2018 Yearbook – Quarterbacks

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Quarterbacks Grade: A

    Positional Overview:
This year’s QB class is one of the most talented groups to enter the NFL Draft in years. The top four prospects are expected to be selected by the early 1st round and probably the top ten selections. This class can rival the great 2004 class of Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. There could be as many as 10+ NFL starters in time. The top four overall prospects, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are expected to go in the top 6-12 overall selections. Baker Mayfield is a rising prospect and carries an early 1st round grade as the most NFL ready prospect in the class. Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph could come off the board in the first round, though the latter part. Both carry starting grades and should be selection in the top 40 prospects. Jackson has fallen off concerns about his game translating to the NFL with certain justification. He has a rare athletic skill set that a patient club can benefit from immensely if they give him the critical time to settle into their system. Mike White and Kyle Lauletta carry starting NFL grades, though both need time to settle into the pro game. Both White and Lauletta were impressive at the Senior Bowl. Lauletta is rising up the charts off a developed skill set and the vital intangibles. Unheralded QBs, Chase Litton of Marshall and Brandon Silvers of Troy have NFL starting grades to take the huge step up to the pro game. This class features a few developmental types like Tanner Lee, J.T. Barrett, Chris Streveler and Logan Woodside who need to be in situations to learn a system and settle into a pro offense. This is a strong group with as many as 12-15 prospects chosen over the three-day event.

NFL Teams in need:
1 Browns        4. Giants
2 Jets              5. Broncos
3 Bills             6. Cardinals

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Lamar Jackson
Best Arm – Josh Allen
Most Accurate – Baker Mayfield
Best Mechanics – Josh Rosen
Best Runner – Lamar Jackson
Best Leader – Baker Mayfield
Best Intangibles – Sam Darnold
Best Decisions – Baker Mayfield
Most Developed – Baker Mayfield

NFL Premier Player
  Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady
Blue Chip – Sam Darnold
Blue Chip – Josh Rosen
Rising – Baker Mayfield
Falling – Lamar Jackson
Underrated – Mike White
Overrated – Luke Falk
Sleeper – Brandon Silvers
Boom/Bust – Josh Allen
Longterm Gem – Chase Litton
Overdrafted – Kyle Lauletta

Quarterback Rankings 
1 * Sam Darnold – USC
2 * Josh Rosen – UCLA            
3 * Josh Allen – Wyoming        
4 Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
5 * Lamar Jackson – Louisville
6 Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma St
7 Mike White – Western Kentucky
8 Kyle Lauletta – Richmond     
9 Luke Falk – Washington St   
10 Kurt Benkert – Virginia       
11 * Chase Litton – Marshall
12 Riley Ferguson – Memphis 
13 Brandon Silvers – Troy       
14 * Tanner Lee – Nebraska
15 J.T. Barrett – Ohio St
16 Chris Streveler – South Dakota
17 Logan Woodside – Toledo  
18 Nic Shimonek – Texas Tech
19 * Kyle Allen – Houston        
20 Matt Linehan – Idaho

Quarterbacks  

1 * Sam Darnold #14      Southern California      6-3      220       – Sp. 4.75         
    Hindu Theory:  Matt Stafford                                      Rating 94
Gritty talented redshirt sophomore led the Trojans to postseason appearances during his two seasons. Strong agile athlete with very good arm and quick footwork plus the intangibles to become a top-flight NFL starter. Despite a short resume and some erratic performances, he developed quickly and shows a well-rounded skill set to make the jump to the NFL. Natural physical traits coveted in an elite NFL passer, though not completely developed currently. He has fine intangibles with a blue-collar mentality. Despite his age (21 years old this summer), he shows excellent poise, anticipation, toughness, vision, leadership and competitive desire. Displays the complete physical and mental package with excellent production at a very high-level vs Pac-12 talent. Shows a tight compact delivery and capable of firing strikes from the pocket or on the move. Very good footwork to move in the pocket and create passing lanes and keep plays alive. Developing the experience to go through his check downs faster and finding secondary receivers. Attempted to do too much early in the 2017 season with an average supporting cast. Needs to learn to throw the ball away to live to play another down than forcing the ball into heavy coverage. Slides well in the pocket and can evade pressure well, reset his feet and plant to make a big throw. Maintains his vision down field very well looking for receivers to make their second move. Operated under center, but also spent time from the gun and needs work on his drop back and setting his feet while reading coverage. Shows the smarts and discipline to be a quick study, though must learn to make sound decisions with the ball. Displays the ability to deliver very accurate short and intermediate passes, as well as tossing strikes down the alleys. Possesses fine touch on deep passes as well as inside the red zone. Impressive ability to improvise and make adjustments to game situations. Displays incredible vision and awareness to see the entire field. Makes clutch throws with the game on the line. Shows a quick release and possesses very good arm strength. At times, he can stare down his primary target and telegraph his throws. When under pressure, he will make off-balance throws which has led to turnovers. He shows good ball handling with the ability to fake and draw defenders into false reads.
The Numbers:  As a sophomore, he started all 14 games, leading USC to a 11-3 record. Completed 303 of 480 passes for 4143 yards with 26 TDs and 13 interceptions while earning 1st team Pac-12 honors. As a freshman, he played in 13 games and completed 246 of 366 passes for 3086 yards for 31 TDs and 9 interceptions. Over his career, he started only 23 games and threw for 7229 yards with 57 TD passes and 22 interceptions. He rushed for 7 TDs. His career finale in their loss to Ohio St in the Cotton Bowl he threw a pick six and had two fumbles. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’3” and 221 lbs. with 9 3/8” hands and 31” arms. He ran a 4.67 time with a 26.5” VJ and an 8’9” BJ and added a 4.40 shuttle and 6.96 three cone. Did not participate in the passing drills. At his pro day, he displayed good velocity, timing and accuracy. He helped his cause with a strong performance. Very similar to Lions’ Matt Stafford in body size, arm strength, delivery and overall temperament and AA.
The Skinny:  Gifted sophomore makes all the throws. Fast improving talent with only two seasons starting experience vs NFL caliber defenders. Competitor takes command and displays very good football IQ and capable of making a difference in crunch time. Athletic strong frame and size to hold up to the physical demands of the game. Shows the toughness and defense recognition to continue to develop as a winning starter. Needs to sit and settle into a system for a short time especially recognizing coverage and going through his progressions. One of the QB gems in recent years and intriguing raw prospect with huge upside potential to develop into a Pro Bowl performer. Talented blue-chip prospect with the Browns looking to land in the top selection. Potential elite QB and best in the game.
Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top overall pick

2 * Josh Rosen #3                    UCLA                           6-4       225       – Sp. 4.85         
     Hindu Theory:  Matt Ryan                                            Rating 92
Well-rounded smooth true junior led the Bruins for the past three seasons, displaying blue chip skills for the position. During his true freshman season, he earned All-American honors when he set UCLA freshman records for passing yards (3668) on 60% completion rate with 23 passing TDs with 11 interceptions. He has all the natural physical traits one seeks for an NFL starting QB – good size and overall athleticism with a fine strong arm and pocket awareness. His intangibles include poise, anticipation, toughness, vision, leadership and competitive desire. Shows the complete physical and mental package with excellent production at a very high level. Displays good footwork to set up and shows a crisp compact delivery with smooth release and capable of firing strikes with fine touch and timing. Quick footwork to move in the pocket and create passing lanes with the instincts to go through his check downs fast and find secondary receivers. Can evade pressure well, reset his feet and plant to make a big throw. Operated mainly from the gun and needs work on his drop back and setting his feet while reading coverage. Shows the smarts and discipline to be a quick study. Usually makes sound decisions with the ball, by displaying the ability to deliver very accurate short and intermediate passes, as well as tossing strikes down the alleys. Possesses fine touch on deep passes as well as inside the red zone. His polished throwing mechanics is the best in this class and ranks among the best in the past two decades. Consistently impresses with his ability to make adjustments and rally his unit, making clutch throws with the game on the line.  Possesses good, not exceptional arm strength, though shows the touch to hit receivers in stride consistently to make plays. At times, shows a tendency to focus too long on his primary target and needs to progress to his other options quicker when under pressure. Occasionally, he will backpedal and make off-balance throws, rather than stepping into them. He shows good ball handling and security in general with quick decisions. He needs work on his basic footwork and his follow through while showing more pocket presence.
The Numbers:  As a true junior, he started 11 games and had 283 completions of 452 passes for 3756 yards with 26 TDs and 10 interceptions, earning 2nd team Pac-12 honors. As a sophomore, he started 6 games and completed 59% of his passes for 1915 yards with 10 TDs and 5 interceptions. Over his career, he played in 30 games with 9339 passing yards for a 61% with 59 TDs and 26 interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 229 lbs. with 9 7/8” hands and 31 3/4” arms. He ran a 4.92 time with a 31” VJ and a 9’3” BJ and added a 4.28 shuttle and 7.09 three cone. In the passing drills, he displayed good velocity, timing and accuracy. He helped his cause with a strong performance. He will be compared to Matt Ryan and is similar in size, delivery and overall AA development. Also similar to Tony Romo in body type, accuracy and arm strength.
The Skinny:  Talented quick throwing junior makes all the throws. Competitor takes command and displays very good football IQ and capable of making a difference with the game on the line. Athletic lean frame needs to add muscle to hold up to the physical demands of the game. Shows good defensive recognition to go through his progressions and find secondary receivers. Graded out high in the talented Pac-12 with three seasons starting experience vs NFL caliber defenders. Despite average supporting cast, he had excellent production. Two concussions and a shoulder injury leave pressing durability issues. Type can change a franchise, though needs some maturity as an athlete and person. Interesting prospect with the upside potential to develop quickly and start early. True blue chip QB prospect with the Jets, Browns, Bills and Broncos hoping to land in the top selections.
Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top 3 pick

