Jags, Vikes wrap playoff spots

Playoff losses leaves Jags with 29th pick, Vikes at #30 … As a result of today’s playoff losses in their respective conference championship games, Jacksonville will have the 29th pick in each round of the 2018 draft, while Minnesota will select 30th in every round. The final two picks will go to the winner and loser of the… Read More »

Big Ugly Shrine review

Big Ugly Shrine review … One of the recurring themes of the all-star game regime is that NFL teams put considerably more stock in what they see during the week;s practice sessions than what happens in the actual game. In fact, scouts are as rare as hen’s teeth at the actual game. That said, there is still stuff… Read More »

East-West Shrine offensive line review

No surprise that in a 14-10 which included a defensive TD, the offensive lines didn’t necessarily cover themselves in glory. And that was pretty much in this year’s East-West Shrine game. Indeed, it was hard to see of the tackles in this game getting much more than late-round consideration. In fact, the best looking OT in St. Petersburg… Read More »

Pigksin picks for all-shrine practice team

Pigskin picks All-Practice Shrine team … With the players at this week’s East-West Shrine all-star game resting up for tomorrow’s actual game, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette weighs in with his picks for the Shriners’ All-Practice team. Remember that for the most part NFL teams put a whole lot more stock in what players do during the… Read More »

Final underclass list

NFL announces record number of underclassmen in draft … The NFL announced this afternoon that a total of 106 college underclassmen have been granted special eligibility for the 2018 draft. That sets a new record for early entrants, breaking the mark of 98 set in 2014. The past two seasons, there were 95 and 96 in 2017 and… Read More »

Pigskin shrine report day 111

Dispatches from St Pete, Part III … Practices at the East-West Shrine in St. Petersburg were largely walk-throughs earlier today. However, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette, who is on the ground in St. Pete, sends this report on yesterday’s practice sessions, the final full sessions for both teams prior to Saturday’s actual game.

QB Rudolph out of Senior Bowl

QB Rudolph out of Senior Bowl … Next week’s Senior Bowl took a bit of a hit with news that star Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph will not be able to participate in on-field activities because of a sprained foot. Rudolph will be replaced on the roster by Nebraska QB Tanner Lee. Rudolph, a prolific passer at Oklahoma… Read More »

Window closing for declared underclassmen

Window closing for declared underclassmen … The 72-hour window of opportunity for any underclassmen who applied to the NFL for early entry to this year’s draft if they have not signed with an agent or otherwise received any inappropriate benefits closes at midnight tonight. Once the grace period ends, the NFL will announce the final list of underclassmen… Read More »

Underclassman deadline passes; no love for draft

Underclassman deadline passes; no love for draft … The deadline for underclassmen wishing to enter the 2018 draft to file paperwork with the NFL in order to be eligible to be selected this coming April passed at midnight last night with no major new announcements. Our unofficial list has 117 juniors and redshirt sophomores who have indicated in… Read More »

Clemson DT Wilkins opts to stick with school

Clemson DT Wilkins opts to stick with school … Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins, a potential top 10-15 prospect had he entered the draft, has indicated that he will be returning to school for his senior season.

UGA LB Smith into draft

UGA LB Smith into draft … With today’s deadline looming, Georgia junior LB Roquan Smith has announced that he will be entering the 2018 draft where he figures to be a mid-to-late opening round selection.

Shrine; NFLPA star game previews

Major star game sched set to start … The pre-draft process kicks into a higher gear this week with two the three major all-star games set to get underway tomorrow with the East-West Shrine Classic and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl both set to open practice sessions. The Shrine game is back in St. Petersburg with a solid roster… Read More »

WCME Bowl edition Part deux

Pigskin picks and pokes bowl standouts; Part Deux … With the regular college bowls in the books, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has documented a number of players who stood out during the latter bowl games with an eye toward the 2018 draft.

