Pro Player Insiders http://proplayerinsiders.com NFL Players Exclusive Lifestyle, News and Under the Helmet Access Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 ‘Playing for the Mob’ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/movie-playing-for-the-mob/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/movie-playing-for-the-mob/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:00:51 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152192 Chances are that you’re one of the 99 percent of those who filled out your ESPN NCAA basketball brackets — only to have them broken two days into March Madness. That’s OK.

Fixing college basketball games in order to win big money is not OK. Still, it makes as riveting a tale in Hollywood crime movies as it does in real life.

If you’re tired of watching college basketball, revisit a bit of basketball’s shady history: the 1978-79 Boston College basketball season and its headline-screaming scandals.

Directed by Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant, their 77-minute ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary, “Playing for the Mob” (2014), stars real-life mobsters including Henry Hill (playing himself) as well as the voice of the actor who played him on the silver screen in “Goodfellas” (Ray Liotta).

The documentary opens with Liotta’s introduction as well as clips from “Goodfellas” — which segue into Hill and his associates’ shady deal with former Boston College basketball stars. Most notably are Eagles’ Rick Kuhn, Jim Sweeney and Ernie Cobb (names you might remember from the 1980s’ headlines). They may or may not have participated in a point-shaving scheme to fix games in favor of the mobsters. Their involvement, of course, depends on who you ask.

To this day, Sweeney and Cobb both distance themselves from the scandal. Sweeney, whom is described in the film as “Mr. Boston College” and as “wholesome as a boy scout,” claims that he had agreed to the scheme out of fear, but he never point-shaved or did anything illegal. Meanwhile, Cobb remembers someone vaguely mentioning the point-shaving scheme to him and receiving an envelope for $1,000 during one of the games. As a poor and young college kid, Cobb says he pocketed the money without questioning its source. Team co-captains Sweeney and Cobb were among the top scorers at Boston College during the 1978-79 season. They were never convicted of point-shaving.

Kuhn, however, was thrown under the bus. Kuhn was introduced to the scheme by a pair of Pittsburg brothers, Tony and Rocco Perla. Kuhn was their friend from high school. While Kuhn (and his basketball buddies Sweeney and Cobb) were in charge of controlling the court and putting the point spread in the mobsters’ favor, Perla had also recruited their friends Paul Mazzei, Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke to help orchestrate the plan.

Hill and Burke were associated with the Lucchese crime family, and they provided the crooked bookies and muscle to enforce the plan. Burke was rumored to have been responsible for the Lufthansa heist — stealing almost $6 million worth of cash and jewelry at the JFK airport. The heist was the subject of “The Big Heist,” “10 Million Dollar Getaway” and of course, “Goodfellas.”

Lavine and Grant’s film features testimonials from some key figures from the period including Henry Hill (who’s was pardoned in exchange for his testimony against Burke); Jim Sweeney; Ernie Cobb; Paul Mazzei; Tony and Rocco Perla; former Boston College assistant coach Kevin Mackey; Boston College basketball alumni Bruce Pearl and Michael Bowie; and some federal prosecutors during the time. Kuhn, the key figure connecting the Boston College boys to the mafia, was largely missing from the film. Instead, his involvement was presented in Sweeney’s interviews and his guilty verdict.

Kuhn was given the harshest sentence for an athlete associated with point shaving. Even harsher is the absence of his point of view in the film.

“Playing for the Mob” was directed by Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ documentary series. For more film reviews, visit: https://passthepopcornreviews.wordpress.com

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Principle of the Matter http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/giving-back/faith-nfl-principle-of-the-matter/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/giving-back/faith-nfl-principle-of-the-matter/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:15:26 +0000 http://www.definedbygrace.org/?p=2442

It’s the principle of the matter!  How many times have we heard or said that?  I thought about this saying as I was driving home from my kid’s school this morning.  I heard my middle sister say it when she was trying to explain why she felt like she was due an apology from someone.  Those familiar words of justice & entitlement rang out through the car as she was talking.  She had a point.  She was absolutely due an apology based off of principle.  The bible is full of principles we should all live by.  Yet we ignore them on a minute by minute basis.  Pray for those who use you, tithe, and study your bible.  Those are all principles that the bible says we should follow to help make us better representatives of Him.  Many of us live to see another day, breathe another breath, and choose to skip living out those principles.  Yet, his grace & mercy continue to overflow as the hours pass by.  The most glaring thought I had was what if God removed His grace & mercy because it was the principle of the matter?  I believe we should be convinced to live by HIs principles simply because His faithfulness is ever present despite our continuous neglect to follow them. When we are confronted with situations where principle should reign supreme, it is often in those times that God is after our heart response & not necessarily for us to receive justice.  So the next time you think about upholding the principle of the matter, how about extending the grace of the matter and let it go!

Until next time dear friends………

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Patriots Give and Take of the Offseason http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/patriots-give-take-offseason/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/patriots-give-take-offseason/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:24:38 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152108 The New England Patriots have a lot of work ahead of them this off season if they want to repeat as Super Bowl champions. While the fans continue to enjoy the team’s fourth title in 14 years the Patriots front office is back to the drawing board as they look to replace the pieces that were lost in this crazy free agency period.

Let’s take a closer look at a two players on defense and one on the offensive side of the ball that next season will no longer be wearing a Patriots jersey. These players were crucial components that lead to last season’s success. But don’t worry New England fans, the Patriots have re-signed and added players that can fill their shoes and every little thing is going to be all right. Well, we hope.

darrelle revis picOne big hole will be replacing arguably one of the best shutdown corners in the league, Darrelle Revis. Revis signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the New York Jets after the Patriots opted not to pick up Revis’ $20 million option.

  • In his lone season in New England, Revis had two interceptions to go along with 14 pass deflections and a combined 47 tackles.
  • Another cornerback leaving the Patriots is Brandon Browner who signed a three-year $15 million deal with the New Orleans Saints.
  • Having both Revis and Browner on the outside allowed the Patriots to play more man coverage against defenses to help shut down opposing wideouts.
  • After losing Revis and Browner what hurts the Patriots even more is the highly talented wideouts that are in the AFC East.

 The Jets this offseason acquired three-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall from the Chicago Bears. He will accompany Eric Decker who had a bit of a down season last year in his first year with the Jets recording 74 receptions and 962 yards. Of course any wide receiver who goes from receiving passes from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith/Michael Vick might be in for a slight drop in production.

In Buffalo, the Bills rookie wide out Sammy Watkins ran wild last season as the fourth overall pick in last years’ draft scored six touchdowns while adding 982 receiving yards. Joining alongside him will be the dynamic receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin signed a one-year contract with the Bills who at age 26 has plenty of skills left to be amongst the game’s best.

So how have the Patriots responded to losing Browner and Revis Island? Well, they resigned safety Devin McCourty to a five-year $47.5 million deal. McCourty who can play anywhere in the secondary can help anchor the Pat’s defense.

They also signed free agent corners Chimdi Chekwa (Oakland), Robert McClain (Atlanta), and Bradley Fletcher (Philadelphia) to compete with Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, and the most surprising Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler for starting positions.

  • Fletcher is a seven-year pro out of Iowa who has good size at 6’0 and recorded 22 pass deflections for the Eagles last season.
  • McClain gives Pats’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia some flexibility as he has experience playing both outside and in the slot.
  • Chekwa signed a one-year $825,000 deal which is a low risk flier for the Patriots.

Combing all of these corners’ talents won’t match what Revis or Browner brought to the football field for the Patriots last season, but the best answer right now is to be patient. Let’s wait and see how this defense slowly develops leading up to next season.

Moving onto the offensive side of the ball, a key player that will not be in the backfield for the Patriots next season is Shane Vereen. Vereen was not only a huge asset during the season for Tom Brady and the offense, but also during the Pats’ playoff run.  

STNY0101.JPGVereen was Brady’s go to guy to move the chains in tough short yardage situations. The back racked up 144 receiving yards during the three playoff games. 64 of those came against the Legion of Boom in the Super Bowl.

Vereen this offseason signed a three-year deal to play for the New York Giants. I guess $12 million was enough to persuade Vereen to go from playing on the best team in the AFC East to the worst team in the NFC East.

Haven’t we seen this before from a Patriots pass catching running back? Back in 2013 running back Danny Woodhead left New England to play in San Diego and Vereen was next up to fill in nicely in that role.

This will be no different. The Patriots inked former Saints running back Travaris Cadet to a two-year deal. Cadet can be an answer to fill the roles of a third down pass catching back. The only problem is whether he can be an efficient pass blocker in the back field. Last season Cadet in limited playing time caught 38 passes for 296 yards. I see Cadet competing with James White and Tyler Gaffney for third down duties next year.

These are just a few spots the Patriots are looking to fill as they prepare for next season. Replacing Vereen won’t be hard as the Pats have an abundance of running backs on the depth chart, but the question will be how will the defense shape out. Finding replacements for Revis and Browner may not be easy, but maybe the Patriots instead of replacing their talents change their defensive image. Creating more of a pass rush scheme using linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins as they look to get after the quarterback instead of before where they dared them to throw it in man coverage. Only time will tell, but trust what’s under the hood as Belichick will find answers whether its through free agency, the draft, or internal to help the Patriots defend its title.

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NFL AFC South Team Needs http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-afc-south-team-needs/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-afc-south-team-needs/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:30:07 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152154 The 2015 NFL Draft is a few weeks away and while you will be hoping your team gets the player that can help your team get to and win a Superbowl, 1st you have to realize the weaknesses and holes you may have to fill before you can reach the Promised Land. Today, I’ll be going over the biggest needs for the four teams in the AFC South. In the AFC South, it is widely known that the road must lead through the Indianapolis Colts, but all four teams (Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars), have needs if they want to be successful, so without further ado, let’s get to the AFC South Team Needs.

