Who are you looking for at the NFL Combine?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Alright… it’s the business and talent evaluation / acquisition part of the season for the NFL.  (I love making things sound fancier than they actually are!) One of my favorite times of the year.  Mostly because I enjoy watching the college kids get to move on to the next phase of their lives.

The free agency part of it is good too, but I really like the young ones coming in.  Maybe it’s because of the fact that I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner and I love all things growth and development-wise.  And watching the growth and development of players is always fun for me.  But I digress.

It’s time for one my most favorite events in the NFL year: The Combine.  This year, I want to know… who are you looking for at the combine?  Some people like to watch a specific position group, and others like to watch a certain player.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 23 – March 2, 2020. For a full list of all the invited players, click here: NFL Scouting Combine Invitees.

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Drafting from other teams: Is it smarter to use draft picks for established players?

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC North/AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Super Bowl is officially 2 weeks old. Congratulations to Kansas City, but… the football world has already moved on. As Kate mentioned in her article about quarterbacks last week, the free agency frenzy and the trade block rumors have already started and it is at full steam.

While yes, the draft is just a few months away and we are seeing plenty of articles and mock drafts online, the focus has definitely turned to who is available via trade. We know the free agents traditionally go with who throws them the biggest amount of cash, which I’m all for, but trades are a little different. A surprising trade… now that makes a splash!

Ok ok, you’re right. Trade rumors usually start early and can often be ridiculous. I mean, it’s almost like a game to see who can come up with the most insane trade.

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Day 3 at the Reese’s Senior Bowl brings focus to the lineman

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

It was day 3 here in Mobile for me, both practice sessions were held inside at South Alabama University due to inclement weather, and it was standing room only. We were all ushered into one end zone. I decided to stay close to the goal post and pretty much made that my office for the day!

Today’s sessions consisted of watching the big boys upfront, the offensive linemen.

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Quarterbacks take center stage at Day 2 of the Reese’s Senior Bowl

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

It was day 2 of practice for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. I was expecting the quarterbacks to have a better day than yesterday, maybe look a little more polished than day 1. Not to say that they didn’t perform well, it’s just that they should start to get better as they learn each of the new styles.

With the North starting out, I was hoping to see a Jordan Love/Michael Pittman Jr. show. During media day, Love mentioned to me that he has been working out with Pittman. The offense, unfortunately, broke off into two sections, so we didn’t get to watch them connect to often.

However, Love had one beautiful pass play down the left sidelines to Pittman, followed by a couple of great out routes. Love has a great arm with very good velocity on the ball but can get a bit too lively, however. Yet I feel with some quality coaching, I can see this kid having a very successful NFL career.

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Heisman Trophy: Offense vs Defense

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

December 14, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, the winner of the most coveted award in all of college football will be announced: the 2019 Heisman trophy.

On average, 3-4 players are typically invited as a finalist. This year, however, I believe the race comes down to two candidates.

The favorite being Joe Burrow, the outstanding Louisiana State University Tiger’s quarterback. Burrow without a doubt has been the most consistent quarterback in the country.  The Ohio State transfer will take his Tigers to the SEC championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Monday, Burrow (via Teleconference) told the national media – “We’re fired up to be here. LSU hasn’t been there since 2011, so this is one of the goals we had for the season. So we’re fired up to play.”

With Heisman ballots already out. Many are said to be holding off till most of the conference games are played this weekend. If Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers play up to their expectations, there is very little doubt among experts that you will hear Joe Burrow named called December 14. Or is there?

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Looking ahead at the possible quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

 

As we are slowly approaching the 2019 NFL season, many fans and analysts are already looking ahead to the 2020 NFL draft.

With the start of a new season comes the prediction that this could be one of the best quarterback classes we have seen in quite a while.  If any or all of these predictions come true come late into the 2019 college football season, I would expect to see as many as 5 teams trying to land their franchise quarterback.

Leading the list of quarterbacks that will be eligible to enter the 2020 NFL draft is Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.  If you follow any Miami Dolphins fan, you probably have seen the “Tank For Tua” posts flying around.  Barring severe injury or a disastrous junior season, Tagovailoa is expected to be the first quarterback off the board.  The 6’1″ dynamic dual-threat quarterback and Walter Camp Player of the Year will start his campaign out August 31st against Duke.

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Keep the Combine in Indy, the draft can move

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The NFL is the most popular sport in America. Even fans of teams who feel like their team may not be going anywhere are still heading to games.

To help increase the popularity (like it needs any more help) and give the fans what they want, the NFL Draft has been moving from city to city, and it has worked well.  At first, I thought that was sort of a stupid thing to do, but then I saw the response of the people in the cities that host the draft, and it’s been nothing short of awesome.

It’s also nice because a city can now host either a draft or a Super Bowl, giving more options for fans to interact. While a draft doesn’t bring as much revenue as the Super Bowl does, it still gives the city a chance to shine. Much like the success of Nashville this past draft.

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Taking a look at the NFC East’s draft

Marquita Quinones
NFL Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Now that the dust has settled and the 2019 NFL Draft is in the recent past, our experts have weighed in on teams choices.

I have to say though, that the NFC East has been of particular interest to me.

What especially intrigued me were the low scores that were given for their picks.

Let’s review some of the best choices along with some of the most puzzling choices.

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2019 NFL Draft; when football and fashion collide

Sonja Greenfield, NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Football and fashion typically don’t collide.  Except when you’re quarterback Cam Newton, then that is a weekly occurrence.

A Blitzed NFL Insider’s featured article!

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Kansas City Chiefs added on both offense and defense in the draft

Araceli Villanueva
Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

 

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

Since the beginning of the offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs wasted little time to start rebuilding the defense – by seeking out a new defensive coordinator and staff, in addition to signing six new players.

 

They continued during the 2019 NFL Draft. Here is the Chiefs draft class of 2019:

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