NFL Power Poll Week 8 – Colts, Cowboys & Ravens Make Statement Victories

NFL Power Poll – Week 8
Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

NFL Power Poll –

Colts Claim South Top Spot, Cowboys Jump Eagles &
Ravens Brash Seahawks

Team of the Week  
       Colts rip Texans, 30-23

Upset of the Week
 Titans outlast Chargers, 23-20

 Players of the Week
    Offense – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers     
    Defense – DE/LB Dante Fowler – Rams
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – RB Josh Jacobs – Raiders
    Defense – LB Nick Bosa – 49ers

Game of Week #8 – Packers (6-1) at Patriots (7-0)  
Conference Leaders Clash Could Preview Super Bowl

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 8
NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 7-0 Patriots
Pats continue to dominate the AFC East with the best defense in the NFL plus Tom Brady.

#2 – 6-1 Saints
Saints’ are undefeated with backup QB Teddy Bridgewater while Drew Brees is almost ready.

#3 – 6-0 49ers
The 49ers are the most improved club in the league with the acid test coming at midseason.

#4 – 6-1 Packers
The Packers are riding an early MVP performance by Aaron Rodgers back to the top of the NFC North.

#5 – 5-2 Chiefs
Chiefs’ are waiting for QB Patrick Mahomes to return, but D must improve to maintain this ranking.

#6 – 4-2 Colts
QB Jacoby Brissert has performed brilliantly after abrupt Andrew Luck retirement. The Colts defense is emerging as a solid top ten unit.

#7 – 5-2 Ravens
Ravens won a huge game beating the Seahawks on the road. Get their bye this week before facing strong schedule.

#8 – 5-2 Seahawks
Seahawks fell to the Ravens. Get the stumbling Falcons this week.

#9 – 5-2 Vikings
Vikings beat the Lions for a big NFC North victory. Host the Skins this Thursday night game.

#10 – 5-1 Bills
Bills’ QB Josh Allen is emerging as a difference maker. Host the Eagles in key interconference matchup.

#11 – 4-3 Cowboys
The Cowboys jumped the Eagles bones last week. Get their bye week before a heavy road schedule.

#12 – 4-3 Rams
Rams’ back on the beam after stomping Falcons. Face Bengals across the pond Sunday.

#13 – 3-3 Bears
The Saints made the Bears defense look ordinary in bashing.

#14 – 4-3 Texans
Texans’ lost to the Colts in key South battle. Host the Raiders in a key matchup to keep pace in the AFC.

#15 – 4-2 Panthers
Panthers have won four in a row behind backup QB Kyle Allen while Cam heals. This club faces a huge road test with the 49ers.

#16 – 3-4 Titans
The Titans took care of the Chargers. They host the Bucs to begin a critical stretch of winnable contests.

#17 – 2-3-1 Lions
Lions played the Vikings tough, but fell to their 3rd straight loss off late mistakes. Host the Giants this week.

#18 – 2-4 Browns
Browns had two weeks to prepare for the Patriots. This matchup could determine any postseason chances.

#19 – 3-4 Eagles
Eagles were bashed by the Cowboys. Go to Buffalo this week in a key tough and maybe season defining matchup.

#20 – 3-4 Jaguars
Jaguars’ beat the Bengals easily. Host pathetic Jets this week looking to get to the .500 level.

#21 – 3-3 Raiders
The improved Raiders were toasted by Aaron Rodgers. Travel to Houston for a key AFC matchup.

#22 – 2-5 Chargers
Chargers continue to fail in big spots. The Philip Rivers career window is closing quickly.

#23 – 2-4 Steelers
Steelers’ are rested to host the Dolphins in a must win situation if they want to get into AFC playoff contention.

#24 – 3-3-1 Cardinals
Cardinals’ offense is improved behind rookie QB Kyler Murray. Travel to New Orleans for a huge test.

#25 – 2-5 Giants
The Giants allowed the Cards game to get away from them. Travel to Motor City to face a gritty Lions club.