3 * Josh Allen #17                    Wyoming                     6-5       235       – Sp. 4.75         
    Hindu Theory Ben Roethlisberger                                Rating 90
Big strong-armed junior led the Cowboys to back to back postseason bowl games over his two starting seasons. Huge athletic frame with quick feet and the best arm in this class have elevated him to a potential top selection. One-year JC transfer and lightly recruited out of HS. Very raw despite the complete athletic skill sets desired for the position. Continued to improve over his career, taking huge steps with impressive performances at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Productive and athletic with the mental makeup to take the huge step up from a non-power five conference. Naturally strong arm with the ability to drive the ball into windows, though accuracy is a huge issue. He can drop the ball in the bucket on the deep throws when given time. Very good athleticism to run away from defenders even defensive backs. Skilled at fighting off defenders and evading pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. Long quick release that needs work and displays erratic accuracy that demands further time developing whether in the pocket or on the move. Huge powerful arm to make the tough out throws while also displaying a nice touch for lofting passes over defenders down the seam, or to backs and receivers on quick swing or outlet passes. Throws the out and deep ball outside the hashes as well as any QB since Cam Newton. His scrambling ability puts pressure on defenses and shows a legitimate threat for big plays whether by throwing or running. His basic skills such as taking the snap from under center and scanning downfield while dropping back are things where he is still in the developmental stage. Needs to learn to go through his progressions better and avoid locking on to his primary receiver. Dependent on his first read that can turn into mistakes. Savvy mobile athlete with a fine arm to make all the NFL throws with a fairly quick delivery for a long-armed prospect. High release point to avoid deflections, though his footwork needs extensive work on dropping, setup and follow through that will have a huge bearing on his accuracy improvement. Shows good awareness of coverage, but must look off defenders better and find the hot receiver. Learning how to lead a receiver with the right amount of touch on the ball and when to muscle the throw. Shows the speed to make plays outside the pocket with his feet with a big sturdy frame to hold up within the pocket or fighting off linemen. He has developed fine intangibles related to toughness, leadership and poise under pressure in clutch situations with a blue-collar approach after having to prove himself at each level.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 11 games missing time due to a shoulder injury. For the season, he completed 152 of 270 passes for a 56% rate for 1812 yards with 16 TDs and just 6 picks that earned him MWC honorable mention. Went 1-3 vs Power 5 conference clubs with 1 TD and 8 interceptions. Won Senior Bowl MVP award with 2 TD passes during 2nd half comeback. As a sophomore, he started all 14 games and completed 209 passes of 373 attempts for a 56% rate for 3203 yards with 28 TDs and 15 picks, earning 2nd team MWC honors. Over his career, he threw for 5066 yards for a 56% rate with 44 TDs and 21 picks. He is similar to QB Ben Roethlisberger in raw skills set – size, mobility, arm strength and AA. Lacks a high level of development and little experience in a pro-style offense. Good intangibles. At the NFL Combine, he came at 6’5” and 237 lbs. with 10 1/8” hands and 33 1/4” arms. He ran a fine 4.75 time and added a 33.5” VL and 9’11” BJ with a 4.40 shuttle and an impressive 6.90 three cone times. He performed well in the passing drills. He set up quickly with good footwork in the pocket to move laterally and create passing lanes. He was very good on deep throws. Needs work on his foot work and set up to plant and drive the ball down the field with better accuracy. Takes too long a stride when setting up. Relies on a quick release and the touch to drop the ball into holes in coverage
The Skinny: Fast rising prospect with a level of development that demands sitting initially after only two starting years in a spread offense. Good field awareness and a top football IQ that should accelerate his progress within a pro offense. Continually improved over his career especially over his final season from the start through the critical postseason. Talented early 1st round pick with definite big time starting potential after gaining experience and learning a system. Savvy QB with an awesome skill set, especially his arm, though not ready currently to produce early. Huge ceiling if he gets in the right situation to refine his core throwing mechanics and footwork. Risen into the top selections and possible top five overall prospects. Excellent addition with skills to be NFL franchise type leader. Good fit for the Browns, Giants, Jets and Bills. Excellent intangibles to make a difference and a fine mature leader with the skills set to be an elite NFL starter in time.  Future Pro Bowl caliber passer.
Draft Projection: 1st Round -Top 6 pick

4 Baker Mayfield #6                 Oklahoma                    6-1       215       – Sp. 4.80         
    Hindu Theory: Russell Wilson                                     Rating 88
Slick senior gunslinger put up record setting numbers in the Sooners’ prolific passing attack which earned him the 2017 Heisman Trophy award. Transferred from Texas Tech as an underclassmen due to being in a class with QBs Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb. Strong athletic frame with a good arm and quick release. Very good feet to setup, move in the pocket, slide to create new lanes or scramble to throw on the move or for a first down. Savvy athlete with a great sense of field presence and situations. Combines keen instincts with good athleticism to be both a leader and playmaker. Stepped up in big situations with big performances in the national playoffs as well as winning at Ohio St. Few clubs go into Columbus, Ohio and come away with a victory. Baker was instrumental in the Sooners’ win that marked them a national contender. Tight quick release with a natural throwing motion with the ability to release the ball from several positions with fine velocity and quickness. Played in the spread Sooner passing game putting up amazing numbers annually while showing the ability to throw the complete route tree. Shows the ability to drive the ball down the field and consistently fit into tight windows. Progresses very well as a pocket passer, though mainly operates in an offense with quick simple reads geared for the primary receiver. Gunslinger mentality with a cocky attitude that at times takes too much risk on plays. Savvy thrower can re-cock his arm quickly and deliver fast into new windows. Learning to be patient and look for other receivers and go through his progressions. Limited work from under center and faces a learning curve and needs to sit and adjust to the game. Needs to refine his setup and footwork under center and learn to go through his reads and adjustments to make the proper calls. Shows fine touch and accuracy on intermediate and vertical routes, though needs some refinement. Able to consistently place the ball with nice trajectory over the shoulder of receivers to catch in full stride. Within the pocket, displays a crisp natural throwing motion to get the ball out fast. Able to really drive the ball when required and the ball can explode from his hand with good velocity on the outs and tight seam routes. Deceptive mobility to be effective on the move without losing his accuracy. Shows the toughness to sit in the pocket and take a hit to complete the pass.
The Numbers:  Over the 2017 season, he started 14 games and completed 285 passes of 404 attempts for a 71% rate for 4627 yards with 43 TDs and 6 picks. Won Heisman Trophy, in addition to three time Big 12 Player of the Year honors, Manning award, O’Brien award and Maxwell award in 2017. Over his junior season, he threw for 3965 yards while completing 71% with 40 TDs and 8 picks in 13 starts. Over his career, he posted a 39-9 record including several bowl victories and impressive road wins at Ohio St. Threw for 14,607 yards with 131 TDs and 30 interceptions and a 68.5% completion rate. Similar to NFL starter, Russell Wilson in size, AA, arm strength and LOD. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’ and 218 lbs. with 30 1/4” arms and 9 1/4 hands. He ran a 4.84 time and added a 29” VL and a 9’3” BJ with a 4.28 shuttle and 7.00 three cone.
The Skinny:  Highly productive QB with strong frame and rare arm to become a high-quality starter with some development. Needs improvement in his footwork to step up to play in a pro-style offense. He can throw the deep ball with accuracy, drive the ball down the field and make the tough intermediate throws and can fit the ball into tight windows when given time. High 1st round and probable top 10 pick. Top 5 QB prospect with the skill set to win a starting job within a few seasons after learning a system. Needs further work on reading defenses and going through his progressions. Must prove up to the call of leadership to be successful in the NFL. Some behavior must be addressed, though not criminal offenses. Rising top 10 prospect.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

