NFL Franchise Tag Deadline – Giants Close Deal on Daniel Jones

NFL Franchise Tag Deadline
Giants Close Deal on Daniel Jones, Tag Saquon Barkley

Photo – QB Daniel Jones – Giants
Photo – Ben Solomon – NY Giants

The NFL franchise tag deadline created several huge changes in the makeup of playoff teams and the QB position in particular. The Ravens tagged QB Lamar Jackson after extended contract talks failed to close a deal. Teams have until July to negotiate Other potential free agent QBs, Daniel Jones, Geno Smith and Derek Carr closed huge deals on the final days prior to the deadline. Jones signed a 4-year deal for $160M plus incentives after an excellent 2022 performance which led to the playoffs. Carr ended his NFL caravan with a four-year deal with the Saints. He looks like a perfect fit for the declining Saints who have the team makeup to make a fast turnaround and win the weak NFC South. Smith may be the best story of the year after a checkered NFL career with more failures as a starter. He led the Seahawks to a postseason in 2022 after Seattle traded star QB Russell Wilson last offseason.

Tuesday marked the official deadline for NFL teams to use a tag on players whose contracts are set to expire.

After the signing of Daniel Jones, the Giants GM Joe Schoen was able to tag Saquon Barkley and retain their two star free agents. Giants brass and Barkley will work to close a deal over the next few weeks to create more salary cap room for the upcoming Free Agency market.

Previously, the NFL announced the 2023 salary cap will be a record $224.8 million per club. That’s an increase of 8% from the $208.2 million in 2022. Prior years were $182.5M in 2021 (Covid adjustment), 198.2M in 2020 and $188.2M in 2019.

NFL teams have until 4 pm est on March 15th to get under the salary cap before the free agency period officially opens.

Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag Players (6) – deadline March 7, 2023

Quarterback – $32.42M – tag average for position
Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens. Age 26

Running back – $10.1M tag average for position
  Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Age: 26
Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys. Age: 26
Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders. Age: 26

Tight end – $11.36M – tag average
Evan Engram, TE, Jaguars. Age: 28

Defensive tackle – $18.94M tag for tackles
Da’Ron Payne, NT, Redskins. Age: 26.

2023 Franchise/Transition tag figures
Position                       Franchise #
Quarterback:               $32.42M
Running back:             $10.1M
Wide receiver:             $19.74M
Tight end:                    $11.36M
Offensive linemen:      $18.24M
Defensive end:            $19.73M
Defensive tackle:         $18.94M
Linebacker:                 $20.93M
Cornerback:                 $18.14M
Safety:                         $14.46M
Kicker/punter:              $5.39M

Transition #
Quarterback:               $29.5M
Running back:             $8.43M
Wide receiver:             $17.99M
Tight end:                    $9.72M
Offensive linemen:      $16.66M
Defensive end:            $17.45M
Defensive tackle:        $16.1M
Linebacker:                 $17.48M
Cornerback:                $15.79M
Safety:                        $11.87M
Kicker/punter:             $4.87M
There are three tender options: 1) Non-exclusive franchise tag; 2) Exclusive franchise tag; 3) Transition tag.
Non-exclusive franchise tag – This is a one-year tender of the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position over the last five years, or 120 percent of his previous salary, whichever is greater. The player can negotiate with other teams. The player’s current team has the right to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs with another club.

Exclusive franchise tag: Unlike the non-exclusive version, the tagging team retains the sole right to negotiate with the player. The exclusivity comes with a bump in pay scale (current average salary versus averaging of the previous five years). This one-year tender offer of the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year, or 120 percent of his previous salary, whichever is greater. The rise in pay scale means only a select few get this tag. Usually, players for whom other teams would gladly give up two first-round picks receive this version of the tag — generally, quarterbacks.

Transition tag: The transition tag is a one-year tender offer for the average of the top 10 salaries at the position — as opposed to the top five for the franchise tag. It guarantees the original club the right of first refusal to match any offer the player might receive from another club. The tagging team is awarded no compensation if it chooses not to match a deal.

Offensive Players Shine Over Final NFL Combine Workouts

Offensive Players Shine Over Final Two Days at the NFL Combine

 Frank Coyle/ Head scout

 Photo – RB Bijan Robinson – Texas
 Photo – Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire/AP
The 2023 NFL Combine concluded with a larger group of offensive players finishing the week long event for over 300 prospects. The combine featured many fragmented workouts plus non participants which makes the Pro day schedule the next important phase of scouting evaluation.

