NFL Free Agency 2019 – Top 50 Free Agents – Unrestricted

NFL Free Agency 2019 – Top 50 Unrestricted Free Agents  

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Exclusive Franchise Players – None

Franchise Non-exclusive Players
DeMarcus Lawrence            DE           Cowboys
Dee Ford                               DE/LB      Chiefs
Jadeveon Clowney               DE/LB      Texans
Frank Clark                           DE           Seahawks
Grady Jarrett                         DT           Falcons
Robbie Gould                        PK           49ers

Transitional Players – None

2019 Salary Cap Per Team – $188.2M

Top 50 Unrestricted Free Agents

Player                        Position   Age     Old Team  
1 Le’Veon Bell                       RB           27            PIT
2 Trey Flowers                      DE           26            NE
3 Earl Thomas                       FS           30            SEA
4 Nick Foles                          QB           30            PHI
5 Tyrann Mathieu                  FS           27            HOU
6 Tyrell Williams                    WR          27            LAC
7 Landon Collins                    FS           25            NYG
8 Anthony Barr                      OLB         27            MIN
9 C.J. Mosley                        ILB           27            BAL
10 Trenton Brown                   LT            26            NE
11 Sheldon Richardson          DT           28            MIN
12 Preston Smith                    OLB         26            WAS
13 Ja’Wuan James                  RT           27            MIA
14 Za’Darius Smith                 OLB         26            BAL
15 Adrian Amos                       FS           26            CHI

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16 Ronald Darby                      CB           25            PHI
17 Malik Jackson                    DT           29            JAC
18 Mitch Morse                        C             27            KC
19 Teddy Bridgewater            QB           27            NO
20 Ndamukong Suh                 DT           32            LAR
21 Ezekiel Ansah                     DE           30            DET
22 Mark Ingram                       RB           29            NO
23 Golden Tate                        WR          31            PHI
24 Darqueze Dennard             CB           27            CIN
25 Justin Houston                   LB           30            KC
26 Daryl Williams                    RT           27            CAR
27 Jordan Hicks                      ILB           27            PHI
28 LaMarcus Joyner                FS           28            LAR
29 Matt Paradis                       C             29            DEN
30 Alex Okafor                         DE           28            NO
31 K.J. Wright                         OLB         30            SEA
32 Kareem Jackson                S             31            HOU
33 Ryan Kalil                           C             34            CAR
34 Henry Anderson                DE           28            NYJ
35 Cedric Ogbuehi                  LT            27            CIN
36 Chris Conley                       WR          26            KC
37 Muhammad Wilkerson      DT           30            GB
38 Rodger Saffold                    G             31            LAR
39 Malcom Brown                   DT           25            NE
40 Devin Funchess                  WR          25            CAR
41 Allen Bailey                         DT           30            KC
42 Donte Moncrief                  WR          26            JAC
43 Adam Humphries              WR          26            TB
44 Bryce Callahan                   CB           27            CHI
45 Tevin Coleman                   RB           26            ATL
46 Deone Bucannon                ILB           27            ARI
47 Jamison Crowder              WR          26            WAS
48 Justin Coleman                  CB           26            SEA
49 Danny Shelton                   DT           26            NE
50 Benson Mayowa                 DE           28            ARI




NFL Free Agency 2019 – Franchised Players – Designated Salary By Positon

NFL Free Agency 2019 – Franchised Players – Designated Salary by Position

NFL announced that the 2019 salary cap has been set at $188,200,000 per club, up from the 2018 ceiling of $177,200,000. The NFL announced the numbers for teams to designate franchise or transition players closed. This year, six players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players. No transition tags were used this year by any club.

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The new salary cap number represents an $11 million increase over the 2018 number which was $12 million over the 2017 salary cap. Since 2012, the cap has increased by nearly $70 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 $45 million each of the past four seasons. Though this is the 6th straight year the salary cap has increased by at least $10 million.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams are required to spend an average of 89 percent of the salary cap from 2013 to 2019. 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 13th. The salary cap per team below is a fluctuating total according to ongoing roster moves – re-signing, releases and restructuring of current players. The new totals should guarantee a heavily active Free Agent market thru the spring.

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 5th to designate either franchise or transitional tags. The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position.

