NFL Prospects Rumors & News

  • NFL Scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

    Larry Brown Sports "In an era where top-shelf wide receivers are valued way more highly than star running backs, Alabama’s Amari Cooper seems like the perfect NFL prospect. Apparently what you see isn’t always what you get. According to a report from, NFL scouts are not exactly in love with Cooper. In..." December 19

  • Report: Former Washington Huskies CB Marcus Peters choked assistant coach

    Seattle Blog "It was widely known that former Washington Huskies cornerback Marcus Peters butted heads with coaches prior to his dismissal from the program in November, but an account published Wednesday detailed a much uglier scenario than initially reported. “Peters was suspended and later dismissed from..." December 17

  • Marcus Mariota becomes first from Hawaii to win Heisman

    Star Advertiser "In its 80th year, the Heisman Memorial Trophy is Hawaii-bound after Saint Louis School graduate Marcus Mariota was awarded the iconic bronze statue today on national TV. The University of Oregon quarterback won the award, symbolic of being the nation's top college football player, over two..." December 13

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    Jim Wyatt @jwyattsports

    ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. just said on ESPN conference call he doesn't think there's a franchise QB in the 2015 NFL Draft

  • Buccaneers fans pick Marcus Mariota over Jameis Winston

    Bucs Nation "If it were up to Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, Marcus Mariota would be the Bucs' starting quarterback next season. In yesterday's poll on Mariota and Jameis Winston, the Oregon quarterback came out ahead 78% vs. 22%. With nearly 2,750 votes, that's not a small sample of fans either. That outcome..." December 09

  • Jameis Winston -- Scaring Off NFL Agents "Jameis Winston is rubbing top NFL agents the wrong way -- with several top flight dealmakers telling TMZ Sports there's no way in hell they would ever consider signing the Heisman winner. Winston has been involved in all sorts of off-the-field drama during his short career at Florida State ......" November 16

  • Why Brandon Scherff Could Be the Top Prospect in 2015 Draft

    Bleacher Report "Look back through the history of Iowa football, and you will see name after name on the offensive line who made their mark in the NFL. Left tackle Brandon Scherff is the next Hawkeye you'll want to get to know. With the 2015 draft still nine months away, Scherff has the tools, film and talent..." October 21

  • Texas A&M player reports Aggie OL Cedric Ogbuehi runs 4.7-second 40-yard dash

    Dallas Morning News "Texas A&M offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi recently announced he, like Jake Matthews before him, would return to Aggieland for his senior season. That didn’t stop Ogbuehi from continuing to make football heads turn nearly a week later. Just days after his announcement Ogbuehi reportedly ran a..." October 21

  • How Texas A&M paid over $50,000 to get Cedric Ogbuehi back for 2014

    Fox Sports - College Football "The biggest recruiting trip Kevin Sumlin and his staff took last winter did not involve any five-star prospect. Some sites had once listed the guy as a three-star prospect, others had him as a four-star, but Sumlin's Texas A&M staff was way past any of that. They knew they were dealing with a..." October 21

  • Oregon's Marcus Mariota earns national honor from Senior Bowl

    Oregonian "Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota is in line to potentially win a number of national awards at season's end, but he's also picking up honors along the way, too. After throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-20 victory against Washington last Saturday, Mariota was named the..." October 21

  • Marcus Mariota, not Dak Prescott, is now the betting favorite for the Heisman

    Yahoo! Sports "One sports book thinks the favorite for the Heisman Trophy isn't Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott. Bovada has Oregon QB Marcus Mariota listed this week as the favorite for the trophy at 3/2. Mariota's Ducks are No. 6 in the country. Prescott isn't too far behind. As his team is undefeated and..." October 21

  • Alabama’s Amari Cooper on pace for best receiving season ever

    Washington Post "On a roster teeming with NFL-ready talent, Amari Cooper stands alone. He is so clearly the best receiver in college football that he’s creating a rare conversation regarding his stake in this year’s Heisman Trophy race. Rare because only two true wideouts have won the award (Tim Brown, 1987;..." October 21

