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Chad Reuter

Chad Reuter

 

Chad Reuter has covered the NFL draft since 2000. He was hired by NFLDraftScout.com as a senior analyst in 2007, and continued in that role when NFLDraftScout and CBSSports.com formed their partnership for the 2009 draft. He joined NFL Network and NFL.com in December 2011 as a senior researcher, assisting in the production of the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, Scouting Combine and NFL Draft.


May

Since the NFL shortened the draft to seven rounds in 1994, only twice has a school had 12 or more players selected in a single draft. Ohio State managed the feat both times, with 14 in 2004 and 12 -- all in the first 4 rounds (a record ) -- this year... more

There was talk leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft that teams were so willing to trade up for quarterbacks this year because future classes at the position were less than stellar. » Five schools that could be next to dominate draft However, in... more

Players 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-75 76-100 My ranking of the 100 best players in college football continues with Nos. 51-75. 51. Kylie Fitts, DE/OLB, Utah (6-foot-4, 265 pounds) 52. Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama (6-1,... more

Players 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-75 76-100 My ranking of the 100 best players in college football continues with Nos. 76-100. 76. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA (6-0, 200) 77. Daeshon Hall, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (6-6, 260) 7... more

Players 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-75 76-100 My ranking of the 100 best players in college football continues with Nos. 41-50. 41. Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) The 2013 High School Butkus... more

Yes, the 2016 college football season is four months away. But with the 2016 NFL Draft in our rearview mirror, why not focus our attention on what's ahead? Here's my ranking of the 100 best players in college football. This is a look at the top tal... more

Players 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-75 76-100 My ranking of the 100 best players in college football continues with Nos. 31-40. 31. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) My guess is that Barrett will pla... more

Players 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-75 76-100 Ric Tapia / NFL Deshaun Watson threw for 4,104 yards and rushed for 1,105 yards for Clemson in 2015. Yes, the 2016 college football season is four months away. But... more

Players 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-75 76-100 My ranking of the 100 best players in college football continues with Nos. 11-20. 11. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) As a redshirt freshman, Humphrey'... more

Players 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-75 76-100 My ranking of the 100 best players in college football continues with Nos. 21-30. 21. Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss (6-foot-2, 209 pounds) The nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fa... more

The 2016 NFL Draft class was one of the deepest ever, in terms of players with draftable grades. That means that teams also had access to one of the best groups of undrafted free agents ever. Here are my seven top UDFA classes, as of this writing (... more

April

AFC NFC Here are my evaluations on how each team utilized their assets during the 2016 NFL Draft: AFC East Buffalo Bills Draft picks: Shaq Lawson (No. 19 overall), Reggie Ragland (No. 41 overall), Adolphus Washington (No. 80... more

AFC NFC Here are my evaluations on how each team utilized their assets during the 2016 NFL Draft: NFC East Dallas Cowboys Draft picks: Ezekiel Elliott (No. 4 overall), Jaylon Smith (No. 34 overall), Maliek Collins (No. 67... more

AFC NFC Here are my evaluations on how each team utilized their assets during the 2016 NFL Draft. Grades for Days 1 (Round 1) and 2 (Rounds 2-3) are weighed more heavily than Day 3's (Rounds 4-7) in the overall grade. NFC East Dalla... more

AFC NFC Here are my evaluations on how each team utilized their assets during the 2016 NFL Draft. Grades for Days 1 (Round 1) and 2 (Rounds 2-3) are weighed more heavily than Day 3's (Rounds 4-7) in the overall grade. AFC East Buffa... more

Goff's the best quarterback. The Rams need a quarterback. The transitive property of NFL Draft holds. Obviously, Sam Bradford thinks this is a quarterback pick. I'll go along with him. San Diego needs a presence on the defensive line who will fre... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team Round 2 32. Cleveland Browns: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State 33. Tennessee Titans: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech 34. Dallas Cowboys: Corey... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team Round 3 64. Tennessee Titans: Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State 65. Cleveland Browns: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh 66. San Diego Chargers: Su'a... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team Round 4 99. Cleveland Browns: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State 100. Cleveland Browns: Jatavis Brown, OLB, Akron 101. Dallas Cowboys: Kenyan Dra... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team Round 5 140. Tennessee Titans: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina 141. Cleveland Browns: Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri 142. San Francisco 49ers: Jo... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team Round 6 176. Cleveland Browns: Deon Bush, S, Miami (Fla.) 177. Los Angeles Rams: Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn 178. San Francisco 49ers: Stephane Nem... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team Round 7 222. Tennessee Titans: Pearce Slater, OT, San Diego State 223. Cleveland Browns: Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia 224. San Diego Charg... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team Arizona Cardinals Round 1 (overall pick No. 29): T.J. Green, CB, Clemson Round 3 (92): Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State Round 4 (128): Cardale Jones... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Team-by-team With the 2016 NFL Draft less than a week away, teams are nearing the end of their prep for the event. They're running through scenarios of how things coul... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft less than a week away, teams are nearing the end of their prep for the event. They're running through scenarios of how things could play out, and we're doing the same here as we take a look at how all seven rounds could go. To... more

