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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 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.


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).


Broncos TE Virgil Green (knee).

Rams WR Damian Williams (hamstring).


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).


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, 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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Lane Kiffin: Alabama’s top three RBs rival NFL backfields from a talent perspective

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As former Oakland Raiders, Tennessee and USC head coach Lane Kiffin enters his first season as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, he has the luxury of working with a talented and experienced backfield.

Alabama’s top three rushers from a season ago — T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake — are back for 2014. And Kiffin, for his part, reportedly believes the trio can be special, as he told an audience at a college football preview banquet in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday.

“There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama,” Kiffin said at the Dex Imaging L’Arche Football Preview on Thursday, according to Mike Herndon of

Kiffin’s high regard for Yeldon, Henry and Drake’s skill is notable, and it is flattering, given his work with high-level collegiate talent and his NFL experience. Should all three backs make the NFL and succeed, Kiffin’s words will have held up well — and he, along with Alabama’s other staff and the players themselves — will have put the work needed to develop those gifts. For now, though, it is just preseason praise, words that figure to please Alabama fans.

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2014 NFL Draft trades: Day Three

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Here are the trades executed on the third day of the 2014 NFL Draft. Unless otherwise noted, all picks mentioned are 2014 selections:

The Bills acquired running back Bryce Brown and a seventh-round pick (No. 237) from Philadelphia. In exchange, the Eagles received a 2015 or 2016 conditional draft pick and a seventh-round pick in 2014 (No. 224). At No. 224, the Eagles took Wisconsin defensive tackle Beau Allen. With the 237th pick, the Bills took Miami (Fla.) offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson.

The Bengals acquired a fourth-round pick (No. 111) from the Seahawks. In exchange, Seattle received fourth- and sixth-round picks (Nos. 123, 199). The Bengals took North Carolina center Russell Bodine at No. 111. The Seahawks selected Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood at No. 123 and Marshall offensive tackle Garrett Scott at No. 199.

The Bears acquired a fourth-round pick (No. 131) and a seventh-round selection (No. 246) from Denver. The Broncos, in return, received the Bears’ 2015 fifth-round selection and a 2014 fifth-round selection (No. 156). The Bears took Minnesota safety Brock Vereen at No. 131. The Broncos selected LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow at No. 156. At No. 246, the Bears selected Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno.

The Cowboys acquired a fifth-round pick from Detroit (No. 146). The Lions, in return, received a fifth-round selection (No. 158) and seventh-round pick (No. 229). The Cowboys took Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street at No. 146. The Lions selected Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid at No. 158 and Boston College placekicker Nate Freese at No. 229.

The Panthers acquired a fifth-round pick from Minnesota (No. 148). To complete the deal, the Vikings received a fifth-round pick from Carolina (No. 168) and a seventh-round pick (No. 225). The Panthers selected San Jose State cornerback Bene Benwikere at No. 148. The Vikings took North Carolina cornerback Jabari Price at No. 225 and traded pick No. 168 to Atlanta.

The Buccaneers acquired a fifth-round pick from the Bills (No. 149). In return, Buffalo received a seventh-round pick (No. 221) and a 2015 fifth-round pick from Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers took Purdue offensive tackle Kevin Pamphile at No. 149. The Bills selected Florida Atlantic outside linebacker Randell Johnson at No. 221.

The Falcons acquired a fifth-round pick from the Vikings (No. 168). In return, the Vikings received a sixth-round pick (No. 182) and a seventh-round selection (No. 220). With the No. 168 selection, the Falcons took Syracuse linebacker Marquis Sprull. At No. 182, the Vikings selected Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum. At No. 220, the Vikings took Connecticut defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.

The Titans acquired a sixth-round pick from the Redskins (No. 178 overall). In exchange, the Redskins received a sixth-round selection (No. 186) and a seventh-round pick (No. 228). At No. 178, the Titans drafted LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Washington drafted Baylor tailback Lache Seastrunk 186th and Arkansas placekicker Zach Hocker 228th.

The Ravens acquired a seventh-round pick from the Browns (No. 218). In return, the Browns received the Ravens’ 2015 sixth-round pick. At No. 218, the Ravens took Wake Forest wide receiver Mike Campanaro.


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Report: Buccaneers won’t select Johnny Manziel at No. 7

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One of the teams most often linked to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in pre-draft speculation reportedly will not take him at its current spot in the top 10 on Thursday night.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox, the Buccaneers “won’t” pick Manziel with the No. 7 overall selection.

The Buccaneers signed Josh McCown in free agency and have tabbed him as their starter. Mike Glennon, whom the Buccaneers selected in Round Three in the 2013 draft, is also on the depth chart.

Glazer’s report only specifies that Manziel isn’t at play at No. 7 for Tampa Bay. It’s another piece of intelligence in trying to solve one of the draft’s riddles — the matter of where Manziel takes his talents next.

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Steelers scout Bill Nunn passes away at age 89

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Bill Nunn, a key scout for the Steelers as they constructed their four Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1970s, passed away on Tuesday at age 89 after a recent stroke, the club said.

The former managing editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, Nunn is renowned for his work finding and recommending pro football talent at historically African-American colleges. Nunn, who oversaw the Courier‘s Black College All-American Team, parlayed his knowledge into a part-time scouting role with the Steelers, then became a full-time staffer, working 46 years with the team.

At the time of his passing, Nunn was a senior assistant in player personnel with the Steelers.

“We have lost a great friend and a great person who did so much for the Steelers organization with the passing of Bill Nunn,” Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement on the club’s website. “Bill was a special person who did everything in his career, from playing sports to being an excellent journalist all of which led to his outstanding career in scouting for the Steelers.

“Bill had extraordinary instinct in identifying talent throughout his career, including the legendary 1974 NFL Draft for us. He put us ahead of so many other teams in the NFL by leading the efforts of drafting African-American football players at traditional black colleges. Very few people had a bigger impact in the history of our franchise, and his positive attitude and contributions will truly be missed.”

As a Steelers evaluator, Nunn is widely credited for his work scouting Alabama A&M wide receiver John Stallworth. According to the club’s website, Nunn put Stallworth through a private workout after the prospect had run poorly the previous day. Nunn also procured film on Stallworth, who was one of four future Hall of Famers drafted by Pittsburgh in 1974.

“Someone said Bill Nunn got a film of John, and we were supposed to send it to the other teams, but it got lost, or it kind of got delayed going to the other places,” former Steelers running backs coach Dick Hoak recalled in a feature recently published on

One of the charter members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, Nunn is survived by his wife and two children.

[Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers.]

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Report: NFL weighing conducting the draft “a week or two later” in 2015

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Well, here comes a report that may not sit well with some members of PFT Planet.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who cited three unnamed league sources, the NFL is giving thought to holding the draft 1-2 weeks “later” next year. The idea, McGinn said, is receiving “serious consideration.”

In this potential scenario, the draft could begin on either the second or third full week of May, the latter of which could put the draft’s end date on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in 2015.

In a recent poll of PFT readers, more than 96 percent of respondents preferred the draft being conducted in late April, as had been customary in recent years.

The NFL has tinkered with the draft format in recent years, first spreading the event over three days, then moving it to May this year. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has also said the prospect of holding the draft somewhere other than New York is on the table.

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