  • Amari Cooper snaps back to form. Nick Saban explains how Texas A&M coverage contributed "For a week, Amari Cooper was corralled. Arkansas found the formula for defending Alabama's star receiver when it played tight on the line with a safety helping deep. Two catches for 22 yards made it the least-impactful game for Cooper in more than a season. Seven days later, everything..." October 21

  • Alabama's Amari Cooper Emerging as 2015 NFL Draft's Top Wide Receiver Prospect

    Bleacher Report "After a disappointing sophomore season cast some doubt, Alabama’s Amari Cooper is proving early in his junior season that he is one of college football’s best wide receivers and a top prospect among players eligible for the 2015 NFL draft. It’s been clear since Cooper’s true freshman year in..." October 21

  • Will Amari Cooper be elite wide receiver prospect on the next level?

    Yahoo! Sports "If you follow the career path of Sammy Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick in May's draft, it was up-down-up. Watkins had a transcendent freshman season at Clemson as a receiver, returner and runner, followed by a step back as a sophomore, and then another standout year as a junior. That same..." October 21

  • USC's Williams refuses to get caught up in draft

    Orange County Register "USC defensive end Leonard Williams has risen to No. 1 in ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay’s Top 32. McShay lauds Williams for having a “complete game” and “excellent strength and speed for his size.” McShay also writes that Williams “possesses an above-average motor.” If Williams’ motor..." October 21

  • Leonard Williams is top pick in Todd McShay's latest NFL mock draft

    Los Angeles Times "Five USC players have been selected as the top pick in the NFL draft. Trojans defensive lineman Leonard Williams could make six. Williams is No. 1 in ESPN Insider Todd McShay’s latest mock draft. McShay wrote that Williams, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, has a “complete game” and has..." October 21

  • USC's Leonard Williams validates top pick status

    SB Nation "The hyperbole is already heavy. The Trojans junior may be the best defensive tackle prospect since Ndamukong Suh. College football is underway, so each week we'll begin looking ahead to the 2015 NFL Draft to find out who's helping and hurting their NFL status. Early on in this NFL draft..." October 21

  • Jameis Winston expected to enter NFL Draft, but won't drop out of FSU "Some have suggested that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston might drop out of school as a way to avoid the institution's investigation into prior sexual assault charges brought against him, as well as an inquiry into whether he violated NCAA rules for being compensated for autographs,..." October 19

  • Titans fan starts 'Suck for the Duck' campaign

    Tennessean "Of course you remember the "Suck for Luck" campaign, started by fans who wanted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick of the NFL Draft in 2012. Fans of the Colts, Dolphins and Rams all drooled over Luck, who eventually went to the Colts based on Indianapolis having the NFL's..." October 10

  • Scouts say Winston needs another year "When the news broke last week that Jameis Winston had been caught standing on a table and yelling a lewd obscene phrase in the Florida State student union, former Seminoles star Myron Rolle got a text message from Samari Rolle, his cousin and another former Florida State standout. “He needs to..." September 23

  • Scout to Breer: Jameis Winston is a fraud "It's not like these guys aren't trying. No one wants to land in the situation the Ravens or Panthers or Vikings, or even the Cardinals, found themselves in during this most embarrassing of NFL months. Beyond losing the player, or the brand damage, there's the matter of doing the right thing,..." September 20

  • Merrill Hoge: Johnny Manziel 'has no business' playing in NFL yet "Johnny Manziel is extremely polarizing. He has many fans and probably more critics. Count Merrill Hoge among them, in a big way. Hoge appeared on 102.5 WDVE in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning and completely torched the Browns rookie quarterback. Hoge claimed Manziel "has no business" playing in..." September 03

  • NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes $1M minimum salary, 18 games, other changes