#26 – 2-5 Broncos
Broncos came up empty once again with another horrible offensive performance. Lacks firepower vs top contenders.

#27 – 2-4 Bucs
Bucs coming off their bye week. Travel to Tennessee to see if they can regroup for 2nd half of schedule.

#28 – 1-6 Redskins
The Redskins were shutout by the 49ers. Look to turn to rookie QB Dwayne Haskins over the next month.

#29 – 1-6 Falcons
Falcons have given up an NFL worst 223 points in 2019. Trade of wideout Sanu may be just the start of housecleaning.

#30 – 0-7 Bengals
Bengals’ coming up empty weekly. Look to London matchup with the Rams to get in the victory column.

#31 – 1-5 Jets
Jets’ were an embarrassment in their blowout to the Patriots. Must regroup to face the Jaguars on the road.

#32 – 0-6 Dolphins
Dolphins may not win a game. Travel to Steel city to face the desperate Steelers Monday night.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, 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




FWAA Announces 2019 Outland Trophy Watch List

FWAA Announces 2019 Outland Trophy Watch List

83 Players Listed for Nation’s Top Interior Lineman

The Football Writers Association of America has announced the preseason watch list for the 2019 Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. This season’s list presents a rare wide-open field following the departure of all eight Outland Trophy semifinalists from a year ago and the return of only one FWAA All-American, offensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton of Oregon. The Ducks, along with Michigan, top the list with four selections among the 83 standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents.

Throckmorton, a senior from Bellevue, Wash., was a second-team FWAA All-American and is the lone member of the 2018 FWAA All-America Team on either interior line to return this season. He is joined by three teammates, center Jake Hanson, guard Shane Lemieux and defensive tackle Jordon Scott. Michigan has four members of its offensive front on the list – center Cesar Ruiz, guards Michael Onwenu and Ben Bredeson, and tackle Jon Runyan. Georgia has three players and 15 other schools have two representatives on the list of standouts.

University of Pittsburgh All-American Mark May, the 1980 Outland Trophy winner, will serve as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador for the upcoming season. May will make media appearances on behalf of the #FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind people to get their annual flu shots.

The recipient of the 74th Outland Trophy will be announced during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12, live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the NFID Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee on Jan. 15, 2020. Up to eight semifinalists will be named on Nov. 20 in Omaha and three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 25.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He has published draftinsiders.com for 29 years including a 250 page Yearbook with 300 in-depth scouting reports. Long-time scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game and member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 27 years.

Candidates may be added or removed during the season. The distribution of watch list candidates is spread well among the conferences, with the Big Ten and SEC leading the way with 13 each. The Big 12 and Pac-12 are just behind with 12 apiece, followed by the ACC with 10 as well as the American Athletic (6), Independents and Mountain West (4 each), and Conference USA, Mid-American and Sun Belt (3 each). The list includes 32 offensive tackles, 19 defensive tackles, 18 guards and 14 centers.

2019 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List (83)

