Top CB sidelined again at Illini pro day … All 32 NFL teams had reps at Illinois’ pro day earlier today, but the guy most of them were there to see was unable to participate. CB Devon Witherspoon, one of the top 2-3 prospects at the position, didn’t run at the combine because of a hamstring issue and… Read More »
OBJ to work out on Friday … This could be interesting. WR Odell Beckham has informed NFL teams that he will be holding a private work out tomorrow in Arizona where interested teams can check him out. Beckham did not play last fall after tearing an ACL in the 2021 Super Bowl. He did open the bidding to… Read More »
Niners, Raiders lead updated pick count … The 4 new comp picks awarded to San Francisco earlier today vaulted the 49ers to the top of the board in terms of the total number of picks at the 2023 draft NFL teams currently hold. In fact, the 49ers now have 12 total picks in this year’s draft, tied for… Read More »
Comp picks awarded; Niners, Rams lead way … The NFL has just announced that 37 compensatory picks have been to 16 teams for the 2023 draft. A pair of NFC West teams led the way, with the 49ers receiving a league-high seven selections and the Rams netting four. The 37 compensatory picks include five special selections that were… Read More »
Teaxns lose 5th for Watson related cap violation … The NFL announced earlier today that Houston will forfeit a 5th round pick at the 2023 draft as well as pay a $175K fine for a salary-cap reporting violation involving former QB Deshaun Watson. For the record, the forfeited pick will be the Texans’ own pick – the 2nd… Read More »
Jets trade for Ravens’ S Clark; wait on Rodgers … While they wait on pins and needles for the latest Aaron Rodgers drama to play out, the NY Jets kept busy by trading a 7th round pick in 2024 to Baltimore for veteran starting safety Chuck Clark. The deal, though, won’t be official until the start of the… Read More »
Pigskin thoughts on combine QB workout … GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette wraps up his thoughts on the combine with some final observations about the QB workout.
Giants agree with Jones … It hasn’t been officially announced but multiple NFL insders are reporting that the NY Giants have agreed on a 4Y, $160M deal beating the deadline. Those same insiders are also reporting that the Giants did franchise RB Saquon Barkley.
Ravens tag QB Jackson; Jets meeting with Rodgers … To almost nobody’s surprise, Baltimore has applied the franchise tag to QB Lamar Jackson. That means that teams can still talk with Jackson and even sign him to an offer sheet, but the Ravens retain the right to match the offer; if they don’t the Ravens will be owed… Read More »
Seahawks re-sign QB Smith; still looking at the position at the draft? … The fact that Seattle resigned veteran QB Geno Smith to a reported 3Y, $105M contract extension would seem, at least on first blush, preclude the Seahawks from selecting a QB with the 5th pick at the 2023 draft. However, my understanding is that the contract… Read More »
Pro day sched set to kick-off … After a day to get a fresh set of clothes, scouts around the NFL will be back on the road as the annual pro day circuit gets underway with workouts planned for Indiana and Southern Utah. However, things don’t get really interesting until next week when national champion Georgia works out… Read More »
It is Tag Day in the NFL … The deadline for teams to designate franchise and transition players is later this afternoon at 4 PM ET. So far, four players – RBs Josh Jacobs of Las Vegas and Dallas’ Tony Pollard, Washington DT Daron Payne and Jacksonville TE Evan Engram – have been franchised by their respective teams.… Read More »
Busy day around the NFL and it ain’t over yet … Anybody thinking we’d kind of have a quiet day today after the combine is probably sorely disappointed as there have been a number of moves as well as lots of rumors with the start of the new football year just over a week away. It still not… Read More »
Pigskin thoughts on OL workout … The combine is gone but hardly forgotten and GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has some observations on the offensive line testing yesterday here.
USC OG Vorhees tears ACL … It is being reported this morning that it is now believed that Southern California OG Andrew Vorhees, a second-day prospect who had been considered to be one of the top 2-3 prospects at the position for the 2023 draft, tore an ACL during his 40-yard run during yesterday’s on-field testing for the… Read More »
QB Carr appears headed to Saints … Multiple media sources are reporting at this hour, that New Orleans is close to signing former Las Vegas QB Derek Carr to a 4-year deal. Ironically, the Saints were the one team that Carr visited prior to being released by the Raiders. Carr then reportedly met with New Orleans’ officials brass… Read More »
Follow-up OL combine comments … Just a couple of belated observations on the weigh-in element of the offensive linemen’s day at the combine earlier today. We noted in some of the discussion of their 40 times, for example, that several OT could end up being kicked back inside because of the dreaded short arms. Most prominent was Northwestern’s… Read More »
That’s a wrap; on to pro days … The 2023 scouting combine wrapped up within the last hour in Indianapolis. And the early returns appear to be that far more guys helped themselves with their performances this weekend than were hurt. Certainly, there’s still plenty to chew over based on what we saw in Indianapolis. However, there won’t… Read More »
RB 40 times … Here are the 40 times for the RBs at the combine. No surprise that Texas A&M’s Devin Achane lead the way, although his 4.32 time was a little slower than scouts had anticipated. Meanwhile, Bijan Robinson of Texas posted a respectable 4.47 time despite what appeared to be a stumble at the start, while… Read More »
OL 40 times … For the record, here are the 40 times now for both groups of offensive linemen. A couple of highlights from the second group to note. Most notable may have been the run of Tennessee OT Darnell Wright. There was a bit of a first-round buzz about Wright the past couple of weeks, but there… Read More »
Pigskin’s day three observations … While we wait for the second group of offensive linemen to run their 40s, here are GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette’s always thoughtful observations from yesterday’s very busy QB/receivers workouts.
First group OTs run well; short arms for NW’s Skoronski … The first group of offensive linemen have completed their 40s on the final days of the combine in Indianapolis and several leading second-tier OTs posted decent times. BYU’s Blake Freeland, for example, ran an unofficial 4.96 40 with a very quick 1.68 split. Anton Harrison of Oklahoma… Read More »
Combine wraps with OL, RBs on the field … Hard to believe but the combine is almost done. They’ll wrap things up a little later today after the RBs and offensive linemen go through their on-field physical testing and positional drills. That starts at 1 PM ET with coverage again on the NFL Network.
A comment or two on today’s QB workout … If you aren’t aware by now that the QBs put on a terrific show at today’s combine work out, you probably just wandered on to the wrong site. Florida’s Anthony Richardson, for example, set multiple positional records in the physical testing and then showcased a cannon of an arm… Read More »
Post workout thoughts on combine WRs … One of the questions heading into the combine was whether Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt rightly belonged to be grouped with the top 4-5 receivers for this year’s draft or whether he was still more a leading second-tier type. And we likely won’t know the final answer to that question, maybe even… Read More »