Pro Player Insiders Executive Editor Melissa Mahler Behind the scenes look at lives and lifestyles of NFL players and their families plus sports news, interviews & events Wed, 24 May 2017 21:46:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Paul Perkins’ Rookie Interview Wed, 24 May 2017 17:00:08 +0000 New York Giants running back Paul Perkins ended his 2016 rookie campaign on a high note. Perkins got the starting nod in the final game of the regular season over Rashad Jennings and validated the coaching staff’s faith by recording the first 100-yard rushing game (102) of the season. He continued to play well by contributing 57 total yards in a Wild Card Playoff loss.

Heading into this spring there was a lot of buzz that the former UCLA Bruin will be the man in the backfield, pending how they fare in the draft or who signs in free agency. After showing luke warm interest in LeGarrette Blount but not signing him, the New York Giants are all in on the second-year back.

Rookie of the Year predictions often look at quality running backs, although QB tends to take the glory. Other than Ezekial Elliot, Jordan Howard, Michael Thomas, and of course Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott, not that many rookies showed up to show out last season. However, Perkins had all the confidence in the world that he would shine once he got an opportunity. Before he even had his first full NFL practice, Pro Player Insiders caught up with Perkins at the 2016 Panini Rookie Premier to gauge his outlook on the next stage of his life.

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On playing in the cold east coast climate after growing up in Arizona and spending his college years in Los Angeles.

I don’t know how I’m going to make it. I’ll have to commit myself to it. I feel like it’s not going to be too hard. I know Owa [Odighizuwa], he was on the Giants last year and I played with him at UCLA, so I’m just going to lean on him for advice.

His thoughts on his close friend since childhood — Green Bay quarterback and former UCLA teammate Brett Hundley.

He’s a great guy. I can’t wait for him to start playing somewhere, wherever it may be.

He discussed what he learned from his father and uncle, who both played running back in the NFL.

You definitely have to compete on and off the field. When you’re on the field, you compete with the guys in your position group. When you’re off the field, you need to get better by watching extra film and taking care of your body, stuff like that.

Speaking of competition, Perkins would begin the season buried on the depth chart behind the aforementioned Jennings and Andre Williams who are now departed, plus others.

You make it this far, you can’t get intimidated by any of the guys you’re competing with. I take it as a challenge.

On playing with Eli Manning.

Not too many people get to play with a two-time Super Bowl winner. His caliber  and his pedigree is up there, so I’m really pleased.

The running back he tries to emulate.

I watched a lot of Marshall Faulk, growing up. I was a big St. Louis Rams fan. I kind of took pieces from everybody. I watched a lot of guys’ highlight film and just tried to mirror all of them. Like Barry Sanders, Gayle Sayers, Eric Dickerson — all of them.

What he  brings to the team.

I want to be an all-around running back and be able to catch the ball out of the backfield. That’s what I’m look forward to hanging my hat on.

How he plans to spend time away from football.

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Superagent Leigh Steinberg talks about the importance of change Mon, 22 May 2017 22:00:08 +0000 Leigh Steinberg is known for his wits, determination, and ambition with branding Steinberg’ Sports and Entertainment, but his story is deeper than his trials. His story starts and ends with compassion for people and impacting the lives of others. “I have made many mistakes in my lifetime, but I always wanted to help people. Helping people was something that I was very passionate about and it has paid off.”

Steinberg is known to acquire exceptional talent to his organization, but he lets his players know that community service, having a positive mindset, and contributing to the community goes a long way. “The athletes that I represent, represents the vision that I have. I want these guys to go out there and inspire people to go out there and make their dreams and goals happen.”leigh

Steinberg does not hold back or use excuses when he explains the reasons behind his alcohol problem that he overcame. “At one point in time, I was lost, I felt like things was going down the tank and I abused alcohol. Words cannot express what I had to overcome, but I knew that I had a purpose. My purpose is to help people and use what I been through as my story to inspire others. Alcoholism is a huge concern that individuals need to take notice to. It is very hard to stop once you are addicted to it. I am very thankful that I had people who helped me and supported my decision with getting help.”

Steinberg has not picked up a drink since 2014 and he uses his story to help others who struggle with alcoholism. It has been stated that 7% of Americans struggle with alcoholism. Alcohol has led to 88,000 deaths per year,” said Atlanta, GA fact sheet.

Outside of his many years of addiction, he has spoken at schools and events about turning your life around. “It is very humbling that people look at my story as inspiration.I like to pass down my wisdom and again it is all about helping others.”

Steinberg talked about the importance of change.” Change can be disruptive, scary, and sometimes too deep for an individual. Recently there have been many disputes about athletes getting paid in college and Steinberg agreed that players should get some type of percentage. “I have been around many athletes and heard some of their stories about how they could not afford food or expenses after games.Some players actually got hurt and could not make it to the pro level, because of their injuries. I am not saying that players should get pro level salary, but they should get something to live like normal students.”

Steinberg’s story inspired the Jerry Maguire film. “I never thought my life would be made into a film. I have made plenty of mistakes, but I felt like I had a passion to change the world. My passion was to impact the lives of every individuals that I came into contact with.”

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A positive surrounding gave Steinberg the chance to get his life back on track and build a positive foundation that many people have been inspired by.


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Buffalo Bills name Joe Schoen assistant general manager Sun, 14 May 2017 14:08:02 +0000 If you have the Carolina Panthers on your resume, the Buffalo Bills could have targeted you as a candidate to work in their organization. During this offseason, the Bills have hired head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane from the Panthers organization and the team stuck with that format to hire its next assistant general manager.

On Sunday morning, the Bills announced that Joe Schoen will become the team’s assistant general manager. For the last three seasons, Schoen was the Miami Dolphins director of player personnel. Prior to that, Schoen spent his first seven seasons in the NFL with the Panthers organization as he worked in the scouting department.

Before working full-time for the Panthers, Schoen was an intern at the team’s ticket office in January of 2000. He also worked in the Panthers training camp later that summer.

Prior to his days working with the Panthers organization, Schoen was a quarterback and later a wide receiver for DePauw University from 1997-2000. As a senior, Schoen was named the Thomas Mount Offensive Player of the Year after he caught a then school record 80 receptions.

Since the NFL draft, the Bills have re-organized their entire front office. The team fired their previous general manager Doug Whaley and their entire scouting staff the morning after this year’s draft.

McDermott reportedly was the person selecting the players during the draft, so the move to fire Whaley was a long time coming.

Buffalo announced the hiring of Beane last week after he was with the Panthers organization since 1998. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Beane and McDermott’s contract are “locked in together.” Don’t be surprised if Schoen contract reflects the same.

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Michael Floyd returns home to Minnesota Thu, 11 May 2017 16:44:15 +0000 Veteran NFL receiver and St. Paul native Michael Floyd is returning to his home state of Minnesota as the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings.  Floyd signed a one year deal worth $1.5 million with the possibility of incentives.

Last season Floyd was released from the Arizona Cardinals following a DUI arrest in Scottsdale, ending his five season run with the team.  Floyd would go on to sign with the New England Patriots and remained on roster all the way to through their Championship run, but was not re-signed this offseason.

Floyd’s signing creates some much-needed veteran depth at the wide receiver position with Jarius Wright being the only other true veteran receiver on the roster, having been a member of the Vikings since the 2012-2013 season.

