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Chicago Hosts NFL Draft 2015 - April 30th-May 2nd

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NFL Draft 2015 – Chicago Hosts NFL Draft Event

The 2015 NFL Draft will be held April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday.

"We are excited to have fans from throughout the midwest experience the NFL Draft," Goodell said in a statement announcing the draft location. "We look forward to returning the event to the city of Chicago and working with the city, Choose Chicago, and the Chicago Sports Commission to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans. Mayor Emanuel and the city of Chicago presented us with numerous ways to enhance the Draft experience for our fans and incoming players."

Chicago beat out Los Angeles, which was the other finalist in the running to host the league's marquee event next year. Various sites across the country expressed interest in hosting the affair but couldn't beat out a strong bid from Chicago that was backed by Emanuel.

"Chicago is pleased to welcome the 2015 NFL Draft to America's heartland," Emanuel said in a statement. "Next year, NFL fans from across the country will travel here or tune in as the future of their team is decided in Chicago. We look forward to working with the Chicago Bears, the NFL, and our neighborhood partners to make this an event that highlights our world class city and reinvests in our communities."

The NFL Draft 2015 will be held April 30 through May 2. There had been some speculation that the draft was going to be expanded to four days but a three-day format will remain next year. Round 1 will be held on April 30 with Rounds 2-3 scheduled for May 1 and Rounds 4-7 set for May 2.

The new site will mark the first time the draft has been held outside of New York City since 1964, when it took place in Chicago. The draft was held at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan for the past nine years but scheduling issues forced the draft to be moved back this year and the site was already booked in 2015 during the dates the NFL was considering for the event.

The draft itself will be held at Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre right in the heart of downtown Chicago. A nearby area big enough to hold a fan festival was a key part of NFL criteria for submitted bids, and this year's event will expand outside to picturesque Grant Park and Congress Plaza. There will be an outdoor fan festival for all three days of the draft.

Frank Coyle is a long time NFL scout and member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Power Rankings Week 5 – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

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NFL Power Rankings – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings

Defensive Player - LB C.J. Mosley - Ravens

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Defensive Player – LB Justin Houston - Chiefs

Team of Week 4 - Packers
Matchup of Week 5 – Ravens at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
The Seahawks are well rested for their trip to the Capital this Monday nite.

2. Denver Broncos (2-1)
Broncos’ will host the tough Cardinals in great matchup.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
The Bengals are ready for a month of playoff contenders on their schedule.

4. San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Chargers are gaining valuable momentum for late October clash with Broncos.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Cards go to Denver with starting QB Carson Palmer watching backup QB Drew Stanton directing the attack.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Eagles failed to pull out their late magic vs the 49ers last week.

7. Detroit Lions (3-1)
Lions have the big play attack to strike from anywhere.

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
The Ravens drilled the overrated Panther club with ex Carolina wideout Steve Smith providing the heroics.

9. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Colts get their first big test AFC this year with the Ravens coming to town on Sunday.

10. Chicago Bears (2-2)
The Bears were crushed by the Packers in old rivalry matchup.

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
The 49ers won a critical contest vs the Eagles last week.

12. New York Giants (2-2)
The GMen will be well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

13. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers’ were awesome vs the Bears on Sunday.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cowboys played their best game in a decade vs the Saints on Sunday nite.

15. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
Falcons were shocked by the Vikings last week and face the surging GMen this week.

16. New England Patriots (2-2)
Patriots are slip sliding away from their glory days.

17. Houston Texans (3-1)
Texans are a paper tiger going into a very tough stretch.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Steelers’ allowed the Bucs steal game late in a crushing early loss.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2)
The Chiefs drilled the Patriots in key AFC matchup, but face the 49ers this week.

20. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins get a bye this week with the meat of their schedule coming in October.

21. Carolina Panthers (2-2)
The Panthers were crushed by the Ravens and face a brutal seven week schedule.

22. New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Saints were drilled by the Cowboys and need a big home victory vs the Bucs to get on track.

23. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills were overmatched vs the Chargers last week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings won a key contest vs the Falcons, but travel to Green Bay this Thursday nite.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
The Browns come off their bye week with trip to Tennessee on schedule.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
The Rams had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles road game.

27. New York Jets (1-3)
The struggling Jets face a buzzsaw schedule with Chargers, Broncos and Patriots to the agenda.

28. Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins were toasted by the GMen on Thursday night and face Seahawks this Monday nite.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans get Browns at home with a soft part of schedule coming up in October.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-3)
HC Lovie Smith gets his first win with the Bucs with thriller over the Steelers.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders fire HC Dennis Allen and are on their way to another double digit loss season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
Jaguars were drilled by the Chargers on the West coast last week.

