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Gil Brandt

 

Gil Brandt, the vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1989, helped Dallas grow into one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in America. His innovative management and personnel systems are standard operating procedure today for many teams at the professional and collegiate levels nationwide. As NFL Media's personnel guru, Brandt offers insight and commentary on all aspects of players and teams.


September

Heading into Week 4 of the 2015 season, seven teams were undefeated. One of those teams (the Cardinals) lost that week. Another (the Panthers) didn't stop winning until Week 16. Ultimately, of course, Arizona and Carolina outlasted everyone in th... more

If it seems like we see fresh faces in the playoffs every year, it's because, well, we do. While we've all become accustomed to some amount of annual turnover among competitors in today's NFL, the actual numbers are eyebrow-raising when spelled out... more

The Dallas Cowboys will do something on Sunday they haven't done in 47 years. When quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott walk onto the AT&T Stadium turf to face the Giants, it will be the first time since 1969 the Cowboys start an... more

August

This was a tough list to compile, in that there were probably about 15 players who could have made the cut. That said, I do feel confident about my top candidate to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award this season -- a youngster who has more th... more

This was a tough list to compile, in that there were probably about 15 players who could have made the cut. That said, I do feel confident about my top candidate to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award this season -- a youngster who has more th... more

Are we witnessing a mini-Golden Age of young running back talent? There was a time when the most decorated rookies were ball carriers. From 1993 to 2002, running backs won nine of the 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year awards handed out, with receiver... more

Are we witnessing a mini-Golden Age of young running back talent? There was a time when the most decorated rookies were ball carriers. From 1993 to 2002, RBs won nine of the 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year awards, with WR Randy Moss (19... more

Conventional wisdom holds that all 32 teams are still in it during training camp. But the reality is, four quarterbacks have combined to win 10 of the last 15 Super Bowls. Yes, Tom Brady (Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX), Ben Roethlisber... more

July

Who will lead the NFL in passing touchdowns? Drew Brees? Aaron Rodgers? Andrew Luck? Or Eli Manning -- a quarterback who's never topped the category, but who has recorded the most interceptions in the league on three separate occasions? With th... more

Who will lead the NFL in passing touchdowns? Drew Brees? Aaron Rodgers? Andrew Luck? Or Eli Manning -- a quarterback who's never topped the category, but who has recorded the most interceptions in the league on three separate occasions?... more

Last week , I listed the best offensive players I've seen in five-plus decades of watching pro football. This week, I've turned my attention to the defensive standouts. As was true of the offensive list, this list gives added weight to the impression... more

Last week, I listed the best offensive players I've seen in five-plus decades of watching pro football. This week, I've turned my attention to the... more

I have seen a lot of football over the years. In fact, I can say that I've probably seen every top player in the NFL since about 1959 or so, whether at the combine, during workouts or in training camp. And seeing a player in person can really... more

I have seen a lot of football over the years. In fact, I can say that I've probably seen every top player in the NFL since about 1959 or so, whether at the combine, during workouts or in training camp. And seeing a player in person can really leave... more

June

Buddy Ryan's greatest conquest came in the 1985 season, when his Chicago Bears defense allowed a total of 198 points over a 16-game schedule. But he also loved to beat the Dallas Cowboys. Ryan coached high school ball in Gainesville, Texas, and I... more

Quarterback Pass rusher Cornerback Running back Wide receiver Enough with the constant search for NFL talent. Gil Brandt is going to try something different: building the perfect player at five key positions by combining the traits o... more

Quarterback Pass rusher Cornerback Running back Wide receiver Enough with the constant search for NFL talent. Gil Brandt is going to try something different: building the perfect player at five key positions by combining the traits o... more

Former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt looks back on his memories of Valley Ranch. In 1985, I was there when the Dallas Cowboys opened their then-state-of-the-art Valley Ranch facility. On Thursday, I was there for the... more

Quarterback Pass rusher Cornerback Running back Wide receiver Enough with the constant search for NFL talent. Gil Brandt is going to try something different: building the perfect player at five key positions by combining the traits o... more

IRVING, Texas -- I know it's June and it's the time of year every team in the NFL feels good about its chances for next season. But when I visited the Cowboys this week and last during their first two OTA sessions, I sensed renewed energy. It didn't... more

May

Quarterback Pass rusher Cornerback Running back Wide receiver Enough with the constant search for NFL talent. Gil Brandt is going to try something different: building the perfect player at five key positions by combining the traits o... more

Quarterback Pass rusher Cornerback Running back Wide receiver Enough with the constant search for NFL talent. Gil Brandt is going to try something different: building the perfect player at five key positions, blending the best traits... more

Recently, NFL Media experts made their picks for the best undrafted free agent currently in the NFL.... more

It's easy to dismiss the idea of "winning the offseason." But the fact remains that having a talented roster can make it a lot easier to succeed on the field -- and the offseason is, by and large, when teams get to add that kind of difference-making... more

It happens every year: reigning division champions are brought down by upstart challengers to the throne. Well, with the draft done and most free agents signed, let's attempt to get ahead of the curve by assessing the most vulnerable division winne... more

The draft is obviously about the future, but it's also about the present. Sure, you want to invest in players who will deliver long term -- but sometimes, you just want guys who can make an immediate impact practically from the moment they step on th... more

The draft is obviously about the future, but it's also about the present. Sure, you want to invest in players who will deliver long term -- but sometimes, you just want guys who can make an immediate impact practically from the moment they step on th... more

April

CHICAGO -- There were 253 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft who now have a place to call home. But for those who didn't hear their name called over the three days, it doesn't mean hope of making an NFL roster is lost. In fact, in 2015, more th... more

CHICAGO -- I thought Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft was interesting in many ways. It had some shock (linebacker Jaylon Smith going ahead of Myles Jack) and a little awe (teams with the most picks -- like Tennessee and Cleveland -- made the best of them... more

CHICAGO -- Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft is in the books, and now it's time to turn our attention to Day 2. There are still plenty of talented players remaining for teams in the second and third rounds on Friday, many who will become starters in the... more

The 2016 All-Draft Team April 26, 2016

The prospects have been pored over, the team needs have been examined and the big trades have made headlines, but now -- at last! -- it's almost here: the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the latest crop of fresh talent is dispersed across the league in Chicag... more

The 2016 All-Draft Team April 26, 2016

The prospects have been pored over, the team needs have been examined and the big trades have made headlines, but now -- at last! -- it's almost here: the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the latest crop of fresh talent is dispersed across the league in Chicag... more

There's been a lot of talk the last two weeks about quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft. Nothing like a couple of big trades to steer the conversation toward a select few players. But there are some really good players in this draft beyond the top... more

Middle Tennessee State safety Kevin Byard is garnering a good amount of pre-draft interest. Five NFL teams have come to MTSU to work out Byard -- the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans.... more

This is the 56th year that I have done rankings of NFL draft prospects. In the early years, from 1960-66, we put together a pre-fall rankings because from 1960 until the first common draft in 1967, the draft took place on the first Monday after... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams -- including defensive backs coaches from the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts -- attended Boston College's pro day on March 16. The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf. Defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad... more

Saturday -- April 16, 2016 -- will mark the 16th anniversary of what turned out to be a momentous occasion in NFL history: the selection of Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. In honor of this date, I've compiled a list of... more

Saturday -- April 16, 2016 -- will mark the 16th anniversary of what turned out to be a momentous occasion in NFL history: the selection of Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. In honor of this date, I've compile... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams -- including running backs coaches from the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks -- made their way to Grant Union High School in Sacramento, Calif., for the pro-day workout of Utah running back Devontae Booker . B... more

Representatives from 32 NFL teams -- including a quarterbacks coach from the Cincinnati Bengals -- were present for Indiana's pro day on April 1. A total of 10 players worked out indoors and on FieldTurf. By all accounts, the pro-day event hosted b... more

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek worked out in front of 20 NFL teams at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., on March 22. Check out the top prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft in action at their on-campus pro days. Wittek -- 6-foot-3 3/4, 233 poun... more

Two Utah schools held workouts on the final day of college pro days on Wednesday. Utah State There were representatives from 24 NFL teams -- including linebackers coaches from the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets -- were on hand... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson and Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley -- were on hand for California's pro day on March 18. The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. T... more

Dez Stewart is a wide receiver from Columbus, Ohio. No, he's not one of the 15 or so Ohio State players who could get drafted at the end of this month. Same city, wrong school. Stewart played ball at Ohio Dominican, a private liberal arts college w... more

Representatives from 26 NFL teams -- including Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt , and quarterbacks coaches from the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Pittsbur... more

Representatives from four NFL teams were on hand for Ohio Dominican's pro day on March 28. A total of seven Old Dominican players worked out. Check out the top prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft in action at their on-campus pro days. Wide receiver De... more

When it comes to NFL draft picks, more can be better -- but it can also just lead to more of the same. During my time working with the Dallas Cowboys, in general, we always felt that if you had more draft picks, you'd be better off. But we didn't... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including offensive line coaches from the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, defensive backs coaches from the Colts, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders, and a... more

When it comes to NFL draft picks, more can be better -- but it can also just lead to more of the same. During my time working with the Dallas Cowboys, in general, we always felt that if you had more draft picks, you'd be better off. But we didn't... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert , head coach Mike Tomlin and a number of position coaches, and Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley -- were on hand for West Virginia's pro day on... more

Representatives from 23 NFL teams -- including defensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans -- were present for South Carolina State's pro day on March 30. Check out the top prosp... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including tight ends coaches from the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers -- were present for South Carolina's pro day on March 30. The worko... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including offensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and New York Jets, a quarterbacks coach from the Carolina Panthers, and defensive backs coaches from the Lions and... more

A wide receiver from Germany was the main attraction when Florida Atlantic held its pro day on March 31. The event was held at FAU Stadium, which has a grass surface. Wide receiver Moritz Boehringer -- 6-foot-4 1/2, 227 pounds -- ran the 40-yard... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams -- including Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider , coach Pete Carroll and a host of team assistant coaches -- were attendance for Washington's pro day on Thursday. Take a look at the top 10 players fro... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams -- including Cleveland Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown , an Arizona Cardinals director of scouting, and defensive backs coaches from the Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans... more

A number of notable 2016 NFL Draft prospects worked out at some smaller pro days recently. Navy Representatives from 12 NFL teams were present for Navy's pro day on March 18. The main attraction was record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds .... more

Representatives from 27 NFL teams -- including a special teams coach from the Dallas Cowboys -- were on hand for Duke's pro day on March 23, when 11 players worked out indoors and on FieldTurf. Take a look at the top 10 players from Duke to play in... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were present for Arkansas' pro day on March 16, when 11 players worked out indoors and on FieldTurf. Tight end Hunter Henry -- 6-foot-4 7/8, 251 pounds -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.69 seconds. He had... more

After the 2015 season, Boise State requested a grade for defensive end Kamalei Correa from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. It came back as Round 2. After outstanding combine and pro-day workouts, it looks like the NFLDAB might have missed the mark by... more

March

Representatives from 24 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky -- were on hand for Tennessee's pro day on Wednesday. A total of 24 players -- which included some from area small schools -- worked out indoors on... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were on hand for Notre Dame's pro day on Thursday. That strong contingent of team reps included Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey , Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Gri... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams were present for TCU's pro day on Thursday. The list of dignitaries in attendance included Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer , Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead , a... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams were on hand for SMU's pro day on Wednesday, when 13 players worked out indoors at the facility for Highland Park High School in Dallas. Take a look at the top 10 players from SMU to play in the NFL. Highland Park... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including the general managers from the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin -- were on hand for Miami's pro day on Wednesday. The only team without a scou... more

Representatives from eight NFL teams -- plus reps from three Canadian Football League teams -- were on hand for Nevada's pro day on Tuesday. Seven prospects from Nevada, and one more from Eastern Oregon, worked out outdoors on a cold day in Reno.... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley , Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert , Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson , as we... more

Some notable 2016 NFL Draft prospects worked out at pro days held last week. North Carolina Representatives from 28 NFL teams -- including offensive line coaches from the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, as well as Seahawks co-director of... more

Representatives from 26 NFL teams -- including offensive line coaches from the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- were on hand for Harvard's pro day on March 10. Check out the top prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft in... more

A number of notable 2016 NFL Draft prospects worked out at pro days held last week. BYU Representatives from 18 NFL teams were on hand for BYU's pro day on Friday. The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf. Defensive end Bronson Kaufusi... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including the general managers from the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Tennessee Titans, and wide receivers coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers -... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III -- were on hand for USC's pro day on Wednesday. Center Max Tuerk -- 6-foot... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin , and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen -- were present for Houston's pro day on Thursday. Check out th... more

Representatives from six NFL teams were on hand for a joint pro day held by South Dakota State and South Dakota on Wednesday. The workout was held at South Dakota State, and took place indoors and run on FieldTurf. There were three players from Sou... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams -- including Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson and assistant coach Pep Hamilton -- were on hand for North Dakota State's pro day on Thursday. The school had confirmations from all 32 NFL teams to attend the p... more

One thing is clear heading into the 2016 NFL Draft -- there's a decided lack of clarity about the top five. Just look at NFL.com's Mock Draft Central . The only consensus opinion is that the Jags should take Myles Jack fifth overall. Otherwise, the... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including defensive backs coaches from the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans -- were present for Temple's pro day on March 16. The workout took place indoors and was run on FieldTurf. The player the DB co... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams were present for Virginia Tech's pro day on March 16. A total of 15 players were on hand, and the workout took place indoors and was run on FieldTurf. Cornerback Kendall Fuller -- 5-foot-11 1/2, 188 pounds -- i... more

One thing is clear heading into the 2016 NFL Draft -- there's a lack of clarity about the top five. Just look at NFL.com's Mock Draft Central. The only consensus opinion is that th... more

There were representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers , defensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, and a special teams coach from the Indianapolis C... more

A number of notable 2016 NFL Draft prospects worked out at some smaller pro days. Montana State Representatives from 10 NFL teams were on hand for Montana State's pro day on Tuesday. The workout was held in the elements: Outdoors on grass, with... more

Representatives from 24 NFL teams -- including defensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions and New York Jets -- were on hand for Louisiana Tech's pro day on Tuesday. There were 15 Louisiana Tech players, plus five more from Grambling State, who w... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert -- were present for Florida's pro day on Tuesday. The workout was held at Florida's brand-new and impressive indoor facility. It was run on FieldT... more

I've been on record saying there are 18 elite players in the 2016 NFL Draft. That's not to say there aren't some very good prospects beyond 18, because there are. I have my own personal list of the top 1,000 players in this draft. The players belo... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly and Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley -- were on hand for Stanford's pro day on Thursday. A total of 14 players worked out outdoors and on grass.... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including an offensive line coach from the Indianapolis Colts, a tight ends coach from the Cincinnati Bengals and a special teams coach from the Houston Texans -- were present for Iowa's pro day on Monday. The... more

A number of schools with notable 2016 NFL Draft prospects held pro-day workouts last week. Pittsburgh Representatives from 28 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban -- were on hand for Pittsburgh's pro day on Ma... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams -- including Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson -- were present for Montana's pro day on Monday. The workout was held outdoors in 50-degree temperatures and run on FieldTurf. There were 10 Griz... more

I've been on record saying there are 18 elite players in the 2016 NFL Draft. That's not to say there aren't some very good prospects beyond 18, because there are. I have my own personal list of the top 1,000 players in this draft. The ones below... more

Representatives from 32 NFL teams -- including defensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and New York Jets, a defensive backs coach from the Detroit Lions and an offensive line coach from the Indianapolis Colts -- were... more

Inclement weather forced three New Orleans-area colleges to hold pro days at the New Orleans Saints' indoor facility on Thursday. Representatives from 30 NFL teams were present for the workouts of Tulane, Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana.... more

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman were on hand for Penn State's pro day on Thursday. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg -- 6-foot-4 5/8, 222 pounds -- did a good job going through a... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier -- were present for Michigan State's pro day on Wednesday. A total of 19 players worked out indoors... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick , Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan , New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles , New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese , and Atlanta Falcons general... more

WACO, Texas -- Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman , and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin -- were pre... more

Representatives from 19 NFL teams were present for the pro day at Northwestern State (La.) on Tuesday. The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. There were nine Northwestern State players, plus two more from area small schools, participat... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson -- were on hand for UCLA's pro day on Tuesday. The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. A total of 18 players worked out. While linebacker Myle... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including the entire coaching staff of the New Orleans Saints with the exception of head coach Sean Payton , New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers , offensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions and... more

Representatives from 24 NFL teams -- including running backs coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions -- were present for Marshall's pro day on March 9. The event was held indoors and run on FieldTurf, with 14 players... more

Representatives from every NFL team -- including head coaches Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals, Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints -- were in attendance for... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including offensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers -- were present for Texas Tech's pro day on Friday. Take a look at the top 10 players from Texas Tech to play in the NFL. The... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams -- including defensive backs coaches from the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans -- were present for Samford's pro day on Tuesday. The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. » 2016 pro days schedule a... more

Potential late-round draft choices and rookie free-agent pickups worked out at the pro days of New Mexico, Northern Illinois, West Texas State and Wyoming this week. New Mexico There were representatives from two NFL teams present -- the Arizona... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan , Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis , Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano , and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert -- were present... more

So you say you need a quarterback? Welcome to the club. By my count, there were 11 teams that entered the offseason with a need at the quarterback position, each landing in one of four categories: 1) Desperation mode, 2) in need of an upgrade, 3)... more

Free agency is exciting -- but don't forget that, for every team that adds a shiny new player, another team loses a potentially critical piece. And, of course, the major departures aren't limited to free agents. Retired players and even released... more

Free agency is exciting -- but don't forget that, for every team that adds a shiny new player, another team loses a potentially critical piece. And, of course, the major departures aren't limited to free agents. Retired players and even... more

In addition to Oregon's pro day , two other pro days were held at schools in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday. » 2016 pro days schedule and results At Washington State's pro day, there were representatives from 12 NFL teams present, includin... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including a defensive line coach from the Seattle Seahawks -- were on hand for Oregon's pro day on Thursday. The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf. There were 11 prospects who participated in the... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther , Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey , and defensive line coaches from the Bengals and Chicago Bears -- were on hand for Mississippi St... more

Representatives from 32 NFL teams -- including defensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans and New England Patriots -- were on hand for the first pro day run by new Illinois coach Lovie Smith on Thursday. There were nine... more

Representatives from 16 NFL teams were present for Jacksonville (Ala.) State's pro day on Tuesday. The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. There were 17 players participating in the pro day. » 2016 pro days schedule and results... more

Representatives from 29 NFL teams -- including Tennessee Titans tight ends coach Arthur Smith and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter -- were present for Colorado State's pro day on Tuesday. A total of 15 players -- includin... more

Representatives from 24 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander -- were in attendance for Colorado's pro day on Wednesday. Seven prospects worked out Colorado's brand-new, state-of-the-art indoor facility loca... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick , Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano , and a host of assistant coaches and player personnel directors -- were on hand for Alabama's pro day on Wednesday.... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams -- including linebacker coaches from the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, plus Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt -- were on hand for Wisconsin's pro day on Wednesday. The workout was held indoors and ru... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and a defensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles -- were on hand for Northwestern's pro day on Tuesday. There were eight... more

Representatives from 23 NFL teams -- including Chicago Bears outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt , Washington Redskins director of college scouting Scott Campbell , and the directors of college scouting for the Oakland Raiders (Shaun Herock ) and T... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis -- were on hand for Oklahoma's pro day on Wednesday. A total of 13 Sooners draft prospects worked out, but the star of the day was wide receiver Sterling... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including the entire coaching staff of the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell -- were on hand for Minnesota's pro day on Monday. There were 10 Golden Gophers players,... more

Representatives from 26 NFL teams -- including Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coach Jay Hayes and Oakland Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri -- were present for Oklahoma State's pro day on Tuesday. The work out was held indoors and was ru... more

Representatives from five NFL teams -- the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, who sent an offensive line coach -- were present for West Georgia's pro day on Tuesday. » 2016 pro days schedule... more

Representatives from 24 NFL teams -- including offensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and New York Jets, plus a special teams coach from the Arizona Cardinals -- were present for Kansas State's pro day on Tuesday, and highl... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including defensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans -- were on hand for Nebraska's pro day on Friday. A total of 13 players went through the well-executed pro day by... more