5 * Lamar Jackson #8              Louisville                     6-2       216       – Sp. 4.45                          
   Hindu Theory: Michael Vick                                                                   Rating 88
Athletically gifted true junior completed an excellent short career which included the 2016 Heisman Trophy award. Lean athletic frame with good arm, quick feet and sound decision making. Amazing toughness and leadership combined with sprinter speed and instincts to be a threat as either a passer or runner. Highly productive blue-chip athlete with the mental makeup to succeed in the NFL. Excellent mobility and a game changer in the open field the equal of any running back. Fine arm with the ability to fit throws into tight windows along with good touch on the deep passes. Top athleticism to run away from defenders even defensive backs. Skilled at fighting off defenders and evading pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. Excellent field presence with a quick release His accuracy is inconsistent whether in the pocket or on the move and needs extensive work on his delivery and footwork. His scrambling ability places pressure on defenses and is a legitimate threat for big plays whether by throwing or running. Some NFL basics such as taking the snap from under center and scanning downfield while dropping back are things where he is still in the developmental stage. Still can lock on to his primary receiver and at times too reliant on his first read which can turn into mistakes. Mobile athlete needs to prove he can make all the NFL throws for his game to translate to the pro game. Fairly long delivery needs strong coaching on basics which can improve his average completion rate. Fails to go through his progressions and tends to pull the ball down when his first read is covered and lacks patience to wait for secondary moves for receivers to clear zones. Needs to spread the ball around, showing more awareness of coverage and looking off defenders. Over his career, his accuracy did not improve despite some impressive passing numbers. Inconsistent accuracy in the deep game. Learning to lead a receiver with the right amount of touch on the ball as well as when to power the throw. Shows very good speed to make plays outside the pocket with the mobility to move in the pocket and create throwing lanes. With big game experience, he developed fine intangibles related to toughness, leadership and poise under pressure in clutch situations.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and completed 254 of 430 passes for a 59% rate for 3660 yards with 27 TDs and 10 picks that earned AAC first team honors. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and completed 230 passes of 409 attempts for a 56% rate for 3543 yards with 30 TDs and 9 picks. Earned the Heisman Trophy award for that performance. Rare athlete and probably the best pure athlete at the position since Michael Vick. In three seasons, he ran for 4132 yards and 50 TDs as one of the greatest running QBs in history. Similar to QB RG3 in size, mobility and AA and level of development. At the NFL Combine, he came at 6’2” and 216 lbs. with 9 1/2” hands and 33 1/8” arms. He did not workout. He performed well in passing drills. Set up quickly with good footwork in the pocket and moved well laterally to create passing lanes.
The Skinny:  Talented prospect with a good work ethic to get the most of his outstanding AA. His level of development under center is a concern and he faces a critical learning curve. Good field awareness and a top football IQ that should accelerate his progress within a pro offense. Limited experience under center, though he continually improved over his career. Needs technique work in his set up and plant and drive the ball down the field along with defense recognition. An above average arm and good fundamentals. Relies on a quick release and the touch to drop the ball into holes in coverage, though rarely goes through his progressions to locate secondary receivers. Depends on his exceptional running skills to make plays with his feet, though it hinders his development as a pro QB. Talented 1st round pick with definite starting potential after gaining experience and learning a system. Savvy experienced passer and good fit for the Cardinals and Chargers where he can sit for at least one or two seasons and adjust to the pro game. Excellent intangibles to make a difference and a fine leader. Nice upside if given vital time to learn.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

6 Mason Rudolph #2                Oklahoma St                6-5       235        – Sp. 4.85           
   Hindu Theory: Joe Flacco                                                 Rating 85
Big senior pocket passer put up record setting numbers for the Cowboys spread offense, earning Big 12 honors his three starting seasons. Strong frame with good arm, though not a gun expected for his dimensions. Played in spread offense where he put up amazing numbers in one of the most potent air attacks in the nation. Little experience under center with time from the gun to scan the field and go through his progressions nicely. Displayed the touch to make all the throws and lead receivers to make a play after the reception. Slightly above average arm strength with a big smooth delivery to throw a textbook pass. In his three seasons as a starter, he totaled 13,618 yards passing with 92 TDs and 26 interceptions. He has all the physical tools, ideal size, and solid athleticism. Displays adequate feet in his setup. Deliberate over the top release with good zip on short or intermediate throws, while using touch and timing well. Sound fundamentals, mechanics and proper footwork. Good pocket presence with a sense of pressure and timing with good patience. Little threat as a runner, though aware of the markers and will go all out to make the 1st down. Smart with the football and good leader. Accepts when the play is not open and will throw the ball away rather than take a sack. Shows fine accuracy, timing and air under the ball when throwing deep. Gives his receivers room to run under the pass and drops it in the bucket nicely. Very effective working the short routes with a tight delivery and release point with the ability to led receivers and make plays after the catch.
The Numbers:  In 2017, he threw for 4904 yards with 318 completions on 489 attempts for 65% rate, 37 TD and 9 picks for Big 12 second team honors. Comes off a January 2018 foot injury that limited his postseason. In 2016, he started 13 games yards with 284 completions of 448 passes for 4091, 28 TDs and 4 interceptions on 63% rate for 2nd team Big 12 behind Baker Mayfield for the first time. Over his three starting seasons, he helped OSU post three straight 10-win seasons. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 6’5” and 235 lbs. with 32 3/8” arms and 9 1/8” hands. He ran a 4.90 time and had a 26” VJ and no other events. Similar to Joe Flacco and Mike Glennon in size, arm strength and LOD.
The Skinny: Talented passer faces a learning curve especially technically in his setup when working from center with limited career reps there. Shows the ability to scan the field, read defenses properly and find the hot receiver. Displays leadership to direct an offense, but must develop under center which will determine any starting time. Skill set and intangibles to win a backup role and move up the charts. Potential starter with the intangibles necessary to compete in the NFL. With development and overall improvement, he could start within a few seasons. Top 40 prospect and probable mid-2nd round pick with definite tools to move up depth charts and compete for time. Possible late 1st round pick. Good talent to continue to develop and surprise as a starter.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

7 Mike White #14                      Western Kentucky        6-5      225       – Sp. 4.90         
   Hindu Theory: Nick Foles                                                  Rating 75
Big accurate senior was highly successful over his two starting seasons with the Hilltoppers, earning first team C-USA honors both years. Transferred from South Florida and went 17-10 as the WK starter. Thrived in the spread offense where he displayed well developed talent as a traditional pocket passer. Good size with developed passing skills and average athleticism. Tough passer holds up well in the pocket with the ability to stay on the field despite taking hits. Played well during the Senior Bowl week, displaying a good arm, touch and understanding of the pro style game. Extensive experience as a starter, though in an offense where the reads were simple and usually easy crossing routes. Displays fine accuracy and touch to drop the ball to receivers with timing to make plays after the reception. Possesses a strong frame for the next level with good arm strength to make every throw. When he is protected in the pocket, he can throw the full route tree. Shows touch on the vertical routes in big situations. Able to consistently place the ball with nice trajectory over the shoulder of his receivers to get it in full stride. Shows nice accuracy to lead his target away from defenders. Can lock on to a target and draw cover men to the play. Will throw into heavy traffic at times losing basic upper and lower body technique. Within the pocket, displays a crisp throwing motion and good delivery to get the ball out quickly. Rarely took snaps from under center with most from the shotgun formation. Able to drive the ball when required, though some of his passes seem to glide, rather than explode from his hand. Some concerns about his velocity on the outs and tight seam routes. Moves fairly well in the pocket, though subpar foot speed and mobility. When he misreads coverage and his primary receiver is taken away, he tends to retreat in the pocket, rather than climb it. Shows the willingness to take a hit to complete the pass. Good overall leadership qualities.
The Numbers: Over the 2017 season, he started 13 games and completed 368 passes of 560 attempts for a 66% rate for 4177 yards with 26 TDs and 8 picks. Over his junior season, he threw for 4363 yards while completing 67% with 37 TDs and 7 picks in 14 starts. Over his two-year WK career, he started 27 games, and threw for over 8500 yards with 63 TDs and 15 interceptions and a fine 66% completion rate. Similar to Super Bowl MVP and starter, Nick Foles in size, AA, arm strength and LOD. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 6’5” and 224 lbs. with 31 7/8” arms and 9 1/2” hands. He ran a 5.07 time and added a 27” VL and an 8’ BJ, a 4.40 shuttle and 7.40 three cone.
The Skinny:  Highly productive QB with good frame and arm to become a quality starter with development. Needs improvement in his footwork to step up to play in a pro-style offense. Throws the deep ball with accuracy and can drive the ball down the field and make the tough intermediate throws. Needs clean pocket to be effective. Emerging talent with starting talent, though definitely a learning curve to be more than a #3 passer the first few seasons. Probable 3rd day pick with the skill set to win a starting job within a few seasons after learning a system. Needs further work on reading defenses and go through his progressions. Must prove up to the call of leadership and the physicality to be successful. Clubs like Bengals, Ravens and Saints interested.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

8 Kyle Lauletta #5           Richmond                    6-3       220       – Sp. 4.80
   Hindu Theory: Andy Dalton                                                   Rating 70
Proficient fifth-year senior was highly successful over his three starting seasons with the Spiders’, earning CAA honors annually. Good size and overall athleticism with the footwork to move in the pocket and the frame to add muscle. Went 24-12 as a starter, throwing for over 10,000 yards. Over his small college career, he progressed very well as a traditional pocket passer in this pro-style offense. Earned invitation to the Senior Bowl off a fine career. Performed well at the practices which elevated his stock significantly and maybe into the top 100 selections. Deceptive athleticism and holds up well in the pocket with the ability to stay on the field despite taking hits. Extensive experience as a starter in a pro-style offense which helped develop his setup skills along with reading coverage while dropping in the pocket. Worked from under center often and was quick to setup and slide in the pocket and keep his eyes down the field. Possesses a good frame for the next level, with the arm strength to make every throw. When he is protected in the pocket, he can make all the throws. Shows touch and accuracy on intermediate and vertical routes in big situations. Able to consistently place the ball with nice velocity and location to give receivers a chance to catch in full stride. Can lock on to a target and throw into heavy traffic at times. Within the pocket, displays a natural tight throwing motion and is well-developed in a pro-style offense that contained elements of the West Coast offense. Took snaps from under center as well as in the shotgun. Some concerns about his velocity on the outs and deep passes outside the hashes. Deceptive mobility to escape and make a play with his feet. Good leader showed fine poise and preparation at the Senior Bowl on the big stage.
The Numbers: Over the 2017 season, he started 11 games and completed 281 passes of 433 attempts for a 65% rate for 3737 yards with 28 TDs and 12 picks. Over his junior season, he threw for 3022 yards while completing 64% with 24 TDs and 8 picks in 11 starts. Over his career, he had a 24-12 record and threw for 10,465 yards with 73 TDs and 35 interceptions and a 64% completion rate. Similar to NFL starter, Andy Dalton in size, AA, arm strength and LOD. At the NFL Combine, he came in under 6’3” and 222 lbs. with 30 5/8” arms and 9 ¾” hands. Ran a 4.81 time with a 31” VL, 9’5” BJ, 4.07 shuttle and a 6.95 three cone. He performed well in the throwing drills.
The Skinny:  Highly productive QB with the arm and intangibles to become a quality starter with time and development. Needs further improvement in his footwork to step up to play in a pro-style offense. Must prove he can throw the deep ball with accuracy, drive the ball down the field and make the tough intermediate throws under pressure. Can fit the ball into tight windows in coverage when given a nice pocket. Rising good talent in this quality class. Probable early 3rd day. Prospect with the skill set to win a starting job within a few seasons after learning a system. Needs further work on reading defenses to go through his progressions. Must prove up to the call of leadership to be successful at the NFL level. Clubs like Dolphins, Giants, Bengals and Patriots interested.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

