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Daniel Jeremiah

 

Daniel Jeremiah is a former scout for three different NFL teams. Most recently, he was the West Coast scout for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2010 to 2012. He previously worked as a national scout with the Cleveland Browns (2007-08) and a West Coast scout for the Baltimore Ravens (2005-06), after initially joining the team as a personnel assistant from 2003 to 2004. Jeremiah graduated in 2000 from Appalachian State, where he started at quarterback for three seasons.


October

Alabama's Amari Cooper goes out every week and shows his explosive playmaking ability. It's no surprise that he took his production to a record-breaking level Saturday at Tennessee, racking up 224 yards to surpass Julio Jones' mark for most single-game... more

Steven Cannon/Associated Press Jameis Winston completed 23-of-31 passes for 273 yards and two TDs vs. Notre Dame. On the biggest stage a regular season game can offer, Jameis Winston put forth a championship performance in the second half... more

There is plenty of time for players to improve their NFL draft stock with key conference games still to be played in 2014. However, with the college football season at its midway point, this is a good time to reach out to NFL personnel executives to get... more

Kevin Jairaj/Associated Press Bryce Petty helped lead Baylor to a stunning comeback win Saturday over TCU. We had a chance to see some of the top quarterback prospects in college football play in key games Saturday. Here are my observations... more

Jim Lytle/Associated Press Mississippi State's Dak Prescott is emerging as a top Heisman Trophy candidate. On a wild Saturday of college football, Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott stood out as the star of the show. He had an... more

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney has rare size for a college linebacker. The eyes of college football will be focused on the state of Mississippi this weekend, with Ole Miss and Mississippi State... more

September

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Su'a Cravens helped lead USC to a 35-10 win over Oregon State on Saturday. LOS ANGELES -- With Oregon State's Sean Mannion being talked about as potentially the top senior quarterback in college football and USC's... more

I don't believe there's an Andrew Luck-caliber quarterback currently playing college football, and we won't see a talent like the Indianapolis Colts quarterback for a long time. That being said, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is one of the more intriguing... more

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Alabama's Amari Cooper was the clear winner of his matchup against Florida's Vernon Hargreaves. On a typical Saturday, I'm bouncing around from channel to channel, getting a look at NFL prospects in several... more

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper has been on fire to start this season. Through three games, Cooper leads FBS receivers with 33 receptions, and has compiled 454 yards and two touchdowns. He will easily eclipse his stat line from 2013 (45 catches, 736... more

Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press Georgia running back Todd Gurley is a top Heisman Trophy candidate. It was a wild third weekend of college football, with upsets and nail-biters aplenty. But the biggest story of the day, as far as NFL... more

Charlie Riedel / Associated Press Mark Hudspeth has led the Ragin' Cajuns to three consecutive bowl game victories. College football has been fertile ground for future NFL head coaches. Just look at the recent NFL success of former college... more

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports Michigan State QB Connor Cook had a highly respectable performance in a loss to Oregon. The second week of the college football season brought two outstanding games featuring highly ranked teams with plenty of... more

AP Photo/David Goldman Georgia running back Todd Gurley opened the season with an impressive performance against Clemson. Georgia RB Todd Gurley was the talk of college football after his monster performance against Clemson on Saturday in... more

August

WACO, Texas -- Baylor christened McLane Stadium in style Sunday night, pasting SMU 45-0. Every casual college football fan knows about the Bears' prolific offensive attack, but it was their defense that stole the show. Led by freakish defensive lineman... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had an uneven showing on Saturday. ARLINGTON, Texas -- After all the offseason talk, we finally had a chance to see the top prospects in college football take the field this... more

David J. Phillip/Associated Press Florida State won the national title last season, but it isn't a unanimous pick to repeat, according to NFL execs we polled. When College Football 24/7 put together its preaseason Power Rankings , which I... more

I produced a list of my top five Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates on Monday. Now it's time to turn my attention to the other side of the ball. This draft class is absolutely loaded with talent at wide receiver. I could list 10 legitimate... more

With the 2014 NFL season just a few weeks away, it's time to start throwing out some predictions. First up for me: Defensive Rookie of the Year. Instead of just providing one simple choice, I've come up with my top five candidates to win the award.... more

In the three months since the 2014 NFL Draft, much of the media attention has fallen on the big-name rookies like Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins.

And while we probably still will be talking about those three talented players plenty in the fall, during my NFL camp tour, I observed a number of other rookies who appear poised to steal at least some of the national spotlight.

Below are 10 first-year players I think will exceed expectations in 2014:... more

This 2014 NFL Draft was really deep, and after getting an up-close look at many of the players from that class during my recent NFL training camp tour, there's no doubt in my mind that we're going to see a lot of rookies making big contributions this... more

July

Most NFL teams have their scouts attend the first few weeks of training camp before sending them out to visit colleges. The scouting department usually breaks down film of every practice, with each scout grading and writing a report on his assigned... more

Most NFL teams have their scouts attend the first few weeks of training camp before sending them out to visit colleges. The scouting department usually breaks down film of every practice, with each scout grading and writing a report on his assigned position. This is known as self-scouting.

My experience self-scouting taught me that rookies tend to struggle during the early portion of training camp. They don't know where to line up, they forget snap counts and they fail to make the correct pre- and post-snap adjustments. Fortunately for them, they usually get more comfortable later on; they think less, and their ability begins to shine through. The bottom line: Fans and observers shouldn't overreact to a rookie's struggles early in camp. Instead, they should monitor the progress made from the start of camp to the end.

Below you'll find 11 rookies to watch as camps get underway, guys who I expect will make drastic improvements as they learn the NFL ropes.... more

May

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

When the 2014 NFL Draft commences next week, 32 teams will converge on Radio City Music Hall to divvy up, one pick at a time, the crop of rising rookies. But what if you were building a squad from scratch -- and you didn't have to take turns with anyone... more

April
2014 All-Draft Team April 30, 2014

When the 2014 NFL Draft commences next week, 32 teams will converge on Radio City Music Hall to divvy up, one pick at a time, the crop of rising rookies. But what if you were building a squad from scratch -- and you didn't have to take turns with anyone else? What if you could construct a starting roster consisting of the best prospects at each position?

