Latest NFL Draft News

The Latest: Mendenhall using 2018 setbacks as teaching tool

Jul. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Atlantic Coast Conference media days (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says the team is placing an increased emphasis on what he calls "critical moment" situations in spring practice. The Cavaliers lost two games late last season in overtime...

Clemson needs to fill major holes on defensive line

Jul. 16, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hears so many questions about the Tigers' defensive losses that he has lost count. He heard it again Tuesday — probably not for the last time. This time it came from one of those impact players no longer on the roster. Former Tiger Albert Huggins...

ESPN hires former Wazzu QB Leaf as college football analyst

Jul. 14, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

Ryan Leaf has been hired by ESPN to be a college football analyst, another step in the remarkable comeback of the former Washington State star who has battled drug addiction and served time in prison. Leaf will be paired with play-by-play announcer Clay Matvick and will mostly call games on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The...

Man charged in shooting of Giants draft pick and teammate

Jul. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged in the April attack that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons. Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree...

Washington State S Jalen Thompson loses year of eligibility

Jun. 29, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State safety Jalen Thompson has lost his final year of eligibility for violating an NCAA rule and will enter the NFL supplemental draft. Thompson's status was announced by the school on Saturday. No other details about the violation were released by the school. Thompson was...

NFL player to pay for 11-year-old shooting victim's funeral

Jun. 27, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson says he will pay for the funeral of an 11-year-old South Carolina girl who died after someone fired more than 35 shots at her home. News outlets report a family member announced Lawson's contribution Wednesday evening at a vigil for Ja'Naiya...

ESPN anchor Bob Ley retires after 40 years with network

Jun. 26, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Bob Ley, a fixture at ESPN since the network's launch 40 years ago, has decided to step away. The 64-year-old Ley announced his retirement Wednesday. He said during a phone interview that he made the decision late last month and started calling close friends and colleagues Tuesday with the news. Ley had been on...

Bears sign sixth-round pick CB Duke Shelley to 4-year deal

Jun. 20, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed sixth-round draft pick Duke Shelley to a four-year contract. The cornerback from Kansas State recorded 165 tackles and eight interceptions over four seasons for the Wildcats. He started the first seven games last year before suffering a season-ending...

Raiders sign top draftee Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell

Jun. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed first-round draft picks Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram on Tuesday. Ferrell, a defensive end from Clemson, was selected fourth overall by the Raiders in April. A three-year starter and two-time national champion, Ferrell started in all 44 games he...

Iowa's Epenesa focusing on '19 season, not '20 NFL draft

Jun. 18, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa junior A.J. Epenesa knows that he has a strong shot at being picked in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft should he choose to go pro next spring. He's choosing not to think about it all that much. Epenesa, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound defensive end who led the Big Ten with 10 1-2...