9 Luke Falk #4             Washington St             6-3       215       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 68
Highly efficient three-year starter for the Cougars completed a fine career in the Pac-12, earning conference honors three times. Fifth year senior put up huge numbers operating the WSU ‘Air Raid’ attack. Set Pac-12 career records for TD passes and passing yardage. Spreads the ball around well, showing a quick delivery and fine accuracy to hit receivers. Lanky frame with adequate size and core strength to hold up in the pocket. Quick feet and good functional strength to shrug off pass rushers, slide in the pocket and reset to make a play. Throws well on the run. Accurate from the pocket or on the move. Keeps his eyes downfield and waits for routes to develop. Prefers to pass in those situations, rather than pulling the ball down and running where he shows marginal skills. Fails to extend plays with his feet when necessary and lost 400 yards rushing in his career. Good pocket presence with the strength and feel for pressure to fight off rushers. As a runner when scrambling shows marginal foot speed to make a play. Good decision making and a very competitive fine leader. Motivated with a strong work ethic. Displays enough NFL arm strength to be effective on all types of routes. Can put heat on his passes to fit them into tight windows, or use touch and timing. Shows the ability to loft the deep-balls and drop them into the bucket. Makes smart decisions with the football most of the time and able to read the field well from the pocket. Fine anticipation for throwing windows as they develop. Durable and has taken hits and bounced right back. At times, throws off his back foot and often looks to the check-down sooner than necessary. Deep-ball accuracy can be inconsistent at times. With over 2000 passes attempted, he keeps his interception numbers low because he takes what defenses give him. Takes the safer shorter throws rather than pushing the ball downfield into tight coverage and finished with a career completion pct. of 68%. During the 2017 season, he completed 443 of 633 passes for a 67% rate, 3593 yards with 30 TDs and 13 picks in 12 games. Missed time with a broken non-throwing hand. During the 2016 season, he completed 293 of 460 passes for 64% rate and 4468 yards with 38 TDs and 11 picks. Over his career, he started 41 games with a 27-14 record and threw for 14,486 yards and 119 TDs with 39 picks. At the Senior Bowl event, he looked sharp throwing the ball early in the week, but had to leave to attend the funeral of a WSU teammate who committed suicide. At the NFL Combine, he came in under 6’4” and 215 lbs. with 32” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He did not run but had a 26.5” VJ, 8’7” BJ with no agility drills. Faces a definite learning curve in his setup and reading defenses under center. Good leadership and development. Talent to progress further, though needs a strong supporting cast. Highly efficient, experienced QB with above average physical skills and intangibles to win a #3 role in camp. With development, he could move up to a #2 role in time and possibly challenge for starting QB. Top 125 prospect and probable mid 3rd day pick with tools to move up depth charts. Long-term project with talent.

10 Kurt Benkert #6                   Virginia            6-3       215       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 68
Gritty intelligent senior two-year starter showed steady improvement and solid production during his short career with the Cavaliers. Transferred from East Carolina where he was set to start in 2015 before a training camp knee injury ended his season. Good frame made nice progress in a pro style attack that spread the ball around and relied on accurate timing passes. Average athlete with decent mobility to get to the outside and move within the pocket. Fairly good pocket awareness to operate in tight spaces and able to adjust and use his legs when necessary. Good arm though lacks exceptional strength, but has acceptable velocity when able to step into throws and follow through. Usually gets the pass off quickly and is fearless in the pocket when under pressure and willing to hold the ball if needed. Attempts to test small windows and has the confidence to make tight throws, but can be late to decide and throw into traffic. Generally, he shows good field awareness and seems to understand matchups and where the soft spots are in coverage. Shows good football IQ and is diligent in his preparation. Fine leadership traits and mental toughness. Productive vs D1 talent. Arm strength is less than ideal and throws too many passes with too much air. Struggles to add mustard to his throws especially the out and has a slight hitch at the top of his delivery. Struggles controlling his touch and ball placement is inconsistent when forced from his original spot. At times, he will predetermine his throws and forces it into congested areas. Field vision and decision-making are sound when he gets a clean pocket. As a senior, he passed for 3207 yards, completing 58 % on 298 of 509 passes with 25 TDs and 9 picks. As a junior, he started 11 games and completed 228 of 406 passes for 2552 yards and 21 TDs and 11 picks. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.95 time with 16 reps. He added a 31” VL and a 9’4” BJ with a 4.33 shuttle and 7.15 three cone. Physical and mental makeup to win a #3 job with the skill set to move up with development. Type of prospect a club needs to settle into the offense and develop the finer points of the position. Good Senior Bowl week helped his cause. Prospect with smarts and physical talent to surprise in time. Skill set to develop and marginal top 175 talent with make it grade. Good 3rd day guy with upside.

11 * Chase Litton #14              Marshall           6-5       230       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 68
Well-built fourth year junior finished his career, starting three seasons and earning C-USA honors his final season. Huge prospect with a powerful arm and the raw talent to make all the throws with the ability to hit receivers outside the hashes in the deep zone. Good mechanics with a quick high release and a smooth delivery. Possesses the raw skill set to develop into an NFL starter with work. Adequate mobility in the pocket to move outside and throw on the move, though needs work there. At times, he throws erratic passes leading to turnovers when he tries to force the ball. Little experience under center and needs to settle into a system where he is the #3 passer and learn the basics on his setup, reading coverage and his footwork to deliver the ball. His career results were outstanding, throwing for 8332 yards and 72 TD passes and 31 interceptions. He has all the physical tools, ideal size, arm strength and solid athleticism. Displays fairly quick feet into his setup with a tight release and good velocity on his throws. He needs work on his touch and timing and especially his footwork. He is a long strider and needs work to plant with a shorter and better balance which will help his balance and follow through.  When he escapes the pocket he lacks the speed to be a threat as a runner. Aware of where the marker is and will go all out to make the 1st down. Must learn to accept when the play isn’t there and throw the ball away rather than take sacks or through into heavy coverage. Gives his receivers room to run after the reception and is usually very effective working the shorter routes. In 2017, he threw for 3115 yards on 266 completions on 443 attempts, 60%, 25 TD and 14 picks. In 2016, he started 10 games and threw for 2612 yards on 231 completions of 371 attempts, 62%, 24 TD and 9 picks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 230 lbs. with 32 1/4” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He ran a 4.90 time and had a 29.5” VJ, 8’10” BJ with a 4.53 shuttle and 7.49 three cone time. Displayed a sound arm in the throwing drills with a compact release that gets the ball out nicely. Similar to Mike Glennon in size, arm strength and LOD. Talented passer faces a steep learning curve especially in his setup and technique when under center or reading sophisticated defenses. Shows the ability to scan the field, read the defense fairly well and find the open receiver. Displays leadership to direct an offense. Needs to show patience to sit in the pocket to allow plays to develop and find secondary receivers. Size, arm strength and intangibles to win a backup role and move up the charts. Underrated prospect with the intangibles necessary to compete in the NFL. With development and overall improvement, he could be a starter. Top 200 prospect and probable late 3rd day pick with definite tools to surprise and compete for time. Good addition with talent to continue to develop and fine late gamble.

