Reese’s Senior Bowl 2023 Game – Invitation List

Senior Bowl 2023 Game – Invitation List
The Reese’s Senior Bowl 2023

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is widely regarded as the preeminent college football all-star game. It is the longest continual-running all-star game has taken place in Mobile, Alabama the past 73 years.  More than 900 NFL personnel, including key decision-makers from all 32 teams, and over 900 media members from around the country were credentialed last year. This past April, the game produced a record-tying 106 total picks for the second straight year, representing 40 percent of the entire NFL Draft 2022, including 45 of the top 100 players selected.

2023 Senior Bowl All-Star Game

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023, 1:30pm CT
Where: Mobile, Alabama
Stadium: University of South Alabama, Hancock Whitney Stadium
Television: NFL Network

Game

The 2023 Senior Bowl includes athletes from every level of college football. These are the best-of-the-best from around the country and will represent many levels of play and multiple conferences. Players will fill the roster spots that form the National and American squads for the nation’s premier all-star game. Over 100 of the country’s best collegiate football players will fill the two rosters directed by two current NFL coaching staffs. This roster will be updated weekly through January 2023 with NFL coaching staffs announced after coaching changes have been made following the 2022 season.

Invitation List

School                          Name                          Position
California                      Daniel Scott                      DB
Florida State                 Jammie Robinson          DB
Illinois                           Devon  Witherspoon     DB
Illinois                           Sydney Brown                 DB
Maryland                       Jakorian Bennett           DB
Stanford                       Kyu Blu Kelly                   DB
Virginia                         Anthony Johnson          DB
Illinois                           Jartavius Martin             DB
Virginia Tech                 Chamarri Conner           DB
Florida State                 Fabien  Lovett               DL
Mississippi State           Cameron Young            DL
Northwestern                 Adetomiwa Adebawore  DL
TCU                              Dylan Horton                 DL
Texas Tech                   Tyree Wilson                 DL
Wisconsin                     Keeanu Benton              DL
Baylor                           Siaki Ika                        DL
Louisville                      Yaya Diaby                   DL
North Dakota State        Hunter Luepke              FB
Appalachian State         Nick Hampton               LB
Auburn                          Eku Leota                     LB
Auburn                          Owen Pappoe               LB
Iowa State                    Will McDonald IV           LB
Jackson St.                   Aubrey  Miller Jr.           LB
Texas                           DeMarvion Overshown   LB
Tulane                           Dorian  Williams            LB
Washington State          Daiyan  Henley              LB
Central Florida              Alex Ward                     LS
Brigham Young             Blake Freeland              OL
Maryland                       Jaelyn Duncan              OL
Michigan                       Ryan Hayes                  OL
North Dakota State        Cody Mauch                  OL
Old Dominion                Nick Saldiveri                OL
Oregon                         Alex Forsyth                 OL
Syracuse                      Matthew Bergeron         OL
TCU                              Steve Avila                   OL
UT-Chattanooga            McClendon Curtis          OL
Maryland                       Chad Ryland                 PK
Michigan State              Bryce Baringer              PT
Rutgers                         Adam Korsak                PT
Houston                        Clayton Tune                 QB
Shepherd                      Tyson Bagent                QB
Appalachian State         Camerun Peoples         RB
Illinois                           Chase   Brown               RB
Kentucky                      Chris Rodriguez Jr.        RB
Texas                           Roschon Johnson         RB
Oregon State                Luke Musgrave             TE
Utah                             Dalton Kincaid               TE
TCU                              Derius Davis                 WR
Iowa State                    Xavier Hutchinson         WR
Michigan                       Ronnie  Bell                   WR
Michigan State              Jayden Reed                WR
Ole Miss                       Jonathan Mingo             WR
SMU                             Rashee Rice                  WR
Stanford                       Elijah Higgins                WR
Stanford                       Michael Wilson              WR
Princeton                      Andrei Iosivas               WR
Virginia                         Dontayvion Wicks         WR
Brigham Young             Puka Nacua                 WR




NFL Draft 2023 – First-round Selection Order

NFL Draft 2023 – First-round Selection Order

Texans Hold Two #1 Selections in the Top Seven Overall Choices

With the NFL season entering the Thanksgiving weekend and the start of the playoff stretch run, teams will determine weekly whether they are contenders or pretenders. With seven games remaining, NFL divisional races are extremely tight with the NFC East, West and South along with the AFC East, all having multiple clubs within a game of the leadership spot. Last year’s Super Bowl champion, the LA Rams is currently in the NFC West basement and faces a must win situation weekly starting with their challenging trip to Kansas City this weekend. In addition, the Rams do not have their #1 selection, being held by the Lions in the trade for QB Mitchell Stafford. Four other clubs do not have a #1 pick, the Browns, 49ers, Dolphins and Saints. Four clubs have two #1 selections, the Texans, Lions, Seahawks and Eagles.

The final order for picks 19 through 32 will be decided by NFL playoff results. The strength of schedule percentage is for each club’s current season.

NFL Draft 2023 – April 27-29 – Kansas City, Mo

#          Team                                      W-L      Strength of schedule
1          Houston                                    1-8-1     .517
2          Carolina                                    3-8        .457
3          Chicago                                    3-8        .572
4          Las Vegas                                3-7        .462
5          Seattle (Denver)                        3-7        .480
6          Detroit (LA Rams)                      3-7        .491
7          Houston (Cleveland)                  3-7        .503
8          Jacksonville                              3-7        .526
9          Pittsburgh                                 3-7        .526
10         Philadelphia (New Orleans)     4-7        .477
11         Arizona                                     4-7        .514
12         Green Bay                                4-7        .578
13         Detroit                                      4-6        .551
14         Indianapolis                              4-6-1     .515
15         Atlanta                                      5-6        .429
16         LA Chargers                              5-5        .451
17         Tampa Bay                               5-5        .455
18         Washington                               6-5        .546
19         Seattle                                      6-4        .438
20         Denver (San Fran-Miami)        6-4        .441
21         New England                            6-4        .514
22         NY Jets                                     6-4        .523
23         Cincinnati                                  6-4        .526
24         Baltimore                                  7-3        .466
25         Tennessee                                7-3        .477
26         Miami (forfeited)                        7-3        .515
27         Dallas                                       7-3        .531
28         NY Giants                                 7-3        .540
29         Buffalo                                     7-3        .547
30         Kansas City                              8-2        .436
31         Minnesota                                 8-2        .503
32         Philadelphia                              9-1        .486




College Football Monday – Week 9

College Football Monday – Week 9

Oct. 31, 2022
  Frank Coyle / Head scout – DraftInsiders.com

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches – Top 25

Tennessee Bombs Kentucky
Kansas St Destroys Oklahoma St

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams – Oct. 31

Teams of the Week
Kansas Stats Pounds Oklahoma State
Tennessee Crushes Kentucky
Ohio St Outlasts Penn State

Games of the Week – Nov. 5
#3 Tennessee (8-0) @ #1 Georgia (8-0) – 3:30 pm – CBS
#7 Alabama (7-1) @ #12 LSU (7-2) – 7:00 pm – ESPN
#6 Clemson (8-0) @ Notre Dame (5-3) – 7:30 pm – NBC

Week Eight Players
Offensive Player of the Week – QB Will Howard – Kansas State
Defensive Player of the Week – DE T.J. Tuimoloau – Ohio State

Frank Coyle is a longtime national scout of both College and NFL players. He is also a long-time member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.

