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October

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about a couple of the game's most talented prospects -- LSU edge defe... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about Georgia RB Nick Chubb and Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. The sc... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about a potential first-round WR and a RB who could give his stock a... more

This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with an early look at the top positional needs for every team, heading into Week 7. The draft order is determined by record, and using strength of schedule as a tiebreaker (record and strength of... more

This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with an early look at the top positional needs for every team, heading into Week 7. Teams 21-32 are ordered according to the seed they would hold in the playoffs if the season ended today, with r... more

1-10 11-20 21-32 This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with an early look at the top positional needs for every team, heading into Week 7. The draft order is determined by record, and using strength of schedule as a tiebrea... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 21-32 This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with an early look at the top positional needs for every team, heading into Week 7. The draft order is determined by record, and using strength of schedule... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 21-32 This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with an early look at the top positional needs for every team, heading into Week 7. The draft order is determined by record, and using strength of schedule... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 21-32 This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with an early look at the top positional needs for every team, heading into Week 7. NOTE: Teams 21-32 are ordered according to the seed they would hold... more

September

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about two of the nation's top talents, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley a... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about a rising QB and one of college football's top left tackles.... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about one of college football's most highly touted linebackers and a... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about UCLA QB Josh Rosen after he led the Bruins' stunning comeback w... more

August

Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are saying about his top-ranked WR, a buzzworthy RB and a small-school QB fans s... more

Every summer, fans and media members from the NFL and college football start to hone in on preseason talking points and storylines. Some of the perceptions are prescient, while others are simply sports-talk fodder. Some storylines sprout legs very... more

1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is previewing the 2017 college football season by counting down the 25 teams with the most NFL-caliber talent, concluding today with teams ranked 1-5. Click th... more

1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is previewing the 2017 college football season by counting down the 25 teams with the most NFL-caliber talent, continuing today with teams 6-10 in his rankings... more

1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is previewing the 2017 college football season by counting down the 25 teams with the most NFL-caliber talent, continuing today with teams 11-15 in his ranking... more

1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is previewing the 2017 college football season by counting down the 25 teams with the most NFL-caliber talent, continuing today with teams 16-20 in his ranking... more

1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is previewing the 2017 college football season by counting down the 25 teams with the most NFL-caliber talent, beginning today with teams 21-25 in his rankings... more

July

LB S CB Edge TE QB WR RB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top CFB players to watch in 2017 at each position, concluding today with linebackers. NFL scouts are always looking to the CFB ranks... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top C... more

S CB Edge TE QB WR RB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top CFB players to watch in 2017 at each position, continuing today with safeties. NFL scouts are always looking to the CFB ranks to find... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top C... more

CB S Edge TE QB WR RB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top CFB players to watch in 2017 at each position, continuing today with cornerbacks. NFL scouts are always looking to the CFB ranks to fin... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top C... more

Edge S CB TE QB WR RB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top CFB players to watch in 2017 at each position, continuing today with edge rushers. NFL scouts are always looking to the CFB ranks to fi... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top C... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top... more

TE QB WR RB Edge CB S Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top CFB players to watch in 2017 at each position over the next two weeks, continuing today with tight ends. NFL scouts are always looking... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top... more

QB TE WR RB Edge CB S Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top CFB players to watch in 2017 at each position over the next two weeks, continuing today with quarterbacks. NFL scouts are always lookin... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top... more

WR TE QB RB Edge CB S Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top college football players to watch in 2017 at each position over the next two weeks, continuing today with wide receivers. NFL scouts ar... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top... more

RB TE QB WR Edge CB S Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top college football players to watch in 2017 at each position over the next two weeks, beginning today with running backs. NFL scouts are... more

Top players to watch at each position Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top... more

June

Compensatory picks have garnered a greater percentage of the conversation in NFL circles in recent years as team philosophies have been changing regarding free agency and, for the first time ever, teams were allowed to trade compensatory picks in 201... more

May

Players can go undrafted for a number of reasons. Some prospects are talented but come with performance, injury or character concerns. Some prospects have a quality college pedigree, but lack the size, speed or strength NFL teams look for at their... more

5 late-round picks likely to overperform 5 early round picks likely to start slow Some early round draft picks, like Odell Beckham, Jr., and Khalil Mack, get off to great starts as rookies thanks to their talent and fit on a team. For others... more

