Draft - Football Wiretap

Joe Burrow's Dad Says QB Would Be Happy With Bengals

Jan 17, 2020 8:41 AM

Joe Burrow doesn't have any reservations about playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jimmy Burrow, the father of the Heisman Trophy-winning LSU quarterback, told Montreal's TSN 690 radio on Thursday that his son is ready if he's the No. 1 pick this spring.

"He's excited to even be in that conversation and if the Bengals do draft him, he's going to be happy," Jimmy Burrow said.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Draft, Misc Rumor

Jake Fromm Leaves Georgia To Declare For 2020 NFL Draft

Jan 8, 2020 2:48 PM

Jake Fromm will leave Georgia after his junior season to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

ESPN ranks Fromm as the fifth best quarterback on the board.

Fromm helped lead Georgia to the College Football National Championship as a true freshman two seasons ago.

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Tua Tagovailoa Declares For 2020 NFL Draft

Jan 6, 2020 12:13 PM

Tua Tagovailoa has announced he will declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip and fractured posterior wall.

Tagovailoa was expected to be a top-five pick in the draft before the injury, but is still expected to be a first round selection.

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Tua Tagovailoa Will Make Decision On Draft Jan. 6

Jan 2, 2020 7:45 AM

Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says he will announce his decision Jan. 6. on whether he'll return to play for his senior season or declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tagovailoa has been regarded as a possible No. 1 overall selection for quite some time, but he had his season derailed when he suffered a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture against Mississippi State.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Draft, Misc Rumor

Jacob Eason Plans To Enter 2020 NFL Draft

Dec 27, 2019 8:27 AM

Jacob Eason has announced that he plans to apply for entry to the draft and forgo his senior season at the University of Washington.

Eason, who began his college career at Georgia, threw for 3,132 yards with 23 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in his lone season with the Huskies.


Tags: Draft, NCAA

Chase Young, Joe Burrow, Jerry Jeudy In ESPN's Top-3 For '20 NFL Draft

Dec 13, 2019 4:24 PM

Chase Young remains the No. 1 prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Todd McShay. Joe Burrow and Jerry Jeudy round out the top-3.

1. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
3. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
4. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
5. Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
6. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
7. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
8. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
9. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
10. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
11. Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
12. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
13. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
14. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
15. Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State

Todd McShay/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Utah State's Jordan Love Declares For NFL Draft

Dec 11, 2019 8:07 AM

Utah State junior quarterback Jordan Love has announced that he has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

Love is among the top three or four quarterback prospects in this draft class.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

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Ravens Wanted Quantity From 2018 Draft, Plus Lamar Jackson

Nov 18, 2019 9:28 AM

The Baltimore Ravens had a strategy of seeking quantity at the 2018 NFL Draft in which they eventually selected Lamar Jackson 32nd overall.

Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta both loved Jackson and the Ravens were starting to fall out of love with Joe Flacco.

“We wanted quantity that day,” said DeCosta after Sunday's game. “With the way the draft fell that year, we saw a way to really improve our offense. We were hoping the phone was gonna ring, starting at 16.”

Baltimore traded down from 16 to the Buffalo Bills for 22 and 65.

“We get to 22, and all of the players we liked are still there,” DeCosta said. “So we traded again.”

Baltimore used 22 and moved it to Tennessee for 25 and 125.

The Ravens, however, didn't use 25 on Jackson but instead on Hayden Hurst.

“You kinda have to use a strategy,” DeCosta said. “We felt like there was a pretty good chance that Lamar might be there later in the first round, early part of the second round. We were willing, if we could, to trade back, trade back, accumulate capital and then possibly either try to trade back again or in a second round, make a play and get Lamar at that point. But, you know, it was a risk.”

“Were you nervous about losing him?” I asked.

“We were. We were. But I think you’ve got to stay as clinical in the moment as you can, and really just go with all your best information and the plan. So yeah, you’re always nervous. You accept that you’ll lose some players working this way. But I think we try to stay as measured as possible and not get caught up in the moment.”

The Ravens called the Philadelphia Eagles about 32 as they were known to want to move down, but it would cost them Baltimore's second round pick in 2019.

“We didn’t share what we were going to try and do with anybody,” said DeCosta. “Drafts are strange like that. It’s just Ozzie and me at the end of the table, the only ones who really know. When you’re trying to make a decision as important as that, you try and keep it as quiet as you can. Because it’s not that you don’t want to share it with people, but the downside—which would be losing the player—is much greater than the upside of sharing the information with somebody that you care about.

“We didn’t even interview Lamar at the combine because we didn’t want to be associated with him. We didn’t want rumors about us and him to start. They didn’t. We were proud of that. So we pick him, and to hear him talk, and to hear his emotion and to see Lamar on TV with Deion Sanders, so happy, and to see his conviction, and to see his competitiveness. That’s a powerful thing. So, after the pick was announced, we hadn’t even had the chance to tell the scouts and coaches.