Draft Insiders’ will have all workouts covered through April and factored into our Yearbook and Update Report before the NFL Draft 2023.

 Top NFL Combine Offensive Players


Anthony Richardson, Florida had an amazing workout. He ran a 4.45 time and put up elite numbers. He displayed a strong arm and excellent mobility to rank as the fastest rising prospect  at the NFL Combine. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State threw the ball easily and looked polish in his throws and footwork. Will Levis, Kentucky displayed a big arm and nice touch especially on his deep throws. He moved easily and got the ball out quickly. Stetson Bennett, Georgia was impressive throwing the ball and displayed an above average arm with fine accuracy.

 Running Backs

 Bijan Robinson, Texas had a solid performance with a 4.46 time with a 1.52 ten yard split. He is quick in drills at 215 lbs. He leaped well which translated to explosiveness to the hole in positional drills. He also caught the ball easily and is a complete feature back. Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama was outstanding, showing explosiveness and long speed. He ran a 4.32 time with a blazing 1.52 split. He moved quickly in drills and looked naturally catching the ball. Evan Hull, Northwestern was impressive and performed a full workout. He looked sharp in drills and caught the ball well to improve his stock significantly. Deneric Prince, Tulsa was explosive and ran a 4.41 time with a 1.53 ten at 216 lbs. He did well in positional drills.

 Wide Receivers

Trey Palmer, Nebraska ran a blazing 4.33 time with a 1.51 ten-yard split. He moved easily in positional drills and helped his cause. Jalen Cropper, Fresno State ran a 4.40 time and was very polished in passing drills with fine hands, leaping and body control. Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee had the best all around workout for the position with a 4.40 time plus a 40” VL and an 11’3” BJ. He finished with fine positional drills. Andrei Iosivas, Princeton had a complete workout and shined in every event. He ran a 4.44 time with a 39” VL and a fast 6.85 three cone time.  Charlie Jones, Purdue had a solid overall performance including a 4.44 time and fine positional drills. He moves efficiently and creates separation to provide a dependable target. He is a polished pass catcher. Matt Landers, Arkansas was very impressive with a 4.37 sprint and fine leaping drills. He moved easy for a 6’4” and 200 lbs. prospect and has scouts back tracking his film. Bryce Ford-Wheaton, West Virginia ranked with any receiving prospect with an outstanding performance. He ran a 4.38 time at over 6’4” 220 lbs., in addition a 41” VL and 6.97 three cone. He needs some route running development, though possesses a rare physical athletic skill set.

Tight Ends

Darnell Washington, Georgia is a massive imposing athlete who tested well. He moves well for a huge athlete who is a dominant inline blocker.  Zack Kuntz, Old Dominion had an exceptional overall workout and is a fast-rising prospect. He ran and leap among the best in recent memory at the position and looked sharp in positional drills.  Sam LaPorta, Iowa was impressive and was smooth in events. He catches the ball well and runs precise routes.

Offensive Linemen

Blake Freeland, BYU was outstanding and ran a 4.98 time at almost 6’8” and 302 lbs. He leaped very well and moved easily in drills to improve his status significantly. Anton Harrison, Oklahoma had a strong workout with a 4.99 time and good positional drills. Cody Mauch, North Dakota State made a strong impression with a fine workout. He moves easy for over 6’5” and 302 lbs. and ran a 5.08 time. His versatility and well-developed skill set elevated his status. Peter Skoronski, Northwestern had a solid performance and moved exceptionally easy in positional drills. Darnell Wright, Tennessee ran a 5.01 time at over 6’5” and 333 lbs. He moves well and has the developed skills to a right tackle prospect. Luke Wypler, Ohio State had a good full workout and ran a 5.14 time and good positional drills to improve his stock.

Defensive Players Shine Early at NFL Combine

Defensive Players Shine Over First Two Days at the NFL Combine

 Frank Coyle/ Head scout

 Photo – Lukas Van Ness – Iowa
         Bryon Houlgrave/The Register / USA Today Network

 At the NFL Combine, the complete group of defensive players have finished two days of extensive workouts and exams. We will not comment on players who opted out of the workouts after an offseason of endless deflections from first the team Bowl games in Dec and Jan followed by the weakest All-star venue ever. Several All-Star games did not have a Top 150 Prospects at the event on Draft Insiders’ rankings. Many NFL personnel have privately complained at this development and are discussed with how this has complicated and extended the scouting process unnecessarily.