Potential rookie free-agent pickups worked out at the pro days of Alabama State, Northern Arizona and Troy last week. Alabama State There were nine NFL teams present at Alabama State's pro day on Friday. There were 11 players who worked out, doing... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio , Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley , and position coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams -- including Washington Redskins director of college scouting Scott Campbell , Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coach Jay Hayes and New York Jets senior director of college scouting Rex Hogan -- were present for... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams were present for Vanderbilt's pro day on Thursday, when nine players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Linebacker Stephen Weatherly -- 6-foot-4 5/8, 264 pounds -- was at the NFL Scouting Combine. At Vandy's pro da... more

Representatives from 16 NFL teams were present on Friday for Arizona State's pro day, which was held indoors and run on FieldTurf. A total of 13 players worked out, including two who were at the NFL Scouting Combine. » 2016 pro days schedule,... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis , and the directors of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets -- were present for Kentucky's pro day on Friday. The workout was held indoors... more

Welcome to pro-day season! The NFL Scouting Combine is over, but the examination of prospects continues at the workouts held by schools across the country. These events can include even more digging than the combine, since they involve a full day o... more

I feel Jerry Jones' pain. Okay, maybe not his pain but I can empathize with him as he contemplates the end of the Tony Romo era in Dallas and prepares for the future. It's not a perfect comparison, but when I was with the Cowboys, we used to take a... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is important, but it's not everything. That is to say, falling short of expectations in Indy doesn't necessarily guarantee a player won't shine on the field as a professional. Take Marcus Peters, for example. The 2015 Defen... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is important, but it's not everything. That is to say, falling short of expectations in Indy doesn't necessarily guarantee a player won't shine on the field as a professional. Take Marcus Peters, for example. The... more

February

Are you an NFL prospect looking to put to bed doubts about your football future or answer lingering questions about your potential at the next level? Well, the Lucas Oil Stadium turf is a great place to start. Yes, it is incumbent on all participan... more

Are you an NFL prospect looking to put to bed doubts about your football future or answer lingering questions about your potential at the next level? Well, the Lucas Oil Stadium turf is a great place to start. Yes, it is incumbent on all... more

As the old saying goes, offense sells tickets but defense wins championships. This truism is illustrated by the fact that, though we're in the midst of an increasingly pass-happy era, two of the past three Super Bowl championships were won by defen... more

The day after being named the NFL's MVP for the 2015 season, Cam Newton had one of the worst performances of his professional career on football's biggest stage in Super Bowl 50 . He followed that up with a taciturn appearance in the postgame press... more

January

Whatever happens in Super Bowl 50, this won't be the last we see of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers as title contenders. Like the Seahawks' drive to Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013, the Panthers' ascension to the NFL's big stage this season marks th... more

In a perfect world, I wish every player would stay in school for four years before entering the NFL. But I get why so many do. Some need the money to help their families in hardship situations. Many get bad advice from agents and family. Others, in... more

2015 All-Rookie Team January 20, 2016

The 2015 rookie class might not have featured an overwhelming talent surge at any one position, la the collection of rookie receivers who dominated 2014, but plenty of standout players entered the NFL this season. When compiling my 201... more

Wild Card Weekend has come and gone, leaving eight playoff teams -- and eight starting quarterbacks -- standing. As the pressure mounts and the competition intensifies, I thought I'd rank each of these quarterbacks according to whom I trust most. W... more

Last year at this time, the Washington Redskins were coming off a 4-12 season that ended with a 44-17 blowout loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys, placing them firmly at the bottom of the NFC East. This year, the Redskins are preparing for a wild-car... more

December

As the 2015 regular season heads to a close, some players and teams are putting the finishing touches on triumphant campaigns -- and others are wondering where it all went wrong. Before we turn our attention to Week 17 and the playoff race, I thoug... more

When Tom Brady was announced as one of the players included on the 2016 Pro Bowl roster , it marked the 11th time that the Patriots QB has been so honored. And he's not the only old Pro Bowl hand. DeMarcus Ware and Charles Woodson have made nine. Adr... more

When Tom Brady was announced as one of the players included on the 2016 Pro Bowl roster, it marked the 11th time that the Patriots QB has been so honored. And he's not the only old Pro Bowl hand. DeMarcus... more

There are just three weeks left in the 2015 NFL season, meaning it's all but over for a chunk of hard-luck teams with losing records. But that doesn't mean we should check out on those teams. Below, I've listed 11 players on teams with losing record... more

The MVP race has shifted dramatically over the course of the past 13 weeks. How do things stand with four weeks left in the 2015 NFL season? Below, you'll find my top five candidates for the MVP award heading down the stretch, based on what they've d... more

Todd Gurley leads rookie running backs with 794 rushing yards. Thomas Rawls is second, with 685. Gurley was selected with the No. 10 overall pick in this year's draft. Rawls wasn't drafted at all. Watching Rawls rack up 290 rushing yards over the l... more

November

Given that we're in the thick of the NFL season, free agency seems especially far away. But the franchise-shaping decisions that will come this offseason will be based in large part on what's transpiring on the field right now. So in the interest of... more

It can be hard for rookies to make the Pro Bowl, given that they generally don't have the visibility or established reputations of some of the standout veterans who dominate headlines. But that doesn't change the fact that several rookies have Pro Bo... more

Midway through the 2015 NFL season, the playoff picture is far from solidified, but it's definitely starting to take shape. In other words, those on the outside looking in still have time -- but the window of opportunity is getting a bit narrower.... more

October

NFL teams are not typically in the business of making big in-season trades. Complementary pieces are, of course, swapped with some regularity, and this offseason included a handful of eye-catching deals, but the annual trade deadline usually does n... more

Viewers checking in to Sunday's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars in London will see one of the best young receiving duos in the NFL. Jaguars receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are both on pace to easily top the... more

To score tons of points, you obviously need a powerful offense -- but it doesn't have to be the best . Conversely, you can have the most balanced, talented offensive squad in the NFL -- but you might not be scoring the most , especially with variable... more

Entering the 2015 season, Andy Dalton had plenty of doubters and Andrew Luck had none. Through Week 4, one quarterback has accumulated a 123.0 passer rating and a 9:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio while leading his team to a 4-0 record, while the o... more

September

Heading into the 2015 NFL season, things looked fairly grim for the Carolina Panthers' offense. Receiver Kelvin Benjamin, coming off a promising rookie season, was lost for the year with a torn ACL in August, leaving an already questionable receiv... more

If you're one of the nine undefeated teams in the NFL, you're no doubt feeling pretty good about your situation. After all, nine of the 15 teams to start 2-0 over the past two seasons went on to reach the playoffs. Conversely, if you're one of the ni... more

Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston both saw their first meaningful NFL action Sunday -- and the results couldn't have been more different. The second overall pick in the draft clearly outplayed the first, as Mariota led the Titans to a blowout win ov... more

August

The first few weeks of preseason action are in the books, as is my annual training camp tour -- which means it's time to present this year's list of training camp risers. Below, you'll find 10 players, arranged in alphabetical order, who have been... more

Last week, I presented my top five candidates for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. This week, I'm turning my attention to the defen... more

It can be tough to guess which players will rise from each year's crop of newcomers to become the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year. Just consider... more

The road to success in the NFL begins each year with the hard work and wide-open possibilities of training camp. As teams around the league gear up for the 2015 campaign, NFL Media reporters will be checking in from all 32 camps around the league . F... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are better than you think. Yes, they're coming off a 9-7 playoff-less season in which they lost four of their last six games. Yes, their quarterback is often derided as a game manager. Yes, they play in the same division as o... more

Anticipating this Saturday's enshrinement ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame got me wondering: Who among today's players is a virtual lock to eventually join the Class of 2015 in Canton? That is to say, who, if they stopped playing today... more

July

As the Russell Wilson contract drama shows, quarterback is an extremely important position -- even for teams with better players at other positions. The headlines about Wilson and the Seahawks got me thinking: How many teams in the NFL can say the... more

Ohio State's Braxton Miller is making a very hard decision, as he said on Thursday that he'll move from quarterback to H-back/receiver/punt returner for the 2015 season. It's very difficult for a quarterback, especially a two-time Big Ten Player o... more

It can be tough to accurately gauge a deal's true value immediately after it has been signed. So while Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas celebrated the big-money contracts they landed last week , I thought it would be worthwhile to take a breath and... more

Can Justin Houston become the first player to lead the NFL in sacks in back-to-back seasons since Reggie White in 1987 and '88? Recent history suggests the Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher, who landed a monster long-term deal this week after collect... more

Forty-nine Super Bowls have been played thus far -- and six teams have won 57 percent of them. Yes, life has been good for the Steelers (six titles), 49ers (five), Cowboys (five), Packers (four), Giants (four) and Patriots (four) in the Super Bowl... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams, including an offensive line coach from the Buffalo Bills, were on hand Tuesday for the pro day workout of Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle. The supplemental draft will be held Thursday, and Battle is expecte... more

Finding the perfect quarterback. It's the dream of every NFL coach and executive. Of course, it can seem like an impossible one, given how rarely guys like Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson come along. But what if, rather than hoping t... more

June

Quarterbacks might be the stars of our pass-happy era, but you can't run a truly prolific offense without someone to throw the ball to -- which is where premier receivers enter the picture. For all the energy expelled on discussing and searching fo... more

With players hitting the field for OTAs and minicamps, it's easy to forget that there are still some notable unsigned free agents out there. But, as veteran receiver James Jones reminded us -- literally,... more

Now that OTAs are in full swing, we've reached a turning point in the NFL offseason. The off-field moves that have dominated the past few months -- the free-agent signings, trades and draft picks -- are giving way to honest-to-goodness on-field actio... more

May

On Nov. 13, 1994, the New England Patriots entered halftime against the Minnesota Vikings down 20-3. The Pats were in danger of slipping to 3-7 in Year 2 of Bill Parcells' tenure -- but then the head coach noticed something as he walked off the field... more

The start of the 2015 NFL season is still several months away, but there's one thing we can say with near certainty: There will be turnover among the defending division champions. Of course, predicting just how much turnover we'll see is a trickie... more

With rookie minicamp season now upon us, it's worth remembering thatsomeone somewhere will emerge as a Day 3 gem. It seems to happen every year: A player selected in Round 4 or later will prove himself to be capable of taking on a big role on the... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft in the books, we can stop speculating about who will be drafted where and start thinking about who among the NFL's newest batch of talent will have meaningful rookie seasons. Let's forget, for a moment, about sky-high futur... more

CHICAGO -- There were 256 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft who now have a place to call home. But for those who didn't hear their name called over the three days, it doesn't mean hope of making an NFL roster is lost. They are now free to sign w... more

April

Day 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books -- which means it's time to turn our attention to Day 2. There are still plenty of talented prospects to be had as the second and third rounds of this event -- which, I have to say, was quite a show Thurs... more

Speed can thrill, especially when it comes to NFL prospects. Of course, converting dazzling speed into production on the football field is when things get trickier. Let's say you're evaluating two players, Player A and Player B, who both have speed... more

2015 All-Draft Team April 28, 2015

With the 2015 NFL Draft just days away, the flood of mock drafts and rankings out there has reached critical mass. So for a moment, let's forget about who picks where and which team needs what and imagine what it would be like if we could build a tea... more

Texas defensive end Cedric Reed , who wasn't able to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine or at the Longhorns' pro day because of a torn meniscus, held a private workout for four NFL teams Thursday. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analy... more

Representatives from six NFL teams were present for Eastern Kentucky's pro day March 12. Eight players, plus a handful of players from small schools in the area, worked out. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis The standout of the da... more

There were eight teams present for Buffalo's pro day March 12. Sixteen players, none of whom was at the combine, worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Kristjan Sokoli (6-foot-5, 290 pounds), a defensi... more

Every NFL draft is a little bit different. While this year's class probably doesn't have as many elite players at the top as we've seen in previous years, there will be a lot of very good players from the middle of the first round to the middle of th... more

Representatives from two NFL teams were present for Stephen F. Austin's pro day March 31. Five players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf, including one who was at the NFL Scouting Combine. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Gus John... more

One NFL team was on hand to watch four players work out at Howard's pro day April 3. The workouts took place indoors on a basketball gym floor because of bad weather. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Howard does not have any pros... more

Three NFL teams were present for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's pro day March 31. Six players worked outdoors on FieldTurf on a windy, 58-degree day, and two of them looked really impressive. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Nick Dzu... more

Eleven NFL teams were on hand for Fordham's pro day on March 26. Nine players from Fordham, plus others from smaller schools in the area, worked outdoors on FieldTurf in 40-degree weather, and the players ran the 40 once with the wind and once agains... more

Fifteen NFL teams showed up for Azusa Pacific's pro day March 9, including the running backs coaches from the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, and Cincinnati Bengals. Six players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf, including running back Terrell... more

Representatives from three NFL teams were present for Temple's pro day on March 18. Five Temple players worked out indoors on FieldTurf, along with prospects from various small schools, including Shippensburg, which featured the day's standout player... more

Washington State held two pro day events, the first on March 12 and a second on April 1 for quarterback Connor Halliday , who was recovering from a broken leg suffered in a game against USC on Nov. 1. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and ana... more

Representatives from 12 teams -- including a defensive line coach from the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers executive Randy Mueller -- were present for Idaho's pro day on March 12. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis A tota... more

Representatives from 11 NFL teams were present for Massachusetts' pro day on March 30, when eight UMass players and an assortment of other players from area small colleges worked out outdoors on artificial turf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results... more

Representatives from 24 NFL teams were on hand for Bowie State's pro day on April 2 for a workout that was held outdoors and run on grass. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Tight end Khari Lee (6-foot-4 1/4, 258 pounds) ran the... more

Indiana's Tevin Coleman held a personal pro-day workout Wednesday, when 23 NFL teams sent representatives to Bloomington, Ind. to catch one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top-rated running backs put through drills. » 2015 pro days schedule, results a... more

In 1974, the Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Though we had six Pro Bowlers that season, we finished 8-6, which left us in third place in the NFC East. In 1975, we went right back to the postseason, jumping to 10... more

Representatives from 16 NFL teams, including Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach Bobby Engram , were on hand for the pro day workout of Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson on Tuesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The worko... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams were present for North Carolina A&T's pro day on March 24, when six players worked out outdoors and on grass. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Wide receiver/return specialist Desmond Lawrence... more

Representatives from 23 NFL teams -- including assistant coaches from the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles -- were on hand for Towson's pro day on April 1, when two players who were at the NFL Scouting Combine worked out outdoors in 50-deg... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams were on hand for Portland State's pro day on April 1, when four players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Punter Kyle Loomis (6-foot-2, 227 pounds) was at the... more

Representatives from three NFL teams attended Missouri State's pro day on March 20 for a workout that was held outdoors in 45-degree temperatures and run on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Two potential free-agent pi... more

Representatives from three NFL teams attended the pro day for Pittsburg State (Kansas) on March 26. Six Pittsburg State players, plus two more from area small schools, worked out outdoors on grass in 44-degree temperatures and 20-25 mile-per-hour win... more

Representatives from six NFL teams attended Ball State's pro day on April 1, when five Ball State players and five more players from area small schools worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Running ba... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick -- were on hand for Maryland's pro day on April 2. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis A total of 13 players worked out outdoors in 25-30... more

Hobart held a second pro day on Wednesday (the first event was held on March 13), when four players -- plus two more from area small schools -- worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Offensive lineman... more

A representative from one NFL team, the Houston Texans, was on hand for Prairie View A&M's pro day on March 25. The workout was held outdoors on grass. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Quarterback Jerry Lovelocke (6-foot-4 1/2... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams, including an assistant coach from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were present for Tennessee State's pro day on March 10. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Offensive guard Robert Myers (6-foot-5, 32... more

Libery held its pro day on March 18, when a workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Safety Jacob Hagen (6-foot-2 1/4, 205 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 and 4.63 seconds. He had a... more

Representatives from 22 NFL teams, including Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and a number of defensive backs coaches, were present for Florida Atlantic's pro day on April 2, when 15 players worked out. » 2015 pro days schedule, res... more

Representatives from six NFL teams attended Georgia Southern's pro day on March 23. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The workout was held outdoors and was run on grass. Offensive tackle Garrett Frye (6-foot-4 1/8, 295 pounds)... more

The pro days for Georgia State, Wagner and Florida A&M netted no prospects that were deemed NFL-worthy, either as a draft choice or a free-agent pickup. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Georgia State held its pro day on March 13... more

Representatives from 32 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert , Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley , and offensive line coaches from nine teams -- were present for Florida's pro da... more

Odell Beckham Jr. has a chance to be one of the most athletic players to ever play in the NFL -- but he's not there quite yet. The New York Giants' rising young star, whom Michael Strahan... more

A representative from one NFL team attended Lane College's pro day, which was held indoors and run on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Of the seven players who worked out, one is a potential free-agent pickup possibil... more

Representatives from five NFL teams -- including Oakland Raiders director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales -- attended Middle Tennessee State's pro day on March 26, when 15 players worked out. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams, including a defensive backs coach from the Philadelphia Eagles, were present for Memphis' pro day on March 18. A total of 16 players worked out outdoors and on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams were on hand for Coastal Carolina's pro day on March 27, when nine Chanticleers prospects and four others from area small schools worked out outdoors on grass. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis O... more

Representatives from 32 NFL teams -- including Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin , New York Jets coach Todd Bowles , New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin , Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim , Buffa... more

Representatives from 21 NFL teams, including three offensive line coaches, were present for Boston College's pro day on March 18, when 12 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Center Andy Gall... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams were present for North Texas' pro day on March 26, when eight Mean Green players and one from Nuevo León in Mexico worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The workout... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams were on hand for Central Oklahoma's pro day March 11. Four players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Marquez Clark (5-foot-10 1/4, 179 pounds) ran 4.55 and 4.56 i... more

Seven players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf at North Alabama's pro day March 9. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Among the seven, kicker Taylor Pontius is most likely to be brought in for a tryout. He kicked pretty well at his... more

Six players worked out indoors on FieldTurf at Appalachian State's pro day March 6. None of the players was at the combine, but one had an impressive workout and could be brought in as a free agent. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis... more

There were 23 NFL teams present for Indiana's pro day last Monday. Eight players, plus a handful of players from small schools in the area, worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis One player from the com... more

Running back Ross Scheuerman was among four players who worked out at Lafayette's pro day on March 20. Eight teams were present, although there were no running backs coaches. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis The workout took pla... more

The wide receivers coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and assistant wide receivers coach of the Seattle Seahawks were among representatives from 18 NFL teams on hand for William and Mary's pro day March 19. Eight players, plus various prospects from sma... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams were on hand March 19 for Old Dominion's pro day, including Minnesota Vikings quarterback coach Scott Turner, who is the son of Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Twelve players worked out outdoors on Field... more

San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke, the entire staff of the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers linebackers coach Mike Nolan were in attendance Thursday for Washington's pro day. Defensive backs coaches from the Washington Redskins and Pittsburg... more

Representatives from two NFL teams -- the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs -- were on hand March 31 for Navy's pro day. Seven players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Long snapper Joe Ca... more

Representatives from 16 NFL teams were on hand March 31 for Notre Dame's pro day. That's probably the fewest teams represented at a Notre Dame pro day since Gerry Faust was head coach (1981-85). » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams, including the tight end coach from the Cincinnati Bengals, were on hand March 24 for Iowa State's pro day. Eight Iowa State players worked out, as well as some others from schools in the area. » 2015 pro days... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams were on hand March 23 to see 13 players work out at Iowa's pro day. Offensive line coaches from the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings and a tight end c... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams, including running back coaches from the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts, were on hand March 24 for Northern Iowa's pro day. Five players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, re... more

Representatives from seven NFL teams were on hand for Tarleton State's pro day on Wednesday, when seven players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Defensive lineman ChrisBrown (6-foo-3 3/8, 333... more

Representatives from 19 NFL teams, including eight assistant coaches, were present for South Carolina's pro day on Wednesday, when 16 Gamecocks prospects worked out. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The pro day was held inside... more

What's better than having two first-round picks in the NFL draft? Actually drafting two good players. The two teams in the 2015 NFL Draft with multiple first-round picks -- the Cleveland Browns (Nos. 12 and 19) and New Orleans Saints (Nos. 13 and... more