As the big event nears, I thought I'd take a pass at assembling a 2014 All-Draft Team, filling out a starting offensive, defensive and special teams lineup with the top talents available. Many of the names below are highly recognizable, but some are flying slightly below the radar.

Agree with my selections? Feel differently? Let me know @MoveTheSticks.

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Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

The pro days have come and gone. That has resulted in a few changes to my Top 50 prospects list . However, the order of my top three quarterbacks has remained the same. Teddy Bridgewater had a rough pro day , but I'm going to stick with what I saw... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

March

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Manziel pro-day coverage: Tune into NFL Network for live coverage of Johnny Manziel's pro day at Texas A&M on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Here are five things NFL scouts will focus on during Johnny Manziel 's pro day, which will take place at Texas A&M... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could fix them -- for all 32 squads in the league. For more in-depth analysis, be sure to catch... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

The first big wave of free agency has had plenty of impact on the 2014 NFL Draft . Below is a look at the draft order, with the top three needs for each team. The order of the teams is determined by record (using strength of schedule as the first... more

Roster weaknesses: Every team has them, and the draft is often the best way to address them. With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah will be taking an up-close look at the main areas of weakness -- and the prospects who could... more

Always easy to second guess the annual NFL draft when you look back. There are no-brainers and busts, wash-outs and warriors. In many cases, early picks are still going to have significant careers and impact moments. And there are players who you often... more

February

It can be easy for outside observers to get caught up in the search for the prototypical prospect. Some folks assume teams should only draft guys who conform exactly to the widely desired height and weight specifications for a given position. Others... more

Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt , one of the top pass-rushing prospects in this year's NFL draft, will not work out at Monday's NFL Scouting Combine because of a small fracture in his left foot, according to a source familiar with the situation. A second... more

While the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine officially kicked off Thursday, on-field action doesn't begin until Saturday. Here is the daily workout schedule: Saturday: Offensive linemen, tight ends, special teams. Sunday: Quarterbacks, running backs,... more

In the NFL, speed matters . So it's little wonder that the 40-yard dash is annually one of the most hotly anticipated drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. Running a blistering time is one of the quickest ways for a prospect to build buzz, especially if he... more

When it comes to projecting how today's prospects will perform at the next level, it can be helpful to consider which pro players they resemble. As yet another crop of rising stars prepares for the NFL Scouting Combine, I thought I'd match up five key... more

January

We've heard plenty about the two quarterbacks in Super Bowl XLVIII . Let's focus on the other key players who will determine the outcome. Here are three guys on each team who must play well in order for their respective squads to take home the Lombardi... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- College all-star games are a very valuable evaluation tool. The scouting process is all about comparing players: Who's a better prospect, player A or player B? Who has more play speed? Who has the stronger arm? That's why it's helpful to... more

Last year's Reese's Senior Bowl class produced a whopping 10 first-rounders, three top-five selections and the No. 1 overall pick. This year's crop won't come close to approaching those impressive feats. There are three reasons for the drop-off in talent... more

Daniel Jeremiah regularly delivers a topical list of college football's best players. This week he takes a look at five players building momentum for the 2014 NFL Draft at the Senior Bowl. Auburn DE Dee Ford I really liked Ford when I studied him on... more

Here are five winners from Saturday's East-West Shrine Game : 1. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois Garoppolo stood out as the best player during the week of practice and he put together a strong performance during the game on Saturday. He... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL Kelvin Benjamin showed why he is a matchup nightmare in the red zone on Florida State's game-winning touchdown. The BCS championship game between Florida State and Auburn was loaded with some of the top prospects in... more

AJ McCarron put up big numbers against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night (387 yards, two touchdowns), but this wasn't one of his better games. For one of the few times during his career, the Alabama quarterback was under intense pass-rush... more

South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney finished his college career on a high note in Wednesday's Capital One Bowl. He produced several quarterback pressures despite facing consistent double-teams/chip blocks and he also made a handful of plays against the... more

December

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah is covering bowl games live every day this week. Here are some of his thoughts on the top players from Tuesday's Chick-fil-A Bowl between Texas A&M and Duke. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Once again, Manziel embraced... more

Gary Kazanjian/Associated Press Fresno State QB Derek Carr played his worst game of the season vs. USC in the Las Vegas Bowl. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr had a phenomenal senior season. He finished the year with 5,083 passing yards,... more

The regular season has concluded, but there are still several opportunities for NFL draft prospects to improve their stock. Most of them will play in a bowl game, compete in all-star games, attend the NFL Scouting Combine and perform at their school's pro... more

Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports Auburn's Greg Robinson has emerged as one of the SEC's best offensive tackles during his redshirt sophomore season. Once it was officially announced that Auburn and Florida State would square off in the BCS... more

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

Associated Press Timmy Jernigan, Telvin Smith and Lamarcus Joyner help make Florida State's defense so stout. Florida State and Auburn will square off in the BCS National Championship Game in a little less than a month. In the long build-up... more

H. Rumph Jr/Associated Press NFL scouts have questions about the build of Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. The release of the college bowl schedule is always one of my favorite days on the football calendar. I usually spend that evening... more

Associated Press As James Franklin led Missouri to the SEC title game, Tajh Boyd struggled as Clemson fell to South Carolina. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that... more

November

Dave Martin / Associated Press AJ McCarron could boost his Heisman hopes with a big game against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Alabama-Auburn is the marquee game of the weekend. One player in that game has a possible Heisman Trophy at stake, while... more

Associated Press / USA TODAY Sports Johnny Manziel failed to deliver for the Aggies, while Clint Chelf came through with a big conference win. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies... more

There are several must-see games on this week's college-football schedule. UCLA and Arizona State will clash in a key Pac-12 South division battle, and the Oklahoma State-Baylor game has high stakes in the Big 12 Conference race. There's another... more

One of the most popular questions in NFL draft rooms each spring is "Who does this guy remind you of?" During my eight years as an NFL scout, I would spend the fall constructing scouting reports on each prospect in my area and then I would present those... more

