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 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:54:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Michael Rector: Prepping for Future http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/michael-rector-prepping-future/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/michael-rector-prepping-future/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:44 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169332 The 2017 NFL Draft takes place April 27 in Philadelphia and one of those players hoping to get his name called is Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector, who was a human biology major. Rector showed his abilities to NFL personnel at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, you can see where he ranked out of 58 players at his position in the different combine drills from his tweet below.

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But before any of that happened, Pro Player Insiders caught up with Rector  during after practice as he was preparing to play in the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl game.

On adjustments he made transitioning from Kevan Hogan, who now plays for the Cleveland Browns, to Ryan Burns:

Transition had its ups and downs. We both had a lot of work to do, from getting our timing down and a feel for each other. It was difficult at first before but We made it work.

It taught me how to be relentless. Not everything is going to be positive and go your way in football and in life. You just have to work on what you can control.

If he had any regrets about returning for his senior year:

The numbers were down a bit but it comes with the territory. I was able to build a relationship with the younger players.

What he gained from returning:

I learned a new-found work ethic. I was always a hard worker but I came into my 5th year to real make myself the most polished player I can be.

Improving skills to play in NFL:

I’m working on getting into and out of routes. I’m a fast receiver. I think being able to snap routes on and off will be beneficial.

Relationship with former Stanford teammate Remound Wright:

I’m a little more reserved. I spoke to him this week and he told me just to have fun.

Plan B:

If the NFL doesn’t work out for me, I’m going to take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and apply to medical school and study to become a cardiovascular surgeon.

Life lessons learned from college:

At Stanford, they teach you how to be a great person beyond football; just be a man and take care of your family.

Lasting Impression to leave on this world:

I just wanna be known as a kind-hearted human being.

To get an idea of where his NFL future might be, read this.

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Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota likely over http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/adrian-peterson-era-minnesota-likely/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/adrian-peterson-era-minnesota-likely/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:38:07 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169325 The uncertainty surrounding the Minnesota Vikings running back situation looks to have finally been resolved after yesterday’s signing of former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray.  In all likelihood this marks the end of the road for Adrian Peterson’s time in Minnesota after spending ten seasons wearing the purple and gold.

Prior to the signing of Murray yesterday, the Vikings made another move in free agency involving an NFC North rival that raised some eyebrows around the league.  Here’s an update on how the Vikings have fared thus far in free agency.

Departures:
WR-Charles Johnson to the Carolina Panthers: One-year deal worth $2.2 million

CB-Captain Munnerlyn to the Carolina Panthers: Four-year deal worth $21 million

LT-Matt Kalil to the Carolina Panthers: Five-year deal worth $55.5 million with $25 million guaranteed.

TE-Rhett Ellison to the New York Giants: Four-year deal worth $18 million

P-Jeff Locke to the Indianapolis Colts: Two-year deal for undisclosed amount

WR-Cordarrelle Patterson to the Oakland Raiders: Two-year deal for undisclosed amount

LB-Audie Cole to the Jacksonville Jaguars: Undisclosed terms

 

New Arrivals:
LT-Riley Reiff from the Detroit Lions: Five-year deal for $58.75 million with $26.3 million guaranteed

RT-Mike Remmers from the Carolina Panthers: Five-year deal worth $30 million with $10.5 million guaranteed

DE-Datone Jones from the Green Bay Packers: One-year deal worth $3.75 million

RB-Latavius Murray from the Oakland Raiders: Three-year deal worth $15 million (With incentives)

 

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ESPN Todd McShay sees Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker as a second round option for Carolina Panthers http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/espn-todd-mcshay-sees-florida-states-demarcus-walker-second-round-option-carolina-panthers/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/espn-todd-mcshay-sees-florida-states-demarcus-walker-second-round-option-carolina-panthers/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:41:50 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169320 (Photo credited to Seminoles.com)

On Wednesday, ESPN draft expert, Todd McShay released his latest first round mock draft. McShay had the Carolina Panthers selecting powerful LSU running back Leonard Fournette at number eighth overall.

Carolina has two second round picks because of their trade with the New England Patriots last week and McShay thinks Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker could be on the Panthers radar.

“I really like his tape,” McShay said on a conference call with media members on Wednesday. “He got some stiffness. He’s not polished and the most ideal in terms of size, but his hands and his motor and understand of opponent’s tendency…..He just understands how to be a pass rusher. Some guys get it, and some guys don’t, and he has taught himself.”

In his senior season at Florida State, Walker finished the year with 68 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, three forced fumbles two fumble recoveries and a block extra point at Miami that won the game 20-19 for the Seminoles last October. For his efforts, Walker was named 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American.

Despite his stellar career where Walker logged 26.5 sacks in his last two seasons, they’re still a lot of questions about how efficient he can be at the NFL level. Many scouts have questioned Walker’s upper-body strength and his ability to stop the run. This is what Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had to say about Walker in his prospect review.

“Walker’s sack totals are impressive, but he’s not the type of “early win” sack artist that generally post those types of numbers,” Zierlein said. “He’s a base end with power to hold up at the point, but better suited to reduce inside as interior rusher on passing downs. Walker lacks the desired size and physical traits teams look for off the edge; a move to three-technique isn’t out of the question.”

During the NFL combine. Walker measured in at 6-3 5/8 and 280 pounds with 10 ½ hands, 33 arm length and a 79 5/8 wingspan. While some scouts see Walker as a 3-4 outside linebacker, some have said he is a situational pass rusher. Wherever he lands, McShay believes he will play in the league for a long time.

“I quizzed him about the tendency of the Michigan offensive linemen the day before or two days before when we met with him (at the Orange Bowl) and he knew little nuance things that most defensive linemen that I’ve talked to don’t talk about,” McShay said. “He doesn’t have ideal measurable and all that stuff, but I think he will wind up having a good career.”

Defensive tackle is also an area of need for the Panthers and McShay mentions Jaleel Johnson (Iowa), Carlos Watkins (Clemson) and Montravius Adams (Auburn) as options if the Panthers decide to address that with one of their two second-round picks (number 40 and 64). McShay also had some other options for the Panthers at defensive end.

“Jordan Wills, Kansas State was good on tape, great at the Senior Bowl, great at his combine workout,” McShay said. “I thought his workout numbers was better than the athlete I saw on tape, but there’s a lot to work with. Dawuane Smoot from Illinois, inconsistent his last year but has some ability. Tarell Basham from Ohio is a really underrated prospect that could wind up being a steal.”

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2017 NFL DRAFT TOP 500 http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/2017-nfl-draft-top-500/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/2017-nfl-draft-top-500/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:52:52 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169318 2017 NFL DRAFT TOP 500

 

We update our top 500 prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft with our first edition since pro days began. Several more adjustments will be made over the next couple months but the top of the board won’t see much change. Keep an eye on 150-500 range as heavy changes will be coming there as we get pro day results.

 

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett continues to lead the rankings as our top prospect.

 

The 500th spot on our board goes to Kansas fullback Michael Zunica.

 

Below is our complete board.

 