The concept of risk aversion comes up more often in finance and economics classes than in NFL draft discussions. But if you want a real-life case study in the subject, check out how teams operate in the early rounds in this year's draft. Being aver... more

Perception is reality. That statement is no truer than when dealing in NFL draft circles. Whether the value of a player is rising or falling, the rumors and leaks pointing to a player's draft stock late in the draft process are often true. Why? Bec... more

Hindsight is 20/20. This is especially true in the NFL, where personnel (and in-game) decisions are heavily scrutinized. This draft do-over is less about second-guessing general managers, owners, and head coaches -- though I will point out picks th... more

The Rams gave up a prince's ransom to go get their quarterback of the future. In three years, we'll find out whether the Rams made the same error that the Redskins did in giving up several picks to move up to draft Robert Griffin III (an error that t... more

Hindsight is 20/20. This is especially true in the NFL, where personnel (and in-game) decisions are heavily scrutinized. This draft do-over is less about second-guessing general managers, owners, and head coaches -- though I will point out picks th... more

Hindsight is 20/20. This is especially true in the NFL, where personnel (and in-game) decisions are heavily scrutinized. This draft do-over is less about second-guessing general managers, owners, and head coaches -- though I will point out picks th... more

The most exciting words coming from commissioner Roger Goodell at the lectern during the first round of the NFL draft are: "There has been a trade." Gasps escape from the mouths of the crowd watching the event live, and then they and fans all over... more

Hindsight is 20/20. This is especially true in the NFL, where personnel (and in-game) decisions are heavily scrutinized. This draft do-over is less about second-guessing general managers, owners, and head coaches -- though I will point out picks th... more

Hindsight is 20/20. This is especially true in the NFL, where personnel (and in-game) decisions are heavily scrutinized. This draft do-over is less about second-guessing general managers, owners, and head coaches -- though I will point out picks th... more

Scouting NFL draft prospects is a highly subjective exercise. If you ask five scouts what they thought about a player's performance in any given game, you might hear five different answers. Over time, a consensus usually emerges regarding wh... more

"Explosive" is a term often used to describe football players, but what does that really mean? Dictionary.com's definition of explode includes a phrase that I believe aptly summarizes the concept: "to burst forth violently." These p... more

A few years ago, I asked an NFL scouting director why WR Marques Colston lasted until the seventh round of the 2006 draft. The rangy pass-catcher exceeded 1,000 yards in 6 of his first 7 seasons with the Saints. So I asked him why a talent like Colst... more

March

I've expanded this fun exercise from four to five rounds because of my #mocklove. Here's my five-round mock draft. » Mock 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey could go here. For now, I'll stick with Tunsil working with Taylor Lewan... more

I've expanded this fun exercise from four to five rounds because of my #mocklove. Here's my five-round mock draft. Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey could go here. For now, I'll stick with Tunsil working with Taylor Lewan to protect last year's No. 2 overa... more

Labeling prospects as "overrated" going into the draft often makes it seem as though it's the player's fault that his ability was overestimated. This is not what we're doing here. However, there are a few players in this year's class that have rece... more

Labeling prospects as "overrated" going into the draft often makes it seem as though it's the player's fault that his ability was overestimated. This is not what we're doing here. However, there are a few players in this year's class that have rece... more

You might have heard the saying "the eye in the sky doesn't lie," which means that game film puts a player's (or team's) strengths and weaknesses on display for all to see. But while film doesn't lie, it certainly doesn't reveal the entire truth abou... more

Mock drafts are beginning to have more meaning now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over and the initial rush of free-agent signings have occurred. Team needs are settling in, with only a few signings remaining that will affect early round picks. S... more

Mock drafts are beginning to have more meaning now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over and the initial rush of free-agent signings have occurred. Team needs are settling in, with only a few signings remaining that will affect early round picks. S... more

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books. The order of things is getting clearer, not just because of the performances in Indianapolis, but also due to public (and not so public) comments made about this year's draft class by NFL general manage... more

