NFL Draft 2018 – Underclassmen Pro Prospect List

NFL Draft 2018 – Underclassmen Pro Prospects
LB Roquan Smith Declares for the NFL Draft
RB Bryce Love Returns to Stanford

Underclassmen List Over 115 Pro Prospects – deadline Jan. 15th
Players have three days to rescind decision – NFL will post Official Underclassmen list 1/19/18 – Ranked alphabetically by position

RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St
RB Saquon Barkley – Penn St

Offensive Players 

Josh Allen – Wyoming
Kyle Allen – Houston
Sam Darnold – Southern Cal
Lamar Jackson – Louisville
Tanner Lee – Nebraska
Chase Litton – Marshall
Josh Rosen – UCLA

Running Backs
Josh Adams – Notre Dame
Ryquell Armstead – Temple
Saquon Barkley – PSU
Derrius Guice – LSU
Nyheim Hines – North Carolina State
Kerryon Johnson – Auburn
Ronald Jones II – Southern Cal
John Kelly – Tennessee
Ryan Nall – Oregon St
Kamryn Pettway – Auburn
Mark Walton – Miami(Fl)

Wide Receivers
Deon Cain – Clemson
Antonio Callaway – Florida
Simmie Cobbs Jr – Indiana
Keke Coutee – Texas Tech
Quadree Henderson – Pittsburgh
Richie James – Middle Tennessee St
Jon’Vea Johnson – Toledo
Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
Jordan Lasley – UCLA
Tavares Martin – Washington State
Ray-Ray McCloud – Clemson
DJ Moore – Maryland
Byron Pringle – KSU
Trey Quinn – SMU
Calvin Ridley – Alabama
Korey Robertson – Southern Mississippi
Tre’Quan Smith – Central Florida
Jaylen Smith – Louisville
Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame
Courtland Sutton – SMU
Audon Tate – Florida State

Tight Ends
Jordan Akins – Central Florida
Mark Andrews – Oklahoma
Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
Ryan Izzo – FSU
Austin Roberts – UCLA
Dalton Schultz – Stanford

Offensive Linemen
Orlando Brown – Oklahoma
Geron Christian – Louisville
Will Clapp – LSU
James Daniels – Iowa
Nick Gates – Nebraska
Taylor Hearn – Clemson
Sam Jones – ASU
Kolteon Miller – UCLA
Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh
Maea Teuhema – Southeastern Louisiana
Will Richardson – North Carolina State
Toby Weathserby – LSU
Connor Williams – Texas

Defensive Players

Olasunkanmi Adeniyi – Toledo
Dorance Armstrong – Kansas
Taven Bryan – Florida
Rasheen Green – Southern Cal
Jeff Holland – Auburn
Sam Hubbard – Ohio St
DuVonta Lampkin – Oklahoma
R.J. McIntosh – Miami
Kahlil McKenzie – Tennessee
Kendrick Norton – Miami
Harrison Phillips – Stanford
Tim Settle – Virginia Tech
Breeland Speaks – Ole Miss
Josh Sweat – FSU
Larry Tharpe – Arizona
Trent Thompson – Georgia
Vita Vea – Washington
JoJo Wicker – Arizona St
Jalen Wilkerson – Florida St.
Eddy Wilson – Purdue

Jack Cichy – Wisconsin
Frank Ginda – San Jose St
Malik Jefferson – Texas
Hercules Mata’afa – Washington St
Kahlil McKenzie – Tennessee
Christian Sam – ASU
Roquan Smith – Georgia
Andre Smith – UNC
Leighton Vander Esch – Boise St
Joel Iyiegbuniwe – Western Kentucky

Jaire Alexander – Louisville
J.J. Dallas – Louisiana-Monroe
Carlton Davis – Auburn
Rashaan Gaulden – Tennessee
Holton Hill – Texas
Mike Hughes – Central Florida
Joshua Jackson – Iowa
Michael Jackson – Miami (Fl)
JC Jackson – Maryland
Donte Jackson – LSU
Tarvarus McFadden – FSU
Nick Nelson – Wisconsin
Isaiah Oliver – Colorado
DJ Reed – Kansas St
Denzel Ward – Ohio St.

Jessie Bates – Wake Forest
DeShon Elliott – Texas
Ronnie Harrison – Alabama
Derwin James – FSU
Justin Reid – Stanford
Van Smith – Clemson
Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh

Michael Dickson – P – Texas
Eddy Pineiro – PK – Florida

NFL Draft 2018 – Two Round Mock Draft – Browns’ Grab Saquon Barkley #1 Overall

NFL Draft 2018 – Two Round Mock Draft – January – * Underclassmen – Selection order prior to Championship games
Pre East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl Games
x – Division winner y – Wild card team z – coin flip at NFL Combine to determine order

DE Bradley Chubb - North Carolina St
DE Bradley Chubb – North Carolina St

1st Round 
1 Cleveland – 0-16 – * Saquon Barkley RB Penn State 5-11 225
2 NY Giants – 3-13 – * Sam Darnold QB Southern Cal 6-4 225
3 Indianapolis – 4-12 – Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6-4 275
4 Cleveland (Houston)- 4-12 – * Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6-4 220
5 Denver – 5-11 -* Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6-1 205
6 NY Jets – 5-11 – * Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6-5 235
7 Tampa Bay – 5-11 – * Arden Key DE LSU 6-6 240
8 Chicago – 5-11 – * Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6-8 360
9 z – San Francisco – 6-10 – * Roquan Smith LB Georgia 6-1 225
10 z – Oakland – 6-10 – * Connor Williams OT Texas 6-6 320
11 Miami – 6-9 – * Derwin James S Florida State 6-3 210
12 Cincinnati – 7-9 – Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6-5 330
13 Washington – 7-9 – * Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6-3 200
14 Green Bay – 7-9 – Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6-8 315
15 Arizona – 8-8 – Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6-0 215
16 Baltimore – 9-7 – * Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6-4 215
17 LA Chargers – 9-7 – * Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech 6-5 240
18 Seattle – 9-7 – * Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6-1 195
19 Dallas – 9-7 – * Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6-1 190
20 Detroit – 9-7 – * Derrius Guice RB LSU 5-11 215
21 y Buffalo – 9-7 – * Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6-3 215
22 Buffalo (x Kan City) -10-6 – * Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama 6-2 310
23 x LA Rams – 11-5 – * Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 5-10 190
24 y Carolina – 11-5 – * Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6-1 190
25 y Tennessee – 9-7 – * Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6-5 255
26 y Atlanta – 10-6 – Vita Vea DT Washington 6-5 345
27 x New Orleans – 11-5 – Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St 6-5 230
28 x Pittsburgh- 13-3 -* Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame 6-5 205
29 x Jacksonville – 10-6 – Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St 6-5 305
30 x Philadelphia – 13-3 – * Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6-1 205
31 x New England – 13-3 – * Taven Bryan DT Florida 6-5 295
32 x Minnesota – 13-3 – * Audon Tate WR Florida State 6-5 220

2nd Round 
33 Cleveland – * DeShon Elliott S Texas 6-2 205
34 NY Giants – * Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6-8 310
35 Indianapolis – Chukwuma Okorafor OT Western Michigan 6-6 330
36 Cleveland (Houston) – James Washington WR Oklahoma St 6-0 205
37 NY Jets – * Michael Jackson CB Miami(Fl) 6-1 190
38 Tampa Bay – Royce Freeman RB Oregon 6-0 235
39 Chicago – * Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5-11 200
40 Denver – Harold Landry LB Boston College 6-3 250
41 Oakland – Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6-7 255
42 Miami – Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6-5 320
43 New England (San Fran) Rashaan Evans LB Alabama 6-3 235
44 Washington – Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6-2 285
45 Green Bay – * Malik Jefferson LB Texas 6-3 240
46 Cincinnati – Braden Smith OG Auburn 6-6 305
47 Arizona – Billy Price C Ohio State 6-4 310
48 LA Chargers – Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 6-1 315
49 NY Jets (Seattle) – Uchenna Nwosu LB USC 6-2 240
50 Dallas – * Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise St 6-4 240
51 Detroit – Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5-11 190
52 Baltimore – * Harrison Phillips DL Stanford 6-4 295
53 Tennessee – Lorenzo Carter LB Georgia 6-6 245
54 Buffalo – * Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas 6-4 245
55 Kansas City – * Justin Reid S Stanford 6-1 205
56 Atlanta – Will Hernandez OG Texas-El Paso 6-3 330
57 Jacksonville – Mike Gesicki TE Penn State 6-6 255
58 Carolina – Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest 6-4 270
59 San Fran (New Orleans) – * Kevin Toliver CB LSU 6-3 205
60 Buffalo (LA Rams) – * Ronald Jones II RB Southern Cal 6-1 195
61 Pittsburgh – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB Oklahoma 6-1 240
62 Cleveland (Phil) – * Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn 6-0 215
63 New England – Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St 6-4 260
64 Minnesota – * Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5-11 190

East-West Practices – WR Daurice Fountain of Northern Iowa Heads Sleeper List

Daurice Fountain Receiver of Northern Iowa Heads Gems at East-West Shrine Week Practices

Daurice Fountain
Daurice Fountain

Daurice Fountain #10 – 6015, 210 lbs. – Northern Iowa 
Athletic senior has been one of the hidden gems from the small college level over his three starting seasons. He has had an excellent week of practice at the East-West Shrine practices that is vital for a small college performer to impress NFL scouts. Fountain hit the ground running this week and showed a business like approach to the oldest All-star game on the NFL agenda. He displayed good athleticism and the refined receiving skills to come off the line quickly and eat up NFL caliber cover men. He showed good footwork and the ability to separate at the breakpoint to get open consistently and provide his passer and sound target. His ability to go up and adjust to the throws drew attention from NFL scouts early in the week and he was one of the hot prospects through the week.

