NFL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Texas RB D'Onta Foreman to declare for the NFL draft

    SI "Texas junior running back D’Onta Foreman will announce today that he’s declaring for the NFL draft, a source with knowledge of the decision said. Foreman is the nation’s leading rusher with 2,028 yards and he's scored 15 touchdowns this season. He carried Texas through the majority of the 2016..." November 30

  • Mitch Trubisky ‘odds-on favorite’ to be top QB in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Clemson’s Deshaun Watson has been underwhelming this season. Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes being questioned as a scheme quarterback. The one key riser at the quarterback position for the 2017 draft class might surprise you — North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky, a fourth-year junior from..." November 29

  • Exec: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky is a top-10 pick "North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky is one of the 2016 season's biggest risers. He's gone from relative unknown to being widely considered as one of the top prospects at his position. Just how high has his ascent taken him? One NFC executive says he's a top-10 pick. "Accurate, good..." November 29

  • Put QB Mitch Trubisky in the back of your mind for 2017 NFL draft

    ESPN "The midpoint of the NFL season is way too early to talk NFL draft -- except when a team has little hope for the season and has a high chance to earn the first pick in the upcoming draft. Which is true of the 2016 Cleveland Browns. So we'll start talking draft -- in a cursory way. For now,..." November 29

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Former Canes linebacker Jermaine Grace to graduate from UM, enter NFL Draft

    Miami Herald "Former University of Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace, who was dismissed from the Hurricanes football team one week before the season opener, has decided to enter the NFL Draft, according to his attorney, Jason Setchen. Setchen told the Miami Herald on Wednesday night that Grace, 23, who is from..." November 17

  • Charles Walker Leaving OU For NFL Draft Prep

    Pro Football Rumors "2017 draft prospect Charles Walker is leaving the University of Oklahoma in order to prepare for next year’s NFL draft, according to Ian Rapoport of (Twitter link). Walker informed Sooners head coach Bob Stoops of his decision today, per Rapoport. The reaction to Walker’s decision has..." November 16

  • Leonard Fournette on NFL Draft: ‘I’m not ready for the real world’

    Sporting News - NCAAF "LSU running back Leonard Fournette has nothing left to prove on the college level. He’s run over and through every defense he’s faced (except Alabama) and should be the top running back taken in next year’s draft. But none of that means he wants to leave Baton Rouge quite yet. “At the end of..." November 15

  • Deshaun Watson hurting own NFL draft stock more than Clemson's playoff hopes

    Sporting News "Five. Five top 10 college football teams lost Saturday, putting what once was an easy-to-digest college football season into a dramatic tailspin. Deshaun Watson’s historic performance for Clemson wasn’t enough against Pittsburgh thanks to his mistakes. Jabrill Peppers and the Michigan defense..." November 15

  • Six teams consistently checking on Miami Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya

    Palm Beach Post "He has been mum about his future plans, saying he owes it to his teammates to finish his junior season before making any public declarations. NFL scouts have a job to do, though, and they continue to check up on Brad Kaaya. Arizona, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, San Diego and Miami are the..." November 15

  • Myles Garrett: 'Nobody is going to just lay down and give it to you'

    Dallas Morning News "Defensive end Myles Garrett on how the defense played, specifically in the fourth quarter "Everybody played their heart out. I mean we had some guys banged up but they decided to stay in and keep on working. Next man up, Larry [Pryor] came in for Armani [Watts] and he filled the role better..." November 15

  • Texas A&M star Myles Garrett is so much more than devastating defensive end

    USA Today "He was 4 years old, or maybe a little younger. Someone popped in Jurassic Park. Myles Garrett watched, not so much horrified as enthralled, as the Tyrannosaurus Rex rampaged across the screen. “He ate that man on the toilet, when he ran into that little shed,” says Audrey Garrett, Myles’..." November 15

  • Report: NFL executive says Florida CB Jalen Tabor is ‘a better athlete’ than Vernon Hargreaves