5 late-round picks likely to overperform 5 early round picks likely to start slow There is a long history of late-round NFL draft picks becoming inexpensive core players, and sometimes even superstars. Players who go late in the draft often... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West Editor's note: This week, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team, beginning t... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 I'm not a fan of draft grades. Who likes to have a test graded when you haven't even taken the exam yet? With that said, I do believe that we can peek into how teams managed... more

April

Here are 10 remaining players I have ranked the highest going into Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft: School: Oklahoma. Natural glider with ability to play outside but could be moved to slot due to size concerns. Often found running in the clear thanks... more

With Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, here's a look at how Rounds 2-3 could play out on Friday night. There are still plenty of talented players available. Round 2 School: Houston. Bowser gives the Packers an explosive edge option. Sch... more

» How to watch NFL Network coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia The NFL draft process is like a four-month fog that only begins to clear up with a few days to go before the event. Now that the fog is beginning to clear, I'm beginning to... more

School: More mocks: Jeremiah 5.0 Zierlein 5.0 Brooks 4.0 Casserly 4.0 Reuter 6.0 (7 rounds) » How to watch NFL Network coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia School: Texas A&M. No reason to get cute here. Cleveland goe... more

Every year, there are prospects who end up getting drafted way earlier than anticipated because they fly under the radar or because the media never gets a good grasp on the value of certain players. Then again, sometimes one team just really likes a... more

QB RB WR TE OL Interior DL Edge LB CB Safety Editor's note: NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter will provide overviews for each position group in the 2017 NFL Draft (April 27-29 in Philadelphia), concludin... more

QB RB WR TE OL Interior DL Edge LB CB Safety Editor's note: NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter will provide overviews for each position group in the 2017 NFL Draft (April 27-29 in Philadelphia), continuin... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

QB RB WR TE OL Interior DL Edge LB CB Safety Editor's note: NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter will provide overviews for each position group in the 2017 NFL Draft (April 27-29 in Philadelphia), continuin... more

More mock drafts: Jeremiah 4.0 Brooks 4.0 Zierlein 4.0 Casserly 3.0 Reuter 5.0 » How to watch NFL Network coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia Garrett has the highest upside in the draft, but there's definitely a floor... more

QB RB WR TE OL Interior DL Edge LB CB Safety Editor's note: NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter will provide overviews for each position group in the 2017 NFL Draft (April 27-29 in Philadelphia), continuin... more

QB RB WR TE OL Interior DL Edge LB CB Safety Editor's note: NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter will provide overviews for each position group in the 2017 NFL Draft (April 27-29 in Philadelphia) over the n... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

2008 2011 2014 2015 I approach a draft do-over as an opportunity to draft for the same, exact team that selected players back in 2015, so that means staying true to their team needs and philosophies from that time as closely as I can.... more

QB RB WR TE OL Interior DL Edge LB CB Safety Editor's note: NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter will provide overviews for each position group in the 2017 NFL Draft (April 27-29 in Philadelphia) over the n... more

2008 2011 2014 2015 I approach a draft do-over as an opportunity to draft for the same, exact team that selected players back in 2011, so that means staying true to their team needs and philosophies from that time as closely as I can.... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

March

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

More mock drafts: Jeremiah 3.0 Brooks 3.0 Reuter 3.0 Zierlein 3.0 » How to watch NFL Network coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia Garrett has an all-pro ceiling and combines elite traits with high-end football character.... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

When it comes to evaluating college football players, it can be difficult to get a good feel for a player's size or athleticism due to the level of competition or even the way the video is shot. The tape can give you a good feel for the most part, bu... more

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon will participate in the Sooners' pro day on Wednesday. It will be his first opportunity to work out for teams since he was excluded from the NFL Scouting Combine due to past conduct . » Mixon meets with four teams... more

February

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

School: School: Texas A&M. No reason to get cute here. Cleveland goes with the top-rated talent. School: Stanford. Sorry, but the name "Shanahan" has never been synonomous with leaks, and too many have been getting out lately. Feels like a smoke... more

The 2017 NFL Draft has only one player with true transcendent ability. In my estimation, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is a Day 1 game-changer who has the requisite skill set and athleticism to force opposing offenses to game plan for him eve... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams This is the first-round order of the 2017 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through the first two waves of free agency (March 20). The draft order is determined by rec... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams This is the first-round order of the 2017 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through the first two waves of free agency (March 20). The draft order is determined by rec... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams This is the first-round order of the 2017 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through the first two waves of free agency (March 20). The draft order is determined by rec... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he share... more