As a senior, he had 66 receptions for 943 yards and 12 TDs despite double coverage. That earned him an invitation to the East-West Shrine game. He comes in just under 6’2” and a solid 210 lbs. He entered 2017 with 82 catches for over 1100 yards and 11 TDs on 24 starts. He played in all 14 games as a true freshman and has made nice progress annually.
Strong frame with good movement skills to come off the line quickly. He benefits from a high profile sprinter running in the huddles in national meets. He adjusts nicely to the ball with the ability to snatch it easily and secure it consistently. He is one of our Players to Watch at the East-West Shrine game Saturday, Jan 20th. We will have a special list of Pro Prospects to Watch for the Shrine game to full subscribers prior to this Saturday’s contest.
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East-West Director Harold Richardson and staff has assembled another strong group of pro prospects. The East-West Shrine Game has accepted over 100 invitations for this classic game.

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#3 Georgia (13-1) vs #4 Alabama (13-1) – CFP National Championship

RB Nick Chubb - Georgia
RB Nick Chubb – Georgia

#3 Georgia (13-1) vs #4 Alabama (13-1)
CFP National Championship
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga 8 pm – ESPN

The CFP national championship game tonight in Atlanta will feature two SEC teams, Alabama and Georgia. It is only the second time two teams from the same conference will play for the national title. Alabama is going for its 5th national title under HC Nick Saban since 2009 and third in a row. They won in 2016 vs Clemson only to lose to the Tigers last year. Georgia under former Saban assistant Kirby Smart will be attempting to win the national title for the first time since 1980.

The two SEC powers did not play during the 2017 or 2016 seasons or postseason. The last meeting between the SEC powers was early 2015 with Alabama prevailing with a 38-10 victory.

This game will feature strong running back tandems, in Alabama juniors Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough vs the Georgia Bulldog dynamic senior duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Both clubs like to run the ball to set up their young QBs. Bama soph QB Jalen Hurts has been a veteran of big games starting two years in the SEC and playing in his second national title clash. His two-year record of 26-2 rivals any young leader in recent years. His ability to run and make plays with his feet has been a difference maker in many big games. He ran for 808 yards in 2017 and 8 TDs, complimenting the Tide tandem of Scarbrough and Harris. Hurts has thrown for 17 TD passes and just 1 interception. The Bulldog tandem of Chubb and Michel has rushed for an FBS career record of 8259 yards, a remarkable achievement despite some key injuries. This game also features two top ten defenses who have peaked over the late 2017 season except for a select subpar efforts, Alabama vs Auburn and Georgia vs Oklahoma in the semi finals.

Georgia features true freshman Jake Fromm who is coming off a great comeback victory over Oklahoma 54-48 in double OT. He is the first true freshman to start in the national title game in over 30 years. The OT win over the Sooners was the worst game of the season for the Bulldogs defense who had not allowed more than 28 points in any game prior to the semi-finals. Georgia defense is led by junior OLBs Roquan Smith and Lorenzo Carter who must make big plays for the Bulldogs to be successful.

The Bama defense has allowed over 20 points a game only three times this season and is coming off a pounding of Clemson 24-6 where they dominated the line of scrimmage for 60 minutes. Their front seven has been dominant and will fully challenge the Bulldog line. Bama looks to stop the run first and will load the box to stuff the Georgia duo of Chubb and Michel. They hope to force the young QB Fromm to win the game from the pocket. DT Da’Ron Payne is an anchor in the middle that allows the endless group of Bama linebackers to flow to the ball. The defensive group is young, but has matured nicely over the 2017 season with over half the unit underclassmen. Saban rotates as many as 15-18 defenders to play his multiple packages that have been instrumental in his blitz packages and base defense.

Saban looks to get an early lead, similar to this recent Clemson victory behind a strong ground game and mobile QB that dictates field position with good ball security. His defense rules the line of scrimmage while his zone coverage schemes takes away big plays. Look to Saban to force Georgia freshman QB Fromm to win from the pocket operating from behind a power Tide ground game. It has been a prescription for the Tide to win numerous big games. Bama wins its fifth national title since 2009 under Nick Saban.

Alabama 27 Georgia 10

Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara – Draft Insiders’ 2017 Yearbook Scouting Report

Saints’ Rookie RB Alvin Kamara –
Draft Insiders’ 2017 Yearbook Scouting Report

NFL Rookie Report – NFL Draft 2017
Saints Running back Alvin Kamara #41

Alvin Kamara has totalted 111 carries for 7.4 touches per game for 684 yards and 6.2 yard average with 7 TDs and just 1 fumble. He also added 75 receptions for 742 yards and 5 TDs as one of the most versatile backs in the NFL. His numbers come as the 1A type back behind veteran Mark Ingram who has rushed for 1089 yards on 217 carries and 12 TDs with 1 game to go. The Saints ground game has been awesome throughout the 2017 season with both inside power and big play impact. Kamara has given veteran QB Drew Brees a playmaker in a few roles which has opened up this down the field passing game. Saints look to clinch the NFC South title with a victory in Tampa this Sunday. for extensive NFL Draft Info
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Photo – RB Alvin Kamara – Saints

Draft Insiders’ 2017 Yearbook Scouting Report – March, 2017

* Alvin Kamara #6 – 5-10, 215, Tennessee – Sp. 4.55
            Rating 86 – Player Comparison: Lamar Miller
Talented multi-dimensional all around back has been an impact performer for the Vols the past two seasons following a JC stay after transferring from Alabama. Earned SEC honors in 2016 after an excellent overall performance. Tough natural runner shows very quick feet with good size and speed to be an NFL feature back. Runs with a wiggle and able to string multiple moves together. Gets to top speed quickly, though must learn to adjust his speed and change gears better to avoid tacklers. On the 2nd level, he has a burst to run away from most defenders. Displays decent lower body power and is able to make consistent yardage after contact. Keeps his pad level down, and will run over 2nd level defenders. Fast developing receiver comes out of the backfield quickly into his routes. Shows reliable hands and capable of making the tough catch. In space, he knows what to do with the ball and shows the burst to take the play the distance. Very effective on screens and wheel routes with the ability to sit in holes and get free as a check down option. Displayed the ability to run inside and outside, though not a physical downhill power back between the tackles. As a pass blocker, he’s alert, aware and competent at picking up the blitz. Keeps his feet well and shows exceptional balance and functional strength. Explosive when he sees a crease and is capable of ripping off huge yardage at times. Knows situational football, aware of down and distance and where the 1st down markers are to keep drives alive. Versatile talent to give an offense a unique weapon to command special attention in every situation.
The Numbers: As a junior in 2016, he shared time with Jalen Hurd and played in 11 games and rushed for 596 yards on 103 carries for a 5.8 yard average and 9 TDs. He caught 40 passes for 392 yards and 4 TDs. As a sophomore, he rushed for 698 yards on 107 carries for a 6.5 average and 7 TDs. He caught 34 passes for 291 yards and 3 TDs. Over his short career, he rushed for 1294 yards on 210 carries for 6.2 yard average with 16 rushing TDs and 74 catches with 7 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 214 lbs. and ran a 4.56 time. He did 15 reps and added a 39.5” VL and 10’ 11” BJ. At the Vols’ pro day, he looked sharp in drills, catching everything and looking smooth in his routes.
The Skinny: Natural runner and receiver with good speed to change games. Nice combination of speed, power and cutting skills. Combines the size, quickness and strength to get into the end zone. Well-rounded with the suddenness to get outside and make the corner with the burst to hit the home run. Rising talent probably goes in the top 50-60 prospects and capable of being a quality feature back similar to Lamar Miller in size, style and speed. Fine early round addition with starting talent to be a three down back, though more a 1A type.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Review – June 2017
RB Kamara is a solid versatile playmaker who can fill a few key roles. He runs inside and outside and is a high-level receiver and returner. His presence along with vet Adrian Peterson might make veteran Mark Ingram expendable this year. This backfield becomes the deepest in the game.

