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Record Number of Underclassmen hit 2018 NFL Draft

   The NFL granted special eligibility to a record number of underclassmen, who will flood the first round with talent. The official number of underclassmen is 106, breaking the record of 98, set in 2014. There were 96 underclassmen eligible for the draft in 2016 and 95 last season...Read More/2018 Full List | NFL Early Entries: CFB Winners & Losers

NFL Early Entries: CFB Winners & Losers

   More than 110 underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft, reshaping the projections for 2018 and creating plenty of winners and losers among college teams. Here is how many of the top teams landed in each category: Big winner -- CLEMSON: Heavens. If the Tigers had returned any of their three potential first-round draft picks...Read More

Dane Brugler's Jan 16 Mock Draft

   With the underclassman deadline having come and gone, the first step of the NFL Draft process is complete with over 100 underclassmen officially adding their names to this draft class. The scouting all-star circuit is next, followed by the Combine and then pro days and individual workouts. Arguably the deepest position in this...Full Mock | Rob Rang's Mock Draft

Rob Rang's Jan 16 Mock Draft

   The 2017 NFL regular season has come and gone, with the selection order for the 20 non-playoff clubs almost entirely set. Two teams -- the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers -- finished the regular season tied (including strength of schedule) and will flip a coin at the 2018 Scouting Combine, with the winner earning the ninth overall selection and the loser picking 10th...Read More | Dane Brugler's Mock Draft

Rob Rang's Big Board: Underclassmen settle it, 2018 indeed the year of the QB

   A record haul of underclassmen has significantly boosted the talent available to NFL teams in the 2018 draft, with scouts especially excited about bumper crops at quarterback, running back, guard and cornerback. The focus will, of course, lie with the quarterbacks and for good reason. Five quarterbacks -- USC's Sam Darnold...Read More

Georgia LB Smith enters draft early as elite prospect

  Georgia junior Roquan Smith, the Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker, announced Monday he will enter the NFL Draft. Although it took him until the deadline day to declare, his decision comes as no surprise, considering he is a potential top 10 pick...Read More / All-Time Record UC List

Tua good: Alabama wins national title in OT

   Nick Saban made a quarterback switch at halftime and Alabama has its fifth national championship in nine years thanks to wild overtime victory. Tua Tagovailoa hit fellow freshman DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown pass as Alabama rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter for a 26-23 victory over stunned Georgia on Monday night in the College Football Playoff Championship Game...Read More

QB storylines at heart of CFP title game

   Georgia is trying to do something that Alabama almost did a season ago -- win a national title with a true freshman at quarterback. Alabama came up just short with Jalen Hurts last year when...Read More

    >> CFP Title Game: 5 Storylines | SEC showcase | Alabama Team Report | Alabama Players to Watch | Georgia Team Report | Georgia Players to Watch

Darnold, Rosen turn pro, starting race to No. 1 pick

   Who's No. 1? That's the question now for NFL scouts after UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and USC counterpart Sam Darnold announced Wednesday that they will skip their final college seasons to enter the 2018 draft. NFLDraftScout's Rob Rang and others predict the dynamic duo to go 1-2 on the first day of the draft to the Cleveland...Read More

Rob Rang's Mock Draft

   The 2017 NFL regular season has come and gone, with the selection order for the 20 non-playoff clubs almost entirely set. Two teams -- the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers -- finished the regular season tied (including strength of schedule) and will flip a coin at the 2018 Scouting Combine, with the winner earning the ninth overall selection and the loser picking 10th. Much will change between now and...Read More

Brugler: Darnold falls short on Cotton Bowl stage

   If the Cotton Bowl was the final collegiate game for USC quarterback Sam Darnold, his uneven performance won't make his pro projection any easier for NFL evaluators. At times, the redshirt sophomore was outstanding against Ohio State on Friday night, seeing the field well and delivering with touch and timing. But just like most of this...Read More

Allen fuels Wyoming to Potato Bowl victory

  While Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen stood on stage accepting the game MVP trophy and declaring for the NFL Draft, defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan was envious. "I was looking mad," Ghaifan joked. "He got the trophy. As a whole defense, we wanted it." The Cowboys defense certainly deserved any award available Friday afternoon -- forcing eight turnovers to lead the team to a 37-14 victory...Read More

