NFL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Todd Bowles & Co. set for private workout with Marcus Mariota

    ESPN New York "The New York Jets' brass, headed by general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, will be in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday for a private workout with quarterback Marcus Mariota -- another important step in the pre-draft evaluation process. Maccagnan attended Mariota's pro day earlier this..." March 29

  • Washington plans to host Marcus Mariota

    Pro Football Talk "The Jets are sending some key decision-makers to work out Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. But the team drafting ahead of them may take Mariota before the Jets, at No. 6, get the chance. Washington, which has the fifth overall pick, plans bring Mariota to the team’s headquarters in Ashburn,..." March 29

  • Jets sending six to private workout for quarterback Marcus Mariota

    CBSSports.com "The Jets are sending their army westward. General manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles will travel to Oregon with four other members of the organization to watch a private workout for quarterback prospect Marcus Mariota, according to the New York Daily News. "We're spending a lot of..." March 27

  • What does positive drug test mean for Randy Gregory's draft stock?

    Yahoo! Sports "Nebraska DE-OLB Randy Gregory said not long ago that he believed he was worthy of the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft. It's not clear what will happen to his stock now that the news has come down that Gregory failed a drug test at the NFL scouting combine in February. Gregory told NFL..." March 26

  • Randy Gregory: 'I blame myself' for failed NFL combine drug test

    NFL.com "If the evaluation process were solely about talent, Randy Gregory almost certainly would be a top-10 pick in next month's NFL draft. There's little doubt about that. But with the draft five weeks away, the former Nebraska star suddenly has another issue to address: He tested positive for..." March 26

  • Lovie Smith makes it clear Bucs are good with Jameis Winston

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith isn’t ready to say who he’s using the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on. But the more he talks about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the more it sounds obvious they’ve found their guy. Winston was the bulk of the conversation around Smith Wednesday..." March 25

  • Sean Payton dispels Drew Brees, Marcus Mariota trade rumors

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton vehemently quashed rumors floating around concerning the team possibly trading Drew Brees. During his media availability Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, Payton said his 36-year-old starting quarterback isn't going anywhere. "We can't control it (the..." March 25

  • Bucs' Glazer: Winston, Mariota OK as No. 1

    ESPN.com "Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer says he has approved the team's drafting of Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft. Glazer, speaking Tuesday to the Tampa Bay Times at the NFL's owners meetings in Phoenix, said he still has confidence despite..." March 25

  • Ken Whisenhunt: If Titans draft Marcus Mariota, he'll definitely be Week 1 starter

    The Score "The Tennessee Titans own the second overall selection in the draft and have plenty of options for what to do with the pick. While some analysts predict the team will ultimately decide to stick with second-year quarterback Zach Mettenberger as starter and bolster its defense in the draft,..." March 24

  • Goodell says NFL will respect Winston's decision on draft invitation

    The Score "Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston isn't planning to attend next month's NFL draft, likely opting to instead spend the time at home with his family. While not having this year's most noteworthy name in attendance will change the way the first round kicks off, league commissioner Roger..." March 23

  • Lovie Smith: Bucs aren't looking at only QBs with No. 1 pick

    Sporting News "It’s widely assumed the Buccaneers will use the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft on a quarterback, but coach Lovie Smith is keeping his cards close to the vest. While Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are the most likely choices for the top spot, Smith says the franchise isn't limiting its..." March 22

  • Danny Shelton a popular pick for Browns and Marcus Mariota dropping?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "There is a theme developing in mock drafts as they pertain to the Browns: the run defense was really bad last season. You don't need me to tell you that. All you need is a pair of eyeballs and the ability to cringe whenever a running back goes untouched for five or more yards -- like every..." March 20

  • Detroit Lions bring in Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams for a pre-draft visit

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis said he welcomes the idea of mentoring his eventual replacement. The team took a closer look at one guy who could fit the bill, hosting Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams for a pre-draft visit on Thursday. Williams has the size the Lions like..." March 20

  • Utah cornerback-safety Eric Rowe to visit Ravens, sources say

    Baltimore Sun "Utah cornerback and safety Eric Rowe is scheduled to visit the Ravens before the NFL draft, according to league sources. Rowe also has visits with the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins and private workouts with the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rowe has excellent size at 6 feet 1,..." March 20

  • Jimbo Fisher supports Jameis Winston's decision to skip NFL Draft

    CBSSports.com "This will come as a shock to any of you that have followed Florida State in recent year, but it turns out that Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher is supporting a decision made by Jameis Winston. Crazy, right? This time it's Winston's decision to skip the NFL Draft next month. Instead of making the..." March 19

  • Jameis Winston reportedly pressured by NFL to not attend draft

    Sportress of Blogitude "A surprising development unfolded earlier in the week when Peter King reported in his “MMQB” column that Jameis Winston doesn’t plan on attending the 2015 NFL Draft. According to reports, the league may have pressured the possible No. 1 overall selection — to skip the event entirely. The..." March 18

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    Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

    Also, nobody buying #Redskins taking Mariota at 5. Belief is Skins are trying to stimulate a trade ahead of 5, pushing another player down.