NFL Power Poll – Eagles and Patriots Rule Conferences

Wed, 12/27/2017

NFL Power Poll – Eagles & Patriots Rule Conferences
NFC South Bids for Three Playoff Berths

Team of the Week – New Orleans Saints

Players of the Week
Offense – RB Todd Gurley – Rams
Defense – DE Marquis Flowers – Patriots

Rookie of Week – RB Kareem Hunt – Chiefs

Photo – RB Kareem Hunt – Chiefs
Game of Week #17 – Carolina Panthers (11-4) at Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
NFC South Matchup with Divisional Title and NFC Home Field Advantage on the line

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1- 13-2 Eagles
Eagles won despite a subpar performance by QB Nick Foles. Earned home field advantage thru NFC postseason.
#2 – 12-3 Patriots
Pats just do not beat themselves. Hold home field advantage thru AFC playoffs.
#3 – 12-3 Steelers
Steelers’ get a bye week, but will have to go through New England to win the AFC title.
#4 – 11-4 Rams
Rams’ edged out the Titans last week to clinch their first NFC West division title since 2003.
#5 – 12-3 Vikings
Vikings shutout the Rodgersless Packers. They earned NFC North title with win.
#6 – 11-4 Saints
Saints’ have met every challenge and play for NFC South title with trip to Tampa.
#7 – 11-4 Panthers
Panthers travel to Atlanta that will decide NFC South title and wild card clubs.
#8 – 9-6 Chiefs
Chiefs jumped on the Dolphins to win the AFC West title. It earned them back to back divisional titles for the first time in franchise history.
#9 – 9-6 Falcons
Falcons failed vs the Saints. Host the Panthers this week in a must win situation for a wild card berth.
#10 – 10-5 Jaguars
Jaguars’ failed to stop the 49ers in big situations. Clinched AFC South title nevertheless. Close with matchup with Titans.
#11 – 9-6 Ravens
Ravens win the final wild card berth with a win or tie vs the Bengals or a loss or tie by Bills or Titans.
#12 – 9-6 Seahawks
Seahawks beat the Cowboys to stay alive for final wild card, though they need help with a Falcons loss or tie.
#13 – 8-7 Chargers
Chargers host the Raiders in a must win situation, though they need help to extend their season.
#14 – 8-7 Titans
Titans lost another heartbreaker in the last minutes to the Rams. They can still earn wild card with a win at home vs the Jaguars.
#15 – 8-7 Cowboys
The overrated Cowboys lost to the Seahawks to get eliminated from the playoffs.
#16 – 8-7 Lions
Lions lost to the lowly Bengals which eliminated them from the playoffs in an erratic disappointing performance.
#17 – 8-7 Bills
Bills came up short vs the Patriots, but still alive to end their 17 year playoff drought vs the Dolphins.
#18 – 7-8 Redskins
Redskins beat the hapless Broncos behind a strong effort by QB Kirk Cousins.
#19 – 7-8 Packers
Packers were shut out without QB Aaron Rodgers and face key offseason decisions on personnel.
#20 – 7-8 Cardinals
Cardinals shut out the pathetic Giants in a meaningless game for both clubs.
#21 – 6-9 Dolphins
Dolphins did not show up in key game vs the Chiefs. Look for big turnover this offseason.
#22 – 6-9 Raiders
Raiders failed to play with urgency again vs the Eagles. Many veterans playing their last Raider game this week.
#23 – 6-9 Bengals
Bengals win their last home game under HC Marvin Lewis who never won a postseason game with Cinny.
#24 – 5-10 49ers
The 49ers bombed the tough Jaguars behind hot new veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo. San Fran is in place for a big run in 2018.
#25 – 5-10 Jets
Jets offense continues their disappointing performance with games on the line. In search for playmakers to become a contender.
#26 – 5-10 Broncos
Broncos will play young QB Paxton Lynch this week with Chiefs coming to Mile High.
#27 – 5-10 Bears
The Bears beat the Browns behind emerging rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky. May be last home game for HC John Fox.
#28 – 4-11 Texans
Texans were slammed by Pittsburgh. Club never recovered from losses of JJ Watt and Deshaun Watson.
#29 – 4-11 Bucs
Bucs pushed the Panthers to the limit but failed late to hold a slim lead. Top 5-8 pick can give this club a boost.
#30 – 3-12 Colts
Colts need a major overhaul to get into contention. Future health of QB Andrew Luck remains a mystery.
#31 – 2-13 Giants
Giants finishing their worst season in decades with key questions related to QB Eli Manning this offseason.
#32 – 0-15 Browns
Browns travel to Pittsburgh with a perfect 0-16 season in the balance. Two picks in top 5 selections this April.

It’s An All SEC National Title Game – Alabama vs Georgia

Jan. 8 – College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T
#2 Alabama (12-1) vs #1 Georgia (13-1) – 8 p.m. ESPN – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta

It’s an all SEC national title final after the two conference powerhouses Alabama and Georgia took care of Clemson and Oklahoma. Alabama avenged losing the national title last year to Clemson and shutdown the Tigers offense consistently to enter the national title game again. The Tide methodically followed their game plan of sound field position, good ball security and tough defense. They controlled the line of scrimmage throughout and played flawlessly to stay in command from their opening score. It’s the same formula that the Crimson Tide has historically used to consistently win, especially in big game situations. It worked again and they are back in the national championship despite not playing in the SEC title game.

College Football Semi Final Playoffs
#3 Georgia 54 #2 Oklahoma 48
#4 Alabama 23 #1 Clemson 6

Photo – QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

Georgia made an amazing comeback vs Oklahoma to overcome a game long deficit. Freshman QB Jake Fromm had a super clutch performance to makeup for another incredible effort by Heisman Trophy winner QB Baker Mayfield to win in double OT. The Bulldogs’ ground game was once again a dominant factor with seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michele both pounding the ball, in addition to big plays. They kept Mayfield and the potent Sooner offense on the sidelines nicely through the second half of the game. Mayfield was unstoppable with laser like accuracy and keen decision making. This game can go instant classic off numerous clutch big plays. The Sooner defense must take the blame here as they failed to play sound defense in any respect. Poor tackling allowed Georgia to keep every drive alive and cut the margin to a one score game.

Both clubs, Alabama and Georgia enter the national title game with one loss. The only undefeated team in the nation is Central Florida who beat Auburn on New Years’ day. Ironically, Auburn beat both Alabama and Georgia during the regular season. They lost to Georgia in the SEC title game, which knocked them out of the top four clubs and semi-finals. Central Florida is one of the great stories of the year. HC Scott Frost remained with the club through the bowl season, despite signing as the new Nebraska coach in December. Frost was a star QB and safety there in the ‘90s and an ideal fit for the Cornhuskers who hopes to rebuild their program under Frost’s direction. The UCF perfect performance will bring shouts of a new 8 team playoff system, similar to when TCU was excluded a few years ago despite an unblemished record.

Alabama Wins National Title on Dramatic Overtime TD

Alabama Wins National Title on Dramatic Overtime TD – Final Top 25 Teams

Alabama’s HC Nick Saban wins his fifth national championship at Alabama (6th overall – LSU) in a dramatic OT win over Georgia. Nick Saban beat his former assistant coach, Kirby Smart, as Alabama overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to beat Georgia 26-23 in the College Football Playoff National Championship. It will ranked among the best national title games in recent history with two freshman QBs leading their teams

Players of the National Title Game – Jan. 8
Offense – QB Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
Defense – LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

Team of the Week – Alabama

Photo – LB Roquan Smith – Georgia Poll – Jan. 8
Frank Coyle – Head Scout
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama 13-1
2 Georgia 13-2
3 Oklahoma 12-2
4 Clemson 12-2
5 UCF 13-0
6 Ohio State 12-2
7 Wisconsin 13-1
8 Penn State 10-2
9 TCU 11-2
10 Notre Dame 10-3
11 Auburn 10-4
12 Washington 10-3
13 USC 11-3
14 Oklahoma State 10-3
15 Miami 10-3
16 LSU 9-4
17 Northwestern 10-3
18 South Florida 10-2
19 Michigan St 10-3
20 Virginia Tech 9-4
21 Mississippi St 9-4
22 Stanford 9-5
23 Fresno State 9-3
24 NC State 9-4
25 Memphis 10-3

AP Football Poll 
Rank/ Team/ 1st Place Votes/ Rec/ Points
AP Top 25
Rank/ Team / Rec / Pts
1 Alabama (57) 13-1 1521
2 Georgia 13-2 1454
3 Oklahoma 12-2 1374
4 Clemson 12-2 1292
5 Ohio State 12-2 1286
6 UCF (4) 13-0 1248
7 Wisconsin 13-1 1194
8 Penn State 11-2 1120
9 TCU 11-3 974
10 Auburn 10-4 917
11 Notre Dame 10-3 857
12 USC 11-3 839
13 Miami 10-3 769
14 Oklahoma State 10-3 758
15 Michigan State 10-3 705
16 Washington 10-3 668
17 Northwestern 10-3 528
18 LSU 9-4 368
19 Mississippi State 9-4 359
20 Stanford 9-5 336
21 South Florida 10-2 267
22 Boise State 11-3 251
23 NC State 9-4 232
24 Virginia Tech 9-4 126
25 Memphis 10-3 119