Top 25 Teams
Draft Insiders’ Staff

Rank    Team                Record

1          Georgia             8-0
2          Ohio St             8-0
3          Tennessee        8-0
4          Michigan           8-0
5           TCU                  8-0
6          Clemson           8-0
7           Alabama           7-1
8           Oregon             7-1
9           USC                 7-1
10        Ole Miss           8-1
11        UCLA                7-1
12         LSU                  7-2
13         Utah                 6-2
14        North Carolina   7-1
15         Kansas St        6-2
16        Illinois               7-1
17         Oklahoma St     6-2
18         Wake Forest     6-2
19         Syracuse           6-2
20         Penn St             6-2
21         Cincinnati          6-2
22         NC State           6-2
23         Tulane               7-1
24         Kentucky          5-3
25         UCF                  6-2

Coaches Top 25 Teams

Rank     Team          Record   Points
1          Georgia (45)      8-0          1552
2          Ohio State (13)  8-0         1505
3          Tennessee (5)   8-0         1455
4          Michigan           8-0         1391
5          Clemson           8-0          1315
6          Alabama           7-1          1262
7          TCU                  8-0          1182
8          Oregon             7-1          1118
9          USC                 7-1           1018
10         Ole Miss           8-1        973
11         UCLA                7-1         937
12         Utah                 6-2        874
13         Illinois               7-1        767
14         Kansas State    6-2        713
15         North Carolina   7-1      630
16         Penn State        6-2       602
17         LSU                  6-2         596
18         Oklahoma State 6-2      471
19         Wake Forest     6-2        437
20         NC State           6-2        386
21         Tulane               7-1        369
22         Syracuse          6-2        188
23         Liberty              7-1        147
24         Kentucky          5-3        109
25         UCF                  6-2         89

Others receiving votes: Oregon State 71, Maryland 64, Texas 55, Washington 52, Cincinnati 39, Coastal Carolina 25, Baylor 14, Notre Dame 11, Boise State 11, Louisville 10, Arkansas 10, South Carolina 9, Mississippi State 8, Troy 6, UTSA 4

Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati 19, South Carolina 25




Draft Insiders’ NFL Power Poll – Week 8 – New York, New York

Draft Insiders’ NFL Power Poll – Week 8

New York, New York

Giants Hold on vs Jaguars
Chiefs Crush 49ers
Titans Outlast Colts

Team of the Week 
Chiefs Drill 49ers
   
Players of the Week
  NFC
   Offense – RB Saquon Barkley – Giants
   Defense – LB Micah Parson – Cowboys
 
 AFC
   Offense – QB Joe Burrow – Bengals
   Defense – LB Matt Judon – Patriots
  
Rookies of the Week
  Offense – RB Kenneth Walker – Seahawks
  Defense – CB Sauce Gardner – Jets
 
Games of Week 8    
Thursday – Ravens at Bucs – 8:30 pm – Prime
Sunday – 49ers at Rams – 4:30 pm – Fox
Sunday night – Packers at Bills – 8:20 pm – NBC
 

NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 5-1 Bills
Bills are well rested after their bye week. Host the Packers n Sunday night in key interconference matchup. Bills are hoping to claim home field advantage through the AFC playoffs.

#2 – 6-0 Eagles
The Eagles are coming off their bye week and host the Steelers for Pa bragging rights. Eagles are hoping to stay the NFL’s only undefeated club through midseason. Added DE Robert Quinn this week.

#3 – 5-2 Chiefs
Chiefs bombed the 49ers coming off their loss to the Bills. They get their bye week here and look to regroup and defend their AFC West title and another run at the Super Bowl.

#4 – 5-1 Vikings
Vikings return from their bye week and host the Cardinals, looking to retain their nice lead in the NFC North. They have relied on their potent offense behind Kirk Cousins and wideout Justin Jefferson. One of the best NFC clubs over the first half.

#5 – 5-2 – Cowboys
The Cowboys bashed the Lions behind returning starter QB Dak Prescott. Prescott played well and will direct this attack going forward. Host the hot Bears in a game they look to stay among NFC contenders.

#6 – 6-1 Giants
The gritty Giants are playing sound football with minimal mistakes. Runner Saquon Barkley and QB Danny Jones are on the same page while their bend don’t break defense has been successful. They travel to Seattle where the Seahawks have proven to be a very tough assignment at home.

#7 – 3-3 Rams
Rams face the acid test at home this week vs the 49ers. Rams are coming off their bye week and face a beaten 49er club that was smashed by the Chiefs. Rams’ offensive line is still their biggest issue along with a weak ground game. This matchup may determine their direction in a division only separated by one game.

#8 – 4-2 Titans
The Titans won a huge game vs the Colts to take command on AFC South leadership. They play sound
football with strong ground game and sound defense that keeps them in contention. Travel to Houston for another South matchup.

#9 – 4-3 Bengals
The Bengals exploded behind another strong performance from Joe Burrow. Their offense looked the best of the season last week. Travel to Cleveland this Monday night for bitter rivalry with the Browns in a must win situation. Bengals and Burrow are 0-4 vs the Browns past two seasons.

#10 – 4-3 Chargers
The erratic Chargers came up empty vs the Seahawks with a weak defensive performance and a one- dimensional attack. They get a week to regroup with their bye and must stop the run better to win matchups with contenders.

#11 – 5-2 Jets
Jets had an impressive performance winning in Denver behind an aggressive defense. Their ground game takes a huge hit with the loss of rookie Breece Hall for the season. Host the desperate Patriots this Sunday in a pivotal AFC East matchup.

#12 – 3-4 49ers
The 49ers were thumped again while celebrating the McCaffrey trade. QB Jimmy Garoppolo had another subpar performance while their highly rated D failed to come up big in key spots. Travel to LA to face rival the Rams in a major NFC West contest with leadership implications.

#13 – 3-4 – Bucs
Bucs collapsed vs the lowly Panthers who harassed Tom Brady all game. They face a major test Thursday night vs the Ravens. They have slipped in most areas and are at a point where they need to step up vs playoff clubs to be considered a postseason threat.

#14 – 4-3 Ravens
The Ravens edged the Browns in a must win situation and remains at the top of the AFC North.
They travel to Tampa to face the equally erratic Bucs in a battle of two fading contenders with much to prove over the second half of the season.

#15 – 4-3 Dolphins
Dolphins came out aggressively vs the Steelers behind a hot hand of QB Tua Tagovailo. The Dolphin defense stuffed their attack keeping them in the competitive AFC playoff chase. Travel to Detroit looking to keep the momentum at midseason.

#16 – 4-3 Seahawks
Seahawks drilled the Chargers in an impressive effort behind another strong rushing game by rookie Kenneth Walker. They host the hot GMen in a contest with NFC playoff aspirations on the line.

#17 – 4-3 Cardinals
Cardinals were impressive vs the Saints after an inconsistent first half. They travel to Minnesota to face the explosive Vikings in which looks like a high scoring affair. QB Kyler Murray needs to step up over the 2nd half after a weak first half performance.

#18 – 3-4 Packers
The Packers lost to the struggling Commanders for their third straight defeat. Their young receiving corps has hindered Aaron Rodgers and their ground game can’t make up the difference. Travel to Buffalo for the Sunday night game where they face a huge task vs one of the premier clubs in the game.

#19 – 3-4 Patriots
The Pats came up flat vs the Bears on Monday night which dropped them to last place in the AFC East.
They return to QB Matt Jones this week over rookie Zappe. They travel to NY to face the Jets in a matchup with strong repercussions to the AFC playoff picture.

#20 – 3-3-1 Colts
Colts lost a key game to the Titans and benched starting vet QB Matt Ryan. They host the Commanders looking for a spark from young QB Sam Elfinger. This club needs to turn it around now to keep apace an AFC group where they come up short in most key areas.

#21 – 3-4 Falcons
Falcons failed to contain Joe Burrow over blowout. This defense fails in big spots continuously and has major issues throughout. Host the Panthers in an NFC South matchup.

#22 – 2-5 Saints
The Saints lost another high scoring wild game to the Cardinals. Their highly regarded defense has performed poorly and allowed the most points in the league. Host the equally desperate Raiders this Sunday.

