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- December 22
- (12:01 AM): Bowl season continues ... Warm up for this evening's key Monday nighter between Denver and Cincinnati with an afternoon bowl game as BYU plays Memphis in Miami. And while this in fact isn't much more than a glorified NIT game, there are still a number of prospects to watch and here's a quick preview of who to watch in this weekend's bowl action with an eye toward the 2015 draft.
- No charges for FSU QB in school probe ... Christmas came a little early for Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as he reportedly will not be charged by a school ethics investigation stemming from an incident in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a female student last year, although the accuser can still appeal. Winston was also not charged by police in the incident, although there have been accusations that the investigation by local police wasn't particularly rigourous. If he had been found guilty, Winston could have faced disciplinary action ranging from a reprimand to expulsion. A guilty verdict in the enquiry also would have been problematic for NFL with early picks at the 2015 draft. Winston is considered to be one of two potential elite prospects at the position for this year's draft, but the whole incident has been a cloud on his grade. Winston will still have to address the issue at pre-draft interviews, but the fact that it now appears there will never have actually been a conviction may make it easier for team's to take with an early selection.
- December 21
- (7:30 PM): Bucs inch closer to #1 pick ... After losing to Green Bay to drop to 2-13 on the year in one of today's early games, Tampa Bay could wrap up the top pick overall at the 2015 draft with a loss next week when they host New Orleans in their season finale. However, Tennessee, which lost on Thursday is still technically in the picture even if the Titans also lose their final game next weekend when they host Indianapolis. With Oakland winning its third game this afternoon, the Buccaneers and Titans are guranteed to pick no lower than second. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, if the draft were held this week, Jacksonville would have the third pick, followed by Oakland at #4, the NY Jets at #5, and Washington at #6 with Chicago moving up to the 7th spot. As usual, the full first-round selection order will be updated after tomorrow's Monday night game.
- Boise RB heads to draft … Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi has announced that he will skip his senior season and enter the 2015 draft. The 5-11, 215-pound Ajayi who was second in the nation with 2,225 yards from scrimmage, including almost 1,700 yards on the ground, and tied for first with 29 total Tds, is an underrated all-around back who should get some consideration in the latter part of this year‘s second round.
- (12:01 AM): When winter comes can the draft be far behind! Hang in there guys!
- Homecooking to spice up draft chase … With just weeks left to go in the NFL regular schedule, the early picks at the 2015 draft are still very much up for grabs. Tampa Bay, which held the #1 pick coming into the week, could drop down behind Tennessee with a win this week, but the 2-12 Buccaneers are in tough this week despite playing at home as they’ll be hosting Green Bay. Tennessee has already fallen to 2-13 after losing on Thursday night to Jacksonville, which had come into the week with the 3rd pick. Meanwhile, Oakland, which had the 4th pick coming into the week, will be hosting Buffalo and with a loss to the Bills could move up a spot. At the same time, the New York Jets, which held the 6th pick, will be playing their home game with New England. For the moment, though, the Jets have moved up to the 5th pick after Washington stunned Philadelphia on Saturday. As usual, the full first rounds election order will be updated after the Monday night game.
- Irish OG forced to hang up cleats … Notre Dame G/T Christian Lombard has reportedly been forced to give up football because of a back problem. Lombard, who had been considered to be a mid-to-late round prospect for the 2015, underwent surgery to correct a bulging disk in his back at the end of October.
- December 19
- Titans edge closer to a top pick ... Tennessee lost its 9th straight game of the season as the Titans lost 21-13 to Jacksonville in a battle of bottom-feeders on the final Thursday night game of the year. Barring an upset next weekend when the Titans host division champion Indianapolis, Tennessee appears to be close to locking up one of the top two picks. However, to get the #1 pick the Tians will still need some help from Tampa Bay which is also stuck on two wins but has played a weaker schedule than Tennessee and would have the top pick were the draft held this week. In particular, the Buccaneers would have to win at least of their final two games for Tennessee to jump ahead of them and while Tampa Bay plays both of its final two games of the year, they are in tough with Green Bay coming in this weekend and New Orleans, which could be playing for the division crown, next weekend. Meanwhile, Jacksonville, which wraps up the season next weekend in Houston, is now in the mix for the 4-5-6 picks with Washington and the Jets.
- December 18
- (12:01 AM): Projection updated With the regular season in college football now in the books the GBN 2015 first-round projection has been updated.
- Are you ready for some football !! Its a football programmers dream match-up! Just two weeks to go in the NFL schedule with 5 of the 8 divisions still very much up in the air and the final Thursda night game of the year brings together a pair of 2-12 teams when Tennessee plays at Jacksonville later tonight. At least there will be plenty of draft implications later this evening as Tennessee would have the 2nd pick overall were the draft held this week, while Jacksonville would have the 3rd selection and the loser will remain very much in the hunt for the #1 pick.
- Bears bench QB Cutler ... In the wake of what may be the mother of all dsfunctional seasons, Chicago has benched starting QB Jay Cutler and will replace him with journeyman Jimmy Clausen when they play Detroit on the weekend. The move has led to speculation that the Bears could look to either release or trade Cutler once the season is done despite the fact that they just extended him last winter. Whatever they ultimately do there will be some salary cap ramifications for the Bears although there are several teams that could be interested given that the QB pickings at the 2015 draft are somewhat slim. Stay tuned!
- December 17
- (3:30 PM): Top corner may have serious knee injury ... Yahoo sports! is reporting that Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, one of the top prospects at the position for the 2015 draft, sustained what is being descriobed as a serious knee injury during practice Tuesday and there are fears that he may have torn an ACL. Needless to say if that is the case, Ekpre-Olomu will miss next month's college playoffs; it will also most assuredly cloud his immediate draft prospects as he likely will not be able to work this spring and may very well not be available when the season opens next fall.
