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- Movember 25
- (12:01 AM): Weekly selection order updated ... With another week in the books, the first-round selection order for the 2015 draft, were it held this week, has been posted.
- 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
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- Movember 21
- (3:00 PM): Weekly prospect profiles ... The week before Thanksgiving always tends to be a little quiet on the college footbal schedule with so many traditional rivalries season slated for next weekend. However, there are still some intriguing games this Saturday including the battle for LA out on the west coast which has major implications for the PAC-12 confererence championship game in two weeks. Here's a quick rundown of the top players to watch
in college football's key games this week.
- (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 roster.
- (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.
- Movember 20
- (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.
- Prospects profiles from last weekend ... In the wake of last weekend's slate of key games in college football, GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette weighs in on a number of prospects who caught his eye.
- Tight, tight vote for rook of week honors ... In another outstanding week for rookies around in the NFL, the GBN Rookie of the Week vote was as tight as it can get as reported in this week's edition of the Rookie Report.
- 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 means something.
- Movember 19
- (12:01 AM): Big Board; mock updated in wake of Gurley injury … Needless to say, the season-ending knee injury suffered by star Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley last weekend resulted in some major revisions to the GBN Big Board ranking of the top 150 or so prospects for the 2015 draft. And with those changes in mind, as well as some other recent intel, the GBN 2015 first-round projection.
- 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
- Special night for GBN on the air ... Due to a scheduling conflict, this week's Great
Blue North 'Blog Radio' Draft Report has been moved up a day and will be on blog
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Guillemette and host Eric Lamb for a review of all the goings in
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- 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 upcoming draft.
- 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.
- Movember 14
- (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.
- Movember 13
- (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.
- Movember 12
- 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 previous Tuesday.
- Movember 10
- (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.
- October 31
- (9:00 AM): HAPPY HALLOWE'EN ... And for those taking out little elves and goblins later today please be safe. For the record, we've dusted off our Mel Kiper wigs and are going out dressed as up as slightly aging draft gurus!
- Up, down night for '#2 Noles, QB Winston ... For those that were watching last night's NFL game in which New Orleans took over the NFC South lead with a 28-10 road win over Carolina, second-ranked Florida State stayed unbeaten with a 42-31 win over pesky Louisville that was anything but easy as the Seminoles had to overcome a 21-0 first half deficit and really only locked things up in the game's final ouple of minutes. It will also be anything but easy for pro scouts evaluating star FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston who did lead Florida State to 580 yards of total offense against the nation’s top statistical defense and helped put those 42 points on the board, but barely completed 50% of his pass attempts (25 of 48) and was picked off three times (and it could just as easily have been 1-2 more) as he was harassed all night by the Louisville defense and ended up throwing more than once into coverage off his back foot. Winston also came out of the game somewhat gimpy after taking a lot of hits. Also of note, Louisville WR Devante Parker, who hasn't played much this year because of a foot injury, had a big night for the Cardinals catching 9 passes for over 200 yards, while junior Louisville safety Gerod Holliman picked off a a couple of Winston passes to take over the national lead with ten and could have had a couple more on the Seminoles' game-winning drive. Unfortunately, for Louisville, on the game's key play - a third and long with less than 4 minutes to play - Holliman was about to step in front of a Winston pass, but got knocked down by a Cardinals' LB who appeared to be lost at sea on the play which not only converted the third down but went all the way for the deciding score. For the record, Holliman was also fumbled one of his other picks back to the Seminoles when he was stripped of the ball ironically by Winston.
- October 30
- (11:00 AM): Knee situation of Canes OT updated ... Miami junior LT Ereck Flowers, one of the rising prospects at the position for the 2015 draft, reportedly underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn MCL. How long Flowers will be out, though, is still to be determined. Flowers will definitely not play this weekend when the Hurricanes host North Carolina, but school officials are reportedly hopeful he could return in two weeks after the team's bye when the Hurricanes play top-ranked Florida State. At the same time, the school has not ruled out the possibility that Flowers could still miss the rest of the season. The 6-5, 325-pound Flowers is considered to be either a late first or early second round possibility for the 2015 draft if he opts to leave school this winter.
- Bonus coverage … Interesting college game later this evening (7:30 PM ET; ESPN) when defending national champion Florida State puts its unbeaten streak on the line at Louisville. Interestingly, though, the most interesting pro prospect to watch in this game is Louisville WR DeVante Parker (#9, 6-2, 210), a potential late first pick this coming April who missed the better part of the first half of the season with a leg injury. The Cardinals also feature something of a rising star on the other side of the ball in junior FS Gerod Holliman (#8, 6-0,205), who leads the country with 8 picks. Meanwhile, other Louisville players to watch include OLB Lorenzo Mauldin (#94, 6-3, 255), junior CB Charles Gaines (#3, 5-10, 190), TE Gerald Christian (#18, 6-3, 245), OT Jamon Brown (#79, 6-5, 350), OGs John Miller (#70, 6-2, 325) and Jake Smith (#53, 6-3,305), and RBs Michael Dyer (#5, 5-9, 205) and Dominique Brown (#10, 6-1, 245).For its part, Florida State has arguably the deepest 2015 draft class in the country starting with embattled redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston (#5, 6-4, 235), a top 5-10 prospect for the upcoming draft who has been able to stay focused when he is on the field despite dealing with a myriad of off-field issues including the fall-out from an alleged sexual incident from a couple of years ago. In fact, Winston is not the only Seminole dealing with a domestic violence issue as RB Karlos Williams (##9, 6-0, 225) is also being investigated on Friday for an alleged sexual assault. At the same time, junior CB P.J. Williams (#26, 5-11, 195) is also considered to be potential first round pick this coming spring, while DE Mario Edwards (#15, 6-3, 295) and DT Eddie Goldman (#90, 6-3, 315), along with veteran OT Cameron Erving (#75, 6-5, 310) are close. Meanwhile, WR Rashad Greene (#80, 5-11, 180), TE Nick O'Leary (#35, 6-3, 235), and OGs Tre Jackson (#54, 6-3, 330) and Josue Matias (#70, 6-5, 325) are solid second-day candidates.
- October 29
- (9:30 AM): UGA RB to sit two more games … Star Georgia junior Todd Gurley has been suspended for a total of four games by the NCAA for accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. Because Georgia sat out Gurley the past two games he will only have to miss the team’s next two games - against Florida this week and Kentucky on November 8th, but will be eligible for the Bulldogs final three games including their key match-up with Auburn on November 15th as well as the SEC Championship game if UGA ends up representing the SEC East. Gurley, who is 4th in the country with an average of 154 rushing yards per game, is considered to be a top 10-15 prospect for the 2015 draft. Gurley, who acknowledged violating NCAA rules, must repay a portion of the money received to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service as additional conditions for his reinstatement, although Georgia has reportedly appealed the penalty beyond their original two-game suspension.
- October 28
- (8:00 PM): Bucs trade details updated ... The NFL trade deadline passed earlier this afternoon and as expected Tampa Bay was the primary mover making two deals. However, in the end the Buccaneers did not deal either WR Vincent Jackson or RB Doug Martin, the two players who were thought to be on the market. Instead, Tampa Bay sent veteran safety Mark Barron, the Buccaneers’ first round pick in 2012 who is currently the team’s second-leading tackler, to St. Louis for what is believed to be 4th and 6th round picks in 2015. The Buccaneers then sent reserve LB Jonathan Casillas and a 6th round pick to New England in exchange for a 5th round selection next May. With these deals, the GBN trade mart has been updated.
- FSU, SEC top first college playoff list ... The first set of rankings for this year's 4-team college playoff have been released and as expected Florida State and Mississippi State, the last two remaining unbeaten power 5 conference teams, top the list. And it won't come as a surprise to anyone that along with Mississippi State, the SEC WEst accounts for 4 of the top 6 positions as Ole Miss and Auburn round out the top 4 followed by Oregon and Alabama in the 5-6 slots, while Texas Christian, Michigan State, Kansas State and Notre Dame round out the top ten. The top four teams in the final rankings on December 7th will play in the inaugural College Football Playoff, starting January 1st with semifinals games at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowls with the winners to meet in Dallas on January 12th. There will almost assuredly be a change in the rankings next week as Mississippi and Auburn play eah other this weekend.
- Trade deadline looming later today … The NFL’s trade deadline comes up at 4 PM ET later Tuesday afternoon. And while unlike other sports, there just aren’t that many trade deadline deals in the NFL there are rumors that a number of veteran players could be available including WR Vincent Jackson and RB Doug Martin of Tampa Bay.
- Jets make change at QB; what’s the future … The New York Jets, who would have the 3rd pick overall were the 2015 draft held this week, are going to start Michael Vick at for this coming week’s game in Kansas City in place of second-year pro Geno Smith who was benched in last Sunday’s 43-23 loss to Buffalo after he threw interceptions on three straight first-quarter drives. Needless to say rumblings are going to get even louder that the 1-7 Jets might have to address their QB situation with their opening-round pick this year given Smith‘s inconsistency through his first two years in the league.
- Second FSU prospect investigated for domestic violence … Florida State RB Karlos Williams, a potential second day prospect for the 2015 draft, is reportedly being investigated for an alleged domestic battery incident, although to date he has not been arrested or charged. Of course, Florida State has been dodging bullets all fall as star redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is currently facing a student code of conduct hearing after a woman said he sexually assaulted her. Charges were never brought against the quarterback as a Florida prosecutor said there was not enough evidence in the case, although there are also allegations that local police weren‘t necessarily all that aggressive investigating that case.
- October 26
- (8:00 PM): Bottom four stay bottom four … With the four teams with the worst records in the league coming into the week all losing earlier today, there is almost no change in the first four picks in the hypothetical selection order for the 2015 draft were it to be held this week. The one change has Jacksonville and the Jets swapping the 2nd and 3rd picks based on strength of schedule as the Jets collective opponents had a much better week than did the Jaguars opponents. In the end, Oakland will hang onto the top pick at least for another week, followed by Jacksonville, the Jets and Tampa Bay, although as noted the Buccaneers have a much weaker strength of schedule than either Jacksonville or the Jets and are only currently 4th because they have played one less game than the other two one-win teams. Meanwhile, Atlanta and Tennessee are in a virtually statistical deadlock for the 5th and 6th picks, while the rest of the opening round selection order will be determined by this weekend’s remaining games. As usual, the full selection order for this year's opening round will be posted after tomorrow's Monday night game.
- (12:01): Changes coming to draft top 5 … There will be at least one change among the top 5 picks in the current selection order for the 2015 draft once the smoke clears from this weekend‘s action as Tampa Bay, which would have the 4th pick were the draft held this week, will be hosting Minnesota, which would have the 5th pick, in one of today‘s 1 PM ET games. And there could be other changes. The New York Jets, which would have the 2nd pick, will be hosting up-and-down Buffalo, while Jacksonville, which currently sits on the 3rd pick, will be hosting up-and-down Miami. Meanwhile, Oakland, which would have the first pick were the draft held this week, will be at Cleveland in a late afternoon game. Even today’s Sunday morning special involving Detroit and Atlanta playing in London at 9:30 AM has a draft connection as the disappointing Falcons would have the 6th pick were the draft held today. There is also a potentially interesting game in Tennessee where the Titans will be hosting Houston and not just because the Titans used to play in Houston. On the one hand, Tennessee would have the 7th pick were the draft held this week, while Houston would pick 11th. At the same time, it is possible that Texans’ OLB Jadeveon Clowney, the first player selected at the 2014 draft, may make his pro debut if he passes a game-time physical. Clowney has not played to date because of a foot issue. As usual, we’ll be updating the full opening round selection order as it would play out were the 2015 draft held this week, once all of this week’s games are in the book.
- October 25
- October 23
- (9:00 AM): Another rook QB to start … Tennessee will reportedly give the start to rookie QB Zach Mettenberger when they play Houston on Sunday. Veteran journeyman Charley Whitehurst had been starting in place of incumbent starter Jake Locker, who is out yet again with a thumb injury. Mettenberger was considered to be a possible late first round prospect for the 2014 draft at one time in the draft process, but he slipped all the way to the 6th round after tearing an ACL late last season. With Locker a likely free agent at the end of the year the struggling 2-5 Titans, who would have the 7th pick were the 2015 draft held this week, need to see what they have in Mettenberger. If Mettenberger does ultimately get the call this weekend he would become the fourth rookie QB to start this season joining Blake Bortles of Jacksonville, Derek Carr of Oakland and Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater.
- Mountain West LB sidelined for year ... Wyoming SSLB Mark Nzeocha, a second-tier prospsect for the 2015 draft, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. The 6-2, 235-pound Nzeocha, a German who didn't play high school, led the Cowboys with 59 tackles through 7 games this fall after posting 101 last season; he originally played safety at Wyoming and reportedly has 4.6 speed.
- (12:01 AM): Bonus coverage … For those that don’t realize that the NFL’s Thursday night game should be one of the best of the year with San Diego playing at Denver for the AFC West lead, there are also a couple of potentially interesting college games on tonight’s docket. At 7 PM ET on ESPNU, for example, East Carolina (5-1), which still has hopes of making a major bowl later this year, hosts UConn (1-5) which is just trying to stay relevant after being left out of the 5 power conferences. ECU has a couple of very good prospects for the 2015 draft in QB Shane Carden (#5, 6-2, 220) and WR Justin Hardy (#2, 5-11, 190), both of whom are potential second-day picks this coming May. Carden, in particular, has a chance to move up draft boards across the league with so many of the other top-rated QBs struggling in one way or another this season. Meanwhile, Miami and Virginia Tech, both of whom are a disappointing 4-3 so far this season, will be in survival mode, at least in terms of the conference race when they meet at 8 PM ET on ESPN in Blacksburg. In fact, with those three losses, Miami rates as one of the ore disappointing teams in the country, although the Canes still could have an impact at the upcoming draft with a trio of solid second day prospects including MLB Denzel Perryman (#52, 5-11, 245), along with juniors Ereck Flowers (#74, 65, 325), a rising LT candidate, and RB Duke Johnson (#8, 5-9, 205). The Canes also have several decent third-day types including WR Phillip Dorsett (#4, 5-9, 185), TE Clive Walford (#46, 6-3, 265), G/T Jon Feliciano (#70, 6-4, 320), DE Tony Chickillo (#71, 6-3, 275), and DT Olsen Pierre (#91, 6-4, 305). Virginia Tech likely won’t have anywhere near the draft impact of Miami, especially after it was announced that DT Luther Maddy, the Hokies’ best prospect, won’t play again this fall because of an injury; Virginia Tech, though, does have a pretty good pair of senior safeties in Detrick Bonner (#8, 5-11, 195) and Kyshoen Jarrett (#34, 5-11, 195).
- Senior Bowl sched tweaked … The Senior Bowl has announced a fairly significant change to the practice week schedule. In particular, the players weigh-in and measurement of the players has been pushed back from the Monday to Tuesday. There will still be two days of full-pad workouts, but on Wednesday and Thursday, while the old Thursday ’practice’ sessions, which in fact were not much more than a glorified walk-through and special teams practice in shells has been eliminated. Indeed, in the past most scouts cleared out of town on Wednesday evening leaving only family members and die-hard draftniks to watch the Thursday practice. For the record, the start times for first two practice sessions, now on Tuesday afternoon, will be staggered so that folks have a chance to see at least part of both the North and South sessions. The 2015 Senior Bowl game is scheduled for 4 PM ET on January 24th in Mobile, with practices to start on the 20th.
- Star UGA RB applies for re-instatement … Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley, a top 15 prospect for the 2015 draft, has applied to the NCAA to have his eligibility restored after he spent the last two games on the sidelines as he was investigated for accepting payments in exchange for autographed memorabilia. Prior to being suspended Gurley was also a leading Heisman Trophy candidate who had averaged over 150 rushing yards per game. The school reportedly is hopeful that Gurley will be re-instated in time for this weekend’s annual game with Florida in Jacksonville.
- October 22
- (4:30 PM): Pats get Titans vet LB, pick for better pick … New England has acquired veteran LB Akeem Ayers from Tennessee in exchange for a 6th round pick at the 2015 draft; the Patriots will also receive Tennessee’s 7th round pick to complete the deal. The deal is also contingent on Ayers passing a physical with the Patrots. Ayers had surgery on both of his knees this past winter and has only played in two of the Titans' seven games this season, but has been relatively productive when healthy in the past.
- One in; one out in college football ... Auburn has reportedly reinstated starting FS Jermaine Whitehead, who has been suspended the past 4 games after he reportedly got into a verbal altercation with one of the team's assistant coach. While the 5-11, 195-pound Whitehead, a mid-round prospect for the 2015 draft who still leads the team in interceptions so far this fall, is back at practice, the program remains non-committal whether he'll play this weekend when the Tigers host South Carolina ... At the same time, Virginia Tech DT Luther Maddy, another potential mid-round prospect for the upcoming draft, will miss the rest of the season because of a recurring knee injury. Maddy originally injured the knee in mid-September, but expected to be back this month after he underwent surgery at that time, but it now appears he'll need to undergo further surgery on his injured knee that will end his season. However, because Maddy has yet to redshirt he has already announced he will return for another shot at his senior season next fall ... Central Michigan RB Thomas Rawls, the 5th leading rusher in the FBS, will avoid jail time after he was sentenced to a year's probation and over 100 hours of community service on a misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny to which he pleaded guilty to stealing a woman's purse and using her credit cards at a local casino. Rawls was suspended by the team after he was charged and reinstated him following the plea. The former Michigan recruit has run for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in only six games so far this year.
