Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Chad Kelly may still attend combine Sat Feb 25, 12:32 AM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly is focused on preparing for his pro day workout on April 2 but could still travel to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine despite not having an invite, according to his agent.Link to story
NFL | Alterraun Verner receiving interest Fri Feb 24, 06:14 PM
Free-agent CB Alterraun Verner (Buccaneers) said he has heard from four or five interested teams since he was released.
|Footballguys view: Verner disappointed during his time with the Bucs. At this point in his career, he's just a dime-package corner.|
Alterraun Verner player page
NFL | Davis Webb ready to prove himself Fri Feb 24, 12:12 AM
California QB Davis Webb said he 'can spin the rock better than anybody in the country' and plans to separate himself from the competition at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Webb's been generating a lot of buzz over the last couple of weeks. He didn't do much to help his draft stock during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and it seems like the recent hype around him is a bit of hyperbole. Webb is mechanically sound from his footwork all the way up to his release point. However, a majority of his completions came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. His decision making and accuracy beyond that is quite poor. This system QB is likely to be a mid-round pick.|
NFL | Adam Shaheen a hidden gem? Thu Feb 23, 10:55 PM
Ashland TE Adam Shaheen has some similarities to Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Shaheen is a Division II prospect, and he is the type of player who creates mismatches on the field. He's too big for safeties to cover and he's too fast for linebackers to stay with. Shaheen is likely to be a mid-round pick in this historically great TE class.|
Travis Kelce player page
NFL | Could Jabrill Peppers move to offense? Thu Feb 23, 10:15 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers is at his best with 'the ball in his hands' and might be better off playing on the offensive side of the ball in the NFL, according to an AFC scouting director.
|Footballguys view: Peppers played a whopping 15 different positions for the Wolverines during his college career. He's the most versatile player in the draft, but we see him fitting in like Tyrann Mathieu (Cardinals) at the pro level.|
NFL | John Ross to shine in 40-yard dash? Thu Feb 23, 10:08 PM
Washington WR John Ross said he has run a 4.30 40-yard dash in preparation for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Ross is one of the most explosive playmakers in the 2017 NFL draft. He should go off the board at some point in the first round because he's simply electric with the ball in his hands. In addition to contributing as a receiver, Ross can help out in the return game.|
NFL | Joe Mixon to work out at pro day Thu Feb 23, 10:05 PM
Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon will participate in Oklahoma's pro day on March 8.
|Footballguys view: Mixon won't be at the Scouting Combine due to a domestic violence incident from 2014. A first-round talent on the field, there are some in the scouting community who think Mixon will be a mid-round pick at best. Some reports indicate Mixon won't even be drafted.|
NFL | Dorian Johnson the top guard prospect? Thu Feb 23, 10:01 PM
Pittsburgh OG Dorian Johnson is viewed by many teams as the top guard prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | D'Onta Foreman dropping weight Thu Feb 23, 09:40 PM
Texas RB D'Onta Foreman has dropped some weight in preparation for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and is running the 40-yard dash in the low-to-mid 4.5-second range, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.
|Footballguys view: Foreman is a big back, measuring in at 249 pounds. However, he's not a true power back as he prefers to avoid defenders rather than run them over. Foreman is a north-south runner who can change direction fluidly. He's terrible in pass protection, so he'll have to begin his pro career as a two-down player.|
NFL | Patrick Mahomes draws high praise Thu Feb 23, 07:12 PM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes 'will check every box in Indy' at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to one unnamed NFL team executive. He added that 'everyone will be talking about (Mahomes) after the combine.'
|Footballguys view: Mahomes might go off the board in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He's the best Texas Tech QB to enter the NFL...for whatever that's worth. Mahomes is more than a system QB, and we've heard the Texans are one of a few teams interested. He was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, but the fifth-year option for first-round picks could inflate his draft stock.|
NFL | Mike Martz high on Cethan Carter Thu Feb 23, 07:08 PM
Nebraska TE Cethan Carter drew high praise from former NFL head coach Mike Martz, who had him on his team at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. 'He's got length; he's got juice to get up field,' Martz said. 'He's got speed -- not just real speed, he can change direction. Not quite like a wide receiver, but you can certainly space him out on his own at wide-out, and he'd do extremely well.' Martz also called him 'exceptional' and a 'smart guy.'Link to story
NFL | Rashad Jennings has chip on shoulder Thu Feb 23, 04:50 PM
Free-agent RB Rashad Jennings (Giants) said he has a chip on his shoulder after being released by the New York Giants. Jennings believes he still has a strong work ethic and plenty of gas left in the tank, not to mention that he's healthy.
