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2015 NFL Draft early entries

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The following 74 players have forgone their remaining college eligibility and entered the 2015 NFL Draft, the league announced January 19:

Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California

Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Kwon Alexander, LB, Louisiana State

Javorius Allen, RB, Southern California

Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

Alex Carter, DB, Stanford

B.J. Catalon, RB, Texas Christian

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Jalen Collins, DB, Louisiana State

Landon Collins, DB, Alabama

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State

Christian Covington, DT, Rice

DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame

Ronald Darby, DB, Florida State

Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland

Lorenzo Doss, DB, Tulane

Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State

Durell Eskridge, DB, Syracuse

George Farmer, WR, USC

Max Flores, LB, Northern Colorado

Ereck Flowers, T, Miami

Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

Jacoby Glenn, DB, Central Florida

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri

Deontay Greenberry, WR, Houston

Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Chris Hackett, DB, Texas Christian

Eli Harold, DE, Virginia

Chris Harper, WR, California

Braylon Heard, RB, Kentucky

Gerod Holliman, DB, Louisville

D.J. Humphries, T, Florida

Danielle Hunter, DE, Louisiana State

David Irving, DT, Iowa State

Jesse James, TE, Penn State

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

Matt Jones, RB, Florida

Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers

Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA

Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

Patrick Miller, T, Auburn

Tyler Moore, G, Florida

Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Mississippi

Andrus Peat, T, Stanford

Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

Marcus Peters, DB, Washington

Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas

Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson

Jaquel Pitts, WR, Trinity International

Jeremiah Poutasi, T, Utah

Darien Rankin, LB, North Carolina

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State

James Sample, DB, Louisville

Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Max Valles, LB, Virginia

Easton Wahlstrom, LS, Arizona State

Trae Waynes, DB, Michigan State

Leonard Williams, DE, Southern California

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

P.J. Williams, DB, Florida State

Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

Ten other players graduated with eligibility remaining and have declared for the draft:

Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Zach D’Orazio, WR, Akron

Charles Gaines, DB, Louisville

Dee Hart, RB, Colorado State

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Nigel King, WR, Kansas

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Donovan Smith, T, Penn State

Tacoi Sumler, WR, Appalachian State

Note: All information furnished by the NFL.

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Nick Marshall added to Senior Bowl roster

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The Senior Bowl rosters are rounding into form, and on Friday, the game announced the addition of another quarterback to the roster.

Auburn’s Nick Marshall will play in the annual all-star contest in Mobile, Alabama, the game’s official Twitter feed said Friday.

Marshall (6-1, 210) threw for 2,532 yards with 20 TDs and seven picks as a senior for the Tigers, connecting on nearly 61 percent of his throws.

Marshall is one of six quarterbacks who have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl. He is one of four passers currently listed on the South roster, with Alabama’s Blake Sims, Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson and East Carolina’s Shane Carden the others.

For the time being, the North roster has just two quarterbacks: Baylor’s Bryce Petty and Oregon State’s Sean Mannion. The game has also reportedly extended an invitation to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who declared for the draft this week.

According to the Titans’ website, Mariota will play for the North if he elects to attend the game. The Titans’ coaching staff will coach the North team, with the Jaguars’ coaches leading the South squad.

The Senior Bowl game will be held next Saturday, January 24. Game practices will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Practices can be an especially important part of a prospect’s week, as evaluators from around the league head to Mobile to see the players scrimmage in-person. Most evaluators typically head home before the game itself on Saturday.

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NFL to hold five regional scouting combines in 2015

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The NFL will hold five regional scouting combines leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, the league said Friday.

The combines, which are separate from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, will be held on five consecutive Saturdays after the Super Bowl.

According to the NFL, the regional combines are open only to players who 1) are eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft, 2) played college football in 2014 and 3) exhausted all of their eligibility at the end of 2014. Also, the combines are for position players only, not specialists. The combines have a $150 registration fee, and players can only participate in one combine.

The first regional combine will take place at the Dolphins’ training facility on February 7, with combines at the practice facilities of the Texans (February 14), Broncos (February 21), Ravens (February 28) and Bears (March 7) to follow. The league will also hold an invitation-only super regional combine at the Cardinals’ practice facilities in Tempe, Arizona on March 21.

