Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Maurice Hurst's stock falling? Wed Apr 25, 07:45 PM
Michigan DL Maurice Hurst is believed to be falling 'out of the first round due to medical concerns,' according to two separate sources, and could drop as far as the third round.
|Footballguys view: Hurst is the best interior defensive line pass rusher in this draft, but his heart issue is giving teams pause. Of recent players with similar questions, Star Lotulelei has lived up to billing and Nick Fairley's career is in danger.|
NFL | Billy Price will be ready for camp Wed Apr 25, 03:34 PM
Ohio State OL Billy Price (pectoral) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in July with no restrictions, according to Price's doctor. Price suffered a partially torn pectoral at the NFL Combine.
|Footballguys view: Price was in the mix to be the first center off of the board before the injury, but he should figure into the top three centers in any event and could still be the first chosen and a first rounder. Arkansas's Frank Ragnow and Iowa's James Daniels are the other top players in the pivot.|
NFL | C.J. Anderson has interest Wed Apr 25, 02:09 PM
Free-agent RB C.J. Anderson (Broncos) has drawn interest from eight teams, according to 9news.com's Mike Klis. There is no timeline on a potential signing, however.
|Footballguys view: Anderson won't get signed before the draft, and this deep and talented class will surely remove some of those eight teams from the list. He'll be a committee back this year and his value on the decline after being released.|
C.J. Anderson player page
NFL | Antonio Callaway admits mistake Wed Apr 25, 01:36 PM
Florida WR Antonio Callaway said he takes full responsibility for smoking weeks before the NFL Combine. Callaway failed his drug test due to a diluted sample.
|Footballguys view: Callaway might not get drafted after this latest issue, but he will definitely get into a camp and has a ceiling among the top in this class. He'll still be worth interest in rookie drafts if he goes undrafted, but will come with more risk than other prospects.|
NFL | Dez Bryant to sign after draft Wed Apr 25, 09:12 AM
Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is likely to sign after the NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: It doesn't make sense for a team to sign Bryant before the draft when they might be targeting receivers, so this is logical. Bryant will find a lot softer market for his services now than he would have if the Cowboys had released him before free agency.|
Dez Bryant player page
NFL | Antonio Callaway had diluted sample Tue Apr 24, 06:51 PM
Florida WR Antonio Callaway confirmed his drug test sample at the NFL combine was diluted, adding that he was overhydrated. Callaway said he would address the issue with prospective teams.Link to story
NFL | Kentavius Street had surgery Tue Apr 24, 04:40 PM
NC State DE Kentavius Street (knee) underwent successful surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament last week, according to a source. A full recovery is anticipated and Street is still expected to be drafted.Link to story
NFL | Three prospects on the rise? Tue Apr 24, 03:29 PM
Georgia LB Roquan Smith, LB Tremaine Edmunds and C Frank Ragnow all have draft stocks on the rise, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.Link to story
NFL | Will Blackmon working out for teams Tue Apr 24, 01:02 PM
Free-agent DB Will Blackmon (Redskins) has worked out recently for the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
William Blackmon player page
NFL | Tre Herndon a wanted man this spring Mon Apr 23, 11:18 PM
Vanderbilt CB Tre Herndon has reportedly drawn interest from 20 teams and had 'several' private workouts, including one each with the Los Angeles Chargers and Detroit Lions, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.Link to story
NFL | Sony Michel an injury concern? Mon Apr 23, 09:53 PM
University of Georgia RB Sony Michel could drop in this week's NFL Draft due to medical reasons, according to The Ringer's Mike Lombardi.
|Footballguys view: Michel is a second-round pick and might end up in the late first...unless these injuries concerns keep him on the second day. When healthy, Michel reminds many in the scouting community of LeSean McCoy. He's electric with the ball in his hands and finishes his runs in a physical style.|
NFL | Rasheem Green's knee not a big issue Mon Apr 23, 05:50 PM
USC DE Rasheem Green (knee) is better off health-wise than was originally thought. Green did not receive medical treatment on his injured knee and was not asked to participate in pre-draft medical rechecks.
