Because the Broncos have spent so much time with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, it pretty much tells me they’re not drafting him. I don’t think the Broncos really believe in Mayfield, and they’re either trying to convince themselves of his worth, or they’re bluffing in an attempt to spark a run on quarterbacks that will leave Penn State running back Saquon Barkley or North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb to Denver with the No. 5 pick in the first round. Big D, conspiracy theorist Kiz: In the weeks prior to the NFL draft, if you’re a general manager that’s not lying, you’re not trying. But when Elway admits he might not know what player the Broncos will take until draft day, I believe him. Whether that approach is an example of Elway’s scrambling ability or his capricious nature, I’m certain I will be able to discern with 20/20 hindsight. Yo, Kiz! All the advice heading John Elway’s way about what to do with … [Read more...] about Kickin’ it with Kiz: Will John Elway’s scrambling nature be a blessing or curse to Broncos in the NFL draft?
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Tre’Quan Smith of the UCF Knights celebrates a touchdown with Gabriel Davis after a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS — When UCF wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith was conducting a formal media session at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, there were a few reporters asking him questions. But since his availability was at the same time as quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Mason Rudolph, hundreds of media members were jostling with each other and climbing on stools, just a few strides away. “A lot of people don’t know Tre’Quan Smith,” he said. “I want to show everybody who Tre’Quan Smith is.” Smith, who starred at Village Academy High School in Delray Beach, was a bit off the radar because it was uncertain if he would declare for the NFL Draft after his junior season.But after strong performances at the combine (4.49 seconds in the 40-year dash) and the Senior Bowl in … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL Draft: WR Tre’Quan Smith of UCF and Delray Beach improves stock
After the Super Bowl ends, there’s one bright spot for NFL fans to look forward to… the NFL Draft. While the Rams and Eagles went all in to presumably get their franchise quarterbacks at number 1 and 2, who knows what’s going to happen starting at number 3. There’s sure to be some surprises with teams trading up, strengthening rosters and some making moves that will leave fans scratching their heads. Whatever happens, one thing is for certain – it’s must see TV for NFL fans everywhere. But unlike much of the NFL’s regular season, you won’t be able to get much draft coverage over-the-air with your antenna. Cable channels dominate the TV rights, as you’ll see in this schedule below (all times in ET). Round 1—Begins at 8 P.M. on April 28 on ESPN and NFL Network Rounds 2-3—Begins at 7 P.M on April 29 on ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN 2 picks up coverage at 8 P.M. Rounds 4-7—Begins at 12 P.M on ESOB and NFL Network. As … [Read more...] about Cord cutter’s guide to the NFL Draft
Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who plays with one hand after his left hand was amputated when he was four years old, dazzled at the NFL combine. Griffin did 20 reps during the bench press with a prosthetic hand, then ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest of any linebacker. Griffin received a late invitation to the combine and was considered a fringe prospect, but now may have elevated himself into the third or fourth round of the draft. Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin became the star of the NFL Draft combine over the weekend with a dazzling performance. Griffin, the 2016 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year, initially wasn’t invited to the combine before receiving a late invitation. Adding to Griffin’s story is that he had to have his left hand amputated when he was four years old because of a congenital disease. Griffin has played one-handed his whole life and used a prosthetic hand gripped to the bar during the … [Read more...] about An NFL draft prospect with one hand — who wasn’t originally invited to the combine — dazzled the football world with his performance
Orlando Brown Jr., an offensive tackle from Oklahoma, was a projected first-round NFL draft pick. But he ran a “historically bad” 40-yard dash and had a bad bench press showing as well. This could cost him millions of dollars if he slides in the draft because of it. Oklahoma offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. has been widely considered to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but his recent showing at the NFL combine may end up changing that. Brown ran a 5.86 in the 40-yard dash, which NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called a “historically bad time,” per Sporting News. "That's a historically bad time." – Mike Mayock on Orlando Brown running an unofficial 5.86 in the 40-yard dash. pic.twitter.com/FuYQVbnOga — Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 2, 2018 Brown didn’t fare much better on the bench press either, managing only 14 repetitions on 225 pounds, according to the Baltimore Sun. Brown seemed to respond well to his … [Read more...] about Projected first-round NFL draft pick had a ‘historically bad’ showing at the NFL combine