March

Representatives from 28 NFL teams -- including Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly , Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis and an Eagles defensive backs coach, and personnel directors from the Chicago Bear... more

Representatives from five NFL teams were on hand for Wyoming's pro day on March 12, when 14 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha , who was at the NFL Scouting... more

Representatives from 14 NFL teams were at SMU's pro day on Tuesday, when seven players worked out in windy conditions outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis One player is a free-agent possibility for a team foll... more

The Denver Broncos were the only NFL team to attend Air Force's pro day on March 18, when eight players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis One of those eight players is a priority free-agent possib... more

A large contingent of more than 150 people representing all 32 NFL teams -- including New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton , Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith , Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt , New York Jets coach Todd Bowles and Pittsbu... more

Representatives from 17 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots assistant special teams coach Ray Ventrone -- were present for BYU's pro day on March 27, when 12 players worked out in ideal conditions indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days... more

Representatives from 14 NFL teams were present for the pro day for Jacksonville State (Ala.) on March 12, when 13 Gamecocks players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis However, none of the prospect... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams -- including Miami Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell -- were present for South Alabama's pro day on Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldT... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams -- including defensive backs coaches from nine teams -- were at Samford's pro day Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (6-foot-1 3/8, 218 pounds) was limited a... more

Representatives from three NFL teams -- including a linebackers coach from the Philadelphia Eagles -- were present for North Dakota State's pro day on March 26, when seven Bison players and additional prospects from area small colleges worked out.... more

Representatives from three NFL teams were on hand for Yale's pro day on March 26, when four players from Yale and an assortment of other players from area small schools worked out at the Connecticut Sportsplex in New Branford, Conn. » 2015 pro... more

Representatives from four NFL teams were present for South Dakota State's pro day on March 25, when four Jackrabbits players and nine others from area small schools worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis... more

Representatives from four NFL teams attended Ohio's pro day on March 24, when eight Bobcats players and five more from area small colleges worked out indoors on Field Turf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The most notable prosp... more

Representatives from 16 NFL teams were present for Southern's pro day on March 27, when nine players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Defensive end Arthur Miley (6-foot-5 5/8, 263 pounds) ran t... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams were present for Louisiana-Lafayette's pro day on March 25. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Nose tackle Justin Hamilton (6-foot-1 1/8, 311 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.22 and 5.2 seconds.... more

Representatives from 22 NFL teams were present for McNeese State's pro day on March 25. The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Offensive guard Antoine Everett (6-foot-3, 323 pounds... more

A large contingent of representatives from the New Orleans Saints -- including team general manager Mickey Loomis -- were on hand for Tulane's pro day on March 26. A total of 36 players, including 11 from Tulane and 10 from Southeast Louisiana, wo... more

The defensive coordinators for the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints and three linebackers coaches were among representatives from 29 NFL teams on hand for TCU's pro day last Friday. Fourteen players worked out indoors on... more

Representatives from 22 NFL teams, including the Eagles DL coach, were on hand for Tusculum's pro day last Wednesday. The event was held at Tennessee, and the workouts were conducted indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and ana... more

Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro was among the representatives from 22 NFL teams present for Tennessee's pro day last Wednesday. Eight players worked out indoors on FieldTurf, but a workout for punters was held outdoors. »... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including the general managers from the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin , and offensive line coaches from the Cleveland... more

Representatives from 21 NFL teams were present for Texas Southern's pro day on Thursday, when a workout was held outdoors on Tartan Turf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Cornerback Tray Walker (6-foot-2 1/4, 187 pounds) ran t... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams -- including a special teams coach from the Cincinnati Bengals -- were present for Houston's pro day on Thursday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Defensive tackle Joey Mbu (6-foot-2 3/4, 310... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly and a large group of defensive backs coaches -- were present for Utah's pro day on Thursday, when 13 Utes worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were on hand for South Florida's pro day on Thursday, when 23 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis There were 10-15 mile-per-hour wind gusts, so the 40-yard... more

Representatives from 17 NFL teams -- including Indianapolis Colts secondary coach Mike Gillhamer , Oakland Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson and a defensive line coach from the Miami Dolphins -- were present for Fresno State's pro... more

Representatives from nine NFL teams were present for Nevada's pro day on Wednesday, when 13 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Quarterback Cody Fajardo (6-foot-1 5/8, 223 pounds) went th... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams were present for Colorado's pro day on March 11, when 10 players worked out. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Wide receiver Tyler McCulloch (6-foot-4 5/8, 218 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.... more

Representatives from 27 NFL teams were present for Kansas' pro day on Wednesday, when 15 players worked out outdoors. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Inside linebacker Ben Heeney (6-foot 1/8, 231 pounds) had a good pro day... more

Representatives from 29 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers offensive assistant coach Shaun Sarrett and special teams coordinator Danny Smith , as well as Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban and special teams coordinator Darr... more

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick , Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert , wide receiver coaches from nine NFL teams and defensive backs coaches from two teams were present for Central Florida's pro day on Wednesday, when 22 play... more

Representatives from four NFL teams were present at Illinois State's pro day on Wednesday, when 21 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Two Redbirds prospects are potential free-agent pickup... more

Representatives from 26 NFL teams -- including defensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, as well as a defensive backs coach from the Baltimore Ravens -- were present for Rice's pro day Wednesday, when 19 players worked out... more

Quarterback Garrett Grayson was not able to work out at Colorado State's pro day on March 11 or at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a hamstring injury, so he held his own pro day on Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Gr... more

Representatives from six NFL teams were present for Harvard's pro day on March 10, when four Harvard players and an assortment of others from area small schools worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis... more

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Ben Roethlisberger to a new five-year, $99 million deal , they locked up one of the best quarterbacks around -- and they started the clock on their window to compete for a Super Bowl. The team will have one of th... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia , three defensive line coaches, three linebacker coaches and a defensive backs coach -- were present for Texas' pro day on Tuesday, when 17 pl... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams were present at the pro day for Northwestern State (La.) on Tuesday, when 12 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Defensive tackle Deon Simon (6-foot-4 5/... more

Representatives from 24 NFL teams were present for North Carolina's pro day on Tuesday, when seven players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis No players from North Carolina were at the NFL Scoutin... more

Representatives from 32 NFL teams, including an offensive line coach from the Indianapolis Colts and a scouting director from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were present for Colorado State's pro day on March 11. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and... more

Linebacker coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles were among those who gathered at Newberry's pro day on March 6 to get a good look at outside linebacker Edmond Robinson . ... more

Representatives from three NFL teams were on hand for Central Arkansas' pro day on March 11, when NFL Scouting Combine participant Dezmin Lewis was among seven players who worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and... more

A representative from one NFL team was present for Arkansas-Pine Bluff's pro day on March 10, when a potential priority free-agent pickup for a team following the 2015 NFL Draft worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were present for Eastern Michigan's pro day on March 17. A total of 15 EMU players, plus two additional players from area small schools, worked out indoors on FieldTurf (except for the jumps -- vertical and broad -... more

Representatives from 14 NFL teams -- including Oakland Raiders director of college scouting Shaun Herock -- were present for Texas-San Antonio's pro day on Monday, when 28 Roadrunners players worked out. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and... more

Defensive tackle David Irving -- who missed the entire 2014 college football season due to a dismissal from Iowa State team -- worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in San Jacinto, Calif., on Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis... more

Representatives from 19 NFL teams -- including Oakland Raiders director of college scouting Shaun Herock -- were present for Texas State's pro day on Monday, when 12 Bobcats players plus an additional 10 other players from area small schools worked... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams, including an offensive line from the Philadelphia Eagles, attended New Hampshire's pro day on March 19. The 12 teams on hand were the most New Hampshire has ever hosted at a pro day. » 2015 pro days schedule,... more

Tennessee State held its pro day on March 10 and representatives from 12 NFL teams, including a defensive backs coach from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were on hand for the event. Seventeen players worked out on FieldTurf inside the school's nice indo... more

There was one NFL team represented at Austin Peay's pro day on March 9, when 10 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis One Austin Peay player has a chance to be a rookie free-agent acquisition... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams attended Vanderbilt's pro day on March 10. The coaching staff of the Tennessee Titans, including head coach Ken Whisenhunt, was on hand for the event. The pro day was held outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro day... more

There were 24 NFL teams represented at North Carolina State's pro day Monday. Thirteen players from the school, plus a handful of players from smaller schools in the area, worked out indoors on artificial turf, and positions drills were conducted out... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams, including offensive line coaches from the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals, attended San Diego State's pro day on March 19. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Eight players worked out... more

Two NFL teams -- the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders -- had representatives on hand March 16 for Montana State's pro day. A representative from the Seattle Seahawks was supposed to attend, but his flight was canceled and he wasn't able to get... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams, including four defensive back coaches, were on hand March 12 for the Miami (Ohio) pro day. The New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles each sent a DB coach to the event. » 2015 pro days sched... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams attended San Jose State's pro day on March 18. The offensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles and the defensive line coach from the Oakland Raiders were among those on hand to watch 14 players run outdoors on... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams, including Oakland Raiders wide receivers coach Rob Moore, were on hand March 17 for Cal's pro day. Eight Cal players and two players from small schools ran outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, res... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams attended Grambling's pro day last Thursday morning. Twelve players worked out outdoors on a very bad field in wet conditions. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Tyree Hollins (5-foot-9 3/4, 193 pou... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams were on hand for Texas A&M-Commerce's pro day last Tuesday. Thirteen players, plus one player from a year ago, worked out outdoors on Field Turf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Vernon Johnson... more

A representative from one NFL team was present for Youngstown's pro day last Monday. Four players from the school, plus two others from schools in the immediate area, worked out. Everyone but kicker Joseph Cejudo worked indoors on Field Turf; Cejudo... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were present for Louisiana Tech's pro day last Thursday. There were 13 players working out outdoors on FieldTurf, none of whom was at the combine. Two players are likely to be free agents. » 2015 pro day schedul... more

Only one NFL team was on hand for Rhode Island's pro day last Friday, when three players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Andrew Bose (6-foot-1 1/8, 234 pounds), a linebacker, ran the 40 in 4.71 a... more

There were 22 NFL teams represented at Samford's pro day March 10, including the special teams coach from the Indianapolis Colts. Four players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf, and it was 60 degrees with a light drizzle. » 2015 pro day schedule,... more

Representatives from two NFL teams were on hand for Harding's pro day Friday. Nine players worked out outdoors on Astro Turf, and the guy the teams came to see was Donatella Luckett , who was at the combine. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and... more

Three NFL teams were represented March 18 at Western Kentucky's pro day. Two NFL offensive line coaches were on hand for the event, where eight players (seven from Western Kentucky and one from Army) worked out. » 2015 pro days schedule, resul... more

Representatives from four NFL teams attended Tennessee-Martin's pro day on March 16. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Eleven players from Tennessee-Martin and three players from small schools (one each from Lane, Middle Tennesse... more

Representatives from four NFL teams attended Murray State's pro day on March 17. Five players from Murray State and three players from Kentucky State worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Murray St... more

Representatives from six NFL teams, including the Minnesota Vikings' special-teams coordinator, were on hand March 17 for Brown's pro day. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Three players from Brown and four players from local sch... more

Representatives from 24 NFL teams -- including Oakland Raiders director of college scouting Shaun Herock and St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (his son worked out) -- were present for Virginia Tech's pro day on Wednesday, when sev... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and three members of his staff, and assistant coaches from the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots -- were present for Missouri's pro day on Thursday, when 14... more

Representatives from 19 NFL teams -- including three offensive line coaches (an offensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles ran the drills for that position) -- were present for Penn State's pro day Thursday, when 11 players worked out indoors... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including the entire coaching staff of the Oakland Raiders -- were present for Stanford's pro day on Thursday, when 14 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analy... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams were present for Central Michigan's pro day on Friday, when 14 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Wide receiver Titus Davis (6-foot 1/8, 200 pounds) stoo... more

Representatives from 17 NFL teams were present for Western Michigan's pro day Thursday, when 15 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Safety Donald Celiscar (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) ran the... more

Representatives from 25 NFL teams -- including Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi , as well as linebackers coaches from the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- were present for... more

Mississippi State center Dillon Day was unable to workout at MSU's pro day on March 4, so he took part in Louisiana-Monroe's pro day on Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Day -- who is from West Monroe, La. and went... more

Representatives from six NFL teams -- the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams -- were present at Southern Illinois' pro day on Tuesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysi... more

Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- a large contingent that included Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley , Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew , Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer and Pittsburgh Ste... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams -- including running backs coaches from the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks -- were present at Boise State's pro day on Wednesday, when nine players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.... more

Representatives from 26 NFL teams, including Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith , were present for Baylor's pro day Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Baylo... more

Free agency is a time for opportunity, excitement -- and regret. For every player looking forward to a bright future in a new home, for every team thrilled to be adding a shiny new piece, there is an organization left behind. And while many of the... more

There were 12 NFL teams represented at Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell 's pro day Tuesday. Campbell was at the combine but wasn't able to work out there or at Northwestern's March 3 pro day because he was still recovering from a hamstring inju... more

Fifteen NFL teams were represented at Oklahoma State's pro-day event on March 12. Players worked out indoors on FieldTurf, and none of the players that competed had been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and... more

Seven NFL teams sent a representative to Princeton's pro-day event on March 10. Three players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Quarterback Quinn Epperly (6-foot-1 3/4, 213 pounds) ran the 40-ya... more

Ten NFL teams had a representative on hand for Delaware State's pro-day event on the afternoon of March 12. Nine players worked out outdoors and it was 52 degrees with a crosswind during the workout. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysi... more

Representatives from 22 NFL teams attended Delaware's pro-day event on the morning of March 12. Tight end coaches from the Detroit Lions, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts were among those on hand. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analys... more

All 32 NFL teams sent at least one representative to Rutgers' pro-day event on March 11. NFL tight end and offensive line coaches were among those in attendance for the workout, which was held indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, resu... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams attended Bowling Green's pro day Monday, including the linebackers coach from the Philadelphia Eagles. Thirteen players worked out indoors on Field Turf, and two of the standout performers of the day were linebackers... more

The Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach was among the representatives from 30 NFL teams at Toledo's pro day Monday. Twenty-three players, most of whom were from small schools in Ohio, worked out indoors on Field Turf. » 2015 pro day schedule,... more

Zach Wagenmann , a linebacker who was at the NFL Scouting Combine, was one of nine prospects who worked out at Montana's pro day March 9. Representatives from eight NFL teams were present for the workouts, which took place outdoors on a clear and su... more

There were 12 NFL teams represented last Friday at West Texas State's pro day, which took place at an indoor soccer facility in Amarillo. Ten players worked out on artificial turf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis One notable pla... more

Texas Tech's pro day last Friday attracted representatives from 24 NFL teams. Although none of the 12 players who worked out was at the NFL Scouting Combine, one could be a seventh-round pick in this year's draft: wide receiver Brad Marquez . »... more

There were 18 NFL teams present at Cincinnati's pro day last Thursday, including the linebacker coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Fourteen players worked out indoors... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams were on hand for Abilene Christian's pro day Monday. Six players from the school, plus two players from McMurray, worked out outdoors on Field Turf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Among the one... more

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis were among representatives from all 32 NFL teams at Louisville's pro day March 11. The event also drew several assistant coaches and coordinators as well as gene... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' wide receivers coach and special teams coach were among representatives from 15 NFL teams on hand for Kansas State's pro day Tuesday. Ten prospects worked out indoors on Field turf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and... more

Only one NFL team was in attendance for Emporia State's pro day in Kansas on Wednesday. Four players worked outdoors on Field turf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Austin Willis (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) showed off some very good s... more

Twelve NFL teams attended Kent State's pro day Tuesday, including the tight ends coach from the Baltimore Ravens, who was on hand to watch tight end Casey Pierce work out. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Pierce (6-foot-3 1/4, 2... more

Monmouth's pro day attracted representatives from 21 teams last Tuesday. Eleven players worked out indoors on Field Turf. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Neal Sterling (6-foot-3 3/8, 238 pounds) was the standout of the pro day.... more

Twelve players worked out at Marshall's pro day, which brought out 11 NFL teams, and two of the prospects posted some eye-catching numbers. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Running indoors on Field Turf, cornerback Darryl Roberts... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams, including five position coaches, attended Michigan's pro day Thursday to watch nine prospects work out. Three of the players were at the combine. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Defensive end F... more

Melvin Gordon was the main attraction at Wisconsin's pro day last Wednesday, when representatives from 17 NFL teams, including five running back coaches, were on hand. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Gordon (6-foot 3/4, 215 po... more

There were 31 NFL teams in attendance for Georgia Tech's pro day Friday, including several wide receiver coaches. Seven players worked out indoors on Field Turf, including two players who were at the combine. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and... more

All 32 NFL teams sent at least one representative to Oklahoma's March 11 pro day. There were 10 offensive line coaches, three defensive line coaches, two tight end coaches and one wide receiver coach on hand for the event. » 2015 pro days schedu... more

All 32 NFL teams were represented Friday at West Virginia's pro day. A lot of coaches were on hand, including wide receivers coaches, offensive line coaches and one running backs coach. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The pro d... more

Representatives from 18 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis , Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin , as well as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees -- were present for... more

Representatives from eight NFL teams were present for UNLV's pro day on Thursday, when 13 players worked out outdoors, where it was 72 degrees, on FieldTurf. Wide receiver Devante Davis (6-foot-3, 217 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash only once, doing... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert , Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman , Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and Cincinnati Bengals h... more

Representatives from all 32 teams -- including New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan , Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht -- were present for Oregon State's pro day on Friday.... more

Your average free agent might be much older and more experienced than your average draft pick -- but they often have a direct impact on each other via the personnel shuffling that tends to mark the NFL offseason. Now that some of the pressing... more

EUGENE, Ore. -- Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster , New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan , Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider , Tampa... more

Representatives from 30 NFL teams, including a large number of assistant coaches and four defensive line coaches, were present at USC's pro day on Wednesday. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis The workout was conducted outdoors on... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams were present at Eastern Washington's pro day on Wednesday, when six players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Free safety Tevin McDonald -- who was at the NFL... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including a large contingent of coaches for the New Orleans Saints, were present at Alabama's pro day on Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis A total of 16 players worked out indoors... more

Representatives from 22 NFL teams, including two special teams coaches, were present for UAB's pro day Tuesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The player the NFL personnel were on hand to see in action was wide receiver J.J. N... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams -- including defensive line and linebackers coaches from the Seattle Seahawks -- were present at UCLA's pro day on Tuesday, when seven players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. Quarterback Brett Hundley (6-foot-3... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams were present for Arizona's pro day on Tuesday. The event was held outdoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis A total of 12 Wildcats players worked out, but one in particular stood o... more

Representatives from three NFL teams were present at Grand Valley State's pro day on Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis A total of nine prospects -- eight from Grand Valley State and one from Ferris State -- worked out ind... more

Representatives from seven NFL teams were present on a cold and windy day at Tulsa's pro day Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results Three Tulsa players and three players from East Central (Okla.) worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 9-10... more

Five NFL teams were on hand to watch four players work out in very poor conditions at Furman's pro day Thursday. It had been raining earlier in the day, causing the field to be very wet, which had a big effect on times. » 2015 pro day schedule,... more

A total of 29 players from six schools gathered Thursday for Henderson State's pro day. The event was held at an indoor facility at Ouachita Baptist named after former Dallas Cowboys star Cliff Harris , who played for Ouachita Baptist in the late 196... more

Representatives from 11 NFL teams were in attendance for James Madison's pro day March 3. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis The event was held outdoors on field turf, and five players worked out, including Dean Marlowe , a safety... more

Ten NFL teams attended Gardner-Webb's pro day on Friday, and conditions were not ideal. It was 28 degrees and the wind was blowing 5-10 mph during the outdoor event. » 2015 pro days schedule and results Seven players worked out, including w... more

Sixteen teams were present and seven players worked out Friday at Southern Miss' pro day. Players ran and worked out outdoors on field turf. They did their jumps indoors. » 2015 pro days schedule and results The main attraction was defensive... more

Nineteen NFL teams were on hand for Utah State's pro day on Thursday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results The workout was described as exceptionally well-organized, and 13 players worked out -- 11 from Utah State and two from Weber State. Th... more