Rob Rang's Mock Draft

   Turnarounds sparked by young star quarterbacks Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and -- prior to his season-ending injury -- Deshaun Watson could be all the encouragement QB-needy clubs need in 2018, with five passers projected to be among the first 32 picks in this updated first-round mock draft. Cleveland's latest swing at problematic skill positions is arguably the biggest story, but don't look past big changes...Read More

Oklahoma's Mayfield wins Heisman Trophy

  Quarterback Baker Mayfield became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman Trophy when he was named the winner of the coveted award Saturday night in New York. Mayfield led the Sooners (12-1) to a spot in the College Football Playoff as well as Oklahoma's third straight Big 12 championship. He threw for...Read More

Brugler: Week 13 Draft Stock Report - USF's Quinton Flowers has NFL skills

  In one of the more exciting games over Thanksgiving weekend, UCF beat South Florida 49-42 in a thrilling back-and-forth contest that showcased two talented quarterbacks. Despite the loss, Flowers impressed with school records for total yards (605) and passing yards...Read More

Rang: Draft watch - Georgia LB Smith looks impressive in SEC title game

   The hype leading up to the SEC Championship clash may have focused on the star senior running backs, but like any good linebacker, Georgia's Roquan Smith quickly put a stop to it once the game began. The explosive junior already atop NFLDraftScout.com's 2019 ILB rankings earned MVP honors Saturday with 13 tackles (including...Read More

Rang: Draft watch - Missouri QB Lock shows NFL-caliber accuracy

   For months, the discussion about the top NFL quarterback prospects centered on Southern California's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. With a five-score performance that shattered the SEC's single-season touchdown passing record, Missouri junior...Read More

Brugler: Week 12 Draft Stock Report - Texas OL Williams returns, shows first-round skills

  For much of the season, the concern among scouts was that the offensive tackle class for the 2018 NFL Draft lacked a clear-cut No. 1 prospect. But with the return of Williams on Saturday, that narrative is changing. The Texas left tackle looked like a future early...Read More

Rang: Draft watch - Top-rated QB prospects Darnold, Rosen sizzle

  The only observers of USC's 28-23 win Saturday night over crosstown rival UCLA happier than Trojans fans were NFL scouts, who witnessed a back and forth battle between star quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen that lived up to its pregame hype and showcased why each projects as a top-five draft pick...Read More

Brugler: Week 11 Draft Stock Report - Johnson catching eye of Heisman voters, NFL scouts

  There is a list of reasons why Auburn knocked off No. 1 ranked Georgia, but Johnson belongs at the top of the list. The junior posted 233 yards of total offense (167 yards rushing, 66 yards receiving) and became the first player this season to rush for over 100 yards against...Read More

First and 20: Auburn streaking toward CFP spot

   Alabama is unbeaten, No. 1 in the polls and gets everyone's benefit of the doubt. On Saturday, though, it was the Crimson Tide's state rival that looked the part of the national champion. Auburn, sitting with two losses while quietly drafting off the college football rankings leaders, is ready to slingshot past the traffic and make a pedal-to-the-metal run...Read More

Brugler: Week 10 Draft Stock Report - Pair of Baker's moving in opposite directions

  For the third time this season, Jackson appears in this spot as a "riser" and a NFL prospect who is only helping himself in the eyes of NFL scouts. He picked off Ohio State's J.T. Barrett three times on Saturday, including his best Odell Beckham Jr. impression with a spectacular one-handed interception to finish the game. Jackson, who now leads the FBS...Read More

Rang: Draft watch - Hyatt quiets critics, N.C. State's Chubb

   On a day in which Bedlam ruled in the Big 12, Iowa shocked Ohio State in the Big Ten and Alabama-LSU continued the fiercest and most physical rivalry in the SEC, it was a one-on-one showdown between highly regarded ACC prospects that might wind up impacting draft rankings and the college football playoff more than any other...Read More

Rob Rang's Nov 1 Mock Draft

   Bold trades by the San Francisco 49ers (QB Jimmy Garoppolo), Philadelphia Eagles (RB Jay Ajayi), Seattle Seahawks (OT Duane Brown) and Buffalo Bills (WR Kelvin Benjamin) just before the deadline are the talk of the NFL, with each club hoping that their new addition will translate into immediate wins. For most of the teams in the league, however, adding significant talent to the roster won't occur until...Read More