    Saturday Down South "Former Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves has had no trouble adjusting to the NFL, going from the 11th overall draft pick in 2016 to an immediate starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But some NFL executives think the Gators have an even better cornerback about to enter the professional..." November 15

  • Leonard Fournette not ready to commit to NFL Draft

    SEC Country "Improbably, Leonard Fournette is leaving the door open to return to LSU for his senior year. Though it seems like the longest of long shots for the consensus top running back in this year’s NFL Draft class to play another season of college ball at the sport’s most physically demanding position,..." November 15

  • LSU coach: Leonard Fournette is 'the best running back I've ever seen'

    Fox Sports "It was more than just a jaw-dropping highlight. It was a message. To his team. To their team. To the rest of college football. When Leonard Fournette took a swing pass on a third-and-five and freight-trained poor Deontay Anderson of Ole Miss Saturday night in Death Valley, he reminded everyone..." November 15

  • Tennessee football ‘poster child for toughness’ Derek Barnett creating 2016 legacy

    SEC Country "Butch Jones had to rewind the film to make sure he was seeing things right upon reviewing Tennessee’s 49-36 win over Kentucky. “First time I’ve seen a guy on the end was triple-teamed,” Jones said, noting the added attention junior defensive end Derek Barnett was getting. “I’ve told him …..." November 15

  • Jones: 'No days off in the life of Derek Barnett'

    Knoxville News Sentinel "Tennessee coach Butch Jones has witnessed many things during his coaching career. But watching the tape of how Kentucky tried to stop Tennessee junior defensive end Derek Barnett was a novelty. “It’s the first time I’ve seen where actually a guy on the edge was triple-teamed,” Jones said on..." November 15

  • NFL exec: LSU's Jamal Adams will be top-10 draft pick "It's been four years since a safety was selected within the first 10 picks of the NFL draft, but at least one NFL executive believes LSU's Jamal Adams is poised to break the streak. Adams is among the elite safeties in college football and, as a junior, could be available in next year's draft if..." November 15

  • LSU safety Jamal Adams looks to be a high pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

    Today's Pigskin "LSU safety Jamal Adams entered this season looking to continue building his NFL Draft resume. Adams, whose father was a former first-round pick of the Giants, enters his second year as a starter at safety for the Tigers on defense. Adams posted back-to-back 60 plus tackle seasons for LSU as a..." November 15

  • No recourse for Michigan State with Malik McDowell suspension

    Michigan Live "Whether or not he agrees with the targeting call assessed to Malik McDowell on Saturday night, Mark Dantonio isn't saying. But Michigan State's coach says he did contact the Big Ten office about the call on Sunday, and confirmed there's nothing the Spartans can do to avoid a half-game..." November 15

  • MSU's Malik McDowell may miss second straight game

    Detroit News "For the first time in his three seasons at Michigan State, defensive tackle Malik McDowell missed a game because of injury when a bad left ankle kept him from suiting up against Rutgers last Saturday. Whether or not the junior is back this weekend when No. 2 Ohio State visits Spartan Stadium is..." November 15

  • Roderick Johnson must prove he is more than Dalvin Cook’s blocker

    Today's Pigskin "The 2017 NFL Draft is setting up to be extremely strong at pass rusher and running back. If you are into the draft a year in advance this isn’t news to you, and you should plan on reading that sentence many more times before teams select new blood next spring. Offensive tackles on the other..." November 15

  • USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster involved in practice scuffle "USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster's week apparently isn't going much better than his weekend. Three days after the Trojans star wide receiver was limited to only one catch for 9 yards in an embarrassing 52-6 loss to Alabama, the junior was involved in an altercation at practice with teammates...." November 15

  • USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster exits with apparent back injury