January

Note: The Vikings, who traded their first-round pick to the Eagles, have the same record and strength of schedule as the Colts, so there's a tie for the 14th pick. A coin flip at a later date will determine which team picks first. Myles Garrett -... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Thi... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he shares what he's hea... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he shared what he's hea... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. This week, he shares what he's hea... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams This is the first-round order of the 2017 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through the first two waves of free agency (March 20). The draft order is determined by rec... more

December

HOUSTON -- As impressive as Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett looks on tape (from a physical perspective), his build is even more impressive in person. Garrett stalked the sidelines with headphones on during pregame Wednesday night at the Texas B... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

November

Jennifer Buchanan/ USA TODAY Sports Sidney Jones leads Washington with three interceptions this season. NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Jackson Cook Garrett Fournette Watson Williams Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Jackson Cook Garrett Fournette Watson Butt Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Jackson Cook Garrett Fournette Watson Falk Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a... more

Andy Manis/Associated Press NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles.... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Jackson Cook Garrett Fournette Watson Foreman Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides... more

Timothy J. Gonzalez/AP NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles.... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Jackson Peppers Cook Garrett Fournette Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides... more

October

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Kelly Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a sco... more

Editor's note: Heading into the season, CFB 24/7 counted down the top 25 players in college football based on the votes of 7 writers and analysts. As we hit the midseason mark, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein unveils a redo of his top-25 list based o... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Kelly Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a sco... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Kelly Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a sco... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams This is the first-round order of the 2017 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through the first two waves of free agency (March 20). The draft order is determined by rec... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams This is the first-round order of the 2017 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through the first two waves of free agency (March 20). The draft order is determined by rec... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 21-32 This is the first-round order of the 2017 NFL Draft, with an early look at the top positional needs for every team, heading into Week 8. The draft order is determined by record, and using strength of schedule... more

Editor's note: In this space we'll track the top 10 players in college football (based on NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter's rankings) through the fifth weekend of the season. Here you'll find each player's final stats and analysis of their performances f... more

September

Dare to Compare: Kizer Kelly Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a sco... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 7 | Sep... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Kelly Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a sco... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Kelly Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a sco... more

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. The scoop: "I thought the left... more

Dare to Compare: Kizer Kelly Jackson Peppers Allen Cook Garrett Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will "dare to compare" prospects to NFL players throughout the college football season. This week, he provides a sco... more

August

While the earliest part of the college football season often features non-conference games between Davids and Goliaths, this season's Week 1 schedule is full of enticing matchups. Do you know who appreciates this more than anyone else? NFL scouts... more

Most of my work on NFL.com has come as a college football and NFL draft analyst up to this point, but that doesn't mean I don't dabble in the dark arts of fantasy football. On the contrary, I've been playing for a couple of decades now. We all have... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Jourdan Lewis finished fourth in the FBS last season with 22 passes defended. While being critiqued can sting, it might not sting as much as feeling like you are being overlooked. Michigan senior cornerback Jourdan... more

July

Rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores I'm unveiling my rankings of the top 15 senior, junior, redshirt sophomore and true sophomore prospects in college football. Typically, the junior class has the most high-en... more

Rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores I'm unveiling my rankings of the top 15 senior, junior, redshirt sophomore and true sophomore prospects in college football. With so many players declaring for early draft e... more

Rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores I'm unveiling my rankings of the top 15 senior, junior, redshirt sophomore and true sophomore prospects in college football. Note that redshirt sophomores will be eligible t... more

Rankings: Seniors Juniors Redshirt sophomores True sophomores I'm unveiling my rankings of the top 15 senior, junior, redshirt sophomore and true sophomore prospects in college football. Note that true sophomores are not eligible for e... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports Florida's Jarrad Davis finished second on the team with 98 tackles last season. The 2016 season is shaping up... more