    Yahoo! Sports "Sean Gilbert and DeMaurice Smith need to go at it, town-hall style battle-royale style in a debate. After all, these are the two men who could go head-to-head for the NFLPA executive director spot soon, even if the sitting executive director Smith has no plans of leaving his post. Gilbert, the..." August 26

  • 2015 NFL Draft: Jameis Winston projected as No. 1 overall pick "Like the swallows of Capistrano or spawning salmon returning to the rivers of their birth, hardcore football fans are instinctively drawn to mock drafts - even ones written before the season has even begun. Obviously there are going to be changes over the next nine months but after a few..." August 18

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Browns plan to start Brian Hoyer at QB this week against the #Redskins on Aug. 18 in preseason game No. 2, I’m told.

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

  • Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau: 'I'm expecting Johnny Manziel to be the starter' for Cleveland Browns

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns' quarterback competition is just starting to percolate in Berea. But legendary Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau thinks he knows whom the Browns will start in the regular-season opener in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. "I'm expecting (Johnny) Manziel to be the..." August 05

  • Jerry Jones admits Cowboys were ‘that close’ to drafting Manziel

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones can’t help himself. Instead of focusing on training camp, Jones gave new life to an old story during a live segment Sunday on the NFL Network. Jones admitted the Cowboys were close to drafting former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall..." July 28

  • GM Reggie McKenzie compares Khalil Mack to Clay Matthews

    San Francisco Chronicle "There weren't any "wow" plays from rookie linebacker Khalil Mack on Sunday, the first day players wore pads, but he is drawing some pretty good comparisons from important training-camp observers. "He's reminded me of Clay Matthews from Day 1," Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie said. "He's..." July 28

  • Brandin Cooks quickly getting up to speed in 1st New Orleans Saints training camp

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints already knew that first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks was fast. Now coaches are finding out that the rookie receiver is a fast learner, too. Cooks set single-season conference records during his final year at Oregon State, catching 128 passes for 1,730 yards. Those..." July 28

  • Browns 'alarmed' by some of Johnny Manziel's behavior, concerned it's set him back in QB competition

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns have been 'alarmed' by some of Johnny Manziel's antics since the draft -- especially a photo of him rolling up a $20 bill in the bathroom of a bar -- and some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp, sources have told Northeast Ohio..." July 26

  • Pressure non-existent for Watkins "From the moment Bills fans took their seats to watch the first day of practice, it was obvious who they were there to see: Sammy Watkins. Chants, banners and T-shirts were aplenty as the rookie wide receiver, taken fourth overall in this year’s draft, took to the field with the rest of his team..." July 21

  • Aikman surprised Cowboys passed on Manziel in NFL Draft

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Troy Aikman said Wednesday he was surprised that Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones passed on Johnny Manziel in the NFL Draft. “I thought there was a real good chance if he fell to the Cowboys’ pick that he would take him,” said Aikman, the former Dallas quarterback turned Fox..." July 17

  • Taylor Lewan, Titans making progress in contract talks

    Tennessean "The Titans and first-round draft pick Taylor Lewan are making steady progress toward a contract and there is optimism a deal will be in place prior to training camp, according to sources familiar with the situation. Players report for camp on July 25 and hit the field on July 26. The tackle..." July 17

  • Chad Henne not on hot seat, but he's keeping it warm for Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles

    Florida Times Union "What Henne does realize he’s keeping the seat warm for Blake Bortles. But until he’s told otherwise by coach Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, Henne is going to talk like a starter (full of confidence), act like a starter (exuding leadership on and off the field) and try and..." July 17

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Players in tomorrow’s Supplemental Draft: N Mex WR Chase Clayton, UNC LB Darius Lipford, Va.-Lynch DT Lakendrick Ross & SMU RB Traylon Shead

  • Buccaneers WR Mike Evans: 'I'm too heavy right now' "The Buccaneers are expecting a big impact from rookie wide receiver Mike Evans, who should form a rebound receiver tandem with Vincent Jackson. But right now getting Evans in shape is probably a bigger concern. The former Texas A&M standout tweaked his hamstring in OTAs and admitted he's "not..." July 03

  • Bridgewater using video games to study "Once the Minnesota Vikings' minicamp concluded last week, it meant rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wouldn't have a team to practice with until the start of training camp on July 25. But Bridgewater still has a method for studying the Vikings' offense. Bridgewater said last week he's..." June 28

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    Evan Silva @evansilva

    Chris Mortensen said #Browns have talked to Manziel about 'toning it down.' J. Haslam was 'bothered' by some of his actions on social media.