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PFT’s 2015 NFL Draft early entries tracker is live

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As the NFL postseason grinds on, the focus on the 2015 NFL Draft begins to sharpen. With this in mind, we’ve created a working list of the collegiate players who intend to declare early for the draft.

We will update the 2015 NFL Draft early entries tracker as more juniors and redshirt sophomores announce their intentions, and we will finalize the list once the NFL releases its final list of entrants on January 19.

In the meantime, bookmark our list, and keep checking back as the January 15 declaration deadline approaches.

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2015 NFL Draft early entries tracker

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The following players have indicated they will be early entries for the 2015 NFL Draft. Underclassmen have until January 15 to officially declare:

Alabama S Landon Collins.

Alabama WR Amari Cooper.

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon.

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong.

Auburn WR Sammie Coates.

California WR Chris Harper.

Colorado State RB Dee Hart.

Clemson P Bradley Pinion.

Boise State RB Jay Ajayi.

Georgia RB Todd Gurley.

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman.

Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr.

Florida OT D.J. Humphries.

Florida RB Matt Jones.

Florida State CB Ronald Darby.

Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr.

Florida State CB P.J. Williams.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston.

Houston WR Deontay Greenberry.

Kansas WR Nigel King.

Louisville S Gerod Holliman.

Louisville S James Sample.

LSU LB Kwon Alexander.

LSU CB Jalen Collins.

Maryland WR Stefon Diggs.

Miami (Fla.) OT Ereck Flowers.

Miami (Fla.) RB Duke Johnson.

Michigan WR Devin Funchess.

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes.

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams.

Mississippi State RB Josh Robinson.

Missouri DE Shane Ray.

Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney.

Nebraska DE Randy Gregory.

Ohio State DE Noah Spence.

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

Penn State DE Deion Barnes.

Penn State TE Jesse James.

Penn State OT Donovan Smith.

Rice DT Christian Covington.

Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft.

South Carolina RB Mike Davis.

Southern Mississippi DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

Stanford CB Alex Carter.

Stanford OT Andrus Peat.

Syracuse S Durell Eskridge.

Texas DT Malcom Brown.

Texas A&M RB Trey Williams.

Tulane CB Lorenzo Doss.

UCLA QB Brett Hundley.

USC WR Nelson Agholor.

USC DE Leonard Williams.

Utah OL Jeremiah Poutasi.

Virginia DE Eli Harold.

Virginia LB Max Valles.

Ex-Washington CB Marcus Peters.

Washington LB Shaq Thompson.

Washington State DE Xavier Cooper.

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon.

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Report: Amari Cooper, Landon Collins leaving Alabama for NFL Draft

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Since taking over the football program at Alabama, Nick Saban has sent scores of players to be drafted early by the league he once called home as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. 2015 won’t be any different.

Chris Low of ESPN.com reports that junior wide receiver Amari Cooper will forego his remaining college eligibility and enter the draft. Cooper, a Heisman finalist, should be off the board early in the first round after catching 124 passes and 16 touchdowns this season. He has a good chance to be the first wideout off the board as he’s shown all the skills that teams are looking for at the position.

Cooper will have company on the trip from Tuscaloosa to the NFL. Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reports that safety Landon Collins has also decided to play for pay in 2015. Collins projects as another first-round pick and could join Cooper as the first player off the board at his position after a stellar career for the Crimson Tide.

Low also reports that running back T.J. Yeldon will make the leap to the next level. Yeldon ran for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014, completing a three-year run that should have him following Eddie Lacy, Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram to a prominent role. He probably won’t be a first-round pick given the current climate for running backs, but it would be a surprise if Yeldon was hanging around too deep into the draft’s second day.

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Jim Mora: Brett Hundley to declare for 2015 NFL Draft

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A well-regarded quarterback prospect is set to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

UCLA’s Brett Hundley will end his collegiate career in the Alamo Bowl, coach Jim Mora said Thursday, according to multiple media outlets.

“This will be his last game as a UCLA Bruin. I don’t know that he’s announced it yet, but we all know that’s the case,” Mora said, according to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register. “I’d like him to go out with a successful game.”

The 21-year-old Hundley has completed 259-of-368 passes for 3,019 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hundley (6-3, 226) has also rushed for 548 yards and eight TDs on 148 carries.

