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UCF redshirt junior QB Blake Bortles said he is not thinking about forgoing his final season of eligibility and entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

When asked when he will receive questions regarding his future NFL plans, Bortles answered with a smile. "I don’t know," he said. "I guess now, huh? No, not even entering my mind. It’s all about this Saturday right now." UCF faces off against South Carolina this weekend, but Bortles shows good mobility and decision making when on the move. He can win against pressure.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 03:01:00 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports that Florida State S Derwin James turned down an invitation by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to take part in a private workout.

This was not James snubbing the Buccaneers specifically, but rather he and his team feeling satisfied with the safety standout's work at the NFL Scouting Combine. He apparently has not been alone in declining these types of workouts, with Breer writing that "that’s a decision I’ve heard a couple other kids projected inside the Top 15 or so picks have made as well." The reasoning, here, is that the workout and visit schedules for James and other top prospects have grown somewhat untenable -- especially with the NFL Scouting Combine being pushed back into March this year. The more workouts packed into a smaller space, the greater the chance for predraft injury.
Source: MMQB
Apr 19 - 6:15 PM

Averion Hurts, the father of Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts, said that his son is "a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback."

This was in reference to the on-going quarterback battle between Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa down in Tuscaloosa. There's been some speculation that if Tagovailoa wins the starting job this summer, Hurts could potentially shift to receiver. At least right now, it would appear that the junior's camp is not budging off their stance that he will continue to play quarterback. If not at Alabama, then somewhere else. The senior Hurts addressed the possibility of a transfer in addition to his positional comments, saying that if his son does not win out over Tagovailoa, then "he’d be the biggest free agent in college football history." That's a bit of hyperbole, though Hurts would certainly be much sought after if he did decide on a transfer.
Apr 19 - 5:41 PM

Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said that the team is open to potentially trading back.

"We're open for business in every round -- if it's something that we think makes sense for our team, we're going to do it," he said. "But at the same time, we're ready to pick." It's pretty boilerplate front office speak for this time of the year, but in the particular case of the Eagles, it is sensible possibility to watch. They own the No. 32 pick, at the end of the first round. That's very much in the range of selections where you often see teams jump up from the second round. Additionally, the Eagles don't have a second- or third-round pick this year, as the bill has now come due for their trade up to No. 2 in 2016, when they selected franchise face Carson Wentz.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:26 PM

As part of his argument to the NCAA in hopes of gaining immediate eligibility, Michigan junior QB Shea Patterson wrote a scathing nine-page letter regarding his time at Ole Miss.

CBS Sports was able to take a look at this letter, part of Patterson's eligibility case, and released a few portions. In it, the quarterback goes hard at former Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze -- whom he is arguing led him and other program recruits astray when it came to NCAA sanctions about to come down on the program. Wrote Patterson, "It doesn't seem fair to me that the only thing standing in the way of Coach Freeze making $5 million a year at another school was the discovery that he wasn't the trustworthy, straight-laced role model that he claimed to be." The quarterback also took a more veiled shot at Freeze when talking about Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh, writing that Harbaugh possesses "values, integrity and leadership values." In one of the more optically-dense moves a scandal-ridden program could make, Ole Miss has been arguing against Patterson's case for immediate eligibility in Ann Arbor. The NCAA should make their ruling in this case soon enough.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:15 PM

Wisconsin junior WR Quintez Cephus has returned to practice in limited capacity after missing the majority of the spring while rehabbing from a broken right leg suffered during the 2017 season.

Cephus (6'1/195) saw his season cut short when he broke his leg against Iowa this past November. Prior to sustaining the injury, he had been working to a 30-501-6 receiving line for the campaign. The junior figures to be a key component in the Badgers offense this coming season so long as he can maintain his health. Already quite deep into his rehab, Cephus is expected to be fully healed up by the start of August camp.
Apr 19 - 4:08 PM

Denver Broncos GM John Elway said that the No. 5 pick is available to be traded.