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    Nate Ulrich @NateUlrichABJ

    #Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he wants to be starter for Week 1. Won't be satisfied starting season as Brian Hoyer's backup.

  • Three-sport athlete? Manziel drafted again -- by Harlem Globetrotters

    Fox Sports Ohio "In two months, Johnny Manziel has been drafted in three different sports. So is the life of one of sports' most scrutinized athletes. Manziel hasn't gotten a call from an NBA team yet (though that draft is Thursday), but he was selected Tuesday by touring exhibition basketball team the..." June 25

  • It’s time for Browns to urge Johnny Manziel to fulfill predraft promises about slowing down off the field

    Akron Beacon Journal "The Browns need to tell Johnny Manziel to slow down. If they’ve already delivered the message, they should do it again. They should do it every chance they get because, well, the celebrity rookie continues to party every chance he gets. A month ago, I defended the trip Manziel took to Las Vegas..." June 24

  • Manziel needs 'phone valet,' CB Haden says "Johnny Manziel settled down to business as a quarterback in the NFL this week, agreeing to terms on a rookie contract while even drawing the praise of Aaron Rodgers for how the Heisman winner has handled himself. But at least one Cleveland Browns teammate thinks Manziel should continue to heed..." June 21

  • NFLPA collusion lawsuit to proceed "A court overturned a decision to dismiss the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL for collusion stemming from salary cap penalties toward the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday reportedly overturned a decision by Judge David..." June 20

  • Brees believes Cooks can help replace Sproles

    USA Today "The last time I talked to Drew Brees, we were in Orlando at the NFL Players Association meetings in late March, and the conversation inevitably turned to Darren Sproles, whom the New Orleans Saints had traded to the Philadelphia Eagles a few days earlier. Brees, the Saints’ star quarterback,..." June 19

  • Blake Bortles signs contract with Jags worth $20,654,796 Wednesday morning

    Jacksonville Times-Union "Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has signed his rookie contract ahead of the team’s second mini-camp practice. The Jaguars posted a picture of Bortles signing the paperwork shortly before 8 a.m. The four-year deal is worth $20,654,796 and includes a signing bonus of $13,341,672 and a salary..." June 18

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    Cleveland Browns @Browns

    Breaking: Browns have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel

  • Browns agree to terms with quarterback Johnny Manziel

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns have agreed to terms with No. 22 overall pick Johnny Manziel, the club announced. Manziel heads into camp as the No. 2 quarterback behind Brian Hoyer. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Browns coach Mike Pettine stressed last week that Hoyer is "securely ahead' of..." June 17

  • Browns decline comment on Johnny Manziel's 'money phone' video

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns have declined to comment on Johnny Manziel's latest partying controversy -- the "money phone'' video on Instagram. A team spokesman said the club will not respond to the video, in which Manziel is holding a big stack of money and pretending it's a phone. Manziel tries to talk into..." June 17

2014 NFL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Raiders Leonard Williams Southern California
2 Buccaneers Marcus Mariota Oregon
3 Jaguars Randy Gregory Nebraska
4 Titans Brandon Scherff Iowa
5 Jets Amari Cooper Alabama
6 Bears Landon Collins Alabama
7 Falcons Andrus Peat Stanford
8 Giants Dante Fowler, Jr. Florida
9 Redskins Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Oregon
10 Rams Todd Gurley Georgia

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