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books. The order of things is getting clearer, not just because of the performances in Indianapolis, but also due to public (and not so public) comments made about this year's draft class by NFL general manage... more

» 11 prospects that lived up to hype at combine I'm not about to call any players who worked out at the NFL Scouting Combine "losers." Even if they don't perform as well as scouts expected, they're not "losers" in my book given how well I've seen t... more

» 10 prospects with work to do at pro day I wrote last week that this year's NFL Scouting Combine was the most important edition of this event ever . That doesn't mean a player's grade is based solely (or even mostly) on their combine performances... more

February

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine winding down, my look at the safest prospects at each position concludes with defensive backs. The name of the... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine winding down, my look at the safest prospects at each position concludes with defensive backs. At the cornerback... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. Interior and stack outside... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. Interior defensive linemen... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. The more you rely solely on... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. There aren't a lot of risky... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. Receivers that I consider... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. When identifying safe picks... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. Interior offensive linemen... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. Selecting an offensive tack... more

Safest picks: QB RB WR TE OT Interior OL Interior DL Edge LB CB S With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, I'll be unveiling my picks for the safest prospects at each position. Defining a "safe pick" when... more

Over the past few years, it's been popular to downplay the importance of the NFL Scouting Combine . The "Underwear Olympics". Guys in shorts. A track meet. These are the snarky monikers given to what happens in Indianapolis. But this year is... more

The Super Bowl is over, and the 2016 NFL Draft order is set. Well ... sort of. In addition to the selections determined by record, the league announces the awarding of 32 compensatory selections during its annual spring meeting. The league award... more

The Super Bowl is over, and the 2016 NFL Draft order is set. Well ... sort of. In addition to the selections determined by record, the league announces the awarding of 32 compensatory selections during its annual spring meeting. The league award... more

With Valentine's Day coming up, it seems to me that there are some similarities between online dating and scouting draft prospects. Teams can read through the prospects' profiles (in this case, scouting reports). General managers and scouting direc... more

January

Putting together a four-round mock draft is like someone giving you 150 pieces for a 127-piece puzzle ... and you have to figure out which ones don't fit. The reason I went through this exercise so early in the draft process is to display the sheer... more

Matt Slocum / Associated Press Navy's Keenan Reynolds will make a switch from quarterback to running back for the Shrine Game. Saturday's East-West Shrine Game, held in St. Petersburg and televised by NFL Network , is the first step in the... more

Bob Levey / Associated Press Leonard Fournette imposed his will in a thorough beat down of Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl. Bowl season is the most wonderful time of the year. It's science. Even when games turn out to be non-competitive, as a... more

December

Dominating against college players that don't have an NFL future is one thing, but dominating against elite talent? That's something else. » 2015 college football bowl schedule The star players suiting up for Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State... more

Much like Darth Vader, Ohio State's Joey Bosa has the capacity to annihilate his competition. The anticipation of a seventh episode in the Star Wars saga is almost too much for me to bear heading into the weekend. As a viewer of each movie in... more

Julie Jacobson / Associated Press Clemson QB Deshaun Watson missed out on the Heisman this season, but might be the favorite in 2016. If you're looking forward to who will follow Derrick Henry as the next Heisman Trophy winner (and who... more

Now that the college football regular season and conference championship games are over, the 90 percent of Heisman voters who hadn't already turned in their ballots before last weekend's games have a tough choice to make. » Henry, McCaffrey, Wat... more

John Reed / USA TODAY Sports Alabama's Derrick Henry can eclipse the 2,000-yard rushing mark with a big SEC title game. This is it: college football's conference championship weekend. Plays will be made. Hearts will be broken. Trophies wil... more

November

Many football fans outside of Seattle said "Who?" after seeing that Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls rushed for 209 yards in the team's win over 49ers on Sunday. It was Rawls' third game this season with 100-plus yards , giving the defending NFC... more

Richard Shiro/Associated Press Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has 23 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions through 10 games this season. Less than four weeks from now, one player will become immortalized by winning the Heisman Trophy. This year's... more

Thomas Graning/Associated Press Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche is among the top defensive players in college football. A long time ago, an NFL general manager told me that "anyone can look at statistics to see a player's production, but we pay... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Connor Cook has thrown 17 touchdown passes and two interceptions through eight games this season. As we arrive at the midway point of the NFL season, it seems an appropriate time to play matchmaker between the top... more