Free Agency Labels

Exclusive Franchise Players – None

Franchise Non-exclusive Players (6)

DeMarcus Lawrence             DE            Cowboys
Dee Ford                                 DE/LB      Chiefs
Jadeveon Clowney                DE/LB      Texans
Frank Clark                            DE             Seahawks
Grady Jarrett                         DT             Falcons
Robbie Gould                        PK              49ers

Official Franchise Tags – Salary cap 2019 – $188.2M
Franchise Tag Salary Numbers for each position

  2019 Franchise Tag Values

Offense
     Position                  Tender Amount
Quarterback                  $24,865,000
Running Back               $11,214,000
Wide Receiver               $16,787,000
Tight End                      $10,387,000
Offensive Lineman      $14,067,000
 
Defense
Defensive End              $17,128,000
Defensive Tackle           $15,209,000
Linebacker                    $15,443,000
Cornerback                   $16,022,000
Safety                              $11,150,000
Kicker/Punter                $4,971,000

 




NFL Combine 2019 – QB Dwayne Haskins & DE Nick Bosa Workout

NFL Combine 2019 – QBs Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock & Kyler Murray & DE Nick Bosa Commit to Workout

QBs Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock have announced they will throw at the NFL Combine. They are expected to be two of the top prospects with Haskins currently ranked the #1 QB. Many athletes split events between the NFL Combine and their school Pro Days which makes the Pro Day circuit vital to the final part of the scouting process.

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DE/LB Nick Bosa of Ohio St. is the projected #1 overall selection. He sat out his final season from a September 2018 leg injury. He is healthy now and is expected to participate in all the events on Sunday – March 3rd. He is capable of an impressive workout which could solidify the first overall selection with a return to his top athleticism. He is expected to test out well this weekend.

         Kyler Murray Commits to NFL Combine Workout
Former Oklahoma QB Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray was included on the official list of invitees for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Murray has already declared for the draft and will workout at the NFL Combine. He will most likely have to pick between the NFL and MLB where he was first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics. Murray wants to become a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft and needs to convince NFL brass about his intensions to play football over baseball. The A’s have already made a big push to convince Murray to pick baseball over football and they hoped he still will attend spring training. The reporting date for spring training actually began last week before the NFL Combine. Murray will have to go through the intense training program to earn a #1 draft selection in April. It begins this week.

Two sport athletes have had minimal success historically with virtually none playing QB in the NFL. That has never proven successful for any prospect with QB ambitions and any delay on committing to one sport beyond this winter could actually hurt his career potential in either sport.

The NFL released the list of 338 players who will attend the NFL Scouting Combine which gets underway in Indianapolis on February 26th. The list includes extensive players from the Power Five Conferences with 261 of the 338 invitations going to prospects from those schools.

Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons and Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams were not invited to participate in the athletic events after personal conduct rules infractions. Simmons is considered an early first round prospect while Williams is graded as solid early middle round player. The NFL rescinded an invitation to Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech after his involvement in prior criminal charges due to violent assault. His pro day will be heavily attended with him considered a legitimate 2nd day selection.

A few prospects have begun to announce if they can workout or if they have a limited workout and restricted to just the medical and IQ testing plus the critical interview process. Safety Deionte Thompson had wrist surgery recently and will not workout at combine or his pro day. Runner Bryce Love had ACL surgery in December 2018 and will not workout while OT Jawaan Taylor will rehab a leg injury and hopes to make the Florida Pro Day scheduled for March 27th. He is a rising prospect with an excellent skill set for the NFL game.

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 28 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 25+ years.




NFL Announces 2019 Compensatory Draft Choices

NFL Draft 2019 – Compensatory Picks

Super Bowl Contenders, the NE Patriots and LA Rams Each Get Two #3 picks

The NFL announced the 32 compensatory picks for the NFL Draft 2019. The league computes the compensatory equation according to unrestricted free agents signed vs those lost at equal dollars. If they match, that cancels out any compensation. Example: Giants signed LT Nate Solder, but lost center Wes Richburg. Those transactions cancelled out each other from the Giants perspective. The Patriots received a #3 pick because they did not sign a FA at equal dollars to their loss of Nate Solder.