OT Trey Adams, Washington                             OG Shane Lemieux, Oregon
OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas                              DT Ray Lima, Iowa State
OL Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson                    OT Walker Little, Stanford
OG Jack Anderson, Texas Tech                        OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State
OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville                             DL James Lynch, Baylor
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin                                DT Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
DT Ross Blacklock, TCU                                     DT Garrett Marino, UAB
DT Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky                       OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
OG Parker Braun, Texas                                     OG John Molchon, Boise State
OG Ben Bredeson, Michigan                             C Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn                               OT Thayer Munford, Ohio State
OL Jake Brown, UCF                                          DT Larrell Murchison, N.C. State
C Levi Brown, Marshall                                      DT Lorenzo Neal, Purdue
C Cohl Cabral, Arizona State                             OT Jake Nelson, Nevada
OT Brady Christensen, BYU                              OT Lucas Niang, TCU
OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State                         OT Marcus Norman, USF
DT Doug Costin, Miami                                      OG Michael Onwenu, Michigan
OT Coy Cronk, Indiana                                       OT Miles Pate, WKU
OG Navaughn Donaldson, Miami                     DT John Penisini, Utah
OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame                   OT Benjamin Petrula, Boston College
OG Jovahn Fair, Temple                                     C Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
DT Leki Fotu, Utah                                              OT Jon Runyan, Michigan
DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma                      DT Jordon Scott, Oregon
C Jake Hanson, Oregon                                       C Zach Shackelford, Texas
C Bryce Harris, Toledo                                         OL Josh Sills, West Virginia
C Nick Harris, Washington                                 OG John Simpson, Clemson
OT Charlie Heck, North Carolina                      OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
OT Justin Herron, Wake Forest                         OG Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma                          OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
OT Robert Hunt, Louisiana                                OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
OL Keith Ismael, San Diego State                     OT Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
OT Alaric Jackson, Iowa                                     DT Khyiris Tonga, BYU
C Jordan Johnson, UCF                                     OG Tre’Vour Wallace-Sims, Missouri
OT Victor Johnson, Appalachian State           C Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
OT Josh Jones, Houston                                    DT Raequan Williams, Michigan State
OG Luke Juriga, Western Michigan                OT Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
OG Kirk  Kelley, Troy                                         OL Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
OL Solomon Kindley, Georgia                          DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State
DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina                   DT Robert Windsor, Penn State
OG Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame                 OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
OG Gus Lavaka, Oregon State                         C Dustin Woodard, Memphis
OG Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

By conference: Big Ten 13, SEC 13, Big 12 12, Pac-12 12, ACC 10, American Athletic 6, Independents 4, Mountain West 4, Conference USA 3, Mid-American 3, Sun Belt 3.

By position: Offensive Tackles 32, Defensive Tackles 19, Offensive Guards 18, Centers 14.

Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration Candidates may be added or removed during the season

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

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the NCFAA.

The Outland Trophy, now in its 74th year, is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.

About the Football Writers Association of America
Founded in 1941, the non-profit Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists, broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college football. Led by current President Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. Visit footballwriters.com for more information about the FWAA and its award programs.




NFL 2019 Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

NFL 2019 Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

Hall of Fame Game – Aug. 1
Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons (NBC – 8 pm)

Week 1 – Aug. 8-12

New York Jets at New York Giants
Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
New England Patriots at Detroit Lions
Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens
Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders

Week 2 – Aug. 15-19

Chicago at New York Giants
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (FOX 8/18)
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons
Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN 8/15)
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
Detroit Lions at Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts
Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars
New England at Tennessee Titans
San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos (ESPN 8/19)
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS 8/18)

Week 3 – Aug. 22-25

Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions (CBS 8/23)
Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (FOX 8/22)
Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints at New York Jets
New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (NBC 8/25)
San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 4 – Aug. 29-30

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins
Tennessee Titans at Chicago Bears
Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills
New York Giants at New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans
Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos




NFL Calendar 2019-2020

NFL Calendar 2019-2020
NFL Important Dates

Updated 10/27/19

October
Oct. 6  – NFL London Series, Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Oct. 13 – NFL London Series, Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mid-Oct.  –  Beginning on the sixth calendar day prior to a club’s seventh regular season game (including any bye week) clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, provided that no player may be activated to participate in a Week 6 game.
At any time after six weeks have elapsed since a player was placed on Reserve/Injured or Reserve/Non-Football Injury/Illness, each club is permitted to designate two players for return from either list to the club’s 53-player Active/Inactive List.
A player who is “Designated For Return” must have suffered a major football-related injury or non-football-related injury or illness after reporting to training camp and passing his preseason physical examination and must have been placed on the applicable Reserve List after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the final roster reduction.
A player whom the club wishes to designate for return is permitted to return to practice for a period not to exceed 21 days. The club is required to notify the League office that the player has been “Designated For Return” on the first day the player begins to practice. The player cannot be returned to the Active/Inactive List until eight weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve.
Oct. 15-16  – Fall League Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Oct. 27 – NFL London Series, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams, Wembley Stadium.