- October 18
- (7:30 PM): 'Hawks comp for WR Harvin downgraded … The compensation Seattle received from the New York Jets in excahnge for WR Percy Harvin was originally reported as a conditional 4th round pick at the 2015 draft hat could escalate to as much as a 2nd rounder depending on Harvin’s productivity with the Jets. owever, later reports indicate that the deal actually involves a 6th round pick that could become a 4th round pick if Harvin is still on the Jets roster in 2015. Given that the draft comes long before teams must establish their opening day 53-man rosters next September, figure if the 'he must be on the roster reports' involve the Jets not releasing Harvin before the start of the 2015 football yearin March. Whatever they get in the deal from the Jets, though, will barely register a dent in what the Seahawks gave up to acquire Harvin from Minnesota in the first place prior to the 2013 season when they sent the Vikings 1st, 3rd and 7th round picks. However, Harvin was never really healthy with the Seahawks and seldom provided te expected big-play threat; this year, for example, Harvin has averaged a league-low 6 yards per reception. Plus there have been reports that Harvin got into several fights with teammates, including QB Russell Wilson, which hastened his exit from Seattle. With the deal, the GBN trade mart has been updated.
- (11:30 PM): Picks and pans from Pigskin Paul ... With another full Saturday of college football action set to kickoff, GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette weighs in with some
thoughts on what to watch in this weekend's big games on the college
football schedule including his picks in this weekend's key
- October 16
- (11:30 AM): Thursday niter has draft implications
… There are no two teams in the NFL that dislike each other more
than New England and the New York Jets. And the two AFC East teams will
renew their rivalry later this evening when they meet in Boston in this
week’s Thursday night game on CBS and the NFL Network in a game that
has some implications for the early selection order at the 2015 draft.
That’s because the Jets, who at least when it comes to their rivalry
with the Patriots, have talked a better game than they have played on
the field are 1-5 and would have the 4th pick overall were the draft held this week.
- Bonus coverage … Just in case the NFL Thursday
niter turns into an early blowout, draft watchers can check what all
the fuss is about at Pitt when the Panthers play Virginia Tech at 7:30
PM ET later this evening. While Pitt is a disappointing 3-3 after
having lost their last three in a row, the Panthers have two of the
best true sophomores in the country in RB James Connor (#24, 6-2, 250)
and WR Tyler Boyd (#23, 6-1, 190). Connor, who is on pace to run for
close to 1,800 yards this fall, is currently the 5th leading rusher in
college football this fall; he’s also a good enough athlete that he’ll
actually play some DE this evening. Meanwhile, the angular Boyd, who is
also an excellent punt returner, led all freshman receivers in 2013
with 85 catches. And while he won’t duplicate this numbers this fall on
a team that struggles to throw the ball, Boyd remains one of the best
young big-play outside threats in the country. At the same time, Pitt
has something of an emerging prospect for the upcoming draft in OT T.J.
Clemmings (#68,6-5, 315). Clemmings is a former basketball player who
didn’t start playing football at all until his junior year in high
school - and that as a DE - and only made the switch to OT last fall,
but he’s got prototype size, long arms and very athletic feet.
- October 15
- Big Board, positional rankings updated ... With so
much going on these days in college football, the GBN Big Board ranking
of the top prospects for the 2015 draft has
been updated and expanded to 150 players. So have the various positional rankings.
- Suspended Irish vets deciding futures … With their
suspensions having been confirmed, the 5 veteran Notre Dame players who
have been sidelined since the middle of August as a result of the
academic fraud investigation have been making decisions as to their
football futures. WR Davaris Daniels, for example, has indicated that
he will not be returning to Notre Dame next fall and appears to be
headed to the 2015 NFL draft where he projects to be an early third-day
pick. On the other hand, CB KeiVarae Russell, another solid second-tier
prospect, has indicated that he will stay in school and play for the
Irish next season. Meanwhile, DE Ishaq Williams has not formally
announced his intentions, but is believed to be thinking of sticking
around South Bend for another season.
- October 14
- RB Gurley back at practice … As expected,
suspended Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley returned to practice on Monday
and may play this coming weekend when the Bulldogs play Arkansas.
Gurley, who had been considered the runaway leader for the Heisman
Trophy as well as a top 10-15 prospect for the 2015 draft, was
suspended indefinitely last week amid allegations that he had been paid
for signed autographs and other memorabilia. Meanwhile, Florida State
has reportedly opened an investigation of star QB Jameis Winston, last
year's Heisman Tophy winner, after items he signed also showed up in
the possession of the same memorobilia dealer who had Gurley's stuff.
- If it’s the middle of October … …a young football
man’s fancy turns to the post-season all-star games! Well, maybe not
exactly, but with still over three months until this draft year’s big
all-star games, organizers are already heavily recruiting players for
their respective games. However, the confirmed college all-star game schedule is pretty
thin for now. Needles to say the Senior Bowl is a go for Mobile on
January 24th, while the Shrine game is scheduled for the previous week
in St. Petersburg. There are also several games for various lower level
players scheduled for the Myrtle Beach area in late December. In fact,
the only other major game confirmed at this time is the College Gridiron Classic
a new game scheduled for Arlington, Texas on January 10th.
- October 13
- October 12
- (7:30 PM): No change in top 3 picks … Both
Jacksonville and Oakland were competitive in their respectve games
earlier today, but in the end both lost to stay winless. Jacksonville
had a potential last-second game-winning FG against Tennessee blocked
allowing the Titans to escape with a 16-14 win which dropped the
Jaguars to 0-6. Meanwhile, Oakland led San Diego by a TD with less than
6 minutes to play, but gave up two late scores to fall 31-28 and drop
to 0-5 overall. As a result, the Jags will hold onto the #1 pick at the
2015 draft were it held this week for at least another week, although
there is still no statistically significant difference in the strength
of schedules of the Jags and Raiders. At the same time, Tampa Bay,
which got trampled at home by Baltimore would have the 3rd pick were
the draft held this week, followed by the Jets and Washington. The
first full, updated selection order for the upcoming draft will be
posted after Monday night's game between St. Louis and San Francisco.
- October 11
- (1:00 PM): Around and about college football …
Florida State star redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston, last year’s
Heisman Trophy winner who rates as a top 5-10 prospect for the 2015
draft, everything else being equal, will face a disciplinary hearing by
an independent third party over whether he sexually assaulted a fellow
student back in 2012. The hearing is expected to take place sometime in
the next few weeks at which time Winston could be charged with as many
as 4 violations of the school’s code of conduct. Depending on the
outcome of the hearing, Winston could face anything from a reprimand to
expulsion if found guilty. Local police originally received a complaint
against Winston in 2013, but did not lay any charges and Winston went
on to lead FSU to the BCS national championship. However, there has
also been a chorus that neither the local police nor the school
investigated the case very thoroughly; indeed, there are reports out
there that either or both may have actually impeded the investigation.
Needless to say that given the recent sensitivity by the NFL regarding
high-profile domestic violence issues, how all this plays out could
still significantly impact Winston’s ultimate draft prospects. And if
all that wasn’t enough, there are also unconfirmed reports that Winston
could ultimately be ensnared in the autographs for cash allegations
that have sidelined Georgia RB Todd Gurley. Again, according to
unconfirmed reports, the same memorabilia dealer that had Gurley’s
merchandise also has more than 100 items signed by Winston. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, for a little good news, veteran Oregon LT Jake Fisher, a
solid second-tier OL prospect for the upcoming draft, will be back on
the field later this evening when the Ducks play UCLA. Fisher has been
sidelined since early in the season by a sprained knee.
- October 10
- Bonus coverage .... In addition to the big games in college football tomorrow,
draft watchers get a chance to see what all the fuss out at Washington
State is later this evening when the Cougars play at Stanford at 9 PM
ET on ESPN. WSU is only 2-4 to date, but have been posting some
remarkable offensive numbers. QB Connor Halliay (#12, 6-3, 220), for
example, is on pace to throw for over 6,000 yards this season as he has
completed 68% of his pass attempts including 26 for TDs, while throwing
7 picks. Halliday still isn't considered to be more than a later round
prospect for the 2015 draft, but is starting to get some serious second
looks from NFL scouts. The Cougars also have a rising star at receiver
in Vince Mayle (#1, 6-3, 220) a former basketball player who only
started playing football seriously two years ago, but is on pace to
have over 100 catches this fall for over 1,500 yards and is starting to
draw some Anquan Boldin comparisons from the pros. At the same time,
Washington State has a couple of interesting juniors on defense
including DT Xavier Cooper (#96, 6-3, 300) and OLB Ivan McLennan (#3,
6-3, 250). In fact, on paper this game looks like a game of
contradictions as the Stanford offense has struggled to get out of its
own way much of the season which is almost inexplicable for a team that
features junior QB Kevin Hogan (#8, 6-3, 230), junior OT Andrus Peat
(#70, 6-6, 315) and reciever Ty Montgomery (#7, 6-2, 215) and junior
Devon Cajuste (#89, 6-3, 230).
- Who's #1 ... Needless to say last week's wild
results shook up the college football world. They also shook up GBN
Chief Scout Pigskin Paul
Guillemette's updated ranking of
the 'real' Top 25 teams in college football.
with an eye toward the upcoming draft.
- October 9
- (5:30 PM): Top UGA RB suspended … In
something of a stunner, star Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley has been
suspended indefinitely in the wake of an ongoing investigation into an
alleged violation of NCAA rules. And whispers out of Athens suggest
that it is very likely that Gurley has played his last game for the
program. What this all means translated is that the NCAA is
investigating whether Gurley got some goodies he shouldn‘t have.
Gurley, of course, is not just another player; he’s currently
considered to be the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy after
rushing for 773 yards - at an average of 8.2 yards per carry - and
scoring 8 TDs in the Bulldogs first 5 games. eight rushing touchdowns.
Gurley, who more than one scout regards as the best player in college
football at any position this year, is also a top 10-15 prospect for
the 2015 draft, although in the past these kind of suspensions for NCAA
benefits violations have done little to impact the draft grades of the
- October 8
- (10:00 AM): Who's hot; who's not ... Masked
behind all the excitement in college football last weekend were some
clear trends among prospects for the 2015 draft as reported in this
week's edition of
the Scouts Notebook.
- October 7
- (12:01 AM): Top of draft board starts to take
shape ... Washington gave defending Super Bowl champion Seattle
all it could handle in the Monday night game, but ultimately lost 27-17
to drop to 1-4. As a result, the DC Unmentionables would have the 6th
pick were the 2015 draft held this week. And while it is still very
early in the process, if the draft were held this week 0-5 Jacksonville
would have the top pick followed by 0-4 Oakland at #2, Tampa Bay at #3,
Tennessee at #4 and the Jets at #5. For the record, the first weekly
updated draft selection order will be posted next week once every team
has played at least 5 games. Stay tuned!
- Injuries mount for #1 college team … Top-ranked
Florida State, which also boasts by far the top draft class in the
country for the 2015 draft, is dealing with more than its share of
injuries. Starting C Austin Barron, for example is likely out for the
year after he fractured his arm in Saturday's 43-3 win over Wake
Forest. Meanwhile, star WR Rashad Greene is questionable for this
week’s game at Syracuse after he suffered a concussion in the first
half last week against Wake. At the same time, RB Karlos Williams has
already been listed as out of the game with the Orange after he injured
an ankle in the second half last weekend. Greene and Williams are both
considered to be second-day prospects for the upcoming draft, while
Barron is more a late rounder or free agent type. If there is some good
news for the Seminoles its that DE Mario Edwards, a potential first
rounder this spring, returned last week after had missed time with a
concussion. Elsewhere, Alabama junior backup RB Kenyan Drake is out for
the year and likely faces a long rehab period after he suffered a badly
broken leg in the Tide’s lost at Ole Miss last Saturday. While a
backup, Drake is a big-play threat who was likely headed to the 2015
draft because he was only 3rd on the Alabama depth chart, but he is now
thought to be more likely to try and return to school next fall.
- October 6
- Top FCS prospect out 4-6 weeks … Eastern
Washington junior QB Vernon Adams, a Russell Wilson type who is
arguably the best player outside the ranks of FBS schools, will miss
the next 4-6 weeks after breaking a couple of bones in his foot during
the Eagles’ 56-53 defeat of Idaho State on Saturday. The 6-0, 200-pound
Adams leads the FCS in passing yards and TD passes while also running
for over 200 yards thru 6 games.
- October 3
- (4:00 PM): Bonus coverage … The real
excitement in college football doesn’t get underway until tomorrow
afternoon, however, there is potentially interesting - at least from a
draft perspective, later this evening when Louisville plays at Syracuse
at 7 PM ET on ESPN. The Orange may be outmanned in this game overall,
but SU does have a couple of solid second-day prospects for the 2015
draft in LT Sean Hickey (#60, 6-5, 315) and rangy junior FS Durrell
Eskridge (#3, 6-3, 205). It will be particularly interesting watching
the athletic Hickey when he has to face emerging junior Louisville OLB
Lorenzo Mauldin (#94,6-4, 245). For good measure, the Cardinals have a
pretty good one-two RB punch in bruising Dominique Brown (#10, 6-1,
240) and enigmatic Mike Dyer (#5, 5-9, 215). They also have a late
second-day candidate in junior CB Charles Gaines (#3, 5-10, 180), while
LT Jamon Brown (#79, 6-5, 325) and TE Gerald Christian (#18, 6-3, 250)
are later round prospects.
- (3:30 PM): Broncos release vet PK; Giants get
late pick … In something of a surprise move, Denver has released
veteran PK Matt Prater who is coming off a four-game suspension for
violating the league's alcohol program. In releasing Prater, the
Broncos have opted to stick with rookie PK Brandon McManus whom they
acquired from the Giants for a conditional 7th round pick prior to the
start of the season. The condition was that McManus remained on the
Broncos roster past the 4th week of the season. With the confirmation
of this deal, the GBN Trade Mart has been
- (12:01 AM): Quarter pole mock posted ...
With the NFL season at the quarter pole, the GBN has
posted an updated 2015 draft
- October 2
- (7:00 PM): Draft moves west; dates set ...
The NFL has announced that the 2015 draft will be held in Chicago from
April 30 to May 2nd this coming spring. The draft will be held at the
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
- Bonus coverage ... There is also a potentially
interesting game on the college sked later this evening as #2 ranked
Oregon hosts a good Arizona team at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN. And there
should be a pretty good one-on-one matchup in this when Oregon CB Ifo
Ekre-Olomu (#14, 5-9, 185), one of the top-rated cover corners in this
year's draft, deals with emerging Arizona junior WR Austin Hill (#29,
- Aggie QB likely done for year … Utah State QB
Chuckie Keeton, who had been considered to be a second-day prospect for
the 2014 draft, will likely miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
Keeton originally tore an ACL in the Aggies game with BYU last October
and apparently re-aggravated it earlier this year. Keeton has yet to
use his red shirt season so will be able to play next fall and could
conceivably petition the NCAA for another year of eligibility based on
- CSU TE done for year … Colorado State TE Kivon
Cartwright, a second-tier prospect for the upcoming draft, reportedly
will have to undergo additional surgery on a bad ankle and will not
play again this year. For Cartwright, who played in the Rams
season-opener but has been idled since by the ankle issue, this will be
the second season he’s missed because of injury and will be eligible to
see a 6th season of eligibility from the NCAA.
- October 1
- Defensive position rankings updated ... With the
college football season now a full month old, the GBN defensive positional rankings have
- September 29
- (9:00 AM): That didn’t take long … Just a
month into the season, Oakland, which would have one of the first two
picks at the 2015 draft if it were held this week, has fired head coach
Dennis Allen after an 0-4 start that culminated in a dismal 38-14 loss
to Miami in London over the weekend. In fact, the Raiders have lost an
NFL-high 10 straight games dating back to last November and were 8-28
in Allen’s tenure in Oakland. No replacement was named but offensive
line coach Tony Sparano, who was head coach in Miami before joining the
Raiders, is expected to be offered the job, although offensive
coordinator Greg Olson and senior offensive assistant Al Saunders could
also get some consideration. And as the organization continues to
flounder, there is also growing speculation about the long-term future
of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. The Raiders have their bye week coming
up and do not play again until they travel to San Diego on October
- What the heck is going on here!!! ... Just a day
after Dallas blows out New Orleans and Tampa Bay stuns Pittsburgh,
Kansas City made a mockery of the odds - not to mention the pundits -
as the Chiefs crushed New England 41-14 in the Monday night game. The
irony of the Chiefs' win is that had they lost, Kansas City would have
been left sitting on the 3rd pick at the 2015 draft if the draft were
held this week after Oakland and Jacksonville, the last two
remaining winless teams in the league. As noted earlier, though, there
is no statistically significant difference in the respective strength
of schedules of the Raiders and
Jaguars such that its not possible at this time to say which would have
the #1 pick if the draft were held this week. For the record, among
teams with just one win, Cleveland has the weakest strength of
schedule, followed by Tampa Bay, the Jets, and Tennessee, although the
Browns had their bye last week and as a result have only played three
games to date, one less game than the others. Everything else being
equal, the plan is to post the initial 'if the draft were held today'
selection order for the upcoming draft next week. Stay tuned!