2017 NFL DRAFT TOP 500

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School HT WT Projection
1 DE Myles Garrett Texas A&M 6’5 272 1st
2 SS Jamal Adams LSU 6’0 214 1st
3 DT Jonathan Allen Alabama 6’3 286 1st
4 DE Solomon Thomas Stanford 6’3 273 1st
5 RB Leonard Fournette LSU 6’1 240 1st
6 SS Jabrill Peppers Michigan 5’11 213 1st
7 OLB Tim Williams Alabama 6’3 244 1st
8 FS Malik Hooker Ohio State 6’1 206 1st
9 DT Malik McDowell Michigan State 6’6 295 1st
10 WR Mike Williams Clemson 6’4 218 1st
11 CB Marshon Lattimore Ohio State 6’0 193 1st
12 DE Derek Barnett Tennessee 6’3 259 1st
13 WR John Ross Washington 5’11 188 1st
14 CB Tre’Davious White LSU 5’11 192 1st
15 OLB Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt 6’4 234 1st
16 OT Cam Robinson Alabama 6’6 322 1st
17 CB Sidney Jones Washington 6’0 186 1st
18 QB Deshaun Watson Clemson 6’3 221 1st
19 WR Curtis Samuel Ohio State 5’11 196 1st
20 TE OJ Howard Alabama 6’6 251 1st
21 QB Mitchell Trubisky North Carolina 6’2 222 1st
22 OT Garett Bolles Utah 6’5 297 1st
23 OT Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin 6’6 310 1st
24 ILB Reuben Foster Alabama 6’0 233 1st-2nd
25 CB Marlon Humphrey Alabama 6’0 197 1st-2nd
26 DE Taco Charlton Michigan 6’6 277 1st-2nd
27 CB Adoree’ Jackson Southern California 5’10 186 1st-2nd
28 WR Corey Davis Western Michigan 6’3 212 1st-2nd
29 OLB Haason Reddick Temple 6’2 237 1st-2nd
30 RB Dalvin Cook Florida State 5’10 210 1st-2nd
31 DE Charles Harris Missouri 6’3 253 1st-2nd
32 RB Christian McCaffrey Stanford 5’11 202 1st-2nd
33 DE Carl Lawson Auburn 6’2 261 1st-2nd
34 SS Obi Melifonwu Connecticut 6’4 224 1st-2nd
35 TE David Njoku Miami 6’4 246 2nd
36 C Pat Elflein Ohio State 6’3 303 2nd
37 QB DeShone Kizer Notre Dame 6’4 233 2nd
38 OLB Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6’2 250 2nd
39 ILB Jarrad Davis Florida 6’1 236 2nd
40 CB Teez Tabor Florida 6’1 201 2nd
41 WR Dede Westbrook Oklahoma 6’0 178 2nd
42 ILB Raekwon McMillan Ohio State 6’2 240 2nd
43 CB Cameron Sutton Tennessee 5’11 182 2nd
44 TE Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech 6’6 257 2nd
45 OT Roderick Johnson Florida State 6’7 298 2nd
46 QB Patrick Mahomes II Texas Tech 6’2 225 2nd
47 WR Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington 6’2 204 2nd
48 CB Gareon Conley Ohio State 6’0 195 2nd
49 TE Evan Engram Mississippi 6’3 234 2nd
50 CB Desmond King II Iowa 5’10 206 2nd
51 DE DeMarcus Walker Florida State 6’2 280 2nd
52 OLB T.J. Watt Wisconsin 6’5 252 2nd
53 FS Budda Baker Washington 5’10 195 2nd
54 DE Jordan Willis Kansas State 6’4 255 2nd
55 WR Zay Jones East Carolina 6’2 201 2nd-3rd
56 DT Vincent Taylor Oklahoma State 6’3 304 2nd-3rd
57 CB Kevin King Washington 6’3 200 2nd-3rd
58 OG Dan Feeney Indiana 6’4 305 2nd-3rd
59 FS Marcus Williams Utah 6’1 202 2nd-3rd
60 DT Caleb Brantley Florida 6’3 307 2nd-3rd
61 OG Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky 6’4 309 2nd-3rd
62 CB Jourdan Lewis Michigan 5’10 188 2nd-3rd
63 WR ArDarius Stewart Alabama 5’11 204 2nd-3rd
64 DT Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6’3 305 2nd-3rd
65 DE Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic 6’4 266 2nd-3rd
66 WR Chris Godwin Penn State 6’1 209 2nd-3rd
67 CB Fabian Moreau UCLA 6’1 206 2nd-3rd
68 CB Chidobe Awuzie Colorado 6’0 202 3rd
69 OT Taylor Moton Western Michigan 6’5 319 3rd
70 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Southern California 6’1 215 3rd
71 CB Quincy Wilson Florida 6’2 211 3rd
72 DT Carlos Watkins Clemson 6’3 309 3rd
73 SS Eddie Jackson Alabama 6’1 195 3rd
74 DT Davon Godchaux LSU 6’3 310 3rd
75 TE Adam Shaheen Ashland 6’7 278 3rd
76 DT Chris Wormley Michigan 6’6 298 3rd
77 RB Wayne Gallman Clemson 6’1 215 3rd
78 CB Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 6’1 199 3rd
79 TE Gerald Everett South Alabama 6’3 239 3rd
80 RB Marlon Mack South Florida 5’11 213 3rd
81 TE Jake Butt Michigan 6’5 246 3rd
82 DT Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama 6’3 310 3rd
83 WR Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech 6’1 194 3rd
84 DT Elijah Qualls Washington 6’1 313 3rd
85 DE Tarell Basham Ohio 6’4 269 3rd
86 OG Dion Dawkins Temple 6’4 314 3rd
87 DT Montravius Adams Auburn 6’4 304 3rd
88 RB D’Onta Foreman Texas 6’0 233 3rd
89 C Ethan Pocic LSU 6’6 310 3rd
90 DT Jaleel Johnson Iowa 6’3 309 3rd
91 OG Danny Isidora Miami 6’3 306 3rd
92 WR Amara Darboh Michigan 6’2 214 3rd
93 DE D.J. Smoot Illinois 6’3 264 3rd-4th
94 ILB Kendell Beckwith LSU 6’3 255 3rd-4th
95 QB Davis Webb California 6’5 229 3rd-4th
96 SS Josh Jones North Carolina State 6’1 220 3rd-4th
97 OT Antonio Garcia Troy 6’6 302 3rd-4th
98 WR Noah Brown Ohio State 6’2 218 3rd-4th
99 OLB Ryan Anderson Alabama 6’2 253 3rd-4th
100 RB Samaje Perine Oklahoma 5’11 233 3rd-4th
101 WR Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky 5’11 198 3rd-4th
102 FS Justin Evans Texas A&M 6’0 193 3rd-4th
103 WR Malachi Dupre LSU 6’3 196 3rd-4th
104 TE Jordan Leggett Clemson 6’5 264 4th
105 QB Brad Kaaya Miami 6’4 214 4th
106 CB Rasul Douglas West Virginia 6’2 209 4th
107 WR Ryan Switzer North Carolina 5’9 179 4th
108 DE Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova 6’7 289 4th
109 OG Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh 6’5 300 4th
110 DE Carroll Phillips Illinois 6’3 242 4th
111 RB Alvin Kamara Tennessee 5’10 214 4th
112 OG Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State 6’4 318 4th
113 ILB Anthony Walker Northwestern 6’1 238 4th
114 WR Chad Hansen California 6’2 202 4th
115 DE Derek Rivers Youngstown State 6’4 248 4th
116 RB Kareem Hunt Toledo 5’11 216 4th
117 CB Jalen Myrick Minnesota 5’10 200 4th
118 WR KD Cannon Baylor 5’11 182 4th
119 CB Howard Wilson Houston 6’1 184 4th
120 OLB Tyus Bowser Houston 6’3 247 4th
121 WR Carlos Henderson Louisiana Tech 5’11 199 4th
122 RB Matt Dayes North Carolina State 5’9 205 4th
123 OLB Devonte Fields Louisville 6’3 242 4th-5th
124 FS Marcus Maye Florida 6’0 210 4th-5th
125 C Tyler Orlosky West Virginia 6’3 298 4th-5th
126 RB Jeremy McNichols Boise State 5’9 214 4th-5th
127 DT Nazair Jones North Carolina 6’5 304 4th-5th
128 TE George Kittle Iowa 6’4 247 4th-5th
129 RB Jamaal Williams BYU 6’0 212 4th-5th
130 DT Ryan Glasgow Michigan 6’3 302 4th-5th
131 RB James Conner Pittsburgh 6’2 233 4th-5th
132 CB Ahkello Witherspoon Colorado 6’3 198 4th-5th
133 SS Jadar Johnson Clemson 6’0 206 4th-5th
134 QB Nate Peterman Pittsburgh 6’3 226 4th-5th
135 TE Jonnu Smith Florida International 6’3 245 5th
136 DT Eddie Vanderdoes UCLA 6’3 305 5th
137 RB Joe Mixon Oklahoma 6’1 226 5th
138 WR Amba Etta-Tawo Syracuse 6’1 208 5th
139 OG Nico Siragusa San Diego State 6’4 319 5th
140 OLB Duke Riley LSU 6’1 232 5th
141 WR Shelton Gibson West Virginia 5’11 191 5th
142 WR Kenny Golladay Northern Illinois 6’4 210 5th
143 OLB Vince Biegel Wisconsin 6’3 246 5th
144 OG Isaac Asiata Utah 6’3 323 5th
145 CB Marquez White Florida State 6’0 194 5th
146 DE Daeshon Hall Texas A&M 6’5 266 5th
147 DT Jarron Jones Notre Dame 6’6 316 5th
148 OG David Sharpe Florida 6’6 343 5th
149 SS Rayshawn Jenkins Miami 6’1 214 5th
150 SS Josh Harvey-Clemons Louisville 6’4 228 5th
151 OG Ben Braden Michigan 6’7 329 5th
152 RB Brian Hill Wyoming 6’1 219 5th
153 CB Damontae Kazee San Diego State 5’10 184 5th
154 OT Dan Skipper Arkansas 6’10 309 5th
155 TE Jeremy Sprinkle Arkansas 6’5 252 5th
156 K Zane Gonzalez Arizona State 6’0 202 5th-6th
157 OG Zach Banner Southern California 6’8 353 5th-6th
158 RB Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State 5’8 176 5th-6th
159 OT Julie’n Davenport Bucknell 6’7 318 5th-6th
160 C Kyle Fuller Baylor 6’5 307 5th-6th
161 OG Jordan Morgan Kutztown 6’3 309 5th-6th
162 OT Sam Tevi Utah 6’5 311 5th-6th
163 DE Isaac Rochell Notre Dame 6’4 280 5th-6th
164 OLB Alex Anzalone Florida 6’3 241 5th-6th
165 WR Josh Malone Tennessee 6’3 208 5th-6th
166 TE Michael Roberts Toledo 6’4 270 5th-6th
167 ILB Connor Harris Lindenwood (MO) 5’11 242 5th-6th
168 RB Corey Clement Wisconsin 5’10 220 6th
169 OLB Jayon Brown UCLA 6’0 231 6th
170 OT Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh 6’6 304 6th
171 FS Nate Gerry Nebraska 6’2 214 6th
172 C Jon Toth Kentucky 6’5 307 6th
173 TE Cethan Carter Nebraska 6’3 241 6th
174 TE Cole Hikutini Louisville 6’4 245 6th
175 RB Elijah McGuire Louisiana Lafayette 5’10 214 6th
176 CB Brendan Langley Lamar 6’0 201 6th
177 RB Aaron Jones UTEP 5’10 208 6th
178 QB Jerod Evans Virginia Tech 6’3 232 6th
179 OG Avery Gennesy Texas A&M 6’4 318 6th
180 TE Billy Brown Shepherd 6’4 255 6th
181 WR Josh Reynolds Texas A&M 6’3 194 6th
182 RB Elijah Hood North Carolina 6’0 232 6th
183 OT Aviante Collins TCU 6’4 295 6th
184 WR Travis Rudolph Florida State 6’0 189 6th
185 FS Xavier Woods Louisiana Tech 5’11 203 6th
186 TE Eric Saubert Drake 6’5 247 6th
187 QB Chad Kelly Mississippi 6’2 213 6th
188 SS Lorenzo Jerome Saint Francis (PA) 5’11 204 6th
189 DE Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia 6’1 268 6th-7th
190 WR Fred Ross Mississippi State 6’1 213 6th-7th
191 WR Artavis Scott Clemson 5’10 193 6th-7th
192 OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee 6’0 230 6th-7th
193 DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu Southern California 6’1 331 6th-7th
194 WR Robert Davis Georgia State 6’3 219 6th-7th
195 CB Ezra Robinson Tennessee State 5’11 189 6th-7th
196 P Toby Baker Arkansas 6’3 210 6th-7th
197 WR Trent Taylor Louisiana Tech 5’8 181 6th-7th
198 RB T.J. Logan North Carolina 5’9 196 6th-7th
199 DT Tanzel Smart Tulane 6’1 296 6th-7th
200 OT Chad Wheeler Southern California 6’7 306 6th-7th
201 QB Joshua Dobbs Tennessee 6’3 216 6th-7th
202 SS Tedric Thompson Colorado 6’0 204 6th-7th
203 DT Grover Stewart Albany State (GA) 6’4 347 6th-7th
204 DE Hunter Dimick Utah 6’3 274 6th-7th
205 WR Stacy Coley Miami 6’0 195 6th-7th
206 RB Tarik Cohen North Carolina A&T 5’7 179 6th-7th
207 FS Delano Hill Michigan 6’1 216 6th-7th
208 OT Conor McDermott UCLA 6’8 307 6th-7th
209 WR Zach Pascal Old Dominion 6’2 219 7th
210 CB Corn Elder Miami 5’10 183 7th
211 CB Aarion Penton Missouri 5’9 177 7th
212 OT Will Holden Vanderbilt 6’8 311 7th
213 CB Jack Tocho North Carolina State 6’0 202 7th
214 C J.J. Dielman Utah 6’5 309 7th
215 DE Keionta Davis Chattanooga 6’3 274 7th
216 ILB Blair Brown Ohio 6’0 238 7th
217 CB Channing Stribling Michigan 6’1 188 7th
218 OG Corey Levin Chattanooga 6’4 307 7th
219 DE Keion Adams Western Michigan 6’2 237 7th
220 OLB Steven Taylor Houston 6’1 224 7th
221 CB Brandon Wilson Houston 5’10 201 7th
222 WR Keon Hatcher Arkansas 6’1 212 7th
223 CB Shaquill Griffin Central Florida 6’0 198 7th
224 DT D.J. Jones Mississippi 6’1 319 7th
225 FS Chuck Clark Virginia Tech 6’0 208 7th
226 DE Darius English South Carolina 6’5 237 7th
227 WR Michael Rector Stanford 6’1 193 7th
228 CB Brian Allen Utah 6’3 215 7th
229 OLB Tashawn Bower LSU 6’5 250 7th
230 CB Jamal Agnew San Diego 5’9 185 7th-PFA
231 WR Ishmael Zamora Baylor 6’3 215 7th-PFA
232 DT Charles Walker Oklahoma 6’2 310 7th-PFA
233 WR Mack Hollins North Carolina 6’4 221 7th-PFA
234 OG Michael Dunn Maryland 6’5 297 7th-PFA
235 RB Joe Williams Utah 5’11 210 7th-PFA
236 SS John Johnson Boston College 6’1 208 7th-PFA
237 WR Bug Howard North Carolina 6’4 221 7th-PFA
238 OT Justin Senior Mississippi State 6’5 331 7th-PFA
239 OLB Tanner Vallejo Boise State 6’1 228 7th-PFA
240 FS Shalom Luani Washington State 5’11 202 7th-PFA
241 DE Garrett Sickels Penn State 6’4 261 7th-PFA
242 OLB Elijah Lee Kansas State 6’3 228 7th-PFA
243 DE Deatrich Wise Jr. Arkansas 6’5 274 7th-PFA
244 SS Montae Nicholson Michigan State 6’2 212 7th-PFA
245 RB De’Angelo Henderson Coastal Carolina 5’8 208 7th-PFA
246 WR Darreus Rogers Southern California 6’1 216 7th-PFA
247 WR Victor Bolden Oregon State 5’8 173 7th-PFA
248 OLB Ejuan Price Pittsburgh 5’11 241 7th-PFA
249 CB Treston Decoud Oregon State 6’2 206 7th-PFA
250 QB C.J. Beathard Iowa 6’3 219 7th-PFA
251 WR Isaiah McKenzie Georgia 5’8 173 7th-PFA
252 FS Rudy Ford Auburn 5’11 200 7th-PFA
253 SS Devin Chappell Oregon State 6’1 201 7th-PFA
254 ILB Hardy Nickerson Illinois 6’0 232 7th-PFA
255 OT Collin Buchanan Miami (Ohio) 6’5 316 7th-PFA
256 OLB Pita Taumoepenu Utah 6’1 243 7th-PFA
257 WR Keevan Lucas Tulsa 5’9 192 7th-PFA
258 RB I’Tavius Mathers Middle Tennessee State 5’11 198 7th-PFA
259 WR Rodney Adams South Florida 6’1 189 7th-PFA
260 ILB Harvey Langi BYU 6’2 251 7th-PFA
261 DE Josh Carraway TCU 6’3 242 7th-PFA
262 RB Stanley Williams Kentucky 5’7 190 7th-PFA
263 ILB Ben Gedeon Michigan 6’2 244 7th-PFA
264 OG Damien Mama Southern California 6’4 334 7th-PFA
265 RB De’Veon Smith Michigan 5’11 223 7th-PFA
266 ILB Ben Boulware Clemson 6’0 238 7th-PFA
267 WR Travin Dural LSU 6’1 202 7th-PFA
268 FS Damarius Travis Minnesota 6’1 211 7th-PFA
269 WR Krishawn Hogan Marian (IN) 6’3 222 7th-PFA
270 RB Taquan Mizzell Virginia 5’10 194 7th-PFA
271 CB Jeremy Clark Michigan 6’3 220 7th-PFA
272 P Justin Vogel Miami 6’4 219 7th-PFA
273 CB Jeremy Cutrer Middle Tennessee State 6’1 159 7th-PFA
274 ILB Marquel Lee Wake Forest 6’3 240 7th-PFA
275 TE Darrell Daniels Washington 6’3 247 7th-PFA
276 P Austin Rehkow Idaho 6’3 214 7th-PFA
277 QB Trevor Knight Texas A&M 6’1 219 7th-PFA
278 ILB Jordan Evans Oklahoma 6’3 232 7th-PFA
279 DE Bryan Cox Jr. Florida 6’3 265 7th-PFA
280 OT Javarius Leamon South Carolina State 6’7 332 7th-PFA
281 RB Chris Carson Oklahoma State 6’0 218 7th-PFA
282 WR Jehu Chesson Michigan 6’2 204 7th-PFA
283 CB Nate Hairston Temple 6’0 192 7th-PFA
284 OLB Dylan Donahue West Georgia 6’3 248 7th-PFA
285 FB Sam Rogers Virginia Tech 5’10 231 7th-PFA
286 WR Chad Williams Grambling State 6’1 204 7th-PFA
287 OT Jylan Ware Alabama State 6’8 315 7th-PFA
288 FB Freddie Stevenson Florida State 6’1 234 7th-PFA
289 FS Mike Tyson Cincinnati 6’1 204 PFA
290 ILB Keith Kelsey Louisville 6’0 233 PFA
291 OG Cameron Lee Illinois State 6’5 312 PFA
292 QB Cooper Rush Central Michigan 6’3 228 PFA
293 WR Gabe Marks Washington State 5’11 185 PFA
294 ILB Riley Bullough Michigan State 6’2 228 PFA
295 WR Jalen Robinette Air Force 6’3 220 PFA
296 DE Joe Mathis Washington 6’2 254 PFA
297 OT Jerry Ugokwe William & Mary 6’7 321 PFA
298 RB Justin Davis Southern California 6’1 208 PFA
299 QB Alek Torgensen Penn 6’2 215 PFA
300 TE Scott Orndoff Pittsburgh 6’5 253 PFA
301 K Rigoberto Sanchez Hawaii 6’0 188 PFA
302 OLB Matt Milano Boston College 6’1 223 PFA
303 OG Ethan Cooper Indiana (PA) 6’3 322 PFA
304 CB Breon Borders Duke 6’0 186 PFA
305 CB Ashton Lampkin Oklahoma State 6’0 189 PFA
306 QB Seth Russell Baylor 6’3 213 PFA
307 ILB Brooks Ellis Arkansas 6’2 244 PFA
308 CB Arthur Maulet Memphis 5’9 188 PFA
309 DT Chunky Clements Illinois 6’3 297 PFA
310 TE Pharaoh Brown Oregon 6’6 255 PFA
311 SS Darrion Millines Southern Methodist 5’11 203 PFA
312 WR Thomas Sperbeck Boise State 6’0 180 PFA
313 TE Colin Jeter LSU 6’6 250 PFA
314 OLB Dylan Cole Missouri State 6’0 233 PFA
315 DE Avery Moss Youngstown State 6’3 264 PFA
316 WR Noel Thomas Jr. Connecticut 6’1 205 PFA
317 QB Mitch Leidner Minnesota 6’4 226 PFA
318 WR James Quick Louisville 6’0 186 PFA
319 OT Andreas Knappe Connecticut 6’8 323 PFA
320 FS Kai Nacua BYU 6’1 216 PFA
321 WR Quincy Adeboyejo Mississippi 6’3 197 PFA
322 RB Devine Redding Indiana 5’8 205 PFA
323 SS Jamal Carter Miami 6’1 218 PFA
324 OLB Kennan Gilchrist Appalachian State 6’0 226 PFA
325 RB Jahad Thomas Temple 5’10 190 PFA
326 WR Jamari Staples Louisville 6’3 190 PFA
327 ILB Calvin Munson San Diego State 6’1 245 PFA
328 OLB Eric Wilson Cincinnati 6’1 225 PFA
329 OT Jonah Pirsig Minnesota 6’8 316 PFA
330 FS Maurice Smith Georgia 5’11 196 PFA
331 DT Jeremiah Ledbetter Arkansas 6’3 280 PFA
332 WR Bobo Wilson Florida State 5’9 189 PFA
333 SS Denzel Johnson TCU 6’0 207 PFA
334 TE Hayden Plinke UTEP 6’4 264 PFA
335 TE Mason Schreck Buffalo 6’4 251 PFA
336 DE Al-Quadin Muhammad Miami 6’4 253 PFA
337 DT Treyvon Hester Toledo 6’3 312 PFA
338 C Chase Roullier Wyoming 6’4 312 PFA
339 DE Johnathan Calvin Mississippi State 6’3 269 PFA
340 TE Josiah Price Michigan State 6’3 256 PFA
341 OLB Isaiah Irving San Jose State 6’3 252 PFA
342 WR Drew Morgan Arkansas 6’0 190 PFA
343 C Anthony McMeans New Mexico State 6’1 318 PFA
344 OT Cole Croston Iowa 6’6 306 PFA
345 OG Sean Harlow Oregon State 6’4 303 PFA
346 RB Dare Ogunbowale Wisconsin 5’11 213 PFA
347 SS Damariay Drew California 5’10 186 PFA
348 OT Austin Schmidt Illinois 6’6 296 PFA
349 OLB Psalm Wooching Washington 6’4 231 PFA
350 WR DeAngelo Yancey Purdue 6’2 220 PFA
351 ILB Jordan Herdman Simon Fraser 5’11 238 PFA
352 SS Adrian Colbert Miami 6’0 205 PFA
353 DE Pat O’Connor Eastern Michigan 6’4 275 PFA
354 WR Jerome Lane Akron 6’3 226 PFA
355 FS David Jones Richmond 6’0 210 PFA
356 WR Greg Ward Jr. Houston 5’10 186 PFA
357 ILB Kevin Davis Colorado State 6’1 237 PFA
358 DE Lewis Neal LSU 6’0 274 PFA
359 OT Levon Myers Northern Illinois 6’5 307 PFA
360 WR Speedy Noil Texas A&M 5’11 199 PFA
361 FB Nate Iese UCLA 6’3 244 PFA
362 DT Patrick Ricard Maine 6’4 285 PFA
363 WR Daikiel Shorts Jr. West Virginia 6’0 201 PFA
364 WR Kendrick Bourne Eastern Washington 6’1 203 PFA
365 DE Ifeadi Odenigbo Northwestern 6’3 258 PFA
366 SS Weston Steelhammer Air Force 6’1 189 PFA
367 DT Jeremy Faulk Garden City CC 6’1 305 PFA
368 WR Jordan Westerkamp Nebraska 5’11 194 PFA
369 OG Nate Theaker Wayne State (MI) 6’5 315 PFA
370 DE Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech 6’3 257 PFA
371 OLB Tau Lotulelei UNLV 6’0 235 PFA
372 K Jake Elliott Memphis 5’9 167 PFA
373 P Cameron Johnston Ohio State 5’11 194 PFA
374 SS Jeremy Tyler West Virginia 5’11 208 PFA
375 DE Fadol Brown Mississippi 6’4 273 PFA
376 DE Shakir Soto Pittsburgh 6’3 279 PFA
377 OG Greg Pyke Georgia 6’5 325 PFA
378 WR Kermit Whitfield Florida State 5’8 185 PFA
379 WR Austin Carr Northwestern 6’0 201 PFA
380 OG Kyle Kalis Michigan 6’4 308 PFA
381 C Brandon Kublanow Georgia 6’2 302 PFA
382 P Hayden Hunt Colorado State 6’0 212 PFA
383 TE Anthony Firkser Harvard 6’2 235 PFA
384 WR Ricky Seals-Jones Texas A&M 6’5 243 PFA
385 CB Will Likely Maryland 5’7 175 PFA
386 DT DeAngelo Brown Louisville 6’0 312 PFA
387 C Jay Guillermo Clemson 6’3 301 PFA
388 TE Dan Brunskill San Diego State 6’5 273 PFA
389 QB Sefo Liufau Colorado 6’3 232 PFA
390 RB Anthony Wales Western Kentucky 5’9 194 PFA
391 OT Cole Gardner Eastern Michigan 6’5 295 PFA
392 DT Ralph Green III Indiana 6’3 317 PFA
393 RB Joe Yearby Miami 5’8 200 PFA
394 OT Jonathan McLaughlin Virginia Tech 6’4 293 PFA
395 WR Damore’ea Stringfellow Mississippi 6’1 219 PFA
396 OG Abdul-Kareem Are Florida State 6’5 325 PFA
397 FS Randall Goforth UCLA 5’10 185 PFA
398 SS Avery Williams Temple 5’9 224 PFA
399 WR KeVonn Mabon Ball State 6’1 215 PFA
400 C Cameron Tom Southern Mississippi 6’4 291 PFA
401 OLB Praise Martin-Oguike Temple 6’1 253 PFA
402 CB Josh Thornton Southern Utah 5’11 180 PFA
403 WR Karel Hamilton Samford 6’1 199 PFA
404 QB Zach Terrell Western Michigan 6’1 206 FA
405 RB Brandon Radcliff Louisville 5’9 209 PFA
406 DE Alex Barrett San Diego State 6’2 244 PFA
407 WR Tim Patrick Utah 6’4 208 PFA
408 CB Najee Murray Kent State 5’9 180 PFA
409 DT Rod Henderson Alabama State 6’0 354 PFA
410 OLB Sam McCaskill Boise State 6’3 256 PFA
411 DT Patrick Gamble Georgia Tech 6’4 277 PFA
412 OG Parker Collins Appalachian State 6’2 294 PFA
413 OLB Brandon Bell Penn State 6’1 232 PFA
414 ILB Folarin Orimolade Dartmouth 5’11 252 PFA
415 TE Blake Jarwin Oklahoma State 6’5 246 PFA
416 OT Robert Leff Auburn 6’6 299 PFA
417 WR Jameson Parsons St. Cloud State 6’1 194 PFA
418 OG Nick Callender Colorado State 6’6 321 PFA
419 ILB Austin Calitro Villanova 6’1 250 PFA
420 FS Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma 6’0 215 PFA
421 FS Dymonte Thomas Michigan 5’11 195 PFA
422 OG Alex Kozan Auburn 6’3 309 PFA
423 OLB Christian Kuntz Duquesne 6’1 230 PFA
424 CB Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin 5’9 177 PFA
425 C Lucas Crowley North Carolina 6’2 297 PFA
426 CB Brad Watson Wake Forest 6’0 192 PFA
427 OT Dieugot Joseph Florida International 6’5 299 PFA
428 DT Jason Carr West Georgia 6’5 312 PFA
429 LS Brad Northnagel California 6’2 243 PFA
430 ILB Ritchie Brown Mississippi State 6’2 237 PFA
431 CB Xavier Coleman Portland State 5’11 205 PFA
432 WR R.J. Shelton Michigan State 5’10 203 PFA
433 RB Marcus Cox Appalachian State 5’10 207 PFA
434 OG Erik Austell Charleston Southern 6’3 301 PFA
435 ILB Kenny Olugbode Colorado 6’1 226 PFA
436 OLB James Onwualu Notre Dame 6’1 230 PFA
437 CB Jomal Wiltz Iowa State 5’9 178 PFA
438 RB Dalton Crossan New Hampshire 5’11 204 PFA
439 OG Jake Eldrenkamp Washington 6’4 301 PFA
440 CB Tony Bridges Mississippi 6’0 184 PFA
441 WR Lance Lenoir Jr. Western Illinois 6’0 198 PFA
442 DT Winston Craig Richmond 6’3 292 PFA
443 CB Torry McTyer UNLV 5’11 189 PFA
444 QB Ryan Higgins Louisiana Tech 6’0 209 PFA
445 OLB Samson Ebukam Eastern Washington 6’1 248 PFA
446 OG Josh Boutte LSU 6’4 356 PFA
447 P Chris Fraser Cornell 6’1 200 PFA
448 RB Khalfani Muhammad California 5’7 174 PFA
449 P Eric Keena North Texas 6’1 169 PFA
450 OT Erik Magnuson Michigan 6’5 303 PFA
451 CB Des Lawrence North Carolina 6’0 188 PFA
452 DT Joey Ivie Florida 6’3 300 PFA
453 FS Leon McQuay III Southern California 6’1 192 PFA
454 OLB Javancy Jones Jackson State 6’1 245 PFA
455 RB Rushel Shell West Virginia 5’10 227 PFA
456 SS D’Nerius Antoine Southern Mississippi 5’11 219 PFA
457 DT Josh Tupou Colorado 6’3 362 PFA
458 K Harrison Butker Georgia Tech 6’4 199 PFA
459 QB Nick Mullens Southern Mississippi 6’1 207 PFA
460 K Conrad Ukropina Stanford 6’0 190 PFA
461 RB Teriyon Gipson New Mexico 5’8 185 PFA
462 DT Eli Ankou UCLA 6’3 331 PFA
463 OLB Jimmie Gilbert Colorado 6’4 223 PFA
464 P Kenny Allen Michigan 6’4 222 PFA
465 C Tobijah Hughley Louisville 6’1 289 PFA
466 OT Storm Norton Toledo 6’8 308 PFA
467 QB Brady Gustafson Montana 6’5 239 PFA
468 DT Josh Augusta Missouri 6’4 365 PFA
469 DT Aaron Curry TCU 6’2 280 PFA
470 FS Fish Smithson Kansas 5’10 197 PFA
471 FB Prescott Line Michigan State 5’11 253 PFA
472 OG Gavin Andrews Oregon State 6’5 339 PFA
473 OG Adam Pankey West Virginia 6’4 313 PFA
474 SS Orion Stewart Baylor 6’0 198 PFA
475 DE Karter Schult Northern Iowa 6’3 263 PFA
476 DE Collin Bevins Northwest Missouri State 6’5 285 PFA
477 DT Woody Baron Virginia Tech 6’1 280 PFA
478 QB Wes Lunt Illinois 6’4 217 PFA
479 OLB Ukeme Eligwe Georgia Southern 6’1 234 PFA
480 WR Tony Stevens Auburn 6’4 204 PFA
481 WR Gehrig Dieter Alabama 6’2 208 PFA
482 LS Colin Holba Louisville 6’4 248 PFA
483 OG Geoff Gray Manitoba 6’5 319 PFA
484 SS Dallas Lloyd Stanford 6’2 210 PFA
485 QB Antonio Pipkin Tiffin (OH) 6’1 225 PFA
486 FS Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State 5’11 196 PFA
487 TE Taylor McNamara Southern California 6’4 252 PFA
488 LS Cole Mazza Alabama 6’1 236 PFA
489 DT Matt Godin Michigan 6’5 288 PFA
490 OG Zack Johnson North Dakota State 6’4 346 PFA
491 WR Trey Griffey Arizona 6’2 208 PFA
492 OLB Paul Magloire Jr. Arizona 6’0 225 PFA
493 ILB Andrew King Army 5’11 235 PFA
494 FB Emmanuel Holder Towson 5’11 241 PFA
495 OT Victor Salako Oklahoma State 6’6 327 PFA
496 CB Dwayne Thomas LSU 5’11 201 PFA
497 OT Jemar Clark Arkansas State 6’6 295 PFA
498 OLB Lucas Wacha Wyoming 6’1 222 PFA
499 TE Antony Auclair Laval (CAN) 6’6 256 PFA
500 FB Michael Zunica Kansas 5’11 226 PFA

