NFL Office Releases Official List of Underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2019

NFL Office Releases Official List of Underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2019

 The list of college players granted special eligibility for entry to the 2019 NFL Draft was released by the NFL.

Each of the players granted special eligibility has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was Jan. 14. Players had another three days to rescind their decision. No players again this year changed their intentions.

 The players granted special eligibility for the 2019 NFL Draft:
  alphabetically

103 Underclassmen Declared for the NFL Draft 2019
   Ed Alexander, DT, LSU
  Jeff Allison, LB, Fresno State
  JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
  Mike Bell, S, Fresno State
  Amani Bledsoe, DE, Oklahoma
  Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
  Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
  A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
  Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
  Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
  Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
  Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
  Hamp Cheevers, CB, Boston College
  Damarea Crockett, RB, Missouri
 Maxx Crosby, DE, Eastern Michigan
 Tyrel Dodson, LB, Texas A&M
 Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
 Clifton Duck, CB, Appalachian State
 Jovon Durante, WR, Florida Atlantic
 David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
 Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
 Datryan Evans, TE, Friends
 Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
 Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State
 Malik Gant, DB, Marshall
 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
 Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
 Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan
 Kevin Givens, DT, Penn State
 Jalen Guyton, WR, North Texas
 Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
 Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
 N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
 Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
 Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
 Nate Herbig, OG, Stanford
 Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
 Trysten Hill, DT, Central Florida
 T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
 Joshuwa Holloman, RB, Eastern Michigan
 Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
 Travis Homer, RB, Miami
 Amani Hooker, DB, Iowa
 Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas
 Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
 Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
 Andre James, OT, UCLA
 Darryl Johnson, DE, North Carolina A&T
 Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
 Tyron Johnson, WR, Oklahoma State
 Michael Jordan, OG, Ohio State
 Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
 Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
 Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
 Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
 David Long, CB, Michigan
 Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
 Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
 Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
 Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State
 D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
 Shareef Miller, DE, Penn State
 Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon
 David Montgomery, Rb, Iowa State
 Trayvon Mullen, DB, Clemson
 Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
 Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
 Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
 Chidi Okeke, OT, Tennessee State
 Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
 Jachai Polite, DE, Florida
 Ryan Pulley, CB, Arkansas
 Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
 Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
 Tyler Roemer, OT, San Diego State
 Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
 Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida
 Kendall Sheffield, DB, Ohio State
 Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
 Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
 Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn
 Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
 Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
 Savion Smith, DB, Alabama
 Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky
 Dredrick Snelson, WR, Central Florida
 Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
 Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
 Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
 John Ursua, WR, Hawaii
 Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
 Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
 Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
 Devin White, LB, LSU
 Kerrith Whyte Jr., RB, Florida Atlantic
 Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
 James Williams, RB, Washington State
 Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
 Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State
 Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
 Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
 Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
 
Following 32 players under NFL rules notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:
 
 Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
 Alex Barnes, RB, Kansas State
 Ryan Bates, OT, Penn State
 Venzell Boulware, OL, Miami
 Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
 Xavier Crawford, CB, Central Michigan
 Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
 Clelin Ferrell, DL, Clemson
 Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
 Youhanna Ghaifan, DT, Wyoming
 Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
 Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
 Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
 Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
 Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
 Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss
 David Long, LB, West Virginia
 Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M
 Jakobi Meyers, WR, N.C. State
 Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa
 Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
 Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina
 Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
 Quart’e Sapp, LB, Tennessee
 Cortrelle Simpson, WR, Richmond
 Sutton Smith, DE, Northern Illinois
 Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
 William Sweet, OT, North Carolina
 Josiah Tauaefa, LB, UTSA
 Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
 Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
 Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
 
Following 9 players inquired about their draft status and are eligible
for selection without the need for special eligibility
 
 Sean Adesanya, DE, Central Michigan
 Blessuan Austin, DB, Rutgers
 Jordan Brailford, DE, Oklahoma State
 Keenen Brown, TE, Texas State
 Byron Cowart, DE, Maryland
 D’Andre Ferby, DE, Western Kentucky
 P.J.Johnson, DT, Arizona
 Daniel LaCamera, K, Texas A&M
 L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
 

