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Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

The Tallahassee QB Club Foundation Announces updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, has released the 2016 Biletnikoff Award updated Watch List. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver, not merely outstanding wide receiver. The award recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, and former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted. Receivers are periodically added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Photo – WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Southern Cal

The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 8, 2016, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast 7:00 – 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN. College Football Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will present the 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner on the show. Howard is one of only 5 ends or receivers who has won the Heisman Trophy, joining Larry Kelley, Leon Hart, Johnny Rodgers, and Tim Brown.

The correlation between Biletnikoff Award winners and stardom in the National Football League is uncannily predictable. Past Biletnikoff Award winners include Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald.

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.

The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented his trophy at the Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The banquet has featured distinguished keynoters of profound character and accomplishments including Bart Starr, Dick Vermeil, Larry Csonka, Steve Largent, Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Dan Reeves, Archie Manning, Ron Jaworski, Gene Stallings, Bill Curry, Jim Kelly, Jerry Kramer, Joe Theismann, and Dan Fouts. The banquet also recognizes the Foundation’s scholarship recipients who will be offered by the Foundation over $800,000 in college and vocational scholarships and related benefits in 2017 alone, as in 2015 and 2016. The Foundation’s charitable mission is the provision of college and vocational scholarships to North Florida high school seniors who have overcome significant barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extra-curricular levels.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 14, 2016, following the vote by the members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 22, 2016. For complete details and updates of interest, together with weekly statistics and timely, important news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, as well as a fan vote and discussion board, please consult the Foundation’s highly informative website at www.biletnikoffaward.com

The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (TQC), Inc., created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994.

Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
♦ Players added September 20, 2016
♣Players added September 27, 2016
♠Players added October 11, 2016
+Players removed from consideration due to season-ending injury

Player / School/ Position
Rodney Adams - University of South Florida WR
Chance Allen - University of Houston WR
Marcell Ateman - + Oklahoma State University WR
Josh Atkinson - University of Tulsa WR
Linell Bonner- ♠ University of Houston WR
Devonte Boyd - University of Nevada, Las Vegas WR
KD Cannon - Baylor University WR
Austin Carr - ♣ Northwestern University WR
Jehu Chesson - University of Michigan WR
Simmie Cobbs Jr. - + Indiana University WR
Corey Davis - Western Michigan University WR
Robert Davis - Georgia State University WR
Gehrig Dieter - University of Alabama WR
Malachi Dupre - Louisiana State University WR
Evan Engram - ♣ University of Mississippi TE
Amba Etta-Tawo - ♦ Syracuse University WR
Isaiah Ford - Virginia Tech WR
Tanner Gentry- ♣ University of Wyoming WR
Shelton Gibson - West Virginia University WR
Jonathan Giles - ♠ Texas Tech University WR
Chris Godwin - Pennsylvania State University WR
Kenny Golladay - Northern Illinois University WR
Chad Hansen - ♦ University of California, Berkeley WR
Penny Hart - + Georgia State University WR
Carlos Henderson - Louisiana Tech University WR
Hasaan Henderson - University of Nevada WR
Mack Hollins - University of North Carolina WR
Richie James - Middle Tennessee State University WR
Isaiah “Zay” Jones - East Carolina University WR
Ricky Jones - Indiana University WR
Marcus Kemp - ♠ University of Hawaii WR
Christian Kirk - Texas A&M University WR
Jesse Kroll - + Central Michigan University WR
Jerome Lane - University of Akron WR
Allen Lazard - Iowa State University WR
Keevan Lucas - ♣ University of Tulsa WR
KeVonn Mabon - Ball State University WR
Gabe Marks - Washington State University WR
Taquan Mizzell - University of Virginia RB
J’Mon Moore - ♣ University of Missouri WR
Ronnie Moore - Bowling Green State University WR
Drew Morgan - University of Arkansas WR
Nicholas Norris - Western Kentucky University WR
Zach Pascal - Old Dominion University WR
Tim Patrick - ♣ University of Utah WR
Brandon Reilly - University of Nebraska WR
Josh Reynolds - Texas A&M University WR
Jerico Richardson - University of Nevada WR
Calvin Ridley - University of Alabama WR
Fred Ross - Mississippi State University WR
Travis Rudolph - Florida State University WR
Artavis Scott - Clemson University WR
Sebastian Smith - Ohio University WR
JuJu Smith-Schuster - University of Southern California WR
Thomas Sperbeck - Boise State University WR
Equanimeous St. Brown - ♠ University of Notre Dame WR
Allenzae Staggers - ♠ University of Southern Mississippi WR
Courtland Sutton - Southern Methodist University WR
Ryan Switzer - ♣ University of North Carolina WR