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This year the two Super Bowl contenders, the Patriots and Rams each get two #3 picks. New England, Washington and Arizona each have four overall selections. The Rams, Vikings and Bengals have three while the Falcons and Eagles have two compensatory picks.

NFL Draft 2019 Compensatory Picks

Team             Round  Compensated Free Agent          APY
Wash                3          Kirk Cousins                             $28,000,000
NE                    3          Nate Solder                              $15,400,000
LA Rams           3          Tremaine Johnson                    $14,500,000
LA Rams           3          Sammy Watkins                        $15,830,000
Carolina            3          Andrew Norwell                         $13,300,000
NE                    3          Malcolm Butler                          $12,170,000
Balt                  3          Ryan Jensen                             $10,500,000

Indy                  4          Donte Moncrief                         $9,600,000
Dallas               4          Anthony Hitchens                      $8,838,000
Atlanta              4          Dontari Poe                              $8,533,333
Phil                   4          Trey Burton                               $7,925,000

NY Giants         5          Justin Pugh                               $8,580,000
Atlanta              5          Taylor Gabriel                           $6,500,000
Wash                5          Spencer Long                           $6,732,812

NE                    6          Dion Lewis                                $4,950,000
Wash                6          Ryan Grant                               $5,000,000
Arizona             6          Kareem Martin                           $4,900,000
Phil                   6          Beau Allen                                $5,000,000
Minn                 6          Teddy Bridgewater                    $5,500,000
Cin                   6          AJ McCarron                             $4,950,000
Cin                   6          Andre Smith                              $4,000,000
SF                    6          Aaron Lynch                              $3,950,000
Cin                   6          Chris Smith                               $3,900,000
KC                    6          Bennie Logan                            $4,000,000

Minn                 7          Tramaine Brock                         $3,000,000
Arizona             7          Drew Stanton                            $3,056,250
Arizona             7          Jaron Brown                              $2,750,000
Minn                 7          Shamar Stephen                       $2,100,000
LA Rams           7          Cody Davis                               $2,500,000
NE                    7          Cameron Fleming                      $2,500,000
Wash                7          Niles Paul                                 $2,218,750
Arizona             7          Blaine Gabbert                          $2,000,000




QB Kyler Murray Announces Commitment to NFL over Major League Baseball

QB Kyler Murray Announces Commitment to NFL and Combine Training

Kyler Murray dispelled all concerns related to his dual-sport aspirations with a bold announcement on Twitter.

 Monday via Twitter, Kyler Murray committed to pursuing a career as an NFL quarterback.

“Moving forward, I am fully and firmly committing my life and time to becoming an NFL Quarterback.”

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Murray was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, but was allowed to play his final season of football at Oklahoma. With the Sooners in his only season as a starter, he won the Heisman Trophy in 2018 following Baker Mayfield with back to back Oklahoma winners for the prestigious award. This success demanded him to reevaluate his future as a two sport athlete or which sports profession to select.

Kyler Murray would be the first athlete to be selected in the 1st round of the both the MLB and the NFL Drafts. Many consider him a first round selection. Draft Insiders‘ ranks him currently as a Top 50 Prospect entering the NFL Combine 2019.

Murray decided to walk away from his $4.33 million contract with the Athletics, which called for him to report to big-league camp at the end of February. He’ll have to return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he received in a signing bonus from the Athletics in 2018. He will forfeit the remaining $3.16 million of his contract if he fails to continue his career and report to spring training camp later this month.

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




QB Kyler Murray Faces Important NFL Combine 2019 Decision

NFL Combine 2019 Announces Invitation List

QB Kyler Murray Faces Important NFL Combine Decision

   Frank Coyle – Head Scout

Former Oklahoma QB Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray was included on the official list of invitees for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Murray has already declared for the NFL Draft 2019 and he will most likely have to pick between the NFL and MLB where he was first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics. Murray wants to become a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but needs to accept the invitation and attend the combine. The A’s have already made a big push to convince Murray to pick baseball over football and they still expect him to attend spring training. The reporting date for spring training actually begins before the NFL Combine on Feb. 15. Murray is at the crossroads and will either miss critical time in spring training for the A’s or bypass the NFL Combine workout in early March which would create a major conflict of dates for any two sport participation. He is expected to announce a decision related to the NFL Combine soon, though he still insists he wants to play both sports. That has never proven successful for any prospect especially with QB ambitions and his delay beyond this winter could actually hurt his career potential in either sport.