Cincinnati Bengals v New England Patriots

Houston Texans – The Texans had a team that could compete every week, but their biggest issue was their most important issue, the quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick did have a good year by most terms with 17 TDs and 8 INTs in 12 starts for the Texans, but he was more of a game manager than a difference maker. Ryan Mallett got two starts at the end of the year and while the young QB showed potential, his season was ended early due to injury. They don’t have too many needs, but they are very obvious:

Quarterback – They will have a competition between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer, but it’s a big question as to if either of them is the real answer.

Wide Receiver – The Texans lost the face of their franchise this offseason with Andre Johnson being released. DeAndre Hopkins is good and they signed Cecil Shorts, but he would do better as a 3rd WR. They need another game breaker.

Defensive End – Jared Crick is currently slated to be the starter opposite the great JJ Watt, but they will need an upgrade at that spot.

Center – The Texans cut long-time Center Chris Myers due to financial reasons, so you can expect a replacement to be selected in the draft.

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Indianapolis Colts – The Colts offense is deadly with the recent signings of Frank Gore and Andre Johnson. The Colts need to put all their eggs in the defensive bucket during the NFL Draft. They have a championship type team, but if they don’t improve the middle of the defense, they may find themselves in the same spot they have the last couple years, watching the Superbowl. These should be their main priority needs this offseason:

Inside Linebacker – Jerrell Freeman will be back, but D’Qwell Jackson needs to be let go. He was atrocious in coverage and even though they signed Nate Irving, they may still need to spend a draft pick on this position.

Center – This is the biggest whole on their offensive line. Usually this position could be addressed later in the draft, but the Left Tackle and Center are the two most important parts of an offensive line and they need to keep their prized possession, Andrew Luck, upright.

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Jacksonville Jaguars – I think the Jags have had a great offseason so far. I would have pushed harder to get DeMarco Murray, but other than that, they filled a lot of holes that you would expect from a team that went 3-13. I think they still need a lot of work, but they have signed players that will at least make their team respectable. If their young players can progress and they hit on 2-3 picks this year, they could be a good team in a year or two. These are some of the spots they still need to fill:

Center – This is becoming a common theme in this division. The offensive line needs a captain and that is usually the center. This is something that should be address by round three and I can easily see the Jags selecting one of the top three centers in the draft.

Defensive End – Jared Odrick may currently be listed as the defensive end, but he played defensive end in a 3-4 only. In this offense he will be the defensive tackle with Sen’Derrick Marks. They desperately need a pass rusher and I think they will be address with the 1st pick, someone like Dante Fowler.

Running Back – As I said earlier, I would have liked if they tried harder to get DeMarco Murray, but they can take a running back in round three and still end up okay. Someone like a TJ Yeldon would fit in their offense nicely.

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Tennessee Titans – The Titans finished would the worst record in the league. With that being known, they obviously had numerous holes to fill, 8-10 on my personal needs list for them. However, they have done well with filling a lot of their needs this offseason. Unfortunately, they seem to be ignoring what maybe their two biggest remaining holes. It may be a smokescreen, but if they don’t upgrade the middle of their offensive and defensive lines, they could be in for another long year. Here is my list for their remaining biggest needs:

Nose Tackle – From what I am hearing, they are content with Sammie Lee Hill, bad move. Hill was horrible against the run and fits a 4-3 DT rather than a 3-4 NT. If I was their GM, I’d target one of 3 players in the draft, Danny Shelton, Jordan Phillips, or Carl Davis. As a late draft pick they can consider Ellis McCarthy.

Outside Linebacker – The Titans did a great job of signing Brian Orakpo and re-signing Derrick Morgan, but the cupboard is bare behind them. Because of the known history of injuries to Orakpo, it is imperative that the Titans select a young pass rushing LB. Luckily that may be the deepest position in this draft.

Center – The Titans drafted Brian Schwenke in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In my opinion, he is a below average run and pass blocker and as I said earlier, you need your Center to be the captain of your offensive line. The ideal player would be Cameron Irving, but he may go 2nd half of round one. If not, 3rd or 4th round pick is necessary

Right Tackle – With long-time LT, Michael Roos, retiring last year, 1st round pick Taylor Lewan will be the LT, but they need to fill the right side. They have shown interest in Joe Barksdale, who’s a FA from the Rams. It would be in their best interest to do whatever they have to do to get him in Titan blue. He is an average pass blocker, but a good run blocker.

Defensive End – Ropati Pitoitua is a good run stuffing defensive end, but offers no pass rush. I like DaQuan Jones, drafted last year, as a backup, but they need a starting defensive end. People in Tennessee want Leonard Williams. He’s the safest pick, but that doesn’t mean he’s the best pick, especially with the 2nd overall pick.

When all is said and done, like all teams, the teams in this division have some work to do. Can it be solved all within the draft, if they hit on the right picks yes. The NFL has shown that 1-2 years can turn a losing franchise into a winning one. A big onus is on the right players for the right systems and how they develop. In the 2015 NFL Draft there’s a lot of talented players, now it’s the job of the GMs and coaches to utilize them to the fullest.

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Today We Are All #LeahStrong http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/today-leahstrong/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/today-leahstrong/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:43:17 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152221 We wrote last week about the preliminary good news regarding Leah Still, the daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Devon Still. The test results are back and it’s pretty fantastic. Leah is officially in remission! #LeahStrong

Devon Still announced the news on his Instagram page late yesterday evening and this is basically the best news you could wake up to this morning. Leah has been undergoing treatment for the rare pediatric cancer for the past year. Initially, her survival odds were placed at 50/50.

We here at Pro Player Insiders are #LeahStrong and wish Devon and Leah Still all the best as they celebrate this amazing news. Miracles do happen and we couldn’t be happier for the two of them!

Leah also did an interview after she received the news and it’s well worth your time. She is an amazing young woman and we can’t wait to hear about her latest accomplishments. Today we are all #LeahStrong.

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NFL Unveils Plans To Celebrate Super Bowl 50 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-unveils-plans-celebrate-super-bowl-50/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-unveils-plans-celebrate-super-bowl-50/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:42:15 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152216 The NFL has released its plan to celebrate this year’s fifty year anniversary of the Super Bowl. The year long celebration will culminate in the game which will be played this year at Levi’s Stadium, the new stadium for the San Francisco Forty Niners. Per the official press release:

NFL Unveils Plans To Celebrate Super Bowl 50 

The NFL is launching a year-long celebration of the Super Bowl to commemorate Super Bowl 50, which will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The plans were announced today at the NFL Annual Meeting at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2015 season will feature a gold thematic signifying the 50th “golden” Super Bowl that will be visible on the field and throughout the season.  The 50-yard line numerals and NFL shield logo at every stadium will be gold.  Team logos on sideline apparel will have accents of gold and logos for NFL events, including Draft, Kickoff and the Playoffs, will turn to gold. 

The NFL unveiled last year the Super Bowl 50 logos that feature “50,” breaking for one year its unique tradition of using Roman numerals to identify that season’s championship game.  To commemorate this, the NFL commissioned Tiffany & Co to handcraft the 50.  Each number is cast in bronze, plated in 18kt gold and weighs nearly 33 lbs.  The gold 50 will appear alongside the Vince Lombardi Trophy all year and will be presented to the Super Bowl champions at the MVP and head coach press conference the morning following the game.

The On The Fifty platform is designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part of those games.  On The Fifty will come to life in a variety of ways throughout the year: 

The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll will recognize the high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history. High schools will receive a commemorative golden football produced by Wilson for every player or head coach who has appeared in a Super Bowl.  Players and coaches will have the opportunity to deliver the golden footballs to their high schools.  CBS, which will televise Super Bowl 50 marking the most Super Bowl broadcasts by any network, will feature some of these visits across the various assets of the CBS Corporation.  The Honor Roll will become an annual tradition. Following every Super Bowl, every high school that produces a player or head coach in the game will receive a golden football.

The 2015 schedule will feature several Super Bowl rematches, including 19 in the regular season.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game kicks it off in August when the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers face off in a rematch of Super Bowl IX.

Many teams will host Super Bowl Homecomings, inviting their Super Bowl teams to be honored in-stadium on gameday and throughout the weekend.  Teams will commemorate Homecomings with Ring of Honor/Hall of Fame ceremonies, recognizing Super Bowl players as honorary captains and featuring special halftime celebrations. Historic Super Bowl marks, customized Homecoming assets and dedicated elements commemorating past Super Bowls will be included in the weekends.

The 43 previous Super Bowl MVPs will be celebrated all season, culminating at Super Bowl 50 when they will be recognized on-field.  MVPs will be an integral part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll and the Super Bowl Homecoming programs.

Next month, the NFL puts Chicago on the clock as the NFL Draft moves from New York City for the first time since 1964. To kick off the Draft, prospects and former players will walk a gold carpet as they enter the theater. New Era will add a gold shield to the back of the Draft cap that is presented to each player as he walks across the stage in primetime.  In addition, a Super Bowl Museum and gold-themed promotions in Chicago will support the On the Fifty celebration. 

Starting Week 7 of the season, sideline apparel from Nike and New Era will reflect the celebration. Team logos on select sideline pieces and all caps will be outlined in gold as a connection to On the Fifty.  Merchandise that celebrates previous Super Bowls will be available this spring and on-field merchandise will be in stores starting October 15.

As the kickoff to Super Bowl week, the 2016 Pro Bowl, which will be played on Sunday, January 31 in Hawaii, will recognize players who will play the following week in Super Bowl 50 in a variety of ways, including halftime interviews on ESPN. The uniforms worn by the Pro Bowl players will incorporate gold as a connection to the celebration.

For more information about On The Fifty and Super Bowl 50, fans may visit SuperBowl.com.