|Footballguys view: After an examination, the Houston Texans team doctor said Green's anterior cruciate ligament is intact, stable and performing at a very high level.|
NFL | Billy Price has full range of motion Mon Apr 23, 02:50 PM
Ohio State C Billy Price (pectoral) said he has regained full range of motion after suffering a partially torn pectoral muscle at the NFL Scouting Combine.Link to story
NFL | Some teams worried about Josh Sweat Mon Apr 23, 02:27 PM
Florida State DE/LB Josh Sweat (knee) has been dropped or taken off some draft boards because teams are concerned about his left knee, according to sources. Sweat underwent surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament while in college.Link to story
NFL | P.J. Hall to meet with teams Mon Apr 23, 12:16 PM
Sam Houston State DT P.J. Hall is scheduled to meet with three teams in Texas this week.Link to story
NFL | Will Blackmon has worked out for teams Mon Apr 23, 12:15 PM
Free-agent CB Will Blackmon (Redskins) has recently worked out for the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
William Blackmon player page
NFL | Isaiah Oliver a top corner in draft? Sun Apr 22, 10:12 PM
Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver has the size and length teams covet in press-man corners and 'kind of plays like Rod Woodson,' according to an NFL scout.
|Footballguys view: Oliver is fast in a straight line, and he's physical near the line of scrimmage. He's been one of the players building the most buzz with the draft coming up. Oliver might be a late first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | Tremaine Edmunds' stock soaring Sat Apr 21, 09:49 PM
Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds 'is a lock to go in the top 10' of the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, and La Canfora believes Edmunds could be selected as high as sixth overall.
|Footballguys view: Edmunds is a physical freak who can fly all over the field and make plays. He can tackle, he can intimidate when rushing the passer and he can cover. Edmunds should be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | Kolton Miller the top tackle? Sat Apr 21, 09:16 PM
UCLA OT Kolton Miller is the top offensive tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to multiple offensive line coaches.Link to story
NFL | Ronald Jones met with several teams Sat Apr 21, 12:24 PM
Southern California RB Ronald Jones said he had pre-draft visits with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
|Footballguys view: Jones plays like a younger version of Jamaal Charles. He wore the same number as Charles in college and patterned his game after Charles during his time at USC. Jones can score anytime he touches the ball. He's set to be a late first- or early second-round pick.|
NFL | Question marks for Derrius Guice Fri Apr 20, 10:27 PM
Louisiana State RB Derrius Guice is a 'high-maintenance kid' and will need structure to succeed in the NFL, according to an NFC executive.
|Footballguys view: Ah yes, the anonymous scout strikes again. Guice had a rough upbringing in Baton Rouge, losing his father to murder at 7-years old. His brother has been arrested multiple times, so teams are certainly doing their homework on Guice's background. He patterns his game after Marshawn Lynch and is one of the best backs in this draft class. Many think he's a better receiver than his 31 career receptions over three years indicate. Guice should be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | Marcus Davenport could be a star Fri Apr 20, 09:42 PM
Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport is still filling out his frame and could have a higher ceiling than North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb, according to a college scouting director.
|Footballguys view: Davenport has the length and burst to be special from the edge. That's different from the power game that Chubb brings to the table. Both should be top-10 picks in the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | D.J. Moore the top receiver? Fri Apr 20, 09:36 PM
Maryland WR D.J. Moore is preferred by 'more than one team' over Alabama WR Calvin Ridley, according to Albert Breer of MMQB.
|Footballguys view: We can see why that would be the case. Moore has great concentration, body control and hand/eye coordination. His acrobatic catches make the highlight reel, but he does little things well too. Ridley is a talent in his own right, and a better route-runner, but drops are a problem with the Alabama prospect.|
NFL | Tyler Gaffney pursing MLB career Fri Apr 20, 03:32 PM
Free-agent RB Tyler Gaffney (Jaguars) has decided to end his NFL career after joining the Pittsburgh Pirates Class A affiliate last month.Link to story
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NFL | Teams concerned about Leighton Vander Esch? Fri Apr 20, 02:21 PM
Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) is reportedly being flagged as a medical risk on some teams' draft boards due to a neck injury, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: That's been out there for some time, so this is not new information. Pro Football Weekly did some digging and obtained a copy of Vander Esch's combine medical report. It's important to note Vander Esch was not asked to return to Indianapolis for a medical recheck and was given a passing grade. Some teams may have flagged him for this injury, but Vander Esch should still be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | Arden Key a likely Day 3 pick now? Fri Apr 20, 01:37 PM
Louisiana State University DE/LB Arden Key will likely drop to the fourth or fifth round of the NFL Draft next week because of off-field concerns, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: That's quite the fall for a player who has first-round tools. Despite his natural talent as a pass rusher, Key has big question marks off the field including suspension, surgeries and questionable work ethic. If he 'gets it' and stays out of trouble, Key has the ability to be a disruptive player in the NFL.|
NFL | Sony Michel could slide due to knee issue? Fri Apr 20, 01:33 PM
University of Georgia RB Sony Michel is a first-round talent in the opinion of NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, but Mayock told reporters at his annual press conference Friday, April 20, that concerns about his knee may push Michel into the second round of the NFL Draft next week.