Pro Prospects NFL Draft 2017 – Offensive Line

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Pro Prospects 2017 – Offensive Line

Top Pro Prospects 2017 Rankings available now
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Photo - OL Ethan Pocic - LSU

Offensive Tackles
1. * Cam Robinson, 6-5, 330, Alabama
2. * Mike McGlinchey, 6-7, 310, Notre Dame
3. * Rod Johnson, 6-6, 325, Florida St
4. Chad Wheeler, 6-6, 295, Southern Cal
5. Adam Bisnowaty, 6-5, 300, Pittsburgh
6. Conor McDermott, 6-7, 310, UCLA
7. Dan Skipper, 6-8, 330, Arkansas
8. Jon Heck, 6-5, 300, North Carolina
9. Zach Banner, 6-7, 360, Southern Cal
10. Avery Gennesy, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M
11. * Orlando Brown, 6-7, 360, Oklahoma
12. * David Sharpe, 6-5, 345, Florida
13. * Bentley Spain, 6-5, 300, North Carolina
14. * Casey Tucker, 6-5, 300, Stanford
15. Clint Van Horn, 6-5, 320, Marshall
16. Ryan Ramczyk, 6-6, 310, Wisconsin
17. Andreas Knappe, 6-7, 320, UConn
18. Erik Magnuson, 6-5, 300, Michigan
19. Dion Dawkins, 6-5, 320, Temple
20. Julien Davenport, 6-6, 310, Bucknell

Guards
1. Dan Feeney, 6-4, 305, Indiana
2. * KC McDermott, 6-6, 315, Miami
3. * Braden Smith, 6-5, 295, Auburn
4. * Jashon Robertson, 6-3, 315, Tennessee
5. Greg Pyke, 6-5, 315, Georgia
6. Dorian Johnson, 6-5, 305, Pittsburgh
7. Alex Kozan, 6-3, 305, Auburn
8. Dylan Wiesman, 6-3, 305, Tennessee
9. Chad Mavety, 6-4, 340, Florida St
10. Johnny Caspers, 6-3, 300, Stanford
11. * Damien Mama, 6-3, 355, Southern California
12. * Billy Price, 6-3, 315, Ohio St
13. Nico Siragusa, 6-4, 335, San Diego St
14. Kyle Kalis, 6-3, 305, Michigan
15. * Tyrone Crowder, 6-2, 330, Clemson

Centers
1. Ethan Pocic, 6-5, 310, LSU
2. Pat Elflein, 6-3, 300, Ohio St
3. * Brian Allen, 6-2, 310, Michigan St
4. * Nick Linder, 6-3, 300, Miami
5. Kyle Fuller, 6-4, 305, Baylor
6. * Mason Cole, 6-5, 300, Michigan
7. * Austin Golson, 6-4, 305, Auburn
8. Tyler Orlosky, 6-3, 300, West Virginia
9. Jon Toth, 6-4, 310, Kentucky
10. Cameron Tom, 6-3, 295, Southern Mississippi

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 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

Washington & Texas A&M Score Impressive Victories

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College Football Monday - Week 7

Top Clubs Dominate Weaker Opponents
Washington & Texas A&M Win Key Matchups

Team of Week - Navy

Offensive Player of Week - QB Trevor Knight - Texas A&M
Defensive Player of Week - DE DeMarcus Walker - Florida St.

Photo - QB Jake Browning - Washington

Upcoming Key Weekly Matchups
Alabama at Tennessee, Wisconsin at Ohio St., North Carolina at Miami in major conference matchups

This past Saturday provided several big game matchups that went down again to the final minutes during a couple contests that were decided on the last play. The Tennessee-Texas A&M matchup went into 2 overtimes before A&M prevailed 45-38 behind QB Trevor Knight and RB Treyveon Williams. Texas A&M went to 6-0 for the first time since 1994.