 

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2015 NFL Free Agency Update http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2015-nfl-free-agency-update/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2015-nfl-free-agency-update/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:11:18 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152210 The National Football League has released it’s latest update on NFL free agency spending and some of the breakdowns. The teams that have spent the least the past two years are the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and New England Patriots. Per the official press release:

2015 FREE AGENCY UPDATE

Through the first two weeks of free agency, there were 153 total signings with $788,491,999 in guaranteed money and $1,802,821,620 in total contract value.

This breaks down as:

  • 97 unrestricted free agents signing with new teams (guaranteed: $644,104,999; total value: $1,413,501,620)
  • 56 unrestricted free agents re-signing with current teams (guaranteed: $144,387,000; total value: $389,320,000)

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club must average an 89% cash spend of the salary cap from 2013-2016.

The four teams which spent the least during the two-year period from 2013-2014 were the Oakland Raiders (80.16%), New York Jets (80.97%), Jacksonville Jaguars (82.24%) and New England Patriots (82.82%).

These four teams have spent the following in free agency thus far:

  • 30% of all guaranteed money
  • 27% of total contracts
  • 24% of first-year cash

*Numbers throughout represent deals for which contracts were received and processed by the NFLPA by 2 p.m. ET on March 24, 2015.

 

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NFL NFC East Team Needs http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-nfc-east-team-needs/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-nfc-east-team-needs/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:30:09 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152161 As we get closer to the 2015 NFL Draft, teams have different strategies as to how they decide on their draft picks. Some take best player available, no matter what. Some take the best play out of their team needs. Some take the highest valued player on their board. However, when the entire draft is over and you haven’t filled the open holes on your team, it’s usually considered a failed draft. So with that being said, let’s get to the NFC East Team Needs.

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Dallas Cowboys – I honestly tried, but I couldn’t find a weakness on the entire Dallas Cowboys offense. I feel that other than picking possible depth, all their picks should be on defense. When you look at their defense, they don’t have too many holes either. All in all, the Cowboys could have all their team needs easily filled by the 2nd day in the draft, which means they would be able to just go after best player available the rest of the way. They are in good shape. These are their remaining needs:

Defensive Tackle – The Cowboys need a big run stuffing DT. Some people confuse Nose Tackles with big Defensive tackles. It’s all about technique. This draft is filled with good DTs, so they should be able to easily fill this need.

Cornerback – Orlando Scandrick played some top notch ball last year, but there is a big hole on the other side. This year has a lot of depth at CB, but only Trae Waynes stands out and he’ll be gone before the Cowboys pick. However, others have talent and would be an upgrade over what they have there.

Safety – This maybe where the Cowboys go for their 1st round pick. There isn’t too much depth in the draft with pretty much it being Landon Collins and then everyone else. They actually could use two new safeties, but one must be taken within the 1st three rounds.

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New York Giants – Whether it was the players that stopped listening or the system not fitting the personnel, the Giants took a real step back last year. The decided to go with the West Coast offense, and they had players that weren’t the right players for that type of passing attack. They changed that a little bit with the addition of Shane Vereen. On the other side of the ball, they need to change a few things, starting with the secondary. All their team needs are:

Safety – With Nate Berhe and Cooper Taylor currently atop the depth chart, the Giants desperately need to get a Safety, likely within the 1st two rounds of the draft. There is no doubt that this is their biggest whole on the entire team.

Right Tackle – I will assume that Pugh will move inside at guard. That is his better position and it would solidify 1/4th of the line. I think this position will also be addressed within the 1st three rounds of the draft. Protecting Eli Manning is a priority.

Defensive End – One thing you have to know about Giants GM Jerry Reese is he loves pass rushers. That way of thinking is what got him his Superbowls. The Giants, because of free agency and age, have lost a lot of their depth here. That is something he will be sure to target in a deep pass rusher draft.

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Philadelphia Eagles – It’s hard to even begin to explain the offseason for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles. Their top WR left for Kansas City, they traded away their al world RB LeSean McCoy in what looked like a money saving move, just to pay DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews more than McCoy will be making. They also overpaid for a CB they desperately needed in Byron Maxwell. Finally to top it off, they traded their starting QB Nick Foles to obtain the injury-prone Sam Bradford from the Rams. You definitely can’t say they were boring this offseason, but these are still the holes left to fill:

Safety – Malcolm Jenkins is fine at the Strong Safety, but they need a ballhawk to play Free Safety. This could and should be addressed in the 1st two days of the draft.

Cornerback – They overpaid for Maxwell, but at least he is a legitimate starter, Nolan Carroll is not. That is something that must also be addressed early and is the favorite to be their 1st round pick.

Wide Receiver – The last two offseasons the Eagles have lost DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Jordan Matthews is not ready in my opinion. He fits better in the slot right now and now he’s the current #1.

Guard – Todd Herremans left and he wasn’t doing a great job last year anyway. Guard isn’t usually a high draft pick, so I expect them to wait until round four to take one.

Defensive End – Cedric Thornton is a good run stuffing DE, but offers nothing in terms of pass rush, so they may decide to take a DE with more pass rushing ability.

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Washington Redskins – The drama of the last year between Coach Jay Gruden and QB Robert Griffin III could fill up a year on HBOs “Hard Knocks” alone. Two years ago, everyone would have called you crazy if you said one of the Redskin’s team needs would be QB, but as we stand here today, rumors have said that if Marcus Mariota fell to 5th, the Redskins maybe very inclined to pick him. Even if they don’t decide to go that direction, there are numerous other areas that the Redskins can upgrade:

Quarterback – As mentioned above, rumors are swirling that Coach Jay Gruden can’t stand QB RG3 anymore and a QB selection is very possible if Mariota slipped to the 5th pick.

Outside Linebacker – With the loss of Brian Orakpo, the Redskins can now officially begin the search for a new starting OLB. Ryan Kerrigan is good, but they need someone else to start opposite side of him.

Safety – They signed Jeron Johnson, but they were so bad at Safety play last year, they need another one. Is the 5th pick too early for Landon Collins, yes, but they may reach anyway.

Right Tackle – This has been a swinging gate for the Skins. They could use a 2nd day pick on finally solidifying this spot.

Inside Linebacker – Keenan Robinson played well last year, but Perry Riley did not. They could use a true #1 ILB so Robinson can say as the co-star instead of the star on the inside.

The NFC East was once known as the best division in football not too long ago. All four teams have made the playoffs in recent years and all four could end up at the top of the division by season’s end. The NFL draft will help to determine who will finish as the division winner this year. Defense will be the key to this defense as all four teams can fill up the scoreboard. Safety seems to be the position of choice as everyone seems to need one. Now the question is who gets the best one?

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World Champion Sprinter Tyree Washington: Like a Fish in Water http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/world-champion-sprinter-tyree-washington-like-fish-water/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/world-champion-sprinter-tyree-washington-like-fish-water/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:19:05 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=151644 Everyone experiences highs and lows in life, but what would you do if you poured every ounce of blood, sweat and tears into a personal dream; every bit of money, time, training, not to mention your heart and soul and then one day you were stripped of all the glories because something you had no control of transpired? Would you give up, or would you find a way to turn a devastating event into something positive, somewhat of a drive or learning lesson for others? Tyree Washington a man of hard work walked through a trying path, but found a way to turn his devastations into motivations.

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Tyree Washington a man defying many records, describes himself as, “a fish in water”, when he is on a track or football field. This analogy most definitely holds true when you look at his long list of accolades. To name a few, “In 2003, Washington had the greatest season of his career. He won the 400-meter race at Indoor Nationals, Indoor World in the 400-meter dash, Indoor World 4X400 men’s relay, Outdoor Nationals in the 400-meter event. He became world champion in the 400-meter race in St. Denis, France and was ranked number one in the world for running the 400-meter race.Years later, Washington added two more world titles to his belt. In 2005, he won Outdoor World Athletic Finals in the 400-meter event, and in 2006, won Indoor World in 4X400 men’s relay.” (http://www.killaroid.com/).

Not only was Washington a star on the track he excelled by taking his speed to a different arena, and signed with the San Diego Chargers as a wide receiver and defensive back. As Washington put it, “I knocked a lot off my bucket list at a young age,” but don’t fret, he isn’t stopping there, he continues to strive for new goals and aspirations everyday.

Washington’s list of accomplishments is extensive, but something he didn’t expect was to have half of them stripped from him because some of his teammates were tested and caught for using PEDs, Performance Enhancing Drugs. Washington unveils the hardship saying, “I won eight titles and a world record and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) stripped four away after the findings.I thought how could I turn a bad situation into something good?”

“So I created Killaroid, standing for ‘kill steroids’. I with my team, want to annihilate them. Now it’s an uphill battle for me, and I think the biggest weapon I hold is the power of education. So I am going to do just that, and continue to educate and speak about my story and what happened to me. Most athletes would just give up, put a gun to their head and they would be done. I did nothing wrong. It goes back to who I am as a person, the drive and determination and the want to give back. I want Killaroid to be bigger than life. It’s still in the beginning of stages, but as soon as I turn it into a non-profit it will grow and manifest, making sure that athletes are training the right way.”

Washington goes on to say; “I want to plant positive seeds in others lives and give hope to people when they feel like there is no hope. That is my drive in life because everyone has a story,” he later mentions wanting their stories to be focused on their successes and not their trials and tribulations, a huge benefactor to the lessons of Killaroid.

 

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Killaroid is a knowledge-based avenue Washington can utilize to apply the lessons he has learned while training his athletes. He holds speed and agility camps as well as coaches athletes from all walks of life. Although nutrition and training are all very important, Washington is raw in his approach on PEDs. Something he feels athletes and their parents need to hear. Washington expounds on how, “Training is great, but one aspect that people don’t touch on is the PEDs. We need to talk about it because athletes are trying to find a quick fix, trying to get a scholarship, but when they use these enhancers they could have their career taken away or they could possibly die.”

