2 Top NFL Draft Prospects Barred From Attending NFL Combine

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)While the majority of football fans have their eyes on the upcoming Super Bowl, the NFL Draft is approaching sooner than people think.Once the finishing touches are put on this season, the next important event will come at the NFL Combine. The best prospects from the country will have the opportunity to make a lasting impression on tons of league executives.Two very intriguing prospects have been barred from attending the combine, though.According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons and Colorado State wideout Preston Williams don’t meet the criteria for the NFL’s policy about past issues involving violence.League policy states that players can’t participate at the combine if a background check shows misdemeanor or felony convictions, such as domestic violence, sexual offense or sexual assault.Simmons was arrested in 2016 due to a physical dispute with a woman, meanwhile Williams was also arrested for an altercation involving a woman that occurred in 2017.This is huge news for both prospects, especially considering that scouts are high on their potential.Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons – a potential top-10 pick – and Colorado State WR Preston Williams have been informed they won’t be invited to the scouting combine because they don’t meet the criteria under the NFL’s policy about past issues involving violence, sources say.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 31, 2019Simmons is one of the best interior defenders in this class, as he finished his final collegiate season with 63 total tackles, a forced fumble and two sacks.On the other hand, Williams proved his worth at Colorado State by hauling in 96 catches for 1,345 yards and 14 touchdowns.They’ll have to showcase their athletic skills at their respective pro day workouts.last_img read more

Latest CSO stats show improvement in Government deficit

first_imgTHE COUNTRY’s General Government Deficit stood at 6 per cent of of quarterly GDP in the second three months of the year, according to the latest figures from the CSO.The figures show an improvement on the position for the second three months of 2012, when the corresponding figure was 8.3 per cent of GDPThe deficit figures show the difference between what the Government spends and what it takes in.Meanwhile, the country’s gross debt (GGDebt) stood at €204.5 billion, or 125.7 per cent of annualised GDP at the end of the second three months of the year.That compares to a level of €180.2 billion or 110.2 per cent of GDP at end of June 2012.The debt level for the second quarter of this year represents an increase of €0.4 billion on the previous quarter.Read: Government deficit grows by €360m in a year >last_img read more