October

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press USC QB Cody Kessler has had his share of ups and downs this season. Now that we're past the halfway point of the college football season, teams are jockeying for postseason position, and a few are even lookin... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Ohio State's Joshua Perry ranks second on the team with 52 tackles. "And O" might be the most satisfying words in sports. Why? Because in sports, it means a team has a zero in the loss column. But winning every... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press LSU's Leonard Fournette has emerged as a top contender for the Heisman Trophy. Before the season, CFB 24/7 counted down the top 20 players in college football based on input from seven writers and analysts.... more

All-America team: Offense Defense Specialists Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Utah's Tom Hackett has picked up where he left off last season, helping the Utes to a 5-0 start in 2015. Kicker Ross Martin, Duke: So far, Martin hasn... more

All-America team: Offense Defense Specialists Ron Jenkins/Associated Press TCU's Trevone Boykin is among the leading Heisman Trophy candidates. Picking just 25 players as the best in college football over the first half of the... more

All-America team: Offense Defense Specialists Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press Defensive end Myles Garrett continues to shine as a sophomore for Texas A&M. Defensive ends Myles Garrett, sophomore, Texas A&M: After a standout t... more

AP Photo/Al Goldis Connor Cook is the winningest quarterback in Michigan State history. Last weekend's results in college football put every coach and player on notice: The path to the second College Football Playoff will not be easy. Ohio... more

September

Rod Aydelotte/Associated Press Baylor's Corey Coleman is one of the most explosive athletes in college football. TCU's thrilling win over Texas Tech last weekend was fueled, in large part, by the combination of star receiver Josh Doctson and... more

Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Georgia's Nick Chubb has rushed for 468 yards through three games this season. The term "workhorse back" is fading away in the football lexicon due to the toll a heavy workload takes on runners during each game... more

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press Alabama's Derrick Henry has already rushed for 243 yards and six touchdowns this season. High expectations are difficult to handle. When everyone's telling you how great you are, it's easy to fall into a false... more

Players open the eyes of college football fans across the country each season with sterling opening-weekend performances. Whether it's a freshman taking a starring role in his first game, or a sophomore or junior making a statement that they are amon... more

In a college football world ruled by social media and pass-happy offenses, quarterbacks can become household names in a hurry with a strong start to the season. » Stock report: Braxton Miller, Josh Rosen on rise Opening weekend for the 2015 s... more

August

Senior prospects: Top 20 Top 50 Top 80 Top 120 Top 150 Top 200 Late rounds Coaches often tell their players to "dig deep" when they need that extra effort at the end of the game. I decided to do just that in finishing my list o... more

Prospect rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores David Stephenson/Associated Press Georgia's Nick Chubb is a Heisman contender after his impressive freshman season. This week, I've unveiled my ranking... more

Prospect rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores Jay LaPrete/AP J.T. Barrett went 11-1 as Ohio State's starting quarterback last season. This week, I'll unveil my rankings of the top 15 senior, junior... more

Prospect rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores Ric Tapia/NFL Ohio State's Joey Bosa recorded 13.5 sacks last season. This week, I'll unveil my rankings of the top 15 senior, junior, redshirt sophomo... more

Prospect rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores Nick Wass/Associated Press Quarterback Connor Cook has led Michigan State to 24 wins over the past two seasons. This week, I'll unveil my rankings of t... more

July

Senior prospects: Top 20 Top 50 Top 80 Top 120 Top 150 Top 200 Late rounds Perry Knotts/NFL Braxton Miller has indicated he'll play a receiver/H-back role for Ohio State this season. This is my breakdown of the top... more

Senior prospects: Top 20 Top 50 Top 80 Top 120 Top 150 Top 200 Late rounds The more general managers, scouting directors, and team scouts around the league watch the senior prospects of the 2016 NFL Draft class, the more intrig... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists John Raoux/Associated Press Maryland's Brad Craddock took home the Groza Award as college football's top kicker in 2014. Preseason All-Ame... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists Ben Liebenberg/NFL Su'a Cravens stars as a hybrid safety/linebacker for USC. Preseason All-American teams are similar to preseason top-25... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists USA Today Sports/Associated Press Kendall Fuller and Vernon Hargreaves III return as two of college football's top cornerbacks. Preseason... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists Ben Liebenberg/NFL Jaylon Smith was selected as Notre Dame's defensive player of the year last season. Preseason All-American teams are si... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists Ric Tapia/NFL Ohio State's Joey Bosa returns as one of the top defenders in college football. Preseason All-American teams are similar to... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists LM Otero/AP Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango is a two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree. Preseason All-American teams are similar t... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists Thomas Graning/Associated Press Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram is entering his junior season. Preseason All-American teams are similar to... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists David Zalubowski/AP Rashard Higgins is college football's only returning Biletnikoff Award (nation's top WR) finalist. Preseason All-Ameri... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists David Stephenson/Associated Press Georgia RB Nick Chubb carries a streak of eight consecutive 100-yard games into the 2015 season. Preseas... more