The skill-set that Floyd brings to the table coincides perfectly with what the Vikings are trying to build with their offense for the upcoming season.  Floyd is a true vertical threat who can take the top off the defense with his 4.4 speed. His large frame and athleticism helps him box-out corners for jump balls in red-zone situations as well.

With Training Camp inching closer by the day, the position battle at the wide receiver position will be one to watch going forward.  Last season the team kept six receivers on roster and will likely do the same again this season.

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have their spots as the number one and two receivers locked down.  The number three receiver spot is still very much up for grabs, however.

Will we see Laquon Treadwell bounce back from his disappointing rookie year and show why he deserved to be our first-round pick in 2016?  Or will he be surpassed by one of the three new additions to the team in Rodney Adams, Stacy Coley, or Michael Floyd?

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2017 NFL offseason workout dates Wed, 03 May 2017 19:00:55 +0000 Now that the NFL Draft has come and gone, attention now shifts to the offseason workouts of the 32 teams. The first day of voluntary offseason workouts began a couple of weeks, but now that rookie have started to fill out rosters, some of the first-year player’s minicamps will begin starting this weekend.

After that, OTA offseason will commence later on this month and extend into the first week of June. Then teams will have their mandatory minicamp, which will be the last official team function until training camps begin in July.

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. The mandatory minicamp has to scheduled in the third phase of workouts.

Below, is the NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar for each team. Dates are tentative and subject to change at the discretion of individual clubs:

ARIZONA                    First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 16-18, May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1-2

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 6-8

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                      May 12-14

ATLANTA                   First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

BALTIMORE               First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22, May 24-25, May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7


BUFFALO                   First Day:                                  April 3

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 16-18, May 23-25, June 5-8

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 18-20

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

CAROLINA                 First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-6

CHICAGO                   First Day:                                  April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

CINCINNATI               First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

CLEVELAND              First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

DALLAS                     First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-7

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

DENVER                     First Day:                                  April 10

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-13

DETROIT                    First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

GREEN BAY               First Day:                                  April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-24, May 31, June 1-2, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-6

HOUSTON                  First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

INDIANAPOLIS          First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 31, June 1-2, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

JACKSONVILLE        First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23, May 25-26, May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

KANSAS CITY            First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 6-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 6-8

LA CHARGERS          First Day:                                  April 3

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 16-18, May 23-25, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

LA RAMS                    First Day:                                  April 10

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

MIAMI                          First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

MINNESOTA               First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

NEW ENGLAND         First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 31, June 1, June 12-13, June 15

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 6-8

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

NEW ORLEANS         First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

NY GIANTS                First Day:                                  April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

NY JETS                     First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

OAKLAND                  First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

PHILADELPHIA          First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

PITTSBURGH            First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

SAN FRANCISCO      First Day:                                  April 10

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

SEATTLE                   First Day:                                  April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

TAMPA BAY              First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 5-7

TENNESSEE              First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14

WASHINGTON           First Day:                                  April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

                                    Rookie Minicamp:                     May 12-14


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Pick by Pick Breakdown of the Vikings’ Draft Wed, 03 May 2017 16:50:03 +0000 Another NFL Draft is in the books, and as per usual, “Slick” Rick Spielman was at the top of his game through the three day process.  At one point in the Draft, Spielman had executed more trades than the Vikings had picks, but clearly there is method to the madness with the Vikings ending up with 11 players taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Trading down and stockpiling picks would end up being the story of the Vikings’ Draft, but Spielman was far from shy in going after players that he would have to trade up to get.  When first-round talent Dalvin Cook slipped to the second round, Spielman pulled the trigger on what looks to be one of the biggest steals in this year’s Draft.

Second Round, Pick 41: RB, Dalvin Cook

How one of the most talented running backs in one of the deepest running back Draft classes in a decade fell to the second round is pretty remarkable.  Disregarding the off the field issues, Cook is a first-round talent all day long, and would have gone a lot sooner in any other Draft lacking the depth at running back that this year’s Draft possessed.
Cook has all of the tools to be a three down back in the NFL but will need to improve in pass-protection, which really only requires the desire to learn.  Next to Leonard Fournette, Cook is the most dynamic back with the ball in his hands and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

The biggest knock on Cook is ball security, something that he struggled with during his time at Florida State. If he can improve on taking better care of the football and grow in his ability to pass-protect, Cook could be well on his way to being the next great Vikings running back.

Third Round, Pick 70: G/C, Pat Elflein

Pat Elflein out of Ohio State is the second and final player that Spielman moved up to get in the Draft, and when you learn more about him, the reasoning becomes very clear.

Not only does Elflein provide positional flexibility between the guard and center positions, he provides the toughness and down-right grittiness that offensive line coach Tony Sparano has been looking to build among the unit since taking over prior to the 2016 season.  Elflein will need to improve in pass-protection, but his ability to create running room for the Vikings newly reloaded stable of running backs is sure to pay dividends going forward.

The importance of Elflein’s ability to play the center and guard positions cannot be overstated given the injury disaster this team faced last season.  The inability to establish any sort of running game almost single-handedly derailed what looked like a very special season five weeks in.

Fourth Round, Pick 109: DT, Jaleel Johnson

When the former Hawkeye turned Vikings great Chad Greenway retired this offseason, the Vikings saw fit to try and groom another one by adding defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson in the fourth round of the Draft.

The former high-school wrestler provides depth and rotational ability right out of the gate for a team that sorely needs it.  With questions still lingering about defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd’s availability this upcoming season after sitting out the entirety of the 2015-2016 season, Spielman made a wise decision to add a player of Johnson’s caliber at this stage of the Draft.

Like teammate and fellow defensive tackle Tom Johnson, Jaleel Johnson has an innate ability to get after the quarterback, as evidenced by his 7.5 sacks last season with Iowa leading to being named to First-Team All Big-10.

Fourth Round, Pick 120: ILB, Ben Gedeon

A “throwback” type of player according to Spielman, Gedeon provides immediate depth and potential starting ability in the not so distant future. With the Vikings having to part ways with linebacker Audie Cole this offseason due to free-agency, Gedeon will look to take over for Audie Cole as Eric Kendricks’ backup at the middle linebacker position.

In the meantime, Gedeon will likely see the field most on special teams given his ability to finish as a tackler.

Fifth Round, Pick 170: WR, Rodney Adams

For a team that needed a receiver that can take the top off the defense, Rodney Adams out of South Florida may be the answer.  Adams is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands and plays with a level of speed that only Stefon Diggs possesses in the Vikings wide receiver core.

With kick returning duties needing to be addressed following the departure of Cordarrelle Patterson, Adams will likely battle with another new receiver whom the Vikings took in the seventh round named Stacy Coley.

As a receiver, Adams could push veteran Jarius Wright out given his superior speed and playmaking ability if he were to be lined up in the slot.  His lack of play strength may hold him back going forward and his drop rate during his sophomore and junior seasons is alarming, but if he can improve in these areas he can be a solid third or fourth receiver on this team.

Fifth Round, Pick 180: G, Danny Isidora

As an athlete, there is a lot to like about University of Miami’s Danny Isidora. He has quick feet and ideal size to make a living in the NFL.

Unfortunately, he was exposed to some extent in the Senior Bowl when faced with a “bull-rush” that took him out of position in the one on one drills.  This is likely the reasoning behind why he fell to the fifth round.