- Bills bench starting QB ... In something of a
surprise Buffalo has announced that second-year QB E.J. Manual has been
benched in favor of veteran journeyman Kyle Orton. The move comes after
a dismal outing by Manual against Houston this past weekend in which he
completed just 21 of 44 passes and had a couple of picks. Needless to
say the move has led to speculation that the Bills could bery well be
looking at QBs with an early pick at the upcoming draft.
- Jets cut 4th rounder ... The struggling New York
Jets released WR Jalen Saunders, the team's 4th round pick at the 2014
- September 27
- Noles DE to sit … Florida State defensive end
Mario Edwards, a top prospect at the position for the 2015 draft, will
not play against North Carolina State later today after suffering a
concussion in the first half against Clemson last week.
- September 25
- September 23
- (10:00 AM): Time to move on for Husky RB …
Washington RB Jesse Callier’s once promising Pac-12 career is over as
he will miss the rest of the season after rupturing an Achilles
tendon. Callier, a former prep star from California, played well as a
reserve and kick returner in his freshman and soph seasons and was
projected to be the Husky’s starting RB entering the 2012 season, but
tore an ACL in the first quarter of the season opener and did not play
again that fall. Callier isn’t going to be drafted, but could get some
free agent looks as a possible back-up RB and kick return specialist if
- September 22
- (10:00 AM): QB torch passed in Jax, Minny …
It was never so much as if, but when as 2014 first rounders Blake
Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater are now the starting QBs in Jacksonville
and Minnesota. Down 30-0 at halftime to Indianapolis, the Jaguars
inserted Bortles, the 3rd pick overall at this year’s draft, into the
game in place of Chad Henne and then named him the team’s starter and
after he completed 14 of 24 passes for 223 yards and 2 TDs, although he
did also have a couple of picks. Bortles will make his first NFL start
Sunday when the Jaguars travel to San Diego. Meanwhile, Bridgewater,
the final pick in this year’s opening round, got the call for the
Vikings when incumbent starter Matt Cassel broke his foot in the 2nd
quarter of their game with New Orleans. Bridgewater also played well
enough after entering the game as he completed 12 of 20 attempts for
150 yards with no interceptions, but couldn‘t get the Vikings into the
end zone in a 20-9 loss. Bortles and Bridgewater join Oakland's Derek
Carr as rookie starting QBs in the league. Carr, a second round pick
this past May, has been the 0-3 Raiders starter since the beginning of
- (12:01 AM): And then there were three …
With the third week of the NFL schedule now pretty much in the books
there are three remaining winless teams in the league - Jacksonville,
Tampa Bay and Oakland - each of which looks like it could be a strong
contender to end up with the top pick at the 2015 draft. In fact, both
Jacksonville and Tampa Bay left little to chance as both lost badly.
The Jaguars, for example, trailed Indianapolis 30-0 by halftime in a
44-17 route right in Jacksonville. Indeed, the Jags, who would have to
be the favorite at this time to end up with the #1 pick at the 2015
draft, have been outscored 119 to 27 since jumping to a 17-0 lead over
Philadelphia in their opener. Meanwhile, it was even worse for Tampa
Bay which trailed 56-0 Thursday night in Atlanta before scoring a
couple of meaningless late TDs. On the other hand, Oakland gave the
Patriots all they could handle before losing 16-9 in New England. For
the record, Jacksonville also currently has a slightly weaker strength
of schedule to date than both Tampa Bay and Oakland, although there is
no real statistical difference in the collective won-lost records of
the three team’s opponents this year because of the small size of the
- Knights lose star RB to ACL … Rutgers junior RB
Paul James, a dark horse candidate to enter the 2015 NFL draft, will
miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL in the Knights’ win
over Navy on the weekend. Meanwhile, there appears to be better news
for Georgia junior RB KeithMarshall, who left the stadium after the
crutches. The initial reports weren’t all that good for Marshall, who
tore an ACL last October, but UGA head coach Mark Richt indicated that
team doctors did not believe the injury was serious, although they were
awaiting the results of an MRI to be able to say for sure. While he is
back in uniform, Marshall has not played much to date this fall.
- Top future DE tears knee … DE Josh Sweat of
Lynchburg, Virginia, who most analysts consider to be the #1 overall
college prospect in the country, suffered a dislocated knee cap and
will be sidelined indefinitely. The 6-5, 240-pound Sweat has yet to
commit to a school but has scheduled official visits to Ohio State,
Georgia, Florida State and Oregon among other teams.
- September 20
- FSU to sit full 60 ... In keeping with the
recent trend toward 'off-field discipline creep' Florida State has
decided that in the end, star redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston will
not play at al in this evening's game against conference rival Clemson,
Winston was originally suspended for the first half after he reportedly
performed a profanity laced internet parody in a prominent spot on the
FSU campus earlier in the week, but the school opted to expand the ban
to the full game because of public reaction that it was too lenient. Of
course, its not the first off-field issue for the reigning Heisman
Trophy holder who led the Seminoles to last year’s national
championship; Winston is also a top prospect for the 2015 draft, but
the string of off-field issues reportedly has many teams in the NFL
very concerned. Winston was investigated in 2013 for sexual assault,
but was never charged, although the school is still following through
with its Title IX investigation into the matter. Winston was also
suspended from the baseball team for three games this past spring and
ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after being cited for
stealing $32 of crab legs from a local grocery store.
- September 18
- (11:00 AM): Bonus coverage … Interesting
choice for football fans later tonight with NFL and college games on
this evening. The Thursday night NFL game on CBS (8:25 PM ET), for one,
has an element of draft interest with Atlanta hosting Tampa Bay in a
match-up of teams which had the 6th and 7th picks respectively at the
2014 draft and look to be possibly in the mix for top 10 picks again
this year. Meanwhile, there is a really intriguing game on the college
schedule with 5th ranked Auburn playing at Kansas State (8PM ET; ESPN),
which can be tough to beat at home. The Wildcats have several solid
second-tier prospects for the upcoming draft including WR Tyler Lockett
(#16, 5-10, 175), C B.J. Finney (#66, 6-3, 305), DE Ryan Mueller (#44,
6-2, 245), CB Randy Evans (#15, 5-11, 190), and TE Zach Trujillo (#85,
6-5, 255), while QB Jake Waters (#15, 6-1, 210) is one of the more
productive dual-threats at the position in the country. Of course,
Auburn also has a pretty dangerous dual-threat of its own at QB in Nick
Marshall (#14, 6-1, 210), the one-time Georgia CB who led the Tigers to
last year‘s BCS national title game. The Tigers also expect to have
star junior WR Sammie Coates (#18, 6-1, 205), whom more than one team
around the league considers to be the top receiver prospect this year,
back in the lineup after he missed some time with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, other Auburn players to watch include C Reese Dismukes (#50,
6-3, 295, DT Gabe Wright (#90, 6-2, 285), RB Corey Grant (#20, 5-10,
205), CB Jon Mincy (#6, 5-10, 200), and TE C.J. Uzomah (#81, 6-3, 265).
- September 17
- Troubled DE to pass on 2015 draft ... There are
published reports that former Texas Christian junior Devonte Fields,
who is currently playing for a junior college in Texas, has decided not
to enter the 2015 draft and instead wants to transfer back into the FBS
college ranks next year. Fields burst on the scene in 2012 when he was
named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, but played sparingly last year due
to an injury and then was dismissed from TCU in July after being
accused of striking his girlfriend. Fields first intended to transfer
to Stephen F. Austin, but was unable to acquire a necessary transfer
waiver to do so and ended up at Trinity Valley Community College.
- Pros monitoring PAC-12 CB … Pro scouts will be
keeping a close eye on the situation at Washington where suspended
junior CB Marcus Peters has been reinstated, but appears to be on
something of a short leash with the Huskies. Peters, a second-day type
prospect for the upcoming draft should he opt to leave school this
winter, was suspended last week after he went on a tantrum on the
Washington bench the previous week. Peters had been benched two weeks
ago after he called for a stupid personal penalty foul for head-butting
an opponent that wiped out a Washington sack and gave the opponents
first down. Peters then got into it with several assistant coaches on
the sidelines. The irony of the incident is that Peters had been known
as a very quiet, almost introverted player up to that point.
- September 14
- (5:00 PM): Two more 2015 prospects dinged …
A couple more injuries in college football that NFL scouts are waiting
to get more information. Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton spent the second
half of last night’s game with Wake Forest on crutches with a suspected
knee injury. That would be a tough break for Keeton, a potential top
100 prospect if healthy, as he also missed much of last season after
tearing an ACL. Keeton was scheduled for further evaluation of that
knee later today. Meanwhile, Oregon LT Jake Fisher, another possible
second day selection this year, missed most of the Ducks’ win over
Wyoming after being carted off in the 1st quarter with a knee injury of
his own. Like USU’s Keeton, Fisher was being re-evaluated today.
- (10:00 AM): Another PAC-12 QB dinged …
Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly was forced to leave last night’s 38-24
win at Colorado after he injured his right foot in the 3rd quarter.
Kelly, a solid second-tier prospect for the upcoming draft, returned to
the sidelines on crutches and while there is still no definitive
diagnosis, did not look at all happy sitting on the bench with a towel
over his head. Meanwhile, there is better news for UCLA junior QB Brett
Hundley who left the Bruins’ win at Texas with an injury to his
non-throwing elbow. Early indications are that the injury may be
nothing more than a hyper-extended joint, although UCLA will no
officially later today after Hundley undergoes an MRI, and early
indications are that Hundley should be able to play when the Bruins
play at Arizona in two weeks.
- (12:01 AM): Week two slate could impact 2015
draft order … Its still very early in the 2014 NFL season, but
there are a number of games this week between teams expected to
possibly be in line for early picks at next spring’s draft. In 1 PM
games later this afternoon, for example, Washington will host
Jacksonville in a match-up of teams that earned the 2nd and third picks
overall this past May, while Dallas will play at Tennessee. Meanwhile,
at 4 PM ET, Houston, which had the top pick overall in 2014, will play
at Oakland, which had the 5th pick this year, while St. Louis, which
looks to be the early frontrunner to end up with this year’s #1 pick,
will be at Tampa Bay.
- Top QB prospect dinged … UCLA junior QB
Brett Hundley, one of the top 3-4 prospects at the position for the
2014, was forced to leave Saturday night's game against Texas in
the first quarter after he suffered an undisclosed injury to his
non-throwing elbow. Hundley did not return after the injury and spent
the rest of the night on the sidelines with the elbow heavily wrapped.
- September 12
- (8:00 PM): Baylor QB back on field against
Bulls … Baylor QB Bryce Petty was back at the helm of the offense
when the Bears kicked off against Buffalo this evening. Petty was
sidelined last week after he fractured two vertebrae in his lower back
in the Bears‘ season opener two weeks ago. Petty is considered to be
the top senior prospect at the position for the upcoming draft.
- Bucks’ DE suspended again for failed drug test …
Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence, a second-day prospect for the
upcoming draft, has been suspended indefinitely for what is believed to
be yet another failed drug test and there are rumblings that he may not
be back in uniform for the Buckeyes anytime soon if ever at all. Spence
was suspended for the Buckeyes 2014 bowl game as well as the first two
games of this season as a result of a failed drug test. He was supposed
to be back on the field this week, but reportedly again tested positive
- (12:01 AM): If the draft were held today …
not!!! We have actually received several e-mails from concerned
folk wondering whether we would be posting the ‘if the draft were held
today’ selection order for the 2015 draft this week. Afraid not, as
there really won’t be a big enough sample for at least several more
weeks. We also always caution folks not to get too excited - or too
overwrought - over the results of any one single game. And that’s
especially true for opening weeks results which tend to get magnified
way out of proportion. That said there were a few hints from the season
openers as to which teams may have the inside track to top picks at the
2015 draft. So to fill-in the gap will be posting the NFL Misery Index ranking of the teams
likely to make those early picks.
- NFL roster turnover analysis ... GBN
Chief Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette looked at rosters from across the
NFL and came up with some surprising numbers breaking down the roster turnover around the league this
- September 10
- Top OT to miss time with dinged knee … There
hasn’t been any official confirmation from the school, but there are
local reports that star Iowa OT Branon Scherff has had surgery on a
knee and will miss at least the next couple of weeks. Scherff is
considered to be one of the top LT prospects for the upcoming draft.
- September 8
- (12:01 AM): Top pick out 4-6 weeks …
Houston OLB Jadeveon Clowney, the first player selected at the 2014
draft, is expected to miss something in the neighborhood of 4-6 games
after he reportedly tore an MCL in the Texans’ season-opening win over
Washington. Clowney is expected to undergo surgery later in the week.
For the record, Clowney had a tackle for loss in his pro debut which
saw the Texans end a 14-game losing streak that started in the 3rd week
of the 2013 season.
- Gator TE done after just one game … Florida TE
Jake McGee’s career with the Gators’ lasted just one game as he will
miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg on the team’s win
over against Eastern Michigan. McGee will undergo surgery later this
week. The 6-5, 245-pound McGee, a second-tier prospect at the position
for the 2015 draft, transferred to Florida this spring after leading
led Virginia with 43 catches last fall; he was immediately eligible
under NCAA graduate transfer rules. Florida will also be without junior
LT D.J. Humphries, a mid-round prospect should he opt to enter the
upcoming draft, for the next 2-3 three weeks as a result of a chipped
bone in his ankle, although surgery is not required.
- September 5
- Investigation of top QB back on … Florida
has reportedly reopened an investigation into QB Jameis Winston in
relation to the alleged 2012 sexual assault of a female student. The
details, though, seem to be pretty murky. Winston was never charged
with anything, but it also doesn’t appear that there was much of a
police investigation. In addition, FSU have never talked with Winston
about the allegations since and the school and is now facing a federal
investigation into whether it violated rules designed to combat sexual
crimes. And it is very possible that what the school is doing is
following through with a Title IX investigation. School officials
interviewed the woman, who currently attends a different university,
for the first time in early August almost two years after she initially
reported the alleged attack to police. In the end, code of student
conduct charges could be brought against Winston, although it does not
appear that any decision would come before the current season ends.
What is all said in this is what impact it could have on Winston’s
future NFL status. Certainly he’ll face some intense questioning from
teams during the pre-draft questions. It is also not clear how even a
violation of the school’s code of conduct will play out in the wake of
the NFL’s new domestic policy initaive announced last week by
commissioner Roger Goodell.
- Another Baylor WR sidelined … Baylor WR Levi
Norwood, a mid-round prospect for the 2015 draft, will miss at least
the next three weeks after undergoing wrist surgery for an injury he
suffered in the Bears’ season-opening win against SMU. Antwan
Goodley, the Bears’ #1 receiver is already sidelined with a quad
injury. Meanwhile, it appears increasingly more likely that star Baylor
QB Bryce Petty will not play this weekend when the Bears’ host FCS
Northwestern State. Perry cracked two vertebrae in his lower back in
the first quarter of the win over SMU in the season opener.
- September 4
- (10:00 AM):FOOTBALL IS BACK … For those
that have just arrived from another galaxy, the 2014 NFL season kicks
off later tonight when defending Super Bowl champion Seattle hosts
Green Bay. And with the regular season upon us, the GBN staff has put
their collective heads together and come up with our annual Fearless Forecast of how the league will
play out this fall. However, it comes with the consumer alert that it
probably isn’t worth the e-paper or whatever its written on! Last year,
for example, we predicted Houston would play in the AFC championship
game and instead the Texans ended up with the top pick at the upcoming
draft. Indeed, its why we play the games! Meanwhile, speaking of the
top pick at the draft, our forecast also includes current odds to end
up with the top pick at next year’s draft, although unlike a lot of
previous years, there really is no clear cut ’absolutely the worst team
on paper’ however there are at least a half dozen teams that figure to
be in the running for that top pick. That’s of course if the bottom
doesn’t fall out on a team considered to a contender, or near
- Badger NT out for awhile … Veteran Wisconsin NT
Warren Herring will miss the next 6 weeks after undergoing surgery on
his right knee. The 6-2, 295-pound Herring, a late-round, free-agent
type prospect for the 2015 draft, was injured during last Saturday's
loss to LSU.
