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NFL Office Awards 32 Compensatory Draft Selections


NFL Office Awards 32 Compensatory Selections

As usual a total of 32 compensatory choices have been awarded to NFL teams losing more free agents than they signed last year. This year 16 teams were awarded the selections with the majority of the choices placed at the end of the 3rd thru 5th rounds.

Under the rules for compensatory draft choices, teams losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost. This year a record 11 compensatory selections are placed at the end of the 3rd round with the Miami Dolphins holding the first choice with the 97th overall selection. The 4th round has 6 picks and the 5th round added 9 selections meaning that 26 of the 32 choices were granted in the top 186 overall draft selections.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

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The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32). This year, four clubs: the Los Angeles Rams (one pick), the Green Bay Packers (one pick), the Pittsburgh Steelers (two picks), and the Arizona Cardinals (three picks) qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula, but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those clubs ranked 33rd through 39th among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. Each of those four clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

This year compensatory picks may be traded, a new rule change approved by clubs in 2015 that permits these draft picks to be traded beginning this spring. In addition, the Giants were penalized in January for the Walkie-Talkie violation with their 4th round selection moved to the back of the round. The final number draft order moves the Giants 4th round selection from the 130th overall pick to the 140th choice. In addition, both the team and HC Ben McAdoo were fined.

The following 2017 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia:

2017 Compensatory Draft Picks
Third Round
Round Choice/Overall Selection

33rd pick of third round; 97th overall: Miami
34th pick of third round; 98th overall: Carolina
35th pick of third round; 99th overall: Baltimore
36th pick of third round; 100th overall: Los Angeles Rams
37th pick of third round; 101st overall: Denver
38th pick of third round; 102nd overall: Seattle
39th pick of third round; 103rd overall: Cleveland
40th pick of third round; 104th overall: Kansas City
41st pick of third round; 105th overall: Pittsburgh
42nd pick of third round; 106th overall: Seattle
43rd pick of third round; 107th overall: New York Jets

Fourth Round
32nd pick of fourth round; 138th overall: Cincinnati
33rd pick of fourth round; 139th overall: Cleveland
Giants pick moved from 130th overall to the 140th overall selection
35th pick of fourth round; 141st overall: Los Angeles Rams
36th pick of fourth round; 142nd overall: Cleveland
37th pick of fourth round; 143rd overall: San Francisco
38th pick of fourth round; 144th overall: Indianapolis

Fifth Round
33rd pick of fifth round; 178th overall: Cincinnati
34th pick of fifth round; 179th overall: Denver
35th pick of fifth round; 180th overall: Miami
36th pick of fifth round; 181st overall: Arizona
37th pick of fifth round; 182nd overall: Kansas City
38th pick of fifth round; 183rd overall: Cleveland
39th pick of fifth round; 184th overall: Green Bay
40th pick of fifth round; 185th overall: New England
41st pick of fifth round; 186th overall: Miami

Sixth Round
33rd pick of the sixth round; 218th overall: Kansas City
34th pick of the sixth round; 219th overall: Cincinnati
35th pick of the sixth round; 220th overall: Kansas City

Seventh Round
33rd pick of the seventh round; 253rd overall: Cincinnati
34th pick of the seventh round; 254th overall: Denver
35th pick of the seventh round; 255th overall: Denver

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 Draft:

Free Agents By Teams - Gains/Losses
Lost: Rashad Johnson; Ted Larsen; Bobby Massie; Bradley Sowell; Sean Weatherspoon; Corey White
Gained: Tyvon Branch; Evan Mathis

Lost: Kelechi Osemele; Matt Schaub; Courtney Upshaw
Gained: Benjamin Watson; Eric Weddle

Lost: Josh Norman; Brad Nortman
Gained: Gino Gradkowski

Lost: Marvin Jones; Emmanuel Lamur; Reggie Nelson; Mohamed Sanu; Andre Smith

Lost: Johnson Bademosi; Travis Benjamin; Tashaun Gipson; Alex Mack; Craig Robertson; Mitchell Schwartz
Gained: Demario Davis

Lost: David Bruton; Vernon Davis; Ryan Harris; Malik Jackson; Evan Mathis; Brock Osweiler; Danny Trevathan
Gained: Jared Crick; Russell Okung; Donald Stephenson

Lost: Casey Hayward; Scott Tolzien

Lost: Coby Fleener; Jerrell Freeman; Dwight Lowery
Gained: Patrick Robinson; Scott Tolzien

Lost: Jeff Allen; Tyvon Branch; Chase Daniel; Sean Smith; Donald Stephenson
Gained: Mitchell Schwartz

Lost: Nick Fairley; Janoris Jenkins; Rodney McLeod

Lost: Rishard Matthews; Lamar Miller; Derrick Shelby; Kelvin Sheppard; Olivier Vernon
Gained: Isa Abdul-Quddus; Andre Branch

Lost: Akiem Hicks; Tavon Wilson
Gained: Shea McClellin

Lost: Demario Davis; Damon Harrison; Chris Ivory
Gained: Matt Forte; Steve McLendon

