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Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett took to social media to deny a rumor that he had broken his wrist.

This looks like it was just a rotten case of internet rumor-mongering. A user on the Ohio State sports blog The Ozone floated the broken wrist without any backing, after which it spread around the information superhighway until Barrett, himself, was forced to address it. The Heisman contender wrote on Twitter, "My wrist is not broken, just so y'all know" followed by a thumbs-up emoji.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 02:34:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson to former Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen.

Allen is one of the best to have ever played the guard position and was elected to the Hall Of Fame, so yea, Nelson's pretty good. Zierlein calls his power "intimidating," and also lists his pad level, lateral movement and awareness among his many, many strengths. He does note that Nelson will occasionally whiff against long-limb defenders, and that there's room for improvement as a pass blocker. Those critiques aside, Zierlein calls Nelson an "elite" prospect, one who very likely goes in the first ten selections.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 7:51 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 T John Olmstead.

Olmstead (6'6/285) picks the Irish over offers from schools like Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. He ranks 54th overall in Rivals rankings of the top players in the class. Reports indicate that he's a physical player who can maul in the run game, but will need to work on his footwork in pass protection. A very nice get for Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame class.
Apr 20 - 6:56 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang reports that the New York Giants are "leaning heavily" towards taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the second pick.

Rang notes that Giants GM David Gettleman gushed about Barkley on Thursday, saying he's a player "that his mother could have scouted." He also said that the devaluing of running back was "a myth." "If you have a great running back, he immediately makes your quarterback better, your offensive line better and your passing game," he said. Both Rang and fellow NFL Draft Scout writer Dane Brugler project Barkley to go to the Giants. Where there's smoke there's fire, and there's a lot of smoke here.
Apr 20 - 6:17 PM

Ole Miss has received the response to their appeal of sanctions from the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

Ole Miss sent in their appeal to the governing body in February. While they've now received the NCAA's response, the specifics have not yet been released. Among the sanctions levied which they are trying to reverse, a bowl ban for 2018 as well as a limit on official recruiting visits. The Rebels are attempting to argue that the COI has "abused its discretion" with what's being brought against them as punishment. It should be noted that while the eligibility waiver requested by Michigan QB Shea Patterson very much ties into the alleged shady doings at Ole Miss -- he and other transferring Rebs claim they were misled by former HC Hugh Freeze -- the outcome of this sanctions appeal will not impact the signal-caller's own case one way or another.
Apr 20 - 3:20 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that he had a "very positive meeting" with Averion Hurts, the father of junior QB Jalen Hurts.

Mr. Hurts offered a slew of headline-worthy comments in a recent interview, saying (among other things) that his son had no plans to simply roll over and transition to wide receiver to allow Tua Tagovailoa an open path to starting action in Tuscaloosa, that his son would play this season whether at Alabama or elsewhere and that if the younger Hurts were to transfer, "he'd be the biggest free agent in college football history." But after speaking with Saban this past weekend, Averion said, "I don't think there's an issue or a problem from my standpoint." That may calm things for the short term, but this may well end up being an untenable situation. One only has to look at Ohio State's stumbles in their Cardale Jones/J.T. Barrett days to understand how uncertainty at quarterback -- even with two skilled signal-callers on roster -- can seriously gunk up the offensive works.
Apr 20 - 2:51 PM

The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu passes along that Florida senior edge rusher CeCe Jefferson (shoulder) is expected to be healthy for the start of August camp.

News broke on Thursday that Jefferson underwent a significant shoulder surgery earlier this week, one which was initially said to require a recovery timetable of at least four months. That could have seriously jeopardized the 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior's availability for the start of the season. However, it would appear that matters might not be quite that dire for Florida. Andreu writes that the expectation, here, is that Jefferson's rehab will actually fall short of four months. While this should be considered an encouraging development, his health and recovery are worth monitoring as we head into the summer. Florida figures to lean heavily on Jabari Zuniga and Jachal Polite in their preparation for the season so long as Jefferson is sidelined. They'll be needed if he runs into any setbacks.
Apr 20 - 2:24 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan passes along that he's talked with "more than a few sources" who "really like" Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Raanan believes that five quarterbacks will be drafted within the first 20 picks -- those five presumably being Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Jackson. Should matters play out in that fashion, with a flurry of quarterbacks taken early, that would open the door to the real possibility that we see six quarterbacks off the board by the end of Day 1, as Mason Rudolph or Kyle Lauletta could end up sneaking in just simply due to positional scarcity. All drafts are hyped up, but we suspect this one might have enough twists and turns to make M. Night Shyamalan proud.
Apr 20 - 2:04 PM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus writes that Wisconsin junior RB Bradrick Shaw (knee) "probably won't be ready for the opener."

Shaw (6'1/211) sat out spring practice mending from a left knee injury. Apparently a serious one if it's already evident that his season debut could realistically be delayed. It's a distressing development given that Shaw struggled with injury through the past season. He's fallen a ways after receiving pub last offseason as a potential starter for the Badgers. Freshman Jonathan Taylor ultimately wrenched the starting reigns from the competition and went on to crush the 2017 season. Shaw wrapped the year having rushed for 365 yards (3.8 YPC) and a quartet of touchdowns. While his availability for Wisconsin's opener against Western Kentucky is looking dim, we'll continue to monitor his health into August camp, when it will become definitively clear whether he's able to play in that showdown with the Hilltoppers on Aug. 31.
Apr 20 - 1:43 PM

CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reports that UCLA T Kolton Miller is a "top target" for the Oakland Raiders.

La Canfora forwards the possibility of the Raiders trading down from No. 10 -- perhaps with a quarterback-needy team -- and angling for Miller lower in the first round. The problem that the analyst sees Oakland running into, though, is that they could potentially undershoot Miller's draft slot if they trade down too far. He passes along that offensive line coaches and evaluators he trusts have consistently raved about Miller as a potential franchise cornerstone. La Canfora has his doubts whether Miller is going to last past the Detroit Lions (picking at No. 20).
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 1:28 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Dallas Cowboys do not consider SMU WR Courtland Sutton to be a first-round talent.

That sound you hear is a million mock drafts dying at the same time. The Cowboys and Sutton were viewed as realistic dance partners the minute the team released Dez Bryant earlier this month, as the 6-foot-3, 218-pound SMU standout offers a similar big-bodied, physical game. It's possible that the assumption that Dallas was looking for a clone of Bryant was a touch off to begin with, though Pauline does hear that they would like the wideout at a second-round price if they don't select a receiver with the No. 19 selection. We would augment all this action by noting that the Cowboys did bring Sutton in for an official predraft visit on Wednesday, the last day prospects could be hosted for such trips.
Apr 20 - 1:11 PM

Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey said that "hand size is important" in the quarterback the team is drafting.

"With that being said, hand size in November and December, when it's snowing, raining, it's getting muddy. We all know the elements in Cleveland are going to play a role," Dorsey said while addressing the media during his predraft press conference on Thursday. So what are the hand sizes we're talking about, here? Josh Allen wins that competition easily enough, as he measured in with 10 1/8-inch bear paws at the NFL Scouting Combine. No other quarterback even cracked 10 inches in the measurement. Sam Darnold -- who, along with Allen, has been repeatedly linked to the Browns -- comes in much smaller, with baby mitts of 9 3/8 inches. There's been some logical speculation that Darnold's smaller hand-size has been at least somewhat to blame for the quarterback's fumbling issues. In 24 starts at USC, he fumbled 21 times. For what it's worth, Dorsey said that he believes that Darnold's issues holding onto the ball can be fixed.
Apr 20 - 12:55 PM




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