#23 – 3-4 Commanders
The Commanders beat the Packers for a huge win behind Taylor Heinicke.  Travel to Indy with a chance to get to the .500 mark.

#24 – 3-4 Bears
The Bears drilled the Patriots on Monday night in their best performance in a few seasons. QB Justin Fields took a major step up vs the Bill Belichick defense. Travel to Big D to face the Cowboys in another test of any postseason chances.

#25 – 2-5 Jaguars
Jaguars failed late again in a struggle with the Giants. QB Trevor Lawrence needs a better supporting cast, though has shown solid development in year two. Face Broncos in London this Sunday.

#26 – 2-4 Raiders
The Raiders are coming off a win over the Texans. Travel to New Orleans for a pivotal matchup to stay in the AFC playoff picture with six clubs within one game of .500.

#27 – 2-5 – Broncos
The Broncos continue to struggle offensively behind vet Russell Wilson. They are the lowest scoring offense in the league. Changes should be made with trading deadline next week. Travel to London with matchup with the Jaguars.

#28 – 2-5 Browns
Browns lost to the Ravens in another classic AFC North slugfest. Browns continue to struggle on both sides of the ball. Host the Bengals in a must win situation this Monday night for any playoff hopes.

#29 – 2-5 Steelers
Steelers are going through the growing pains on the post Big Ben era. Vet starter QB Matthew Trubisky and rookie top pick Kenny Pickett continue to rotate weekly. Travel to Philly attempting to turn a sliding franchise into the playoff race.

#30 – 1-4-1 Texans
Texans were overwhelmed by the Raiders last week. Host the Titans in an AFC South battle with only playing for pride vs the divisional leader.

#31 – 2-5 Panthers
Panthers jumped the Bucs for a surprising victory. Travel to Atlanta for another winnable game in the weak NFC South. More trade winds blowing in Carolina

#32 – 1-5 Lions
The Lions offense struggled for the second week in a row following a strong prior month. Host the Dolphins with the HC watch for Dan Campbell picking up stream.
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN 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 Draft 2023-2024 Traded Selections

NFL Draft Traded Selections – 2023/2024

 NFL Trading Deadline closed – Nov. 1, 2022
     NFL Trading Period – Opens March 15, 2023
Updated

  First Round
Detroit from LA Rams – QB Matt Stafford
Denver from Miami (Bradley Chubb) thru San Francisco – 2021 Trade
Seattle from Denver – QB Russell Wilson
Houston from Cleveland – QB Deshaun Watson
Philadelphia from New Orleans – pre-2022 draft trade
Miami forfeited its #1 pick for tampering
 
Second Round
Seattle from Denver – QB Russell Wilson
Carolina from San Francisco – RB Christian McCaffrey
Chicago from Baltimore – LB Roquan Smith
Detroit from Minnesota – TE TJ Hockenson
Pittsburgh from Chicago – WR Chase Claypool
 
Third Round
Houston from Cleveland – QB Deshaun Watson
Miami from New England – WR DeVante Parker
New England from Carolina – 2022 draft trade
Denver from Indianapolis – 2022 draft trade
San Francisco has a #3 comp pick (minority hiring policy; Mike McDaniel/ Miami head coach); they also have a #3 minority hiring policy comp pick to complete the signings of Robert Saleh (Jets head coach) and Martin Mayhew (Commanders GM)
Kansas City has a minority hiring policy comp pick/ GM Ryan Poles (Chicago)
Cleveland has a minority hiring policy comp pick/ GM Kwesi Adofo-Mendsah)
Indianapolis from Washington – QB Carson Wentz/pick will escalate to a #2 if Wentz plays 70% of Washington’s offensive snaps)
Carolina from San Francisco – RB Christian McCaffrey
Giants from Kansas City – WR Kadarius Toney
 
Fourth Round
Atlanta from Tennessee – WR Julio Jones
New England from LA Rams – RB Sony Michel
Kansas City from Miami – WR Tyreek Hill
Cleveland from Minnesota – 2022 draft
Jacksonville from Tampa Bay – 2022 draft
Carolina from San Francisco – RB Christian McCaffrey
Chicago from Philadelphia – DE Robert Quinn
Minnesota from Detroit – TE TJ Hockenson
 
Fifth Round
Baltimore from New England – CB Shaun Wade
Seattle from Pittsburgh – CB Ahkello Witherspoon
New England from Miami – WR DeVante Parker
Cleveland from LA Rams – 2022 trade
Las Vegas from Atlanta – WR Bryan Edwards
Buffalo from Arizona – OG Cody Ford
New Orleans from Philadelphia – DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Chicago from Baltimore – LB Roquan Smith
Miami from Denver – DE Bradley Chubb
San Francisco from Miami – RB Jeff Wilson
Atlanta has a conditional pick from Jacksonville for WR Calvin Ridley
  becomes a #6 pick if he is not re-instated for the start of the 2023 season
 
Sixth Round
Jacksonville from Philadelphia – CB Josiah Scott
Tennessee from Atlanta – WR Julio Jones
Houston from NY Giants – CB/ST Keion Crossen
Detroit from Denver – WR Trinity Benson
LA Rams from Green Bay – P Corey Bojorquez
Miami from Chicago – WR/KR Jakeem Grant
New England from Carolina – CB Stephon Gilmore
Houston from San Francisco – DE Charles Omenihu
Chicago from LA Chargers – DE Khalil Mack
New York Jets from Houston – LB Blake Cashman
Kansas City from Miami – WR Tyreek Hill
LA Chargers from Chicago – 2022 draft
Houston conditional pick from New Orleans – CB Bradley Roby
Tampa Bay from Indianapolis – LB Grant Stuard
Denver from Pittsburgh – LB Malik Reed
Houston from Minnesota – DT Ross Blackwell
LA Rams from Tennessee – WR Robert Woods
Jacksonville from NY Jets – RB James Robinson – can escalate to a #5 based on production
Las Vegas from Dallas – DT Jonathan Hankins
Giants from Kansas City – WR Kadarius Toney
Indianapolis from Buffalo – RB Nyheim Hines
 
Seventh Round
Tampa Bay from NY Jets – NT Steve McLendon
Carolina a conditional pick from Buffalo – LB Andre Smith
LA Rams from Detroit – DT Michael Brockers
San Francisco from Denver – LB Jonas Griffith
NY Giants from Baltimore – OG Ben Bredeson
Green Bay from LA Rams – P Corey Bojorquez
Minnesota from Denver – LB Stephen Weatherly
Atlanta from Las Vegas – WR Bryan Edwards
Las Vegas conditional pick from Minnesota – QB Nick Mullens
Green Bay from Jacksonville – OG Cole Van Lanen
Jacksonville from Carolina – WR Laviska Shenault
Indianapolis from Tampa Bay – LB Grant Stuard
Pittsburgh from Denver – LB Malik Reed
Minnesota from Houston – DT Ross Blackwell
Las Vegas conditional #7 from Arizona – CB Trayvon Mullen (could escalate to a #6)
Philadelphia from Minnesota – WR Jalen Reagor
Atlanta from Buffalo – S Dean Marlowe
Kansas City from Atlanta – CB Rashad Fenton
 

2024 NFL Draft Selections

First Round
Houston from Cleveland – QB Deshaun Watson
 
Second Round
Philadelphia from New Orleans – pre-2022 draft trade
 
Third Round
Miami forfeited pick for tampering
Detroit from Minnesota – TE TJ Hockenson
 
Fourth Round
   Houston from Cleveland – QB Deshaun Watson
  Philadelphia conditional #4 from Minnesota – WR Jalen Reagor (could drop to a #5 if productivity falls)/em>
  Minnesota has a conditional #4 from Detroit (TE TJ Hockenson)
  Atlanta has a conditional #4 from Jacksonville (WR Calvin Ridley; #4 if the player makes the team; #3 if he meets certain PT marks; a #2 if he signs a long-term deal)
   NY Jets from Denver – DE Jake Martin
   Denver from Miami – DE Bradley Chubb
 