    Today's U "The USC Trojans are headed towards their third straight win, but their success has come at a price in Tucson against the Arizona Wildcats. USC’s top two wide receivers both exited the game due to injuries in what is a downer for the Trojans despite their recent turnaround. With Steven Mitchell..." November 15

  • Chicago Bears looking hard at Miami QB Brad Kaaya

    Sportsnaut "It’s pretty much a given at this point that the Chicago Bears and Jay Cutler are parting ways at the end of the 2016 NFL season. What is yet unknown is who the Bears might replace Cutler with, though an interesting name has surfaced on this count. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller noted in his weekly..." November 11

  • Pereira thinks NFL turning to full-time officials would be a mistake

    Pro Football Talk "Since Saints coach Sean Payton said last week on PFT Live that the NFL needs full-time officials, there has seemed to be a groundswell of support for the idea, even including the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino, saying the idea has merit. But a former head of officiating doesn’t..." November 09

  • Clemson confirms Deshaun Watson, three others turning pro

    Pro Football Talk "College football juniors usually wait until January to announce whether they’ll leave school to enter the NFL draft. But at Clemson, four players have decided to make the announcement now. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced today that four juniors who are planning to enter the 2017 NFL draft..." November 08

  • NFL ratings continue to plummet

    Newark Star-Ledger "Another week, another set of ugly numbers. When it comes to prime time games in the NFL this season, expect the results—in the ratings and on the field—to be poor. Week 8's Sunday night and Monday night battles featured three of the better teams in the NFC (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles..." November 02

  • Chad Kelly Has Questions to Answer

    SI "Chad Kelly grips the podium as he stares down two dozen journalists. The Ole Miss quarterback is about to undergo an exercise that will become very familiar over the next six months: He is going to explain his actions to a room full of strangers. Today, it’s the media. Soon, it will be NFL..." October 26

  • Report: NFL scouts enamored with UCLA QB Josh Rosen

    Sportsnaut "UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is already drawing significant interest from NFL scouts, despite the fact he’s not draft-eligible until 2018. This is what Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller is reporting midway through the 2016 college football season. In particular, Miller reports scouts as saying..." October 25

  • Goodell blames fans for not understanding NFL’s domestic violence policy

    The Comeback "Roger Goodell gave an interview to BBC Sports, in which he essentially says the league’s handling of domestic violence suspensions is fine. He blames fan ignorance or narrow-mindedness for the perception that he’s not going far enough. Roger Goodell is essentially the man behind the curtain,..." October 22

  • Introduces “Roster Options,” Which Is Basically a Way to Profit Off People Cheating at Fantasy Football

    Total Pro Sports "One of the key components of fantasy football is agonizing over your weekly roster, trying to decide which players are due for a big game and which should remain on the bench. It’s what makes fantasy football gratifying. If we didn’t have to use knowledge and instinct to make tough choices, we..." October 22

  • Stop The Overreactions: Deshaun Watson is still a top QB prospect

    Today's Pigskin "It has been a wild ride for Deshaun Watson and the undefeated Clemson Tigers seven games into the 2016 season. The star quarterback’s completion percentage and yards per attempt are down, while his turnover rate has slightly increased. Is something wrong with Watson? Is he not the highly touted..." October 19

  • Is rookie Jared Goff's turn approaching for Rams?

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Rams fly to Detroit on Friday to face the Lions at Ford Field early Sunday afternoon. They'll then head directly to London later that night for a matchup the following Sunday against the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. And then they'll have their bye week. This could be a..." October 13

  • Scout: UW's John Ross will be better pro than Brandin Cooks "The scoop: "John Ross is probably the fastest player in college football right now and I think he's going to end up being a better pro than Brandin Cooks. (Jake) Browning is a solid quarterback, but Ross is making his life really easy." -- NFC scout on the Washington WR. The skinny: Washington..." October 12