There is no doubt that the coaching staff is aware of Isidora’s limitations and will look to improve his technique when they can get their hands on him.  If he can learn to withstand power and maintain his position, Isidora has all of the remaining tools to become a dependable starter in the NFL for years to come.

Sixth Round, Pick 201: TE, Bucky Hodges

Of all the picks made in rounds four through seven, this is my favorite of them all, and I’m still left scratching my head wondering how an athlete like Hodges fell so far.

Standing at a solid 6’6″ with a 39 inch vertical and running in the 4.5′s, Hodges has red-zone threat written all over him and looks to be an absolute matchup nightmare for linebackers and DB’s alike.

Hodges will need to improve as a blocker, but his ability as a pass-catcher was far too good to pass up in the sixth round.  Depending upon where they decide to line him up, he may not need to do much blocking anyway.

Seventh Round, Pick 219: WR, Stacy Coley

Another vertical threat out of Florida, in this case Miami, Coley possesses big time speed and soft hands that will translate well into the next level of competition.

Coming out of high school, Coley was one of the most highly recruited wide receivers in the nation. With the U, Coley flashed signs of greatness, but questions have lingered as to whether or not he truly loves the game.

With Rookie mini-camp and Training Camp rapidly approaching, it will be up to Coley to prove he has the work ethic and desire to compete in the NFL.  Coley possesses all of the intangibles to make a living in the NFL, but it may be his attitude that holds him back from reaching his true potential.

Seventh Round, Pick 220: DE, Ifeadi Odenigbo

An edge rusher out of Northwestern finishing with 10 sacks during his senior year, Odenigbo exhibits the traits that defensive line coach Andre Patterson covets among rookies, namely length and pure athleticism.

Odenigbo is still very raw and can use some improvement on his run-stopping abilities, but Coach Patterson is more than capable of working with and improving upon these shortcomings.

Seventh Round, Pick 232: LB, Elijah Lee

Named First-Team All-Big 12 during his junior season, Lee made a living at Kansas State making splashy plays and doing it with a level of nastiness you would hope for from a linebacker.

Lee will likely only see the field as a special teams contributor during his rookie season, but possesses the tools to eventually start and make a difference at the second level of the Vikings defense.

Seventh Round, Pick 245: DB, Jack Tocho

Many Draft experts had the Vikings selecting a DB a lot earlier in the Draft than where they did, which happened to be their last pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Unlike a lot of the picks mentioned previously, Tocho is not a freak athlete, but he does possess one of the highest football IQ’s of any player selected by the Vikings this year.

Above all else, Tocho’s ability to play the corner and safety positions was very likely the key intangible that moved Spielman to pull the trigger on the DB out of NC State.

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Voghens Larrieux Quest to the Bills Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:03:28 +0000 Every year the NFL Draft have individuals that defines the odds by getting drafted. Voghens Larrieux, who came to the United States from Haiti, worked hard and perfected his crafted, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills Saturday. Before he was drafted Saturday, he was emotionally overwhelmed with excitement and joy just by getting a chance to be in the category of getting picked. Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, tree, sky, outdoor and nature

“I am very excited for the future. I have worked hard everyday. I know that my strengths are good hands, very strong, and I am very consistent, but my flaws that I need to improve in is overthinking. I do a lot of overthinking and at times overthinking has messed me up. However this is something I wanted and worked hard for. I am willing to do whatever it takes and learn from the best to be the best.”

Outside of football Larrieux has been a great role model for individuals in the community and has impacted the North Carolina region in a positive way. “It makes me feel great that I could impact others on and off the field. At times dreams can be very challenging, but you have to be consistent in what you do. You have to understand that you have to fight for what others can not see. You have to set higher standards for yourself and never give up.”

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As athletes in college, there has been a major concern with players getting paid. Some individuals feel players should get paid, while others feel it will take the focus of fighting for the pro level and more so content with just getting paid. Are they doing it because they are passionate or just want to get paid. Larrieux stated that it will be nice for players to get paid something. “Sometimes players have to use their own money to travel or do not have the funds to eat or so. I agree that players should get something for being an athlete. It can get tough on players, because the money factor is something we can not overlook. I hope that players could get some type of salary or something for what we do on the field.”

As Larrieux prepares for his future with the Bills, he knows that football has shaped him into the individual that he is today. “Football showed me that I have to take responsibility for my actions, you have to be dedicated, and also remember that you are looked at on and off the field.”

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Noteworthy players selected in Rounds 4-7 of the 2017 NFL Draft Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:18:42 +0000 After three days and 253 picks, the 2017 NFL Draft is finally in the books. This year was one of the deepest defensive draft classes in recent memory. Even on the third day, there were a lot of potential starters waiting to be chosen.

Here are the some of the more noteworthy selections from rounds 4-7.

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars, Round 4, Pick 110

After catching 74 receptions for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, Dede Westbrook was a finalist for the 2016 Heisman Trophy Award.  So, after winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver, why did Westbrook slip to the fourth round?

Westbrook was arrested twice on misdemeanor family violence in 2012 and again in 2013. Also, according to Albert Breer, Westbrook was kicked out of his combine interview.

If Westbrook can stay out of trouble off the field, he will give the Jaguars another weapon to go with their trio of receivers in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee.

Eddie Jackson, safety, Chicago Bears, round 4, pick 112

The Chicago Bears needed to draft a safety this weekend, so they decided to take a risk and select Eddie Jackson from Alabama. On the field, Jackson was a four-year starter for the Crimson Tide as he recorded nine interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered three of them.

Like many players selected on the third day of the draft, Jackson has some medical concerns. Against Texas A&M last season, Jackson fractured his leg and missed the rest of the regular season. In 2014, Jackson also tore his ACL, but he did play 11 games the next season. Jackson could become a steal if he can stay healthy.

Mack Hollins, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles, Round 4, Pick 118

While the stats don’t back it up, Mack Hollins is a receiver that can take the top off a defense. He is big at 6-4, 209 pounds and Carson Wentz needs all the red zone weapons he can get. So selecting a player like Hollins that averaged 19.3 yards per receptions is certainly a positive.

Hollins also bring value on special teams, so the Eagles can insert him there on day one and he should produce.

Jake Butt, tight end, Denver Broncos, Round 5, pick 145

Jake Butt was probably a lock as a day two selection before the Orange Bowl. Then the tight end tore his ACL and he fell all the way to round five. The Denver Broncos got a potential starter in Butt down the line.

Butt can not only catch the football, but he is also a solid blocker for his position. Virgil Green led the Broncos tight ends in receptions a season ago as he caught 22 balls for 237 yards. If Butt is healthy in time for training camp, expect him to push Green for touches in the Broncos offense.

Corn Elder, cornerback, Carolina Panthers, Round 5, Pick 152

The Carolina Panthers clearly missed the presence of Josh Norman a season ago as the team finished 29th in pass defense. The team hopes Corn Elder can help replacement some of Norman’s production.

For the Miami Hurricanes in 2016, Elder racked up 76 tackles, one interception and 12 breakups. He was named to the All-ACC team by the coaches and the second-team All-ACC from the media writers. At 5-10, 183 pounds, Elder will likely play in the slot for the Panthers and should no doubt make their team.

Jeremy McNichols, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Round 5, Pick 162

With Doug Martin suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed to draft a running back at some point. They might have found a late-round gem in Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols.