Top All-America candidates: QB RB WR TE OL DL LB CB S Specialists David Goldman/Associated Press TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is coming off of a breakout 2014 season. Preseason All-American teams are si... more

June

Senior prospects: Top 20 Top 50 Top 80 Top 120 Top 150 Top 200 Late rounds Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press Kyle Carter faces a big senior season in Penn State's passing game. This is my breakdown of the top senio... more

Senior prospects: Top 20 Top 50 Top 80 Top 120 Top 150 Top 200 Late rounds Mark Humphrey / Associated Press Vadal Alexander will look to earn the respect of scouts as a viable pass-protecting tackle. This is my... more

Senior prospects: Top 20 Top 50 Top 80 Top 120 Top 150 Top 200 Late rounds Gerry Broome / Associated Press NC State's Jacoby Brissett's game is reminiscent of that of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. This is my breakdown... more

Senior prospects: Top 20 Top 50 Top 80 Top 120 Top 150 Top 200 Late rounds David Zalubowski / Associated Press Utah's Devontae Booker finished the 2014 season rushing for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns. This is my... more

May

Undrafted free agents are a bargain for NFL teams, which get "cheap labor" for training camp and potentially a diamond in the rough that surprises the league with their ability to take to coaching and translate their game to the next level. » Br... more

Looking forward to the 2016 NFL Draft within 48 hours of the end of this year's edition isn't like counting chickens before they hatch. It's more like counting chickens before the eggs are laid. But with college football spring practices wrapped... more

October

Associated Press/US Presswire Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter (left) will have his hands full with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner on Saturday. Looking over the weekly college football preview articles I've written this season, it might seem... more

It seems as though the AFC West was made for Monday Night Football. Battles between the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have entertained fans across the country for 40 years. Some of those matchups have been full of offense,... more

Associated Press Stepfan Taylor (left) had 118 rushing yards in a Stanford's 28-14 win over Manti Te'o and Notre Dame in 2011. Yes, it's true. The college football season is at the midseason point. Seven weeks ago, we cheered the start... more

Before the 2012 season began, the Houston Texans were a popular Super Bowl pick and the New York Jets were considered to be a team on the way down. Heading into their matchup Monday night, both squads have more or less stuck to their expected paths.... more

Alex Brandon/Associated Press West Virginia's Geno Smith is the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, with 20 TDs and no INTs through four games. The exciting yet efficient play of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has, hands-down, been the biggest... more

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo are both known for their mercurial play. Cutler's strong arm and mobility can frustrate defenses -- almost as much as the polarizing quarterback can frustrate his own coach... more

September

Paul Beaty/Associated Press Boston College senior linebacker Nick Clancy racked up an astounding 24 tackles (14 solo) against Northwestern. It's not a surprise that a Boston College middle linebacker leads the nation in tackles. After all, Lu... more

One year ago at this time, Wisconsin sports fans were rooting for quarterback Russell Wilson, as he was leading the Badgers to a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth. While most of those same fans hope he succeeds in his starting role with the Se... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press E.J. Manuel has thrown six touchdown passes (and just one interception) in leading Florida State to a 3-0 start. Believe it or not, this is already the fourth week of college football. But, in some ways, it's reall... more

Associated Press Matt Barkley, Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson (from left to right) are three of the top senior quarterbacks in college. A youth movement is afoot in the National Football League: Ten of the league's 32 teams are starting first- o... more

In Super Bowl XXXIII, quarterback John Elway famously led the Denver Broncos to victory over the Atlanta Falcons with an MVP-caliber performance. Elway is now the executive vice president of football operations in Denver, and both teams once again ha... more

April L. Brown/Associated Press After losing QB Tyler Wilson to a head injury in the first half last Saturday, Arkansas was upset by Louisiana-Monroe. The late Patrick Swayze had one of the worst, yet best, lines in the movie "Roadhouse"... more

Thomas Campbell/US Presswire Jake Matthews, a junior tackle at Texas A&M, has NFL bloodlines. His father, Bruce, is a Hall of Fame lineman. Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri and Texas A&M. These former members of the Big 12 get... more