  • Marcus Mariota: Being 1st pick 'not a huge thing'

    The Score "Top quarterback prospect Marcus Mariota cares more about finding a good team fit than hearing his name called first in the draft. "Being the first pick, to me, it's not a huge thing," Mariota told the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' team website Monday during his visit with the team. "I'd love to play..." March 17

  • Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon one of several running backs expected to meet with Cowboys

    Dallas Morning News "Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is expected to visit the Cowboys. That should come as no surprise. Every quality running back with a pulse is expected to visit the club before next month’s draft. Exaggeration? Sure. But it’s no secret that the Cowboys are looking to the draft to fill the void left..." March 17

  • Jameis Winston planning on skipping NFL Draft

    Pro Football Talk "Maybe one chance to shake Roger Goodell’s hand was enough. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston isn’t planning on attending the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago, preferring to stay home with his family. It’s a bit unusual for a guy expected to go..." March 17

  • Lions host Georgia running back Todd Gurley

    NFL.com "Todd Gurley might be the best running back in this year's draft and the most likely candidate to break a streak of two-straight NFL Drafts that haven’t seen a running back taken in the first round. Gurley possesses a rare blend of speed and power at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds. In 2014, 61.9 percent..." March 16

  • Marcus Mariota can envision himself with Jets or Eagles

    USA Today "Marcus Mariota didn't plan on using his quick trip to New Jersey to explore real estate in New York or Philadelphia, but it seemed fitting that Friday he was squeezed between those markets. Seven weeks from the NFL draft, the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles are among the teams most..." March 13

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    Zach Berman @ZBerm

    Marcus Mariota still thinks the Eagles are a possibility even after the Bradford trade. Said Chip will do what's best for the team.

  • Marcus Mariota draws mixed reviews in Oregon pro day

    SB Nation "Once the NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up in February, schools around the country started hosting individual pro days to showcase their prospects' talents. Thursday featured one of the biggest pro days of the offseason when Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw in front of scouts from around the..." March 13

  • Amari Cooper works out for scouts

    ESPN.com "Amari Cooper had another chance to impress scouts and convince them that he's worthy of being the first wide receiver selected in the upcoming NFL draft. But for those hoping Cooper would run the 40-yard dash Wednesday at Alabama's pro day, it didn't happen. Despite telling the media that he..." March 12

  • Eagles' Kelly on Mariota: 'We will never mortgage our future to go up and get someone like that'

    The Score "Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly held an impromptu press conference on Wednesday and outlined his vision for the Eagles future. Among the many interesting things Kelly mentioned, was his assertion that the Eagles would not be attempting to trade up in the draft for Marcus..." March 11

  • Analyst believes the Redskins will draft Marcus Mariota if he is on the board

    CSN Washington "Just when you think that the quarterback situation in Washington is at least temporarily settled, someone comes and lobs a grenade into the situation. That someone was John Clayton of ESPN and he tossed the explosive from the Freddie Coleman show on ESPN Radio. The discussion was about if the..." March 11

  • Report: Winston met with Goodell

    Covers.com "Potential No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston reportedly met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week. Peter King of TheMMQB.com reported that Winston requested to see Goodell, flying to New York for the meeting, which lasted five to six hours. According to the report, Winston also met..." March 11

  • QB Brett Hundley looks "smooth" at UCLA pro day

    CBSSports.com "Assuming Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are off the board quickly, who will be the third quarterback drafted (and when) in the 2015 NFL Draft? UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley had his closing argument on Tuesday, throwing the ball for a large contingent of NFL teams at the Bruins' pro day. And..." March 10

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    Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

    As broken on @SiriusXMNFL, @WinTheDay QB Marcus Mariota has private workout w/ @TennesseeTitans after Thursday's Pro Day workout

  • Why the Rams should pull a reverse RG3 swap to get Marcus Mariota

    CBSSports.com "A year ago, at about this same time, I urged the St. Louis Rams to be proactive and package Sam Bradford and get out from his outsized contract from a bygone collective bargaining agreement while they still could. And this offseason they have granted Bradford permission to talk to other teams..." March 06

  • If Marcus Mariota is at No. 6, Eagles will make trade with Jets

    Metro "If Marcus Mariota is available at No. 6 in next month's NFL Draft, he likely will be taken. But a league source said the Jets, in desperate need for a quarterback, won't be selecting the former Oregon QB there and that the Eagles and Jets would make a trade if the scenario plays out. Speaking..." March 04

  • Jaworski on Jameis: A lot of on-field flaws, I wouldn’t take him No. 1

    Pro Football Talk "Ron Jaworski has some advice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they consider picking Jameis Winston with the first overall pick in the NFL draft: Don’t do it. Jaworski said on Mike & Mike that he simply doesn’t think Winston is a good enough passer to make him worth going No. 1 overall. “I’ve..." March 04

  • Winston, Mariota to attend Gruden QB camp

    Tampa Tribune "Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota of Oregon will spend time on and off the field with former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden later this month in Orlando as part of his annual Quarterback Camp. Baylor’s Bryce Petty, UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Garrett Grayson of Colorado State are also..." March 04

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Jameis Winston in Tampa today as part of a 3-day visit w/ Buccaneers, per sources. Visit centers around owners, said to be "Glazer-centric."