Lost: Kelvin Beachum; Antwon Blake; Will Johnson; Steve McLendon; Sean Spence
Gained: Ladarius Green; Ryan Harris

Lost: Alex Boone

Lost: Bruce Irvin; Brandon Mebane; Russell Okung; J.R. Sweezy
Gained: Bradley Sowell; J'Marcus Webb

Michigan Wolverines Send 14 Players to 2017 NFL Combine


Michigan Wolverines Send 14 Prospects to 2017 NFL Scouting Combine

Michigan will send a school-record and NCAA-leading 14 football players to participate in the 2017 National Football League Scouting Combine to be held in a few weeks at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Michigan has the most players of any school in the country and this year’s total of 14 equals that of rival Ohio State from last season. This February, Alabama and LSU have 10 players invited to the combine with Clemson, Florida St, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M receiving invites for nine players. Ohio St, Florida, Utah and Southern Cal follow with 8 pro prospects each invited to the week long NFL player evaluation process.

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

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Following is an alphabetical list of Michigan student-athletes invited to attend the combine: Ben Braden (OG/OT), Jake Butt (TE), Taco Charlton (DE), Jehu Chesson (WR), Jeremy Clark (CB), Amara Darboh (WR), Ben Gedeon (LB), Ryan Glasgow (DT), Delano Hill (S), Jourdan Lewis (CB), Jabrill Peppers (LB/DB), De’Veon Smith (RB), Channing Stribling (CB) and Chris Wormley (DE).

Interestingly, two offensive linemen, OG Kyle Kalis and OT Erik Magnuson were left off the NFL Combine invitation list. Kalis performed well at the Senior Bowl while Magnuson graded out high at the East-West Shrine practices and game this January. Both will have full workouts at the Michigan pro day on March 24th.

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The Combine will be televised by NFL Network. Frank Coyle will send Emails and Tweets from the NFL Combine on breaking news and player workout results.

The NFL Combine will be held Feb. 28 through March 6.

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

NFL Draft 2017 - LB Reuben Foster out of Combine Workout


NFL Draft 2017 – Future High Draft Picks Continue to Opt out of NFL Combine

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

The NFL Combine 2017 has lost a few premier players for the workout portion on the upcoming week long event. Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, announced he will not participate in the workouts after undergoing rotator cuff surgery that probably jeopardizes any pro day events in March/April.

Foster is considered a top 10-15 prospect with a high level of development to possibly start as a rookie. He joins other top prospects who earlier opted out of the workouts including, safety Malik Hooker of Ohio St, wideout Corey Davis of Western Michigan, LB Jarrad Davis of Florida and OT Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin all announced recent surgeries that will force them to miss the upcoming event. Hooker was a hot prospect after declaring just weeks ago for the NFL Draft 2017. He had both hernia and labrum surgeries that shelves him until at least the Ohio St. Pro Day in April.

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Corey Davis had minor ankle surgery recently after opting out of the Senior Bowl in late January for a shoulder injury concern. Davis is a fast rising prospect who earned a high first round grade off a huge 2016 season. His postseason is up in the air currently with hopes he recovers in time for the Western Michigan Pro Day this spring.

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These announcements by Hooker, Corey Davis, Jarrad Davis, Ryan Ramcyzck and Foster were surprises to the NFL Combine staff that will now be able to add a few more prospects for the workout part of the evaluation. Each will attend for the testing, interview and medical parts of the week. The NFL Combine announced their Invitation List last week that includes over 330 prospects for the February 28-March 6: NFL Combine Timing and Testing at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. New additions are expected over the next two weeks with this process ongoing through the week long event with possible other medical issues and cancellations.

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

NFL Draft 2017 - First Round Mock Draft 3.0


NFL Draft 2017 - First Round Mock Draft 3.0 - February, 2017
* Underclassmen - Selection order prior to NFL Combine 2017
x - Division winner y - Coin flip to break tie

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First Round
Team / W-L / Player / Position / Ht/Wt / School

1 Cleveland 1-15 - * Myles Garrett DE 6-5, 265 Texas A&M
2 San Fran 2-14 - * Mike Williams WR 6-2, 205 Clemson
3 Chicago 3-13 - * Mitch Trubisky QB 6-3, 225 North Carolina
4 Jacksonville 3-13 - * Leonard Fournette RB 6-1, 230 LSU
5 Tenn (LA Rams) 4-12 - Jonathan Allen DE 6-3, 290 Alabama
6 NY Jets 5-11 - * Marshon Lattimore CB 6-0, 195 Ohio State
7 LA Chargers 5-11 - * Jamal Adams FS 6-0, 210 LSU
8 Carolina 6-10 - * Dalvin Cook RB 5-11, 205 Florida State
9 Cincinnati 6-9-1 - * Solomon Thomas DE 6-2, 275 Stanford
10 Buffalo 7-9 - * Jabrill Peppers SS 6-0, 210 Michigan