 Top NFL Combine Defensive Players

  Edge Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern was an impressive athlete who excelled in most drills and improved his stock significantly. DL Bryan Bresee, Clemson had a strong workout and his versatility to fit either front line including lining up inside and outside will help his cause. Edge Lukas Van Ness, Iowa continues to make an amazing raise up the charts. He moved easily and displayed power and explosiveness.  DT Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh ran the best forty time at 4.67 and moved quickly in drills.

 LB Nolan Smith, Georgia blew up the first day of the workout and solidified at mid first round selection. Edge Byron Young, Tennessee continued his incredible rise up the charts with a strong performance. He is explosive and fast and moved well in drills. LB Jack Campbell, Iowa had a well rounded workout and is highly developed to be a plug and play backer next fall. LB Owen Pappoe, Auburn ran a blazing sub. 4.4 sprint and added solid numbers in drills.

 CB Deonte Banks, Maryland had an excellent workout including a sub 4.4 time and quick drills at almost 200 lbs. DB Brian Branch, Alabama was smooth in all drills. He was highly efficient in his movement and had fine numbers in drills. CB Julius Brents, Kansas State has unique size and leaping talent. He put up impressive numbers and fits all schemes. CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon checked all the boxes and might have earned the #1 corner ranking. He ran well and changed directions easily to impress many DCs.

 CB Riley Moss, Iowa was prepared for the event and responded with a well rounded performance. He combines the versatility and talent to play any position in the secondary, increasing his value tremendously. CB DJ Turner II, Michigan had the fastest forty time with a 4.27 sprint. He also did well in the leaping drills and helped his draft stock nicely.

 Safety Sydney Brown, Illinois had a strong workout and displayed quickness, speed and power to help his cause. Safety Brandon Hill, Pittsburgh ran a fast 4.44 time and moved easily in drills to leave an impression. DB Jartavius Martin, Illinois was outstanding and improved his stock as much as anyone on the defensive side of the ball. He ran well and moved smoothly in drills plus leaped out of the building.

Bulldogs’ Nolan Smith Shines in Day One of NFL Combine

Bulldogs’ Nolan Smith Shines in Day One of NFL Combine
NFL Combine Workouts Begin

Frank Coyle/ Head scout

Edge defender Nolan Smith of Georgia set the pace for Day one of the workout phase of the NFL Combine with an outstanding overall performance. The former 5-star athlete completed an excellent workout which probably guarantees him an early to mid-first round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft.     Photo – Nolan Smith – Dawg Report
He checked in at a lean 6’2” and 238 lbs. with  average 32 5/8” arms. He put up an eye-popping 40 time with an official time of 4.39 seconds with a 1.52 ten-yard split. He also added 41.5” in the vertical leap and 10’8” in the broad jump. He set the pace for this year’s NFL Combine following last year when Georgia dominated the event especially on defense both at the combine and ultimately the early rounds of the NFL Draft.

Smith is a twitchy blue-chip athlete with an explosive burst on the snap which gives him an immediate advantage. He has blazing sideline-to-sideline speed and quickness to beat blocking angles and get to the ball consistently. His speed and quickness overcome his adequate size while attacking the line of scrimmage or space. He uses developed technique and sound leverage very well to consistently separate in traffic. His quick hands allow him to create space to use his amazing speed to be effective at the point of attack. His length and speed should allow him to develop and matchup with tight ends in coverage with further reps and refinement of his reads.

Smith played four seasons at Georgia, and totaled 110 tackles, 20 TFLs and 12.5 sacks. His biggest season came during the 2021 season when he finished the season with 4.5 sacks and 8 TFLs playing in all fifteen games that season in their first of two consecutive national championships. He was a part of amazing Georgia 2019 recruiting class as a five-star prospect and the number-one player in the nation during his recruitment process.

 2023 NFL Scouting Combine Workout Schedule

NFL Combine 2023
  Feb. 27- March 6 – NFL Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In)

 The 2023 NFL Scouting Combine begins on Monday, February 27th with team interviews, physicals, medical exams and media interviews. The athletic testing and field drills get underway on Thursday, March 2nd. The events will once again take place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. Television coverage can be found on the NFL Network. will have scouts at the NFL Combine and provide scouting insights for the 2023 Draft Yearbook and exclusive emails to Full subscribers.

