Draft Misc - Football Wiretap

Tua Tagovailoa Undergoes 'Tightrope' Surgery On Ankle For 2nd Time

Oct 20, 2019 11:12 PM

Tua Tagovailoa will miss Alabama's game next week against Arkansas after undergoing surgery to help repair a high-ankle sprain.

Tagovailoa is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

"Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week's game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery."

Tagovailoa had the "tightrope" procedure on his other ankle following the SEC Championship Game last season and returned in time to compete in the College Football Playoff.

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NFL Sees No Evidence Of Tanking, Not Considering Draft Lottery

Oct 16, 2019 2:05 PM

Roger Goodell sees no evidence of teams tanking and the NFL is not currently considering a draft lottery.

"The good news for us is we don't see that," said Goodell on teams potentially tanking.

The Miami Dolphins have been accused in the media of tanking this season.

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Cardale Jones, Landry Jones Among Eight QBs Assigned To XFL Teams

Oct 15, 2019 10:04 AM

Cardale Jones and Landry Jones were among eight quarterbacks assigned to XFL teams Tuesday in advance of the league's inaugural draft.

Cardale Jones will play for the D.C. Defenders. Landry Jones will suit up for the Dallas Renegades.

The remaining six teams were assigned the following quarterbacks:

Houston Roughnecks: Phillip Walker.

Los Angeles Wildcats: Luis Perez.

New York Guardians: Matt McGloin.

St. Louis Battlehawks: Jordan Ta'amu.

Seattle Dragons: Brandon Silvers.

Tampa Bay Vipers: Aaron Murray.

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Daniel Snyder Overruled Jay Gruden On Drafting Dwayne Haskins

Oct 4, 2019 11:24 AM

Jay Gruden was against Washington's decision to draft Dwayne Haskins at No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Gruden wanted a more experienced quarterback with Alex Smith out for the season.

Daniel Snyder overruled Gruden and Washington selected.

Haskins already feels as though he is not the preferred quarterback of Gruden, which complicates the station.

Colt McCoy has taken first team reps this week in preparation for Week 5.

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Cardinals Select Jalen Thompson As Lone Supplemental Draft Pick

Jul 10, 2019 4:03 PM

The Arizona Cardinals selected Jalen Thompson in the fifth round of the NFL supplemental draft.

Thompson was the only player selected.

The Cardinals will lose their fifth round pick in the 2020 draft.

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One Team Asked Daniel Jones To Work Out As Tight End

May 6, 2019 2:59 PM

One NFL team inquired as to whether Daniel Jones would be willing to work out as a tight end because they felt he wasn't good enough to play quarterback.

Lamar Jackson was asked a similar question last season about playing wide receiver and he's now the quarterback of the present and future for the Baltimore Ravens.

The New York Giants selected Jones with the No. 4 overall pick.

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45 Percent Of '16 Draft First Rounders Have Fifth-Year Option Declined

May 3, 2019 8:11 AM

Forty-five percent of first round picks (14 of 31) from the 2016 NFL Draft had their fifth-year options declined.

In each of the last two years, 20 fifth-year options were picked up and 12 were declined.

Jack Conklin was the highest selected player who had his option declined as the Tennessee Titans had selected him eight overall.

The Cleveland Browns had already released Corey Coleman, as had the Denver Broncos with Paxton Lynch.

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Tua Tagovailoa Considered Favorite To Be Top Pick In 2020 NFL Draft

May 1, 2019 5:52 PM

Tua Tagovailoa is the favorite to be the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft at -300.

Next year's draft will be in Las Vegas, which promoted odds to be posted early.

"With the draft in Las Vegas next year, we wanted to get a head start and carry the momentum from the recent draft," said Jeff Sherman of the Westgate SuperBook. "The first overall selection prop bridges our college and pro football menus, and the closer to the draft next year, we will add a multitude of wagering options."

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Cardinals Criticized For Inexplicably Waiting To Shop Josh Rosen

Apr 30, 2019 4:28 PM

The Arizona Cardinals were not proactive in determining the trade market of Josh Rosen in advance of draft weekend.

