NFL Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Devontae Booker’s battles with adversity paved his unusual path to the Broncos

    Denver Post "Devontae Booker sat right outside the hospital room door with his legs shaking, hands sweating and heart pounding. He was overwhelmed with an anticipation that was far greater than he experiences when going head to head with a 250-pound linebacker on fourth-and-goal. Inside the room, Booker’s..." August 10

  • Case Keenum not yielding Rams' starting job to rookie Jared Goff

    ESPN "Case Keenum knows what you’re thinking. He knows what everyone is thinking. That he’s the temporary stand-in as the Los Angeles Rams' quarterback before the starting spot is handed over to No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff. That he’s this adequate player who can hold down the position until the..." August 09

  • Doug Pederson: Hitting will stop; Carson Wentz will play second half

    ESPN "On the last day of practice before the first preseason game, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said the team will likely stop live hitting drills. Beginning Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Eagles have four preseason games to work on their blocking and tackling...." August 08

  • Rookie Jared Goff shows off his arm and release to Rams and fans at training camp

    Los Angeles Times "It was only one pass, one late-practice throw. And it seemed, for an instant, to momentarily freeze the Rams’ practice on Tuesday at UC Irvine. Rookie quarterback Jared Goff had dropped back, stepped up to avoid the rush and zipped a spiral deep through the defense and into the hands of..." August 03

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Ezekiel Elliott has #1 Selling NFL Jersey, Making America's Team Great Again

    The Big Lead "Ezekiel Elliott was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 4th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. As a position player expected to help the Cowboys recover from a 4-12 season, Elliott’s jersey is a very hot commodity. Or maybe it has nothing to do with expectations and people just love buying Cowboys..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Fournette says he may not go pro early because ‘everything is free’

    Larry Brown Sports "Many college football players can’t wait to declare for the NFL Draft, go pro, and get that first big payday. Leonard Fournette does not seem to be one of them. The LSU running back said at SEC Media Day on Thursday that he’s in no rush to go pro, and he has a very specific reason why not. " July 14

  • Laremy Tunsil not guaranteed starting spot on Dolphins’ offensive line

    Palm Beach Post "Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil might have been the top offensive line prospect in the NFL draft, but he’s still working to earn respect from the team’s veterans. Tunsil spent most of last week’s Dolphins minicamp working as the second-team left guard behind Miami’s oft-struggling lineman Dallas..." June 23

  • How Ezekiel Elliott could get even more out of the Cowboys' talented offensive line

    Sports Day "The Cowboys' offensive line is already regarded by most as being the best in the NFL. But could it be even better in 2016? Considering that Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin are all 25 and La'el Collins is 22, it seems reasonable to think there's still room for growth. John..." June 20

  • Jared Goff getting snaps with Rams’ first team

    L.A. Daily News "The Rams didn’t roll out a red carpet, sprinkle rose petals or carry him on a chariot. Jared Goff, first-team quarterback, calmly stepped into the huddle and called a play. It might have been the start of something big, but that won’t be known for a while. At least for one day, during the Rams’..." June 15

  • Joey Bosa skips minicamp over contract

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Joey Bosa handled his business at Chargers Park for the past month, attending nearly every team function and improving over the course of organized team activities. But his spring has come to a sudden, apparent end. It's business. The Chargers began their three-day minicamp Tuesday..." June 14

  • Frank Reich: Carson Wentz’s aptitude is off the charts

    Pro Football Talk "In his latest update on the team’s quarterback situation, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said that quarterback Sam Bradford has taken “the next step to be the leader of this football team and be the starter.” That’s not a particularly surprising place for Bradford to find himself given how..." June 07

  • UM's Brad Kaaya projected as high as No. 1 in 2017 mock drafts

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Want to know how long it’s been since the Hurricanes had a quarterback drafted in the first round? Look only at Miami’s current roster and see that that player’s son – Vincent Testaverde – is now old enough to be a rising sophomore QB for the Hurricanes, while wearing his father's retired..." June 04

  • Scout doesn't consider Miami QB Brad Kaaya a first-rounder "An NFC scout says he's not sold on University of Miami star QB Brad Kaaya as a first-round pick. The Hurricanes junior will enter his third year as a starter this fall. The scout told The Miami Herald that Kaaya's lack of mobility is a concern, along with this critique: "He can't throw with..." June 04

  • Brad Kaaya can be even better under Richt’s tutelage

    Today's U "Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya has produced two prolific seasons at his position, but the 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior from Los Angeles said he thinks he can be even better under the tutelage of Canes’ veteran head coach Mark Richt, who begins a new era in Miami football. A Hurricanes QB..." June 04

  • How good is Tennessee’s Derek Barnett?

