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    Longhorn Network @LonghornNetwork
    University of Texas RB D’Onta Foreman will forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft.
    2,028 yards, 6.3 average, 15 TDs.



    Mark Kim @MarkJKim_
    #Mizzou DE Charles Harris has declared for the NFL Draft. He had nine sacks and two forced fumbles this year. Projected 1st-3rd round pick.
    Projects to LB.

    We need one.

    He's good.
    In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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    95 Players GRANTED SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY FOR 2017 NFL DRAFT
    8 additional players who have graduated also eligible for selection


    The National Football League announced today the names of 95 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft and 8 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 27-29 draft in Philadelphia.

    The following 8 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2017 Draft:

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    Player Pos. College
    1 Alex Anzalone LB Florida
    2 Gareon Conley DB Ohio State
    3 Wayne Gallman RB Clemson
    4 Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech
    5 Artavis Scott WR Clemson
    6 Khari Waithe-Alexander DE Southern Illinois
    7 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
    8 Mike Williams WR Clemson












    Each of the 95 players granted special eligibility has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 16. The players granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft:

    Player Pos. College
    1 Jamal Adams DB Louisiana State
    2 Budda Baker DB Washington
    3 Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
    4 Garett Bolles T Utah
    5 Caleb Brantley DT Florida
    6 Noah Brown WR Ohio State
    7 KD Cannon WR Baylor
    8 Devin Childress WR North Park
    9 Michael Clark WR Marshall
    10 James Conner RB Pittsburgh
    11 Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
    12 Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
    13 Malachi Dupre WR Louisiana State
    14 Jerod Evans QB Virginia Tech
    15 Jeremy Faulk DT Garden City CC
    16 Tarean Folston RB Notre Dame
    17 Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech
    18 D'Onta Foreman RB Texas
    19 Leonard Fournette RB Louisiana State
    20 Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
    21 Shelton Gibson WR West Virginia
    22 Davon Godchaux DT Louisiana State
    23 Chris Godwin WR Penn State
    24 Isaiah Golden DT McNeese State
    25 Jermaine Grace LB Miami
    26 Derrick Griffin WR Texas Southern
    27 Chad Hansen WR California
    28 Charles Harris DE Missouri
    29 Carlos Henderson WR Louisiana Tech
    30 Brian Hill RB Wyoming
    31 Elijah Hood RB North Carolina
    32 Malik Hooker DB Ohio State
    33 Titus Howard DB Slippery Rock
    34 Marlon Humphrey DB Alabama
    35 Adoree’Jackson DB Southern California
    36 Roderick Johnson T Florida State
    37 Aaron Jones RB Texas-El Paso
    38 Josh Jones DB North Carolina State
    39 Nazair Jones DT North Carolina
    40 Sidney Jones DB Washington
    41 Brad Kaaya QB Miami
    42 Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
    43 Tim Kimbrough LB Georgia
    44 DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
    45 Jerome Lane WR Akron
    46 Marshon Lattimore DB Ohio State
    47 Carl Lawson DE Auburn
    48 Elijah Lee LB Kansas State
    49 Keevan Lucas WR Tulsa
    50 Marlon Mack RB South Florida
    51 Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech
    52 Josh Malone WR Tennessee
    53 Damien Mama G Southern California
    54 Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
    55 Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
    56 Isaiah McKenzie WR Georgia
    57 Deon-Tay McManus WR Marshall
    58 Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State
    59 Jeremy McNichols RB Boise State
    60 Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma
    61 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE Miami
    62 Montae Nicholson DB Michigan State
    63 David Njoku TE Miami
    64 Speedy Noil WR Texas A&M
    65 Marcus Oliver LB Indiana
    66 Aaron Peak DB Butler County CC
    67 Jabrill Peppers LB Michigan
    68 Samaje Perine RB Oklahoma
    69 Elijah Qualls DT Washington
    70 Devine Redding RB Indiana
    71 Cam Robinson T Alabama
    72 John Ross WR Washington
    73 Travis Rudolph WR Florida State
    74 Curtis Samuel WR Ohio State
    75 Ricky Seals-Jones WR Texas A&M
    76 Adam Shaheen TE Ashland
    77 David Sharpe T Florida
    78 Garrett Sickels DE Penn State
    79 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR Southern California
    80 ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama
    81 Damore'ea Stringfellow WR Mississippi
    82 Teez Tabor DB Florida
    83 Vincent Taylor DT Oklahoma State
    84 Solomon Thomas DT Stanford
    85 Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
    86 Darius Victor RB Towson
    87 Anthony Walker LB Northwestern
    88 Charles Walker DT Oklahoma
    89 T.J.Watt LB Wisconsin
    90 Marcus Williams DB Utah
    91 Stanley Williams RB Kentucky
    92 Howard Wilson DB Houston
    93 Quincy Wilson DB Florida
    94 Joseph Yearby RB Miami
    95 Ishmael Zamora WR Baylor

