Pro Player Insiders Executive Editor Melissa Mahler http://proplayerinsiders.com Behind the scenes look at lives and lifestyles of NFL players and their families plus sports news, interviews & events Mon, 02 May 2016 22:53:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Vikings Exercise 5th-Year Options On Floyd and Rhodes http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-exercise-5th-year-options-floyd-rhodes/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-exercise-5th-year-options-floyd-rhodes/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 22:53:37 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164113

Minnesota Vikings

Eden Prairie, MN (May 2, 2016) – The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the 5th-year options on DT Sharrif Floyd and CB Xavier Rhodes. Floyd was the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft while Rhodes was selected 25th overall. Both players held starting roles on the NFL’s 5th (19.3 ppg) ranked scoring defense in 2015.

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Buffalo Bills Bring In 14 Undrafted Free Agents http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/buffalo-bills-bring-14-undrafted-free-agents/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/buffalo-bills-bring-14-undrafted-free-agents/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 22:48:03 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164109

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with the 14 undrafted free agents below.

LB

Bryson Albright

Miami, OH

WR

Davonte Allen

Marshall

WR

Gary Chambers

Arizona State

LS

Reid Ferguson

LSU

FB

Glenn Gronkowski

Kansas State

OC

Robert Kugler

Purdue

OG

Jamison Lalk

Iowa State

DE

Claudell Louis

Fresno State

OT

Marquis Lucas

West Virginia

OT

Keith Lumpkin

Rutgers

K

Marshall Morgan

Georgia

MB

Eric Striker

Oklahoma

DC

Julian Whigham

Syracuse

DT

Justin Zimmer

Ferris State

A 6-5, 225-pound Miami (OH) product, Albright played in 48 career games as a RedHawk, making 35 starts as a defensive end while recording 180 tackles, 19.0 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss. Albright earned second-team All-MAC honors in 2015 after tallying 7.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss on the season. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A 6-2, 201-pound Marshall product, Allen turned in his most prolific season during his senior collegiate season—notching career highs with 58 catches, 715 yards and five touchdowns. Allen’s 1,612 career yards at Marshall rank 19th in school history while his 13 touchdown catches rank 20th. He is a native of Belle Glade, Florida.

Chambers, a 6-4, 215-pound Arizona State product, appeared in 34 games during his four seasons with the Sun Devils. Chambers finished his collegiate career with 36 catches for 690 yards and four touchdowns—including a career-long 58-yard touchdown grab in the final minutes of the Cactus Bowl that went down as the final catch of his time as a Sun Devil. Chambers is a native of Glendale, Arizona.

A 6-2, 244-pound LSU product, Ferguson started all four seasons at long snapper for the Tigers, snapping for both punt and field goal attempts. Ferguson was credited with 497 snaps during his collegiate career—with his only errant snap occurring during his freshman season. He is a native of Budford, Georgia.

Gronkowski, a 6-2, 239-pound Kansas State product, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2014. A native of Buffalo, NY, Gronkowski was a mainstay on the Kansas State offense during his collegiate career. Appearing in all 39 games the Cougars played over the past three years, Gronkowski’s final collegiate stat line included 15 catches for 369 yards and five touchdowns in addition to 16 rushes for 51 yards and another score. Gronkowski’s brother, Rob, currently plays for the New England Patriots. His two other brothers, Dan and Chris, have also spent time in the NFL.

A 6-3, 294-pound Purdue product, Kugler joins the Bills after a distinguished four-year career as a Boilermaker. A two-time captain, Kugler earned the starting center position mid-way through his redshirt freshman season and went on to start 43 consecutive games for Purdue. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kugler was named the Boilermakers’ team MVP as a junior. Kugler is the son of Sean, who is a former Bills offensive line coach and is currently the head football coach at UTEP.

Lalk, a 6-6, 303-pound Iowa State product, transitioned to the center position prior to his senior season after spending the earlier portions of his collegiate career as a guard. Lalk’s transition was a successful one as the Council Bluffs, Iowa native went on to start all 12 games for the Cyclones en route to second team All-Big 12 honors. Lalk helped pave the way for the Iowa State offense to rush for 182.0 yards per game—the school’s best since the 2000 season.

A 6-5, 294-pound Fresno State product, Louis comes to Buffalo after being an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection as a fifth-year senior in 2015. Louis played in 28 collegiate games during his time as a Bulldog, recording 57 tackles, 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss. He is a native of Boynton Beach, Florida.

Lucas, a 6-3, 319-pound West Virginia product, started 30-of-36 career games played along the Mountaineers offensive line. The Miami, Florida native started at left tackle throughout his senior campaign—helping West Virginia average 228.2 yards per game on the ground. Lucas saw time at both right and left tackle during his four-year collegiate career.

Lumpkin, Rutgers’ starting left tackle for the past three seasons, comes to the Bills after earning 2015 honorable mention All-Big 10 plaudits for his play. The 6-8, 325-pound Montclair, New Jersey native also received the Bender Trophy—awarded to the Scarlet Knights’ best offensive lineman. Lumpkin  started 37-of-40 games played during his collegiate career.

Morgan joins the Bills special teams units after leaving Georgia as one of the top kickers in school history. The 6-3, 194-pound Fort Lauderdale, Florida native finished his collegiate career ranking third all-time at UGA and in the SEC in scoring with 407 points. Morgan successfully converted 215-of-220 extra point attempts and 64-of-84 field goal attempts—including a career-long 56-yarder at Tennessee in 2013.

A first-team All-American selection (Sporting News/Sports Illustrated), Striker comes to Buffalo after an illustrious career as an Oklahoma Sooner. The 6-0, 221-pound Tampa, Florida native started 39-of-52 career games played during his collegiate career, racking up 191 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 23.0 sacks and 11 passes defensed. Striker was also honored following the 2015 season with OU’s Bob Kalsu Award—an award named after the former Bills offensive tackle and given to the Sooner who personifies Kalsu’s spirit of leadership, serving as a motivator and role model for his teammates.

Whigham, a 6-1, 200-pound Syracuse product, recorded 66 tackles in 43 games during his time with the Orange. He finished his career with 10 passes defended, including four interceptions. Whigham earned co-ACC Defensive Back of the Week last season in 2015 after making career-high seven tackles and two pass breakups against Wake Forest. He is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Zimmer, a 6-3, 292-pound Ferris State product, leaves the Bulldogs as one of the most distinguished players in school history—earning three-time All-GLIAC first team honors. Zimmer led Ferris State with 81 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. He is a native of Greenville, Michigan.

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Chargers Bring In 20 Undrafted Free Agents http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/chargers-bring-20-undrafted-free-agents/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/chargers-bring-20-undrafted-free-agents/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 22:44:02 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164106

Chargers, FanFest 4

The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms with 20 undrafted free agents. They include:

Mike Bercovici                          Quarterback                               Arizona St.

Terrell Chestnut                       Cornerback                                 West Virginia

Kenneth Farrow                       Running Back                             Houston

Sebastian Johannson             Guard                                           Marshall

Tyler Johnstone                       Tackle                                           Oregon

Jamaal Jones                             Wide Receiver                           Montana

Christopher Landrum             Outside Linebacker                 Jacksonville St.

Tyler Marcodes                        Outside Linebacker                 Georgia Tech

Adrian McDonald                    Safety                                           Houston

Mike McQueen                        Guard-Tackle                             Ohio

Shaq Petteway                         Inside Linebacker                     West Virginia

Spencer Pulley                         Center                                          Vanderbilt

Zeth Ramsey                              Tackle                                           Mesa State, CO

Deandre Reaves                       Wide Receiver                           Marshall

Larry Scott                                   Cornerback                                 Oregon St.

Christopher Swain                  Fullback                                        Navy

Matt Weiser                              Tight End                                     Buffalo

Dominique Williams              Wide Receiver                           Washington St.

Trevor Williams                       Cornerback                                 Penn St.

Carlos Wray                               Defensive Tackle                      Duke

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Vikings Bring In 10 Undrafted Free Agents http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-bring-10-undrafted-free-agents/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-bring-10-undrafted-free-agents/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 22:40:32 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164102

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Eden Prairie, MN (May 2, 2016) – The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with 10 rookie free agents.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS:

PLAYER                      POS.                        COLLEGE

Keith Baxter……………….. CB……………………… Marshall

Kyle Carter…………………. TE………………….. Penn State

Theiren Cockran…………. DE…………………… Minnesota

Jake Ganus………………… LB………………………. Georgia

Marken Michel…………… WR………………………… UMass

Denzell Perine…………….. DE……… Florida International

Jhurell Pressley…………… RB………………… New Mexico

Eric Rawls………………….. CB……………. Kentucky State

Brandon Ross…………….. RB…………………….. Maryland

Joel Stave………………….. QB……………………. Wisconsin

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Lions Exercise Fifth-Year Option on Ezekiel Ansah http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/lions-exercise-fifth-year-option-ezekiel-ansah/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/lions-exercise-fifth-year-option-ezekiel-ansah/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 22:34:32 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164098
Ezekiel Ansah

Allen Park, Mich. – The Detroit Lions announced today that they have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of DE Ezekiel Ansah. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

Ansah was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl and earned Second Team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press last season after leading the Lions in sacks with a career-high 14.5, which also ranked third in the NFL. He became the first Lions DE to be named to the Pro Bowl since DE Robert Porcher in 2002.

