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SportsDay

Why Bob Lilly, the Cowboys' first-ever draft pick, had no clue Dallas selected him in the 1961 NFL draft

When the Dallas Cowboys made their first NFL draft selection in franchise history, their newest player was in his TCU dorm, completely unaware.It was Dec. 27, 1960. Bob Lilly was a 21-year-old consensus All-America and a Texan who dreamed of playing professional football in his home state. But the draft wasn't televised, and he wasn't expecting pick-by-pick updates."Because back then," Lilly said, "the draft wasn't a big deal."Today, the buildup to the NFL draft is a yearlong process. Months of daily analysis, mock drafts and workouts leads to a nationally televised extravaganza, this year...

Just Blog Baby

2018 Raiders NFL Draft: Players brought in for Pre-Draft visits and workouts

These are the players the Oakland Raiders brought in for Pre-Draft visits and workouts leading into the 2018 NFL Draft. The Oakland Raiders have a couple of days until they pick at No. 10 in the 2018 NFL Draft, and they have been doing their due diligence in order to get ready to make their […] 2018 Raiders NFL Draft: Players brought in for Pre-Draft visits and workouts - Just Blog Baby - Just Blog Baby - An Oakland Raiders Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys 2018 Draft: Could the Cowboys grab a tight end on the first two days?

Will the Cowboys want to go ahead and draft Jason Witten’s successor? The growing consensus is that the Cowboys will draft a prospect from at least one of the following positions in the first two rounds: wide receiver, linebacker, and offensive guard; but what about out-of-the box options? This new short series will lead up to the draft and take a look at other positions the Cowboys can consider early. Today, we’ll look at tight end. If you read our FPW “slam dunk” and “shaking your head” picks, you’ll realize that we have no idea where the Cowboys will go come Thursday...

12th Man Rising

Seahawks mock draft 2.0: Pass rusher or cornerback first?

The NFL Draft is a few days away, and why not do a Seahawks mock draft? All the cool kids are doing it. So should we! Here is who I think Seattle should take in 2018 based on need and quality of player. I will make this relatively short, Seahawks fans. Maybe just 3000 words. […] Seahawks mock draft 2.0: Pass rusher or cornerback first? - 12th Man Rising - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Windy City Gridiron

Bears to meet with John Franklin-Myers

Chicago is doing its homework with the draft coming up this week. The 2018 NFL Draft is just four days away, but that isn’t stopping the Chicago Bears from looking for a potential diamond in the rough. Stephen F. Austin defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers announced on Twitter that he has an upcoming workout with the Bears on Monday. Franklin-Myers finished his four-year tenure with the Lumberjacks with 17.5 sacks and 37.5 tackles for a loss. He was invited to the NFL Combine in February and put together a solid performance: he ran a 4.75 40-yard dash with a 1.66 10-yard split, and he...

Daily Norseman

How accurate have mock drafts been for the Vikings in recent history?

Thankfully, we have a way to go back and check Yesterday, I put together what is likely going to be the final version of our 2018 Mock Draft Database for the Minnesota Vikings. This is the fifth year that we’ve put the Mock Draft Database together, as it started back in 2013. We had to take the 2017 season off because, well, the Vikings didn’t have a first round pick that year, but we brought it back this season. Now, mock drafts are largely viewed as an exercise in futility. Many mock drafts don’t project any sort of trades, and therefore are generally useless before the first hour...

SportsDay

UCF's Shaquem Griffin can make history at AT&T Stadium. After that? 'I'm going to skyrocket from there.'

Shaquem Griffin will be one of the biggest stars walking the red carpet and attending this week's NFL draft at Arlington's AT&T Stadium.He'll share the spotlight with top prospects expected to be first-round picks, yet it's unknown when his name will be called as the seven rounds unfold between Thursday night and Saturday.Wherever Griffin's selected, the former Central Florida linebacker has positioned himself to make history -- he would become the first one-handed player drafted in the modern era, according to the NFL. Griffin was born with a defect to his left hand, which was amputated when...

Gang Green Nation

Overanalysis season

This was a classic scene from the movie Moneyball. This time of year I tend to think about this scene when we reach the point where NFL Draft prospects are clearly being overanalyzed. We live in an era where an incredible amount of information is easily accessible. With the amount of money teams invest in first round picks, everybody wants to make sure they scrutinize all relevant data on a player. The key word there is relevant. We invariably reach a point where people and teams start reaching for narratives based on irrelevant information. This is on full display in the clip above when...

