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2018 Draft Coverage
Johnny Football signs with CFL team … Enigmatic former Texas A&M and Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel has reportedly signed with Hamilton of the Canadian league in what maybe his final hope to revive his career. Manziel in fact is in Hamilton as we speak as CFL teams are opening their full training camps this weekend. Hamilton plays its first pre-season schedule a week from this coming Friday and open their regular season on June 16th in Calgary. Manziel will be competing with former Oregon and Mississippi QB Jeremiah Masoli for the starting job with the Ti-Cats who are coached by long-time QB guru June Jones.
Raiders sign top pick … Oakland has signed former UCLA OT Kolton Miller, the 15th overall selection in opening round of the 2018 draft, to standard 4-year contract with a club option. The signing of Miller brings the total number of 1st rounders that have signed to 11.
Browns get future pick for vet CB … Cleveland has acquired what is being reported as a 6th round pick in 2020 from Arizona in exchange for veteran CB Jamar Taylor.
Full bowl schedule announced … Mark your calendars as the FBS announced earlier this week the dates for this year’s full bowl season. The national championship game will be played Monday, January 7th at Santa Clara, California, while the two national semi-finals will be played in the Cotton and Orange Bowl games on Saturday, December 29th. Those two games will be played at 4 and 8 PM ET, although which game will be played at which time will be determined later. Meanwhile, the Fiesta, Rose and Sugar Bowls will be played on Tuesday, January 1st. The full bowl schedule, presented here, gets underway on December 15th.
Three more first rounders sign … Over the past day or so another trio of players selected in the opening round of the 2018 draft have come to terms with their respective teams. Green Bay has signed former Louisville CB Jaire Alexander, the 18th player taken this year; Tennessee signed former Alabama LB Rashaan Evans, this year’s 22nd pick overall; while Seattle signed former San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny, the 27th player selected this year. That brings to 10 the number of this year’s first round picks who have come to terms.
Cowboys draft review … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette continues to chew over the 2018 draft and has posted his thoughts on the drafts of the Dallas Cowboys.
Draft off-season over … The official NFL draft off-season is now officially over! Just 335 days to go!!
Draft off-season underway … The official NFL draft off-season in now officially underway!
Pigskin reviews Panthers drafts … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette continues to chew over the 2018 draft and has posted his thoughts on the drafts of the Carolina Panthers.
8th round almost done … Over the weekend, all those teams that had yet to formally announce their undrafted rookie free agent signings did so. Here is the unofficial list of all teams officially announced undrafted rookie free agent signings. And here’s where the top undrafted free agents, at least the top remaining players on the post-draft GBN Big Board, have signed to date.
More first rounders sign … Over the past day or so as many as 5 more time players selected in the opening round of the 2018 draft have come to terms with their respective teams. New Orleans signed OLB Marcus Davenport, the 14th player taken this year, Buffalo came to terms with OLB Tremaine Edmunds, Detroit C Frank Ragnow, and Dallas signed OLB Leighton Vander Esch. That brings to 7 the number of this year’s first round picks who have come to terms.
Chiefs shuffle personnel staff … Kansas City made a number of moves earlier this week to reorganize its personnel department. The Chiefs announced the hiring of Mike Bradway as assistant director of personnel. Bradway had spent the previous 10 seasons with Philadelphia, most recently as assistant director of personnel. The Chiefs also hired Greg Castillo as college scout director. Castillo, who had been a scouting intern with the Saints, was a safety for the Chiefs during the 2013 preseason. At the same time, the Chiefs promoted Mike Borgonzi to director of football operations; Chris Shea to football operations counsel and personnel executive; Ryan Poles to assistant director of player personnel; Ryne Nutt to director of college scouting; Trey Koziol to national scout; Jason Lamb to college and pro scout; and Rob Francois to national football scout.
First 1st rounders signed … Washington became the first team to come to terms with a 2018 first round draft pick when the Redskins signed former Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne to a standard contract. Payne was the 13th player selected at last month’s draft. Washington didn’t win by much as both Arizona and Indianapolis signed their #1 picks soon after. Arizona came to terms with QB Josh Rosen, the 10th player selected, while Indianapolis came to terms with former Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson, the 6th player chosen this year.
Senior Bowl, Savage part company … In a somewhat surprising development, the Senior Bowl announced today that they were ‘parting ways’ with Phil Savage, the all-star games ‘s executive director for the past 6 seasons.No reasons were given or when a replacement will be named, but reportedly more than one NFL team is a little disappointed because Savage has done a really good job elevating the overall quality of Senior Bowl week.
Texans add Jets personnel exec … Houston is reportedly hiring New York Jets director of college scouting Matt Bazirgan. Bazirgan is expected become director of player personnel with the Texans where he will replace Jimmy Raye who was dismissed as assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel earlier this year.
Seahawks sign 3 picks … Seattle appears to be the first team to have announced signing a 2018 draftee. In fact, the Seahawks have signed three picks including 4th-round TE Will Dissly, 5th-round P Michael Dickson of Texas and 6th-round DE Jacob Martin. The Seahawks also announced signing 15 undrafted free agents on the day they opened their annual rookie mini-camp. The Seahawks undrafted rookies include 7 players on the GBN’s list of top-rated undrafted prospects including Texas NT Poona Ford and OGs Jacob Pugh of Florida State and Skyler Phillips of Idaho State. In fact, all teams will have signed their undrafted rookie classes, but only about half have actually formally announced those signings as the rest will wait until after their rookie mini-camps, many of which are this weekend. Here is the full list of undrafted rookie signings that have been announced to date by team.
Ti-Cats select CMU WR first in CFL draft … Hamilton selected former Central Michigan WR Mark Chapman was the first overall pick in tonight’s CFL draft. After that though it was a Big Ugly fest as 7 of the remaining 8 remaining opening round picks were offensive linemen starting with UConn OT Trey Rutherford who went second overall to Montreal. Here are all the picks so far in this year’s CFL draft of Canadian born players.
Lions get late Dolphins pick for vet DT … Detroit has acquired Miami’s 7th round pick at the 2019 draft in exchange for veteran DT Akeem Spence. With the acquisition of the Dolphins’ pick, Detroit now has 9 picks for next year’s draft. The Lions currently have all their own picks except for their 3rd which they sent to New England at this years draft, plus extra picks in the 5th (from San Francisco) and 6th (from New New England) along with Miami’s 7th rounder.