GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Deshaun Watson the early favorite to be top pick in 2017 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL draft has been over for less than 72 hours, but a clear favorite has already emerged for the top pick in the 2017 draft. That player is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. A quick search for 2017 mock drafts has Watson dominating the top spot, often going to the Cleveland Browns at No. […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Eric Fisher (R) of Central Michigan Chippewas stands on stage with NFL COmmissioner Roger Goodell after Fisher was picked #1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NFL’s 2016 fifth-year option tracker

The deadline for NFL teams to use the fifth-year option on 2013 first-round picks was late on Monday night. Here is a look at the 32 players from the first round who had their option picked up or declined: 1. OT Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs: Option picked up 2. OT Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville Jaguars: […]

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 22:   Linebacker Myles Jack #30 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates after the Bruins stopped the USC Trojans on fourth down on the five yard line to take over on downs on the final play of the first quarter at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Six NFL teams that improved their roster most during the draft

Every team theoretically improves during the NFL draft. The league’s present and future is built on all 32 teams using the draft to build up rosters and find the next generation of stars. But not all improvement is made equal. Here are six teams that improved the most during the 2016 NFL draft: Jacksonville Jaguars […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles heads off the field against the Houston Cougars during the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Ten best rookie-on-rookie matchups to watch in 2016 NFL season

The 2016 NFL draft saw 253 players selected over a three-day span, providing the league with an influx of new talent and the next generation of stars. At various points in next year’s regular season, the best of these first-year players will run into another high pick from the draft class—providing intriguing clashes of young […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #29 overall by the Arizona Cardinalsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Best, worst from 2016 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL draft is in the books. All those mock drafts are a thing of the past. The names of the 253 players drafted are set in stone. Now all that’s left is years and years of Monday morning quarterbacking, starting with this breakdown of the best and worst developments of the draft. Best Robert […]

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Karl Joseph #8 of the West Virginia Mountaineers pumps up the crowd against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Five first-round reaches in 2016 NFL draft

Just as sure as Roger Goodell will hear some boos when he takes the podium, there will be reaches in the first round of the NFL draft. The following five players were drafted too early. They’re listed in the order in which they were taken. Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia The Bears traded from No. 11 […]

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Roger Goodell booed announcing first pick of 2016 NFL Draft

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell probably expected to be booed before announcing the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s become a tradition for Goodell to be booed by fans, whether he’s in New York or Chicago. And sure enough, the boo birds were out in full force at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Goodell […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Jared Goff of California throws during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

10 things to watch heading into 2016 NFL Draft

The 2016 NFL draft offers more captivating storylines than most years. Seriously, this is an odd year—which is a good thing. There’s a lack of must-have quarterback talent right at the top of the draft, only one can’t-miss running back, a hodgepodge of wideouts and enough defensive talent to make the past three years worth […]

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 08:  Linebacker Myles Jack #30 of the UCLA Bruins defends against the Washington Huskies on November 8, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Report: Myles Jack could ‘tumble’ out of top 10 picks

The short-term and long-term health of Myles Jack’s right knee could reportedly cause the UCLA linebacker to “tumble” out of the first 10 picks of the 2016 NFL draft. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, teams have serious questions about both the immediate status of the knee and what any resulting procedure could do […]

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

JaMarcus Russell is begging NFL teams for another chance

One of the biggest busts in draft history has been writing teams in hopes of getting another chance to play in the NFL. According to Sports Illustrated, quarterback JaMarcus Russell—the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft—is now willing to play “for free for a year” in exchange for one final opportunity. He wrote […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Jared Goff of California throws during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Report: ‘Big upset’ if Jared Goff isn’t No. 1 pick

There doesn’t figure to be much drama when the Los Angeles Rams officially come on the clock to start Thursday night’s first round of the 2016 NFL draft. More and more, Cal’s Jared Goff looks like a lock to be the first overall pick. Peter King of MMQB thinks it would now be a “big upset” if Goff […]

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 10:  C.J. Prosise #20 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs for a first down past Micah Thomas #44 of the Navy Midshipmen
 at Notre Dame Stadium on October 10, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Navy 41-24.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

10 underrated NFL draft prospects who could be steals

By now, you probably have a pretty good idea who you want your team to take Thursday night during the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Don’t forget, though, that there are two more days and six more rounds of the draft. Chances are your team will draft someone on Friday or Saturday who you haven’t […]

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