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10 Recently Drafted NFL Players Who Are Already Stars (And 10 On Their Way To Bust Status)

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A young NFL star and All-Pro can become a bust in the blink of an eye because of personal issues or one unfortunate injury.


National Football League players who are labeled with the figurative bust status are not all built the same. Some appear to be flops and fail to find their form in the NFL right out of the gates. Others, however, manage to achieve some success in the early stages of their careers before they fall out of favor with coaches or general managers for different reasons. Then, there are the players who look like busts as rookies but who then manage to get it together and become stars who are named to Pro Bowl squads and compete for championships. The roller-coaster nature of the sport and of careers plays into the idea that we truly cannot evaluate a draft class until three, four or maybe even five years after it enters the NFL.

What should be remembered is that many of the ten players recently drafted who may be on their way to bust status still have time to turn things around and evolve into stars. In some cases, changing teams and finding the right NFL homes helps. Others who are already stars require no such adjustments. They are able to succeed regardless of coaching or those around them...

Report: Raiders at supplemental draft workout for Brandon Bryant

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By Jeff Smith

As the Oakland Raiders gear up for the start of training camp which is now just over a month away, there's one more order of business to take care of in the offseason. And that'd be the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft, which is set to feature some intriguing prospects in it.

Two of those names who have been hot-button topics to this point are cornerbacks in Virginia Tech's Adonis Alexander and Western Michigan's Sam Beal. Overall, the supplemental draft is set to feature plenty of talent specifically at defensive back, which is a position where the Raiders obviously have some uncertainty when looking toward the future.

Full Article -- 247 Sports

Nation's top quarterbacks build a fraternity at Manning Passing Academy

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Brody Miller

THIBODAUX -- It always starts with an out-of-nowhere phone call from Archie Manning.

These quarterbacks from all over the country get a random ring from a Louisiana area code. They pick up and confusedly say, "Hello?" But it's Archie Manning on the phone inviting them to be a counselor at the famous Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State.

They get picked for this rite-of-passage camp that so many of the best quarterbacks in the NFL once took part in. Manning personally calls the Trace McSorleys and Jarrett Stidhams and Jake Fromms of the world to let them know.

Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was almost in tears when he got the call. He called his parents immediately to tell them. ...

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Delvin Breaux 'looks like he can play,' CFL coach says: report

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By Christopher Dabe | The Times-Picayune

Delvin Breaux left one hometown for another when he signed a 1-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

"This is home to me," the New Orleans native and now-former Saints player said in a Canadian Press story posted Wednesday (June 20).

Breaux played two seasons with the Tiger-Cats before the Saints signed him as a free agent in 2015. He started all 16 games in his first NFL season before a fibula fracture limited him to six games in 2016.

He sat out the entire 2017 season after Saints coach Sean Payton said team medical staffers misdiagnosed a second fibula break during the preseason, and the Saints did not re-sign him after the season. ...

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Projecting one future first-time Pro Bowler for each NFC team

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Gil Brandt has plucked one prime candidate from each team to earn a first Pro Bowl nod in 2018. Below are his NFC picks.

By Gil Brandt

ARIZONA CARDINALS: Markus Golden, DE, fourth NFL season. Golden notched 12.5 sacks in 2016, but missed 12 games in 2017 with a torn ACL. He's still in the process of recovering from that injury, according to the Cardinals' website, but presuming he returns to full health, we should see a big season out of No. 44 in 2018. Golden is a high-effort player with excellent short-area burst, and the new coaching staff in Arizona should take full advantage of his pass-rush ability in a 4-3 scheme.

ATLANTA FALCONS: Austin Hooper, TE, third NFL season. While Atlanta's offense took a slight step back in Steve Sarkisian's first year as coordinator, Hooper made a big jump from his rookie campaign, racking up 49 catches for 526 yards and three scores on 65 targets. He's more of a move tight end than a blocking tight...


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By Vincent Frank

They don’t get all of the headlines. That’s reserved for the quarterbacks and running backs these monsters in the trenches are tasked with blocking for.

This isn’t to say offensive linemen are not important to the success of their teams. More so than any other position outside of quarterback, the ability of a team to throw out an elite offensive line has led to success throughout the NFL.

From the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders exhausting a ton of capital on this position to other teams that have lucked out to an extent, we check in on the top-15 offensive lines heading into the 2018 NFL season.

Full Article -- Sportsnaut

NFL Division Power Rankings: NFC South easily reigns supreme

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By Gregg Rosenthal

No division can match the NFC South's quartet of quarterbacks. No division possesses a more talented team trying to escape the basement than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No other division sent three teams to the playoffs a year ago.

The easiest part of making the division power rankings below was where to start: in the NFC's Dirty South.

NOTE: Each divisional subhead presents the teams in the order they finished last season.

1) NFC South: Saints, Panthers, Falcons, Buccaneers

Great divisions are competitive from top to bottom, and the Bucs' stirring comeback win over the Saints in Week 17 of last season was a reminder that there are no easy games here. It was also a window into Tampa's potential, which should be more fully realized now that the Bucs have bolstered their defensive line this offseason.

This is the only division where all four teams are realistic threats for double-digit wins, which comes back to their quarterbacks. Productive passing games are more...

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