|Footballguys view: Michel reminds some in the scouting community of LeSean McCoy. He's a quick back who is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Michel is not a big back, but he can finish his runs with power. We should see Michel as a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | Luke McCown calls it a career Fri Apr 20, 01:02 PM
Free-agent QB Luke McCown announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, April 20.Link to story
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NFL | Da'Shawn Hand visits with teams Thu Apr 19, 08:05 PM
Alabama DT Da'Shawn Hand had pre-draft visits with the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys, according to a source.Link to story
NFL | Duke Dawson met with three teams Thu Apr 19, 07:58 PM
Florida CB Duke Dawson had pre-draft visits with the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills, according to a source.Link to story
NFL | Kameron Kelly works out for two teams Thu Apr 19, 07:47 PM
San Diego State CB Kameron Kelly recently worked out for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers, according to a source.Link to story
NFL | Luke Falk has worked out for teams Thu Apr 19, 05:20 PM
Washington State QB Luke Falk has participated in private workouts with the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Falk has some upside, but has a lot of development to do. Miami and Buffalo in particular could stick with their current quarterback options, in which case Falk could be someone they take to develop for down the road.|
NFL | Several workouts for Kyle Lauletta Thu Apr 19, 05:11 PM
Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta has participated in private workouts with the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Lauletta is an intriguing mid-tier rookie option, and while he might take a little while to reach his potential, a team with a solid quarterback option could take their time to help him get there.|
NFL | Nathan Shepherd met with multiple teams Thu Apr 19, 03:23 PM
Fort Hayes State DT Nathan Shepherd had pre-draft visits with 10 teams leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft and also participated in nine private workouts, according to a source. He worked out for and met with the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals.Link to story
NFL | Chuck Pagano to be consultant for NFL Thu Apr 19, 12:41 AM
Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he expects to work as a consultant for the NFL during the upcoming season.Link to story
NFL | Kyle Lauletta met with multiple teams Wed Apr 18, 05:30 PM
Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta had pre-draft visits with 12 teams leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Lauletta doesn't have a rocket arm, but he's tough, smart and accurate on short to intermediate routes. He's been impressive this pre-draft season, standing out at the Senior Bowl when on the same field as guys like Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. Lauletta is an interesting developmental quarterback, but his stock has risen so much that he could be a second-round pick.|
NFL | Two prospects on the rise Wed Apr 18, 02:10 PM
Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver and South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst are seemingly underrated and could be selected in the first round of the NFL draft, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
|Footballguys view: Hurst is raw at the tight end position as he spent a few years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a minor league pitcher. He's got the athleticism to make plays down the seam, and Hurst has the size to be a force in the red zone. Hurst might sneak into the late first round of the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | Harold Landry's stock rising Wed Apr 18, 08:22 AM
Boston College DE Harold Landry's stock has risen in the pre-draft process, and he looks like he could be taken in the middle of the first round. He recently visited the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.