 2023 NFL Scouting Combine Workout Schedule

 Thursday – 3/2/23: Edge Rushers, Defensive Line and Linebackers
3 pm – 8 pm – NFL Network

Friday – 3/3/23: Cornerbacks and Safeties
3 pm – 8 pm – NFL Network

Saturday – 3/4/23: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
1 pm – 8 pm – NFL Network

Sunday – 3/5/23: Running Backs, Offensive Tackles and Interior Offensive Line
1 pm – 7 pm – NFL Network
On Field Positional Drills
March 2 at 3:30 p.m.
March 3 at 4 p.m.
March 4 at 2 p.m.
March 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Top 50 Prospects for NFL Draft 2023

Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2023
       February 28th, 2023 – Pre-NFL Combine

 Frank Coyle/ Head scout

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Top 50 Pro Prospects

#  Pro Prospect                   Pos      Ht / Wt             School
1 Will Anderson                       Edge    6-4, 245            Alabama
2 Bryce Young                        QB       5-11, 195          Alabama
3 Jalen Carter                          DT        6-3, 310            Georgia
4 CJ Stroud                            QB       6-3, 215            Ohio State
5 Peter Skoronski                    OT        6-4, 315            Northwestern
6 Will Levis                             QB       6-3, 232            Kentucky
7 Myles Murphy                       Edge    6-5, 275            Clemson
8 Tyree Wilson                        DE       6-5, 275            Texas Tech
9 Jordan Addison                    WR       5-11, 175          Southern Cal
10 Anthony Richardson              QB       6-4, 235            Florida
11 Michael Mayer                      TE        6-5, 255            Notre Dame
12 Devon Witherspoon              CB        6-1, 180            Illinois
13 Quentin Johnston                 WR       6-3, 215            TCU
14 Bijan Robinson                     RB        5-11, 225          Texas
15 Paris Johnson                      OT        6-6, 315            Ohio State
16 Christian Gonzalez                CB        6-1. 205            Oregon
17 Broderick Jones                   OT        6-4, 315            Georgia
18 Bryan Bresee                        DT        6-4, 300            Clemson
19 Jaxon Smith-Njigba               WR       5-11, 200          Ohio State
20 Joey Porter                          CB        6-1, 200            Penn State
21 Dalton Kincaid                      TE        6-6, 245            Utah
22 O’Cyrus Torrence                  OG       6-5, 340            Florida
23 Isaiah Foskey                       Edge    6-5, 260            Notre Dame
24 Kelee Ringo                         CB        6-2, 205            Georgia
25 Lukas Van Ness                   Edge    6-4, 255            Iowa
26 Nolan Smith                         Edge    6-3, 235            Georgia
27 Cam Smith                           CB        6-1, 190            South Carolina
28 Brian Branch                         S          6-0, 195            Alabama
29 Trent Simpson                      LB        6-3, 230            Clemson
30 Keion White                          DE       6-4, 280            Georgia Tech
31 Luke Musgrave                     TE        6-5, 255            Oregon State
32 Jalin Hyatt                            WR       6-0, 180            Tennessee
33 Clark Phillips                        CB        5-10 185           Utah
34 John Michael Schmitz           C          6-3, 310            Minnesota
35 Rashee Rice                         WR       6-1, 210            SMU
36 Daiyan Henley                      LB        6-2, 235            Washington State
37 Zay Flowers                          WR       5-10, 175          Boston College
38 Drew Sanders                       LB        6-4, 245            Arkansas
39 Cody Mauch                         OG       6-5, 310            North Dakota State
40 Siaki Ika                               NT        6-3, 350            Baylor
41 Noah Sewell                         LB        6-3, 250            Oregon
42 BJ Ojulari                             Edge    6-3, 245            LSU
43 Jahmyr Gibbs                       RB        5-11, 200          Alabama
44 Derick Hall                            Edge    6-3, 260            Auburn
45 Jack Campbell                      LB        6-3, 250            Iowa
46 Cedric Tillman                       WR       6-3, 210            Tennessee
47 Dawand Jones                     OT        6-7, 360            Ohio State
48 Tuli Tuipulotu                        DT        6-4, 290            Southern Cal
49 Darnell Washington               TE        6-6, 265            Georgia
50 Darnell Wright                      OT        6-5, 340            Tennessee

NFL Combine 2023

NFL Combine 2023

February 27 – March 6 – NFL Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In)

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The 2023 NFL Scouting Combine begins on Monday, February 27th with team interviews, physicals, medical exams and media interviews. The athletic testing and field drills get underway on Thursday, March 2nd. The events will once again take place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. Television coverage can be found on the NFL Network. will have scouts at the NFL Combine and provide scouting insights for the Draft Yearbook and exclusive emails to Full subscribers.