- First GBN Big Board posted … With the NFL season
ready to kick off, the initial GBN ‘Big Board’
ranking of the top 100 prospects for the 2015 draft has been
- Lions, Cowboys, Bucs IR picks … Both Dallas and
Detroit placed their 2014 second round pick on the short-term injured
reserve list. The Cowboys placed DE DeMarcus Lawrence, the 34th player
selected at the 2014 draft, on the injured reserve/designated for
return list as he is still rehabbing from a broken foot suffered at the
end of July. At the same time, the Lions placed OLB Kyle Van Noy, who
was selected with the 40th pick this year, on the list after he
underwent surgery to repair a sports-hernia injury. Both players will
miss at least the first half of the season as those on Players on
short-term IR must sit out at least eight weeks, but can return to
practice after six. Same story in Tampa Bay where the Buccaneers placed
RB Charles Sims, a promising 3rd round pick this past May, on the
short-term IR list because of an ankle injury that required surgery in
mid-August. Meanwhile, Dallas will reportedly sign DE Michael Sam to
its practice squad after he passes a physical later today. Enough said
- Top OLB out for year with knee … Utah State junior
OLB Kyler Fackrell, an intriguing second-day prospect, will miss the
rest of the year after he tore an ACL in the Aggies’ season opening
loss to Tennessee. The 6-5, 245-pound Fackrell had 82 tackles in 2013
including 5 sacks and 8 other tackles for loss.
- September 2
- (12:01 AM): Baylor QB has back issue … It
actually sounds a lot worse than it is as Baylor QB Bryce Petty, a top
10 candidate for the 2014 draft, is being listed as day-to-day after he
was diagnosed with two cracked transverse processes in his back
following the Bears season opening win over SMU this past weekend.
Petty played the first half of that game, but was clearly
uncomfortable. For the record, a transverse process is a protusion from
the back of a vertebrae bone in the spine and a fracture can affect a
person’s range of motion in the injured area and cause considerable
pain. However, the injury will heal on its own and its possible that
Petty could play this weekend if he can manage the discomfort, although
with the Bears scheduled to host FCS Northwestern State it might be
wiser to sit out and get 100% healthy.
- Top DE gets knee scoped … Star junior Nebraska DE
Randy Gregory underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sunday
and likely will not play this week against McNeese State this coming
weekend, although he is expected to return the following week. Gregory
suffered the injury during the opening series of the Huskers' 55-7 win
over Florida Atlantic this past weekend. According to Huskers‘ head
coach Bo Pelini its an ‘old injury that just flared up. Gregory is
considered to be a potential top 10 prospect this coming spring after
he led the Huskers with 10.5 sacks last year.
- Horns lose vet C for year … Texas has lost
starting C Dominic Espinosa for the rest of the season after he
suffered a broken ankle that will require surgery in the Longhorns' win
over the North Texas last weekend. Mean Green. The 6-3, 300-pound
Espinosa, a late-round draft prospect, has started 40 consecutive games
for the Longhorns. As a 5th-year senior, Espinosa would need to pursue
an NCAA medical waiver for an extra year of eligibility if he wants to
continue his career at Texas.
- Raiders to start rook QB in week one … In the end,
there will be a rookie starting QB when the NFL opens its regular
season this weekend. However, it won’t be any of 2014 first-round picks
Blake Bortles of Jacksonville, Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel or Teddy
Bridgewater of Minnesota. Instead, Oakland has named Derek Carr, a
second-round pick at the 2014 draft, to start ahead of veteran Matt
Schaub, who has a sore arm and just hasn’t been able to throw the ball
downfield through training camp. The Raiders open the season this
Sunday when they play the Jets in New York.
- Cowboys release pair of rook safeties … Dallas has
released rookie safeties Ahmad Dixon and Jemea Thomas to make room on
the roster for veteran S C.J. Spillman and LB Korey Toomer whom the
Cowboys signed yesterday. Dixon was a 7th round pick this past May,
while Thomas was an undrafted rookie free agent. Elsewhere, Arizona has
released WR Walt Powell, a 6th round pick this year, while San Diego
cut RB Marion Grice, another 6th round pick from the 2014 draft.
- September 1
- (11:30 AM): Bonus coverage … With no pro
football on the Monday night schedule, the colleges step into the void
with a very watchable game this evening when Louisville makes its ACC
debut by hosting Miami. Both teams are breaking in new QBs, but
otherwise both have relatively deep rosters with a number of potential
prospects for the 2015 draft, although Louisville WR Davante Parker,
arguably the top prospect for either team, is out until at least
mid-season with a broken foot. Other Louisville rospects to watch,
though include DE Lorenzo Mauldin (#94, 6-2, 245) and junior CB Charles
Gaines (#3, 5-10, 190), both of whom have late-second day potential,
along with RBs Dominique Brown (#10, 6-1, 235) and enigmatic Michael
Dyer (#26, 5-9, 215), TE Gerald Christian (#18, 6-3, 245) and veteran
offensive linemen OT Jamon Brown (#79, 6-5, 350), OG John Miller (#70,
6-2, 325) and C Jake Smith (#53, 6-3, 310). Miami also has a couple of
solid OL prospects in junior LT Ereck Flowers (#74, 6-5, 325) and OG
Jon Feliciano (#70, 6-4, 320), while MLB Denzel Perryman (#52, 6-0,
245) and RB Duke Johnson (#8, 5-9, 210) are among the most productive
players in the country at their respective although both are still more
a second-round type candidates. Meanwhile, other Canes to watch include
DE Tony Chickillo (#71, 6-3, 275), WR Phillip Dorsett (#4, 5-10, 185),
TE Clive Walford (#46, 6-3, 265), DT Olsen Pierre (#91, 6-4, 305), and
CB Ladarius Gunter (#37, 6-1, 200).
- (10:00 AM): Cuts send traded picks home …
Every year there are a number of conditionally traded draft picks that
get returned to their original team as the condition of the trade was
that the traded player make the opening day roster of their new team.
And this year it appears that there are three such situations. New
England, for example, released DE Jerel Worthy whom the Patriots had
acquired from Green Bay in exchange for what was reported as a
conditional 7th rounder so the Patriots should get that pick back. Same
story for Philadelphia which sent Carolina a conditional 7th rounder
for RB Kenjon Barner who did not make the Eagles opening day roster.
Meanwhile, Dallas had sent Indianapolis a conditional pick for LB
Caesar Rayford, but he was also released over the weekend. As a result
of this weekend’s transactions, the GBN trade
mart has been updated.
- Ex-TCU DE finds JC home … Former TCU redshirt
sophomore DE Devonte Fields has resurfaced at Trinity Valley Community
College in Athens, Texas. Fields had looked like an emerging star pass
rusher as a true freshman two years ago, but played little last fall
because of injuries and then was permanently separated from the school
as a result of his involvement in a domestic assault. Fields was not
eligible to transfer to any FBS or FCS program and for awhile it was
thought he just might sit out the year and prepare for the 2015 draft,
but will at least be playing this fall for Trinity Valley which opened
the season as the #4 ranked team in the junior college ranks across the
- (12:01 AM): The 2014 draft by the numbers ...
The perception around the NFL was that the 2014 draft was one of the
stronger player lotteries in recent years. However, while the numbers
weren't bad, that specialness really doesn't show up when comparing how
many of this year's draftees made their respective team's opening day
roster. That's the theme of our overview
of the key numbers from this year's darft in the wake of the final
round of cuts this weekend.
- Pats get pick for QB Mallett ... In a move that
has been rumored since before the draft, New England has traded QB Ryan
Mallett to Houston for what is believed to be a conditional 7th round
pick in 2016. The conditions aren't known, but are likely based on
Mallett's ultimate productivity with the Texans. The Patriots made
Mallett a somewhat surprising 3rd round pick in 2011, but he barely
played for the Patriots who appear to have bought high and sold low.
Ironically, Mallett will be reunited with former Patriots' co-ordinator
Bill O'Brien who is now the head coach in Houston.
- August 31
- (9:00 AM): Roster tweaking continues … The
NFL waiver period for yesterday’s cuts ends at noon PM ET later this
morning. At that time, teams can begin to sign their 10-man practice
squads. They can also sign free agents waived by other teams. And
needless to say there will be some tweaking of rosters as teams try to
find a gem or two to fill gaps in their lineups.
- Bonus coverage … With the NFL on hiatus until
next weekend, there are a couple of more college games on the schedule
for this evening, although neither is on network TV. Utah State plays
at Tennessee at 7 PM ET on the SEC Network, while #10 Baylor hosts SMU
at 7:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1. The USU-Tennessee may be the most
interesting from a draft watching perspective as it offers a chance to
check out Aggies’ QB Chuckie Keeton (#16, 6-2, 200) one of the better
second-tier prospects at the position for the 2015 draft. However, in
the end, Keeton may not even be Utah State’s best prospect as
edge-rushing junior OLB Kyler Fackrell (#9, 6-4, 245) has one of those
freakish size/speed combinations. Meanwhile, RB Joe Hill (#32, 5-10,
190) and DE B.J. Larsen (#99, 6-4, 275) are late round or free agent
types. Have a great day.
- (8:00 PM): Cutting done ... It took awhile
but we finally got all today's cuts in
the books as all teams around the NFL had to get down to their 53-man
opening roster. There was a second trade to note as Tennessee traded DE
Lavar Edwards to Dallas for an undisclosed pick. We'll be back later
this evening with the final numbers on how the 2014 draft class fared
- (5:00 PM): Colts get late pick from Seahawks for
corner ... Indianapolis traded veteran CB Marcus Burnley to
Seattle for a 6th round pick in 2015.
- (3:00 PM): Steelers axe pair of picks ...
Pittsburgh got down to today's 53-man opening day roster by releasing
22 players including CB Shaq Richardson, a 5th rounder this year, and
7th round TE Rob Blanchflower.
- (2:00 PM): Eagles get cuts ball rolling ...
As far as we can tell, Philadelphia is the first team to officially
have announced all their roster moves and gotten down to today's
opening day 53-man roster limit. Among the
cuts announced by the Eagles was safety Ed Reynolds, a 5th round
pick at this year's draft, and TE Rob Blanchflower, a 7th rounder.
- August 29
- (4:30 PM): Final cuts start trickling in; Falcons
first to cut pick ... Teams have slowly started to announce some
of their final cuts ahead of tomorrow's
oening day roster deadline at 4 PM ET. Atlanta became the first team to
release a 2014 draft pick in this roudn when the Falcons axed LB Yawin
Smallwood, a 7th round selection this past May.
- (9:00 AM): Turk gets back to work ... After
taking a couple of days off the Turk will be back on the prowl as all
NFL teams have to get down to their 53-man opening day roster by 4 PM
ET Saturday afternoon. And while the cuts will start showing up on the
wire as early as this morning, unlike the first round of releases when
a lot of teams announced their moves well before the deadline, many
teams don't release their final roster moves until the actual deadline
as they wait to see if their are any last-minute trades to be made.
Stay tuned ...
- (12:01 AM): Undrafted rooks who should make a
roster … With the deadline for teams to get down to their opening
day 53-man rosters looming on the weekend, these are nervous times for
the 150 or so undrafted rookies still with their respective teams. In
fact, only a handful will survive the final round of cuts and GBN Chief
Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette weighs on a number of undrafted rookies who deserve to make their
- ‘Heroic’ USC CB suspended … In the end it did
indeed turn out to be too good to be true. Southern California has
suspended CB Josh Shaw indefinitely after he admitted to school
officials that he had fabricated a story about rescuing a nephew from
drowning and how he suffered multiple ankle injuries. Still no word,
though, on what Shaw was actually up to, although local police did note
that his name had popped up in connection with an apartment burglary
- Bama MLB suspended for opener … Alabama has
suspended MLB Trey DePriest has been suspended for this weekend’s
season opener against West Virginia for what is being reported as a
minor NCAA infraction. DePriest is considered to be a mid-to-late round
prospect for the 2015 draft.
- August 26
- (6:30 PM): Broncs 'loan' Giants pick for PK ...
Denver has acquired PK Brandon McManus from the Giants for a
conditional 7th-round draft pick. It's unlikely the Broncos will ever
give up the draft pick because the condition is that McManus must
continue to be the team's kicker after Matt Prater returns from huis
4-game suspension. The Giants were going to release McManus.
- (6:00 PM): First round of cuts done … The first round of cuts around the NFL are now
in the books as all 32 teams got down to this week’s 75-man roster
limit. And the 2014 draft class escaped relatively unscathed as only
one player chosen this past May was outright released. That was former
Georgia Tech SS Jemea Thomas who was a 6h round pick by New England. At
the same time, another 15 were placed on either injured reserve, PUP or
the non-football injury list. Of course, no one is going to get too
comfy as the final cuts are due by 4 PM ET on Saturday.
- (3:30 PM): Mr Irrelevant gets IRed ... Houston
has placed safety Lonnie Ballentine, the 254th and final player
selected at he 2014 darft, on injured reserve with an undisclosed
issue. Meanwhile, as expected, Jacksonville has placed CB Aaa\ron
Colvin, a 4th round pick this year, on the non-football injury list.
Colvin injured a knee late last season.
- Trojans taking second look
at DB 'rescue' ... From the 'If it sounds too good to be true
...' file, Southern California is reportedly taking another look at
yesterday's story of how C Josh Shaw injured his ankles jumping off a
balcony to rescue a relative in a swimming pool. Apparntly, the
school has received some information from witnesses that
contradict some of the story. Stay tuned!
- (2:30 PM): Pats get #4 pick for vet Pro Bowl OG
to Bucs ... Updating earlier reporst regarding the trade in which
New England traded perennial Pro Bowl OG Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for
TE Tim Wright and an undisclosed pick. NFL.com is now reporting that
the pick will be Tampa Bay's 4th rounder at the 2015 draft. The news
comes amid reports that the Buccaneers had had enigmatic former Miami
OG Richie Ingognito in for a visit in the past day or so, but the
acquisition of Mankins likely ends that. Meanwhile, with Mankins, a
10-year vet who's 2015 salary cap hit could exceed $10M, 2011 5th
rounder Marcus Cannon is expected to move into the Patriots starting
lineup at that spot. With the deal, the GBN Trade
Mart file has been updated.
- (12:01 AM): Turk knocking at the door … The
Turk will be on the prowl later today as all NFL teams have to get down
to the initial 75-man roster limit by 4 PM ET on Tuesday. In fact, all
but 3 teams have made at least some cuts to
date, with as many as a half dozen teams or so including Atlanta,
Buffalo, Detroit, Denver, San Francisco and the Jets having completed
their first round of roster trimming. For the record, the laggards at
press time were New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and the Giants.
- 49ers list four picks … As part of their roster
moves to get down to today’s 75-man roster limit, San Francisco put
four players selected at the 2014 draft on reserve lists. DE Kaleb
Ramsey, a 7th round pick, was placed on the physically unable to
perform list, while OG Brandon Thomas (3rd round), CB Keith Reaser
(5th) and FB Trey Millard (7th) were all placed on the non-football
injury list. Thomas, Millard and Reaser all suffered serious knee
injuries before the draft, while Ramsey had an injury-plagued career at
Boston College. Players on either the NFI or PUP lists may return to
practice after the first six weeks of the regular season after which
they must be either released, added to the roster or placed on
season-ending injury reserve. And the 49ers likely aren’t done listing
draft picks as rookie C Marcus Martin, another 3rd rounder, is expected
to miss up to 8 weeks after injuring a kneecap in the team’s pre-season
game this past week. For the record, the 49ers lead the league in
listing rookies as no other team has listed more than one rookie to
date. In fact, the 4 rookies the 49ers listed are more than all the
rest of the league has listed to date as only three other 2014 picks -
Baltimore 4th round DE Brent Urban, Atlanta 5th round LB Marquis
Spruill and Detroit 6th round WR T.J. Jones - have been listed to date.
All three were placed on injured reserve by their respective teams.
Oddly two of the latter three - Urban and Jones - are both Canadians.
- No rook QBs to start season … Barring an injury,
it appears the NFL won’t have any starting rookie QBs to begin the
season after Minnesota officially confirmed that veteran Matt Cassel
would start for the Vikings ahead of Teddy Bridgewater, the last player
taken in this year’s opening round. Earlier this month, Jacksonville
and Cleveland, the two other teams to take a QB in this year’s opening
round, confirmed that neither Blake Bortles, the 3rd player selected
this year by the Jaguars, nor the Browns Johnny Manziel would get the
nod for their respective teams, at least to begin the season. Bortles
will back up Chad Henne in Jacksonville, while Manziel will sit behind
- Top WR prospect out up to two months … Louisville
WR Davante Parker, a second day prospect for the 2015 draft, will be
out 6-8 weeks after an orthopedic specialist found a broken bone in his
sore left foot. Parker was believed to have undergone surgery on Monday
afternoon. Meanwhile, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller will have
season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder later today. Miller tore
the labrum in his throwing shoulder last week. The operation will be
done by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Despite the fact that he won’t
play this fall, Miller was still voted a team captain by his fellow
- USC CB out after heroic rescue … Southern
California CB Josh Shaw will reportedly be sidelined indefinitely after
he jumped off a second story balcony to rescue a relative in a swimming
pool. Shaw, a mid-to-late round prospect for the 2015 draft, suffered
high ankle sprains in both legs. Ouch, but well done!!
- August 25
- (12:01 AM): Who's #1 ... With the start of
the college football season now just days away, GBN chief scout Pigskin
Paul Guillemette weighs in with our pre-season
college top 25 rankings.