    Last edited by H2O4me; 01-20-2017, 01:13 PM.
    In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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    • #3
      The players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:
      Year Players Granted Special Eligibility Year Players Granted Special Eligibility
      2017 95 2012 65
      2016 96 2011 56
      2015 74 2010 53
      2014 98 2009 46
      2013 73 2008 53
      In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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      • #4
        Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
        Corey Davis underwent minor ankle surgery, won't run at combine, will be ready for rookie minicamp. Injury described "as extremely minor."
        First round WR prospect.
        In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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        • #5
          Ask 5: Which position in 2017 NFL Draft is the deepest?
          • By Daniel Jeremiah
          • NFL Media analyst
          After a remarkable Super Bowl, all 32 teams can now put their focus on the offseason. The NFL Scouting Combine is only a few weeks away (March 3-6 on NFL Network) and I can't wait to see all of the talent on display in Indianapolis. Some draft classes have elite players at the top, while other classes offer tremendous depth and value in the middle rounds. The 2017 NFL Draft will offer both quality and quantity at several positions. I reached out to five NFL personnel executives and asked them which position they thought was the deepest in the upcoming draft. Here are their answers.


          Executive 1: Tight end
          "This is the best group of tight ends I've seen in a long time. There are 7 guys at the position that are going to come in and be major contributors in Year One. I think the safety group is a close second. You are going to see some really good players still on the board in the fourth and fifth rounds."

          Executive 2: Safety
          "Overall, this is the best group of DBs we've had in several years. Specifically, I love the safety depth. I keep watching one good player after another. The UConn kid (Obi Melifonwu) was a revelation at the Senior Bowl. The safety at Utah (Marcus Williams) is a great player and he isn't even one of the five best safeties in the draft."

          Executive 3: Cornerback
          "This draft is loaded with corners. There are some elite guys at the top of the draft, but I think there are some excellent value guys in the middle rounds and a bunch of sleepers I really like on Day 3 (Rounds 4-7)."

          Executive 4: Cornerback
          "I think it's a very deep draft at several positions, but cornerback is the deepest, followed closely by the running back group. I think we could see a major run on cornerbacks in the first three rounds. I think we could see 20 of them go off the board in the top 100 picks."

          Executive 5: Cornerback
          "I love the corners in this draft. I think every team has them in a different order and I'm fascinated to see how they come off the board."

          Summary: That's three votes for cornerback and one apiece for safety and tight end.

          Conclusion: I think you can make a case for several positions being the deepest in the upcoming draft, but I believe cornerback belongs at the top of the list. I currently have 10 cornerbacks in my top 50 players and I felt guilty for leaving a handful of other cornerbacks off my list. The running back and tight end groups are also loaded with quality depth. Although I'm not in love with the top-tier talent at the position, I believe there is some depth in the quarterback class as well.
          In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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          • #6
            Ross to undergo labrum surgery post-Combine
            Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Washington WR John Ross will undergo labrum surgery soon after the NFL Combine.

            Ross expects to participate in all Combine drills except for the bench press. He is thought to have hurt his shoulder in the blowout win over Stanford in late September. Ross showed a considerable amount of toughness in playing through the injury for the remainder of the campaign. The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder would like to use Washington's Pro Day on March 11th -- the week after the Combine -- to participate in private workouts requested by NFL teams. "According to Bradley Cicala, Ross’ agent, the speedy receiver purposely pushed back surgery in order to participate in the combine," Pauline wrote. "I’ve been told Ross expects to be ready for training camp after the surgery." Keep an eye on Ross' medicals at the Combine, which will be important. Expected to be one of the fastest players at the Combine, Ross has been compared to speedy receivers like Brandin Cooks, Ted Ginn Jr., Corey Coleman, Will Fuller and T.Y. Hilton.