  • Harambe's legacy not respected by NFL Shop

    Sporting News "There are plenty of names you can't put on the back of jerseys at NFL Shop. BuzzFeed compiled a list of 50, and it includes names such as Ron Mexico (Michael Vick's alias), Carruth (as in Rae Carruth, the NFL player who conspired to murder his pregnant wife), He Hate Me (the popular XFL jersey)..." September 14

  • Ezekiel Elliott’s girlfriend Tiffany Thompson told friend to lie to police?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Columbus City Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not be charged in his domestic violence case. One of the testimonies that helped clear the rookie came from a friend of Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. Documents that were..." September 08

  • Joey Bosa Signs Four-Year Contract with the Chargers "Joey Bosa has arrived at Chargers Park. After a much publicized contract dispute caused the first round pick to miss training camp, the San Diego Chargers announced Monday that they signed the defensive end to a four-year contract. “We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him..." August 29

  • Report: NFL thinking about eliminating the preseason

    Sportsnaut "The NFL preseason isn’t for everyone. The casual fan really isn’t interested in watching training camp bodies play in a meaningless game. Though, it’s still a cash cow. Interest is there. Stadiums sell out. The cost of television rights remain relatively high. In reality, it makes very..." August 28

  • Sean Payton: I'd want rookie WR Michael Thomas in fantasy football

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints rookie Michael Thomas has made some sensational plays this summer, but for the most part, his teammates have been the ones praising the wide receiver publicly. Thomas, a second-round pick, has been extremely humble while discussing his performance in his first training camp,..." August 24

  • NFL drops “probable” from injury report, redefines “questionable” and “doubtful”

    Pro Football Talk "It’s definite that “probable” no longer will be part of the NFL injury lexicon. As first noted (as best we can tell) by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald and as the league office confirms, the widely-misconstrued P-word has been dumped from the injury reporting procedures. “The ‘Probable’..." August 21

  • NFLPA exec says NFL has 'zero credible evidence' for interview demands

    Sporting News "The NFL has threatened to suspend players mentioned in an Al Jazeera America report that alleges steroid use if they don't submit to an interview. The union isn't about to give in so easily. NFL Players' Association executive George Atallah told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday the..." August 18

  • Report: Deshaun Watson has $5M insurance policy against injury

    The Score "Deshaun Watson is making sure injuries won't derail his lucrative career, even if he doesn't reach the NFL. The Clemson quarterback took out a $5-million insurance policy that covers a career-ending injury, and another $5 million to protect against loss-of-value in the draft due to injury,..." August 17

  • Joey Bosa Called Out By Antonio Gates, “Be A Man”

    College Spun "Rule No. 1 in NFL locker rooms is typically, “don’t ever talk about another man’s money,” but Chargers’ veteran tight end Antonio Gates apparently doesn’t care. He’s called out Bosa for his contract, telling him to report to camp. “Be a man,” Gates says. From the San Diego..." August 11

  • Ezekiel Elliott: 'I'm ready to go kick some (butt)' "Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott understands why the training staff wants to slow him down a little bit. The projected feature back likely will miss the preseason opener and possibly more with a tweaked hamstring. But that doesn't mean he's gotten complacent. In an interview with..." August 11

  • Steelers' Rogers gaining rave reviews for work as slot receiver

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Eli Rogers has exactly zero catches in the NFL. There's a pretty good reason for that, too. He's played in exactly zero NFL games in his career. No catches, no games and coming off a broken foot that cost him his entire rookie season sure hasn't curtailed the high praise being piled on the..." August 10

2014 NFL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Browns Deshaun Watson Clemson
2 49ers Brad Kaaya Miami
3 Titans Myles Garrett Texas A&M
4 Titans* Jalen Tabor Florida
5 Saints Leonard Fournette Louisiana State
6 Falcons Derek Barnett Tennessee
7 Dolphins Jamal Adams Louisiana State
8 Lions Malik McDowell Michigan State
9 Chargers Roderick Johnson Florida State
10 Browns* JuJu Smith-Schuster Southern California

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.