 

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Rod Watson & Kristina Buckner team up with Athletes to promote Exotic Estate http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/rod-watson-kristina-buckner-team-athletes-promote-exotic-estate/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/rod-watson-kristina-buckner-team-athletes-promote-exotic-estate/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:24:49 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169313 On Saturday March. 11. celebrity agents Rod Watson & Kristina Buckner will be hosting a private event that includes NFL players, as well as different people in the industry. The event will be held in Scripps Ranch, San Diego.

The private event is free, but you have to rsvp through thetribesd.com/scrippsranchpreview in order to get more information on the location. The home address will be sent to selected guests through email.

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If you never heard of the Tribe Network, here are a few things to remember. “The Tribe Network provides the most luxurious & amazing networking experiences for locals & internationals living in California. Our members include the top Executives, Business Owners, & Entrepreneurs California has to offer, as well as professional athletes, actors, and models. Each event is a chance to meet and connect with other individuals in their respective careers.”

Celebrity guests will include Super Bowl Champion Lynne Hamilton, Celebrity Donut Bar owner Chef Santiago, Adrian Dingle, and Terrell Fletcher.Image may contain: 1 person

The event includes signature cocktails and refreshments, music on world class surround sound system, reception with local celebrities, and networking with the most successful and driven people California has to offer

The Dress Code is cocktail and evening attire.

Dr. Marty Fallor, surgeon, attorney, socialite has some inspiring words for the individuals that has encouraged her. “The Tribe represents all of the best in all of us! The commitment to assist one another in the pursuit of our hopes and dreams, aligned solidly with the desire and commitment to make our world a better and more desirable place. I have met so many wonderful friends through The Tribe, I feel most honored and privileged to share my thoughts with all of you.”Image may contain: pool, tree, sky and outdoor

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Whirlwind start to free agency for Minnesota Vikings http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/whirlwind-start-free-agency-minnesota-vikings/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/whirlwind-start-free-agency-minnesota-vikings/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:43:28 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169305 The 2017 NFL Free Agent signing period has gotten off to a whirlwind start for the Minnesota Vikings.  Household names like LT Matt Kalil and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn will be suiting up for a new team this upcoming season, while two unfamiliar names will be donning the purple and gold for the first time.  Here’s a quick update on what the Vikings have done thus far in free agency.

 

Departures

WR-Charles Johnson to the Carolina Panthers: One-year deal worth $2.2 million 

 

CB-Captain Munnerlyn to the Carolina Panthers:  Four-year deal worth $21 million

 

LT-Matt Kalil to the Carolina Panthers: Five-year deal worth $55.5 million with $25 million guaranteed.

 

TE-Rhett Ellison to the New York Giants: Four-year deal worth $18 million                               

 

P-Jeff Locke to the Indianapolis Colts: Two-year deal for undisclosed amount

 

New Arrivals

LT-Riley Reiff from the Detroit Lions: Five-year deal for $58.75 million with $26.3 million guaranteed

 

RT-Mike Remmers from the Carolina Panthers: Five-year deal worth $30 million with $10.5 million guaranteed 

 

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Julius Peppers returns to the Carolina Panthers, where his career began http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/julius-peppers-returns-carolina-panthers-career-began/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/julius-peppers-returns-carolina-panthers-career-began/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:49:49 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169303

Headed Home… pic.twitter.com/zXjPCmKMBS

— Carl Carey, PhD (@CarlCareyPhD) March 10, 2017

Homecomings in sports have been popular in recent years. Arguably most significant return in the last five years was LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 after leaving them for the Miami Heat in 2010.
Julius Peppers isn’t often compared to James, but he will also be returning to his home state and to the franchise that drafted him.

On Friday, Peppers agent Carl Carey announced on Twitter that Peppers was “headed home” to the Carolina Panthers. In recent days, members of the Panthers including former teammate defensive end Charles Johnson was actively recruiting Peppers to return to Panthers, where he had a ton of success.

The Panthers selected the nine-time Pro Bowler in the 2002 NFL Draft. In his first season, Peppers finished with 12 sacks and was named the 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Peppers go on to be named to five Pro Bowl before leaving the Panthers for the Chicago Bears after the 2009 season.

In Chicago, Peppers continued to have success as he logged 37.5 sacks and made three more Pro Bowl appearances before being released by the Bears after the 2013 season.

In 2014, Peppers signed a three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers as he converted from defensive end to a 3-4 linebacker. In three seasons with the Packers, Peppers recorded 24. 5 sacks forced eight fumbles and two interceptions. He also was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl while in Green Bay.

At age 37, Peppers is no longer one of the league’s best pass rushers, but he can still be a productive player as shown by the 7.5 sacks he had a season ago. The three-time All-Pro will join a talented and deep Panthers line that has Mario Addison, Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy as their defensive ends. Carolina finished second in the NFL in total sacks in 2016 as the Panthers picked up 47 on the season.

Peppers was born in Wilson, N.C. and attended the University of North Carolina from 1998 to 2001. While he was a Tar Heel, Peppers played for both football and basketball.

In 2000, Peppers and the Tar Heels made the Final Four. Peppers is still one of two players (Donovan McNabb) to play in a Final Four and a Super Bowl.

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Torrey Smith is up for Grabs http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/torrey-smith-grabs/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/torrey-smith-grabs/#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:56:24 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169295 The San Francisco 49ers decided to part ways with wide receiver Torrey Smith. Before his departure from the organization, he was happy to have a new coach and see how the team will fit under Kyle Shanahan. “It’s the way they scheme it up and put it together. “The way I watch it from afar, (Shanahan) tailors it to people’s strengths, which is always a plus. So I’m excited to see what his plan is for us,” said Smith.

Smith played with the Baltimore Ravens and was traded to the 49ers in 2015.grabs

Smith was offered a five year $40 million contract, with $22 million guaranteed, but he did not live up to expectations. In the last two years, Smith struggled getting separation from opponents, catching the ball, and being the game changer that the 49ers thought he could potentially be. He had 930 yards and seven touchdowns in 28 games.

Shanahan spoke about the changes he will make in the next few weeks with restoring the organization. “Rarely do I know people’s numbers, at all,” Shanahan said about player evaluations last Wednesday in Indianapolis. “You hear it after you watch it or sometimes you can’t help but people will tell you before but it has to do with how they play. You can’t do that by looking at numbers or records. You have to watch each play. Just because they make a mistake on a play doesn’t mean it’s their fault. You have to watch their protection. You have to see what the receivers are doing, what the coverage is doing. You have to know the situation in a game and it takes everything into account.”

“I feel we’ve got a bunch of good players we feel we can compete with, and we know we need to add some, too. We’re going to add as many as we can to help our roster. We also want to have competition, because the more competition we have in OTAs, the more competition you have in training camp …. If you cut some people at the end of training camp who you feel can play in the NFL, then that shows your organization is going in the right direction, and that’s really our goal.”

The 49ers were second to last in the league with passes over 40 yards. It is speculated that the 49ers will invest in some time and effort to get Pierre Garcon. They have a lot of cap room to get somebody from the free agency list or try to get a young receiver in the draft.

Smith is looking for a team, but he is optimistic that he will be playing for someone soon.

“Loved the locker room, loved my teammates and I loved both coaching staffs I was involved with as well so it just was I came in at the wrong time but I’m still thankful for the opportunity that they gave me,” Smith said.
The teams that are looking for a wide receiver are the Browns, Jets, 49ers, Ravens, and Texans, but none of them have reached out to Smith yet.

Smith has to remain healthy in order to grab a team’s eye. He has not produce great numbers, like he had done when he was with the Ravens. It will be interesting to see what team could take a chance on him.

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2017 NFL Scouting Combine Risers and Fallers http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2017-nfl-scouting-combine-risers-fallers/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2017-nfl-scouting-combine-risers-fallers/#comments Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:38:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169287 2017 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE RISERS AND FALLERS

 

The combine is used to verify medical, interview players, and check boxes on the athleticism a player showed during the fall. Every year there are players whose performances help or hurt their stock, especially underclassmen who NFL teams have less verified information on.

 

Below is our look at those who helped and hurt themselves.

 

 

DAY 1

 

Running Backs, Offensive Lineman, and Special Teams.

 

 

RISERS

 

Here are four players who we believe helped themselves.

 

OT GARETT BOLLES, UTAH

You can’t help but pull for a kid like this. The path to the draft for Bolles has been a long one as he started out in Junior College at Snow College where he was an All-American and overcame a path of destructive behavior where you would not expect him to ever play in the NFL but he turned his life around and had an amazing season at Utah where he dominated. Bolles declared early and at 6’5, 297 pounds he was a top performer in the 40 (4.95), broad jump (9’7), 3-cone (7.29), and short shuttle (4.55). His performance in position drills was also impressive and he may have gone from a mid to late first round pick to a top 8 pick.

 

OT AVIANTE COLLINS, TCU

Collins was a bit of a surprise to the media and even some scouts as he only had one year of tape and was solely on the NFL radar entering the season because of 4.86 40 at his junior pro day. He got invited due to the 40 and the fact scouts felt he had upside. His father was a track and field star at TCU so he has the bloodlines and scouts turned out to be dead on about his upside. At 6’4, 295 pounds with 33 3/8 arms and 9 3/8 hands he lacks ideal tackle traits but could be a freak athlete to play inside if he can bulk up and be developed by a coach. He showed the strength with 34 bench reps and athleticism with a 4.81 to have better days ahead. We believe he took himself from a 6th or 7th round pick to a potential late 3rd or early 4th round pick now that everyone has seen firsthand what a great athlete he is.

 

RB ALVIN KAMARA, TENNESSEE

During the fall you did not see Kamara as the feature back where he backed up Jalen Hurt so there was a bit of surprise when he declared early because he could have come back and had a breakout season. His tape where you got to see him a good bit was impressive as he could both catch and run well. Kamara caught 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns with a 5.8 yard per carry average, 596 yards, and nine touchdowns. He ran a 4.56 electronic 40-yard dash with hand times in the 4.53 to 4.65 range along with a 39 ½ inch vertical and 10’11 broad jump. His athletic upside may have pushed him from a 3rd round pick to a likely 2nd-round choice.

 

OG FORREST LAMP, WESTERN KENTUCKY

After a strong senior campaign scouts mostly had Lamp rated in the 4th or 5th round but did have some thinking top 50-75 because of his Alabama tape. He really cemented himself as a guy you better take in the 1st or early 2nd round if you want him because of the freak workout he posted on Friday. He was a top performer in the 40-yard dash (5.00), bench (34 reps), broad jump (9’3), and 3-cone (7.55). He was solid in the short shuttle with a 4.62 and a 27 ½ inch vertical. Lamp was very good in position drills and created quite the buzz before he left.

 

FALLERS

 

Here are four players who we believe hurt themselves.

 

RB COREY CLEMENT, WISCONSIN

Clement was a productive player with 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016 who did not look extremely explosive as a senior coming off a hamstring injury in the fall with just 4.4 yards per carry. His combine workout not only confirmed he lacks explosion but was far worse than you expect. He ran a 4.68 40-yard dash at 5’10, 220 pounds with a 28 ½ inch vertical, and 9’7 broad jump. His 19 bench reps were solid but when you have short arms and have a compact build a good bench is expected. Some expected him to be a 4th-6th round pick coming in to the combine and he should now feel lucky to get drafted.

 

OT JULIE’N DAVENPORT, BUCKNELL

There was media hype that Davenport could be a top 100 pick after being selected for the Senior Bowl so early but the scout buzz on the road and his tape looked more like a late round pick. For a guy who some believe would have been overdrafted because of upside and athleticism, he did not show much more than being long and tall. He looked the part at 6’7, 318 pounds with a 36 ½ arm, and 10 ½ hands but was weak with 18 bench reps, slow with a 5.45 40, and not explosive at all with a 27 inch vertical. His shuttles were pretty good which show that he can move well in short areas and really the only difference in his ability and that of Ugowke. We believe he won’t be drawn up the board and will instead go in the late rounds like his film showed. Davenport does have upside though because he is young at the position and still could have a good NFL career but will need a couple years instead of being a guy you can plug in and get good play from as a rookie.

 

OG DAMIEN MAMA, USC

Mama is a two-time All-Pac 12 selection who was highly touted in high school so when he declared it was fair to believe he had gotten a high grade from the NFL and would be a top 100 pick but at 6’3 ½, 334 pounds he showed very poorly and may be lucky to go before the 6th round with a 5.84 40, 24 ½ inch vertical, 8’0 broad jump, 8.51 3-cone, and 5.38 short shuttle. He is slow, stiff, and did not look good in position drills. If he were coming from a small school we would be talking about him being lucky to get drafted.

 

OT JERRY UGOKWE, WILLIAM & MARY

We had higher hopes for Ugowke after he is a walk-on for the Tribe who gets better every year and appeared to be a definite draft pick after his senior campaign and play at the NFLPA Bowl but those expectations were tempered with his workout. He looked good physically with 35 3/8 arms and 10 3/8 hands at 6’7, 321 pounds but his on field workouts looked more like a priority free agent. He ran a 5.61 40, did just 18 bench reps, 26 inch vertical, 8’7 broad jump, 8.35 3-cone, and 5.17 short shuttle. We have dropped him from a late round projection to a likely priority free agent.

 

 

 

 

DAY 2

 

Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends.

 

We take a look at a few players who helped or hurt themselves in their workouts.

 

RISERS

 

Here are six players we believe helped themselves.

 

WR ROBERT DAVIS, GEORGIA STATE

Davis surpassed Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson as the Georgia State all-time leading receiver and was impressive during the fall after being very lightly recruited out of high school. He followed up his tape with a very good week at the NFLPA Bowl but scouts projected him as a likely priority free agent because he was not expected to be very fast with expected 4.55-4.60 speed but he blew those expectations away. At 6’3, 219 pounds he ran a 4.44 40, did 19 bench reps, had a 41 inch vertical, 11’3 broad jump, 6.83 3-cone, and 4.28 short shuttle. That 11’3 broad jump is tied for second all-time at the NFL Combine since 2003. The Panther product was a top performer in the bench, vertical, and broad and his 40 was very impressive for his size. He may have gone from a priority free agent to a 5th or 6th round pick with this workout.

 

WR CHRIS GODWIN, PENN STATE

One early entry who helped separate himself from those rated close to him is Godwin who most thought was a 3rd round pick but likely pushed himself into the second round with a 4.42 40, 36 inch vertical, 10’5 broad jump, and 4.00 short shuttle at 6’1, 208 pounds. After a strong junior year he started 2016 slow but then finished strong and this combine workout may have made him the highest rising receiver of anyone since the beginning of October.

 

TE GEORGE KITTLE, IOWA

While there are others who are more freakish like Bucky Hodges, O.J. Howard, Evan Engram, David Njoku, etc there was nobody who helped their stock as much as Kittle did. We had Kittle as a 6th or 7th round pick and now he could go as high as the top 100 after his workout. At 6’3 ¾, 247 pounds, Kittle ran a 4.52 40, did 18 bench reps, a 35 inch vertical, and 11’0 broad jump. Kittle shared time in 2015 and was the main tight end in 2016. No tight on this list perhaps has helped themselves more in two years going from a backup who is just a free agent to a potential top 125 pick because he ran run, block, and catch with very good explosion.

