Behind closed doors at the combine … With anyone who is anyone in the NFL personnel world heading to Indianapolis this week for the annual scouting combine which signals in many ways the real start of the pre-draft process. And while the on-field drills including the 40-yard dashes get most of the media buzz, much of the real… Read More »
No combine for Vols’ LB … A day after he was charged with sexual assault, former Tennessee MLB A.J. Johnson has had his invitation to next week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis rescinded by the NFL. Johnson was one of two UT players charged stemming from an incident back in mid-November. Johnson, who was suspended indefinitely by the school… Read More »
Combine sleeper preview … The vast majority of players invited to the scouting combine which gets underway next week are pretty well known by the time they get to Indianapolis. Even most of the players from outside the ranks of FBS programs have some kind of national rep. Every year, though, the combine roster also seems to include… Read More »
Pre-combine reading … For those looking for a little draft related reading as they wait for the start of next week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis long-time GBN Terry G correspondent recommends a great article on how Bill Belickchek and Patriots manipulate the draft to stay on top. It kind of plays to something we have talked about in… Read More »
Bucs release vet QB … In a somewhat surprising move that could have implications for the 2015 draft, Tampa Bay has released veteran QB Josh McCown, the Buccaneers’ nominal starter at the position. Needless to say the release of McCown has led to some early speculation that the move in another indication that the Buccaneers are likely to… Read More »
Mocking the mocks … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette, who doesn’t believe that the people who run the scouting combine necessarily do a great job picking the players, especially later round types, to attend the Indianapolis event, has thrown down the gauntlet with a different mock draft take on who the Green Bay Packers might take.
New 3-round mock posted … The first full 3-round pre-combine GBN mock has been posted. As we have noted in the past, we hope readers will keep in mind that the real value of any draft projection is not which individual player gets ‘picked’ by a particular – heck we doubt there is a team out there at… Read More »
Last star game review … With the break in the draft process as we wait for the combine to get underway next week, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has had a chance to watch – three times actually – the game tape from the Medal of Honor College all-star game and files this report on who stood… Read More »
Rams’ TE gets extra year … Colorado State tight end Kivon Cartwright has been granted a 6th year of eligibility after he missed all but one game in 2014 because of an ankle injury. Cartwright injured his ankle in the offseason and was only able to play in Colorado State’s season opener last fall before ultimately undergoing season-ending… Read More »
Star FCS QB joins Ducks … Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams has confirmed that he will be transferring to Oregon where he hopes to replace 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as the Ducks’ starter this coming season. Adams, the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, the FCS equivalent of the Heisman, in each of the past two seasons,… Read More »
Road to the draft runs thru Indy … With the combine set to get to underway in ten days or so, its hard not to overstate just how important next week’s event in Indianapolis is to the entirety of the draft process. And it starts with the fact that year in and year out the vast majority of… Read More »
Combine roster thoughts … With the full roster of players scheduled to attend the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month having been formally announced, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has some thoughts on the hits and misses on the invite list.
USU Aggies QB gets extra year … Utah State has confirmed that star QB Chuckie Keeton has been awarded a 6th year of eligibility by the NCAA and will play for the Aggies next fall. The athletic Keeton looked like an emerging star after a breakout sophomore season in 2012, but suffered season ending knee injuries early in… Read More »
Combine invite list announced … The NFL Scouting Combine has released the list of 323 players who will be attending this year’s event in Indianapolis which gets underway on February 17th and runs through the 23rd. And who gets invited to Indianapolis matters because NFL personnel departments are very much involved in the whittling down process and want… Read More »
‘Textgate’ could cost Browns mid-rounder … Cleveland Plain Dealer ace Browns’ reporter Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that if, as expected, GM Ray Farmer is found to have been sending emails to the coaching staff during games, which is against NFL rules, the Browns could lose a mid-round draft pick. That actually might be a bit of a… Read More »
Draft plans taking shape … With the start of the 2015 draft now less than 9 weeks away – 83 days to be exact – the Chicago Tribune is reporting on the specifics of the draft’s move to the Windy City and what promises to be a potentially very fan friendly event. Let’s hope so!
All quiet on the draft front … almost … For those thinking that it seems awfully quiet around the NFL these days; well, it is awfully quiet. Most personnel departments are still on their post-season break, or have returned to their respective war-rooms and are hunkered down preparing their preliminary big boards in anticipation of the scouting combine… Read More »
Browns pick at risk over texts … Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns could lose a draft pick if an NFL investigation concludes that their were texts from team execs to the sidelines outside what the league allows during games. G.M. Ray Farmer also faces a possible suspension as he is… Read More »
Another suitor for Mariota trade … Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report is reporting that Cleveland is thinking about trying to make a play to try and move up in the opening round of the 2015 draft in order to acquire Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. According to the report, the Browns have been considering the option even before… Read More »
Talking football … One of the things we have always wanted to add to the GBN experience was a draft forum where folks could discuss the pro and cons of the various prospects or talk about their particular team’s needs or targets. The new format as allowed us to do that and we have posted a prototype forum.… Read More »
Willy: Nolo contendre … Weather prognosticators in Canada are reportedly perplexed as to how to interpret Groundhog Day results from today when the groundhog apparently refused to come out of his hole because of the cold. Willy, as he is affectionately known, did pop his head out of the hole and according to sources close to the situation… Read More »
Final picks set … With New England’s thrilling 28-24 win over Seattle in tonight’s Super Bowl, the final two picks in the selection order of the 2015 draft have been set. Seattle will have the 31st pick in each of this year’s seven rounds, while New England will have the 32nd pick.
DE Fields commits to ACC Cards … Former TCU DE Devonte Fields has confirmed that he is transferring to Louisville. Fields appeared to be a rising star when he was named the Big XII Freshman of the Year in 2012 after racking up 10 sacks, but he ended up playing for a community college last season after he… Read More »
Pigskin Paul ranks Top 5 by position … With the all-star games now in the books, GBN Associate Editor Paul Guillemette has posted his pre-combine list of the top 5 prospects by position for the 2015 draft.
Titans part ways with personnel VP … Tennessee has parted ways with VP of Player Personnel Lake Dawson who oversaw the Titans’ pro personnel and college scouting departments. It does not appear that Dawson will be replaced and that going forward Director of College Scouting Blake Beddington and Pro Scouting Coordinator Brian Gardner will report directly to G.M.… Read More »