August

Associated Press Denard Robinson and Michigan get the first crack at defending champion Alabama, coached by Nick Saban. Finally. Football that counts. The National Football League regular season doesn't start until next week, but college... more

Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire LSU has been churning out quality defensive backs of late, and safety Eric Reid boasts an enticing skill set. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends |... more

Kirby Lee / US Presswire As the son of a 15-year NFL veteran, Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat brings a solid pedigree to the game. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen... more

Andrew Weber / US Presswire Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan is part of a long-standing Big Ten tradition of having top talent in the trenches. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends |... more

Jason O. Watson / US Presswire Keenan Allen could be the best wide receiver prospect to come out of Cal since DeSeanJackson. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen »... more

Frankie Creel / US Presswire Marcus Lattimore must prove he can be a bell-cow back to elevate his status as a top NFL prospect. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen »... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas is the sort of multi-threat QB who can make defensive coordinators cringe. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen... more

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Seattle Seahawks quarterback RussellWilson has dazzled despite questions about his small stature. The top two picks in April's draft, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins QB Robe... more

Paul Sancya/Associated Press CalvinJohnson headlines a potent passing offense, but the Detroit Lions face major concerns in pass defense. NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Chad Reuter details his visi... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Chad Reuter details his visit with the Chicago Bears. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports. ) WHERE IS NFL.COM? For the 11th straight summer... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Chad Reuter details his visit with the Green Bay Packers. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports .) WHERE IS NFL.COM? The Green Bay Packers lis... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps over the next few weeks. Chad Reuter details his visit with the Minnesota Vikings. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports. ) WHERE IS NFL.COM? T... more

July

Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire With his versatility and raw talent, Gerald Hodges looks like he could be a top-100 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.   The Penn State football program's fall from grace took another step downward Monday morning with the... more

Matt Cashore/US Presswire Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert has the strong hands and athletic build to rank as one of college football's top tight ends.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, to... more

Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire Big-bodied target Keenan Allen averaged 103.3 receiving yards per game during his sophomore season at Cal.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Don Juan Moore/Associated Press Redshirt junior Taylor Lewan (6-foot-8, 302 pounds) is entering his third season as a starter for Michigan.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As... more

Rich Glickstein/Associated Press South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore looks to return to form after his 2011 campaign was cut short by a torn ACL.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, to... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Entering his fourth year as a starter, Matt Barkley is poised to become the latest product of USC's QB machine.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a reside... more

Cal Sport Media/Associated Press Featuring a combination of traits coveted in safeties, Eric Reid is a natural leader on LSU's vaunted defense. Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Ethan Hyman/Associated Press At 6-foot-3, North Carolina State's David Amerson is a very enticing prospect to deal with the NFL's big wideouts.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too... more

Bill Haber/Associated Press LSU's Barkevious Mingo is one of the fastest pass rushers in college football, recording eight sacks in 2011.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Greg Bartram/US Presswire Hulking DT Johnathan Hankins boasts rare athleticism, allowing him to line up all over the field for Ohio State.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As... more

Cal Sport Media/Associated Press Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat, the son of former NFL stalwart Jim Jeffcoat, was a disruptive force as a sophomore.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too.... more

May

Ben Liebenberg/NFL If the NFL had an NBA-style draft lottery, Andrew Luck might've been holding up a different jersey in April. The future of 14 NBA franchises rode on the random bounces of ping-pong balls Wednesday night in the league's annual... more

Phil Sears / US Presswire Chase Minnifield, son of Browns legend Frank Minnifield, will have a lot to prove during Redskins camp. The announcement of the final selection of the 2012 NFL Draft , given the title of "Mr. Irrelevant," at Radio Ci... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Arizona Cardinals: B Coming off an 8-8 season with a strong finish (7-2),... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Atlanta Falcons: C The 2011 draft-day trade that brought receiver Julio Jo... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Chicago Bears: B- The Bears fell behind Detroit in the NFC North last year... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Dallas Cowboys: B The Cowboys came into the draft needing to infuse their... more

April

Gary A. Vasquez/NFL QB Matt Barkley considered turning pro after his junior year, but opted to return to USC for one final season. You might think the end of the NFL draft is a somber moment for those of us that cover the event throughout the... more

NEW YORK -- After each of the first two nights of the 2012 NFL Draft, I covered teams that impressed me with their patience or timely risk-taking, as well as those that I thought might have made their picks more prudently. But the third and final d... more