Quarterbacks is a projected strong class and will be a focus of the week, though top prospect Bryce Young will only participate in exams and interviews. He has stated he is fully recovered from his AC joint injury and will do a full workout at the Alabama Pro Day this spring. Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Kentucky’s Will Levis and Florida’s Anthony Richardson will throw at the combine on Saturday March 4th. Most QBs usually participate in their Pro days from a throwing perspective which leaves a lasting and sometimes deceptive view of a players’ pro potential.

The workout part of the NFL Combines begins Thursday with the defensive front seven players on center stage. The defense completes the workout portion on Friday with the deep defensive back class the participants. On Saturday, the wide receivers and tight ends join the QBs for a long day on drills and many of the top selections on display. The workouts conclude on Sunday with the running backs and the huge offensive line group completing the week-long events.

2023 NFL Scouting Combine Workout Schedule

Thursday – 3/2/23: Edge Rushers, Defensive Line and Linebackers
Friday – 3/3/23: Cornerbacks and Safeties
Saturday – 3/4/23: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
Sunday – 3/5/23: Running Backs, Offensive Tackles and Interior Offensive Line

HBCU Legacy Bowl Game

HBCU Legacy Bowl Game

Feb. 25, Saturday, 4 pm est – NFL Network
   Yulman Stadium, Tulane University, New Orleans, La

The HBCU Legacy Bowl is a postseason HBCU football All-Star game, highlighting the top draft-eligible prospects from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The HBCU Legacy Bowl began in 2022 and is presented yearly by the Black College Football Hall of Fame. In 2023, the HBCU Legacy Bowl partnered with the NFL to host the HBCU Combine ahead of the game. The Combine occurred earlier this week with many of the players in this game.

The two HBCU Legacy Bowl teams are Team Gaither and Team Robinson, named after legendary HBCU head coaches Jake Gaither (Florida A&M) and Eddie Robinson (Grambling St.). Team Gaither will be led by co-head coaches Richard Hayes Jr. (Fayetteville St.) and Trei Oliver (North Carolina Central). Team Robinson will be led by co-head coaches Chennis Berry (Benedict College) and Eric Dooley (Southern University).

The HBCU Legacy Bowl selected Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and former Saints left tackle Terron Armstead as Honorary Captains for this year’s event.

Winston and Armstead are founding partners with the HBCU Legacy Bowl and other NFL players, such as NFL MVP and Super Bowl LVII champion Patrick Mahomes, who was the event’s inaugural honorary captain.

The second HBCU Legacy Bowl will showcase prospects hoping to earn a roster spot in the NFL, CFL, USFL, XFL, or other professional leagues. The event will be held at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium at 3:00 pm CT on Feb. 25. The NFL Network will broadcast the contest with Steve Wyche (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (color analyst) in the booth.

2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl Rosters and Breakdown

# Players     Conference

34                      SWAC
20                      CIAA
16                       SIAC
12                      MEAC
5                        Big South
4                        OVC, NAIA
2                        CAA
2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl rosters

Team Gaither has 50 players in the 2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl and Team Robinson has 47 players. Here’s a complete list of the 2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl rosters.