NFL Power Rankings Week 5 – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

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NFL Power Rankings – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings

Defensive Player - LB C.J. Mosley - Ravens

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Defensive Player – LB Justin Houston - Chiefs

Team of Week 4 - Packers
Matchup of Week 5 – Ravens at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
The Seahawks are well rested for their trip to the Capital this Monday nite.

2. Denver Broncos (2-1)
Broncos’ will host the tough Cardinals in great matchup.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
The Bengals are ready for a month of playoff contenders on their schedule.

4. San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Chargers are gaining valuable momentum for late October clash with Broncos.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Cards go to Denver with starting QB Carson Palmer watching backup QB Drew Stanton directing the attack.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Eagles failed to pull out their late magic vs the 49ers last week.

7. Detroit Lions (3-1)
Lions have the big play attack to strike from anywhere.

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
The Ravens drilled the overrated Panther club with ex Carolina wideout Steve Smith providing the heroics.

9. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Colts get their first big test AFC this year with the Ravens coming to town on Sunday.

10. Chicago Bears (2-2)
The Bears were crushed by the Packers in old rivalry matchup.

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
The 49ers won a critical contest vs the Eagles last week.

12. New York Giants (2-2)
The GMen will be well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

13. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers’ were awesome vs the Bears on Sunday.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cowboys played their best game in a decade vs the Saints on Sunday nite.

15. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
Falcons were shocked by the Vikings last week and face the surging GMen this week.

16. New England Patriots (2-2)
Patriots are slip sliding away from their glory days.

17. Houston Texans (3-1)
Texans are a paper tiger going into a very tough stretch.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Steelers’ allowed the Bucs steal game late in a crushing early loss.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2)
The Chiefs drilled the Patriots in key AFC matchup, but face the 49ers this week.

20. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins get a bye this week with the meat of their schedule coming in October.

21. Carolina Panthers (2-2)
The Panthers were crushed by the Ravens and face a brutal seven week schedule.

22. New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Saints were drilled by the Cowboys and need a big home victory vs the Bucs to get on track.

23. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills were overmatched vs the Chargers last week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings won a key contest vs the Falcons, but travel to Green Bay this Thursday nite.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
The Browns come off their bye week with trip to Tennessee on schedule.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
The Rams had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles road game.

27. New York Jets (1-3)
The struggling Jets face a buzzsaw schedule with Chargers, Broncos and Patriots to the agenda.

28. Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins were toasted by the GMen on Thursday night and face Seahawks this Monday nite.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans get Browns at home with a soft part of schedule coming up in October.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-3)
HC Lovie Smith gets his first win with the Bucs with thriller over the Steelers.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders fire HC Dennis Allen and are on their way to another double digit loss season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
Jaguars were drilled by the Chargers on the West coast last week.

Top 25 Teams - Oregon & Alabama Hold #1 and #2 Positions

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Florida St. Slides in Rankings Off Subpar Performance

Photo – RB Todd Gurley - Georgia

Team of the Week – Texas A&M

Players of the Week
Offense – RB Todd Gurley - Georgia

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams - Sept 29
1. Oregon – 4-0
2. Alabama – 4-0
3. Oklahoma – 4-0
4. Florida State – 4-0
5. Auburn – 4-0
6. Texas A&M – 5-0
7. Notre Dame – 4-0
8. Ole Miss – 4-0
9. UCLA – 4-0
10. Baylor – 4-0
11. Mississippi State – 4-0
12. LSU – 4-1
13. Georgia – 3-1
14. BYU - 4-0
15. Southern California – 2-1
16. Michigan State – 3-1
17. Stanford – 3-1
18. Wisconsin – 3-1
19. Nebraska – 5-0
20. South Carolina – 3-1
21. Ohio State – 3-1
22. Kansas State – 3-1
23. Arizona State – 3-1
24. East Carolina – 3-1
25 TCU - 3-0

AP Poll - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

1 Florida State (27) 4-0 1,416 1
2 Oregon (13) 4-0 1,405 2
3 Alabama (13) 4-0 1,387 3
4 Oklahoma (7) 4-0 1,357 4
5 Auburn 4-0 1,272 5
6 Texas A&M 5-0 1,206 6
7 Baylor 4-0 1,149 7
8 UCLA 4-0 975 11 3
9 Notre Dame 4-0 972 8 1
10 Michigan State 3-1 944 9 1
11 Ole Miss 4-0 906 10 1
12 Mississippi State 4-0 848 14 2
13 Georgia 3-1 788 12 1
14 Stanford 3-1 643 16 2
15 LSU 4-1 636 17 2
16 USC 3-1 560 18 2
17 Wisconsin 3-1 502 19 2
18 BYU 4-0 450 20 2
19 Nebraska 5-0 445 21 2
20 Ohio State 3-1 298 22 2
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 246 24 3
22 East Carolina 3-1 237 23 1
23 Kansas State 3-1 216 25 2
24 Missouri 4-1 145 NR 2
25 TCU 3-0 109 NR 1