Fifth Round
  Cleveland conditional pick from Carolina – QB Baker Mayfield (could escalate to a #4 depending on PT)
    Carolina from Tennessee – OT Dennis Daley
    Carolina from San Francisco – RB Christian McCaffrey
    Denver from NY Jets – DE Jake Martin
 
Sixth Round
Rams from Denver – LB Kenny Young
Cleveland from Houston – QB Deshaun Watson
Philadelphia from Tennessee (DB Ugo Amadu)
New Orleans as the lower of Philadelphia or Tennessee’s pick – DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Jacksonville from Carolina – WR Laviska Shenault
New England from Las Vegas – OT Justin Herron
Carolina from Arizona – WR Robby Anderson
Atlanta from Cleveland – LB Deion Jones
 
Seventh Round
Denver from Rams – LB Kenny Young
Houston from New Orleans – RB Mark Ingram
New England from Chicago – WR N’Keal Harry
Tennessee from Philadelphia – DB Ugo Amadu
Tennessee from Carolina – OT Dennis Daley
Las Vegas from New England – OT Justin Herron
Cleveland from Atlanta – LB Deion Jones
Dallas from Las Vegas – DT Jonathan Hankins
 




NFL Calendar 2022-23 – April 27-29 NFL Draft 2023 – Kansas City, Mo

NFL Calendar 2022-23

Important NFL dates for the 2022-23 league year. All times are Eastern and all dates are subject to change.

April 27-29 – NFL Draft 2023 – Kansas City, Mo

NFL Cutdown Dates

August 30 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

Simultaneously  with  the  roster  reduction  to  53  players,  clubs  that  have  players  in  the  categories  of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever  is  applicable;  terminate  or  request  waivers  with  the  designation  of  Failed  Physical  or  Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

Players who are on the Reserve List or Exempt List and are not counting against the 90-player limit will begin to count against the 90-player limit.

August 31 – Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

Upon receipt of the subsequent Personnel Notice, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 16 players, (clubs participating in the International Player Development Program may sign one additional international player to a Practice Player Contract.) No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL Player Contract has been terminated via the waiver system.

August 31 – Beginning at 4:00 p.m., New York time, any player placed on Reserve/Injured, Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, or Practice Squad; Injured during the regular season or postseason, may be designated for return later in the season, subject to the applicable procedures.

September

September 4 – Final day of preseason training camp for all clubs, as defined in CBA Article 23, Section 10.

September 5-10 – In accordance with the Personnel (Injury) Report Policy, each club is required to file a Practice Report with the NFL Communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time, or  after  the completion of practice) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a Saturday game.

Each club must also file a weekly regular season Game Status Report with the NFL Communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) on Wednesday for a Thursday game, Friday for a Sunday game, Saturday for a Monday game, and Thursday for a Saturday game. An update must be reported if there is any change in a player’s condition after the initial Game Status Report is filed.

September 7 – At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each Club’s 2022 Salary Cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.

September 8 – At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL Clubs.

September 8, 11-12 – First Week of Regular Season Games.

September 9, 12-13 – Beginning on these dates, any player with at least four previous pension-credited seasons who is released from his Club’s Active List or Inactive List (or from his Club’s Reserve/Injured List if placement occurred after the club’s first regular season game) is entitled to claim Termination Pay, after the end of the regular season, subject to the terms and conditions of CBA Article 30.

September 29, September 30, October 3-4 – Beginning on the day after a club’s fourth regular season game (including any bye week), it is permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness (if the player failed his preseason physical due to a non-football injury or illness) for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period.

October 18-19 – Fall League Meeting, New York, NY

November

November 1 – All trading ends for 2022 at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

November 2 – Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

November 7 – Any increase in a player’s 2022 Salary from a renegotiation or extension that is received by the Management Council after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on this day, will be treated as Signing Bonus, and prorated over the entire term of the Player Contract, including 2022.

November 15 – At 4:00 p.m., New York time, signing period ends for Franchise Players who are eligible to receive Offer Sheets.

November 15 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for Clubs to sign their unsigned Franchise and Transition Players, including Franchise Players who were eligible to receive Offer Sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2022.

November 15 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for Clubs to sign their Unrestricted Free Agents to whom the “UFA Tender” was made.  If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2022.

November 15 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for Clubs to sign their Restricted Free Agents, including those to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2022.

December

December 1, 3, 5 – Deadline at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the last business day prior to a club’s Week 13 game for reinstatement of players in Reserve List categories of Retired, Did Not Report, and Exclusive Rights, and of players who were placed on Reserve/Left Squad in a previous season.

December 13 – NFLMC Labor Seminar, Four Seasons-Las Colinas, Irving, TX.

December 13-14 – Special League Meeting, Four Seasons-Las Colinas, Irving, TX.

December 15 – Deadline for all Clubs to submit their individual lists of players who received, or filed a grievance for, the Basic or Extended Injury Protection Benefit for the 2022 season.

2023

January

January 7 – A claiming period of 24 hours shall be in effect for any waivers requested during the period from the Saturday of the final regular season weekend through the conclusion of the final postseason game, except for waiver requests on Friday and Saturday of each week, which shall expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the following Monday.

Assignment of player contracts will be deferred until the first business day after the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, whichever occurs later.

Terminations of player contracts will occur at the expiration of the claiming period.

A club that is participating in the playoffs may sign players whose contracts have been terminated to its Active/Inactive List, Practice Squad, or Reserve/Future List. A club whose playing season has concluded may sign such players to its Reserve/Future List only.

January 7-8 – Eighteenth and Final Week of Regular Season games.

January 9 – Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2023 season.

January 9 – NCAA National Championship Game (SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA)

January 9 – Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the Rookie Contract of a Drafted Rookie who was selected in any round of the 2020 College Draft or any Undrafted Rookie who signed in 2021. Any permissible renegotiated or extended Player Contract will not be considered a Rookie Contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit Rookie Contracts.

January 9 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must provide the Management Council with written notice, signed by the individual club’s owner, indicating the amount, if any, of the club’s 2022 League Year Salary Cap Room to be credited to the club’s 2023 Team Salary.

January 14-16 – Wild Card Games

January 16 – Special Eligibility Deadline.  Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for Special Eligibility. A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2023 College Draft will be sent to clubs on January 20.

January 21-22 – Divisional Playoff Games.

January 29 – AFC & NFC Championship Games.

January 31 – Deadline for any player claiming the Extended Injury Protection Benefit for the 2023 season to notify his former Club in writing.

February

February 3 – Deadline for non-playoff clubs to submit their individual lists of Physician-Certified 2023 Basic Injury Protection Benefit Candidates to the Management Council.

February 5 – Pro Bowl

February 12 – Super Bowl LVII (State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ)

February 13 – Waiver system begins for 2023.  A 24-hour claiming period will be in effect through the Friday prior to the last regular season game (waiver requests made on Friday and Saturday of each week will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the following Monday.)  Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons whom a club desires to terminate are not subject to the waiver system until after the trading deadline.

February 13 – Beginning the first business day after the Super Bowl through the opening of the first training camp for Rookies in 2023, clubs must report all tryouts and visits to the League office; however, such transactions will not be reported to other clubs.

February 16 – Deadline for playoff clubs to submit their individual lists of Physician-Certified 2023 Basic Injury Protection Benefit Candidates to the Management Council.

February 21 – Beginning this date through 4:00 p.m., New York time on March 7 clubs may designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 28 – March 6 – NFL Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)

March

March 7 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 7 – College Pro Days Begin.  Workouts of a school’s Pro Day-eligible players with players outside of the scheduled Pro Day activities are prohibited. Private dinners, meetings, interviews are permitted.

March 7-April 19 – Draft-Eligible Facility Visits Begin. Clubs permitted 30 non-local players for physical exams/visits; no on- field workouts.