Knight threw for 239 yards and 2 TDs and ran for 110 yards and 3 more scores. The Aggies could have put this one away with less than 2 minutes remaining, but freshman tailback Trayveon Williams had the ball knocked from his hands and out of the back of the end zone just before he crossed the goal line on a 71-yard run. Williams finished with 217 yards rushing, a school record for a true freshman.
The Vols had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their last five games, including last week's last-play win over Georgia. They trailed by 21 points in the 3rd quarter Saturday thanks to seven turnovers before tying it on Alvin Kamara’s 18 yard TD reception with 41 seconds left.

The Vols’ are this season’s Cardiac kids with little time to lament their weekly close nail biting games. They host #1 Alabama this week that can keep them in the top 5-10 with a victory. Texas A&M gets their bye week this Saturday and play Alabama on Oct. 22nd with the SEC West division in the balance.

Michigan and Ohio St appear on a collision course for their Nov. 26th matchup. Ohio St has a tougher schedule the rest of the way. They hopefully went to school on the Michigan victory over Wisconsin a few weeks ago. Ohio St travels to Madison Wisconsin this Saturday followed by a trip to Happy Valley with Penn St the next week.

The Big Ten East title appears to be destined for the Michigan-Ohio St winner which be played in Columbus, Ohio this season. The Ohio St. – Wisconsin clash this week is vital for the Badgers to stay alive in the Big Ten West division where Nebraska holds a two game lead. Wisconsin faces both Ohio St and Nebraska within a three week period that are critical for any hopes of winning the West division.

Washington bombed Oregon 70-21 in Eugene in a statement game. The Huskies have won impressively all season, especially the past two weeks where they dominated both Stanford and Oregon, two perennial Pac 12 clubs. Washington gets a bye week this Saturday to get ready for their final six Pac 12 matchups. Huskie sophomore QB Jake Browning has pushed himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion with several very impressive performances. They have a huge road game at Utah in two weeks that will determine conference leadership into the final month. That could be a game that gets Browning an invitation to NYC with a good performance. They have the talent to be among the nation’s elite final four clubs with a victory vs the Utes. As impressive as Washington has been, Oregon has surprisingly faltered. They have lost four straight games, surrendering an amazing 197 points in those defeats. They should benefit from a bye week to regroup for their final six Pac 12 games, four on the road. They must patch their battered defense quickly to quality for bowl eligibility that requires six wins for the postseason. Oregon will be a hot topic on the college football media circuit over the next two weeks after probably their stretch of games in a decade.

Clemson blasted BC in the Red Bandana game on Friday night. The BC program has fallen terribly the past six seasons with only two mediocre 7-6 seasons in 2013 and 2014 respectable. They have not won an ACC game since 2014. Clemson continues to dominate the ACC and looks headed for another final four in January. They do face a few formidable opponents in NC St, Florida St and Pittsburgh through mid November that will challenge them to repeat. They appear the class of the ACC Atlantic division with a huge matchup with Florida St set for Oct 29th.

Virginia Tech jumped on North Carolina with a strong 34-3 victory. The impressive win makes the Va. Tech/Miami game on Oct 20th, a key game related to the ACC Coastal division. Tech is a sound club with their best start since the 2013 season. Miami lost to Florida St 20-19 when they missed an extra point last in regulation that probably would have forced overtime. The Seminoles went to 4-2 while Miami fell from the undefeated (4-1). The Seminoles’ win was poetic justice after a painful history of wide right field goals vs Miami that gave the Hurricanes key wins in their national title race battles. FSU preps for the matchup with Clemson on Oct. 29th that could push them back into ACC contention and a top ten rankings with another big win.

Game of the Week - Alabama (6-0) at Tennessee (5-1)

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 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

Bama, Ohio St., Clemson and Michigan Dominate - New Top 25 Rankings

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 7 - Oct, 8

Team of Week - Navy

Offensive Player of Week – QB Trevor Knight - Texas A&M
Defensive Player of Week - DE DeMarcus Walker - Florida St.