- (11:30 AM): Former Husky CB headed to draft ... Several sources including Yahoo Sports and NFL.com are reporting that former Washington CB Marcus Peters has opted to enter the 2015 draft. Peters is considered to be one of the top 2-3 prospects at the position on talent alone, however, his draft ultimate draft future has been seriously clouded by the fact that he was dismissed from the football team last month after repeated run-ins with the coaching staff.
- (12:01 AM): GBN back on the air ... The Great
Blue North 'Blog Radio' Draft Report will be back on the air later this evening on blog
radio at 8 PM ET for our annual special pre-Xmas edition. Join Colin Lindsay, Pigskin Paul
Guillemette and host Eric Lamb for a review of all things football, including a mini-mock of the first ten picks at this year's draft, at Blog Talk Radio. Fans can also call the show with questions or comments at 1-347-826-7213.
- December 16
- (7:00 PM): MSU QB to return; DE ‘iffy’ … Citing the fact that he still has ‘unfinished’ business at school, Michigan State junior QB Connor has reportedly decided to stay with the program for his senior season next fall. Cook had considered entering the 2015 draft if he were rated as a potential top ten pick, but right now he looks to be more like a late first or even early second round candidate. Meanwhile, MSU DE Shilique Calhoun is being quoted as saying he still hasn’t ruled out returning for his final year of eligibility next fall. Calhoun came into the season rated a top 10-15 prospect, but like Cook now appears to be carrying more a late first, early second round grade.
- (11:00 AM): Weekly selection order updated ... Just in case anybody did miss it, the first-round
selection order for the 2015 draft, were it held this week, was updated last night, but it seems we neglected to actually make a note of it.
- (12:01 AM): Big Board tweaked … With the 2014 college football season now in the books the GBN Big Board ranking the top 150 prospects for the upcoming draft has been updated.
- Prospects profiles from ... For all intents and purposes the college football season ended last week, but that hasn't slowed down GBN Chief
Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette who weighs in on a number
of prospects who caught his eye.
- Pair of first-round prospects accept Star bowl bid … There are a couple of potential first-round picks at the 2015 draft among the latest group of players that have accepted invitations to net month’s Senior Bowl in Mobile. In fact, West Virginia WR Kevin White and LSU G/T La’el Collins, both of whom will be in Mobile next month, have been whispered as possible top 15 prospects this coming April 30th. Also accepting invitations to this year’s Senior Bowl include Florida State TE NickO’Leary, Missouri DE Markus Golden, and just to make sure people are paying attention, the ’other’ Kevin White who plays corner at TCU. Here is the full list of players who have accepted invites to this year’s Senior Bowl which will be played January 24th in Mobile with practices set to start on Tuesday January 20th. And the GBN is pleased to confirm that we’ll be there as our credentials have been approved!
- December 15
- (5:00 PM): Auburn WR to enter draft … Auburn junior WR Sammie Coates announced at a press conference earlier this afternoon that he will be leaving school and entering the 2015 draft where he projects to be a second day selection. The 6-2, 205-pound Coates, who is one of the fastest receivers in the country, averaged 24 yards per catch this fall, although his route-running and hands need a lot of work. Meanwhile, Auburn is still waiting to hear from fellow junior WR D'haquille Williams who is also mulling his pro prospects and could ultimately be the better prospect than Coates.
- (9:00 AM): Cards FS to enter draft … Ball-hawking Louisville redshirt sophomore FS Gerod Holliman has reportedly announced that he will be entering the 2015 draft where he is projected to be one of the first 2-3 safeties off the board. The 6-0, 205 Holliman, a consensus All-American who won the Jim Thorpe award given annually to the outstanding DB in the country, tied the NCAA's single-season record for interceptions this season with 14. However, while he’s a terrific pass defender with great hands and instincts, Holliman isn’t all that physical a tackler in space which could keep him out of this year’s opening round and drop him to the second day.
- December 14
- (9:00 AM): Duck QB wins Heisman … Pretty much as expected Oregon junior QB Marcus Mariota was awarded this year’s Heisman Trophy at last night’s annual event at New York’s Downtown Club. Mariota beat out Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon and Alabama WR Amari Cooper for the award. Mariota is expected be one of the first 2-3 players off the board at the 2015 draft.
- Dawgs get key quartet back … Great news for the Georgia program as four top underclassmen including redshirt sophomore OLB Leonard Floyd and juniors OLB Jordan Jenkins, LT John Theus and WR Malcolm Mitchell have all reportedly told head coach Mark Richt that they will be back at school next fall. Floyd, in particular, had been thought of as a likely first-round pick this year, while the other three were had second-day potential. Georgia, though, is still expected to lose star RB Todd Gurley to the NFL draft despite the fact he tore an ACL late this season.
- December 13
- (11:00 AM): Bedlam star dismissed after domestic issue … Oklahoma State junior WR/KR Tyreek Hill has now been kickedoff the team after he was arrested earlier this week on a felony count of domestic violence after and an incident involving his girlfriend who ended up in hospital for treatment. According to local police, the victim said that Hill hit her in the face and stomach and choked her after a verbal altercation escalated. Hill was the hero in the Cowboys win over state-rival Oklahoma last Saturday when he returned a punt for a TD in the game‘s final minute that sent the game into overtime. Hill, the Big XII indoor 200M champion in track, had been thought of as a potential second-day pick at the 2015 draft if he opted to turn pro this winter, but this incident obviously clouds the issue.
- December 12
- (12:01 AM): Checking coaching status, part deux ... With just three weeks to go in the NFL regular schedule the clock is starting to tick on the future of a number of coaches around the NFL. And GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette weighs in with some thoughts on the coaching situation of AFC teams.