Oct. 29 All trading ends for 2019 at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

Oct. 30 – Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

November
Nov. 3  – NFL London Series, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Wembley Stadium
Nov. 12 – At 4:00 p.m., New York time, signing period ends for Franchise Players who are eligible to receive offer sheets.

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their unsigned Franchise and Transition Players, including Franchise Players who were eligible to receive offer sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2019.
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their unrestricted free agents to whom the “May 7 Tender” was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2019.
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their restricted free agents, including those to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2019.
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their drafted rookies. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2019.
Nov. 18 NFL Mexico Series, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Estadio Azteca.

December
Dec. 12 – League Meeting, Las Colinas, Texas.
Dec. 29 – Week 17.
Dec. 30 – Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2017 NFL Draft or any undrafted rookie signed in 2018. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.
Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First-Round Selections from the 2017 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after December 30, 2019, but prior to May 5,
2020.

January 2020
Jan. 4-5 – Wild Card Playoffs.
Jan. 5 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
Jan. 11-12       NFL Divisional Playoffs.
Jan. 12 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jan. 19 AFC and NFC Championship Games.

Jan. 20 Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for Special Eligibility. A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2020 College Draft will be sent to clubs on January 24.

Jan. 25 Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

Jan. 26 – NFL Pro Bowl.
An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

February
Feb. 2   Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, South Florida.
Feb. 24-March 2           NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Feb. 25 First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March
March 10 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 16-18  – During the period beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, on March 16 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 18, 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 2019 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 18.
During the above two-day negotiating period, a prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor is permitted to communicate directly with a new club’s front office officials (excluding the head coach and other members of the club’s coaching staff) regarding contract negotiations.
No prospective Unrestricted Free Agent is permitted to execute a contract with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 18.
March 18 – The 2020 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2020 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 18. 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 18.
Trading period for 2020 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2019 contracts.

April

March 29-April 1          Annual League Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida.
April 6  – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2019 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 17  – Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
April 20 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 22  – Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

April 23-25   –     NFL Draft 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 




NFL Supplemental Draft 2019

NFL Supplemental Draft 2019 – July 10, 2019

Arizona selected former Washington St safety Jalen Thompson in today’s NFL Supplemental Draft. The Cardinals used a 5th round pick to take Thompson who was a late entrant in the supplemental draft after the NCAA stripped him of his eligibility for testing positive for a banned substance.

No other player was selected in today’s supplemental draft. The Jaguars quickly signed West Virginia receiver Marcus Simms. Other players, Syracuse OLB Shy Cullen, Northland WR/TE Devonaire Clarington and St. Francis of Illinois CB Bryant Perry are all free agents and able to sign with any team.

Prospects for NFL Supplemental Draft 2019

These players are eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft after not declaring for entry in the NFL Draft 2019.

Draft Insiders’ Scouting Reports

 Safety Jalen Thompson #34     5-10      190       Washington St – Sp. 4.50         Rating 70
Athletic safety had an unheralded career in the Pac 12, starting since midway in his sophomore season. Earned some Pac 12 honorable mention after his junior season. Adequate size and good speed with reliable tackling ability and developing coverage skills to challenge for an NFL roster spot. In run support, he reads the play nicely and uses his arms well to keep blockers off to finish. As a tackler, he has progressed on his initial reads to react and get into proper positioning to finish. Lacks powerful frame to deliver big hits, though is becoming a solid wrap-up tackler and consistent at the line with improving angles to the ball. Athletic talent to be a pro defender, but still has key areas to improve like pass coverage to compete for a roster spot. Good 4.48 speed and the range to make plays at the sidelines. In pass coverage, he can retain well in transition in man situations with flexible hips when he makes reads the route properly. At times, he gives too much separation and lacks the elite recovery speed to make up for mistakes. In man coverage, he can run with fast receivers, but needs refinement in positioning, hand usage and leverage. Bites on multiple moves and still raw in route and overall play recognition. Needs better technique and footwork to plant and drive on the ball. Needs reps in reading the QB and routes better to be ready to compete for time in dime package. At his pro day, he ran in the 4.50 range with a 33.5” VL, 10’4” BJ and 4.16 shuttle. Good positional drills for a solid overall effort. Makeup to compete for a role as special teams’ defender where his speed and tackling should earn time. Good tools to develop especially in coverage and play the high safety role. Must develop better ball skills to start, though has the burst to matchup with fast receivers. Good 3rd day addition with skills to produce on special teams. Fine versatile prospect with talent to continue to improve in deficient areas. Make it grade, though a marginal top 150 prospect in main draft.

