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Giants bye week thoughts … With the Giants on their bye week, GBN Editor Grumpy Lindsay has some thoughts on the state of the team heading into the second half of the season along with some thoughts on what new head coach Ben McAdoo might think about in order to juice the struggling offense in the latest edition of the Giants Report.
Pigskin’s weekly prospects review … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette weighs in on which prospects caught his eye in last week’s key college football action.
Pats stay busy early with trade deadline nearing … Updating that trade announced earlier today in which New England acquired OLB Kyle Van Noy from Detroit, the Lions will get the Patriots’ 6th round pick in 2017, while New England will also get a 7th rounder to complete the deal. Meanwhile, New England has also reportedly dealt reserve TE A.J. Derby to Denver for what is being reported as a 5th round pick.
Wolfpack QB done for year … Nevada senior QB Tyler Stewart will miss the rest of the year after injuring his throwing shoulder following a 16-yard run in last Saturday’s loss to Wyoming. Stewart will undergo surgery in the next couple of weeks. The 6-4, 220-pound Stewart is something of a sleeper prospect for the 2017 draft; he had a 63% completion rate this fall including 9 TD passes against 3 INTs.
Deals in the wind as trade deadline nears … The NFL trade deadline comes up a week today – officially at 4 PM ET on November 1st – and while in the past there haven’t been many deals, San Francisco is reportedly considering moving several veterans as part of an ongoing rebuilding process. According to league sources the 49ers have talked with Philadelphia about a deal for veteran WR Torrey Smith, a big-time free agent signing a couple of years back by SF that just hasn’t worked out in the bay area. Meanwhile, there have also been rumors that the 49ers are shopping veteran OT Joe Staley. On the other hand, Cleveland is strongly denying rumors that they would be willing to trade veteran LT Joe Thomas for a second-round pick. Given the number of contending teams around the NFL that have issues along their offensive lines it is hard not to imagine that other teams are at least looking into either or both Staley and Thomas. Stay tuned!
Pigskin ranks ’em … Its getting close to crunch time in college football with the conference races really starting to heat up and the first BCS playoff poll to be released next week. GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette gets a bit of a jump on things with his unofficial ranking of the ‘real’ top 15 in college football.
B10 corner retires … Northwestern senior CB Matt Harris has announced that he is retiring from football because of concussion concerns. Harris was not necessarily considered to be a prime draft prospect, but he was a smart, productive collegiate player – he was a team captain in 2016 and all-conference player in 2015 who had 161 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles in his career – who almost certainly would have at least gotten a free agent tryout in the NFL next summer.
Current first-round selection order posted … With the 7th week of the NFL regular season now in the books, here is the updated selection order for the opening round of the 2017 draft if the draft were to be held this week. Note that the opponents’ combined winning percentage is for a team’s full 16-game schedule, not just the games they have played to date.
Injured Vols LB mulling return to school … According to a report on USA Today, Tennessee OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who is out for the year after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, has not ruled out returning to the Vols next fall. Reeves-Maybin, who has not yet redshirted, played in only 4 games before the surgery this fall so would likely be eligible for an extra year of eligibility if he ultimately requests it. Stay tuned.
Welcome back cutter … For those who don’t follow college football all that closely, a couple of RBs made rather remarkable returns to action this past weekend. Start with star LSU RB Len Fournette, a potential top 5-10 pick at the 2017 draft who has been sidelined for almost a month with a nagging ankle injury that has actually slowed him since fall training camp. Fournette only carried 16 times in his return to the field on Saturday when the Tigers played Ole Miss, but he set a new LSU school record for rushing yards in a game and finished the night with a whopping 284 yards that included TD runs 59, 76 and 78 yards. Fournette now actually gets some extra time to rest the ankle as LSU has a bye week coming up before what could be a monumental meeting with #1 ranked Alabama on November 5th. Meanwhile, the story of Utah RB Joe Williams may be even more dramatic. The 5-10, 205-pound Williams, who had been considered to be a solid-enough second-tier candidate for the pro draft, had actually retired from football earlier in the season on the grounds that the game just wasn’t fun anymore. However, he got talked into returning when the Utes’ RB corps was decimated by injuries. In his first game back against UCLA this past weekend, Williams also set a new school record when he ran for 332 yards on 29 carries and 4 scores in the Utes 52-45 win over UCLA. Along the way, Williams scored 4 times including runs of 64, 55 and 43 yards. And for those that haven’t seen or heard of Williams they’ll get a chance to check him out in what is shaping up as the Pac-12 game of the year this coming Saturday when the 14th ranked Utes host 4th ranked Washington. It also puts Williams back on the radar of NFL scouts, although clearly pro teams will want to make sure his heart truly is back in the game.