- December 11
- (2:00 PM): Bruins QB headed to draft … UCLA junior QB Brett Hundley still hasn’t said anything officially, but Bruins’ head coach Jim Mora has confirmed that the team’s Alamo Bowl date with Kansas State early next month will be the player’s last game at the school as he will be entering the 2015 draft. Hundley is generally considered to be the 3rd QB in this year’s draft field behind Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Florida State’s Jameis Winston , although he is still not thought to be a lock to be an opening round selection. Meanwhile, Alabama offensive co-ordinator Lane Kiffen has been quoted publicly as saying he does not expect junior WR Amari Cooper, a top 5-10 prospect for this year’s draft, to be back next fall. At the same time, ball-hawking Tulane junior CB Lorenzo Doss has declared for this year’s draft. Doss, who has 15 career interceptions, is considered to be a possible late second day pick for the upcoming draft.
- December 10
- (3:00 PM): UVa DE enters draft ... Vurginia DE Eli Harold has announced that he will be leaving school and entering the 2015 draft. The 6-4, 245-pound Harold, who figures to also get looks from 3-4 teams as a rush OLB, had 15.5 sacks over the past couple of years, as well as 15 other tackles for loss and should get some mid-to-late round interest this spring.
- (1:00 PM): Star RB declares for draft ... Wisconsin junior RB Melvin Gordon confirmed that he will be entering the 2015 draft during a radio interview earlier today. Gordon one of three Heisman Trophy finalists this year after running for over 2,300 yards and 29 TDs this season, is currently rated as one of the top 1-2 RBs available for the upcoming draft and is considered to be a possible mid-to-late first round pick this coming spring.
- Top WR/TE; FS turning pro … Underclassmen have until January 15th to declare their intention to enter the draft and most don’t until at least after their team’s bowl game. However, for players on teams that failed to make the post-season there is no time like the present. And its no surprise, for example, that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess will be entering this year’s draft where he figures to get late first or early second round consideration. The 6-5, 230-pound played TE his first two years with Michigan, but switched full-time to WR this season when he caught 62 passes for over 700 yards and 4 scores. Meanwhile, Syracuse junior FS Durrell Eskridge has also announced that he will be turning pro this winter. The 6-2, 205-pound Eskridge, who had 182 career tackles including 68 in 2014, is rated as a possible third or fourth round pick. Also thanks to reader LP for the heads up as Division II WR Lemar Durant of Simon Fraser announced late last month that he will be entering the draft. Durant, a 6-2, 230-pound Canadian with reported sub-4.5 speed originally signed with Nevada but did not play in his season there before transferring back home to SFU. Durant had 175 career receptions at SFU for almost 2,400 yards and 28 scores.
- More injury woes for top pick … The season is already over Texans for Houston OLB Jadeveon Clowney, the first player selected at the 2014 draft, but the news still keeps on getting worse. Clowney was placed on injured reserve earlier this month because of a lingering knee issue, but now reportedly will have to undergo microfracture surgery which could keep him sidelined for at least 9 months and make his availability for the start of the 2015 season somewhat problematic. And while several current NFL players have made successful returns to action after undergoing this type of procedure, there are others that never got close to getting back to 100%.
- December 9
- Draft stuff starting to arrive … An early Xmas present as we received a copy of Palmer Hughes’ Draft Notebook with profiles of the top 300 or so prospects for the 2015 draft as well as baseline data on hundreds of others. Worth a look for the college bowl season as well as the start of the draft testing process.
Meanwhile, for those that haven’t seen it yet, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a nice early overview of the 2015 draft.
- December 7
- (7:30 PM): Bucs move to #1 ... With Oakland upsetting San Francisco in the Battle by the Bay for its second win of the year there will clearly be a major reshuffling at the top of this week's selection order for the opening round of the 2015 draft. However, with three weeks to go in the regular season there is still a lot of sorting out to do as 5 teams will be tied with 2-11 records. Because they have the weakest strength of schedule of the 5, Tampa Bay would have the first pick if the draft were held this week, followed by Tennessee, Jacksonville, the NY Jets and Oakland, now all the way down to the 5th pick. Meanwhile, the next three picks are unchanged with Washington at #6, followed by the Giants at #7 and Carolina at #8. The change among the latter two picks, though, is that with both the Giants and Panthers winning this week the chances of either moving into the top 5 even if they were to go 0-3 over their final three games went from slim to pretty close to none. The full first-round selection order for this week will be posted after tomorrow night's Monday night game.
- (1:00 PM): Bucks in; B12 out of college playoffs ... While the world waits for the start of the NFL Sunday games, the college pairings for the first ever 4-team playoffs were announced and it will be #1 ranked Alabama against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon against defending national champion Florida State in the Rose. Both games are on January 1st with the winners to meet for the national championship on January 12th in Arlington. The big loser on the day was the Big XII whose strategy of having no champion backfired as neither Baylor nor TCU made the final four (see below).
- December 5
- (3:00 PM): Weekly prospect profiles ... Its
championship week in college football with all the major conference titles - not to mention those 4 national playoff spots - up for grabs. Here's a quick rundown of the top players to watch
in this weekend's big games with an eye to the 2015 draft.
- Top pick on IR … Houston has placed DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney, the first player selected at the 2014 draft, on injured reserve with a lingering knee issue. Clowney is expected to undergo surgery to clean up from an earlier surgery for a meniscus tear. In the end it was a washout year for Clowney who
played in only four games this fall during which he had 7 tackles and no sacks as he dealt with a concussion and a pre-season sports hernia injury along with the knee issues.
- Pair to miss conference title games … Oregon has confirmed that All-conference C Hroniss Grasu will miss tonight’s PAC-12 title game because of a lingering leg injury. Grasu, who is generally considered to be one of the top 2-3 prospects at the position for the 2015 draft, has been sidelined since early last month. Meanwhile, Florida State RB Karlos Williams will not play when the Seminoles play Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game tomorrow night. Williams, a mid-to-late round prospect for this year’s draft, suffered a concussion in last week’s win over Florida.