Photo - WR - Mike Williams - Clemson

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 6-0
2 Ohio St - 5-0
3 Clemson - 5-0
4 Michigan - 5-0
5 Washington - 5-0
6 Texas A&M - 5-0
7 Louisville - 4-1
8 Tennessee - 5-1
9 Houston - 5-1
10 Nebraska - 5-0
11 Wisconsin - 4-1
12 Baylor - 5-0
13 Boise State - 5-0
14 West Virginia - 4-0
15 Florida St - 3-2
16 Miami - 4-1
17 Florida - 4-1
18 North Carolina - 4-2
19 Colorado - 4-2
20 Stanford - 3-2
21 Arkansas - 4-2
22 Ole Miss - 3-2
23 Oklahoma - 3-2
24 Utah - 5-1
25 Virginia Tech - 4-1

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts / 1st Place Votes

1 Alabama (6-0) - 1514 (53)
2 Ohio State (5-0) - 1451 (6)
3 Clemson (6-0) - 1403 (1)
4 Michigan (6-0) - 1334 (1)
5 Washington (6-0) - 1234
6 Houston (5-1) - 1233
7 Louisville (4-1) - 1160
8 Texas A&M (6-0) - 1113
9 Tennessee (5-1) - 1045
10 Miami (FL) (4-1) - 909
11 Wisconsin (4-1) - 882
12 Nebraska (5-0) - 821
13 Baylor (5-0) - 805
14 Ole Miss (3-2) - 712
15 Stanford (3-2) - 711
16 Arkansas (4-2) - 528
17 North Carolina (4-2) - 497
18 Florida (4-1) - 391
19 Boise State (5-0) - 385
20 Oklahoma (3-2) - 324
21 Colorado (4-2) - 276
22 West Virginia (4-0) - 240
23 Florida State (4-2) - 230
24 Utah (5-1) - 86
25 Virginia Tech (4-1) - 85

Others: Western Michigan (76), UCLA (56), LSU (49), Auburn (46), North Dakota State (46), Georgia (42) , Oklahoma St (41) , TCU (26), Maryland (23), Air Force (17), San Diego St (10), Michigan St (7), South Florida (6), Arizona St (4), Indiana (3), California (3), Texas (1)

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 etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Draft News - NFL-AFCA Reach Agreement Regarding Expanded Contact With Underclassmen

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NFL Draft News Update

NFL-AFCA Reach Agreement Regarding Expanded Contact With Underclassmen
Deal Provides Additional Evaluation of Underclassmen’ Draft Potential

The National Football League and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) have an agreement to provide NFL scouting personnel with greater access to underclassmen who may elect to apply for special eligibility for the NFL Draft.

The NFL is making it easier for underclassman football players to get a sense of their professional value and potential. Beginning this upcoming February, underclassmen who are considering leaving school for the NFL Draft in 2018 have an avenue to get as full an evaluation as possible from the league’s College Advisory Committee. That’s the industry panel of talent evaluators that offers feedback to college upperclassmen (or otherwise draft-eligible players) interested in leaving school early for the draft, usually after their junior seasons.

Starting this upcoming February, underclassmen who might want to leave school for the NFL Draft in 2018 have an avenue to get as full an evaluation as possible from the league’s College Advisory Committee. That’s the industry panel of talent evaluators that offers feedback to college upperclassmen (or otherwise draft-eligible players) interested in leaving school early for the draft, usually after their junior seasons.

Five underclassmen per program will be allowed to participate in their schools’ pro days next spring, where scores of NFL coaches and scouts come to watch. Then, NFL teams will continue to scout them through the fall as if they were already draft-eligible for their junior season. This gives NFL teams more knowledge into their evaluation and decision-making processes.

The goal of the agreement – which goes into effect in February of 2017 – is to enable NFL scouts to obtain additional background information for a limited number of underclassmen prior to and during their potential final college football season, ultimately helping enable the NFL College Advisory Committee to provide a more informed evaluation of the players’ draft potential.