Dropped from rankings: Washington State 21

Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa State 36, Army 33, Florida Atlantic 32, Troy 14, Fresno State 13, San Diego State 3, Iowa 2

NFL Power Poll – NFL Power Poll – Patriots & Vikings Clinch Divisional Titles

NFL Power Poll – Week 16

NFL Power Poll – Patriots & Vikings Clinch Divisional Titles

Team of the Week – Rams

Players of the Week
Offense – RB Todd Gurley – Rams
Defense – DE Calais Campbell – Jaguars

Rookie of Week – RB Kareem Hunt – Chiefs

Photo – RB Todd Gurley – Rams
Game of Week #16
Atlanta Falcons (9-5) at New Orleans Saints (10-4)
NFC South Matchup with Divisional Title and Home Field Advantage in Playoffs on the line

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1- 12-2 Eagles
Backup QB Nick Foles threw for 4 TDs vs GMen to clinch NFC East.
#2 – 11-3 Patriots
Pats magic has no end with last minute victory over the Steelers that may earn AFC home field advantage one more time.
#3 – 11-3 Steelers
Steelers’ were robbed by insane receiving rule vs the Pats.
#4 – 10-4 Rams
Rams’ pounded the Seahawks last week to take command in the NFC West division.
#5 – 11-3 Vikings
Vikings keep rolling behind QB Case Keenum to earned playoffs with NFC North title on the line this Saturday.
#6 – 10-4 Saints
Saints’ host the Falcons in huge NFC South matchup with divisional title and wild card playoffs in the balance.
#7 – 10-4 Panthers
Panthers continue to quietly win and host the Bucs with the NFC South leadership on the line.
#8 – 9-5 Falcons
Falcons are hitting stride, but must go into New Orleans and win vs QB Drew Brees. NFC South can produce three playoff clubs this year with key late season matchups.
#9 – 10-4 Jaguars
Jaguars’ jumped on the punchless Texans to clinch their first playoff spot in a decade. They can clinch AFC South title with a victory in San Francisco this Sunday.
#10 – 8-6 Ravens
Ravens have a soft two games remaining in the Colts and Bengals that gives them the edge for the final AFC playoff spot.
#11 – 8-6 Chiefs
Chiefs were impressive in their win over the Chargers Saturday night. They control their destiny with Dolphins and Broncos remaining on the schedule.
#12 – 8-6 Cowboys
Boys beat a battered Giant club. Host the Seahawks with both clubs hanging on for playoff hopes.
#13 – 8-6 Seahawks
Seahawks lost back to back games to the Jaguars and the Rams. Need help to make the playoffs.
#14 – 7-7 Chargers
Chargers were flat vs the Chiefs and now need a lot of help for final wild card spot.
#15 – 8-6 Titans
Titans lost a killer to the 49ers that puts them two behind Jacksonville. They host the Rams and Jaguars in a tough final two games.
#16 – 8-6 Lions
Lions have two winnable games vs the Bengals and Packers, but need help to win tiebreakers.
#17 – 8-6 Bills
Bills face the Patriots and Dolphins on the road in must win situations. They face a must win Sunday vs the equally hungry Patriots.
#18 – 7-7 Packers
Packers lost a tough game vs the Panthers. Shut down QB Aaron Rodgers this week with IR designation.
#19 – 6-8 Dolphins
Dolphins came up empty in a big spot vs the Bills. Huge longshot to claim a final wild card berth.
#20 – 6-8 Raiders
Raiders failed to play with urgency vs the Cowboys this Sunday. Face the Eagles and Chargers in difficult close of a disappointing season.
#21 – 6-8 Cardinals
Cardinals lost to the Skins in another missed opportunity to win a close game.
#22 – 6-8 Redskins
Redskins beat the Cardinals in a comedy of errors. Both clubs completed very disappointing seasons with huge changes expected this offseason.
#23 – 5-9 Bengals
Bengals were smoked again, this time by the Vikings. HC Marvin Lewis will not be back for another season.
#24 – 4-10 49ers
The 49ers are hot behind new veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo who faces the acid test vs the Jaguars and Rams over the final two weeks.
#25 – 4-10 Texans
Texans were toasted by Jacksonville playing with another backup QB.
#26 – 4-10 Bucs
Bucs lost to the Falcons Monday night. Face South foes Carolina and New Orleans to close out a terrible season.
#27 – 5-9 Jets
Jets go back to the drawing board and must address their offense to become a playoff contender.
#28 – 5-9 Broncos
Broncos are well rested after beating Colts. Travel to Washington playing for respectability.
#29 – 4-10 Bears
The Bears are going through the growing pains to playing rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky. Face winless Browns this Sunday.
#30 – 3-11 Colts
Colts are hopeless without QB Andrew Luck. Host the Texans with an NFL Draft top five position in the balance.
#31 – 2-12 Giants
QB Eli Manning had a nice game vs the Eagles, but the same lousy results.
#32 – 0-14 Browns
Browns fans are happy Cleveland is on the road for their final two contests vs the Bears and Steelers.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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 Poll – Week 15

NFL Power Poll – NFC South & West and AFC West Races Feature Great Matchups

Teams of the Week – Falcons, Jaguars & Panthers

Players of Week
Offense – QB Blake Bortles – Jaguars
Defense – DT Aaron Donald – Rams

Rookie of Week – RB Kareem Hunt – Chiefs

Photo – QB Blake Bortles – Jaguars 
Game of Week #15 – New England Patriots (10-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)
AFC Matchup with Home Field Advantage in Playoffs on the line

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1- 11-2 Eagles
Carson Wentz is gone for the year with ACL injury. Backup Nick Foles carries the load hoping for home field advantage.
#2 – 10-3 Patriots
Pats are playing for postseason home field advantage in the AFC.
#3 – 11-3 Steelers
Steelers’ clinched AFC North title. Go for home field thru playoffs vs Pats this week.
#4 – 10-3 Vikings
Vikes’ lost a tough matchup with Panthers. Look to clinch NFC North this week at home vs Bengals.
#5 – 9-4 Rams
Rams’ lost to the Eagles last week. Face the Seahawks in a huge NFC West matchup with first place in the balance.
#6 – 9-4 Saints
Saints’ had 10 days to recover from their loss to the Falcons. Look to get back on beam with Jets coming to town.
#7 – 9-4 Panthers
Panthers won a huge matchup with the Vikings. Host the Packers with the NFC South leadership on the line.
#8 – 8-5 Seahawks
Seahawks lost to the Jaguars in key contest. Host the Rams with their playoff hopes on the line.
#9 – 8-5 Falcons
Falcons are rested after huge win vs the Saints. Face Bucs on Monday night in another must win situation.
#10 – 9-4 Jaguars
Jaguars’ beat the Seahawks behind a strong performance by QB Blake Bortles that keeps Jaguars atop the AFC South.
#11 – 7-6 Ravens
Ravens came up short vs the Steelers. Soft schedule keeps them in good playoff scenario.
#12 – 7-6 Chiefs
Chiefs beat the rival Raiders in a huge AFC West game. Host the Chargers Saturday night with the division leadership in the balance.
#13 – 7-6 Chargers
Chargers toasted the Skins last week. Travel to KC for huge West matchup with the leadership on the line with 3 to play.
#14 – 8-5 Titans
Titans came up short vs the Cardinals. Face the 49ers in must win situation for wild card spot.
#15 – 7-6 Cowboys
Boys beat a battered Giant club. Travel to Oakland with both clubs hanging on for playoff hopes.
#16 – 7-6 Lions
Lions edged out the Bucs to stay alive. Host Bears in must win situation on Saturday night.
#17 – 7-6 Packers
Packers sneaked by those pesky Browns. Aaron Rodgers ready to return???
#18 – 7-6 Bills
Bills edged the weak Colts to stay alive. Sunday hosting the Dolphins with the loser home for the postseason.
#19 – 6-7 Cardinals
Cardinals won another big game vs the Titans. No room for mistakes with Skins next up.
#20 – 6-7 Dolphins
Dolphins came up big vs the Patriots. Travel to Buffalo for the next Snow Bowl.
#21 – 6-7 Raiders
Raiders were trashed by the Chiefs. Host the equally desperate Cowboys this Sunday.
#22 – 5-8 Redskins
Redskins were embarrassed again this time by the Chargers. Playing out the string at this point.
#23 – 5-8 Bengals
Bengals were smoked by the Bears. Major changes expected this offseason.
#24 – 4-9 Texans
Texans lost to the 49ers. Travel to Jacksonville playing for pride in a season lost to injuries.
#25 – 4-9 Bucs
Bucs host Falcons Monday night. Hope to spring the upside with little else to salvage from a very disappointing season.
#26 – 5-8 Jets
Jets failed to show up last week and were shutout by the Broncos.
#27 – 4-9 Broncos
Broncos finally won vs the Jets. Travel to Indy in an AFC battle of basement dwellers.
#28 – 4-9 Bears
The Bears toasted the Bengals. Look to spoil Lions’ playoff hopes with Saturday.
#29 – 3-10 49ers
49ers look like they have their QB in Jimmy Garoppolo. Host the Titans with 3 contenders on the schedule.
#30 – 3-10 Colts
Colts played the Bills tough. Host the Broncos for NFL Draft top five position in the balance.
#31 – 2-11 Giants
Eli Manning justifiably returned, but GMen came up short in big spots vs the Cowboys.
#32 – 0-13 Browns
Browns lost to the Packers in OT. Yes, three to go.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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 2017 Predictions
Giants Picked as NFL Champion in Super Bowl Matchup with Steelers