“I try and be as graphic as possible because I understand that parents want to give their athletes the edge, but that edge is not the right edge. Hard work is looked upon as silly, like that’s not the norm. I want these athletes to know, that you can accomplish everything you want to accomplish without PEDs.”

Washington is using every avenue he can to get the word out, whether that’s through his training, website, his media access on Fox 11 in Los Angeles, or red carpet and high profile events.

Washington like everyone else had hardships in his life, and he speaks on how, “I surrounded myself with positive people, I had a great circle. I think when people say there are no resources available, they don’t realize that there is always at least one. For me it was my coaches, my teachers, it was my mother who was a single mother, and my grandmother. I wanted to do it for them.   I wanted to be the difference maker in others lives,” and he is doing just that through his education with www.killaroid.com. Be sure to check out his website and education yourself on the harmful effects these drugs can have on you and your peers.

 

 

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Bills TE Charles Clay Ultimate Team Player http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-te-charles-clay-ultimate-team-player/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-te-charles-clay-ultimate-team-player/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:58:21 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152124 New Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay was introduced to the media today and he is an impressive guy. The Bills successfully snagged Clay away from the Miami Dolphins last week and inked him to a five year deal worth up to $38 million dollars with $20 million guaranteed. The Dolphins had placed the transition tag on Clay and declined to match Buffalo’s offer.

The common theme throughout his press conference was how important it was to help the team succeed and how his accomplishments were secondary. He believes in what the Bills are doing and looks forward to working with new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. A common bond we all share is the desire to be wanted and the Bills showing they wanted Clay was one reason he wanted to join the team.

Clay was drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft with selection number 174 out of Tulsa University. A versatile player, Clay has played fullback, H-back and really showed his pass catching prowess the past two years as well. He finished his Dolphins career having played in 58 games snagging 161 passes for 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns.

In Buffalo, he will likely fill the every down tight end role that Greg Roman utilized in San Francisco successfully with Delanie Walker. Clay is a good blocker with skills in the receiving game as well. Roman can successfully utilize both qualities in the new Bills offense. He brings an added dimension to a Bills offensive that is expected to focus on a strong run game.

It’s always great to see good guys prosper through hard work and determination. Congratulations to Clay and the Bills and we wish you much success in the upcoming season! You can follow Clay on twitter at @C42Clay and follow the Bills at @buffalobills.

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Here is the transcript of Clay’s media presser.

Q: Could you break down what made the Bills the right choice for you?
A: When you look at the organization as a whole with the new owners, new coaching staff, a lot of the moves they made this offseason…I was kind of intrigued by it. Before I even took my visit, I could get the sense that they were a team that was on the rise. They were a team that was going to win right away and it was definitely something I was excited to just have the opportunity to be a part of. Just looking at it in that way, it was always a team that I always hated coming down and playing against; one because you have that fan base who love their team so much and it was always hard to hear and things like that and just to have that opportunity to be a part of that excitement…I’m happy to be a part of this organization.
Q: The process of being on a transition tag and signing an offer sheet and knowing that Miami had the right to match. Was that a weird thing to go through as a player because the possibility is that you may be with a new team and then you may not? Was that sort of a strange thing to work through for you?
A: It was strange simply because you take that visit and everything went so well from meeting coaches to meeting people around the facility. I was so excited to have that opportunity that I wanted to sign right away and then signing that offer sheet and then having to wait. Then it’s kind of like taking a step back and just having to wait on everything to play out, but at the end of the day it all worked out just how I wanted it and like I said, I couldn’t be happier.
Q: Can you just maybe elaborate a little bit more on how impressed you were or what your first impression was of the Bills with this full court press that they kind of put on you: flying coaches down to pick you up, owners flying back to Buffalo with you…just the whole scene and how much that impressed you?
A: It was huge. It goes to show how much they actually value me. From the time I stepped on the plane, I felt I was one of those guys from the very second I stepped on the plane and just getting the chance to meet and talk with the Pegula’s. They’re such down to earth people. They’re both people persons and just getting the chance to meet with them and to fly up with Rex (Ryan) and Greg Roman and Tony Sparano and just having the chance to talk with them, I was very impressed. They had me excited on the plane before I even got to Buffalo so I was about ready to sign before I even got there so I was very excited.
Q: Why did you want to sign before you even got to Buffalo?
A: For one, just knowing I’ve played against a Rex Ryan defense for the past four years so I know how tough it is to play against his defense. I know the kind of mentality that he brings to a team. Granted, Buffalo is a tough team to play against in the first place. I talked to a lot players who played under Rex and they all spoke very highly of him so just having that opportunity and then once they showed that they valued me just as much as I value a guy like Rex Ryan or Greg Roman…once they showed that, I was pretty much sold on it.
Q: How much are you looking forward to seeing what you can do in that Greg Roman offense and how much do you know about it?
A: I’m very excited. I watched him a lot when he was coaching up in San Francisco and what he was able to do with those, not only the tight ends, the offense in general and then I know how creative of a mind he has and just it’s so many different things that he can do with a lot of different weapons in this offense. I’m just excited to be a part of it and see what he comes up with.
Q: What do you think of the guys that are going to be throwing you the ball? If you could, just give us your thoughts on each quarterback.
A: I watched EJ over the past few years; young guy but you can see where he’s developed. Bringing in a guy like Matt Cassel who’s done it for a long time and has played at a high level and to have him, have his presence to come in and be able to coach him up and EJ can pick his brain and learn some things from him, I’m excited about it and to have the weapons around him, I feel like that’ll just make him a lot more comfortable. There’s definitely no doubt in my mind that either of those guys can come and lead this team back where they want to be which is in the playoffs and to compete for a Super Bowl.
Q: Charles: not that you didn’t deserve it but having been a sixth round pick coming out and not a guy that got a tremendous amount of attention to then get the kind of attention you got from the Bills as a free agent, how much was that an adjustment for you? All of sudden you were this in-demand person. Did it catch you off-guard at all?
A: I wouldn’t say it caught me off guard. For one, I guess the way I view myself as a player as being a guy who can do so many different things, I feel like it would be valued, I feel like I could benefit from playing or help any team so I wouldn’t just necessarily say I was surprised by it. Like I said, they showed interest from early on through the whole free agency process. They stuck with it, stuck with it so I was impressed by the whole situation so I’m just excited to call myself a Buffalo Bill.
 
Q: You mentioned the process of being on the transition tag. How much of a push did the Dolphins make to keep you and what made the process take as long as it did?
A: Early on, they pitched some, we tried doing some negotiations. At the same time, Buffalo was a team that stepped up and showed not only was I valued but that I was their number one priority and anytime you get put in that situation where you’re valued so high on a team that you feel like is going in the right direction, you want to be a part of that. As far as why the process took so long, I couldn’t even tell you.  I’m just excited to pretty much be here, so yeah, that’s pretty much it.
Q: What kind of pressure do you expect now? Your contract aligns with some of the elite tight-ends in this league. Do you feel like there will be an added pressure to “live up to the contract”?
A: I don’t feel like anyone could put as much pressure on me that I put on myself. I’m going to go out and work hard every single day. What I won’t do is go out and start pressing. Trying to prove why I got the contract and things like that. Once you start doing that is when guys start to mess up. What I plan on doing: I’m going to go out and play as hard as I can which is what I always do. I don’t feel any added pressure. I already set high standards for myself. I’m going to work hard and do everything I can to help this team win no matter what that is. Whatever I have to do, that’s what I’m willing to do so I’ll just go from there.
Q: What’s your reaction when you hear Rex Ryan say he wants to run the ball fifty times a game as a pass catcher?
A: I’m all for it. Like I said: whatever he feels will win games, I’m all up for it. I don’t care if we throw the ball fifty times a game, if we run the ball fifty times a game. At the end of the day, I just want to win and that’s what it all boils down to in this league is wins and losses so if we were running the ball the fifty times a game and we were winning, I don’t think anyone would be complaining. So like I said, we’ll see when we get there and we start to install things and they kind of get a feel of some of the players they have and we get a feel for some of the play calls and coaches, we’ll just go from there. Identify our strengths and find our identity and stick with it.
Q: You’re a very versatile player.  It strikes me that you might fill that Delanie Walker role in Greg Roman’s offense. Have they talked to you at all about what role you’re going to play? Are you going to be an every down tight-end?
A: From the things I’ve heard, yeah. They don’t want me coming off the field. They want to use me in a lot of different positions moving around a bit which is something I feel very comfortable doing. Dating back all the way to high school, playing running back and getting to college and playing so many different positions and then coming here to Miami and playing a lot. It’s something I feel very comfortable doing so whatever they ask me to do, I’m willing to do it, I’m going to work at it and try to master it. I’m excited. I can’t wait.
Q: You were a bit underrated as a pass catcher. How gratifying is it that people are finally starting to recognize that aspect of your game?
A: I don’t necessarily look for validation from other folks. At the end of the day, I know what I’m capable of so whether someone says how good of a pass catcher I am or someone to say I’m not one of the best pass catchers, at the end of the day, I know what my value is and I know what I’m capable of so I don’t too much look for any kind of validation from anything or anyone else.
Q: Do you prefer pass blocking to playing a receiver role or does it matter or what’s the key?
A: It doesn’t really matter to me. It’s something that I’ve been working on for the past few years is pass blocking and it’s something I’ll continue to work on. When it’s all said and done, I want people to look at me and say, “Ok. He’s one of the best pass catchers in the league. He’s also one of the best blockers.” I want to be an all-around player. I don’t want to be just labeled as a pass catching tight-end. That’s one thing that bothers me like crazy and then at the end of the day, I want to be that versatile guy. I want to be that guy that can be in on third and one and run block that can be in a third and long situation where I’ll have to pass block or be in on a third and short where I have to beat man-to-man coverage. I just want to be that guy who can do it all instead of just being labeled as that pass catching tight-end. It’s something that I’ve definitely work towards is being able to do multiple things.
Q: Is there a player that maybe you can compare your style of game to?
A: It’s a lot of guys that I take certain aspects of their game from. I don’t think it’s just one person that I can say…I look at, there’s a lot wide receivers around the league that I look at. There’s a lot of running backs.  Tight ends: there’s a whole lot of tight-ends…Mark Bavaro…all those guys. He’s a guy that I always loved. His quiet demeanor…I guess you can take that aspect of it and that’s what I try to model myself after. I’m not one of those flashy guys that talks a lot. At the end of the day, I’m a football player and that’s what I commandeer and off the field, I’ll live my life, be with my family, things like that but I’m not one of those guys who’s just out there and want to be seen and stuff. He’s definitely a guy in that aspect I definitely look for but you know exactly what you’re going to get when you step between the white lines.
 