Representatives from four NFL teams were present for Sacramento State's pro day on Thursday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results The pro day was held outdoors and players ran with spikes, which gave them a faster track. Nine players from... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick , new Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan , Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly , New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan , Pittsburgh Steelers general... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were present at Arizona State's pro day on Friday, when 13 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule and results There were six NFL position coaches in attendance, with each coach... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were on hand for Northern Illinois' pro day Friday, when seven players worked out indoors on FieldTurf at the school's brand-new facility . » 2015 pro days schedule and results Wide receiver Da'Ron Brown... more

Representatives from four NFL teams, including San Diego Chargers executive Randy Mueller, attended New Mexico's pro day on Thursday, when 12 players -- plus two from New Mexico-Highlands -- worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days sched... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams, including position coaches from the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles, were on hand for Arkansas' pro day on Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results A total of 17 prospects worked out, inclu... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams, including assistant coaches from the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, attended Nebraska's pro day on Thursday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results Nine Nebraska players, plus anot... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were present at Illinois' pro day on Thursday, when 12 players -- including two from area small colleges -- worked out indoors on FieldTurf. » 2015 pro days schedule and results Two potential rookie free-agen... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams attended Alabama State's pro day, where 13 players worked out outdoors in 65-degree temperatures and rainy conditions. This was a good opportunity for scouts to test a lot of small-school players. » 2015 pro day... more

Representatives from 27 NFL teams, including a defensive backs coach from the New York Jets, were present to see 16 players work out at Ole Miss' pro day on Thursday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results The workout was held indoors and run o... more

Representatives from 13 NFL teams attended Troy's pro day Monday, when 18 total players -- including a number from area small schools -- worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 60-degree, drizzly conditions. » 2015 pro days schedule and results O... more

Representatives from 12 NFL teams converged on Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to watch 12 prospects from Duquesne, Robert Morris, Indiana (Pa.) and St. Francis work out on Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results The pro day was hel... more

Texas A&M's pro day on Wednesday was a bit more subdued than 2014, when the school hosted two pro days to accomodate Johnny Manziel . Still, this year's pro day was well-attended, with a total of 36 scouts representing 28 NFL teams present, a conti... more

Darnell Dockett will turn 34 well before the 2015 season begins -- but that didn't stop the San Francisco 49ers from scooping up the defensive lineman less than a week after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals . It's a reminder that, while mu... more

Representatives from four NFL teams were present for New Mexico State's pro day on Tuesday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results A total of 11 players worked out, but there is one prospect who is a late-round 2015 NFL Draft possibility or pri... more

Representatives from 15 NFL teams, including a linebackers coach from the Arizona Cardinals and a running backs coach from the Indianapolis Colts, were present at Purdue's pro day on Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results A total of... more

Representatives from 29 NFL teams, including the New York Jets first-year defensive coordinator Kacy Roberts and New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt , were present at Mississippi State's pro day Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule... more

Representatives from four NFL teams were present at Arkansas State's pro day on Tuesday, when four prospects and another player from a previous year worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in cold and windy conditions. » 2015 pro days schedule and resu... more

Representatives from 10 NFL teams, including offensive line coaches from the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams, were present for Pittsburgh's pro day on Tuesday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results... more

Representatives from 28 NFL teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles' director of college scouting Anthony Patch, attended Northwestern's pro day, where a workout was held indoors on FieldTurf. There were eight Northwestern players present but only... more

Representatives from nine NFL teams were present for Stephen F. Austin's pro day, which took place outdoors on a windy day in Huntsville, Texas. » 2015 pro days schedule and results A total of six players worked out at the pro day, with the m... more

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert , were present for Auburn's pro day, where a prospect switching positions was a top attraction and an... more

Representatives from 22 NFL teams, including defensive backs coaches from the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, were present for Wake Forest's pro day Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule and results... more

Representatives from 20 NFL teams, including the entire coaching staff of the Minnesota Vikings, were on hand for Minnesota's pro day Monday. The workout was held indoors at the school's Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex and run on artificial turf.... more

Representatives from 22 NFL teams -- including a linebackers coach from the Cincinnati Bengals -- were present to watch five players work out indoors on Tartan Turf at Tennessee-Chattanooga's pro day Monday. » 2015 pro days schedule Unfortuna... more

Edge-rushing prospect Eli Harold put forth an impressive enough workout at Virginia's pro day Monday that could have upgraded his stock for the 2015 NFL Draft . » 2015 pro days schedule There were representatives from 20 NFL teams present a... more

February

Stumbling in the NFL Scouting Combine doesn't automatically spell doom for a prospect's career. Some of the players who posted disappointing workouts will fail to make their mark in the NFL, but some will go on to be successful pros. The trick is... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is obviously important for every prospect working out, but it can really impact the fortunes of those who have something to prove. The workouts and interviews represent a major opportunity for prospects to show represe... more

Comparing young players to the accomplished veterans they most resemble can be a helpful exercise -- and tricky business. I often am reminded of certain stars when watching players on the rise. Putting a developing guy next to an older guy who has... more

Is Malcolm Butler for real? Before Super Bowl XLIX , few knew anything about the undrafted New England Patriots rookie. Then he made the clutch, goal-line interception that cemented the Pats' fourth title -- and became an instant hero. But was it... more

January

NFL.com illustration The Buccaneers are now on the clock, followed by the Titans, Jaguars and Raiders. This is the 2015 NFL Draft first-round order, with the top three needs for all 32 teams (order determined by record, using strength of... more

Being in Arizona for yet another Super Bowl, it occurred to me that I sure have seen a lot of these games. In fact, I've been present for nearly every Super Bowl ever played. And one thing that's almost always been true: The drama and excitement fly... more

Just two teams can make it to the Super Bowl -- and only one can win it all. This might seem self-evident, but each season will be judged, to some degree, as a "failure" by 31 of the 32 squads in the NFL, in that almost everyone becomes a loser at... more

The 2015 NFL Draft will have 74 underclassmen available -- plus 10 who have graduated with college eligibility remaining -- and as in past years, some of the decisions to turn pro were sound, whereas many other underclassmen probably would have been... more

2014 All-Rookie Team January 14, 2015

The 2014 rookie class included some good players and solid depth, but it really stood out for one reason: the receivers. Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans headlined a stellar crop of young pass-catchers that ranks among the best I can rem... more

The most important thing for a quarterback leading his team into battle in the NFL playoffs is composure. Everything is more intense than it is in the regular season. The stakes are higher. The caliber of competition is elite. And there are no do-o... more

Going from worst to first in the NFL is tough. Parity might rule the day, but even teams with high draft picks and plenty of salary-cap space face slim odds when it comes to mounting complete turnarounds in one offseason. The success rate of 2013's... more

December

Tony Romo has drawn a lot of heat over the years, but one thing is true as he wraps up his 12th NFL campaign: He's playing like the MVP of 2014. It might be hard for some to believe, given the zeal with which people seem to enjoy remembering Romo's... more

Johnny Manziel's career is not over. It might seem silly to say that, but the vultures have been picking him apart over the past few days. Here's the truth: As terrible as his first ever NFL start was on Sunday, we should not rush to judge the... more

Though the passing game reigns, I believe we're seeing the running back return to relevance a bit. Think of the Steelers, who have an explosive QB-WR combo in Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown -- and also are relying on a terrific yo... more

Like seemingly everything in the NFL, the MVP race is fluid, taking shape over the course of a season with fluctuating fortunes and surprising hot streaks. At the outset of the regular season's final month, I thought I'd take stock of this race and p... more

November

Last year, Chris Davis' return of a missed field goal gave Auburn an unlikely victory over top-ranked Alabama in the Iron Bowl. It's a finish many fans won't soon forget, and many called it the best college football finish of all time. This... more

Colin E. Braley/Associated Press Kansas City Chiefs pass-rushing dynamo JustinHouston is on pace to finish the 2014 campaign with 19 sacks. With the 2014 NFL season heating up, the offseason and free agency seem farther away than ever. But... more

Associated Press Would Dan Mullen, David Cutcliffe and Adam Gase be good fits for the Florida coaching job? I was sad to see the news on Sunday that Florida is moving on from Will Muschamp as their head coach. It was inevitable, yes, but... more

If you're an NFL rookie looking to make a splash, nothing beats playing as well as anyone at your position. Ten weeks into the 2014 season, several rookies have distinguished themselves as top-notch talents, laughing in the face of the widely... more

A bye week is more than a mini-vacation -- it can give a team a chance to take control of its season. Beyond serving as an opportunity for players to rest and heal up and for coaches to evaluate and tinker with their game plans, the in-season break... more

October

The playoff clock is starting to tick. Eight weeks in, the 2014 NFL campaign is taking shape -- and teams hoping to be in the mix to qualify for postseason play should be feeling a sense of urgency. If the season ended today, a number of... more

There are 15 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who went undrafted, two more than the number of busts in Canton of former No. 1 overall draft picks. I love that stat. It shows how inexact the draft process is and the high-quality players th... more

T.Y. Hilton is the third-most prolific receiver in the NFL. Heading into the year, few would have predicted the young Indianapolis Colts pass catcher would rank third in total receiving yards (711) through seven weeks. But Hilton is far from the on... more

Anyone who has spent more than a week watching the NFL knows it can be difficult to separate perception from reality. Statistics and win-loss records help, but even cold, hard numbers can be misleading. This is worth remembering when evaluating... more

Every year, it quickly becomes apparent which NFL rookies were drafted too low. Four weeks into the 2014 season, it's becoming clear which ones have played above their draft position. Here are 10 rookies who have outperformed their draft position, al... more

Four weeks in, the 2014 NFL season is beginning to take shape, with some squads getting off to decidedly strong starts and others stumbling out of the block. But there's a sizable chunk whose record would seem to indicate very little about the direct... more

September

It's always dangerous to look back and assess a draft less than three years after it took place. To do it four weeks into the first season borders on lunacy. But that's not what this is, and it's not just an assessment of four games. I've seen quit... more

Each NFL season brings its share of surprises and disappointments -- and sometimes, a Pro Bowl talent will tick off both boxes. Amid the annual storm of injuries and bum luck that greets each squad in the league, you'd think Pro Bowl players would... more

Of the college football teams I currently have ranked in my top 20, seven play on the road this weekend, including four of my top seven. It's a recipe conducive to having great games and upsets. Here are the games I'll be watching closely in Week 4... more

Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season is in the books, which means the judging can begin. Of course, that's a bit of an exaggeration, as it's actually tough to base much off just one week of game action, especially in this league. Still, it is possible to... more

In the NFL, prediction season peaks just before the real season begins. And with the 2014 campaign about to kick off, I thought I'd grapple with the toughest division to prognosticate this year: the AFC North. Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 1 Do... more

Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports Christian Hackenberg threw for 454 yards vs. UCF to become the first Penn State passer to eclipse 400 yards in a game. I'm not sure we could have had a better opening weekend in college football if we tried. Yes,... more

August

This is no longer a tailback-oriented society. With the passing game taking on ever more importance in the NFL, ball carriers seem to have fallen by the wayside. For the second year in a row, no running backs were selected in the first round of... more

Every year, I travel to training camps around the NFL, and every year, it seems the players are getting a little bit better. The rookies are just so well-prepared coming out of college, and the veterans have such sophisticated offseason regimens... more

When it comes to arriving as an NFL player, "better late than never" is a cliche that would seem to hold true. Consider Mark Ingram. After three years of underwhelming play with the New Orleans Saints, the former first-round pick provided a glimpse... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Offensive lineman ChrisElkins (left) is fighting to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie. You don't have to be selected in the NFL draft to make your mark on the NFL. Consider this: The... more

July

Tuesday night, the Arizona Cardinals locked up Patrick Peterson to a five-year, $70 million extension that made him the top-paid cornerback in the NFL, topping the four-year, $56 million contract the Seahawks' Richard Sherman signed in May. Then o... more

Though nothing that happens in training camp counts in the standings, it is a very important phase of the NFL year. Rosters are shaped, schemes are implemented and careers are decided. I saw this firsthand in my time working for the Dallas Cowb... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars can make the playoffs this season. It might seem like a crazy statement to make about a team that hasn't won more than five games in a single campaign since 2010. But the fact is, these longtime cellar dwellers are in the... more

Things can change dramatically in a decade. Just ask an NFL tight end. In 2003, the men who played the position did not, for the most part, spend much time with the football. That season, tight ends were targeted 1,406 times, catching 903 passes an... more

June

This September will mark the 10-year anniversary of an event that changed the course of NFL history: Ben Roethlisberger's first game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Schein: Veterans to appreciate Adam Schein lists nine veteran players who must be... more

Jameis Winston and Florida State hoisted the final BCS national championship trophy. The 2014 season marks the first for the College Football Playoff, which will feature a four-team playoff system. Below are the top 16 contenders to... more

It's almost too obvious to state, but few offensive players are more valuable than those who just cannot be stopped. We've all seen it happen: A running back plows over a half dozen defenders to manufacture a game-breaking touchdown, or a rece... more

One of the most difficult things to achieve in the NFL is sustained success. Even for the most hyped, "can't-miss" squads out there, the bottom is seemingly always threatening to fall out -- as the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons can attest, com... more

What do Alfred Morris, Brandon Marshall, Richard Sherman and Jared Allen have in common? All four have made the Pro Bowl -- and all four were drafted in the fourth round or later. Yes, while the first few rounds of the NFL draft are still you... more

May

In the NFL, the middle is a tricky place to be. Winners are winners and losers are losers, and a record that places a team squarely in one category or the other can provide a certain amount of clarity moving forward. Teams that win as much as they... more

The NFL offseason is a time for hope to blossom, buoyed by the twin fonts of optimism: free agency and the draft. The feeling that anything can happen when the season kicks off is pervasive, exciting even the fans of those teams whose most recent pla... more

Almost a full week has passed since the conclusion of the NFL draft, which means it's time for us to start looking ahead to next year's draft. It's early in the game, but I've begun putting together a list of seniors who look to me like they could be... more

In the aftermath of the 2014 NFL Draft, with grades being handed out and prospect hauls being assessed, excitement for the future is high. But as fans and observers gush over developmental quarterbacks and other need-filling depth plays, we should... more

There were 256 players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, and many more who did not hear their name called over the past three days. But the process isn't over for those hoping to make a roster. Last year, there were 49 undrafted players who made it ont... more

» Gil Brandt's draft board 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 We are now on the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft , but that doesn't mean there aren't still impactful players left on the board. This is a very deep draft, and many of the players taken on Day 2 would h... more

Gil Brandt's draft board 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 We're days away from the 2014 NFL Draft, and I'm ready to reveal my fourth and final set of rankings for this year's top prospects. There's been a lot of moving parts over the last few months, but one playe... more

April

Over the last few weeks I've pointed to 30 prospects whom most casual fans might not recognize, but a handful of scouts and NFL teams definitely do after their pro days. With a few exceptions, these are prospects who were not invited to the NFL Sco... more

Gil Brandt's draft board 1.0 | 2.0 With the draft officially two weeks away, I've updated my list of this year's top prospects to include 75 more names, from Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron to Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp at No. 125. Several n... more

Bob Levey / Associated Press Kenneth Acker is the latest SMU defensive back with a chance to make it in the NFL. Last week, I gave the names of 15 lesser-known players who helped their chances in the draft by putting in impressive workouts... more

Every year in the draft there are players who we know will be taken, and then there are guys who have their name called and people say, "Who is he?" In a lot of cases, the players in the latter group are guys who weren't invited to the NFL Scouting... more

A lot has changed in the three months since I released my first set of rankings for the draft, but you'll notice my top two players in the draft haven't. Here is my second look at the top 50 prospects for the 2014 draft, which includes a lot of fam... more

When assessing which NFL teams have a lot riding on the 2014 NFL Draft, the obvious answer would seem to be, well, all of them. The chance to add key pieces at relatively low cost is hugely important to each squad. That said, it can be argued that i... more

Last week, the pro-day spotlight was on LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger , who threw for scouts less than five months after having ACL surgery. This week, the spotlight turns to another SEC quarterback returning from an ACL injury, Georgia's Aaron M... more

Some players become superstars the moment they first set foot on an NFL field. Others need a bit more time. We know all about the guys who shined as rookies last season, players like San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen and Green Bay Packer... more

I get asked all the time what I consider the best NFL draft of all time. Most people quickly point to 1983 , when six Pro Football Hall of Famers went in the first round, seven overall. 'Caught in the Draft' on NFL Network NFL Network... more

Most people know Zach Mettenberger as the quarterback at LSU, but he actually began his college career at Georgia, where his mother is an administrative assistant for head coach Mark Richt. Mettenberger graduated from high school early and enrolled... more

The Dallas Cowboys are in an interesting position. For three consecutive seasons, they've finished 8-8 and just behind the winner of the NFC East, putting them on the perennial edge between success and failure. If the team wants to move away from tha... more

March

I first met Jadeveon Clowney on Nov. 5, 2010, in Columbia, S.C. He and his mother and father were in town for their recruiting trip to the University of South Carolina, and we were staying in the same hotel, the Carolina Inn. It gave me an opportuni... more

LM Otero/Associated Press QB Garrett Gilbert turned in a strong performance during SMU's pro day on Friday. DALLAS -- Sometimes, even this deep into the NFL draft process, a prospect rises from seemingly out of nowhere. For me, that prospect... more

Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away at 95 on Tuesday , was an unbelievable person. The former Buffalo Bills owner was always at league meetings and he always took the time to say hello. He was definitely someone who was always league-first. He on... more

When Jared Allen signed with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, he received more than job security and a great deal of money -- he also got a fresh start. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-mi... more

I first learned about Johnny Manziel a few years back from Tom Rossley, who was Texas A&M's offensive coordinator under then-head coach Mike Sherman and the coach responsible for recruiting Manziel to A&M. Manziel was an exciting player in high scho... more

Nearly two years ago at this time, Brandon Weeden was drafted in the first round as the Cleveland Browns' quarterback of the future. Now he's hoping to stick with the Dallas Cowboys as a backup. Three years ago, Blaine Gabbert was drafted to be the... more

» 2014 pro day reports The third week of pro days will be a big one for several good players looking to improve their draft position. Among them are two potential No. 1 overall picks , both of whom play the quarterback position. I expect severa... more

Not every No. 2 can become a No. 1. In other words, not every player waiting in the wings has what it takes to step into a starring role. As Eric Decker moves out of a supporting position with the Denver Broncos to become the New York Jets' No. 1... more

In most drafts, you might see one or two players who are worthy of being taken with the No. 1 overall pick. I can't ever remember a year like this one, when eight, possibly nine, guys are deserving of that honor. This is a really, really quality dr... more

» Brandt's pro day reports The pro day schedule the next couple of days will feature workouts for a handful of the draft's biggest names. Some of these players have already solidified themselves as first-round picks; others were stars in coll... more

» 2014 Pro Day Blog Khalil Mack continued to enhance his draft chances with a tremendous pro-day workout Tuesday. I believe he is one of seven guys with a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans. But here's why I wouldn't tak... more

A year ago at this time, the New York Jets' quarterback situation seemed dire. Coming off a 6-10 season in which they'd floundered with the likes of Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow filling the depth chart, they had to do something . So they... more

» Complete 2014 pro days schedule Pro days will be in full swing this week, and as several players go through their workouts and have their results posted, you might notice something a little strange in the numbers. Many of the 40 times poste... more

February

It was hard to find a player at the NFL Scouting Combine who hadn't put in a lot of work leading up to the event. So many of them performed above expectations -- not just the high-profile guys, but even the ones projected to go lower in the draft, wh... more

I've seen a fair amount of NFL Scouting Combine action in my day; in fact, I've been to every combine of any significance that's ever been held. And the group that I saw this week in Indianapolis probably ranks among the best-conditioned crew I've se... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- For a handful of football players, freshly removed from the amateur ranks, the next seven days or so will represent the most important time they'll spend in the pre-draft process. Their resumes have been mostly built on their da... more

Winning in the NFL is a team endeavor, but having a rock upon which to build one's franchise can go a long way. Harrison: The All-Under-25 Team Who are the most promising youngsters in the NFL today? Elliot Harrison builds an entire team of emer... more

Imagine you're a veteran NFL quarterback. You're on top of your game, making every throw with ease and scoring at will, dominating opponents with your elite combination of experience and a still-advanced skill set -- and then it happens. Suddenly, yo... more

As much as the NFL Scouting Combine is about numbers -- a player's time in the 40, his vertical leap, his bench-press reps -- it's really an event that comes down to history. More than anything, what teams are trying to figure out is how prospects me... more