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers
Defensive Player of the Year – DE J.J. Watt – Texans

Rookies of the Year
Offense – RB Christian McCaffrey – Panthers
Defense – S Jamal Adams – Jets

Photo – WR Odell Beckham – Giants


New York Giants – 11-5 –
Dallas Cowboys – 9-7 –
Philadelphia Eagles – 8-8 –
Washington Redskins – 6-10 –

Green Bay Packers -11-5 –
Minnesota Vikings – 9-7 –
Detroit Lions – 9- 7 –
Chicago Bears – 5-11 –

Atlanta Falcons – 12-4 –
Tampa Bay Bucs – 10-6 –
New Orleans Saints – 9-7 –
Carolina Panthers – 5-11 –

Seattle Seahawks – 11-5 –
Arizona Cardinals – 9-7 –
Los Angeles Rams – 6-10 –
San Francisco 49ers – 4-12 –

Divisional Champs
Giants, Packers, Falcons and Seahawks

Wild Card Clubs
Cowboys & Bucs

NFC Championship
Giants beat Seahawks in NFC title game.

New England Patriots – 12-4 –
Miami Dolphins – 10-6 –
Buffalo Bills – 6-10 –
New York Jets – 2-14 –

Pittsburgh Steelers – 11-5 –
Cincinnati Bengals – 10-6 –
Baltimore Ravens – 8-8 –
Cleveland Browns – 6-10 –

Houston Texans – 10-6 –
Tennessee Titans – 9-7 –
Indianapolis Colts – 7-9 –
Jacksonville Jaguars – 6-10 –

Kansas City Chiefs – 11-5 –
Oakland Raiders – 10-6 –
Denver Broncos – 9-7 –
San Diego Chargers – 5-11 –

Divisional Champs
Patriots, Steelers, Texans & Chiefs

Wild Card Clubs
Dolphins & Bengals

AFC Championship
Steelers beat Patriots

Super Bowl L Matchup
Giants over Steelers

GMen win an old school Super Bowl matchup.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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 2017 Preseason Schedule
Hall of Fame Game, August 3 – Cowboys 20 – Cardinals 18

Week 1
Wednesday, August 9 Matchup time (ET) 

Houston @ Carolina 7:30 PM NFL Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

Thursday, August 10 Matchup time (ET) 
Atlanta @ Miami 7:00 PM Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Minnesota @ Buffalo 7:00 PM New Era Field, Buffalo
Washington @ Baltimore 7:30 PM M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Jacksonville @ New England 7:30 PM Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
New Orleans @ Cleveland 8:00 PM FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Philadelphia @ Green Bay 8:00 PM Lambeau Field, Green Bay
Denver @ Chicago 8:00 PM NFL Soldier Field, Chicago

Friday, August 11 Matchup time (ET) 
Pittsburgh @ New York Giants 7:00 PM NFL MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Tampa Bay @ Cincinnati 7:30 PM Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
San Francisco @ Kansas City 9:00 PM NFL Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

Saturday, August 12 Matchup time (ET) 
Tennessee @ New York Jets 7:30 PM MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Dallas @ Los Angeles Rams 9:00 PM NFL Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Oakland @ Arizona 10:00 PM U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale

Sunday, August 13 Matchup time (ET) 
Detroit @ Indianapolis 1:30 PM NFL Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Seattle @ Los Angeles Chargers 8:00 PM NFL StubHub Center, Carson

Week 2 Thursday, August 17 Matchup time (ET) 
Baltimore @ Miami 7:00 PM Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Buffalo @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Tampa Bay @ Jacksonville 8:00 PM ESPN EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Friday, August 18 Matchup time (ET)
Minnesota @ Seattle 10:00 PM NFL CenturyLink Field, Seattle

Saturday, August 19 Matchup time (ET) 
Carolina @ Tennessee 3:00 PM NFL Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Kansas City @ Cincinnati 7:00 PM Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Indianapolis @ Dallas 7:00 PM NFL AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Green Bay @ Washington 7:30 PM FedEx Field, Landover
New York Jets @ Detroit 7:30 PM Ford Field, Detroit
New England @ Houston 8:00 PM NRG Stadium, Houston
Chicago @ Arizona 10:00 PM U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Denver @ San Francisco 10:00 PM NFL Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland 10:00 PM Oakland Coliseum, Oakland

Sunday, August 20 Matchup time (ET) 
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh 4:00 PM NFL Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
New Orleans @ Los Angeles Chargers 8:00 PM NFL StubHub Center, Carson

Monday, August 21 Matchup time (ET) 
New York Giants @ Cleveland 8:00 PM ESPN FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland

Week 3
Thursday, August 24 Matchup time (ET) 

Miami @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM NFL Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Carolina @ Jacksonville 7:30 PM EverBank Field, Jacksonville

Friday, August 25 Matchup time (ET) 
New England @ Detroit 7:00 PM Ford Field, Detroit
Kansas City @ Seattle 8:00 PM CBS CenturyLink Field, Seattle

Saturday, August 26 Matchup time (ET) 
Arizona @ Atlanta 7:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Buffalo @ Baltimore 7:00 PM M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
New York Jets @ New York Giants 7:00 PM MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
Cleveland @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Los Angeles Rams @ Los Angeles Chargers 8:00 PM CBS Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Houston @ New Orleans 8:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Oakland @ Dallas 8:00 PM AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Green Bay @ Denver 9:00 PM Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver

Sunday, August 27 Matchup time (ET) 
Chicago @ Tennessee 1:00 PM FOX Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Cincinnati @ Washington 4:30 PM FOX FedEx Field, Landover 5
San Francisco @ Minnesota 8:00 PM NBC U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Week 4
Thursday, August 31 Matchup time (ET) 

Los Angeles Rams @ Green Bay 7:00 PM Lambeau Field, Green Bay
Jacksonville @ Atlanta 7:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Cincinnati @ Indianapolis 7:00 PM Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Philadelphia @ New York Jets 7:00 PM NFL MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Detroit @ Buffalo 7:00 PM New Era Field, Buffalo
New York Giants @ New England 7:30 PM Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
Pittsburgh @ Carolina 7:30 PM Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Washington @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Miami @ Minnesota 8:00 PM U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Baltimore @ New Orleans 8:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Cleveland @ Chicago 8:00 PM Soldier Field, Chicago
Dallas @ Houston 8:00 PM NRG Stadium, Houston
Tennessee @ Kansas City 8:30 PM Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Arizona @ Denver 9:00 PM Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
Los Angeles Chargers @ San Francisco 10:00 PM Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
Seattle @ Oakland 10:00 PM NFL Oakland Coliseum, Oakland

NFL 2017 Scouting Combine

The best college football players are invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year 330 players will show up for extensive testing over a week as a critical part of the scouting progress for the NFL Draft. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

Draft Insiders’ will have special Emails and Tweets From the NFL Combine!
Free for Full Subscribers – February Newsletter and NFL Combine Player List available now – Order today

With increasing interest in the NFL draft, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting. Its origins have evolved from the National, BLESTO and Quadra Scouting organizations in 1977 to the media event it has become today.

Photo – WR ‘Zay’ Jones – East Carolina

Athletes attend by invitation only. Implications of an athlete’s performance during the combine can affect their draft status and salary, and ultimately their career. The draft has popularized the term “workout warrior”, whereby an athlete’s “draft stock” is increased based on superior measurable qualities such as size, speed, and strength, despite having an average or sub-par college career.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 28 – March 6, 2017

Schedule for on-field workouts by position at the NFL Combine: 
March 3 – Running Backs, Offensive Line, Special Teams
March 4 – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
March 5 – Defensive Line, Linebackers
March 6 – Defensive Backs

Player Group Schedule
DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (RB)
Tuesday – February 28 – Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday – March 1 – Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Thursday – March 2 – Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday – March 3 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (TE)
Wednesday March 1 – Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~
Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday – March 2 – Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Friday – March 3 – Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday – March 4 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday – March 2 – Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~
Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday – March 3 – Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Saturday – March 4 – Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday – March 5 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday – March 3 – Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday – March 4 – Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Sunday – March 5 – Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday – March 6 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

* Select players from any Group may arrive one day prior to their scheduled date listed above in order to assist with medical scheduling. This will be based on flight schedules and medical tests only and no players arriving early will have advanced contact with teams.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.