NFL List of Official Underclassmen by Year
   Year Players Granted Special Eligibility
 
2019 – 103
2018 – 106
2017 – 95
2016 – 96
2015 – 74
2014 – 98
2013 – 73
2012 – 65
2011 – 56
2010 – 53
 




Draft Insiders’ Rookie Spotlight – RB Sony Michel – Patriots

Draft Insiders’ Rookie Spotlight – RB Sony Michel – Patriots

  By Frank Coyle

       Draft Insiders’ will post Rookie spotlight players regularly and their Scouting Report from our NFL Draft 2018 Yearbook. Scouting Reports are written from the fall into March annually.

Rookie runner Sony Michel has been one of the top impact first year players in the NFL this season. He has been a  difference maker for the Patriots current playoff run. In their opening playoff game victory over the Chargers, he rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries for 3 TDs and 1 reception for 9 yards. He was instrumental as their run to a 35-0 first half advantage that never relinquished.

For his rookie season, he rushed for 931 yards on just 209 carries for a 4.5 yard average and 6 TDs. He added 7 receptions. Over the season, he has split time with veteran James White to give the Pats a combo that averaged 4.5 yards per attempt.

Michel is an every down back and one of the most productive runners over an SEC career prior to this season. His well rounded talent translated quickly to the NFL and he has been an interchangeable part for all the Patriots offensive packages.

 Here is his Scouting Report from Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2018 written March 2018

 Sony Michel #1 – Georgia                     5-11      215        – Sp. 4.50
   Hindu Theory: Isaiah Crowell                        Rating 60                                                                
Talented multi-dimensional all around back has been an impact performer for the Bulldogs the past three seasons. Earned SEC honors in 2017 after an excellent overall performance. Tough natural low based runner shows quick feet with good size and speed to be an NFL feature back. Slides nicely laterally and runs with a wiggle to string multiple moves together. Gets to top speed quickly with the ability to adjust his speed and change gears well. On the 2nd level, he has a burst to run away from defenders. Displays good lower body power and is able to make consistent yardage after contact. Keeps his pad level down to run over defenders. Developing receiver comes out of the backfield quickly into his routes. Shows reliable hands and capable of making the tough catch. In space, he knows what to do with the ball and shows the burst to take the play the distance. Very effective on screens and shorter routes, though only a limited route tree and needs some further development. Displayed the ability to run inside and outside, though not a physical downhill power back between the tackles. As a pass blocker, he’s alert, aware and competent at picking up the blitz. Keeps his feet well and shows good balance and functional strength. Explosive when he sees a crease and is capable of making huge yardage. Good vision and awareness to keep drives alive. Versatile talent to give an offense a unique weapon to command special attention in every situation and high level 1A type.

The Numbers:  As a senior in 2017, he shared time with Nick Chubb and played in 14 games and rushed for 1227 yards on 156 carries for a 7.9 yard average and 16 TDs. He caught 9 passes for 96 yards and 1 TD. As a junior, he rushed for 840 yards on 152 carries for a 5.5 average and 4 TDs. He caught 22 passes for 149 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, he rushed for over 1000 yards with 8 TDs and 26 receptions and 3 TDs. Over his career, he rushed for 3638 yards on 591 carries for 6.2 yard average with 33 rushing TDs and 64 catches with 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10”, 214 lbs. and ran a 4.54 time. He did 22 reps, a 4.21 shuttle and no other events. At the pro day, he looked sharp in drills, catching the ball and looking smooth in routes.

The Skinny: Natural runner and receiver with good speed to change games. Nice combination of speed, power and cutting skills. Combines the size, quickness and strength to get into the end zone. Well-rounded with the suddenness to get outside and make the corner with the burst to hit the home run. Rising talent probably goes in the top 50 prospects and capable of being a quality feature back similar to rookie sensation Alvin Kamara who we were very high on last year. Kamara’s YB Scouting Report is on web site. Also, Frank Gore and Isaiah Crowell in size, style and speed. Fine addition with starting talent to be a three down back, though more a complete 1A type and nice asset for any backfield.

Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 




Quarterbacks/ Running Backs – Pro Prospect Rankings – NFL Draft 2019

NFL Draft 2019 – Pro Prospect Rankings – 

Frank Coyle – Head scout
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Pro Prospect Rankings
updated Jan 11th

Offense
Offensive Skilled Positions

Underclassmen, Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones strengthen average QB class
    Quarterbacks

1 * Dwayne Haskins 6-3 215 Ohio St
2 Drew Lock 6-4 225 Missouri
3 * Daniel Jones 6-5 220 Duke
4 Will Grier 6-1 223 West Virginia
5 Ryan Finley 6-3 215 North Carolina State
6 * Tyree Jackson 6-7 245 Buffalo
7 * Kyler Murray 5-10 190   Oklahoma
8 * Jarrett Stidham 6-3 215 Auburn
9 Clayton Thorson 6-4 225 Northwestern
10 Brett Rypien 6-2 205 Boise State
11 Nick Fitzgerald 6-4 230 Mississippi State
12 Gardner Minshew II 6-1 220 Washington State
13 Jordan Taamu 6-2 210 Mississippi
14 Eric Dungey 6-3 220 Syracuse
15 Drew Anderson 6-3 230 Murray State
16 Easton Stick 6-2 220 North Dakota State
17 David Blough 6-1 205 Purdue

Harris and Love Head Average Senior Group of Running Backs
   Running Backs
1 Damien Harris 5-10 220 Alabama
2 * David Montgomery 5-10 225 Iowa State
3 Bryce Love 5-9 200 Stanford
4 Myles Gaskin 5-9 195 Washington
5 * Justice Hill 5-10 190 Oklahoma State
6 * Benny Snell 5-10 225 Kentucky
7 * Trayveon Williams 5-8 200 Texas A&M
8 * Darrell Henderson 5-9 200 Memphis
9 * Devin Singletary 5-9 225 Florida Atlantic
10 Dexter Williams 5-11 215 Notre Dame
11 * Mike Weber 5-9 215 Ohio State
12 * Rodney Anderson 6-0 220 Oklahoma
13 Karan Higdon 5-9 202 Michigan
14 Josh Jacobs 5-10 215 Alabama
15 Nick Brossette 6-0 220 LSU
16 Qadree Ollison 6-1 225 Pittsburgh




NFL Power Poll – Cowboys Clinch East, Seahawks Earn Wild Card Berth

NFL Power Poll – Week 17

Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

NFL Power Poll – Final Regular Season Games
Cowboys Clinch East Division, Seahawks Earn Wild Card Berth

Team of the Week  
    Ravens rip Chargers, 22-10

Upset of the Week
  Seahawks outlast Chiefs, 38-31

Players of the Week
  Offense – RB Christian McCaffrey – Panthers     
  Defense – LB Jaylen Smith – Cowboys
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – RB Sony Michel – Patriots
    Defense – LB Tremaine Edmunds – Bills

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Game of Week #17 – Colts (9-6) at Titans (9-6)  
Winner Earns Final AFC Wild Card Berth

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 17

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 13-2 Saints
Saints’ earned the home field advantage plus bye thru NFC playoffs.

#2 -12-3 Rams
Rams’ stopped their two game losing streak, holding 2nd spot in NFC playoffs.

#3 – 11-4 Chiefs
Chiefs’ lost a tough game to the Seahawks. Host the Raiders with AFC West title in the balance.

#4 – 11-4 Bears
The Bears can knock the Vikings out of the playoffs this week and claim #2 spot.

#5 -11- 4 Chargers
Chargers are here to stay. Hoping to clinch West title with win over Broncos and Chiefs loss.

#6 – 10-5 Texans
Texans’ lost to the Eagles on the last play of the game that may cost them a bye week in playoffs.

#7 – 10-5 Patriots
Pats won their 10th straight AFC East title with win over the Bills. Nothing ever changes in this division.

#8 – 9-6 Seahawks
Seahawks came up big and beat the Chiefs that earned a wild card berth.