June

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB It appears the SEC is once again loaded with talented defensive backs. However, don't overlook a couple of players from the Pac-12 and the Big Ten. Washingto... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Alabama's Jonathan Allen might have been selected ahead of teammates Jarran Reed (pick No. 49 overall) and A'Shawn Robinson (No. 46 overall) had he entered t... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Texas A&M's Myles Garrett keeps getting better and he will likely enter this season as the most buzzed about pass-rushing prospect in scouting circles. With... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Aaron M. Sprecher/Associated Press Alabama's Cam Robinson was a first-team All-SEC selection last season. Based on my initial viewing of the... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Indiana University Athletics Redshirt senior Dan Feeney has started every game he's played (37) since arriving at Indiana in 2012. In my... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB The NFL has been trending toward a desire to find matchup tight ends who can force defenses into sub packages while still offering enough size and athleticis... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB The 2016 draft was considered good, but not great at wide receiver -- and I'm not sure that 2017 won't offer more of the same. Calvin Ridley won't be... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB The 2016 college football season is being heralded as the year of the running back, but it isn't until we really dig into the position that we can truly have... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB NFL scouts are always looking to the college ranks to find next-level talent, and while it's too early to speculate about which quarterbacks will thrive in t... more

May

Players can go undrafted for any number of reasons. Some prospects are talented but have performance, injury or general character concerns. Some prospects have a quality college pedigree, but lack the size, speed or strength NFL teams look for. Some... more

Early-round picks likely to disappoint Late-round picks likely to exceed expectations There is a long history of late-round players becoming inexpensive core players, and sometimes even superstars. Players who go late in the draft often fall... more

Early-round picks likely to disappoint Late-round picks likely to exceed expectations These five early round picks from the 2016 NFL Draft might disappoint their fans in Year One. Fan bases have high hopes for these players as early as this... more

Most improved: Offense Defense Every team will come into a given draft with a strategy or philosophy of how to attack that draft. While some teams will lean heavily on finding fits for weaknesses, others will aggressively seek to address the... more

Most improved: Offense Defense Every team will come into a given draft with a strategy or philosophy for how to attack that draft. While some teams will lean heavily on finding fits for weaknesses, others will aggressively seek to address th... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, concluding today with the AFC Sou... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, concluding today with the AFC Sou... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, continuing today with the AFC Wes... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, continuing today with the AFC Wes... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, continuing today with the AFC Nor... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, continuing today with the AFC Nor... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, beginning today with the AFC East... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC West NFC West This week, College Football 24/7 takes a look at the best and worst picks in the 2016 NFL Draft for every team, beginning today with the AFC East... more

When studying past drafts, it's always interesting to find draft steals that slipped through the cracks for one reason or another. In some cases, players fall due to a lack of traits. In other cases, it could be concerns related to game-film review t... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines o... more

Teams 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-28 29-32 I'm not a fan of draft grades. Who likes to have a test graded when you haven't even taken the exam yet? With that said, I do believe that we can peek into how teams managed... more

I'm not a fan of draft grades. Who likes to have a test graded when you haven't even taken the exam yet? With that said, I do believe that we can peek into how teams managed their drafts, and how they addressed some of their needs relative to the dra... more

April

With Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft in the books, here's a look at how Rounds 2-3 could play out on Friday night. There are still highly talented players available. Round 2 Browns get a big-time run stuffer with the potential to become a better... more

Round 2 Round 3 Round 3 64. Tennessee Titans: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas 65. Cleveland Browns: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana 66. San Diego Chargers: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State 67. Dallas Cowboys: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford 68.... more

Round 2 Round 3 With Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft in the books, here's a look at how Rounds 2-3 could play out on Friday night. There are still highly talented players available. Round 2 Browns get a big-time run stuffer with the pote... more

The most NFL-ready QB in the draft gets to stay close to home. He'll work behind a promising offensive line and with an excellent RB. Doug Pederson gets his man as Wentz will step into the role of "face of the franchise" right away -- even if he ha... more

When we classify prospects as "boom or bust," we're referring to players who will either realize their full potential or fall woefully short of it once they enter the NFL -- there will be no middle ground. Here are 10 players that I believe fit that... more

Last year, I celebrated the season premiere of Game of Thrones by comparing characters from the show to NFL draft prospects . This year, I decided to go in a different direction with my outside-the-box comps. The impetus for this year's theme began... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB In December, before there were two top-10 trades that began to shape the 2016 NFL Draft narrative into All-Quarterback-Everything, there were exciting discussions about which... more