March 7-April 26 – Video or telephone interviews with draft-eligible players begin. Three video or telephone interviews per player; no longer than one hour in length.

March 8-9 – Deadline for clubs (60 day after final regular season game) to conduct physical examinations pursuant to CBA Article 45, Section 7(a) for players claiming the Extended Injury Protection Benefit for the 2023 season.

March 13-15 –   Negotiation Period. During the period beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, on March 13 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 15, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2022 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 15.

During the above two-day negotiating period, a prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor is permitted to communicate directly with a new club’s front office officials (excluding the Head Coach and other members of the club’s coaching staff) regarding contract negotiations.

No prospective Unrestricted Free Agent is permitted to execute a contract with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 15.

March 15 – End/Start of League Year. Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2023 on all players who have option clauses in their 2022 contracts.

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2022 contracts who have fewer than three Accrued Seasons of free agency credit.

Top 51 Rule is in effect. All clubs must be under the 2023 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time. All 2022 NFL player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The 2023 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2023 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 15. Clubs will receive a Personnel Notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 15.

March 15 – Trading period for 2023. Trading begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2022 contracts.

March 15 – Commencing at 4:00 p.m., New York time, Clubs may designate up to two Player contracts that, if terminated on or prior to June 1, 2023, and if not renegotiated after January 9, 2023, shall be treated as if terminated on June 2, subject to the further requirements of CBA Article 13, Section 6(b)(ii)(1).

March 23 – Deadline for all Clubs to submit their individual lists of Physician-Certified Candidates for the 2023 Extended Injury Protection Benefit.

March 26-29 – Annual League Meeting (The Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ)

March 30 – Deadline for clubs to meet 2023 funding requirements for guaranteed or deferred compensation in NFL Player Contracts and contracts for non-player Club employees.

April

April 3 – Clubs that hired a new Head Coach after the end of the 2022 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 17 – Clubs with returning Head Coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 19 – Deadline for clubs to time, test, visit, interview, or conduct a physical examination  with a draft-eligible player at its club facility.

April 21 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.

April 26 – Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

April 27 – Deadline for clubs to time, test, visit, interview (including video and phone calls), or conduct a physical examination with a draft-eligible player at any location.

April 27-29 – Annual Selection Meeting/NFL Draft (Kansas City, Mo)

                      NFL Draft 2023

May

May 1 – Deadline for Prior Club to send “May 1 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents.  If the player has not signed a Player Contract with a Club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his Prior Club.

May 1 – Deadline for Clubs to exercise Fifth-Year Option for players selected in the first round of the 2020 Draft.

May 5-8 or May 12-15 – Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday on one of the two weekends following the Draft.

May 15 – Rookie Football Development Programs begin.

May 18-21 – (Tentative) NFLPA Rookie Premiere, TBD

May 22-24 – Spring League Meeting, TBD




Rookie Offensive Impact Players for NFL 2022 Season

Rookie Impact Players for NFL 2022 Season – Skilled Position Players

   Frank Coyle – Head scout

Quarterbacks

Kenny Pickett – Steelers – He will sit to start the season which may be best for his development. If the offense is only average or struggling at midseason, he could get the call with the intent for their long-term answer.

Running Backs

James Cook – Bills – Explosive scatback will be fully utilized by QB Josh Allen in time especially as a receiver where he can be an impact weapon. Great fit and big play performer.

Dameon Pierce – Texans – Opportunity knocks here on a club desperate for production. Dameon gets a chance to carry the workload and could surprise with a 1000+ yard rushing performance.

Breece Hall – Jets – Well rounded back will split the reps with second year Michael Carter to form a potentially strong tandem.

Isaiah Spiller – Chargers – Tough tailback will get reps behind Austin Ekeler which should elevate their rushing attack.

Wide Receivers

Skyy Moore – Chiefs – Speedster should earn reps in this potent air game and become Patrick Mahomes’ new best friend in their changing attack. Polished slot receiver with top run after the catch ability.

Wan’Dale Robinson – Giants – Quick slot receiver is a highly developed pass catcher who can step in here in three wideout sets and provide solid production. He is a very dangerous runner after the catch.

Alec Pierce – Colts – Sure handed developed receiver gives QB Matt Ryan a dependable weapon with well-rounded skills. Type with sound route running to move the chains.

Jahan Dotson – Commanders – Versatile playmaker can give this offense a huge boost in a few roles especially if vet QB Carson Wentz reestablishes himself as a reliable starter.

George Pickens – Steelers – Talented wideout is finally healthy and can be an early factor in multiple sets with the upside to be the #1 receiver here in time.

Christian Watson – Packers – Big fast athlete hopes to shine in the Packers young receiving corps where he could be a factor working with Aaron Rodgers. Kid has a huge ceiling in time.

Romeo Doubs – Packers – Athlete is well versed in a pro style passing game and can find a niche in three wideout sets here and become a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers.

Treylon Burks – Titans – Strong athlete gives opportunity to become the go to receiver in this attack.

Danny Gray – 49ers – Speedster gives young Trey Lance a vertical threat to break open a game quickly. He gets time in multiple sets and should usually face single coverage.

Kyle Philips – Titans – Quick versatile receiver shows sure hands and run after the catch ability to fill a role here.  He is tough to get off line and a solid slot receiver.

Jalen Tolbert – Cowboys – Sure handed possession receiver gets an early opportunity in the thin Cowboys receiving corps. He uses his long frame well and can move the chains.

Tight Ends

Trey McBride – Cardinals – Agile pas catcher with fine movement and route running skills should become a favorite of Kyler Murray. Capable of top production early.

Jelani Woods – Colts – Huge athlete with skills to become a top flight NFL performer. In the Colts’ TE friendly offense, look for new vet QB Matt Ryan to go to him often on the short and middle routes.

Daniel Bellinger – Giants – Sure handed athlete wins the starting job and should become a favorite of QB Daniel Jones especially in the shorter zones.

Jeremy Rucker – Jets – Talented rookie is dangerous in red zone, though might struggle for reps with new vets CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin forming a deep unit.

Isaiah Likely – Ravens – Coming off an impressive preseason and good fit for an offense that uses multiple TEs in different roles. Fine H-back weapon.

 




NFL 2022 Predictions

NFL 2022 Predictions

Rams Hope to Defend Super Bowl Title

DraftInsiders.com – NFL 2022 Predictions
Frank Coyle

The 2022 NFL season is here with huge changes across the league giving fans hope their team can get the elusive SB ring. Yes, we did predict the Rams would win the Super Bowl last season. The Rams will be hard pressed to duplicate that in 2022 with only marginal roster improvement this offseason. In addition, star QB Matthew Stafford is struggling with elbow problems which could turn out to be chronic and limit his future production.

Parity reigns across the league with both the AFC West and NFC West looking like powerhouse divisions which could provide three playoff teams each. New upstarts like the Bills, Bengals and Chargers could all play a huge role in the AFC playoff races while established clubs like Bucs, Packers and Rams are primed to return to the NFC postseason behind star veteran QBs.  

Season Awards

    MVP Award – QB Josh Allen – Bills

NFC

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers
Defensive Player of the Year – Nick Bosa – 49ers
Comeback Player of the Year – RB Saquan Barkley – Giants

Rookies of the Year
Offense – TE Trey McBride – Cardinals
Defense – LB Kavon Thibodeaux – Giants

AFC

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Josh Allen – Bills
Defensive Player of the Year – Darius Leonard – Colts
Comeback Player of the Year – QB Matt Ryan – Colts

Rookies of the Year
Offense – WR Skyy Moore – Chiefs
Defense – S Kyle Hamilton – Ravens

NFC
EAST
Dallas Cowboys – 10-7
Cowboys hope to defend their NFC East title behind QB Dak Prescott who has emerged as a top flight performer. Their ground game relies on runners Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard with above average results. Their receiving corps is currently thin with injuries and losses limiting big play potential. Their once dominant line starts season without LT Tyson Smith and added vet Jason Peters. Their defense has improved significantly with big play defenders, LB Micah Parsons and corner Trevon Diggs setting the pack. Boys will be pressed to hold off the Eagles and must prove their can win a big late game.