AP Photo/Jay Sailors Bradley Leeb/USA TODAY Sports Georgia QB Aaron Murray and Ohio State QB Braxton Miller are heading in opposite directions. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies... more

This weekend's college football schedule features several make-or-break conference matchups. However, while most college football fans will be focused on team results, the scouting community will be more interested in tracking the individual performances.... more

Jadeveon Clowney arrived at South Carolina as the No. 1 recruit in the country. Over the course of his first two seasons in Columbia, he lived up to that billing, notching 21 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss. His freakish size, length and athleticism had... more

USA TODAY Sports UCLA freshman Myles Jack had a huge game Saturday, while LSU FB J.C. Copeland missed a big opportunity. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that are... more

STANFORD, Calif. -- The press box was loaded with NFL personnel executives and scouts at Thursday night's Pac-12 showdown between Oregon and Stanford. Prior to the game, I had a chance to visit with more than a dozen of them and every one of them spoke... more

Thursday night's battle between Stanford and Oregon has major national championship implications. With an Oregon win, the Ducks will likely leap frog Florida State in the BCS standings while a Stanford win will keep its slim national title hopes alive.... more

Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that are chugging along smoothly and five things that are off the rails. Five up 1. Florida State RB Devonta Freeman Florida State has... more

For the second time in the last three weeks, Florida State will take the field in the marquee game of the weekend. The No. 3-ranked Seminoles will play host to the No. 7-ranked Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night. In this week's edition of 5 to watch, I've... more

October

Now that we are past the halfway mark of the college football season, most NFL personnel executives have had a chance to see the top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. We've been hearing for the past few weeks about the potential depth of the upcoming... more

Associated Press Oregon running back Byron Marshall came up big on Saturday, while Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard injured his knee. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things... more

This weekend's college football schedule is full of intriguing matchups. There are several battles between top 25 teams, including a crucial Pac-12 game. Oregon will look to recapture the country's attention when it squares off against UCLA on Saturday... more

Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr earns high marks for his character, which will likely help his draft prospects. During the draft process, there is always a lot of focus and talk about the players with off-the-field... more

Associated Press Jameis Winston was brilliant on Saturday, while Brett Hundley had his share of struggles. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that are chugging along... more

This weekend's college football slate is loaded with outstanding matchups. The marquee game of the weekend features two top-five teams (No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 5 Florida State), each led by top-tier quarterbacks. There is also a showdown of top-15 teams... more

Gerald Herbert / Associated Press Zach Mettenberger's rise has been one of the college football season's most pleasant surprises. It's hard to believe we are already at the midway point of the college football season. That was fast! Since we are... more

Associated Press Oregon's Marcus Mariota continued to impress vs. Washington, but Stanford's Kevin Hogan struggled with his accuracy. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five... more

The 2011 NFL Draft featured six quarterbacks (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick) selected in the first two rounds. Entering the 2013 season, expectations were highest for three of those... more

Last weekend featured several outstanding college games, including a classic SEC clash between Georgia and Tennessee, as well as a slugfest between Stanford and Washington. This weekend's slate of games looks just as promising with high-profile conference... more

Mike Groll / Associated Press Khalil Mack has registered four sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss so far this season for the Bulls. It's nearly impossible for talented college football players to fly "under the radar" of the national media.... more

Associated Press While Keith Price looked good in defeat, we probably have seen the last of Colt Lyerla for a while. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that are chugging... more

I am pumped up for this weekend's college football schedule. There will be top-25 battles taking place in three different conferences: Ohio State-Northwestern (Big Ten), Florida State-Maryland (ACC) and Washington-Stanford (Pac 12). Three of my five... more

Associated Press Mel Tucker and Greg Roman would make great college head coaches, according to NFL executives. We're not even halfway through the college football season and we've already seen two programs make a change with their head coach.... more

September

Mike Stewart / Associated Press On Saturday, Zach Mettenberger lost on the field but was a big draft-stock winner off it. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that are... more

College football is loaded with outstanding quarterbacks. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, UCLA's Brett Hundley and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel are among the many signal-callers to garner national praise during the early portion of the 2013 season. The... more

Associated Press QBs Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger face off in a key SEC battle this weekend. Saturday's marquee matchup will take place in Athens, Ga. The No.6-ranked LSU Tigers will hit the road to take on the No.9-ranked Georgia... more

Each Monday during the college football season, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that are chugging along smoothly and right on track and five things that are off the rails. Five up 1. San Jose State QB has a big day: The... more

Week 4 of the college football season has a tough act to follow. Last week featured the highly anticipated rematch between Alabama and Texas A&M as well as a wild contest between Wisconsin and Arizona State. This week's slate only features one matchup... more

The Cleveland Browns' decision to move Trent Richardson isn't all that surprising when you consider the current makeup of their roster and the man who's running the show, Joe Banner. This offense is a mess. Richardson wasn't the problem, but this... more

The 2013 NFL Draft wasn't loaded with big-name prospects but it was one of the deeper pools of talent we've seen in the last decade. There was very little drop-off from the first to the second round and there were plenty of starting-caliber players still... more

Associated Press Mike Evans had a spectacular day in defeat, while Devin Gardner won but struggled with turnovers on Saturday. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that... more

This weekend's college football schedule features several big games, but there is one particular contest that stands above the rest. Alabama-Texas A&M is a battle of top-10 teams featuring a handful of high-profile players on both squads. Every viewer... more

Associated Press photos Luke Joeckel was taken No. 2 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. How high will Jake Matthews go next spring? The college football world is gearing up for Saturday's rematch between Texas A&M and Alabama. During the lead up to... more

Associated Press photos Aaron Murray and Braxton Miller saw their Saturdays go in opposite directions over the weekend. Each Monday during the college football season, NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five things that are... more

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah provides five player matchups he'll be watching closely in Week 2 of the 2013 college football season.... more

Chip Kelly will make his much-anticipated NFL coaching debut on Monday night when his Philadelphia Eagles square off against the Washington Redskins. Kelly was wildly successful at the University of Oregon, and the NFL world is very intrigued by his... more