The Lions’ first-round (fifth overall) selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Ansah’s career totals include 46 games (44 starts), 128 total tackles (95 solo), 30.0 sacks, nine forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Additionally, the Lions signed free agent LB Zaviar Gooden. Gooden joins the Lions after spending the 2013-14 seasons with the Tennessee Titans, where he appeared in 24 games (three starts). Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

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Redskins release former 49ers CB Chris Culliver http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/redskins-release-former-49ers-cb-chris-culliver/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/redskins-release-former-49ers-cb-chris-culliver/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 22:31:20 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164095 General manager Scot McCloughan announced Monday the cornerback was being released after the team signed free agent Josh Norman away from the Carolina Panthers. Additionally, the Redskins selected Kendall Fuller during the third round of last week's NFL Draft.  ]]> Chris Culliver

ASHBURN, VA. — Chris Culliver‘s tenure with the Washington Redskins lasted just six games.

General manager Scot McCloughan announced Monday the cornerback was being released after the team signed free agent Josh Norman away from the Carolina Panthers. Additionally, the Redskins selected Kendall Fuller during the third round of last week’s NFL Draft.

“It was just the numbers and what we have going now,” McCloughan said at a news conference at Redskins Park. “Norman came out of nowhere.”

Out of nowhere, and for a price. The Redskins signed the All-Pro Norman to a four-year, $75 million contract, which includes $36.5 million in fully guaranteed money. In their stable of cornerbacks, Washington has Will Blackmon, Bashaud Breeland, converted wideout Quinton Dunbar and the aforementioned Fuller, who is rehabbing from an injury of his own.

The 27-year-old Culliver signed a four-year deal with Washington a year ago as a free agent after spending four seasons with the 49ers. He appeared in just a dozen games for the Redskins, and during a Thanksgiving Day practice last season, he tore ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee, and never returned to the field as a result.

Additionally, Culliver sat out of the Redskins Week 2 game last season after being found in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy — the NFL never officially released the reason for Culliver’s suspension, however, he’d been arrested in March 2014 on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and reckless driving. The suspension also revoked his guaranteed $8 million salary for the upcoming season.

McCloughan said he spoke with Culliver about 30 minutes prior to his first scheduled press conference since the draft.

“This is the tough part for me about this business, is having to do stuff like that with any player — but especially with him, because of the injury and that stuff,” McCloughan said. “It gives him an opportunity to go out there and test free agency. And our door is not closed yet, either.”

Culliver was not offered the option to restructure his contract, the general manager said.

“He can go out there and test the market and see what happens and hopefully he gets what he wants. I have no problem bringing him back here,” he said. “He’s going to be in the league. Might be here, might be somewhere else.”

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trades Highlight 2016 NFL Draft Once Again http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/trades-highlight-2016-nfl-draft/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/trades-highlight-2016-nfl-draft/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 15:35:44 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163757 Trades are increasingly becoming common during draft day and the 2016 NFL draft was no exception. The first round of the 2016 NFL draft featured twelve trades, two of those happening in the days leading up to the draft when Tennessee and Cleveland traded the first and second overall selections. The tone was set early and teams utilized trades freely throughout the draft.

NFL: APR 28 Draft - Red CarpetTeams with quarterback needs were particularly active as evidenced by the blockbuster trades by the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Rams gave up picks 15, 43, 45 and 76 from 2016 plus their rounds 1 and 3 picks from 2017 to draft up to number one and select California quarterback Jared Goff. Likewise, the Eagles gave up a kings ransom to trade up with Cleveland to land the number two overall selection to draft North Dakota State University quarterback Carson Wentz, giving up picks #8, 77 and 100 from 2016 plus their rounds 1 and 3 selections from 2017.

Time will tell whether these trades are worth it or whether the Rams will get bit with the Robert Griffin III karma.

New Tennessee Titans General Manager Jon Robinson was active as a trader, trading away the number one overall selection to the Los Angeles Rams, then trading back up into the top 10 with Cleveland to draft offensive tackle Jack Conklin with the overall eighth selection. During the draft, he traded up three times to pick up players.

Other teams active in the trader market include the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps the most surprising trade of the draft came on Day 2 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up in the second round to draft place kicker Roberto Aguayo with selection number 59. In doing so, they gave up pick 74 (3rd round) and pick 106 (fourth round to the Kansas City Chiefs) and traded second round picks.

You can keep track of all NFL draft trades by clicking here. For more NFL updates you can follow Sharona on twitter at @SportsBySharona.

 

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Steelers Re-Sign Bruce Gradkowski http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/steelers-re-sign-bruce-gradkowski/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/steelers-re-sign-bruce-gradkowski/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 14:53:01 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164079 PITTSBURGH – The Steelers re-signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Gradkowski is entering his 11th NFL season and his fourth with Pittsburgh, after he signed with the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. He missed the entire 2015 season on the Steelers’ Reserve/Injured List due to a finger injury.

Gradkowski has played in 37 contests with 20 starts during the regular season, and he also has played in one career postseason contest. He has thrown for 4,057 yards with 21 touchdowns in his regular-season career.

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In True LA Style Rams Make Big Splash http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/true-la-style-rams-make-big-splash/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/true-la-style-rams-make-big-splash/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 13:50:10 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163983 GOFF BANNER

The Rams are returning to the City of Angels with a new set of talented and eager rookies. Jared Goff, a QB from Cal was the first overall pick. In round 4 the Rams picked up Tyler Higbee, a TE from Western Kentucky, and Pharoh Cooper a WR from South Carolina. Temarrick Hemingway a TE from South Carolina State, Michael Thomas a WR from Southern Mississippi and Josh Forrest a ILB from Kentucky made up the picks for round 6.

The team gave up 6 premium picks going into draft. Their second and third round picks went to the Tennessee Titans giving them the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The Rams needed a quarterback and they had their eyes set on Jared Goff. He’s a west coast kid and the best pure passer in the draft this season. His 2015 season at California yielded 4,719 passing yards, 43 TD’s, 13 interceptions and three 2-pt conversions.

While Goff isn’t much of a running quarterback, with good protection he can get the ball off to any receiver with the slightest opening. He has the ability to throw into tight spots that other quarterbacks wouldn’t imagine throwing.

His ball placement puts him on par with some of the more experienced QBs, which can benefit him and the team in the long run.

The last Cal quarterback to land in the first round pick was Aaron Rodgers in 2005.

There is a young Payton Manning in Goff and with time he can work up to an amazing QB with skills that may surpass either of the Manning brothers. Payton Manning’s 1997 season at the University of Tennessee yielded 36 TD’s, 3,819 passing yards and 11 interceptions.

With Goff on board, the Rams now have 4 quarterbacks on the roster, but one has to go by the start of the season. In 2015 they traded for, and signed Nick Foles, the person they hoped would be their franchise signal-caller. As the starting QB, Foles never showed up to lead the team in a real way. He finished the season with 7 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 10 interceptions and 2,052 passing yards. The Rams trailed the Seahawks and the Cardinals in the NFC West by the end of the season and finished a lackluster 7-9.

Foles seems to be the likely one to go. The Rams were hoping to trade him before the end of draft weekend.

The Rams lost two key defensive players Jenoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod to free agency. Forrest was the single defensive player drafted and can’t make up for the loss of Jenkins and McLeod. Although Forrest is a rookie, Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald can gain support from him.

Running back Todd Gurley will have some much needed help from Higbee and Hemingway. Both TEs aid can take the pressure off of Gurley.

WRs Cooper and Thomas may see the field due to Stedman Bailey’s injury back in November. Stedman was shot twice in the head on November 24 and recently posted a video of him running drills. He is still going through protocol to see if he can return to the field.

The last time the Rams saw the playoffs was 2004. They haven’t finished .500 since 2003. Hopefully Goff and the new offensive personnel can help deliver a championship as the Rams move back to their former Los Angeles home.

 

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Moritz Boehringer A Unicorn to a Viking http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/moritz-boehringer-unicorn-viking/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/moritz-boehringer-unicorn-viking/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 12:41:50 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164061 Mortiz Boehringer 940x500

In the sixth round of the NFL Draft, the Vikings made German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer’s dreams come true.

Boehringer is the first international player to be drafted by the NFL without any prior college football experience.

In fact, Boehringer had no idea about the game of American ​football until he stumbled upon highlight tapes of running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings on Y​ou​t​ube. Boehringer became an instant fan of football and Peterson.

“Just the way he ran, the aggressiveness with the ball. When he runs over people, it’s crazy,” explained Boehringer on what impressed him about Peterson.

Soon after, Boehringer began playing for a local youth team known as the Crailsheim Titans. Three years later, he landed with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League (GFL).

In his only season with the Unicorns, Boehringer made an immediate impact, finishing with 70 receptions for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns in their 21 game season. Enough to earn the GFL’s Rookie of the Year Award.

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Following his standout season with the Unicorns, Boehringer flew to the United States to participate in the Florida Atlantic University Pro Day. It was at his pro day where he would gain the attention of NFL scouts with his elite athleticism. The 6’4 receiver finished with a 40-time of 4.43 and a vertical of 39”. During the receiving drills, Boehringer didn’t allow a single football to hit the ground. Scouts for the Vikings came away very impressed and let him know of their interest.

When it finally came time for the draft, Boehringer waited until the third day to hear his name called by his favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings. Boehringer is already looking forward to that first meeting with the man who inspired him to put on the pads, former hero turned teammate, Adrian Peterson.

“I heard he has a very strong handshake,” said Boehringer. “I will be prepared for that.”

 

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Washington Redskins Top Draft Picks Reflect Scot McCloughan’s Vision http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-top-draft-picks-reflect-scot-mccloughans-vision/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-top-draft-picks-reflect-scot-mccloughans-vision/#comments Sun, 01 May 2016 18:27:40 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163992 LANDOVER, MD - The Washington Redskins’ top three draft picks: WR Josh Doctson, LB Su’a Cravens and CB Kendall Fuller each have different personalities, yet all share a similar trait — they’re football players.

