Great first weekend of college football viewing announced … There are still over 100 days until the college football season kicks off this fall, however, for folks willing to wait, that first full weekend has the potential to be really special. ABC, for example, just released its prime time national TV slate for that first weekend and it… Read More »
More post-draft thoughts from Pigskin … One does not have to have ESP to see that far fewer undrafted rookie free agents have come to terms with teams around the NFL this off-season. GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has some thoughts on the subject as well as several other post-draft topics here.
Broncos latest to sign top pick … Denver has reportedly agreed on a contract with former Alabama CB Patrick Surtain, the 9th player selected overall at the 2021 draft. Surtian is the 7th player selected in this year’s opening round to have come to terms.
Broncos hire female scout exec away from Vikes … Denver has hired Kelly Kleine as the team’s executive director of football operations and special adviser to general manager George Paton. The 30-year-old Kleine, who spent ten years with the Vikings’ front office before signing with the Broncos, is thought to be the highest-ranking female scouting executive ever with… Read More »
Vikes sign top pick … Minnesota has become the 6th team to sign its 2021 first round pick after reportedly coming to terms with former Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw, the 23rd player selected overall at this year’s draft, on a 4-year deal reportedly worth $13.3 million.
‘Phins, No-names sign top picks … A couple more players selected in the opening round of he 2021 draft signed today including former Alabama WR jaylen Waddle who was chosen by Miami with the 6th overall pick late last month, and former Kentucky LB Jamin Davis, who was selected with the 19th pick by Washington. In fact, the… Read More »
Titans sign top pick Farley … Tennessee has reportedly come to terms with former Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley, the Titans’ first round pick this year, on a four-year rookie contract worth $13.5M. Farley had been projected as a top ten prospect prior to the draft, but he ended up being selected with the 22nd pick overall after… Read More »
Ravens second to sign top pick; three others … Baltimore became the second team to sign a player taken in the opening round of the 2021 draft as the Ravens have reportedly agreed to terms with former Minnesota WR Rashod Batemen on a 4Y, $12.6M deal. Bateman with the 27th player selected in this year’s opening round. He… Read More »
Chiefs get Vikes vet CB for late-round swap … Kansas City has acquired veteran CB Mike Hughes from Minnesota in a deal in which the teams will swap 6th and 7th round picks at the 2022 draft. Hughes was the Vikings’ first-round pick in 2018, but they declined their 5th year year option meaning he’ll be a free… Read More »
Pigskin punks the Packers’ picks … Ever wonder what an ‘elder statesman’ of the draft community looks and sounds like? Here’s our own Pigskin Paul Guillemette. a longtime former Wisconsin resident, talking the Green Bay Packers draft with Brian Bosarge of the Deep-fried Draft. Kind of a must-see for Packers fans, but there are also some draft-related nuggets… Read More »
Schedule to be released tonight … About a month later than usual. the 2021 regular season NFL schedule will be released this evening beginning at 8 PM ET on the NFL Network. However, the NFL has teased the formal announcement by releasing the opening weekend slate of games early. And the season does kick-off with a tasty morsel… Read More »
Early look at who’s picking when at the 2022 draft … For the record, the 2022 draft is just 354 days away and there is an awful lot that is going to change between now and April 28th next spring. However, we have been able to put together a preliminary, and of course, very unofficial early listing of… Read More »
Follow-up Pigskin draft comments … The 2021 draft is still very much fresh in our minds here and GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has weighed in with some post-draft comments on the winners and losers from this year’s draft plus other observations.
Jets sign late round half dozen … The NY Jets have signed six players selected at this year’s round including 5th round DBs Jamien Sherwood, Michael Carter and Jason Pinnock and 6th rounders DB Hamsah Nasirildeen, CB Brandon Echols and DT Jonathan Marshall.
Colts first to sign top pick … That didn’t take long as Indianapolis became the first team to sign it’s 2021 first-round pick by signing DE Kwity Paye to a 4Y, $13.6M deal with the standard club option for a fifth season. Paye was the 21st overall pick in last week’s opening round. In fact, the Colts actually… Read More »
Profile of 2022 QBs … NFL teams that didn’t get a QB early in this year’s draft and/or will be looking for one next year can take heart from the fact that it appears there will be a deep QB class for the 2022 draft, although it may not quite as talented as this year’s group. Certainly, it… Read More »
Jags, Giants fire personnel staff … Personnel people staff around the NFL generally work on a May-to-May contract cycle and with the draft in the books is when teams are most likely to adjust those staffs. Jacksonville, which continues to re-organize under new head coach Urban Meyer, for example, has fired four senior members of their scouting staff… Read More »
Retired Clemson DE to return … Some good news for the Clemson football program as DE Justin Foster, who had earlier announced that he was retiring from the game because of health complications related to covid and asthma, has gotten a second opinion and will be back for the upcoming season. The 6-2, 265-pound Foster had 4.5 sacks… Read More »
Ti-Cats open CFL draft taking former BC TE Burt … Hamilton got the 2021 CFL draft of Canadian players started this evening selecting former Boston College TE Jake Burt with the #1 pick overall. It was a bit of a surprise pick as Burt was only recently added to the CFL draft eligibility list after spending the 2020… Read More »
CFL draft on tap … As it does every year, the Canadian Football League will holds its annual draft of Canadian-born players the week after the NFL draft. The CFL draft gets underway at 7 PM ET on Tuesday with 6 rounds scheduled. Because the CFL did not play at all in 2020, the selection order for this… Read More »
A few random leftover draft thoughts/observations … We still have a bunch of random thoughts running through our head from the weekend’s draft including a great draft for Canadians; our ‘fav’ picks from each round; the Mahomes effect on the draft!; plus our pick for THE most interesting pick of the week; and more all here.
Irish LB JOK dropped because of heart issue … Hands up everyone who had Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah going after Irish OG Aaron Banks in their 2021 draft pool. Didn’t think so! Owusu-Koramoah had been one of the rising stars of this year’s draft with analysts talking about him as a possible top 15 pick, but he… Read More »
Titans 4th rounder charged with assault … Former Pittsburgh DE Rashad Weaver, a 4th-round pick by Tennessee at last weekend’s draft, has been charged with one count of simple assault in connection with an incident on April 18th. Weaver is alleged to have punched a woman with whom had had some kind of altercation with at a local… Read More »
8th round off and running … As noted at the end of the draft on Saturday, there won’t be any rest right away for bleary-eyed NFL personnel who are as we speak trying to sign their undrafted rookie classes. And while it will be a few days until teams start formally announcing their UDFA rookie signing classes, some… Read More »
Shoudda, coudda stayed in school … No surprise here that the early part of the 2021 draft was dominated by underclassmen. Indeed, the first 9 players selected this year were either juniors or redshirt sophomores as were 9 of the first 10 players selected and 13 of the first 15. In fact, 23 of this year’s 32 players… Read More »