Associated Press What makes the Braxton Miller-Devin Gardner showdown so great is that it could happen twice. Most NFL clubs employ five or six area scouts, and those scouts are assigned to different regions across the country. Area scouts... more

In a weekly feature, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah identifies five players whose stock is on the rise and five others who failed to live up to expectations. Hot 100 seniors The son of a Pro Football Hall of Famer tops Gil Brandt 's initial look at... more

AP Photo / Richard Shiro In his 2013 debut against Georgia, Tajh Boyd accounted for more than 300 yards of offense and five touchdowns. CLEMSON, S.C. -- Saturday night's game between Clemson and Georgia featured two teams ranked in the top 10 and... more

August

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The college football season is back. After an offseason filled with one Johnny Manziel story after another, it was nice to have some actual football to watch and discuss. I flew across the country to witness the border battle between the... more

For quite some time, the zone-read has been a very effective running play for college teams operating out of the spread offense. Despite the effectiveness of this play at the collegiate level, it didn't immediately catch on at the next level. That has... more

In scouting, it's common to hear the term "flash player," a phrase that describes the type of player that makes one or two impressive plays a game but is otherwise invisible. On the other end of the spectrum, there are players that bring it on a... more

After holding out as long as possible, I finally submitted my playoff predictions to my bosses at NFL.com. I hate these predictions and here's why: There are too many variables outside of your control. For instance, before we learned Peyton Manning's neck... more

USA TODAY Sports Shifting defensive backfield trends could impact when Darqueze Dennard and Craig Loston are drafted. One of the most important roles of an NFL scout is the construction of his sequence list or a ranking of the players he's... more

Each year, NFL hopefuls in college football look to fill in the gaps in their resumes for pro scouts. This year will be no different. The college football season kicks off next week, and many players will soon be on the clock. These five might have the... more

Is Jadeveon Clowney worthy of the exorbitant hype? Surely he can't be as good as advertised, right? Those are questions I often get asked when the subject turns to the South Carolina defensive end. Instead of offering my personal opinion for the 4,000th... more

College football is full of good players. Unfortunately, being "good" doesn't garner national attention. In order for a player to create a reputation that stretches across states, conferences and regions, he must make the leap from good to great. I've... more

In last April's NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins aggressively traded up to secure the Oakland Raiders No. 3 overall selection. When the trade was announced, most in the media (myself included) assumed Miami was going to select an offensive tackle to protect... more

Each week, Daniel Jeremiah hits on a topical top five list of college football's best players. This week he takes a look at the five most explosive players. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Clowney is one of the most explosive football players I've... more

The attention given to Johnny Manziel's off-the-field activities has been overwhelming this summer. Everyone has an opinion about whether or not the Texas A&M quarterback's behavior will affect his NFL future. As an evaluator of talent, I try to focus... more

July

Ed Szczepanski / USA TODAY Sports Stanford OLB Trent Murphy (left) and DE Ben Gardner (right) have made life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. College football has been overtaken by the spread offense. This has led to many fans around the... more

June

Last year's rookie class was special. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson quickly established themselves as the faces of their respective franchises while guiding their teams to the playoffs. This year's rookie QB crop doesn't... more

April

Three teams had multiple picks in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday: the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings. With a recently released quarterback keeping the Jets in the headlines on Monday , I thought I'd take a look at... more

There's no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to the NFL draft. Teams are constantly trying to weigh the risks that come with drafting a prospect against the potential rewards. This year is no different. Here is my list of the biggest boom-or-bust... more

It's hard to know what to believe in the days leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. In several instances, I've been told one thing by a personnel man ... only to be told the exact opposite 20 minutes later by an executive from a different team. Despite all... more

In the media, we often focus on ranking NFL draft prospects by position. But that can be misleading, especially when taken in context of what happens in NFL team headquarters. It's the overall sequence, regardless of position, that matters most.... more

Just over three weeks into free agency and just about three weeks away from the 2013 NFL Draft, we're in a perfect sweet spot to assess how the former can affect the latter. Amid rampant roster turnover across the NFL since the start of the league year... more

March

The 2012 NFL Draft saw a whirlwind of trades take place in the first round. As we get closer to the 2013 event, it's only natural to wonder who will be wheeling and dealing this time around. The 2013 NFL Draft lacks star power at the top of the... more

USA TODAY Sports/Associated Press Jonathan Cooper, Dee Milliner and Tyler Eifert (from left to right) could all be affected by the free agency frenzy. There's nothing quite like the madness that takes place in the first few days of free agency.... more

"The more you can do ..." Five words routinely tossed around draft rooms at this time of year. When every evaluator in the room has a similar grade on two different players, one player can elevate over the other if he provides a service outside of his... more

February

INDIANAPOLIS -- Daniel Jeremiah is in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, checking out prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Here is the latest scuttlebutt from Lucas Oil Stadium. ¬Ľ The smartest Monday decision. There was talk that BYU defensive... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Daniel Jeremiah is in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, checking out prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Here is the latest scuttlebutt from Lucas Oil Stadium. Jeremiah: Seminole statement Florida State QB EJ†Manuel continued... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sunday certainly didn't lack excitement at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, with the offensive skill players hitting the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. I concentrated on two positions: quarterback and wide receiver. Here are three notables at... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Daniel Jeremiah is in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, checking out prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Here is the latest scuttlebutt from Lucas Oil Stadium. Brooks: Bray the steal of the draft? Bucky Brooks says... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Offensive line is one of the deepest areas of the 2013 NFL Draft, and the position group certainly didn't disappoint in field drills on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. The offensive tackles, in particular, tore up Lucas Oil Stadium... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Daniel Jeremiah is in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, checking out prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Here is the latest scuttlebutt from Lucas Oil Stadium: ¬Ľ Matt Barkley is taller than expected. Scouts measured the USC... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Daniel Jeremiah is in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, checking out prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Here is the latest scuttlebutt from Lucas Oil Stadium ... ¬Ľ Chance Warmack was a little bit smaller than expected. He... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Daniel Jeremiah is in town for the NFL Scouting Combine, checking out prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Here are five questions on his mind heading into the weekend ... 1) Which quarterback will create the most buzz on the field?... more