Windy City Gridiron

Spring is eternal: Super early Bears’ game-by-game predictions for 2018

On paper, it’s time to be cautiously optimistic about the Bears. In fantasy, Super Bears, Super Bowl! In reality, this is what April predictions offer. Like seven round mock drafts that are as accurate as 365-day weather forecasts, predicting an NFL team’s season in April is faulty. The NFL Draft hasn’t happened. Positional battles haven’t been completed. The all-important evolution of players that happens over the course of the meatiest actual on-field part of the off-season hasn’t transpired either. We’ve already known the Bears’ opponents since the 2017 regular season...

Cat Scratch Reader

Chad Reuter’s 7 round mock has the Panthers trading up

Reuter predicts the Panthers trade up in the first round to get a WR Reuter has the Panthers trading their #85 third rounder to the Seahawks to move up six spots to #18. His reasoning is to jump over the Cowboys who they assume will be looking for Dez Bryant’s replacement. That’s not a bad hypothesis really. I would feel okay about it if the next couple of selections were decent. But alas...Reuter goes off the rails. Chad Reuter 2018 seven-round NFL mock draft: Team by team - NFL.comCarolina Panthers Round 1 (18) D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland Round 2 (55) Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada Round 3...

NFL Spin Zone

NFL Draft 2018: Everything you need to know

With the 2018 NFL Draft just a few days away, players, teams, and fans are gearing up for the franchise-altering night. The 2018 NFL Draft will take place on Thursday, April 26 as teams prepare to bolster their roster with young talent. Because of the depth of this year’s draft, each player will be under a microscope […] NFL Draft 2018: Everything you need to know - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.

GMEN HQ

Breaking down New York Giants potential draft strategy

With less than a week until the NFL Draft, the New York Giants are finalizing their draft strategy, as they look to create a foundation for the future. Since Big Blue began the 2017 season with five losses, there has been much speculation on the draft. Now, it is only a few days away. Here […] Breaking down New York Giants potential draft strategy - GMEN HQ - GMEN HQ - A NY Giants Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

The Viking Age

NFL Draft 2018: The Vikings should draft a quarterback this year

Using a mid to late-round draft selection on a quarterback this year would be a wise decision for the Minnesota Vikings to make. When the Minnesota Vikings open the 2018 season at home against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, it will be with a quarterback who has never started a single game for […] NFL Draft 2018: The Vikings should draft a quarterback this year - The Viking Age - The Viking Age - A Minnesota Vikings Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

The Viking Age

NFL Draft 2018: Five bold predictions for the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings will surprise fans with the players they pick and trades made during the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are 5 bold predictions from the draft. Millions of football fans around the world will be tuning in to watch the 2018 NFL Draft starting on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The Minnesota Vikings are among the […] NFL Draft 2018: Five bold predictions for the Minnesota Vikings - The Viking Age - The Viking Age - A Minnesota Vikings Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Titan Sized

Tennessee Titans official visits 2018 NFL Mock Draft

Using the Tennessee Titans official visits to make a 2018 NFL Mock Draft. Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson is very consistent and has a clear methodology with his draft picks. This year is no different. Three things really stand out as things Jon Robinson loves in a draft prospect: -Production over projects -Long term starters […] Tennessee Titans official visits 2018 NFL Mock Draft - Titan Sized - Titan Sized - A Tennessee Titans Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

SFGate

Raiders could take a middle linebacker in first round of draft

The Raiders don’t have a clear-cut starting middle linebacker. They do have the No. 10 pick in this week’s draft, in which two inside linebackers are seen as possible top-10 selections. It has been suggested that the Raiders covet Roquan Smith, the former Georgia linebacker and Butkus Award winner. Should Smith be taken before their selection, though, the Raiders could address the position with a player who is arguably just as intriguing — if more of a risk. Tremaine Edmunds won’t turn 20 until May 2, a few days after the draft ends.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions could take advantage of deep interior OL class in NFL draft

Interior offensive lineman are becoming more valuable. And the 2018 NFL draft is filled with talented guards and centers.        