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Week 11 skill-position injury report — final

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Here are the skill-position players listed on the final Week 11 injury report. Key starters are bolded. Inactives are announced 90 minutes before kickoff. All injury information is furnished by the NFL.

Byes: Ravens, Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets.

OUT

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip).

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot).

Broncos TE Jordan Cameron (concussion).

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle).

Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder).

Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin).

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone).

Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion).

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (hip).

Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot).

Saints RB Edwin Baker (concussion).

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm).

Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder).

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin).

DOUBTFUL

Broncos TE Virgil Green (knee).

Rams WR Damian Williams (hamstring).

QUESTIONABLE

49ers WR Bruce Ellington (ankle).

Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder).

Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker (hip).

Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (knee).

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle).

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot).

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle).

Panthers TE Brandon Williams (foot).

Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle).

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf).

Seahawks TE Luke Willson (ankle).

Titans RB Dexter McCluster (knee).

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion).

Washington TE Logan Paulsen (foot, hamstring).

PROBABLE

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs).

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle).

Bengals RB Cedric Peerman (knee).

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (thigh).

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee).

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin).

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee).

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (back).

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot, hip).

Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor (calf).

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee).

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (shoulder, elbow).

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs).

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related).

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle).

Eagles WR Jeff Maehl (foot).

49ers RB Frank Gore (hip).

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee).

Giants TE Daniel Fells (neck).

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot).

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring).

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle).

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle).

Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring).

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle).

Patriots WR Matt Slater (shoulder).

Raiders RB Jamize Olawale (shoulder, hamstring).

Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder).

Seahawks TE Cooper Helfet (knee).

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back).

Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot).

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin).

Washington QB Robert Griffin (ankle).

Washington RB Silas Redd (back).

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Jameis Winston suits up pregame, sent to change, still sidelined

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Though suspended for Saturday’s game vs. Clemson, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston appeared in uniform in pregame warmups, per multiple reports.

However, after a talk with coach Jimbo Fisher, Winston went back inside and returned to the field without shoulder pads, according to a video clip of the incident posted by ESPN.

Winston’s collegiate career has been marked by stellar play and doses of off-field controversy. A redshirt sophomore, Winston can declare for the 2015 NFL Draft if he so chooses. He is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as college football’s most outstanding player.

Sophomore Sean McGuire has started in place of Winston for No. 1 Florida State, which has won 18 consecutive games entering Saturday night. Winston is wearing his uniform top and a baseball cap and is present on the sidelines.

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Roger Goodell: NFL to hold 2015 draft in Los Angeles or Chicago

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In a break from tradition, the NFL won’t hold the draft in New York next year.

Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Thursday the league will choose between Los Angeles or Chicago as a host site for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” Goodell said, the Times reported.

According to the Times, Goodell said a decision on a host site was slated for “late summer,” but he noted the league could take more time if needed. The commissioner said that New York’s Radio City Music Hall was not available for the event in the times needed next spring, thus taking the United States’ most populous city out of the mix, per the Times.

Goodell also said the league was weighing ways to “strengthen the last day” of the draft, with the commissioner noting the idea of clubs perhaps even announcing last-day picks at their headquarters was among those on the table, according to the Times.

Goodell reportedly made his remarks at an event for CBS, which will air “Thursday Night Football” in 2014.

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Eleven NFL teams attend Monday workout for supplemental draft entrant

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Eleven NFL clubs attended a Monday workout for a defensive lineman eligible for the 2014 supplemental draft.

The Bears, Cardinals, Chiefs, Colts, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Patriots, Raiders, Rams and Texans watched former Virginia University of Lynchburg defensive lineman LaKendrick Ross go through drills, agent Glen Lansky told PFT on Monday night.

Multiple other media outlets first reported word of Ross’ Virginia workout, including WVEC-TV, NFLDraftDiamonds.com and National Football Post.

According to Lansky, Ross measured in at 6-foot-4 and 366 pounds on Monday. He is only 21 years old, Lansky told PFT.

Ross played just the 2012 season of college football at Virginia-Lynchburg before being ruled ineligible for 2013, his agent told PFT. He was slated to begin his collegiate career at Morgan State in 2011, but he never played for the school, according to Lansky.

The supplemental draft will be held this month.

