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Jags continue front office rebuild

Jags continue front office rebuild … While most of the rebuilding efforts in Jacksonville are focused on the field after the Jaguars selected former Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the first pick overall at the 2021 draft, the team has quietly continued to revamp their personnel department. Earlier today, Jacksonville confirmed that Regis Eller has been hired as… Read More »

UGA adds pair of top transfers

UGA adds pair of top transfers … Georgia has confirmed that both of former Clemson CB Derion Kendrick, a two-time All-ACC performer, and former LSU TE Arik Gilbert have indeed transferred to the program. Kendrick was actually never going to play for the Tigers this fall as he had been dismissed by Clemson after he was arrested in… Read More »

Bengals, Pack sign top picks

Bengals, Pack sign top picks … Two more first round picks from the 2021 draft have come to terms as Ccinnati has signed former LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase, the 5th player selected this year, while Green Bay agreed to terms with former Georgia Eric Stokes, the 29th player chosen this past April. Both were signed to 4-year deals… Read More »

Senior Bowl to host HBCU combine

Senior Bowl to host HBCU combine … The NFL and Senior Bowl announced this week that the HBCU combine will be held in Mobile. The HBCU combine will involve players from the Historically Black College and University conferences including the SWAC, MEAC, CIAA, and SIAC will be held at the University of South Alabama and be patterned after… Read More »

Raiders, Steelers sign top picks

Raiders, Steelers sign top picks … Two more first-round picks from Alabama at the 2021 draft came to terms in the last day or so including Las Vegas which signed G/T Alex Leatherwood, the 17th player selected this year, and Pittsburgh which came to terms with RB Najee Harris, whom the Steelers chose with the 24th pick overall.… Read More »

QB debate

In-house QB debate … Yesterday’s post noting Mel Kiper’s initial Top 25 for the 2022 draft gave rise to a rousing debate here on the relative strength of the QB class for next year’s draft. As noted in yesterday’s post, Kiper only had one passer in his top ten, Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler whom he has ranked third overall.… Read More »

Kiper Top 25 posted

Kiper posts early 2022 top 25 … For those that haven’t seen it, long-time draft guru Mel Kiper has posted his initial top 25 ranking for the 2022 draft, which for the record is now just 341 days away, over on ESPN. A couple of observations. Of course, this is a very preliminary listing and much is going to… Read More »

2022 DE profiles

Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon, 6-4.5, 260, 4.55, JR … Third-year junior was a superstar recruit out of L.A. who chose the Ducks over all of college football’s big-time programs. Generally considered to be the top edge rush prospect for the 2022 draft with the tools to be THE best overall prospect period, although he isn’t currently rated in quite… Read More »

Great first weekend of college football viewing announced

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 »

Ravens second to sign top pick; three others

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 »

2021 Schedule to be released tonight

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 where at 2022 draft

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 »

Look ahead to 2022 QBs

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

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

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 BC TE Burt

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

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 »

random thots post

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.

Random post-draft comments

Yeah, the Power 5 conferences accounted for almost 4 out of 5 players selected at last weekend’s draft (and its over 80% when Notre Dame is included in the total) but it’s a wealth that isn’t necessarily evenly Auburn, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kansas State, Baylor, California and Colorado have in common. They all had fewer players taken at… Read More »

Irish LB JOK dropped because of heart condition

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 »

8th round off and running

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 »

Final wrap

That’s a wrap; THE end, finish!! … The 2021 draft came to a fitting close at 6:52 PM ET this evening when the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected former Houston LB Grant Stuard with the 259th and final pick of the draft. Of course, that makes him ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ for the year. And while the actual… Read More »

Giants 1st round report

Please don’t spread it around but we effing nailed it in last night’s opening round. But, boy, what an emotional roller-coaster ride there for a few minutes. When first Miami, and then Detroit passed on taking DeVonta Smith with the 6th and 7th picks respectively, you really got the feeling that there was a really good chance that… Read More »

Random thoughts from 2021 day one

Random thoughts from 2021 day one … Let me say from the outset that I am 100% in agreement with Pigksin Paul Guillemette, my partner-in-crime here at the GBN, in his comments about what the draft has become – or at least what the NFL seems to want it to become – as a spectacle rather than a… Read More »

That’s a wrap

That’s a wrap … The opening round of the 2021 draft came to a close just a few minutes ago when the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington ER Joe Tryon with the 32nd and last pick of the night. Not surprisingly, national champion Alabama led the way in tonight’s opening round as 6 former Tide… Read More »