Philadelphia Eagles – 9-8
Eagles earned a wild card appearance last season behind young QB Jalen Hurts. Their veteran line performed well producing the NFL’s top ground game. Their receiving corps underwent huge changes and added veteran AJ Brown to couple with emerging young playmaker DeVonta Smith. Their average defense needs to step up and looks to top pick DT Jordon Davis to couple with vet Fletcher Cox to improve their struggling pass rush. This club can win the division, but only if Hurts takes the next step and the defense makes more turnovers.

New York Giants – 7-10
Giants hope to improve with a fully healthy tailback Saquan Barkley to balance an offense directed by young talented Daniel Jones. Their offensive line made major changes and holds the key. Their defense disappointed last season and must improve. They look to top pick Kayvon Thibodeaux to become a difference maker to compensate for some secondary coverage issues. Club is improved and possible .500 area, though probably a year away from playoff contention.

Washington Redskins – 6-11
Skins traded for vet QB Carson Wentz hoping he recaptures his prior level of play. He works behind an average line. He does have a potent receiving corps led by vet Terry McLaurin along with healthy vet Curtis Samuel and top pick Jahan Dotson who can provide a spark here. Their defense lost DE Chase Young with a knee injury. Former top pick Mike backer Jamin Davis needs to step up and become a playmaker here. Too many questions for this club to get to the .500 mark.

NORTH
Green Bay Packers -12-5 –
Aaron Rodgers heads this talented club looking for their 4th consecutive North title. New receiving corps must prove themselves, though Rodgers has developed many unknown players. LT David Bathtiari returns to form dominant side with guard Elgton Jenkins. Packers’ defense ranks in the top 2-3 in the NFC.  This club is judged by their postseason success and nothing less than a SB title will satisfy the doubters.

Detroit Lions – 8-9 –
Lions actually turned the page behind HC Dan Campbell despite only a 3-3-1 record. They lost five games by four points or less. They need more scoring power from QB Jared Goff with an improved ground game vital. Their defense looks for impact from #1 pick DE Aidan Hutchinson on a tough improving unit. Look for improvement here, though only if their offensive scoring improves.

Minnesota Vikings – 7-10 –
QB Kirk Cousin and runner Dalvin Cook keeps this offense at playoff levels, but only a revitalized defense will decide any postseason appearance. Wideouts Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen form an awesome tandem. The defense gives up too many big plays despite good overall pressure. Their secondary may have major turnover this season after being smoked in the red zone.

Chicago Bears – 6-11 –
Bears look to QB Justin Fields to take a major step up in his 2nd season. He paid his dues in 2021 as the offense ranked among the worst in the league in every category. They lack firepower other than wideout Darnell Mooney. Their average rushing attack must step up. Their defense relies on edge defender Robert Quinn and Mike LB Roquan Smith. This club comes up short on talent and experience to challenge for the playoffs.

SOUTH
Tampa Bay Bucs – 11-6 –
The Bucs had key roster turnovers along with changing from HC Bruce Ariens to Todd Bowles. QB Tom Brady unretired and returns in what probably is his final season. Offensive line features a few new starters. Veteran talented defense lost JPP and Nda Suh and look to LBers White and Barrett to maintain a high level for this unit. Bucs are not a given this season with both the Panthers and Saints eyeing the top spot.

Carolina Panthers – 9-8 –
Panthers added new vet QB Baker Mayfield to direct their struggling attack. He plays with a chip on his shoulder this season. Returning playmaker Christian McCaffrey can make a difference here behind a much-improved line. Their talented underrated young defense should continue to improve. This club could be the surprise team of the season and capable of winning this division.

New Orleans Saints – 9-8 –
The Saints begin the post Sean Payton era behind QB Jameis Winston, who has not established himself as a reliable starter. Backup Andy Dalton could get the call if their 32nd ranked passing game does not improve. Wideout Michael Thomas returns and top pick Chris Olave can stretch the field. Runner Kamara is still one of the best all-around playmakers in the game. Saints’ defense is a top five unit who keeps them in the postseason chase.

Atlanta Falcons – 6-11 –
Falcons traded vet QB Matt Ryan after their 4th consecutive sub .500 finish. They look to journeyman Marcus Mariota to direct an attack that struggled in most areas. Their poor ground game needs to improve. Defense ranks with the worst in the league. A tough first half schedule may put them strong contention for the first pick in the NFL Draft 2023.

WEST
Los Angeles Rams – 12-5 –
Rams look to defend their SB title behind star QB Matthew Stafford who is battling elbow issues entering the season. He relies on young back Cam Akers to continue his strong postseason performance. Wideout Cooper Kupp is the best in the game coming off a generational performance. HC Sean McVay directs this potent attack exceptionally well. Their premier defense relies on DT Aaron Donald and corner Jalen Ramsey to provide big plays. Strong SB contender again in a tough division which could provide three playoff clubs.

San Francisco 49ers – 11-6–
The 49ers past the leadership to former top pick Trey Lance with veteran Jimmy Garoppolo moving to the backup role. Runners Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson form a potent pair. Wideout Deebo Samuel ranks with any playmaker in the game. Edge defender Nick Bosa may be the best pass rusher in the league. LB Fred Warner is primed for a strong performance. New FA corner Charvarius Ward is an emerging cover man. 49ers will challenge for the West title, though the offense must score more points to rank with the elite clubs in the NFC.

Arizona Cardinals – 9-8 –
Cards were embarrassed in the playoffs by Rams. QB Kyler Murray played poorly in that game after the best season of his career. They have a talented group of playmakers with new vet Marquise Brown a top deep threat. DE JJ Watt hopes to recapture his former glory. He must be a leader and playmaker on this average unit. Cardinals may struggle to return to the postseason with several NFC clubs capable of earning a playoff berth.

Seattle Seahawks – 6-11 –
Seahawks turn the page from the Russell Wilson era. They missed the playoffs last season and the offense failed in many big situations. The once renowned defense was only a shell of prior units and faces wholesale changes this season. They open the season with questionable QB Geno Smith the announced starter. He plays behind a line which will start two new tackles.  Their once dominant defense has slipped noticeable especially in the front seven. This club is starting a major rebuilding process that may include a key trade like DK Metcalf if they fall out of contention by midseason.

Divisional Champs
Cowboys, Packers, Bucs and Rams

Wild Card Clubs
Eagles & 49ers

NFC Championship
Packers beat Rams in NFC title game.

AFC
EAST

Buffalo Bills – 12-5 –
Bills are coming off back-to-back East titles behind star QB Josh Allen. They can take the next step to the SB with an improved ground game which looks to rookie James Cook to give Allen another big play weapon. Receivers Diggs and Gabriel along with TE Knox form an outstanding trio. The league’s top #1 defense will be tested with new corners initially. Maturing club with vital experience in big games and ready to go to the show.

Miami Dolphins – 10-7 –
Dolphins were aggressive in the offseason and added big play specialist WR Tyreek Hill for young QB Tua Tagovailoa. Hill joins WR Waddle to form a dangerous pair. Tua needs to step up in big spots for the Dolphins to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.  Their bend but don’t break defense needs to make more big plays vs playoff clubs to make the postseason. Early tough schedule might define this season.

New England Patriots – 9-8 –
Pats returned to the postseason behind rookie QB Mac Jones who performed very well with an average supporting cast. He will miss OC Josh McDaniels. Runner Damien Harris emerged as a tough inside force especially as a goal line weapon. Bill Belichick is a master schemer who utilizes his veteran defense exceptionally well where the whole is always better than the parts. Pats are always in the playoff hunt despite their current average roster.