The NFL Scouting Combine provides an enormous stage for top prospects to show off their athleticism. There are always a dozen or so players who see their draft stock climb with solid performances, while another dozen or so create concern amongst NFL... more

Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert suffered a slight tear to his right hamstring Monday while training for next week's NFL Scouting Combine, according to a source close to Dysert. Debate: The Clowney controversy NFL rules won't allow South Carolina... more

Every NFL draft is unique. Certain positions might be flush with elite players one year only to be completely bereft of talent the following April. The 2013 NFL Draft lacks the big-name, top-tier talent that we've seen the last few years, but there are a... more

USA TODAY Sports/Associated Press Linebacker Arthur Brown (left) and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu both lack ideal size but boast playmaking ability. Over the past month, my time has been spent on two things: watching college tape and talking to... more

NEW ORLEANS -- There are several ingredients that go into creating a championship football team. Good coaching, strong quarterback play and explosive playmakers have been essential elements of every recent Super Bowl-winning squad. This Baltimore Ravens... more

January

NEW ORLEANS -- During the regular season, each NFL organization relies on its pro scouting department to compile advance scouting reports on upcoming opponents. Most teams have a pro scouting staff of about three to four people who share the advance... more

Sunday can't get here fast enough! There has already been plenty of talk about the coaches (John and Jim Harbaugh) and quarterbacks (Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick) in Super Bowl XLVII. While those four men will play a large role in deciding Sunday's... more

The Baltimore Ravens last played in the Super Bowl 12 seasons ago. Many things have changed with the franchise over the past dozen years: New owner, new head coach, new players, new facility. However, one element has remained constant: the leadership,... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- Now that we are through three full days of Senior Bowl practices, it's time to single out a few players who have seen their draft stock rise or fall here: Risers Desmond Trufant , CB, Washington: Trufant has been the top cornerback... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- Senior Bowl week kicked off on Monday, and there were plenty of interesting developments. I've compiled some notes from the weigh-ins, practices and even hotel chatter. Practice notes were compiled after studying both the North and South... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- College all-star game practices are a great place for NFL scouts and personnel men to evaluate upcoming talent. But it's not all about prospect evaluation. The latest player news, coaching moves and everything else relating to the NFL are... more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Following an afternoon practice for the East-West Shrine Game at St. Petersburg High School, I met up with an NFL team executive for a quick dinner. Just as our waiter dropped off some water and a basket of bread, my phone began to... more

Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah reminds many NFL evaluators of New York Giants standout Jason†Pierre-Paul. There are still eight NFL teams hot in pursuit of a Super Bowl championship, but the other 24 organizations... more

Matt Cashore/US Presswire Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o did not play well against Alabama on Monday night, but he's still NFL material. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Manti Te'o had a rough outing in the BCS Championship Game on Monday night. There... more

"Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games." There is no more tired adage in sports. NFL players (and analysts) love regurgitating that cliché during this time of the year. But while it might be cheesy, it also is 100 percent... more

December

Well, it was another "Black Monday" full of firings across the NFL. And as jobs open up, speculation heats up about who will be next in line. What follows is my early prediction for each opening at head coach and general manager. Obviously, every search... more

After 17 grueling weeks, the playoffs are finally here. The seeds are set and the field is stacked. Following a quick look at the 12 teams that survived to play another game, I formulated a case for and against each squad in the race to Super Bowl... more

I decided to change it up this week. Instead of focusing on five key matchups across the NFL landscape, like I usually do in this space, I'm going to focus all of my attention on the winner-take-all, NFC East battle between the Dallas Cowboys and... more

Not all draft classes are created equal. In some years, the depth of talent is shallow, and the star power is minimal. However, occasionally, individual draft classes produce marquee players who will dominate at the NFL level for a decade. By that... more

A look at Week 16 in the NFL, by the numbers: 5,000 Take a look as the NFL gets in the holiday spirit. Need any more proof the NFL is a passing league? A year after three quarterbacks passed for more than 5,000 yards -- one more than had done it... more

We are down to the final two weeks of the regular season and the stakes are incredibly high for several teams battling for playoff positioning. This week's schedule features a few key divisional battles, as well as a matchup between the AFC's top squad... more

I have no idea what Washington Redskins players and coaches did during their Week 10 bye, but whatever it was, it sure seems to have worked. Heading into that break, the Redskins were 3-6; since then, they've reeled off five straight wins. Sunday's... more

Associated Press Calvin†Johnson, Adrian†Peterson and Aldon†Smith (left to right) are all trying to break NFL single-season records. The 2012 season has been filled with intriguing storylines. Peyton Manning's comeback, the fantastic play of the... more

I can't remember an NFL weekend that featured as many intriguing games with playoff implications as Week 15. Six games in particular just jump off the schedule. I studied all of the individual matchups in those contests and identified the one-on-one... more

On Sunday, something happened that hadn't happened since Week 8 of the 2008 season: All four teams in the NFC East won on the same weekend. Due to the difficult circumstances and challenging opponents facing these squads, I was very surprised that this... more

This is the time of year when the NFL's top-flight quarterbacks usually separate themselves from the pack and lead their respective teams to the postseason. This weekend, several of the league's gifted signal-callers will square off against one another in... more

The NFL playoff race is the ultimate reality show. Reality television has exploded in popularity over the past decade, fueled largely by the drama that stems from the weekly dismissal of contestants. The excitement continues to build until a single... more

November

Associated Press The Chicago Bears will need Brandon†Marshall to get the upper hand on Seattle Seahawks CB Richard†Sherman. † With just five weeks remaining in the regular season, the playoff picture is beginning to crystalize. Several... more

Associated Press Dallas Cowboys coach Jason†Garrett (left) and San Diego Chargers head man Norv†Turner hold desirable posts. † Black Friday has already come and gone, but Black Monday is still ahead of us. The NFL's regular-season schedule... more

Associated Press Washington's Alfred†Morris, Tampa Bay's Doug†Martin and Seattle's Bobby†Wagner (left to right) are impact rookies. As the college football season winds down, we're going to hear plenty of talk about a metaphorical barricade in... more