 

QB TREVOR KNIGHT, TEXAS A&M

There was little love for Knight from area scouts and most were surprised he got a NFL Combine invite. They liked his upside but he was not very accurate and did not have a big arm so most viewed him as a player you sign as a free agent and would be lucky to make a team. His workout at 6’1, 219 pounds may have gotten himself drafted in the late rounds and give him a chance to make a 53-man roster. Knight ran a 4.54 40, 4.14 short shuttle, 11.28 60 shuttle, 35 ½ inch vertical, and 10’4 broad jump, which were good enough to be among the top performers in each drill. Don’t be surprised if someone takes him in the 6th or 7th round because they don’t want to fight 10 other teams in free agency for him.

 

WR JOHN ROSS, WASHINGTON

While we don’t believe Ross will go much, if any higher because of his workout, he certainly made himself a ton more money with endorsements because he posted the fastest official 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine with a 4.22 by unseating NFL star running back Chris Johnson. Ross was explosive on tape and a player we believe will go in the top 10-15 picks because of his speed, hands, and ability to create separation.

 

QB MITCH TRUBISKY, NORTH CAROLINA

While there was buzz that Trubisky may go in the first round most NFL teams believe he has the talent to be a good player but needs time on the bench before he can be a good starter. Some view him as a second tier player they would rather take in the late first round or second round but he may have solidified himself as a top 10 pick with his combine workout. He ran a 4.67 40, had a 6.87 3-cone, and 4.25 short shuttle as a top performer in those drills at 6’2, 222 pounds. He lacks ideal size but has a strong arm, athleticism, and would be an ideal player to draft, sit for a year, and then be your franchise quarterback. We anticipated this and had him in our top 10 prior to the combine but he did not cement himself as a top 10 pick until Day 2 of the NFL Combine.

 

 

FALLERS

 

Here are four players we believe hurt their stock with their workout.

 

WR ISAIAH FORD, VIRGINIA TECH

Most scouts believed that Ford should have stayed one more year and push himself into the top 50 picks but he came out early and there was hope he would test well to move from a late 3rd to 4th round pick but he was very average and may have fallen a round with so many other receivers testing so well. He ran a 4.61 40, did 14 bench reps, had a 35 ½ inch vertical, 6.94 3-cone, and 4.34 short shuttle. His numbers weren’t awful but at 6’1, 194 pounds coming off two straight All-ACC seasons you would expect more from him and he may slide a little bit because of it.

 

WR SHELTON GIBSON, WEST VIRGINIA

Gibson predicted he would run the fastest 40 and the buzz was that he would be one of the top 3 fastest because of how he just ran by people on vertical routes for the Mountaineers. However, he failed to do more than just post an average workout. He ran a 4.50 40 with a 32 inch vertical, 9’8 broad jump, and 6.83 3-cone at 5’11, 191 pounds. He was a player who declared early and some thought would sneak into the 2nd round but he may end up in the 4th round now.

 

WR KEON HATCHER, ARKANSAS

The 2016 season ended well for Hatcher and then he went to the NFLPA Bowl where he was a standout. The expectation among some scouts was that he would end up in the 5th round range but he had a disappointing combine with a 4.64 40 and did not do any of the other drills. Hatcher must rebound at pro day if he wants to guarantee himself a draft pick despite being one of the first receivers invited to the combine. This year’s class is stacked and if you aren’t moving up the board you are moving down with others passing you. We feel he is a borderline draft pick as of right now without a good pro day despite the fact his tape is mid round worthy caliber.

 

TE HAYDEN PLINKE, UTEP

The road for Plinke has been long as he once was committed to Oregon but went to Boise State, then transferred to Portland State, and finished his career at UTEP. He ran a 4.97 40, did 18 bench reps, a 28 inch vertical, 7.55 3-cone, and 4.59 short shuttle. Hayden Plinke was not a top performer in any category and likely went from a possible late round pick to just a free agent.

 

 

 

 

DAY 3

 

Defensive Linemen and Linebackers.

 

RISERS

 

Below are eight players we feel helped themselves.

 

LB ALEX ANZALONE, FLORIDA

This Florida linebacker had a tough career due to injuries but when he was healthy he was very good. His Senior Bowl week was solid and he continued his postseason rise on Sunday. After a very average day in the jumps with a 30 ½ inch vertical and just 16 bench reps he was a top performer in the 40 (4.63), 3-cone (6.88), short shuttle (4.25), and 60 shuttle (11.71).

 

LB TYUS BOWSER, HOUSTON

Due to missing a month with a broken orbital bone he was need of a strong finish to his senior year and postseason. He did just that with 2nd team All-AAC honors posting 12 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks and looked very good at the Senior Bowl. His combine workout perhaps got him back in the conversation of being a top 100 pick with a 4.65 40, 10’6 broad jump, 37 ½ inch vertical, 6.75 3-cone, and 21 bench reps at 6’3, 247 pounds. We believe he could end up going in the 3rd or 4th round.

 

LB BLAIR BROWN, OHIO

Late in the fall there was some buzz on Brown and he received a late invite to the NFLPA Bowl where he got hurt during the week so it was crucial for him to test well at Indianapolis. He did just that with a 4.65 40, 37 inch vertical, 10’3 broad jump, 6.92 3-cone, and a very good 4.18 short shuttle. His explosion, speed, and shuttles have put him back in the draft conversation and could land him as high as the 6th or early 7th round after being a projected priority free agent during the fall.

 

DE MYLES GARRETT, TEXAS A&M

There was buzz that Myles Garrett could be the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and at 6’4, 272 pounds he helped his caught with a 4.64 40, 33 bench reps, 41 inch vertical, and 10’7 broad jump. While his 2016 tape was not as consistent as you want he showed the athleticism that defensive line coaches drool over and he could be a long time perennial Pro Bowler that is just too good to pass up for Cleveland.

 

DE TREY HENDRICKSON, FLORIDA ATLANTIC

There may not be a defensive lineman who has made more money this postseason than Hendrickson. At 6’4, 266 pounds he ran a 4.65 40, 4.20 short shuttle, and 11.43 60 shuttle – all of which were among top performers. He was solid in the 3-cone with a 7.03 and vertical jump with 33.5 inches. After earning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors most considered him as a 5th or 6th round pick but he may have put himself into the second round with a very good Shrine Game performance and cemented that with his combine workout.

 

DE HAASON REDDICK, TEMPLE

Reddick has been on fire since mid-season as perhaps our biggest riser from October to November and then again at the Senior Bowl where he put himself from a 5th round type player to a possible 2nd or early 3rd round pick. His NFL Combine performance has helped him further and perhaps moved him into the first round or at least top 35-40. Reddick posted a 4.52 40, 24 bench reps, 36 ½ inch vertical, 11’1 broad jump, 7.01 3-cone, and 4.37 short shuttle at 6’1, 237 pounds.

 

LB T.J. WATT, WISCONSIN

The Badgers have put out a lot of good front seven players and Watt is next in line after a productive college career where his ability on tape was emphasized even more with a strong combine. At 6’4, 252 pounds he ran a 4.69 40, did 21 reps, a 37 inch vertical, 10’7 broad jump, 6.79 3-cone, 4.13 short shuttle, and 11.20 60 shuttle. He was a top performer in every drills except the bench and 40 and still did above average in both of those. He may sneak into the first round or be one of the first couple players taken in the second round after being a projected late 2nd round or early 3rd round pick by many prior to this workout.

 

DE JORDAN WILLIS, KANSAS STATE

Willis had a monster senior season in which many scouts had him as a solid second round pick but he may have vaulted his way into the first round with his combine workout. At 6’4, 255 pounds he ran a 4.53 40, did 24 bench reps, had a 39 inch vertical, 10’4 broad jump, 6.85 3-cone, and 4.28 short shuttle. He was among the top performers in every drill but the broad jump and bench and those numbers were good at his size.

 

 

FALLERS

 

Here are four players who hurt their stock on Sunday.

 

LB BEN BOULWARE, CLEMSON

We are listing Boulware only because he is a big name who some might have thought would be a mid round pick but NFL scouts did not expect a good workout and he even passed on running the 40 where many believe he will run a high 4.8 or 4.9. The leader of the Clemson defense is what he is and that’s a tough, productive player with athletic limitations who we expect to be a late round pick or free agent and have a solid NFL career but his testing numbers may knock him out of the 255 picks. He only had a 29 ½ inch vertical, 9’3 broad jump, 7.02 3-cone, 4.43 short shuttle, and did 20 bench reps at 6’0, 238 pounds.

 

LB KEVIN DAVIS, COLORADO STATE

Davis was a highly productive high school player who has had a dominant career in the Mountain West but he did not show the athleticism that teams are looking for to draft a G5 player in the mid rounds or perhaps at all. At 6’2, 235 pounds he ran a 4.91 40, a 30 ½ inch vertical, 9’2 broad jump, did just 11 bench reps, 7.18 3-cone, and a 4.38 short shuttle. If he stands on these numbers we believe he is a 7th round pick at best and may not get drafted.

 

LB KEITH KELSEY, LOUISVILLE

Kelsey was a repeat All-ACC selection in 2016 and was a player who was expected to go in the 5th or 6th round but may have cost himself a shot to be drafted with a 4.92 40, 29 ½ inch vertical, 7.28 3-cone, and 4.56 short shuttle at just 6’0, 233 pounds. When you are undersized you have to be a very good tester to guarantee being drafted and right now it appears he is a borderline 7th round pick who may go undrafted unless he can improve on these numbers at his pro day.

 

DE AVERY MOSS, YOUNGSTOWN STATE

Moss is a solid player who had his best year in 2016 but the former Nebraska Cornhusker who was dismissed from the program needed more than just a strong senior year to get drafted but a good combine and he failed to do what his teammate, Derek Rivers, was able to do. Moss measured at 6’3, 264 pounds and ran a 4.79 40, did 14 bench reps, a 9’5 broad jump, 32 ½ inch vertical, 7.25 3-cone, and 4.43 short shuttle. He failed to be a top performer in any drill and was middle of the pack or near the bottom in pretty much every drill. We believe he had a shot to go in the 6th or 7th round but is more likely to be a priority free agent now.

 

 

 

DAY 4

 

Cornerbacks and Safeties.

 

 

RISERS

 

We could have added more to this list but here are the top 7 from the final day of workouts at the NFL Combine.

 

CB BRIAN ALLEN, UTAH

The expectation for Allen entering the combine was to run in the 4.5s and eventually be a priority free agent but there is now buzz he could go as high as the 5th or 6th round due to his workout. Allen measured at 6’3, 215 pounds and ran a 4.48 40 with 15 bench reps, 34 ½ inch vertical, 9’8 broad jump, 6.64 3-cone, and 4.34 short shuttle. Nobody expect him to close 4.4s and weigh as much as he did.

 

CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE, COLORADO

Awuzie measured at 6’0, 202 pounds and ran a 4.43 40 with a 11’0 broad jump, 34 ½ inch vertical, 6.81 3-cone, 4.14 short shuttle, and 16 ebnch reps. While he was only a top performer in the broad jump this was a very good workout and could bump him up a round or so.

 

CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN, CENTRAL FLORIDA

After a strong season showing good ball skills there was still concern that Griffin may only be a 4.5 speed type guy but he blew away the Combine with a 4.38 40, 17 bench reps, 38 ½ inch vertical, 11’0 broad jump, 6.87 3-cone, 4.14 short shuttle, and 11.62 60 shuttle. Griffin was a top performer in the 40, broad jump, vertical jump, and 60 shuttle. We have moved him from a priority free agent projection to a late round projection in our rankings that will come out later this week.

 

S DELANO HILL, MICHIGAN

The 2016 2nd team All-Big Ten selection was a projected priority free agent entering the combine but we are moving him back into the draft after his workout where he ran a 4.47 40 at 6’1, 216 pounds along with 17 bench reps, a 6.96 3-cone, 33 ½ inch vertical, and 9’6 broad jump.

 

S JOSH JONES, NC STATE

After a strong season in which he was somehow overlooked by the ACC coaches for postseason honors he proved that he is a top tier player at the NFL Combine with a 4.41 40, 20 bench reps, 11’0 broad jump, and 37 ½ inch vertical at 6’1, 220 pounds. He was a top performer in every drill and may have put himself into the 3rd or late 2nd round.

 

S OBI MELIFONWU, UCONN

Everyone remembers what UCONN CB Byron Jones did at the NFL Combine but Obi has replaced him as the biggest freak to come out of UCONN. He measured at 6’4, 224 pounds and ran a blazing 4.40 40, 11’8 broad jump, 44 inch vertical, and did 17 bench reps. He was a top performer in every drills but the bench and that was still solid. Most had him pegged as a 3rd round pick prior to the combine but he may have put himself in the top 40-45 picks.

 

CB FABIAN MOREAU, UCLA

After a Lisfranc injury sidelined him early in the season this was an important workout for Moreau and he made the most of it. He was a top performer in the 40 (4.35), vertical jump (38), broad jump (11’3), and 60 shuttle (11.45). He also had a 6.94 3-cone and 4.12 short shuttle. There is buzz he could go in the top 60 picks now after many expected him to be a 4th or 5th round pick. We had him as a priority free agent but he could be our biggest riser with this injury due to the fact we had him much lower not knowing his true health because of the injury.

 

 

FALLER

 

This DB group was very good so there wasn’t much along the lines of fallers but we highlight the main one below.

 

S LORENZO JEROME, SAINT FRANCIS (PA)

It had been a great postseason for Jerome until the final day of the NFL Combine where he ran a 4.70 40, did 11 bench reps, ran a 7.63 3-coen, and 4.68 short shuttle at 5’10, 204 pounds. He had potentially put himself into the mid rounds but could be lucky to get drafted unless he can improve on those numbers at his pro day. On film he looks more like a 4.5 speed guy so we won’t drop him out of the draft but we could see it going either way now.

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Seahawks Madden 17 Challenge http://proplayerinsiders.com/home-page-carousel/seahawks-madden-17-challenge/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/home-page-carousel/seahawks-madden-17-challenge/#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 17:55:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169283 The Seattle Seahawks hosted their first Madden Championship Tournament at Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Eight contenders competed in the tournament, which had high stakes. The loser would go home with experience under their belt, while the winner would win part of a $15,000 prize pool and a spot in the Madden 17 Club Series Championship in April.

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Going into the tournament, The RealistStix was the favorite to win it all. On the sticks, opponents tried to throw blitz schemes, knock him off his game, and mix it up a little bit. It did not work. The RealistStix came out to win it all. He was very aggressive with throwing the ball on his opponents, played very smart, and hit the kill switch to make sure his opponents did not come back to make it a game.

Dave Grunfeld hosts a weekly show on NFL Network called Madden NFL America and he was excited about the fans that came out to see the tournament. “You see events like this and it really all starts to come together. “Our show is just part of a larger cog; it’s this whole community that is growing right now. It’s really cool.”

“The plan is to continue to integrate the NFL with the Madden community,” said Grunfield. “There is so much overlap and it’s a natural fit. This is the first year where there is real serious money and attention being paid to this. This is the ground floor. It’s an exciting time.”

Withe a break in the tournament, Seahawks’ own Doug Baldwin facing off against former Seahawks’ safety Jordan Babineaux. Both players played with intensity and loved every moment that they shared with the fans. Baldwin won the face off and explained why games are important to him.

“Games are an escape for myself, as well as other players. I can control the game, where in reality I don’t really have control. I enjoy that part to get away from time to time, said Baldwin.

The tournament was something special that gave exposure to people who enjoy playing Madden.17098396_10155184073756004_3839752654394352913_n

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Vikings let Adrian Peterson Test Free Agency Market http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-let-adrian-peterson-test-free-agency-market/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-let-adrian-peterson-test-free-agency-market/#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:10:00 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169279 The best running back in Vikings’ franchise history may be looking for a new home this upcoming season with the team announcing Tuesday that they would not be picking up Peterson’s 2017 option, which would have included a $6 million signing bonus to be paid next week.

The Vikings can still bring Peterson back if the two parties can reach a new deal, but the now 32-year-old running back would have to agree to a substantial pay-cut from the original $18 million he was scheduled to make under the previous contract.

Now an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his illustrious career, Peterson has total control over where he wants to sign. Two weeks ago Peterson hinted at a possible move to the New York Giants in a cryptic tweet that read “the Giants have been making some interesting moves.”

Other potential destinations for Peterson include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, and the Houston Texans. The reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are also rumored to be in the mix for Peterson’s services.

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NFLPA: The Reformists http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflpa-reformists/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflpa-reformists/#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:22:15 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169277 The National Football League Players Association has been around since 1956 and is there to help the players with labor negotiations. In addition, they help protect the rights of a player, ensures that the terms of the collective bargaining agreement are being upheld, monitors player’s benefits for life after football, and substantiates a player’s image. The union became the official bargaining agent in 1968 and they helped establish a new CBA in 2011 after the lockout. 2011 was also the year that the NFLPA turned over a new leaf and became the united front they are today.

The NFLPA is led by Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, Assistant Director of External Affairs George Atallah, President Eric Winston, and the Executive Committee. The EC includes Adam Vinatieri, Benjamin Watson, Lorenzo Alexander, Mark Herzlich, Matt Hasselbeck, Richard Sherman, Ryan Wendell, Shaun Suisham, Thomas Davis, and Zak DeOssie. Together this team works together to tackle issues that are brought to them by the players.

In 2011, Charlie Batch helped open their eyes to players being more than collateral damage in the violent sport. He got them to understand that their long-term health is not worth sacrificing for the short-term glory. Executive Committee member Alexander expanded on if the union resisted Batch’s radical statements.

Alexander stated insightfully, “I don’t think it was a resistance I think naturally people are used to doing things that they’re just comfortable with.”

The 2017 Pro Bowl MVP noted that over the last four or five years, since signing the new CBA, the NFLPA has been trying to educate guys. They have emphasized the importance of treating their bodies like the temples they are. A player playing with injuries affects his family if he injures himself even more. It helps to have star players tell their coaches they cannot play because an injury is too severe. If Ben Roethlisberger voices his injury to Mike Tomlin, he is making it okay for everyone in the locker room to sit out if the pain of their injury is intolerable. That helps change the ideology of playing hurt.