12 Riley Ferguson #4              Memphis          6-3       210        – Sp. 4.85         Rating 68
Slick throwing senior put up incredible numbers over his only two seasons with the Tigers, earning AAC honors during that period. Transferred from Tennessee in 2014 after a coaching change. Guided the Tigers’ offense the past two seasons, posting a 18-8 record while passing for over 7900 yards and 70 TD passes. Adequate size and arm strength and could use weight training to bulk up and add some muscle. Adequate foot speed and quickness in the pocket to move and make plays under pressure. Good throwing mechanics and a tight delivery to get the ball out quickly. Usually shows good pocket awareness and can make subtle moves to avoid the rush and gain a little extra time. His accuracy as a passer is fairly good, though needs improvement to challenge for more than a #3 role. Worked in a spread offense from the gun which asked only simple reads and needs extensive work under center. Shows the agility and footwork to convert to the pro game, though faces a tough learning curve especially with his drop back and setup while reading coverage. Good vision to find the open receiver and takes what the defense gives him. Will play pitch and catch in the underneath zones in a spread game. When throwing just from the pocket, he sits and usually locks on his primary receiver. Needs development going through his progressions till he finds an open man. His adequate mobility allows him to bail out of the pocket when it collapses and try to make a play. Accuracy is not as good when throwing on the move or outside the confines of the pocket. Needs work on his delivery and release, in addition to setting his feet better to improve his accuracy. Likely to miss an open receiver when under pressure and scrambling with an erratic delivery. At times gets happy feet in the pocket when the rush is closing on him and throws wildly. Appears he does not trust his arm and will double pump before deciding whether to make the throw. Can effectively and efficiently guide an offense when given time to throw from the pocket. Many of his throws are high % passes and currently does not throw the full route tree. In 2017, he threw for 4257 yards for 63% for 38 TDs and 9 picks, earning C-USA Player of the Year. In 2016, he threw for 3698 yards for 63% completion and 32 TDs and 10 picks, earning 2nd team honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in under 6’3” and 212 lbs. which is up from his 195 lbs. in December. He ran a 4.98 time with a 29” VL and 9’2” BJ, a 4.40 shuttle and 6.96 three cone. Displays a slightly above average arm with good mechanics and some upside to possibly challenge for the #2 role if he makes critical improvement. Savvy passer can win a #3 role after big game experience. Top 200 prospect and probable 3rd day pick with definite skills. Long-term project with talent to surprise.

13 Brandon Silvers #12            Troy                 6-2       220       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 65
Strong armed senior had an excellent unheralded career starting all four seasons at Troy, earning Sun Belt honors his final three seasons. Well-built physique with a good arm and the footwork to set up and deliver the ball with power, timing and accuracy. Shows the strong frame and toughness to holdup against a heavy pass pressure. Good pocket presence with the footwork to slide in the pocket to avoid the rush and create passing lanes. Powerful arm with deceptive athleticism and foot speed to make plays on the move. His arm ranks above average with a compact delivery which allows him to get the ball out quickly. Physical makeup of a quality starting QB – strong arm with nice accuracy and capable of making all the throws. Shows quick feet to make plays outside the pocket and scored 9 rushing TDs over his final two seasons. Slings the ball out to receivers with good timing and placement. Holds up well in the pocket with the ability to stay on the field and fight off rushers despite taking hits. Winning QB with the intangibles clubs look for in a starter and came up huge in big situations. Shows poise, leadership and composure to direct an offense and lead a team. Extensive experience as a starter in a pro-style offense in which he called plays in the huddle. Worked from under center and called audibles when necessary. When protected in the pocket, he can make all the throws with touch and accuracy on intermediate and vertical routes. Hits his receivers in full stride to make plays after the catch. Displays a compact throwing motion and well-developed footwork to sit in pocket and go through his progressions well to find secondary receivers. Experience working from under center or in the shotgun. Able to really drive the ball when required and many passes explode from his hand. Deceptive mobility. Shows the willingness to take a hit to complete the pass. Good leadership to face pressure situations. Over the 2017 season, he started 13 games and completed 283 passes of 443 attempts for a 64% rate for 3290 yards with 17 TDs and 7 picks. Added 5 TDs rushing. Led Troy to a 11-2 record including a huge victory over LSU. Earned honorable mention Sun Belt. Over his junior season, he threw for 3180 yards while completing 64% with 23 TDs and 12 picks in 13 starts with 4 rushing TDs, earning 1st team Sun Belt honors. Did not attend the NFL Combine. Comes in at 6’2” and 224 lbs. with sub 30” arms and 9 1/8” hands. He runs in the high 4.90 time with a 5.06 pro day clocking. Highly productive QB with strong frame and arm at a D1 level of competition. Potential NFL quality starter with some development. Needs improvement in his footwork to step up to play in a pro-style offense. Throws the deep ball with accuracy, drives the ball down the field and makes the tough intermediate throws when given time. Can fit the ball into tight windows in coverage when given a nice pocket. Underrated talented prospect who is falling through the cracks in this top end QB class. Prospect with the skill set to possibly win a starting job within a few seasons after learning a system. Needs further work on reading defenses and going thru his progressions. Must prove up to leadership to succeed. Sleeper with a big ceiling if he gets in the right situation.

14 * Tanner Lee                        Nebraska                          6-4       218       – Sp. 4.80         Rating 65
15 J.T. Barrett                           Ohio St                            6-1       220       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 65
16 Chris Streveler                     South Dakota                6-2       220       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 65
17 Logan Woodside                  Toledo                            6-1       215       – Sp. 4.70            Rating 65
18 Nic Shimonek                       Texas Tech                    6-3       220       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 62
19 * Kyle Allen                           Houston                         6-2       211       – Sp. 4.90           Rating 62
20 Matt Linehan                       Idaho                             6-3       225       – Sp. 4.95            Rating 62
21 Max Browne                         Pittsburgh                      6-4       230       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 62
22 Nick Stevens                        Colorado St                    6-3       203       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 62
23 Jeremiah Briscoe                Sam Houston St             6-3       220       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 62
24 Danny Etling                       LSU                                    6-2       215       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 62
25 Luis Perez                           Texas A&M-Commerce   6-2     224       – Sp. 4.95          Rating 60
26 Kenny Hill                           Texas Christian               6-1       215       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 60
27 John Wolford                      Wake Forest                    6-1       200       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
28 Brogan Roback                   Eastern Michigan           6-2      218       – Sp. 4.95          Rating 60
29 Austin Allen                        Arkansas                          6-0       209       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 60
30 Bryan Schor                        James Madison              6-1       212       – Sp. 4.75           Rating 60
31 Chad Kanoff                        Princeton                         6-4       225       – Sp. 4.90         Rating 60
32 John O’Korn                       Michigan                          6-3       214       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 58
33 Brandon Harris                  North Carolina               6-2       220       – Sp. 4.65         Rating 58
34 Richard Lagow                   Indiana                            6-5        240       – Sp. 4.90         Rating 58
34 DeVante Kincade               Grambling State            6-0       190       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
35 Bryant Shirreffs                  Connecticut                    6-1       210       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 58
36 Peter Pujals                         Holy Cross                       6-1       211       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 58
37 Alex McGough                    Florida International     6-2      218       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 58
38 Malik Zaire                          Florida                          6-0         226       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 58
39 Conor Rhoda                      Minnesota                     6-2        225       – Sp. 5.0            Rating 56
40 Dalton Sturm                     Texas-San Antonio        6-1      205       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 56
41 Kyle Bolin                            Rutgers                         6-1          212       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
42 Brice Ramsey                      Georgia                        6-2         210       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
43 Ryan Burns                         Stanford                       6-4         230       – Sp. 4.78          Rating 56
44 Jesse Ertz                            Kansas St                     6-2          212       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 56
45 Cole Davis                           North Dakota St            6-2       217       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 56

     By Frank Coyle & Pro Scouting Staff of Draft Insiders’ Digest

       www.draftInsiders.com – 27th Season

 




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NFL Draft  2018 – Quarterback Prospects –

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NFL Draft 2018 – Top QB Prospects

 Frank Coyle discusses the top QB prospects for the NFL Draft 2018 – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield.

The Browns hold the 1st and 4th overall selections while Giants and Jets hold the #2 and #3 selections with all three clubs in need of a starting QB

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NFL Draft 2018 – Top QB Prospects

 Frank Coyle discusses the top QB prospects for the NFL Draft 2018 – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield.

The Browns hold the 1st and 4th overall selections while Giants and Jets hold the #2 and #3 selections with all three clubs in need of a starting QB

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NFL Draft – Top QB Prospects

Frank Coyle discusses the top QB prospects for the NFL Draft 2018 – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield.

The Browns hold the 1st and 4th overall selections while Giants and Jets hold the #2 and #3 selections with all three clubs in need of a starting QB

Special Emails and In-depth Scouting Reports in Draft Insiders’ – NFL Draft Yearbook 2018
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Jets Move Up to #3 Overall Shakes Up NFL Draft 2018 – Giants in ‘Catbird Seat’ with the #2 Draft Choice

Jets Move Up to #3 Overall Selection Shakes Up NFL Draft 2018
Giants in ‘Catbird Seat’ with the #2 Draft Choice

Frank Coyle – Head Scout/Publisher

The Jets’ GM Mike Maccagnan pulled off a St. Patrick’s Day blockbuster trade that will have major repercussions in the early selections of the NFL Draft 2018. The Jets’ major deal will affect several teams’ draft strategy, including the Browns, cross town rival the Giants, Broncos, Bills and possibly the Colts again.

The Jets sent the 6th overall pick to the Colts 1st round pick, for the 3rd overall selection. The Jets surrendered three #2 picks – two this year #37 and #49 plus their 2nd round pick in the NFL Draft 2019. It was an excellent move by Maccagnan that puts the Jets in a position to get at least one of the top three QBs at worst in this talented class. Virtually every draft move into the top five choices for a franchise caliber QB always includes a #1 pick the following year. Maccagnan wisely retained the Jets #1 selection next year. He benefitted from having another early pick #37 plus the #49 pick obtained in the trade that sent DL Sheldon Richardson. That deal helped leverage the move to #3 overall this year. Richardson left Seattle after one season and recently signed a one-year deal with the Vikings.