- Turk is on the prowl ... All NFL teams have to be
down to this week's preliminary 75-man roster limit by 4 PM ET Tuesday
afternoon. In fact, several teams are already down to the limit with a
number of others having made some of their cuts. However, one can still
expect the pace of roster transactions to
pick up later today, although of course the major cuts to get down to
the opening season 53-man rosters won't come until after this week's
final round of pre-season games.
- NFC teams hit by key QB injuries … It’s a good
thing that St. Louis QB Sam Bradford has had a ton of bad luck since
coming to the NFL otherwise he’d have no luck at all. And Bradford’s
run of bad luck continued this past weekend when he suffered a
season-ending torn ACL in the Rams pre-season game with Cleveland.
Bradford will be replaced by journeyman Shaun Hill, which could leave
the Rams seriously overmatched in the tough NFC West. It almost
certainly will also have the Rams looking at QBs early at the 2015
draft, especially if as it now appears, St. Louis, which picked second
overall this past May, has another early selection. Meanwhile, star
Carolina QB Cam Newton suffered a hairline fracture to a rib in his
lower back in the Panthers game this past weekend. So far the
indications are that the injury isn’t overly serious, but it has left
Newton’s availability when the Panthers open their regular season in
Tampa Bay on September 7th.
- Foot injury shelves top WR prospect … Louisville WR
Davante Parker, one of top 4-5 prospects at the position for the 2014
draft, will get a second opinion later today on an unspecified foot
injury that threatens to sideline him for an extended period. Parker,
who was injured at practice on Friday evening, is already expected miss
the Cardinals‘ first-ever ACC opener on Labor Day against Miami, but
today’s examination will determine exactly how long he will be
sidelined. Parker caught 55 passes for 885 yards as a junior last
season when he tied the school's single-season record with 12 TD
- Hockey futures … Switching gears for a moment, the
attached photo(s) of Ottawa Senator forward Kyle Turris visiting a
local hockey camp include one of GBN editor Colin Lindsay’s #1
grandson; he’s the one with red hair. And don’t be deceived by the
impish smile; he’s a crazy, fiercely competitive kid who has a chance
to be a player.
- (8:00 PM): Falcons IR 5th rounder ...
Atlanta got down to Tuesday's 75-man roster limit by releasing 11
players and listing 4 others including LB Marquis Spruill, a 5th round
pick at the 2014 draft, because of a knee injury.
- August 23
- (7:30PM): Lions PUP late rounder ...
Detroit has placed rookie WR T.J. Jones on the reserve physically
unable to perform list today because of a shoulder injury. Jones, a
sixth-round pick from Notre Dame at the 2014 draft, underwent
arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder in June and was not cleared for
practice at training camp this summer. Jones must sit out at least the
first 6 games of the regular season after which the Lions will have
another six-week window to decide whether to let Jones practice or keep
him on PUP for the balance of the season.
- (7:00 PM): Eagles off and running with cuts …
Philadelphia became the first team o officially announce the bulk of
its cuts to get down to Tuesday’s 75-man roster limit. The Eagles cut
14 players earlier today including several undrafted rookie free
agents. The Eagles still have one more cut to make before Tuesday's 4
PM ET deadline. As usual, we’ll be tracking all the cuts once they are officially announced.
- (9:00 AM): Safeties under pre-season microscope
With the start of the 2014 college football season now just a week
away, the final installment of our annual positional preview
for the upcoming draft looks at the Safeties,
which looks like it could be a very solid position again at the 2015
- Appeal denied for Sooner WR … The NCAA has denied
Oklahoma’s appeal to have the transfer rules waived for junior WR
Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham was the top rated recruit in the
country in 2012 and originally signed with Missouri, but was dismissed
from the Tigers this summer after two marijuana-related arrests and an
investigation into allegations that the receiver assaulted a former
girlfriend by forcing his way into her apartment and shoving her down a
flight of stairs. Because he was never charged in the incident,
Green-Beckham applied to the NCAA to waive the usual requirement that a
player sit out a year after transferring when he signed at Oklahoma.
Green-Beckham now must sit out the 2014 season, but because he never
redshirted at Missouri he would have two more years of eligibility at
Oklahoma starting in 2015. However, Green-Beckham could also just say
to heck with the whole college business and concentrate on getting
ready for the 2015 NFL draft where he would figure to be a second day
type of prospect with some upside.
- August 22
- (10:00 AM): Jets IR second pick … The New
York Jets have placed rookie CB Dexter McDougle, the team’s 3rd round
pick at the 2014 draft, on injured reserve after he underwent
season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL. McDougle injured the knee
at practice earlier this month. He is the second Jets’ rookie to be
placed on injured reserve this week as WR Shaq Evans, a fourth-round
pick this, was IRed on Tuesday after having shoulder surgery.
- UDFA comings and goings … All 32 NFL teams have
until the end of business on Tuesday to make their first big round of
roster cuts to get down to next week’s 75-man roster limit. However,
one can expect teams to start announcing some, if not all of those
cuts, once the final gun sounds on their pre-season game this weekend.
Of course, teams have been making moves all along though camp and there
were a couple of notable transactions involving undrafted rookie free
agents already this week. Oakland, for example, released former Rutgers
S/WR Jeremy Deering, who had been something of a sleeper in the 2014
draft as he was one of the more athletic players available; and
Deering, who had originally signed and been released by New England,
had actually made some plays with the Raiders but was waived injured
with an undisclosed injury. Meanwhile, Kansas City and Philadelphia
completed an unusual deal yesterday when the two teams traded undrafted
rookies with the Eagles getting PK Cody Parkey from KC while the Chiefs
got RB David Fluellen.
- What's up around the league ... With the third
of the full pre-season schedule underway, GBN Chief Scout Pigskin
Guillemette reports on some of the ups and downs from training camps
around the league in the Friday edition of his Camp Confidential reports.
- Top small school prospects noted … For those that
haven’t seen it already Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has a neat listing
top lower level prospects for the 2015 draft.
- August 21
- (10:00 AM): Week III of pre-season kicks off …
The third full slate of weekend games gets underway later tonight when
Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh at 7:30 PM ET in the annual battle of
Pennsylvania. The NFL Network will have coverage. Other games on
national TV this weekend include Oakland at Green Bay (8 PM; CBS) and
Chicago at Seattle (10; NFL) on Friday night; Tampa Bay at Buffalo
(4:30, NFL Network) and New Orleans at Indianapolis (8, CBS) on
Saturday; and San Diego at San Fran (4, Fox) and Cincinnati (8, NBC) on
Sunday. For most teams, the third week of the pre-season is considered
to be the most important one on the schedule as they use their game as
a dress-rehearsal of sorts for the opening of the regular schedule in
two weeks. In fact, man teams don’t play their key starters at all in
their final pre-season game. Its also an important game for many
players as teams have to make their initial cuts down to the 75-man
rosters by the end of business on Tuesday, with the final cut-down to
their opening day rosters due a week Saturday.
- Watch list for top star game released … The start
of the 2014 college football season is still just over a week away,
which means the annual pre-draft all-star games can’t be that far off.
In fact, the Reese’s Senior Bowl, the key all-star game each year, has
announced its watch list of players that its scouts will evaluating as
potential participants in the 2015 game which is scheduled for January
24th at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. The Senior Bowl’s initial list
includes 350 of the top players in the country, although more players
could be added to the list during the season. Among the 350 players on
this year’s watch list is a pair of fourth-year junior graduates who
are projected to be top-10 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, if they
choose to leave school early in junior QB Marcus Mariota of Oregon and
UCLA’s Brett Hundley. While both are just juniors, they will be
eligible to participate in the Senior Bowl because they have already
graduated. Some of the other top players on the Senior Bowl watch list
include Baylor QB Bryce Petty, OTs Cedric Ogbuehi of Texas A&M,
Florida State’s Cameron Erving, and Brandon Scherff of Iowa, Oregon CB
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley. The SEC, which had the
most players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, has the most players on
the 2015 watch list with 75, followed by the ACC (56), Pac-12 (40), Big
12 (36) and Big Ten (35). And somewhat surprisingly, Clemson has the
most players on the list of any program in the country with 12 followed
by Auburn (11), Alabama (10), Mississippi State (9), Georgia (8) and
Louisville (8). The entire watch list is available at the Senior
- Panthers get late pick from Eagles for RB …
Carolina has acquired a conditional 7th round pick in 2015 from
Philadelphia in exchange for second-year RB Kenyon Barner. Barner, a
6th round pick in 2013 didn’t play much at all for the Panthers last
fall, but may get a chance with the Eagles with whom he’ll be reunited
with head coach Chip Kelly who coached him at Oregon. No word, though,
on what is conditional about the deal. With the deal, the GBN Trade Mart has been updated.
- Jets IR 4th rounder … The New York Jets have
placed WR Shaq Evans, the team’s 4th round pick at the 2014 draft, on
injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. Evans was waived/injured
proved to be incorrect, as the Jets decided to put Evans directly on
injured reserve. If the Jets had waived/injured Evans, he could have
been claimed by any other team.
- August 19
- (6:00 PM): Buckeyes QB indeed done for year ...
Ohio State has confirmed that star QB Braxton Miller will miss the
upcoming season after he re-injured his throwing shoulder at practice
on Monday. Miller, a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and polarizing
draft prospect, had surgery on the shoulder in February after injuring
it in the Buckeyes' Orange Bowl loss to Clemson and had been slow to
get back to 100% this summer. He will undergo further surgery on the
shoulder, but says he will be back with the Buckeyes' next fall.
- (9:00 AM): Duke, Miss State lose vets to knee
injuries … The 2015 NFL draft likely lost a little depth with
news that Duke TE Braxton Deaver and Mississippi RT Damien Robinson
will miss he season after suffering torn ACLs. Both are seniors and
while neither was considered to be a top prospect, both would have
gotten either some late-round or free agent interest. In fact, it’s the
second ACL for Deaver who also missed the 2012 season, but he bounced
back nicely last year when he started all 14 games for the Blue Devils
and finished the year with 46 receptions. For his part, Robinson was
only set to start for the first time this year, but at 6-7, 325 pounds
has NFL size. Both players are expected to appeal to the NCAA for an
extra year of eligibility because of the injuries.
- Irish DE sent packing … There are unconfirmed
reports that Notre Dame DE Ishaq Williams has been dismissed from the
program because of his involvement with academic fraud. Williams, a
possible late-round prospect for the 2015 draft, is one of four players
that were suspended last week for academic issues.
- Practice squads to increase … The NFL will
reportedly increase the number of players teams are allowed to keep on
their practice squads from 8 to 10. The change is expected to be
ratified by next week. Teams can begin filling out their practice
squads on August 31st after players released in the final cutdown the
previous day clear waivers.
- Irish CB, WR sit academic fraud probe … For those
who missed it late last week, emerging Notre Dame junior CB Kivarae
Russell and WR Davaris Daniels, another junior, the team’s leading
returning receiver, are among four players that have been suspended
while the school investigates allegations of academic fraud. Seniors DE
Ishaq Williams, another projected starter this year, and backup OLB
Kendall Moore, are also being investigated. Russell is considered to be
one of the top 5-10 corners eligible for the 2015 or 2016 drafts, while
Davis is a potential late-round prospect as is Williams. Meanwhile,
Irish head coach Brian Kelly says he is ‘shocked‘ by the allegations.
Of course, its not the first such issue at Notre Dame. Starting QB
Everett Golson was suspended for the year last fall for what the player
called "poor academic judgment," while Daniels had been suspended from
spring practice this year for poor grades.
- August 15
- August 14
- (5:00 PM): Rookie Pack TE likely done for year …
Rookie Green Bay TE Colt Lyerla will likely miss the upcoming season
after the knee injury he suffered late last month was diagnosed as torn
MCL and PCL ligaments in his right knee. At this time last year Lyerla
was considered to be one of the 2-3 prospects at the position for the
2014 draft, however, he ultimately went undrafted after he was kicked
off the Oregon team as a result of some serious off-field legal issues.
- Pack-Pats deal for former top pick DL set The
trade which saw New England acquire DE Jerel Worthy from Green Bay has
been officially announced meaning that Worthy, the Packers second round
pick in 2012 who has had some back and knee issues, passed his physical
with the Patriots. And while nothing has been officially announced -in
fact, the compensation for the deal was described only as 'unannounced'
on the waiver wire which is a new one on us - the Packers will
reportedly receive a 7th round pick at the 2015 draft, conditional upon
Worthy making Patriots' opening day 53-man roster.
- (9:00 AM): DC rook CB cited for pot possession
... Washington rookie CB Bashaud Breeland, who by all reports has
had a solid training camp to date, was cited for possession of
marijuana Monday night. Breeland was a fourth-round pick at the 2014
draft. No word as yet from either the team or league as to whether
there will be any supplementary disciplinary action, although it
doesn't sound like a major deal.
- Cowboys rook class busy ... Dallas has either made
or will make a number of moves with its large rookie class. DE Ben
Gardner, the Cowboys 7th round pick at the 2014 draft, for example, is
expected to be placed on injured reserve as he requires shoulder
surgery for an injury suffered on the first day of training camp. The
Cowboys also placed undrafted rookie free agent RB Ben Malena on
injured reserve after he cleared waivers. Malena, from TexasA&M,
injured a quadriceps and tendon in the Cowboys' pre-season opener last
week. To replace Malena the Cowboys signed undrafted rookie free agent
RB P.J. Adams from Portland State. The Cowboys also released former
Alabama P Cody Mandell. Dallas is also expected to sign former NC State
undrafted rookie TE Asa Watson, who was released earlier this week by
- Suspended B1G RB to transfer ... Just days after
saying he was prepared to 'embrace' a two-game suspension for a
violation of tea policy, Northwestern
RB Venric Mark has announced that he is transferring, ostensibly to
complete his career closer to his home in Texas. No word, though, on
where Mark will land. He only has one year of eligibility left and may
need a waiver from Northwestern to be eligible to play at a FBS school
so may need to drop down to a lower level to play this fall. Mark was
granted a medical
hardship waiver by the Big Ten and allowed to return for a fifth year
after missing most of last season with a broken ankle after rushing for
almost 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 2012.
- August 13
- Ducks lose LT to knee … Oregon junior LT Tyler
Johnstone, an emerging prospect for the 2015 or 2016 drafts, will miss
the upcoming season after he tore an ACL for the second time in the
past 8 months. Johnstone originally tore the ACL in the Ducks’ Alamo
Bowl victory over Texas last December, but appeared to be on pace to be
ready for the season opener later this month before re-tearing the
- August 12
- Devils’ LB hurts knee again …
Duke officials are fearing the worst after ILB Kelby Brown
was carted off the field with what appeared to be a serious knee
injury. Brown, a second-tier prospect at the position for the 2015
draft who had 114 tackles last fall, will have an MRI on his left knee
once the swelling goes down. Earlier in his career Brown suffered torn
in 2010 and again in 2012.
- (12:01 AM): Two out of three ain’t bad …
Cleveland rookie QB Johnny Manziel appeared to pass his first live NFL
test Saturday as the former Texas A&M star showed more than a few
flashes in the Browns’ 13-12 loss to the Lions in Detroit. Playing the
better part of two full quarters, Manziel completed 7 of 11 passes for
63 yards, while adding another 27 yards on the ground. And with
incumbent Browns’ starter Brian Hoyer struggling just a bit completing
just 6 of 14 attempts, the chorus is likely to grow for Manziel to get
more snaps with the first unit. Same story in Jacksonville where Blake
Bortles, the 3rd player selected in this past May’s draft, looked NFL
ready as he also went 7 for 11 - with three of the 4 misses coming on
very catchable throws - for 117 yards. Bortles showed good pocket
awareness, stepping up to deliver throws, and looked comfortable on the
move and like Manziel was generally more effective that starter Chad
Henne. In contrast, Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater, the third QB
selected in this year’s opening round, looked like a rookie in the
Vikings’ 10-6 win over Oakland. Bridgewater completed just six of his
13 attempts for 49 yards and was sacked twice and fumbled once when he
held the ball too long in the pocket. The irony of all this, is that
according to reports from the respective camps, Bridgewater had looked
the most comfortable of the three during practice sessions. Of course,
there is still a long way to go until the regular season openers next
- August 9
- (12:01 AM): No FCS for young DE … Texas
Christian has reportedly refused to allow redshirt sophomore DE Devonte
Fields to play this fall at Stephen F Austin. Fields announced he was
transferring to the FCS program after he was suspended from TCU late
last month after he was charged with misdemeanor assault in a domestic
incident with an ex-girlfriend in which Fields allegedly threatened her
with a gun. Because Fields is under suspension at TCU he would need
approval from his old school to be eligible this fall. Fields is now
expected tosit out the upcoming season and prepare for the 2015 draft.