Alexander was encouraged to join the Executive Committee as he earned respect from players around the league, those same players pushing him to do so, and people in the media. Joining the EC gave Alexander the opportunity to fight for his brothers and he values having the platform to lead them. He started off as someone who was a locker room leader to becoming an aficionado for the union on complex issues.

They [the union] brought me down to rent meetings [CBA negotiations] especially leading up to the lockout,” said Alexander. “Then eventually becoming a rep and digging in a little bit more and knowing the history.”

Knowing the history of the NFLPA only helps the current union make sure they move in the right direction on issues. It is important for players to speak on matters that may be permeating within them or the organization they play for. Lorenzo knows that guys are initially hesitant because they do not want to be the only one with a particular gripe. However, he has come to find out that usually 100 or 200 players have the same issue on their mind.

The union is comprised of great out of box thinkers according to Alexander. They have helped shape a new outlook on player safety and has helped push back the start of a season for players like Alexander. The added month to his offseason has given him more time to spend with his family, work toward his degree, and do externships. It has helped increase the longevity of his career as well and keeps his legs fresh. He had a career high 76 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and an interception. As a result, he became a Pro-Bowler. All of these things are possible because the players spoke up and helped make a change.

Alexander is a proud member of the EC and loves the direction they are heading in with Smith as the quarterback of their team. He described Smith as a visionary because of how proactive he is. Smith wants the union to be ahead of the curve because the owners are always ahead of the curve. The union versus Roger Goodell and the owners is a chess match. Being the mastermind that he is, Smith helps the union stay prepared and united. They continue to push the boundaries of player safety, examine the travel ban imposed by Donald Trump, and be weary of the Chicago Bears situation with the Illinois bill. They are willing to stand with the cheerleaders of the NFL to fight for the compensation they deserve if need be. The NFLPA learns from other companies, NASA, on how to overcome stalemates and resolve problems.

Alexander said, “It’s a great relationship between players, EC, our staff, and De as far as going in the same direction.”

The NFLPA has re-invented itself since 2011 and is a new team of reformists that is willing to stand together and fight for what they believe is right. This is a group best described as proactive, progressive, and player-oriented. They want to make sure their players are getting as much out of the game of football as football gets out of them.

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2017 NFL Draft Pre-Combine Top 500 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2017-nfl-draft-pre-combine-top-500/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2017-nfl-draft-pre-combine-top-500/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:59:17 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169274 PRO PLAYER INSIDERS PRE-COMBINE TOP 500

 

We have decided to post one more ranking before the combine with Myles Garrett of Texas A&M continuing to lead the way.

 

Enjoy and leave comments below if you feel someone is missing that clearly belongs.

 

