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    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 smarter play.
    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.
    July 25
  • (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 past spring.
    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 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 July 28th.
  • 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.
    July 18
  • (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 all.
    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.
    July 1
  • 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.
    June 26
  • (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.
    June 23
  • (9:00 AM) Picking over Pack pack ... With the 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 waivers.
    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.
    June 9
  • (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 baseball Aggies.
    June 6
  • 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 29-May 2.
  • 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.
    June 5
  • (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 today.
  • 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
    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 draft.
  • 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 Montreal Alouettes.
  • 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 the 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’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 Nix.
    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 remaining players.
  • 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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