The Browns hold the key to the top four with both the #1 and #4 overall selections. They are reserved to select a QB with one of the choices and waiting to the 4th overall pick would be risky considering the QB need at both the top of the draft, in addition to several other clubs looking for their future starter. They were burnt just two years ago when they traded out of the #2 overall pick with either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz guaranteed on the board. The Eagles landed Wentz and he is their franchise guy going forward with great early reviews despite the late 2017 injury. The Browns are once again back to the drawing board at QB. With that disastrous decision still vivid in their memory, they are very committed to add the QB now and most likely with their top selection. They did overspend and use a #3 pick this year on stop-gap vet QB Tyrod Taylor. The Giants are actually in the ‘Catbird Seat’ at the #2 overall pick. New GM Dave Gettleman is a savvy personnel man with a history with the Giants and instrumental in their recent two Super Bowl teams. He loves value and knows the impact of their last #2 overall pick, Lawrence Taylor had on the franchise for over a decade when they won their first two Super Bowl titles. Their current presence at #2 puts a lot of pressure on the Browns to select a QB with the top pick. The Browns also love running back Saquon Barkley and have considered him at #1 overall, but the Carson Wentz debacle set the franchise back at least three years if not a decade. With the Bills, Broncos and Cardinals still actively trying to move into the top five, the Browns can not afford to lose the #1 QB prospect.

The Giants have many needs and will entertain all offers. The Browns and Bills have multiple top 100 selections, including both teams holding two #1’s along with Cleveland holding three and Buffalo two #2 choices. That’s ammo for moves into the top five with next year’s #1 the final leverage to close any deal. Giants love Barkley and will not hesitate to use the #2 overall pick to select the blue-chip back. With a trade with Cleveland at #4, the Giants probably lose Barkley and would have to like their 3rd ranked QB or another blue-chip prospect to make the deal. The Browns have Barkley high on their list and landing him and a top QB could be franchise changing moves. Their high multiple selections have produced a 0-16 club and the top overall selection again.

The Jets have struggled landing a franchise type QB since the days of Joe Namath. Consequently, they have been a perineal non-playoff club with a constant changeover of the coaching and front office staffs. The St. Patricks’ day draft deal puts them in a position to land the rookie QB they want to lead the franchise and allow him to sit initially. The Jets added young QB Teddy Bridgewater (25) in free agency plus resigned starter Josh McCown. Both signed one-year deals at fair value contracts. Jets hope Bridgewater wins the starting job in training camp after coming off a serious knee injury in August 2016. Maccagnan hopes to address their long-term plans with the 3rd overall pick, but the addition of Bridgewater gives the Jets a chance to capture lightning in a bottle if he proves healthy and returns to his 2015 playing form.

With five weeks until the NFL Draft 2018, the trading market has never been hotter. The Jets blockbuster trade forces the Bills to make a move and at the #12 and #22 picks, they will need to move into the top 10 to realize their QB. They may have to make two moves like the Eagles did to move to land Wentz. Bills will speak to the Colts who are interested in moving back for the right selections. The Colts hold the #6 pick from the Jets and will listen to the Bills who hold two selections in each of the top three rounds. The Broncos have been quiet since signing vet QB Case Keenum who is coming off a career performance with the Vikings. Denver does hold the #5 overall selection which keeps any bidder in the QB mix for the 3rd or 4th overall passer probably available.

The NFL Draft buzz continues to heat up with clubs trying to position themselves to land a blue-chip leader and QB. Stay tuned the upcoming decisions will have a broad base impact on the shape of the NFL divisional races for years to come.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.




NFL Trading Period Sets Off Veteran Free Agency Market 2018

NFL Trading Period Sets Off Veteran Free Agency Market

For all the Trades for the NFL Draft 2018 go to www.draftinsiders.com

1st round
Buffalo and Cincinnati swapped the 12th and 21st picks OT Cordy Glenn

2nd round
Buffalo from LA Rams for WR Sammy Watkins

3rd round
Kansas City #3 and CB Kendall Fuller from Washington for QB Alex Smith
Buffalo from Cleveland for QB Tyrod Taylor

4th round
Miami from Cleveland thru Philadelphia for WR Jarvis Landry
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Kansas City from LA Rams for CB Marcus Peters
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 4th round picks for a swap of QB DShoneKizer & CB Damarius Randall

5th round
Seattle from Philadelphia for DE Michael Bennett
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 5th round picks for QB DeShone Kizer & CB Damarius Randall
Denver from LA Rams for CB Aqib Talib
LA Rams from Kansas City for CB Marcus Peters
Cincinnati from Buffalo for OT Cordy Glenn and swap of #1 picks

6th round
LA Rams from Buffalo for WR Sammy Watkins
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Buffalo from Cincinnati for OT Cordy Glenn

7th round
Philadelphia from Seattle for DE Michael Bennett

Denver from Minnesota for QB Trevor Siemian – teams swap 2018 and 2019 late round selections

 




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Important Dates 2018 pg. 1                                      Free Agency – Salary Cap Per Team pgs. 2-3
NFL Salary Cap pg. 1                                                   Top 125 Free Agents pgs. 4-9
Free Agency Player Tags pg. 2

Important NFL 2018 Dates

February 20 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Feb 27-March 5 – NFL Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

March 6 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 12-14 – During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, 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 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
March 14 – The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. 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 14.
March 14 – Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m. est time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.
March 25-28 – Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
April 2 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 16 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 25 – Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

**** NFL Draft 2018 – April 26-28 ****

Thurs thru Saturday – Dallas will host at ATT Stadium in Arlington Texas

 Trades to be Announced When Free Agency Begins March 14th

For all the Trades for the NFL Draft 2018 go to www.draftinsiders.com

1st round
Buffalo and Cincinnati swapped the 12th and 21st picks OT Cordy Glenn

2nd round
Buffalo from LA Rams for WR Sammy Watkins

3rd round
Kansas City #3 and CB Kendall Fuller from Washington for QB Alex Smith
Buffalo from Cleveland for QB Tyrod Taylor

4th round
Miami from Cleveland thru Philadelphia for WR Jarvis Landry
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Kansas City from LA Rams for CB Marcus Peters
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 4th round picks for a swap of QB DShoneKizer & CB Damarius Randall

5th round
Seattle from Philadelphia for DE Michael Bennett
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 5th round picks for QB DeShone Kizer & CB Damarius Randall
Denver from LA Rams for CB Aqib Talib
LA Rams from Kansas City for CB Marcus Peters
Cincinnati from Buffalo for OT Cordy Glenn and swap of #1 picks

6th round
LA Rams from Buffalo for WR Sammy Watkins
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Buffalo from Cincinnati for OT Cordy Glenn

7th round
Philadelphia from Seattle for DE Michael Bennett

NFL Team Salary Cap Space –

NFL announced that the 2018 salary cap will be $177.2 million per team. The number represents a nearly $10 million increase over the 2017 number which was $12 million over the 2016 salary cap. Since 2012, the cap has increased by nearly $57 million per team. The salary cap figure has ballooned in recent years as the effects of new bulging television deals are being figured into the amount. The total has jumped over $33 million each of the past three seasons. Though this is the 5th straight year the salary cap has increased by at least $10 million, the 6.11% increase is the smallest increase for the cap from year to year since 2013.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams are required to spend an average of 89 percent of the salary cap from 2013 to 2017. League-wide, teams must spend an average of 95 percent of the salary cap over the four-year period.

This new money boosts many clubs into a higher bracket that could produce a buying frenzy in the opening weeks starting March 14th. The salary cap per team below is a fluctuating total according to ongoing roster moves – resignings, releases and restructuring of current players. The new totals should guarantee a heavily active Free Agent market thru the spring.

Several teams will enter the free-agent market on March 14 with large chunks of cap space available.
Per OverTheCap.com – based on a $177.2 million projection with additional cap carry over where applicable –

These teams began the free agency period with the highest available money prior to the official signings.
Jets $89,879,171
Browns $82,752,946
Colts $71,967,822
Bucs $68,724,951
49ers $67,235,420
Texans $65,723,753

Official Franchise Tags – Salary cap 2018 – $177.2M

Franchise Tag Salary Numbers for each position

2018 Franchise Tag Values
Offense
Position Tender Amount
Quarterback $23,189,000
Running back $11,866,000
Wide receiver $15,982,000
Tight end $9,846,000
Offensive lineman $14,077,000

Defense
Defensive end $17,143,000
Defensive tackle $13,939,000
Linebacker $14,961,000
Cornerback $14,975,000
Safety $11,287,000
Kicker/punter $4,939,000

2018 Salary Cap by Team – numbers change with each new signing and conditions
Approximate $$$$ entering Free Agency Period
Base Salary Cap Per team: $177.2M
Overthecap.com