- December 3
- Canes TE hurts knee… Miami TE Clive Walford, who became the school’s all-time leading receiver at the position in last weekend’s game with Pitt. Unfortunately, Walford, a mid-round prospect for the upcoming draft, later suffered an injured knee in the game, although there are conflicting reports as to the severity. One report suggests he tore an MCL which will require surgery and require up to two months of rehab, however, there are conflicting reports that the injury is actually not that severe. Stay tuned.
- December 2
- ‘Noles QB to face hearing … Florida State redshirt
sophomore QB Jameis Winston will face a code-of-conduct hearing later
today to answer questions about an alleged sexual assault back in
December 2012. No charges were ever filed, but the school is conducting
a title IX investigation in the wake of complaints about how the
original allegations were handled. The hearing will be handled by
former Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding, although a
ruling isn't expected until January. If found guilty, Winston could
face punishments ranging from a reprimand or probabtion to expulsion,
although it is unlikely that any final decision will be reached before
the national championship game on January 12th. Florida State, the
defending national champions, are also college football‘s only
remaining unbeaten and will almost surely qualify for the 4-team
playoff with a win over Georgia Tech in the ACC title game on Saturday.
What isn’t as clear is how the NFL will react if Winston is found
quilty given the current sensitivity to domestic violence issues.
Winston is considered to be a top 5-10 prospect for the 2015 draft.
- Gator RB to enter draft … Florida junior RB Matt
Jones has reportedly decided to leave school with a year of eligibility
remaining and enter the 2015 draft. The 6-1, 230-pound Jones led the
Gators with 817 yards and 6 TDs this fall after missing the second of
the 2013 season with a knee injur. Jones is considered to be a
mid-to-late round prospect for the upcoming draft. He is also the 3rd
Gators’ junior to enter this year’s draft as both DE Dante Fowler and
OG Tyler Moore stated that the would be leaving school this winter in
the wake of head coach Wil Muschamp’s announcement that he would be
leaving at the end of the season. Underclassmen have until January 15th
to apply to the NFL for early entry to the 2015 draft.
- Senior Bowl, Shriners continues to add prospects …
The Senior Bowl has announced the names of a third round of players who
have been invited to this year’s game in Mobile. The latest group of 22
players invited to this year’s game includes Washington NT Danny
Shelton, a legitimate first-round prospect who is the highest rated
player to be invited to the Senior Bowl announced so far. At the same
time, other invitees announced this week included FS Derron Smith and
WR Josh Harper of Fresno State; WRs Phillip Dorsett of Miami and
Michigan State‘s Tony Lippett; Minnesota RB David Cobb; OTs Darryl
Williams of Oklahoma and Ty Sambrailo of Colorado State; Virginia
FSAnthony Harris and Oregon State Steve Nelson. Here is
the full list of players who have accepted invotations to this year's
Senior Bowl which will be played on January 24th with practices
scheduled to start on January 20th. Meanwhile, players who have
accepted invitations to this year's East-West Shrine
game include QBsCody Fajardo of Nevada, Georgia's Hutson Mason and
Taylor Heiicke of old Dominion; LSU RBs Terrance Magee and Kenny
Hilliard; WRs Austin Hill of Arizona, Washington's Kasom Williams and
Washington State's Vince Mayle, the nation's leading receiver; OT Brett
Boyko of UNLV; DE Martin Ifedi of Memphis; DE/OLB Zach Hodges of
Harvard; OLB Jake Ryan of Michigan and safeties Tevin McDonald of
Eastern Washington and TCU's Sam Carter. The Shrine game will be played
the week before the Senior Bowl in St. Petersburg.
- Movember 30
- (10:00 PM): Stamps claim 102nd Grey Cup upnorth
... Calgary held off a late rally by Hamilton to win the 2014
Grey Cup game 20-16. For just a moment, though, Hamilton thought it had
one of the biggest upsets in Grey Cup history when former Kansas State
KR Brandon Banks returned a punt 90-yards for what would have been a
game-winning TD with just 35 seconds to play, but the play was
nullified by a penalty and the clock eventually ran out on the Ti-Cats.
Calgary QB Bo Levi Mitchell, who played collegiately at Eastern
Washington, was named the game's MVP.
- (4:30): Jags win shuffles top of draft order ...
The euphoria of that first win of the year last weekend didn't last
long in Oakland as the Raiders were crushed 52-0 in St. Louis in one of
today's early games. Meanwhile, it looked like Jacksonville, which came
into the week sitting on the #1 pick in the 2015, might be in for a
similar fate when the Jaguars fell behind the Giants 21-0, but thanks
in large part to a couple of fumble returnd for scores and a
last-minute FG, Jacksonville pulled out a 25-24 come-from-behind
victory that pushed their record to 2-10. And with Jacksonville losing,
Tampa Bay and Tennessee will move up into the 2nd and 3rd picks
respectively this coming week, while Jacksonville will drop to 4th.
However, because the Jets, which had the 5th pick coming into the week,
don't play until Monday night, the rest of the early part of the draft
selection order won't be known until then.
- (10:00 AM): College title games set ... It
will be champiosnhip week in college football this coming weekend with
the major conferences set to play their title games with the 4 national
championship playoff spots also on the line. The Pac-12 will kick-off
the weekend on Friday night when Oregon play Arizona at 9 PM ET on Fox.