|Footballguys view: Jennings is a good all-purpose back and he should get some interest on the open market. He's unlikely to land a clear starting job, but he could be put in a position to compete for one in the right situation.|
Rashad Jennings player page
NFL | James Conner good to go Thu Feb 23, 02:40 PM
Pittsburgh RB James Conner received a clean scan Thursday, Feb. 23, in regards to the Hodgkin's Lymphoma he dealt with in 2015, according to a source.Link to story
NFL | Josh McCown has talked with many teams Thu Feb 23, 01:38 PM
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) said he has been in contact with four to five teams since his release from the Cleveland Browns.
|Footballguys view: McCown is a solid backup, but no more. There are a lot of teams who need a backup though, and the aging signal caller is a guy who can step in short term and bail them out.|
Josh McCown player page
NFL | Patrick Mahomes received second-round grade Wed Feb 22, 07:13 PM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes said he received a second-round grade from the NFL's College Advisory Committee.Link to story
NFL | Four teams eyeing K'Waun Williams Tue Feb 21, 03:28 PM
Free-agent CB K'Waun Williams (Bears) has received offers from four teams: the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, according to a source.Link to story
KWaun Williams player page
NFL | Geoff Schwartz calls it a career Tue Feb 21, 12:47 PM
Free-agent OG Geoff Schwartz announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, Feb. 21.Link to story
NFL | Deshaun Watson to do everything at Combine Tue Feb 21, 10:23 AM
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson said he anticipates full participation at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Watson is likely to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, but mock drafts have him all over. With a good performance at the combine, Watson could conceivably go off the board before any other quarterback in this class. Watson shines bright in big games, and he can throw with anticipation and touch. He's athletic enough to eat up yards with his legs if the play breaks down.|
NFL | Christian McCaffrey can handle carries Sun Feb 19, 10:54 PM
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is a tireless workout warrior built to handle heavy workloads, according to his collegiate teammate Graham Shuler. 'We do this thing here called the Gator Run,' Shuler said. 'It's one of our most intense off-season training things. It's when you load up one of those utility vehicles, like a Gator, with 600 pounds in the back and three coaches are riding in it. We push it all around campus, and it's a sprint. It's really rare for anyone to push it over 20 times. When we did it this summer, Christian pushed it 43 times. He took 43 turns.'
|Footballguys view: McCaffrey is a versatile running back who can immediately help as a runner, receiver or return man. He's likely to see his draft stock rise as the pre-draft process continues. We fully expect him to impress at the Scouting Combine, and he'll certainly get bonus points as a great interview/standout person. Don't be shocked to see more mock drafts putting him in the first round.|
NFL | Davis Webb the top QB prospect? Sun Feb 19, 08:52 PM
California QB Davis Webb will end up being the best quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to one NFL executive.
|Footballguys view: Webb wasn't the best QB at the Senior Bowl earlier this year, so we've got a hard time believing he's the best QB in this entire draft class. We may see four QBs taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, and Webb is unlikely to be one of them. It doesn't mean he can't develop to be the best but just know there is a ton of work to be done in order for that to happen.|
NFL | Hype building for Myles Garrett Sat Feb 18, 10:24 PM
Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is going to 'completely torch' the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, according to Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network, and Jeremiah said the expectation is for Garrett's workout to rival that of Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney's 2014 appearance.