Wideout Marcus Simms #8      6-0        190       West Virginia      – Sp. 4.45        Rating 65
Athletic senior showed fine playmaking ability as a receiver in a receiving corps that included Gary Jennings and David Sills. Simms has a lean frame with good movement skills to get into his routes easily and run with the ball after the reception. Good combination of running skills and speed with a high average per catch. Possesses deceptive speed and gets on top of corners quickly. He is adept at not allowing corners playing press to get a jam on him. He does a fine job of gathering and exploding out of his breaks without a loss of speed, to create consistent separation. Tough to compete well for 50-50 balls. He shows the ability to adjust in midair to off line passes with success. He shows good alertness and football intelligence and will work back toward the quarterback when the play breaks down. While he is already above average in speed, when he is tracking the ball in flight, he shows an extra gear to run under it. Tough matchup for most college corners with his triangle numbers and physicality. At his pro day, he checked in under 6’ and 188 lbs. and ran a 4.45 time with 12 reps. Added a 36” VL, a 10’3” BJ, a 6.91three cone and 4.19 shuttle. Good overall speed/size height/weight. Solid role player with nice level of development to start as both a slot and outside receiver. Capable of playing in three and four wideout sets in time. Boom or bust prospect with the talent to surprise and carve a niche in a pro passing game. Some prior off the field issues. Risky 3rd day addition with interesting upside and definite talent to make it and become a solid contributor with development.




NFL Draft 2019 – Frank Coyle Live Radio Interview – Patriots Draft Class

Draft Insiders Radio Reports

April 30, 2019 – Ahead of the Curve, NFL Live Radio with Frank Coyle on NFL Draft 2019 – Radio Show with Frank Coyle & host Andy Gresh  – Reports NFL Champion New England Patriots Strong 2019 Draft Class

New England Patriots – Grade A

1 (32) N’Keal Harry WR, Arizona State
2 (45) Joejuan Williams CB, Vanderbilt
3 (77) Chase Winovich LB, Michigan
3 (87) Damien Harris RB, Alabama
3 (101) Yodny Cajuste OT, West Virginia
4 (118) Hjalte Froholdt OL, Arkansas
4 (133) Jarrett Stidham QB, Auburn
5 (159) Byron Cowart DL, Maryland
5 (163) Jake Bailey P, Stanford
7 (252) Ken Webster CB, Mississippi




NFL Calendar 2019

 NFL Draft 2019 Thru the NFL October Trade Deadline

April 25-27 – 2019 NFL Draft – Nashville, Tennessee

May 3-6 – Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 7 – Deadline for prior club to send “May 7 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents.  If the player has not signed a player contract with a club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a player contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his prior club.

May 10-13 – Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 13 – Rookie Football Development Programs begin

May 16-19 – NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Invited rookies (typically, first and/or second-round selections) must be permitted by their respective clubs to attend. Such players are unavailable for offseason workouts, OTA days, and minicamps during this period.

May 20-22 – Spring League Meeting, Key Biscayne, Florida.