In that one the Ducks will have the opportunty to avenge their lone
regular-season loss. Then on Saturday, Alabama will play Missouri in
the SEC final in Atlanta at 4 PM on CBS, while the ACC and Big Ten
title contests go head-to-head at 8 PM. Defending national champs
Florida State will defend their ACC crown against Georgia Tech on ABC,
while Ohio State plays resurgent Wisconsin on Fox. The Buckeyes will
have to do without star QB J.T. Barrett who broke his ankle in the
team's win over Michigan. Ohio State, of course, has also been without
junior QB Braxton Miller, their original starter who was lost for the
year early in the season. The Big XII will also decide its champion on
Saturday when Baylor hosts Kansas State at 7:45 on ESPN. A win by
Baylor and they take the conference crown, while a K-State victory
would hand the title to TCU, assuming the Horned Frogs hold serve
against lowly Iowa State earlier in the day. Meanwhile, Northern
Illinois will play Bowling Green for the MAC title at 7 PM on Friday on
ESPN, while Boise State has a chance to get a major bowl invite when
they play Fresno State in the Mountain West title on Saturday at 10 PM
on CBS. The CUSA championship will be decided at noon on Saturday when
11-1 Marshall hosts Louisiana Tech on ESPN2. And while nothing is
written in stone its appears that Oregon, Alabama and Florida State are
each guaranteed one of the 4 spots in the national playoff format if
they win their conference championship games. The 4th and final spot
though will be up for grabs between Ohio State and either or both of
Baylor and TCU of the Big XII if those teams all win. There could also
be a very interesting situation for the playoff committee if both the
Big XII teams win and Ohio State loses. Baylor would be the Big XII
champion courtesy of its win over TCU earlier in the season, but the
Horned Frogs have consistently been ahead of the Bears in recent
rankings. Stay tuned
- (12:01 AM): Battle for top pick continues ...
A week after moving back into the #1 pick in the 'if the draft were
held today' selection order for the 2015 draft, Jacksonville may have a
chance at a second win this year as the Jaguars host the disappointing
3-8 Giants, who have lost 6 straight - in one of today's early games.
Meanwhile, Oakland, which got its first win of the year last week, will
be St. Louis, while Tampa Bay, which have the 3rd pick were the draft
held this week, hosts AFC North leading Cincinnati. Elsewhere, #4
Tennessee will be back in Houston to play the Texans, while the Jets,
which would have the 5th pick this week, will be hosting Miami and #6
Washington will be at Indianapolis. As usual, the current selection
order for this year's draft will be updated after Monday night's game.
- Movember 28
- Movember 27
- 'The catch' rules rook of week honors ... In what
was a rather quiet week for rookies around in the NFL, the GBN Rookie
of the Week award goes to Giants' WR Odell Beckham as reported in this
week's edition of the Rookie Report.
- Movember 26
- (9:00 AM): Buckeye DE suspended; likely headed to
draft … Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence has been permanently
suspended by the NCAA. Spence was originally suspended by Ohio State
earlier this season after he reportedly failed drug test. Because it
was not the first time Spence had failed a drug test at Ohio State the
NCAA got involved. The 6-2, 255-pound Spence was a high school
All-American who had 8 sacks for OSU as a sophomore in 2013. He is
considered to be a potential mid-round prospect for the upcoming draft
with his best fit at the next level likely as a 3-4 OLB, although the
drug issue will almost certainly affect his final grade.
- UCLA QB hints at pro turn ... Speaking on Monday's
"The Jim Rome Show" UCLA junior QB Brett Hundley suggested that he has
pretty well decidedto enter the 2015 draft. Hundley indicated that he
had done everything he wanted to at the school including getting a
degree and is ready to move on. Despite an up-and-down season, the
athletic Hundley is still considered to be a potential late-first or
early second round prospect for the upcoming draft.
- Movember 25
- Movember 24
- (12:01 AM): Stamps, Ti-Cats to meet for CFL title
… Calgary and Hamilton will play for the Canadina league
championship in the 102nd edition of the Grey Cup game in Vancouver
next Sunday evening. Calgary, which at 15-3 had the CFL's best regular
season record this fall, dispatched Edmonton 43-18 in an all-Aberta
western final on Sunday, while Hamilton romped over Montreal 40-24 in
the eastern title game. In fact, it will be championship weekend in
Canadian football as McMaster and the University of Montreal will play
for the Vanier Cup, awarded annually to the Canadian college champion,
in Montreal on Saturday at 1 PM ET with coverage provided by Sportsnet.
- Movember 23
- (4:15 PM): Jags reclaim top pick ...
Jacksonville will regain the #1 in the proverbial ‘if the draft were
held this week’ first-round selection order for the 2015 draft after
losing in Indianapolis in one of today's early game. Jacksonville is
tied with Oakland at 1-11 after the Raiders won their first game of the
year on Thursday night, but the Jaguars have the tie breaker because
they ave a considerably weaker strength of schedule than Oakland.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay and Tennessee will stay in the 3rd and 4th picks
respectively, after they both also lost their games today. However, the
remaining picks won't be set until after Monday night's rescheduled
game between the Jets and Buffalo in Detroit tomorrow night. As usual,
the first-round selection order for this year’s draft will be updated
after Monday night’s games.
- (12:01 AM):<Tide WR looks to be okay …
Alabama has confirmed that star junior WR Amari Cooper, a top 5-10
prospect for this year’s draft, only suffered a bruised knee during
Saturday’s win over D1AA Western Carolina, and likely will play when
Alabama plays Auburn in next week‘s Iron Bowl.
- Movember 22
- (6:00 PM): Top WR dinged … It was supposed
to be breather game, a laugher, but no one in Alabama is exactly
laughing at the moment after star junior WR Amari Cooper was hurt in
the first half of the Tide’s game with DIA Western Carolina this
afternoon. Cooper, a top 5-10 prospect for the upcoming draft, limped
to the locker room immediately after and did eventually return to the
sidelines later in the game, but did not return to action, although
team officials seemed to indicate that he could have played if
necessary. Stay tuned.
- That didn’t last long … Just a week after
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s 15-year-old NCAA
single-game rushing record with 408 yards in the Badgers’ win over
Nebraska, the record was broken again, this time by Oklahoma freshman
RB Samaje Perrine. Perrine a 243-pound true freshman, ran for 427 yards
and 5 scores against Big XII doormat Kansas. Meanwhile, congratulations
to East Carolina WR Justin Hardy, a mid-round prospect for the upcoming
draft, who earlier today became the all-time DI career receiving leader
with 347 recept
- Movember 21
- (9:00 AM): Home-grown talent on NFL rosters ...
GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette follows up an eralier report
on the roster breakdown of teams across the NFL with some additional numbers on the percentage
original draft picks and undrafted free agents make on each team's
- (12:01 AM): Raiders win! Raiders win! #1 could
move … They finally were able to break out the bubbly in Oakland
as the Raiders ended a year-long losing streak with a 24-20 win over
Kansas City when rookie QB Derek Carr hit WR James Jones with a 9-yard
TD pass with less than 2 minutes to play. And while the 1-10 Raiders
still have the worst record in the league, 1-9 Jacksonville would tie
Oakland with a loss this weekend. The Jaguars are in Indianapolis on
Sunday and with a loss would move into the #1 pick in the 2015 were it
to be held next week because Jacksonville has a much weaker strength of
schedule than Oakland.
- (12:01 AM): Draft goes prime time ... The
first overall pick at the 2015 draft will be front and center later
this evening when Oakland, the NFL's last remaining winless team which
would have the #1 pick were the draft held this week, hosts Kansas City
in the Thursday night game at 8:30 PM ET on the NFL Network.
- That didn't take long ... The lineup hasn't even
been set for college football's inaugural 4-team playoff, but already a
major player is calling for the current system to be expanded. ACC
commissioner John Swofford was quoted as saying that he thinks that 'an
8-team playoff would probably be ideal.” Needless to say it didn't take
a rocket scientist to figure that if there were five major college
football conferences, but only 4 playoff spots, somebody was going to
get left out. However, it appears that the powers that be that run
college football didn't make enough rocket science classes in their
day! In fact, with both Alabama and Mississippi State of the SEC West
in this week's top 4 in the playoff rankings, two conferences - the Big
Ten and Big XII - find themselves looking in from the outside and
needing help to get their respective champion into the post-season that
- Florida DE likely headed to draft ... Nothing
official yet, but Florida junior DE Dante Fowler, a mid-to-late
first-round prospect, has been tweeting in the past couple of days that
he will be leaving school this winter and entering the 2015 draft in
the wake of the announcement that Gators' head coach Will Muschamp
would not be returning next season.
- USC CB Re-instated ... Southern California has
re-instated embattled CB Josh Shaw after local police revealed their
will be no charges from his escapade last August when he fabricated a
story to explain how he suffered two high ankle sprains as a result of
jumping from the balcony of his third-story apartment following an
argument with his girlfriend. Shaw had initially told USC officials
that the injury when he leapt from a balcony in an effort to save his
drowning nephew. That story quickly became a national story before Shaw
admitted he had made it up. Shaw, a tweener CB/S who had been
considered to be a likely late round prospect for the 2015 draft, will
have a couple of games and a bowl to impress scouts.
- Saints, Cards IR early picks … On further review,
New Orleans has been forced to place rookie WR Brandin Cooks on injured
reserve because of a broken thumb. The original diagnosis was the
Cooks, the Saints first-round pick this year, would only be out 2-4
weeks, but the injury was more severe than first thought. Cooks ends
his reasonably productive rookie year with 53 catches for 550 yards and
3 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Arizona has placed rookie TE Troy Niklas on
season-ending injured reserve because of a severely sprained ankle.
Niklas, the 52nd player selected at the 2014 draft, played in 7 games
this fall and had three receptions
- Movember 18
- Movember 17
- (2:00 PM): Vols ILB under investigation for
sexual assault ... Tennessee MLB A.J. Johnson, one of the top
prospects at the position for the 2015 draft, is reportedly one of two
Vols'players being investigated for the sexual assault of a female
student over the weekend.
- (11:30 AM): Big Ten DE dismissed … Michigan
DE Frank Clark, who had been considered to be a mid-round prospect for
the 2015 draft, has been kicked off the team after he was arrested over
the weekend and charged with domestic violence stemming from an
incident with his girlfriend.
- (12:01 AM): Monday niter has top 5 impact ...
There won't be any change to the first three picks in this week's
first-round selection order for the 2015 were it to be held this week
as Oakland, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay would have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd
round picks respectively. The 4-5 picks, though, won't be decided until
after tonight's Monday night game between Pittsburgh and Tennessee. A
Titans' win over Pittsurgh and the Jets will have the 4th pick and
Tennessee the 5th; however, if the Titans lose to the Steelers they
would move up to the 4th pick with the Jets dropping down to #5. As
usual, the opening round selection order for the 2015 draft will be
updated after the Monday night game.
- Movember 16
- (5:00 PM): Torn ACL confirmed for star UGA RB …
Georgia has confirmed that star junior RB Todd Gurley tore an ACL late
in yesterday's 34-7 win over Auburn and will miss the rest of the year.
Gurley, who had been considered to be a top 5-10 prospect for the
upcoming draft, is still expected to turn pro this winter, but the
injury will clearly impact his draft status. Given that the recovery
period for such an injury is usually 6-9 months at a minimum, Gurley
likely will likely not be able to participate in any pre-draft workouts
and very possibly may not even be ready to start the 2015 season.
Gurley had just made his return from a 4-game suspension for accepting
improper benefits from the sale of autographs and other sports
memorabilia last evening in the Bulldogs’ resounding 34-7 win over
Auburn. Certainly, there will be some questions for the Georgia staff
whether Gurley really needed to have carried the ball 29 times after
having not played for a month; there may be an even larger question as
to why he was even in the game with the Bulldogs up by 4 scores with
just over 5 minutes to play.