The phrase often used by General Manager Scot McCloughan has become popular not only among fans, but the coaching staff and players. In all honesty, it’s a phrase that’s hard to define. Is it a big, strong prototypical player? Or maybe it’s a fast, athletic freak? Is it a “choir boy?”  These are all questions I’ve seen regarding what exactly it means to be a football player.

After two drafts with McCloughan at helm, what it means to be a football player has become extremely evident. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a guy who eats, sleeps and breathes football. It’s exactly what Washington’s top three draft picks displayed at their introductory presser Saturday at FedEx Field.

I was just beating myself up because I just found out I’m not allowed to practice until the 13th, I guess,” said LB Su’a Cravens. “So, that’s kind of bothering me a little bit; so they’re going to have to find a way to keep me out of the facilities ‘cause I’m going to find my way in there.”

That’s what it means to be a football player. It’s something you can’t really define, but you know it when you see it. The Washington Redskins are building a team full of football players. Guys who love the game and love each other.

“I’m very excited about these guys, really,” said Head Coach Jay Gruden post-draft. “I think the theme is we got some football players, man, some versatile guys that can do a lot of different things, and tough guys that love the game of football. We’re excited about it. They all bring great attitude to this organization. They’re going to play hard and they’re good people.”

Washington’s first round pick Josh Doctson said that DeSean Jackson reached out to him Friday and welcomed him to Washington. On Saturday, Doctson had an opportunity to meet his other new teammate Pierre Garcon, who warmly embraced him with a big hug. “They’re two dynamic players, two vets, two players that I’ll be able to learn a lot from,” he said of his new teammates. 

Doctson plays the game “above the rim.” He makes 50/50 balls more like 80/20, in his favor. But his personality comes across as being more of a low-key guy. He’ll remind fans of a Santana Moss type of personality. He won’t say much, but he’s a quiet storm. He’ll allow his play to do the talking. However, the former TCU walk-on definitely comes across as a guy who has a chip on his shoulder.

“You know, I’m so motivated,” said Doctson. “I worked hard to get here. I’m appreciative of the coaches, the owner, the GM. They saw a lot in me, saw a lot of potential.”

He continued, “I’m just going to keep my head down and keep working.” Josh Doctson is all about football and already has the demeanor of a seasoned professional.

Su’a Cravens, on the other hand, is no doubt a product of California. Much like DeSean Jackson, who is also from Los Angles, Cravens has a personality that will take over a room. But make no mistake, the guy loves football.

The former USC safety/linebacker said he was disappointed that no team selected him in round one. “I looked at it as I wasn’t good enough to go in the first day, so let me get into the gym tonight and let me prove that I’m good enough to go in the second day to myself,” said Cravens. “I’m all about work. If I feel like I’m not working hard enough, I’ll get back to it.”

Cravens may have the toughest job of all Washington’s draft picks, as he will prepare to make a full transition to linebacker. His versatility and play-making ability will be an asset to the team.

Washington is getting a hard worker in Su’a Cravens, who even at the young age of 20 already understands what it takes to be a professional. Cravens attributes his maturity to his father. “Without my dad, I wouldn’t be half the man I am today,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here today. He didn’t force me to play the game, but he pushed me to be great and I think he saw something in me early and really gave me every chance and opportunity to chase that dream. I love my dad and I don’t know where I’d be without him.”

Cravens continued, “every team at the combine asked me, ‘Who’s coming with you?’ And I told them I’m coming by myself, and that wasn’t my choice; my dad told me himself, ‘You need to go by yourself and you need to focus. You’re a man now. I did all I needed to do and it’s time for you to handle your responsibilities.’ So that’s just another lesson I take as my dad showing me the way to do things.”

When it comes to working hard and knowing how to be a professional, no one probably knows how to do that better than Virginia Tech product Kendall Fuller. After growing up in a household with three brothers in the NFL, Fuller has learned first-hand how to conduct himself on and off-the-field.

“Just being able to watch  them, they definitely said something when they needed to, shared some knowledge and influence when they needed to,” said Fuller. “They knew I was watching, so they knew that they had to carry themselves right because they didn’t want me to follow their footsteps if they were doing the wrong thing. But it was definitely, I guess, fun growing up in that household.”

Kendall Fuller had the opportunity to play against some great receivers in college including his new teammate Jamison Crowder. Fuller never backed down from a challenge. That’s his personality — he’s a competitor.

Probably the best quote of the presser came from Fuller when all three rookies were asked which players they’re looking forward to lining up against in practice. Before Cravens or Doctson could say a word, Fuller boldly shouted, “everybody.” That’s what kind of competitor he is and it sets the tone.  Not to mention, it’s contagious. Even Doctson got fired-up, “Yeah, he said it best. Everybody!”

These top three draft picks walked through the door already exuding what it now means to be a Washington Redskin. Scot McCloughan is building something special in Washington and this is just the foundation.

 

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PPI nails 82 of top 100 picks; 1st ever European player drafted Highlights Day 3 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/ppi-nails-82-top-100-picks-1st-ever-european-player-drafted-highlights-day-3/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/ppi-nails-82-top-100-picks-1st-ever-european-player-drafted-highlights-day-3/#comments Sun, 01 May 2016 16:24:41 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163993 PPI NAILS 82 OF TOP 100 PICKS; FIRST EVER EUROPEAN PLAYER DRAFTED HIGHLIGHTS DAY 3

 

Before we go into details, here is a look at the results from rounds 4-7.

 