Team Gaither

#          Prospect                      Position           School

1          Dion “DJ” Gollat Jr.        QB                   Bowie State
2          Alfonzo Graham            RB                    Morgan State
4          Edward Hicks II             WR                   North Carolina Central
5          Jahkari Grant                QB                   Virginia Union
6          Morgan Scroggins         WR                   Bowie State
8          Antoine Murray              WR                   Howard
9          Darius Hagans              RB                    Virginia State
11         Jalen Fowler                 QB                   North Carolina A&T
12         Jerrish Halsey               WR                   Delaware State
13         Jeremiah Holloman       WR                   Tennessee State
19         Zach Leslie                   WR                   North Carolina A&T
20         Taurean Taylor              RB                    Tuskegee
28         Tyler King                     RB                    Edward Waters
40         Elton Andrew Jr.            K                      Fayetteville State
53         Quinton Bobo Jr.           OL                    Bowie State
54         Robert Mitchell              OL                    North Carolina Central
55         Dacquari Wilson Jr.       OL                    North Carolina A&T
58         Tyrese Bobbit               OL                    Shaw
62         Christopher Georgia      OL                    Tennessee State
70         Robert Lacey III             OL                    Tennessee State
72         Christopher Simon        OL                    South Carolina State
74         Colby Byrd                    OL                    Norfolk State
75         Christopher Anthony      OL                    Morgan State
76         Darian Bryant                OL                    Virginia Union
81         Tyler Barnes                  TE                    North Carolina Central
86         Myles Wright                 TE/LS               Morgan State
90         Jacob Young                P                      Fayetteville State

0          Joshua Pryor                DL                    Bowie State
3          Malik Johnson               CB                    Central State
4          Derrick Tucker               S                      Texas Southern
5          Kai Gray                       S                      Lincoln (PA)
6          Jermaine McDaniel        DL                    North Carolina A&T
7          Demetrius Mann            S                      Virginia Union
8          Isaiah Williams              DL                    Delaware State
9          Jaleel Scroggins           CB                    Shaw
10         Brandon Barnes-Brown  CB                    Fayetteville State
11         Jahsun Bryant               LB                    Tennessee State
15         Keshaun Moore             DL                    Hampton
16         Damontay Rhem            LB                    Virginia Union
17         Julius Ali Shocklay        CB                    Hampton
18         Brandon Gaddy             DL                    Alabama State
21         Raymond Boone           S                      Bowie State
27         Jai Nunn-Liddell             CB                    Kentucky State
33         Woodly Appolon           LB                    Tuskegee
42         Zion Johnson                LB                    Virginia State
48         Brooks Parker III            LB                    Delaware State
50         Devin Harrell                 DL                    North Carolina A&T
54         Juanya’ Majette             LB                    Elizabeth City State
98         Ronald Johnson Jr.       DL                    Virginia Union
99         Ellison Jordan               DL                    Bowie State
Team Robinson

#          Prospect                      Position           School
0          Emanuel Wilson            RB                    Fort Valley State
1          Larry Harrington            QB                   Langston
3          Jacory Rankin               WR                   Mississippi Valley State
5          Que’shaun Byrd             RB                    Bethune-Cookman
6          Isiah Cox                      WR                   Alabama A&M
11         Skyler Perry                  QB                   Arkansas-Pine Bluff
12         Glendon McDaniel         QB                   Southern
13         Cornelius “CJ” Bolar      WR                   Alcorn State
17         DeVon McCoy               TE                    Clark Atlanta
19         Xavier Smith                 WR                   Florida A&M
21         Anthony “AJ” Davis       RB                    Florida A&M
23         Markel Scott                 RB                    Langston
42         Jose Romo-Martinez      K                      Florida A&M
43         Christopher Faddoul      P                      Florida A&M
44         Aarion Hartman             LS                    Jackson State
54         Drake Centers               OL                    Texas Southern
55         Henry Mitchell               OL                    Benedict
57         Tyler Pritchett                OL                    Benedict
63         Brian Williams               OL                    Southern
70         Cortez Herrin                 OL                    Alabama A&M
71         Emanuel Boone             OL                    Fort Valley State
72         Jeremiah Stafford         OL                    Southern
74         Tony Gray                     OL                    Jackson State
77         Maurice Campbell         OL                    Benedict
78         Jordan Johnson             OL                    Prairie View A&M

