Draft Misc - Football Wiretap

Raiders Send All Scouts Home Ahead Of Draft Amid Internal Mistrust

Apr 19, 2019 12:28 PM

The Oakland Raiders have sent all of their scouts home for the weekend and they're not expected to return before the draft.

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock made the decision. The belief is Gruden and Mayock don't know who to trust and wanted to clear their draft room.

Mayock is conducting his first draft with the Raiders.

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Eli Manning Expects Giants To Select QB In Draft

Apr 15, 2019 4:48 PM

Eli Manning is expecting the New York Giants to select their quarterback of the future in this month's draft.

The Giants own the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

"Yeah, I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback. So I understand that," Manning said Monday, on a day when Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was making his top-30 visit at the team's facility and the Giants began their offseason workout program. "I still have to do my job, and I'll do my part. And my job as I see it is to go out there and play quarterback and win football games. That is what I'll do."

Pat Shurmur had told ESPN in recent weeks that the team intended to have all the top quarterbacks visit. 

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Nick Bosa Scrubbed Political Tweets With Chance Of Joining 49ers

Apr 11, 2019 9:30 AM

Nick Bosa used his Twitter account to advocate politically, voicing his support for Donald Trump and also criticizing Colin Kaepernick.

Bosa, however, scrubbed his Twitter before the NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers are considering Bosa with the No. 2 pick.

"I had to," said Bosa. "There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

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Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa Headline List Of 23 Players To Attend Draft

Apr 10, 2019 9:16 AM

Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa headline a list of 23 prospects committed to attending the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville.

The following list of players is in alphabetical order:

1. Josh Allen, LB Kentucky
2. DeAndre Baker, DB Georgia
3. Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State
4. Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma
5. Brian Burns, DE Florida State
6. Devin Bush, LB Michigan
7. Andre Dillard, OT Washington State
8. Noah Fant, TE Iowa
9. Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
10. T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa
11. Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama
12. Daniel Jones, QB Duke
13. Drew Lock, QB Missouri
14. D.K. Metcalf, WR Mississippi
15. Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma
16. Ed Oliver, DT Houston
17. Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi State
18. Jawaan Taylor, OT Florida
19. Devin White, LB Louisiana State
20. Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson
21. Greedy Williams, CB Louisiana State
22. Jonah Williams, OT Alabama
23. Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama

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Nick Saban: Late Round Picks Who Leave School Early Lose Out

Apr 7, 2019 8:29 AM

Nick Saban says late round prospects who leave school early lose out on the process.

Seven of Alabama's underclassmen declared for this month's NFL draft.

"Now, we have guys that have no draft grades, seventh-round grades, free-agent grades, fifth-round grades that are going out of the draft. And the person that loses in that is the player," Saban said after Alabama's spring game. "If you're a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year -- I'm not going to say any names -- goes and starts for his team, so he's making third-round money, which is not that great. He'd be the first guy taken at his position this year, probably, and make $15-18 million more.

"So, the agent makes out, the club makes out, and now they've got a guy that's going to play for that kind of money for three more years, all right? And everybody out there's saying, 'Well, get to your next contract.' Well, there's obviously 50 percent of these guys never getting to a next contract. And that doesn't mean all the rest of them got to one, either."

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Lions Publicly Soliciting Offers To Move Down From No. 8

Apr 3, 2019 7:08 PM

The Detroit Lions openly solicited offers to move down from the No. 8 slot in the draft.

"I always like draft picks, so if we can move back a couple spots and pick up another pick, I think the depth of this draft from the late first to the third, there's a lot of really good players in there," Bob Quinn said.

"If I could move back a few spots, add a great player and a pick, that'd be something that would be great. People out there listening, I'm open for business."

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Cardinals Have Dinner With Nick Bosa

Apr 1, 2019 10:48 AM

The Arizona Cardinals had dinner with Nick Bosa in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

The Cardinals have been strongly linked with Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick, but Bosa is widely considered the top overall prospect. The Cardinals have also met with Murray.

Nick Bosa finished his college career with 17.5 sacks in two-plus seasons, though his college career was shortened by core muscle surgery in September 2018 that knocked him out for the rest of the season.

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Eagles Prioritizing 'Volume' In Draft

Mar 27, 2019 6:33 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have seven selections in this year's draft and as many as 11, 12 or 13 in 2020.

The Eagles plan to build their roster with a short-term version and a long-range plan.

“Absolutely critical,” Lurie said on Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting. “Basically, we planned it exactly how it's gone in the sense of we didn't have as many draft picks. We've had some good young players, really good young players, but volume of draft picks? We believe in volume. We're not cocky enough to feel that you're going to draft way better than anybody else, and it's very important to create volume.