The NFL draft process is like a four-month fog that only begins to clear up with about a week to go before the event. Now that the fog is beginning to clear, I'm beginning to see a clearer picture of how this draft could take shape. Here are 10 belie... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB There is a decent chance that at least 5 cornerbacks go in the first round, but that number could jump up to 6 if Mackensie Alexander is high enough on a team's board. The se... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB From a talent standpoint, the interior defensive line is the most loaded position in the 2016 NFL Draft, and starters will be found all along the first three to four rounds.... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB The 2016 class of edge rushers has some quality in the first round, but a sharp decline in talent after that. Last year's draft featured a much more exciting group of edge rushe... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB Dating back to 2008, there's been an average of 4.5 offensive tackles taken in the first round of the NFL draft and 7.5 OTs within the first two rounds. In 2008, 7 OTs went in t... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB In the early stages of this year's NFL draft season, the media guesses on Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell 's landing spot rarely fell past the top 10 picks, but NFL scou... more

Is it Carson Wentz or Jared Goff ? That is the question everyone is trying to figure out after the Rams traded for the No. 1 pick last week , linking both quarterbacks to the new L.A. franchise. While there is no way to know for sure, we can assume... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB Three running backs were selected within the first five picks of the 2005 NFL Draft , while Aaron Rodgers fell to the 24th pick. We all know that the running back position has b... more

This is an aggressive stroke by a team looking to make a big splash and (presumably) find the face of its franchise as it heads to a new home. Wentz (or Jared Goff) could be brought along at a more patient pace considering the honeymoon period the Ra... more

Overviews: QB RB WR OL Edge Interior DL LB DB While the 2015 NFL Draft had bigger names at the top of the quarterback board in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, the 2016 class offers more overall potential and much greate... more

While I do believe this pick will be for sale, I don't believe that the Titans will find a buyer at the price they will be requesting. I expect Wentz to be drafted in this spot, but the real question is going to be whether it is Cleveland that take... more

Our analysts and writers are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein share some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league. The scoop: "I can't see him in the first round beca... more

The top five draft needs for all 32 NFL teams: AFC East Buffalo Bills Top 5 needs: OT, DL, WR, LB, K No. of selections: 8 Draft picks: Round 1 (19), Round 2 (49), Round 3 (80), Round 4 (117), Round 4 (139), Round 5 (156), Round 6 (192), Roun... more

March

Our analysts and writers are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein share some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league. The scoop: "I feel the same way about (Ezekiel) Ell... more

The definition of "draft steal" can vary person to person or team to team, but I believe a "steal" is a player who performs at a level well beyond their draft slot. Earlier this week, I identified some of the potential draft steals on offense . Tod... more

The definition of "draft steal" can vary person to person or team to team, but I believe a "steal" is a player who performs at a level well beyond their draft slot. Here are some potential draft steals on the offensive side of the ball in the 2016... more

Our analysts and writers are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein share some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league. Note: NFL Network will have live coverage of North... more

Why not protect the face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota, with a future All-Pro left tackle? Small hands are a major concern for teams that have to play in inclement weather and Jared Goff has small hands. Wentz has prototypical size and had great... more

Our analysts and writers are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein share some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league. Note: NFL Network will have live coverage of Cal's... more

Note: This mock reflects a trade between the Dolphins and Eagles in which the two agreed to swap first-round picks. The Dolphins, who previously held the eighth pick, now will pick at No. 13. The Eagles, who previously held the 13th pick, now will pi... more

Too many fans believe that the NFL Scouting Combine should have a very limited impact on draft grades since the event is often scoffed at as "the underwear Olympics." Game tape can show an evaluator how a prospect plays and it reveals their strengt... more

Top 50 rankings: Jeremiah Brooks Davis Zierlein Last updated: April 26, 2016 From a talent and technique standpoint, Tunsil is easily cleanest offensive lineman in the 2016 draft and might be the cleanest prospect period. While UC... more

February

Top 50 rankings: Jeremiah Brooks Davis Zierlein From a talent and technique standpoint, Tunsil is easily cleanest offensive lineman in the 2016 draft and might be the cleanest prospect period. While UCLA asked Jack to do a little bit... more

Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss: Why not protect the face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota, with a future All-Pro left tackle? Jared Goff - QB, Cal: We all remember that Hue Jackson thought Carson Palmer would solve all of the Raiders' problems back... more

"Character" is a tricky buzz word during the evaluation process for the NFL draft. What one team deems a character concern, another team might see as immaturity. Players don't grow out of bad personal character, but they can mature, which is why figu... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about players in the college game. Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league. The scoop: "He reminds me so much of DJ (Kan... more

Editor's note: In breaking down tape and talking with his pro and college sources, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein has come up with some fascinating pro comparisons for prospects in this year's draft. Here's a look at 14 of the most intriguing... more

