Del Rio plots next move; QBs stacked for NFL draft
Rep 1 Sports has signed former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio for representation in coaching opportunities this upcoming offseason.
Bruce Tollner, NFL agent and co-founder of Rep 1, will represent Del Rio, who most recently was head coach of the Oakland Raiders and is now an NFL analyst on ESPN.
“He definitely likes ESPN, but we are fully exploring and evaluating opportunities in the NFL and in the college ranks,” Tollner said.
College coaching openings generally occur in early December and NFL coaching jobs typically open in late December and early January, after the end of the regular season.
“You know what, we are really just exploring opportunities,” Tollner said. Pressed on whether he could take a defensive coordinator job or head coaching job at a university, Tollner said, “He could get excited about several different things out there if it’s the right opportunity.”
Tollner has known Del Rio since they were both student athletes at USC. His father, Ted Tollner, was head coach and Del Rio was a linebacker and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. Bruce Tollner was on the USC baseball and crew teams.
Del Rio was selected in the third round of the 1985 draft by the New Orleans Saints and played several years in the league before being hired as a coach by the Saints in 1997. He went on to become the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens team that won Super Bowl XXXV 34-7 against the New York Giants in 2001.
He was then the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and head coach of the Raiders.
“Jack is an exceptional leader of men who has proven to be an outstanding head coach and defensive coordinator over the years,” Tollner said.
■ QB-HEAVY 2020 NFL DRAFT: There’s been talk in agent circles that next April’s NFL draft could be another one with multiple quarterbacks, maybe as many as five, taken in the first round.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay thinks four could go in the top 32 picks: Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
“Tua from Alabama … he is one of the most accurate passers I’ve ever seen in college,” McShay said, in a phone interview the day before LSU defeated Alabama on the Crimson Tide’s home field.
“Joe Burrow is one of the most incredible, not stories, but improvements,” McShay said. “I thought he was a Day 3 pick and all of a sudden in one year, it’s like it all clicked and he is a potential first-round pick.”
Washington’s Eason and Oregon’s Herbert are both 6 feet, 6 inches tall, and McShay said Herbert reminds him a bit of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
McShay was still evaluating players and had not yet released his first mock draft. He said things could change and a quarterback might not be taken with the No. 1 pick.
Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who was suspended recently by the NCAA, might be No. 1, McShay said. “Chase Young, he’s obviously going through his situation now, but from a talent perspective, I think he’s as good as the Bosas,” McShay said, speaking of San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and his brother, Nick Bosa, the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft who plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
■ DEC SIGNS NFL PLAYERS: DEC Management has signed several NFL players in the last several months, including Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon.
DEC Management also signed Broncos linebacker Josh Watson, Dallas Cowboys safety Kavon Frazier and linebacker Chris Covington, Jaguars linebacker D.J. Alexander and free-agent wide receiver Michael Floyd.
DEC founder and veteran NFL agent David Canter is representing the players.