Browns stay at #1; 49ers to #2 … There was a lot to cheer about in Cleveland this weekend where the Indians will try and win their first World Series since 1948. Unfortunately, the Browns weren’t part of the celebration as they lost 31-17 across the state in Cincinnati to drop to 0-7. That leaves the Browns as the league’s only remaining winless team and needless to say still sitting on the first pick overall at the 2017 draft. The rest of the early selection order, though, will undergo a significant reshuffling this week after the New York Jets, who were sitting on the #2 pick heading into the week, upset Baltimore 24-16 and will drop down to the 5th pick. Meanwhile, San Francisco which got blasted 34-17 at home to Tampa Bay, moves up t to the #2 pick this week, while Chicago will be slotted 3rd and Carolina 4th. As usual, the full updated weekly selection order will be posted after the Monday night game tomorrow.
Tide wins; lose star SS … Alabama stayed unbeaten and on track to a second straight BCS championship with a hard-fought 33-14 win over Texas A&M earlier this afternoon, but it came with a cost as SS Eddie Jackson, a second-day prospect for the 2017 draft, fractured a leg and will miss the rest of the season.
Terps’ CB done for year … Maryland has confirmed that veteran CB Will Likely, one of the more underrated players at the position for the 2017 draft, will miss the rest of the year after tearing an ACL in the team’s game with Minnesota last week. At just 5-7, 175, Likely wasn’t the biggest guy out there, but he was already a two-time All-Big Ten nominee who was a legit collegiate lock down corner who was also very aggressive defending the run. Likely was also one of the more explosive kick returners in the country who also played some snaps on offense for the Terps. The injury comes at a tough time for Likely as it is unlikely he will be 100% before the draft which gets underway in just over 6 months.
#1 vs #1 hilites weekend college football sked … NFL scouts have had Saturday’s game between #1 Alabama and #6 Texas A&M circled since the schedule came out with the potential of having the consensus top prospect overall for the 2017 draft in Texas A&M junior DE Myles Garrett going up against the consensus #1 OT in this year’s draft class in Alabama junior LT Cam Robinson. And while the Garrett-Robinson confrontation will indeed be one of the keys in this contest, this game has turned into one of the big games of the year – period – in college football as the Aggies have morphed into the biggest threat on the Alabama schedule. And even without Garrett and Robinson there will be plenty of top prospects for the upcoming draft on the field in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
#1 vs #1 hilites weekend college football sked … NFL scouts have had Saturday’s Texas A&M-Alabama game circled since the schedule came out with the possibility of having the consensus top prospect overall for the 2017 draft – Aggies’ junior DE Myles Garrett – going up against the consensus #1 OT in this year’s draft class: Tide junior LT Cam Robinson. Just by itself that would make the Aggies-Tide must-see TV, but this has evolved into one of the games of the year as #1 ranked Alabama tries to hold off unbeaten #6 Texas A&M which just might be the defending national champs toughest test on their schedule. And even without Garrett and Robinson, there would be a ton of intriguing NFL prospects to watch in this game. Here’s a quick preview of who to watch in Saturday’s big game with an eye toward the 2017 draft.
Heels’ LB done for year … North Carolina OG Caleb Peterson, a second-tier type prospect for the 2017 draft, will reportedly miss the rest of the year with a back injury. The 6-5, 300-pound Peterson, who started 42 games for the Tar Heels will will undergo surgery later today. Because he has already redshirted, it is unlikely that Peterson will be eligible for any extra eligibility. And if missing half the season wasn’t bad enough for his draft prospects, the NFL could be extra wary in April about a back issue.
Updated mock posted … The GBN projection for this year’s opening round has been updated, based on the current draft order and the first GBN Big Board of the 2017 draft year. However, while the odds are we won’t get more than 1-2 dead-on this early in the draft process, we hope to give some kind of an idea which players likely will be available where based on current intel.
Bonus coverage … There are a couple of potentially intriguing games on the college football schedule this evening for those who aren’t baseball fans and are not enamored with the NFL’s Thursday night match-up as Miami (4-2) plays at Virginia Tech (4-2) at 7 PM ET on ESPN in what amounts to a virtual elimination game for both team’s ACC playoff prospects. Then at 10:15, #14 Boise State (6-0) puts its BCS busting hopes in the line when BYU (4-3) plays on the blue field. And there will be some pretty prospects for the 2017 draft on the field in both games. more
Gator DE could miss rest of year … There are fears at Florida that senior DE Bryan Cox, who the GBN has rated as the #8 prospect at the position for the 2017 draft, will miss the rest of the year after suffering a freak injury to his thumb during warmups for last week’s game with Missouri.
GBN Big Board posted … A little later than we originally had hoped, but the GBN Big Board is up ranking the top 100 prospects or so for the 2017 draft which is, as we speak, just 190 days away! Hang in there guys!