Before draft prospects had the luxury of being evaluated by teams at one big event called the NFL Scouting Combine, they had to go through a few more hoops and travel a few more miles to have teams take a look at them. Back in 1977, I was at th... more

In a world obsessed with offense, the Seattle Seahawks cut against the grain, using an aggressive, physical defense to shut down the most prolific scoring machine in NFL history. Instead of pouring money and energy into developing a high-octane aeria... more

January

The Super Bowl has morphed into one of the biggest events in the world, but as someone who has personally been on hand for almost every edition of the game since its inception -- whether in my capacity as a personnel man for the Dallas Cowboys or as... more

There are probably as many as 5,000 people down at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for this week's Senior Bowl to evaluate some of the best prospects in the country. It's an event that's as big or bigger than any convention they have in Mobile, Ala., as well as... more

Last offseason, five quarterbacks signed splashy, big-money deals -- and none of them will be playing in Super Bowl XLVIII. Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford all got their respective teams to pony up the dough wit... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste has a chance to make himself some money during Senior Bowl week. I came out with my top 50 NFL prospects last week and a good number of them come from the 98 underclassmen who... more

The official count on underclassmen entering the 2014 draft is 98, easily breaking the record of 73 that was set just last year. Here's how the early entries break down by position: 4 QBs, 19 RBs, 19 WRs, 10 TEs, 9 OLs, 18 DL, 5 LBs, 14 DBs. B... more

As we head into Championship Sunday, with the spotlight shining ever stronger on established NFL stars like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, it's worth remembering the rookies who will be taking the field this weekend. These comparatively anonymous newb... more

We've reached the draft-declaration deadline, and the pool for the 2014 NFL Draft is set. Here is my first look at the top 50 prospects for the draft. These are strictly player rankings and do not factor in the player's medical history or character... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press LSU RB Jeremy Hill could be a first-round draft pick, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. The 2014 running back class got a pretty big lift Monday with news that LSU's Jeremy Hill and Arizona's... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Auburn RB Tre Mason rushed for 973 yards and nine touchdowns in five games against top-10 teams this season. There's a good chance that we will not see a running back drafted in the first round for the... more

On Wednesday, Johnny Manziel became one of 80 underclassmen who have filed their paperwork for the 2014 NFL Draft, breaking the previous record of 73, which was set just last year. That list isn't likely to stop there. By my estimation, the number c... more

Not all head-coaching jobs are created equal -- and the difference is often found in the to-do lists that greet new hires. Is Task No. 1 to figure out how to get an underachieving group of good players to live up to their potential? Or is it to... more

Tim Sharp / Associated Press Missouri's Henry Josey finished his junior season on a high note, but Gil Brandt advises that he return as a senior. Fans of college football were treated to two really close, well-played bowl games Friday night,... more

The bar for the tight end position in terms of size, speed and skills seems to get higher and higher every year. This season, three very good athletes who were former college basketball players made the Pro Bowl as tight ends -- the Saints' Jimmy Gra... more

At this time last season, the Philadelphia Eagles held unwanted real estate in the NFC East cellar, having limped to a 4-12 finish. The Carolina Panthers, meanwhile, ended up mired in a three-way tie for last in the NFC South at 7-9. Debate: Bounce... more

December

In order to be a star in the NFL, you have to perform at a high-level on every play, in every game. That's what separates the guys who are All-Pros, Pro Bowlers, and eventually Hall of Famers -- guys like Ray Lewis or Jack Lambert. Those were players... more

The 2014 NFL Draft will have more interesting potential scenarios than any draft I can remember. There are so many factors involved right now -- cap space, teams with extra draft picks, veteran QBs that will be available, major underclassmen that hav... more

Robert Griffin III's ignominious -- and premature -- end to the 2013 season made headlines, but he's far from the only high-profile member of the 2012 draft class to struggle this year. In fact, four of the first six players picked two Aprils ago... more

Associated Press Mike Gundy and Kliff Kingsbury are two men Texas should consider for its coaching vacancy, writes Gil Brandt. It's been a tough week for me. One of my best friends is without a job he held and loved for the past 16 years, in... more

Michael Albans / Associated Press Montana LB Jordan Tripp has the size and speed to be a second-day draft pick, according to Gil Brandt. There are always a handful of players in the NFL draft who make people say, "Who's he?" when they get... more

Brandt Brooks Davis Jeremiah Goodbread Greenspan Huguenin NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt names his 2013 college football All-American and picks for the season's major awards: Award picks Heisman Trophy: Jameis Wins... more

Darron Cummings/Associated Press At age 32, safety TroyPolamalu is among the oldest players on a Steelers defense that appears to be slipping. In the NFL, it doesn't take much for a team to fall off the face of the earth. Even a small dip i... more

There have been 48 quarterbacks to start in the NFL this season, including a pair -- Matt Flynn and Josh Freeman -- who have started for two teams. That's one more than all of last year. NFL team needs With the NFL season in its final month, Dan... more

John David Mercer / USA Today Sports Auburn RB Tre Mason's skills as a runner have Gil Brandt comparing him to a Hall of Fame running back. The most important criteria for success in a running back is quickness. As I watched Auburn running... more

LM Otero / Associated Press Bryce Petty is returning for his senior season after making a Heisman run and leading Baylor to a 10-1 record. There was a lot of talk about what a deep quarterback class we had this season, but with news that two... more

When it comes to picking the NFL MVP, I'm a production guy. Forget a player's reputation or the cachet he carries with him. I want to know what he's done this season. Although we still have four weeks to go in the 2013 campaign, I thought I'd take... more

John David Mercer / USA TODAY Sports Is Chris Davis' return on a missed field goal the greatest college football finish of all time? Auburn's unlikely victory over top-ranked Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Saturday will be remembered for a long... more

November

Jay Sailors / Associated Press QB Nick Marshall has helped turn Auburn's program around after it went 3-9 last season. After witnessing what I believe was the greatest weekend ever in college football, I couldn't help but go back to that ter... more

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press Boston College RB Andre Williams rushed for 584 yards last season. This season he's up to 2,073. Football coaches have a great ability to see trends and make quick adjustments. They're as analytical as the... more

It's Week 13, and the playoff picture remains as muddled as ever. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season. More ... No,... more

David Goldman / AP Photo Aaron Murray's Georgia career is over, but Gil Brandt says he has a bright NFL future. I know Georgia coach Mark Richt didn't mean quarterback Aaron Murray any harm when he said over the weekend that "I think he'll... more

The race for the Heisman Trophy got a little more interesting today with the losses of Oregon, Texas A&M and Baylor, which pretty much dropped quarterbacks Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty out of the race. For Mariota, you could t... more

Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports Myles Jack starred as a linebacker and running back in high school and has kept it going as a freshman at UCLA. Someone asked me recently what I thought about Myles Jack, UCLA's star freshman who has been creatin... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Interim coach Ed Orgeron has guided USC to a 5-1 record since taking over for Lane Kiffin. It's a pretty common thing for players to get together and say they want the interim coach to be their coach for... more

While no one ever wants to throw in the towel, at some point, it can be beneficial for teams that are out of contention to begin looking ahead. As the playoffs begin to fade from sight, the challenges and hurdles that must be dealt withnext year... more

I love Ohio State, love what Urban Meyer has done with that program since taking it over two years ago. Winning 22 straight games is not an easy accomplishment. With that said, I like Baylor even more. That's why I moved the Bears ahead of Ohio Sta... more

In the 10 years before Art Briles took over as head coach of Baylor in 2008, the Bears' record was 29-85, an average of less than three wins per season. Since then, Briles has taken his program to the top of the college football world. The Bears ar... more

As an NFL coach or general manager, it's your worst nightmare: Your starting quarterback -- the guy around whom you've built your entire roster and on whose shoulders the fate of your season rests -- goes down with an injury. So you go to his backup... more

I've been around awhile, long enough not to be surprised by much of what happens in college football. But every once in a while I have to shake my head at something that, at the time, appears inexplicable. In each of its last two weeks, Michigan ha... more

Aaron M. Sprecher / Associated Press Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel had five touchdown passes Saturday but also threw three interceptions. Midway through a game in which scouts from the Dolphins, Cowboys, Bears, Jaguars, Saints and Bills were i... more

Winslow Townson / Associated Press Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas was one of the nation's top tight-end prospects coming out of high school. The hardest selling job in the world is to convince a quarterback that you're moving him to another... more

A good quarterback is hard to find, but the Houston Texans just might have found one in Case Keenum. Keenum has acquitted himself very well since stepping in for injured veteran Matt Schaub in Week 7, though the casual fan would be forgiven for... more

Tony Avelar / Associated Press Stanford OLB Trent Murphy can improve his draft stock with upcoming games vs. Oregon, USC, Cal and Notre Dame. Every year during the NFL draft process -- which includes the combine, pro days and personal... more

Kim Klement / USA Today Sports Georgia's Aaron Murray bounced back from last week's loss to Vanderbilt, leading the Bulldogs past Florida. From 1990 to 2010, Georgia won only three of its 21 meetings with rival Florida. It's taken senior QB... more

October

Before the start of the season, I liked Miami's Stephen Morris enough to make him my 17th-best senior prospect when I released my Hot 100 in August. At the time, I felt he had the skills and upside to emerge possibly as the top QB prospect by the end... more

Last April, 32 teams gathered in New York for the 2013 NFL Draft. After -- and, in some cases, even before -- the event was over, grades were handed out , and winners and losers were declared. Future franchise saviors were anointed, while potential b... more

In 1962, Oregon State quarterback Terry Baker won the Heisman Trophy. He also was a consensus first-team All-American, was the winner of 14 player-of-the-year awards, and was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated. His 1962 statistics:... more

Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman's showing vs. Nebraska could help boost his draft stock. In its first six games this season, Nebraska's offensive line had done an impressive job keeping its... more

When Lane Kiffin was fired as USC's head coach last month, I was asked to write a column naming five potential replacements . One of the guys I named was Kliff Kingsbury, the first-year head coach who has led Texas Tech to a 7-0 record and a No. 10... more

If you're driving down the freeway and get a flat tire, it's easy enough to switch to a spare and keep rolling. But if the engine falls out, you're in trouble. Injuries in the NFL can be similar, in that losing a player who was central to your team... more

Christopher Hanewinckel / USA Today Sports Eastern Illinois senior QB Jimmy Garoppolo has drawn attention from all 32 NFL teams this season. Brooks Burgin is a junior at Highland Park High School outside of Dallas, the same school that... more

I first met Bud Adams, who sadly passed away Monday , in the spring of 1965 in a courtroom in Oklahoma City. His Houston Oilers and the Dallas Cowboys were involved in a lawsuit regarding Ralph Neely, who had been signed first by the Oilers (of the A... more

The press box at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday will be crowded with NFL scouts excited to see Jadeveon Clowney, who many college football observers have touted as a potential No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft. The game against th... more

Trading in the NFL used to be easy. Want to trade with the Chicago Bears? Talk to George Halas and it'll get done in one conversation. Open to a deal with the Baltimore Colts? Weeb Ewbank will walk over to your table at the draft and work something... more

Trading in the NFL used to be easy. Want to trade with the Chicago Bears? Talk to George Halas and it'll get done in one conversation. Open to a deal with the Baltimore Colts? Weeb Ewbank will walk over to your table at the draft and work something... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press Penn State freshman Christian Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in completions and passing yards. We're at the halfway point of the college football season, and while there have been a few upsets sprinkled... more

With the 2013 college football season hitting the halfway point and teams digging into their conference schedules, this is an appropriate time to revisit the Hot 100 seniors list. Here is a look at the top seniors in college football with the 2014 NF... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press Pittsburgh's Tom Savage caught Gil Brandt's attention with his six-TD performance against Duke on Sept. 21. By now, most college football observers know this is a special season when it comes to quarterbacks... more

Every NFL rookie carries with him a certain set of expectations, whether he was drafted to be a franchise savior or latched on with a team as a free-agent flier. Some first-year pros leave those expectations in the dust while others struggle mightily... more

Stephen Morton / Associated Press Did Jadeveon Clowney buy into the hype this past offseason, neglecting his workouts and training regimen? I'm not here to judge Jadeveon Clowney. I'm not here to say the man didn't have a reason to tell his... more

We're only a quarter of a way through the NFL's regular season, but slowly we can begin to take an early look at the draft picture for next season. Obviously, nothing is set in stone now, but a couple of broader points can be made. First, I believe... more

Backup quarterbacks ideally won't ever take a meaningful snap, but they can make or break a team's season. As the importance of the quarterback position increases, so does the importance of having a capable replacement ready to go in case the start... more

September

Gil Brandt is a longtime consultant to universities in the hiring process of head coaches. He was highly involved in LSU's hiring of Nick Saban and TCU's hiring of Gary Patterson, among many others. College Football 24/7 asked Gil who he thought woul... more

Ask anyone right now for their list of the top 10 teams in college football and you'll probably hear a lot of the usual suspects: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford, LSU, and so on. One team you won't hear, at least not yet, is Baylor. An... more

Heading into this season, the San Francisco 49ers were viewed as sure title contenders brimming with potential. Now, after a 1-2 start, folks are asking if the Niners actually are on the brink of disaster. A number of other teams are facing similar... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Marshall QB Rakeem Cato has been compared to current Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. I love Twitter. There, just said it. Most people my age abhor it, but what I love about Twitter is the same thing I love about... more

The Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson at an optimum time and got a first-round pick in return. Obviously, the question now is, who will they get with the pick? Quarterback jumps out as a need for the Browns, and they chose a goo... more

When I worked for the Dallas Cowboys, we prided ourselves on trying to have "a pair and a spare." That is to say, we wanted two starters and a quality backup at every major position. The idea was that, in the event that a key starter was lost, we'd... more

I've been around a few years, but I've never seen a game receive as much attention as Alabama-Texas A&M is getting. Last year's match drew the fourth-largest TV audience (9.6 million viewers) of the 2012 college football season. I suspect Saturday's... more

I recently predicted that the Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC East because of three factors: Tony Romo, coaching, and the ability of the re-made defensive staff to create turnovers. On Sunday, we saw that the last factor, in particular, seems to be... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Multi-talented quarterback Devin Gardner appears ideal for Brady Hoke's offense at Michigan. A lot of NFL eyes on Saturday will be on the Notre Dame-Michigan game in Ann Arbor, and a sharp focus of scouts will be... more

This is the peak of prediction season, as NFL analysts attempt to forecast final records and playoff teams for the regular season to come. Of course, accurately divining how a notoriously tough-to-predict league will play out is something of a fool's... more

August

LM Otero / Associated Press Casey Pachall will see his first action for TCU since being suspended in Week 5 last season. I asked an NFL player personnel director the other day what he thought about LSU's players. He smiled, then said: "They're... more

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel made college football history in 2012 when he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. In 2013, Manziel will attempt to do something only one player has done in the 77-year history of the award ... wi... more

I just spent 21 consecutive days on the road, visiting 12 NFL training camps and watching one joint practice (between the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals). Needless to say, I soaked up a ton of information. One of the great things about making... more

I've spent the past few weeks visiting training camps around the league, and one team has stuck out as having the best chance to surprise some folks: the Arizona Cardinals. While the Cardinals are known to have some talent, they're also fresh off a... more

As the 2013 college football season looms on the not-too-distant horizon, here is a look at the top seniors to watch this fall with the 2014 NFL Draft in mind. 1. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M The 6-foot-5 1/2, 310-pound Matthews is the son of Pr... more

With an eye toward the 2014 NFL Draft, here is a position-by-position breakdown of the top seniors in college football. Quarterbacks » AJ McCarron: Done nothing but win at Alabama. » Stephen Morris: Could be No. 1 QB prospect by season's... more

This weekend brings the enshrinement of seven new members into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Throughout my years in football, I've collected stories and anecdotes about each person in the Class of 2013. With the ceremonies on the hor... more

July

Gil Brandt has watched the Pro Football Hall of Fame grow with the game since it opened in 1963 -- and he had an up-close-and-personal view in his capacity as a key member of the Dallas Cowboys' front office. In honor of the Hall of Fame's 50th... more

In general, it's pretty hard to be a new head coach in the NFL. Usually, a coach coming into a new situation is replacing someone who failed for one reason or another -- and that reason is often a lack of player talent. So it can be tough for a... more

Training camp time is a part of the league season that I know well. Tom Landry once pointed out to me that we spent about two and a half years of our lives in training camp over our time with the Dallas Cowboys. Things have changed a lot since the 19... more

Things can change quickly in the NFL. Windows of opportunity seem to slam shut in the blink of an eye. One minute, you're riding high and planning for the playoffs; the next, you're scraping just to win a handful of games. Several factors make it t... more

June

When you're working in the front office of an NFL team, it's crucial to know who truly holds the power in each organization across the league -- because it can mean the difference between nabbing a future superstar in a trade or walking away empty-ha... more

Is there any reason to feel good about the Oakland Raiders? It's a fair question to ask after a 4-12 season in which very little went right -- a season that seemed to just continue a never-ending streak of futility. The team hasn't finished above... more

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots created quite a buzz with the signing of Tim Tebow . To me, this move is an all-time puzzler. I know Belichick is one of the smartest people in the game. He's a very thorough person who does not fly by th... more

Watch out for the Kansas City Chiefs. Of course, one could be forgiven for answering that statement by asking what, exactly, one should watch out for , given the fact that the Chiefs won just two games in 2012 while giving up more points (425) and... more

When Deacon Jones passed away , the football world lost a great, great pass rusher who was light years ahead of his time. I saw him a lot when I worked for the Dallas Cowboys, because we used to scrimmage with Deacon's Los Angeles Rams. He was a bi... more

May

When Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher retired, football lost two longtime standard-bearers at linebacker. While it would be somewhat simplistic to label someone "the next Urlacher/Lewis," I thought this would be a good opportunity to take a close look at... more

As one of the most polarizing teams in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys can be tough to pin down. Depending on who you ask, they're either hopelessly overhyped or a talent-packed squad perpetually on the cusp of breaking out. But when the bluster and emot... more

Want a big target painted on your back? Just make yourself a first- or second-round draft pick. If there are any doubts at all about your long-term pro potential, you'll be loudly denounced as a bust-in-waiting, and the team that picked you will be w... more

When the 2013 NFL season gets going in September, the hype spawned by the draft process will fall away and we'll see what this rookie class is really made of. Some first-year players will step into starting roles and produce immediately, while some w... more

When you hear the term "undrafted free agent," you probably don't think of teams rushing to add potential difference makers, but that's exactly what happens every year after the final pick of the draft has been made. This year was no different; the 2... more

April

Wade Payne / Associated Press Tyler Bray is among a number of available rookies teams will be signing soon. » Position-by-position look at top undrafted free agents Last season, 59 undrafted rookie free agents made Week 1 rosters, includin... more

» Gil Brandt's top 10 rookie free agents Here are the top players who were not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft : Quarterbacks 1. Tyler Bray , Tennessee(UPDATE: Multiple reports say Bray signed with the Kansas City Chiefson Saturday.)... more

NEW YORK -- The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is complete, and teams are busy preparing for the second and third rounds Friday night. There is still plenty of talent left on the board, as my Hot 100 (+25) suggests. Expect teams to be eager to se... more

A months-long stretch of pontificating and speculating and guessing is about to end. Soon, the 2013 NFL Draft will begin; soon we'll know exactly where each hotly debated prospect will be for the next phase of his football life. Until then, though,... more

Associated Press/USA TODAY Sports Ryan Griffin (left) and Reid Fragel have the potential to make a name for themselves in the NFL. The 2013 NFL Draft is just over a week away, and by this point, we've all been inundated with talk of the top... more

Around this time two years ago, I had a pretty good handle on how the 2011 NFL Draft was going to go. With standout prospects like receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Cam Newton in the field, it was fairly easy to arrange the available talent in a... more

Pro days can be easy for the average fan to overlook. In a little more than one month's time, hundreds of prospects work out at dozens of schools, doing positional drills and running 40-yard dashes in front of NFL coaches and personnel men. While the... more

March

A year ago, Matt Barkley was one of the brightest quarterback prospects in the game. Now, as he gets set for USC's Pro Day on Wednesday, his stock has dropped to the point that some folks wonder if he'll be picked in the first round. The moment of... more

