Draft - Football Wiretap

NFL Threatens Bans, Lost Draft Picks For Not Wearing Masks

Oct 1, 2020 8:24 AM

The NFL has issued another strong warning to coaches who won't wear masks on the sideline during games.

The league is threatening suspensions and forfeiture of draft picks as punishment for failing to comply with COVID-19 game-day protocols, according to a league memo.

The memo, which was sent to coaches, general managers and team executives by NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, includes a passage in which the NFL says it will "address lack of compliance with accountability measures that may include ... suspensions and/or forfeiture of draft picks."

It's the second time this season that the NFL has warned coaches to comply with coronavirus-related protocols by wearing a mask on the sideline.


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No. 2 Rated Prospect Penei Sewell Opts Out Of CFB Season

Sep 7, 2020 8:23 PM

Oregon's Penei Sewell is opting out of the 2020-21 college football season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Sewell, the No. 2 ranked prospect in the country by ESPN, is an offensive tackle.

In his sensational second season, he became the first sophomore, and first Polynesian, to win the Outland Trophy. He also was a unanimous first-team All-American selection.

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LSU's Ja'Marr Chase Opts Out Of Season To Enter 2021 NFL Draft

Aug 30, 2020 3:03 PM

Ja'Marr Chase of LSU will opt out to etc college football season to enter the 2021 NFL draft.

Chase currently ranks fourth on Todd McShay's most recent list of the top 40 pro prospects.

Chase led the FBS in receiving yards (1,780) and touchdowns (20) last season, winning the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the country's top receiver.

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Greg Rousseau Opts Out Of NCAA Season

Aug 6, 2020 3:18 PM

Greg Rousseau won't play for the University of Miami during the 2020 season.

Rousseau is a redshirt sophomore and has been projected as one of the top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Rousseau won the 2019 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year with 15.5 sacks, tying the second-best mark in school history for a single season.

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NFL Won't Hold Supplemental Draft

Jul 2, 2020 8:50 AM

The NFL has informed its teams that it will not conduct a supplemental draft in 2020, according to a source.

Every team was informed on Wednesday via email.

The only other time there wasn't a supplemental draft was in 2008, when there were no applicants. The event began in 1977.

The supplemental draft is available for players whose eligibility situations changed after the January declaration deadline for the regular draft.


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Patriots Fined $1.1M, Lose Draft Pick Over Illegal Filming

Jun 28, 2020 8:33 PM

The NFL has penalized the New England Patriots for their television crew filming during a Dec. 8 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, league sources said.

The Patriots have been fined $1.1 million, lost a third-round pick in 2021 and their television production crews will not be allowed to shoot any games during the 2020 season.

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Browns 'Floated' Trade For Russell Wilson Before 2018 NFL Draft

May 14, 2020 6:12 PM

The Cleveland Browns "floated" the possibility of acquiring Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks for the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks were starting at another extension for Wilson at the time.

Wilson currently has a no-trade clause and is contract will expire after the 2023 season.

Some close to the situation believe Wilson will eventually be traded.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Trevor Lawrence, Penei Sewell Headline Mel Kiper's 2021 Big Board

May 5, 2020 4:30 PM

Mel Kiper Jr. unsurprisingly has Trevor Lawrence as his top projected prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Lawrence will be a true junior in 2020 and is widely expected to be the top overall pick in 2021.

Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell ranks second, followed by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and Penn State outside linebacker Micah Parsons.

Trey Lance of North Dakota State is the third quarterback on the list at 15th overall.

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49ers Would Have Been Comfortable Taking Brandon Aiyuk At No. 13

May 4, 2020 8:43 AM

The San Francisco 49ers entered the first round of last month's NFL Draft with picks No. 13 and 31, but after multiple trades they ended up with the 14th and 25th selections.

John Lynch says Brandon Aiyuk, who they took at the No. 25 pick, was a strong consideration when they held the 13th pick.

"I think it was two days before the draft, I said to Kyle [Shanahan], you know what? I know people might raise some eyebrows, but I really don't care. At 13, if we get stuck and we can't trade out, I'd be perfectly happy taking Aiyuk," Lynch said of the Arizona State wide receiver.

"And he said, I'm so glad you said that 'cause I feel the same way! I think we knew at that point that he had really become a guy that we had become intrigued with. I think the combination of strength and speed and separation ability and then the advantage, I think in a year like this, you have to trust relationships more than ever before. [Arizona State coach] Herm Edwards, he's the godparent to my youngest daughter. I'm his son's godparent. He coached me for a long time. One of my closest friends in the world. I called Herm and I said, 'Herm, give me the skinny on this kid.' One of the things he talked about is just how competitive and how important it was for Brandon to be great. That spoke to me and spoke to us."

Peter King

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Packers Picking Jordan Love Was More GM Than Coach

May 1, 2020 8:54 AM

The Green Bay Packers created a lot of drama when they drafted Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft last week.

The latest report indicates the selection was influenced more by general manager Brian Gutekunst than coach Matt LaFleur.

"Matt was on the [phone] line with us and understood where I was coming from," Gutekunst said of the pick. "I think it was one of those things where, again, with a second-year head coach, I certainly wasn't going to give him a player he didn't want. ....

"It's not something we anticipated. It kind of fell to us, and we were excited about that. I know a lot of people will look at this as not a move for the immediate, and I understand that, but the balance of the immediate and the long term is something that I have to consider, and that’s why we did it."


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Colts View Michael Pittman, Jr. As 'Vincent Jackson-Like'

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Chargers Were Prepared To Select Tua Tagovailoa At No. 6

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Trevor Lawrence Considered Big Favorite To Go First In 2021 NFL Draft

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Aaron Rodgers Reaches Out To Congratulate Jordan Love

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Eagles Select Jalen Hurts At No. 53

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2020 NFL Draft Draws Record 15.6M Viewers, Up 37 Percent From 2019

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Jalen Hurts Given Best Odds Of Being First QB Selected On Day 2

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Lions Never Got 'Firm Offer' For Third Pick

Detroit Free Press

Internet Outage Gave Broncos Brief Draft Night Scare

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Lamar Jackson Dubs LB Patrick Queen 'Ray Lewis, Jr.'

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Packers Trade Up To Select Jordan Love

RealGM Staff Report

Patriots Trade No. 23 Pick To Chargers For Nos. 37, 71

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2020 NFL Draft First Round Pick-By-Pick

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Washington Finalizes Decision To Keep No. 2 Overall Pick

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Lions Expected To Trade Down From No. 3 With Giants Or Dolphins

Armando Salguero/Miami Herald

Todd McShay Tests Positive For COVID-19, Won't Work Draft

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Bengals Rejected Miami's Offers For No. 1 Pick

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Falcons Trying To Move Up To Select Chase Young

Jay Glazer/FoxSports

Bengals Inform Joe Burrow He'll Be Picked No. 1

Jeremy Rauch/FOX19 Cincinnati

Cardinals Could Move Down From Eighth Pick

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network