Panthers sign top pick, two others … Carolina became the first team in the NFL to sign their 2017 first round pick as the Panthers have signed RB Christian McCaffrey, the 8th player selected at last weekend’s draft. The Panthers also signed OT Taylor Moton and FB/DE Alex Armah who were takn in the 4th and 6th rounds… Read More »
More proof road to draft runs thru Indy, but could be better … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin paul Guillemette did a quick of the baseline numbers which showed that almost 90% of the players elected at last weekend’s draft were at the scouting combine in Indianapolis in February. However, Pigskin thniks that with a couple of tweaks that… Read More »
Broncos restack personnel department … Denver retooled its personnel department that was made necessary by the departure of Adam Peters, who moved to San Francisco. Tom Heckert, the Broncos’ director of pro personnel the last four seasons was promoted to senior personnel adviser, while A.J. Durso replaces Heckert; Brian Stark takes over as director of college scouting, a… Read More »
LSU DE Key ‘won’t skip season’ but remains in football limbo … LSU junior DE Arden, arguably the top non-QB prospect for the 2108 draft, remains in limbo after leaving the team for what have been described as ‘personal reasons’ in February. Key, though, remains part of the team and recently tweeted that he will not be sitting… Read More »
SC LB accused of assault … South Carolina LB Skai Moore got his return to the program off on the wrong foot when he was one of the two Gamecocks accused of assaulting a man at a local bar earlier this week. Moore had been considered to be a potential mid-round prospect after he led the Gamecocks in… Read More »
Pigskin wraps draft … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has taken a few days to digest what happened last weekend and checks in with some salient observations on the highs and lows of the 2017 draft.
Pack journo packs it in … Veteran Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn, the paper’s Packer beat reporter is retiring. In addition to covering the Packers, McGinn was also arguably the best beat reporter in the league when it came to covering the draft. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Texas Tech WR Giles heads elsewhere … Texas Tech junior WR Jonathan Giles, one of the leading receivers in the country last fall, has decided to transfer. The 5-10, 185-pound Giles had 69 receptions for almost 1,200 yards and 13 TDs in 2016. He has not indicated where he plans to go, but would have to sit out… Read More »
Pigskin talks Pack draft and more … For those that didn’t hear it already GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette talked the 2017 draft earlier today on a Packers themed podcast. Here’s the link.
Jags take undrafted signings lead … We noted yesterday that based on their unofficial undrafted rookie free agent signings, Jacksonville was among the league leaders with an UDFA rookie class that included former Illinois OLB Carroll Phillips, who is the 2nd ranked guy on the GBN post-draft big board, as well as #7 CB Jeremy Cutrer and #36… Read More »
8th round well underway … NFL teams have been frantically trying to sign the best undrafted rookie free agents to fill out their rosters since the end of the draft on Saturday. And while it will be awhile before all the signings are officially announced, a goodly number of signings have leaked out in one way or another.… Read More »
SEC, Michigan lead way in draft numbers game … Not to sound like a broken record, but for the 11th year in a row, the SEC led all conferences with the most players selected at the 2017 draft; however, once the draft dust had settled Michigan, which came on in the late rounds, edged out record-setting Alabama as… Read More »
Bills G.M. out along with full scout staff … Updating that story on the firing of Buffalo G.M. Doug Whaley from earlier this morning. Along with Whaley, ownership has reportedly also released the entire scouting staff, both college and pro. None of this comes as a great surprise across the NFL as there has been talk out of… Read More »
A little Giants post-draft buzz … Got a chance to chat with a fellow I met a few years back who is pretty connected with the Giants last evening after the draft. We’ve got the highlights from the conversation including some thoughts on TE Evan Engram, the team’s first-round pick, the dearth of offensive linemen, and the QB… Read More »
Just 364 days to go until the 2018 draft!!! … Hang in there guys!! To help folks ease into the new draft year here is our very first – and very preliminary – first-round projection for the upcoming draft! And please its just way too early for any “what are you guys smoking? the Buckeroos will never take… Read More »
That really is a wrap … The 2017 draft wrapped up when Denver made former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly Mr. Irrelevant by selecting him with the 253rd and last pick in the 7th round. However, there won’t be any rest for bleary-eyed NFL personnel people though as they are already frantically signing the top undrafted free agents.… Read More »
That’s a wrap, Part Deux … The second and third rounds of the 2017 draft wrapped up at 11:35 PM ET when Tampa Bay selected former LSU LB Kendell Beckwith with the 107th and final pick in the 3rd round. However, there won’t be much rest for NFL personnel people though as they’ll be up into the wee… Read More »
Making a mockery of mocks … By now, folks have to know we aren’t huge fans of mock draft. And in the past we thought folks who mocked the second and third rounds overnight following the first round had – well – just too much time on their hands! However, we started just playing with what some of… Read More »
On further review … Its always tough to pick winners and losers in the middle of the draft because one just never knows how the players are actually going to perform on the field until they actually get on the field. It was hard not to like what several teams were able to accomplish during last night’s opening… Read More »
Pack on the clock … The second round of the 2017 draft gets underway in just under 18 hours with Green Bay on the clock with a pick they acquired from Cleveland late in the opening round. The busiest team on Friday night though will be Seattle which has 6 picks in rounds two and three with 2… Read More »
(9:55 PM ET): Interesting pick by the Eagles in DE Derek Barnett who broke former Eagles’ star Reggie White’s career sack record at Tennessee. No question that Barnett is as productive as they come, but you’ll have to look a long time to find a successful 259-pound edge rusher in the NFL with 4.85-4.90 speed. Time will tell.
Less drama – maybe – on #1 pick … Mary Kay Cabot, the Plain Dealers’ Browns’ beat reporter is reporting at this hour that her sources are telling her that Cleveland will select Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett with the #1 pick overall at tonight’s draft. There has been some drama today as multiple league sources have been… Read More »
Pigskin mocks the Raiduhs draft … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette wraps up his series of team mock drafts with the Oakland Raiders.
Drama continues re top pick … Apparently more and more analysts making their final mocks today are slotting North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky to Cleveland with the #1 pick rather than Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett. However, Mary Kay Cabot, the Plain Dealers’ top NFL beat writer is sticking with the theory that Cleveland still plans to take… Read More »
Your cup ‘o draft morning buzz … Not surprisingly, most NFL teams ar locked down pretty tight this A.M., but there’s still plenty of buzz out there although much of it looks to be more smoke than fire. Here’s what we are picking up that does make some sense in the morning buzz file.