1          Jason Dumas                DL                    Southern
3          Corione Harris               S                      Southern
4          De’Jahn “Nugget” Warren  CB                Jackson State
5          Keyron Kinsler Jr.          S                      Alcorn State
6          Reyondous Estes          CB                    Grambling State
9          Nelson Jordan II            DL                    Alabama State
10         Keenan Issac                CB                    Alabama State
12         Jamal Dorsey                DL                    Langston
20         Olajuwone Smith           S                      Benedict
21         Claudin Cherelus           LB                    Alcorn State
22         James Hawkins             CB                    Albany State
26         Devin Dourisseau          LB                    Langston
30         Stephen Pierre              LB                    Albany State
32         Jordan Lewis                 LB                    Southern
33         Tyler Moore                  CB                    Fort Valley State
35         Dre’Shuwn Terry            LB                    Alabama A&M
44         Andrew Farmer II           DL                    Lane
50         Ronnie Thomas             DL                    Mississippi Valley State
51         Tarik Cooper                 LB                    Texas Southern
92         Justin Ragin                  DL                    Jackson State
94         Cameron Peterson        DL                    Southern
99         Kevin Victorian              DL                    Prairie View A&M

NFL and HBCU Combine and Legacy Bowl Game

NFL and HBCU Combine and Legacy Bowl Game

HBCU Legacy Bowl week will officially kick off hosting the 2023 HBCU Combine at the New Orleans Saints’ Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie, LA from 8:00 AM to 2:30 pm CT on Feb. 20.

47 HBCU student-athletes were invited by the National Football League and HBCU Legacy Bowl to participate in the event. The football players will be able to meet and interact with NFL executives, scouts, and decision-makers.

NFL has partnered with HBCU and the Black College Football Hall of Fame to have the HBCU Combine in New Orleans along with the Legacy Bowl,” Doug Williams said to HBCU Legends. “Because a lot of those guys who are going to be at the HBCU Combine will transition into playing in an HBCU Legacy Bowl game. I thought it was a great thing for us to have.”

HBCU Combine Schedule – Feb. 20th

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Offense: Combine Drills and Workouts
11:00 AM to 2:20 PM – Defense: Combine Drills and Workouts
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Meeting with NFL Scouts

HBCU Legacy Bowl – Sat, Feb. 25th

 The 2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl selected Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and former Saints and current Dolphin left tackle Terron Armstead as Honorary Captains on the event scheduled for Feb. 25.

Winston and Armstead are founding partners with the HBCU Legacy Bowl and other NFL players, such as NFL MVP and Super Bowl LVII champion Patrick Mahomes, who was the event’s inaugural honorary captain.

The second HBCU Legacy Bowl will showcase the talent of 100 HBCU student-athletes hoping to earn a roster spot in the NFL, CFL, USFL, XFL, or other professional leagues. The event will be held at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium at 3:00 PM CT on Feb. 25. The NFL Network will broadcast the contest with Steve Wyche (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (color analyst) in the booth.

2023 HBCU Combine Roster – Monday Feb. 20, 2023

Player                                      Position           College/University

Averett, Kemari                        TE                    Bethune-Cookman
Barnes-Brown, Brandon          DB                   Fayetteville State
Boone, Raymond                     DB                   Bowie State
Bryant, Darian                         G                      Va Union
Centers, Drake                         T/G                   Texas Southern
Cooper, Tarik                           LB                    Texas Southern
Cox, Isaiah                               WR                   Alabama A&M
Davis, A.J.                               RB                   FAMU
Dourisseau, Devin                   LB                    Langston
Dumas, Jason                          DT                    Southern
Estes, Rey                               DB                    Grambling State
Faddoul, Chris                         P                      FAMU
Farmer, Andrew                       LB/DE             Lane
Fowler, Jalen                           QB                   NC A&T
Golatt, Jr., Dion                       QB                   Bowie State
Graham, Alfonso                     RB                   Morgan State
Hagans, Darius                        RB                    Va State
Harrington, Larry                     QB                   Langston
Harris, Corione                        DB                   Southern
Hasley, Jerrish                        WR                   Delaware State
Holloman, J.J.                          WR                   Tennessee State
King, Tyler                               RB                   Edward Waters
Lacey, Robert                          T/G                   Tennessee State
Lee, Ricky                                T                      NC A&T
Leslie, Zach                             WR                   NC A&T
Lewis, Jordan                          LB                    Southern
McCoy, Devin                          TE/WR              Clark Atlanta
McDaniel, Jermaine                 DE                    NC A&T
Mitchell, Robert                       T/G                   NC Central
Moore, KeShaun                      LB                    Hampton
Murray, Antoine                       WR                   Howard
Parker, Brooks                        LB                    Delaware State
Perry, Skyler                            QB                   Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Peterson, Camron                    DT                    Southern
Pryor, Joshua                          LB/DE              Bowie State
Rankin, Jacory                         WR                   Miss Valley State
Romo-Martinez, Jose               K                      FAMU
Scott, Markell                          RB                    Langston
Shockey, Ali                            WR                   Hampton
Smith, Xavier                           WR                   FAMU
Thomas, Ronnie                      LB/DE              Miss. Valley State
Tucker, Derrick                        DB                    Texas Southern
Victorian, Kevin                       DE                    Prairie View
Warren, De’Jahn                      DB                   Jackson State
Williams, Brian                        T                      Southern
Wilson, Dacquari                     C                      NC A&T
Wilson, Emmanuel                   RB                   Fort Valley State