#9 – 9-6 Cowboys
The Cowboys win the East division title with some big plays on both sides of the ball.

#10 – 9-6 Ravens
Ravens beat the Chargers in an impressive display of defense and one of the emerging teams in the AFC currently.

#11 – 9-6 Colts
QB Andrew Luck brought the Colts back from a big deficit. Face the Titans in a winner takes all wild card spot in the AFC.

#12 – 8-6-1 Steelers
Steelers’ lost to the Saints in a must win situation. Host the Bengals in must win spot but also needs the Browns to beat the Ravens to win the North title.

#13 – 9-6 Titans
The Titans took care of the Jets to complete a New York sweep.

#14 – 8-7 Eagles
Eagles won huge matchup with Texans. Travel to the Capital in must win situation while hoping Vikings lose to Bears.

#15 – 8-6-1 Vikings
Vikings beat the Lions for another big win. Face the Bears in their final must win game situation for playoff hopes.

#16 – 7-8 Redskins
The Redskins host the Eagles, hoping to end their repeat dreams.

#17 – 7-7-1 Browns
Browns had a great season and could finish over .500 with a win over the tough Ravens on the road.

#18 – 7-8 Dolphins
Dolphins lost to the Jaguars that ended their slim playoff hopes.

#19 – 6-9 Falcons
Falcons wacked the Panthers for a respectable late run.

#20 – 6-9 Broncos
Broncos came up empty once again with another horrible loss this time to the Raiders. Big changes this offseason.

#21 – 6-9 Panthers
Panthers have been inept over the 2nd half of the season. This club needs a fairly big overhaul.

#22 – 6-9 Bengals
Bengals’ lost to the Browns for a Cleveland sweep this season for the first time since the 2002 season.

#23 – 5-10 Giants
The Giants allowed the Colts to get back into the game and gave away another contest late in the 4th period.

#24 – 5-9-1 Packers
The Packers came back and beat the Jets in overtime. Expect an active offseason here.

#25 – 5-10 Lions
Lions failed to show up vs the Vikings. Close season at Green Bay to end a very disappointing campaign.

#26 – 5-10 Bucs
Bucs came up short vs Cowboys. Club has failed to improve and continues their 10 year+ playoff drought.

#27 – 5-10 Bills
Bills turned the page with rookie QB Josh Allen at the helm, but a lot of rebuilding necessary to establish themselves as a contender.

#28 – 5-10 Jaguars
Jaguars’ ended the Dolphins playoff dreams last week. This offense needs new leader and playmakers.

#29 – 4-11 Jets
Jets’ lost to the struggling Packers in overtime. Finish in New England with slight improvement to build on going forward.

#30 – 4-11 49ers
The 49ers played the Bears tough, but continue to struggle with weak scoring offense.

#31 – 4-11 Raiders
Raiders beat the hated Broncos. Hope to parlay that with a victory in Kansas City in Sunday’s finale.

#32 – 3-12 Cardinals
Cardinals’ inept offense scored their only TD on a Larry Fitzgerald scoring pass. Finale in Seattle could be ugly.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




Bears and Cowboys Take Commanding Leads in NFC Divisions

NFL Power Poll – Week 15

Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

NFL Power Poll – Bears and Cowboys Take Commanding Leads in NFC Divisions
Saints Clinch NFC South Division

Team of the Week  
    Chicago Bears edge LA Rams, 15-6

Upset of the Week
Miami beats New England, 34-33
 
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Andrew Luck – Colts     
  Defense – LB Justin Houston – Chiefs
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – RB Saquon Barkley – Giants
    Defense – LB Darius Leonard – Colts

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Game of Week #15 – Dallas Cowboys (8-5) at Indianapolis Colts (7-6)  
Cowboys Can Claim NFC East Title with victory

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 15

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 -11-2 Rams
Rams’ drilled the Lions to win NFC West title.

#2 – 11-2 Chiefs
Chiefs’ playing for ‘Mahomes’ Field advantage in the AFC.

#3 – 11-2 Saints
Saints’ returned to the victory column quickly vs the Bucs.