The Cardinals waited until they had selected Kyler Murray to initiate at least some teams in talks.

Some teams that would have been otherwise interested in Rosen didn't receive a call until after Murray was traded.

"I can't think of anyone who could have played this worse," said one of the executives. "EVERYONE knew they were taking Murray and you're drafting first overall. You have nothing to hide from anyone. They could have been quietly shopping Rosen for weeks at least."

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Exec: No Other Team Would Have Selected Daniel Jones In Top-17

Apr 30, 2019 1:53 PM

The New York Giants selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall as Dave Gettleman fell in love with the Duke quarterback.

Gettleman wanted to control the draft process and limit knowledge of his draft plans internally as the franchise has been known for leaks. The Giants instead leaked to multiple media members that they liked Dwayne Haskins, but also wanted to draft defensive players with their first two picks.

There's a belief the Giants panicked and selected Jones at No. 6 because they feared he wouldn't be available at No. 17.

"There is no way he was going anywhere else in the top 17 picks," said one plugged-in executive for an AFC team. "We run mock drafts and run through the scenarios and I hadn't heard of one team that wanted Jones other than them." 

The Giants missed out on one of the premier defensive players that would available at No. 6 and instead selected Dexter Lawrence at No. 17.

"The smart move is draft a pass-rusher [at No. 6] and then try to trade back up for the quarterback if you have to, but I still don't think they would have had to," said the same executive.

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Mike Mayock Explains Decision To Send Scouts Home Days Before Draft
Mike Mayock felt vindicated to send Oakland's scouts home after news of the decision leaked to the media within 45 minutes.

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Kliff Kingsbury Denies Insisting On Cardinals Selecting Kyler Murray
Kliff Kingsbury was prepared to work with Josh Rosen had the Cardinals decided to draft Nick Bosa at No. 1 instead of Kyler Murray.

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Dolphins Won't Rule Out Taking QB In 2020 Draft Despite Josh Rosen
Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert are the probable best quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

NFL Claims Draft TV Coverage Breaks Record With 47.5M Total Viewers
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft had more than 11 million viewers.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Eagles Acquire No. 22 Pick From Ravens, Pick Andre Dillard
To acquire the 22nd pick, the Eagles sent the 25th, 125th and 197th picks to the Ravens.

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

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Jets Expected To Trade Down From No. 3
The Jets could target an edge rusher or an offensive lineman if they trade down.

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Cardinals Make Decision On First Overall Selection
Quinnen Williams has received a call from Steve Keim that he's still a possibility to be selected first overall.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Steelers Could Attempt To Trade Into Top-10
The Steelers haven't historically been active moving up in the draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Washington Targeting Dwayne Haskins In Draft
Washington's quarterback situation is uncertain long-term.

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Raiders Send All Scouts Home Ahead Of Draft Amid Internal Mistrust
Mike Mayock is conducting his first draft with the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Eli Manning Expects Giants To Select QB In Draft
The Giants own the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

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Nick Bosa Scrubbed Political Tweets With Chance Of Joining 49ers
Nick Bosa used his Twitter account to advocate politically, voicing his support for Donald Trump and also criticizing Colin Kaepernick.

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Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa Headline List Of 23 Players To Attend Draft
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held in Nashville.

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Nick Saban: Late Round Picks Who Leave School Early Lose Out
Seven of Alabama's underclassmen declared for this month's NFL draft.

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Lions Publicly Soliciting Offers To Move Down From No. 8
The Lions would like to move down from No. 8.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Cardinals Have Dinner With Nick Bosa
The Cardinals have been strongly linked with Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick, but Nick Bosa is widely considered the top overall prospect.

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

Dave Spadaro/PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Giants Internally Explore Trade For Josh Rosen
The Giants could still also select a quarterback in this year's draft.

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Belichick Praises Quinnen Williams For Ruining OU's Scheme In CFP
Bill Belichick praised Quinnen Williams' effectiveness for continually splitting two blockers to create pocket pressure on Kyler Murray.

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