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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denied the Chiefs' appeal on anti-tampering violations involving Jeremy Maclin.

Kansas City will officially not get back its 2016 third-round or 2017 sixth-round picks. The minor silver lining from a financial standpoint is that the team's fine was reduced from $250,000 to $200,000 and HC Andy Reid's fine was reduced from $75,000 to $60,000.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 6:34 PM

Missouri LB Kentrell Brothers said that at the NFL Scouting Combine, "It’s like I was rushing into things and trying to get them over with."

"When I got to the bench press, that first rep, I dropped the weight on my chest. I was nervous. It was like I forgot how to bench," Brothers said. No huge surprise, then, that he performed markedly better during Missouri's Wednesday Pro Day than he did in Indianapolis. The 6-foot, 244-pound NFL-hopeful replaced a sluggish 4.89 seconds in the 40-yard dash with a much more respectable 4.72 seconds during Wednesday's festivities. This, he said, was a relief. "I was really stressing about the 40, and I improved a lot. That was the goal. I knew I wasn’t that slow." In early February, Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuinness speculated that the Broncos would be a keen fit for Brothers if he fell to them in the second or third round.
Mar 24 - 6:15 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Missouri CB Kenya Dennis "had a very nice day for himself" during Wednesday's Pro Day proceedings.

Dennis turned in times of 4.46 and 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-4 broad jump while performing 17 reps on the bench press. Over the summer, CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang spoke highly of the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder's awareness of receiver routes and his tackling ability. He might have had momentum back in August, but his 2015 campaign did his draft stock no favors and with lackluster production, Pauline has shifted his assessment of Dennis from that of a possible Day 3 selection to probable undrafted free agent. Last season, the Missouri product registered 35 tackles (2.5 for loss), a sack and an interception.
Mar 24 - 4:35 PM

Missouri LB Kentrell Brothers made marked improvements on both his 40-yard dash and his vertical jump during Wednesday's Pro Day.

Brothers posted a downright dreadful 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, running the premier event in 4.89 seconds. He managed to improve on that and then some during Mizzou's Pro Day, running in 4.72 seconds. The 6-foot, 244-pounder also notched a 31.5-inch vertical jump, as compared to his flight distance of 28.5 inches in Indianapolis. Brothers might not be an athletic specimen ala Myles Jack, but he posted remarkable on-field production and finished the 2015 campaign with a whopping 152 tackles (12 for loss), 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He posted 100 or more tackles in each of his final two collegiate seasons. Despite all of that production, he likely won't be drafted until the second or third round.
Mar 24 - 3:49 PM

Missouri running back Chase Abbington has retired from the sport.

"Chase visited with me a couple days ago and he’s decided to quit football," first-year head coach Barry Odom said. "I support him on trying to finish this semester academically the correct way, which he needs to do. It’s unfortunate, but this is not something he wanted to continue to pursue." The former four-star recruit had only six attempts last season. He's struggled with academics in the past.
Mar 23 - 5:34 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Missouri CB Kenya Dennis met with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday and the New York Jets on Wednesday.

Pauline added that Dennis' struggles in 2015 may have changed his status from Day 3 probability to UDFA. That'll happen when a terrific junior season turns into an awful senior campaign. "Teams feel he can play either safety or corner in dime packages," Pauline wrote.
Mar 23 - 2:07 PM

Missouri OL Andy Bauer was forced to retire due to a hip injury.

"Despite his dedication and commitment to post-surgical and sport specific rehabilitation over a long period of time, Andy was unable to return to his previous level of football-related activity," head athletics trainer Rex Sharp said in a statement. "In the interest of Andy’s overall health and welfare, and to help ensure his acadmic success, the athletic health care staff, football staff, Andy and his family have decided that Andy will retire from football." Bauer, a former four-star recruit who was ESPN's No. 84 overall prospect coming out of high school in 2014, never played a down in college due to health.
Mar 12 - 7:32 PM

Missouri graduate WR Chris Black said that he's looking forward to a "breath of fresh air" after transferring from Alabama in February.

