THIS IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT. Did I mention that this isn’t a mock draft? With the draft 17 days away, most teams will spend this week—or the next two weeks—finalizing their draft boards. One team’s GM told me over the weekend his team is doing what I’m sure others are doing as well: This team’s scouts, coaches and top personnel officials will gather in the draft room at their facility today and, position by position over the next week or so, will finalize grades of each player on the board and have the final grades of all players by the middle or end of next week. The board will be stacked, 1 through the final graded player, maybe 350 in all. The players with character issues—a positive drug test or an arrest—will have a red dot next to their names on the board. Injury risks will have a different-colored dot. Then the team will begin to go over scenarios: How many of our top players will have to be off the board for us to consider trading … [Read more...] about FMIA’s Non-Mock NFL Draft: What Each Team Should Do in First Round
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Harrison was a third-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft by Barrett Sallee @BarrettSallee Apr 8, 2019 at 5:09 pm ET • 1 min read Alabama coach Nick Saban is no stranger to players jumping early to the NFL Draft. After all, if you coach and win at an ultra-high level, you're more likely than not going to develop players who prove their NFL worth before they exhaust their eligibility. Former Crimson Tide safety-turned 2018 draftee Ronnie Harrison was one of those players. After starting his sophomore and junior seasons in 2017 and 2018, respectively, Harrison jumped to the NFL one year early and was selected in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Saban apparently doesn't think that move was the correct one for Harrison."If you're a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year -- I'm not going to say any names -- goes and starts for his team, so he's making third-round money, which is not that great," … [Read more...] about Ex-Alabama player, Lane Kiffin take exception to Nick Saban criticizing NFL Draft early entrants
The 2018 NFL Draft lived up to its hype. Baker Mayfield unleashed his Heisman-winning talent after Hue Jackson’s firing, putting up MVP-caliber numbers over the back half of his premiere season as a pro. That wasn’t enough to beat out the No. 2 pick from last spring in the offensive rookie of the year voting, however. Saquon Barkley did everything but throw the ball in the Giants’ offense, gaining a league-high 2,028 yards from scrimmage. Quenton Nelson and Derwin James each capped their rookie campaigns with first-team All-Pro honors. But not every pick was a home run. Injuries left late first-rounders Isaiah Wynn and Mike Hughes to play only six games combined due to injuries. Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen all had their share of growing pains while making the leap from college to the pros. One year typically isn’t enough time to judge a player’s NFL career, but it’s enough to allow some “what if?” thoughts to … [Read more...] about What a 2018 NFL re-draft would look like now
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has been named the 2018 NFL Executive of the Year by Sporting News, which is voted on by all 32 NFL team executives. Pace is the third Bears executive to win the honor and the first since Michael McCaskey in 1985. George "Papa Bear" Halas was the first to win the award in 1956. Following the 2017 season, Pace took the organization in a different direction and sought to find the next head coach to lead the Bears into the future. On January 8, 2018, Pace hired Matt Nagy as Chicago's 16th head coach in franchise history. Nagy and the Bears went 12-4 and captured the club's first NFC North division title since 2010 with a return to the postseason for the first time in eight years. Nagy would go on to earn Associated Press and PFWA Coach of the Year honors while setting a record for the most wins by a first-year head coach in franchise history.With Nagy in place, Pace used all avenues available to help bolster a young and promising roster. He made … [Read more...] about Ryan Pace named 2018 NFL Executive of the Year
New York desperately needs a quarterback ... and a pass rusher ... and a wide receiver by Ryan Wilson @ryanwilsonCBS CBS Sports Writer Mar 13, 2019 at 10:02 am ET • 5 min read Previously On CBS Sports HQ... Free 24-Hour Sports News Network Learn More The Giants may have signed Odell Beckham Jr. to a five-year, $90 million contract extension (including a $21 million signing bonus) just before the 2018 season, and general manager Dave Gettleman may have insisted repeatedly in recent weeks that he wouldn't trade one of the league's best players. But on Tuesday night Beckham was shipped to the Browns in exchange for Cleveland's 2019 first and third-round picks (Nos. 17 and 95) and 2017 first-round pick safety Jabrill Peppers. It's hard to come away from this thinking anything other than the Browns won the trade in a landslide and while the Giants appear to have no idea what they're doing. A year ago, some three months before … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL Draft: What should the Giants do with their two first-round picks after trading Odell Beckham to Browns?