NFL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Bill Polian: AJ McCarron better than any QB in 2017 NFL Draft

    Yardbarker "Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian doesn’t think much of the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. In fact, he believes that little-used Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron is better than any of them. McCarron was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 164th overall. He was the ninth..." February 16

  • NFL announces 330 players invited to Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has released the list of players expected at this year’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and there are 330 names on it this year. Big names like Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and Alabama defensive lineman..." February 15

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Reuben Foster out of combine after shoulder surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama has produced several highly drafted linebackers in recent years and Reuben Foster looks like he’s on track to join the likes of C.J. Mosley, Reggie Ragland and Dont’a Hightower in 2017. Foster will have to convince teams that he’ll make a full recovery from rotator cuff surgery,..." February 13

  • Myles Garrett says he’ll gladly play for the Browns, or anyone else

    Pro Football Talk "Myles Garrett will not pull an Eli Manning. When Garrett, the Texas A&M pass rusher viewed by many as the top prospect in this year’s draft, said that he was hoping the Cowboys would trade up and draft him, some took it as a sign that he didn’t want to play in Cleveland and might even try to..." February 11

  • NFL scout: Tyreek Hill is a much worse person than Joe Mixon

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite being involved in an incident similar to the one that ended Ray Rice’s playing career, former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is likely going to be drafted by an NFL team in April. I mean, there are worse people playing in the NFL right now anyway, right? That’s the logic one scout used..." February 11

  • John Ross to undergo shoulder surgery after combine, pro day "Washington's John Ross, one of the 2017 NFL Draft's top WRs, will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, but not until after the NFL Scouting Combine (March 3-6 on NFL Network), per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Ross' agent, Brad Cicala, told Rapoport the former Huskies star..." February 11

  • Myles Garrett pleads with Cowboys to trade up to draft him "Myles Garrett, the general manager? Indeed, one of the 2017 NFL Draft's top prospects is already proposing a trade. The star defensive end from Texas A&M, a Texas native, would like to play in his home state for America's team, and he has a suggestion for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry..." February 10

  • Myles Garrett won't attend 2017 NFL Draft "The cast of top prospects who gather in Philadelphia for the NFL draft this year as guests of the league, and ultimately are greeted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage after their selection, might be missing at least one of the draft's elite talents. Texas A&M defensive end Myles..." February 10

  • 2014 assault keeps Damor’ea Stringfellow from Scouting Combine

    Pro Football Talk "Add the name of wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow to the list of players who aren’t welcome at this year’s Scouting Combine because of past misdeeds. The NFL implemented a new policy this year saying that players who have been convicted of violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence or..." February 10

  • NFL scouts reportedly feel DeShaun Watson is ‘second-rounder at best’

    Larry Brown Sports "The best thing DeShaun Watson could have ever done for his NFL Draft stock was lead Clemson to a thrilling comeback win in the National Championship Game, but apparently some scouts are still not sold on his talent. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News said this week that he has not spoken..." February 10

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Jets Reportedly Doing “Extensive Work” On Clemson QB Deshaun Watson

    NFL Trade Rumors "A source within the Jets’ organization tells Jason Cole of B/R that the team is doing “extensive work” on Clemson QB Deshaun Watson this offseason. The Jets hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 draft and despite using mid-round picks on Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg the past few..." February 07

  • Report: Panthers interested in Christian McCaffrey in first round

    Fanrag Sports "The Panthers’ long relationship with Jonathan Stewart is in its twilight years, and they look to be ready to bring in a potential successor. However, the timing could be interesting. Carolina has interest in Stanford multipurpose dynamo Christian McCaffrey, Cecil Lammey of Bleacher Report..." February 07

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Victor Cruz? Christian McCaffrey? Giants’ offseason to-do list

    New York Post "One year from now, can the Giants be heading back from Minneapolis after competing in Super Bowl LII? “That’s always the goal,’’ Eli Manning said this week. Is it a realistic goal? “Yes. I am encouraged,’’ Manning said. “You win 11 games, you’re doing good things, it doesn’t mean it’s..." February 07

  • Mike Tolbert On Mixon's Combine Snub 'I Didn't Go Either, Don't Mean S**t'

    TMZ "Joe Mixon shouldn't worry too much about not getting an invite to the NFL combine ... so says Carolina Panthers star Mike Tolbert who told us, "I didn't go to the combine, that don't mean s**t." Tolbert was enjoying the Super Bowl festivities in Houston last night when we asked about reports..." February 05