Six teams have already completed their Week 12 work, but there are still 13 games to look forward to this weekend. The marquee game of the week features the two most recent Super Bowl champions, and there are several other intriguing contests worth... more

"Who can make a play? I can!" Terrell Owens famously asked and answered the question while playing for the San Francisco 49ers. He might've rubbed some teammates and coaches the wrong way during his career, but T.O.'s playmaking ability led to more than... more

There is no such thing as an easy win in the National Football League. Last week was a great example. The Atlanta Falcons (8-1) fell to the New Orleans Saints (4-5) and the San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1) tied the St. Louis Rams (3-5-1). This weekend's... more

It's always important to have a backup plan. This is a lesson the 2011 Indianapolis Colts learned the hard way. After not missing a game for 13 seasons, starting quarterback Peyton Manning was forced to miss the entire 2011 season because of a neck... more

It's hard to beat a well-rounded fighter. That phrase, which is often used in boxing and mixed martial arts, also applies to football. One-dimensional teams don't win consistently in the NFL. Earlier this season, the Houston Texans relied on their... more

The NFL features dozens of young, exciting players, but it is also home to several reliable, productive veterans. This week's top matchups offer a good mixture of both groups. There's a battle between an accomplished, future Hall of Fame quarterback and a... more

Associated Press/US Presswire A.J.†Green, Peyton†Manning and J.J.†Watt (from left to right) have excelled in the 2012 season's first nine weeks. With the help of a handful of trusted NFL executives, I've come up with my Midseason All-Pro Team.... more

With the help of a handful of trusted NFL executives, I've come up with my Midseason All-Pro Team. This was a very fun process, but it was also difficult, because there were a few positions that featured several worthy candidates. The quarterback... more

Prior to last year's NFL Draft, everyone (myself included) said Andrew Luck was the most pro-ready quarterback prospect to enter the NFL since Peyton Manning. However, prior to the 2012 season, nobody (myself included) said he was good enough to carry... more

This weekend's NFL action features several fascinating storylines and matchups. Among the most intriguing: a former No. 1 overall pick returns to face his original team, and one of the league's marquee quarterbacks takes on the top defensive mind in... more

October

Fans in Green Bay, Pittsburgh and New England can all take a deep breath and relax. The sky is no longer falling and order has been restored. Their beloved football teams are back on track. Prior to the launch of the 2012 NFL season, the Packers,... more

This weekend's NFL schedule is full of several intriguing matchups. We will get to watch the NFL's most physical receiver take on the league's most aggressive cornerbacks. We will also get to see one of the league's superstar passers challenge a very... more

The 2012 NFL season is far from over, but it's never too early to look ahead. There figures to be several head-coaching vacancies following the season, so let's get a jump on examining some potential candidates for those jobs. I've come up with a list of... more

As an NFL scout, your job is to study football players, then come up with an easily understood way to describe what you've seen. There are several descriptive terms that routinely show up in scouting reports. Words like explosive, instinctive and powerful... more

Week 7 features several fascinating matchups, including battles between some of the NFL's most physical linemen, talented quarterbacks and dynamic skill players. Here are my top five matchups to follow this weekend: Nick†Mangold vs. Vince†Wilfork Wyche:... more

The San Diego Chargers were sitting pretty at halftime Monday night. Pasting the Denver Broncos 24-0, they were well on their way to taking a commanding lead in the AFC West. Of course, we all know this isn't how the story ended . Instant Debate: Bolts... more

The Detroit Lions might have saved their season by overcoming a late 10-point deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon. Things looked bleak for Detroit through much of the game, but quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions to 17... more

When the New York†Giants whipped the San Francisco†49ers, 26-3 , on Sunday, they put together what was, in my opinion, the most impressive victory of the 2012 NFL season. We've seen a few upsets this year, like the Indianapolis†Colts knocking off the... more

Week 6 is full of exciting games. There is a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game, a battle between Pete Carroll and his former team and a clash between the surging Indianapolis Colts and sinking New York Jets . I've identified intriguing... more

John Raoux/Associated Press The Houston Texans boast the NFL's best sack differential in 2012, while the Jacksonville Jaguars own the worst. The NFL is a big man's game. It's very tough to win in this league without getting good play up front.... more

(Editor's Note: This analysis originally appeared in Daniel Jeremiah's Move The Sticks column .) After watching the Pittsburgh Steelers squeak by the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-14, on Sunday afternoon , I was reminded of something one league executive... more

After watching the Pittsburgh Steelers squeak by the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-14 , on Sunday afternoon, I was reminded of something one league executive told me prior to the start of the season: "Ben Roethlisberger is the most underrated player in the... more

This week's NFL action is loaded with intriguing matchups. Two Hall of Fame quarterbacks will face each other; arguably the league's top pass rusher and pass protector will square off; and two of the sharpest coaching minds in football will match wits... more

The 2012 NFL season is only four weeks old, but we have already seen Hail Mary passes completed, special teams trickery and several circus catches ... and that was just the Lions-Titans game ! Every year, the NFL provides exciting moments and shocking... more

Matt Ryan won't fully satisfy his critics until he experiences success in the postseason, but the Atlanta Falcons quarterback is off to a phenomenal start in 2012. Ryan and his teammates flexed their muscle with three convincing wins to open the season,... more

September

The New York Jets created a bit of a stir this week when they decided to move running back Joe McKnight to cornerback following the season-ending injury to All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis. Though the move caught many people off guard, I actually like the... more

I love this weekend's matchups. We have the NFL's top rushing quarterback facing the NFL's No. 1 run defense. We also have the fifth-ranked passing offense squaring off against the top-ranked pass defense. There are also a few intriguing divisional... more

Just over a year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee , running back Jamaal Charles put to rest any worries that he wouldn't recover his explosiveness, carrying the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 overtime victory against the New... more

Last week, NFL Films captured San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers describing San Diego's victory over the Tennessee Titans as "a good ol' fashioned rear-end whippin'." I'm not sure if Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was miked up Sunday,... more

This weekend's NFL action features several marquee games: New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens , Houston Texans at Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks are just a few of the fantastic matchups on the Week 3 schedule. Along with... more