|Footballguys view: Bend and burst is the name of the game for Landry. He can terrorize opposing quarterbacks on a regular basis, plus he's not a slouch against the run. Even when plays go away from him, Landry has the burst to find the ball-carrier and is not often fooled by play fakes. He should be a first-round pick, and perhaps get into the top 15 of the draft.|
NFL | Nick Nelson should be ready for camp Tue Apr 17, 12:41 PM
University of Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson (knee) underwent successful surgery to fix the torn meniscus in his knee Tuesday, April 17. Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, discovered Nelson did not need a full repair a meniscus, leaving Nelson with a recovery time of approximately six weeks - as opposed to the expected three to four months.Link to story
NFL | Dane Cruikshank meeting with more teams Mon Apr 16, 01:40 PM
Arizona S Dane Cruikshank had a pre-draft visit with the Los Angeles Chargers over the weekend. He is scheduled to visit with the New Orleans Saints Monday, April 16, and will also meet with the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos.Link to story
NFL | James Harrison retiring Mon Apr 16, 08:00 AM
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Patriots) announced on Instagram Monday, April 16, that he's retiring.Link to story
James Harrison player page
NFL | Braden Smith's stock starting to pick up Sun Apr 15, 05:27 PM
University of Auburn OL Braden Smith has met with the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins during the draft process. DraftAnalyst.com's Tony Pauline reports 'there was a lot of love for Smith coming from the New York Giants' as well.Link to story
NFL | Calvin Ridley draws high praise Sun Apr 15, 12:51 AM
Alabama WR Calvin Ridley was compared to Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison by retired WR Reggie Wayne. 'Ridley understands coverages and knows how to find soft spots in zones,' Wayne said. 'He's the most polished receiver and should come off the board first.'
|Footballguys view: Those type of comparisons are always a bit tough to swallow...no matter who says them. Ridley can cut a rug and get open - no doubt - but there are times he's bumped off his route by physical corners. He'll also drop some easy passes (20 drops over three years at Alabama) and some in the scouting community question whether or not catching in traffic will be a problem for him. Even with all his question marks, Ridley should be a first-round pick and likely the first WR off the board in the 2018 NFL draft.|
NFL | Nyheim Hines brings versatility Sat Apr 14, 11:34 PM
North Carolina State RB Nyheim Hines said he believes he is the 'most explosive player' in the 2018 NFL Draft and the most versatile running back. 'I don't think anyone else can handle kick and punt return duties in addition to what I did as a runner and pass catcher, I even played gunner on special teams,' Hines said.
|Footballguys view: Hines is incredibly explosive, but he's a player that is a bit of a 'tweener. He's capable of lining up as a slot receiver to run routes and catch passes, but Hines can also line up in the backfield and take handoffs. Hines is not big enough to be a featured back and he's not a good enough receiver to be this year's Alvin Kamara. We should see Hines go off the board in the third or fourth round.|
NFL | Austin Corbett climbing draft boards Sat Apr 14, 11:06 PM
Nevada OG Austin Corbett will likely be selected in the early part of the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, according to multiple sources.Link to story
NFL | Isaiah Wynn boosting his stock Sat Apr 14, 10:52 PM
Georgia OG Isaiah Wynn has widened the gap between himself and Texas-El Paso OG Will Hernandez and will be the second guard selected in the 2018 NFL Draft because of his 'athleticism and ability to line up in a zone-blocking scheme,' according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.Link to story
NFL | Kolton Miller likely for first round Sat Apr 14, 10:06 PM
UCLA OT Kolton Miller will likely be selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.Link to story
NFL | Lamar Jackson's stock falling? Sat Apr 14, 09:30 PM
Louisville QB Lamar Jackson could slide in the 2018 NFL Draft because there are questions about whether he can run an NFL offense, according to a scout. 'The entire offense is going to be built around him, so the owner, coaches and players already on the roster are going to have to buy in,' the scout said. 'If he gets past Arizona, he could slide, perhaps even all of the way out (of the first round).'
|Footballguys view: Jackson's stock is up or down depending on who you ask. Ah, the season of lies is in full effect here. Jackson has been linked to the Patriots and the Cardinals (among others) in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Even if his stock is falling, we don't see him getting out of the first day without hearing his name called.|
NFL | Quadree Henderson receiving interest Sat Apr 14, 02:37 PM
Pittsburgh WR Quadree Henderson worked out for the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns this week. He is also receiving interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.Link to story
NFL | Kenneth Farrow healthy Sat Apr 14, 02:18 PM
Free-agent RB Kenneth Farrow (Chargers) has recovered from the shoulder injury that sent him on the Reserve/Injured list this past season.
|Footballguys view: Farrow has an all-purpose skill set, and that might earn him another shot with a different team after the Chargers let him go.|
Kenneth Farrow player page