For the Broncos in 2016, McNichols rushed for 1709 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 474 yards and four touchdowns. McNichols might not be an every-down back in the league at 5-9, 214 pounds, but he should at least get some carries in the Buccaneers offense.

Celeb Brantley, defensive tackle, Cleveland Browns, Round 6, Pick 185

At one time, Brantley had a chance to be possibly sneak into the first round of the draft, but a recent simple battery charge was enough to scare teams off and push him to the sixth round.

At 6-3, 307 pounds, Brantley is a strong, dominant defensive tackle that also has enough quickness to play as a defensive end as well. Cleveland got an outstanding run stopper in the sixth round.

Brad Kaaya, quarterback, Detroit Lions, Round 6, Pick 215

After starting three seasons at Miami, Brad Kaaya decided in January it was time to take his game to the NFL. Although Kaaya had to wait awhile to hear his name call, he will be reunited with his former college head coach, Al Golden, who is the Detroit Lions tight end coach.

Statistically, Kaaya was the best quarterback in Miami history as he left Coral Gables as the team’s leading passer in yards, completions and finished third in career touchdowns with 69. Kaaya will have a chance to backup starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Chad Kelly, quarterback, Denver Broncos, Round 7, Pick 253

This year’s Mr. Irrelevant is very relevant as Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was the final player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Kelly started at Ole Miss for two seasons as he threw for 6,800 yards, 50 touchdowns against 21 interceptions.

One of the reasons Kelly fell to the seventh round was he tore his ACL in Week 10 of last season. Kelly also had some off-the-field concerns as well. Kelly has a ton of talent, so he has the potential to make the Broncos roster.

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Vikings select Pat Elflein with 70th overall pick Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:17:10 +0000 An offensive line that struggled mightily for most of the 2016 season added a stalwart interior lineman to help bolster the unit for the upcoming season.

The Minnesota Vikings traded up in the 3rd round to take Pat Elflein out of Ohio State with the 70th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. This is the earliest the Minnesota Vikings have selected an offensive lineman in the Draft since 2012 when they selected Matt Kalil fourth overall.

While it is unknown where the Vikings will line Elflein up on the offensive line given his ability to play both guard and center, his positional flexibility opens up a wide range of options for the Vikings to mix and match in order to create the optimal offensive line combination.

Regardless of where the Vikings decide to line Elflein up, he is more than ready to come in and battle for a starting position.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity and I’m going to give everything I’ve got to the whole Minnesota Vikings organization,” Pat Elflein said an interview with Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “A reason why they picked me is I can play both center and guard, and play either very well.  I’m ready to come in and work.”

With Spielman electing to take a running back and an offensive lineman in the second and third rounds, it will make for an interesting third day of the Draft for the Minnesota Vikings having seven picks remaining in their back pocket and a wide range of directions they could go with the picks.

Knowing Spielman’s tendency to wheel and deal as he did last night, there will likely be more than a few trades made in the remaining four rounds depending on their Draft board.

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Cincinnati Bengals draft controversial running back Joe Mixon at number 48 overall Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:43:05 +0000 In the second and third round of the NFL Draft, players with checked past usually begin to come off the board. Joe Mixon has a troubled past and that’s likely why the running back slipped to the second round.

The Cincinnati Bengals chose Mixon with the 48th pick overall. Mixon will join a crowded backfield in Cincinnati that already has Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

Last year, video of Mixon punching woman Amelia Molitor was released two years after the incident occurred in 2014. Mixon was suspended for the entire 2014 season by Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops after the event happened. Molitor and Mixon reached a settlement agreement last week prior to the draft.

On the field, Mixon helped the Sooners to a second straight Big 12 Championship in 2016 as he rushed 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 37 receptions for 538 yards and five touchdowns a season ago.

There were many NFL teams that decided to take Mixon off their draft board because of his episode with Molitor, but the Bengals were one of the teams that sat down and talked to Mixon prior to the draft. Cincinnati has a history with selecting players with questionable histories in their past, so owner Mike Brown obviously gave the OK to draft Mixon.


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Minnesota Vikings trade up to select running back Dalvin Cook 41st overall Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:18:42 +0000 Some analysts said prior to this year’s draft that Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was the best running back in the 2017 draft class. But he was not selected in the first round. It took Cook until No. 41 overall in the second round, but he finally heard his name announced at the NFL Draft.

The Minnesota Vikings traded up seven spots from No. 48 to No. 41 to select Cook. There was probably a good chance that if the Vikings stayed at No. 48, Cook might have been selected by the Philadelphia Eagles or another team ahead of them.

Cook’s on the field talent cannot be argued as he was one of the best running backs to ever play for Florida State. In 2016, Cook rushed for 1765 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also caught 33 balls for 488 yards and a touchdown.

“I’m extremely excited for Dalvin and his family,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “The Vikings are getting a tremendous player. He changed the numbers on the scoreboard for us here and was as dynamic as any running back I’ve ever been around. Dalvin can be a game changer at the next level. He’s one of the all-time greats to put on a Florida State uniform. He’s also a guy that was a great leader for us and worked as hard as anybody. He and his family deserve this awesome moment. I’m thrilled for him.”

While Cook isn’t a huge running back at 5-10, 210 pounds, he is a home run threat whenever he touches the football. The reason Cook slipped to the second round was reportedly because of off-the-field concerns.

“So the reason as far as I’m told (his slide) relates to some of the people that he hangs out with off the field,” NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said prior to the second round. “It’s more upbringing than character if that makes any sense. Because at this point, from what I’m told, the on-field character is very good, considered to be at Florida State an excellent teammate, a very hard worker. But some of it is the situations he puts himself in off the field. He has promised teams that the people around him are not coming with him to the NFL, and we’ll see how that puts him as far as the standing goes in the second round today.”

With Minnesota choosing to move on from future hall-of-fame running back Adrian Peterson this offseason, Cook will have an opportunity to play lot in the Vikings offense. Yes, they signed Latavius Murray during the offseason, but the team can release him after the 2017 season without any cap penalty.

Cook will finally give the Vikings a three-down back that the team can use out of the shotgun. Minnesota will also have Cook under control for four seasons at very little cost to them.

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2017 NFL Draft: Day 1 Thoughts Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:05:40 +0000 Unlike drafts in the past, the first day of the 2017 NFL Draft gave viewers a ton of movement and unpredictability. There were six trades made on day one of the draft and none of them were more surprising than the Chicago Bears moving up one spot to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Chicago gave up a lot to the San Francisco 49ers just to move up from No. 3 overall to No 2 in order to select Trubisky. The Bears not only exchanged first round picks with the 49ers, but they also sent San Francisco a 2017 third and fourth round pick along with a 2018 third round pick.

“It was an incredible moment when the commissioner went to the stage and called my name,” said Trubisky after he was selected.  “I can’t wait to get started.  It means a lot to start my NFL career in Chicago.  My favorite player growing up was Walter Payton.  I’m looking forward to wearing that jersey.  The city of Chicago is my home now.”

Although Trubisky left North Carolina as the most accurate passer in Tar Heels history, he only started 13 games while in college. If Trubisky becomes a franchise quarterback, no one will remember how much they gave up to draft him. With signing Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract during the offseason, it was a bit surprising the Bears drafted a quarterback so early in the draft

Here are the other thoughts from the first day of the draft:

Lynch hits home run in his first draft

In his first draft as the San Francisco 49ers general manager, John Lynch couldn’t have asked for a better draft. Not only did the 49ers get the player they wanted in Solomon Thomas at No. 3 overall, but they also received extra picks from the Bears in the process.

