Draft - Football Wiretap

Projected First Round Pick Jeffery Simmons Suffers Torn ACL

Feb 13, 2019 8:50 AM

Projected first-round pick Jeffery Simmons suffered a torn ACL during a routine drill during a workout, according to a source.

The Mississippi State defensive tackle will undergo surgery.

Simmons was barred from attending the Scouting Combine stemming from a 2016 arrest after a physical altercation with a woman. Simmons was charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace and pleaded no contest.

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Tags: Draft, Injury, Misc Rumor

Kliff Kingsbury On Kyler Murray Rumors: Josh Rosen Is Our Guy

Feb 13, 2019 8:47 AM

Kliff Kingsbury insists that Josh Rosen is the quarterback of the future for the Arizona Cardinals.

Kingsbury has said in the past that he'd draft Kyler Murray with the first overall pick if he could.

"Our feelings toward Josh haven't waned or changed," Kingsbury said. "I get it. We have the first pick, so there are going to be a million scenarios over the next three months that are going to come. Kyler is a tremendous player. I said that being very complementary before we played an opponent. I understand the sound bite, but like I said, there are going to be a ton of scenarios that are going to come up before we get to the draft."

The Cardinals used the 10th overall pick on Rosen in 2018.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Draft, Misc Rumor

Lions View Tight End Upgrade As Top Priority

Feb 13, 2019 8:43 AM

The Detroit Lions are focused on upgrading the tight end position this offseason.

Bob Quinn told season-ticket holders that "the tight end position is definitely a priority for us" to upgrade this offseason.

Detroit released Eric Ebron a year ago.

"This is a position of need," Quinn said. "We know that."

The Lions' tight ends had 45 catches in 2018, ranking 31st in the NFL.

Detroit Free Press

Tags: Detroit Lions, Draft, Misc Rumor

Lions Open To Drafting Quarterback With No. 8 Pick

Feb 12, 2019 9:25 AM

The Detroit Lions haven't ruled out using the eighth overall pick on a quarterback.

Bob Quinn has said that Matthew Stafford is the team's quarterback and will continue to be.

"We'll consider any position in the draft at any point in time, whether it's the eighth overall pick or we have multiple picks later in the draft," Quinn said. "We're in a position now with the eighth overall pick that the whole draft board is really wide open to us. We're not going to really eliminate any prospects.

"In previous years, at least my last couple years here, we've drafted anywhere from 16 to 22 I believe. It's a little bit different for us this year. There's a few more players that are going to be available and if there's a quarterback out there that we deem could help us this year or in the future, we'll never close the door on that."

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Draft, Misc Rumor

Kyle Murray Announces He Will Concentrate On NFL Career

Feb 11, 2019 5:31 PM

Kyle Murray has announced he is fully committed to becoming an NFL quarterback.

Murray's future has been in doubt as he was also a first round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics.

Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him last year, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. 

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray wrote. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft."


Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Kyler Murray To Attend NFL Combine

Feb 7, 2019 2:18 PM

Kyler Murray will participate in the 2019 NFL combine.

Murray is attempting to decide between the NFL and MLB.

Murray was a first round pick by the Oakland Athletics.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Kyler Murray Ranks No. 24 On Todd McShay's Top-32

Jan 15, 2019 9:50 PM

Kyler Murray ranks No. 24 on Todd McShay's Top-32 for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray hadn't been on any of McShay's prior editions due to the expectation he would go to the MLB.

Todd McShay/ESPN

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Kyler Murray Declares For 2019 NFL Draft

Jan 14, 2019 6:04 PM

Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray can choose between the NFL and MLB depending on his draft stock.

Murray has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus.

The A's selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The A's supported Murray's decision to enter the draft, but they could be under increased pressure to improve his contract.

In just his first season as a starter, Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for another 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals this year.


Tags: Draft, Draft Declaration, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Dolphins Already Eyeing Quarterbacks From 2020 NFL Draft

Jan 13, 2019 12:34 PM

The Miami Dolphins are beginning to look to the 2020 NFL draft class for their quarterback of the future.

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert are considered the top quarterbacks of that prospective draft class.

Miami is expected to hire Brian Flores as head coach as the Dolphins rebuild.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Kyler Murray To Declare For NFL Draft, Leanings Towards Football

Jan 9, 2019 10:31 PM

Kyler Murray is expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and has a $4.66 million bonus with the Oakland A's.

“Contractually, it is not a big deal,” one source with knowledge of the situation said. “No harm in doing so.”

Murray could still opt to be in the A’s camp, but the NFL scouting combine begins Feb. 26.

One source said Murray is leaning towards football.

The A’s would retain Murray’s professional baseball rights should he join an NFL team, retaining the possibility he could play for them at a future date if football did not pan out as expected.

"He'll be a first round pick," said one GM in a text to Mike Florio.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

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


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.


Cardinals Currently Own Top Spot In 2019 NFL Draft
The Cardinals lost to the Falcons on Sunday, bringing their record down to 3-11.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Kyler Murray Could Be 1st Rounder If He Chose Football Over Baseball
Kyler Murray's agent Scott Boras was steadfast that he will be playing baseball once Oklahoma's football season ends.

Joel Anderson, Jake Trotter/ESPN

Mel Kiper Jr. Finds 2019 QB Draft Class 'Extremely Intriguing'
Mel Kiper believes Justin Herbert would have been ranked fifth in the 2018 class.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins Named Heisman Finalists
Tua Tagovailoa owns a QBR of 94.2, while Kyler Murray's is 96.0.


Ed Oliver To Skip Houston's Bowl Game To Prepare For Draft
Ed Oliver is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

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Cardinals Have Best Odds At No. 1 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft
The Cardinals, 49ers and Raiders will almost certainly have top-5 picks.


Baker Mayfield: Browns Should Have Taken Patrick Mahomes First Overall
Ten teams passed on Patrick Mahomes, who is the early front-runner for MVP, in the 2017 NFL Draft.


Redskins Get Ha Ha Clinton-Dix In Deal With Packers
The Packers have traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins for a fourth-round draft pick, according to sources.


Rams Acquire Dante Fowler From Jaguars
The Rams have landed Dante Fowler from the Jaguars for a third-round draft pick in 2019 and fifth-round selection in 2020.


Packers Send Ty Montgomery To Ravens For 2020 Pick
The Ravens have acquired Ty Montgomery from the Packers for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020, according to a source.

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Broncos Trade Demaryius Thomas To Texans
The Broncos have traded Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.


Lions Trade Golden Tate To Eagles For Third-Round Pick
Golden Tate, 30, signed with the Lions before the 2014 season and is in the final year of his contract.


Nick Bosa Withdraws From Ohio State
Nick Bosa is expected to be one of the top selections in the draft.

Mitch Stacy/Associated Press

Nick Bosa Out Until At Least November With Core Muscle Surgery
Nick Bosa has been in conversation to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Ari Wasserman/The Athlietc

Ed Oliver, Nick Bosa Headline Mel Kiper's 2019 NFL Draft Big Board
At No. 15, Justin Herbert of Oregon is the first quarterback on the board.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Drew Lock Considered Early Favorite To Be No. 1 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft
Drew Lock is a senior quarterback at Missouri.

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