It should probably come as no real surprise that Denver is publicly putting the pick out there as a possible trade chip. Even if they were 95-percent deadset on remaining at No. 5, there's no harm in keeping the door open on the chance that a team bowls them over with a sizable offer. The Broncos are something of a draft wild card for next week, as they do not necessarily appear to be locked into selecting a quarterback.
Apr 19 - 3:19 PM

Alabama and Notre Dame have agreed to a home-and-home series scheduled for 2028 and 2029.

Notre Dame will have first hosting honors, with Alabama set to take on the Irish in South Bend on Sept. 2, 2028. The affair will play out in Tuscaloosa the year after, with that contest set for Sept. 1, 2029. While Notre Dame leads the overall series 5-2, Alabama got the most recent laugh in a 42-14 deconstruction of the Irish in the 2012 BCS title game. The defending champs have also reportedly been trying to put together a future showdown with Texas, though that has not officially come together as of yet.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 19 - 2:22 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said that the team previously hosted Penn State RB Saquon Barkley for an official predraft visit.

Licht did not specify exactly when this visit took place, but it would have been Wednesday or earlier, as there will be no more predraft trips in this, the final week before the draft itself. If we're to just work the thought experiment of Barkley-to-the-Bucs for a moment, there are a few thorny spots to cut through before such a move would be possible. To begin with, the New York Giants -- selecting second overall -- have been heavily tied to the Penn State star in rumor this month but would need to pass on him. With the Jets presumably selecting a quarterback, the Bucs would still need Cleveland to look elsewhere at No. 4, likewise Denver and Indianapolis at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Perhaps the most realistic path for Barkley to end up in a Tampa Bay jersey would be if we see teams begin to jostle upward to fight over the top quarterbacks in the class. This is very much possible, if not likely, and would have the side effect of pushing Barkley down the board.
Apr 19 - 2:13 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Florida senior edge rusher CeCe Jefferson underwent surgery on his shoulder earlier this week.

The Gainesville Sun has termed this surgery as "significant," significant enough that it could potentially put Jefferson's availability for the start of the season in jeopardy unless he hits his recovery timetable almost perfectly. Per the Sun, the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder is expected to face about four months of rehab before he'll be healthy enough for football activities. Even if he suffers no setbacks, that would have him coming back in mid-August. Jefferson could have jumped for the draft over the winter, but instead has opted to throw his lot in with new HC Dan Mullen to give it one more run in Gainesville. This past season was the best of his career, as he finished up with 47 tackles (13.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks. So long as Jefferson is sidelined, Jabari Zuniga, Jachai Polite, Antonneous Clayton and Zachary Carter all figure to see a closer look from Mullen and staff, with the former two players the most likely ones to step up if needed at the start of the 2018 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 1:48 PM

The Ringer's Kevin Clark reports that the Cleveland Browns have discussed the possibility of drafting two quarterbacks.

This is not just one little birdie talking to Clark -- he writes that he's spoken to multiple sources within the Browns organization regarding this possibility. There's a huge gap between discussion and end reality, of course, but two quarterbacks to the same team in one draft is not completely beyond the pale. The most recent high-profile example of this came when the Redskins drafted both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins several years back. Far more fanciful than the possibility of selecting two quarterbacks in the draft as a whole, the possibility of selecting quarterbacks at both the No. 1 and No. 4 picks.
Source: The Ringer
Apr 19 - 1:22 PM

Pro Football Talk's Chris Simms believes Wyoming QB Josh Allen and UCLA QB Josh Rosen have the highest floors among the 2018 QB prospects.

We've heard this with Rosen all along, but the Allen comment caught us off guard. "I have a hard time believing Josh Allen, who has the highest wonderlic score, we've seen him in a pro-style offense... the bust potential is not there." Simms is on an island with this opinion, but it might turn out to be true. Some decision makers in the NFL clearly love Allen, and he has checked the boxes along the way during the draft process.
Apr 19 - 11:09 AM




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