- August 8
- (9:00 AM): New world order for big-time college
football … For those that missed the news yesterday, the NCAA has
approved a new governance structure for Division I that will give the
five power conferences - the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big XII -
along with Notre Dame a new level of legislative autonomy. The new
structure is still subject to a 60-day period in which other schools
may submit objections, however, it is not expected enough schools will
submit an override to put the legislation in jeopardy. Among other
things, the new governing structure clears the way for colleges to
provide greater benefits for their athletes including increased
scholarships to cover the "full cost of attendance” as well as improved
long-term health care. Guaranteed 4-year scholarships are also expected
to be on the table. It is also expected that rules will be relaxed for
draft prospects to contact agents and allow players greater
opportunities to make money off-the-field. On the other hand, the NCAA
will maintain control over the rules of the game and the NCAA
basketball tournament will be unchanged. The next step will be for the
five power conferences to form an agenda that can be voted on at the
NCAA Convention next January. Meanwhile, other Division I conferences
will have the opportunity to adopt the same legislation passed by the
Power Five conferences. And presumably, the number of schools within
the jurisdiction of the Power conferences could grow if any of the 5
undego further expansion down the road. There is also the expectation
that the Power 5 conferences will explore the possibility of forcing
member teams to play only other power conference opponents on their
- X-Horns RB headed to FCS … Former Texas RB Joe
Bergeron is transferring to Texas A&M-Commerce where he will be
eligible immediately. The 225-pound Bergeron, who has also played some
FB in addition to being a sometime starter at RB, was dismissed from
the Texas program late last month for an undisclosed reason, ironically
just days after he had been re-instated from a suspensio this past
spring to focus on academics.
- August 7
- MAC WR to miss another year … Bowling Green junior
WR Chris Gallon will miss the upcoming season after tearing an ACL for
the second time. The 6-3, 225-pound Gallon led the Falcons with 54
receptions as a freshman in 2012, but tore the ACL midway thru the 2013
campaign. It appeared that Gallon would be back this season, but felt
something pop in the knee during a workout earlier this week that was
ultimately diagnosed as a second tear.
- August 5
- (11:30 AM): Top Pac-12 back with Wildcats …
Just a day or so after saying he was leaving the program, Arizona
safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant is reportedly back with the team, although
he won't practice until he has fulfilled the remaining elements of the
punishment he had received for some off-field issues this past
off-season. At barely 5-10, 200, Bondurant is a little undersized, but
was an effective player maker for the Wildcats; in 36 games, including
30 starts, Bondurant has almost 200 career tackles including 22 for
loss; and while he was known more of an in-the-box type defender
Bondurant was also a ball hawker with 7 career picks including 4 in
2013. Indeed, Bondurant had seriously considered entering this year’s
draft, but opted to return to school, although clearly he will some
questions to answer during pre-draft interviews next winter.
- (9:00 AM): BYU RB to sit opener … BYU
junior RB Jamaal Williams, a rising prospect for either the 2015 or
2016 drafts, has been suspended for the Cougars’ season opener against
Uconn later this month. Williams was arrested on suspicion of underage
drinking last winter, but the current suspension is believed to be the
result of a separate undisclosed incident in July at which Williams
reports 'he was just having fun' but given that its BYU with its honor
code from the 1890s, Williams was either drinking or puffing something
illicit or perhaps even doing the old u-know-what without being - gasp
- August 4
- August 3
- (12:01): Are you ready for some football!!! …
The NFL pre-season schedule kicks off later this evening when Buffalo
plays the Giants in the annual Hall-of-Fame game in Canton. Game time
is 8 PM ET with coverage by NBC and TSN in Canada.
- Now that hurts … Auburn has announced that neither
QB Nick Marshall nor CB Jonathon Mincy will start when the Tigers open
their season later this month against Arkansas as a result of recent
marijuana-related run-ins with the law. However, its not clear just
long the two will sit against the Razorbacks. Both Marshall, the
one-time CB at Georgia who led Auburn on last year’s improbable run to
the national championship, and Mincy are considered to be late round
prospects for the upcoming draft.
- More tough news for UGA WR … Georgia junior WR
Malcolm Mitchell has undergone arthroscopic surgery on the knee he
injured last August. Mitchell had been considered to be a rising
prospect for the 2014 after an outstanding camp last summer, but he
tore an ACL while celebrating a TD in the Bulldawgs’ season opener last
falland missed the remainder of the season. It doesn’t appear that the
latest setback is overly serious, but there is still no timetable for
his return. Mitchell had also hurt the other leg during spring practice
and missed the remaining workouts.
- Moving days in college football … While the NFL is
set to open its pre-season schedule, most college football programs
around the country have either already opened fall-training camp or
will do so early next week. Its also a time when ‘orphaned’ players
look to find new homes. One-time Alabama blue-chip RB recruit Dee Hart,
for example, has transferred to Colorado State for his senior season.
Hart, was hampered by injuries and off-field issues, never lived up to
the hype for the Tide, but will be given every opportunity to replace
Kapri Bibbs as the Rams main ball-carrier this fall. Meanwhile, Texas
A&M DE Gavin Stansbury has moved onto Houston after he was
dismissed from the Aggies following a pot possession charge. Neither
Hart nor Stansbury currently rate as more than fringe prospects for
2015, but have the tools to move up somewhat.
- Ravens, Pack lose picks to knees … Baltimore
rookie DE Brent Urban will likely miss the season after he tore an ACL
earlier in the week. Urban, one of four Canadians selected in the 2014
draft, was a 4th round pick this past May. Urban tore the ACL in the
other knee as a redshirt freshman in college. Meanwhile, sources in
Green Bay are indicating that rookie WR Jared Abbrederis, a 5th round
pick this year from just down the road at Wisconsin, also has a torn
- July 31
- (12:01 AM): Vikes rook QB inching closer to
starting job ... While rookie Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel
continues to hog the headlines, too often for all the wrong reasons,
Teddy Bridgewater has quietly emerged as a legitimate contender to
start from day one in Minnesota. Bridgewater, who slipped all the way
to the final pick of last May's opening round after a disappointing pro
day workout last spring, is currently splitting first-team reps with
veteran journeyman Matt Cassel and has reportedly really impressed the
Vikings' brass with his poise, work ethic and decision-making. For now,
the Vikings don't have an announced timetable to decide on a starter,
but team officials feel they may just have found their QB of the
future. Meanwhile, Manziel has brought some a genuine buzz to
Cleveland, a franchise that has had almost nothing going for it this
century. Practices are packed and Manziel’s #2 sweater already leads
the league in jersey sales. Manziel has also reportedly more than held
his own on the field, although there appears to be very little chance
he’ll beat out Brian Hoyer at least to start the season. However, those
off-field stories just won’t go away. Manziel arrived in Cleveland last
weekend for the opening of camp with pictures from a wild weekend in
Las Vegas circulating including one where he was holding a rolled up
bill that have many people ’associate’ with recreational drug use. Then
there were reports that he was spotted in a local bar after practice in
Cleveland earlier in the week, although it appears that may have been
nothing more than dinner and a pop. Needless to say, though, that for
the moment Browns’ management is holding its collective breath that
Manziel doesn’t blow up off the field before he ever gets a chance to
star on it. Stay tuned!
- (9:00 AM): Pack re-ups personnel architect ...
Green Bay has signed G.M. Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract
extension to remain in charge of the team's football operations for the
foressable future. There had been speculation that the 61-year-old
Thompson, who has been running the show in Green Bay for the past
decade, might retire when his current contract expired following the
2016 draft, but it now appears he could very well be here for
- (1:00 PM): Dallas pick out 2-3 months with foot …
Dallas rookie DE DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys second
round pick at the 2014 draft, miss the next 8-12 weeks after fracturing
his right foot in practice on Tuesday. The Cowboys are expected to put
Lawrence on the reserve/injured designated to return list after the
53-man rosters have been set early in September and hopefully bring him
back for the second half of the campaign.
- July 29
- (12:01 AM): Pats steal picks from Cats …
New England has claimed rookie RB Tyler Gaffney off waivers from
Carolina. Gaffney was a 6th round pick by Carolina at the 2014 draft,
but was slated to miss the season after he tore an MCL which was going
to require surgery. The Panthers could have held onto Gaffney’s rights
by simply placing him on IR, although he would have continued to count
against the 90 man roster. However, Carolina claims they needed the
roster to add another back to bolster their thinned out RB corps,
although in hindsight perhaps a camp guy at another position who was
unlikely to make the opening day 53-man roster might have been a
- July 28
- (12:01 AM): Top NFC newcomers for each team ...
With all 32 NFL teams back at work, GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul
Guillemette takes a look at the top
newcomers on each of NFC team in his latest column.
- July 27
- (10:00 AM): Panthers lose pick for season …
Carolina has announced that rookie RB Tyler Gaffney, a 6th round pick
at the 2014 draft, will miss the season after he injured a knee at
practice on Friday. Team doctors determined Gaffney needs surgery and
will operate once the swelling subsides. The good news for Gaffney is
that the injury occurred so early in training camp that he should be
fully recovered when camp starts for next summer.
- (12:01 AM): Horns dump vet RB, DB … Texas
has dismissed four players including starting FS Josh Turner and
veteran RB Joe Bergeron. Both are seniors who are considered to be
potential late-round or free agent prospects for the 2015 draft. There
is still no official reason for the dismissals, although the school
reportedly recently conducted a program wide drug test. Bergeron had
also just been reinstated to the team after he had been suspended this
spring to focus on academics.
- Auburn CB waits team sanctions … Auburn CB
Jonathon Mincy has agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program
stemming from his June arrest for possession of marijuana. Auburn has
not announced any further disciplinary action, although head coach Gus
Malzahn has said there will be “consequences." Mincy, who had 56
tackles and broke up14 passes during the Tigers improbable run to the
2013 national championship game, is considered to be a later round
prospect for the upcoming draft. Meanwhile, Auburn fans are more
nervous about possible further sanctions for star QB Nick Marshall.
Marshall recently paid a $1,000 fine to in essence make a pot
possession charge from earlier this summer go away. Because both
Marshall and Mincy are believed to be first-time offenders of the
school’s drug policy, they will not be automatically required to miss
any playing time.
- (12:01 AM): And then there were none ...
Tennessee has signed OT Taylor Lewan to a 4-year deal worth $11.5M and
with a club option for a 5th year. Lwewan, the 11th player selected at
the 2014 draft, was the last remaining unsigned player selected this
- July 24
- (9:00 AM): One down, one to go … Cleveland
has signed CB Justin Gilbert, the 8th player selected at the 2014
draft, to a 4-year, $12.9M contract with a club option for the 5th
year. Gilbert was one of two remaining unsigned draft picks this year.
Tennessee OT Taylor Lewan, taken three pick after Gilbert, is the last
remaining unsigned player. However, Lewan is still not considered an
official holdout because like the Browns, the Titans’ camp only opens
on Saturday and Tennessee reportedly is still hopeful of having him
signed and in pads when they hit the field this weekend. Meanwhile, the
Browns also placed rookie RB Terrance West, a third-round pick this
past May, on the non-football injury list after he reportedly failed
his conditioning test, but he's expected to be on the field when
Cleveland’s holds its first full practice on Saturday.
- (12:01 AM): Top AFC newcomers for each team ...
With all 32 NFL teams scheduled to be back at work by the end of the
week, GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at the top
newcomers on each of AFC team in his latest column.
NFC to follow in the next few days.
- Top young DE in legal mess … Texas Christian has
suspended star redshirt sophomore DE Devonte Fields from school while
the university investigates an allegation that he brandished a gun at a
former girlfriend during a domestic disturbance last weekend. The 6-3,
250-pound Fields appeared to be on track to become one of the top edge
rushers in college football when he posted 10 sacks and 8.5 other
tackles for loss as a true freshman in 2012, but played in only three
games last season because of a foot injury. No stranger to trouble
Fields, who will be draft-eligible this coming spring was suspended for
violating team policy early last season and then in January declined to
press charges after he was the victim in an alleged robbery. Meanwhile,
TCU has also reportedly cut ties with senior WR Brandon Carter because
of academic issues, although Carter was also arrested in April on
possession of marijuana, though, those charges were later dropped. With
a reshirt year available, Carter could transfer to another D1A program
and play next fall or drop down a level and play this fall, although he
not considered to be more than a fringer draft prospect.
- Former PSU, LSU QB to end career at EMU … Former
Penn State QB and LSU WR Rob Bolden has transferred to Eastern Michigan
where he will be eligible immediately for his senior season this fall.
from LSU. Bolden originally played at Penn State for two years where he
started a total of 15 games at QB with mixed success. He then
transferred to LSU in the wake of the Sandusky scandal where he was
switched to WR, but did not play in any games for the Tigers. Bolden
reportedly will play QB at EMU but if he gets a look from the NFL next
spring it will likely be as a receiver or even DB.
- July 20
- (12:01 AM): Pack leads league in home grown
talent … Considering that most NFL teams
espouse the development of their own players acquired initially through
the draft process, GBN Chief Scout Pigskin Paul Guillemette has taken a
look at how all 32 teams around the league have built the rosters they
are taking to camp this month. Teams were credited for the players
acquired straight out of college either as draft picks or undrafted
rookie free agents (URFAs). Then they were debited for players they
have taken from other teams through waivers and/or as veteran free
agents. And while developing your own talent is certainly not the only
way to acquire quality players, the teams at the top of the resulting chart in general do have
better winning percentages than most of those at the bottom. In fact,
Green Bay heads to camp with a net figure of 51 more players either
drafted or signed as rookie free agents versus those acquired
otherwise. The Packers also tied with San Francisco and Cincinnati for
the most drafted players on their camp roster with 41. Meanwhile, three
teams - Tampa Bay, Chicago and Indianapolis - will have more players
acquired elsewhere on their camp rosters that home-grown talent. (Note
that the numbers reflect NFL rosters as of July 4-8 earlier this month
as reported on Ourlads.com which
details how every player entered the League. Needless to say it will be
quite interesting to revisit the numbers in September when the teams
have cut down to their 53-man rosters. Also note some teams have more
than 90 players included in their numbers in the chart because they
include players officially on Reserve Lists.
- July 19
- (12:01 AM): NFL camping season opens … Its
happening guys! Buffalo opens its full training camp later today with
the Bills’ first on-field practice on Sunday. The Giants, who play the
Bills in the Hall-of-Fame game on August 3rd in Canton, open their camp
on Monday for reporting players and hold their initial practice the
following day, while the rest of the teams will all be on the field by
- More than half 49ers draft class on reserve list …
San Francisco has placed 7 members of its 12-man 2014 draft on a
reserve list prior to the opening of their training camp next
Wednesday. The 49ers placed 3rd round C Mike Martin (3rd), G/T Brandon
Thomas (3rd), WR Bruce Ellington (4th), CB Keith Reaser (5th), and FB
Trey Millard (7th) on the non-football-injury list, while DE/OLB Aaron
Lynch (5th) and DE Kaleb Ramsey (7th) were placed on the
physically-unable-to-perform list. Thomas, Reaser and Millard have knee
issues, while Lynch has a hamstring injury. The other three were list
as undisclosed injuries.
- (12:01 AM): Draft to head west or really west …
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed on Thursday that the draft
will not be held in New York this coming year. Goodell indicated that
the league will to hold the 2015 in either Chicago or Los Angeles
according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. A final decision won’t
be made until “late summer” at the earliest. The league is also
reportedly considering ways to improve the final day of the draft
including the possibility of having clubs announce their third day
picks at their team HQ. Sounds like a grabber!!
- Draft evaluations to be limited … After almost 100
underclassmen entered this year’s draft, the NFL’s special draft
advisory committee has changed some of its policies to encourage more
players to stay in school. According to published reports the committee
will now recommend that players who don’t project to be either first-
or second-round selections should remain in school. In the past,
players who projected as third-round picks or later would be told that.
The NFL will also reportedly limit requests for evaluations to just 5
players per college team, although the committee could make exceptions
for loaded teams. Whether this will have any impact on the decisions
underclassmen rated lower that second-rounders make regarding the draft
remains to be seen, but at least the NFL can pretend its hands are
slightly cleaner, especially for underclassmen who don’t get drafted at
- July 11
- (9:00 AM): No players taken in supp draft … For
the second consecutive year, no players were selected at the NFL’s
annual summer supplemental draft, which was held yesterday. This year,
4 players including New Mexico WR Chase Clayton, North Carolina LB
Darius Lipford, Virginia Lynchburg DT LeKendrick Ross and Southern
Methodist RB Traylon Shead were available to be selected, but each now
becomes a free agent eligible to can sign with any team. The last time
a player was taken in the supplemental draft was 2012 when Cleveland
used a second-round choice to select former Baylor WR Josh Gordon.
- Clock ticking on NFL ... With the opening of the
first NFL camps now barely a week and a half away, GBN
chief scout and prime provocateur Pigskin Paul Guillemette has some
thoughts on some of the key QB training camp battles about to take
place around the league this summer in this week's column.
- July 7
- (12:01 AM): The draft goes dating !!! Turns
out that one of the remaining contestants on the hit chick show ’The
Bachelorette’ is the brother of record-setting former Georgia QB Aaron
Murray who was a 5th round selection by Kansas City in the 2014 draft.
During Monday night‘s episode (8 PM ET on ABC), the alluring
Bachelorette visits the folks of each the 4 finalists for her hand.