Tests/ Evaluations include:
40-yard dash
Bench press (225 lbs. repetitions)
Vertical jump
Broad jump
20 yard shuttle
3 cone drill
60-yard shuttle
Position-specific drills

Interviews – each team is allowed 60 interviews in 15-minute intervals
Physical measurements
Injury evaluation
Drug screen
The Cybex test
The Wonderlic test

NFL Partners With East-West Shrine All-Star Game

The NFL is partnering with the historic East-West Shrine Game to increase development opportunities for coaches and draft-eligible players, the league announced today.

The NFL will supply the coaching staffs for the two teams from among current league assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs. The NFL will also provide the game officials for the contest, which features some of college football’s best prospects.

The 92nd annual East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 21, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and be televised live on NFL Network.

Frank Coyle and scouts from Draft Insiders’ will attend the East-West week this January. There will be an extensive Newsletter for All-star weeks

“The East-West Shrine Game is not only a showcase for tremendous athletes who have a dream of playing at the next level, it is also a venue for upwardly mobile coaches in the NFL,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. “This is an opportunity to further develop, evaluate and showcase our assistant coaches who may be our next generation of head coaches.”

At the conclusion of the NFL regular season, teams will nominate deserving assistant coaches who will be reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach will then fill his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.

Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.

“It is an honor for the East-West Shrine Game to partner with the NFL to promote opportunities for professional growth and development not only for our outstanding players, but also for the potential future generation of head coaches in the league,” said Harold Richardson, executive director of the East-West Shrine Game. “We are proud to be able to provide a national stage for some of football’s greatest talents to develop their skills and showcase their abilities, all while supporting an exceptional cause.”

For more than 90 years, some of football’s greatest players and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s first college all-star football game. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Participating players make an annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital, visiting children and staff in an experience that they will truly never forget.

Draft Insiders’ January Newsletter out mid month
NFL Draft Yearbook – early April 2017, NFL Team Report – 35 pages mid April

Photo – DE Joey Bosa – Ohio St.

Cowboys – Short List Players
1st Round Prospects

Joey Bosa – DE Ohio St.
DeForest Buckner – DE Oregon
Zeke Elliott – RB Ohio St
Myles Jack – LB UCLA

2nd Day Prospects
2nd Round 

Connor Cook – QB Michigan St.
Bronson Kaufusi – DE BYU
Kenny Clark – DT UCLA
Sterling Shepard – WR Oklahoma

3rd Round
Charles Tapper – DE Oklahoma
Darian Thompson – S Boise St
Kentrell Brothers – LB Missouri
Hassan Ridgeway – DT Texas

Team Needs
1. Quarterback 
– The Cowboys lost starting QB Tony Romo for the critical early thru midseason when Dallas lost 7 games in a row. He was reinjured late and has a disturbing injury history. Best value appeared to be prospects Carson Wentz or Jared Goff with the #4 pick before the two major trades. They may sit on the need and wait until the 2nd round and hope to land Connor Cook. They like Kevin Hogan in the middle rounds.

2. Defensive Line – The Cowboys lost veteran Greg Hardy to a season opening suspension and he failed to make a difference. Rookie DE Randy Gregory faces a suspension this September and DE Demarcus Lawrence has been suspended the first month of season due to testing positive. He is a talented edge rusher who has emerged as an upcoming sack artist. They need both ends and tackles for their 4-3 set and could use two of their high picks there. They have little depth that must be addressed. They like DE Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner in the 1st round. They like DT Kenny Clark, Vernon Butler and Andrew Billings in the early 2nd round. They will probably address their line with multiple selections in a very deep group. They like DEs Bronson Kaufusi and Carl Nassib and DTs Maliek Collins and Hassan Ridgeway in the 3rd round. Expect the Boys to explore trading up for linemen in the early rounds.

3. Defensive Back – The Cowboys had major problems in the secondary last season and could address both the safety and corner spots in the early rounds. Starting corners, Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick have struggled in coverage. They liked top pick Byron Jones who settled in at free safety and graded out well. They like DB Jalen Ramsey in the first round. They also like corners William Jackson and Artie Burns and will consider them in the 2nd round. They like safeties Darian Thompson and Jeremy Cash on the 2nd day.

4. Wide Receiver – The Boys’ hope to address their receiving corps with a top three selection. Veteran star wideout Dez Bryant missed most of the season with a leg injury and was never a big factor in their offense. Fast vet Terrance Williams has been fairly productive with improved big play ability. Slot receiver Cole Beasley showed some playing ability in package offense. The talent is good this year and they could address this unit on the 2nd day and like prospects Tyler Boyd, Sterling Shepard, Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas there.

5. Linebacker – The Cowboys are set in the 4-3 scheme with a solid if unspectacular unit. Veteran Sean Lee moved outside with the addition of Rolando McClain to the Mike spot. Lee is a leader and playmaker though missed three games while McClain was reliable in the middle after missing a month due to suspension. OLB Hitchens was adequate. They have marginal depth overall and will hope to add an outside backer to complete the unit. They like Myles Jack and he would be great fit in the 1st round. They like Josh Perry, Kentrell Brothers and Jordan Jenkins and have them earmarked for the 2nd day.

Insiders’ Insights
The Cowboys finished last in the NFC East at 4-12, mainly due to Tony Romo’s recurring collarbone injuries. They hope to address their future passer and struggling defense with most of their top selections. They still need playmakers for the healthy return Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Jerry Jones will consider the top back, Elliott with their 1st round selection. In addition, they have average talent after Dez Bryant at wideout and will look to add one quality prospect there, though not with their top selection. Defense is their highest priority especially along the line. The Greg Hardy signing was a major disaster in production and team morale. They have ends high on their 1st round list and one will be available. They like DT Kenny Clark have him high on their 2nd round list. They could select multiple defensive linemen and possibly add another end in the top 40. They like Bronson Kaufusi in the 2nd day. They are interested in a starting corner in the top 100 and like Artie Burns in the early 2nd round.

1st Round Pick – DE Joey Bosa – Explosive edge defender with big play potential.
Alternate Pick – DB Jalen Ramsey – True blue chip versatile defender with early Pro Bowl talent.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time 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 Draft – Compensatory Draft Selections

The NFL awarded 13 teams a total of 33 compensatory draft selections Friday, which are granted under league rules to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire in the previous year. Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors, developed by the NFL Management Council. This year, compensatory picks fall between Rounds 3-6.

Photo – Safety Karl Joseph – West Virginia

The New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49es received the most compensatory picks this year, with 4 each. Beginning in 2017, clubs will be permitted to trade compensatory picks.

The 2016 NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in Chicago. There will be 255 total draft selections over 7 rounds. There were two forfeited picks – Patriots in the 1st round and the Chiefs in the 3rd round.

Here is a look at this year’s 33 compensatory choices, with the round and overall pick number for each selection:

NFL Draft – Compensatory Draft Selections

3rd Round (4) 
Detroit Lions: (95)
New England Patriots: (96)
Seattle Seahawks: (97)
Denver Broncos: (98)

4th Round (9) 
Green Bay Packers: (131) & (137)
Baltimore Ravens: (132) & (134)
Dallas Cowboys: (135)
Denver Broncos: (136)
San Francisco 49ers: (133)
Cleveland Browns: (138)
Buffalo Bills: (139)

5th Round (6)
Arizona Cardinals: (170)
Seattle Seahawks: (171)
Cleveland Browns: (172) & (173)
San Francisco 49ers: (174)
San Diego Chargers: (175)

6th Round (14) 
New England Patriots: (208), (214) & (221)
Baltimore Ravens: (209)
Detroit Lions: (210)
San Francisco 49ers: (211) & (213)
Dallas Cowboys: (212), (216) & (217)
Seattle Seahawks: (215)
Buffalo Bills: (218)
Denver Broncos: (219)
Pittsburgh Steelers: (220)

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time 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 2015-2016 Award Winners

Cam Newton Wins AP League MVP Award
JJ Watt Wins 3rd Defensive Player of Year Award

Photo – Safety Eric Berry – Chiefs

The Broncos win Super Bowl L but the 2015 season was Cam Newton’s time to shine. That continued Saturday night at NFL Honors when he won the MVP with 48 of 50 possible votes.

Newton and J.J. Watt winning big awards was not a surprise during the award show. Watt had a message for all the people that doubted him along the way.

“I was a 2-star recruit coming out, and now I have 3 DPOY awards. So… screw all of you guys for doubting me,” Watt said.