Team                Cap Space/Effective Cap/Active Cap/ Dead Money

Jets                $89,879,171      $89,879,171 $89,481,136           $13,918,337
Browns         $82,752,946     $82,752,946 $144,619,305        $13,271,875
Colts             $71,967,822      $71,967,822 $119,144,551           $1,800,217
Bucs              $68,724,951     $68,724,951 $124,820,699         $814,506
49ers             $67,235,420    $67,235,420 $153,359,279         $15,804,569
Texans          $65,723,753     $65,723,753 $124,298,577          $1,703,233
Titans           $58,634,443     $58,634,443 $147,754,138         $1,713,913
Vikings         $44,553,005     $44,553,005 $144,833,744         $654,816
Bears            $44,508,690     $44,508,690 $135,868,009       $4,466,716
Bills              $36,668,043     $36,668,043 $115,196,340         $35,959,288
Jaguars       $32,990,537      $32,990,537 $173,825,992         $3,938,137
Rams           $31,182,571        $31,182,571 $140,125,478           $7,787,112
Saints          $30,683,864      $30,683,864 $130,483,541        $14,065,970
Broncos      $29,911,221         $29,911,221 $156,254,978         $2,369,241
Redskins    $29,018,903        $29,018,903 $148,923,164        $862,496
Seahawks    $27,578,600       $24,698,600 $136,149,444        $13,887,715
Lions           $27,205,960       $27,205,960 $147,635,207         $6,436,899
Chiefs          $25,689,521        $25,689,521 $137,915,393          $14,422,831
Raiders       $25,384,780       $25,384,780 $154,447,351          $2,018,441
Bengals       $24,207,668       $24,207,668 $163,485,187         $632,363
Panthers     $24,034,669       $24,034,669 $152,702,495        $6,762,702
Patriots      $21,258,834        $21,258,834 $155,761,332          $2,590,423
Giants        $20,489,984        $20,489,984 $153,461,632         $3,478,255
Packers      $20,292,391        $20,292,391 $158,518,921           $5,722,756
Chargers    $19,814,223         $19,814,223 $154,571,847           $4,723,657
Cardinals   $19,605,613         $19,605,613 $151,172,859           $7,298,489
Falcons      $9,371,931            $8,891,931 $161,768,492            $4,878,535
Ravens      $5,557,794            $5,557,794 $167,175,718              $3,133,338
Cowboys   $3,042,438           $3,042,438 $167,287,215            $14,811,112
Dolphins   $1,927,416            $1,927,416 $171,720,850              $3,026,688
Steelers     ($2,838,985)       ($2,838,985) $182,751,661           $956,175
Eagles        ($9,871,265)        ($9,871,265) $187,127,033           $736,941

NFL 2017 Salary Cap – Franchise/ Transitional Tags
The NFL salary cap figures list Franchise non-exclusive and transition tags. Non-exclusive players must be tendered a one-year deal no less than the listed amount for their position, which is determined by the average of the top five salaries at their position. With the non-exclusive tag, the current team has the right to match any offer or get two 1st round choices in return. An exclusive Franchise tag ties him to his current team at a higher but undetermined price for one season. Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.
NFL teams had until March 6th to designate either franchise or transitional tags. The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position.

How is the Salary Cap calculated?
The Salary Cap is based on a complicated calculation that measures the league’s revenue (or certain revenues) and then apportions around 48% of that revenue to player costs. That player cost number is comprised of two components – (1) player benefits and (2) player salaries. The player salaries portion is what we are talking about when we refer to the Salary Cap. For instance, in 2011, the overall Player Cost number was $142M, while the Salary Cap was $120.375M. The difference between those numbers was the player benefits amount.

Team /Franchise Player
* The formula for the exclusive-rights tag is the same as it was in the old collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players. The franchise figure for QBs in 2016 is $19.95 million.
The cost for any signing club for a franchised player with the non-exclusive tag would be two first-round picks, and the current club would hold the right to match the offer.

NFL Free Agency 2018 – ‘New Money for Free Agency Period’

NFL Free Agency 2018 period opens on Wednesday March 14th at 4 pm. There is a three-day window for negotiations available from Monday morning thru Wednesday that gave clubs an opportunity to talk to agents about upcoming Free Agents to see if they are interested in their club and approximate contract dollars. They cannot sign until Wednesday March 14th at 4 pm, but it gives teams some guidelines about which players are interested in signing. Teams can talk to the player or have visits to their facilities. This initial free agency period is part of the new collective bargaining agreement that was signed in the 2012 summer. The new salary cap was raised to $177.2 million per team that clubs must comply with by the opening of the new NFL year on March 14th. Teams can sign their own free agents now as well as restructure player contracts to create salary cap room.

The week prior to the opening of Free Agency creates a group of ‘New Street Free Agents’ of veteran players who are usually due large bonuses and higher salary for the upcoming season. Many veterans have been and will continue to be released through the early weeks with bonus clauses in upcoming contracts locked into specific dates. These ’Street’ free agents have become a core part of the Free Agency movement in recent years with many big names players hitting the open market after being released by teams. This year expect many new high profile veterans to join the open market as ‘Street” free agents, though none is expected to make the headlines like Peyton Manning did a few years ago. He signed with the Broncos and made a significant impact on their offense winning the AFC West annually and completed his career with a victory in Super Bowl XL.
This year NFL teams will have $177.2 million cap number to work with a huge $10 million increase over the 2017 cap. This was an increase of over $35 million over 2013 cap year. The 2011 salary cap was $120.375 million with the 2012 cap slightly above at $120.6 million.

NFL Veterans Released – ‘Street Free Agents’
Many veteran players have been released with bonus clauses due on their current contracts. These veteran players are ‘Street Free Agents’ and allowed to sign with any of the 32 NFL teams with no compensation due to the former club. They can sign prior to the FA market if a vested veteran.

Free Agency Labels
UFA (Unrestricted free agent)
Player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired.
RFA (Restricted free agent)
Player with at least three accrued seasons whose contract has expired.
EFA (Exclusive restricted FA)
Player whose contract expires at a time when he has fewer than three accrued seasons.

Franchise – Free agent who has been designated as a franchise player.
Released – Vested veteran whose contract has been terminated and can sign with any club.

NFL Free Agency 2018 – Top 125 Players

Free Agents – Unrestricted & ‘Street’ –

Exclusive Franchise Players
Le’Veon Bell RB – Steelers

Franchise Non-exclusive Players
DeMarcus Lawrence DE – Cowboys
Ezekiel Ansah DE – Lions
Lamarcus Joyner DB – Rams
Jarvis Landry WR – Dolphins

Transitional Player
Kyle Fuller CB – Bears

NFL Free Agency 2017 – Top 125 Players

Free Agents – Unrestricted & ‘Street’ –
Franchise & Transitional Players not included

Rank/ Player/ New Team
1 Kirk Cousins – signed with Vikings
2 Drew Brees – resigned with Saints
3 Allen Robinson – signed with Bears
4 Sammy Watkins – signed with Chiefs
5 Andrew Norwell – signed with Jaguars
6 Case Keenum – signed with Broncos
7 Trumaine Johnson – signed with Jets
8 Nda Shu
9 Sam Bradford – signed with Cardinals
10 Malcolm Butler – signed with Titans
11 Nate Solder – signed with Giants
12 Dontari Poe
13 Eric Reid
14 Weston Richburg – signed with 49ers
15 Zach Brown
16 Bashaud Breeland – signed with Panthers
17 Kenny Vaccaro
18 Muhammad Wilkerson – signed with Packers
19 Carlos Hyde – signed with Browns
20 Jimmy Graham – signed with Packers
21 Sheldon Richardson
22 Teddy Bridgewater – signed with Jets
23 Nigel Bradham – resigned with Eagles
24 Morgan Burnett
25 Justin Pugh
26 Dion Lewis – signed with Titans
27 Star Lotulelei – signed with Bills
28 Jerick McKinnon – signed with 49ers
29 Paul Richardson – signed with Redskins
30 E.J. Gaines
31 AJ McCarron – signed with Bills
32 Richard Sherman – signed with 49ers
33 Marqise Lee
34 Avery Williamson
35 Jack Mewhort
36 Tyler Eifert
37 Jordan Matthews
38 Anthony Hitchens – signed with Chiefs
39 DaQuan Jones
40 Trey Burton – signed with Bears
41 Morris Claiborne
42 Terrelle Pryor
43 Tahir Whitehead
44 Brent Grimes – resigned with Bucs
45 Doug Martin
46 Preston Brown
47 Isaiah Crowell – signed with Jets
48 Patrick Robinson – resigned with Saints
49 Demario Davis
50 Ryan Jensen
51 Prince Amukamara
52 John Brown
53 Sean Smith
54 Tre Boston
55 Aaron Colvin – signed with Texans
56 Tamba Hali
57 Josh Sitton
58 Austin Seferian-Jenkins
59 Donte Moncrief
60 Tyrann Mathieu
61 Adrian Clayborn
62 Jeremy Maclin
63 Trent Murphy – signed with Bills
64 Kyle Williams
65 Mike Wallace
66 Dominique Easley
67 NaVorro Bowman
68 Josh Kline – resigned with Titans
69 Cody Latimer
70 Haloti Ngata
71 Danny Amendola – signed with Dolphins
72 Jerrell Freeman
73 Eric Decker
74 Dominique Rogers-Cromartie
75 Rex Burkhead – resigned with Patriots
76 Jordy Nelson
77 Todd Davis
78 Kareem Martin
79 Kony Ealy
80 T.J. Ward
81 William Hayes
82 Martellus Bennett
83 Cameron Fleming
84 T.J. Carrie
85 Bennie Logan
86 LeGarrette Blount
87 Travis Swanson
88 Taylor Gabriel
89 Mike Glennon – signed with Cardinals
90 Julius Peppers – resigned with Panthers
91 Luke Joeckel
92 Josh McCown – resigned with Jets
93 Tavon Wilson – resigned with Lions
94 Chris Hubbard – signed with Browns
95 Jeremy Hill
96 Avery Williamson – signed with Jets
97 Eric Ebron
98 Pernell McPhee
99 DeMarco Murray
100 Alex Okafor
101 Xavier Su’a-Filo
102 Aaron Lynch
103 Troy Niklas
104 Johnathan Joseph
105 Derrick Johnson
106 John Sullivan
107 Jonathan Stewart – signed with Giants
108 Matt Slauson
109 Senio Kelemete
110 Frank Gore
111 Greg Robinson
112 Jay Cutler
113 Lamarr Houston
114 Brian Cushing
115 Wesley Johnson
116 Kevin Minter
117 Davon Kinnard – signed with Lions
118 Barkevious Mingo
119 Kendall Wright
120 Luke Willson
121 Darren Sproles
122 Connor Barwin
123 Jeff Janis
124 Rashaan Melvin
125 Tyvon Branch

NFL Free Agency

Unrestricted Free Agents – Players with four or more seasons in the league and their contract has expired. They can sign with any club with no compensation.