|Footballguys view: Garrett should be the biggest standout player at the combine. At 6'4" 268, Garrett is a freak athlete who can move like a much smaller man. Garrett can wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks with multiple pass-rushing moves and burst to the passer. He should be the no.1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.|
Jadeveon Clowney player page
NFL | Four teams interested in Earl Mitchell Sat Feb 18, 11:51 AM
Free-agent DT Earl Mitchell (Dolphins) is expected to meet with the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks next week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Mitchell was bothered by injuries in his final season with the Dolphins. If healthy, he could help any of these teams as a rotational player.|
Earl Mitchell player page
NFL | Chad Hansen a top WR prospect Sat Feb 18, 12:40 AM
California WR Chad Hansen doesn't have many 'holes in his game' and could be a top-5 receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.
|Footballguys view: He didn't run a nuanced route tree at Cal, but Hansen does a good job of hauling in contested catches. Hansen has good body control and can work the sidelines to move the chains. He's not going to break ankles as a route-runner|
NFL | Kareem Hunt gaining supporters Sat Feb 18, 12:31 AM
Toledo RB Kareem Hunt forced more missed tackles than any player in the country this season, and he fumbled just once on 856 touches in his four-year collegiate career.
|Footballguys view: Hunt is a versatile player who stays low before contact and uses his strong lower body to grind out more yards. He can catch passes out of the backfield effectively, and Hunt does a good job of staying patient as blocks develop in front of him. He is elusive in a small area, but don't expect him to rip off field-flipping runs at the pro level.|
NFL | Trent Richardson in hot water Fri Feb 17, 11:35 PM
Free-agent RB Trent Richardson (Ravens) is facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, stemming from an incident Thursday, Feb. 16.Link to story
Trent Richardson player page
NFL | Zac Stacy retires Thu Feb 16, 05:46 PM
Free-agent RB Zac Stacy (Jets) announced his retirement from the NFL Thursday, Feb. 16.Link to story
Zac Stacy player page
NFL | Branden Albert could be signed soon Thu Feb 16, 03:26 PM
Free-agent OT Branden Albert (Dolphins) is already of interest to NFL teams and could be signed in the near future, according to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley.
|Footballguys view: We think he'd work better as a right tackle these days, and his health is a bit of a concern, but we aren't surprised there is interest. He still has a few miles of tread left on his tires.|
NFL | Chad Kelly will not attend combine Thu Feb 16, 01:20 PM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly (knee) was initially invited to attend the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, but the offer was rescinded by the league. It remains unclear as to why the invitation was pulled.
|Footballguys view: The question isn't why he wasn't invited - he plead guilty to a violent crime (Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct two years ago as part of a case in which he was initially accused of punching two people, threatening to shoot up a bar with an AK-47 and resisting arrest) and as Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith recently wrote, the NFL implemented a new rule this year that players who have been convicted of violent crimes won't be permitted. Despite this, teams will kick the tires on him because of his arm strength, but could pass more because of his size than his off-field issues.|
NFL | K'Waun Williams receiving more interest Wed Feb 15, 04:41 PM
Free-agent CB K'Waun Williams (Bears) has visits lined up with the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.Link to story
KWaun Williams player page
NFL | Victor Cruz probably done, says scout Mon Feb 13, 11:50 PM
Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) is 'probably done,' according to one NFL scout.
|Footballguys view: Cruz may get signed by some team in need of veteran depth, but he's likely to be signing a "prove it" deal no matter where he lands. Once Cruz finds a new team, there's no guarantee he'll make the 53-man roster. Evaluators may think he's "probably done" and they're probably right.|
Victor Cruz player page
NFL | Reuben Foster having shoulder surgery Mon Feb 13, 11:56 AM
Alabama LB Reuben Foster (shoulder) will not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine due to surgery on his right rotator cuff, according to a source. Foster is expected to recover in four months and be ready for training camp. Foster is the top-graded inside linebacker for many teams in the 2017 NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: Foster may be the best inside linebacker in the 2017 NFL draft. He arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence and has the ability to cover in space. Even with this shoulder surgery, Foster should be a top-15 pick.|
NFL | Matt Schaub wants to start Mon Feb 13, 10:32 AM
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent QB Matt Schaub wants to find a team with a chance to start in 2017.