Cam Newton wins AP Offensive Player of the Year

Hall of Fame Inductees
Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Ken Stabler, Tony Dungy and Dick Stanfel were announced as the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Comeback Player of the Year Eric Berry provided the most resonant moment of the night talking about the times he “felt like I couldn’t do it anymore” during his battle with cancer. He thanked his mom for being there for him during “lonely nights” and you could see how much the award meant to him. The night wrapped up with Anquan Boldin winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year, a worthy choice for one of the league’s class acts of the last decade.

Here is the full list of 2016 NFL Award Winners:

AP Most Valuable Player: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
NFL Rookie of the Year: Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Players of the Year: Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals; Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City Chiefs

AP Offensive Player of the Year Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs
Service Award: Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Clutch Performer of the Year: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

AP Coach of the Year: Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Wade Phillips, Denver Broncos

Art Rooney Award: Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders
Don Shula HS Coach of the Year: Michael Burnett, Tuscarora (Virginia) High School
“Greatness on the Road” Award: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016: 
Brett Favre, QB; Kevin Greene, LB; Marvin Harrison, WR; Orlando Pace, OL; Tony Dungy, coach; Ken Stabler, QB; Dick Stanfel, OL; Eddie DeBartolo, owner

Deacon Jones Award: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Performance Play of the Year: Aaron Rodgers’ stunning Hail Mary vs. Lions Fantasy Player of the Year: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time 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.

The Titans are ‘On the Clock’
Browns Hold #2 Overall Selection

NFL Draft 2016 First Round Order –

Photo – DE Joey Bosa – Ohio St.

NFL Draft 2016 Order
x – division winner / y – playoff berth
# Team / W-L / Opp W-L %

1. Tennessee Titans: 3-13 (.492)
2. Cleveland Browns: 3-13 (.531)
3. San Diego Chargers: 4-12 (.527)
4. Dallas Cowboys: 4-12 (.531)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: 5-11 (.473)
6. Baltimore Ravens: 5-11 (.508)
7. San Francisco 49ers: 5-11 (.539)
8. Miami Dolphins: 6-10 (.469)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-10 (.484)
10. New York Giants: 6-10 (.500)
11. Chicago Bears: 6-10 (.547)
12. New Orleans Saints: 7-9 (.504)
13. Philadelphia Eagles: 7-9 (.508)
14. Oakland Raiders: 7-9 (.512)
15. St. Louis Rams: 7-9 (.527)
16. Detroit Lions: 7-9 (.535)
17. Atlanta Falcons: 8-8 (.480)
18. Indianapolis Colts: 8-8 (.500)
19. Buffalo Bills: 8-8 (.508)
20. New York Jets: 10-6 (.441)
21 x Washington: 9-7 (.471)
22 x Houston: 9-7 (.496)
23 y Pittsburgh: 10-6 (.504)
24 y Seattle: 10-6 (.520)
25 y Green Bay: 10-6 (.531)
26 y Kansas City: 11-5 (.496)
27 x Minnesota: 11-5 (.504)
28 x Cincinnati: 12-4 (.477)
29 x New Eng: 12-4 (.473)
30 x Denver: 12-4 (.500)
31 x Arizona: 13-3 (.477)
32 x Carolina: 15-1 (.441)
Order from #21 thru #32 determined by postseason finish

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time 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 16 –
Panthers Remain Unbeaten – Chiefs Pressing Broncos For AFC West Title – NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – RB David Johnson – Cardinals

Defensive Player – CB Marcus Peters – Chiefs

Players of the Week
Offensive Player – QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Jets

Defensive Player – CB Patrick Peterson – Cardinals

Photo – DE J.J. Watt – Texans

Team of Week 15 – Redskins
Matchup of Week 16 – Packers (10-4) at Cardinals (12-2)

Rank / Team / Record

1. Carolina Panthers (14-0) 
The Panthers held on vs the GMen and look to finish unblemished.

2. New England Patriots (12-2) 
Patriots are in position for home playoff games and bye week.

3. Arizona Cardinals (12-2) 
QB Carson Palmer bombed the Eagles to clinch NFC West title.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (11-3)
Bengals win a big game vs 49ers and travel to Denver looking to clinch AFC North title.

5. Green Bay Packers (10-4) 
Packers travel to Arizona in what could be a NFC playoff matchup in a few weeks.

6. Denver Broncos (10-4) 
Broncos’ are limping down the stretch with Chiefs breathing down their back.

7. Seattle Seahawks (9-5) 
The Seahawks are coming on strong in hopes to be the top ranked wild card playoff team.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) 
Steelers’ come off huge victories over the Bengals and Broncos but face rival Ravens this week.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) 
Chiefs won their 8th game in a row and host the weak Browns in key matchup.

10. Minnesota Vikings (9-5) 
Vikings host the Giants this week in key matchup for their playoff wild card hopes.

11. New York Jets (9-5)
The Jets are playing well but host their East menace the Patriots with their AFC wild card playoff hopes in the balance.

12. Washington Redskins (7-7)
The Skins beat the Bills and have a chance to make playoffs with win over the Eagles this Saturday.

13. Houston Texans (7-7) 
Texans beat the Colts in critical AFC South matchup and must win a big game vs Titans to maintain divisional lead.

14. New York Giants (6-8) 
GMen came up short in a wild shootout with the Panthers and face long mathematical chances for the playoffs.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) 
Eagles were bombed by the Falcons and must beat the Redskins to stay alive for the playoffs this week.

16. Atlanta Falcons (7-7) 
Falcons’ host the Panthers in must win situation for their slim playoff hopes.

17. Buffalo Bills (6-8)
The Bills came up vs the Skins and saw their playoff hopes end for another season.

18. Indianapolis Colts (6-8) 
The Colts lost a tough South game vs the Texans that puts them in deep trouble for postseason.

19. Oakland Raiders (6-8) 
The Raiders showed improvement this season, but another postseason watching the playoffs on TV.

20. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-8) 
Bucs have made huge strides this season and will press to reach the .500 mark over final weeks.

21. St. Louis Rams (6-8) 
The Rams travel to Seattle for West matchup with only a longshot chance of playoffs.

22. New Orleans Saints (5-9) 
Saints’ defense has been their albatross once again.

23. Baltimore Ravens (4-10)
The Ravens will complete a down season, but are capable of turning it around quickly.

24. Miami Dolphins (5-9)
The Dolphins have a lot off offseason work to get this club to playoff levels.

25. Dallas Cowboys (4-10) 
Cowboys came up short again vs the Jets and play out the string with another non-playoff performance.

26. Chicago Bears (5-9) 
The Bears are still a ways from competing for the postseason.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) 
The Jaguars lost a key game vs Falcons, but have made huge progress this season.

28. Detroit Lions (5-9)
Lions playing out the schedule will major turnover expected this postseason.

29. San Diego Chargers (4-10) 
Chargers are expected to make major changes that could include their QB Philip Rivers.

30. San Francisco 49ers (4-10) 
The 49ers are a shell of recent teams and need a strong draft class to reverse their fortunes.

31. Cleveland Browns (3-11) 
Browns made little progress this season and face all the major questions once again this offseason.

32. Tennessee Titans (3-11) 
The Titans are not competitive weekly this season and add a strong influx of new talent to get to respectability.

NFL 2015 Predictions – Packers-Chargers – Super Bowl L Matchup

Photo – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers – NFL 2015 Predictions

Packers Picked as NFL Champion in Super Bowl L

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers
Defensive Player of the Year – Ndamukong Shu – Dolphins

Rookies of the Year
Offense – RB Melvin Gordon – Chargers
Defense – DL Leonard Williams – Jets

Philadelphia Eagles – 12-4 – 

Eagles are among the best in the NFC after strong FA class. They are capable of winning the East and going deep into the playoffs behind veteran QB Sam Bradford.
New York Giants – 10-6 – 
Giants can play with anyone on the league, but must stay healthy and play more consistently. They have a potent attack and a young defense that must prove itself in big situations and overcome a few key injuries.
Dallas Cowboys – 9-7 – 
QB Tony Romo operates behind a premier line to utilize Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant. They have questions related their ground game that needs to balance this offense. Their defense is average at best and they must prove they can beat playoff caliber offenses.
Washington Redskins – 4-12 – 
Skins start another new QB this season with RG3 demoted to a backup role. Their defense needs to improve after another subpar performance in 2014. Skins might again struggle to make .500 in a tough balanced division.

Green Bay Packers -11-5 –

Aaron Rodgers is still the premier QB in the game, though he will operate this season without veteran wideout Jordy Nelson. They hope to recover from a devastating playoff loss where the defense failed in big situations.
Detroit Lions – 10- 6 – 
Lions should earn a playoff spot behind a potent attack directed by veteran QB Matt Stafford. Their improving veteran defense will miss DT Shu.
Minnesota Vikings – 8-8 –
Vikes look to premier tailback Adrian Peterson to provide impact for young veteran QB Teddy Bridgewater to continue to improve further in this young attack. Defense has improved steadily over recent seasons.
Chicago Bears – 6-10 –
Bears look to erratic veteran QB Jay Cutler to attack this offense. The defense was one of the worst in this league last season and new additions may be only adequate.

