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Boiler DT to enter supp draft … ESPN is reporting that Purdue DT Ra’Zahn Howard will enter this summer’s supplemental draft. Howard is reportedly leaving school because of academic reasons. Howard, a three-year starter at Purdue, was suspended from the program in January and had indicated that he would be transferring. Howard, who is listed at 6-3, 325 by the school, has NFL size, but was never a huge playmaker at Purdue posting just 23 tackles and one sack last fall. Howard will reportedly hold a pro day workout in New Jersey on July 8. If a team selects a player in the supplemental draft it forfeits its corresponding pick in next year’s draft.

Pigskin grades Lions’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the Detroit Lions’ 2016 draft.

CFL season kicks off … The Canadian Football League kicks off its regular season later this evening with Hamilton traveling down the road to play in Toronto at 7:30 PM ET tonight. The rest of the CFL’s opening week schedule has Montreal playing in Winnipeg on Friday night at 8:30 PM ET, while there is a double header out west on Saturday when Edmonton hosts Ottawa at 7 PM ET and Calgary plays at British Columbia at 10 PM. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan has the opening week bye and opens its campaign next Thursday when Toronto heads to Regina. Here is the full CFL schedule which culminates with the 104th playing of the Grey Cup game in Toronto on November 27th. TSN network has coverage of all the full CFL schedule in Canada, while tonight’s game is available via ESPNNews in the U.S. Other CFL games are available in the U.S. on a selected basis on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Former Sooner RB/KR confirms Missou transfer … Former Oklahoma RB and KR Alex Ross has confirmed that he is leaving the Sooners and transferring to Missouri where he will be eligible for the 2016 season as a graduate transfer. The 6-1, 227-pound Ross never got many snaps with the Sooners’ regular offense, but has been one of the better KO returners in the country with a career 25.7 yards per return average.

Pigskin grades Bucs’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2016 draft.

No charges for Tide pair … Maybe there is a football god. If nothing else, star Alabama Cam Robinson, a top 5-10 prospect for the 2017 draft, and DB Hootie Jones are thanking their lucky stars after the DA in Monroe County, LA decided not to pursue drug possession and weapons charges against the pair citing a lack of evidence. Police found a stolen gun in the car with them when they were stopped back in May that could have resulted in a felony charge, but police were reportedly not able to deduce which of the two was actually in possession of the weapon. The Monroe County prosecutors did leave open the possibility that the charges could be re-instated if new evidence becomes available. At the same time, there has been no word from Alabama whether the two players could be subjected to any discipline from the team.

Pack signs top pick … Green Bay announced the signing of former UCLA DT Kenny Clark, the team’s first-round pick at the 2016 draft, over the weekend. Clark was the last Packers’ draft pick to sign. Clark had also been one of just five 1st-round choices who had yet to sign. The remaining unsigned 2016 first-rounders include San Diego DE Joey Bosa, New York Jets OLB Darron Lee, Houston WR Will Fuller and San Francisco OG Josh Garnett.

Orange not the new orange for top FCS transfer … It turns out that former Delaware State DE Gabe Sherrod will not be transferring to Syracuse for his senior season after all. The 6-3, 255-pound Sherrod, who had 25 tackles for loss in 2015, the second most in FCS ranks last year, committed to Syracuse in March, but the school revoked the offer over the weekend. There were rumors that Sherrod had visited at least one other school after committing to the Orange and the program reportedly wanted someone more ‘locked in’ although given SU’s record in recent years one would think they would take almost anyone they could get who could play a little. Meanwhile, Sherrod has indicated that he will make his choice for a home for his final year early next month.

Irish WR Robinson retires … Notre Dame has announced that senior WR Corey Robinson has decided to give up football after suffering several concussions. The 6-5 Robinson, the son of former Navy Basketball Hall of Fame star David ‘The Admiral’ Robinson, was considered to be a future prospect earlier in his career, but his productivity and  playing declined in 2015 when he caught just 16 passes. Robinson will with the team as a student assistant this fall when he will also serve as the president of the school’s student government.