  • 'Famous Jameis' trademark filed

    ESPN.com "If Jameis Winston does become famous in the NFL, he is at least putting himself in position to capitalize on it. Winston, the potential No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, has filed to trademark "Famous Jameis," a nickname he was given during his impressive, two-year stint at Florida State, where he..." March 03

  • NFL Draft 2015: Most coaches and executives prefer Marcus Mariota

    Bucs Nation "Former NFL personnel executive and current NFL consultant Chris Landry has been going on Tampa radio to talk about Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in recent weeks. And yesterday, he revealed a long, long list of names of personnel executives and coaches who prefer one or the other quarterback,..." March 01

  • NFL draft loaded with talent-rich wide receivers

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Ted Thompson was in true form at the 2015 NFL scouting combine. Local reporters know the drill, that the Green Bay Packers general manager takes joy in providing empty answers at this Lucas Oil Stadium podium. Yet every year, an outsider asks Thompson a draft-related question. This February, he..." March 01

  • Is Gordon Good Enough for Round 1?

    SI.com "It's been three years since a running back was selected in the first round. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon might break that drought, but the film reveals a player who doesn't belong in the draft's first 32 selections With Georgia’s Todd Gurley on the mend from ACL surgery, we should see a third..." February 26

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    NFL Network @nflnetwork

    From @Rapsheet: "I have not talked to one person who does not think the Bucs won't draft Jameis Winston." #PathToTheDraft

  • Todd McShay: Depending on DeMarco Murray situation, Todd Gurley could be Cowboys’ pick

    Dallas Morning News "If not for a November knee injury, Georgia running back Todd Gurley might have been a top 10 pick in this year’s NFL Draft. But he tore the ACL in his left knee during a Nov. 15 game against Auburn. Gurley, who had surgery 10 days later, is now projected to be a late first-round..." February 24

  • Top OLBs out of Saints draft reach; may opt for CB

    Biloxi Sun Herald "The Saints defense, desperate to upgrade its pass rushing this offseason, may miss out on the top five outside linebacker prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft, leaving the franchise to contemplate options. After impressive showings at the NFL Combine, Randy Gregory (Nebraska), Vic Beasley (Clemson)..." February 24

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Leonard Williams is first D player in last 10 combines to run sub-5.0 second 40-yard dash while measuring 6’5” or taller and 300+ pounds.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    ESPN Draft guru Todd McShay said FSU's Jameis Winston will be his 2nd-highest rated QB prospect over last 10 years, behind only Andrew Luck.

  • Trae Waynes solidifies status as draft’s top cornerback

    Pro Football Talk "Michigan State’s Trae Waynes appears to be the top cornerback in this year’s draft after following up a very good college career with a big showing at the Combine today. Waynes ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds, which makes him the fastest cornerback at this year’s Combine. NFL Network’s..." February 23

  • Does Randy Gregory have enough ass to whup ass?

    SB Nation "The Nebraska defensive end has all kinds of potential to be great in the NFL, but retired NFL defensive end Stephen White has two big questions about Gregory's future. This time, I will be breaking down Randy Gregory, a defensive end from the University of Nebraska. For the purposes of this..." February 23

  • Bucs GM: I'd be lying if I said I don't think about Winston's off-field issues

    CBSSports.com "Jameis Winston said and did all the right things at the combine last week. His interviews were reportedly off the charts, his football IQ was too, and his throwing session reaffirmed what scouts, coaches and personnel types saw during Winston's 2014 season at Florida State. Taken together,..." February 23

  • Jaguars Insider: Receiver Kevin White would be bold pick

    Jacksonville Times-Union "The boldest move the Jaguars could make with the third overall pick (merely keeping it doesn’t count): drafting West Virginia receiver Kevin White. He ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash among the receivers Saturday (4.35 seconds, behind only UAB’s J.J. Nelson at 4.28 and Miami’s Phillip Dorsett at..." February 23

  • Versatile Lineman Has Bucs’ Interest

    JoeBucsFan.com "Joe has been pushing for the Bucs to at least draft two offensive linemen this spring. Third and fourth rounds would be fine. Lord knows the Bucs need offensive linemen. This draft is believed to be deep on offensive linemen, not so much top-heavy, but a lot of valuable talent to be had in the..." February 23

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Condition Winston has in his shoulder is common, shows up in baseball players who've pitched for more than a decade. Basic wear-and-tear.

2014 NFL Draft Projections

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