NFL Draft 2023 – First Round Mock Draft – 3.0

NFL Draft 2023 – First Round Mock Draft – 3.0

Chiefs win Super Bowl LVII and will draft last

Frank Coyle/ Head scout

Photo – DL Jalen Carter – Georgia
Dean Legge – Gawg Post

All underclassmen had until Jan. 16th to declare for the NFL Draft 2023. Players had three days to rescind their decision and return to school and still retain their college eligibility. No underclassmen rescinded their decision.

February Newsletter will have New Three Round MD, Top 100 Prospect & All-Star Games
  Out this Week

1st Round

  #         Team                            W/L         Player                         Pos      Ht/Wt                School
1         Chicago                         3-14     Jalen Carter                    DT        6-3, 310             Georgia
2         Houston                         3-13-1   CJ Stroud                      QB       6-3, 215              Ohio State
3         Arizona                          4-13      Will Anderson               Edge    6-4. 245            Alabama
4         Indianapolis                   4-12-1     Will Levis                       QB       6-3, 230             Kentucky
5         Seattle (Denver)           5-12      Bryce Young                  QB       5-11, 195            Alabama
6         Detroit (LA Rams)         5-12         Joey Porter                    CB        6-1, 200            Penn State
7         Las Vegas                       6-11      Quentin Johnston        WR       6-3, 215             TCU
8         Atlanta                            7-10      Tyree Wilson                DE       6-5, 275             Texas Tech
9         Carolina                          7-10      Michael Mayer              TE        6-4, 255            Notre Dame
10         Phil (New Orleans)       7-10      Myles Murphy              DE       6-5, 275             Clemson
11         Tennessee                   7-10      Peter Skoronski            OT        6-4, 315            Northwestern
12         Houston (Cleveland)    7-10      Jaxon Smith-Njigba   WR       5-11, 200          Ohio State
13         NY Jets                        7-10      Paris Johnson               OT        6-6, 315            Ohio State
14         New England                8-9        Bijan Robinson              RB        5-11, 225         Texas
15         Green Bay                    8-9        Jordan Addison             WR       5-11, 175         Southern Cal
16         Washington                   8-8-1     Anthony Richardson    QB       6-4, 230           Florida
17         Pittsburgh                      9-8        Broderick Jones             OT        6-4, 310            Georgia
18         Detroit                           9-8        Brian Branch                   S          6-0, 195            Alabama
19         Tampa Bay                   8-9        Nolan Smith                     Edge    6-3, 235            Georgia
20         Seattle                           9-8        Christian Gonzalez          CB        6-1. 205            Oregon
Miami (pick forfeited)                  9-8
21         LA Chargers                 10-7      Devon Witherspoon        CB         6-1, 180            Illinois
22         Baltimore                     10-7      O’Cyrus Torrence            OG        6-5, 340            Florida
23         Minnesota                    12-4      Lukas Van Ness              Edge     6-4, 255            Iowa
24         Jacksonville                 9-8        Bryan Bresee                  DT         6-4, 300            Clemson
25         NY Giants                     9-7-1     Trent Simpson               LB         6-3, 230            Clemson
26         Dallas                          12-5      Isaiah Foskey                  DE        6-4, 250          Notre Dame
27         Buffalo                          13-3      Kelee Ringo                     CB         6-2, 205            Georgia
28         Cincinnati                     12-4      Dawand Jones               OT         6-7, 360            Ohio State
29         New Orleans (Den-S.F.-Miami) 13-4   Drew Sanders      LB       6-4, 245            Arkansas
30         Philadelphia             14-3         Cam Smith                   CB        6-1, 190          South Carolina
31         Kansas City                 14-3      Antonio Johnson            S          6-2, 200            Texas A&M