In the NFL, April Fool's isn't limited to just one day or even one month. In fact, as we continue to work our way through the pro-day schedule , teams are starting to ramp up the trickery and skullduggery that annually mark the weeks leading up to th... more

NFL/Associated Press UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin (left) and Alabama OG Barrett Jones are long on potential and short on exposure. By this point in the year, many of us have become quite familiar with the big-name prospects, the Luke Joeckel s... more

As we get closer to the 2013 NFL Draft, we hear more and more about the supposedly lackluster crop of prospects teams have to pick from. You know the chorus: There's no clear-cut No. 1 pick. There aren't any instant superstars-in-waiting. While that... more

Pro-day season is officially here , kicking off with Friday's events at Purdue and Texas-El Paso. 2013 Pro Days Schedule By Date Between the combine and the draft, prospects work out for scouts at individual pro days at their respective schools.... more

February

With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine behind us, we turn our attention to the slate of pro-day workouts that will be held at schools around the nation over the next month, beginning Friday . Prospects who weren't invited to the combine will get a chance... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is a great showcase for some well-trained athletes, but it's also more than that: It represents a chance for football prospects to prove they have what it takes to make it in the pros. That's especially true for guys who ar... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is about to kick the draft season into high gear. With that in mind, I thought this would be a good time to put together the first "Hot 100" list of the year. As those who are familiar with previous editions of this lis... more

We've begun the long pre-draft season, which means it's time for mock drafts, pro-day workouts, the NFL Scouting Combine -- and plenty of hype. That can be fun, but sometimes it's better to cut through all of that and take a hard, objective look at... more

Jacob Harris/Associated Press A far cry from the bright lights of Radio City Music Hall, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle conducts the 1967 draft. When Ezekiel Ansah arrived at BYU from Ghana in 2008, very few people knew who he was. A few short... more

NEW ORLEANS -- After watching the Baltimore Ravens pull off a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it's now safe to say: Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback. I don't think there's any que... more

January

Associated Press The Baltimore Ravens' JoeFlacco (left), 28, and Atlanta Falcons' MattRyan, 27, represent the young elite at QB. Peyton Manning won't be playing in Super Bowl XLVII. Neither will Tom Brady, Drew Brees nor Tony Romo. Th... more

When Colin Kaepernick leads the San Francisco 49ers into battle in Super Bowl XLVII, he'll do so as one of the most athletic quarterbacks to ever have played in the title game. That got me thinking about Super Bowl history and the other signal-call... more

When I worked for the Dallas Cowboys, I participated in a number of championship games, and I remember every one of them. I especially remember how difficult it was to come up against a team in the playoffs that we hadn't seen all season. This... more

Thomas Campbell/US Presswire Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (above) is similar to JakeLong, the first pick of the 2008 NFLDraft. The 2012 playoffs are still in full swing, but the 28 teams no longer playing are already looking to... more

Offense sells tickets, but defense wins games. That's an old saying that still has some merit to it, even in this era of super-powered aerial attacks. Defense is still important, as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers can attest. So... more

Watching Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson play last weekend was like watching three very good jockeys run the Kentucky Derby. All three are talented, but one -- Wilson -- outpaced the other two. And while it's true that Wilson clear... more

Quarterback play has become increasingly important in the NFL, and that's never clearer than during the playoffs. All 12 remaining teams are well-coached, all 12 teams have plenty of talent on the roster, and it's next to impossible to overcome mista... more

December

The Dallas Cowboys needed quarterback Tony Romo to come up big against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night . Instead, he threw three interceptions, including a crucial fourth-quarter pick that largely contributed to the Cowboys' season-ending los... more

Adrian Peterson is having a monster year. The running back is poised to single-handedly lift the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs while possibly breaking Eric Dickerson's record for rushing yards (2,105) in a season. Seeing how Peterson dominates in... more

Associated Press JoshFreeman's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and CamNewton's Carolina Panthers are poised for big things in 2013. As the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks have shown, it's possible to turn things around very... more

With the final stretch of the 2012 NFL season upon us, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at the contenders for the six major awards given to individual players, plus one for coaches. From fresh-out-of-school rookies (like Andrew Luck... more

Important QB traits Leadership Poise Touch Accuracy Quickness to set up Quick release Arm strength Ability to read the defense Mobility in the pocket Scrambling ability Anticipation All season long, we've heard about young quarterbacks... more

November

Joe Nicholson/US Presswire Despite MarkSanchez's lackluster play, TimTebow (above) has received limited playing time for the New York Jets. New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has a history of winning, a great work ethic and a highly... more

Associated Press The Texans' JohnathanJoseph and the Cardinals' PatrickPeterson are at the top of the cornerback stack. Competition in the NFL is as intense as it's ever been. Teams are looking for any way to gain a competitive advantag... more

Week 9 was something of a coming out party for rookie players, a true sign that some major first-year talent has arrived. In addition to the by-now-standard excellent play from the crop of rookie quarterbacks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug M... more

October

It's hard not to compare Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to Peyton Manning. Both came out of college as highly touted prospects. Both were made No. 1 overall draft picks by the Colts. Both are do-everything signal-callers, student... more

The midpoint of the season is almost here, and folks are no doubt preparing lists of first-half all-stars. While they'll have a relatively easy time picking out the best quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, I thought I'd lend them a hand and ro... more

The second season of an NFL player's career is the "prove it" year, a chance for rookie sensations to show that their initial success was no fluke. After a smashing debut in 2011, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is facing plenty of questio... more

Entering the 2012 season, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was supposed to be a project for the Miami Dolphins. Folks were excited to see what fellow first-round draft picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III could do with the Indianapolis Colts and... more

Associated Press AlfredMorris (left) is fifth in the NFL in rushing, while BrianHartline is the leading receiver through Week 4. When the Arizona Cardinals improved to 4-0 on Sunday, they solidified their status as one of the biggest... more

September

This past Sunday was one of the wildest in recent memory, with plenty of dramatic moments and big performances. But with all the hubbub, many folks might not have noticed that two unheralded rookies book-ended the day. Cincinnati Bengals receiver... more

The kicking game has become very important in today's NFL because everybody's looking for ways to win, trying to explore new avenues to find an edge. So perhaps it's no surprise that we're in an era of advanced special teams play, with prodigious pun... more

Paul Connors/Associated Press The NFL's replacement refs were under the microscope throughout the preseason and that continued in Week 1. I've been involved with the NFL since 1960, and I've never seen fans more excited than they were last... more

Eric Gay/Associated Press Before he was an NFL star-in-the-making, RobertGriffin III was learning the game in Texas at Copperas Cove High. When the 2012 NFL season kicks off Wednesday , eight of the 32 starting quarterbacks, including Dr... more

August

Aaron M. Sprecher/Associated Press The San Francisco 49ers need a playmaker on the perimeter; veteran receiver RandyMoss can fill that role. Football is a team sport, but every squad has a few players in the crosshairs each season; those... more

As we hurtle toward the 2012 regular season, numerous players across the league have something to prove. These guys cover all positions and experience levels, from rookies to seasoned veterans. Some are familiar names and some are completely overlook... more

Associated Press Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (left) and Rams QB Sam Bradford are hoping to help turn their teams around. The Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams are both looking for a fresh start in 2012 after struggling in 2011. NFL.com's Gi... more

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- After adding a boatload of free agents this offseason, the San Diego Chargers are undoubtedly a different team than they were last season. Thanks in part to that signing spree, I think they'll also have much better results in 201... more

The players being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this month comprise one of the most talented classes ever. Unfortunately, it's also among the least known, missing the sort of marquee name that might garner the praise and recognition thes... more

July

John Raoux/Associated Press Jacksonville's Montell Owens has become the NFL's best all-around special teamer, making the past two Pro Bowls.   Hall of Fame coach George Allen was always known for underscoring the importance of special teams... more

June

LaDainian Tomlinson's retirement on Monday got me to thinking about the all-time RB hierarchy, raising an obvious question: Who are the top 10 running backs ever? Now, ranking the 10 best running backs is like picking the winner of the Miss USA... more

At this time of the year, properly ordering teams in a Power Rankings is about as easy as completing a third-and-15 in the playoffs. It's just so hard to predict how each team will perform in this league from one year to the next. Going back to 200... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press The Saints definitely miss Drew Brees, but Chase Daniel (pictured) is doing an admirable job in a stand-in role.   METAIRIE, La. -- One of my favorite things to do is visit minicamps in the spring, after the... more

May

Rich Addicks/Associated Press Rams signee Matt Daniels excelled as a four-year starter at Duke, showcasing NFL-caliber skills at safety. The moment the NFL draft ends, the race to sign undrafted free agents begins. The undrafted college free... more

US Presswire Dallas Cowboys' top draft pick Morris Claiborne has top-tier potential, says Gil Brandt.   We all know not to judge a book by its cover. In football, never judge a player by what he does in shorts. But my impressions from the... more

April

Derick Hingle / US Presswire Brandon Bolden accounted for 33 touchdowns (rushing and receiving) in four years at Ole Miss. ? Position-by-position look at top undrafted free agents Historically, there have been some great rookie free agents... more

With the draft upon us, there are some prospects climbing and some falling on draft boards. A few noteworthy items: Three of the top four names on this list are quarterbacks, with Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill steadily advancing. Mississippi State defen... more

With pro days all but wrapped up, it's time to take another look at the top prospects heading into the 2012 NFL Draft . Several players greatly improved their stock since we last checked in after the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February. As... more

March

With the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, I can unveil my latest edition of the Hot 100. While a number of players saw their draft stock rise or fall due to their performance in Indianapolis, there wasn't drastic change near the top of the li... more

February

NFL/Associated Press Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Matt Kalil (from left to right) are the cream of the crop in the 2012 draft class. My second edition of the "Hot 100" doesn't look drastically different from the first version . But now tha... more

January

US Presswire/NFL Justin Blackmon, Andrew Luck and Matt Kalil top Gil Brandt's "Hot 100."   We're just about three months away from the 2012 NFL Draft , which means it's time for the first edition of my "Hot 100." This isn't necessarily how... more

Watch the original game broadcast of the 1981 NFC Championship, featuring "The Catch", on NFL Network on Tuesday night at midnight ET. Thirty years ago today, I was on the Dallas Cowboys sideline at Candlestick Park, witness to one of the most... more

Associated Press Giants TE Jake Ballard (left) and Falcons LB Curtis Lofton will be big factors in Sunday's game. Every year at this time, a player who hasn't had much fanfare previously will come up with the big play that helps his team win a... more

December

Three rookies -- Denver's Von Miller, Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Cincinnati's A.J. Green -- were named to the Pro Bowl. As my NFL.com colleague Bucky Brooks pointed out Tuesday, they are just part of a draft class that could be the best the NFL h... more

US Presswire (Left to right) Ike Taylor, Matt Forte and Marques Colston could be making their first business trips to Hawaii. Pro Bowl voting ended Tuesday and rosters will be announced next Tuesday. This is always an exciting time for players, n... more

Week 14 of the 2011 season will go down in NFL history as the first time ever that as many as six rookie quarterbacks threw touchdown passes on the same day. Only time will tell if this year's class of rookie quarterbacks is the best in NFL history... more

So much attention was paid to big losses by the Eagles and Cowboys last week that fans may have overlooked the teams that defeated them. Focus on the two lightning-rod NFC East teams overshadowed the fact that both the Seahawks and Cardinals have sho... more

November

Marvin Gentry/US Presswire Alabama's Trent Richardson has picked up this season where former Heisman winner Mark Ingram left off. If you think that winning the Heisman Trophy doesn't have a direct correlation on life in the NFL, let me share a... more

Alix Drawec / NFL Stanford QB Andrew Luck is getting a lot of buzz for his play, which continues to raise already high expectations.   We've heard plenty about Stanford's Andrew Luck over the past few years. Some have gone so far to call hi... more

Greg M. Cooper / US Presswire Eli Manning is having a great season, and a playoff run could help his résumé in what might become a HOF career.   The Hall of Fame can be a hot-button issue. Now, I'm not talking about guys who have already... more

Kirby Lee / US Presswire Andy Dalton has the Bengals tied for first place in the AFC North, but he isnt' the only rookie to surprise this season.   When talking about rookies that have had an immediate impact this season, the first two name... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL Cam Newton would still go No. 1 to the Panthers if the draft was held again today, but a lot would change after that.   This has been a really good season for rookies making an impact. There are obvious cases like Cam... more

October

Steve Mitchell / US Presswire Tom Brady capped a Week 1 that had 14 300-yard passers, and forced defenses league-wide to alter their approach. This has been a season of adjustments. It started with teams learning on the fly during a condens... more

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, the biggest move teams looking for a change can make is to fire the head coach. There are obvious names on the hot seat -- Tony Sparano and Jack Del Rio -- but history tells us that there could be a few... more

Ben Margot / Associated Press The Texans dealt for veteran WR Derrick Mason in what could be the first of many moves before the trade deadline. The NFL trade deadline usually falls far short of the excitement and anticipation other sports... more

Scott Anger/AP Al Davis won three Super Bowl titles and enjoyed 28 winning seasons with the Raiders. Editor's note: Gil Brandt served as vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1989. His Cowboys faced Al Davis... more

Historically coaches like to break the season up into quarters in order to set short-term goals. We are going to try that method based off my preseason rankings of all 32 teams. After the first quarter of the season, each team will fall into one of... more

September

Crystal LoGiudice / US Presswire Saints TE Jimmy Graham has become an important part of the offense in just his second year in the league. With the 2011 season nearing the end of its first quarter, several stories have taken shape: The Bill... more

I??ve scouted thousands of players and wouldn??t make this statement lightly: Through two games, Cam Newton is the most impressive rookie quarterback I've seen come into the league. Obviously, it's a small sample size for Newton, but he followed... more

We're just starting the 2011 season, but it's quickly shaping up to be a ground-breaking year for the passing game after the records we saw set to open the season. Passing records set Week 1 » Most quarterbacks with 300-plus yards passing at 14... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have been referred to as the "Dream Team." Well, things might not get off to a good start for Michael Vick and Co. when they visit St. Louis . The Rams have several ingredients to hand the Eagles a loss come Sunday. Most... more

There are several really good coaches in the league today. More so than ever, the top guy and the bottom guy are close. The competitive balance on the field also carries over when you're talking about coaching. Sean Payton's success and hard work... more

August

NAPA, Calif. -- Getting to go to certain training camps year after year, you really have a chance to evaluate the current version of a team vs. what you saw the prior season. In the three practices that I've seen, the Oakland Raiders seem like a team... more

In 1962, former overcoat salesman Ed Sabol bid $3,000 for the movie rights to the NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. The rest, as they say, is history. On Saturday night, Sabol will be enshrined in the Pro Footba... more

Former Tennessee State University coach John Merritt often tells the story of how Richard Dent - member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 - was recruited to the school. Dent came from religious family in the Atlanta area. Assistant coa... more

Because of his work ethic and competitiveness, Shannon Sharpe -- who will be enshrined Saturday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- completely exceeded everyone's expectations as a player (and he continues to do so as a broadcaster). Here are 10 th... more

Note: Don't miss "Deion Sanders: Canton Goes Primetime," which premieres Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network. I have many, many fond memories of Deion Sanders through the years. Perhaps the most memorable came in February of 1989 at the NF... more

July

Les Richter was one of the toughest linebackers ever to play in the NFL. His tenacity and productivity are honored with his enshrinement this year in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Incredibly, his career almost ended before it even began. Here are... more

Coming out of college, I didn??t think Chris Hanburger would ever play in the NFL. He was just under 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, and ran a 4.79 40 on grass. He was an undersized guy that turned out to be an overachiever. He was really smart and had great... more

US Presswire photos Derrick Locke, Pat Devlin and Mark Herzlich (left to right) should all be on NFL rosters soon. The lockout has made this a difficult and trying offseason for college players who went undrafted. Rookie free agents are som... more

June

Dale Zanine / US Presswire Tramon Williams came up big in the Packers' playoff run to the Super Bowl last season. If you're a smart head coach or general manager, then for the last five weeks, since the NFL draft reached its conclusion,... more

May

Kyle Terada / US Presswire With ideal size and arm strength, and his winning ways, Stanford QB Andrew Luck has it all. The college football season is still several months away, but it's never too early to start thinking about the next wave... more

LM Otero / Associated Press Pat Devlin had a successful final season at Delaware, leading the Blue Hens to the FCS championship game. » Pat Kirwan's best undrafted players On opening weekend of the 2010 regular season, there were 59... more

April

At one point last season, there was a preference by the Oakland Raiders' coaching staff to keep rookie Jacoby Ford inactive on gameday. To which Raiders owner Al Davis said: "I think you should reconsider that." Sure enough, Ford went on to make se... more

The next best: Players built for the NFL The players on this list have one or two key traits that have led to the success of other players making NFL rosters in the past. These traits include speed, long arms, outstanding quickness, college... more

Hot 100: Version 1 | Version 2   Well, the pro days portion of the offseason came and went in a flash, and now we're down to the final parts of the evaluation process before the NFL draft begins April 28. I've seen my fair share of workouts... more

March

There have been a lot of negatives tossed around lately when it comes to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, and it??s understandable that NFL teams must perform their due diligence to learn everything they can about him if they are considering drafting... more

The NFL Scouting Combine never ceases to amaze me. It gets bigger each time around. We get more players to participate every year. It's such an impressive, well-run event. Being in Indianapolis allowed me to revisit my "Hot 100" prospects, and... more

February

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the coaches, scouts and general managers from all 32 NFL teams converge on Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine , some fans might still question exactly how this event fits into the overall draft picture. It is certainly a... more

What if teams drafted solely on best player available and didn't consider their specific needs? What if teams didn't consider a player's injury history, off-field issues, psychological exams, intelligence tests, or workout results at the NFL Scouting... more

In Sunday's Super Bowl XLV matchup between the Steelers and Packers, it's hard to pick a winner between two very evenly matched teams. It's even more difficult when you break down the teams based on meaningful statistics, something I did here. I th... more

This week we will feature six matchups from the Super Bowl.   Roethlisberger   Williams Steelers vs. Packers : Ben Roethlisberger vs. Tramon Williams Roethlisberger is one of the tougher quarterbacks to defend due to his ability t... more

January

This week will feature two matchups from each divisional game.   Oher   Harrison Ravens vs. Steelers : Michael Oher vs. James Harrison Oher started all 16 games at right tackle last year and was selected to the All-Rookie team. Oh... more

This week will feature two matchups from each wild-card game.   Ryan   Manning Jets vs. Colts : Rex Ryan vs. Peyton Manning Ryan is 0-2 vs. Manning in the playoffs (one as a head coach with the Jets and one as the defensive coordi... more

December

The only matchups featured this week will be from games that have playoff implications, with one bonus matchup from the Vikings-Lions tilt.   Suggs   Whitworth Bengals at Ravens : Terrell Suggs vs. Andrew Whitworth Whitworth is a... more

  Brees   Reed Saints at Ravens : Drew Brees vs. Ed Reed Brees is an accurate passer who excels at finding open windows to throw through. His understanding of the game is impeccable, but is matched on the defensive side by Reed. Brees... more

History shows that Bob Lilly was the first player drafted by the Dallas Cowboys franchise, but in fact it was Don Meredith , who passed away Sunday at the age of 72 , who really was the original Cowboy. We actually had Chicago Bears owner George... more

  Philip Rivers   Nnamdi Asomugha Chargers at Raiders : Philip Rivers vs. Nnamdi Asomugha Asomugha is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and teams don't throw many passes to his side. He played safety in college and plays with... more

November

  Aaron Rodgers   Matt Ryan Packers at Falcons : Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan Don't be surprised if this matchup does not become what the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry has been over the past five years. While technically the two won'... more

  Ray Rice   Jon Beason Ravens at Panthers : Ray Rice vs. Jon Beason Rice is a matchup problem because of his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He has outstanding quickness and vision as a runner and excels in pass... more

Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. Steelers S Troy Polamalu Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC In six games against the Steelers, Brady has played well with 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 102.3 passer rating. Since 2000, these two teams have won a combined... more

October

Texans running back Arian Foster vs. Colts linebacker Gary Brackett Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Two teams fighting to win the AFC South, each with two losses. Houston has never won at Indianapolis in eight tries. The Texans will be playing with a new... more

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson vs. Packers LB A.J. Hawk Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC This is a game of utmost importance for both teams, and Peterson and Hawk will be right in the center of the action. Minnesota plays only two teams with losing records the... more