ROUND FOUR
4- 1- 99 Cleveland LB Joe Schobert Wisconsin 6’1 244
4- 2-100 Oakland from Cleveland through Philadelphia and Tennessee QB Connor Cook Michigan State 6’4 215
4- 3-101 Dallas DE Charles Tapper Oklahoma 6’3 275
4- 4-102 San Diego OLB Joshua Perry Ohio State 6’4 255
4- 5-103 Jacksonville DT Sheldon Day Notre Dame 6’1 296
4- 6-104 Baltimore CB Tavon Young Temple 5’9 187
4- 7-105 Kansas City from San Francisco OT Parker Ehinger Cincinnati 6’6 310
4- 8-106 Kansas City from Tampa Bay through Chicago CB Eric Murray Minnesota 5’11 197
4- 9-107 Baltimore from Miami WR Chris Moore Cincinnati 6’1 203
4-10-108 Tampa Bay CB Ryan Smith North Carolina Central 5’11 187
4-11-109 New York Giants ILB B.J. Goodson Clemson 6’1 238
4-12-110 Los Angeles TE Tyler Higbee Western Kentucky 6’6 251
4-13-111 Detroit SS Miles Killebrew Southern Utah 6’2 218
4-14-112 New England from New Orleans WR Malcolm Mitchell Georgia 6’0 197
4-15-113 Chicago from Los Angeles through Philadelphia and Tennessee OLB Nick Kwiatkoski West Virginia 6’2 230
4-16-114 Cleveland from Oakland WR Ricardo Louis Auburn 6’2 212
4-17-115 Atlanta OLB DeVondre Campbell Minnesota 6’4 224
4-18-116 Indianapolis DT Hassan Ridgeway Texas 6’3 308
4-19-117 Los Angeles from Chicago through Buffalo WR Pharoh Cooper South Carolina 5’11 208
4-20-118 New York Jets CB Juston Burris North Carolina State 6’0 214
4-21-119 Houston RB Tyler Ervin San Jose State 5’10 188
4-22-120 New Orleans from Washington DT David Onyemata Manitoba (CAN) 6’3 300
4-23-121 Minnesota OT Willie Beavers Western Michigan 6’5 318
4-24-122 Cincinnati DT Andrew Billings Baylor 6’1 311
4-25-123 Pittsburgh OT Jerald Hawkins LSU 6’6 305
4-26-124 Chicago from Seattle FS Deon Bush Miami 6’0 200
4-27-125 Indianapolis from Green Bay ILB Antonio Morrison Florida 6’1 233
4-28-126 Kansas City WR Demarcus Robinson Florida 6’1 203
4-29-127 Chicago from New England CB Deiondre’ Hall Northern Iowa 6’2 199
4-30-128 Arizona C Evan Boehm Missouri 6’2 306
4-31-129 Cleveland from Carolina FS Derrick Kindred TCU 5’10 206
4-32-130 Baltimore from Denver OT Alex Lewis Nebraska 6’6 308
4-33-131 Green Bay (Compensatory Selection) ILB Blake Martinez Stanford 6’2 242
4-34-132 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection) DT Willie Henry Michigan 6’3 297
4-35-133 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection) CB Rashard Robinson LSU 6’2 176
4-36-134 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection) RB Kenneth Dixon Louisiana Tech 5’10 222
4-37-135 Dallas (Compensatory Selection) QB Dak Prescott Mississippi State 6’2 227
4-38-136 Denver (Compensatory Selection) RB Devontae Booker Utah 5’11 219
4-39-137 Green Bay (Compensatory Selection) DE Dean Lowry Northwestern 6’6 295
4-40-138 Cleveland (Compensatory Selection) WR Seth DeValve Princeton 6’2 244
4-41-139 Buffalo (Compensatory Selection) QB Cardale Jones Ohio State 6’5 250
ROUND FIVE
5- 1-140 Tennessee WR Tajae Sharpe Massachusetts 6’2 193
5- 2-141 Carolina from Cleveland CB Zack Sanchez Oklahoma 5’11 181
5- 3-142 San Francisco from San Diego DE Ronald Blair Appalachian State 6’2 276
5- 4-143 Oakland from Dallas RB DeAndre Washington Texas Tech 5’8 205
5- 5-144 Denver from Baltimore OG Connor McGovern Missouri 6’4 303
5- 6-145 San Francisco OT John Theus Georgia 6’6 313
5- 7-146 Baltimore from Jacksonville DE Matt Judon Grand Valley State 6’3 269
5- 8-147 Seattle from New England through Miami DT Quinton Jefferson Maryland 6’4 290
5- 9-148 Tampa Bay OT Caleb Benenoch UCLA 6’5 307
5-10-149 New York Giants RB Paul Perkins UCLA 5’10 208
5-11-150 Chicago RB Jordan Howard Indiana 6’0 223
5-12-151 Detroit OG Joe Dahl Washington State 6’4 302
5-13-152 Washington from New Orleans DT Matt Ioannidis Temple 6’4 302
5-14-153 Philadelphia RB Wendell Smallwood West Virginia 5’10 209
5-15-154 Cleveland from Oakland WR Jordan Payton UCLA 6’1 208
5-17-155 Indianapolis OT Joe Haeg North Dakota State 6’6 305
5-18-156 Buffalo RB Jonathan Williams Arkansas 5’11 216
5-20-157 Tennessee from Denver through New York Jets CB LeShaun Sims Southern Utah 6’0 197
5-21-158 New York Jets from Washington OT Brandon Shell South Carolina 6’5 324
5-22-159 Houston SS KJ Dillon West Virginia 6’0 207
5-23-160 Minnesota ILB Kentrell Brothers Missouri 6’0 244
5-24-161 Cincinnati OG Christian Westerman Arizona State 6’3 296
5-25-162 Kansas City from Seattle QB Kevin Hogan Stanford 6’3 220
5-26-163 Green Bay WR Trevor Davis California 6’1 189
5-27-164 Philadelphia from Pittsburgh OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai TCU 6’6 320
5-28-165 Kansas City RB Tyreek Hill West Alabama 5’8 184
5-29-166 Houston from New England DT D.J. Reader Clemson 6’3 327
5-30-167 Arizona SS Marqui Christian Midwestern State 5’11 196
5-31-168 Cleveland from Carolina OG Spencer Drango Baylor 6’6 313
5-32-169 Detroit from Denver OLB Antwione Williams Georgia Southern 6’3 240
5-33-170 Arizona (Compensatory Selection) OT Cole Toner Harvard 6’5 303
5-34-171 Seattle (Compensatory Selection) RB Alex Collins Arkansas 5’10 214
5-35-172 Cleveland (Compensatory Selection) WR Rashard Higgins Colorado State 6’1 195
5-36-173 Cleveland (Compensatory Selection) CB Trey Caldwell Louisiana Monroe 5’9 188
5-37-174 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection) OT Fahn Cooper Mississippi 6’4 305
5-38-175 San Diego (Compensatory Selection) OLB Jatavis Brown Akron 5’11 227
ROUND SIX
6- 1-176 Denver from Tennessee through Cleveland FB Andy Janovich Nebraska 6’1 238
6- 2-177 Los Angeles from Tennessee TE Temarrick Hemingway South Carolina State 6’5 241
6- 3-178 Kansas City from San Francisco through Dallas CB D.J. White Georgia Tech 5’11 193
6- 4-179 San Diego P Drew Kaser Texas A&M 6’2 214
6- 5-180 Minnesota from San Francisco WR Moritz Boehringer Aalen University (Schwabisch Hall) 6’4 227
6- 6-181 Jacksonville OLB Tyrone Holmes Montana 6’2 253
6- 7-182 Baltimore WR Keenan Reynolds Navy 5’9 190
6- 8-183 Tampa Bay OLB Devante Bond Oklahoma 6’1 233
6- 9-184 New York Giants TE Jerell Adams South Carolina 6’5 252
6-10-185 Chicago FS DeAndre Houston-Carson William & Mary 6’1 195
6-11-186 Miami from Minnesota through Miami WR Jakeem Grant Texas Tech 5’6 165
6-12-187 Washington from New Orleans QB Nate Sudfeld Indiana 6’6 234
6-13-188 Minnesota from Philadelphia TE David Morgan II UTSA 6’4 265
6-14-189 Dallas from Oakland CB Anthony Brown Purdue 5’11 192
6-15-190 Los Angeles ILB Josh Forrest Kentucky 6’3 245
6-16-191 Detroit QB Jake Rudock Michigan 6’3 207
6-17-192 Buffalo WR Kolby Listenbee TCU 6’0 186
6-18-193 Tennessee from Atlanta OG Sebastian Tretola Arkansas 6’4 319
6-19-194 Oakland from Indianapolis OLB Cory James Colorado State 6’1 229
6-20-195 Atlanta from Houston through New York Jets OG Wes Schweitzer San Jose State 6’4 300
6-21-196 Philadelphia from Miami through New England and Houston CB Blake Countess Auburn 5’10 184
6-22-197 Tampa Bay from Washington FB Dan Vitale Northwestern 6’1 240
6-23-198 San Diego from Minnesota FB Derek Watt Wisconsin 6’2 235
6-24-199 Cincinnati WR Cody Core Mississippi 6’3 206
6-25-200 Green Bay OT Kyle Murphy Stanford 6’6 308
6-26-201 Jacksonville from Pittsburgh QB Brandon Allen Arkansas 6’1 214
6-27-202 Detroit from Seattle DT Anthony Zettel Penn State 6’4 280
6-28-203 Kansas City OLB Dadi Nicolas Virginia Tech 6’3 239
6-29-204 Miami from New England through from Chicago SS Jordan Lucas Penn State 6’0 203
6-30-205 Arizona CB Harlan Miller Southeastern Louisiana 6’0 181
6-31-206 Los Angeles from Chicago through Carolina WR Mike Thomas Southern Mississippi 6’1 193
6-32-207 San Francisco from Denver QB Jeff Driskel Louisiana Tech 6’4 236
6-33-208 New England (Compensatory Selection) OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill Eastern Illinois 6’2 208
6-34-209 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection) CB Maurice Canady Virginia 6’1 191
6-35-210 Detroit (Compensatory Selection) LS Jimmy Landes Baylor 6’1 243
6-36-211 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection) RB Kelvin Taylor Florida 5’10 212
6-37-212 Dallas (Compensatory Selection) SS Kavon Frazier Central Michigan 6’0 215
6-38-213 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection) WR Aaron Burbridge Michigan State 6’0 205
6-39-214 New England (Compensatory Selection) ILB Elandon Roberts Houston 5’11 234
6-40-215 Seattle (Compensatory Selection) C Joey Hunt TCU 6’2 299
6-41-216 Dallas (Compensatory Selection) RB Darius Jackson Eastern Michigan 6’0 220
6-42-217 Dallas (Compensatory Selection) TE Rico Gathers Baylor 6’6 273
6-43-218 Buffalo (Compensatory Selection) CB Kevon Seymour Southern California 5’11 188
6-44-219 Denver (Compensatory Selection) SS Will Parks Arizona 6’0 204
6-45-220 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection) OLB Travis Feeney Washington 6’4 230
6-46-221 New England (Compensatory Selection) OG Ted Karras Illinois 6’4 307
ROUND SEVEN
7- 1-222 Tennessee OLB Aaron Wallace UCLA 6’2 242
7- 2-223 Miami from Cleveland QB Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky 6’3 214
7- 3-224 San Diego OG Donavon Clark Michigan State 6’4 312
7- 4-225 New England from Seattle through Dallas WR Devin Lucien Arizona State 6’0 201
7- 5-226 Jacksonville DE Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas 6’5 271
7- 6-227 Minnesota from Miami through Baltimore OLB Stephen Weatherly Vanderbilt 6’4 264
7- 7-228 Denver from San Francisco P Riley Dixon Syracuse 6’4 220
7- 8-229 Pittsburgh from New York Giants WR Demarcus Ayers Houston 5’9 185
7- 9-230 Chicago WR Daniel Braverman Western Michigan 5’10 175
7-10-231 Miami TE Thomas Duarte UCLA 6’2 231
7-11-232 Washington from Tampa Bay ILB Steven Daniels Boston College 5’11 244
7-12-233 Philadelphia FS Jalen Mills LSU 6’0 193
7-13-234 Oakland OG Vadal Alexander LSU 6’5 325
7-14-235 New York Jets from Los Angeles through Houston and Denver P Lachlan Edwards Sam Houston State 6’4 213
7-15-236 Detroit RB Dwayne Washington Washington 6’1 223
7-16-237 New Orleans RB Daniel Lasco California 6’1 210
7-17-238 Atlanta WR Devin Fuller UCLA 6’0 194
7-18-239 Indianapolis OLB Trevor Bates Maine 6’1 245
7-19-240 Philadelphia from Minnesota through Buffalo DE Alex McCalister Florida 6’6 245
7-20-241 New York Jets WR Charone Peake Clemson 6’2 206
7-21-242 Washington RB Keith Marshall Georgia 5’11 218
7-22-243 Seattle from New England through Houston WR Kenny Lawler California 6’3 202
7-23-244 Minnesota FS Jayron Kearse Clemson 6’4 210
7-24-245 Cincinnati SS Clayton Fejedelem Illinois 6’0 204
7-25-246 Pittsburgh OLB Tyler Matakevich Temple 6’0 234
7-26-247 Seattle RB Zac Brooks Clemson 6’0 199
7-27-248 Indianapolis from Green Bay C Austin Blythe Iowa 6’2 296
7-28-249 San Francisco from Kansas City CB Prince Charles Iworah Western Kentucky 5’10 192
7-29-250 New England ILB Scooby Wright III Arizona 6’0 237
7-30-251 Philadelphia from Arizona ILB Joe Walker Oregon 6’2 236
7-31-252 Carolina TE Beau Sandland Montana State 6’4 252
7-32-253 Denver CB Kalan Reed Southern Mississippi 5’11 192

 

 

CONNOR COOK FALL ENDS IN 4TH ROUND, AS EXPECTED

Some thought Michigan State QB Connor Cook would go in the top 35 picks but his fall ended when the Oakland Raiders traded up to the 100th pick to take him. He became the 82nd player in the PPI Top 100 to go in the top 100. We did not send our top 100 in to the Huddle Report but after looking at our numbers perhaps we should send it in to them next year!