Brugler: Week 9 Draft Stock Report - Top OL draft prospect on the rise

  Led by a productive run game, the Irish are in a strong position to win out and capture a spot in the College Football Playoff. Junior running back Josh Adams, who ranks fifth in the FBS with 1,169 rushing yards, is in the Heisman discussion, but the best player on the Notre Dame roster is Nelson. Interior offensive linemen rarely receive...Read More

Rang: Draft watch - Rosen hurt, Vea shines

   The Washington-UCLA game was billed as a showdown between projected first-round NFL draft picks. It ended up as a lopsided 44-23 victory for the Huskies, featuring standout defensive tackle Vita Vea. The visiting Bruins, meanwhile, lost star quarterback Josh Rosen to injury. Rosen, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated junior quarterback, was bloodied in the third quarter and watched the rest of the game in...Read More

Brugler: Week 8 Draft Stock Report

  For the first time this season, Oklahoma State was shut out through the air with zero passing scores, and the Texas secondary deserves credit for that, notably Hill. The junior has terrific size and is one of the best tackling cornerbacks in the country, coming to balance in space and striking with pop to finish physical tackles. Hill is quick to recognize the run with the drive mechanics to click and close, throwing...Read More

Rang: NFL prospects leading undefeated Miami's resurgence

  The Miami Hurricanes, undefeated and ranked eighth in the nation, are one of the best stories at the midway point of the 2017 season. Head coach Mark Richt and his staff deserve plenty of credit for Miami's return to prominence, but it is not simply the X's and O's delivering for the 'Canes. The sheer talent that for so long personified "The U" appears to have returned...Read More

Brugler: Draft Stock Report - Michigan's Hurst could be No. 1 senior

  With the Michigan offense struggling to put together a complete game, the Wolverines' defense has had to carry the team this season, led by Hurst on the defensive line. Against Indiana, he posted six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack and a blocked field goal, but, as is often the case, the box score doesn't do him justice...Read More

Rang: LSU's Chark picks perfect time to Flash elite skills

  At LSU, wearing the No. 7 jersey is a big deal. It is the same jersey that previous superstars Leonard Fournette, Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson (among others) have made famous in the Bayou before taking their talents to the NFL. Behind a breakout performance...Read More

Brugler: Draft Stock Report - Damien Harris running like the SEC's top running back

  It is tough for an Alabama running back to be "underrated" but that seems to be the case with Harris, sharing the backfield duties with Bo Scarbrough. In three games this season against SEC competition, Harris is averaging 10.4 yards per carry (33 carries for 342 yards and four touchdowns...Read More

First and 20: Lone Star State rises again

  The state of the state of Texas football was bad last season. How bad was it? Texas fired third-year coach Charlie Strong amid his third consecutive losing season. Yet another Texas A&M November fade put Kevin Sumlin on one of the hottest of coaching hot seats. Even steady-as-it-goes TCU fell off to its second losing record in four seasons...Read More

Rob Rang's Big Board: Barkley No. 1?

  The NFL's stance on the national anthem may be the most controversial issue in sports today but for scouts tasked with finding the league's next superstar, the bigger debate might center on just which underclassman deserves to be ranked No. 1 overall. Quarterbacks are logical candidate with Southern Cal's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen...Read More

Stanford's Love looms for No. 20 Utah

  Can any defense stop Bryce Love? That's the question No. 20 Utah will try to answer when it hosts Stanford on Saturday. The Utes (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) will send out the Pac-12's top rushing defense against the nation's top running back. If Utah finds a way to contain the junior, it will be mapping uncharted territory...Read More

Rang: Falk upstages Darnold, guides WSU to upset over No. 5 USC

  In a highly anticipated showdown between two signal callers with NFL potential, it was Washington State senior Luke Falk -- and not consensus top-rated prospect Sam Darnold from USC -- who enjoyed the more impressive Friday night, guiding the Cougars to a...Read More

Brugler: Draft Stock Report - Barkley-Jewell matchup results in boost

  Already considered a top-10 pick, Barkley doesn't have much room to ascend, but he is making a strong case to be considered the best talent, regardless of position, for the 2018 NFL Draft. On Saturday night in Iowa, he touched the ball 40 times for a career-best...Read More