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School HT WT Projection
1 DE Myles Garrett Texas A&M 6’5 270 1st
2 SS Jamal Adams LSU 6’0 211 1st
3 DT Jonathan Allen Alabama 6’3 295 1st
4 DE Solomon Thomas Stanford 6’3 273 1st
5 RB Leonard Fournette LSU 6’0 230 1st
6 SS Jabrill Peppers Michigan 6’0 205 1st
7 OLB Tim Williams Alabama 6’3 245 1st
8 FS Malik Hooker Ohio State 6’2 205 1st
9 QB Mitch Trubisky North Carolina 6’3 225 1st
10 DT Malik McDowell Michigan State 6’6 276 1st
11 WR Mike Williams Clemson 6’3 225 1st
12 CB Marshon Lattimore Ohio State 6’0 192 1st
13 DE Derek Barnett Tennessee 6’2 265 1st
14 OT Roderick Johnson Florida State 6’7 311 1st
15 WR John Ross Washington 5’10 190 1st
16 CB Tre’Davious White LSU 5’11 191 1st
17 OLB Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt 6’3 238 1st
18 OT Cam Robinson Alabama 6’6 310 1st
19 CB Sidney Jones Washington 6’0 178 1st
20 OT Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin 6’5 314 1st
21 QB Deshaun Watson Clemson 6’2 215 1st
22 CB Teez Tabor Florida 6’1 201 1st
23 OT Garett Bolles Utah 6’5 300 1st
24 ILB Reuben Foster Alabama 6’0 246 1st
25 CB Desmond King II Iowa 5’10 206 1st
26 TE OJ Howard Alabama 6’6 249 1st-2nd
27 CB Marlon Humphrey Alabama 6’1 196 1st-2nd
28 DE Taco Charlton Michigan 6’6 277 1st-2nd
29 WR Corey Davis Western Michigan 6’3 212 1st-2nd
30 DE Charles Harris Missouri 6’2 260 1st-2nd
31 CB Cameron Sutton Tennessee 5’11 182 1st-2nd
32 WR Curtis Samuel Ohio State 5’10 197 1st-2nd
33 DE Carl Lawson Auburn 6’2 253 1st-2nd
34 RB Christian McCaffrey Stanford 5’11 200 1st-2nd
35 TE David Njoku Miami 6’4 245 2nd
36 C Pat Elflein Ohio State 6’2 299 2nd
37 QB DeShone Kizer Notre Dame 6’4 230 2nd
38 OLB Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6’2 245 2nd
39 ILB Jarrad Davis Florida 6’1 236 2nd
40 WR Dede Westbrook Oklahoma 5’11 176 2nd
41 ILB Raekwon McMillan Ohio State 6’2 243 2nd
42 TE Evan Engram Mississippi 6’3 236 2nd
43 CB Gareon Conley Ohio State 6’0 195 2nd
44 TE Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech 6’6 245 2nd
45 DE DeMarcus Walker Florida State 6’2 280 2nd
46 SS Obi Melifonwu Connecticut 6’4 219 2nd
47 RB Dalvin Cook Florida State 5’11 213 2nd
48 FS Budda Baker Washington 5’9 178 2nd
49 OLB T.J. Watt Wisconsin 6’4 243 2nd
50 DT Davon Godchaux LSU 6’4 299 2nd
51 CB Adoree’ Jackson Southern California 5’11 185 2nd
52 DT Vincent Taylor Oklahoma State 6’2 310 2nd
53 WR Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington 6’2 198 2nd
54 FS Marcus Williams Utah 6’0 195 2nd
55 OLB Ryan Anderson Alabama 6’2 258 2nd
56 DT Caleb Brantley Florida 6’2 297 2nd
57 OLB Haason Reddick Temple 6’2 237 2nd
58 WR Zay Jones East Carolina 6’2 202 2nd-3rd
59 OLB Devonte Fields Louisville 6’3 242 2nd-3rd
60 WR ArDarius Stewart Alabama 6’1 204 2nd-3rd
61 DE Jordan Willis Kansas State 6’4 255 2nd-3rd
62 DT Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6’3 304 2nd-3rd
63 RB D’Onta Foreman Texas 6’0 249 2nd-3rd
64 CB Jourdan Lewis Michigan 5’10 188 2nd-3rd
65 QB Patrick Mahomes II Texas Tech 6’3 230 2nd-3rd
66 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Southern California 6’2 220 2nd-3rd
67 SS Jadar Johnson Clemson 6’1 198 2nd-3rd
68 CB Chidobe Awuzie Colorado 5’11 205 2nd-3rd
69 CB Quincy Wilson Florida 6’0 213 2nd-3rd
70 OG Dan Feeney Indiana 6’4 304 2nd-3rd
71 DT Carlos Watkins Clemson 6’4 312 3rd
72 SS Eddie Jackson Alabama 6’1 195 3rd
73 DT Chris Wormley Michigan 6’5 297 3rd
74 RB Wayne Gallman Clemson 6’0 210 3rd
75 DT Jarron Jones Notre Dame 6’6 319 3rd
76 RB Marlon Mack South Florida 6’0 205 3rd
77 TE Jake Butt Michigan 6’5 246 3rd
78 DT Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama 6’3 312 3rd
79 WR Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech 6’1 195 3rd
80 OG Zach Banner Southern California 6’8 361 3rd
81 DT Elijah Qualls Washington 6’0 321 3rd
82 OG Dion Dawkins Temple 6’4 317 3rd
83 TE Gerald Everett South Alabama 6’3 227 3rd
84 CB Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 6’0 198 3rd
85 OT Taylor Moton Western Michigan 6’5 330 3rd
86 TE Adam Shaheen Ashland 6’6 277 3rd
87 C Ethan Pocic LSU 6’6 307 3rd
88 DT Jaleel Johnson Iowa 6’3 309 3rd
89 WR Amara Darboh Michigan 6’2 215 3rd
90 DE D.J. Smoot Illinois 6’3 255 3rd-4th
91 ILB Kendell Beckwith LSU 6’3 255 3rd-4th
92 CB Rasul Douglas West Virginia 6’2 204 3rd-4th
93 WR Chris Godwin Penn State 6’1 208 3rd-4th
94 OG Damien Mama Southern California 6’4 325 3rd-4th
95 CB Kevin King Washington 6’4 186 3rd-4th
96 QB Davis Webb California 6’5 229 3rd-4th
97 WR Noah Brown Ohio State 6’2 218 3rd-4th
98 OG David Sharpe Florida 6’6 357 3rd-4th
99 RB Samaje Perine Oklahoma 5’10 235 3rd-4th
100 WR Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky 5’11 198 3rd-4th
101 DE Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova 6’7 280 3rd-4th
102 FS Justin Evans Texas A&M 6’0 193 3rd-4th
103 WR Malachi Dupre LSU 6’3 195 3rd-4th
104 SS Josh Harvey-Clemons Louisville 6’4 228 3rd-4th
105 TE Jordan Leggett Clemson 6’5 264 4th
106 QB Brad Kaaya Miami 6’3 210 4th
107 DE Deatrich Wise Jr. Arkansas 6’5 275 4th
108 CB Marquez White Florida State 6’0 184 4th
109 TE Cole Hikutini Louisville 6’4 245 4th
110 RB Jeremy McNichols Boise State 5’9 207 4th
111 WR Ryan Switzer North Carolina 5’9 179 4th
112 DE Carroll Phillips Illinois 6’3 237 4th
113 RB Alvin Kamara Tennessee 5’10 215 4th
114 OG Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh 6’5 311 4th
115 ILB Anthony Walker Northwestern 6’0 245 4th
116 RB Kareem Hunt Toledo 5’11 208 4th
117 DT Montravius Adams Auburn 6’3 308 4th
118 DE Derek Rivers Youngstown State 6’4 250 4th
119 WR KD Cannon Baylor 6’0 180 4th
120 OT Antonio Garcia Troy 6’6 293 4th-5th
121 CB Howard Wilson Houston 6’1 185 4th-5th
122 WR Carlos Henderson Louisiana Tech 5’10 191 4th-5th
123 RB Matt Dayes North Carolina State 5’9 207 4th-5th
124 FS Marcus Maye Florida 6’0 209 4th-5th
125 C Tyler Orlosky West Virginia 6’3 292 4th-5th
126 DT Nazair Jones North Carolina 6’4 310 4th-5th
127 DE Tarell Basham Ohio 6’4 259 4th-5th
128 OG Jordan Morgan Kutztown 6’3 313 4th-5th
129 FS Josh Jones North Carolina State 6’2 215 4th-5th
130 OT Avery Gennesy Texas A&M 6’3 308 4th-5th
131 OT Chad Wheeler Southern California 6’7 316 4th-5th
132 RB Jamaal Williams BYU 6’0 211 4th-5th
133 RB James Conner Pittsburgh 6’1 235 4th-5th
134 OG Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State 6’4 306 4th-5th
135 CB Ahkello Witherspoon Colorado 6’2 195 4th-5th
136 WR Travis Rudolph Florida State 6’1 192 4th-5th
137 QB Nate Peterman Pittsburgh 6’3 225 4th-5th
138 DT Eddie Vanderdoes UCLA 6’3 320 4th-5th
139 SS Lorenzo Jerome Saint Francis (PA) 5’11 202 5th
140 SS John Johnson Boston College 6’1 205 5th
141 RB Joe Mixon Oklahoma 6’1 226 5th
142 SS Rayshawn Jenkins Miami 6’1 220 5th
143 OG Nico Siragusa San Diego State 6’5 326 5th
144 WR Fred Ross Mississippi State 6’1 203 5th
145 DT Ryan Glasgow Michigan 6’3 299 5th
146 DE Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic 6’4 255 5th
147 WR Shelton Gibson West Virginia 5’11 198 5th
148 TE Cethan Carter Nebraska 6’3 234 5th
149 OLB Vince Biegel Wisconsin 6’3 242 5th
150 DE Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia 6’2 275 5th
151 OG Isaac Asiata Utah 6’3 325 5th
152 DE Daeshon Hall Texas A&M 6’5 265 5th
153 OG Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky 6’4 305 5th
154 WR Artavis Scott Clemson 5’10 193 5th
155 CB Ezra Robinson Tennessee State 5’11 185 5th
156 WR Amba Etta-Tawo Syracuse 6’1 198 5th
157 ILB Connor Harris Lindenwood (MO) 5’11 241 5th
158 CB Treston Decoud Oregon State 6’2 203 5th
159 RB Brian Hill Wyoming 6’0 219 5th
160 CB Damontae Kazee San Diego State 5’10 183 5th
161 K Zane Gonzalez Arizona State 6’1 201 5th-6th
162 TE Jeremy Sprinkle Arkansas 6’5 256 5th-6th
163 DE Garrett Sickels Penn State 6’3 260 5th-6th
164 SS Tedric Thompson Colorado 6’0 211 5th-6th
165 QB Jerod Evans Virginia Tech 6’3 238 5th-6th
166 DT Tanzel Smart Tulane 6’1 296 5th-6th
167 RB Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State 5’8 169 5th-6th
168 OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee 6’0 229 5th-6th
169 C Kyle Fuller Baylor 6’5 306 5th-6th
170 QB C.J. Beathard Iowa 6’3 219 5th-6th
171 OT Sam Tevi Utah 6’5 312 5th-6th
172 WR Josh Malone Tennessee 6’2 200 5th-6th
173 TE Michael Roberts Toledo 6’4 261 5th-6th
174 RB Corey Clement Wisconsin 5’10 221 6th
175 OT Julie’n Davenport Bucknell 6’7 310 6th
176 WR Kenny Golladay Northern Illinois 6’4 210 6th
177 OLB Tanner Vallejo Boise State 6’1 225 6th
178 RB Tarik Cohen North Carolina A&T 5’6 178 6th
179 OT Justin Senior Mississippi State 6’5 322 6th
180 OLB Jayon Brown UCLA 5’11 220 6th
181 WR Keon Hatcher Arkansas 6’1 206 6th
182 FS Nate Gerry Nebraska 6’2 214 6th
183 OG Danny Isidora Miami 6’4 311 6th
184 OLB Pita Taumoepenu Utah 6’1 242 6th
185 WR Chad Hansen California 6’1 205 6th
186 C Jon Toth Kentucky 6’5 308 6th
187 RB Elijah McGuire Louisiana Lafayette 5’10 212 6th
188 OG Jermaine Eluemunor Texas A&M 6’4 333 6th
189 RB Aaron Jones UTEP 5’9 205 6th
190 OG Ben Braden Michigan 6’6 335 6th
191 DE Keion Adams Western Michigan 6’2 237 6th-7th
192 WR Josh Reynolds Texas A&M 6’3 187 6th-7th
193 WR Billy Brown Shepherd 6’3 254 6th-7th
194 CB Channing Stribling Michigan 6’1 179 6th-7th
195 RB Elijah Hood North Carolina 5’11 230 6th-7th
196 FS Xavier Woods Louisiana Tech 5’11 203 6th-7th
197 WR Rodney Adams South Florida 6’1 190 6th-7th
198 TE Eric Saubert Drake 6’5 247 6th-7th
199 OLB Tyus Bowser Houston 6’3 244 6th-7th
200 DT Grover Stewart Albany State (GA) 6’4 347 6th-7th
201 DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu Southern California 6’1 350 6th-7th
202 OLB Ejuan Price Pittsburgh 5’11 246 6th-7th
203 DE Keionta Davis Chattanooga 6’3 274 6th-7th
204 P Toby Baker Arkansas 6’3 207 6th-7th
205 CB Brian Allen Utah 6’3 208 6th-7th
206 WR Trent Taylor Louisiana Tech 5’8 177 6th-7th
207 OT Will Holden Vanderbilt 6’7 313 6th-7th
208 WR Zach Pascal Old Dominion 6’2 216 6th-7th
209 ILB Riley Bullough Michigan State 6’2 228 6th-7th
210 TE Jonnu Smith Florida International 6’3 245 6th-7th
211 DE Hunter Dimick Utah 6’3 274 6th-7th
212 QB Joshua Dobbs Tennessee 6’3 216 6th-7th
213 CB Jack Tocho North Carolina State 6’0 200 6th-7th
214 WR Stacy Coley Miami 6’0 195 6th-7th
215 OT Conor McDermott UCLA 6’8 305 6th-7th
216 OLB Dylan Donahue West Georgia 6’2 243 7th
217 WR Jalen Robinette Air Force 6’3 215 7th
218 CB Corn Elder Miami 5’10 179 7th
219 OT Dan Skipper Arkansas 6’9 317 7th
220 DE Isaac Rochell Notre Dame 6’4 282 7th
221 OG Cameron Lee Illinois State 6’4 316 7th
222 RB T.J. Logan North Carolina 5’9 195 7th
223 WR Victor Bolden Oregon State 5’9 175 7th
224 CB Brandon Wilson Houston 5’10 201 7th
225 ILB Keith Kelsey Louisville 6’0 236 7th
226 RB De’Angelo Henderson Coastal Carolina 5’8 209 7th
227 TE George Kittle Iowa 6’4 250 7th
228 RB I’Tavius Mathers Middle Tennessee State 5’11 198 7th
229 OT Jerry Ugokwe William & Mary 6’7 318 7th
230 OG Corey Levin Chattanooga 6’4 305 7th
231 WR Ishmael Zamora Baylor 6’3 215 7th-PFA
232 DT Charles Walker Oklahoma 6’2 297 7th-PFA
233 OLB Alexander “Alex” Anzalone Florida 6’3 240 7th-PFA
234 WR Mack Hollins North Carolina 6’4 207 7th-PFA
235 OG Michael Dunn Maryland 6’5 297 7th-PFA
236 RB Joseph “Joe” Williams Utah 5’11 202 7th-PFA
237 FS Shalom Luani Washington State 6’0 195 7th-PFA
238 OLB Elijah Lee Kansas State 6’3 228 7th-PFA
239 WR Isaiah McKenzie Georgia 5’8 175 7th-PFA
240 DE Darius English South Carolina 6’5 237 7th-PFA
241 FS Michael “Mike” Tyson Cincinnati 6’1 198 7th-PFA
242 FS Johnathan “Rudy” Ford Auburn 5’11 200 7th-PFA
243 SS Devin Chappell Oregon State 6’1 201 7th-PFA
244 ILB Hardy Nickerson Illinois 6’0 236 7th-PFA
245 OT Collin Buchanan Miami (Ohio) 6’5 324 7th-PFA
246 WR James Quick Louisville 6’0 177 7th-PFA
247 DT David “D.J.” Jones Mississippi 6’0 320 7th-PFA
248 OT Javarius Leamon South Carolina State 6’7 328 7th-PFA
249 ILB Kevin Davis Colorado State 6’1 237 7th-PFA
250 WR Keevan Lucas Tulsa 5’9 192 7th-PFA
251 CB Shaquill Griffin Central Florida 6’0 198 7th-PFA
252 QB Cooper Rush Central Michigan 6’3 229 7th-PFA
253 ILB Havea “Harvey” Langi BYU 6’2 252 7th-PFA
254 WR Thomas Sperbeck Boise State 6’0 180 7th-PFA
255 DE Josh Carraway TCU 6’3 241 7th-PFA
256 RB Stanley “Boom” Williams Kentucky 5’9 196 7th-PFA
257 RB De’Veon Smith Michigan 5’11 220 7th-PFA
258 CB Jalen Myrick Minnesota 5’10 202 7th-PFA
259 WR Travin Dural LSU 6’1 206 7th-PFA
260 FS Damarius Travis Minnesota 6’1 211 7th-PFA
261 CB Brendan Langley Lamar 6’0 199 7th-PFA
262 CB Jeremy Clark Michigan 6’3 206 7th-PFA
263 TE Scott Orndoff Pittsburgh 6’5 254 7th-PFA
264 CB Aarion Penton Missouri 5’9 177 7th-PFA
265 RB Taquan Mizzell Virginia 5’10 194 7th-PFA
266 FS Delano Hill Michigan 6’1 207 7th-PFA
267 DE Avery Moss Youngstown State 6’3 262 7th-PFA
268 DT Jarrod “Chunky” Clements Illinois 6’3 297 7th-PFA
269 ILB Benjamin “Ben” Gedeon Michigan 6’2 243 7th-PFA
270 CB Jeremy Cutrer Middle Tennessee State 6’1 159 7th-PFA
271 OT Aviante Collins TCU 6’4 305 7th-PFA
272 OT Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh 6’6 307 7th-PFA
273 ILB Marquel Lee Wake Forest 6’3 230 7th-PFA
274 DE Bryan Cox Jr. Florida 6’3 264 7th-PFA
275 TE Darrell Daniels Washington 6’3 254 7th-PFA
276 ILB David “Brooks” Ellis Arkansas 6’2 244 7th-PFA
277 CB Nathan “Nate” Hairston Temple 6’0 192 7th-PFA
278 OLB Tashawn Bower LSU 6’4 248 7th-PFA
279 SS Montae Nicholson Michigan State 6’1 219 7th-PFA
280 WR Michael Rector Stanford 6’0 187 7th-PFA
281 QB Chad Kelly Mississippi 6’2 213 PFA
282 WR Gabriel “Gabe” Marks Washington State 5’11 185 PFA
283 WR Darreus Rogers Southern California 6’1 220 PFA
284 DE Joe Mathis Washington 6’2 254 PFA
285 FB Freddie Stevenson Florida State 6’0 236 PFA
286 RB Justin Davis Southern California 6’1 198 PFA
287 CB Fabian Moreau UCLA 6’0 205 PFA
288 OLB Matt Milano Boston College 6’0 216 PFA
289 WR Jehu Chesson Michigan 6’3 207 PFA
290 ILB Ben Boulware Clemson 6’0 236 PFA
291 CB Breon Borders Duke 6’0 186 PFA
292 QB Seth Russell Baylor 6’3 203 PFA
293 OLB Duke Riley LSU 6’1 231 PFA
294 TE Pharaoh Brown Oregon 6’5 248 PFA
295 SS Darrion Millines Southern Methodist 5’11 203 PFA
296 OLB Steven Taylor Houston 6’1 224 PFA
297 TE Colin Jeter LSU 6’6 250 PFA
298 WR Robert Davis Georgia State 6’3 225 PFA
299 CB Jamal Agnew San Diego 5’9 185 PFA
300 WR Noel Thomas Connecticut 6’0 200 PFA
301 CB Arthur Maulet Memphis 5’9 188 PFA
302 FS Charles “Chuck” Clark Virginia Tech 6’0 205 PFA
303 ILB Blair Brown Ohio 6’0 234 PFA
304 OT Andreas Knappe Connecticut 6’8 323 PFA
305 FS Kaimana “Kai” Nacua BYU 6’1 216 PFA
306 WR Drew Morgan Arkansas 6’0 190 PFA
307 WR Quincy Adeboyejo Mississippi 6’3 192 PFA
308 RB Devine Redding Indiana 5’9 208 PFA
309 WR Johnathan “Bug” Howard North Carolina 6’4 218 PFA
310 SS Jamal Carter Miami 6’1 214 PFA
311 RB Jahad Thomas Temple 5’10 192 PFA
312 WR Jamari Staples Louisville 6’3 190 PFA
313 ILB Calvin Munson San Diego State 6’1 245 PFA
314 OLB Eric Wilson Cincinnati 6’1 225 PFA
315 OT Jonah Pirsig Minnesota 6’8 316 PFA
316 P Paul “Justin” Vogel Miami 6’4 216 PFA
317 DE Lewis Neal LSU 6’0 274 PFA
318 SS Denzel Johnson TCU 6’0 207 PFA
319 TE Hayden Plinke UTEP 6’4 258 PFA
320 DE Al-Quadin Muhammad Miami 6’3 256 PFA
321 DT Treyvon Hester Toledo 6’3 312 PFA
322 C Chase Roullier Wyoming 6’3 321 PFA
323 DE Johnathan Calvin Mississippi State 6’3 269 PFA
324 FB Samuel “Sam” Rogers Virginia Tech 5’10 231 PFA
325 TE Josiah Price Michigan State 6’3 256 PFA
326 OLB Isaiah Irving San Jose State 6’3 252 PFA
327 K Rigoberto Sanchez Hawaii 6’0 188 PFA
328 C Anthony McMeans New Mexico State 6’1 318 PFA
329 OT Cole Croston Iowa 6’6 306 PFA
330 OLB Dylan Cole Missouri State 6’0 233 PFA
331 OG Sean Harlow Oregon State 6’4 295 PFA
332 RB Dare Ogunbowale Wisconsin 5’10 208 PFA
333 SS Damariay Drew California 5’10 186 PFA
334 OLB Kennan Gilchrist Appalachian State 6’0 226 PFA
335 DT Jeremiah Ledbetter Arkansas 6’3 281 PFA
336 OT Austin Schmidt Illinois 6’6 296 PFA
337 OLB Psalm Wooching Washington 6’4 231 PFA
338 FS David Jones Richmond 6’0 210 PFA
339 SS Adrian Colbert Miami 6’0 205 PFA
340 TE Dan Brunskill San Diego State 6’5 257 PFA
341 CB Ashton Lampkin Oklahoma State 6’0 189 PFA
342 DE Pat O’Connor Eastern Michigan 6’4 275 PFA
343 WR Kendrick Bourne Eastern Washington 6’1 197 PFA
344 WR Jerome Lane Akron 6’3 220 PFA
345 P Austin Rehkow Idaho 6’3 205 PFA
346 FS Maurice Smith Georgia 5’11 196 PFA
347 OT Levon Myers Northern Illinois 6’5 307 PFA
348 OLB Praise Martin-Oguike Temple 6’1 253 PFA
349 QB Sefo Liufau Colorado 6’3 240 PFA
350 OG Erik Austell Charleston Southern 6’3 290 PFA
351 WR Speedy Noil Texas A&M 5’11 200 PFA
352 FB Nate Iese UCLA 6’3 244 PFA
353 WR Daikiel Shorts Jr. West Virginia 6’0 201 PFA
354 OG Ethan Cooper Indiana (PA) 6’2 334 PFA
355 WR Greg Ward Jr. Houston 5’10 186 PFA
356 C J.J. Dielman Utah 6’5 300 PFA
357 P Hayden Hunt Colorado State 6’0 209 PFA
358 WR Ricky Seals-Jones Texas A&M 6’4 240 PFA
359 CB Will Likely Maryland 5’7 175 PFA
360 DE Ifeadi Odenigbo Northwestern 6’3 257 PFA
361 SS Weston Steelhammer Air Force 6’1 189 PFA
362 OT Jylan Ware Alabama State 6’8 315 PFA
363 WR Jesus Wilson Florida State 5’10 184 PFA
364 OLB Ukeme Eligwe Georgia Southern 6’1 234 PFA
365 QB Trevor Knight Texas A&M 6’0 211 PFA
366 CB Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin 5’10 174 PFA
367 CB Mike Davis BYU 6’2 196 PFA
368 WR Krishawn Hogan Marian (IN) 6’3 224 PFA
369 DT Jeremy Faulk Garden City CC 6’1 305 PFA
370 WR Jordan Westerkamp Nebraska 5’11 194 PFA
371 ILB Nick Usher UTEP 6’3 235 PFA
372 RB Chris Carson Oklahoma State 6’2 206 PFA
373 DE Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech 6’3 260 PFA
374 QB Mitch Leidner Minnesota 6’3 232 PFA
375 K Jake Elliott Memphis 5’9 166 PFA
376 WR Karel Hamilton Samford 6’1 199 PFA
377 P Cameron Johnston Ohio State 6’0 197 PFA
378 WR Chad Williams Grambling State 6’1 204 PFA
379 SS Jeremy Tyler West Virginia 5’11 208 PFA
380 DE Fadol Brown Mississippi 6’5 273 PFA
381 DE Shakir Soto Pittsburgh 6’3 279 PFA
382 OLB Javancy Jones Jackson State 6’1 245 PFA
383 FB Marquez Williams Miami 5’10 275 PFA
384 OG Nate Theaker Wayne State (MI) 6’4 319 PFA
385 SS Quincy Mauger Georgia 6’0 204 PFA
386 FS Max Redfield Notre Dame 6’1 195 PFA
387 WR Kermit Whitfield Florida State 5’8 183 PFA
388 LS Brad Northnagel California 6’2 247 PFA
389 WR Austin Carr Northwestern 6’0 201 PFA
390 OG Kyle Kalis Michigan 6’4 308 PFA
391 TE Evan Baylis Oregon 6’6 252 PFA
392 C Brandon Kublanow Georgia 6’2 302 PFA
393 OT Brandon Greene Alabama 6’5 295 PFA
394 ILB Marcus Oliver Indiana 6’1 240 PFA
395 DE Terence Waugh Kent State 6’2 262 PFA
396 QB Alek Torgensen Penn 6’2 215 PFA
397 DT DeAngelo Brown Louisville 6’0 312 PFA
398 QB Bart Houston Wisconsin 6’3 227 PFA
399 OG Jake Simonich Utah State 6’4 296 PFA
400 RB Anthony Wales Western Kentucky 5’9 194 PFA
401 OT Cole Gardner Eastern Michigan 6’5 295 PFA
402 DT Ralph Green III Indiana 6’3 317 PFA
403 RB Joe Yearby Miami 5’8 200 PFA
404 OT Jonathan McLaughlin Virginia Tech 6’4 293 PFA
405 WR Damore’ea Stringfellow Mississippi 6’1 219 PFA
406 TE Mason Schreck Buffalo 6’4 251 PFA
407 OG Abdul-Kareem Are Florida State 6’5 325 PFA
408 FS Randall Goforth UCLA 5’10 185 PFA
409 OLB Avery Williams Temple 5’9 224 PFA
410 FB Dakota Ball Alabama 6’3 254 PFA
411 OG Johnny Caspers Stanford 6’3 291 PFA
412 DE Dylan Bradley Southern Mississippi 6’1 265 PFA
413 FS Zach Edwards Cincinnati 5’11 199 PFA
414 DE Gimel President Illinois 6’4 265 PFA
415 WR DeAngelo Yancey Purdue 6’1 220 PFA
416 TE Anthony Firkser Harvard 6’2 235 PFA
417 OG Greg Pyke Georgia 6’5 325 PFA
418 CB Josh Holsey Auburn 5’11 198 PFA
419 K Harrison Butker Georgia Tech 6’4 210 PFA
420 WR KeVonn Mabon Ball State 6’1 215 PFA
421 K Matt Davis UNC Pembroke 6’0 190 PFA
422 DT Darrien Howard West Virginia 6’0 300 PFA
423 C Cameron Tom Southern Mississippi 6’4 291 PFA
424 ILB Tre’von Johnson Weber State 6’0 231 PFA
425 SS Reggie Daniels Oregon 6’1 214 PFA
426 C Jay Guillermo Clemson 6’3 301 PFA
427 FS Demetrious Cox Michigan State 5’11 191 PFA
428 OLB Tau Lotulelei UNLV 6’0 235 PFA
429 RB Brandon Radcliff Louisville 5’9 209 PFA
430 DE Alex Barrett San Diego State 6’2 244 PFA
431 CB Najee Murray Kent State 5’9 180 PFA
432 OLB Sam McCaskill Boise State 6’3 256 PFA
433 DT Patrick Gamble Georgia Tech 6’4 277 PFA
434 OLB Brandon Bell Penn State 6’1 232 PFA
435 ILB Austin Calitro Villanova 6’1 250 PFA
436 K Adam Griffith Alabama 5’10 192 PFA
437 FS Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma 6’0 215 PFA
438 FS Dymonte Thomas Michigan 5’11 195 PFA
439 OG Alex Kozan Auburn 6’3 309 PFA
440 ILB Jordan Evans Oklahoma 6’2 240 PFA
441 OLB Christian Kuntz Duquesne 6’1 230 PFA
442 CB Brad Watson Wake Forest 6’0 192 PFA
443 C Lucas Crowley North Carolina 6’2 297 PFA
444 WR R.J. Shelton Michigan State 5’10 203 PFA
445 K Conrad Ukropina Stanford 6’0 186 PFA
446 OLB James Onwualu Notre Dame 6’1 230 PFA
447 C Freddie Burden Georgia Tech 6’4 299 PFA
448 OG Jake Eldrenkamp Washington 6’4 301 PFA
449 CB Tony Bridges Mississippi 6’0 184 PFA
450 DT Winston Craig Richmond 6’3 292 PFA
451 OLB Samson Ebukam Eastern Washington 6’1 248 PFA
452 OT Erik Magnuson Michigan 6’5 303 PFA
453 FS Leon McQuay III Southern California 6’1 192 PFA
454 CB Xavier Coleman Portland State 5’11 205 PFA
455 RB William Stanback Virginia Union 6’0 225 PFA
456 RB Tarean Folston Notre Dame 5’9 214 PFA
457 SS D’Nerius Antoine Southern Mississippi 5’11 219 PFA
458 SS Casey DeAndrade New Hampshire 5’11 212 PFA
459 LS Colin Holba Louisville 6’4 245 PFA
460 DT Josh Tupou Colorado 6’3 362 PFA
461 OLB Jimmie Gilbert Colorado 6’4 223 PFA
462 P Kenny Allen Michigan 6’4 222 PFA
463 CB Josh Thornton Southern Utah 5’11 180 PFA
464 DE Karter Schult Northern Iowa 6’3 263 PFA
465 C Tobijah Hughley Louisville 6’1 289 PFA
466 OT Storm Norton Toledo 6’8 308 PFA
467 TE Blake Jarwin Oklahoma State 6’5 244 PFA
468 QB Zach Terrell Western Michigan 6’1 206 PFA
469 DT Aaron Curry TCU 6’2 280 PFA
470 FS Fish Smithson Kansas 5’10 197 PFA
471 FB Prescott Line Michigan State 5’11 253 PFA
472 OG Gavin Andrews Oregon State 6’5 339 PFA
473 WR Corey Smith Ohio State 5’11 185 PFA
474 SS Orion Stewart Baylor 6’0 198 PFA
475 DT Woody Baron Virginia Tech 6’1 280 PFA
476 FB Alex Armah West Georgia 6’0 247 PFA
477 WR Garry Brown California (PA) 6’0 194 PFA
478 OG Fred Zerblis Colorado State 6’2 306 PFA
479 CB Des Lawrence North Carolina 6’0 188 PFA
480 WR Tim Patrick Utah 6’4 208 PFA
481 WR Gehrig Dieter Alabama 6’2 208 PFA
482 RB Rushel Shell West Virginia 5’10 227 PFA
483 SS Dallas Lloyd Stanford 6’2 210 PFA
484 QB Antonio Pipkin Tiffin (OH) 6’1 225 PFA
485 CB Marcus Rios UCLA 5’11 185 PFA
486 FS Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State 5’11 196 PFA
487 LS Cole Mazza Alabama 6’1 236 PFA
488 DE Collin Bevins Northwest Missouri State 6’5 285 PFA
489 DT Matt Godin Michigan 6’5 288 PFA
490 OG Zack Johnson North Dakota State 6’4 346 PFA
491 ILB Keith Brown Western Kentucky 6’0 241 PFA
492 FB Emmanuel Holder Towson 5’11 241 PFA
493 DE Evan Schwan Penn State 6’5 263 PFA
494 OT Victor Salako Oklahoma State 6’6 327 PFA
495 SS Donald Payne Stetson 6’0 223 PFA
496 ILB Jordan Herdman Simon Fraser 5’11 238 PFA
497 OT Jemar Clark Arkansas State 6’6 295 PFA
498 C Max Halpin Western Kentucky 6’4 297 PFA
499 TE Antony Auclair Laval (CAN) 6’6 256 PFA
500 FB Michael Zunica Kansas 5’11 226 PFA

 

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One-on-One with Myles Garrett http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/one-one-myles-garrett/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/one-one-myles-garrett/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:00:05 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169256 He is a two-time All-American and was named to the freshmen All-American team in 2014 after totaling 11 sacks and 12.5 tackles for losses. He ranks 11th on the NCAA career sack leaderboard and is second all-time in SEC history. At 6’6 270 pounds, Myles Garrett is considered a lock to go number one in the 2017 NFL Draft coming out of Texas A&M. He talked about what it would mean to be drafted first.

Garrett said, “It would prove how hard I’ve been working, the work I put in and the investments people have made in me such as my coaches and teammates.”