#4 – 9-4 Patriots
Pats lose on the ‘Miami Miracle’ that has them coming back to the pack in the AFC playoff possibilities.

#5 – 9-4 Texans
Texans’ ended their nine game winning streak, losing a big division game to the Colt’s Andrew Luck.

#6 – 10-3 Chargers
Chargers are still only one game behind Chiefs in battle for AFC West title.

#7 – 9-4 Bears
The Bears were very impressive in their victory over the Rams Sunday night.

#8 – 8-5 Seahawks
Seahawks found a way to beat the Vikings Monday night.

#9 – 8-5 Cowboys
The Cowboys win their fifth straight game with huge victory over the Eagles in overtime.

#10 – 7-5-1 Steelers
Steelers’ lose their second straight to the lowly Raiders. Host the Patriots in a must win situation.

#11 – 7-6 Ravens
Ravens lost heartbreaker to Kansas City. In a dog fight for North title and final wild card playoff hopes.

#12 – 7-6 Colts
Colts’ Andrew Luck came up huge vs the Texans. Host the Cowboys Sunday that may decide any postseason hopes.

#13 – 7-6 Titans
The Titans beat the Jaguars last Thursday night. Rested for trip to play the GMen.

#14 – 7-6 Dolphins
Dolphins won huge miracle game vs the Patriots. Travel to Vikings hoping to catch them on the downswing.

#15 – 6-7 Eagles
Eagles lost a vital matchup to the Cowboys. Travel to LA to face the NFC leading Rams.

#16 – 6-6-1 Vikings
Vikings continue their slide with loss to the Seahawks. Host the Dolphins in a must win situation for any playoff hopes.

#17- 6-7 Broncos
Broncos came up empty in a horrible lose to the 49ers. Host the Browns with the loser virtually eliminated.

#18 – 5-8 Giants
The Giants played well again last week vs the Skins. Host the Titans for any playoff mathematical chances.

#19 – 5-7-1 Packers
The Packers beat the fading Falcons. Face a must win situation in Chicago on Sunday.

#20 – 6-7 Panthers
Panthers were inept losing their fifth straight game to the Brown. Host the Saints Monday night.

#21 – 6-7 Redskins
The Redskins were wacked by the GMen behind Mark Sanchez. Hoping for mathematical miracles over final three games.

#22 – 5-8 Bengals
Bengals’ will have some major changes this offseason after another lackluster effort.

#23 – 5-7-1 Browns
Browns beat the struggling Panthers last Sunday. Browns are 3-2 under interim HC Greg Williams.

#24 – 5-8 Lions
Lions beat the equally disappointing Cardinals. Travel to Buffalo in another winnable matchup.

#25 – 4-9 Falcons
Falcons were wacked again, this time by Green Bay. Host the Cardinals in a basement bowl contest.

#26 – 4-9 Jaguars
Jaguars’ were pounded by the Titans in last one. Host the Skins in a game that might determine the cellar in two divisions.

#27 – 5-8 Bucs
Bucs failed to show up vs the Saints. Travel to Baltimore in a difficult matchup this week.

#28 – 4-9 Bills
Bills lost to the Jets in the East basement bowl. Host the Lions in another meaningless matchup.

#29 – 4-9 Jets
Jets’ ended their six game losing streak. Host the Texans this Saturday in a huge test for young QB Sam Darnold.

#30 – 3-10 Cardinals
Cardinals’ pathetic offense gives them little chance to win in most games. Travel to Atlanta though in another winnable contest.

#31 – 3-10 49ers
The 49ers shocked the Broncos in last one. Host the tough Seahawks this Sunday.

#32 – 3-10 Raiders
Da Raiders surprised the Steelers last week. Travel to Cinny for another basement bowl matchup.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




Quarterbacks Stidham & Grier Added to 2019 Senior Bowl Roster

Quarterbacks Stidham & Grier Added to Senior Bowl Roster

Accepted Invitations Grow to 84 Pro Prospects

Mobile, Ala. – West Virginia QB Will Grier and Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham have both accepted invitations to the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl, pushing the total number of QBs committed to the game to six.