“The more information our College Advisory Committee has, the better evaluations they can make for student-athletes who are at a critical juncture of their lives,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. “While there is no question that obtaining a college degree is a transformative experience for so many people in society and a goal to which we encourage everyone to aspire to, for those talented few individuals that have the ability to succeed in the NFL prior to exhausting their college football eligibility, this new agreement will ensure they have better information with which to make their decision. We appreciate the efforts of our partners at the AFCA in making this new agreement a reality.”

Beginning in February, each NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school may designate a maximum of five underclassmen who may apply for special eligibility for the 2018 Draft to be permitted additional scouting. Those players may be timed, tested and interviewed prior to their 2017 college seasons at the school’s senior pro day for 2017 draft-eligible players. FBS schools may request the ability to designate more than five players, subject to the determination of the NFL that the players are legitimate draft prospects.

NFL clubs will also be permitted to inquire about and scout these players throughout the 2017 season as though they were seniors in their final season of college football eligibility. There is no limit to the number of underclassmen from an individual school that may petition for special eligibility for the draft.

The NFL College Advisory Committee was created in 1994 at the request of the AFCA. The committee serves in a limited advisory capacity for underclassmen who are seriously considering early entry into the NFL Draft. The committee is comprised of senior personnel evaluators from NFL clubs, along with directors from the league’s two sanctioned scouting organizations – National Football Scouting and BLESTO.

NFL Power Poll - Week 5 - Vikes and Broncos Hold Top Two Rankings

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NFL Power Poll - Week 5

Photo - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons

Team of the Week - Atlanta Falcons

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons
Defensive Player of the Week - DT Aaron Donald - Rams

Rookie of Week - WR Will Fuller - Texans

Game of Week #5 - Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)

NFL Ranking /Record / Team
#1 - 4-0 VIKINGS

Vikings defense continues to look dominant with a big performance vs Eli Manning and the GMen. Their front four continues to provide consistent pressure that forces offenses to attack only the short zones. Veteran QB Sam Bradford has made fast progress in this system in only a few weeks and gives the Vikes a playmaker and leader. They host the Texans Sunday.

#2 - 4-0 BRONCOS
Broncos pounded the Bucs last week and forced QB Jameis Winston into another series of big mistakes. They overcame an injury to young QB Trevor Siemian and have the swagger to continue to dominant. They get fully tested Sunday with the hot Falcons and QB Matt Ryan coming to Mile High.

#3 - 3-1 PATRIOTS
New England put up an impressive 3-1 record in the absence of suspended QB Tom Brady. He returns vs the hapless Browns on the road who invent new ways to lose.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' have had two weeks to get ready to host the GMen on Sunday night. Veteran QB Aaron Rodgers is hitting stride and has his favorite wideout Jordy Nelson back at 100%. This is a very critical NFC matchup with the loser in a difficult spot in their divisional race.

#5 - 4-0 EAGLES
Eagles come off a bye week and travel to Detroit for an NFC clash. Rookie QB Carson Wentz has been the talk of the first year class. Eagles face a strong NFC schedule the next two months including a steady diet of quality starting QBs on the agenda.

#6 - 3-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson sliced the outmanned Jets entering their bye week. He looks to rehab his ankle for key upcoming NFC contests. Their defense is still the best in the game and capable of stoning any offense.

#7 - 3-1 STEELERS
The Steelers bombed the Chiefs in a statement victory, especially after being toasted by the hot Eagles the prior week. They get a diet of three AFC East games prior to their bye week.

#8 - 2-2 BENGALS
Bengals pounded the Dolphins on Thursday night off a huge performance by veteran wideout A.J. Green. They are well rested for their trip to Dallas and starting to hit stride. They will be tested to defender their AFC North title.

#9 - 3-1 RAVENS
The Ravens lost a tough home game vs Raiders after coming back late in the matchup. They will probably be in a dogfight with the Bengals and Steelers again for AFC North leadership. They get the Redskins at home this week.

#10 - 3-1 RAMS
Rams went Hollywood this year and are playing a leading role in the NFC in the early action. They rely on a strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They get the Bills at home before the Lions in Motown prior to their trip to London with the GMen.

#11 - 3-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders came back and won a big game in Baltimore that can be the catalyst for a playoff run. They have not earned the playoffs since 2002 but are a legitimate contender this season. Young QB Derek Carr has matured quickly and given them a leader to be a difference maker in crunch time. They get the hated Chiefs at home this week.