NEW YORK -- When the NFL decided to break up the first three rounds of the draft into two days, teams thought the second round would basically become a "second first round." Turns out they were right. Reuter: Winners/losers from Round 1 Which t... more

NEW YORK -- Three hours went by like three minutes on the first night of the 2012 NFL Draft . Trades cranked up an already-intense atmosphere at Radio City Music Hall. Seven different teams moved up, with the ordinarily patient New England Patriot... more

NEW YORK -- It happens every year. After months of studying players, talking with team officials and analyzing how the first round of the NFL draft might play out ... it all changes in the last couple of days before the event begins. Teams stop b... more

At this point in the pre-draft process, NFL teams must have a general idea how the entire draft will play out in order to determine how high they're willing to select players they think fit their system. Note the phrase "general idea" -- accurately... more

Why wait until this weekend to have all the fun? Chad Reuter mocks out the entire 2012 NFL Draft in an attempt to provide a blueprint for how Rounds 1-7 might turn out. What follows is a team-by-team breakdown of prospective draft hauls. Click her... more

Finding impact defensive backs is not easy. Combining the 2011 (3) and '09 (2) drafts, there were a grand total of five cornerbacks and safeties taken in the first round. But with the aerial evolution of NFL offenses, defensive coordinators are ple... more

At one time, the term "linebacker" conjured up images of middle-linebacker icons from the 1960s and '70s like Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, and Ray Nitschke. Since fellow Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor's arrival on the scene during the N... more

Defensive ends and outside linebackers are often given the most credit for rattling opposing quarterbacks, but impact defensive tackles play a large part in pass defense, as well as bolster a team's run D. Scouts often talk about a passer's ability... more

Pass rush is often what comes to mind when thinking about the impact of defensive ends in the NFL. In fact, scouts will refer to outside linemen in four-man fronts as "rush ends" because attacking opposing passers is their primary focus. But the... more

It is not always easy to see when an offensive lineman makes a true contribution to his team's success. So-called "skill-position players" score touchdowns, while defensive stars can create turnovers or make bone-crushing, attention-grabbing hits.... more

Quarterbacks often get the credit for leading prolific passing attacks, but without exceptional receiving threats, their throws would fall to the ground -- or end up in the hands of eager defenders. Impact wide receivers are often selected early in... more

The discussions around running backs and the NFL draft typically revolve around the devaluation of the position. But the free-agent contracts signed by Houston Texans star Arian Foster (five years, $43.5 million) and Seattle Seahawks favorite Marshaw... more

The importance of the quarterback position in the NFL is no passing fancy. It's no coincidence that the No. 1 overall pick has been a quarterback in nine of the past 11 NFL drafts. Not surprisingly, NFL teams threw for more passing yards in 2011 th... more

Associated Press Doug Martin, Lamar Miller and David Wilson (from left to right) are vying to be the second RB taken in the draft. Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson shared a BCS title celebration at Alabama back in 2009. The two running backs migh... more

Each NFL draft class is different in terms of its makeup. Defense dominates some years, like in 2008 when seven of the top 10 picks (including St. Louis Rams DE Chris Long and New England Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo) played on that side of the line of... more

In a world of do-it-yourself mock drafts and year-round coverage of the NFL draft, the determination of where college football players will start their professional careers becomes trivialized. Reuter: Let's make a deal Chad Reuter explores pote... more

US Presswire Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill and Michael Floyd (from left to right) could all generate draft-day activity. Deal ... or no deal? That is the question teams are pondering now that they have evaluated prospects in anticipation of t... more

Tony Ding/AP Wisconsin's Louis Nzegwu shows the explosive potential to be an effective 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Earlier this week, I mentioned several high-profile players who boosted their draft stock with strong pro-day workouts. Tho... more

Mark D. Smith/US Presswire After a so-so combine, Justin Blackmon solidified his top-10 status with a stellar showing at his pro day. NFL scouts and general managers travel to campuses all over the country during the fall to evaluate how prospect... more

US Presswire Morris Claiborne (left) and Dre Kirkpatrick lead a strong group of cornerbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft class. The top storylines of nearly every draft revolve around top-10 talents at quarterback, running back, offensive tackle and... more

March

With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft . What are the biggest remaining holes for each NFC South team? Let's examine ... Atlanta Falcons Needs: MLB, TE, OT, CB, WR... more

David J. Philip/Associated Press As the highest-rated wide receiver in the 2012 draft, Justin Blackmon is likely to go very early in the first round. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to t... more

With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft . What are the biggest remaining holes for each NFC North team? Let's examine ... Chicago Bears Needs: OT, CB, OG, DE Harrison:... more