Grier and Stidham, a fourth-year junior who will graduate in December, are among 32 players announced recently by the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Stidham is the second junior to accept an invitation to this year’s game, after Utah State tight end Dax Raymond. Juniors who have graduated are eligible for the Senior Bowl.

Visit the Senior Bowl at www.seniorbowl.com for all information of the premier All-star Classic

The other quarterbacks on the roster are Ryan Finley (NC State), Trace McSorley (Penn St.), Gardner Minshew (Washington St.) and Clayton Thorson (Northwestern), with a couple more expected to be added in the next couple of weeks.

Georgia linebacker D’Andre Walker, Michigan linebacker Chase Winovich, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel and Washington offensive lineman Kaleb McGary are among the new standouts added to the roster.

The 34 additions push the roster total to 84. Most recent acceptances:

Complete List of Senior Bowl 2019 Invitations
Go to https://www.seniorbowl.com/accepted-invites.php

New Accepted Senior Bowl Invitations
Jake Bailey, P, Stanford
Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall
Yodny Cajuste, OL, West Virginia
LJ Collier, DL, TCU
Chuma Edoga, OL, USC
Mike Edwards, DB, Kentucky
Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
Alec Ingold, FB, Wisconsin
Jalen Jelks, LB, Oregon
Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
Jonathan Ledbetter, DL, Georgia
Alize’ Mack, TE, Notre Dame
Kaleb McGary, OL, Washington
Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
Drew Sample, TE, Washington
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Max Scharping, OL, Northern Illinois
David Sills V, WR, West Virginia
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
D’Andre Walker, LB, Georgia
Trevon Wesco, FB/TE, West Virginia
Alex Wesley, WR, Northern Colorado
Darius West, DB, Kentucky
Chase Winovich, LB, Michigan
Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah
Renell Wren, DL, Arizona St.

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years. He was a 20 year Scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl.

 




NFL Power Poll – Rams Clinch NFC West

NFL Power Poll – Week 14

Rams Clinch NFC West
Chiefs Host Ravens In Key AFC Matchup

Team of the Week –
Chargers edge Steelers, 33-30

Upset of the Week
Dallas beats New Orleans, 13-10
 
Players of the Week
  Offense – RB Todd Gurley – Rams     
  Defense – LB DeMarcus Lawrence – Cowboys
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – RB Phillip Lindsay – Broncos
    Defense – DL B.J. Hill – Giants

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Game of Week #13 – Philadelphia Eagles (6-6) at Dallas Cowboys (7-5)  
Cowboys Look to Claim Commanding NFC East Leadership

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 14

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 -11-1 Rams
Rams’ drill Lions to win NFC West title.

#2 – 10-2 Chiefs
Chiefs’ pounded West rival the Raiders.

#3 – 10-2 Saints
Saints’ are rested after being shocked by the Cowboys on Thursday night.

#4 – 9-3 Patriots
Pats are ready to clinch AFC East on their trip to Miami.

#5 – 9-3 Texans
Texans’ on a nine game winning streak. Huge South matchup hosting Colts on Sunday.

#6 – 9-3 Chargers
Chargers looking to hit double digit victories for the first time since the 2013 season.

#7 – 8-4 Bears
The Bears were whipped by the GMen in last one.

#8 – 7-4-1 Steelers
Steelers’ let the Charger game get away from them. Only a half a game lead entering the final month.

#9 – 7-5 Seahawks
Seahawks are hot and host the Vikings Monday night that has major playoff ramifications.

#10 – 7-5 Ravens
Ravens drilled the Falcons. Go to Kansas City in huge test for any playoff hopes.

#11 – 7-5 Cowboys
The Cowboys are hitting stride with huge win over the Saints. Host the Eagles for East leadership in balance.

#12 – 6-5-1 Vikings
Vikings sliding with loss to the Patriots. Travel to Seattle in critical NFC matchup.

#13 – 6-6 Eagles
Eagles trashed the Skins Monday night. Travel to Big D in major East matchup.