New Orleans Saints – 11-5 – 

The Saints organization improved their porous defense that gives them the edge in one of the more balanced divisions in football. QB Drew Brees is capable of leading this club to the Show again.
Atlanta Falcons – 10-6 – 
Falcons are thinking division title after a disastrous past two seasons. They face a very tough schedule that might be the equalizer. Their defense can only improve after a weak 2014 performance.
Carolina Panthers – 7-9 – 
Panthers look to ride QB Cam Newton to the top of the division, though their roster has made little overall improvement. They face a very tough schedule and will go through some painful growing pains in 2011.
Tampa Bay Bucs – 5-11 – 
The Bucs begin the Jameis Winston era with him operating a talented young offense that needs time to develop. HC Lovie Smith added young vets for a weak defense that could make big strides this season.

Arizona Cardinals – 11-5 – 

Cards look to ride the return of vet QB Carson Palmer to rise to the top of the toughest division in the NFL.
They look to new veterans to improve their defense that has lost key front seven starters in recent offseasons.
Seattle Seahawks – 10-6 – 
Seahawks may be hard pressed to win this divisional title again. QB Russell Wilson directs a strong run oriented offense while their defense still remains among the elite in the game.
St. Louis Rams – 9-7 –
Rams look to build off an improved offense directed by new QB Nick Foles. Their defense relies on their dominant front four that makes them dangerous to make the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers – 5-11 – 
The 49ers sustained numerous key losses including HC Jim Harbaugh and half their defense. Young QB Colin
Kaepernick faces a difficult task with new starters in key positions. 49ers may struggle to attain the .500 mark.

Divisional Champs 
Eagles, Packers, Saints and Cardinals

Wild Card Clubs
Giants & Seahawks

NFC Championship
Packers beat Saints in wild NFC title game.

Miami Dolphins – 10-6 – 

Dolphins will be hard pressed to improve off back to back 7-9 seasons. QB Chad Henne is better than advertised and needs new vet Reggie Bush to become everything Ted Ginn did not become.
New England Patriots – 10-6 – 
Pats look to premier QB Tom Brady to direct this changing potent offense. The new ground game and receivers could rank them at the top of the league. Their suspect changing defense will determine their final fate in key games.
New York Jets – 6-10 – 
Jets look to vet QB Ryan Fitzpatrick can direct this offense after a horrible offensive showing in 2014. This defense can rank among the top five in the game.
Buffalo Bills – 5-11 – 
Bills are still rebuilding and will look to their young players to establish themselves as quality NFL players. Their QB position continues to go through turnover and remains a mystery. Their defense ranks among the league’s toughest and continues to improve.

Cincinnati Bengals – 11-5 – 

The Bengals look to QB Andy Dalton to step up and take this club further in the playoffs after one game exists over his career. Their defense has been the major culprit and rarely improvesd under HC Marvin Lewis.
Baltimore Ravens – 10-6 – 
The Ravens will look to veteran QB Joe Flacco to keep this offense among the top scoring attacks in the game.
The defense is still at playoff levels, but must improve in pass coverage to go further in the postseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers – 8-8 – 
Big Ben is coming off an outstanding 2014 performance leading this high powered attack. The Steel defense lost several key starters that will demand young players to step up if they intend to win in this tough division.
Cleveland Browns – 6-10 – 
Browns continue to rebuild and look to young QB Johnny Manziel to get them to respectability. Their 1-6 finish produced another sub .500 season. Their defense must improve in run defense to make any overall progress.

Indianapolis Colts – 11-5 – 

QB Andrew Luck carries this average club and that has dominated this division in recent seasons. This young club needs to improve to go further in the postseason especially their offensive line and ordinary defense. They get a favorable early schedule that should allow them to claim the divisional lead
Houston Texans – 9-7 –
The Texans returned to respectability last season behind a dominant performance by DE/TE JJ Watt. Their average offense looks to veteran QB Brian Hoyer to direct this mediocre attack. Marginal firepower may limit this club in big game situations.
Tennessee Titans – 6-10 – 
The Titans look to top pick Marcus Mariota to bring this club to respectability. They have problems on both sides of the ball and probably go through difficult growing pains this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars – 5-11 – 
Jaguars look for improvement from young QB Blake Bortles and rookie back TJ Yeldon to improve this low ranked attack. Club is probably a year away from challenging .500 mark.

San Diego Chargers – 11-5 –

The Chargers are a loaded club with QB Philip Rivers directing a veteran club. They can win the West title behind a young veteran defense that continues to improvebut needs their troubled special teams to improve significantly.
Denver Broncos – 10-6 –
Broncos hope to make a run at title in what appears to be Peyton Manning’s final season. They need their defense to recover from their late season collapse last year to retain AFC West rule.
Kansas City Chiefs – 8-8 – 
Chiefs need their offensive weapons QB Alex Smith and runner Jamaal Charles to step up this season to challenge for the playoffs. They rely on their emerging young defense to continue to improve and rank among the best in the AFC.
Oakland Raiders – 6-10 –
Raiders look to young QB Derek Carr to benefit from the addition of top pick WR Amari Cooper to open up this attack. They need overall improvement on both sides of the ball to even challenge for a .500 season.

Divisional Champs 
Dolphins, Bengals, Colts & Chargers

Wild Card Clubs 
Patriots & Broncos

AFC Championship
San Diego over Indianapolis

Chargers go to Super Bowl behind veteran QB Philip Rivers

Super Bowl L Matchup
Green Bay Packers over San Diego Chargers

Packers win a wild Super Bowl showdown with Chargers.


Broncos & Cardinals Top NFL Power Rankings

NFL Power Rankings Week 9 –
Broncos and Cardinals Top AFC & NFC

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR John Brown – Cardinals

Defensive Player – LB Anthony Barr – Vikings

Photo – QB Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player – QB Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers

Defensive Player – DE J.J. Watt – Texans

Team of Week 8 – Cardinals
Matchup of Week 9 – Broncos at Patriots

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (6-1) 
Broncos’ beat division rival Chargers handily in last one.

2. Arizona Cardinals (6-1) 
Cards took care of the Eagles at home.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) 
Eagles give up too many big plays.

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) 
What happened to all those unbeatable claims.

5. Indianapolis Colts (5-3) 
Colts were slammed by the Steelers 51-34 in last one.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1)
The Bengals beat North arch rival Ravens in key victory last week.

7. Detroit Lions (6-2) 
Lions get a week off after edging out the Falcons across the pond.

8. San Diego Chargers (5-3) 
Chargers have lost two in a row to West rivals the Broncos and Chiefs.
9. New England Patriots (6-2) 
Patriots just find a way to win in soft AFC East.

10. Baltimore Ravens (5-3) 
The Ravens’ lost a tough one in Cincinnati and travel to Pittsburgh this week.

11. Green Bay Packers (5-3) 
Packers’ were hot vs Saints and Panthers and get bye week to regroup for playoff push.

12. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) 
Cowboys were whipped by the Redskins with QB Tony Romo hurt in the process.

13. San Francisco 49ers (4-3) 
The 49ers are looking to start a streak with tough NFC matchups over the next month.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) 
Steelers’ bombed the Colts in critical win with arch enemy the Ravens coming in Sunday nite.

15. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)
The Chiefs are looking to get a streak going here with Jets coming to town.

16. Buffalo Bills (5-3)
The hot and cold Bills’ rest this week with five critical AFC matchups waiting starting in early November.

17. Miami Dolphins (4-3) 
The Dolphins get the staggering Chargers at home in key AFC matchup.

18. New York Giants (3-4) 
The GMen are well rested for the Colts Monday nite to start a demanding schedule over the next month of play.

19. Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) 
The Panthers are sliding and face the Saints tonight in critical NFC South contest.

20. Chicago Bears (3-5) 
The Bears are falling apart and get a week off to regroup before a complete NFC second half schedule.

21. Houston Texans (4-4) 
Texans are hanging tough and face a in matchup with Eagles coming in Sunday.

22. New Orleans Saints (3-4) 
Saints face almost a must win situation tonight at Carolina for their playoff hopes.

23. Cleveland Browns (4-3) 
The Browns get another soft opponent this week with Bucs coming to town.

24. Washington Redskins (3-5)
The Skins won their Super Bowl vs Cowboys in last one.

25. St. Louis Rams (2-5) 
The Rams are one of the disappointing teams this year and travel to San Fran this week.

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-6) 
Falcons find ways to lose and face a major shakeup this offseason.

27. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) 
Vikings can only beat the soft clubs. Get the Skins at home on Sunday.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-6) 
The Titans are off this week and no one cares.

29. New York Jets (1-7) 
The Jets are a total train wreck.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-6) 
Bucs are bottom feeders because they trade top ten picks for 3rd day selections.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) 
The Jaguars’ are back to reality with loss to the Dolphins.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-7) 
The Raiders are after the Lions 0-16 record.