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Report: If Chicago hosts draft, Chicago Theatre is expected to host it

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Though it’s not known yet whether Chicago will host the 2015 NFL Draft, we do appear to have some clarity on where the draft would be staged were it to be held in the home city of the Bears.

The Chicago Theatre, located downtown, is the favorite to host the draft if the NFL moves the event to Chicago, Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business reported Monday.

The theater can seat 3,600 people, according to its website.

According to Crain’s, NFL officials visited Chicago in June and met with city and theater personnel regarding the draft. Other Chicago locations could be used for draft-related events, including Soldier Field, the publication reported.

Chicago is one of the primary cities under consideration to host the 2015 draft, with New York and Los Angeles also in the hunt.

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Monday marks 25th anniversary of action-packed 1989 supplemental draft

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There has never been an NFL supplemental draft like the one held 25 years ago Monday.

Three players — Miami (Fla.) quarterback Steve Walsh, Washington State quarterback Timm Rosenbach and Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey — were selected with first-round picks. Never before had multiple players been taken in Round One of the supplemental draft. Overall, five players were chosen with supplemental picks, the most in league history.

The Cowboys’ selection of Walsh was especially intriguing, given the club had taken Troy Aikman a few months earlier in the regular 1989 draft. However, Walsh’s collegiate coach, Jimmy Johnson, had become the Cowboys’ head coach and key personnel decision-maker. In the end, Aikman would capture the starting job, and the next year, the Cowboys dealt Walsh to New Orleans for three draft picks, including a first-rounder.

However, by taking Walsh, the Cowboys forfeited their No. 1 pick in 1990, which ended up being the top overall selection. Walsh’s greatest success would come later in his career with the Bears, whom he led to a playoff win in 1994.

Rosenbach, meanwhile, would play just 26 games for the Phoenix Cardinals before stepping away from the game in 1993. He returned in 1994 but never appeared again in NFL contest. The Cardinals, who were 5-11 in 1989, gave up what would have been a top-five pick in the 1990 draft for Rosenbach.

Humphrey, chosen by the Broncos, had the greatest instant impact of the three first-rounders, exceeding 1,000 yards rushing in his first two seasons with Denver, which made the Super Bowl in his rookie season. However, he held out for most of 1991, was traded to Miami after the season and would play just one season with the Dolphins.

For the record, no club has used a first-round pick in the supplemental draft since the Giants took Duke quarterback Dave Brown in 1992.

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Dorial Green-Beckham enrolling at Oklahoma

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One of the top amateur wide receiver prospects has a new home.

Dorial Green-Beckham, dismissed from Missouri in the spring, will join Oklahoma’s football team, the Sooners’ athletic department said Thursday.

Green-Beckham will be eligible to return to play in 2015, the school said. However, Oklahoma will seek NCAA clearance to get him eligible in 2014, Fox’s Bruce Feldman reported.

As a true sophomore in 2013, Green-Beckham hauled in 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns for Missouri. He was suspended three times by the Tigers before being dismissed in April.

“I’ve disappointed myself and others in the past. I know that I have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to get started,” Green-Beckham said in a statement issued by Oklahoma. “OU is a great program and I feel privileged to be part of it. The university has made the expectations clear and I want to live up to them and be a positive part of the campus and team.”

A celebrated high school prospect, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Green-Beckham is just 21 years old. He would be eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft next spring, but that timetable could be pushed back to 2016 if he has to take the NCAA redshirt year before taking the field with the Sooners.

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Former NFL G.M. in favor of moving back the early-entry date

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As long as there are only seven rounds in the draft and just 32 NFL teams, it seems a good bet that multiple underclassmen will go unselected in any given year. The competition for jobs in pro football’s premier league is just too strong.

As The Associated Press noted in a story published this weekend, 39-of-102 early entrants for the 2014 NFL Draft were not selected. Former Browns G.M. Phil Savage, who is now the executive director of the Senior Bowl, suggested to the AP that moving back the early-entry deadline from January 15 to February 1 would give players a chance to get more information about their draft positioning.

“If it’s not high enough, the player would still have the chance to go back to school for spring practices,” Savage told the AP.

This would be a logical move, especially with the draft no earlier than late April and also with college bowl season stretching farther and farther into January. Giving underclassmen more time to make a major career decision seems appropriate for all parties.

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