The NFL released a list of 338 players who will attend the NFL Scouting Combine which gets underway in Indianapolis on February 26th. The list includes extensive players from the Power Five Conferences with 261 of the 338 invitations going to prospects from those schools.  

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 Mississippi State DT Jeffrey Simmons and Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams were not invited to the event after personal conduct rules infractions. Simmons is considered an early first round prospect while Williams is graded as solid early middle round player.

 2019 NFL Scouting Combine On-Field Workout Schedule – March 1st – March 4th

   Friday, March 1 – Running Backs, Offensive Linemen, Placekicker and Special Teamers
   Saturday, March 2 – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
   Sunday, March 3 – Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
   Monday, March 4 – Defensive Backs
 
NFL Combine 2019 Invitations from Power Five Conferences
 SEC – 90
 Big Ten – 53
 ACC – 46
 Pac 12 – 39
 Big 12 – 33
 
NFL Combine 2019 Invitations by School
11 – Alabama
11 – Clemson
10 – Ohio State
 9 – Georgia
 9 – Mississippi
 9 – Washington
 8 – Notre Dame
 8 – Florida
 8 – Kentucky
 8 – Mississippi State
 8 – Oklahoma
 8 – Texas A&M
 8 – Wisconsin
 7 – Boston College
 7 – Penn State
 7 – Stanford
 6 – Auburn
 6 – LSU
 6 – Miami
 6 – Michigan
 6 – Missouri
 6 – North Carolina State
 6 – Utah
 6 – West Virginia 
 
2019 NFL Combine Invitations – Leading Schools
Alabama (11)
DL Isaiah Buggs
RB Damien Harris
RB Josh Jacobs
LB Christian Miller
OL Ross Pierschbacher
TE Irv Smith
CB Saivion Smith
S Deionte Thompson
OT Jonah Williams
DT Quinnen Williams
LB Mack Wilson
 
Clemson (11)
DE Austin Bryant
DE Clelin Ferrell
CB Mark Fields
DT Albert Huggins
OT Mitch Hyatt
LB Kendall Joseph
LB Tre Lamar
DT Dexter Lawrence
CB Trayvon Mullen
WR Hunter Renfrow
DT Christian Wilkins
 
Ohio State (10)
DE Nick Bosa
WR Parris Campbell
WR Johnnie Dixon
QB Dwayne Haskins
DT Dre’mont Jones
OL Michael Jordan
WR Terry McLaurin
OT Isaiah Prince
CB Kendall Sheffield
RB Mike Weber
 




NFL Draft 2019 – First Round Draft Order – Patriots Select Last #32

NFL Draft 2019 – First Round Draft Order – Patriots Select Last #32

The New England Patriots will select last in every round for the NFL Draft 2019, #32 after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl XLIII. The first round draft order is posted below with the Arizona Cardinals holding the #1 overall selection and the Oakland Raiders holding three #1 draft choices as a result of two trades involving LB Khalil Mack and WR Amari Cooper.  

A teams’ opponent’s W-L record determined all tie situations. If teams are still tied, they will flip, though none are necessary this year. Playoff teams shuffled according to their postseason results that determined the final top 32 selections.

NFL teams look to both the veteran Free Agency period and the NFL Draft 2019 to improve their rosters. The salary cap is expected to go up again approximately $10-12 million and it will dictate the movement of many veteran players this offseason. The FA movement will have an impact on the premier draft selections.

        Super Bowl game determined final positions
                x – division winner         y – playoff berth