June 2 – For any player removed from the club’s roster or whose contract is assigned via waivers or trade on or after June 2, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in team salary at the start of the 2020 league year.

June 3 – Deadline for prior club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s “June 15 Tender” provision.

June 15 – Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).

Late June – Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs. Attendance is mandatory for all 2019 rookies.

July 15 – At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension.  After this date, the player may sign only a one- year contract with his prior club for the 2019 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.

Mid-July – Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.

Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or “injured players” (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.

Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club’s preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all rookies and first-year players

A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club’s roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who rejoin the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.

July 22*  – Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 7 Tender” was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.
* or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.

Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

Aug. 1 – Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons (NBC)

Aug. 1-4 – Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio

Aug. 6 – Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2019, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2020 league year.

Aug. 31 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

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

Sept. 1 – Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

Sept. 1 – Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players (clubs participating in the International Player Development Program may sign one additional international player to a Practice Player Contract.) No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.

Sept. 5 – At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

Sept. 5, 8-9 – NFL Regular Season – Week 1

October 29: NFL Trading Deadline




NFL Draft 2019 – First Round Selections – Comments

NFL Draft 2019 – First Round Selections – Comments

Frank Coyle/Headscout

First Round
#    Team / Player / Position / School

1 Arizona – Kyler Murray            QB       Oklahoma
Cards pick another QB early with a one year starter under huge pressure in 2019.

2 San Francisco – Nick Bosa     LB     Ohio St
49ers address their front seven again with best edge guy in this class.

3 NY Jets – Quinnen Williams     DT        Alabama
Jets continue to build their front line with an impact interior force.

4 Oakland – Clelin Ferrell            DE       Clemson
Raiders showed little edge pressure after moving Khalil Mack to Da Bears.

5 Tampa Bay – Devin White        LB        LSU
Blue chip Mike man gives this defense a leader and playmaker.

6 NY Giants – Daniel Jones        QB       Duke
GMen surprise everyone with a talented passer this early.

7 Jacksonville – Josh Allen         LB        Kentucky
Jaguars needed another edge rusher and jump on this playmaker here.

8 Detroit – TJ Hockenson           TE        Iowa
Lions look to give QB Matt Stafford a strong weapon in the middle zones.

9 Buffalo – Ed Oliver      DT        Houston
Bills grab an explosive interior guy with impact talent.

10 Pittsburgh (from Denver) – Devin Bush           LB        Michigan
Steelers paid a huge price to move up for this three down playmaker.

11 Cincinnati – Jonah Williams    OT        Alabama
Bengals look to get the outside right after continuous problems recently.

12 Green Bay – Rashan Gary     DE       Michigan
Packers committed to improving their battered defense.

13 Miami – Christian Wilkins       DT        Clemson
Dolphins starting to build new club with front four talent.

14 Atlanta – Chris Lindstrom       OG       Boston College
Falcons must keep Matt Ryan upright to contend in the tough NFC South.

15 Washington – Dwayne Haskins          QB       Ohio State
Redskins considered moving up for this guy.

16 Carolina – Brian Burns           DE/LB  Florida State
Panthers need edge rushers and Burns ranks among the best in this deep class.

17 NY Giants (from Cleveland) – Dexter Lawrence           NT        Clemson
GMen get a strong interior presence with the explosiveness to rush the passer.

18 Minnesota – Garrett Bradbury C         NC State
Vikes had to address their offensive line and Bradbury is an excellent addition.

19 Tennessee – Jeffrey Simmons           DL        Mississippi State
Titans like his ability to play five technique here.

20 Denver (from Pittsburgh) – Noah Fant TE       Iowa
Broncos added extra picks and get the seam playmaker for new vet QB Joe Flacco.

21 Green Bay (from Seattle) – Darnell Savage     S          Maryland
Packers get the centerfielder for this talented young secondary.

22 Philadelphia (from Baltimore) – Andre Dillard   OT        Washington State
Eagles move up to land an agile athletic left tackle.