Dropped from rankings: South Carolina 13, Arizona State 15
Others receiving votes: Arizona State 97, South Carolina 61, Clemson 52, Arizona 43, Marshall 40, Georgia Tech 37, West Virginia 24, Arkansas 18, Maryland 5, Louisville 4, North Dakota State 3, Washington 2, North Carolina State 1, Virginia 1

NFL Power Rankings – Seahawks Gain Top Spot after Super Bowl Rematch Victory

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NFL Power Rankings – Seahawks Gain Top Spot after Super Bowl Rematch Victory

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Allen Hurns - Jaguars

Defensive Player - CB Kyle Fuller - Bears

Photo - QB Andrew Luck - Colts

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Andrew Luck - Colts

Defensive Player - LB Jelani Jenkins - Dolphins

Team of Week 3 - Seahawks

Matchup of Week 4 – Eagles at 49ers –

Oregon Rides Marcus Mariota’s Play to #1 Ranking

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Oregon Rides Marcus Mariota’s Hot Hand to #1 Ranking

Photo – QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

Team of the Week - Mississippi St

Player of the Week
Offense – QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams - Sept 22
1. Oregon – 4-0
2. Florida State – 3-0
3. Alabama – 4-0
4. Oklahoma – 4-0
5. Auburn – 3-0
6. Texas A&M – 4-0
7. UCLA – 3-0
8. Notre Dame – 3-0
9. Ole Miss – 3-0
10. Baylor – 3-0
11. South Carolina – 3-1

NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Hold Top Spot with Trip to Seattle in Super Bowl Rematch

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NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Hold Top Spot with Trip to Seattle in Super Bowl Rematch This Week

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Sammy Watkins - Bills

Defensive Player - CB Kyle Fuller - Bears

Photo - QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - WR Brandon Marshall - Bears

Defensive Player - LB Ryan Kerrigan - Redskins

Team of Week 2 - Chargers
Matchup of Week 3 – Broncos at Seahawks –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Broncos’ go into Seattle this week for revenge.

2. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
The Seahawks are beatable after mediocre performance vs Chargers.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
Eagles made a great comeback vs Colts Monday night.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0)
The Bengals drilled the Falcons at home last week.

5. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
The 49ers let the Bears comeback in Sunday night comeback.

6. New England Patriots (1-1)
Patriots blasted the Vikings.

7. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Packers’ get in the win column with win over Jets.

8. San Diego Chargers (1-1)
Chargers are contenders in the West, but their secondary keeps coming up short.

9. Chicago Bears (1-1)
The Bears won a huge game in San Fran that could have meaning in any tie breakers.

10. Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
Falcons get the Bucs home on Thursday night in key NFC South matchup.

11. Detroit Lions (1-1)
Lions were terrible vs Panthers and face Packers at home in key NFC North matchup.

12. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
The Ravens continue AFC North tour with Browns contest after big win over Steelers.

13. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
Cards had a gutty win behind backup QB Drew Stanton vs GMen.

14. Carolina Panthers (2-0)
The Panthers have Steelers at home this week.

15. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
The undefeated Bills get the Chargers at home in a reality check this week.

16. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
Colts let Eagles steal their Sunday night matchup.

17. New Orleans Saints (0-2)
Saints lost a tough game in Cleveland that makes the Vikings contest vital this week.

18. Miami Dolphins (1-1)
The Dolphins got hammered in Buffalo again.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
Steelers have 10 days to get ready for the trip to Carolina.

20. New York Jets (1-1)
The Jets failed to finish again and prep for Monday night home game vs Bears.

21. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
Vikings go into New Orleans without Adrian Peterson.

22. Houston Texans (2-0)
Texans travel to Met Life to face a desperate Giant club.

23. New York Giants (0-2)
The GMen face a critical early season matchup that may determine their direction.

24. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Cowboys beat a bad Tennessee club and go to St. Louis in hopes to get another win.

25. Washington Redskins (1-1)
The Skins go to Philadelphia in key early season NFC East matchup.

26. Cleveland Browns (1-1)
The Browns won a huge game late vs the Saints that they hope they carry through the season.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-1)
The Rams look for two game winning streak with Cowboys coming to town.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)
The Chiefs hung tough vs Broncos, but go to Miami looking for their first victory.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
The Titans looked terrible vs an average Cowboys club.

30. Oakland Raiders (0-2)
The Raiders face Patriots in key AFC game.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-2)
Bucs has lost two close games, though they show little firepower to make big plays.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
Jaguars got hammered by struggling Redskins. They face a desperate Colts club this week.

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