Garrett was a monster since the first snap he took at Texas A&M. He has often been compared to Jadeveon Clowney. Garrett has the same closing speed and quick-twitch style like Clowney. He has the wingspan of a pterodactyl that he uses to fight off blocks. He has good hips and balance in his core that allows him to contort his body in unorthodox ways to provide pressure on quarterbacks. His long arms bother quarterbacks because they ruin passing lanes. Garrett obliterated ball carriers and forced seven fumbles in his career as an Aggie as well.

The Arlington native finished with 31 career sacks as he consistently drew double teams or received the occasional chip block from a tight end or tailback. He broke the Aggies freshman record for sacks in the first six games and the SEC freshman sack record, set by Clowney, in nine games. The best part about him is that he shows up in the run game. He finished his career with 47 TFLs as he quickly jumped snaps to frustrate offensive coordinators.

Every player has someone or a group of people in their lives that push them to be great. Garrett talked about the mentors in his life. He said, “Probably in high school it was coach Gonzo he was my defensive end coach. My parents always gave great advice.”

The former Aggie continues to get ready for life as a NFL player by going on different sports outlets or doing interviews. He said he has been in front of microphones and cameras during his days at College Station, but recognizes this is a bigger stage. One thing he is not used to yet is meeting NFL legends.

Garrett remarked, “I’ll never get used to meeting all these legends and guys that laid the ground work for the game and that’s really what’s been a new experience for me.”

He was excited to be down in Houston for the Super Bowl with his family. Garrett will now focus his time and energy on doing everything he can to make sure his name is uttered first from Roger Goodell on draft day.

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Interview with Leonard Fournette http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/interview-leonard-fournette/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/interview-leonard-fournette/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:30:35 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169250 Arguably the top rated back coming out of college since Adrian Peterson, Leonard Fournette is one of the best players in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has ideal size at 6’1 and is anywhere from 220 to 235 pounds. Fournette does not play around when he totes the rock as he finds the hole and then it is off to the races. He is hard to tackle one-on-one, but he can move a pile as well. Fournette is never a victim of big hits as he dishes out the punishment with his physical style. He has sneaky game-breaking speed to take it to the house. Fournette is the kind of running back kids create on Madden.

At LSU, Fournette started his career off with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as certainly he was worth the price of admission. He even had Lil Wayne often singing his praises on Twitter. His moment of validation was when he ran for 140 yards and two scores against a vaunted Florida Gators defense in The Swamp. LSU won 30-27 as a star was born.

As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,000 yards in his first five games and became the 10th back in FBS history to do so. He joined a list that included Barry Sanders and Marcus Allen. He finished the season with 1,953 yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, and was a first team All-American selection. His yards and touchdowns became school records.

Heading into his junior campaign, the New Orleans native was pegged the favorite to win the Heisman trophy. However, injuries were the only thing that could slow Fournette down as he played in just seven games. He still managed to gain 843 yards and score seven times including a school-record 284 yards against the Mississippi Rebels. Upon season’s end, Fournette announced he would forego his senior year to enter the NFL Draft. He finished his career with 3,830 rushing yards, 41 total touchdowns, and averaged a remarkable 6.2 yards per carry. Fournette is focused on getting to the league and he talked about what it would mean to play in the NFL.

“It’s an honor that’s, to me, every little boy’s dream just to be able to play in the NFL. It’s a honor and a blessing,” Fournette said graciously.

The former Tiger recently signed a deal with Panini who is known for their trading cards and signed sports memorabilia. Fournette was excited to be a part of the family and helped with a Skills Clinic at a local YMCA in Houston. He signed with Roc Nation Sports and has the makings to be one of the best players they work with. Fournette talked about who has been the biggest influence and the person that has always been in his corner.

He stated, “My father because he’s always been in my life, all my life, and that’s all that matters.”

Having someone so influential can be important for a young player like Fournette as he transitions to the league.

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A look into the upcoming season with the Dallas Cowboys http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/look-upcoming-season-dallas-cowboys/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/look-upcoming-season-dallas-cowboys/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:02:06 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169246 Coming off a disappointing lost to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, the Cowboys needs to invest in their secondary. With a 13-3 record, the Cowboys displayed a lot of patience with their running attack, made it comfortable for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, and went back to playing fundamental ball.

On the offensive end Prescott delivered the ball right on time to his wide receivers, changed the pace of the game, located blitzes and changed the play if he did not like what he saw. The offensive line should have gotten MVP with making it easy for Prescott to step up in the pocket and deliver an accurate pass. Prescott’s numbers increased each week. He was completing 67.8% of his passes, had 23 touchdowns with only 4 picks, and threw for 3,667 yards last season. Dallas Cowboys v Green Bay Packers

However, the Cowboys are looking to either trade Tony Romo or keep him on the team. As the season wore on, there was speculation that Romo was not happy about being a back-up QB, but he shut all of those rumors down with a press conference in November. “You see football is a meritocracy. You aren’t handed anything. You earn everything every single day single day, over and over again. You have to prove it. That’s the way that the NFL, that’s the way that football works. A great example of this is Dak Prescott and what he’s done. He’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that’s hard to do. If you think for a second that I don’t want to be out there, then you’ve probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn’t left me. In fact it may burn more now than ever.”

Right now the Cowboys have to figure a way to either give Romo an extension, trade, or release him. He has verbally stated that he is testing the waters out from other teams. If the Cowboys give him up, they will need to find an more experience back-up just in case Prescott gets hurt. Mark Sanchez is the third string QB for now, but Sanchez is very inconsistent. One game he can light you up, the next game he will throw a couple picks.

The Cowboys need to find someone that could help Prescott. His first year was beyond phenomenal, but he might hit the sophomore slump, like RG III and Andrew Luck has hit after their first year in the NFL.

Another interesting turn of events is the running back core. Rookie running back sensation Ezekiel Elliott has tore up the league with his unique vision. Usually backs that come in the league has to progress with their vision. Elliot did not have the freshman slump nor did he back down from taking every challenge. Coming into his first game, people was already comparing him to the Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Elliot did not disappoint. He has the speed, will power, and the skill set to take this team far.

With Elliot being a dominate force on the ground, big plays opened up the field for the Cowboys. Elliot finished the season with 322 touches for 1,631 yards, 5.1 per yard average, and 15 touchdowns. This has to continue in order for Prescott to improve. Just because Elliot put a lot of pressure on the defense, the defense would have to put eight guys in the “box” or a QB spy on Prescott, because he could get yards with his feet. Which made it easier for the Cowboys to get yards on the play.

However the Cowboys has an interest with getting Adrian Peterson if he is released by the Vikings; how much will the Cowboys have to spend getting Peterson or will they continue with their other back-up running backs. The Cowboys should spend money on making sure their defensive line is capable of putting pressure on QB’s.

On the defensive end, the Cowboys could not hold their water. For an example with 13 seconds left in the game against the Packers, why would you not put pressure on Rodgers? Without putting pressure on Rodgers, Rodgers found his receiver with an unbelievable catch on the sideline, put the Packers into field goal position, and won the game off a field goal.

Dallas was ranked 6th in their defense, but lacked discipline, killed themselves with good field position, and at times were confused with who to cover.

 

The Cowboys have a great chance to get back into the post season with cleaning a bit of their grey areas. In the NFL draft, they may have to take a look with getting a defensive end to put pressure on QB’s. In the first half of the season, they had problems with getting that first push. They need to find a player that has speed and power to get to the QB.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2017-nfl-mock-draft-1-0/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2017-nfl-mock-draft-1-0/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:00:59 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169227 Welcome to the 2017 NFL *mock* draft. The official draft takes place April 27th to the 29th. Before than, 32 NFL teams do their diligence scouting college prospects to see who can improve their team. NFL teams will get a chance look at the prospects on Feb. 28 through March 6at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their Super Bowl victory. Now it is time for the 32 NFL teams to prepare for the 2017-2018 season in hopes to winning the Super Bowl. Lets take a look at college prospects teams can end up taking.

1) Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett 2017 NFL Draft

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Earlier in February, Garrett pleaded with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett to trade QB Tony Romo and a couple picks to the Browns so the Cowboys can take him at number one. It is a 99.9 percent chance that does NOT happen, so Garrett is most likely headed to Cleveland.

Garrett is someone the Browns absolutely cannot pass on. His pass rushing ability improves this team dramatically and is a type of player the Browns need to turn their franchise around.

2) San Francisco 49ers

Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama: The Kyle Shananhan era has started and it makes a lot of sense for the 49ers to take a QB to go along with their offensive minded head coach. Allen is a player a team should not pass on. If the 49ers select Allen, it will be the third consecutive year the 49ers have taken a defensive lineman in the first round after taking Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner the previous two drafts.

Allen terrorized college quarterbacks in his final year at Alabama. He was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award for the best defensive player in the NCAA and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Allen recorded 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 2016 while playing both the defensive end and defensive tackle positions.

3) Chicago Bears

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: Bears fans rejoice, the Jay Cutler era in Chicago appears to be over. The team is actively looking for trade partners for the 11-year quarterback. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported retirement is an option for Cutler, but either way the Bears win if Cutler is not on their roster in the upcoming season.

In 2016, Trubisky spent his first season as the full time starting quarterback at North Carolina and impressed scouts enough to be to be drafted this high. He showed accuracy completing 68 percent of his passes, which ranked fifth in the country. Trubisky has good pocket presence and is athletic enough to hurt a defense with his feet. Standing at 6’3” and 220 pounds, he has the proper frame to withstand NFL punishment.

4) Jacksonville Jaguars

Jamal Adams, S, LSU: Jaguars S Johnathan Cyprien is headed to free agency as soon as March 9th hits and is considered to draw a sizable market. Cyprien is good, but Adams can become a All-Pro safety for years to come. Adams is a freak athlete and provides a defensive impact in the secondary from day one.

By taking Adams, the Jaguars save money and get a freakish athlete at the safety position. He is not afraid to tackle and looks to set the tone for the defense with his hard-hitting ability.

5) Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams)

Mike Williams 2017 NFL Draft

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: Applaud the Titans for the moves they have made since last season. They traded for RB Demarco Murray who finished third in rushing in 2016 with 1,287 yards. They traded the number one overall pick to the Rams and took OT Jack Conklin who was named first team AP All-Pro as a rookie. They found their running back of the future in Derrick Henry in the same draft. And now they have two first round picks.

Williams makes sense here. The Titans have a strong running game, but do not have a number one receiver for QB Marcus Mariota. Williams becomes that guy with this pick. Williams does not serve as a good route runner, but uses his 6’3” frame to shield defensive backs and go up for the football.

6) New York Jets

Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: Watching CB Darrelle Revis play last year was just sad. He was constantly beat on deep routes and showed Revis Island is now a resort where everyone can visit. With Revis losing a step or two, insert Lattimore.

The 2017 NFL Draft is deep at the cornerback position and Lattimore probably serves as the best cover corner. He was targeted 35 times and only allowed 14 catches to go along with four interceptions in 2016. At 6’1” and 192, Lattimore is able to cover bigger receivers and is not afraid to stick his nose in there and tackle.

7) Los Angeles Chargers

Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: Two Ohio State secondary players are taken back-to-back here with Hooker being selected by the Chargers.

When the Chargers let Eric Weddle walk last season it left a big hole at the safety position. Hooker was a big time playmaker for Ohio State intercepting seven passes and returning three for touchdowns. He has great range and can be an impact starter for years to come.

 

8) Carolina Panthers

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: After playing in the Super Bowl a year ago, the Panthers did not play up to expectations in 2016. It would not be a surprise if the Panthers get back to being Super Bowl contenders in the 2017-2018 and selecting Fournette would help their chances.

At age 29, RB Jonathan Stewart is not getting any younger. It is time to find his future replacement and add depth behind him. Stewart missed three games in 2016 and the Panthers lacked the talent behind to carry his workload. Fournette is a downhill runner that displays power when he runs. With QB Cam Newton, adding Fournette can give the Panthers a powerful backfield.

9) Cincinnati Bengals

Rueben Foster, LB, Alabama: Linebacker Rey Maualuga turned 30 earlier this year and it is no telling how his body will hold up in the future.

Foster has bad intentions when tackling ball carries. He lost 15 pounds before 2016 season, which gave him more speed and explosiveness. Ranges from sideline-to-sideline and has the ability to cover running backs out the backfield. Foster gives the Bengals a linebacker for the next 10 years.

10) Buffalo Bills

Deshaun Watson 2017 NFL Draft

Deshuan Watson, QB, Clemson: The Bills have issues at the quarterback position with Tyrod Taylor contract situation. Taylor has proven he can play the quarterback position in the NFL, but the Bills do not want to pay him the $27.5 million he is due. Hopefully both sides get that situation handled and the Bills draft the quarterback of the future in Watson.

Simply put, Watson is a winner. In the last two years, Watson has a record of 28-2 as a starter and led Clemson to the National Championship both years. He was able to lead Clemson to victory in the championship against Alabama after losing the previous year. He puts on a show when the lights are the brightest. He combined for a total of 1,056 yards of offense and eight touchdowns in the two championship games.

11) New Orleans Saints

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington: There is no nice way to put it; the Saints are terrible at defending the pass. They ranked last in the NFL with 274 passing yards allowed per game. Quarterback Drew Brees often found himself in shootouts in 2016 because his defense could not stop the opposing offense.

Jones improves the Saints secondary in everyway. He uses great press technique to make it hard for receivers to get into their route and has great ball skills. He intercepted nine passes and was able to get his hand on the football 21.3 percent of the times over the last two years at Washington. Jones was named first team all Pac-12 and may be the best player on a talented Washington defense.

12) Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles)

DeShone Kizer, QB, Norte Dame: It is possible the Browns can trade this pick to the New England Patriots for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but if they don’t Kizer is the next best option for them.

This could be a reach at 12, but the Browns need a quarterback in the worst way. They have had 26 different starting quarterbacks since 1999, the most in the NFL since and should look to stabilize the position this offseason. Kizer posses a big arm and can make all the NFL throws. He showed inconsistency in 2016, but has ability to Browns head coach Hue Jackson can work with.

13) Arizona Cardinals

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: Whatever side CB Patrick Peterson was not on teams attacked the other side. The Cardinals tried both rookie CB Brandon Williams and CB Marcus Cooper, but Wilson gives the team a much-needed upgrade.

Wilson provides physicality at the cornerback position at 6’1” 213 pounds. Wilson is the typical size for a NFL corner and possesses the ability to cover top receivers. He showed the confidence and ability at Florida to do so.

14) Indianapolis Colts

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: The Colts have never had a 1,000-yard rusher since drafting QB Andrew Luck. Frank Gore is still a valuable running back, but at age 33, it is time to bring in some fresh legs.

Cook is an elusive running back who runs downhill. He is able to make his move and run for a huge gain. He is dangerous in the open field and is able to catch the football out the backfield. Cook is somebody Colts can use to take the pressure off Luck and his arm.

15) Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings)

Corey Davis 2017 NFL Draft

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: Can the Eagles please get QB Carson Wentz some help at receiver? It was hard watching Wentz search for an open receiver to go along with the Eagles receiver dropping the football when Wentz threw a perfect pass.

Jordan Matthews is solid receiver, but he is more of a number two option. Davis gives Wentz and the Eagles a go to option. At 6’3”, Davis is a big body with a fierce attitude on the field and good hands. He dominated in his conference winning the 2016 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and is the college football leader in receiving yards with 5, 285.

16) Baltimore Ravens

Taco Charlton, DE/OLB, Michigan: Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are getting up there in age. Suggs, 34, and Dumervil, 33, the Ravens need to bring in a pass rusher for the future.

In 2016, Charlton lead Michigan in sacks with 9.5 to go along with 13 tackles for lost. Charlton serves as a long athletic player at 6’6” 272 pounds. If a team can get him to play at a consistent, he may become an at least a pro bowler for years to come.

 

17) Washington Redskins

Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: In 2016, the Redskins ranked 24th in stopping the run. They gave up 119.8 yards on the ground and need to get better in that department if they want to get back to the playoffs.

Thomas is well built and can beat blockers with power or quickness. At 6’3” 273 pounds, Thomas is able to get in opposing offenses backfields by making himself skinny and uses a variety of moves to get off the block.

18) Tennessee Titans

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida: The Titans took care an offensive need with their first selection in the first round, now it is time to sure up the defense. In 2016, they were tied second to last in the NFL with 269 yards given up through the air.

Tabor formed a formable duo along with Quincy Wilson at Florida. When the football was in the air, Tabor was at his best. Over the last two years, Tabor defended 28 passes and finished his collegiate career with nine interceptions.

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: Outside of Mike Evans, the Buccaneers do not have a valuable option. Somebody coming in and helping relieve some of the load off Evans can be beneficial for QB Jameis Winston and this offense.

At 6’6” 249 pounds, Howard is another big body for Winston to go along with Evans. Howard causes mismatches for both linebackers and safety with his speed. His two best games in college both came in the National Championship so he knows when to turn it on when the lights are bright.

20) Denver Broncos

David Njoku 2017 NFL Draft

David Njoku, TE, Miami: The Broncos can easily draft an offensive lineman with this pick, but this years draft class lacks talent at the position. It is assumed they will take care of the line in the offseason, so it will be nice to get an offensive weapon with this pick.

In 2016, the Broncos lacked a valuable third receiving option. Njoku can fill that role at the tight end position with his athleticism. He is able to play from the slot and on the line. Njoku still needs to learn the position, but shows the ability to be a future pro bowler.

21) Detroit Lions

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: When a team has only 26 sacks throughout the season, they typically do not win. Thanks to QB Matthew Stafford late game heroics the Lions found a way to win, but need to find a pass rusher to ease their chances.

Barnett notched 13 sacks in 2016 at Tennessee and gives the Lions a pass rusher they desperately need. His hands are his best asset when getting off blocks and plays with good leverage. Barnett can form a nice pass rushing duo with DE Ezekiel Ansah who battled injuries last season.

 

22) Miami Dolphins

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: The Dolphins made great strides last season finishing 10-6 and making the playoffs, ending an eight year drought. In the AFC East, the New England Patriots reign supreme. In the last 15 years, the Patriots have won the division 13 times. The Dolphins can try to take them down and it starts on defense.

Humphrey comes from the great Alabama defensive scheme that comes with a competitive edge. Physicality is not a weakness for him as he is very aggressive from the press. Forced three fumbles in 2016.

23) New York Giants

Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt: The Giants bolstered their defensive line and secondary prior to the 2016 season. Their linebacker core lacks an impact player. Cunningham gives the Giants star potential with his tackling ability.

