Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Evan Engram's stock rising? Thu Apr 27, 05:47 PM
Mississippi TE Evan Engram has suddenly become a late first-round option, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
|Footballguys view: Well, it's a pretty good tight end class so it's not a surprise to see another good tight end move up the board. This could make three tight ends in the first round which we actually don't expect. One of the storylines that should be fascinating to see play out. Seems like the Giants are looking for the answer at tight end. Could this be it?|
NFL | Jabrill Peppers may drop to second round Thu Apr 27, 05:30 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers' fit in an NFL defense seems to be more of a concern than his diluted urine sample, according to Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports. Peppers is believed to be viewed as a fringe first-round pick, but the likelier outcome is that he will be taken in the second round.
|Footballguys view: Of the two issues, the for is the bigger deal although it's hard to imagine a good coach couldn't find things for him to do. Peppers can go anywhere from late first to anywhere in the second. He's a dynamic player who was done no favors by Michigan's tendency too move him to new positions. Perhaps less than 11 positions might have helped the NFL figure this out.|
NFL | Gareon Conley could go in third round Thu Apr 27, 09:17 AM
Ohio State CB Gareon Conley is predicted to be drafted in the third round of the NFL draft, according to three general managers.
|Footballguys view: The timing of the accusations against him reminds some of the timing of the Laremy Tunsil video last year as well as the La'el Collins situation the year before. The situation is serious of course, but we will point out that in both cases the issues were not the factors people made them out to be. Teams may pass on Conley at their peril, but red flags like this must be taken seriously.|
NFL | Davis Webb has 'Dak-like' intangibles? Wed Apr 26, 01:57 PM
California QB Davis Webb 'has Dak (Prescott)-like intangibles, according to one national scout.Link to story
NFL | O.J. Howard receives clean report Wed Apr 26, 11:50 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard received an A-plus medical report.Link to story
NFL | Eddie Jackson has minor procedure Wed Apr 26, 08:12 AM
Alabama S Eddie Jackson (leg) had a screw removed that was causing discomfort in his surgically repaired leg Tuesday, April 25, at the advice of teams at the NFL Scouting Combine recheck. He's expected to be ready for rookie minicamp.Link to story
NFL | Jay Cutler not done? Tue Apr 25, 01:18 PM
Free-agent QB Jay Cutler's (Bears) agent, Bus Cook, said Cutler isn't retiring and hasn't mentioned retirement to him.
|Footballguys view: If Cutler still wants to play, then teams who miss on a quarterback in the 2017 NFL draft could show more interest. There are a lot of project QBs in this class, so it's possible a team could select a player like DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) and still go after Cutler.|
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NFL | Ahkello Witherspoon receiving interest Mon Apr 24, 08:15 PM
Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon said he has met with the Indianapolis Colts and had private workouts with 10 teams.Link to story
NFL | Jabrill Peppers had dilute sample Mon Apr 24, 02:12 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL combine, according to sources.Link to story
NFL | Jake Long retires Mon Apr 24, 12:39 PM
Free-agent OT Jake Long (Vikings) announced his retirement Monday, April 24.Link to story
NFL | Evan Engram more like a receiver Sun Apr 23, 09:05 PM
Mississippi TE Evan Engram is viewed by personnel executives as more of a big wide receiver than a tight end. Engram has 'outstanding receiving potential' but will never be a 'point-of-attack guy,' according to one NFC executive.
|Footballguys view: Engram does play like a super sized wide receiver, and that makes him a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. Good ole "anonymous scout" usually gets pretty salty this time of year. Sounds like he's up to it again with Engram...one of the more exciting TEs in this draft class.|
NFL | Jake Butt has all-around game Sun Apr 23, 08:46 PM
Michigan TE Jake Butt was compared to retired TE Heath Miller by an AFC personnel man because of his 'all-around' game.
|Footballguys view: That's an apt comparison, and his skill set is the reason why he could get drafted in the second or third round even though he's recovering from a knee injury suffered in Michigan's bowl game.|
Heath Miller player page
NFL | DeShone Kizer has most upside, most flaws Sun Apr 23, 08:37 PM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is a boom-or-bust prospect, according to an AFC scout. 'In terms of arm strength, athleticism, talent, intelligence, he's the highest-end guy,' the scout said. 'At the same time, he's also the one with the most flaws.'