"I felt like I just needed a breath of fresh air, a new start. I made the right choice. Coach Heupel, Coach Hill are all great dudes, so I’m just glad to be here," Black said. The 6-foot, 192-pounder was a predictably juicy recruit in 2012, ranked by Rivals as the No. 58 overall prospect in the country. He caught just 25 passes for 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his three seasons with the Crimson Tide, though, leading to his eventual transfer from the champs. Missouri HC Barry Odom likes what he's seen to this point, saying that "he’s taken a tremendous responsibility in trying to lead our team and that side of the ball and that receiver group."
Source: SEC Country
Mar 12 - 4:43 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein comps Missouri LB Kentrell Brothers to Paul Dawson.

Not bad company for Brothers, an underrated tackling machine, to find himself in. Zierlein loves Brothers' tape, finding the player to be decisive and sort of rhythmic in diagnosing. Brothers is a sort of genius in space, knowing where just how to use his skills, athletic limitations and all. The analyst warns that teams can't view Brothers' lack of athleticism as more important than his otherworldly instincts. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Mizzou product had 152 total tackles, 12 TFL, 2.5 sacks, a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble last year to earn second-team All-American honors.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 6:46 PM

Missouri OL Connor McGovern goal in the bench at the Combine is to top 40 reps.

He said his personal record is 40 reps. The Combine record of 49 was set by Stephen Paea in 2011. Some believe that Baylor's Andrew Billings will challenge that mark. As for McGovern, he figures to shine all week. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder hang cleans 400-plus, vertical-jumps 34 inches, has been timed in the 40 at 4.9 and can do 18 pull-ups.
Feb 24 - 5:50 PM

NFL Media Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein compares Missouri C Evan Boehm to Corey Linsley.

This is a popular comparison. An NFL scout compared Boehm to Linsley in a conversation with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel back in December. This is what Zierlein wrote: "Four-year starter with outstanding power at the point of attack with an ability to create running lanes through sheer brute force. Boehm's squatty frame may cause some evaluators to hesitate, but offensive line coaches will fall in love with his instincts, power, leadership and durability. Boehm has a chance to be an early starter for a team looking for power and leadership in the middle of their line."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 1:29 PM

ESPN's David Ching says it wouldn't be surprising if NFL Combine snub Missouri RB Russell Hansbrough "[caught] on somewhere as a third-down back."

The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder was held to only 436 yards and one touchdown as a senior while battling through injuries and his team's offensive ineptitude. He's undersized, not a burner and has durability concerns, three strikes that explain his absence in Indy, but players of Hansbrough's ilk, Ching reminds, are currently on NFL rosters.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 16 - 7:00 PM

Missouri HC Barry Odom said, "We're going to outwork folks. I'm excited about this group."

Odom was asked whether he'll be loose or tough in his coaching style. Both, it turns out. Said Mizzou's new head honcho, "I want to treat them just like I treat my kids. That's life, and that's relationships." It's been a long, long time since somebody other than Gary Pinkel roamed the sidelines. Pinkel coached the team from 2001-2015 before stepping down at the end of last season. The Tigers are looking to rebound from a dismal 5-7 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 15 - 11:17 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness noted that Missouri LB Kentrell Brothers "would make a lot of sense [for the Broncos], particularly as a second- or third-round pick if he fell that far."

Wrote McGuinness, "[Brothers] might not be the perfect prospect, but he was incredible against the run, finishing the year with the second-highest grade in that regard. Additionally, he totaled 78 defensive stops — the most of any linebacker in college last year." The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Mizzou product was absolutely fantastic on a statistical level this past season, logging 152 total tackles (12 for loss), 2.5 sacks, a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble. He might not supply the most eye-popping measurables, but he makes up for that with his football intelligence (he scored a 28 on the Wonderlic). NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter sees him falling somewhere in the middle of the second round.
Feb 8 - 11:42 PM

Missouri redshirt junior RB Morgan Steward (hip) has retired.

Steward initially suffered the hip injury during August camp in 2014. He underwent surgery in November of that same year. Said the 6-foot, 209-pound redshirt junior last summer, "Really, my hip joint popped out of place, I tore things around it and some of the bone." While he was able to play in three games during the 2015 campaign, Mizzou shut him down at the end of September. The former three-star recruit finishes his collegiate career having rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.
Feb 6 - 6:14 PM


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