Three more juniors declare

Three more juniors declare … While the NFL was deciding its conference finalists, three more juniors declared their intention to enter the 2018 draft including Marshall QB Chase Litton, Western Kentucky OLB Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Purdue DT Eddy Wilson. Litton is 6-6, 232-pound picket passer who could figure something of a sleeper at the upcoming draft; Litton threw… Read More »

Four more draft spots allotted

Four more draft spots allotted … As a result of today’s heart-stopping playoff games, the 25th thru the 28th picks in the opening round of this year’s have been confirmed. Tennessee will have the 25th pick, Atlanta will go 26th, New Orleans will pick 27th and Pittsburgh will have the 28th selection. The 29th and 30th picks will… Read More »

Titans wrap 25th pick with playoff loss

Titans wrap 25th pick with playoff loss … As a result of last night’s 35-14 playoff loss in New England, Tennessee will have the 25th pick in the opening round of the 2018 draft. The 26th thru 28th picks will be decided as a result of today’s two conference semi-finals.

Emerging DE enters draft; two others stay

Emerging DE enters draft; two others stay … The 2018 draft was never going to be particularly strong at DE and it just got significantly weaker with news that both of Clemson junior DEs Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell will return for the senior seasons. Both had been considered to be late first or early second round possibilities.… Read More »

Four more juniors enter draft

Four more juniors enter draft … With less than 48 hours for underclassmen to submit paperwork to the NFL in order to be eligible for the 2018 draft, three more juniors have indicated they will be turning pro this winter including Georgia DT Trent Thompson, RB Nyheim Hines and OT Will Richardson of North Carolina State, and Louisiana-Monroe… Read More »

Texans name Gaine G.M.; extend HC O’Brien

Texans name Gaine G.M.; extend HC O’Brien … Houston has hired Brian Gaine as their new general manager to replace Rick Smith. Gaine, who had been Buffalo’s vice president of player personnel the past few years, gets a five-year contract. Meanwhile, the Texans have extended the contract of head coach Bill O’Brien by four years.

Pair of Bucks; Card WR staying in school

Pair of Bucks; Card WR staying in school … With the clock ticking for underclassmen thinking of applying to the NFL for early entry to the 2018 draft, Ohio State got some good news today as both junior WR Parris Campbell and redshirt sophomore DT Dre’mont Jones announced that they will be staying in school for the upcoming… Read More »

Top Bama prospect enters draft

Top Bama prospect enters draft … Alabama junior CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick, the national champion’s top prospect for the 2018, confirmed at a presser with local media earlier this afternoon, that he will in fact be entering the 2018 draft where he is projected to be a top 5-10 pick. At the same time, LSU junior C Will Clapp… Read More »

One more Tide in draft; one out

One more Tide entering draft; one staying … Alabama junior SS Ronnie Harrison has reportedly announced that he will be entering the 2018 draft where he has at least latter first round potential. On the other hand, emerging junior DE Isaiah Buggs has indicated that he will be staying in school for his senior season. Apparently, Alabama will… Read More »

Underclassman list cracks 100

With eligibility clock ticking, underclassman list cracks 100 with latest additions … The number of underclassmen declaring for the 2018 draft crossed the century mark over the past 24 hours with news that more than  a half dozen or so juniors will be entering this year’s draft including WR Calvin Ridley, NT Da’ron Payne and RB Bo Scarborough… Read More »

Junior tally closing in on a 100

Underclassmen total closes on 100 with more declarations … At least 4 more underclassmen have announced their intention to enter the 2018 draft in the past 24 hours including Stanford FS Justin Reid, a solid second-day prospect for the upcoming draft. Also declaring were OT Toby Weathersby and CB Donte Jackson of LSU and Florida State redshirt sophomore… Read More »

NFL waits on national champs

NFL waits on national champs as draft clock ticks … There’s a reason Alabama is again national champions after last night’s thrilling overtime win over SEC rival Georgia to win their 5th national title in the last 9 years and that’s talent. They recruit and then they send it to the pros. and while this Alabama team is… Read More »