|Footballguys view: There's some Daunte Cullpepper to Kizer's game. He's mobile, has a big arm and can throw on the run. However, he slows his delivery quite a bit when setting up to throw and makes poor decisions during crunch time. Kizer has starter's upside, but he needs time to develop.|
NFL | Myles Garrett the draft's best player? Sun Apr 23, 08:25 PM
Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett was ranked as the best prospect regardless of position in the 2017 NFL Draft by 11 of the 16 NFL personnel executives polled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
|Footballguys view: The Browns aren't going to pass on a near-consensus no1 pick are they?|
NFL | Mike Williams looking to improve Sun Apr 23, 05:58 PM
Clemson WR Mike Williams said he is looking to get quicker in and out of his routes and has been working on quick movement and explosion drills.
|Footballguys view: Williams is arguably the top WR in this draft class. He reminds some in the scouting community of former Steelers/Giants WR Plaxico Burress because of his size, wingspan and ability to win above the rim. Williams needs to work on his concentration and he'll suffer from focus drops, and he could learn better separation in the route tree. Even with the work he needs to do, Williams is a first-round pick.|
NFL | Corey Davis not fully healed Sun Apr 23, 05:34 PM
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis (ankle) is not fully recovered from his ankle injury but was able to work out with former NFL wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan Friday, April 21. Sullivan said he thought Davis looked very explosive during the workout and showed really good instincts.
|Footballguys view: Davis has seen his draft stock get a little dinged as the draft draws near. He's still likely to go in the first round, and he's certainly a rookie WR fantasy owners need to monitor. Davis was dominant in college, and he's one of the most productive players -- regardless of position -- in this draft. His game is all about using route leverage to get open.|
NFL | Obi Melifonwu met with three NFC teams Sun Apr 23, 05:25 PM
Connecticut S Obi Melifonwu recently met with the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source. He has also received steady interest from the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.Link to story
NFL | Several teams interested in Nathan Peterman Sun Apr 23, 09:31 AM
Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman has made recent visits to the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers.
|Footballguys view: Peterman may not be this year's Dak Prescott (Cowboys), but he could be Kirk Cousins (Washington). Like those two, Peterman is a mid-round pick who could develop into a quality starter. We think Peterman could go in the third round, but in this quarterback desperate league he could go in the second.|
NFL | KC, SEA among teams interested in Chad Kelly Sun Apr 23, 09:24 AM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly has met with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, in addition to having discussions with several other clubs over the phone.
|Footballguys view: We could see Kelly as a late-round pick, but he may fall undrafted due to health concerns. He made it through a dozen passes at his pro day before injuring his wrist, and now he's had surgery to repair the damage. Couple that with plenty of off field concerns, and Kelly is likely to be a priority free agent or teams after the draft.|
NFL | Adam Shaheen the next Jason Witten? Sun Apr 23, 12:47 AM
Ashland TE Adam Shaheen has a chance to develop into a player like Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten, according to an AFC scout, and the scout believes Shaheen will be selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: People compare Shaheen to Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) because he's huge (6'6" 280 pounds) and physical. He may be more like Witten as he's never faced great competition as a D2 prospect. Shaheen should be a second-round pick, and he's a rookie TE to keep an eye on...especially in TE-premium leagues.|
Jason Witten player page
NFL | O.J. Howard a rare talent Sun Apr 23, 12:39 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard was compared to Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis by an AFC personnel executive, and the executive said Howard is a 'difference-maker' who can catch and block and is impressive physically.