  • Sean Payton calls Deshaun Watson 'special,' but in no rush to replace Drew Brees

    ESPN "Sean Payton talked about his admiration for Deshaun Watson, his admiration for Drew Brees, and about when it’s time to start looking to replace a Hall of Fame quarterback Friday on The Dan Patrick Show. The topics weren’t exactly related, since they came up during different parts of the..." February 04

  • NFL does not invite Joe Mixon, Ishmael Zamora to Combine

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is making it harder for college players who have been involved in violent incidents off the field to make it professionally. Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who was caught on tape punching a woman, and former Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora, who was caught on tape beating a dog..." February 03

  • Cardinals could trade up for Deshaun Watson

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals reportedly have their eye on a few quarterbacks in the case that Carson Palmer retires. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Cardinals are high on former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. They apparently like Watson so much they are prepared to trade up to..." February 02

  • Deshaun Watson: I’m not trying to avoid the Browns

    Pro Football Talk "Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson didn’t go to the Senior Bowl last month, which meant he passed on a chance to work with the Browns coaching staff and possibly make a case to them about why he should be the top pick in the NFL Draft this year. Some people may have wondered if that choice was..." February 02

  • Texans Likely To Consider Targeting A Quarterback In This Year’s Draft

    NFL Trade Rumors "Texans owner Bob McNair said Wednesday that they will likely consider targeting a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft, per Aaron Wilson. In regards to QB Brock Osweiler, McNair said (per Wilson): “We need better performance out of that position, not much available out there.” Although,..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • 10 most dangerous impact players entering 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Every NFL team is looking for an impact player who can make a big difference early in their careers, but not every team will find such a player in the 2017 NFL Draft. It’s tough to accurately project exactly how a college star will translate to the NFL games. The pro game is just so different —..." January 30

  • Oklahoma's Joe Mixon didn't get first-round draft grade from NFL advisory committee

    USA Today "Joe Mixon did not get a first-round grade from the NFL’s college advisory committee, as he said in an interview shortly after declaring for the 2017 draft. In fact, the University of Oklahoma didn’t submit Mixon, the talented running back who was caught on video punching a woman 2½ years ago,..." January 28

  • Suddenly DeShone Kizer has 'character questions'

    Sporting News "Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is in the top quarterback discussion for the 2017 NFL Draft, but a report from's Tony Pauline this week raised an interesting question. Pauline is a veteran draft analyst, so his word is usually pretty reliable, which is why it was odd to..." January 26

  • Where is the Deshone Kizer Hype Coming From?

    Fox Sports "Bad quarterback classes often result in bad quarterbacks getting more hype than deserved, but Deshone Kizer? Really? First-round hype surrounding Deshone Kizer might be the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen associated with the NFL Draft this year. In a class lacking much NFL talent, people are..." January 26

  • FSU OL Roderick Johnson declares for NFL Draft

    CBS Sports "Roderick Johnson, the linchpin of Florida State's offensive line, is headed to the NFL. The junior left tackle announced Tuesday that he is forgoing his final year of eligibility and declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Here is a statement from Johnson, released through FSU: "After..." January 26

  • NFL prospect Myles Garrett writes heartfelt goodbye letter to his favorite taco joint

    Fox Sports "Myles Garrett is heading to pro football, as this offseason the star defensive end for Texas A&M declared for the NFL Draft, where he is expected to go very high in the first round. In a goodbye letter to Texas A&M fans posted to The Players’ Tribune, Garrett took a moment away from reminiscing..." January 26

  • Myles Garrett built like Julius Peppers, quiet in bowl loss "As impressive as Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett looks on tape (from a physical perspective), his build is even more impressive in person. Garrett stalked the sidelines with headphones on during pregame Wednesday night at the Texas Bowl, and I couldn't help but think of Julius Peppers' body..." January 26

  • Spartans' Malik McDowell an 'enigma' heading into NFL draft season

    Detroit Free Press "ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said this year has the makings of a “great defensive draft,” especially at cornerback and on the line. But one player whom NFL teams are struggling to rate is Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell. “He’s an enigma,” Kiper said in a teleconference..." January 26

  • Malik McDowell reflects on a difficult season at Michigan State as he prepares for the NFL

    Michigan Live "Before the 2016 season, when Malik McDowell was on just about every preseason All-America list, the Spartans junior defensive tackle spoke of potentially jumping into the top three of the NFL Draft and helping the Spartans repeat as Big Ten champions. The season didn't go as planned, between a..." January 26