In 2016, Cunningham led the SEC in tackles and was given first team AP All-American honors. Cunningham is a rangy linebacker who is a three down player. He is like a magnet to the football and has enough athleticism to cover running backs and tight ends.

24) Oakland Raiders

Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida: 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year DE Khalil Mack and LB Bruce Irvin make up one of the best pass rushing duos, but the team still ranked last in sacks with 25. The lack of interior pressure is the reason for that.

Brantley can give the Raiders the interior pass rusher the team needs. Even though he only notched 2.5 sacks in 2016, Brantley is a better pass rusher than the numbers show. His quick punch allows him to close the pocket for the quarterback.

25) Houston Texans

ryan ramczyk 2017 NFL Draft

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin: With lousy quarterback play, the Texans offense struggled. Tony Romo is an option for the Texans if they decide to go that route. If so, it would not hurt to add an offensive tackle to help the injury prone quarterback.

Ramczyk becomes the Texans started right tackle from day one and the future replacement for LT Duane Brown if they choose to select him. He was given AP All-American and All Big Ten honors in 2016. If it were not for hip surgery, Ramczyk might be selected higher.

26) Seattle Seahawks

Garett Bolles, OT, Utah: Quarterback Russell Wilson was seen running for his life throughout the season due to poor offensive line play. The Seahawks surrounded 42 sacks, sixth most in the NFL. They will need to get better on the offensive line and keep their quarterback better protected.

Bolles will be 25 years old when fall camp rolls around, but is talented enough to warrant a first round selection. At Utah, he showed quickness and nice footwork when blocking. The mean streak he plays with gives him an advantage over defenders.

27) Kansas City Chiefs

Hasson Reddick, LB, Temple: Linebacker Derrick Johnson ended his 2016 season after rupturing his Achilles. At age 34, it is an appropriate time for the Chiefs to look for his replacement.

Reddick played at defensive end at Temple, but his skill set allows him to lineup at inside linebacker at the NFL level. In the 2017 Senior Bowl, Reddick flashed brilliance and moved up to a no name to a first round prospect. He is still learning the position, but all he needs is more reps.

28) Dallas Cowboys

Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan: The Cowboys hit the jackpot in the 2016 NFL Draft with RB Ezekiel Elliott and 2016 NFL Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott. They are still waiting on LB Jaylon Smith to hit the field, a top talent who missed the season due to a knee injury. They continue their luck with Peppers falling to them at 28.

Peppers is one of the well-known players in this draft, but his lack of a position hurts him. Michigan lined him up at safety, linebacker, cornerback and even played on offense. He will most likely transition to the safety position. Safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox are free agents this offseason, so selecting Peppers makes a lot of sense here if they choose not to bring them back.

29) Green Bay Packers

Christian MaCaffrey, RB, Stanford: All hail QB Aaron Rodgers. He showed his greatness this season as he got his team one game away from the Super Bowl despite finishing the season with a receiver as the Packers starting running back.

McCaffrey could be another weapon for Rodgers to use in this offense, not just at running back. At Stanford, he was used all over the field. In 2015, McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season.

30) Pittsburgh Steelers

Adoree' Jackson 2017 NFL Draft

Adoree’ Jackson, CB/KR/PR, USC: If the Steelers want to get back to the Super Bowl before QB Ben Roethlisberger retires, they need to sure up the defense. That starts with getting a playmaker in the secondary.

Jackson is able to cover opposing teams best receiver and severed as a return man for USC. In 2016, Jackson was awarded with the. He intercepted the football fives times as he went on to win the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation top defensive back. He also ran a combined four kickoff and punt returns back for touchdowns. He is a playmaker indeed.

31) Atlanta Falcons

Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State: It is going to be really hard for the Falcons to overcome their Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots, but they need to find away to do so. Twelve year DT Jonathan Babineaux is no longer with the team and they need to find his replacement.

After a strong 2015 season, McDowell’s production fell off in 2016 due to an ankle injury. He is still one of the best interior players in the draft. McDowell forces pressure from inside the pocket with his powerful bull-rush. Maybe he can help the Falcons finish the job next time.

32) New England Patriots

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama: The Patriots just find ways to win. They completed the largest comeback and Super Bowl history to give the franchise their fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy. With this selection, the Patriots keep winning.

Due to off the field issues, Williams falls to the last selection in the first round. In September 2016, Williams was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a permit. His talent on the field is not up for question. He finished 2016 with nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss. Williams fills the role of OLB Chandler Jones after the Patriots traded him to the Arizona Cardinals prior to the 2016 season.

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Townes-Feather Mock Draft 1.0 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/townes-feather-mock-draft-1-0/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/townes-feather-mock-draft-1-0/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:13 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169218 The 2017 NFL Draft class is locked and loaded with talent all across America. The Draft is an opportunity for teams to establish an identity, build on last year’s success, take that next step, or sustain success. There is still much to be decided with the NFL Combine, Pro Days, free agency, and other miscellaneous events that can help or hurt a prospect. Most teams draft players based off a team need, who is the best available, or use the pick as trade bait. As for now, these are the picks for each team in the first round by DeVaughn Townes and Chris Featherstone.

1. Cleveland
Team needs: QB, Interior OL, DB
Townes: Myles Garrett
Analysis: Garrett instantly bolsters the Browns pass rush and gives the fans a glimmer of hope. He had 31 sacks in his career, but he had 47 tackles for losses to show he is an all-around player.

2. San Francisco
Team needs: QB, OLB, OL
Feather: Jonathan Allen
Analysis: The biggest need is QB with Kyle Shanahan taking over. 2018 class is the class to snag a QB. Allen adds to a young passing core that already features Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner.

3. Chicago
Team needs: QB, DB, OL
Townes: Mitch Trubisky
Analysis: The Bears get their franchise quarterback immediately and it sets the tone for how they draft the next two days.

4. Jacksonville
Team needs: OL, DT, S
Feather: Malik Hooker
Analysis: The Jags could trade this pick to move down to snag an offensive lineman, as that is a reach at number four. Hooker would bolster the secondary and make the back end scary for years to come.

5. Tennessee (via Rams)
Team needs: CB, WR, ILB
Townes: Jamal Adams
Analysis: The Titans desperately need a consistent play-maker for super sophomore Marcus Mariota. How could they justify passing up on the do-it-all safety out of LSU? Adams would instantly become a franchise player defensively.

6. New York Jets
Team needs: QB, OLB, CB
Feather: Marshon Lattimore
Analysis: The best corner in the draft headed to the big apple to learn from the great Darrelle Revis. Having a talent like Lattimore to make an immediate impact and learn from one of the greatest to ever do it, boosts the poor Jets secondary from a season ago.

7. Los Angeles Chargers
Team needs: OT, WR, QB
Townes: Corey Davis/Trade
Analysis: This is a nightmare scenario for the Bolts with both Adams and Hooker gone. Davis presents an immediate jolt of production at wide receiver, but a trade may be warranted.

8. Carolina
Team needs: OT, DE, RB
Feather: Leonard Fournette
Analysis: Rated the best running back prospect since the great Adrian Peterson, Fournette fills an immediate need if Jonathan Stewart is released.

9. Cincinnati
Team needs: C, LB, Pass Rusher
Townes: Reuben Foster
Analysis: Age and health is a concern for the Bengals at linebacker. Foster is an instant upgrade in a division where you need tough linebackers with great instincts.

10. Buffalo
Team needs: OT, WR, DB
Feather: Mike Williams
Analysis: With Tyrod Taylor potentially set to depart from Buffalo, drafting a QB would be the ideal pick. However, majority of the foundation around Sammy Watkins is set to hit free agency and Williams would help Watkins tremendously.

11. New Orleans
Team needs: DB, LB
Townes: Sidney Jones
Analysis: Jones has the speed and height to stick the league’s best receivers. He has to add weight to deal with the physicality of the league as well as show up in the run game.

12. Cleveland (via Eagles)
Team needs: QB, Interior OL, DB
Feather: Deshaun Watson
Analysis: The Browns stay put at 12 as a dynamic quarterback falls to them. Watson would bring excitement to a dormant fanbase with his arm, legs, and charisma.

13. Arizona
Team needs: QB, G, WR
Townes: DeShone Kizer
Analysis: With receivers Davis and Williams no longer on the board, Bruce Arians gets a young quarterback with oodles of talent. He has the arm to fit into the offensive scheme and add a few wrinkles with his legs.

14. Indianapolis
Team needs: LB, OL, RB
Townes: Dalvin Cook
Analysis: Frank Gore ended the 1,000-yard back drought for Indy, but he is reaching his mid-30′s. Cook can be brought along slowly and will learn a lot from the veteran. His play-making in the passing game is just icing on the cake.

15. Philadelphia (via Vikings)
Team needs: CB, WR, RB
Feather: Cooper Kupp
Analysis: Kupp will be the pick at 14 to give Wentz a target, security blanket, and best friend when throwing. Kupp is a trustworthy receiver that runs precise routes, catches the ball with his hands, and has big play ability. Making Wentz comfortable is the key, and once the chemistry between the two is displayed, this combo will be deadly.

16. Baltimore
Team needs: WR, Pass Rusher, FS
Feather: Tim Williams
Analysis: Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs continue to age as they combined for just 11 sacks in 2016. Williams compiled 18.5 sacks in the last two seasons for the Tide.

17. Washington
Team needs: DL, S, ILB
Townes: Solomon Thomas
Analysis: There is a lot of scrutiny toward Thomas because he is “position-less.” A better word would be versatile and in a 3-4 scheme he would be a handful based on match-ups each week.

18. Tennessee
Team needs: CB, ILB, WR
Feather: Quincy Wilson
Analysis: The most ready corner out of the 2017 crop is an immediate starter in Dick Lebeau’s defense. A great understanding of playing zone defense and an awesome man corner, there is nothing like having a complete corner that can bait a QB into throwing into his zone, or being alone on an island.

19. Tampa Bay
Team needs: DL, S, WR
Townes: Jabrill Peppers
Analysis: The Bucs defense could elevate tremendously with Peppers roaming the secondary. He would bring size, speed, and sheer power to the defense. He would be the equivalent to what Keanu Neal was to the Falcons.

20. Denver
Team needs: OT, G, TE
Feather: Ryan Ramczyk
Analysis: Khalil Mack, Justin Houston, and Joey Bosa all reside in the AFC West. This pick is a no-brainer.

21. Detroit
Team needs: Pass Rusher, CB, LB
Townes: Jalen “Teez” Tabor
Analysis: There is a man named Aaron Rodgers who the Lions play twice a year. His flare for jumping routes could be an added bonus as he learns under Darius Slay.

22. Miami
Team needs: G, DE, LB
Feather: Zach Cunningham
Analysis: He is the old school sideline-to-sideline linebacker that the Dolphins really need. 30th in rushing is not going to cut it and this grown man is a complete linebacker that can play all three downs. With that being said, his pass coverage is extremely underrated.

23. New York Giants
Team needs: LB, RB, DT
Townes: Malik McDowell
Analysis: The Giants could use someone to help stuff the run. Although he is just 276 pounds, McDowell uses his height to his advantage as he fights off blocks and levels running backs.

24. Oakland
Team needs: MLB, DT, CB
Feather: Jarrad Davis
Analysis: Ken Norton Jr. will love to have this weapon leading the charge with Khalil Mack on the defensive side of the ball. Filling a need at LB now would be the best bet. This pick will have the Raiders defense on track to look how they were supposed to look last season.

25. Houston
Team needs: QB, ILB, OL
Townes: Garrett Bolles
Analysis: The Texans have to build inside out on offense in order to have a formidable scheme. Bolles brings physicality to the table for a team that needs to establish the run.

26. Seattle
Team needs: OT, DT, CB
Feather: Cam Robinson
Analysis: Rated at the high end of this draft class at the offensive tackle position, Robinson gives the Seahawks a much needed starter at the tackle position.

27. Kansas City
Team needs: ILB, DL, CB
Townes: Budda Baker
Analysis: This pick could change if the Chiefs re-sign Eric Berry. Baker would be a good addition with his speed and multi-faceted game.

28. Dallas
Team needs: DE, CB, TE
Feather: Marlon Humphrey
Analysis: With Witten set to return, TE is not the teams biggest need. Corner is a position where the team struggled most. Ranked 27th in pass yards allowed, this position needs to be addressed immediately. Getting off the field more often, will let that offense take that next step toward greatness.

29. Green Bay
Team needs: CB, LB, Pass Rusher
Townes: Takkarist McKinley
Analysis: McKinley was extremely productive as the featured edge rusher for the Bruins with 18 TFLs and 10 sacks last season. Can he adjust to standing up as an OLB?

30. Pittsburgh
Team needs: LB, TE, RB
Feather: T.J. Watt
Analysis: A complete OLB that can wreck the backfield and cover, which will be a huge boost for this Pittsburgh Steelers defense. With James Harrison getting older, but also having the Benjamin Button syndrome, it is a huge question mark when he will retire. Having the insurance of Watt to learn from one of the great Pittsburgh Steelers, especially at the linebacker position in the Steel City is something to take advantage of.

31. Atlanta
Team needs: DT, CB, Pass Rusher
Townes: Derek Barnett
Analysis: Barnett would help Vic Beasley Jr. out tremendously as he accounted for nearly 50 percent of Atlanta’s sacks. He had 52 TFLs and 32 sacks as a Volunteer.

32. New England
Team needs: OT, LB, TE
Feather: Haason Reddick
Analysis: With the loss of Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower not yet locked up for the future, Reddick is a must draft for the Pats. He is a three down linebacker that is a bit undersized (6’2 240 pounds), but makes up for the lack of size with his aggressive style of play and ability to cover tight ends and backs that come out of the backfield.

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Carolina Panthers release Tolbert and Soliai http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/carolina-panthers-release-tolbert-soliai/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/carolina-panthers-release-tolbert-soliai/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:12:22 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169215 The NFL free agency period will begin in a little over two weeks, but the Carolina Panthers have gotten a head start by letting a couple of veteran players go before March 9. Carolina released fullback Mike Tolbert on Tuesday and reportedly will release defensive tackle Paul Soliai.

Tolbert spent five seasons with the Panthers as he mostly used as a short-yardage running back and a receiver out of the backfield. Before playing with the Panthers, Tolbert played four seasons with the San Diego Chargers. During his five seasons in Carolina, Tolbert was named to the Pro Bowl three times.

““I feel very fortunate to have coached Mike for nearly his entire career,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a team statement. “He was someone we targeted in 2012 because we felt he would be a good addition to our offense and he was very productive for us. He brought great energy and leadership to our locker room and I wish him the best.”

Last season for the Panthers, Tolbert rushed for 114 yards on 35 carries. Tolbert’s role in the Panthers offense has shriveled in recent years as he only recorded one touchdown (receiving) in 2016.

While not official, the Panthers appear to be ready to release Soliai. His agent David Canter announced the move on Tuesday via Twitter.

Soliai only played one season for the Panthers as he recorded eight tackles and a fumble recovery in 10 games last season as he was inactive in a number of games. Last offseason, Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million contract after playing two years with the Atlanta Falcons.

It is projected that the Panthers will save $2.2 million with the release of Soliai. Carolina will save over $1.7 million by releasing Tolbert.

Carolina has depth at defensive tackle with Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler on their roster, so they could afford to move on from Soliai. The Panthers now have two fullbacks (Darrel Young and Devon Johnson) on the roster with the release of Tolbert.

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The Unheralded Star http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/unheralded-star/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/unheralded-star/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:00:43 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=169206 If you do not know who Patrick Mahomes is, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. He is third in passing yardage and touchdowns in Texas Tech history with 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns. He holds the NCAA single game record for passing yards (734) and total yards (819). The Whitehouse native was also awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy that is given to the nation’s top passer.

MahomesMahomes is well on his way in terms of a fruitful career in football. However, he had to work hard to get to this point as he was lightly recruited coming out of high school. He linked up with quarterback connoisseur Kliff Kingsbury at TTU who was a star in his heyday. Kingsbury had coached Johnny Manziel, Baker Mayfield, and Davis Webb so naturally he helped morph Mahomes into a fine orchestrator for his air raid offense. Three years later, he is now one of the best passers of his class. Mahomes knows there are many underdogs like him and he has a message for them.

“Follow your dream. I was lightly recruited and it worked out for me. Just follow your dream,” stated the Red Raider.

Now everybody has gaudy numbers and accolades these days from Division I prospects all the way down to Division III. Here are some reasons why Mahomes is considered a top five quarterback prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft. Physically, the Red Raider captain passes the eye test standing at 6’3 and weighing 230 pounds. On a lot of his deep throws, he stood tall in the pocket has he took spine tingling hits. He has a cannon for an arm and he displays supreme confidence in his arm. Mahomes had a barrage of throws down the field that arouse fans on account of his touch and effortless motion. He would drop it right on the money without breaking receivers’ strides.

Athletically, Mahomes is capable of running with the ball. Tech ran a few plays during the season to keep teams honest. He showed a few moves in a few games and his athleticism can be attributed to his basketball and baseball background. He was going to follow in his father’s footsteps as a baseball player, Pat Mahomes, until he committed to football before his junior year at TTU.

Mahomes may still sound like the typical prospect, but the characteristics that separate him from the pack are calamity and his improvisation. He played behind a young offensive line so that meant he was on the run more than a wanted fugitive. However, Mahomes showed he was comfortable being uncomfortable. He would run around the pocket making defenders miss and complete these ostentatious throws at Texas Tech. He was like Houdini in the pocket.

The Texas Tech product’s best throw of the season might have come against Oklahoma. He went through his progression, realized he needed to buy more time, evaded pressure, threw the ball to his receiver who was covered by three defenders, and completed it. That is the type of confidence he has in himself. His ability to make lemonade with oranges is reminiscent me of Aaron Rodgers whom he models his game after. In other words, Mahomes is innovative.

As the NFL Combine, Pro Day, and Draft near, Mahomes continues to fine tune his game mentally and physically.

In terms of improvement, Mahomes said, “Definitely working on my footwork and my knowledge of the game. Just trying to learn the NFL systems and relay them to my offense.”

He continues to seek guidance from former MLB player and family friend Latroy Hawkins. Hawkins has been there for his entire life and he has been instrumental with guiding the young quarterback through the NFL process.

Mahomes has a great arm, is a good improviser, and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He continues to fly under the radar and it only adds to his drive and competitive spirit. In the right system, Mahomes can continue to turn heads as an unheralded star.

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