The Arizona Cardinals' offense and special teams both contributed to the surprising 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots, but the story of the game was the outstanding play of 'Zona's defense. Behind several standout individual performances, the... more

The New Orleans Saints might want to throw Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel a welcome party prior to next Sunday's game in the Superdome. After seeing their defense pulverized by a pair of ultra-athletic signal-callers in the Washington... more

Associated Press Despite a 13-year age difference, Ravens LB Ray†Lewis (left) must keep up with elusive Eagles RB LeSean†McCoy. Football is a team sport, but there are fascinating individual matchups to enjoy on a weekly basis. For instance,... more

I was thoroughly impressed by Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets' offense in their win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon. After an ugly interception ended Gang Green's opening possession, Sanchez quickly rebounded to lead the Jets on six... more

In order to acquire the quarterbacking services of Robert†Griffin III , the Washington Redskins were forced to part ways with a bevy of draft picks. After one regular-season game, I don't imagine there is any buyer's remorse in the nation's capital. The... more

There are several intriguing storylines to follow during the first Sunday of the 2012 campaign. Much of the attention will focus on Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Robert†Griffin III , but those aren't the only players worth monitoring this weekend.... more

Something seems different about these Dallas Cowboys. That was the thought running through my mind as I watched Dallas' 24-17 win over the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in Wednesday night's NFL Kickoff game. Was it Tony Romo's clutch,... more

The 2012 NFL season will kick off Wednesday night with an exciting NFC East matchup between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. Last season, the Giants beat the Cowboys in both of the teams' regular-season meetings, and each victory came at a... more

David Butler II/US Presswire Personnel folks across the league think highly of New England Patriots QB Tom†Brady (left) and coach Bill†Belichick. † There is more anticipation for the 2012 NFL campaign than for any season I can remember. All... more

August

Not every NFL team has the same number of starting players. That's what I learned during my first training camp as a member of the Baltimore Ravens' scouting department. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it's true. Lombardi: Best of the best Michael... more

Derick E. Hingle/US Presswire A.J. McCarron helped lead Alabama past LSU for the BCS title, but the Tigers will seek vengeance on Nov. 3. College football is finally here! The season kicks off Thursday night with a few games before a full... more

Week 3 of the preseason kicked off Thursday night, and there were several impressive performances. Rookie receivers Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kendall Wright of the Tennessee Titans made numerous plays and showed exciting potential.... more

The dress rehearsal is upon us. Starters traditionally log the most playing time in Week 3 of the preseason, before resting up in Week 4. So in many ways, this week's contests are viewed as a final tune-up before the regular season. Here is a quick... more

"Watch and learn." How many times have you heard that phrase from a parent, teacher or coach? It's a pretty simple concept. By watching someone else perform a particular task over and over again, you will eventually gain the necessary know-how to... more

Monday night's contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is all that's left in Week 2 of the 2012 preseason. Most teams played their starters well into the second quarter during this past weekend's games after limiting them to... more

The first full week of preseason action provided a number of interesting developments -- impressive debuts from rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson; a dynamic showing from Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio... more

US Presswire New York†Jets QB Tim†Tebow (left) and Carolina†Panthers QB Cam†Newton are evidence of a sea change in the NFL. † Zone read. Speed option . Quarterback sweep . If you follow college football, you are very familiar with these... more

Associated Press Colts rookie Andrew†Luck flourished in his preseason debut, while Cardinals QB Kevin†Kolb continues to struggle. † There's no need to get too high or too low during the preseason, but there are always a few reasons for teams... more

After a long summer of sound bites and scuttlebutt, the NFL preseason is finally here. Thursday's slate of games is packed with enticing storylines, including the debuts of a star-in-the-making (Washington Redskins rookie Robert†Griffin III ) and a... more

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- "If you could be any animal for two weeks, which one would you pick?" Those were the first words I heard when I stepped onto the practice field at Wofford College on Friday. The question had been posed by a smiling Cam Newton to... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Daniel Jeremiah details his visit with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports. ) WHERE IS NFL.COM? The Eagles conduct... more

Tom DiPace/Associated Press Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has plenty of experience under center, but how's his backhand?   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be best suited to... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- As I was walking toward the parking lot following the Washington Redskins' afternoon practice, I noticed a handful of young fans huddled up together and talking quietly. As I got closer, I was able to hear what they were discussing:... more

Courtesy of Baylor University The NFL is full of speedsters, but Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was actually a track star at Baylor.   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be... more

Evan Pinkus/Associated Press New York Jets center Nick Mangold has weightlifting in his blood; his sister, Holley, is a top Olympic competitor.   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be... more

Paul Spinelli/Associated Press Listed at 6-foot-8, Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell has the height to thrive in beach volleyball.   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would... more

Paul Connors/Associated Press Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has all of the necessary skills to flourish in handball.   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be best... more

July

Julio Cortez/Associated Press New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul possesses remarkable athletic ability at 6-foot-5, 278 pounds.   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be... more

In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be best suited to participate in 10 popular sports. During the 1990s, there would've been several great NFL candidates in the boxing category. Ken Norton... more

Mark Duncan/Associated Press Cleveland Browns playmaker Josh Cribbs was an excellent swimmer in multiple events back in his high school days.   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be... more

John Amis/Associated Press Despite struggles from the foul line, Jimmy Graham still contributed to the Miami hoops team for four years.   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be best... more

Tom Hauck/Associated Press The way Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis wraps up running backs, it's little wonder he's a former standout wrestler .   In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be... more

Last week, I spent four days hanging around former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (yes, that still sounds weird). As a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy , I had the opportunity to observe the Denver Broncos' new signal-caller work... more

The Baltimore Ravens locked up Ray Rice earlier this week by giving the star running back a five-year, $40 million contract . With the deal done, the Ravens' front office can kick back and get ready for training camp, right? Not so fast. A source... more

James Lang/US Presswire Jimmy Smith (left) and Cary Williams (right) are competing to start opposite stellar cornerback Lardarius Webb.   The quarterback competitions in Arizona, Seattle, Tennessee, Miami and Jacksonville will command plenty... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Entering his senior season at USC, QB Matt Barkley draws plenty of attention as a top 2013 NFL Draft prospect.   THIBODAUX, La. -- For the past 17 years, the Manning Passing Academy has played host to high... more

