisco received from Kansas City to complete the deal for QB
Alex Smith is a third rounder that could escalate to a second rounder
if the Chiefs win at least 8 games this fall. The 49ers also received
the Chiefs second round pick this year for Smith which they then
artfully traded down with Tennessee for another third round pick in
2014 as well as emerging DE Tank Carradine.
- Chiefs get new top personnel exec … Kansas City
has hired Chris Ballard as the team’s new director of player personnel.
Ballard, whose new job will entail overseeing both the Chiefs pro and
college scouting departments, was director of college scouting for
Chicago last year after spending 12 years with the Bears as a scout.
- May 3
- (9:00 AM): Jag fill front office vacancies …
Jacksonville acted quickly to fill in the team’s front-office vacancies
created earlier in the week when the Jaguars fired Director of Player
Personnel Terry McDonough, Pro Personnel Director Louis
Clark and area scout Chris Prescott. Most notably, the Jaguars hired
former Indianapolis G.M. Chris Polian as the team’s new director of
player personnel. In addition, Kyle O’Brien was hired as the new
director of college scouting and Paul Roell is the new assistant
director of college scouting, while Mark Ellenz was brought in as the
new Eastern Regional scout and Andy Dengler was promoted to assistant
director of player personnel after serving the last two years as
director of college personnel with the Jaguars.
- Ravens sign pack of picks ... Defending Super
champion has signed 6 of the ten players the team drafted last weekend,
including FB Kyle Juszczyk, a 4th round pick, along with 5th round OT
Ricky Wagner, 6th rounders OG Ryan Jensen and DE Kapron Lewis-Moore and
7th rounders CB Marc Anthony and WR Aaron Melette. Meanwhile, Chigago
agreed to terms with two more picks by signing 4th round LB Khaseem
Greene and 7th round WR Marquess Wilson. Earlier in the week, the Bears
signed OT DE Cornelius Washington, the first draft picks to sign this
year. The only draft picks the Bears have not signed are G/T Kyle Long,
the team’s 1st round pick and second-round MLB Jon Bostic.
- May 2
- (9:00 AM): Bears first to sign picks ...
Chicago became the first team to sign any of its 2013 draft picks when
the Bears signed OT Jordan Mills and DE Cornelius Washington to 4-year
contracts. Mills was the Bears 5th round pick this year, while
Washington was selected in the sixth round.
- (12:01 AM): Pack writer beats pack; GBN well
placed … For the third straight year, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Packers’ beat writer Bob McGinn led the way in the The Huddle
Report's annual ranking of the accuracy of the top 100 draft boards
of the 65 leading draft services around the country. For the record, 87
of the players McGinn had in his final Top 100 prospects for the 2013
draft were actually selected within the first 100 picks at last week's
draft. Also for the record, the GBN tied with 5 other sites, including
Scott Wright’s NFL Draft Countdown, for 7th place. Among some of the
more widely-known draft experts, NFL.com analysts Mike Mayock and Gil
Brandt were 12th and 30th respectively, while ESPN's Mel Kiper tied for
- Browns, 49ers juggle front offices ...
released senior national scout Pat Roberts, who spent eight
seasons with the club. At the same time, San Francisco has promoted
Joel Patten to Director of Player Personnel, Matt Malaspina to Director
of College Scouting, and Mike Williams to Director of Pro Personnel.
Additionally, the team promoted Justin Chabot to National Scout, Steve
Rubio to Regional Scout and Josh Williams to Pro Personnel Scout.
- Top UFA comes off board … NFL teams continue
formerly announce the signings of players
who not selected at last week’s draft. Among recent announced
signings, Kansas City, which had the #1 pick overall in the regular
draft, agreed to terms with former Tennessee QB Tyler Bray, the
top-rated undrafted player left on the GBN
Big Board after the draft. Meanwhile, Detroit announced the signing
of 11 players including former Western Michigan QB Alex Carder, along
with UCLA TE Joseph Fauria and Texas Tech OT LaAdrian Waddle.
- April 29
- Undrafted rooks coming off the board ... With
2013 darft in the books, NFL teams have been scrambling to fill out
their rosters with the top undrafted rookie free agents they can sign.
In fact, by now most teams have signed their contingent of undrafted
rookies, although many teams actually until after their rookie
mini-camp to actually announce their signings. That's partly because
their are two categories of rookie signings. Some players are signed
for training camp, pending a physical, while others only get an offer
to try-out at the team's mini-camp. As sch, we only post rookie free agent signings that have been
officially announced by the respective teams. Of early signings that
have been announced Jacksonville has signed QBs Matt Scott and Jordan
Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay star QB Aaron Rodgers, while
New Orleans signed QB Ryan Griffin, along with OLBs Chase Thomas and
Eric Martin. Elsewhere Seattle signed OG Alvin Bailey, Purdue inked NT
Kwame Geathers and CB Josh Johnson and Buffalo signed WR Da'rick
- April 28
- (12:01 AM): Just 364 days until 2014 draft ...
Hang in there guys!! Just 364 days until the next draft, or as they are
already calling it in the business 'The Clowney Lottery'! in honor of
South Carolina junior DE Javedon Clowney who has already been
designated the #1 pick next year. Just in case, we have posted our very
first, very preliminary first-round
projection for 2014. As in past years, though, anybody who sends in
an e-mail along the lines of "the Buckeroos will never take a ..." will
be suspended from the site for the next three months!
- By the numbers ... We are still chewing over the
data from this weekend's draft, but here are some preliminary numbers and general
observations from the 2013 draft, although for now we want to do
some more thinking before crowning this year's winners and losers.
- April 27
- (7:30 PM): That’s a wrap … The 2013 draft
came to an end with Indianapolis making former South Carolina TE
Justice Cunningham this year’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ with the 254th and
final selection in the 7th round. And while this year’s draft is in the
books, there won’t be any rest, at least right away, for bleary-eyed
NFL personnel people. That’s because they are already working the
phones trying to sign the top undrafted players from this week’s draft.
Players still available in the so-called ‘8th round’ include among
others QBs Tyler Bray, Matt Scott, Ryan Griffin and Jordan Rodgers; RBs
Cierre Wood and Onterrio McCaleb, WRs Da’rick Rogers; TEs Jake
Stoneburner and Joseph Fauria; OTs Chris Faulk, and Xavier Nixon; OGs
Alvin Bailey, Chris Barker, and Sam Brenner, C Braxston Cave; DE Wes
Horton; DTs Kwame Geathers, T.J. Barnes and Cory Grissom; ILBs Kevin
Reddick, Jonathan Stewart, and Tom Wort; OLBs Chase Thomas, Jake Knott,
Lerentee McCray, and Etienne Sabino; CBs Nickell Robey, Adrian Bushell,
Josh Johnson, Johnny Adams, and Greg Reid; safeties Tony Jefferson,
Cody Davis, and Robert Lester; and kickers Ryan Allen, Brad Wing and
Quinn Sharp. For the record, here are the players who were still on the
GBN Big Board as well as
the top undrafted free agents
broken down by position.
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