 

 

FIRST EVER PLAYER FROM EUROPE DRAFTED

Moritz Boehringer, from Aalen University, was drafted 180th overall in the 6th round by the Minnesota Vikings. At the Florida Atlantic pro day he ran a 4.46 40 at 227 pounds with a 1.48 10-yard, 39 inch vertical, 10’11 broad jump, 4.09 short shuttle, 6.64 3-cone, and did 17 bench reps. Boehringer has never played college football.

 

We are pretty sure the whole pick with him and Mike Mayock was staged. We kept hearing before the draft he would be taken for sure and we have to wonder if the NFL has set this up because he has all the physical tools and could help with NFL interest over in Europe.

 

 

CLEMSON ALL-AMERICAN UNDERCLASSMEN FALLS TO LATE 7TH ROUND

Back in high school, many believed that Clemson S Jayron Kearse was NFL bound for sure when he arrived on campus and even before the draft many projected him as a 3rd-5th round pick. He lasted until pick 244 in the 7th round by the Vikings.

 

 

NFLPA BOWL CLAIMS MR. IRRELEVANT AGAIN

For the second time in three years the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl can boast Mr. Irrelevant as Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed was picked 253 overall by the Denver Broncos. Back in 2014 they had Memphis FS Lonnie Ballentine who was the 256th and last pick by the Houston Texans.

 

They also boasted 3 of the final 5 picks to give them 14 total in this draft.

 

 

38 COMBINE SNUBS DRAFTED

 

Round Pick Team Pos First Last School All-Star Game
3 64 Tennessee SS Kevin Byard Middle Tennessee State Senior
4 120 New Orleans DT Ebuka “David” Onyemata Manitoba (CAN) Shrine
4 138 Cleveland TE Seth DeValve Princeton INJ- NFLPA
5 165 Kansas City RS Tyreek Hill West Alabama
5 167 Arizona SS Marqui Christian Midwestern State NFLPA
5 169 Detroit OB Antwione Williams Georgia Southern Shrine
5 173 Cleveland DC Clarence “Trey” Caldwell Louisiana Monroe
5 175 San Diego OB Jatavis Brown Akron NFLPA
6 180 Minnesota WO Moritz Boehringer Aalen University (Schwabisch Hall) Not eligible for all-star game
6 181 Jacksonville OB Tyrone Holmes Montana Shrine
6 182 Baltimore OH Keenan Reynolds Navy Shrine
6 186 Miami RS Jakeem Grant Texas Tech College Gridiron Showcase
6 191 Detroit QB Jake Rudock Michigan Shrine
6 194 Oakland OB Cory James Colorado State Shrine
6 195 Atlanta OT Wes Schweitzer San Jose State
6 196 Philadelphia DC Blake Countess Auburn
6 198 San Diego FB Derek Watt Wisconsin Shrine
6 206 Los Angeles WO Michael “Mike” Thomas Southern Mississippi NFLPA
6 208 New England SS Kamu Grugier-Hill Eastern Illinois
6 214 New England IB Elandon Roberts Houston NFLPA
6 215 Seattle OC Joseph “Joey” Hunt TCU
6 216 Dallas OH Darius Jackson Eastern Michigan NFLPA
6 217 Dallas TE Rico Gathers Baylor Not eligible for all-star game
6 219 Denver SS William “Will” Parks Arizona NFLPA
6 221 New England OG Theodore “Ted” Karras Illinois Shrine
7 222 Tennessee OB Aaron Wallace UCLA Shrine
7 224 San Diego OG Donavon Clark Michigan State Shrine
7 225 New England WO Devin Lucien Arizona State INJ at practice-NFLPA
7 226 Jacksonville DE Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas College Gridiron Showcase
7 230 Chicago WO Daniel Braverman Western Michigan Not eligible for all-star game
7 236 Detroit OH Dwayne Washington Washington Not eligible for all-star game
7 238 Atlanta WO Devin Fuller UCLA NFLPA
7 239 Indianapolis IB Trevor Bates Maine College Gridiron Showcase
7 245 Cincinnati SS Clayton Fejedelem Illinois Shrine
7 247 Seattle OH Zac Brooks Clemson Not eligible for all-star game
7 249 San Francisco DC Prince Charles Iworah Western Kentucky NFLPA
7 251 Philadelphia IB Joseph “Joe” Walker Oregon
7 253 Tennessee DC Kalan Reed Southern Mississippi INJ at practice-NFLPA

 

Only 7 of the 38 combine snubs were overlooked by all-star games. That just goes to show how important an all-star game can be to be a prospect getting drafted when they don’t go to the NFL Combine.

 

 

TOP PLAYERS AVAILABLE

 

Here are our top 50 undrafted players.

 

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School
1 SS Jeremy Cash Duke
2 WR Keyarris Garrett Tulsa
3 CB Jonathan Jones Auburn
4 FS Tyvis Powell Ohio State
5 WR Roger Lewis Bowling Green
6 WR Robby Anderson Temple
7 TE Bryce Williams East Carolina
8 OG Landon Turner North Carolina
9 OLB Eric Striker Oklahoma
10 OG Denver Kirkland Arkansas
11 ILB Jared Norris Utah
12 OG Avery Young Auburn
13 C Jack Allen Michigan State
14 DE James Cowser Southern Utah
15 WR Dom Williams Washington State
16 DE Jason Fanaika Utah
17 K Ka’imi Fairbairn UCLA
18 DT Nile Lawrence-Stample Florida State
19 DT Justin Zimmer Ferris State
20 DE Romeo Okwara Notre Dame
21 SS Qujuan Floyd Iowa State
22 P Tom Hackett Utah
23 TE Ben Braunecker Harvard
24 OT Stephane Nembot Colorado
25 WR Mitch Mathews BYU
26 TE Devon Cajuste Stanford
27 OT Dominique Robertson West Georgia
28 DE Brennan Scarlett Stanford
29 WR Geronimo Allison Illinois
30 C Jake Brendel UCLA
31 WR Jaydon Mickens Washington
32 OT Pearce Slater San Diego State
33 CB Ken Crawley Colorado
34 QB Josh Woodrum Liberty
35 DT Antwaun Woods Southern California
36 OT Tyler Marz Wisconsin
37 C Kyle Friend Temple
38 OG Anthony Fabiano Harvard
39 FS Doug Middleton Appalachian State
40 DE Drew Ott Iowa
41 DT Luther Maddy Virginia Tech
42 OLB Terrance Smith Florida State
43 DT Darius Latham Indiana
44 OT Tyler Johnstone Oregon
45 OLB Victor Ochi Stony Brook
46 DE Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College
47 WR D.J. Foster Arizona State
48 FB Soma Vainuku Southern California
49 QB Jake Coker Alabama
50 DT Devaunte Sigler Jacksonville State

 

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Titans swap picks with Broncos, draft Kalan Reed as ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/titans-swap-picks-with-broncos-draft-kalan-reed-as-mr-irrelevant/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/titans-swap-picks-with-broncos-draft-kalan-reed-as-mr-irrelevant/#comments Sun, 01 May 2016 07:19:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164044 Tennessee Titans, after completing a trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire the 253rd overall pick on Saturday, drafted the Southern Mississippi cornerback with the draft's final selection. Reed is the 41st Mr. Irrelevant after former wide receiver Paul Salata began the tradition way back in 1976.]]> Kalan Reed

CHICAGO — His NFL future may be an uncertainty, regardless, Kalan Reed will forever be known in the football community as Mr. Irrelevant of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Tennessee Titans, after completing a trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire the 253rd overall pick on Saturday, drafted the Southern Mississippi cornerback with the draft’s final selection. Reed is the 41st Mr. Irrelevant after former wide receiver Paul Salata began the tradition way back in 1976.

To sweeten the deal, Mr. Irrelevant is treated to a week of festivities, this year being sponsored by the Foundation for the Undefeated. The celebration will commence from June 3-5, and take place in Los Angeles. Reed will have a banquet held in his honor at the Balboa Bay Resort, where he will be presented with the Lowsman Trophy, awarded annually to Mr. Irrelevant. He’ll also receive a parade on Balboa Island and a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland. He’ll also receive a financial award, though the amount has never been revealed.

He inherits the crown from Louisville tight end Gerald Christian, who was selected with the final pick of last year’s draft by the Arizona Cardinals. During the final preseason game last year against the Broncos, Christian tore the MCL in his left knee, and was placed on season-ending injured reserve the next day.

On a more serious note, Reed was a 2015 first-team All-Conference USA selection. He set career highs during his final season for the Golden Eagles, recording 56 tackles, four interceptions, two of which were returned for interceptions, and a single-season school record 19 pass break-ups. Further, the 22-year-old was ranked the No. 54 prospect on the Pro Football Focus draft board.

The Alabama native likely saw his draft stock rise after posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds and a vertical leap of 41.5 inches.