Thomas Campbell/US Presswire Josh Gordon showed plenty of promise at Baylor before being dismissed from the team prior to the 2011 season.   The NFL Supplemental Draft will take place Thursday. Here's everything you need to know about the... more

I was stunned when I heard about Adrian Peterson's Saturday morning arrest . I don't know Peterson very well but I do remember how highly he was regarded during the evaluation process before the Minnesota Vikings selected him with the seventh pick of the... more

Several NFL players produced career-best performances during the 2011 season. Numerous long-held NFL records were shattered by the likes of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. However, while those players were... more

Participating in back-to-back Super Bowls is an impressive achievement. The New England Patriots were the last team to accomplish that feat when they won Super Bowls after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. As you can see by the accompanying chart (right),... more

June

Mark Duncan/Associated Press The Browns ranked 28th in rushing offense last season, but rookie RB Trent Richardson should provide a big boost.   It's never too early to look ahead. The NFL Network concluded "The Top 100: Players of 2012"... more

The 2011 NFL Draft was loaded with upper-echelon talent. Several members of the draft class put up big numbers in their rookie year and four of them were rewarded with a spot in "The Top 100: Players of 2012" on the NFL Network: Carolina Panthers... more

Bill Kostroun/Associated Press Rex Ryan (right) and the Jets beat Rob Ryan's Cowboys when the twin brothers met in Week 1 last season.   Before those pesky Harbaughs stole their thunder, Rex and Rob Ryan were the most recognizable set of... more

Evan Pinkus/Associated Press Jason Pierre-Paul boosted an already stellar Giants pass rush that led the franchise to another Super Bowl title.   The NFL is a passing league. How many times have you heard that phrase in the past few years?... more

There is always pressure in the National Football League. Pressure to win games. Pressure to put up good numbers. Pressure to keep your job. Pressure to stay healthy. As we inch closer to training camp, let's take a look at which team, coach and... more

There are currently six starting quarterbacks in the NFL who have won a Super Bowl: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers have combined to win 10 championships. And it wouldn't be much of a surprise to... more

US Presswire OKC's Russell Westbrook (left) and Detroit's Matthew Stafford have more in common than you would initially think.   Despite a tough loss Thursday night, the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder are only three wins away from an NBA title.... more

Heading into his junior season at Stanford, it was already a foregone conclusion that Andrew Luck would be the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. In fact, he would've been the likely top pick had he elected to declare for the draft following his redshirt... more

The New England Patriots created some buzz last week when they decided to release Chad Ochocinco. After a productive 10-year run in Cincinnati that included six straight 1,000-yard seasons, Ochocinco was a non-factor during his one season in New... more

Last week, in preparation for my NFL Podium Awards series , I asked several NFL coaches, executives and scouts to name their top three quarterbacks heading into the 2012 season. The same names came up over and over again. Almost everyone had some... more

In just about every NFL season, there is a team that makes the leap from worst to first inside its division. On Monday, we took a look at the 2011 cellar dwellers in the NFC . Today, we're focusing on the AFC. I've ranked the AFC's four last-place... more

Justin Blackmon's second DUI arrest in a two-year span has many wondering if the Jacksonville Jaguars ignored serious warning signs before trading up in the 2012 NFL Draft to take the talented Oklahoma State wide receiver with the fifth overall pick.... more

One thing that makes the NFL so wildly popular is the ability for teams to quickly improve from one season to the next. Just about every season, a team follows up a last-place finish by climbing to the top of its division. The New Orleans Saints are a... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Over the last six seasons, Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has averaged just over 15 sacks per year.   Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL... more

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL Podium Awards for the top three players at each position group. Remember, this list is based on where these players are ranked heading into the 2012... more

May

Greg Trott/Associated Press Justin Smith is a menace as both a run defender and pass rusher, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2011. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL Podium... more

Eric Hartline/US Presswire Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has established himself as one of the game's most versatile offensive weapons. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL... more

John David Mercer/US Presswire Lions star Calvin Johnson posted an NFL-high 1,681 receiving yards in 2011, scoring 16 touchdowns in the process. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL... more

Paul Spinelli/Associated Press Patrick Willis (left) and NaVorro Bowman both earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2011, combining for 240 tackles. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out... more

Paul Spinelli/Associated Press Rob Gronkowksi enjoyed one of the finest seasons ever for a tight end in 2011, posing 17 touchdown receptions. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL... more

David Drapkin/Associated Press Darrelle Revis completely shuts down one side of the field, making him the game's most dominant defensive back. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL... more

Jerry Lai/US Presswire Bears burner Devin Hester boasts a combined 17 return touchdowns in six NFL seasons, including three in 2011. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mind-set early this summer, handing out NFL Podium... more

David Drapkin/Associated Press Jahri Evans, who has started 96 consecutive games for the Saints, is the complete package at offensive guard. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL... more

Associated Press San Francisco's Alex Smith (left) passed for 3,144 yards last season; Carolina's Cam Newton threw for 4,051. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith made headlines on Wednesday, raising eyebrows on the other side of the country... more

Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire Aaron Hernandez (left) and Rob Gronkowski combined to make 169 catches for 2,237 yards and 24 TDs in 2011. Watching television, it's almost impossible to go 15 minutes without seeing a preview for the movie "The... more

Training camp is always a fun time for the personnel department. Most days are spent attending two practices, eating great food and watching college players on video. One of my favorite aspects of camp is the free time in the evenings. During this... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Calvin Johnson began 2011 with nine touchdowns in Detroit's first five games, finishing with 16 on the year. So much of our time is spent bloviating on quarterbacks, and justifiably so, but that is not the only... more

Bill Baptist/Associated Press Panthers QB Cam Newton, who turned 23 earlier this month, set rookie records for passing yards and rushing TDs. One of my favorite offseason activities is to study the depth charts of all 32 teams. During my research... more

US Presswire The NFC South has the top QB quartet: Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Josh Freeman (from left to right). I began my NFL scouting career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003. After four years there, I accepted a promotion to join the... more

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