CFL kick off

Are you ready for some football!! … There are still almost 6 week to go until NFL training camps get underway, but there is some football in the air as the Canadian league kicks off its 2017 regular schedule this weekend with four games on the slate. Saskatchewan and Montreal kick off the schedule when they play at… Read More »

Draft dates set

Draft dates confirmed … The NFL has confirmed that the 2018 draft will be held April 26-28 next spring. Still to be determined, though, is where the draft will be held. Dallas is reportedly very interested in hosting the upcoming draft, but other teams are also interested. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here is the full NFL football calendar through… Read More »

Sooners lower boomlet on QB Mayfield

Sooners lower boomlet on QB Mayfield … Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate for the 2017 season, won’t miss any game time as a result of a DUI offense back in February. Mayfield still has a court date to decide any legal ramifications, but the school mandated that he will have to participate in university… Read More »

Top pick Garrett misses final day of OTAs with foot

Top pick Garrett misses final day of OTAs with foot … Cleveland DE Myles Garrett, the first player selected at the 2017 draft, missed the final day of the team’s OTAs earlier today with a foot injury. Garrett is still in the process of having his left foot evaluated after he limped off the field on Wednesday. Garrett… Read More »

Rams send former #2 pick to Lions for late rounder

Rams send former #2 pick to Lions for late rounder … The Los Angeles Rams cut bait on OT Greg Robinson, whom they selected with the 2nd pick overall at the 2014 draft, when they traded him to Detroit for what is being reported as a sixth-round in 2018. In fact, Detroit loaded up on offensive linemen selected… Read More »

Wash shuffles scout staff

Former star QB Williams assumes big role in Washington staff shuffle … Washington went through the 2017 without a general manager after the team and former G.M. Scot McCloughan parted company for undisclosed reasons in March. The team appears to have finally resolved the situation by promoting former QB Doug Williams, who led the Redskins to the 1987… Read More »

Top prospect back at class at LSU

Top prospect Key back at class at LSU … The folks down around LSU were holding their collective breaths this weekend, but star junior DE Arden Key was in fact back in class this morning as the school’s summer session got underway. And by extension, Key is back with the football program after he left the team in… Read More »

Draft odds for 2018

Draft odds for 2018 … For those that didn’t see it last week, ESPN ran an article late last week in which their sports analytics people ran the numbers for the upcoming season combining each team’s projected efficiency on offense, defense and special teams and calculated the odds for every team’s playoffs chance and Super Bowl probability. While… Read More »

And the winner is …

And the winner is … As we have noted on numerous occasions in the past, we here at the GBN aren’t big on rating drafts, especially just weeks after the actual event, but one can look at the potential of every pick. And based on his analysis, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has concluded that, at least… Read More »

SEC tweaks transfer rules; Irish QB Zaire now a Gator

SEC tweaks transfer rules; Irish QB Zaire now a Gator … As expected, the SEC tweaked its graduate transfer policy on Friday, making changes that would allow former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire to join the Florida Gators. Florida had been unable to add Zaire as a grad transfer because a couple of previous graduate transfers failed to… Read More »

Pigskin’s undrafted FA winners

Pigskin’s top 8th round winners … Every year just about every team in the NFL has an undrafted rookie free agent or two who makes their 53-man roster. And in addition, about half the practice squad roster for most teams is also comprised of undrafted rookie free agents. And over the years more than one UDFA has gone… Read More »

LP Posts spring positional rankings

Post-spring practice positional rankings … There is still a long way to go until the 2018 draft, but with springs practices in the books, GBN Investigative College Football Reporter Larry Parker has posted his rankings by position for the upcoming draft.

Pigskin picks draft’s biggest losers

Pigskin picks biggest draft losers … The draft process is a difficult one to predict, but its not hard to deduce which picks one likes and which picks one doesn’t like. And while there was a lot to like for many teams at the 2017 NFL draft, after running the numbers and rechecking our pre-draft intel, GBN Associate… Read More »

Browns add former Colts exec Grigson

Browns add former Colts’ exec Grigson … Cleveland has hired former Indianapolis  GM Ryan Grigson as Senior Personnel Executive. Grigson was fired by the Colts after five seasons at the end of the past season.