Even though he was drafted by the Titans, he still received a Broncos jersey in the end. Welcome to the NFL, Kalan.

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The NFL Draft is the ultimate reality show. No draft in recent memory could better live up to that mantra than this years offering. From elite prospects like Laremy Tunsil having his Twitter account hacked, causing him to fall to pick 13. Or players like Safety Karl Joseph of West Virginia, making a major leap to the 14th pick of the Oakland Raiders, when pre-draft reports had him going in the late first or early second round. The 2016 NFL Draft had it all. One of the most intriguing aspects was the fall of UCLA linebacker Myles Jack after concerns about his knee began to spread through draft boards of all 32 teams earlier this week.

Coming into the draft, Jack was considered a lock to go in the top five. Unfortunately things didn’t turn out that way. He had to wait until the early second round to hear his name called by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 36th pick in the draft. In Jacks’ case, the concerns were valid. There’s a very real possibility that he’ll require Microfracture surgery in a few years. As such teams shied away from him in the first round. You feel for Jack as this issue is totally out of his control, something that can’t be said for other prospects.

Ole Miss Defensive Tackle Robert Nkemdiche was one of the most polarizing prospects up for grabs this year. His immense talent is undeniable, but red flags were raised after Nkemdiche was suspended the night prior to Ole Miss’ bowl game. Nkemdiche allegedly fell out of a hotel window after drinking, and was later charged with possession of marijuana when authorities found joints in his hotel room.

Luckily for Nkemdiche, the Arizona Cardinals took the risk and selected him with the 29th pick. Cardinals Head Coach, Bruce Arians, is no stranger to taking risks on players that are flagged for character concerns but possess elite talent. Tyrann Mathieu was one of those players. In the 2013 NFL Draft, teams overlooked him for similar off the field issues with marijuana, causing him to fall to the 3rd round. Fast-forward to 2016, Mathieu is one of the key pieces to the Cardinals defense, and erased any doubt about his character.

Whether it’s Tunsil getting caught smoking marijuana through a gas mask, or elite talent like Myles Jack falling to the second round due to injury, this year’s NFL Draft has certainly been one to remember. There is no exact science to picking an NFL player, but the NFL coaches weigh on and off the field traits to help make the best possible decision, and this year they had their work cut out for them.

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Miami Dolphins Select 4 Players on Last Day of NFL Draft http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-select-4-players-last-day-nfl-draft/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-select-4-players-last-day-nfl-draft/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:14:20 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163965 The Miami Dolphins didn’t have a fourth or a fifth round pick to begin the last day of the NFL Draft, but the team had a number of selections on day three. Their first select came in the sixth round at pick 186.

Miami traded with the Minnesota Vikings to move up to pick 186 to select wide receiver Jakeem Grant from Texas Tech. Playing for the Red Raiders, Grant had two excellent seasons in Lubbock.

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In his junior season in 2014, Grant was Texas Tech leading receiver as he caught 67 passes for 938 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, Grant had an even better season as he recorded 90 catches for 1268 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In a conference call with the South Florida media on Saturday afternoon, Grant said he can play a variety of different roles for the Dolphins.

“I definitely think I can play receiver, and I definitely will be the return guy,” Grant said. “I feel like I can do the same exact role I did at Texas Tech there at Miami.”

Grant has amazing speed, which appealed to the Dolphins. He ran a 4.12 40 during his Texas Tech pro day. Dolphins not only can use Grant in the passing game, but also as a kick and punt return.

In four seasons, Grant averaged 24.9 yards per kick return with four touchdowns scored.

Anytime you pass Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree on the Texas Tech all-time, you’ve done something right. If the Dolphins do in fact use Grant at receiver, it will likely be during certain package situations because his listed weight is 168.

Former Penn State head coach Bill O’ Brien first commit, Jordan Lucas was the Dolphins second selection in the sixth round at pick 204.

Lucas began his career as a cornerback before moving to hybrid safety role as a senior. He started the first nine games of the 2015 season before suffering a right shoulder injury that prematurely ended his career at Penn State. Also because of that injury, Lucas wasn’t able to participate in the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine.

Lucas said in a conference call that the Dolphins coaches want to use him as a cornerback.

“The coaches and they want me to play corner,” Lucas said. “They want me to be a press corner, come in there (and) be physical and just be the type of player I am – physical, aggressive – and a smart football player.”

Lucas is a player that is solid against the run up in the box. He can also be used in nickel situations to rush the passer.

Lucas’ cover skills are average at best as he lacks the athleticism to stay with a lot of the receivers in the NFL. Not sure how much Lucas will help the Dolphins in 2016, but he isn’t a bad player to bring into camp.

Miami had two picks in the seventh round. With their first pick of the last round of the draft (223rd), the Dolphins took quarterback Brandon Doughty from Western Kentucky.

Doughty was a three-year starter for the Hilltoppers as he threw for 12,855, 111 touchdowns against 34 interceptions.

Doughty will be a good development quarterback in head coach Adam Gase’s system because of the high-tempo offense he ran at Western Kentucky. His arm is nothing special, but he was very accurate in college as he completed 72 percent of his passes in 2015.

A Davie, Florida native, Doughty is just happy his hometown team took a chance on him.

“My hometown team; the Miami Dolphins. Who would have thought,” Doughty said. “It ended up being a blessing for me (to be) taught to by Dan Marino and being coached by him in high school. It’s an unbelievable honor for me. I can’t be thankful (enough). I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I have in front of me.”

With Miami’s last pick, the team took tweener tight end Thomas Duarte from UCLA. In his final season with the Bruins, Duarte caught 53 passes for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Duarte is a good red zone threat (6-2), something that the Dolphins desperately need. If he is going to play tight end in the NFL, he will need to put on some weight. In the meantime, the Dolphins can use him on special teams during the preseason

Duarte says he played a lot of special teams at UCLA

“I did a lot of special teams at UCLA and that’s what I plan on doing for the Miami Dolphins, Duarte said.”

 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS DRAFT SELECTIONS

                        RD           PICK          OVR             PLAYER                             POS                 COLLEGE

1             13               13                Laremy Tunsil                     T                      Mississippi

2*            7                38                Xavien Howard                   CB                    Baylor

3             10               73                Kenyan Drake                     RB                    Alabama

3**          23               86                Leonte Carroo                    WR                   Rutgers

6***         21               186              Jakeem Grant                     WR                   Texas Tech

6****       29               204              Jordan Lucas                     DB                    Penn State

7*****      2                223              Brandon Doughty               QB                   Western Kentucky

7             10               231              Thomas Duarte                  TE                    UCLA

* acquired in a draft-day trade with the Baltimore Ravens

                        ** acquired in a draft-day trade with the Minnesota Vikings

                        *** re-acquired in a draft-day trade with the Minnesota Vikings

                        **** acquired in a draft-day trade with the New England Patriots

                        ***** acquired in a draft-day trade with the Cleveland Browns

 

TRADE DETAILS

  • Miami acquired Baltimore’s second-round pick (38th overall) in exchange for Miami’s second-round pick (42nd overall) and Miami’s fourth-round pick (107th overall).
  • Miami acquired Minnesota’s third-round pick (86th overall) in exchange for Miami’s sixth-round pick (186th overall) and a third- and fourth-round pick in 2017.
  • Miami acquired two sixth-round picks (196th and 204th overall) and a seventh-round pick (250th overall) from New England in exchange for a fifth-round pick (147th overall).
  • Miami re-acquired a sixth-round pick (186th overall) from Minnesota in exchange for a sixth-round pick (196th overall) and a seventh-round pick (227th overall).
  • Miami acquired a seventh-round pick (223rd overall) from Cleveland in exchange for CB Jamar Taylor and a seventh-round pick (250th overall)

 

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Houston Texans draft San Jose State RB Tyler Ervin http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/houston-texans-draft-san-jose-state-rb-tyler-ervin/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/houston-texans-draft-san-jose-state-rb-tyler-ervin/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:14:07 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163961 Houston Texans made San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin their fourth-round selection during the final day of Saturday's NFL Draft in the Windy City.]]> Tyler Ervin

CHICAGO — The Houston Texans made San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin their fourth-round selection during the final day of Saturday’s NFL Draft in the Windy City.

Prized for his versatility, Ervin has drawn comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles. The 22-year-old served as the Spartans captain during his senior season, and served as the perfect package of running back and receiver, and spent the majority of 2015 deceptively fooling defenders with his elusiveness.

“I think people that are able to do a couple more things than just their natural position are always going to be valuable,” said Ervin, who worked out privately for the Texans prior to the draft. “So, I’ve always prided myself on being able to do as much as I can on the field. I’m excited to contribute. Just being in the conversation with guys like that, I think we’re all playmakers.”

After Houston announced their choice with the 119th pick, Ervin described how excited he was to get back to work with the Texans. The move will also bring him closer to his brother, who lives in the Lone Star State.

“Oh man, I’m so, so excited, truly a dream come true,” he said. “I was just talking to my dad and the rest of my family and everybody is just super excited. Crazy story a lot of people don’t know, but my brother lives about 15 minutes away from [NRG] Stadium, so he and his family are out there.

“I have a few cousins and a lot of family out there, so I’m really excited to be part of the Texans organization.”

For those who doubt his 5-foot-10 frame, Ervin said it works more to his advantage. It gives him the ability to be more shifty and to find the holes fast between the tackles.

“Just allows me to be more shifty and allows me to not take as many punishing hits,” Ervin said. “So when it comes to being able to navigate yourself through the line all that kind of stuff, it’s more of a mentality.”

He joins a Houston backfield which includes Akeem Hunt, Lamar Miller, Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Kenny Hilliard. And aside from his brother, the selection will also reunite him with former Spartan teammate and offensive lineman David Quessenberry.