First and 20: Georgia's Fromm leads freshman QB invasion

  Nothing is more treasured to a college football team than experience at quarterback. Well, at least that used to be something people said. More true freshman quarterbacks than ever are arriving at the intersection of Readiness and Opportunity, and we're only a season...Read More

Rob Rang: N.C State's Chubb stars, Florida State's James stumbles

  Led by pro prospects Bradley Chubb and Jaylen Smith, North Carolina State outlasted No. 12 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, winning 27-21 in a contest sure to shake up the polls and potentially NFL scouts' rankings. Chubb, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1...Read More

Dane Brugler - Stock Report: Scouts excited over progress of QB Fitzgerald

  Replacing arguably the best player in program history is an unenviable task, but Fitzgerald has embraced that challenge. Last season as a redshirt sophomore, he did an admirable job as a first-year starter in the SEC, posting 37 total touchdowns (21 passing, 16 rushing)...Read More

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01/16/18 - Dane Brugler:
1. CLEVELAND BROWNS: *Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California: The Browns' search for a long-term answer at quarterback will continue into the off-season. Darnold's turnovers stand out, but so do his intangibles, passing instincts and ability to move the pocket and create plays. Three months before the draft, Darnold is the current favorite to go No. 1 to the Browns.

2. NEW YORK GIANTS: *Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: The Giants don't expect to be drafting in the top three very often and with the future of Eli Manning very much up in the air, the Giants should target the quarterback of the future. Rosen is far from a clean prospect, but his natural passing skills and arm talent are starter quality.

3. INDIANPOLIS COLTS: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State: Entering his second draft, Colts' general manager Chris Ballard has plenty of holes to fill. The defense lacks impact players on the edge who can put pressure on the quarterback, but Chubb would change that. The N.C. State pass rusher is a strong candidate to be the first non-quarterback drafted.

4. CLEVELAND BROWNS (From Houston Texans): Minkah Fitzpatrick*, CB/S, Alabama: With a league-low 13 takeaways on the season, the Browns lack playmakers in the secondary. Regardless if he is playing cornerback, free safety or nickel, Fitzpatrick has the intelligence, leadership and physical skill-set to be a game-changer.

5. DENVER BRONCOS: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: Denver has major question marks at quarterback and there are obvious connections to make between the Broncos and the Wyoming quarterback. In a controlled setting like the Senior Bowl, Allen has a chance to shine under the direction of the Broncos' coaching staff, and it is fair to assume that John Elway will be intrigued with his elite physical traits.....CLICK FOR FULL MOCK DRAFT
01/16/18 - Rob Rang:
1. CLEVELAND BROWNS: *Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California: The hiring of John Dorsey as general manager could be just the first of several moves in Cleveland with head coach Hue Jackson (and the team's incumbent quarterbacks) very much on the hot seat. As demonstrated in the Cotton Bowl loss to Ohio State, Darnold (just a redshirt sophomore), is by no means a flawless prospect, but he possesses the physical tools and intangibles Dorsey has prioritized in the past.

2. NEW YORK GIANTS: Josh Rosen*, QB, UCLA: New Giants general manager Dave Gettleman could spark a housecleaning in New York. An elite runner like Penn State's Saquon Barkley could be exactly what Eli Manning (and Odell Beckham Jr.) need to get the Giants back on track, but Gettleman may find it hard to pass on a talent like Rosen, whose big arm and personality could make him a perfect fit for Broadway.

3. INDIANPOLIS COLTS: *Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: All indications are that Andrew Luck will be back in 2018, although no one knows how effective he will be. While acknowledging a defense desperately in need of playmakers, adding a dynamic talent like Barkley to soften Luck's return and make the Colts less one-dimensional seems like an easy choice.

4. CLEVELAND BROWNS (From Houston Texans): *Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama: After almost surely drafting a quarterback at No. 1 overall, Dorsey and his staff should be in position to take the best available player here. That could may very well be Fitzpatrick, the reigning Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back, who possesses the physical traits and intangibles to project as a decade-long starter in the NFL. Given that Cleveland surrendered four times as many touchdowns passes (28) as it intercepted in 2017, adding Fitzpatrick would make sense on every front.