  • Joe Thomas thinks Browns should draft pass-rusher No. 1 "As badly as the Cleveland Browns might need a quarterback, left tackle Joe Thomas believes the club should go in a different direction with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 10-year veteran, one of the franchise's cornerstone talents, wants another piece added to the Browns'..." January 26

  • Cowboys showing interest in Fred Ross, Dak Prescott’s top college receiver

    Larry Brown Sports "After seeing how well Dak Prescott worked out for them, might the Dallas Cowboys want to try their luck with another Mississippi State star? One of the receivers in this year’s draft class is Fred Ross, who just completed his senior season at Mississippi State. The Dallas Morning News’ Brandon..." January 26

  • Chad Kelly: “I’ve made stupid mistakes in the past”

    Alabama "Chad Kelly is still recovering from a knee injury that ended his 2016 season, which means he hasn't been able to participate in practices leading up to Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl. Nevertheless, the former Ole Miss quarterback is meeting with NFL teams in Mobile this week for two reasons...." January 25

  • Dabo Swinney: Teams passing on Deshaun Watson ‘passing on Michael Jordan’

    Sportsnaut "Dabo Swinney has never been one to shy away from praise for his All-American quarterback Deshaun Watson. He recently said any NFL personnel evaluator should be fired if they have Watson rated as a second-round quarterback. He ramped that up even more this week as the Senior Bowl hits full..." January 24

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • Should Deshaun Watson try to avoid the Browns?

    Pro Football Talk "Thirteen years ago, quarterback Eli Manning successfully avoided playing in San Diego, thanks to a campaign launched and sustained by his father, Archie. Three months from now, could quarterback Deshaun Watson do the same when it comes to Cleveland? Maybe, at a time when the Media Draft Machine..." January 24

  • Hue Jackson vows he won't hold it against Deshaun Watson that he's skipping the Senior Bowl

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hue Jackson vowed that he won't hold it against Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson that he's skipping the Senior Bowl and a chance to be coached by the Browns' staff all week. "There are going to be other guys that are not participating either, so I won't hold it against him,'' Jackson, who..." January 23

  • Browns ‘enamored’ with Deshaun Watson, just not at No. 1 overall

    Sportsnaut "The Cleveland Browns would love to land the quarterback of the future in the 2017 NFL Draft, and Deshaun Watson is reportedly a guy they love. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, the Browns are enamored with Watson and would love to land him in the first round — just not at No. 1..." January 20

  • Leonard Fournette signs endorsement deal with Under Armour

    Larry Brown Sports "Under Armour has signed yet another star athlete to its roster, as the sports apparel company is set to announce that it has inked a multi-year deal with former LSU running back Leonard Fournette. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that Fournette’s deal with Under Armour is one of the most valuable..." January 18

  • Report: Deshaun Watson turns down Senior Bowl invite

    Fanrag Sports "Deshaun Watson will pass on attending this year’s Senior Bowl, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report notes, and will prepare on his own for the NFL Draft. Watson is coming off a 15-game season, one that ended with the Heisman Trophy runner-up leading the Tigers to an upset victory over Alabama. A..." January 18

  • Arizona Cardinals have options at quarterback in NFL draft

    Arizona Republic "The list of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft keeps getting longer. And more interesting. Several intriguing quarterback prospects are now on the list. North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky joined the list of underclassmen quarterbacks declaring for the NFL draft early on..." January 12

  • Shelton Gibson To Enter NFL Draft

    The Smoking Musket "Shelton Gibson will not return for his senior season. After tormenting Big 12 defensive backs for the past two years, Shelton has decided to enter the NFL Draft. Shelton posted a message on his Instagram account with the following message: After many emotional talks with God, family coaches and..." January 11

  • Marshon Lattimore intends to enter 2017 NFL Draft "Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Lattimore announced his decision via Twitter. A third-year sophomore, Lattimore (6 feet, 192 pounds) played his first healthy season as a full-time starter in 2016, and led a talented..." January 11

  • Mike Williams announces intention to enter 2017 NFL Draft "Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams confirmed on Wednesday that he intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Williams thanked coach Dabo Swinney and Tigers fans via Twitter in his parting message. He caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns in a 14-1 season..." January 11

2014 NFL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Browns Deshaun Watson Clemson
2 49ers DeShone Kizer Notre Dame
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.