However, things get a tad dicey at the Murray home as the family is
reportedly more excited about the upcoming draft - the show is taped -
than her impending visit. (And no we don’t watch the show or its sister
- or is it brother - show the Bachelor! For some reason, the partner,
who is a big fan, won’t allow us to get anywhere near the TV during the
show. Apparently she doesn’t appreciate the witty color commentary. Who
knew! That said we can honestly say we‘ve actually knew, at least in a
rather tangential way, one of the former ‘Bachelors‘! Way back in the
late 1970s, I volunteered at my 3-year- old daughter’s pre-school and
one of the other kids in the program was Jesse Palmer. Palmer couldn’t
throw a lick at the time, but ultimately went on to play QB for Steve
Spurrier at Florida before being drafted by the Giants in 2004. That
same year, Palmer, who is now a college football analyst with ESPN,
played the Bachelor.)
- College awards list coming … Okay, so its been a
too long off-season, but football is bearing down on us. Indeed, NFL
camps will have opened by the end of the month and the college training
camps will be gearing up soon after. And as proof that the 2014 season
isn’t that far off the National College Football Awards Association
will start releasing its annual pre-season watch lists for the various
awards later today. The first two lists to be announced are for the
Maxwell and Bednarik Awards which go to the outstanding player in
college football and the top defensive player.
- July 4
- Sooners add to young WR … Oklahoma has confirmed
that former Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham, once the top recruit in
the country, has transferred. Gree-Beckham was dismissed from the
Missouri team after a string of off-field incidents. Oklahoma indicated
in their release announcing Green-Beckham’s arrival that he would one
eligible until 2015, but sources close to the program indicate that the
school could seek a waiver. At issue is the fact that Green-Beckham was
kicked off the Missouri team after he allegedly broke into the
apartment of a female student and pushed her down the stairs, however,
he was never charged as the victim was reportedly reluctant to proceed
for fear of the backlash. The 6-5, 225-pound Green-Beckham, who caught
87 passes, including 17 for scores, in two seasons at Missouri could
also ultimately opt to enter the 2015 draft, although that appears to
be something of along shot at this point.
- Big small school DT to enter supp draft … Thanks
to reader LP for the heads up as Virginia-Lynchburg DT LeKendrick Ross
has reportedly filed papers with the NFL to be included in this month’s
supplemental draft. The 6-5 Ross, whose weight is listed as anywhere
from 325-360 pounds will reportedly work out for NFL teams on Monday.
- July 3
- (12:01 AM): College football moving day …
While most everyone was celebrating Canada Day on Tuesday, July 1st was
moving day in college football with the latest round of realignment.
The big news, of course, was Louisville’s move to the ACC, while
Maryland and Rutgers became somewhat anomalous members of the Big 10 -
which for the mathematically challenged now has 14 teams. However,
there were several other FBS moves with East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa
leaving Conference USA for the All-American Conference, while Old
Dominion and Western Kentucky fill out the CUSA ranks. Meanwhile,
Idaho, New Mexico State, and new D1AA programs Appalachian State and
Georgia Southern join the Sun Belt conference.
- July 2
- (12:01 AM): Ravens get Cowboys pick for ‘retired
LB’ … Baltimore acquired a 6th round pick from Dallas for MLB
Rolando McClain and a 7th round pick. Dallas needs help at ILB after
incumbent starter Sean Lee was lost for the year with a torn ACL. Hard
to know how much help McClain will be, though, as he is did not play in
2013 and is currently back at school and on the retired list. McClain,
who has expressed interest in trying to come back, was the 8th player
taken in the 2010 draft by Oakland after a stellar career at Alabama,
but has been in and out of off-field trouble since.
- SMU RB to enter supp draft … Former Texas and
Southern Methodist RB Traylon Shead has reportedly been approved for
inclusion in this summer’s supplemental draft. Shead, a one-time prep
star who still holds some career rushing marks in Texas, originally
signed with the Longhorns out of high school, but played little in his
one year in Austin. However, he did go on to earn junior college
All-america honors before transferring to SMU last year. Shead, though,
suffered a sprained MCL early in the 2013 campaign and ultimately only
played in four games. Still, the 6-1, 230-pound Shead, who once made
the state 100M final while in high school, could be something of a
sleeper, although he’s unlikely to be selected in this month’s supp
draft. While nothing has yet been confirmed by the NFL, Shead will
reportedly be joined in the supplemental draft by former New Mexico WR
Chase Clayton, who was one of the top kick returners in college
football in 2012.
- Clock ticking on NFL ... It hardly seems the draft
was done and we are into July which means can NFL camp openings be far
behind. Its stillpretty quiet around the league and that has given GBN
chief scout and prime provocateur Pigskin Paul Guillemette to some
reflecting on some of the major statistical milestones - and other
random things - in this week's column.
- SMU RB in supp draft ...
SMU running back Traylon Shead has reportedly been declared eligible
for next month’s NFL supplemental draft. The 6-2, 225-pound Shead was a
prep star who originally signed at Texas and later was a junior college
All-American before landing at SMU. Big things were expected for Shead
with the Mustangs last fall but he ultimately played in just games a
four games because of a knee injury.
- June 27
- (9:00 AM): Vet CBs in minor legal stews … A
couple of veteran college corners with late-round potential for the
2015 draft will have some legal issues to explain this winter. Auburn
CB Jonathon Mincy, who had a total of 15 pass defenses last year in the
Tigers’ run to the national championship game, was arrested over the
weekend on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. Meanwhile, Senquez
Golson of Mississippi, who has 93 tackles and 6 interceptions in his
Ole Miss career, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct last
weekend. Neither incident is serious enough that it is likely to result
in significant damage to the respective player’s draft grade, although
both players will likely face some tough questions during pre-draft
interviews next spring.
- (12:01 AM): Canadian league season kicks off …
The CFL regular season kicks off later this evening enroute to the
102nd Grey Cup game when Winnipeg hosts Toronto at 8:30PM ET. On
Saturday, Montreal will be in Calgary for a late afternoon game and
Edmonton plays B.C. later that evening, while defending champion
Saskatchewan host Hamilton on Sunday. Expansion Ottawa gets the
first-week bye and play their opener next Thursday at Winnipeg. This
year’s Grey Cup will be played November 30th in Vancouver.
- Utes QB back in business ... Utah junior QB Travis
Wilson, who was diagnosed with a career-threatening medical condition
last winter, has received final medical clearance and will play again
this fall. Wilson had been diagnosed to an intracranial artery after
suffering a concussion last fall, but a CT scan this week indicated
that the condition has remained stable since his last test in February.
The 6-6 Wilson had been considered to be an intriguing second tier QB
prospect for the 2015 or 2016 draft, but the health issue likely clouds
his pro prospects.
- (9:00 AM) Picking over Pack pack ... With
2014 season quickly bearing down, GBN Chief Scout - and longtime Green
Bay Packers' fan - Pigkin Paul Guillemette has some early thoughts on
the Packers'roster for the upcoming season in his column today.
- June 18
- (9:00 AM): Unsigned picks close to single digits
… Used to be that few NFL draft picks signed much before their
respective camps opened in July. In fact, used to be that most first
rounders only signed in the hours leading up to the opening of their
particular camp. Use to be. After QBs Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel
signed with Jacksonville and Cleveland respectively within the past day
or so, there are currently only 10 unsigned players chosen at the 204
draft with still over a month to go until camps are set to open their
doors. The remaining unsigned picks include Cleveland CB Justin
Gilbert, Tennessee OT Taylor Lewan, Miami OT Ja‘wuan James and New
England DT Dominique Easley who were first round picks this past May,
along with second rounders DE Demarcus Lawrence of Dallas, Cleveland
G/T Joel Bitonio, Jacksonville WRs Marqise Lee and Allen , Five
second-rounders remain: Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (34th),
Pittsbugh DE Stephon Tuiit and Jacksonville WR Allen Robinson and Miami
G/T Billy Turner, a 3rd round pick.
- June 15
- <(9:00 AM): One-time top QB recruit joins
Canes … Former BYU and Kansas QB Jake Heaps has officially
transferred to Miami where he will be eligible immediately to play in
2014. The 6-1, 185-pound Heaps was considered to be one of the top QB
recruits in the country when he signed with BYU in 2010 and had looked
the part of a future pro prospect in a breakout freshman year, but
ultimately ended up transferring to Kansas after a disappointing
sophomore campaign with the Cougars during which he was benched much of
the second half of the year. And it didn’t get much better for Heaps at
Kansas last season as he had a completion rate under 50% with just 8 TD
passes against 10 interceptions after sitting out in 2012. With Miami,
Heaps will have a chance to replace Stephon Morris as the Canes’
starter after Ryan Williams was lost for the year with a torn ACL, but
really needs to pick up his game to be considered anything more than a
fringe prospect for 2015.
- (12:01 AM): Jags take UDFA signing title …
In response to a number of queries, we have finally been able to post
the annual list of top undrafted rookie free
agent signings by position (which had kind of got lost in the wash
in the midst of a site reorganization we are undertaking these days).
And based on a formula put together by the same folks that calculate
the compensatory draft picks every year, Jacksonville may just have had
the best haul of undrafted rookies in the entire league this spring.
Indeed, the Jaguars were able to sign 5 of the top 50 players on the GBN’s post-draft list of the top undrafted
prospects, including 3 of the top 14 such players in former Oregon
State CB Rashaud Reynolds (#9), DE former California DE DeAndre Coleman
(#10) and former LSU safety Craig Loston (#14). At the same time,
Indianapolis finished second in the poll, making it a clean sweep of
the top 2 spots for the AFC South, while New Orleans was third,
followed by Miami in 4th with Atlanta and Green Bay tied for 5th. Other
teams with strong undrafted rookie crops included Denver, Philadelphia,
Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Minnesota, San Diego and the
Giants. On the other hand, teams with less than stellar rookie free
agent signing groups include Buffalo, which finished 32nd in the poll,
while Tennessee, Washington, San Francisco, and New England were just
ahead of the Bills. Of course, all that is based on the players the
respective teams were able to sign after the draft (and have not
released since), but if history is any guide only a handful of these
players will actually ultimately make an NFL roster later this fall.
- On further review ... With the
2014 draft now over a month past, we've had some time to reflect on
some of the things that several teams were able to accomplish with
their picks, or not. So over the course of the next few weeks, GBN
Chief Scout Pigkin Paul Guillemette will be reviewing
the drafts of
some of the key teams from around the league including Chicago today.
- June 14
- (9:00 AM): CFL avoids labor disruption …
The CFL has avoided its first ever strike as both the owners and
players have ratified the new CBA which was tentatively agreed upon
last weekend. There had been concern that the players, who got very
little new CBA despite the fact the league received a big TV payday
from TSN, might reject the deal, but in the end it squaked through. The
deal reportedly includes a $5M salary cap and minimum salary of $50K.
The 2014 CFL schedule is slated to start on June 26th.
- Titans waive top undrafted DE ... Tennessee has
released former Virginia Tech DE James Gayle, one of the top undrafted
rookie free agents from the 2014 draft after he underwent shoulder
surgery on an issue that goes back to his college days. It is expected
that the Titans will place Gayle on a reserve list once he clears
- June 13
- Top LSU DB arrested, suspended … LSU junior DB
Jalen Mills has been suspended indefinitely from team activities after
he was charged with second-degree battery earlier this week. Mills
allegedly punched a female outside his apartment in early May. The 6-0,
195-pound Mills, a freshman All-American as a CB two years ago who
switched over to safety last fall, has started all 26 games in his LSU
career and had been considered to be a potential second-day pick in
either 2015 or 2016.
- (12:01 AM): On further review ... With the
2014 draft now almost a month past, we've had some time to reflect on
some of the things that several teams were able to accomplish with
their picks, or not. So over the course of the next few weeks, GBN
Chief Scout Pigkin Paul Guillemette will be reviewing
the drafts of
some of the key teams from around the league including Cleveland today.
- Top pick latest to come to terms … For those that
missed it, Houston signed OLB Jadeveon Clowney, the first player
selected at the 2014 draft, to a $22.3M, fully guaranteed contract on
Friday, that included a $14.5M signing bonus. As with all top picks,
the contract is a four-year deal, that includes a 5th-year club option.
and a signing bonus of $14.518 million. He’s the ninth of the 10 draft
choices to sign. Clowney is the 18th first-round pick to sign this to
date. And with Clowney under contract, Houston has signed all its 2014
picks except OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, the team’s second-round pick, who has
been unable to participate in the organized team activities because
UCLA is on a trimester schedule.
- Manziel becomes ‘Johnny Baseball’ for a day … For
those that haven’t heard, Cleveland rookie QB Johnny Manziel was
selected in last weekend’s MLB amateur draft by the San Diego Padres.
Manziel, who was the 22nd player selected at last month’s NFL draft,
was taken in the 28th round with the 837th pick by the Padres. Manziel
was listed as a SS at Texas A&M, although he never played for the
- Draft to get new host site; new city could be next …
NFL sources have pretty much confirmed that Radio City Music Hall will
no longer be the venue for the draft. The league has also confirmed
that sites in Los Angeles and Chicago are under consideration including
other venues in New York, while other undisclosed cities also remain in
the mix. The NFL is also reportedly looking to extend the draft to four
days - from Wednesday thru Saturday - up from three this year. The 2015
draft is expected to be held the weekend of either April 22-25 or April
- Owl DT to miss year … Rice DT Stuart Mouchantaf
will miss the 2014 season after suffering a setback from off-season
knee surgery. The 6-3, 290-pound Mouchantaf, a second-tier prospect for
the NFL draft, had 33 tackles last fall in 8 games; before suffering
the original injury. However, Mouchantaf was reinjured during rehab and
required additional surgery. He is eligible for a redshirt and will
target a 2015 return.
- (12:01 AM): On further review ... With the
2014 draft now almost a month past, we've had some time to reflect on
some of the things that several teams were able to accomplish with
their picks, or not. So over the course of the next few weeks, GBN
Chief Scout Pigkin Paul Guillemette will be reviewing
the drafts of
some of the key teams from around the league including Pittsburgh
- Comp pick signings set … Which teams will get what
compensatory picks at the 2015 draft won’t be announced until next
April; however, the free agent
signings that the comp picks will be based on are now in the books.
Compensatory picks are based on a complicated formula which factors in
how many unrestricted free agents teams sign versus how many they lose
between the start of the NFL calendar year in March and June 1st. The
formula also factors in the size of the respective contracts free
agents size as well as some productivity measures. However, based on
just net losses of free agents, it would appear that defending Super
Bowl champion Seattle will be in line to pick up close to the max
number (4) of comp picks as the Seahawks had 8 UFAs go elsewhere while
they signed only two. And Denver is #2 again as the Broncos, who lost
the 2013 Super Bowl game to the Seahawks, are a net minus-5, along with
Indianapolis, while Kansas City and Indianapolis were minus-4 and New
England and San Francisco were minus-3.
- Eagles shuffle scout staff … Philadelphia
reorganized its personnel department that included Rick Mueller being
promoted to director of pro personnel. At the same time, Mike Bradway
was named assistant director of college scouting, while Jake Rosenberg
was named director of football administration. The Eagles also named
Brad Obee as southwest regional scout and Ryan Myers northeast regional
scout, while Matt Lindsey becomes college scouting coordinator and Joe
Hastings a pro personnel assistant.
- May 28
- (9:00 AM): Welcome aboard … The Great Blue
North is super pleased to announce that Pigskin Paul Guillemette has
officially joined the GBN staff as Associate Editor/Chief Scout. For
year’s Paul ran his own draft site, but contributed on a regular basis
to the GBN. In particular, Paul has been our man in Mobile the past
several years covering the Senior Bowl. As such, we are thrilled to add
his experience and talents to our roster. Paul has a great eye for
potential pro football talent, plus he’s a serious, thoughtful analyst
of the passing NFL season who brings a ‘thinking outside the box‘
component to the site. And Paul does a little
thinking out loud in his first official column with the GBN. Paul
can also be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com.
- May 24
- (12:01 AM): Ticker trouble sends Seahawks pick
packing … Seattle has released OT Garrett Scott because of a rare
heart condition. Scott was the Seahawks 6th round pick at the 2014
- Bucs shuffle top scout staff … Tampa Bay has hired
Mike Biehl as the team’s new director of college scouting. Biehl joins
the Buccaneers after spending the past 13 seasons with San Diego where
he was the Chargers assistant director of college scouting from 2008
through 2013. Biehl replaces Eric Stokes who moved across the state to
become an assistant to general manager in Miami.
- May 20
- (12:01 AM): More late draft thoughts and related
stuff ... There's been no rest since the draft for old GBN friend
Pigskin Paul Guillemette who has sent along a couple more post draft columns for your
consideration. One examines the draft by the numbers from this year's
various all-star games, while the second features some random thoughts
on this and that from the draft itself.
- Late local holiday greetings ... Here's hoping all
our Canuckster friends had a great Victoria day long weeknd. Only in
Canada, though, can you get a national statutory holiday celebrting the
birthday of a long-dead queen of another country. It was a pretty good
weekend for Canadians in the NFL as former Montreal OT David Foucault
was signed by Carolina afetr their rookie mini-camp. The 6-8 Foucault
was the 5th overall pick at last week's CFL draft by the home-town
- Road to the draft ... For those that haven't seen
it yet, SI's Peter King has the latest on the whens and wheres of the
2015 draft in this week'sedition of the
Monday Morning QB column.