During his record-breaking senior season at San Jose State, Ervin rushed for 1,469 yards and 13 touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Ervin caught 73 passes for 642 yards. On a weekly basis, Ervin and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey exchanged the nation’s lead for the most all-purpose yards, Ervin ultimately finished second in the race. 

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Cardale Jones drafted by Bills in the fourth round http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/cardale-jones-drafted-bills-fourth-round/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/cardale-jones-drafted-bills-fourth-round/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:03:36 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163957 Ohio State quarterback who led the Buckeyes to a national championship title, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills Saturday afternoon with pick No. 139, the final selection of the fourth round.]]> Cardale Jones

CHICAGO — Cardale Jones, the former third-string Ohio State quarterback who led the Buckeyes to a national championship title, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills Saturday afternoon with pick No. 139, the final selection of the fourth round.

Regarded as one of the more intriguing prospects available in this year’s draft, Jones flirted with the idea of declaring himself NFL-eligible last year after his impressive title run. However, he opted to remain at Ohio State for his junior season, and won the starting job outright.

As mentioned previously, he began the championship season as Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, and was thrust into the spotlight after injuries to Braxton Miller and backup J.T. Barrett. He made his first start during the Big Ten Championship Game, and never looked back.

In that game, he led the Buckeyes to a 59-0 butchering of Wisconsin and was named the game’s MVP. Next, he helped his squad upset the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, and defeated Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Last season, he stormed out of the gate, leading the Buckeyes to a 7-0 record before ultimately being relinquished the starting job to Barrett after struggling under new quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck

At February’s NFL Scouting Combine, Jones spoke briefly on how losing the starting job effected him personally, and the goals he had for himself.

“To me, it was a disappointment for the personal goals and things I wanted to accomplish,” Jones said. “But everything that happened was for the betterment of the team. My goals that I wanted to accomplish as the quarterback of the team, they don’t outweigh the team’s success.”

Overall, he played in 23 games for the Buckeyes, and went 11-0 as a starting quarterback. Jones finished the 2015 season 110 of 176 (62.5 percent) for 1,460 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. For his career, Jones was 167 of 270 (61.9 percent) for 2,323 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Regardless of the stats, the traits Bills fans are likely to appreciate most are Jones’ physicality — he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 253, and can throw the football 74 yards. Have a look.

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Oakland Raiders select QB Connor Cook http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/grading-the-bills-draft-through-round-3/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/grading-the-bills-draft-through-round-3/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:58:54 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163952 Michigan State faced a two-day freefall, as kickers and running backs alike were being drafted as he sat waiting to hear his name called. With the 100th pick, the Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie selected the 23-year-old.]]> Connor Cook

CHICAGO — Connor Cook’s long wait finally ended during the fourth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft.

The quarterback from Michigan State faced a two-day freefall, as kickers and running backs alike were being drafted as he sat waiting to hear his name called. With the 100th pick, the Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie selected the 23-year-old.

His selection makes Cook the third Michigan State quarterback taken in this draft, offensive tackle Jack Conklin went No. 8 overall to the Titans and defensive end Shalique Calhoun went No. 75 overall, also to the Raiders.

Despite being seemingly set at the quarterback position with Derek Carr, the Raiders traded up with the Browns in order to grab Cook.

Cook won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award last season and was also named the 2015 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year. Additionally, he was selected for All-Big Ten honors.

The 6-foot-4 Cook finished his three-year career with the Spartans as the school’s winningest quarterback with a 35-4 record and 21-2 in regular season conference games. During his tenure, Cook captured two Big Ten championships as well as victories at the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl. During that same time, he also broke the school records for passing yards (9,194), touchdown passes (71) and total offense (9,403 yards).

However, even with the accolades, Cook remained one of the most polarizing players available in the draft. Through three rounds and 98 picks, he remained the top prospect available on the draft board. During his senior season, Cook was not selected to be Michigan State’s team captain, and leadership questions likely plagued his stock in the days leading up to, and throughout, the draft.

“I don’t know where (the concern) comes from, if there’s more evidence when you start for three years and they try to knock things down on ability and negative plays and all of a sudden personality,” Michigan State quarterbacks coach Salem said before the draft. “They’re making him out to be a criminal. He’s one of the more tender-hearted people you’ll meet. He cares about his teammates. He’s a guy that guys would rally around.”

In Oakland, Cook will join a team with an already settled passer, and will likely compete with Matt McGloin to be Carr’s backup.

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Xavien Howard and Kenyan Drake Highlight the Dolphins on Day 2 Selections http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/xavien-howard-kenyan-drake-highlight-dolphins-day-2-selections/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/xavien-howard-kenyan-drake-highlight-dolphins-day-2-selections/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:54:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163892 After making a big splash with their first round pick on the first day of the draft, the Miami Dolphins were back at it on Friday as they had a pick in both the second and third round.

With the Dolphins second round pick, the team traded up from 42 overall to 38 to choose Xavien Howard, cornerback from Baylor.

Howard left Baylor early as a junior and decided to take his talents to the NFL after earning first team All-Big 12 honors. The 6-0, 201 pounder recorded 42 tackles, five interceptions and 10 pass breakups last season for the Bears. USATSI_8188661_164063748_lowres

Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph loves corners that are at least six feet tall in his scheme and the team believes Howard is a good fit.

“This is a prototype player,” Grier said. “We spent a lot of time with him (Howard). It’s a premium need for us.”

After the Dolphins released Brent Grimes, the secondary became a huge need for the team. Sure, the team traded for Byron Maxwell, but there are still questions marks at corner with Jamar Taylor and Bobby McCain still on the roster.

CBSSports.com compared Howard skillset to Maxwell on their draft prospect board.

“If protected over the top with a rangy free safety, Howard has the size, physicality and ball skills to continue his big-play ways in the NFL,” the website said. 

On a conference call, Howard compared his game to Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson.

With the Dolphins first third round pick, the team took Alabama running back Kenyan Drake.

Despite the number of injuries Drake suffered while he was at Alabama, he was ranked as a top five running back on a lot of draft experts big board.

Drake is a versatile running back that’s not only is he a good runner out of the backfield; he is also an excellent route-runner out of the backfield. He can also return kicks and punts on special teams, an area the Dolphins could use a lot of help. His best season was in 2013 when he rushed for 694 yards and scored eight rushing touchdowns.

“He has a unique skill set,” Grier said. “He has an explosive element that we lost with Lamar. He’s a good receiver out of the backfield.”

With Lamar Miller leaving for the Houston Texans in free agency, running back was a huge need for the Dolphins. Jay Ayaji is considered the team’s number one running back but there are questions about his durability. With Drake in the Dolphins rotation, the team can have a bit of a committee running the football.

Miami also traded back into the third round to select receiver Leonte Carroo from Rutgers. Grier said the Dolphins gave up future picks in order to trade back into the third round.

Carroo is a solid route runner who knows how to break away from defenders. He is also a player that can be used on special teams.

“I catch the ball very well,” Carroo said. “I’m a very confident receiver that’s very physical. I rely on my speed a lot and I go up and make plays. I had 29 career touchdowns and I only had three career drops in my whole entire career. I take a lot of pride in the way I catch and also the way I block as a receiver.”

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Ohio State Sets Modern Era Record on Day 2 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/ohio-state-sets-modern-era-record-day-2/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/ohio-state-sets-modern-era-record-day-2/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:54:08 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=163926 OHIO STATE SETS NEW MODERN ERA RECORD ON DAY 2

 

Before we talk about what Ohio State just did, here are the full results of the second and third rounds!

 

ROUND TWO
2- 1-32 Cleveland DE Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State 6’4 277
2- 2-33 Tennessee OLB/DE Kevin Dodd Clemson 6’5 271
2- 3-34 Dallas OLB Jaylon Smith Notre Dame 6’2 235
2- 4-35 San Diego TE Hunter Henry Arkansas 6’5 251
2- 5-36 Jacksonville from Baltimore OLB Myles Jack UCLA 6’1 243
2- 6-37 Kansas City from San Francisco DT Chris Jones Mississippi State 6’6 311
2- 7-38 Miami from Jacksonville through Baltimore CB Xavien Howard Baylor 6’0 205
2- 8-39 Tampa Bay OLB Noah Spence Eastern Kentucky 6’2 248
2- 9-40 New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard Oklahoma 5’10 193
2-10-41 Buffalo from Chicago ILB Reggie Ragland Alabama 6’1 248
2-11-42 Baltimore from Miami OLB Kamalei Correa Boise State 6’3 242
2-12-43 Tennessee from Philadelphia through Los Angeles DT Austin Johnson Penn State 6’4 310
2-13-44 Oakland DE Jihad Ward Illinois 6’5 298
2-14-45 Tennessee from Los Angeles RB Derrick Henry Alabama 6’3 244
2-15-46 Detroit DT A’Shawn Robinson Alabama 6’4 312
2-16-47 New Orleans WR Michael Thomas Ohio State 6’3 212
2-17-48 Green Bay from Indianapolis OT Jason Spriggs Indiana 6’6 299
2-18-49 Seattle from Chicago through Buffalo DT Jarran Reed Alabama 6’4 310
2-19-50 Houston from Atlanta C Nick Martin Notre Dame 6’4 298
2-20-51 New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg Penn State 6’4 222
2-21-52 Atlanta from Houston OLB Deion Jones LSU 6’1 221
2-22-53 Washington OLB Sua Cravens Southern California 6’1 220
2-23-54 Minnesota CB Mackensie Alexander Clemson 5’10 189
2-24-55 Cincinnati WR Tyler Boyd Pittsburgh 6’2 196
2-25-56 Chicago from Seattle OG Cody Whitehair Kansas State 6’4 306
2-26-57 Indianapolis from Green Bay FS T.J. Green Clemson 6’3 215
2-27-58 Pittsburgh CB Sean Davis Maryland 6’1 202
2-28-59 Tampa Bay from Kansas City K Roberto Aguayo Florida State 6’0 208
2-29-60 New England CB Cyrus Jones Alabama 5’10 199
2-30-61 New Orleans from Patriots through Arizona SS Vonn Bell Ohio State 5’11 203
2-31-62 Carolina CB James Bradberry Samford 6’1 207
2-32-63 Denver DT Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech 6’5 296

