NFL Homegrown Leaderboard; Record 48 Rookies Start Week 1; Buzz & More!
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NFL DRAFT INSIDE THE NUMBERS: ROOKIE REPORT
NFL GMs and HCs aren’t the only ones getting younger. The NFL player population also continues to trend towards the younger is better model, as a record 48 rookies started on opening day, including 20 first round pics, as per long-time draftink Rick Gosselin. Other numbers reported include 203-of-254 draft picks from the 2019 NFL Draft were on opening-day NFL rosters, while 25 draft picks began the season on injured reserve and another 14 selections were signed to practice squads. In total, 79.9% of all draft picks made opening day rosters, the second highest percentage all-time (81% in 2016).
In addition, 55 UDFA rookies earned a spot on NFL week one active, including five starters. The five undrafted free agents to start were wide receiver Deion Willis (Troy) at Cincinnati, fullback Alex Ingold (Wisconsin) at Oakland, defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (Tennessee) at New Orleans and defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter (Georgia) and wide receiver Preston Williams (Colorado State) at Miami.
The Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders led the league with opening-day rookies on the active roster with 12. Just three teams kept their entire NFL Draft class, including the Jacksonville Jaguars (10), Los Angeles Chargers (9) and Kansas City Chiefs (6)
NFL DRAFT INSIDE THE NUMBERS: HOMEGROWN PLAYER RANKINGS
After examining the NFL opening day 53-man rosters, the Baltimore Ravens reign supreme when it comes to the most ‘homegrown’ players. Defined as players who were either drafted by the organization or signed as undrafted free agents, the Ravens opening day roster consisted of 43 homegrown players. Next up were the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings with 41 each, followed by the Atlanta Falcons (39) and Seattle Seahawks (36). The teams with the fewest homegrown players on the roster were the New York Jets (21) and Buffalo Bills (22). In fact, both the Jets and Bills each have just 17 players on the roster that they selected in the NFL Draft. The Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders were next with 19 each. The Ravens also have the most draft picks currently in the league, as 77 players currently on NFL rosters were selected by Baltimore via the draft. The New England Patriots are second with 70. Information was obtained from the Buffalo News.
FCS INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 157 PLAYERS FROM 76 SCHOOLS EARN JOBS
A total of 157 players from 76 different FCS schools were listed on NFL opening week 53-man rosters for 2019, including 11 of the 13 draft picks from this past April. The Baltimore Ravens lead the NFL teams with nine former FCS players. The Chicago Bears are second with eight, while the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts placed third with seven representatives each. Harvard paces all FCS programs with eight representatives across the NFL. All 32 NFL rosters have at least two former FCS players on their 53-man rosters.
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LATEST NFL DRAFT BUZZ: NEWS & NOTES
The Justin Herbert show has been a main attraction for NFL GMs and scouts, as they continue to flock by the dozens to Ducks games. The Oregonian reported that two key decision makers, Chris Grier of the Miami Dolphins and Kevin Colbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers were in attendance at the Oregon/Stanford game. With an influx of NFL teams facing uncertainty at the quarterback position, Herbert is expected to be off the board very early come April.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz hinted that Alaric Jackson (knee sprain) could return to action on Saturday against Michigan after missing the past month due to injury. While Ferentz admitted that his conditioning is not quite up to par, Jackson is a key cog at left tackle for the undefeated Hawkeyes and projected top 100 pick.
Despite suffering a torn ACL during the preseason, NFL scouts remain optimistic about the draft stock of Alabama junior linebacker Dylan Moses. A poll conducted by AL.com of seven NFL execs/scouts, revealed that the consensus was that Moses remains a day two selection, with some stating that he is viewed as an early day two pick. Nick Saban has always preached if you’re a first round pick then you should turn pro. Moses will have an interesting decision on his hands.
Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy all but confirmed that Minnesota wide out Tyler Johnson will be receiving an invite to the all-star event in a recent tweet, no surprise here.
While his performance against FBS powerhouse Florida left a lot to be desired, Towson quarterback Tom Flacco, brother of Joe Flacco, is squarely on the NFL radar, as more than two dozen teams have checked-in on campus to get a look at the pint-sized Flacco, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Howard quarterback Caylin Newton, the 2018 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year and younger brother of Cam Newton, announced that he will redshirt this season and enter the NCAA transfer portal.
One last bloodline of note: LSU running back Lanard Fournette, brother of Leonard Fournette has left the team. According to a report by ESPN, he’s not expected to pursue a pro career and “just wants to move on with his life.” Fournette had 36 rushing yards for the Tigers this season.
NFLPA BOWL ANNOUNCES SALUTE TO MILITARY
The NFL Players Association will extend a special invite to a deserving football player at each United States service academy for the 2020 Collegiate Bowl Game. The unique opportunity to participate in the premier postseason all-star football game will include Division I FBS programs U.S. Military Academy (Army), U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. By taking part in the week-long experience, those who accept their invitation will have the chance to showcase their skills in front of NFL scouts, play under a staff featuring former NFL players and coaches, and learn about the business of football. With the 18th anniversary of 9-11 passing last month, lets all take a moment to salute our military and give them a much appreciated THANK YOU for protecting our freedom! Be sure to visit Collegiate.NFLPA.com for the latest NFLPA Bowl updates, including weekly ‘Campus Confidential’ reports, highlighting some of the top prospects in the land!
5TH ANNUAL EDUCATING ATHLETES NJ HIGH SCHOOL COACH’S EVENT
The largest New Jersey High School football coaching event of the year is back! Come join us at the EA New Jersey High School Football Coaches Event, featuring hundreds of coaches, administrators, athletes and vendors. In partnership with the NFL, the Educating Athletes 501 c3 non-profit organization is an unprecedented youth enrichment and educational initiative for disadvantaged high school athletes that have the potential of earning an athletic college scholarship. Save this date: December 12, 2019 at The Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, NJ. For attendee and sponsorship information, please visit: ( https://www.educatingathletes.com )
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