Pigskin grades Eagles’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2016 draft.

Pigskin grades Bengals draft … Speaking of Cincinnati’s draft (see below), GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the Bengals’ 2016 draft in the latest in his series of team draft profiles from this year’s draft.

Bengals sign 1st rounder; 5 #1s still unsigned … Earlier today, Cincinnati signed former Houston CB William Jackson, the team’s first round pick at the 2016 draft. The signing of Jackson, whom the Bengals selected with the 24th pick, leaves just 5 unsigned first rounders from this year’s draft including San Diego DE Joey Bosa, OLB Darron Lee of the New York Jets, Houston WR Will Fuller, Green Bay DT Kenny Clark and San Francisco OG Josh Garnett. While there is still plenty of time to go to get the 5 unsigned first rounders before the opening of training camps, its still can be a bit of a problem. Bosa, the 3rd player selected this year, for example, has opted to skip the Chargers’ mimicamp over the contract dispute which could leave him behind when training camps do open in roughly 6 weeks.

Pigskin grades Raiders draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the 2016 draft of the Oakland Raiders one of the NFL’s rising teams.

Pigskin grades Jets! Jets! Jets! draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the New York Jets’ 2016 draft.

Rams sign top pick, full draft class … Los Angeles has signed former California QB Jared Goff, the first player selected overall at the 2016 draft. The Rams made Goff the #1 pick this year after trading up from the 15th spot. Goff signed a standard 4-year deal with a club option for a 5th season. In fact, the Rams announced that they had signed the other five members of their 2016 draft class including TE Tyler Higbee and WR Pharoh Cooper, both of whom were selected in the 4th round, along with sixth-round picks TE Temarrick Hemingway, LB Josh Forrest and WR Michael Thomas. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh made it 24 teams to have signed their 2016 first rounder when they came to terms on a standard 4-5 year deal with CB Artie Burns whom the Steelers chose with the 25th pick.

Broncos sign top pick … Defending Super Bowl champion Denver has become the latest team to sign its 2016 first round pick as the Broncos reportedly came to terms with former Memphis QB Paxton Lynch earlier this morning. Lynch, whom Denver traded up from the 31st to the 26th pick to acquire this past April, signed a standard 4-year deal with a club option for a 5th. With the Broncos, Lynch will have some big shoes to fill as he will no doubt be given every opportunity to replace Peyton Manning as the team’s starter sooner rather than later.

Bills sign top pick … Buffalo has confirmed that they have signed DE Shaq Lawson, the team’s first-round pick at the 2016 draft. However, it will be awhile before the Bills get Lawson on the field as the former Clemson star, the 17th player selected at this year’s draft, recently had shoulder surgery to repair on old injury that was aggravated during a practice session. Lawson is expected to miss training camp, bur the Bills are hopeful that he will be good to go early in the season.

Pigskin grades Colts’ draft …  In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the Indianapolis Colts’ 2016 draft.

Sooner QB Mayfield gets extra year … Oklahoma non-junior QB Baker Mayfield, the 4th place finisher in last year’s Heisman Trophy race, has been granted an extra year of eligibility with the Sooners by the conference. Earlier this week, faculty athletic representatives from the 10 Big 12 schools opted not to change a rule that forced Mayfield to use a year of eligibility after transferring from Texas Tech in 2014 despite the fact he was not on scholarship with the Red Raiders. However, they voted today to allow intraconference transfers that did not receive a written scholarship offer from their original school move to another school within the conference without losing a year of athletic eligibility.

Browns makes more personnel staff moves … Earlier this week, Cleveland announced several key moves in their evolving personnel department. Ken Kovash, who spent the past three years as the team’s director of football research, has formally taken over as the Browns’ VP of Player Personnel, while Mike Cetta becomes Director of Scouting, Kevin Meers is the new Director of Research and Strategy and Chisom Opara takes over as Director of Player Personnel. At the same time, both Dan Saganey and Bobby Vega were named Director of Scouting, while Glenn Cook will serve as the new Assistant Director of Scouting after spending the past four years with the Packers

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