If you add Thomas along with DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead and the 49ers all of sudden have a formable defensive line. Lynch also used one of the picks he received from Chicago to jump back into the first round at No. 31 to select linebacker Reuben Foster.

If not for some medical red flags, Foster would have probably been a top 10 selection. Lynch and the 49ers couldn’t have asked for a better draft as the 49ers selected two players with top-10 talent on day one.

Cleveland Browns weren’t impressed with quarterbacks outside of Trubisky

Leading up to the draft, there were rumbling about the Cleveland Browns possibly selecting Trubisky at No.1 overall. Cleveland ultimately decided to select defensive end Myles Garrett with their first pick. The team later trade their No. 12 pick to the Houston Texans in exchange to move down to No. 25 where they selected Jabrill Peppers.

Cleveland also jumped back into the first round to take tight end David Njoku No. 29. While many have scratched their head on why the Browns haven’t taken a quarterback yet, it is evident the team doesn’t want to reach for one.

Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have failed to find that franchise quarterback via the draft. With a team that has so many holes, it is smart the Browns would fortify other positions before selecting a quarterback. Cleveland has enough picks where they can still take a DeShone Kizer, Davis Webb or Josuha Dobbs later on.

It finally seems like the Browns franchise has the right idea for once.

Houston, you could have a problem

Everyone knows the Texans have a need at the quarterback position as Tom Savage isn’t viewed as a long-term solution. What is strange is Houston trading up 13 spots to select Deshaun Watson.

Sure, Watson could have been gone by the time the Texans picked at No. 25, but the team gave up picks to take him. Now, Houston will be without a first or second round pick in 2018. The Texans are in prime position to win now and are feeling pressure from the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts, but trading up to get Watson could come back to haunt the team if they miss the postseason in 2017.

Dalvin Cook

Rumors have surfaced about Dalvin Cook’s character since the NFL Combine. It appears that was enough to scare some teams away from picking him in round one. Just based on talent alone, Cook was worth a first round pick and arguably the best running back in the draft.

Cook could come off the board early in round two as Green Bay and Seattle have the first two picks on day two. If Green Bay and Seattle pass on Cook, he could wait awhile to hear his name called as the Jaguars, Bears, Rams, Panthers, Bengals and Saints have early second round selections and none of those teams appear to have a need at running back.


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Looking Back and Moving Forward Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:55:37 +0000 The NFL Draft is a special time of year for the select few who are lucky enough to take the next step in their football career. The NFL draft signifies the first day into their future, a time for reflection, and optimism for what is to come. Following the two plus years, these prospects spent at their various schools they made friends, created memories, and left a lasting legacy. Moving on to the next stage these same prospects look to continue this at the next level, as they once again will be the new guys on the block just trying to find their way. Pro Player Insider was able to catch up with some of the draft’s top prospects and ask them about their college career and their hopes and aspirations moving forward.

Malik McDowell, Michigan State

NCAA Football: Indiana at Michigan State

Looking back at college:
“Really just my college teammates, my coaches, it’s really just a good time in college. I’m not really going to miss the college thing and everything, it was just good times living with your guys and really just the last chance of that, a last (hurrah)”

Looking Forward:
“New competition, really figuring out the game again. Starting to learn the game all over, it’s always next level, the new level of play you got to change up the level of play too.”

Cam Robinson, Alabama


Looking back at college:
“I think more than anything my teammates, you know our locker room was an extremely close-knit group. That along with the fans that you know are so dedicated to us and have been supporting us through everything. I think just my teammates and the fans, and I will miss the University. “

Looking Forward:
“Just competing at that high level, I’m a competitor man, I just love to compete. I want to compete against the best and obviously, in the NFL you are going to get the best. So I think that is one of the things I am going to look forward to. They (Teams) should know they are going to be getting a tough and relentless player 100% on each and every play.”

Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 17 James Madison at North Carolina

Looking back at college:
“Definitely my teammates, going to miss my teammates the most, especially my roommates and some of my best friends and fans at North Carolina. It was a very special place to me being in Chapel Hill, and I am going to miss that but I got to take the next step in my career and I know they are going to support me all the way. That’s the beautiful thing about it. But definitely going to miss my teammates… Just spending time with my best friends, my brothers off the field, coming over to our house, hanging out, and the Pitt game last year at home. Just really every home game that we played in front of the Carolina blue, Carolina nation, it was just an awesome experience.”

Looking Forward:
“Just taking the next step and proving myself. Coming into whatever franchise picks me and helping them win, when I go in to help and compete and help them win Super Bowls, I am very excited to do that.”

Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado


Looking back at college:
“The people, the roommates, and the grind. You go on that field every day with the same common goal, it is hard some days, some days it is easier but just being in there together with your guys. Just going to miss being in there in that grind with those specific guys, those teammates. “

Looking Forward:
“It has been my dream so you know so you know just being able to be here is enough for me. Having the opportunity to go is enough for me. You know when I get there I am not going to have any expectations I am just going to put my head down and grind, try to do the best that I can to be legendary, that’s my goal to be legendary.”

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2017 NFL Draft: Live Blog Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:05:59 +0000 04-27-17

11:42: The Saints end the first round by picking Ryan Ramczyk a OT from Wisconsin. Ugh. That’s all I have to say about that. Any chance we can get Brandin Cooks back? With that, I am going to bed. More tomorrow.

11:31: Another National nightmare has ended, the 49ers pick Reuben Foster. It’s up to the Saints to close us out. Let’s do something great.

11:30: The Seahawks are going to drop out of round 1. They trade their pick to the 49ers.

11:25: The Steelers select T.J. Watt the edge rusher from Wisconsin and younger brother of J.J. Watt. I would think Steelers fans are going to love that pick. The Saints are two picks out. I am on twitter trying to confirm Foster is still eligible for the draft. This is nuts. If I am being honest, I hope Adrian Peterson isn’t the only former Oklahoma Sooners running back that the Saints add this week.

11:21: The Browns moved back into the first round to pick David Njoku a tight end from Miami. Oh. I didn’t see that coming. But, this is the Browns we are talking about.

11:15: Dallas picks Taco Charlton a DE from Michigan. I remember when the Cowboys let Jerry Jones make the draft picks and that was more fun. Cleveland has moved back into the first round. QB?

11:12: The Bills make a pick this time and its TreDavious White a CB from LSU. That is three players from LSU in the first round.

11:07: The Seahawks trade their pick to the Falcons. My guess is the Falcons pick a huge bust here. Remember when they were winning the Super Bowl 28-3? The Falcons pick Takk McKinley a OLB from UCLA. Eh.

11:00: The Browns pick Jabrill Peppers from Michigan. That should go over well in Cleveland, Ohio. Is it possible that Foster’s arm is actually detached from his body? Is it possible he will be there for the Saints at 32? Nah… right?

10:55: The Raiders take the risk and pick Gareon Conley a DB from Ohio State. Conley was accused of raping a girl in Cleveland on April 9. Conley has denied the accusation. Assuming he is being honest about that, this is a slam dunk pick by the Raiders.