Q: Have you set any goals for this coming season? Some guys, you know, they like to set personal goals; a certain number of receptions or whatever. Do you do that? Have you set any goals like that?
A: All my goals are more pretty much team oriented. The longer I’m around and the more I talk to you, you’ll kind of get a feel that I’m not one to be into so into individual things. That I’m more of a team guy so like I said, whether I have to go into a game and catch fifteen ball or whether I have to go into a game and just catch one or maybe even not as long as we win, I’m completely fine,  you won’t hear a sound. You won’t hear a peep from me. I’m just one of those team guys at the end of the day, I’m looking to go out there and play as hard as I can and give one hundred and ten percent and leave everything on the field and as long as I do that and we walk off with a win then I’m satisfied.
Q: I think that’s great. Did you have a favorite football player growing up?
A: I can’t think that there’s one player. I was always watching SportsCentury and things like that growing up so that’s how I kind of found out about Mark Bavaro and Jack Tatum and people liked that so I just like watching football in general. I didn’t necessarily have a favorite player but there was a lot of guys…a lot of guys that I actually liked watching. Not just one player in particular I think.

 

 

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Tasha Robinson-White: Life as “Money” Mayweather’s Right Hand http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tasha-robinson-white-life-money-mayweathers-right-hand/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tasha-robinson-white-life-money-mayweathers-right-hand/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:01:59 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=150410 Tasha Robinson-White has lived a life many would be grateful to have lived. Robinson-White has spent over 20 years working with some of the entertainment world’s biggest players. She also spent twelve years working as Floyd Mayweather’s right hand and has written a book about the experience called “Right Hand to the Champ.”

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Robinson-White held the position of CEO of Mayweather Music as well as the President of The Floyd Mayweather Jr. foundation.  It was during that period of time where she saw everything from the highest of the highs in Mayweather’s life to the lowest of the lows and she was right there by his side through it all.

I sat down with Robinson-White for a series of exclusive interviews for my website Parks, Sports and Recreation. You can check out the full interview there including some great personal stories between the two.

RP:  Explain how you got your start with Floyd Mayweather Jr?

TRW:  My story and meeting and becoming close with Floyd Mayweather was sort of ironic.  I had just moved to Las Vegas from Atlanta.  I first met Floyd after he won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics that took place in Atlanta.  I then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada where I was doing some event planning at different nightclubs and venues in the area.  We became fast friends and eventually Floyd asked me to come do some work for him.  The rest is history…

RP: During your time working for Floyd Mayweather when did you know he was a star and that you wanted to work for him for a long time?

TRW: We are both Michigan natives and we have a strong work ethic where we come from.  I saw this  drivermination in Floyd early on and was immediately drawn to him. In 2005, I became all-in exclusive working for Floyd Mayweather. I always saw him growing and the potential he had. I am extremely happy for his success and will always wish the best for him. We still talk till this day so everything is all good.

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RP:  What really made you decide to write this memoir?

TRW: One thing I always say is that life didn’t stop because I stopped working for Floyd.  I feel that this book will definitely touch other women in the business. The entertainment industry is a tough industry to be in.  I co-wrote this book with a good friend of mine named Cassandra Cousineau who watched me grow in the business.  This book wouldn’t be what it is without her.  Also, I am very happy in my life now and have freedom to pursue ventures such as this one.  I don’t get $20,000 checks anymore but I do have my time back.  I definitely value having TIME over MONEY.

RP:  What can readers expect from the book, “Right Hand To The Champ”?

TRW:  You can expect to see a more human side of Floyd Mayweather from the point of view  of a regular girl from Michigan.  You can expect to read the honest truth about Floyd’s and I relationship, I did not sugarcoat anything.  You can expect to relate to me because I kept it real.

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RP:  What kind of reaction have you gotten from Floyd Mayweather and his current camp?  Also, how has the general public reacted to “Right Hand To The Champ”?

TRW: First and foremost I told the TRUTH and the entire truth.  I was able to learn valuable life lessons that I was able to then share with the general public.  The overall reaction of the public has been positive.   Of course the reaction of Floyd’s camp has not been the best.  However, Floyd himself doesn’t mind and we still speak pretty regularly. Floyd Mayweather has not read the book himself and he probably will not.  The book was actually released the day after Floyd’s good friend Earl Hayes committed suicide. So it was pretty interesting timing with everything.  One thing that many people do not know is that Floyd’s parents and mine are actually pretty close as well.  So the relationship goes beyond boxing and business.  Life has definitely gotten very interesting.

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RP:  What did you learn at “Mayweather University?”

TRW:  I got  the rare opportunity to be around Floyd on a daily basis and to study Floyd. I learned who Floyd Mayweather the man was as opposed to Pretty Boy Floyd or Money Mayweather.  Floyd has a very giving heart.  If  you are around him you’re considered family.

I learned many lessons which I touch on in the book.  One lesson is lesson number 11 in the book: Losing Can Mean winning.  Sometimes it’s best to take a loss and walk away from a situation.

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RP: Last question, would you ever consider working for Floyd Mayweather in the future? Why or why not?

TRW: I would consider working with him on different projects and events, thingsof that nature. However, I would not work for him again. Working for Floyd Mayweather is a lot of work! It is not a 9-5, 40 hour a week job, it is a 24/7 job. It is definitely not for the faint of heart.  My 12 years with Floyd were great overall and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

RP:  Last but not least, what’s next for Tasha Robinson-White?

TRW: I am currently working on a musical which is coming soon. I have a show that I am looking to get picked up called “Tasha’s Treasures” where I raid celebrities’ closets and auction their old belongings for  charity.  I do not see myself working in sports ever again.   If an athlete needs a PR person that could be feasible but I am not interested in “working for” a high profiile athlete again.  I really have no goal.  The sky is the limit and the possibilities are endless.  Just have to #KEEPGOING

Tasha Robinson-White’s book is on sale and available on her website Right Hand to The Champ. It is also available for purchase through Amazon. You can follow her on twitter at @tashcash1 and follow the book’s twitter page at @righthand2champ.

 

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NFL Draft Rankings Update http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-draft-rankings-update/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-draft-rankings-update/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:52:37 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152068 Each week we are unveiling our rankings and with over half of the pro days complete, our top 500 is beginning to take shape.

Southern Cal defender Leonard Williams continues his reign as the No. 1 rated player.

As we go through April we will take a look in depth at the small school prospects, combine snubs expected to make waves, and release our position ratings.

Until then here is our full list from Leonard Williams to No. 500 UNLV cornerback Tahj Hasson.