Kevin Liles/US Presswire Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill could be an option for the Giants, whose WR corps took a hit during free agency. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NF... more

With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft. What are the biggest remaining holes for each AFC South team? Let's examine ... Houston Texans Needs: RT, WR, ILB, NT, CB Reut... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL The Chiefs could be interested in David DeCastro, the draft's top-rated interior O-lineman, with the 11th pick. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft.... more

Marvin Gentry/US Presswire With Peyton Hillis gone, Cleveland could select the 2012 NFL Draft's top running back, Alabama's Trent Richardson. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012... more

Brett Davis/US Presswire With the top free-agent quarterbacks off the market, Miami could target Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill in the draft. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL... more

Thomas Campbell/US Presswire Ryan Tannehill, who will participate in Texas A&M's pro day Thursday, is rated as the third-best QB in the draft. The NFL free-agency period gave us a high-stakes game of quarterback musical chairs. Peyton Manning's... more

In a column earlier this week, I explained how free agency and the draft are inexorably intertwined . With the marketplace continuing to evolve, let's take another look at how the late-week signings will impact the first round in April: Reuter: Cha... more

John A. Bowersmith/AP Justin Blackmon could be a target in the draft for teams that missed out on wide receivers in free agency. The NFL draft has become the most important offseason event in American sports, but for a few days in March it takes... more

The Washington Redskins made a difficult decision last week, trading three first-round picks and a second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams for the second overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft . But owner Daniel Snyder and executive vice president/head... more

How much is too much? It's an oft-used expression that borders on cliché, but nonetheless proves true in many facets of life: You get what you pay for. The Washington Redskins certainly hope this saying is true after making a reported hand-sha... more

It only takes a quick look at recent NFL passing statistics to understand why scouts trip over themselves to find quality defensive backs. Four teams averaged more than 300 passing yards a game in 2011, more than the total of teams hitting that mar... more

Jayne Kamin/US Presswire Mychal Kendricks is undersized, but the athleticism he displayed at the combine certainly boosted his draft stock. It's not unheard of for a college football player to contribute on the school's track team, especially ear... more

Peyton Manning's release from the Indianapolis Colts is the talk of the NFL right now, and it will continue to be until the veteran quarterback signs with a new team. If that happens before April 26, as some experts believe will be the case, Mannin... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Bruce Irvin might be considered a project, but he displayed blazing speed with a 4.50 40-yard dash at the combine. Quarterbacks get the headlines coming into every year's NFL Scouting Combine , while wide receivers and... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL After missing the Senior Bowl with viral meningitis, Brandon Mosley (left) made quite an impression in Indy. Terms of endearment for offensive linemen never sound very complimentary. Fat guys ... Big uglies ... Maulers ...... more

Even though NFL scouts and coaches will tell you that the 40-yard dash is overhyped as a player evaluation tool, wide receiver is one position in which pure straight-line speed can be crucial. Big plays in the passing game are becoming more common... more

There is no doubt that NFL teams are finding it more and more difficult to justify using a first-round selection on a running back -- even if an RB's physical attributes and running vision make him one of the 32 most talented players in a draft class... more

NFL quarterbacks are the most scrutinized athletes in professional sports. Inherently, signal callers annually garner much of the attention at the NFL Scouting Combine . Unfortunately, QB field work at this yearly event is not overly helpful to the... more

February

INDIANAPOLIS -- Just when the inhabitants of Indy felt the last of the aftershocks from hosting Super Bowl XLVI, the NFL returns to town for the NFL Scouting Combine . Hundreds of NFL personnel ascend on Indianapolis to poke, prod and pry into the... more

John Raoux/AP Alshon Jeffery's 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine will be a pivotal factor in his eventual draft slot. Every player in Indianapolis is looking to make an impression, but a few truly must take care of business to either... more

Greg M. Cooper/AP Yale quarterback Patrick Witt will have an opportunity to stand out during the combine in Indianapolis. The vast majority of prospects at this week's NFL Scouting Combine come from major programs that the average football fan c... more

Matthew Emmons/US Presswire Ryan Tannehill could be the third QB off the board in April, but a broken foot is limiting his pre-draft work. Before players at the NFL Scouting Combine talk to teams or step foot in Lucas Oil Stadium, they are... more

January

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Yes, we're talking about practice. At this week's East-West Shrine Game, like all other all-star contests, the early-week practices are what NFL general managers, coaches and scouts fly in to watch. Examining players up cl... more

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