New York Jets – 6-11 –
Jets will start the season with starting former top pick QB Zach Wilson out for the first month. Vet Joe Flacco directs this offense with many new starters. They will field a club with at least ten new starters who must adjust quickly with a very difficult first half schedule. Improved roster probably can not convert to victories this season as their 11-year playoff drought continues.

NORTH
Cincinnati Bengals – 12-5 –
True grit young QB Joe Burrow is a difference maker here after carrying this club to the SB despite horrible pass protection. The line will have three new starters and a major improvement. Wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins both produced 1000-yard performances. RB Mixon is a top-quality feature back. TE Hurst can surprise here and provide an excellent option. Their defense needs to improve in coverage and look to a few rookies to contribute. Burrow can carry this club again especially if the line provides better protection. Bengals are team to beat in North and capable again of deep playoff run.

Baltimore Ravens – 10-7 –
The Ravens look to QB Lamar Jackson to improve off an average type 2021 performance. The ground game can only improve after a host of injuries. The offensive line welcomes LT Ronnie Stanley after a two-year absence. WR Rashod Bateman and TE Mark Andrews are fine targets. They sustained major injuries in the secondary and look to the return of CB Marcus Peters and new safeties Marcus Williams and top pick Kyle Hamilton to stabilize this struggling unit. Ravens will push to return to postseason, though need a big effort from Jackson.

Pittsburgh Steelers – 9-8 –
Steelers turn the page from the Big Ben era. Veteran QB Mitchell Trubisky gets the starting call initially with rookie top pick Kenny Pickett waiting in the wings. Runner Najee Harris probably gets another 300-carry season. The offensive line may determine their success with a new interior trio of starters. The Steel defense slipped noticeably especially vs the running game. Edge TJ Watt is a dominant rusher who sets the pace here. This club is only a borderline contender and needs offensive line and secondary to perform well to challenge for postseason.

Cleveland Browns – 6-11 –
Browns made a hug deal for vet QB Deshaun Watson who is suspended for the first 11 games. Backup Jacoby Brissett has had average results over his 37 starts. They added vet WR Amari Cooper as their feature receiver. Back Nick Chubb is a workhorse and will get special attention. Their highly rated defense will have to excel to compensate for an average offense. Browns miss the playoffs again with an eye to the future with Watson returning for the final 6 games.

SOUTH
Indianapolis Colts – 11-6 –
The trade to add vet QB Matt Ryan can change the makeup of the South division. Ryan and HC Frank Reich are an ideal fit which can pay huge dividends this fall. Coupled with stud runner Jon Taylor and an improved receiving corps especially rookie Alec Pierce which should help their scoring significantly. Their young defense added edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue and look for second year Kwitty Paye to become factors to help DT Buckner and LB Leonard. This club can win the South outright with Ryan directing a potent Reich offense.

Tennessee Titans – 10-7 –
The Titans look to win their 3rd consecutive South title. They need both QB Ryan Tannehill and premier back Derrick Henry to return to 2020 form. Their OL must improve after surrendering too many sacks. Their defense can rush the passer, though their young corners must prove up to the call vs playoff caliber clubs. Gritty team will slug it out with anyone, but limited playmakers on both sides of the ball must step up.

Jacksonville Jaguars – 6-11 –
Jaguars look to former top pick QB Trevor Lawrence to take a major step up working with new HC Doug Pederson. Lawrence paid his dues as a rookie with a marginal supporting cast and weak front line. He will benefit from new weapons WR Kirk and TE Ingram along with the return of runner Travis Etienne. Their young defense is loaded with talent with rookies, edge Travon Walker and Mike LB Devin Lloyd counted on to elevate this unit. This club can take a nice step up, though must show it can win marginal matchups.

Houston Texans – 4-13 –
You actually need a roster to figure out this club. They have a huge number of first- and second-year players. QB David Mills actually performed well with limited supporting cast. Their defense may be the worst in the league and equally inept vs the pass and run. Massive roster turnover over recent seasons makes this a major rebuilding project which will take a few seasons.

WEST
Kansas City Chiefs – 12-5 –
Chiefs look for their 7th consecutive West title behind star QB Patrick Mahomes. Their masterfully rebuilt offensive line was outstanding in 2021. New weapons, receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling hope to minimize the loss of Tyreek Hill. Look for rookie Skyy Moore to provide impact from the slot. Their defense added rookies CB McDuffie and edge rusher Karlaftis and both are counted on to become fixtures here. Veterans, DT Chris Jones and LB Nick Bolton set the pace for this changing defense. Annual SB contender plays in the toughest division and will be pushed to the fullest with every team capable of West title.

San Diego Chargers – 11-6 –
The Chargers look to young QB Justin Herbert to lead this potent offense to the playoffs after missing the past three seasons. Herbert was outstanding again and the league’s only 5000-yard passer besides Tom Brady. The line improved further with the addition of Zion Johnson. Two 1000-yard vet receivers Allen and Williams give them a potent tandem. They can surprise for the West title, though need huge improvement on their young defense adding vets, LB Mack and corner Jackson to join LB Joey Bosa and safety Darwin James. Favorable first half schedule can give them strong momentum for the playoff run.

Denver Broncos – 10-7 –
Broncos missed the playoffs the past six seasons leading to the blockbuster trade for vet QB Russell Wilson. He could be the missing piece here that has seen only mediocre production since the Peyton Manning retirement in 2015. Wilson has quality receivers in Sutton, Judy and Patrick along with emerging back Javonte Williams. Their highly regarded defense looks to improve in run defense. They rely on edge rushers, Bradley Chubb and new vet Randy Gregory to provide big play ability. Excited team looking to put it together behind savvy vet Wilson to win key AFC matchups.

Oakland Raiders – 9-8 –
Somebody has to finish last. Raiders talented QB Derek Car comes off a strong 2021 season and added his former college teammate Davante Adams to the offense. TE Waller gives Car a dangerous middle zone receiver. Edge rusher Maxx Crosby is a difference maker who needs new vet Chandler Jones to provide additional outside pressure. Their secondary allowed too many big plays and must improve vs the potent West passing games.

Divisional Champs
Bills, Bengals, Colts and Chiefs

Wild Card Clubs
Chargers & Ravens

AFC Championship
Bills beat the Chiefs

Super Bowl Matchup
Packers over Bills
Packers win a wild Super Bowl showdown with Bills.

Frank Coyle was scouted NFL teams for over 30 years from mini-camps through training camps, season and postseason games. He has extensive contact with NFL coaches, General Managers, coordinators and scouts.




Draft Insiders’ 2022 Preseason All-America Teams

Draft Insiders’ 2022 Preseason All-America Teams

Frank Coyle – Publisher/ Head scout

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Bryce Young – Alabama
Defensive Player of the Year – LB Will Anderson Jr. – Alabama

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in All-American teams, college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years.