September

Associated Press 1. Steelers LB James Harrison vs. Ravens OT Michael Oher These two franchises started playing against each other in 1950, when the Ravens were known as the Cleveland Browns. The two cities (Cleveland and Pittsburgh) are... more

George Blanda, who passed away Monday at the age of 83 , was one of the most-competitive guys I ever came across. George Blanda, 1927-2010 George Blanda played more seasons than any player in NFL history. He retired following the 1975 season, ju... more

Cowboys CB Terence Newman vs. Texans WR Andre Johnson Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX This is a battle for turf in Texas and is important for marketing. These two teams split their first two meetings. A loss here would inflict serious damage on a Cowboys tea... more

Colts QB Peyton Manning vs. Giants QB Eli Manning Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, CBS The last time the brothers played was on a Sunday night in 2006, with the Colts winning, 26-21 . These two quarterbacks combined have started 281 consecutive games. Eli 88,... more

How important is Week 1? Since 1978, when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule, teams that are victorious on Kickoff Weekend are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of the opening game. Consider: » Of the 458 teams that w... more

Here's the one fact you need to know about this past weekend's final cuts to know it was anything but ordinary: A total of 53 undrafted free agents made NFL 53-man rosters. To put that in perspective, anything over 30 is considered a lot. So it go... more

August

Steve Hamm / Associated Press Emmitt Smith had the ability to turn short gains into long ones -- and did it frequently during his career. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This year's Hall of Fame class features a wide variety of all-time greats.... more

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This year's Hall of Fame class features a wide variety of all-time greats. Get to know more about all of the 2010 inductees: Russ Grimm Team: Redskins Position: Guard Sasons: 11 » Pro Football... more

Associated Press Dick LeBeau used his knowledge and skill set to come up with 62 interceptions in his Hall of Fame career. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This year's Hall of Fame class features a wide variety of all-time greats. Get to know mor... more

NFL Class of 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Rickey Jackson earned six trips to the Pro Bowl during his 15-year career. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This year's Hall of Fame class features a wide variety of all-time greats. Get to know more about... more

July

Kevin Terrell / Associated Press Class of 2010 Hall of Fame inductee John Randle had 10 or more sacks in eight consecutive seasons. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Get to know more about the rest of the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees: Russ... more

Bill Ingraham / Associated Press Floyd Little was a big target on a mediocre Denver team, but he was still tough for opposing defenses to contain. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This year's Hall of Fame class features some all-time greats. Find... more

National Football League The Redskins traded up to draft Russ Grimm, and he proved to be well worth the investment. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This year's Hall of Fame class features a wide variety of all-time greats. Get to know more about... more

Boston College Athletics Boston College OT Anthony Costanzo has started every game for the Eagles since arriving on campus in 2007. Editor's note: This is the seventh in a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by positio... more

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, for the 2011 NFL Draft. Did you know? » Two of the best safeties of all time, Willie Wood of the Packers and Cliff Harris of the Cowboys, were both... more

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press Boston College's Mark Herzlich is an elite linebacker prospect entering the upcoming college football season. Editor's note: This is the fifth in a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, b... more

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press Iowa's Adrian Clayborn reached double digits in sacks and tackles for loss last season, which has scouts intrigued. Editor's note: This is the fourth in a weekly series detailing the top senior... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press With 237 total yards, Nebraska's Niles Paul was MVP of the Husker's Holiday Bowl win over Arizona. Editor's note: This is the third in a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, f... more

Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray is a do-it-all running back, who will be a first-round pick if he stays healthy. Editor's note: This is the second in a series detailing the top senior prospects, by position,... more

June

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press Washington QB Jake Locker has a chance to solidify his draft status by having a big senior season. Editor's note: This is the first in a series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, for... more

Fans and media members alike have wondered why Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have not made many roster moves this offseason. After watching this team go through its recent organized team activities, I now understand. The bottom line is that th... more

April

All eyes were on Dez Bryant during the Dallas Cowboys' rookie practice Friday. With a considerable amount of media in attendance, Bryant passed his first test with flying colors. The former Oklahoma State wide receiver capped a good performance wit... more

  NEW YORK -- It was still early in the seventh round of the draft Saturday afternoon when Pat Kirwan and I were chatting with Baltimore Ravens director of player personne Eric DeCosta on Sirius NFL Radio. He was very excited to tell us about the... more

The St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs are all rebuilding and can use as many draft picks as they can get. Fortunately for those teams, they own three of the first four selections when Round 2 of the NFL Draft kicks off... more

With the first round of the 75th NFL Draft complete, there's still plenty of talent available heading into Day 2. Nine of the 10 players in tier one of my "Hot 100" were taken in the top 32 picks. However, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen remai... more

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tier 6-10 (51-100) Tier Three (21-30 listed alphabetically) Dez Bryant , WR, Oklahoma State 6-foot-2, 225 pounds Missed most of the... more

It's been almost three weeks since I published my early list of the "Hot 100" prospects for the 2010 draft. Even broken down into groups of 10, there has been enough information gathered in recent days to call for a few tweaks. I'm not going to nit... more

Hot 100 Prospects 51100 April 07, 2010

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tier 6-10 (51-100) Tier Six (51-60 listed alphabetically) Tyson Alualu , DE, Cal; Arrelious Benn , WR, Illinois; Thaddeus Gibson , DE/OLB, Ohio S... more

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tier 6-10 (51-100) Tier Two (11-20 listed alphabetically) Anthony Davis , OT, Rutgers 6-foot-5, 323 pounds Huge man with ability, and he mo... more

The depth of this year's draft is excellent at several positions. Usually there are one or two weak positions, but that is not the case in 2010. The strongest positions are defensive tackle, running back and cornerback. The quality of this draft cl... more

March

Dez Bryant entered his private workout for NFL teams Tuesday in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas, with a 10-person entourage and no cleats. He left with many questions unanswered about his status in next month's draft. Bryant, considered the top wide... more

David Scarbrough / AP (Moon); National Football League (Randle) Warren Moon and John Randle are among 14 players who made it to the Hall of Fame despite not being drafted. It's always a benefit when a team's first-round draft pick meets thos... more

February

Starting with the first Super Bowl -- known then as the AFL-NFL Championship Game -- I've been to all but three of the big games. You always remember something about each one. After last year's Super Bowl, NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and myself were on... more

The Saints and Colts met the press at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, but not everything was revealed in those interview sessions. Here are a few tidbits on some of the Super Bowl XLIV participants that you might not have known: Indianapolis Colts... more

January

Because there are only two games to focus on, these two games usually are the most talked about and dissected games of the year. So let the talking and dissecting begin ? New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts The Jets' 29-15, come-from-behind win i... more

Associated Press If Flozell Adams can't contain Jared Allen, then the Cowboys offense will have a tough time in Minnesota. Wild-card weekend was very exciting -- we saw two upsets, the highest TV ratings in 10 years, and a playoff record for... more

Paul Connors / Associated Press Charles Woodson helped contain Larry Fitzgerald last week, and he'll have to do it again if Green Bay is to advance. The interesting thing about looking at the key matchups in the first round of the playoffs i... more

December

Here's a look at all the key matchups to watch in Week 17: 1 p.m. ET, CBS Indianapolis at Buffalo Indianapolis LB Clint Session vs. Buffalo RB Fred Jackson The Bills lead this series, 34-30, but the Colts have won the last six. Indianapolis sa... more

November

Here's a look at all the key matchups to watch in Week 11: 1 p.m. ET, CBS Indianapolis at Baltimore Indianapolis DE Robert Mathis vs. Baltimore OT Michael Oher It's Homecoming Weekend for the Colts, who played in Baltimore from 1953-83.... more

Here's a look at all the key matchups to watch in Week 9: 1 p.m. ET, FOX Houston at Indianapolis Houston QB Matt Schaub vs. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning Houston has been playing well, but the Texans are 1-13 in the all-time series against th... more

October

Here's a look at all the key matchups to watch in Week 5: 1 p.m. ET, CBS Cincinnati at Baltimore Cincinnati OT Andrew Whitworth vs. Baltimore DE Terrell Suggs This game has become a key AFC North matchup, with both teams fielding playoff hopes... more

September

Here's a look at the key matchups to watch in Week 3 action: 1 p.m. ET, FOX Atlanta at New England Atlanta QB Matt Ryan vs. New England QB Tom Brady Ryan returns home, where he enjoyed a stellar career at Boston College. Last season he became... more

Associated Press The sideline matchup between coaches Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick takes center stage in the Jets-Patriots rivalry. It will be tough to top Week 1 of the 2009 season for great games from start to finish, but anything in this... more

Associated Press High-profile QBs Jay Cutler (left) and Aaron Rodgers highlight the start of a new chapter in the Bears-Packers rivalry. So much has happened around the NFL since the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Supe... more

Getty Images James Farrior is Pittsburgh's leading tackler, and he'll be busy chasing Tennessee rookie Chris Johnson this week. There are so many meaningful games in Week 16 as we inch closer to the postseason. Here are some of the key... more

August

Phil Coale / Associated Press Florida State's Patrick Robinson, left, is likely going to be a first-round pick in next year's draft. Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, for... more

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press USC safety Taylor Mays' speed and athletic ability put him at the top of the 2010 safety class. Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, for the... more

Jeff Roberson / Associated Press Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon has the athletic ability and versatility to play for a long time in the NFL. Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by positio... more

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press Boston College's Mike McLaughlin is a very intelligent player and a team leader for the Eagles. Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, for the... more

July

Dave Weaver / Associated Press Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh doesn't only stuff the run and rush the passer, he can also intercept passes. Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, fo... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Florida's Tim Tebow has another season to prepare to be an NFL quarterback. Editor's note: This is the first in a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, for the 2010 NFL Draft.... more

When you think back on the career of a Hall of Fame player, there's such a body of work that it's easy to forget a play here or there that was so important. Such is the case with wide receiver Bob Hayes. So for those who may not remember or didn't kn... more

The Dallas Cowboys began using computers to evaluate college prospects back in 1963. Over the next 25 years, only two players -- Bo Jackson and Tony Dorsett -- received a higher overall grade than Rod Woodson, who will be enshrined this summer in the... more

In 1987, there was a work stoppage in the NFL and I was in the Phoenix area in late August trying to sign some potential players for the Dallas Cowboys' replacement team. After signing some players, I went to Arizona State University to watch practic... more

Many times people who are in a high-profile business are asked, "How did you get into this business?" I'm sure Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., has been asked this question on many occasions. For the record, here is how he became the owner of a... more

Jesse Penn , a linebacker that the Dallas Cowboys drafted in the second round out of Virginia Tech, liked to tell the story of how quickly his college teammate, Bruce Smith , established himself when they both arrived in Blacksburg, Va. All incoming... more

The NFL's supplemental draft will take place July 16 at 1 p.m. ET. The supplemental draft began in 1977 as a way to accommodate players who weren't eligible for the upcoming college football season. That year, Notre Dame RB Al Hunter flunked out of... more

Did you know: David Duprey / Associated Press The Bills' Eric Wood (picked 28th overall) was one of two centers selected in the first round of the 2009 draft. » Over the past 10 drafts (2000-2009), 31 tackles have been drafted in the... more

Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images Penn State's Dennis Landolt is one of many offensive tackle prospects who started their careers at another position. Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by... more

Since the tragic death of Steve McNair on July 4, much has been written and said about his legacy as an NFL quarterback. No question, in his 13 years as an NFL quarterback, McNair put his stamp on the game. But let's not overlook the unbelievable leg... more

Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images Chet Teofilo has played tackle at California, but his future will probably be at guard in the NFL. Editor's note: This is the second in a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by position, fo... more

David Duprey / Associated Press The Bills' Eric Wood (picked 28th overall) was one of two centers selected in the first round of the 2009 draft. » In six of the last 10 drafts, no center has been drafted in the first round. Top college... more

June

Associated Press Beattie Feathers (48) was the first to rush for 1,000 yards, doing so in 11 games in 1934 with the Bears. Did you know ... » The first NFL player to run for 1,000 yards was Beattie Feathers in 1934. In his next six... more

Ed Zurga / Associated Press NFL teams covet tight ends who can do it all, such as Tony Gonzalez, who was traded from Kansas City to Atlanta this offseason. Did you know? » Since 1999, two tight ends (Kellen Winslow II and Vernon Davis)... more

Phil Coale / Associated Press Clemson's C.J. Spiller is small in size but big in playmaking ability. A big senior season could move him up in the first round. Editor's note: This is the second in a weekly series detailing the top... more

Eric Gay / Associated Press Texas' Jordan Shipley has dominated every level of competition and he figures to get his shot at the NFL in 2010. Editor's note: This is the third in a weekly series detailing the top senior prospects, by... more

Denis Poroy / Associated Press Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished last season with career bests in passing yards and touchdowns. So much for trends. After a watershed 2007 season that produced the most passing attempts, completions,... more

Rick Stewart / Getty Images Chris Chandler was the first QB taken in the 1988 draft, but he wasn't picked until the third round by the Colts. Did you know ... » Since 1967, only one year (1988 ) has no quarterback been selected in the... more

May

ARLINGTON, Texas -- You can't do the Cowboys' new stadium justice with words. When you get on Interstate 30 in downtown Dallas, you can see the top of the stadium in the distance -- from 18 miles away . On Wednesday, the Cowboys opened the stadium... more

IRVING, Texas -- Former Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee shot up draft boards after showcasing impressive athleticism during his pro day and at private workouts. He went from being an afterthought to being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fou... more

April

After a fast-paced first day of the 2009 NFL draft, it's time for all 32 teams to take stock of the players still on their draft boards as they get ready for Rounds 3-7 on Sunday. We can do the same. Here's a look at the top-ranked players from... more

Pro day workout updates April 25, 2009

In between the combine and the NFL Draft, NFL coaches and personnel -- not to mention the prospects themselves -- turn their attention to the various college "pro day" workouts. These are not as all-encompassing as the combine, but they are important... more

Mayock's top 5 prospects NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has WR Michael Crabtree rated as the third-best prospect in this year's draft. Here is the top 5: » 1.: LB Aaron Curry » 2.: OT Eugene Monroe » 3.: WR Michael... more

Scouting is an inexact science, but it is also a very thorough science. So much goes into the evaluation of college prospects, who will be taking part in NFL minicamps in just a few short weeks. After scouting games in person, watching hours and... more

Winslow Townson / Associated Press With Pittsburgh's victory at New England, Ben Roethlisberger has notched 48 wins in less than five full NFL seasons. The NFL season reached the three-quarter pole, as they say in horse racing, and I don't... more

Hot 100 Prospects 61100 April 09, 2009

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Tier Six (51-60) : Jared Cook , TE, South Carolina; Paul Kruger , DE, Utah; LeSean McCoy , RB, Pittsburgh; Fili Moala , DT,... more

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Tier Four (31-40) Kenny Britt , WR, Rutgers: Three-year player is the Big East's all-time leader in receiving... more

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Tier Three (21-30) William Beatty , OT, Connecticut: Beatty might be a little bit of a reach this high, but he can... more

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Tier Two (11-20) Robert Ayers , DE, Tennessee: Started only two games prior to 2008, but has emerged after a... more

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Tier Five (41-50) Connor Barwin , DE/OLB/TE, Cincinnati: All-Big East as a tight end in 2007, then all-Big... more

January

Kevin Terrell / NFL.com Ken Whisenhunt has done what no Cardinals coach has ever accomplished, get his team to the Super Bowl. There are always high expectations for conference championship weekend. This one surpassed them all. In the AFC, w... more

Getty Images Ravens OT Jared Gaither needs to protect Joe Flacco from Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley and a ferocious defense. I've heard people say their favorite time of the NFL season is the Divisional Playoff Weekend, with two big games on... more

Andy Lyons / Getty Images As reward for a terrific rookie season, Ravens QB Joe Flacco gets to face Pittsburgh's defense for the third time. Football is said to be a game of momentum, and it's usually a good sign of things to come when a tea... more

Al Bello / Getty Images Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce will be following Brian Westbrook all over the field in their divisional playoff game. Chat with Gil NFL.com personnel guru Gil Brandt will answer your questions about key playoff... more

Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images With so many big names on Baltimore's defense, don't overlook little (5-foot-8) Jim Leonhard, who was huge in Miami. The dash for cash and glory started this past weekend with four very good and entertaining... more

December

John Bazemore / Associated Press Jerious Norwood had two touchdowns for the Falcons on Sunday. Don't be surprised if he is a factor in the playoffs. The final Sunday of the regular season marked the first time since 2005 that 16 NFL games... more

Getty Images Chad Pennington and Brett Favre both helped turn around the fortunes of teams that struggled mightily in 2007. Ten of the 16 games this weekend have playoff implications. Only one bye is still up for grabs -- Carolina and Atlant... more

LM Otero / Associated Press Le'Ron McClain's 82-yard run against Dallas on Saturday night symbolized a crazy and unexpected weekend. Troy Aikman summed it up best during his broadcast of Sunday's Eagles-Redskins game when he said there has... more

Doug Benc / Getty Images Bill Parcells' decision to unite Tony Sparano and Chad Pennington in Miami has resulted in a dream season. The only people who didn't like the Week 15 action in the NFL were those who had set aside time to fill out... more

Al Bello / Getty Images Brandon Jacobs and Bradie James are familiar foes who will meet again in a crucial Sunday night game. With so many critical games on the docket in the final three weeks of the season, let's start off this week by... more

Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images Matt Forte didn't let cold weather bother him as he broke Gale Sayers' team record for scrimmage yards in a season. Nothing is predictable in the NFL, and that was proven once again in Week 14. The 49ers... more

Getty Images Tampa Bay's underrated tackling machine, Barrett Ruud, will have his hands full against Carolina's DeAngelo Williams. Here are some key matchups to watch in Week 14 games: Dallas RT Marc Colombo vs. Pittsburgh LB LaMarr Woodle... more

November

Getty Images Patriots QB Matt Cassel has been on fire, but he faces his toughest challenge yet against Troy Polamalu and the Steelers. Here are some key matchups to watch for Week 13: Chicago LB Lance Briggs vs. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterso... more

Jack Dempsey / Associated Press Darren McFadden and the Raiders busted out for 31 points in Denver. Can they be a threat to the Pats in two weeks? Sunday's games started with a touchdown 13 seconds into the action and ended with a winning... more

Getty Images Albert Haynesworth has been unstoppable most of the season; Jets G Alan Faneca looks to at least slow him down this week. Here are some key matchups to watch in Week 12 action: N.Y. Jets G Alan Faneca vs. Tennessee DT Albert... more

Jim McIsaac / Getty Images Cornerback Terence Newman played a key role in the Cowboys' win Sunday night against Washington. Week 11 had something for everyone -- win, lose? or tie. It started Thursday night with the Jets-Patriots overtim... more

Getty Images Dangerous pass rusher Alex Brown has his sights on Aaron Rodgers as the Bears and Packers renew their rivalry. Here are some key matchups to keep an eye on in Week 11: Chicago DE Alex Brown vs. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers The... more

Chris McGrath / Getty Images Eli Manning completed 12 passes for 130 yards and two TDs before Donovan McNabb's first completion Sunday night. If you like scoring, then you loved Week 10. In 13 games played, there were 607 points scored -- an... more

Getty Images While Drew Brees has posted astounding numbers, Matt Ryan has astounded with poise beyond that of most rookies. Here are some key matchups to watch in Week 10 games: New Orleans QB Drew Brees vs. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan This is... more

The 2008 draft lacked the superstar quality of 2007 -- I don't know if this year's rookie class is going to end up with the likes of Adrian Peterson or Joe Thomas or Patrick Willis. But there are a lot of players from the class of 2008 who will be ar... more

Al Bello / Getty Images The Cowboys are going in the wrong direction, as evidenced on this play -- the first of Corey Webster's two picks. It didn't take long for the big plays to start rolling in Week 9. If you failed to turn on your set fo... more

October

Getty Images Houston's Andre Johnson is the hottest WR in the NFL, but Minnesota CB Antoine Winfield will be ready for him. Here are some interesting matchups to watch in Week 9: Houston WR Andre Johnson vs. Minnesota CB Antoine Winfield... more

Rick Stewart / Getty Images Mathias Kiwanuka and the Giants put great pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, who was sacked five times. Going into Week 8, the schedule didn't look like it was particularly filled with games that would create a lot o... more

Getty Images Could Sunday's meeting between Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger be a preview of Super Bowl XLIII? Here are some key matchups to watch in Week 8: Giants QB Eli Manning vs. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger This week's... more