5. DENVER BRONCOS: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: The Broncos have needs other than at quarterback and could be tempted by some of the other, safer prospects. No one has to remind John Elway of the value of a franchise quarterback, however. Allen is quite raw and has struggled in high-profile matchups throughout his career, suggesting that he needs time. No quarterback in this class offers a more intoxicating blend of size, arm and athleticism, however, and Elway has already shown his interest, scouting Allen in person at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.....CLICK FOR FULL MOCK DRAFT

2018 Draft Scout Top 1000 Draft Eligible
* - Denotes Underclassmen Early Entry Projection

2018 Position Rankings (Seniors Only Until Jan. 18th)

Offense: QB | RB | FB | TE | WR | C | OT | OG | K  Defense: DE | DT | ILB | OLB | CB | FS | SS | P
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 01/19/18 - Levi WallaceSr/2018, Alabama, 5-11, 185 (DS#17 CB)
CB Levi Wallace is an easy player to appreciate because of his journey. With zero scholarship offers out of Tucson (Ariz.) High School, Wallace he ...[Read More]

 01/19/18 - *Harrison PhillipsrJr/2018, Stanford, 6-3, 295 (DS#4 DT)
DT Harrison Phillips is an impressive individual. Off the field, he earned Academic All-America honors and graduated early with a double-degree from ...[Read More]

 01/19/18 - *TreQuan SmithrJr/2018, Central Florida, 6-1, 210 (DS#29 WR)
WR Tre'Quan Smith, UCF's leading receiver the last three seasons, is a well-built pass catcher with the ball skills and downfield skills to be a playmaker. ...[Read More]

 01/19/18 - Jalyn HolmesSr/2018, Ohio State, 6-5, 270 (DS#10 DE)
DE Jalyn Holmes, a former top recruit, was sometimes lost on the deep defensive end depth chart at Ohio State, collecting only two sacks as a senior ...[Read More]

 01/19/18 - Dallas GoedertSr/2018, South Dakota State, 6-3, 255 (DS#2 TE)
TE Dallas Goedert has the physical skill-set, dependable ball skills and football character that could land in him in round one. With almost all his ...[Read More]

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Class of 2017 NFL Draft/NFL Rookies...
01/18/18 - *Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jaguars
RB Leonard Fournette, who was limited in practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury, was limited again Thursday. Fournette suffered an ankle injur...[Read More]

01/18/18 - *Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jaguars
RB Leonard Fournette was involved in a three-car crash in Jacksonville on Tuesday, and Fournette told USA Today that the driver of the car who slamm...[Read More]

01/18/18 - Adam Butler, Vanderbilt, Undrafted
DT Adam Butler offered a response to the Super Bowl boast of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey prior to the team's AFC Championship Game o...[Read More]

01/18/18 - Jake Elliott, Memphis, Bengals
K Jake Elliott has made 27 of his last 30 field-goal attempts. But he's missed four extra points, including one last week against the Falcons....[Read More]

01/18/18 - Corey Clement, Wisconsin, Undrafted
RB Corey Clement has pretty much become the team's third-down back. Clement only had one carry against Atlanta, but had five catches....[Read More]

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Prospect of the Day:
-*Jeff Holland, Jr OLB

1.  A Key, DE, LSU
3.  H Hill, CB, TX
6.  T Lee, QB, NE

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-Colby Gossett, rSr OG,
App St DS#10 OG

-Afolabi Laguda, Sr FS,
Colorado DS#15 FS

-*Nick Gates, rJr OG,
Nebraska DS#19 OG

-Austin Corbett, Sr OG,
Nevada DS#5 OG

-Anthony Averett, rSr CB,
Alabama DS#8 CB

-*Kerryon Johnson, Jr RB,
Auburn DS#4 RB

-*Jaire Alexander, Jr CB,
Louisville DS#6 CB

-*Harrison Phillips, rJr DT,
Stanford DS#4 DT

-Bradley Chubb, Sr DE,
NC State DS#1 DE

-Kamari Cotton-Moya, rSr FS,
Iowa St DS#12 FS

-Garrett Dickerson, Sr FB,
NWestern DS#5 FB

-*Tavares Martin Jr., Jr WR,
Wash St DS#43 WR

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