#12 – 3-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has taken command here and light up the early action as the #1 passer in the league. Wideout Julio Jones has been a difference maker and smoked NFC South rival the Panthers last week. The Falcons are the highest scoring club in the league by an incredible 30%. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership. They face the Broncos in High Mile this week that may establish them as one of this years’ top contenders.

#13 - 3-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ face a tough two game stretch with the Bengals and Packers up next. Rookie QB Dak Prescott has managed games fairly well with few mistakes and good decision making. Bengals’ duo of QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green will test the Boys suspect secondary to the fullest. Rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott leads the league and is a marked man going forward.

#14 - 2-2 GIANTS
The Giants continue to make critical mistakes especially senseless penalties. Their secondary was missing four key players and was hapless vs Sam Bradford. They will have to get well quickly with QB Aaron Rodgers up next. Star wideout Odell Beckham must mature to play up to his elite talent and be the impact weapon needed here.

#15 - 3-1 TEXANS
The Texans have jumped to an early lead in the weak AFC South despite losing star DE JJ Watt for the season. QB Brock Osweiler was faced heavy pass pressure and is still settling into this offense. He faces the buzzsaw Vikings front four this week in the tough new dome.

#16 - 2-2 REDSKINS
Washington recovered from a tough start, but face the Ravens and Eagles over the next two weeks. QB Kirk Cousins will have to be at his best vs two of the better defenses in the league. The Skins defense will have to tighten up after some sloppy early play in big situations.

#17 - 1-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals must find a way to win tonight vs the 49ers with QB Carson Palmer out with a concussion. Runner David Johnson and wideout Larry Fitzgerald must step up if the Cardinals want to reverse their early season poor play. Palmer may need a few weeks to get fully healthy.

#18 - 1-3 PANTHERS
Carolina lost a shootout vs arch rival Atlanta. They get NFC South foes, the Bucs and Saints up next. Their offensive line was allowed QB Cam Newton to take a beating and a concussion that makes Monday night vs Bucs questionable. Their defense has been touched weekly with 118 points allowed.

#19 - 2-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have blasted by the Steelers in all phases of the game. They can regroup during their bye week and hope to get veteran runner Jamaal Charles back and provide an impact for balanced attack. They get two weeks to prepare for the hated Raiders.

#20 - 1-3 COLTS
The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck has performed well, but is not capable of carrying this marginal club. He has sustained a league high 15 sacks with countless pressures. There ground game is weak that puts one of the leagues’ worst defenses in a tough spot. Colts get the Bears in an almost must win situation at home this week.

#21 - 1-3 SAINTS
The Saints relied on 2 TD passes from Drew Brees in the final 5 minutes to obtain their first victory. They get their bye week to prepare to host the Panthers. The league’s worst defense has allowed 130 points and will be difficult to improve in season with limited resources.

#22 – 1-3 JETS
Jets have struggled with their brutal schedule and get no relief with trips to Pittsburgh and Arizona up next. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has made a leagues leading 10 interceptions.

#23 - 2-2 BILLS
Bills' shutout their arch rival, the Patriots in what may be HC Rex Ryan’s Super bowl. They travel to LA and run into the hot smash mouth Rams who will test this club to the fullest. Bills may flounder at the .500 mark all season.

#24 - 1-3 LIONS
The Lions lost to the lowly Bears after being blasted by Packers the prior week in key divisional games. Their defense continues to struggle while they fail to run the ball effectively. They host the Eagles and the Rams over the next two weeks that may define their season.

#25 - 1-3 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins got smoked by the Bengals in last one with inconsistent play overall. Young QB Ryan Tannehill has disappointed under heavy pass pressure. They get a three game AFC home schedule here that they need to get to the .500 mark.

#26 - 1-3 CHARGERS
The Chargers have found ways to lose despite the fine performance of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has given up critical big plays at key points of the game. They face a tough heavy AFC West schedule the next month that probably determines their fate this season.

#27 - 1-3 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston has struggled in the early going with minimal help from his supporting cast. The Bucs defense has allowed among the most points in the league after 4 games. The Bucs play the Panthers this week and hope to catch the divisional champs reeling from their own tough start.