10:45: The Giants pick Reuben Forster. Just kidding, they actually take Evan Engram a tight end from Ole Miss. They have to be bummed on just missing out on O.J. Howard. Will Reuben Foster fall out of round 1? What about Dalvin Cook? Will the Saints stay at 32 or trade that pick for a haul to someone looking to grab a guy before anyone can scoop him up tomorrow?

10:40: Sad face. My draft room is empty. My daughter went to bed at 8:00. My dog and wife went to bed at 10. My brother just walked out the door. Its just me and the 2 or 3 people that are following this blog. The Lions pick Jared Davis from Florida and the Dolphins pick Charles Harris from Missouri. No one wants to pick Reuben Foster. I thought he would slip, but I didn’t see him available at 23.

10:31: The Broncos pick the first offensive lineman. Wingo says this is the latest it has ever happened in the modern draft era. Garett Bolles is the guy from Utah. He brings a cute little kid on stage. I will say now, without knowing the next 12 picks, his jersey will sell the least of any first round pick.

10:28: O.J. Howard becomes the third Alabama player picked by the Buccaneers. This is a pick made on the player not a specific need. Is he the first famous O.J. to be born after the Juice became infamous instead of famous?

10:20: The Titans pick Adoree’ Jackson a DB from USC. The Titans are going to be one of those teams that have their draft graded very well in a couple of days. They got many people’s top rated WR and a great athlete in Jackson.

10:15: The long National nightmare is over. Jonathan Allen goes 17 to the Redskins. We have a run on Alabama defenders. The Pens are still up 3-2. The Caps have pulled the goalie. 25.7 seconds left.

10:10: Another defensive player off the board that isn’t named Allen. The Ravens pick Marlon Humphrey a CB from Alabama. Humphrey went 30-0 in his last two years of high school and won the SEC every year he was at Alabama. The Pens are up 3-2 with 4 minutes left in the third. The Redskins have turned in their pick. So naturally, ESPN heads to commercial break.

10:02: Malik Hooker is a guy that the Colts are probably surprised to still see on the board. That is five defensive players in the last six picks. Jonathan Allen is still on the board. My dog went to bed.

9:53: The Eagles pick a DE but not Allen. There has to be a story here right? Derek Barnett is the lucky guy to get picked by the Eagles in front of 70,000 people. If you have dual screen capabilities, the Pens and Caps are tied at 2 with 11:35 left in the third period.

9:45: The Cardinals pick Hasson Reddick. The local boy goes 12. That should start a run on defensive players. Does anyone want Jonathan Allen? He is getting into Aaron Rodgers territory.

9:32: The Browns passed on Wentz last year and they pass on Watson this year. The Texans trade into 12. I would be shocked if it wasn’t to pick Watson. The Browns will have two first round picks again next year, but at some point you have to pull the trigger on a QB.

9:30: I never even gave the chance that Marshon Lattimore would be available for the Saints a thought. I am thrilled. Thrilled. Did that just work out for the Browns too? Why not pick Watson if you are them?

9:20: I am a little surprised the Chiefs picked Patrick Mahomes over Watson but Mahomes can launch the football. With that said, my underwear is wet as a Saints fan. Do we really have a choice between the best DB on the board AND Jonathan Allen? Wow.

9:14: The Bills trade the 10th pick to the Chiefs for the 27th pick and a third round pick this year PLUS a first round pick next year. The Chiefs must want a QB. My logic earlier was if you are going to ship off a ton of assets it should be for a QB. So do the Chiefs pick Watson?

9:12: Wow. The Bengals pick John Ross. He is the fastest player in the draft, but he is banged up. I would have never guessed he would get picked in the top ten. As a Saints fan, this couldn’t have broken better. Regardless of what the Bills do, the Saints can pick Allen or Lattimore. I have to imagine that Loomis and Payton are doing backflips.

9:00: The Chargers pick Mike Williams. I think he is the best wide receiver in the draft. That makes 4 offensive players and 3 on defense in a draft that was supposed to be top heavy with impact defensive players. I think the Panthers are going to take McCaffrey and the Bills are going to take Howard. If I’m right, that would be at least 6 players of 10 on offense.

8:50: ESPN accidentally cut to the green room and tipped the Jets hand. Jamal Adams on the phone crying means that LSU is the first school with two players off the board. Trey Wingo spent the next few minutes trying to renew drama in the pick by downplaying what everyone else already knew.  I bet the Jets were shocked to see Adams sitting there for them. He could have easily been #1 on their board and if that was the case it probably didn’t matter who called or what they offered. The Chargers could make it back to back safeties and grab, Malik Hooker.

8:43: The Titans pick Corey Davis and this feels like a reach to me. I think there was too many good defensive players on the board. I get the desire to acquire a weapon for Marcus Mariota, but if so, I would rather take Mike Williams. The Jets have to be fielding a bunch of phone calls from teams who want to take Allen or Thomas.

8:35: I love that pick for the Jaguars. It takes a lot of pressure off of Blake Bortles. This guy is special. When you pick in the top five I think that’s what you want more than anything. I think the people in the Carolina draft room are the most disappointed, they are going to have to pray no one snags Christian McCaffrey. Yesterday, I paired the Titans and Lattimore and I am going to stick with that guess.

8:30: The 49ers make a pick this time and take Solomon Thomas. The Jaguars are on the clock and if I am them I am rushing up the card with Leonard Founette’s name on it.

8:22: The Bears pull the trigger on the quarterback and pick Mitchell Trubisky. They traded 4 picks to move up one spot and you don’t give up all those assets to pick a defensive lineman. Shefter got swerved there. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert about the kid, but would you want to take a QB with the second pick in the draft that has only played 13 games in college? The 49ers are up again, and I still think they would move back further if they can. If not, I think Adams is the pick.

8:17: There it is. The 49ers make the trade they wanted to make and swap picks with the Bears. Adam Shefter is speculating that the Bears have moved up to grab Solomon Thomas. I’m sort of surprised they wouldn’t want to take a QB, but when you are in a division with Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford you have to be able to sack them.

8:15: Myles Garrett is the first pick in the draft. Nicely done, Cleveland. San Francisco is on the clock. I have absolutely have no ideas what they are going to do. My guess is that they would like to make a trade. If they can’t, I speculated Jonathan Allen would be the pick. I think I have been talked into Jamal Adams being the pick.

8:07: That bum Goodell is booed viciously by an impressive crowd in Philadelphia. The Browns are on the clock. Don’t screw this up, Cleveland. The best player in the draft is Myles Garrett. The Browns know it and have been hinting he would be their pick since the Super Bowl. This should be an easy pick. I did a quick poll on twitter and 90% of the votes are for Garrett.

8:00: Quick look at the draft room. I have the draft on TVA and Caps vs. Pens on TVB. Paula is just about ready for bed and her Uncle Anthony is trying to pretend to be very busy on the rocker. Also in the room but not pictured: Tammy (wife), Colston (Dog)


7:40: The players have been announced, the anthem has been belted out, Philadelphia is ready (according to Trey Wingo). This blog will refresh over and over as we follow the show tonight (that is what this is right? A show?). The newest post will always be on top. Huge thanks to Melissa for having me back again this year. I will use twitter a little to try and drive some traffic and maybe put up a poll or two. Alright, lets do this…



It has come to the point, or so it seems, that draft season is as long as the playing season in the NFL. Mercifully, draft season will be over on Saturday. In the meantime, we have a little bit more of the same as everyone else. I will tell you what I think happens tomorrow during the first 10 picks. Yet another mock draft. Yawn.