#14- 6-6 Broncos
Broncos have won three straight coming off their bye week. Travel to San Fran looking to take another step for the postseason.

#15 – 6-6 Titans
The Titans edged out the Jets. Host the Jaguars Thursday night in key South matchup.

#16 – 6-6 Colts
Colts failed to protect Andrew Luck vs the Jaguars and were shutout to end their five game winning streak.

#17 – 6-6 Panthers
Panthers lost their fourth straight game behind Cam Newton’s four interceptions.

#18 – 6-6 Dolphins
Dolphins host the Patriots in a key matchup for any playoff hopes.

#19 – 6-6 Redskins
The Redskins lose QB Colt McCoy after Alex Smith injury. Face the Giants in a must win situation behind Mark Sanchez.

#20 – 4-8 Giants
The Giants played well vs the Bears. Must beat the Skins for any playoff mathematical chances.

#21 – 4-7-1 Packers
The Packers fired HC Mike McCarthy after a horrible home loss to the Cardinals.

#22 – 4-8 Falcons
Falcons were wacked by the Ravens. Go to Green Bay with loser out for the postseason.

#23 – 5-7 Bengals
Bengals’ are playing out the string with QB Andy Dalton on IR for the year.

#24 – 4-7-1 Browns
Browns ran into the Texans buzzsaw in last one. Host the fading Panthers this Sunday.

#25 – 4-8 Lions
Lackluster Lions travel to the desert for matchup with the equally disappointing Cardinals.

#26 – 4-8 Jaguars
Jaguars’ ended their seven game losing stretch with an impressive shutout of the Colts.

#27 – 5-7 Bucs
Bucs are playing fairly well. Host the Saints that will test any real improvement.

#28 – 4-8 Bills
Bills hosting the Jets in the East basement bowl.

#29 – 3-9 Jets
Jets’ hoping rookie QB Sam Darnold is healthy for the final month. Six game losing streak reflects marginal talent.

#30 – 3-9 Cardinals
Cardinals beat the Packers in Titletown. Host the Lions in another winnable contest.

#31 – 2-10 49ers
The 49ers were whipped by the Seahawks in last one. Host the tough Broncos this Sunday.

#32 – 2-10 Raiders
The Raiders were edged by the Chiefs. Host the Steelers this Sunday.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.




NFL Draft 2019 – First Round Draft Selection Order

NFL Draft 2019 – First Round Draft Selection Order

With four games remaining in the 2018 season, the first round order for the NFL Draft 2019 is shaping the selection process. Currently, as many as 28 clubs still have mathematical chances to earn playoff spots. This weekend will probably eliminate another 5-6 clubs from any postseason play.

San Francisco and Oakland remain at the #1 and #2 spots with their 2-10 records. The 49ers earn the first overall selection currently on a weaker strength of opponents Won Loss record. The Jets and Cardinals hold the #3 and #4 overall choices on the merit of their poor 3-9 records. There is a logjam with five clubs at 4-8 and another two teams with a 4-7-1 records.

This weekend features a few key matchups, Jets vs Bills, Falcons vs Packers, Lions vs Cardinals that can change the top 10-12 selection spots significantly.

# Team / W-L / Opponents W-L %

1 San Francisco –  2-10    .526
2 Oakland       –  2-10      .568
3 NY Jets        –  3-9        .503
4 Arizona        –  3-9        .521
5 Detroit         –  4-8        .500
6 Atlanta         –  4-8        .503
7 NY Giants    –  4-8        .510
8 Buffalo        –  4-8        .521
9 Jacksonville –  4-8        .544
10 Green Bay   – 4-7-1     .479
11 Cleveland   –  4-7-1     .536
12 Tampa Bay – 5-7        .505
13 Cincinnati   –  5-7        .531
14 Miami         –  6-6        .453
15 Indianapolis  – 6-6        .469
16 Washington  – 6-6        .477
17 Carolina     –  6-6        .500
18 Tennessee  –  6-6        .516
19 Denver       –  6-6        .526
20 Philadelphia – 6-6        .529
21 Minnesota  –  6-5-1     .490
22 Oakland (Dallas)  –     7-5        .484
23 Seattle      –   7-5        .495
24 Baltimore  –   7-5        .500
25 Pittsburgh  –  7-4-1     .510
26 Oakland (Chicago)  –  8-4        .438
27 Houston     –  9-3        .456
28 New England  –          9-3        .477
29 LA Chargers – 9-3        .478
30 Green Bay (New Orleans)  –    10-2      .492
31 Kansas City  – 10-2      .490
32 LA Rams     – 11-1      .469