            Report: McNichols (labrum) to go under knife
            Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols will likely undergo labrum surgery after the NFL Combine.

            McNichols currently intends to participate in the Combine. Pauline was on McNichols' woes going back to December, noting then that the prospect had been dealing with shoulder issues for a year. McNichols rushed for 1,709 yards with 23 touchdowns during his sensational final campaign. He added 37 catches for 474 yards and four more scores. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom is tepid about his pro potential due to an uninspiring size/speed combination and durability concerns.
            Last edited by H2O4me; 02-10-2017, 06:21 PM.
            In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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            • #7
              NFL on ESPN @ESPNNFL
              Projected No. 1 pick Myles Garrett makes a plea to the Dallas Cowboys to trade up and select him.
              Takkarist McKinley @TakkMckinley
              Sh!t if he don't wanna go to #1 to the @Browns make Takkarist Mckinley the number 1 pick then
              Tak is a top 25 player for many, OLB from UCLA... and a tweeter.
              In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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              • #8
                Jason Cole @JasonColeBR
                DE/OLB Takkarist McKinley said he'll have shoulder surgery (torn labrum, broken glenoid) after full NFL combine workout. 5-6 month recovery.
                In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                • #9
                  I won’t focus on Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon at this time, but another player with serious (though not domestic violence in nature) character concerns is Michigan State’s Malik McDowell. According to one person close to the program, McDowell has been a substantial motivational and attitude problem for his coaching staff since his freshman year. He has cussed out teammates and coaches on the practice field, and he left the team prematurely with an “injury” late in the season. He often went off-script from the defensive game plan, and while he looked fantastic in isolation, it did him no favors with the coaching staff and some of his teammates.

                  One general manager told this person his team would pay McDowell's signing bonus if a team in his division drafted him in the first round. That last part is quite a hot take, but it’s notable in the sense that not only is McDowell concerning for teams, but teams are expecting him to be more of a cancer than a benefit. He reminds of Sheldon Richardson coming out of Missouri, though Richardson’s teammate issues weren’t nearly as concerning.
                  ...
                  In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                  • #10
                    Spotrac @spotrac
                    Projected 2017 1st Round Contracts:
                    1: $30M
                    5: $25M
                    10: $16.2M
                    15: $12.5M
                    20: $10.9M
                    25: $10.2M
                    30: $9.1M
                    32: $8.8M
                    In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                    • #11
                      Cardinals Plan Intensive Quarterback Scouting
                      WalterFootball
                      Earlier in the offseason, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim stated the team had to find the quarterback to follow veteran Carson Palmer. Palmer considered retirement before committing to another season in the desert, but he turns 38 during the 2017 season and has an extensive injury history. Obviously, Keim understands that the Cardinals need to find their quarterback of the future. Sources tell WalterFootball.com that the Cardinals are planning on doing an intensive quarterback evaluation in the lead up to the 2017 NFL Draft.

                      The Cardinals plan is to narrow down their list to the top five quarterbacks and spend a lot of time with each of them. They plan on holding private workouts with all five of the signal-callers with ownership possibly attending. Their top five quarterbacks aren't set as of yet. However, sources say North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, and Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes are expected to be in the final five. The other spot could go to Cal's Davis Webb, Miami's Brad Kaaya, or another signal-caller. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings.

                      Arizona has other needs it will scout hard for early-round picks, but sources say the quarterback search is going to be very intensive and similar to the Eagles' process of digging on Carson Wentz last year. The Cardinals know that finding Palmer's successor is critical, and that is the focus of their 2017 NFL Draft.
                      In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                      • #12

                        MLive @MLive
                        Breaking: Former Michigan football player Jourdan Lewis faces domestic violence charge bit.ly/2nFP4aW
                        Good slot prospect.