Brett Davis/USA Today Sports Florida State's Jalen Ramsey is among the most highly regarded prospects in this year's draft. Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about players in the college game. Lance Zierlei... more

January

Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss: Why not protect the face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota, with a future All-Pro left tackle? Jared Goff - QB, Cal: We all remember that Hue Jackson thought Carson Palmer would solve all of the Raiders' problems back... more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Here's some of what NFL executives and scouts are saying about the most intriguing 2016 NFL Draft prospects on hand for the East-West Shrine Game this week. The scoop: "I would like to see him play in the slot rather than t... more

With 100 days to go until the 2016 NFL Draft, here's an early look at my top 100 prospects for this year. We're still in the early stages of draft season, so this list will evolve as I get deeper into evaluations. 1. Laremy Tunsil , OT, Ole Miss... more

With 100 days to go until the 2016 NFL Draft, here's an early look at my top 100 prospects for this year. We're still in the early stages of draft season, so this list will evolve as I get deeper into evaluations. 1. Laremy Tunsil , OT, Ole Miss... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams Draft needs are still in flux as the first wave of free agency settles, and this post will be updated as player movement continues. This is the first-round order of the 2016 NFL Draft, with the top... more

Bill Feig / Associated Press Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil showed his athleticism on a touchdown reception. NEW ORLEANS -- On New Year's Eve, I spent a humid afternoon and evening at the Orange Bowl studying draft prospects from... more

December

Joe Skipper / Associated Press Deshaun Watson's dual-threat talents were too much for Oklahoma to contain. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Clemson's sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson became just the third player in FBS history to throw for 3,500... more

NFL evaluators have expected Jared Goff to announce his intentions to enter the 2016 draft, so it was no surprise that he confirmed he will indeed apply for early draft eligibility on Thursday. So, what will NFL teams find when they take a closer... more

» 2016 NFL Draft order and needs for every team Let's take a look at which teams are in contention to make the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, and how the rest of the early draft order is shaping up heading into Week 17. Leaders of the pack... more

» 2016 NFL Draft order and needs for every team Let's take a look at which teams are in contention to make the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, and how the rest of the early draft order is shaping up heading into Week 16. Leader of the pack... more

» 2016 NFL Draft order and needs for every team Let's take a look at which teams are in contention to make the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Leader in the clubhouse As we mentioned in last week's scenario , there was definitely a chan... more

» 2016 NFL Draft order and needs for every team Let's take a look at which teams are in contention to make the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Leader in the clubhouse With Week 13 games officially in the book and the Tennessee Titans a... more

It's December, and the Oakland Raiders are preparing for a meaningful game. How long has it been since you could say that? The Raiders (5-6) have a statement home game against the Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) on Sunday, and it's what they did in the 20... more

» 2016 NFL Draft order and needs for every team The race for the playoffs is beginning to heat up with teams like the Texans, Chiefs and Colts suddenly surging. On the flip side, there are teams that are sinking further into the abyss. These te... more

November

Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports Paxton Lynch threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in Memphis' 35-34 loss to Houston. HOUSTON -- Houston is my home base, so I was happy to be able to stay home in order to cover this matchup between the... more

Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Paxton Lynch's Memphis Tigers suffered their first loss of the season last week vs. Navy. Watching television can be a very enjoyable ritual -- especially if it's highly anticipated programming. My personal... more

Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports TCU's Trevone Boykin is among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams Draft needs are still in flux as the first wave of free agency settles, and this post will be updated as player movement continues. This is the first-round order of the 2016 NFL Draft, with the top... more

Draft order: 1-10 11-20 Playoff teams Draft needs are still in flux as the first wave of free agency settles, and this post will be updated as player movement continues. This is the first-round order of the 2016 NFL Draft, with the top... more

October

Jae C. Hong/Associated Press USC's Su'a Cravens is one of the top defensive players in college football. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Cody Kessler completed 21 of 28 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown in USC's win over Utah. LOS ANGELES -- Unfortunately, there were a few draft prospects who weren't able to play in USC's decisive 42-24... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Jared Goff completed 32 of 53 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns against UCLA Thursday night. PASADENA, Calif. -- There's been so much buzz this season around Cal quarterback Jared Goff that I decided to... more

David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports Quarterback Paxton Lynch led Memphis to an upset of Ole Miss last week. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space eac... more