    Saturday Down South "When glancing at Tennessee DE Derek Barnett’s statistics over the past two seasons — 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2014 and 9 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2015 — he comes across as one of the most dynamic players in the country. But a closer look at his numbers reveals an interesting..." June 04

  • Tennessee Volunteers Freshman Derek Barnett Working His Way Toward Greatness

    Bleacher Report "Perhaps it's surprising how quickly Tennessee freshman defensive end Derek Barnett has made an impact on the Volunteers' young, revamped defense. But it's not a shock to high school coach Cody White. White, Barnett's coach at Brentwood Academy, knew his player was special when he battled..." June 04

  • Tennessee's Derek Barnett will be the nation's next breakout star

    Fox Sports - College Football "Great football players are seldom defined by any physical testing numbers. Still, eye-catching 40 times or vertical-jump measurements often help turn a four-star recruit into a five-star guy. Last summer when freshman Derek Barnett arrived in Knoxville, he came to Tennessee as a blue-chip..." June 04

  • Clemson's Deshaun Watson could be poised for Mariota-like rise "It's not whether you win or lose, but it's how you play the game. Youth coaches frequently utter that phrase to young players around the country, and NFL scouts adhere to that philosophy when evaluating top prospects in big games. With Deshaun Watson putting on a spectacular performance..." June 04

  • Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson intent on graduating in December

    The Post and Courier "This was a normal day in the life of Deshaun Watson for six weeks (excluding spring break) during Clemson’s period of spring practices. Wake up. Go to class. Work out. Go back to class. Team meetings and/or practice. Watch film. Go home. Do homework. Go to sleep. “Consistent routine every..." June 04

  • Deshaun Watson Deserves Hype, but He's Not a Transcendent QB Prospect

    Bleacher Report "The market for franchise quarterbacks is simple: Bad teams typically lose because of their passing game, as that portion of football is emphasized when playing from behind. When down late in games, the exposure of how good or bad a franchise's quarterback is becomes very clear. Teams with worse..." June 04

  • UF Gators’ Jalen Tabor working to be a complete cornerback

    Miami Herald "Jalen Tabor is the centerpiece of Florida’s stacked secondary, but the Gators’ junior cornerback still practices every day like he’s fighting for a scholarship. The All-SEC standout delivered another highlight-filled workout Tuesday, picking off the first pass of the day by prospective starting..." June 04

  • Gators cornerback Jalen Tabor building on breakout season with eye on NFL

    Orlando Sentinel "Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III will be a multi-millionaire by month's end, while the former teammate who outplayed him last season will be a wrapping up spring semester classes at UF. Jalen Tabor knows the NFL awaits him, too — as a first-round draft pick if he builds on his breakout..." June 04

  • Jalen Tabor Apologizes for Comparing NCAA to 'Modern Form of Slavery'

    Bleacher Report "Florida Gators cornerback Jalen Tabor recently compared the dynamic of the SEC profiting off its football product to slavery, but he issued an apology for his misguided analogy Tuesday evening. Although he did back off his initial remark, the sentiment he was trying to communicate..." June 04

  • What happened LSU’s Jamal Adams during the Texas Bowl?

    Saturday Down South "During a Texas Tech drive in the third quarter, LSU defensive back Jamal Adams was jogging into position and appearing to talk to his sideline when he suddenly slid onto the field gingerly. Texas Tech fans booed, as the Red Raiders like to go up-tempo on offense and assumed that Adams was..." June 04

  • LSU safety Jamal Adams still waiting on Leonard Fournette to pay off steak dinner bet

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There's one spring practice left before Saturday's LSU spring game, and safety Jamal Adams is still waiting for a steak dinner that running back Leonard Fournette owes him. Back on March 9, Fournette, via his Twitter account @_fournette, made a bet with Adams that if Adams intercepted a Brandon..." June 04

  • LSU's Jamal Adams is officially college football's greatest flopper

    SB Nation "LSU safety Jamal Adams has built himself quite the reputation this season, once again exaggerating an opponent's contact to successfully draw a penalty. Here's the flop in question from Saturday, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace in a one-score game." June 04

  • Tyrann Mathieu: LSU's Jamal Adams will be best safety in 2015 "LSU safety Jamal Adams picked up an impressive honor Thursday, when the SEC announced the Tigers newcomer had made the league's All-Freshman team. But Adams picked up a compliment Friday that might mean just as much. Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, a former LSU star, took to Instagram..." June 04

  • How good is JuJu Smith-Schuster?

    Conquest Chronicles "One of the first things that comes to mind when you think about USC, is their football program. And there is no position more dominant throughout Trojan history than the wide receiver position. That being said where does current USC star JuJu Smith-Schuster rank among the all-time greats that..." June 04

  • USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster prepares for new quarterback

    Los Angeles Times "USC spring practice will feature a quarterback competition for the first time since 2013. Fourth-year junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold will compete to replace three-year starter Cody Kessler. Glendora High quarterback Matt Fink, who is committed to the Trojans’ 2016..." June 04

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn’t mind if USC offense shares ball

    L.A. Daily News "USC wide receivers already voiced their frustration during spring practice with last year’s tendency of quarterback Cody Kessler to rely so much on star receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The difference was between Smith-Schuster and the rest of the receiver corps was so vast that he totaled 1,040..." June 04

  • Are the USC Trojans too reliant on Juju Smith-Schuster?

    Pro Football Focus "Change is in the air in southern California — it’s Clay Helton’s first full season as head coach and his first working with a staff of his own choosing. It’s also the first time in three years that USC has needed to find a new starting quarterback, with redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt..." June 04

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.