|Footballguys view: Howard is a rare athlete for the position, and he reminds some in the scouting community of Vernon Davis (Washington). This is arguably the greatest TE draft class in history, and Howard should be the first tight end off the board.|
Vernon Davis player page
NFL | Two teams eyeing JuJu Smith-Schuster Sat Apr 22, 11:49 PM
Southern California WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams have shown the most interest in him ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Glen Coffee wants to return Sat Apr 22, 05:47 PM
Former San Francisco 49ers RB Glen Coffee has been reinstated from the retirement list and wants to return to pro football.Link to story
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NFL | Five teams interested in Devine Redding Sat Apr 22, 09:37 AM
Indiana RB Devine Redding has worked out privately for the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts and is also drawing interest from the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, according to multiple sources.Link to story
NFL | John Ross off some draft boards? Fri Apr 21, 10:53 PM
Washington WR John Ross has been pushed down or pushed off some draft boards all together because of injury concerns, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: Off draft boards would be ridiculous....down draft boards makes more sense, but it's also old information. Everyone knew that Ross had knee injuries on both knees in the past, and they obviously could tell that he was going to need shoulder surgery (which he had) after the combine. Ross is a playmaker and reminds scouts of DeSean Jackson, and we feel he should still be a late-first round pick.|
NFL | Reuben Foster's draft stock intact? Fri Apr 21, 10:21 PM
Alabama LB Reuben Foster's incident that resulted in his dismissal from the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and his diluted urine sample from the combine are not likely to cause him to slide in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: Foster's medical check is more important that this diluted test. He reportedly may need another shoulder surgery before the start of the season, and that could delay his pro debut. If healthy, Foster is an intimidator and has drawn comparisons to guys like Bobby Wagner or Patrick Willis.|
NFL | Jamal Adams going in the top five? Fri Apr 21, 10:16 PM
Louisiana State S Jamal Adams said the New York Jets told him they don't expect him to be available when they select with the No. 6 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | John Ross' agent disputes medical reports Fri Apr 21, 09:58 PM
Washington WR John Ross' agent, Brad Cicala, denied reports that Ross has undergone two surgeries to repair injuries to his anterior cruciate ligament. Cicala said Ross had one surgery on his left anterior cruciate ligament surgery and a surgery on his right lateral meniscus.Link to story
NFL | Vince Wilfork not expected to play Fri Apr 21, 05:34 PM
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said he does not believe free-agent DT Vince Wilfork (Texans) will play again.Link to story
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NFL | Patrick Mahomes a fringe first-rounder? Fri Apr 21, 01:52 PM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes appeared on only one top-32 list from two teams surveyed recently by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes may be a fringe first rounder in the eyes of some, but he's likely to go in the first round. He's a gunslinger with so much confidence it's falling out of his pockets. With the fifth-year option for first-round picks, we easily see Mahomes getting selected on the first day of the draft.|
NFL | Tarell Basham a top-32 player? Fri Apr 21, 01:50 PM
Ohio DE Tarell Basham appeared on one top-32 list from the two teams surveyed recently by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.Link to story
NFL | Jabrill Peppers a fringe first-rounder? Fri Apr 21, 01:44 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers appeared on only one top-32 list from two teams surveyed recently by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.Link to story
NFL | 'No way' Obi Melifonwu is a first-rounder Fri Apr 21, 01:40 PM
Connecticut S Obi Melifonwu did not appear on the top-32 list for either one of the two teams surveyed recently by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, who added the unanimous response about Melifonwu being a first-rounder was 'no way'.Link to story
NFL | Deshaun Watson not first-round material? Fri Apr 21, 01:34 PM
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson did not appear on the top-32 list for either one of the two teams surveyed recently by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.
|Footballguys view: Watson is falling a bit as the draft draws near. We could see him going in the 20s of the first round as teams like the Chiefs and Texans would be unlikely to pass on Watson.|
NFL | Brandon Bostick suspended four games Fri Apr 21, 01:08 PM
Free-agent TE Brandon Bostick (Jets) has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, according to Howard Balzer of BalzerFootball.com. The reason for the suspension is unknown at this time.Link to story
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NFL | DeShone Kizer confident Thu Apr 20, 11:20 PM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer believes he can be the greatest quarterback to ever play if he maximizes his tools, and he said he has the intellect of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and the body of Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton.Link to story
NFL | Leonard Fournette ranked highly by execs Thu Apr 20, 10:25 PM
Louisiana State RB Leonard Fournette was ranked as the top running back in the 2017 NFL Draft by 10 of the 16 NFL executives polled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Link to story
NFL | Defensive backs to go early in draft Thu Apr 20, 09:31 PM
Louisiana State S Jamal Adams is one of 11 defensive backs likely to be selected in the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to an AFC national scout. 'It's going to be raining defensive backs in the first 40 (picks),' the scout said. 'That is a deep position, but when the run starts, it starts.'Link to story
NFL | Dalvin Cook could slide in draft Thu Apr 20, 09:09 PM
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook could slide out of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. Zierlein said he has head from NFL personnel that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey and Louisiana State RB Leonard Fournette are the only running backs who will be selected in the first round.Link to story
NFL | Tyus Bowser busy with visits Thu Apr 20, 12:42 PM
Houston LB Tyus Bowser's predraft visits include the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons, in addition to the previously reported meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.
