Updated Top Nfl Agents 2014
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Updated Top Nfl Agents 2014
There were 256 players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, and many more who did not hear their name called over the past three days. But the process isn't over for those hoping to make a roster. Last year, there were 49 undrafted players who made it onto a 53-man roster, and you can expect many of the names below to have a chance.
The first big wave of free agency has had plenty of impact on the 2014 NFL Draft. Below is a look at the draft order, with the top three needs for each team. The order of the teams is determined by record (using strength of schedule as the first tiebreaker and alphabetical order as a second). Teams 21-32 are playoff teams, and those teams' draft order was determined based on postseason results. For ties not broken by strength-of-schedule or divisional and conference tie-breakers, a coin toss was used to determine the order.
Round one of the 2014 NFL Draft concluded late in the evening on May 8. Creative Artists Agency dominated the night with a total of five clients selected by NFL teams: Justin Gilbert (No. 8 to the Minnesota Vikings), Taylor Lewan (No. 11 to the Tennessee Titans), Ryan Shazier (No. 15 to the Pittsburgh Steelers), Zack Martin (No. 16 to the Dallas Cowboys) and C.J. Mosley (No. 17 to the Baltimore Ravens). Two other agencies each had three clients picked during the night -- Lagardere Unlimited with Khalil Mack headlining its class and Relativity Sports, which had Sammy Watkins taken by the Bills at the No. 4 slot.
The 2014 NFL Draft will resume for rounds two and three on May 9, followed by rounds three through seven on Saturday. A total of 102 underclassmen have decided to leave their respective schools early (four of whom have already graduated) and were granted special eligibility for the 2014 NFL Draft. Seventy-three underclassmen filed paperwork for the 2013 NFL Draft (previously the record number of early entrants); 30% of them went undrafted.
The power of the pick rests in the hands of each decision maker at every NFL team. Players' agents have done their work and there is little left for them to do. Football agent Chad Speck of Knoxville, Tennessee-based Allegiant Athletic Agency said it best before the start of the first round, "Agents have no control today." They retain little control through the remainder of the NFL Draft.
Michael Sam was not selected in the first round, but he has signed his first endorsement deal. The draft-eligible player who announced that he is gay has signed an endorsement contract with Visa. Sam's agents had told FORBES he would maybe do one or two deals prior to the NFL Draft and that would be it.
Football agents Joel Segal, Chafie Fields and Greg Barnett of Lagardere Unlimited are tasked with representing players signed with the company in the 2014 NFL Draft. The team from Lagardere Unlimited had a total of 10 clients selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, including 3 in the first round alone.
With the selection of Eric Ebron, Bus Cook becomes the first agent to have two players selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Cook's other selected client thus far is Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick to the Houston Texans.
Aaron Donald is Five-Star Athlete Management's first client selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. It had two players picked in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft: Jonathan Cooper (No. 6 overall to the Arizona Cardinals) and Sylvester Williams (No. 28 overall to the Denver Broncos).
Joel Segal joins his colleagues Bus Cook and the agents at CAA as the agents to have two players selected within the top fourteen picks of the 2014 NFL Draft. Khalil Mack is the other Lagardere Unlimited client selected (at No. 5 overall to the Oakland Raiders).
In December 2013, Dennard's mother said she was receiving fifty calls per day from agents expressing interest in representing her son. At the end of the process, the family selected Lagardere Unlimited, which has now had three players selected by NFL teams.
A couple of months ago Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a likely No. 1 overall pick. Now, the quarterback has slipped past the No. 26 pick and behind two other Louisville Cardinals players who have been selected by NFL teams. Smith is the second Five-Star Athlete Management client to be picked in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Bridgewater is represented by agent Kennard McGuire of MS World who has served as an agent for many impressive players including Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Jacoby Jones. It was once believed that Bridgewater would sign with Jay Z. Later Joel Segal of Lagardere Unlimited seemed like a potential option. Throughout the entire process, Bridgewater has relied on Baltimore Ravens cornerback Matt Elam's brother, Abe Elam, for advice. McGuire was the ultimate selection. Bridgewater is now the final selection of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The short answer: Absolutely. They showed Sunday their intimidation can travel and their defense can dominate even the best. There are some tough decisions ahead for general manager John Schneider, who must trim the fat to lock up the likes of cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas for the long haul. But the core will be intact for 2014, and it's hard to argue that alone won't make Seattle the best threat in years to go back-to-back.