|Footballguys view: Good luck with that. Now, there is buzz building about Schaub potentially following Kyle Shanahan to the 49ers where he could start. Schaub knows the Shanahan system, and the 49ers could then take their time finding a franchise quarterback. Stay tuned.|
Matt Schaub player page
NFL | K'Waun Williams cleared Mon Feb 13, 08:25 AM
Free-agent CB K'Waun Williams (ankle) is fully cleared by Dr. Anderson and can sign with any team. He has visits with the Detroit Lions and New York Jets Monday, Feb. 13.Link to story
KWaun Williams player page
NFL | Alvin Kamara gaining attention Sun Feb 12, 07:46 PM
Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara was compared to retired RB Arian Foster by Charles Davis of the NFL Network, and Davis believes all 32 NFL teams will have a first-round grade on Kamara.
|Footballguys view: Originally a five-star high school recruit for Alabama, injuries and off-field issues caused Kamara to bounce to Hutchinson Community College then to Tennessee. A sprained left knee in 2016 limited Kamara to 596 yards in his final season for the Volunteers. If healthy, Kamara is a three-down runner who runs with power and has a nose for the end zone. He's likely to go off the board in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft.|
NFL | Patrick Mahomes a top three pick? Sun Feb 12, 06:13 PM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes could be a top-three pick in the 2017 NFL draft depending on what the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears do at quarterback this offseason, in the opinion of CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes has been a fast riser here early in the draft process. Similar to Carson Wentz last year, we could see Mahomes go from a "yeah, probably first-round pick" to a top-10 selection by the time the draft rolls around. Mahomes reminds many in the scouting community of Derek Carr (Raiders).|
NFL | Demore'ea Stringfellow not invited to Combine Sun Feb 12, 11:43 AM
Mississippi WR Demore'ea Stringfellow was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis due to his prior criminal record.
|Footballguys view: Last year, the NFL instituted a new policy that bars draft prospects from combine participation if they have misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, a sexual offense and/or sexual assault. Stringfellow transferred from Washington to Ole Miss after pleading guilty to an assault charge in 2014. He joins RB Joe Mixon (Oklahoma) and WR Ishmael Zamora (Baylor) as players not invited to the combine due to criminal offenses.|
NFL | Josh McCown could have future in coaching Sun Feb 12, 11:17 AM
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) intends to keep playing in 2017 but several teams would reportedly be interested in adding him to their coaching staff once he retires, including the Cleveland Browns.
|Footballguys view: We could see McCown almost as a player/coach for any team interested. He's been in the league forever, and some will forget that McCown was a third-round pick out of Sam Houston State in 2002. McCown has spent time on several different rosters in the NFL, and he even had a stop in the now-defunct UFL for a year.|
Josh McCown player page
NFL | Hype building for Carlos Henderson Sat Feb 11, 09:30 PM
Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson is expected to run well at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, and scouts have been told Henderson was 'impossible' to cover in college.
|Footballguys view: Henderson is a big playmaker in a small package, although 5'11" 190 pounds isn't tiny he does lack ideal size. In 2016, Henderson was phenomenal racking up 82 receptions for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns. He can help as a receiver, but he could also contribute as a return man on special teams. Henderson is considered a fourth- or fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.|
NFL | K.C. the right fit for Deshaun Watson? Sat Feb 11, 09:19 PM
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson's 'ideal' destination in the 2017 NFL Draft would be the Kansas City Chiefs, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks. Brooks said head coach Andy Reid is a proven quarterback developer, and Watson could work behind QB Alex Smith until he is ready for a larger role.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs haven't won a game with a quarterback they've drafted since 1987 (Todd Blackledge). They should be looking for a quarterback of the future, and Watson would be a great fit. However, they have the 27th pick in the first round and Watson should be gone by that time.|
Alex Smith player page
NFL | Patrick Mahomes the best QB prospect? Sat Feb 11, 12:41 AM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is considered the best quarterback prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to some NFL talent evaluators.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes may be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Some think the Houston Texans would take a shot on Mahomes in the first round if he's on the board. This isn't a great quarterback class, but the Texas Tech gunslinger reminds some in the scouting community of Derek Carr (Raiders).|
NFL | Mitch Trubisky a top prospect? Sat Feb 11, 12:37 AM
North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky is going to experience an 'ascension' during the draft process, according to an AFC scout, and the scout said Trubisky is going to end up being selected in the top three of the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The buzz is the Chicago Bears love Trubisky. They'll need a new quarterback if (when?) they move on from Jay Cutler. Trubisky is a lot like Blake Bortles (Jaguars). He's got a strong arm (not as strong as Bortles though), but decision making and mechanics are a work in progress.|
NFL | John Ross to undergo surgery Fri Feb 10, 05:46 PM
University of Washington WR John Ross (shoulder) will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder but will first participate in the NFL scouting combine and his pro day, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: Ross is likely a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He's super fast and has the quickness to change direction without losing speed.|
NFL | Joe Mixon a 'fit for the right market' Fri Feb 10, 02:30 PM
Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon, according to one area scout assigned to the Sooners, will be a fit for 'the right market, a team that can handle onslaught, the right PR staff, because you'll have to weather the storm.' He added: 'You'd have to search to find people that don't like him. Maybe the parking-lot attendant. Everyone there loves him. And I believe them.'