 

ROUND THREE
3- 1-64 Tennessee SS Kevin Byard Middle Tennessee State 5’11 212
3- 2-65 Cleveland DE Carl Nassib Penn State 6’7 279
3- 3-66 San Diego C Max Tuerk Southern California 6’5 296
3- 4-67 Dallas DT Maliek Collins Nebraska 6’2 308
3- 5-68 San Francisco CB Will Redmond Mississippi State 5’11 188
3- 6-69 Jacksonville DE Yannick Ngakoue Maryland 6’2 247
3- 7-70 Baltimore DE Bronson Kaufusi BYU 6’7 284
3- 8-71 New York Giants FS Darian Thompson Boise State 6’2 213
3- 9-72 Chicago DE Jonathan Bullard Florida 6’3 284
3-10-73 Miami RB Kenyan Drake Alabama 6’1 209
3-11-74 Kansas City from Tampa Bay CB KeiVarae Russell Notre Dame 5’11 194
3-12-75 Oakland DE Shilique Calhoun Michigan State 6’4 250
3-13-76 Cleveland from Tennessee through Los Angeles OT Shon Coleman Auburn 6’5 305
3-14-77 Carolina from Cleveland through Philadelphia and Detroit CB Daryl Worley West Virginia 6’1 200
3-15-78 New England from New Orleans OG Joe Thuney North Carolina State 6’5 306
3-16-79 Philadelphia OG Isaac Seumalo Oregon State 6’4 298
3-17-80 Buffalo DT Adolphus Washington Ohio State 6’3 298
3-18-81 Atlanta TE Austin Hooper Stanford 6’4 253
3-19-82 Indianapolis OT Le’Raven Clark Texas Tech 6’5 310
3-20-83 New York Jets OLB Jordan Jenkins Georgia 6’3 257
3-21-84 Washington CB Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech 5’11 188
3-22-85 Houston WR Braxton Miller Ohio State 6’1 203
3-23-86 Miami from Minnesota WR Leonte Carroo Rutgers 6’0 211
3-24-87 Cincinnati ILB Nick Vigil Utah State 6’2 239
3-25-88 Green Bay OLB Kyler Fackrell Utah State 6’5 245
3-26-89 Pittsburgh DT Javon Hargrave South Carolina State 6’1 301
3-27-90 Seattle RB C.J. Prosise Notre Dame 6’0 219
3-29-91 New England QB Jacoby Brissett North Carolina State 6’4 230
3-30-92 Arizona CB Brandon Williams Texas A&M 5113 198
3-31-93 Cleveland from Carolina QB Cody Kessler Southern California 6’1 220
3-32-94 Seattle from Denver TE Nick Vannett Ohio State 6’6 255
3-33-95 Detroit (Compensatory Selection) C Graham Glasgow Michigan 6’6 307
3-34-96 New England (Compensatory Selection) DT Vincent Valentine Nebraska 6’4 323
3-35-97 Seattle (Compensatory Selection) OG Rees Odhiambo Boise State 6’4 315
3-36-98 Denver (Compensatory Selection) FS Justin Simmons Boston College 6’2 202

 

 

OHIO STATE SETS NEW MODERN ERA RECORD WITH 10 TOP 3 ROUND PICKS

 

1- 3- 3 San Diego DE Joey Bosa Ohio State 6’5 274
1- 4- 4 Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State 6’0 228
1-10-10 New York Giants CB Eli Apple Ohio State 6’1 204
1-16-16 Detroit OT Taylor Decker Ohio State 6’7 311
1-20-20 New York Jets OLB Darron Lee Ohio State 6’1 236
2-16-47 New Orleans WR Michael Thomas Ohio State 6’3 212
2-30-61 New Orleans from Patriots through Arizona SS Vonn Bell Ohio State 5’11 203
3-17-80 Buffalo DT Adolphus Washington Ohio State 6’3 298
3-22-85 Houston WR Braxton Miller Ohio State 6’1 203
3-32-94 Seattle from Denver TE Nick Vannett Ohio State 6’6 255

 

 

Alabama finished second today with 7 players selected so far and Notre Dame now has 6 so far.

 

ALABAMA HAS 4 PLAYERS TAKEN WITHIN A 9 PICK RUN

In the middle of a 9 pick run in the 2nd round we saw the Crimson Tide have 4 players drafted. It started when the Bills took ILB Reggie Ragland at 41, the Titans took RB Derrick Henry 45th, then Detroit took DT A’Shawn Robinson 46th, and Seattle picked DT Jarran Reed 49th overall.

 

 

FIRST SPECIALIST COMES OFF THE BOARD

Many people, including NFL Network’s Mike Mayock don’t give kickers and punters much attention but they had to on Friday night with Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo with the 59th overall pick in the 2nd round to the Tampa Bay Bucs.

 

 

ONE COMBINE SNUB TAKEN IN ROUND 3

We projected that either Akron linebacker Jatavis Brown or Middle Tennessee State safety Kevin Byard would go in the 3rd round and Byard came off the board making him the first and only combine snub drafted.

 

Byard was a surprise combine snub from the start at 5’11, 212 pounds with 4.4 speed. He had a 38-inch vertical and 4.15 short shuttle at his pro day. Byard was a 2014 and 2015 1st-team All-Conference USA selection who had 10 interceptions over the last two years. One little known fact is that he was first-team All-Sun Belt back in 2012 when MTSU played in the Sun Belt. He also participated in the 2016 Senior Bowl.

 

 

EXPECT A RUN ON SMALL SCHOOL DBS ON DAY 3

With only Samford CB James Bradberry coming off the board during day 2 with the Panthers selecting him 62nd overall in the second round we expect at least 2-3 small school defensive backs to come off the board in the 4th round now with Southern Utah S Miles Killebrew, North Carolina Central CB Ryan Smith, UNI S/CB Deiondre Hall, and possibly William & Mary CB/S DeAndre Houston-Carson coming off the board.

 

 

BEST VALUE

We had Stanford tight end Austin Hooper as a late 2nd round value and he was taken by the Falcons in the middle of the 3rd round.

 

 

BIGGEST REACH

The Patriots took Nebraska DT Vincent Valentine with the 96th overall pick despite him being rated outside of our top 290. His inconsistent play is why we had him so low but the Patriots feel they can coach him up. Keep an eye on this pick and see who ends up being right. The Patriots have the Super Bowl rings so maybe they see something we don’t but we believe they could have taken him much later than they did.

 

 

3 ROUND CONFERENCE DRAFT TRACKER

Big Ten- 23

SEC- 22

Atlantic Coast Conference- 14

Pac 12- 10

Big 12- 9

Independents- 7

Mountain West Conference- 5

American Athletic Conference- 2

Conference USA- 2

MEAC- 1

Missouri Valley Conference- 1

Ohio Valley- 1

Southern Conference- 1

 

 

LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS LEAVE MICHIGAN STATE QB ON THE BOARD

We weren’t sure if the leadership questions of Connor Cook would hurt him too much because he is a top 50 talent but they have hurt him and leave him wondering where he will land heading into day 3. We fully expect him to go in the 4th round and end the fall.

 

TOP PLAYERS AVAILABLE

 

Here are our top 25 players available.

 

Rank Position First Last School HT WT Projection
1 QB Connor Cook Michigan State 6’4 215 4th
2 DT Andrew Billings Baylor 6’1 311 4th
3 OLB Joshua Perry Ohio State 6’4 255 4th
4 RB Kenneth Dixon Louisiana Tech 5’10 222 4th
5 RB Devontae Butler-Booker Utah 5’11 219 4th
6 OG Christian Westerman Arizona State 6’3 296 4th
7 RB Jordan Howard Indiana 6’0 223 4th
8 WR Rashard Higgins Colorado State 6’1 195 4th
9 OG Joe Dahl Washington State 6’4 302 4th
10 DT Hassan Ridgeway Texas 6’3 308 4th
11 CB Ryan Smith North Carolina Central 5’11 187 4th
12 DT Sheldon Day Notre Dame 6’1 296 4th
13 ILB Kentrell Brothers Missouri 6’0 244 4th
14 OT Jerald Hawkins LSU 6’6 305 4th
15 WR Jordan Payton UCLA 6’1 208 4th
16 SS Miles Killebrew Southern Utah 6’2 218 4th
17 DE Charles Tapper Oklahoma 6’3 275 4th
18 SS Jeremy Cash Duke 6’0 205 4th
19 OT Caleb Benenoch UCLA 6’5 307 4th
20 ILB Joe Schobert Wisconsin 6’1 244 4th
21 FS DeAndre Houston-Carson William & Mary 6’1 195 4th
22 DE Ronald Blair Appalachian State 6’2 276 4th-5th
23 OT Alex Lewis Nebraska 6’6 308 4th-5th
24 WR Kenny Lawler California 6’3 202 4th-5th
25 TE Jerell Adams South Carolina 6’5 252 4th-5th

 

 

 

 

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