- (10:30 AM): Noles win; Top OT moves inside to C
... Florida State became the only remianing unbeaten team in
college football last night when the Seminoles rallied yet again to
defeat intrastate rival Miami 30-26 on a late TD after Mississppi State
had lost to Alabama in a late afternoon game. The college football
playoff rankings for this week won't be announced until Tuesday
evening, but there is a better than even chance that the top 4 spots in
the playoff rankings this week will be held by Florida State, Alabama,
Oregon and Mississippi State, with Texas Christian, Baylor and Ohio
State lurkin in the next three positions. One interesting note from
Florida State's win over Miami was that the Seminoles shifted Cameron
Erving, a second-round OT prospect for the 2015 draft, from LT to C
during the week. In fact, Erving played very well in the middle against
the Hurricanes which will just add to the value of his grade for the
- Husker DE dinged ... There is still nothing from
Nebraska about the extent of the injury suffered by star junior DE
Randy Gregory is yesterday's dismal loss at Wisconsin. Gregory, a
potential top 5 pick for the upcoming draft, was helped off the field
late in the game with an apparent ankle or leg injury. In that game,
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, who is arguably the #2 rated back for the
2015 draft behind UGA’s Gurley, broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s single-game
NCAA rushing record when he tore up the Nebraska defense for 408 yards
and 4 scores and didn’t even play in the 4th quarter with the game well
in hand. For the record, Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah, a second-round
prospect for the upcoming draft who strained an MCL a couple of weeks
ago, gave it a go, but clearly wasn’t 100% and also did not play not
play in the 4th quarter.
- (7:30PM): LSU RB done for rest of regular sked …
LSU RB Kenny Hilliard reportedly will miss the final two games of the
regular season because of a shoulder injury suffered in last weekend’s
loss to Alabama. Hilliard, a late-round or free agent prospect for 2015
draft, has rushed for 430 yards and 5 scores as a situational back for
the Tigers this fall.
- Duck C could sit two weeks … The school hasn’t
said anything officially, but according to teammates, Oregon C Hroniss
Grasu, one of the top 2-3 prospects at the position for the 2014 draft,
will miss a couple of weeks as a result of an unspecified leg injury
suffered last weekend. The 2nd ranked Ducks have a bye this week and
hope to have Grasu back for Pac-12 conference championship game the
first week of December.
- (12:01 AM): New mock posted ... With less
than 170 days to go until the 2015 draft, the GBN first-round projection has been
updated. And while we are also happy to hear people's comments, please
keep in mind that the chances that we hit on many particular picks this
far out from the draft are
slim to none; indeed, the real value of any mock at this point in the
exercise is not which players get assigned to any individual teams, but
where players are grouped. Also if the latest projection doesn't come
up, please hit refresh or reload as some servers cache older versions
and don't always update.
- Jags IR second rounder … Jacksonville has placed
rookie WR Allen Robinson on injured reserve after fracturing his foot
in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to Dallas at Wembley Stadium in London.
Robinson, the Jaguars’ second round pick at the 2014 draft, leads the
team with 48 receptions.
- Gator DT stays booted … Florida DT Leon Orr will
not be allowed to rejoin the squad after he left the team prior to last
Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt. Orr, a senior who is rated as a
late-round or free agent prospect for the 2015 draft, was expecting to
start the Vanderbilt game, but when he was told he would not, he left
the team and literally took the bus home. Orr reportedly had hoped to
talk with the Florida coaches this week about a second chance, but head
coach Will Muschamp confirmed that he would not be allowed back.
- Movember 11
- Heisman contenders and pretenders profiled … With
the college football season heading into the final 3-4 weeks of the
regular schedule, GBN head scout and primo college football observer
and analyst weighs in with some thoughts on the race to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.
- Top Terp WR likely done for year with internal injury … It
appears that Maryland junior WR Stefon Diggs could be done for the year
after he reportedly suffered a lacerated kidney in the Terps game at
Penn State this past week. Diggs, who is second in the Big Ten in
catches per game and fifth in receiving yards per game, is considered
to be a second day prospect for the 2015 draft and should be ready for
pre-darft workouts if he in fact opts to turn pro this winter.
- Pair of Dukies get extra year … Duke got some
positive news in that both MLB Kelby Brown and TE
Braxton Deaver have been granted medical hardship years by the
NCAA and will return to school for a 6th year of eligibility in 2015.
Both were All-ACC players last fall and were considered to be at
potential late round prospects, but both suffered torn ACLs this past
August after both also missed the entire 2012 season with earlier
injuries. In fact, it’s the third torn ACL for Brown who had 114
tackles last fall, while the 6-5, 245-pound Deaver had a breakout year
in 2013 when he caught 46 passes for 600 yards and 4 scores.
- Senior bowl announces first players … You know
things are starting to move on when the Senior Bowl begins to announce
players who have accepted invitations to this year’s game. That
happened yesterday when the Senior Bowl announced that East Carolina QB
Shane Carden, along with his favorite target in WR Justin Hardy will be
in Mobile for this year‘s game. Other seniors who have accepted
invitations include Northern Iowa RB David Johnson, Iowa DT Carl Davis,
Utah DE Nate Orchard, LBs Geno Grissom of Oklahoma and Mike Hull of
Penn State, safeties Kurt Drummond of Michigan State, Iowa’s Adrian
Amos, and Jaquiski Tartt of Samford, along with Navy LS Joe Cardona.
This year’s Senior Bowl will be played January 24th at
Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile with practices scheduled to begin on the
- (12:01 AM): Big Board, positional rankings
tweaked … The GBN Big Board ranking
of the top 150 or so prospects for the 2015 draft has been updated as
have the positional rankings.
- Ducks dinged in Utah … Oregon got out of Utah on
Saturday with its one-loss record intact with a 51-27 win over the 20th
ranked Utes. Unfortunately, for the Ducks, though, they didn’t get out
of town without anyone getting banged up. In fact, Oregon lost as many
as three starters to injury including at least a couple of top
prospects for the upcoming draft. C Hroniss Grasu, one of the top 2-3
prospects at the position for this year’s draft, for example, hurt a
knee against Utah and could be out a while, while CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a
mid-to-late first round candidate, suffered a toe injury early in the
Utah game and left the locker room in a walking boot, but says he hopes
to play when the Ducks play Coloardo in two weeks after their bye.
Meanwhile, TE Pharaoh Brown remains in hospital in Utah after he
suffered a grisly leg injury that almost certainly ended his season.