Bleeding Green Nation

Mock Draft Roundup: One Eagles target is generating some late buzz

Who do you want the Eagles to select? The 2018 NFL Draft is merely days away and mock draft season is driving us to insanity by this point. There’s no shortage of opinion about who the Philadelphia Eagles could select with the No. 32 overall pick. Let’s take a look at which players the experts have the Eagles taking this week. Bleeding Green Nation (Brandon Lee Gowton) - Connor Williams, OT, Texas The Eagles don’t have a lot of immediate needs, but they do have some long-term areas they could afford to shore up. Offensive tackle is arguably at the top of the list. Starting left...

SportsDay

Machota's mock draft: Cowboys trade up for defense, but which top prospect do they select in Round 1?

Wide receiver and linebacker are bigger needs in the draft than safety for the Dallas Cowboys, but I have a feeling safety is going to get the most significant upgrade next week.If they don't trade for Seattle's Earl Thomas, maybe moving up from pick No. 19 in the first round gets the job done.Here's my projection for how the first round will unfold Thursday night at AT&T Stadium.NFL Draft: Round 11. Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, QB, WyomingThis pick has to be a quarterback. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield are more popular names, but reports continue to surface that the Browns...

Still Curtain

Pittsburgh Steelers: Mid-round wide receiver is a need, even if it’s not

The Pittsburgh Steelers love to draft mid-to-late round wide receivers in the NFL Draft, and this year is going to be the same. There is no need for the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft a wide receiver. Their big three on top of Justin Hunter, a healthy Vance McDonald and a likely Eli Rogers return doesn’t […] Pittsburgh Steelers: Mid-round wide receiver is a need, even if it’s not - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

SFGate

49ers may draft linebacker in wake of Reuben Foster’s legal troubles

If the first Butkus Award-winning SEC inside linebacker you draft in the first round doesn’t work, try, try again? That could be just what the 49ers do given the legal issues surrounding Reuben Foster, last year’s 31st overall pick from Alabama whose future with the team is uncertain after he recently was charged with three felonies. The situation has made Georgia inside linebacker Roquan Smith a logical target for the 49ers with the ninth pick in the NFL draft Thursday. Like Foster, Smith will enter the NFL after winning the Butkus, which is given to the...

The Denver Post

Will the 2018 NFL quarterback draft class be memorably great or memorably disappointing?

Here's a quick look at what teams must weigh with each of the top quarterback prospects.

Chicago Tribune

Fill in the blank: Bears writers address four topics before NFL draft

Last year, Ryan Pace might as well have had an action photo of Mitch Trubisky as the wallpaper on his cellphone. A picture on his nightstand, too, and another in his wallet for good measure. The Bears general manager was dead set on drafting the North Carolina quarterback — at any cost. Pace’s...

Raising Zona

Arizona Cardinals find a veteran cornerback

Lost in the middle of the schedule release and draft, the Arizona Cardinals found themselves a cornerback Welcome Marcus Williams.  The former Houston Texans and New York Jets cornerback has landed with the Arizona Cardinals.  He will most certainly be in the mix for the starting spot opposite Patrick Peterson. At this point in free […] Arizona Cardinals find a veteran cornerback - Raising Zona - Raising Zona - An Arizona Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

House of Houston

Houston Texans: Team should take a chance on Bama CB Tony Brown

The Houston Texans are inching closer to the start of the NFL Draft and their teams will be at the ready to make sure they can snag talent that will be able to help make an impact on this team in the future.  Tony Brown should be drafted by this team and here’s why. The […] Houston Texans: Team should take a chance on Bama CB Tony Brown - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!

Raiders & 49ers Coin Toss to Determine 9th Overall Pick in 2018 Draft | NFL Combine

Oakland Raiders Jon Gruden and Reggie McKenzie engage in a coin toss with San Francisco 49ers John Lynch and Rod Woodson to determine who gets the the 9th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Watch full games with NFL Game Pass: https://www.nfl.com/gamepa

Tiki and Tierney: Josh Allen wants to play for the Browns

Tiki and Tierney discuss the comments of NFL Draft prospect Josh Allen on wanting to be the next franchise quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

New Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin 2017 Highlights (Through Week 8) |

The Buffalo Bills sent 2018 third-round and seventh round draft picks to the Carolina Panthers for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.