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- While Alabama had the majority of draftable prospects on the field on Saturday, the matchup between Alabama sophomore left tackle Cam Robinson and Texas A&M sophomore defensive end Myles Garrett was a battle I was excited to... more

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 9 | S... more

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles. Sources Tell Us: Sept. 9 | S... more

September

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Cal's Jared Goff ranks ninth among FBS QBs with 1,240 passing yards. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is off to a shaky start this season. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each... more

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As I headed, slowly -- oh so slowly -- down the road in front of Tiger Stadium and toward Lot 408, where I was to park for Saturday's Auburn-LSU game, I couldn't help but think about how both teams would hold up in "Death Valley"... more

Julio Cortez/Associated Press Notre Dame's Sheldon Day is among the top senior prospects in college football. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space... more

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press Charlie Strong's Longhorns suffered a blowout loss to Notre Dame in Week 1. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each... more

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press Receiver Will Fuller had two touchdowns and 142 yards receiving in Notre Dame's rout of Texas. SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- This was my first trip to Notre Dame Stadium and I was looking forward to the game-day... more

The recent demotion of Robert Griffin III by the Washington Redskins and release of Trent Richardson by the Oakland Raiders put the football futures of two of the top three selections in the 2012 NFL Draft in doubt. Given those two key recent... more

August

Inside the numbers: QB RB WR LB CB Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Cornerback Tre'Davious White is entering his third season as a starter for LSU. I'm a firm believer that the game film never lies. However, I also belie... more

Inside the numbers: QB RB WR LB CB Rick Scuteri/AP Arizona's Scooby Wright III broke out with a highly prolific 2014 season. I'm a firm believer that the game film never lies. However, I also believe that film provides... more

Inside the numbers: QB RB WR LB CB LM Otero/AP Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard made 51 catches for 970 yards and five touchdowns last season. I'm a firm believer that the game film never lies. However, I also believe that f... more

Inside the numbers: QB RB WR LB CB Nell Redmond/AP Georgia's Nick Chubb is a top Heisman candidate after an impressive freshman season. I'm a firm believer that the game film never lies. However, I also believe that fil... more

Inside the numbers: QB RB WR LB CB Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin enters the 2015 season as a top Heisman Trophy candidate. I'm a firm believer that the game film never lies. However, I a... more

July

Richard Shiro/AP Isaiah Battle started 15 games over the past two seasons for Clemson. Here's an in-depth look at all seven eligible players, including a scouting report and draft projection for each -- including Clemson offensive tackle, wh... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Butch Dill/Associated Press Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III is one of college football's top talents. NFL scouts are always looking to... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Ric Tapia/NFL UCLA's Myles Jack offers rare versatility to the Bruins. NFL scouts are always looking to the college ranks to find next-level tal... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Ric Tapia/NFL DeForest Buckner led Oregon in tackles for loss with 13 last season. NFL scouts are always looking to the college ranks to find... more

June

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL Texas A&M's Myles Garrett set an SEC freshman record with 11 sacks last season. NFL scouts are always looking to the colle... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Georgia guard Greg Pyke exhibits pure power and good footwork in his blocking. NFL scouts are always looking to t... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Associated Press Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley enter the 2015 season as two of college football's top tackles. NFL scouts are always looking... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Sarah Bentham/Associated Press Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry should see a steady stream of targets in 2015. NFL scouts are always looking to t... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Don Wright/Associated Press Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd will be playing under a new head coach in 2015. NFL scouts are always looking to the... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Eric Gay/Associated Press Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott put on a show during the Buckeyes' run to the national title last season. NFL scouts are... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR TE OT G-C Edge Interior DL LB DB Nick Wass/Associated Press QB Connor Cook has started the last 26 games for Michigan State, compiling a 23-3 record. NFL scouts are always looki... more

May

With the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft in the books, the second round is fast-approaching. While the first round is where cornerstone pieces are found, the second round provides plenty of starters and quality depth. There are still a lot of rea... more

April

With so much smoke billowing from the draft rumor mills, what can we trust as the information rolls in prior to the start of Round 1 on Thursday in Chicago? Here are 10 things to believe amid so much chatter. 1. Leonard Williams goes second to the... more

Previously, we covered some of the biggest risk/reward players in the 2015 NFL Draft , so now we turn our attention to "Mr. Dependable" prospects who should be plug-and-play talents who are solid producers for years to come. No prospect is wart-fr... more