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images Marion Barber and the Cowboys offense couldn't get anything going in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Week 7 lacked the close games we saw the previous week, but there was no shortage of big plays. We saw two big... more

Elsa/Getty Images Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan have combined to win five Super Bowls and 295 games, but one will lose Monday. Here are some key matchups to watch in Week 7 of the NFL: Denver coach Mike Shanahan vs. New England coach... more

Getty Images Jim Haslett of the Rams and Brad Childress of the Vikings saw their teams pull out last-second victories. What did we learn from Week 6? Well, we certainly were reminded that anything can happen in the NFL, but that's nothing... more

David Phillip/AP Photo Turnovers set the stage for an unlikely comeback, but the Colts still needed this one-handed grab from Reggie Wayne. In the always-fascinating chess match that is pro football, it's worth noting that even turnovers --... more

Getty Images Jon Gruden and Mike Shanahan square off Sunday in Denver. Before we get into five key on-field matchups that are worth watching this week, here is the most interesting -- as well as ironic -- coaching matchup of Week 5. While... more

September

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press Derrick Johnson and the Chiefs defense looked good enough against Denver to think they could be dangerous. Before the season started, we said the competitive balance in this league would be greater than ever. I... more

Getty Images With Albert Haynesworth and Kevin Williams on the field Sunday in Nashville, running the ball won't be easy. Here are some key matchups worth following in Week 4: Minnesota DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams vs. Tennessee... more

Doug Benc/Getty Images Falcons rookie QB Matt Ryan completed 12 of 18 passes for 192 yards, 1 TD and no INTs in a win over the Chiefs. Once again, the weekend of NFL action had something for everyone -- upsets, comebacks, fast-paced games,... more

Getty Images Tony Romo has 632 passing yards and four TDs this season, but must watch out this week for Packers CB Al Harris. Here are some key matchups worth following in Week 3: Dallas QB Tony Romo vs. Green Bay CB Al Harris In... more

Jeff Gross/Getty Images Adrian Peterson has done his part for the 0-2 Vikings, but Tarvaris Jackson has to start making some plays. We all know that the New York Giants started out 0-2 last season and not only made the playoffs but went on t... more

Getty Images The matchup between Flozell Adams and Trent Cole on Monday night may decide the winner of this NFC East battle. Here are some key matchups worth following in the Week 2 games: Philadelphia DE Trent Cole vs. Dallas OT Flozell... more

Getty Images Rookie quarterbacks Matt Ryan (Falcons) and Joe Flacco (Ravens) passed their opening NFL tests with Week 1 wins. Week 1 of the 2008 season was like going to a great cafeteria -- there was something for everyone's taste. For... more

Getty Images After a terrific rookie year, Browns LT Joe Thomas begins his second season against Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware. It's Week 1 of the 2008 NFL season, and here are some of the key matchups worth watching: Dallas LB DeMarcus Ware vs... more

August

Petr David Josek / Associated Press A lightning-quick sprinter, Jamaica's 6-foot-5 Usain Bolt would be a perfect marketing fit for the Chargers. Someone asked me the other day what I thought about the idea of making Olympic gold-medal... more

I first met Gene Upshaw in the fall of 1966, when he was a senior at Texas A&I-Kingsville. He played tackle, center and end at a time when A&I was part of the NAIA. Small-school guys weren't as easily noticed back then. Upshaw beat the odds and becam... more

July

NOTE: Gil Brandt is in Canton for this weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies, and will be chiming in throughout the weekend with updates and anecdotes: Thursday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. ET Sign here The majority of the 70 or so... more

Andre Tippett was a very good college player on a very poor team. When he arrived at Iowa in 1979, the Hawkeyes were mired in a streak of 19 consecutive non-winning seasons. They had not been to a bowl game since 1958. Not coincidentally, they won... more

As part of our scouting process with the Dallas Cowboys, we always asked college prospects to provide the name of an official from their high school they were close to -- someone we could call to research a player's background. Louisiana Tech's Fred... more

I doubt you will hear my name mentioned when Gary Zimmerman makes his speech Saturday night at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, but it wouldn't be out of the question if he thanked me for the honor. After all, if I had done my job a little... more

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green is the only member of the Class of 2008 to be elected in his first year of eligibility. The honor is well-deserved. Still, few teams recognized that Hall of Fame potential when he first entered the... more

June

The following story is from NFL.com's Fantasy Football 2008 Preview magazine, which is currently available on newsstands everywhere, as well as on NFLShop . If you thought the passing game went wild last year in the NFL, you were right. The 2007 s... more

With the 2008 draft behind us, NFL teams are looking ahead to minicamps, OTAs, training camp, preseason and the start of another season. But it's never too early to look ahead to next year's draft. With that in mind, understanding that so much can... more

April

Day 1 of the draft is a wrap, and 56 of the 63 players selected were among my top 70 players in my Hot 100 . That means 14 players among that top 70 are prime targets to be called early Sunday morning when Round 3 begins. Here are the 14 players:... more

» Latest pro day updates » Schools: A-G | H-M | N-R | S-Z Nebraska (March 12) Twenty-four NFL teams were on hand to see 22 Cornhuskers work out indoors on an Astrofurf field. Ironically, one of the most impressive workouts of the day w... more

Paul Sancya/AP Now that we know Michigan tackle Jake Long is the No. 1 pick in this draft, how will the next 99 picks pan out? The draft is a culmination of months of work. Scouts do a great job of going across the country and evaluating... more

Hot 100 Prospects 51100 April 21, 2008

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Gregory Shamus / Getty Images Running back Ray Rice is the all-time leading rusher at Rutgers with 4,926 yards. Tier Six... more

Hot 100 Prospects 1120 April 21, 2008

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Andy Lyons / Getty Images Louisville's Brian Brohm closed out his career as the Big East's all-time leader in passing yardage.... more

Hot 100 Prospects 2130 April 21, 2008

Tier 1 (1-10) | Tier 2 (11-20) | Tier 3 (21-30) | Tier 4 (31-40) | Tier 5 (41-50) | Tiers 6-10 (51-100) Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com Cal's DeSean Jackson terrorized opponents when he touched the ball as a receiver, returner and even on an... more

» Latest pro day updates » Schools: A-G | H-M | N-R | S-Z Hampton (March 13) Fifteen NFL teams sent representatives and there were seven DL coaches in attendance to see eight Hampton players work out, along with six players from other... more

» Latest pro day updates » Schools: A-G | H-M | N-R | S-Z Alabama (March 12) This was a great visit for the representatives from 30 NFL teams who attended, as they served a big lunch and the Alabama coaching staff was very helpful and... more

January

When Dallas played Pittsburgh in Super Bowl X, 86 of the 87 players who were eligible to participate had never played on another team. All 43 Steelers were original Steelers. Of the 44 players on the Cowboys' roster, only Preston Pearson had played f... more

The steady flow of NFL players, coaches and alumni making their way through the Super Bowl XLII media center isn't close to being in full force, but I did manage to speak to four guests who know a thing or two about pro football and offered some insi... more

Vernon Biever / Getty Images Craig Morton never saw Harvey Martin -- or the Cowboys' defensive game plan -- coming in Super Bowl XII. When the New York Giants and New England Patriots square off next Sunday, it will mark the 12th time that... more

Throughout the year, we've talked about competitive balance in the National Football League and this year's postseason -- starting with wild-card weekend right on through the conference title games -- has proven the point. Of the 10 post-season games... more

The Giants and Packers met in Week 2 at the Meadowlands, with Green Bay winning, 35-13. Since that game, many things have changed for both teams. The Giants turned things around after an 0-2 start, but it's actually the Packers who have been doing... more

The Chargers and Patriots met in New England in Week 2, with the Patriots winning, 34-14, after jumping to a 24-0 halftime lead. The Pats held the ball for 35:46 and actually ran the ball more times than they passed it (32-31). Don't expect to see... more

All four divisional playoff games exceeded fans' expectations. That rarely happens, mainly because of all the pre-game hype from the media, but these games really had something for everyone. The four winning quarterbacks (five, really, since the Char... more

Here is my key matchup for Saturday's divisional playoff matchup between Seattle and Green Bay ... Marcus Trufant, CB, Seattle   Brett Favre, QB, Green Bay This game has many storylines, including the return of Seattle h... more

Here is my key matchup for Sunday's divisional playoff matchup between the N.Y. Giants and Dallas ... Justin Tuck, DE, N.Y. Giants   Leonard Davis, G, Dallas These two teams met twice in the regular season with Dallas wi... more

Here is my key matchup for Saturday's divisional matchup between Jacksonville and New England ... Paul Spicer, DE, Jacksonville   Tom Brady, QB, New England The Jaguars rank second in the league in rushing, averaging 149... more

Here is my key matchup for Saturday's first-round playoff matchup between Washington and Seattle: Shawn Springs, CB, Washington   Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle The last time these teams played was Jan. 14, 2006 in a 2005... more

Here is my key matchup for Sunday's first-round playoff matchup between Tennessee and San Diego: Albert Haynesworth, DT, Tennessee   LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego These teams met less than a month ago, on Dec. 9, when the... more

Here is my key matchup for Sunday's first-round playoff matchup between the Giants and Tampa Bay: Osi Umenyiora, DE, N.Y. Giants   Jeff Garcia, QB, Tampa Bay To be successful against the Giants, Tampa Bay has to block their front... more

December

Before we get into my all-rookie team for the 2007 season, here are some recent trends regarding playoff teams. The following stats are from playoff games from the 2000-2006 seasons: > Home teams have a record of 48-22 (23-12 in the AFC; 25-10 in t... more

Less than half the games on the Week 17 schedule have playoff implications. We'll look at some of the key matchups in the pivotal games, but first we'll tackle that other game that some people will be paying attention to -- New England's quest for th... more

Week 16 was shaping up to be fairly simple. In the NFC, the Giants and Vikings both could have locked up wild-card spots with victories; the Giants did their part, but Minnesota did not. In the AFC, Cleveland and Jacksonville were in the same boat -... more

Week 16 fantasy matchups December 20, 2007

Not only do weather and injuries play a huge factor in setting lineups this time of year, but now fantasy owners have an extra challenge: Trying to figure out the mindset of coaches whose teams have nothing to play for. That applies to teams that hav... more

Here are some of the key matchups to keep an eye on this week: Cowboys DEs DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis vs. Panthers QB Matt Moore With the uncertainty of Tony Romo's thumb (he'll start, but how much will the injury affect his play?), Dallas needs... more

We've talked often this season about what a terrific job the scriptwriter has done, and he may have outdone himself in Week 15. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he is getting some help from the striking members of the Writers Guild out in Hollywoo... more

Week 15 fantasy matchups December 13, 2007

Here's a look at key fantasy matchups for Week 15: Bengals at 49ers The usually potent Bengals offense has played two straight bad-weather games, but it??s still safe to go with their key players, in this order: QB Carson Palmer,... more

Undrafted and unstoppable December 10, 2007

It's a fact of life in the NFL that the best rookies aren't always the first- and second-round draft picks. Everyone knows that even guys who go undrafted out of college occasionally make their mark in the pro ranks. It may be an exception, but in We... more

Here are some of the key matchups to watch in Week 14 action: Cowboys DE Greg Ellis vs. Lions RT Damien Woody This is an interesting game, because Dallas historically plays in Sunday games following a Thursday game -- but they are just 4-8 at Detro... more

Week 13 started with a bang on Thursday night as the NFL Network featured two of the most popular teams in the NFL, Green Bay and Dallas. The Network's presentation was outstanding and the game even better, with the Cowboys victorious, 37-27. Nine... more

November
Week 13 fantasy matchups November 29, 2007

Here's a look at key fantasy matchups for Week 13: 49ers at Panthers San Francisco still averages only 13.6 points per game, but last week's big game from RB Frank Gore gives hope he can have a strong stretch run. I like Gore to... more

Here are five key matchups that I'll be keeping a close eye on for Week 13: Jaguars QB David Garrard vs. Colts QB Peyton Manning Eight of the 10 games played in this series between 2002 and 2006 were decided by 10 points or less, and a win by the... more

The scriptwriter outdid himself for Week 12. It all started on Thanksgiving Day, when Green Bay and Dallas set the stage for their big matchup this week on Thursday night. Green Bay has now won 10 of its first 11 games for the first time since 1936.... more

Week 12 fantasy matchups November 23, 2007

Here's a look at key fantasy matchups for Week 12: Titans at Bengals Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher has a history of success against Cincinnati, and it doesn??t hurt that QB Vince Young is starting to really come on. Young has ha... more

Before we get to some of the key matchups to watch for this week, here's a quick Thanksgiving story. One of the two Thanksgiving Day games that took place on Nov. 27, 1952 was a matchup between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Texans. Midway through... more

Strange as it may seem, the bizarre scenario in Baltimore on Sunday that led to the Browns' overtime win over the Rams was not the first time that a Cleveland team had its game profoundly affected by a ball hitting the goalpost. Phil Dawson's game-... more

As we approach Week 11 in the NFL, let's take a closer look at five intriguing matchups that will have a major impact on the outcomes of these games: Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. Bills DE Aaron Schobel Through nine games, Brady is playing as good as a... more

The Week 10 schedule may have appeared a little bland, especially after the hype of Week 9's Patriots-Colts showdown, and the games certainly started slow. Nine teams failed to score at all in the first quarter of Sunday's games. Six more had to sett... more

Week 10 fantasy matchups November 09, 2007

Last week was a buyer's delight -- there were big fantasy numbers across the board. Week 10 is shaping up to be a little tougher. You've got to dig a little deeper this week to fill your starting lineup with players who have favorable matchups. We'll... more

The first half of 2007 has brought surprises, disappointments, fantastic finishes, record-breaking performances and lots more. One thing that is a constant midway through any NFL season: A handful of young players will emerge as the stars of tomorrow... more

Week 9 had something for just about everybody. We saw individual records broken, team records broken and perhaps the most hyped regular-season game ever living up to its billing. The day started with a kickoff return TD by Leon Washington 13 second... more

We can talk all day about matchups in NFL games, but here's a brief history of how the matchups became so important in terms of actual game-planning. In 1971, Cowboys coach Tom Landry created a new position on his staff -- quality control coach. Th... more

Week 9 fantasy matchups November 01, 2007

For those who think the running game in fantasy football is taking a back seat to passing, the numbers bear that out. Through eight weeks of the season, there have been fewer 100-yard rushing performances, more 300-yard passing games and more 100-yar... more

October

We learned back in April, when the 2007 NFL schedule was first released, that New England at Indianapolis would be the marquee matchup of Week 9. It seems as if talk of this game began all the way back then, heated up somewhat in the preseason, and h... more

Week 8 fantasy matchups October 26, 2007

Here's a look at key fantasy matchups for Week 8: Colts at Panthers Interesting Indy note: Who would have thought the Colts' defense would be ranked higher than their offense this far into the season? The defense is second overall and... more

Matchups take place in many different forms. It could be a player vs. player, like a pass rusher taking on an offensive tackle. Other times, it could be a player vs. player situation that has more to do with a team's offensive formation vs. an antici... more

Week 7 Fantasy matchups October 19, 2007

Monday's Colts-Jaguars game will be Peyton Manning's 150th in the NFL. In the 149 games he's played so far, he's got more completions that Brett Favre or Dan Marino had in 150 games, he's got the best completion percentage (54.2), the best passer rat... more

Going into Week 7, there are several intriguing storylines. The biggest one: Will the Colts and Patriots remain undefeated on their way to a potentially colossal Nov. 4 game in Indianapolis? I'm sure CBS hopes so. While New England, looking for its... more

Last week, we talked about quarterbacks having a tough time with 39 interceptions for the weekend. Well, Week 6 proved tough on running backs. Despite some outstanding individual efforts, 14 of the 24 teams that played on Sunday failed to gain 100 ya... more

The big Week 6 showdown between New England and Dallas is as big for fantasy owners as it is for the fans of the Patriots and Cowboys. Not only are both of these teams undefeated, they are scoring machines. New England has scored 182 points in five g... more

We're not at the halfway point of the schedule yet, but this is a critical point in the season. Teams .500 or better after this weekend usually take a giant step toward the playoffs. In both 2005 and 2006, 11 of the 12 teams that made the playoffs... more

We always knew that it wasn't easy playing quarterback in the NFL, but Sunday was a particularly rough day for quarterbacks. No fewer than 22 different quarterbacks threw at least one interception -- for a total of 33 picks total. Cleveland's Derek... more

Week 5 fantasy matchups October 05, 2007

Defenses are starting to adjust to the offenses. For the season, teams have scored 2,622 points, or 42.2 per game. The average has actually dropped a little from Week 3 to Week 4. Can defenses continue this trend or will the offenses start making... more

Since none of the four remaining unbeaten teams -- New England, Indianapolis, Dallas and Green Bay -- play each other, this has a chance to be only the second time in NFL history that four teams start the season 5-0. The last and only time it happene... more

For all the examples we've seen of "competitive balance" in the NFL, I think it's fair to say this is the ultimate: The teams with the first five picks of the 2007 draft -- Oakland, Detroit, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Arizona -- were a combined 5-0 i... more

September

Last week, we told you to expect a lot of scoring. Guess what? Teams combined for 751 points, or an average of 46.9 points per game. That's the sixth-most points scored in one weekend in NFL history. Week 4 should be another big scoring weekend, bu... more

One thing is different right off the bat when you look at Week 3 this season as compared to Week 3 of 2006 -- all 32 teams are playing. Last season, the byes began a week earlier than usual, so fantasy owners had to scramble a bit to accommodate for... more

With competitive balance being what it is these days in the NFL, these individual matchups we look at each week become more and more important in determining the outcome of games. Last week, for example, we said that San Diego's corners would have... more

What we learned in Week 3 September 24, 2007

What we learned in Week 3 Fans, fantasy players and competition committee members alike are getting their wish -- for the third week in a row, scoring in the NFL is up. Life as a defensive coordinator gets harder each week. They are working longer... more

Here are some key matchups to follow when you're watching the Week 3 action in the NFL: Bears defense/special teams vs. Cowboys offense In their last three regular-season games played in Chicago, Dallas has scored a total of just 25 points. In t... more

It's always imperative to check the injury reports, but it might be more important than ever this week. Among the slew of injuries last week, the status of several starting quarterbacks is in question. One thing we noticed last week is that teams a... more

When looking at key matchups in NFL games, one has to understand the different types of matchups to better follow the action. And keep in mind that studying the matchups is much more important to the coaches than it is to you and I. The Denver-Buff... more

Fans love scoring, especially fantasy players. For the second week in a row, scoring was up over the corresponding week from last season. With offenses spreading things out a bit more, we are seeing fewer 100-yard rushers and fewer 100-yard receive... more

The first week of the season is not kind to fantasy owners. Defense usually has the upper hand for first few weeks of the season - offenses are still getting acclimated to what they didn't see from opposing defenses in the preseason. Case in point:... more

What we learned from Week 1 September 10, 2007

Week 1 of the 2007 NFL season was like a great buffet dinner -- there was something for everyone. First and foremost, there was plenty of scoring. Last year, only one team scored more than 30 points in Week 1. This year, six teams topped 30 points,... more

August

Talk about your classic tale of perseverance. Gene Hickerson was a true overachiever on his path to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hickerson grew up in tiny Trezevant, Tenn. - a town of less than 1,000 people - and he did not play football... more

Here's a little-known fact about Charlie Sanders: Before ending up at the University of Minnesota, Sanders was the first African-American offered a football scholarship at Wake Forest? and his host for the recruiting trip was future Chicago Bea... more

At the University of Missouri, Roger Wehrli played cornerback as a junior and led the nation in punt returns. He was moved to free safety as a senior and led the nation with 10 interceptions. Still he was not regarded as a first-round NFL talent,... more

When Bruce Matthews came out of USC in 1983, here's the scouting report we had on him with the Dallas Cowboys: He was a player that did not do exceptional things when you watched him, yet his man never made a play. In other words, you rarel... more

The first time I saw Michael Irvin was late in the 1985 season. I was down in Miami watching a Thursday practice prior to the Hurricanes' game against Notre Dame that Saturday. And when I saw No. 47 running circles around Miami's defensive backs,... more

  The first time I had heard of Thurman Thomas was in the fall of 1983, when he was a running back at Willowridge High School in Sugar Land, Texas. After the college season was over, a lot of college coaches used to come by the Cowboys offices dur... more

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