NFL Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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, ESPN.com 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

    NFL.com "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

    NFL.com "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

    NFL.com "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

  • The Case for and Against Leonard Fournette Winning the Heisman Trophy

    Bleacher Report "Is the Heisman Trophy a quarterback-driven award anymore? Maybe not. Alabama running back Derrick Henry took home the hardware last year, and LSU's Leonard Fournette will enter the 2016 season as one of the top contenders to win college football's most prestigious individual award. The..." June 04

  • Nation's best defensive lineman? Michigan State's Malik McDowell expects nothing less

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Malik McDowell came to the realization after looking around during the first week of spring practice. Shilique Calhoun was nowhere to be heard. Fellow Detroit native Lawrence Thomas was gone. So was team leader Joel Heath. The Michigan State junior defensive tackle is the lone starter remaining..." June 04

  • Michigan State DT Malik McDowell: 'I think I'm best in country'

    Detroit Free Press "When Malik McDowell looked around this off-season, he realized it was his time. Last season, the Michigan State sophomore was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Now he’s embracing a higher standard, saying this week: “I think I’m the best D-lineman in the country. I can’t lie. If you want..." June 04

  • MSU’s Malik McDowell ‘will play everywhere’ in 2016

    Detroit Free Press "Malik McDowell flashed inside as a freshman, starred inside as a sophomore and will be all over the place as a Michigan State junior defensive lineman. “He will play everywhere, that’s for sure,” MSU defensive line coach Ron Burton said of McDowell. “No maybes. He will play everywhere.” And..." June 04

  • Malik McDowell preparing to prove he's 'the best D-lineman in the country'

    Michigan Live "Malik McDowell believes he's the best defensive lineman in the nation, and if wanting to earn that title isn't enough motivation, the rising junior says the 38-0 loss to Alabama is still in the back of his mind. Michigan State's 6-foot-6, 270-pounder met with the media following Tuesday's..." June 04

  • Why Texas A&M's Myles Garrett is worth Heisman consideration

    Dallas Morning News "Myles Garrett is a pretty good football player. How good exactly? Besides bursting onto the scene and picking up more sacks than a sanitation worker on a double shift, Garrett could become the first defensive player since 1997 to win the Heisman. The defensive end can opt for the NFL after this..." June 04

  • Aggies' Myles Garrett projected as NFL's No. 1 pick in 2017

    Houston Chronicle "Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett will be a junior this season. He's also Mel Kiper's projected No. 1 selection in the next NFL Draft. Kiper, the longtime ESPN draft analyst, released his "Too Early 2017 Big Board" on Wednesday, and Garrett leads quite a class. In fact four of the top five..." June 04

  • Texas A&M's Myles Garrett: 'I want to break all the records I can'

    Campus Rush "For a fleeting moment, Myles Garrett does not seem so terrifying. Yes, Texas A&M's 6' 5", 262-pound rising junior defensive end fills the door to the team meeting room. But he does so while wearing eyeglasses, a white T-shirt, gray sweatpants and what appear to be very comfortable moccasins. He..." June 04

  • FSU tackle Roderick Johnson named ACC's best blocker

    Tomahawk Nation "Florida State's Roderick Johnson has been voted the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced Sunday. With Johnson's selection, seven Seminole offensive linemen have now claimed the honor a combined 11 times. This marks the third..." June 04

  • FSU's Rod Johnson, offensive line have no plans on playing timid anymore

    Tallahassee Democrat "At this point last season, Florida State offensive lineman Roderick Johnson had not played his first game as a Seminole. Now as a sophomore with 11 consecutive starts at left tackle, Johnson has become one of the offensive line's most reliable members. He’s also one of the unit’s most..." June 04

  • Leonard Fournette makes NFL.com's Most Freakish Athletes list

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Leonard Fournette was a freakish athlete the day he stepped onto the LSU campus. It's no wonder he makes NFL.com's list of the 16 Most Freakish Athletes in college football for 2016. Fournette broke LSU's single-season rushing record with 1,953 yards last season and starts the 2016 season only..." May 29

  • NFL.com Names Texas A&M Star DE Myles Garrett The “Most Freakish Athlete” In College Football

    College Spun "Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett is a terror coming off the edge for opposing tackles and quarterbacks. Through two seasons in College Station, the Aggie star has 22.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss, despite going up against some of the best pass blockers that college football has to offer in the SEC. He..." May 29

  • Chad Johnson challenges Florida corner Jalen Tabor to one-on-one

    Cincy Jungle "Chad Johnson is always up to something. The Bengals legend is back at it again, and this time, it's football-related. Upon seeing Florida corner Jalen Tabor following him on Twitter, Johnson quickly challenged the former teammate of highly touted draft prospect Vernon Hargreaves III to a..." May 29

  • Clemson fans choose broken leg over Deshaun Watson injury

    247 Sports "After coming up a few plays shorts of a national title in January, Clemson fans are extremely excited for the start of the 2016 college football season, rightfully so with ample firepower returning on offense led by Heisman frontrunner Deshaun Watson. Aaron Brenner, the Clemson beat writer for..." May 29

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Eagles will be slow and steady in grooming Wentz as their QB

    Philly.com "For three years, things couldn't happen quickly enough for the Eagles. They hired fast-talking Chip Kelly, who installed his Machine Gun offense and enacted a slash-and-burn roster reorganization. Kelly got instant production from Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and even Mark..." May 25

  • Jim Mora: Josh Rosen would have gone No. 1 in draft if eligible

    NFL.com "As a UCLA freshman, Josh Rosen wasn't eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft. But had he been, Bruins coach Jim Mora believes his quarterback would have been chosen No. 1 overall. "In my opinion he (would have been) the best quarterback in the draft and he would've gone first," Mora told The Rich..." May 21

  • Rico Gathers signs with Cowboys

    Pro Football Talk "Linebacker Jaylon Smith wasn’t the only Cowboys draft pick to close out the week by signing his rookie contract with the team. The team announced that tight end Rico Gathers has also agreed to a four-year deal. With the sixth-round pick’s deal done, the Cowboys are left with three unsigned..." May 20

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

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.