#  Team                                     W-L  / Opp W-L %                      
1 Arizona                                   3-13      .527
2 San Francisco                       4-12      .504
3 NY Jets                                   4-12      .506
4 Oakland                                  4-12      .547
5 Tampa Bay                            5-11      .523
6 NY Giants                              5-11      .527
7 Jacksonville                          5-11      .547
8 Detroit                                    6-10      .504
9 Buffalo                                    6-10      .523
10 Denver                                  6-10      .523
11 Cincinnati                             6-10      .535
12 Green Bay                            6-9-1     .488
13 Miami                                     7-9        .469
14 Atlanta                                   7-9        .482
15 Washington                          7-9        .486
16 Carolina                                7-9        .508
17 Cleveland                              7-8-1     .516
18 Minnesota                            8-7-1     .504
19 Tennessee                             9-7        .520
20 Pittsburgh                           9-6-1     .504
21 y Seattle                                10-6      .484
22 x Baltimore                         10-6      .496
23 x Houston                             11-6      .471
24 Oakland (x Chicago)         12-5      .430
25 y Philadelphia                     10-8      .518
26 y Indianapolis                    11-7      .465
27 Oakland (x Dallas)            11-7      .488
28 y LA Chargers                    13-5      .477
29 x Kansas City                     12-4      .480
30 Green Bay (x New Orleans) 13-3     .482
31 x LA Rams                             13-3      .480
32 x New England                    11-5      .482
 
Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs:  The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.




Patriots Win 6th Super Bowl in Defensive Battle

Patriots Win 6th Super Bowl in Defensive Battle

New England Defeats Rams in 13-3 Title Game

Frank Coyle – Head Scout
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The NE Patriots beat the LA Rams in the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history to win their 6th Super Bowl title. The Patriots win matched the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most SB victories in history. It was the 6th SB win for the 41 year old QB Tom Brady who passed former LB Charles Haley who had 5 Super Bowl rings. In an era of explosive offenses, the title game became a defensive battle where HC Bill Belichick designed a brilliant game plan to smother the Rams’ young QB Jared Goff. The Patriots coach never allowed Goff to settle into the pocket and presented a diverse blitz package that forced the third year pro Goff to constantly move in the pocket. Goff completed only 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards and 1 critical 4th quarter interception that virtually sealed the game for the Pats.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady had a decent performance as a game manager, though he failed to put up big numbers. He went 21 for 35 passing for 253 yards passing, no TDs and 1 early interception. He looked to wideout Julian Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski in key situations. Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards, most in key situations that moved the chains. That performance earned Edelman his first Super Bowl MVP award. Gronk made the game clincher with a late reception to the Rams 1 yard line before rookie back Sony Michel into the endzone for the game’s sole TD. Michel rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries and 1 TD in another huge postseason performance that balanced the offense.

The real star of the victory was the Patriots defense which totaled 4 sacks, multiple pressures and 1 interception while limiting the Rams string ground game to just 62 yards. That pressure forced the young Goff to constantly face 2nd and 3rd and long situations which played into the Pats’ multiple blitz schemes that never allowed him to settle into a pocket rhyme. That reflected in Goff’s weak 3 for 13 third down efficiency.

The lowest scoring game in SB history will be viewed as another ring in the Patriots long legacy of NFL dominance in an era of Free Agency and salary cap limitations. No other NFL team has come even close to this type of success especially during the past twenty five years with only the Broncos winning back to back SB titles during this period. The Pats look to repeat next year and defend their title in hopes of becoming the only team to win back to back SB championships twice.

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Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald & Saquon Barkley Top NFL Awards

Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald & Saquon Barkley Top NFL Awards

List of NFL Honors Winners from the 2018 Season

FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year:

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley

Pepsi Rookie of the Year: New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019:

Tony Gonzalez, TE – Chiefs
Ed Reed, S – Ravens
Champ Bailey, CB – Redskins
Ty Law, CB – Patriots
Kevin Mawae, C – Jets
Johnny Robinson, S – Chiefs
Pat Bowlen, contributor – Broncos
Gil Brandt, contributor – Cowboys

NFL Awards 2018

AP Most Valuable Player: Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
AP Offensive Player of the Year: Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
AP Defensive Player of the Year: Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard
AP Comeback Player of the Year:  Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck

AP Coach of the Year:  Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy
AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long

Game Changer Award presented by Gillette: Seattle Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin
Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year:  Los Angeles Rams
Moment of the Year: Aaron Rodgers’ comeback against Bears in Week 1
Bridgestone Clutch Performance Play of the Year: The Miami Miracle

Deacon Jones Award: Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald
Touchdown Celebration of the Year: Seattle Seahawks – Choreography
Salute To Service Award Presented by USAA: Atlanta Falcons G Ben Garland
Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award: Gabe Infante, St. Joseph’s Prep
Courtyard Unstoppable Performance of the Year: Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff

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Senior Bowl 2019 Game Day – Players to Watch

Senior Bowl 2019 Game Day

Frank Coyle – Head scout Draft Insiders’

  The 2019 Senior Bowl game is here with an interesting roster of pro prospects who completed the week of practices, physicals and interviews.