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Rank Pos First Name Last Name School Round
1 DT Leonard Williams Southern California 1st
2 WO Kevin White West Virginia 1st
3 WO Amari Cooper Alabama 1st
4 DE Dante Fowler Jr. Florida 1st
5 OG Brandon Scherff Iowa 1st
6 DC Trae Waynes Michigan State 1st
7 OB Vic Beasley Clemson 1st
8 OB Randy Gregory Nebraska 1st
9 QB Jameis Winston Florida State 1st
10 WO DeVante Parker Louisville 1st
11 QB Marcus Mariota Oregon 1st
12 OT La’el Collins LSU 1st
13 NT Danny Shelton Washington 1st
14 OB Alvin “Bud” Dupree Kentucky 1st
15 OH Melvin Gordon Wisconsin 1st
16 OT Andrus Peat Stanford 1st
17 SS Landon Collins Alabama 1st
18 DE Shane Ray Missouri 1st
19 OH Todd Gurley Georgia 1st
20 DT Malcom Brown Texas 1st
21 OT Trevor “T.J.” Clemmings Pittsburgh 1st
22 WO Jaelen Strong Arizona State 1st
23 OT Jacob “Jake” Fisher Oregon 1st
24 OC Cameron “Cam” Erving Florida State 1st-2nd
25 OT Ereck Flowers Miami 1st-2nd
26 DT Eddie Goldman Florida State 1st-2nd
27 OB Shaq Thompson Washington 1st-2nd
28 WO Devin Funchess Michigan 1st-2nd
29 OB Eli Harold Virginia 1st-2nd
30 WO Dorial Green-Beckham Oklahoma 1st-2nd
31 WO Nelson Agholor Southern California 1st-2nd
32 DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa UCLA 1st-2nd
33 WO Sammie Coates Auburn 1st-2nd
34 DT Arik Armstead Oregon 2nd
35 DC Jalen Collins LSU 2nd
36 DT Carl Davis Iowa 2nd
37 IB Stephone Anthony Clemson 2nd
38 OH Ameer Abdullah Nebraska 2nd
39 DE Nathaniel “Nate” Orchard Utah 2nd
40 WO Devin Smith Ohio State 2nd
41 WO Phillip Dorsett Miami 2nd
42 DE Danielle Hunter LSU 2nd
43 WO Breshad Perriman Central Florida 2nd
44 TE Maxx Williams Minnesota 2nd
45 WO Justin Hardy East Carolina 2nd
46 IB Eric-Nathan Kendricks UCLA 2nd
47 OG Laken Tomlinson Duke 2nd
48 DC P.J. Williams Florida State 2nd
49 OG A.J. Cann South Carolina 2nd
50 TE Clive Walford Miami 2nd
51 WO Jamison Crowder Duke 2nd
52 NT Jordan Phillips Oklahoma 2nd
53 IB Bernardrick McKinney Mississippi State 2nd
54 DE Preston Smith Mississippi State 2nd
55 DC Byron Jones Connecticut 2nd
56 OH Tevin Coleman Indiana 2nd
57 DC Kevin Johnson Wake Forest 2nd
58 DC Marcus Peters Washington 2nd
59 OT DJ Humphries Florida 2nd
60 OH Jay Ajayi Boise State 2nd
61 OC Hroniss Grasu Oregon 2nd
62 DT Benjamin “Michael” Bennett Ohio State 2nd
63 OB Kwon Alexander LSU 2nd-3rd
64 OT Cedric Ogbuehi Texas A&M 2nd-3rd
65 OB Lorenzo Mauldin Louisville 2nd-3rd
66 QB Brett Hundley UCLA 2nd-3rd
67 DE Mario Edwards Jr. Florida State 2nd-3rd
68 FS Derron Smith Fresno State 2nd-3rd
69 DC Quinten Rollins Miami (Ohio) 2nd-3rd
70 OH Duke Johnson Miami 2nd-3rd
71 OT Tyler “Ty” Sambrailo Colorado State 2nd-3rd
72 DC D’Joun Smith Florida Atlantic 2nd-3rd
73 WO Rashad Greene Florida State 2nd-3rd
74 SS Jaquiski Tartt Samford 2nd-3rd
75 WO Tyler Lockett Kansas State 2nd-3rd
76 OH David Johnson Northern Iowa 2nd-3rd
77 DC Ronald Darby Florida State 3rd
78 IB Denzel Perryman Miami 3rd
79 OH Timothy “T.J.” Yeldon Alabama 3rd
80 DC Alex Carter Stanford 3rd
81 OH Javorius “Buck” Allen Southern California 3rd
82 DC Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Oregon 3rd
83 OC Leland “Reese” Dismukes Auburn 3rd
84 OB Hau’oli Kikaha Washington 3rd
85 DC Steven “Steve” Nelson Oregon State 3rd
86 DC Nelson “Eric” Rowe Utah 3rd
87 FS Damarious Randall Arizona State 3rd
88 OG Martrevius “Tre” Jackson Florida State 3rd
89 QB Bryce Petty Baylor 3rd
90 DC Joshua “Josh” Shaw Southern California 3rd-4th
91 DT Xavier Cooper Washington State 3rd-4th
92 DT Marcus Hardison Arizona State 3rd-4th
93 OG Arie-Manuel Kouandjio Alabama 3rd-4th
94 OH Jeremy Langford Michigan State 3rd-4th
95 IB Ramik Wilson Georgia 3rd-4th
96 DE Trey Flowers Arkansas 3rd-4th
97 FS Kristian “Cody” Prewitt Mississippi 3rd-4th
98 DC Doran Grant Ohio State 3rd-4th
99 OB Jake Ryan Michigan 3rd-4th
100 DE Za’Darius Smith Kentucky 3rd-4th
101 OH David Cobb Minnesota 3rd-4th
102 WO Tony Lippett Michigan State 3rd-4th
103 OG Alexander “Ali” Marpet Hobart 3rd-4th
104 WO Titus Davis Central Michigan 3rd-4th
105 DC Lorenzo Doss Tulane 4th
106 DC Jacoby Glenn Central Florida 4th
107 IB Paul “P.J.” Dawson TCU 4th
108 WO Antwan Goodley Baylor 4th
109 OG Jeremiah Poutasi Utah 4th
110 OG John Miller Louisville 4th
111 WO Christian “Chris” Conley Georgia 4th
112 OG Josue Matias Florida State 4th
113 WO Ty Montgomery Stanford 4th
114 DC Senquez Golson Mississippi 4th
115 QB Garrett Grayson Colorado State 4th
116 DC Charles Gaines Louisville 4th
117 OH Cameron Artis-Payne Auburn 4th
118 WO Joshua “Josh” Harper Fresno State 4th
119 OT Mitchell “Mitch” Morse Missouri 4th
120 DT Gabriel “Gabe” Wright Auburn 4th
121 DE Henry Anderson Stanford 4th
122 DC Adrian Amos Penn State 4th
123 OT Tyrus Thompson Oklahoma 4th-5th
124 OT Corey Robinson South Carolina 4th-5th
125 OB Charles “Davis” Tull Chattanooga 4th-5th
126 WO Douglas “Tre” McBride William & Mary 4th-5th
127 FS Gerod Holliman Louisville 4th-5th
128 OG Daryl Williams Oklahoma 4th-5th
129 WO Kenny Bell Nebraska 4th-5th
130 OT Donovan Smith Penn State 4th-5th
131 OT Robert “Rob” Havenstein Wisconsin 4th-5th
132 SS Ibraheim Campbell Northwestern 4th-5th
133 IB Bryce Hager Baylor 4th-5th
134 WO Dezmin Lewis Central Arkansas 4th-5th
135 OT Andrew Donnal Iowa 5th
136 OG Jamil Douglas Arizona State 5th
137 FS Chris Hackett TCU 5th
138 TE Nick O’Leary Florida State 5th
139 DC Kevin White TCU 5th
140 FB Jalston Fowler Alabama 5th
141 DT Grady Jarrett Clemson 5th
142 DC Damian Swann Georgia 5th
143 DT Ellis McCarthy UCLA 5th
144 TE Blake Bell Oklahoma 5th
145 DE Anthony Chickillo Miami 5th
146 IB Taiwan Jones Michigan State 5th
147 WO DeAndre Smelter Georgia Tech 5th
148 DC Craig Mager Texas State 5th
149 TE Tyler Kroft Rutgers 5th
150 WO Vince Mayle Washington State 5th
151 OC Andy Gallik Boston College 5th
152 DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches Southern Mississippi 5th
153 TE Nick Boyle Delaware 5th
154 WO Larry “Bud” Sasser Missouri 5th
155 QB Sean Mannion Oregon State 5th
156 WO Darren Waller Georgia Tech 5th
157 TE MyCole Pruitt Southern Illinois 5th
158 TE Jeff Heuerman Ohio State 5th-6th
159 FS Kurtis Drummond Michigan State 5th-6th
160 OG Robert Myers Tennessee State 5th-6th
161 DT Christian Covington Rice 5th-6th
162 DT Joey Mbu Houston 5th-6th
163 WO Stefon Diggs Maryland 5th-6th
164 OB Xzavier Dickson Alabama 5th-6th
165 OB Markus Golden Missouri 5th-6th
166 TE Benjamin “Ben” Koyack Notre Dame 5th-6th
167 OG Jonathan “Jon” Feliciano Miami 5th-6th
168 OH Mike Davis South Carolina 5th-6th
169 FS Durrell Eskridge Syracuse 5th-6th
170 DC Bobby McCain Memphis 5th-6th
171 OC Benjamin “Ben” Finney Kansas State 5th-6th
172 OB Martrell Spaight Arkansas 5th-6th
173 DC Quandre Diggs Texas 5th-6th
174 OG Takoby Cofield Duke 5th-6th
175 OB Benjamin “Ben” Heeney Kansas 5th-6th
176 OT Sean Hickey Syracuse 5th-6th
177 SS James Sample Louisville 5th-6th
178 DT Leterrius “L.T.” Walton Central Michigan 5th-6th
179 OB Jordan Hicks Texas 5th-6th
180 IB Hayes Pullard Southern California 6th
181 DE Zackary “Zack” Wagenmann Montana 6th
182 TE William “Wes” Saxton South Alabama 6th
183 DT Angelo Blackson Auburn 6th
184 OB Kyle Emanuel North Dakota State 6th
185 TE Jesse James Penn State 6th
186 DE Cedric Reed Texas 6th
187 SS Jordan Richards Stanford 6th
188 OG Jamon Brown Louisville 6th
189 OH Terrance Magee LSU 6th
190 IB Trey DePriest Alabama 6th
191 WO Deon Long Maryland 6th
192 WO Mario Alford West Virginia 6th
193 IB Zachary “Zach” Vigil Utah State 6th
194 FS Ladarius Gunter Miami 6th
195 DC Julian Wilson Oklahoma 6th
196 OG Ben Beckwith Mississippi State 6th
197 DC Nickolas “Nick” Marshall Auburn 6th
198 FS Dean Marlowe James Madison 6th
199 OB Brock Hekking Nevada 6th
200 OG Mark Glowinski West Virginia 6th
201 OB Michael “Mike” Hull Penn State 6th-7th
202 OG Jarvis Harrison Texas A&M 6th-7th
203 DE Obum Gwacham Oregon State 6th-7th
204 OH Tyler Varga Yale 6th-7th
205 FS Anthony Jefferson UCLA 6th-7th
206 WO Rannell Hall Central Florida 6th-7th
207 DE Ryan Russell Purdue 6th-7th
208 IB Damien Wilson Minnesota 6th-7th
209 OT Laurence Gibson Virginia Tech 6th-7th
210 OT Trent Brown Florida 6th-7th
211 DE Corey Crawford Clemson 6th-7th
212 OC Antoine Everett McNeese State 6th-7th
213 OB Geneo Grissom Oklahoma 6th-7th
214 SS Erick Dargan Oregon 6th-7th
215 OH Malcolm Brown Texas 6th-7th
216 DE Lynden Trail Norfolk State 6th-7th
217 OB Edmond Robinson Newberry 6th-7th
218 DC Justin Cox Mississippi State 7th
219 OG Terry Poole San Diego State 7th
220 OH Zachary “Zach” Zenner South Dakota State 7th
221 TE Emmanuel “E.J.” Bibbs Iowa State 7th
222 WO Devante Davis UNLV 7th
223 FS Jacob Hagen Liberty 7th
224 IB Jeff Luc Cincinnati 7th
225 OH Malcolm Agnew Southern Illinois 7th
226 OB Alani Fua BYU 7th
227 WO Kaelin Clay Utah 7th
228 OB John “J.R.” Tavai Southern California 7th
229 QB Brandon Bridge South Alabama 7th
230 NT Deon Simon Northwestern State 7th
231 OG Austin Shepherd Alabama 7th
232 WO Austin Hill Arizona 7th
233 DC Justin Coleman Tennessee 7th
234 OB Terrell Hartsfield Cincinnati 7th
235 DC Darryl Roberts Marshall 7th
236 DT Xavier Williams Northern Iowa 7th
237 FB Michael “Mike” Burton Rutgers 7th
238 SS Cedric Thompson Minnesota 7th
239 RS Jamarcus “J.J.” Nelson UAB 7th
240 TE Casey Pierce Kent State 7th
241 OG Quinton Spain West Virginia 7th
242 OH Michael Dyer Louisville 7th-PFA
243 OB Tony Washington Oregon 7th-PFA
244 DE Tavaris Barnes Clemson 7th-PFA
245 OB Max Valles Virginia 7th-PFA
246 TE Jean Sifrin Massachusetts 7th-PFA
247 OC Nick Easton Harvard 7th-PFA
248 DE Bryant “B.J.” Dubose Louisville 7th-PFA
249 OT Jacob “Jake” Rodgers Eastern Washington 7th-PFA
250 DE Ray Drew Georgia 7th-PFA
251 WO Neal Sterling Monmouth (NJ) 7th-PFA
252 TE Randall Telfer Southern California 7th-PFA