First Team

Offense

QB Bryce Young – Alabama                   Junior
RB Bijan Robinson – Texas                    Junior
RB TreVeyon Henderson – Ohio State    Sophomore
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Ohio State      Junior
WR Kayshon Boutte – LSU                     Junior
WR Jordan Addison – USC                     Junior
TE Michael Mayer – Notre Dame            Junior
C Jarrett Patterson – Notre Dame           Senior
OL Peter Skoronski – Northwestern        Junior
OL Paris Johnson – Ohio State               Junior
OL Connor Galvin – Baylor                     Senior
OL Andrew Vorhees – USC                    Senior

Defense

DL Jalen Carter – Georgia                      Junior
DL Bryan Bresee – Clemson                   Sophomore
DL Will McDonald IV – Iowa State           Senior
DL Isaiah Foskey – Notre Dame              Senior
LB Will Anderson – Alabama                   Junior
LB Jack Campbell – Iowa                       Senior
LB Noah Sewell – Oregon                      Sophomore
CB Kelee Ringo – Georgia                      Sophomore
CB Eli Ricks – Alabama                          Junior
S Jordan Battle – Alabama                     Senior
S Jalen Catalon – Arkansas                    Junior
S Brandon Joseph – Notre Dame            Junior

Special Teams

K Jake Moody – Michigan                       Senior
P Adam Korsak – Rutgers                      Senior
KR Brian Battie – South Florida               Sophomore
PR Ainias Smith – Texas A&M                Senior
AP Deuce Vaughn – Kansas State          Junior

Second Team

Offense

QB C.J. Stroud – Ohio State                   Junior
RB Deuce Vaughn – Kansas State          Junior
RB Sean Tucker – Syracuse                   Sophomore
WR Quentin Johnston – TCU                  Sophomore
WR Cedric Tillman – Tennessee             Senior
WR Josh Downs – North Carolina           Junior
TE Brock Bowers – Georgia                    Sophomore
C John Michael Schmitz – Minnesota      Senior
OL O’Cyrus Torrence – Florida               Junior
OL Emil Ekiyor – Alabama                       Senior
OL Dawand Jones – Ohio State              Senior
OL Clark Barrington – BYU                     Junior

Defense

DL Myles Murphy – Clemson                  Junior
DL Calijah Kancey – Pittsburgh               Junior
DL Siati Ika – Baylor                               Senior
DL Zach Harrison – Ohio State               Junior
LB Andre Carter II – Army West Point     Senior
LB Nolan Smith Jr. – Georgia                  Senior
LB Trenton Simpson – Clemson              Junior
CB Cam Smith – South Carolina             Junior
CB Riley Moss – Iowa                            Senior
S Christopher Smith – Georgia                Junior
S James Williams – Miami                      Sophomore
S Antonio Johnson – Texas A&M            Senior

Special Teams

K Harrison Mevis – Missouri                   Junior
P Kyle Ostendorp – Arizona                    Junior
KR Malik Knowles – Kansas State           Senior
PR Jayden Reed – Michigan State          Junior
AP Jahmyr Gibbs – Alabama                  Junior




2022 Outland Trophy Watch List

The Football Writers Association of America announced the preseason watch list for the 2022 Outland Trophy, recognizing 89 returning standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents. The 2022 season will close with the award’s 77th anniversary and the watch list offers a talented field of players to accompany two returning FWAA All-Americans.

The recipient of the 2022 Outland Trophy will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live on ESPN on Thurs., Dec. 8. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 11, 2023.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years.

Atop the list are two returning FWAA All-Americans, Baylor center Jacob Gall and Michigan center Olusegun Oluwatimi, each a second-team All-America selection last year. Gall, a redshirt senior, is one of three Baylor players on the list, tops in nation among the 67 teams represented along with Clemson and defending national champion Georgia. Oluwatimi, now a graduate student, will be in the middle of Michigan’s offensive line this fall after transferring from Virginia, where he guided the country’s third-leading offense up front, one that averaged 516.3 yards per game.

Like Baylor, Clemson and Georgia’s three nominees are split between the offensive and defensive lines. The Bulldogs (first, 10.2 ppg) and Tigers (second, 14.8) were the top two scoring defenses in 2021. Returning off the Bulldogs’ stalwart defense that was second in rushing and total defense and included 2021 Outland Trophy winner Jordan Davis at defensive tackle, is his likely replacement Jalen Carter. The junior was a second-team All-SEC pick by the conference coaches last year despite playing behind two first-round NFL draft picks (Davis and fellow tackle Devonte Wyatt). Carter is joined by redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Broderick Jones and senior guard Warren Ericson.

Cincinnati, which qualified for the playoff with its standout defense a year ago, has two players on the list but both are on offense. Jake Renfro, a junior center, will guide the Bearcats’ front with senior offensive tackle Dylan O’Quinn on the outside. The pair of players from Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin led the Big Ten’s list of 11 players from eight different schools, second only to the SEC. Three of its 11 are defensive tackles – redshirt senior Jacob Slade of Michigan State, senior PJ Mustipher of Penn State and senior nose Keeanu Benton of Wisconsin.

Boise State, BYU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pitt, Troy, USC and Utah also have two players on the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference had 11 players with the Big 12 and Pac-12 each with 10 followed by the American Athletic, Mountain West and Sun Belt Conferences plus the Independents with six each. Conference USA has five selections and the Mid-American Conference four. There are 29 offensive tackles on this year’s list, just ahead of 25 defensive tackles to go with 18 centers and 17 guards. Just over half of the 131 Football Bowl Subdivision schools – 67 – are represented on the list.

2022 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST (89)
C Steve Avila, TCU G A.J. Gillie, Louisiana G Lokahi Pauole, UCF
G Clark Barrington, BYU OT Anton Harrison, Oklahoma OT Nolan Potter Jr., NIU
DT Kyon Barrs, Arizona C Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane C Jake Renfro, Cincinnati
G T.J. Bass, Oregon OT Cooper Hodges, App State G Layden Robinson, Texas A&M
OT Cooper Beebe, Kansas State DT Siaki Ika, Baylor DT Jaquelin Roy, LSU
DT Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin DT McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M G Brendan Schlittler, Liberty
OT Connor Bishop, Army DT Desjuan Johnson, Toledo C John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson OT Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State OT Peter Skoronski, Northwestern
G Marco Brewer, Oregon State OT Broderick Jones, Georgia DT Jacob Slade, Michigan State
G Nick Broeker, Ole Miss OT Dawand Jones, Ohio State OT Everett Smalley, Air Force
DT Jalen Carter, Georgia DT Calijah Kancey, Pitt G Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan
G Caleb Chandler, Louisville OT Jaxson Kirkland, Washington OT Cole Spencer, Texas Tech
DT Elijah Chatman, SMU C Willie Lampkin, Coastal Carolina OT Austin Stidham, Troy
DT Will Choloh, Troy OT Quantavious Leslie, WKU DT Dante Stills, West Virginia
C Eli Cox, Kentucky G Josh Lugg, Notre Dame C Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
OT Braeden Daniels, Utah G Christian Mahogany, Boston College C Malik Sumter, Georgia State
DT Tyler Davis, Clemson C Ahofitu Maka, UTSA DT Junior Tafuna, Utah
DT Gervon Dexter, Florida DT Scott Matlock, Boise State DT Leonard Taylor, Miami
C Trevor Downing, Iowa State OT Jordan McFadden, Clemson OT Kadeem Telfort, UAB
DT Cory Durden, N.C. State C Manase Mose, North Texas OT Joe Tippmann, Wisconsin
DT Justin Eboigbe, Alabama DT Myles Murphy, North Carolina OT O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
G Emil Ekiyor, Alabama DT PJ Mustipher, Penn State DT Tuli Tuipulotu, USC
DT Ikenna Enechukwu, Rice OT Zion Nelson, Miami C Alama Uluave, San Diego State
G Warren Ericson, Georgia C Drake Nugent, Stanford G Andrew Vorhees, USC
OT Alfred Edwards, Utah State OT Dylan O’Quinn, Cincinnati OT Carter Warren, Pitt
C Alex Forsyth, Oregon OT John Ojukwu, Boise State DT Daymond Williams, Buffalo
OT Blake Freeland, BYU C Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan OT Dylan Wonnum, South Carolina
OT Aaron Frost, Nevada OT Alex Palczewski, Illinois G Hunter Woodard, Oklahoma State
C Jacob Gall, Baylor C Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame G Zak Zinter, Michigan
OT Connor Galvin, Baylor OT Patrick Paul, Houston
Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration; Candidates may be added or removed during the season

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. The NCFAA’s 25 awards have honored more than 800 recipients since 1935. Visit NCFAA.org for more information.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 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 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