- Top OT prospect moves right … Interesting move at
Texas A&M where star OT Cedric Ogbuehi has been switched from LT
back to RT where he played last year as part of a reshuffling to take
into an account some injuries. Ogbuehi is considered to be a top 5-10
prospect for the 2015 draft with the unique athleticism for an OT to be
the first guy off the board at the position. However, there have been
whispers in the scouting community that Ogbuehi hasn’t always played
hard this fall and there has been some speculation that the move could
have been made by the Aggies’ staff to perhaps send him a message.
- Movember 6
- (5:00 PM): Husky CB prospect kicked off team …
Washington junior CB Marcus Peters, a leading prospect for the 2015
draft, has been dismissed from the program after a series of off-field
missteps this week. Peters was originally suspended for a game earlier
this season after arguing with an assistant coach. Then this week he
reportedly got into another verbal altercation with coaches on the
sidelines during last week’s game against Colorado, then missed
practice earlier this week for unknown reasons; and, then got into yet
another verbal altercation with an assistant during yesterday’s
practice. Prior to the latest incident, Peters ad been considered a
potential first-round prospect for the upcoming draft, however, clearly
if, as expected, he still enters this year’s draft he will have some
major explaining to do in pre-draft interviews.
- Movember 5
- (4:00 PM): GBN Top 25 updated ... Now that
the playoff selection committee has revised its rankings for asecond
week, GBN Chief Scout and official #1 college football fan Pigskin Paul
Guillemette has revised his Top 25
after 10 weeks of the college football regular season:
- Martin, Mosley top rooks, Bills top rook team in
mid-season draft rankings ... With every team now at least half
way through the season, Dallas OG Zach Martin and Baltimore MLB C.J.
Mosley were rated the best offensive and defensive rookies respectively
by the crack GBN scout staff. At the same time, Buffalo's overall
rookie class graded out the best among all teams in the GBN mid-season rookie review.
- Bucs make change at QB … Interesting move in Tampa
Bay where the 1-7 Buccaneers will reportedly replace second-year pro
Mike Glennon at QB with veteran journeyman Josh McCown who had started
the first three games of the season. The move may lead to speculation
that the Buccaneers use their first round pick this coming April 30 on
a QB; earlier, there had been speculation that Tampa Bay might give
Glennon a little more time to develop and use their top pick on another
position this year. The Buccaneers would technically have the 4th pick
overall were the draft held this week; however, they play a
considerably weaker schedule than either Jacksonville or the Jets, the
league’s other two one-win teams, and would move up to the 2nd spot if
they lose their game in hand.
- Suspended Terp WR could sit longer than week ...
There are concerns in Maryland that star junior WR Stefon Diggs, a
potential second-day prospect a the 2015 draft, could miss more than
the one game he was suspended for by the NCAA for making contact with
an official during a scuffle prior to last weekend's game with Penn
State. As a result, Diggs will miss Maryland's game with Michigan State
in two weeks. To his credit, Diggs has apologized for his actions.
- Vols QB to miss rest of year … Tennessee QB Justin
Worley will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn labrum
in his throwing shoulder. Worley is considered to be a late round or
free agent type prospect for the 2015 draft.
- Movember 4
- (9:00 AM): Just thinking out loud ... and
punting!!! ... Long-time followers of the GBN will now that we
tend to stick pretty much with the facts and leave the editorials to
others. Everone once in a while, though, we get our danders up about
this or that in the world of football and have our say. That's the case
this darkish morning as GBN Chief Scout Paul Guillemette has some
thoughts on a couple of developments over the weekend in this week's Scouts Notebook.
- Nation's leading passer indeed done for the year ...
Washington State has confirmed that QB Connor Halliday, the national
leader in passing yards, will miss the rest of the year with a
fractured leg suffered early in the Cougars‘ game with Southern
California this past weekend..
- Movember 2
- (7:30 PM):: No changes in weekly draft order
... Oakland gave it the old college try up in Seattle against the
defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, but in the end came up short
again to drop to 0-8. As a result, the Raiders only remaining winless
team will hang onto the #1 pick overall for the 2015 draft were it to
be held this week. In fact, there won't be any changes to this week's
top 6 picks That's because Jacksonville, the New York Jets, and Tampa
Bay, which would have had the 2nd, 3rd and 4th picks respectively
entering the week, all lost, while Tennessee and Atlanta, which had the
5th and 6th picks respectively, had their byes. Indeed, the earliest
change so far sees Washington move up to the 7th pick after losing a
close in Minnesota, while it looks like Chicago will have the 8h pick.
The remaining opening round selection order, though, won't be
determined until after the Sunday and Monday night games.
- (12:30 PM): Pro picks from Pigskin Paul ... With NFL
action ready to kick off in just minutes, GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul
Guillemette weighs in with his top picks
in this weekend's key
- Movember 1
- (7:00 PM): College injuries of note … Star Nebraska
RB Ameer Abdullah reportedly suffered a mild MCL knee sprain early in
today’s game with Purdue. Abdullah, a second-day prospect for the 2015
draft, had been averaging over 155 rushing yards per game coming into
today’s game. No word yet though on how long Abdullah will miss, but
team officials are hopeful he’ll be okay for the Huskers’ big game with
Wisconsin in two weeks; Nebraska has a bye next week.
- Spartan QB leaning to return to college ... Michigan State
junior QB Connor Cook reportedly told a number of local media outlets
that he plans to return to school for the 2015 season. However, Cook
did still leave the door open to entering the 2015 draft if there were
special circumstances. And while he didn't spell those out, Cook hinted
that they might include if he got a really high grade from the NFL's
special draft advisory committee, or if perhaps Michigan State went on
to win the national championship. Cook is generally considered to be a
rising prospect in the 2015 draft with late first-round potential, but
most scouts also tend to feel that there are still some holes in his
game and that he would benefit from another year at the college level.
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