College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings

College Football Playoff

Selection Committee Rankings
Games Played through Saturday, December 1

Rank/ Team / Overall Record
1 Alabama – 13-0
2 Clemson – 13-0
3 Notre Dame – 12-0
4 Oklahoma – 12-1
5 Georgia – 11-2
6 Ohio State – 12-1
7 Michigan – 10-2
8 UCF – 12-0
9 Washington – 10-3
10 Florida – 9-3
11 LSU – 9-3
12 Penn State – 9-3
13 Washington State – 10-2
14 Kentucky – 9-3
15 Texas – 9-4
16 West Virginia – 8-3
17 Utah – 9-4
18 Mississippi State – 8-4
19 Texas A&M – 8-4
20 Syracuse – 9-3
21 Fresno State – 11-2
22 Northwestern – 8-5
23 Missouri – 8-4
24 Iowa State – 8-4
25 Boise State – 10-3

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 7, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.




Walter Payton 2018 FCS Award Finalists

Walter Payton FCS Award Finalists

The list of finalists for the 2018 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award was released recently. STATS named 25 finalists for this prestigious award. The annual Walter Payton Award is given to the Offensive Player of the Year in the FCS. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner following the regular season.

The Payton Award, first presented in 1987, has watched past winners such as Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp move on to the NFL.

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The bust was named in honor of the late National Football League (NFL) legend Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State University in the early 1970s.

Among the many schools in the division, only nine have claimed more than one award, and only seven have had more than one player win the award. Eastern Washington and Villanova had three players win the award, and five have had two players win: Colgate, Georgia Southern, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Eastern Illinois. Two players have won the award twice, with both being the only players from their institutions to win. In 2009, Armanti Edwards from Appalachian St became the first to receive the award twice, followed in 2017 by Jeremiah Briscoe from Sam Houston St.

Both the Walter Payton award and the FCS’ top defensive player, the Buck Buchanan Award will be honored at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet, which is held in Frisco, Texas, on the night before the FCS National Championship Game.

Walter Payton Award Finalists
FCS Offensive Player of the Year

Tyrie Adams, QB, Jr. – Western Carolina
Michael Bandy, WR, Jr. – San Diego
Chandler Burks, QB, Sr. – Kennesaw State
Taryn Christion, QB, Sr. – South Dakota State
Ra’Quanne Dickens, RB, Sr. – Incarnate Word
Keelan Doss, WR, Sr. – UC Davis
Tom Flacco, QB, Jr. – Towson
Ryan Fulse, RB, Sr. – Wagner
A.J. Hines, RB, Jr. – Duquesne
Devlin Hodges, QB, Sr. – Samford
James Holland Jr., RB, Sr. – Colgate
Alexander Hollins, WR, Sr. – Eastern Illinois
Noah Johnson, QB, Jr. – Alcorn State
Anthony Lawrence, QB, Sr. – San Diego
John Lovett, QB, Sr. – Princeton
Jake Maier, QB, Jr. – UC Davis
Kelvin McKnight, WR, Sr. – Samford
Caylin Newton, QB, So. – Howard
Donald Parham, TE, Sr. – Stetson
Joh Pearson, WR, Jr. – Jacksonville State
Joe Protheroe, FB, Sr. – Cal Poly
James Robinson, RB, Jr. – Illinois State
Easton Stick, QB, Sr. – North Dakota State
Marquis Terry, RB, Sr. – Southeast Missouri
Reggie White Jr., WR, Sr. – Monmouth

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Maxwell Award, Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for over 25 years.