 QB Will Grier of West Virginia is primed for a big game after a strong week of practices. He gets the advantage of working with his two top receivers, David Sills and Greg Jennings in this game. This trio put up incredible numbers over their careers in the pass happy Big 12 Conference. Grier is prepared for this game and has the makings of an MVP candidate. QB Trace McSorley also came ready to play and is focused on this game to prove he belongs with the top prospects. He is a smart savvy leader who can be a difference maker in this All-star event.

Look for wideouts Deebo Samuel, Travis Fulgham and David Sills along with runners Dexter Williams and Wes Hills to be featured in their offenses with chances to be impact playmakers Saturday.

The NFL Draft 2019 is a class dominated by defensive front seven prospects and this game features several impact pass rushers. Look for edge rushers Montez Sweat, Oshane Ximines, L.J Collier and Ben Banogu to provide impact as outside rushers to be difference makers in this game. Linebackers, Hanks, Pratt and Coney showed speed, instincts and playmaking ability this week after fine careers. Look to them to be in the action throughout the contest to be the stars on their units. This will be the final real football action in these prospects for the year with the offseason workout portion of the NFL Draft process hitting full stride next week.

Senior Bowl Players to Watch

Offensive Players
Will     Grier               QB      West Virginia           6024   218
Daniel Jones             QB      Duke  6052   220
Trace McSorley        QB      Penn St.        6002   200
Ryan  Finley             QB      North Carolina St.  6040   208
Drew  Lock               QB      Missouri        6036   223
Tyree Jackson         QB      Buffalo          6070   249
Dexter Williams      RB      Notre Dame  5112   215
Wes    Hills               RB      Slippery Rock         6005   209
Karan Higdon          RB      Michigan       5090   203
Tony  Pollard           RB      Memphis       5115   200
Deebo Samuel         WR     South Carolina        5114   216
David Sills V            WR     West Virginia           6030   210
Jaylen Smith            WR     Louisville      6020   221
Travis Fulgham       WR     Old Dominion          6023   210
Terry  McLaurin      WR     Ohio St.         6000   205
Penny Hart               WR     Georgia St.   5080   180
Gary   Jennings       WR     West Virginia           6010   213
Anthony Johnson   WR     Buffalo          6021   211
Andy  Isabella          WR     Massachusetts       5087   186
Andre Dillard            OT      Washington St.       6047   310
Kaleb McGary           OT      Washington 6067   321
Max    Scharping      OT      Northern Illinois      6057   320
Chuma Edoga           OT      USC   6036   303
Tytus Howard          OT      Alabama St. 6050   322
Elgton Jenkins         C         Mississippi St.        6043   314
Chris  Lindstrom      OG      Boston College       6036   303
Beau  Benzschawel  OG      Wisconsin    6062   307
Ben    Powers            OG      Oklahoma     6037   310
 
Defensive Players

Montez Sweat          DE      Mississippi St.        6060   252
Oshane Ximines      DE      Old Dominion          6034   241
L.J. Collier                DE      TCU   6022   280
Byron Cowart          DE      Maryland       6033   297
Ben Banogu             DE      TCU   6034   247
Carl Granderson     DE      Wyoming      6046   246
Jalen  Jelks              DE      Oregon          6054   250
Khalen Saunders    DT      Western Illinois       6005   320
Daylon Mack           DT      Texas A&M   6010   327
Sutton Smith           OLB    Northern Illinois      6003   234
Terrill Hanks           OLB    New Mexico St.       6020   234
Germaine Pratt       ILB      North Carolina St.  6025   240
Te’Von Coney          ILB      Notre Dame  6007   244
Rock  Ya-Sin                CB      Temple          5116   189
Isaiah Johnson            CB      Houston        6022   207
Lonnie Johnson, Jr.   CB  Kentucky      6022   210
Nasir  Adderley          S         Delaware      5117   195
Jaquan Johnson        S         Miami (FL)    5103   186
Darnell Savage           S         Maryland       5110   199

 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.