#28 - 1-3 49ERS
The 49ers lack firepower to matchup weekly and young QB Blaine Gabbert was limited weapons. The talented SF defense has been banged up and allowed too many points especially in big situations.
The 49ers hope to catch the Cardinals undermanned this week.

#29 - 1-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has paid his dues his first two seasons. He has limited his mistakes, but has also made few big plays to change games. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has contained offenses with minimal big plays allowed, but they have also produce few impact plays to change games.
They face a weak schedule this month that they must take advantage and build some confidence.

#30 - 1-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' held off a fierce Colts rally to lodge their first victory. QB Blake Bortles had a good performance and can be a leader here to build around. Their talented young defense stepped up and sacks QB Andrew Luck six times that gave the Jaguars the necessary cushion to post the win. They get their bye week to celebrate before an average stretch of games.

#31 - 1-3 BEARS
The Bears won their first game vs the Lions. John Fox's defense limited the Lions early as the Bears beat Detroit for the first time after a six game losing streak. They face the Colts and Jaguars the next two weeks in a couple of winnable matchups.

#32 - 0-4 BROWNS
The Browns defense caved in vs the Redskins especially in the Red zone where they allowed 4 TDs. They have only a few soft spots the rest of the schedule and are a strong candidate for the #1 overall NFL Draft selection in April.

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 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

Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2017 - Wideouts & Tight Ends Rankings

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Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2017 - Wideouts Williams and Smith-Schuster Head Young Group, Prospects Howard & Butt Top a Strong Class of Tight Ends

Photo - TE O.J. Howard - Alabama

Wide Receivers
1. * Mike Williams, 6-2, 220, Clemson
2. * Juju Smith-Schuster, 6-2, 215, Southern Cal
3. * James Washington, 6-0, 205, Oklahoma St
4. Gabe Marks, 6-0, 190, Washington St
5. * Isaiah Ford, 6-1, 190, Virginia Tech
6. Jehu Chesson, 6-2, 210, Michigan
7. Josh Reynolds, 6-3, 190, Texas A&M
8. Travin Duval, 6-2, 195, LSU
9. Stacy Coley, 6-0, 195, Miami
10. * Darren Carrington, 6-1, 195, Oregon
11. * Malachi Dupre, 6-2, 190, LSU
12. Corey Davis, 6-2, 215, Western Michigan
13. Cooper Kupp, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington
14. * Eldridge Massington, 6-2, 210, UCLA
15. * DaeSean Hamilton, 6-1, 215, Penn St
16. * Devonte Boyd, 6-0, 175, UNLV
17. * Robert Foster, 6-1, 195, Alabama
18. Taywan Taylor, 6-0, 195, Western Kentucky
19. Quincy Adeboyejo, 6-2, 195, Mississippi
20. Fred Ross, 6-0, 210, Mississippi St

Tight Ends
1. OJ Howard, 6-5, 245, Alabama
2. Jake Butt, 6-5, 250, Michigan
3. * Bucky Hodges, 6-5, 250, Virginia Tech
4. Jordan Leggett, 6-5, 255, Clemson
5. Evan Engram, 6-3, 230, Mississippi
6. Jeremy Sprinkle, 6-5, 260, Arkansas
7. * Durham Smythe, 6-4, 245, Notre Dame
8. Pharaoh Brown, 6-5, 250, Oregon
9. * David Njoku, 6-4, 245, Miami
10. * Jeb Blazevich, 6-4, 250, Georgia
11. Jonnu Smith, 6-3, 230, Florida International
12. Blake Jarwin, 6-4, 250, Oklahoma St
13. DeSean Smith, 6-4, 250, LSU
14. * Cam Serigne, 6-3, 245, Wake Forest
15. Sam Cotton, 6-4, 250, Nebraska
16. Eric Saubert, 6-4, 245, Drake
17. Keith Rucker, 6-3, 245, Georgia St
18. Josiah Price, 6-3, 255, Michigan St
19. Gerald Everett, 6-3, 235, South Alabama
20. Taylor McNamara, 6-5, 245, Southern Cali

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 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

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