“This draft we're going to have good volume, especially in the top of the draft, two twos (second-round picks) and two fours (fourth-round picks) to go with our one (first-round pick), and next year we're going to have quite a few draft choices. It's very important, so when you look ahead over the next 13 months, we're going to be adding about 20 draft choices. You're going to have some undrafted players make the team, and so you can imagine there's probably going to be about 20 to 25 players that are going to be about 22 years old, 23 years old on our roster, and we planned for that.

“To Howie's credit in the front office, what they've done, I think they've always balanced this and sort of analyzed it, should you sign a player who is a potentially good starting player at age say 31 or 30 versus a low-level starting player who's a lot younger. So, when I talk to Howie, it's always about what is the next two years going to be in that comparison. Yeah, you get the 25- or 26-year-old in his second contract, but he's a low-level starter. His team didn't want him, and maybe he can be a low-level starter for us at best, or you can get a guy who can make an impact, several guys who can make an impact, and we're banking on them for one to two years. So that's resource allocation. It's with the idea of what we're going to be allocating for quarterback and for every other position, and the notion that we're going to have about 20-odd players coming on to our roster in the next 13 months.

“An interesting stat in the league, and we'll be consistent with that, is that I think 65 percent of the players in the league are in their first to third years. So when you think about that and where will we be in about 13 months, I bet we're pretty close to that.”

Dave Spadaro/PhiladelphiaEagles.com

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Giants Internally Explore Trade For Josh Rosen

Mar 27, 2019 6:56 AM

The New York Giants are internally exploring a trade for Josh Rosen.

The Arizona Cardinals have been rumored to prefer Kyler Murray at No. 1 and will listen to offers for Josh Rosen. Rosen was the No. 10 pick in last year's draft.

The Giants could still also select a quarterback in this year's draft with Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones all potential first round picks at the position.

The future of Eli Manning as quarterback of the Giants beyond 2019 remains uncertain.

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Belichick Praises Quinnen Williams For Ruining OU's Scheme In CFP

Mar 25, 2019 12:17 PM

While watching game film of Alabama's Quinnen Williams against Oklahoma, Bill Belichick praised his effectiveness for continually splitting two blockers to create pocket pressure on Kyler Murray.

“(Williams) is basically ruining [Oklahoma’s] scheme right now," said Belichick.

Williams is expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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49ers Could Have 'Feeding Frenzy' If Kyler Murray Falls To No. 2
Jay Glazer predicts there a number of teams who would look to trade up to No. 2 for Kyler Murray.

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Kyler Murray Meeting With Kliff Kingsbury, Steve Keim
Kyler Murray is the favorite to be picked by the Cardinals with the first overall pick.

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Oddsmakers Have Kyler Murray Now Ahead Of Nick Bosa For No. 1 Pick
Kyler Murray is now the favorite to be picked No. 1.

RealGM Staff Report

Lions, Seahawks, Chargers Among 10 Teams Meeting With Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray is expected to be a first round pick.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Some Execs Predict Cardinals Will Select Kyler Murray No. 1
The Cardinals could try to trade Josh Rosen if they plan to select Kyler Murray,

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Kyler Murray Measures At 5 Feet, 10⅛ Inches, 207 Lbs
Kyler Murray's height would make him one of the shortest starting quarterbacks in the league's history.

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Jets Interested In Trading Down From No. 3
The Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 last year to select Sam Darnold.

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Cardinals Don't Sound Entirely Committed To Josh Rosen
The Cardinals have been linked to Kyler Murray.

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition
The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

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Kyler Murray Admits Telling A's Of NFL Decision Was Tough
Kyler Murray could become the first athlete ever to be drafted in the first round of both sports.

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Patriots, Cardinals, Washington Each Get Four Compensatory Picks
The Patriots get two picks in the third round, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

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Kyle Murray Announces He Will Concentrate On NFL Career
Kyler Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him last year.

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Kyler Murray To Attend NFL Combine
KYler Murray is attempting to decide between the NFL and MLB.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kyler Murray Ranks No. 24 On Todd McShay's Top-32
Kyler Murray hadn't been on any of McShay's prior editions due to the expectation he would go to the MLB.

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Kyler Murray Declares For 2019 NFL Draft
The A's supported Kyler Murray's decision to enter the draft, but they could be under increased pressure to improve his contract.

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Dolphins Already Eyeing Quarterbacks From 2020 NFL Draft
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert are considered the top quarterbacks of that prospective draft class.

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Kyler Murray To Declare For NFL Draft, Leanings Towards Football
One source said Kyler Murray is leaning towards football over baseball.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Dwayne Haskins Leaves Ohio State For NFL Draft
Dwayne Haskins is a projected first round pick at quarterback.

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Kyler Murray Won't Rule Out Future In NFL
Kyler Murray signed a $4.66 million contract to play baseball for the Oakland A's this summer.

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Justin Herbert Staying At Oregon For Senior Season
Mel Kiper had Justin Herbert ranked as the sixth overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

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