“And I think it’s probably the first time in my 24 years that you could hear cheering outside the draft room. You could hear the coaches and you could hear the scouts. That was a powerful moment for us.”

Peter King/NBC Sports

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Tua Tagovailoa Out For Season With Dislocated Hip

Nov 16, 2019 9:16 PM

Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a dislocated right hip. Tagovailoa also suffered a posterior wall fracture, sources confirmed to ESPN, and medical officials are continuing to evaluate his injury to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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

Nick Saban said after the game that he didn't think the injury was related to the ankle injury that made Tagovailoa a game-time decision for Saturday's game. "It's kind of a freak thing that you seldom see," he said.

"He was good, at least as good as he was a week ago in terms of his ability to move," Saban added. "I don't think anything he did affected his performance in the first half. So the guy played, and I thought he played really well. And we hate it that he got injured. We hate it for him. We hate it for his family. I hate it when any player on our team gets injured. So Godspeed to him and his entire family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and hope this is not so serious it has any long-term effect on his future as a player."

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Joe Burrow Ranked No. 1 QB Prospect For 2020 NFL Draft By Mel Kiper

Nov 12, 2019 10:30 PM

Mel Kiper Jr. has moved Joe Burrow up to No. 1 on his list of quarterback prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft ahead of Tea Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. 

Burrow is the Heisman Trophy favorite and had an excellent performance at Alabama last week.

"Yes. There's no question in my mind," wrote Kiper when asked if he could be picked No. 1 overall. "In fact, when I unveil my updated Big Board rankings in a couple of weeks, I'm going to have Burrow ahead of Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert as the top-ranked quarterback for the 2020 draft. I had already moved up Burrow to No. 6 overall before Saturday's game, but I was waiting to see what he did against Bama before I pulled the trigger to make him No. 1. I'm ready to make the call now.

"How could anyone watch that game and say otherwise? He has all the tools to be an elite NFL quarterback, from size to accuracy and touch to athleticism. What I like most about Burrow is that he's ultra-competitive while staying calm and collected. He didn't blink against a loaded Crimson Tide defense. I've made the comparison to Tony Romo before, and I'm sticking with it. Throw out Burrow's numbers from last season and focus on the improvement in 2019. This is a great quarterback prospect."

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

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Dolphins Send Three Scouts To LSU-Alabama Game

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After Week 9, Bengals Projected To Pick First In 2020


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

Alex Scarborough/ESPN

NFL Sees No Evidence Of Tanking, Not Considering Draft Lottery

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Bengals Currently Slotted To Have No. 1 Pick In 2020

Dan Parr/NFL

Daniel Snyder Overruled Jay Gruden On Drafting Dwayne Haskins

Les Carpenter/Washington Post

Bills Have Fewest Draft Picks On Roster In NFL, Bengals Have Most

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Giants Sign Daniel Jones To Rookie Contract
Daniel Jones, the 6th overall pick, was slotted for a four-year deal worth $25.7 million fully guaranteed, which includes a signing bonus of $16.7 million.

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Cardinals Select Jalen Thompson As Lone Supplemental Draft Pick
The Cardinals will lose their fifth round pick in the 2020 draft.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Raiders Sign Josh Jacobs To Rookie Contract
Josh Jacobs was the 24th overall pick in this spring's NFL Draft.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Jack Del Rio Didn't Know Jaguars Would Draft Blaine Gabbert
Jack Del Rio says he had no idea the Jaguars would draft Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in 2011.


Derek Carr Annoyed By Rumors Raiders Would Draft Quarterback
Derek Carr was confident the Raiders wouldn't draft a quarterback this offseason, but he was still bothered by the speculation that they would.

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Official NFL Draft Twitter Account Posts Desire For Lottery
In the wake of the craziness that was the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night, there has been talk about reform involving other leagues.

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Kyler Murray Signs Rookie Deal With Cardinals
The Cardinals have signed first overall pick Kyler Murray to his rookie contract.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

One Team Asked Daniel Jones To Work Out As Tight End
At least one team thought Daniel Jones might make a better tight end than quarterback.

Darin Gantt/ProFootballTalk

Packers Sign First-Round Pick Darnell Savage
Darnell Savage is the first of the 2019 first-round picks to sign a contract.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

45 Percent Of '16 Draft First Rounders Have Fifth-Year Option Declined
In each of the last two years, 20 fifth-year options were picked up and 12 were declined.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tua Tagovailoa Considered Favorite To Be Top Pick In 2020 NFL Draft
Next year's draft will be in Las Vegas, which promoted odds to be posted early.

David Bearman/ESPN

Cardinals Criticized For Inexplicably Waiting To Shop Josh Rosen
The Cardinals waited until they had selected Kyler Murray to initiate at least some teams in talks for Josh Rosen.

Matt Miller/Bleacher Report

Exec: No Other Team Would Have Selected Daniel Jones In Top-17
There's a belief the Giants panicked and selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 because they feared he wouldn't be available at No. 17.

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