Category Archives: Pigskin Paul

UH DT Oliver blitzes pro day workout

UH DT Oliver blitzes pro day workout … If the numbers being reported are in fact correct, Houston DT Ed Oliver had an outstanding performance at the Cougars’ pro day earlier today. Running at 281 pounds, Oliver reportedly ran the 40-yard dash as low as 4.71. Even if that is a hand-timed clocking that could be as much… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s First 2018 College Football Rankings

I am going to confine my October and December rankings to a Top 15. Not enough key games in the record book yet to go for a full 25. Also please remember that I like to reward unbeaten teams in my first rankings or two, even though I may firmly believe some of them will not be worthy… Read More »

Prospects Game Preview. Week 7

Sat Oct. 13th 3:30/ET CBS GEORGIA 6-0 by 4 @ L.S.U. 5-1 Bad news for LSU fans, but coming off a disappointing road loss to Florida, they return home to face the undefeated Bulldogs. And it looks for all the world to me that LSU will come out of this with a two game losing streak under their… Read More »

BENGALS 2018 Team Mock Draft

I always wonder if it’s a waste of time to cover the Bengals as long as the Brown family runs the show. Hope is slim for much to change but the Draft is one of the few times there can be hope for long suffering Bengals fans. Round 1, Pick 21 RASHAAN EVANS LB ALABAMA 6’017/237 Time to… Read More »

SAINTS 2018 Mock Draft

Let’s journey down south and take a look at two teams in the NFC South. This double dip will cover the two teams I see at the top of the division in the Saints and Falcons. SAINTS 8 Picks Round 1, Pick 27 COURTLAND SUTTON WR SMU 6’033/218 What the Saints really want/need here is a big time… Read More »

VIKINGS & DA BEARS 2018 Team Mocks

With the Draft less than a week away it’s time for a double-dip today from the NFC North: the defending North Champ VIKINGS and the bottom feeding BEARS. DA BEARS look to still be a couple of years away from contention and need some new starting talent. The VIKES look like the team to battle it out with… Read More »

BROWNS 2018 Team Mock

When you own two of the top 4 Picks in the NFL Draft, have a new GM calling the shots and that GM goes into cliche’ mode refusing to disclose which prospects he luvs the most, it creates quite a dilemma for Draftniks and football fans in general. So let Pigskin put your mind at ease and tell… Read More »

JETS 2018 Team Mock

The JETS once had a high count of Picks for this Draft, but went all-in on the QB frenzy and traded up into the third spot for their QB of the present and future.So who do they get… Round 1, Pick 3 SAM DARNOLD QB SOUTHERN CAL 6’033/221 As always happens when a star player actually gets into… Read More »

STEELERS 2017 Team Mock

One of the NFL’s steadiest franchises over the past four decades always needs some immediate help though the Draft and a few more guys with solid potential pro careers. The Rooney family is in it’s third generation of leadership and there is no indication that management styles are changing any time soon. Expect a thoughtful, conservative approach next… Read More »

COWBOYS 2018 Mock Draft

Despite the Jerry Jones propaganda machine, the Cowboys have a lot of holes to fill if they are to pose a serious threat to the Eagles for the NFC East crown in 2018. The cutting of Dez Bryant creates one more hole near the top of their roster, but his contract became untenable against the Salary Cap. Round… Read More »


Like an awful lot of teams around the NFL the Chiefs are a little tough to project for 2018 with John Dorsey gone, and for all intents and purposes the team now almost totally in the hands of ANDY REID. We shall see how Andy does, but for now here are my Picks for them. Don’t forget that… Read More »


The Packers have the most picks of any team in the League this year. It irks me that you might never know it for how little attention and mention they get at NFL Network on their Path to the Draft program. I guess little Green Bay just isn’t sexy enough for NFLN. I would expect that new GM… Read More »

Combine Wrap Defensive Positions

Let’s move on over to the defensive side of the line-of-scrimmage for a few profiles of some very good defensive Combine performers, who deserve more attention over the next month. I’m not sure any one performer proved more in Indy than CB/JAIRE ALEXANDER of Louisville. Going into the Combine I think many scouts felt that Alexander was right… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s Pre-Combine Mock Draft 2018

You know I’m not a big fan of doing Mock Drafts, other than by team. But in advance of the Combine, I felt it would be fun to post a Mock First Round. Please understand that I am not trying to project who teams will actually take. My picks are based upon a combination of best available and… Read More »

Post- Star Game Observations

The All-Star Draft prospect exhibition season is over. Final scores in these games are almost meaningless. Who was there and how did they perform is the meat and potatoes that we look at. So here are some post-game thoughts. Please keep in mind that rosters at these games can be very fluid as injuries occur. So some of… Read More »


I wanted to wait until I got back to my home in Florida to select my final Game All-Star team, so that I could watch the game tape at least once. Working in a radio broadcast booth does not always allow for specific player watching since the broadcast follows the ball primarily. I would also note that many… Read More »


The following players were those that I thought performed best overall during the 3 days of practice this year. If I failed to mention someone who performed well but escaped my attention I truly wish to apologize. QB BAKER MAYFIELD #6 RB RASHAAD PENNY #20 WR TRE’QUAN SMITH #4 WR D.J. CHARK #7 WR CEDRICK WILSON #11 TE… Read More »

2018 Senior Bowl Thursday

Funny how time just slips away. I first heard those words in a country song when I was very young. They mean more to me today and especially during Senior Bowl week. Here we are about to begin Thursday practices, which are the last before the game on Saturday. North Practice Our last chance to see all the… Read More »

2018 Senior Bowl Wednesday

We opened out action today with the NORTH practice at 12:30. As expected a bit more action and hitting today. I spent a good deal of the first hour with the DL group , which seems to be one of the more talented position groups on the team. And some of the work and constructive instruction OL Coach… Read More »

SENIOR BOWL 2018 Day 2

In the brave new world of the Senior Bowl the weigh-in now starts at 7:30 AM, but that is my problem not yours, dear reader. Here are some odds and ends observations from Pigskin Paul. It is my opinion that we are continuing to see the brave new world of college football players under the new, more aggressive… Read More »

Senior Bowl Day 1 Monday

Not sure if I should really call this Day 1 or just check-in time. Although there was a pre-dinner Press Conference with a few introductory comments by Director Phil Savage. Phil explained that despite the plethora of “drop-outs” from the original acceptances list it was really not more than in many recent years. Bowl injuries that still require… Read More »


As always there seems to be a performance dichotomy between practice and game-day performances below is my All-Star team based on actual in-game performance. Please also remember that some practice warriors never go to perform in the actual game because of injuries or other circumstances. QB NIC SHIMONEK #16 TEXAS TECH RB PHILLIP LINDSAY #23 COLORADO WR JEF… Read More »

2018 SHRINE GAME All-Practice Team

Below is my All-Practice team for this year’s Shrine Game. These are the 22 (actually 25) players who stood out to me at their positions for the week’s work in practices. I did not consider the Special Teamers since we actually see them do so little during practice time. I got extra input and help this morning from… Read More »


The last day of full practices had a lovely weather start in the morning for the East squad. Temps were in the low 50’s with a bright warm sun shining down. Wednesday is the last day of full contact practice for this game, so the intensity level is high given that it’s the last chance for some guys… Read More »

2018 SHRINE GAME Day 2 Practices

Another wonderful Florida Winter day with morning practice temps of about 55-60. But not such a great day for the East OL unit, or their coaches. I never even saw KYLE BOSCH on the field this morning. And by the end of practice both JAMAR McGLOSTER/Syracuse and CORY HELMS/South Carolina had left for medical attention. The McGloster injury… Read More »