|Footballguys view: Mixon punched a woman in the face after an altercation at a sandwich shop, and the woman ended up with several broken bones in her face. The Sooners suspended Mixon for the entire 2014 season, but he returned to lead them to back-to-back Big 12 titles before declaring for the draft. Video of the incident surfaced in December, and Mixon released a public apology. His skill set is that of a first-round pick, but this incident should push his draft stock down.|
NFL | Tramon Williams open to playing CB or S Wed Feb 8, 02:28 PM
Free-agent CB Tramon Williams (Browns) is open to playing cornerback or safety for his new team, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: That makes sense, and it's a move Williams will have to make if he wants to keep playing in the NFL. Williams started five games at cornerback for the Cleveland Browns this season and two games at safety.|
Tramon Williams player page
NFL | Sam Shields not retiring Wed Feb 8, 12:08 PM
Free-agent CB Sam Shields (concussion) does not intend to retire, according to a source.Link to story
Sam Shields player page
NFL | Shayne Graham retiring Mon Feb 6, 03:52 PM
Former Atlanta Falcons PK Shayne Graham announced his retirement Monday, Feb. 6.
|Footballguys view: Graham played for 15 different teams in 15 seasons and holds a handful of Bengals franchise records.|
Shayne Graham player page
NFL | Taywan Taylor impressing scouts Sat Feb 4, 10:20 PM
Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor was called the most pro-ready receiver at the Senior Bowl by multiple scouts. 'He can do it all,' said an AFC scout. 'He is a natural pass-catcher who can run all of the routes. He can make plays on vertical throws or make it happen on catch-and-run tosses. Plus, he can play inside or outside in a pro-style scheme.'
|Footballguys view: Taylor is a downfield playmaker with vertical speed too. If Will Fuller can get in the first round, Taylor has a real shot to break the top 32.|
NFL | Mixed opinions on Deshaun Watson Sat Feb 4, 09:25 PM
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is viewed as a late first- or early second-round pick by some scout and executives, and others view him as a project who should be selected in the middle rounds.
|Footballguys view: As they say "It only takes one", and at least one franchise that sees Watson as a potential answer at quarterback will be willing to spend a first-round pick on him. The added fifth-year option only enhances the incentive to err on the side of taking Watson early.|
NFL | No Combine invite for Ishmael Zamora. Fri Feb 3, 10:31 PM
Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora won't be invited to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: Zamora was caught on tape beating and kicking a dog. He wouldn't be a lock to be drafted or get a combine without this incident, so missing the combine certainly won't help his chances. Both of Baylor's top two receivers jumped early this year, with KD Cannon also filing to go into the draft as an underclassman.|
NFL | Joe Mixon not invited to Combine Fri Feb 3, 10:27 PM
Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon won't be invited to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: Mixon has first-round talent by some estimations, but his violent incident caught on tape punching a female student could cause him to free fall in the draft and it his cost him a combine invite.|