Did you ever notice mock drafts seem to be loaded with skill position players? I have to figure you get more clicks and more buzz if you have a quarterback and a running back in the top five than a couple of guards and an edge rusher. How excited do you get if you click on a mock draft and the expert has your team picking a guard?

Anyway, before we get to the top 10. Here are three things I am most confident will happen tomorrow:

  1. Myles Garrett is going to be the first pick.
  2. There will be a trade in the top ten. There might even be two trades. I hate trying to predict a trade. I won’t bother when I fill out my top ten.
  3. Leonard Fournette won’t get past Carolina.

Time to take a shot. Here is my best guess for the top ten.

  1. Cleveland: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
  2. San Francisco: Jonathan Allan, DT, Alabama
  3. Chicago: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
  4. Jacksonville: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
  5. Tennessee: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
  6. Washington: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
  7. San Diego: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
  8. Carolina: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
  9. Cincinnati: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
  10. Buffalo: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

That is all for today.

Tomorrow, I will be back in this very spot to watch the show with you, make fun of how wrong my top ten was, and to talk about whatever else might come up. Last year at this time, no of us knew we would be talking about a top prospect (allegedly) in a gas mask.

In the meantime, ProPlayerInsiders has people on the ground in Philadelphia. Be sure to stay close to twitter for whatever they might have from the site.

Also, if you can handle some more talk, I had Dan Wetzel from Yahoo! Sports and Chris Burke from Sports Illustrated on my podcast yesterday. I talked Joe Mixon with both, and all kinds of other draft issues with Burke.

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Pro Player Insiders Final 2017 NFL Draft Board Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:52:52 +0000 Pro Player Insiders Final 2017 NFL Draft Board


With the draft this week it is time to unveil our final board. It is important to note that this is how we rank the players and not how we think they will come off the board. It is impossible to know for sure what order they will be drafted.


Leading our board is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett who is expected to be the top pick but we would also not be shocked if it was a quarterback or Jamal Adams, Solomon Thomas, or someone else.


We believe four or five quarterbacks could go in round one while it is possible only one or two are taken in round one.


The top rated small school prospect is Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen who we have rated as a late second or early third round grade.


Below is a look at the complete board!




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


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Day 3 Drafts’ gets a gift from NFL Organizations Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:48:33 +0000 In an unique setting, multiple NFL organizations will be announcing their last picks on Saturday. Also many familiar players will be recognized for their quality work on and off the field. Here is some of the teams that will recognize players from different areas around the world.

  • Arizona Cardinals – Ten season ticket members will join cheerleaders and Big Red, the team’s mascot, to announce picks from the GRAND CANYON.
  • Chicago Bears – Bears running back JORDAN HOWARD and military personnel will make selections from the team’s headquarters at HALAS HALL.
  • Cleveland Browns – Former Browns player JOSH CRIBBS and season ticket members, along with alumni, will announce picks from CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.
  • Denver Broncos – Military members and NFL legends will make selections from PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE.
  • Houston Texans – Astronauts at the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND SPACE CENTER will announce picks for the first time from outer space.
  • Indianapolis Colts – Colts defensive end KENDALL LANGFORD will make picks from the INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, along with staff personnel.  
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – Picks will be announced from LONDON and JACKSONVILLE.
  • Kansas City Chiefs – Service members will make picks from the WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE.
  • New York Jets – Children of fallen EMT Yadira Arroyo will announce Day 3 selections from EMT HOUSE 26
  • Philadelphia Eagles –  Actor MORRIS CHESTNUT and CNBC’s JIM CRAMER will make picks from the NFL DRAFT THEATER.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – Actor MILO VENTIMIGLIA, Actress MANDY MOORE, current players, and members of a local youth football team will announce selections from HEINZ FIELD.
  • San Francisco 49ers – Country music singer JON PARDI will make picks from LEVI’S STADIUM.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – General JOSEPH VOTEL, Commander of the United States Central Command, will announce selections from the team’s headquarters at ONE BUCANNEERS PLACE.
  • Washington Redskins – Actor MICHAEL EALY will make picks with fans from FEDEX FIELD.

This should be an exciting way to announce the last players to get drafted in an exciting fashion.

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Two ideal fits for Vikings’ NFL Draft needs Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:31:07 +0000 In less than a week, all 32 teams will convene in the “City of Brotherly Love” for the 2017 NFL Draft.  The first round kicks off on April 7th at 8 p.m. ET, a round that the Vikings will be sitting out unless a trade is made.  The Vikings traded their first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the start of the 2016 season in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford following Teddy Bridgewater’s season-ending knee injury.  This marks the first NFL Draft since 2010 that the Vikings will not be selecting in the first round, making their middle round picks critical to get right.

The list of positional needs that the Vikings can address in this year’s draft is seemingly endless, but I’ve narrowed the focus to two positions that should be addressed in the early to middle rounds.  Among the two positions I have identified two prospects that the Vikings should consider who can immediately make an impact upon arriving to Winter Park.

Strong Safety:

Year in and year out the Vikings are on the lookout for a complimentary safety to Harrison Smith, but so far none of them have met Zimmer’s expectations.  Last year’s draft provided the Vikings with Clemson’s giant of a safety, Jayron Kearse, who saw limited action during his rookie campaign.  Kearse showed some signs of improvement over the course of the season, but he is not seen as a long-term solution at this point in time.  Enter a safety out of NC State who could fit that mold whom the Vikings could select as late as the third round.

Josh Jones 

A freight train of a safety with ample size and speed, Jones is not afraid to lay the lumber as one would hope from a strong safety.  Far from a one trick pony, however, Jones has the ball skills and closing speed to make plays in coverage.  The only knock on Jones seems to be his over-aggressiveness that can lead him to take poor angles on tackles when trying to line up a big hit instead of simply making the tackle.

Unlike Kearse who seemed to shy away from contact and needed a kick in the butt to get engaged, Jones is the polar-opposite who plays like his hair is on fire, which may need to be reigned in at times.  If a coach were to choose which attitude they would prefer from their strong safety, they would unanimously take the latter.

Running Back:

After over 10 years with the Vikings, the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota is over and the team now turns their attention to finding the heir apparent.  Obviously there will never be another AP and to expect the same production from an incoming rookie running back is foolish.  However, finding a running back who is better suited for today’s NFL by providing superior pass protection and pass-catching abilities in addition to running between the tackles is very possible.

Joe Mixon:

Mixon has been one of the most hotly contested prospects in this year’s draft class, and it is not due to his talent on the field.  Last year a video surfaced of Mixon striking a female that caused an outcry of condemnation leading to, among other things, Mixon not being invited to participate in the NFL Combine.

For the record, I think what Mixon did was heinous and despicable, but at the end of the day, this is a business, and the business succeeds when the team is winning ball games.  Bottom line, Mixon can help a team win ball games.

A jack of all trades so to speak, it’s hard to find a weakness in Mixon’s game.  A true three-down back that can flat-out produce with the ball in his hands, Mixon is the prototypical running-back for today’s NFL mirroring Le’Veon Bell in terms of size and ability to do it all. If character concerns were not part of the discussion, Mixon would undoubtedly be a first round pick in this year’s draft.