                        In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                        • #13
                          Mike Klis @MikeKlis
                          Broncos visit with Joe Mixon has concluded. He met with several members of Broncos brass including GM John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis.

                          Yeah, that Joe Mixon.

                          Some think he's best player in the draft.

                          I think he'll fit in well with guys like Aqib Talib.
                          In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                            Mike Klis @MikeKlis



                            Yeah, that Joe Mixon.

                            Some think he's best player in the draft.

                            I think he'll fit in well with guys like Aqib Talib.
                            I'm old school that you don't hit women, but she asked for that one. Mixon only took one swing and didn't beat her up but it is not a good look.
                            Mixon should have turned around and walked out.
                            With so many in the league these days with violence in their past, it will start to have a numbing effect and more and more will find jobs with teams.
                            Take Tyreek Hill for example - he was just fortunate there was no video of his episode.
                            Texans won't touch him.
                            1. Reddick LB 2. Peterman QB 3. Garcia T 4a. Justin Evans S 4b. Donta Foreman 5. Jarron Jones DL 7. Marquez White CB

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                              MLive @MLive

                              Good slot prospect.

                              Police report: Differing accounts of alleged domestic violence incident between Jourdan Lewis, accuser

                              ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Stories about what happened during an alleged domestic violence incident between former Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis and his girlfriend, his accuser, differ, according to the police report.

                              Ann Arbor police were called around 1 a.m. on March 15 to the 3000 block of Signature Club Boulevard in Ann Arbor for an alleged domestic violence assault. Lewis was later charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and arraigned on Thursday. He is due in Michigan's 15th District Court on April 12 for a pretrial hearing.

                              Lewis and his accuser agree, according to statements taken by police officers, on these details: Lewis was asleep when the woman returned home around 12:30 a.m. and found him sleeping in bed with the light on. An argument ensued and Lewis threw two pillows at her. She demanded an apology, based on statements given to officers.

                              Lewis, according to the statements, went to the closet to get dressed. The woman said he was "punching the door from inside the closet," and she went to the closet to make sure Lewis was not damaging the door. Lewis, meanwhile, told police he was trying to hold the door shut and get dressed so he could leave the apartment.

                              The woman said Lewis stepped on her hair "at some point" and dragged her across the living room floor but was unsure how she was dragged. Lewis, meanwhile, said the woman forced open the door and hit him in the face. He said, however, he was unsure how the alleged victim struck him.

                              Lewis told police he was trying to leave, but the woman wrapped her arms and legs around his leg to stop him. Lewis said he tried to get her off of his leg several times on his way to the door, before getting free and leaving the apartment.

                              According to the report, the woman said Lewis "grabbed her by the neck and held her down on the floor for about three seconds. [The woman] demonstrated a cupped hand motion around the front of her neck." She said Lewis then left the apartment and called her "a b----" on the way out.

                              Lewis told police "he may have grabbed [the woman's throat] while trying to get her off him" but did not intend to hurt her or assault her. He said he was just trying to leave.

                              In a follow-up interview, Lewis' accuser said she grabbed his legs once, at the closet, and "struck/pushed Lewis in the chest." She said she was not trying to keep Lewis from leaving when he allegedly grabbed her throat. She also said Lewis did not try to strangle her or squeeze her by the throat, but "had pushed her down by the throat."

                              Police saw no visible injuries on the woman's neck, either at the time of their initial report or on March 17, when she went to the Ann Arbor Police Department for injury photos. Those photos showed two scratches -- one on her nose and one near her left thumb.

                              It wasn't the first time police were called for an incident between the two. According to the report, police also were summoned for an incident between Lewis and the woman on May 5, 2015.

                              As part of his bond in the most recent case, Lewis has been ordered not to have any contact with the woman. He is allowed, though, to travel outside of the state without prior permission -- which will allow him to visit potential NFL teams that might be interested in drafting him in April.

                              Lewis is expected to appear at Michigan's pro day on Friday. He is thought to be a mid-round selection in this year's NFL draft. A 5-foot-10 cornerback, Lewis was named to various All-America teams in 2015 and 2016. He holds Michigan's single-season record for pass breakups with 22 in 2015 and was a two-time All-Big Ten player. He was a finalist for the Thorpe Award last season.
                              In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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