1. Jimmy Garoppolo: Pro Day Reaction and Analysis

    As NFL scouts and coaches make the annual cross-country trek to view pro days at colleges from Syracuse to San Francisco, March 4 brought many of them to the Windy City...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 24,866 reads 38 comments

  2. 'Poison Pills' Are Gone, but Transition Tag Still Has Risk for Browns, Steelers

    The transition tag hasn't been used with any regularity by NFL teams in nearly a decade, in large part because it opened the door for all sorts of contract shenanigans...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 13,741 reads 33 comments

  3. Bills Trapped in No-Win Scenario With Disgruntled Jairus Byrd

    Monday's deadline to apply the franchise tag in the NFL has come and gone, and in western New York the Buffalo Bills let it pass without tagging free safety Jairus Byrd for the second straight year...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 8,785 reads 51 comments

  4. Increase to NFL Salary Cap Gives Teams Flexibility to Re-Sign Veteran Stars

    It's hard getting old in the NFL . It's even harder in the era of the salary cap. As players hit and then pass the age of 30, their salaries increasing all the while, a tipping ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 11,976 reads 16 comments

  5. Shopping Dion Jordan Latest Mistake for Free-Falling Dolphins

    It actually wasn't that long ago that things were sort of looking up for the Miami Dolphins . The Dolphins won their first three games in 2013, and the team finally appeared headed in the right direction in the AFC East...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 19,754 reads 81 comments

  6. OT Eric Fisher Must Play Like Top Overall Pick for Chiefs to Return to Playoffs

    The Kansas City Chiefs were the NFL 's most surprising team in 2013, rising from 2-14 the season before to win 11 games and make the playoffs...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 4,099 reads 12 comments

  7. Ravens Must Stop the Bleeding, Find a Way to Retain Marquee Free Agents

    Last year, fresh off a win in Super Bowl XLVII , the Baltimore Ravens watched as a number of prominent free agents leave the team. "Don't worry," the Ravens said. "We have a plan," they said...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 2,550 reads 8 comments

  8. 3rd-Year Jump from LB Bruce Irvin Crucial to Seahawks Super Bowl Repeat

    The Seattle Seahawks were propelled to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in large part by a pass rush that was as deep as it was talented...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 11,494 reads 28 comments

  9. Eagles Making All the Right Moves, Establishing Continuity on Offense

    The Philadelphia Eagles were the feel-good story of the NFC last year, rising from last place in the NFC East in 2012 to surprisingly capture the division in Chip Kelly's first year as head coach...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 12,759 reads 45 comments

  10. Stellar Combine Cements Bradley Roby as 1st-Round Lock in 2014 NFL Draft

    Most draftniks considered Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby a first-round lock entering the 2013 season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 7,491 reads 23 comments

  11. Calvin Pryor: Combine Results and Instant Reaction

    In the eyes of most draftniks and scouts, it was a two-horse race for the the title of top safety in the 2014 NFL draft entering the scouting combine in Indianapolis...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 6,239 reads 5 comments

  12. Talent Will Trump Up-and-Down Combine, Make Jadeveon Clowney Top-5 Lock in Draft

    In the weeks leading up to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, there were two prevailing storylines swirling around South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 8,118 reads 18 comments

  13. Khalil Mack: Breaking Down Buffalo LB's Combine Performance

    The general consensus among scouts entering the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, was that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the top defensive prospect in this year's draft class...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 11,774 reads 14 comments

  14. Monster Combine Will Solidify DE Jadeveon Clowney as Top Pick in 2014

    South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been a highly touted prospect ever since he left high school...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 8,819 reads 25 comments

  15. 2014 NFL Combine Gives Khalil Mack Chance to Stake Claim as Draft's Top LB

    Entering this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, there appeared to be two prevailing schools of thought where the first four or five picks in the 2014 NFL draft are ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 3,754 reads 2 comments

  16. Combine Drills, Eye Test Crucial for Michael Sam to Prove He Can Be NFL LB

    There isn't a more talked-about player at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis than Missouri defensive end Michael Sam...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 4,540 reads 1 comments

  17. Strong Combine Key to WR Allen Robinson's First-Round Hopes in 2014 NFL Draft

    In today's pass-wacky NFL, depth at the wide receiver position has taken on added importance. That, in turn, has driven up the demand for quality pass-catchers in the NFL draft...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 1,537 reads 0 comments

  18. NFL Combine Gives AJ McCarron Chance to Show He's More Than a Game Manager

    On some level, one would think Alabama's AJ McCarron has very little left to prove as a quarterback. After all, he's one of the most successful signal-callers in college football history, owner of three BCS National Championship rings...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 745 reads 0 comments

  19. Blazing 40 at Combine Could Vault RB Lache Seastrunk into 1st Round of NFL Draft

    The collegiate career of Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk is a study in contrasts. Immense physical talent clouded by off-the-field turmoil. Fantastic performances followed by disappearing acts...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 3,940 reads 1 comments

  20. Johnny Manziel Has Everything to Prove in NFL Scouting Combine Interview Process

    Of the players that the Houston Texans are considering with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, none has generated nearly the amount of speculation and hype as Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 987 reads 1 comments

  21. Fast 40 at Combine from Kelvin Benjamin Would Make Big WR a Can't-Miss Prospect

    It happens every year at the NFL Scouting Combine. Eye-opening weigh-ins and jaw-dropping workouts send young men shooting up (or sometimes falling down) draft boards...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 2,511 reads 2 comments

  22. Speed, Agility Tests at Combine Critical for Carlos Hyde's 1st-Round Draft Hopes

    In 2013, not a single running back was taken in the first round of the NFL draft. It was the first time in the draft's history that happened...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 1,982 reads 0 comments

  23. Sammy Watkins Is Draft's Top WR, but It Will Take Stellar Combine to Crack Top 5

    Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is widely considered the top prospect at his position this year. Greg Cosell of NFL Films recently said he was "the best receiving prospect since A...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 1,556 reads 0 comments

  24. Jake Matthews: Combine Results and Instant Reaction

    Heading into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, it was a two-horse race between Jake Matthews of Texas A&M and Auburn's Greg Robinson to be the first offensive tackle selected in this year's NFL draft...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 10,705 reads 5 comments

  25. Greg Robinson: Combine Results and Instant Reaction

    The Auburn Tigers had a dream season in 2013, coming from nowhere to very nearly win the national championship. It appears the player who paved the way for that season is trying to keep the dream going right up until May's NFL draft...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 18,386 reads 32 comments