As a sports talk host and a fan of sports beyond just football, I've always felt like it is beneficial to borrow from other sports in order to make salient points on football. In this year's draft, we can talk about boom/bust prospects and safe draft... more

As I close in on finishing my 500th 2015 NFL Draft profile, I realize that I'm constantly evaluating -- even when not watching game tape. At one of my sons' youth sports events the involuntary evaluation process begins in my mind: "Slow feet with... more

March

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

The top five draft needs for all 32 NFL teams: AFC East Buffalo Bills Top 5 needs: QB, G, LB, DT, TE No. of selections: 6 Draft picks: Round 2 (50), Round 3 (81), Round 5 (155), Round 6 (188), Round 6 (194), Round 7 (234) Analysis: The Bi... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league, including the buzz on edge rusher Shane Ray, who takes part... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is releasing Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position -- toda... more

With the first wave of free agency over, NFL teams are turning more attention to setting their boards in anticipation of the 2015 NFL Draft. With that in mind, College Football 24/7 is running Lance Zierlein's top-10 lists at each position, starting... more

With 50 days to go until the start of the 2015 NFL Draft, teams are inching closer to the final stages of their preparation for the big event. In honor of the 50-days-out mark, here are my rankings of the 50 most intriguing prospects available this y... more

February

The 2006 NFL Draft will be remembered as a huge disappointment when compared with its promise. Mario Williams never dominated games or was the linchpin of a great defense or organization. Reggie Bush was one of the original YouTube stars but was real... more

Sources Tell Us: Combine Day 2 | Combine Day 1 | Feb. 12 | Feb. 10 | Feb. 5 | Feb. 3 | Jan. 20 Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are... more

Editor's note: The interview process between prospects and NFL teams plays a key role in draft evaluations. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein has already highlighted the prospects that will have character concerns to answer for in their intervi... more

When I was born, my dad was a football coach. As I write this article today, my dad is still a football coach . Being the son of a coach afforded me opportunities that didn't come along for other kids, like watching game tape on a reel to reel in my... more

Sources Tell Us: Feb. 10 | Feb. 5 | Feb. 3 | Jan. 20 (Senior Bowl) | Jan. 16 (Shrine Game) Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are discussing in... more

Will this be the year that Chris Johnson's NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard-dash record falls? There are certainly some candidates to challenge the mark next week at the combine. Here's a look at nine of the fastest players in this year's draft. We're n... more

Sources Tell Us: Feb. 5 | Feb. 3 | Jan. 20 (Senior Bowl) | Jan. 16 (Shrine Game) Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about draft prospects. Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft r... more

Editor's note: In NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein's research for compiling profiles on this year's draft prospects, the subject of character comes up as a red flag for certain players. Here are seven prospects that have had character raised as... more

Draft season will kick into high gear later this month at the NFL Scouting Combine (Feb. 17-23), and we now know the full list of prospects invited to take part in the event. Every player will arrive looking to show out and boost their stock, but so... more

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jameis Winston , QB, Florida State Winston has warts to be sure, but pairing him with Mike Evans could ultimately prove to be too enticing for the Bucs to pass on. 2. Tennessee Titans -- Leonard Williams , DE, USC T... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about players in the college game. Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league. » Gil Brandt: 2015 NFL Draft order, needs... more

Editor's note: In breaking down tape and talking with his pro and college sources, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein has come up with some fascinating pro comparisons for prospects in this year's draft. Here's a look at 12 of the most intriguing... more

Editor's note: With the field of prospects set for the 2015 NFL Draft, which players are most likely to put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days and private workouts in the weeks and months ahead? We've culled the scouting reports of NFL M... more

Our analysts are constantly talking to their NFL and college sources about players in the college game. Lance Zierlein shares some of what NFL folks are discussing in draft rooms throughout the league. » Gil Brandt: 2015 NFL Draft order, needs... more

January

Buzz-worthy and buzz-kill players: Day 1 | Day 2 Thursday marked the final day of practice at the Reese's Senior Bowl. Here's my breakdown of the players who finished strong, and the ones who'll enter Saturday's game on a disappointing note. »... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Taylor Heinicke stood out among a less-than-stellar group of quarterbacks at East-West Shrine Game practices. Editor's note: NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein is in St. Petersburg, Fla., this week,... more

John Rieger / USA TODAY Ben Heeney was a standout on a Jayhawks defense that was among one of the worst in FBS. Editor's note: NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein is in St. Petersburg, Fla., this week, scouting the players at the East-Wes... more

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