NFL First Round Draft Grades – NFC Conference

NFL DraftEarly grades on the first round from NFL.com. Headlines are that the Cowboys, Bears, Lions, Falcones, Saints, 49ers Rams and Cardinals all did well. Do you agree or disagree with the grades?

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys
Draft pick: CB Byron Jones (No. 27 overall)
Grade: A-
The skinny: The star of the NFL Scouting Combine jumped from under-the-radar prospect to first-round pick after testing well and showing scouts he could cover better than everyone thought. Jones fills a huge need on the Cowboys’ defense, and his versatility will allow him to play a number of spots in the secondary.

NFL First Round Draft Grades – AFC Conference

NFL DraftEarly grades on the first round from NFL.com. Headlines are that the Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Jaguars, Chiefs and Raiders all did well. Do you agree or disagree with the grades?

AFC East
Miami Dolphins
Draft pick: WR DeVante Parker (No. 14 overall)
Grade: A
The skinny: Parker was some folks’ top wideout in the draft and might have been a consensus top player at the position if he weren’t injured his final season. The Dolphins liked Parker throughout the draft process and got their guy without giving anything up. That’s a win.

NFL Draft Preview: Boom or Bust Prospects?

Rob Rang joins Jamie Erdahl to talk about the biggest Boom or Bust prospects in the NFL Draft.

Super Bowl 50 Vegas Odds

Patriots NFL ChampionsLas Vegas has released its odds for Super Bowl 50 and some familiar names are at the top of the list.

Surprisingly the Seattle Seahawks are favored to win their second Super Bowl in three years at 5/1. The defending champion New England Patriots are right behind them at 7/1.

The Green Bay Packers are favored to meet the Seahawks in a rematch of this year’s NFC Championship. The Denver Broncos are ahead of the Indianapolis Colts as the second favorite in the AFC, despite the result of their divisional round playoff game.

NFL Draft Preview: The Top 5

Rob Rang joins Jamie Erdahl to talk about possible landing spots for the best five prospects on his Big Board.

Debating all-time NFL power rankings

Which NFL team would be at the top of your power rankings? Our Dave Richard and Heath Cummings break down Brad Gagnon’s all-time rankings.

NFL Draft Preview: Jason La Canfora draft notes

The draft is now under three weeks away. Jason La Canfora explains why Randy Gregory might not slide as far as some suggest and much more.

NFL To Have TWO Teams In LA Within A Year

NFL2The NFL is closing in on returning to Los Angeles, and indications are that they will be bringing two teams, not just one.

At the recent owners meeting, owners heard a detailed, hourlong update on the Inglewood stadium proposal and the competing vision for Carson.

The presentations impressed the owners with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a member of the league’s committee on Los Angeles opportunities, predicting two teams in L.A. by next year.

“We have some real good options,” Kraft said. “And now we’ll see what happens in the end game.”

Top Five Free Agents Still Available

NFL-Free-AgencyThe big initial wave of free-agent signings has come and gone. The second wave is underway, with the next tier of players beginning to disappear from the market (the most recent example: quarterback Matt Schaub, after one failed season in Oakland, signed with the Ravens Tuesday to back up Joe Flacco).

There are still recognizable names out there — but they come with strings attached, most of them aging or fragile strings, or both. Such is the case with the most accomplished name of the top 10 free agents still available.

Tony Romo restructures deal with Cowboys

Tony RomoAccording to Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has restructured his contract in a move that will save the team $13 million in cap room this season.

The Cowboys had just over $2 million of available cap space and Romo was due to count $27.773 million against the cap in 2015 and more than $80 million over the subsequent four seasons. Details of the restructure have not yet been revealed, but they will presumably allow the team flexibility to make moves for the remainder of the 2015 offseason including targeting Vikings running back Adrian Peterson