Doug Farrar]( -nfl-mock-draft-teddy-bridgewater-3/3/)of Sports Illustrated shares his first 2014 NFL Mock Draft and believes the Patriots could select Texas Tech TEJace Amaro** with the 29th overall pick.
Vinnie Iyer]( -02-06/nfl-free-agents-free-agency-2014-list-names-dates-position-teams-unrestricted-jimmy-graham-decker-moreno-talib)* of *Sporting News takes a look at the notable unrestricted free agents at every position. Impending Patriots free agents such as RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Julian Edelman, LB Brandon Spikes and CB Aqib Talib are all part of the list.
The Collegiate Development Football League has joined up withD3football.com to present the 2014 D3 Senior Classic Super SeniorWatch List. The list, honoring the top seniors heading into the2014 Division III football season, was selected by the 2014 D3Senior Classic bowl committee and the Team America coachingstaff. It is based upon player nominations and evaluationsmade by college coaches, college sports information directors,regional scouts, and media.
In addition, these players will be evaluated for selection tothe roster of Team America, which will represent the USA inscheduled international games in 2015. Team America is the onlyprivately funded USA national team representing free agents andpromoting American football on an international level. The2015 schedule includes contests in New York, Grand Cayman Island,and Myrtle Beach.
Salary cap: Only the top 51 salary cap numbers count in the off-season. The Packers have slightly less than $123.5 million in 2015 cap commitments with 47 players under contract while $7.79 million of unused cap room can be carried over from the 2014 league year. After accounting for tenders for restricted free agents and exclusive rights players with expiring contracts, and futures contracts for practice squad players, Green Bay should have approximately $23.122 million of 2015 cap space, assuming the new salary cap is $142 million.
Retirement could be an option for 35-year old Julius Peppers. He received a three-year, $26 million deal (worth up to $30 million through salary escalators) as the Packers made an uncharacteristic signing during the first wave of free agency. Peppers played well enough in 2014 to justify his $9.5 million salary for 2015 if he wants to continue playing despite having a $12 million cap number. Green Bay would pick up $7 million of cap room if he is released or retires.
Free agency/team needs: As usual, Green Bay's primary focus will be on trying to retain key contributors among their 11 impending unrestricted free agents before free agency starts on March 10. Wide receiver Randall Cobb, who hopes to re-sign with the Packers, should be the top priority. The 2011 second round pick had a career year in 2014 with 91 receptions, 1,287 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches. The four-year, $39.05 million extension Jordy Nelson signed during the initial days of training camp will likely serve as a ceiling for Cobb with the Packers. Green Bay must decide whether they want to invest heavily in two wide receivers since Cobb will be one of the top wide receivers available in free agency with Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant expected to receive franchise tags -- if they haven't already signed new contracts. The Washington Redskins and New York Jets are the only NFL teams that have two wide receivers with deals averaging more than $7 million per year.
Letroy Guion was a capable replacement for defensive tackle B.J. Raji after he tore his right biceps in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Keeping either Raji or Guion shouldn't be a costly endeavor. Raji should be much cheaper than the one-year deal worth $4 million he took to remain with the Packers in 2014 after spending this season on injured reserve.
Outlook: Green Bay should be Super Bowl contenders again during the 2015 season as long as 2014 MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers stays healthy. The Packers shouldn't need any motivation for next season after their NFC Championship Game collapse.
Salary cap: The Colts are projected to have right around $25.6 million of cap room with a $142 million 2015 salary cap when factoring in tenders for restricted free agents and exclusive rights players on expiring contracts.
Linebacker Jerrell Freeman, long snapper Matt Overton and center A.Q. Shipley are the best candidates among the team's five restricted free agents to receive tenders. Freeman will probably get a second-round tender, which will be $2.335 million with a $142 million salary cap, since he wasn't drafted.
Outside linebacker Erik Walden could be vulnerable for two reasons: the return of 2013 sack leader Robert Mathis and the emergence of 2014 fifth-round pick Jonathan Newsome. Mathis missed all of 2014 after tearing his Achilles while serving a four-game PED suspension. 59ce067264