23 Houston – Tytus Howard        OT        Alabama State
Texans’ reached for a talented small college tackle.

24 Oakland (from Chicago) – Josh Jacobs          RB        Alabama
Raiders turn the page from veteran back Marshawn Lynch.

25 Baltimore (from Philadelphia) – Marquise Brown          WR       Oklahoma
Ravens land a burner to open up this young offense.

26 Washington (from Indianapolis) – Montez Sweat          LB        Mississippi State
Skins land a tough edge rusher to bookend with veteran Ryan Kerrigan.

27 Oakland (from Dallas) – Johnathan Abram      S          Mississippi State
Da Raiders add a striker here for a problem position.

28 LA Chargers – Jerry Tillery     DL        Notre Dame
Chargers get an athletic versatile lineman for their aging front line.

29 Seattle (from Kansas City) – LJ Collier            DE       TCU
Seahawks reach for this emerging edge rusher, but not the talent to replace Frank Clark.

30 New York Giants (New Orleans-Green Bay & Seattle) – Deandre Baker            CB        Georgia
GMen made great move to trade back into first round for the most developed cover man in his class.

31 Atlanta (LA Rams) – Kaleb McGary    OT        Washington
Falcons hell bent on improving the right side of line.

32 New England – N’Keal Harry  WR       Arizona State
Patriots shock fans by taking this tough receiver with a #1 selection.

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, Biletnikoff, Thorpe, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for 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




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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, Biletnikoff, Thorpe, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for 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 Draft 2019 – First Round Mock Draft – Final

First Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2019

Final Edition – 
  Frank Coyle – Head Scout/ DraftInsiders.com

#  Team       Player /             Position /      School
* Underclassmen

First Round
1 Arizona – * Kyler Murray              QB          Oklahoma
2 San Francisco – * Nick Bosa        DE          Ohio St
3 NY Jets – * Quinnen Williams      DT          Alabama
4 Oakland – Josh Allen                    LB        Kentucky
5 Tampa Bay – * Devin White         LB          LSU
6 NY Giants – * Jonah Williams     OT         Alabama
7 Jacksonville – Andre Dillard      OT      Washington St
8 Detroit – * Ed Oliver                    DT         Houston
9 Buffalo * TJ Hockenson           TE          Iowa
10 Denver – * Devin Bush                                LB                     Michigan
11 Cincinnati – * Jawaan Taylor                     OT                     Florida
12 Green Bay – Marquise Brown                    WR                    Oklahoma
13 Miami – * Dwayne Haskins                        QB                     Ohio State
14 Atlanta – * Greedy Williams                       CB                     LSU
15 Washington  – Drew Lock                           QB                     Missouri
16 Carolina – * DK Metcalf                               WR                    Mississippi
17 NY Giants (Cleve) – Montez Sweat            LB                     Mississippi St
18 Minnesota – Garrett Bradbury                     C                     North Carolina State
19 Tennessee – * Brian Burns                           LB                     Florida St
20 Pittsburgh – Deandre Baker                       CB                     Georgia
21 Seattle – Christian Wilkins                           DT                     Clemson
22 Baltimore – Cody Ford                                 OG                     Oklahoma
23 Houston – * Byron Murphy                         CB                     Washington
24 Oakland (Chicago) –  * Rashan Gary          DE                     Michigan
25 Philadelphia – Clelin Ferrell                        DE                     Clemson
26 Indianapolis  – * Dexter Lawrence             DT                     Clemson
27 Oakland (Dallas) – * Noah Fant                   TE                     Iowa
28 LA Chargers – * Daniel Jones                        QB                    Duke
29 Seattle (Kansas City) – Johnathan Abrams     S                      Mississippi St
30 Green Bay (New Orleans) – Dalton Risner     OL                    Kansas State
31 LA Rams – Jerry Tillery                                     DT                     Notre Dame
32 New England – * Irv Smith                              TE                     Alabama

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, Biletnikoff, Thorpe, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for 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