253 OC Shaquille Mason Georgia Tech 7th-PFA
254 OH Marcus Murphy Missouri 7th-PFA
255 WO Dres Anderson Utah 7th-PFA
256 OH Johnathon “John” Crockett North Dakota State 7th-PFA
257 DT Tyeler Davison Fresno State 7th-PFA
258 WO Nigel King Kansas 7th-PFA
259 OB Zackary “Zack” Hodges Harvard 7th-PFA
260 OH Dominique Brown Louisville 7th-PFA
261 IB Amarlo Herrera Georgia 7th-PFA
262 TE Gerald Christian Louisville 7th-PFA
263 DC Jacorey Shepherd Kansas 7th-PFA
264 FS Tevin McDonald Eastern Washington 7th-PFA
265 WO Da’Ron Brown Northern Illinois 7th-PFA
266 OH Trey Williams Texas A&M 7th-PFA
267 TE Eric Tomlinson UTEP 7th-PFA
268 QB Cody Fajardo Nevada 7th-PFA
269 OH Thomas Rawls Central Michigan 7th-PFA
270 DC Troy Hill Oregon 7th-PFA
271 DT Quayshawne Buckley Idaho 7th-PFA
272 OT Cameron Clear Texas A&M 7th-PFA
273 OG Matthew “Matt” Rotheram Pittsburgh 7th-PFA
274 SS Anthony Harris Virginia 7th-PFA
275 DT Derrick Lott Chattanooga 7th-PFA
276 DE Martin Ifedi Memphis 7th-PFA
277 SS Clayton Geathers Central Florida 7th-PFA
278 QB Bryan Bennett Southeastern Louisiana 7th-PFA
279 OH Karlos Williams Florida State 7th-PFA
280 DT Olsen Pierre Miami 7th-PFA
281 FS Detrick Bonner Virginia Tech 7th-PFA
282 OB Darius Allen CSU-Pueblo 7th-PFA
283 IB John Timu Washington 7th-PFA
284 OT Charles “Chaz” Green Florida 7th-PFA
285 DT Darius Philon Arkansas 7th-PFA
286 FS Emmanuel Johnson Southern Mississippi 7th-PFA
287 PK Joshua “Josh” Lambo Texas A&M 7th-PFA
288 FS Nicholas “Nick” Perry Alabama 7th-PFA
289 DE Caushaud Lyons Tusculum 7th-PFA
290 QB Shane Carden East Carolina 7th-PFA
291 OB Gabriel “Gabe” Martin Bowling Green 7th-PFA
292 DT Rodney Gunter Delaware State 7th-PFA
293 OH Matt Jones Florida 7th-PFA
294 FS Brian Suite Utah State 7th-PFA
295 OB Matthew “Matt” Wells Mississippi State 7th-PFA
296 OH Ross Scheuerman Lafayette 7th-PFA
297 DE Frank Clark Michigan PFA
298 OG Max Garcia Florida PFA
299 OC Gregory “Greg” Mancz Toledo PFA
300 DT Leon Orr Florida PFA
301 DE Ryan Delaire Towson PFA
302 OH Dee Hart Colorado State PFA
303 DC Tye Smith Towson PFA
304 OH Josh Robinson Mississippi State PFA
305 DC Al-Hajj Shabazz West Chester PFA
306 OT Michael “Mickey” Baucus Arizona PFA
307 OB Cameron Lynch Syracuse PFA
308 DC De’Ante Saunders Tennessee State PFA
309 OC Brandon Vitabile Northwestern PFA
310 OT Darrian Miller Kentucky PFA
311 DT Louis Trinca-Pasat Iowa PFA
312 OB Mark Nzeocha Wyoming PFA
313 OH Jahwan Edwards Ball State PFA
314 WO Vernon Johnson Texas A&M Commerce PFA
315 WO DaVaris Daniels Notre Dame PFA
316 OG Brett Boyko UNLV PFA
317 OH Prince-Tyson Gulley Syracuse PFA
318 WO Donatella Luckett Harding PFA
319 TE Westlee Tonga Utah PFA
320 OG Al Bond Memphis PFA
321 OB Tavrean “Sage” Harold James Madison PFA
322 WO John “Cam” Worthy East Carolina PFA
323 OB Marcus Rush Michigan State PFA
324 WO Deontay Greenberry Houston PFA
325 OC Jacob “Jake” Smith Louisville PFA
326 OG Adam Shead Oklahoma PFA
327 DC Cameron “Cam” Thomas Western Kentucky PFA
328 OB Michael Doctor Oregon State PFA
329 FS Jermaine Whitehead Auburn PFA
330 WO Ronnie “R.J.” Harris New Hampshire PFA
331 WO Keith Mumphery Michigan State PFA
332 OB Joshua “Josh” Keyes Boston College PFA
333 FB Aaron Ripkowski Oklahoma PFA
334 OB Johnior “Junior” Sylvestre Toledo PFA
335 OG Olutayo Fabuluje TCU PFA
336 PT Trevor Pardula Kansas PFA
337 OB Thurston Armbrister Miami PFA
338 WO Devin Gardner Michigan PFA
339 OT Leon Brown Alabama PFA
340 SS Harold Jones-Quartey Findlay (OH) PFA
341 WO Ezell Ruffin San Diego State PFA
342 IB Terrance Plummer Central Florida PFA
343 SS Ronald Martin LSU PFA
344 DT Ethan Farmer North Carolina PFA
345 OB Neiron Ball Florida PFA
346 OH Brandon Wegher Morningside College (IA) PFA
347 PK Kyle Brindza Notre Dame PFA
348 RS Rodney “Lucky” Whitehead Florida Atlantic PFA
349 SS Corey Cooper Nebraska PFA
350 SS Damian Parms Florida Atlantic PFA
351 TE Devin Mahina BYU PFA
352 DT Kaleb Eulls Mississippi State PFA
353 QB Blake Sims Alabama PFA
354 QB Jameill Showers UTEP PFA
355 IB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Maryland PFA
356 DT Cameron Botticelli Minnesota PFA
357 OH Akeem Hunt Purdue PFA
358 DC Donald “D.C.” Celiscar Western Michigan PFA
359 QB Connor Halliday Washington State PFA
360 DC Bernard Blake Colorado State PFA
361 PT Kyle Loomis Portland State PFA
362 FS Dechane Durante Northern Illinois PFA
363 IB Aaron Davis Colorado State PFA
364 DT David Parry Stanford PFA
365 DC Deshazor Everett Texas A&M PFA
366 OG Bobby Hart Florida State PFA
367 SS Kyshoen Jarrett Virginia Tech PFA
368 WO Bradley Marquez Texas Tech PFA
369 DT Bobby Richardson Indiana PFA
370 WO Ricky Collins Texas A&M Commerce PFA
371 WO DeAndrew White Alabama PFA
372 PT Will Johnson Texas State PFA
373 DE Andrew Hudson Washington PFA
374 OC Cole Manhart Nebraska-Kearney PFA
375 TE AJ Derby Arkansas PFA
376 WO Jordan Taylor Rice PFA
377 OC James “David” Andrews Georgia PFA
378 OG Miles Dieffenbach Penn State PFA
379 TE Khari Lee Bowie State PFA
380 OG Kendall Lamm Appalachian State PFA
381 FS Ryan Smith-Murphy Oregon State PFA
382 TE Rory “Busta” Anderson South Carolina PFA
383 DC Garry Peters Clemson PFA
384 DE Ladarius Owens Auburn PFA
385 WO Nick Harwell Kansas PFA
386 IB Curtis Grant Ohio State PFA
387 SS Quentin Hayes Oklahoma PFA
388 TE Michael “Mike” McFarland South Florida PFA
389 OH Kenny Hilliard LSU PFA
390 DE Deion Barnes Penn State PFA
391 OG Kyle Costigan Wisconsin PFA
392 WO Malcome Kennedy Texas A&M PFA
393 WO Christion “Chris” Jones Alabama PFA
394 SS Anthony “Ace” Clark Western Carolina PFA
395 WO Geremy Davis Connecticut PFA
396 OH William “Corey” Grant Auburn PFA
397 QB Anthony Boone Duke PFA
398 IB David Mayo Texas State PFA
399 OH Terrell Watson Azusa Pacific PFA
400 OG Malcolm Bunche UCLA PFA
401 TE Manasseh Garner Pittsburgh PFA
402 PT Kyle Christy Florida PFA
403 DE Michael “Mike” Reilly William & Mary PFA
404 DE Micah Robinson Syracuse PFA
405 SS Brian Blechen Utah PFA
406 DC Cody Riggs Notre Dame PFA
407 IB Alexander “A.J.” Johnson Tennessee PFA
408 OT Doniel Gambrell Jr. Notre Dame College PFA
409 FS Jordan Haden Toledo PFA
410 IB A.J. Tarpley Stanford PFA
411 WO Miles Gooch Virginia PFA
412 IB Quinton Alston Iowa PFA
413 LS Joe Cardona Navy PFA
414 WO Darius Davis Henderson State PFA
415 OB ReShard Cliett South Florida PFA
416 DT Deshawn Williams Clemson PFA
417 WO Javess Blue Kentucky PFA
418 OB Ryan Mueller Kansas State PFA
419 PT Bradley “Brad” Pinion Clemson PFA
420 OH B.J. Catalon TCU PFA
421 DT Terrence “J.T.” Surratt South Carolina PFA
422 PT Justin Manton Louisiana Monroe PFA
423 QB Jerry Lovelocke Prairie View A&M PFA
424 WO Andre Davis South Florida PFA
425 OC Shane McDermott Miami PFA
426 OB Kyle Woestmann Vanderbilt PFA
427 QB Ryan Williams Miami PFA
428 DE Shaquille Riddick West Virginia PFA
429 DT Bryon Bennett Mississippi PFA
430 WO Chris Harper California PFA
431 QB William “Bo” Wallace Mississippi PFA
432 IB Nick Dzubnar Cal Poly PFA
433 DE Deiontrez Mount Louisville PFA
434 OH Braylon Heard Kentucky PFA
435 OT Matt Huffer South Dakota PFA
436 WO Shane Wynn Indiana PFA
437 PT Mike Sadler Michigan State PFA
438 WO Levi Norwood Baylor PFA
439 OT Sean Donnelly Tulane PFA
440 PK Jared Roberts Colorado State PFA
441 WO Kenyattus “Kenny” Cook Gardner-Webb PFA
442 WO Isiah Myers Washington State PFA
443 DE Jermauria Rasco LSU PFA
444 OH Kevin Parks Virginia PFA
445 DC Terell Floyd Louisville PFA
446 OB Dyshawn Davis Syracuse PFA
447 OG Bill Vavau Utah State PFA
448 DE James Rouse Marshall PFA
449 PK Sam Ficken Penn State PFA
450 OB Zaire Anderson Nebraska PFA
451 TE Connor Hamlett Oregon State PFA
452 SS Isaiah Johnson Georgia Tech PFA
453 WO Jaxon Shipley Texas PFA
454 WO John Harris Texas PFA
455 OG Chad Slade Auburn PFA
456 OB Houston Bates Louisiana Tech PFA
457 WO Tony Jones Northwestern PFA
458 OC Valerian Ume-Ezeoke New Mexico State PFA
459 WO Evan Spencer Ohio State PFA
460 OT Ian Silberman Boston College PFA
461 OH Landon “Gus” Johnson Stephen F. Austin PFA
462 OT Darrell Williams South Florida PFA
463 OC Dillon Day Mississippi State PFA
464 WO Ify Umodu Northern Arizona PFA
465 RS Chandler Worthy Troy PFA
466 SS John Lowdermilk Iowa PFA
467 WO Curry Sexton Kansas State PFA
468 OT Rob Crisp North Carolina State PFA
469 TE Jonathan “Jon” Davis Illinois PFA
470 RS Andre Debose Florida PFA
471 WO Jarrod West Syracuse PFA
472 DE Joe Okafor Lamar PFA
473 OG Tyler Moore Florida PFA
474 DC Trovon Reed Auburn PFA
475 DE Carlos Thompson Mississippi PFA
476 PK Tom Obarski Concordia St. Paul PFA
477 DC Eric Patterson Ball State PFA
478 OT Fabbians Ebbele Arizona PFA
479 DE Dylan “Charles” Wynn Oregon State PFA
480 DT Vaetuitonga “Tonga” Takai Montana PFA
481 DC Bryce Callahan Rice PFA
482 OG Cody Wichmann Fresno State PFA
483 OT Jermaine Barton Illinois State PFA
484 OB Donell “D.J.” Alexander Oregon State PFA
485 FS Keeston Terry Pittsburg State PFA
486 FB Marvin “Joey” Iosefa Hawaii PFA
487 TE Brian Parker Albany (NY) PFA
488 SS Robenson Therezie Auburn PFA
489 WO Jimmy “J.J.” Worton Central Florida PFA
490 DT Charles “Chucky” Hunter TCU PFA
491 NT Terry Williams East Carolina PFA
492 FB James “Connor” Neighbors LSU PFA
493 WO Jake Kumerow Wisconsin Whitewater PFA
494 DT Jordan Williams Tennessee PFA
495 OG Chad Hamilton Coastal Carolina PFA
496 SS Josh Furman Oklahoma State PFA
497 NT Thomas Teal North Carolina State PFA
498 OG Dallas Lewallen Wisconsin PFA
499 PK Scott Secur Ball State PFA
500 DC Tajh Hasson UNLV PFA
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Seize the Moment http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/giving-back/seize-moment/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/giving-back/seize-moment/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:13:01 +0000 http://www.definedbygrace.org/?p=2406