Restricted Free Agents – Players with three seasons in the league and whose contract has expired. Current team can extend one of three qualifying offers. It guarantees the current club compensation from the player new team. Few restricted free agents have switched clubs in the past twenty years due to the compensation given to the losing club. Clubs have changed their thinking related to restricted free agents and several teams have made this market an area to explore with several offers in recent years. Clubs feel that if they cannot get a comparable player with their draft selection they are better trading the pick for a player who has a track record in the NFL. Bidding clubs have constructed contracts that force the existing club to pay a huge amount of the contract upfront known as the “Poison pill” and has forced their hand to accept minimal compensation or not match the offer.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents – Players with one or two seasons. They cannot move if their current club tenders them at the required NFL minimums. This year 7 Franchise labeled players were designated. Only two exclusive free agent QB Kirk Cousins and RB LeVeon Bell are restricted to negotiate with only their current club. The current club can retain non exclusive free agent if they match any offers or receiving compensation via trade or get multiple draft picks.

Free Agency Labels – Each club is allowed to use one franchise label. They do not have to use the label in any year. This label can apply to unrestricted, restricted or signed players. The label stays with a player the duration of his contract unless the club removes it for the purpose of trading or releasing him.
Franchise Label – The player with this label is guaranteed the average salary of the five highest paid players at his position or 120% of his previous season’s salary. If the player’s original club waives its right of first refusal, allowing the franchise player to leave, they will get high picks from the signing team. The new signing teams are asked to pay a huge price in draft picks that has certainly hindered any movement of these players if tendered by the current team.

                 Frank Coyle has published Draft Insiders’ Digest for 27 years
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NFL Salary Cap 2018 New Team Totals

NFL Salary Cap 2018 New Team Totals

New Salary Cap Per Team Reaches $177.2 Million Total

The NFL’s salary cap is set at $177.2 million per team in 2018, up from $167 million last year that is based on the league’s revenue. Though this is the 5th straight year the salary cap has increased by at least $10 million, the 6.11% increase is the smallest increase for the cap from year to year since 2013.

The NFL new league year starts March 14 with Free Agency and the Trading period the key areas of headlines.
There are three teams over the salary cap and must clear salary space by March 14th. The three teams that are over the cap are the Philadelphia Eagles ($11,210,390), Miami Dolphins ($8,874,165) and Kansas City Chiefs ($3,285,981).

The Cleveland Browns have the most room under the cap, with $108 million to spend in the Free agency market. The Browns hold both the #1 and #4 overall selections in addition to multiple other top 75 selections.

Last year, the salary cap increased by $12 million per teams when they went from $155.27 million in 2016 to $167 million. The jump from 2017 to 2018 marks the fifth straight year the cap has increased by at least $10 million over the previous year.

Free agency begins March 14

NFL Team – available Salary Cap Space 2018
Numbers from OverTheCap.com

Team salary cap total will undergo numerous changes with many players released over the next two weeks. New ‘Street’ free agents have annually become some of the most demanded players on the open market. Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins will most likely be available next week and be the hottest free agent QB since Peyton Manning hit the open market in the 2012 postseason. Manning led the Broncos to a Super Bowl title, earning his second ring after an illustrious career with the Colts.

NFL Team Salary Cap Space 2018

Cleveland Browns: $108,692,537
New York Jets: $89,259,293
Indianapolis Colts: $72,700,202
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $69,775,263
San Francisco 49ers: $66,290,382
Chicago Bears: $62,546,933
Houston Texans: $62,383,067
Washington Redskins: $47,727,317
Minnesota Vikings: $47,630,443
Tennessee Titans: $45,974,068
Los Angeles Rams: $38,840,349
Cincinnati Bengals: $33,805,793
New Orleans Saints: $30,263,354
Jacksonville Jaguars: $29,048,410
Detroit Lions: $26,660,005
Carolina Panthers: $26,535,393
Buffalo Bills: $24,267,381
New York Giants: $23,036,234
Denver Broncos: $23,021,711
Los Angeles Chargers: $22,341,346
Arizona Cardinals: $20,236,238
Oakland Raiders: $17,355,013
Green Bay Packers: $15,674,151
Atlanta Falcons: $13,864,422
New England Patriots: $13,127,289
Seattle Seahawks: $12,609,911
Baltimore Ravens: $8,896,861
Pittsburgh Steelers: $5,119,024
Dallas Cowboys: $12,247
Kansas City Chiefs: $3,289,981
Miami Dolphins: $8,630,165
Philadelphia Eagles: $11,214,390




2018 Pro Day Schedule

2018 Pro Day Schedule

The NFL Combine 2018 is only a day old and the College Pro Day Schedule is out. It begins tomorrow with the national champion, the Alabama Crimson Tide holding their Pro Day. The Tide has actually held more than 1 Pro Day at times according to the injury status of certain players.

Different colleges will post additional Pro Days and we will add to the current schedule. Some teams will add a 2nd Pro Day if injuries or weather interfere with the original event.

DraftInsiders.com will post Pro Day results on the web site, email list and twitter account along in our 250 in-depth Scouting Reports in the Draft Insiders’ 2018 Yearbook

2018 Pro Day Schedule – Updated

March 12
Arizona
Illinois
Ft Hays St (Ks)
Hampton (Va)
Old Dominion (Va)
St. Francis (Pa)
Tennessee-Martin
Tennessee St

March 13
Jacksonville St
Kansas St
Northwestern
Richmond (Va)
Vanderbilt
Wake Forest

March 14
Arizona St
Nebraska
Oklahoma
Virginia Tech
Wisconsin

March 15
Clemson
Oklahoma St
Oregon
UCLA
Virginia

March 16
Central Michigan
Charleston Southern
Georgia Tech
James Madison
Nevada
Oregon St

March 19
Bowling Green
Bucknell (Pa)
Delaware
Fresno St
NC St
Penn U
Syracuse
Temple
Tennessee
Toledo

March 20
California
Eastern Michigan
Florida State
Hawaii
Penn State
South Carolina
South Carolina St
Texas-San Antonio
UTEP

March 21
Boston College
Cincinnati
Connecticut
Georgia
Illinois St
Pittsburgh
Southern Cal
Western Michigan

March 22
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Stanford )

March 23
Kentucky
Michigan
Missouri

Arkansas (March 26)
Iowa (March 26)

Iowa State (March 27)
Ole Miss (March 27)
Texas A&M (March 27)

Florida (March 28)
Mississippi State (March 28)
Texas (March 28)
UTEP (March 28)

March 29
UCF
Louisville
Southern Methodist

South Dakota State (March 30)

Boise State (April 3)
LSU (April 4)
SMU (April 5)




NFL 2018 Scouting Combine Starts – Player Schedule

The NFL Scouting Combine – February 27 – March 5, 2018

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is here with the early part of the process underway with 336 draft-eligible players in attendance. This has become an annual event in Indianapolis, where they will go through the gauntlet of team and media interviews, physical and medical testing, and more. The results usually have a huge impact on their status for the upcoming NFL Draft.

On this list are all of the top prospects in the draft, as well as many players who will inevitably go undrafted. After all, the NFL Draft has just 256 selections, and there will be additional players who are selected despite not being invited to Indy.

NFL 2018 Scouting Combine

The best college football players are invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year 336 players will show up for extensive testing over a week as a critical part of the scouting progress for the NFL Draft. Top NFL Executives, coaching staffs, Player Personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

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

The NFL Combine 2018 features the national champion Alabama who has the biggest group, with 14 players invited. They are followed by Ohio St (11), Georgia and LSU (10), Florida St and Miami (9) with Penn St (8), Washington (7) and Texas (6) and Oklahoma (6) each. On average, there are 110 NFL Combine players who will go undrafted while on average, 35 non-invited NFL Combine players will be drafted in April.

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

NFL Scouting Combine – Feb 27 – March 5, 2018

Player Group Combine Schedule:
DAY 1 ARRIVALS: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (RB)
Tuesday – February 27 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays
Overflow Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Wednesday – Feb 28 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Thursday – March 1 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – PK/ST Workout – Media – Bench
Press – Interviews
Friday – March 2 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (TE)
Wednesday Feb 28 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays
Overflow Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Thursday – March 1 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Friday – March 2 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – Media – Bench Press – Interviews
Saturday – March 3 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure

DAY 3 ARRIVALS: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday – March 1 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays –
Overflow Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Friday – March 2 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Saturday – March 3 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – Media – Bench Press – Interviews
Sunday – March 4 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday – March 2 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays – Overflow
Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Saturday – March 3 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Sunday – March 4 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – Media – Bench Press – Interviews
Monday – March 5 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure from Indianapolis

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

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

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

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