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11 New Orleans 7-9 - * Malik McDowell DT 6-5, 285 Michigan State
12 Cleve (Phil) 7-9 - * Deshaun Watson QB 6-2, 210 Clemson
13 Arizona 7-8-1 - Corey Davis WR 6-2, 215 Western Michigan
y 14 Indianapolis 8-8 - * Cam Robinson OT 6-6, 320 Alabama
y 15 Phil (Minn) 8-8 - * Marlon Humphrey CB 6-1, 200 Alabama
16 Baltimore 8-8 - * Derek Barnett DE 6-3, 265 Tennessee
17 Washington 8-7-1 - * Christian McCaffrey RB 6-0, 205 Stanford
18 Tennessee 9-7 - Takkarist McKinley DE 6-2, 260 UCLA
19 Tampa Bay 9-7 - * Malik Hooker S 5-11,195 Ohio State
20 Denver 9-7 - * Charles Harris DE 6-3, 255 Missouri
21 Detroit 9-8 - * Teez Tabor CB 6-0, 200 Florida
22 Miami 10-7 - * David Njoku TE 6-4, 240 Miami (Fl.)
23 NY Giants 11-6 - OJ Howard TE 6-6, 250 Alabama
24 Oakland 12-5 - Reuben Foster LB 6-0, 240 Alabama
25 x Houston 10-8 - * Sidney Jones CB 6-0, 180 Washington
26 x Seattle 11-6-1 - * Ryan Ramcyzk OT 6-5, 310 Wisconsin
27 x Kansas City 12-5 - * Zach Cunningham LB 6-3, 230 Vanderbilt
28 x Dallas 13-4 - * John Ross WR 5-11, 190 Washington
29 x Green Bay 12-7 - Dan Feeney OG 6-4, 310 Indiana
30 x Pittsburgh 13-6 - * DeShone Kizer QB 6-4, 230 Notre Dame
31 x Atlanta 13-6 - Taco Charlton DE 6-5, 285 Michigan
32 x New Eng 17-2 - Tre’Davious White CB 5-11, 195 LSU

New York Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook


Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report –
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Report

Sterling Shepard was chosen in the 2nd round by NY Giants with the 40th overall selection. During his rookie 2016 season, he started in all 16 games. He had 65 receptions for 683 yards and 8 TDs with 6 of them over 20 yards. He won the #2 role opposite Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham in camp. He is expected to play an even bigger role in the Giants' offense next season.

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NFL Draft Review 2016- June, 2016
On the 2nd round, the Giants chose wideout Sterling Shepard, a quick fast receiver with excellent hands and run after the catch abilities. He is a perfect fit here with playmakers needed opposite Odell Beckham, especially with vet Victor Cruz still unproven after missing 26 games with injuries. Shepard is highly developed playmaker who can step in immediately and provide an impact. He was an excellent addition who addressed a high pressing need with only marginal depth on the unit. Frank Coyle

Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report –
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Report

Sterling Shepard #3 - 5-10, 195 - Oklahoma - Sp. 4.35 Rating 85
Hindu Theory: Antonio Brown

Tough, talented senior was an all around go-to receiver for the Sooners usually lining up in the slot. Second generation Sooner, as his late father, Derrick Shepard played wide receiver there in the 1980s. His father was a good player, but Sterling has a chance to be an elite pro, after being one the top wide receivers in school history. Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award, named 1st Team All-American by DraftInsiders.com and ESPN.com as well as 2nd Team All-American by CBS Sports. Also earned an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he earned Practice Player of the Week award among wide receivers. Displays outstanding initial quickness off the line at the snap. Reaches top speed in a flash. Makes crisp, sharp cuts without gearing down or needing to adjust speed. Able to run every route expected of wide receivers with fine precision. Outstanding hands. Able to pluck the ball away from the frame of his body. Fine leaping ability and is able to extend and high point the ball. Contorts his body in midair to adjust to errant passes with apparent ease. Also readily gets down low to scoop in passes at shoe top level. Fearless working across the middle in heavy traffic. Often able to make those catches and still avoid a big hit. Deceptive deep speed. Able to use subtle moves or changes of speed to separate and get over the top of a defender in a flash. Offers a significant level of experience as a punt returner, though was not overly dynamic in that role. Lateral and initial quickness makes it a risky proposition to cover him in press. More quick than he is blazing fast, and somewhat smaller than ideal.
The Numbers:
As a senior, he caught 86 passes for 1288 yards for a 15 average and 11 TDs while starting 13 games and earning first team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started all 12 games and had 51 catches for 970 yards with 5 TDs with Big 12 honors. Over his career, he totaled 233 receptions for 3482 yards a 14.9 yard average and 6 TDs. Also ran the ball 17 times for 120 yards and 1 score. Returned 30 punts for his career, for 221 yards, no scores and a 7.3 average. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 194 lbs. and did 20 reps. He ran 4.43 time with a fast 1.55 ten yard split. He had a 41” VL and 10’3” BJ with a 4.35 short shuttle and 7.0 three cone. He was quick and explosive in the positional drills.
The Skinny:
Undervalued highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. He is similar to Antonio Brown in speed, quickness, body type, AA and development. Though he is pure deep threat, he can be sneaky quick and make big plays. With some development, he can start with early time in three wideout sets. Rising top 60 prospect. Could easily go as early as the 2nd round. Solid addition with the tools to start as a rookie in the right situation. Underrated value and playmaker to be a nice steal on mid-2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

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