- Transfers of interest to future drafts ... There
were a couple of collegiate transfers of note over the weekend, while
we were paying homage to the dowager empress! Former Indiana QB Cam
Coffman has transferred to Wyoming. Coffman will be a senior next fall
but will likely have to red shirt as he has yet to graduate. The 6-2,
205-pound Coffman looked like an emerging prospect when he threw for
over 2,700 yards as a sophomore in 2012, but played little last season.
At the same time, Shaquille Riddick, a FCS All-American at Gardner-Webb
where he had 8.5 sacks and 10.5 other tackles for loss, has opted to
transfer to West Virginia. The 6-6, 245-pound Riddick should be
eligible immediately as he has already graduated.
- May 14
- Bears first to sign #1 pick … After signing 6 of
their 8 picks at the 2014 draft earlier in the week, Chicago became the
first team to sign an opening round pick as the Bears agreed to terms
on a 4-year deal with CB Kyle Fuller, the 14th player taken this year.
As with all first-round contracts, the Bears will have an option to add
a fifth year to the deal after Fuller completes his third season with
the club. With Fuller signed, the only remaining unsigned Bears’ pick
is 3rd round DT Will Sutton.
- Canuck OT goes 3rd round in CFL … Just a couple
of final notes from Wednesday’s CFL draft including the fact that
McGill OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, easily the top overall
Canadian-league prospect this year, was only the 19th player selected
after he was a 6th round pick at the NFL draft and likely won't be
available for CFL play for some time. Duvernay-Tardif was the first
player selected in the third round of the CFL draft of Canadian
players. Meanwhile, in a new trend for the CFL, all but one of the 65
players taken this year played at a CIS school. As recently as 2013, 5
of the 9 first-round picks - and 15 picks overall - played their
college football in the states. For the record, the lone CFL draftee to
play at an NCAA school was Northwestern State G/T Tchissakid Player,
who was the 12th player taken by British Columbia. Here
are all the
picks from this year's CFL draft.
- May 13
- (8:00 PM): RedBlacks make waves at CFL draft …
The expansion Ottawa Red Blacks - yes that is the team’s new name -
shook up the 2014 Canadian league draft by trading the #1 pick overall
to Calgary for veteran C John Gott, a western league All-star last
fall. Calgary, which also got the rights to retired C Marwan Hage to
complete the deal, selected Laval C Pierre Lavertu with this year’s top
pick. Ottawa then traded veteran QB Kerry Glenn to British Columbia for
the 5th pick which they then flipped with Montreal which had the 4th
pick. When the dust settled both Ottawa and Montreal chose players from
the Universite of Montreal; Ottawa got DB Antoine Pruneau with the 4th
pick, while Montreal got 6-8 OT David Foucualt with the 5th pick.
- That didn’t take long … Chicago has become the
first team to sign players selected at last week’s draft; in fact, the
Bears have already come to terms with 6 of the 8 players they selected
at last week’s draft. So far, the Bears have signed DT Ego Ferguson, a
second round selection, along with 4th rounders RB Ka’Deem Carey and S
Brock Vereen, 6th rounders David Fales and P Pat O’Donnell and 7th
round G/T Charles Leno. The Bears still have to sign CB Kyle Fuller,
the team’s first round pick, and 3rd round DT Will Sutton.
- (12:01 AM): Browns deny owner interference on
Manziel pick … Cleveland official are dismissing as ‘ridiculous’
a published report that the team was all set to select Louisville QB
eddy Bridgewater with the 22nd pick at last weekend’s draft, but
switched the pick at the last moment on orders from team owner Jimmy
Haslam. The Browns, of course, created the buzz of the 204 draft when
they selected former Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with the pick.
However, Haslam let Manziel know that he’s the team’s back-up and will
have to earn the starting nod.
- Vikes forced to shuffle scout staff … Scott
Studwell has reportedly resigned as Minnesota’s director of college
scouting in order to spend more time with his family. Studwell, who has
been with the Vikings for 38 years, will remain with the organization
in another role. Studman wll be replaced by Jamall Stephenson who moves
up from assistant director of college scouting.
- Ticker trouble stumps Tide OLB … Alabama OLB
Adrian Hubbard, who was not selected at the 2014 draft, reportedly had
been diagnosed with a minor heart issue at the combine. While he had
subsequently received clearance from a doctor NFL teams were concerned
enough to take a pass, although Hubbard has since signed as an
undrafted rookie free agent with Green Bay.
- May 11
- (12:01 AM): Only 364 days to go ... ...
until the 2015 draft. Or something like that since the NFL hasn't
decided when, or for that matter, where next year's draft will be held.
Still, its never too early to start thinking about the upcoming draft
so without further ado here is a very, very preliminary first-round projectiion for the 2015
draft. And as in the past, we note without reservation that anybody
emailing in a 'the Buckeroos will never ever take a ... ' type comment
will be banned from the site for the duration!
- Draft by the numbers ... The GBN staff is still
chewing over the results from the 2014 draft, but here are some of the
key numbers from this week's draft.
- May 10
- (7:11 PM): That's a wrap ... really ... The
2014 draft wrapped up when Houston selected Memphis safety Lonnie
Ballentine with the 256th
and final pick. And that makes Ballentine this year's 'Mr Irrelevant'.
- 8th round already underway ... Even before the
final picks were off the board, NL teams were talking with undrafted
free agents about signing on. And, not surprisingly given the overall
talent in this draft, there are still some very good players still out
there including QBs Brett Smith, Connor Shaw, Stephon Morris, and Casey
Pachall; RBs James Wilder, Rajon Neal and Isaiah Crowell; WRs Brandon
Coleman, Jeff Janis, and Mike Davis; TEs Marcel Jensen, Xavier Grimble,
A.C. Leonard, Joe Don Duncan, and Colt Lyerla; OTs Tiny Richardson,
James Hurst and Matt Patchan; OGs Anthony Steen and Charles Leno; Cs
Gabe Ikard and Tyler Larsen; DEs Jackson Jeffcoat, Ethan Westbrooks,
and Josh Mauro; DTs Kelcy Quarles, Anthony Johnson, Deandre Coleman,
Zach Kerr and George Uko; ILBs Shane Skov, Max Bullough, and Christian
Jones; OLBs Adrian Hubbard and Howard Jones; CBs
Marcus Roberson, Louchiez Purifoy, Rashaud Reynolds, Chris Davis, and
Victor Hampton; and safeties Dion Bailey, Craig Loston, and Kenny
Ladler. For the record, here are the remaining
undrafted players on the updated
GBN Top 300 Big Board.
- (12:00 PM): Final day kicks off ... With
start of the 4th round of the 2014 draft now just minutes away we're
switching over to
the GBN War Room where we will be tracking all the picks, as well as
posting the picks come off the board among other stuff. Should
be a fun ride. Enjoy. But enjoy responsibly!
- (10:00 AM): Eagles on the clock … The third
and final day of the 2014 draft gets underway in just under 3 hours at
Noon ET with Philadelphia on the clock with the 101st pick. The Eagles
got that pick from Houston in a draft day deal yesterday. In fact,
there are still 156 players to be selected later today before everyone
can go home and start planning for the 2015 draft. The New York Jets
will be the busiest team this afternoon with a total of 9 picks still
to be made, while Dallas has 8. At the same time, Atlanta, San
Francisco, St. Louis and New England each have 7 picks remaining, while
Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh and Seattle all have 6 apiece.
Here is the full list of remaining picks
per team, as well as the updated
selection order for the 4th thru 7th rounds.
- Preliminary guru grades posted … The Huddle Report has posted
their annual grades
for the most accurate Top 100 rankings for this year’s draft, and we
are pleased to note that we did very nicely thank you, finishing in a
tie for second with NFL.com’s Mike Mayock among others.
- Go west young man… Anybody notice that there was a
distinctly western flavor to the early going on the second day of the
draft as 7 of the first 8 players selected in yesterday’s second round
were from either Pacific coast or mountain state schools. Not
surprisingly, there was also a distinctly big-time college flavor to
the first three rounds of this year’s draft as 95 of the first 100
players selected were from D1A programs. Former Eastern Illinois QB
Jimmy Garoppolo, who was a surprise late second-round pick by New
England, was the first non-D1A player selected. Meanwhile North Dakota
State G/T Billy Turner went early in the round to Miami, while
Pittsburg State WR/KR John Brown (to Arizona), Towson RB Terrance West
(to Cleveland) and Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon (to Minnesota)
were selected late in the third. In fact, the 2014 has a distinctly BCS
flavor as 77 of the players selected to date are from a power
conference. The SEC continues to lead the way with 23 players selected
to date, followed by the Big Ten and ACC with 15 each, while the Pac-12
has had 13 players chosen. Its been a struggle, however, for the Big
XII, which has had just 6 players selected to date with one coming from
conference powerhouses Texas or Oklahoma. In fact, the Big XII
currently trails the All-American conference which has had 7 players
selected and is only one up on the Mountain West. Meanwhile, LSU, with
5 players selected has had the most players selected to date followed
by national champion Florida State and Louisville with 4 apiece.
- Go west young man, part deux … It will be a while
before one really knows which teams actually had the most productive
day during the second day of the 2014 draft, but on first blush its
hard not to like what San Francisco was able to accomplish. The 49ers
got bruising Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde late in the second round to
augment their already bruising ground game, and then added potential
useful playesr in USCC Marcus Martin, Wisconsin MLB Chris Borland and
Clemson G/T Brandon Thomas. In the end, Thomas may be the 49ers best
pick as he likely would have gone much higher than the late third had
he not hurt a knee during a pre-draft workout. However, because they
have had so many picks in recent years the 49ers have been able to
gamble on injured players like Thomas, who probably won’t play in 2014,
but could be steal down the road. For good measure, the 49ers
skillfully manipulated the board in a set of back-to-back trades in
which they ultimately dropped down all of one pick, but came away with
an extra 4th round pick next year for their troubles. Meanwhile, just
across the bay, Oakland has quietly had a very nice draft. The Raiders
held their water in the opening round and came away with OLB Khalil
Mack and then did the same in the second and were able to get Fresno
State QB Derek Carr whom they had considered as a possible choice with
their opening round pick. Also kind of liked what Houston did getting
UCLA OG Xavier Sua’Filo in the second and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and NT
Louis Nix in the third. Nix is another player who dropped because of an
injury, but if healthy could be a real steal at that point. However,
the Texans sill have not added a QB and likely aren’t going to get more
than a deep developmental type as they traded the first pick overall on
the third day to Philadelphia in order to jump back into 3rd to get
- May 9
- (11:30 PM): That's a wrap; part deux ...
The first 100 picks at the 2014
draft are in the books, but there won't be much time to dwell on
today's haul as the third and final day get underway in just over 12
hours. And once again, there are still a lot of very good players on
the board including QBs Zach Mettenberger, AJ. McCarron, Aaron Murray,
David Fales and Tom Savage; RBs Andre Williams, Lache Seastrunk,
Ka'Deem Carey and Devonta Freeman; WRs Martavis Bryant and Bruce
Ellington; offensive linemen David Yankey, Dakota Dozier, Cameron
Fleming, Tiny Richardson, Cyril Richardson, DTs DaQuan Jones, Anthony
Johnson, Dan McCullers, and Kelcey Quarles; OLBs Carl Bradford and
Chris Smith; and corners Keith McGill, Bashaud Breeland, Jaylen
Watkins, Marcus Roberson, Louchiez Purifoy, Pierre Desir and Walt
Aikens among others. Here are the remaining names who have not been
selected from the GBN Big Board.
- (3:00 PM): Bills send vet WR to 49ers for future
pick ... A day after making a splash at the 2014 draft with a
trade up to select Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, Buffalo has sent WR Stevie
Johnson to San Francisco for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015,
that could escalate to a third-rounder based on Johnson's performance.
- (12:01 AM): That’s a wrap … The first round
of the 2014 is in the books and we can almost guarantee that there will
be 32 GMs around the NFL who will be proclaiming in the morning that
they still can’t believe the guy they got was still there. They won’t
have long to enjoy their spoils, however, as the second round gets
underway at 7 PM ET Friday evening. And there is still a ton of talent
available out there. Indeed, players who are still available include
QBs Derek Carr, Zack Mettenberger, Jimmy Garopollo, AJ McCarron and Tom
Savage, all the RBs including Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason;
WRs Marqise Lee, Cody Latimer, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief and
Jarvis Landry; TEs Jace Amaro, Austin Seferin-Jenkins, and Troy Niklas;
OTs Cyrus Kouandjio, Morgan Moses, and Joel Bitonio; OGs Xavier
Sua-Filo, Gabe Jackson, and David Yankey; Cs Weston Richburg and Marcus
Martin; DEs Kony Ealy and Scott Crichton; DTsTimmie Jernigan, Louis
Nix, Ra’Shede Hageman and Stephon Tuitt; OLBs Demarcus Lawrence and
Kyle Van Noy; and CBs Marcus Roberson and Lamarcus Joyner. Here is the updated GBN Big Board ranking the top
- 49ers lead second day pick parade … With 2 picks
in the second round (#s 56 and 61), and three more in the 3rd round,
San Francisco will be the busiest tam on the second day of the draft
barring trades. In fact, no other team has more than three second day
picks, although Arizona, Baltimore, Green Bay and Philadelphia each has
three. However, the Jets, with 11 picks remaining, still have the
largest number of picks still to make in the rest of the draft, while
the 49ers, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville, and St. Louis all have 10
picks still to make. Here is the full,
updated list of remaining picks.
- Second day intrigue could start early … While
there was plenty of intrigue in this year’s first round, there could
also be some drama to start the second day as Houston has the first
pick Friday night and after taking DE Jadeveon Clowney with the first
pick, still need a young QB. And the best young QB left on the board is
probably Derek Carr of Fresno State. Carr, of course, is the younger
brother of David Carr, who the Texans chose with the first pick overall
at the 2002 draft, but didn’t have much success with the team. Of
course, there is also some speculation that the Texans could swing a
deal with New England and acquire QB Ryan Mallett from the Patriots,
possibly for the 33rd pick.
- First round by the numbers … No big surprise as
the SEC was once again the dominant conference in the opening round of
the draft. Indeed, there were 11 players taken from the SEC, more than
twice as many as the ACC which was second with 5. The Big Ten followed
with 4, while the Pac-12 had and All-American conferences had three
each and the Big XII and MAC with two each. Its also no surprise that
Texas &M had three players chosen in the first round to lead all
schools, although it probably is a surprise that the Aggies were tied
by Louisville when Minnesota moved up to select QB Teddy Bridgewater
with the 32nd and final pick of the opening round. Bridgewater joined
Calvin Pryor (21st to Green Bay) and DE Marcus Smith (Philadelphia at
#26) as the other Cardinals in the opening round. In fact, Smith may
have been the biggest surprise pick of the opening round as he wasn’t
considered to be much more than a late second round prospect heading
into the draft. Meanwhile, Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State each had a
couple of players taken, bt they were the only other schools with
multiple first round picks.
- Half of picks underclassmen … Not surprisingly,
underclassmen had an impact on the opening round as 15 were selected
among the first 32 players off the board, including three of the first
four in DE Jadeveon Clowney (#1 to Houston), OT Greg Robinson (#2 to
St. Louis) and WR Sammy Watkins (#4 to Buffalo with a pick acquired
from Cleveland). Still, there had to be some second thoughts by a
number of underclassmen including DT Timmie Jernigan, WR Marqise Lee
and OT Cyrus Kouandjio, who were considered almost locks to be first
round picks, but will now have to wait until the second day.
- May 8
- (9:30 AM): A little more buzz ... With the
draft now just over 10 hours away, there's a little more intel in this
update to the Draft Buzz file, although
there's still a ton of uncertainty out there.
- (12:01 AM): ITS DRAFT DAY !!! Where the
heck is everyone???
- Latest misinfo and other rumblings ... With just a
little over 20 hours until the first picks come off the board at the
2014 draft, here is a summary of the latest intel in this morning's
edition of the Draft Buzz file, although
the bottom line is we probably won't know for sure what's fact and
what's fiction until later this evening.
- No mock today!!! ... In response to the many
readers who have asked about our final mock draft, truth is there won't
be one. Simply put we have no clue (and neither does anyone else
really) as to what is going to unfold later this evening such that
every time we started one we didn't get very deep into the picks before
we cae to realize that we weren't really even making educated guesses
as to what the respective teams were going to do. Rather it didn't take
long before we felt lke what we were really doing was throwing darts at
a draft board because there are just so many options available to just
about every team out there starting right at the top of the board. We
even tried a modified mock focusing only on options, but again
ultimately gave up on that too because there are just so many perms and
combs out there. Throw in the likelihood that there could be multiple
trades which even further clouds the whole process and it gets even
murkier! At this point we suggest folks just chill out and wait
until the picks actually get made later this evening.
- May 6
- (12:01 AM): Big Board updated ... With the
draft now just two days away, the GBN Big Board ranking of the Top 300-plus prospects.
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