Panthers shuffle scout staff

Panthers shuffle scout staff … Carolina has reorganized its scouting department in the wake of former assistant GM Brandon Beane departure to Buffalo. Mark Koncz, the team’s pro scouting director, has been named the director of player personnel and will have responsibilities for both the college and pro divisions. Meanwhile, Jeff Morrow takes over as the Panthers’ director… Read More »

Gator WR dinged for pot possession

Gator WR dinged for pot possession … Florida junior WR Antonio Gallaway, a top prospect for the 2018 draft, was cited last weekend for possession of marijuana last weekend. A bag containing marijuana was found in Callaway’s after the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over and the officer smelled marijuana. Callaway has a June… Read More »

Ex-Ducks RB returns as Beaver

Ex-Ducks RB returns as Beaver … Interesting story from the far coast as former Oregon RB Thomas Tyner, who retired from football two years ago because of a shoulder injury, has opted return to college football, although it will be at Oregon State this time around. The 5-11, 200-pound Tyner, a speedster who held the state record for… Read More »

Browns sign top pick

Browns sign top pick … Cleveland announced within the past hour that DE Myles Garrett, the first player chosen at the 2017 draft, has agreed to terms with the club on a 4-year rookie contract worth over $30M including a more than $20M signing bonus. The contract also includes the standard fifth-year club option. The signing of Garrett… Read More »

Bills add rising young exec to front office

Bills add another rising young exec to front office rebuild … Buffalo continued to rebuild its front office personnel department by hiring Brian Gaine as VP of player personnel. The Bills had originally interviewed Gaine as a a candidate for their vacant GM job that ultimately went to Brandon Beane. Gaine comes over to the Bills from Houston… Read More »

Tech WR transfers to LSU

Tech WR Giles transfers to LSU … Former Texas Tech WR Jonathan Giles, one of the top young receivers in college football, has announced that he will transfer to LSU. The 5-11, 185-pound Giles was a Biletnikoff Award finalist last year when he led the Red Raiders with 69 receptions for almost 1,200 yards and 13 TDs. Giles… Read More »

LP post

Next year’s draft looks strong at QB, WR and OT … The 2018 draft is still over 11.5 months away and much can happen between now and April of next year, but a preliminary perusal of next year’s draft class suggests that the offensive positions of strengths for next year’s draft will be at quarterback, wide receiver, and… Read More »

Offensive Strengths of 2018 draft

by Larry Parker, GBN College Football Investigative Reporter May 15, 2017 The 2018 draft is still over 11.5 months away and much can happen between now and April of next year, but a preliminary perusal of next year’s draft class suggests that the offensive positions of strengths for next year’s draft will be Quarterback, Wide Receiver, and Offensive… Read More »

Pigskin posts draft thots on Browns, Raiders draft

Pigskin posts thots on Browns, Raiders’ drafts … As we’ve noted, we here at the GBN aren’t big on ‘draft grades’ per se which doesn’t mean that one can’t have opinions. And that’s what GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has on the drafts of both Cleveland and Oakland in the latest in series of post-2017 draft thots.

Bills add assistant GM

Bills add assistant GM … Buffalo has hired Joe Schoen as assistant general manager. Schoen had been director of player personnel with Miami the past three years. Schoen represents the first big hire by new Bills’ General Manager Brandon Beane who cleaned house in the personnel department following the draft.

Colts reshuffle personnel staff

Colts reshuffle personnel staff … New Indianapolis G.M. Chris Ballard continues to reshape the team’s player personnel department. The Colts’ announced that Ed Dodds has been named VP of player personnel, while Rex Hogan becomes VP of player personnel. At the same time, Morocco Brown was named director of college scouting, Kyle Childress college scouting coordinator, and Brian Decker… Read More »