Honorable mention:

The Vikings will need to address the offensive line in this year’s draft, but with the class being a weak one for offensive line prospects, my hope is that they will wait until rounds four or five to select one instead of passing up on one of the prospects mentioned above.  If they do decide to go with a lineman in the earlier rounds, guard Dan Feeney out of Indiana may be one to keep an eye on.

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NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says he’s a fan of FAU’s Trey Hendrickson Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:33:39 +0000 They’re not several NFL players selected out of Florida Atlantic University, especially not in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. But that could change this year as FAU’s Trey Hendrickson has continued to rise on draft boards since last January.

During his last two seasons at FAU, Hendrickson has been one of the most consistent players in Conference-USA. In 2015, Hendrickson tied for second in the FBS in sacks with 13.5. He also recorded 15 tackles for loss and forced five fumbles.

Hendrickson had another excellent season in 2016 as he racked up 51 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Despite opposing teams paying close attention to him throughout the season, Hendrickson was named the 2016 Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year. Hendrickson left FAU as the all-time leader in sacks (29), tackles for loss (42) and forced fumbles (eight).

Although the Carolina Panthers signed Julius Peppers and re-signing Charles Johnson and Kawann Short, the team still needs help on their defensive line. With four draft picks in the first three rounds of the draft, the Panthers could look to improve their depth at defensive end, possibly in the third round.

Friday, on a conference call with the media, NFL Network analysts Mike Mayock said he likes Hendrickson as a prospect and believes he would fit in well with the Panthers.

“I’m a Trey Hendrickson fan,” said Mayock. “A, his tape is good. He’s a good football player. He’s done everything right in the process. He’s durable, and he fits the type of scheme that Carolina plays, so I would think absolutely he’d be in consideration in their third round.”

At 6-4, 266 pounds, Hendrickson isn’t the biggest defensive end, but he makes up for that with his pass rushing ability. He has incredible athleticism off the edge, something that is hard to find, especially later in the draft.

At the NFL Combine, Hendrickson ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, which Mayock says is faster than most expected. His 40-yard time was the seventh-best among defensive linemen at the combine and only slightly behind projected No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett from Texas A&M.

He also recorded an impressive 33.5-inch vertical jump at the combine. Mayock says he has Hendrickson going in the third round.

Teams won’t have to worry about Hendrickson’s effort at the next level as he always gave maximum effort while he played at FAU.

Some say durability is the best ability and Hendrickson played in 48 consecutive games for the Owls as he never suffered an injury.

The Panthers line up in a 4-3 defensive scheme and there have been some questions about if Hendrickson can play as a defensive end or as a 3-4 rush end linebacker. Hendrickson didn’t always stand out as a run stopper at FAU, so that could be a potential issue for some clubs.

At the beginning of the draft process, Hendrickson was viewed as a possible six or seventh round selection. After winning the Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award at the East-West Shrine Game along with his play during the Senior Bowl, Hendrickson is on many general manager’s radars. If the Panthers don’t select Hendrickson, the Miami Dolphins could potentially take him with the pick No. 97. of the third round.

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Carolina Panthers general manager says both Fournette or McCaffrey fit their team Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:48:30 +0000 The debate going on amongst Carolina Panthers fans these days is who should the team select with their No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft? On Friday, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman didn’t give the media any hints on which direction the team may decide to go, but he talked highly about two players, in particular, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey.

“Christian is a different style from Leonard,” Gettleman said. “A completely different style. And by the way, Leonard has really good hands. He catches the rock now. So, I mean, they both fit with different styles.”

Many believe if LSU running back Leonard Fournette is still available at No. 8, the Panthers would select him. Some scouting services have listed Fournette as the No. 1 running back in this year’s class and for a good reason.

Fournette has a body like a defensive player with the speed of a receiver as he ran 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. As a sophomore at LSU, Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns as he was a consensus All-American in 2015.

Questions about his durability have been a concern as an ankle injury limited his production in 2016 to 843 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games played. There have also been doubts about if Fournette can be an every-down back, but Gettleman said he wasn’t worried about that part of his game.

Fournette’s weaknesses appear to be strengths of McCaffrey as he has been praised for being an outstanding receiver out of the backfield. During his three seasons at Stanford, McCaffrey recorded 99 receptions and 10 receiving touchdowns. Where doubts come in about McCaffrey is can his 5-11, 202-pound body withstand the every down punishment in the NFL despite rushing for 2,019 yards in 2015 and 1,603 yards in 2016?

Gettleman doesn’t believe McCaffrey small frame will be a problem.

“The last two years, he’s rushed the ball for 650 and he’s caught another 90 balls,” Gettleman said. “So that right there—he can run it, he can catch it—I guess that’s three downs. He’s certainly shown he can carry the load at Stanford.”

If Fournette is off the draft board and the Panthers decide to go in another direction, there are a number of talented running backs available in the second and third rounds. Gettleman feels like they’re other running backs that could fit the Panthers scheme outside of Fournette and McCaffrey.

“About a half-a-dozen,” Gettleman said in regards to three-down backs in the draft. “There are three-down running backs and there are three-down running backs. Not everybody is equal. But this is a very good running back draft.”

During the offseason, the Panthers did re-sign 2016 leading rusher Jonathan Stewart to a one-year extension worth $8 million in base value. But with Stewart turning 30 last month, that probably won’t keep the Panthers from selecting a running back in the draft.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall in last year’s draft and he helped the team 13-3 and won the NFC East division. Fournette or McCaffrey could provide a similar boost to the team while improving an already solid Panthers rushing attack that finished 10th in the NFL in 2016.

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NFL Announces Free Fan Opportunities For 2017 NFL Draft In Philadelphia Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:47:07 +0000 The NFL Draft is only a couple of days in the state known as “Brotherly Love.” There will be events that fans can attend starting Thursday April 27- April 29; events includes  Zip to the Future presented by Oikos Triple Zero – Fly over NFL Draft Experience on a 100-yard zip line. Due to high demand, timed reservations will be made available via Fan Mobile Pass.Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner.

 ” Race down the field against digital NFL players on a 40-yard long LED wall.  Hail Mary – Test your long-distance accuracy by throwing a deep pass over defenders into a drop-in net.  Oikos Triple Zero Field Goal Kick – Test your ability to kick a field goal through NFL uprights.  Touch Pass – Master one of the most difficult throws for an NFL quarterback by throwing the ball on an arc over a defensive player and into a net. NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.”

This is the first time that Philadelphia and its fans will get a chance to experience what’s life like the pros. There will be autographs, red carpet events, and other things going on throughout the week. Here are a few events that you can see.”Attendees can grab their friends and try their hand in the Bud Light Vend Zone, a fully-customized vending machine that rewards attendees with each successful throw of the football. Afterwards, snap a pic in front of the Bud Light can wall and enjoy other games.

On-field football clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6-17. Clinics are free and open on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are the selective times for the clinic.

 Thursday, April 27:     4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday, April 28:           4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
   Saturday, April 29:      12:00 PM to 3:00 PM; 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM to 7:00 PMImage result for nfl draft

So much excitement in so little time. It is calculated to be one of the biggest events Philadelphia has thrown.

Lastly if you are looking to bump into a player or get an autograph, certain players are holding an autograph session in which everyone can join. Come out and have a blast.

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