|Footballguys view: An undersized edge rusher who missed part of the season after breaking his orbital bone in a fight with a teammate, the best of Bowser may be yet to come. A two-sport athlete, he's still adjusting to his position. If a team has patience, the payoff could be a diamond in the rough.|
NFL | Samson Ebukam wraps up whirlwind tour Thu Apr 20, 12:06 AM
Eastern Washington DT Samson Ebukam visited the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons over the weekend, the New England Patriots on Monday, April 18 and the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, April 19.Link to story
NFL | Grover Stewart received 24 visit requests Wed Apr 19, 11:40 PM
Albany State DT Grover Stewart is believed to have received the most requests this spring to work out for NFL teams or fly in for an official visit, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.Link to story
NFL | Marlon Humphrey a limited prospect? Wed Apr 19, 11:39 PM
Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey is reportedly 'too much of a straight-line defender and can only play in limited schemes', according to several teams who spoke with Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. They compare Humphrey's playing style to former Crimson Tide CB Dee Milliner, who was selected by the New York Jets with the ninth pick of the 2013 draft.Link to story
NFL | Nathan Peterman the most pro-ready QB? Wed Apr 19, 12:04 PM
Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman is the most NFL-ready quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Jon Gruden.
|Footballguys view: Peterman has been pegged as this year's version of Dak Prescott. He's not Prescott, but Peterman is likely to be a mid-round guy (maybe as high as the second round) who has the upside to be a quality starter. Peterman challenges defenses, and he uses his eyes to quickly scan the field. He'll make defenders bite with play fakes and pump fakes, plus Peterman anticipates well as a thrower.|
NFL | Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to keep playing Tue Apr 18, 08:27 PM
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) said that he wants to continue his NFL career. He's 'excited' for his next opportunity, and believes that 'once the draft happens, the picture will become much clearer.' Fitzpatrick has not received any offers just yet.Link to story
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NFL | Raiders-Beastmode union has deadline? Tue Apr 18, 12:32 PM
Retired RB Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) has an agreement in place to join the Oakland Raiders, if the Seattle Seahawks trade his rights. However, the deal may have a deadline of the 2017 NFL Draft. Oakland could move on if it drafts a power back, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
|Footballguys view: There are more than a few power backs the Raiders could go with if they can't get something done with Lynch. The story of Lynch going to Oakland (where he's a hometown hero) is great, but they've got to get something done or risk the deadline passing.|
Marshawn Lynch player page
NFL | Reuben Foster meeting with NYJ, BAL Mon Apr 17, 06:47 PM
Alabama LB Reuben Foster is meeting with the New York Jets Monday, April 17, and is scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, April 18.
|Footballguys view: Foster's medical re-check showed that his shoulder is still not healed. That may impact his draft stock slightly. Foster is seen as the best linebacker in this draft class, and many are picking the Bengals (no9) as the team who picks him up. With this shoulder continuing to be a problem, the Bengals could go in a different direction. The Jets have the 6th pick and the Ravens have the 16th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.|
NFL | Corey Davis' toughness stands out Sun Apr 16, 11:32 PM
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis is a tough receiver with natural ability, according to an AFC receivers coach, and the coach said Davis reminds him of New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall without the headaches.
|Footballguys view: Davis reminds some of Eric Decker (Jets) because of his toughness and ability to haul in contested catches. He won at the catch point often in college, and Davis is known as a consistent target and a quarterback's best friend. He should go off the board near the middle of the first round.|
Brandon Marshall player page
NFL | Adoree' Jackson to meet with two teams Sun Apr 16, 07:06 PM
Southern California CB Adoree' Jackson is scheduled to meet with Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Texans this week.Link to story
NFL | Chris Godwin worked with Calvin Johnson Sun Apr 16, 05:48 PM
Penn State WR Chris Godwin worked out with retired WR Calvin Johnson for several weeks before the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: He's been getting quite a bit of attention, and Godwin is likely to be a second round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Godwin has had visits with the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. He can make contested catches in the end zone, and Godwin flies down the field attacking the defense vertically.|