I think we can all agree that we live in a pretty impulsive and self indulgent society.  I’m an entrepreneur and dream of new business ideas daily, so I understand wanting to jump on things as soon as you get the feeling.  Funny thing is happening the older I get, I’m becoming less impulsive.  I can remember not giving a care in the world when I was younger, but now, I take my time to think things through.  Now I still pursue some ideas, but I’m not concerned if I choose not to or decide to hold off for a while.    

“Wisdom and money can get you almost anything,
    but only wisdom can save your life.” – Ecclesiastes 7:12

We hear a lot of seize the moment quotes and in life I believe it’s good to at times, however, after reading this proverb today I am reminded of how much self control & wisdom is an underrated commodity.  I encourage people to chase their dreams a lot, but only as long as wisdom is along for the ride.  A lot of trainwrecks could have been avoided if we took the time to actually think things through before making a decision to move forward.  I pray that you each find the path of your heart’s desire.  You should in fact seize the moment, as long as you remember that all moments are not meant to be seized.  We can in fact be on the path to realizing our dreams sooner than we think when we use a little wisdom!

Blessings & Happy Wednesday!!

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Was there ever a time you seized the wrong moment?  Did you ever decide to wait on moving forward with something only to realize later it was the best decision you ever made?  Feel free to comment below!

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Players Keeping the Dream Alive at NFL Veterans’ Combine http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-first-veterans-combine/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-first-veterans-combine/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:20:52 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152039 The NFL’s first inaugural veterans combine showcased a wide range of veterans lobbying for the chance to get on an NFL roster in 2015.

The event had 105 players show up out of 150 that were invited, and every position with the exception of special teams was on display.

Veterans that have had some success in the league may come in as front-runners to make a roster this year. But like everyone else had to put a lot of good action on tape to prove they can still do it at a high level. That was the main words from most of these guys during interview sessions, guys like RB Felix Jones, DE Adam Carriker, QB Brady Quinn and Tyler Wilson and RB Michael Bush all coming in with the notion they are not done yet.

For some guys their day didn’t go as well as they would have liked, as RB Michael Bush after his performance said, “There you go, there goes my career” in a disappointed tone of voice. Most of these guys know that this could very well be their last opportunity to fulfill their dreams, and Bush running a slow 40 time at 4.91 may not be enough.

The quarterback position had familiar names with some game experience that yielded some success in their careers, Brady Quinn being the biggest name to take the field, which for him and all of these veterans that have done something in the league, should all be commended for having the courage to display their talents and prove themselves all over again.

Quinn looked pretty sharp and clean today, in fact he was one of the ones doing a little of the demonstrating for the trainers on the field in drills. “I’m 30, but I feel mentally as good as I’ve ever felt and as far as throwing the ball and understanding the game, I feel great,” said the former first-round pick. “I had a great preseason with Seattle. I didn’t get much of an opportunity in Miami, but I was 4-for-4 on the reps I got.” Said Quinn during an interview.

Drawing the most media coverage as expected was seventh round draft pick Michael Sam. Coming into the event very confident that he will show enough to make an NFL team next year, but was that the case from the scouts and coaches that watch him struggle to move his hips during drills.
There was not really anything that we have not seen from Sam, as he looked pretty much the same if not worse from his rookie combine in Indianapolis. There he ran a 4.95 40 time but clocked a 5.0 flat during this weekends event. Its going to be hard to determine where Sam will fit position wise as he may be to slow to play out-side linebacker and to small to play defensive end.
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There is always someone that stands out in these types of events, one that can be a sleeper that no one is paying much attention to. After carefully observing the quarterback position one player stood out in drills. Keep this name in your mind while OTA’s and training camps roll around, Jerrod Johnson.
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Johnson threw the ball with good accuracy and zip. Almost every ball was a tight spin spiral; with exception of a few low balls he really caught the eye of a few people out there. Jerrod was an American football quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

He played college football at Texas A&M. Johnson was Texas A&M’s starting quarterback from 2008 to 2010, finishing his collegiate career ranked first in school history with 8,011 passing yards and 8,888 yards total offense. Standing at a tall 6’5 250 lbs. he looks the part of a pocket passer, but he can move as well. Look for Johnson to get an opportunity this year on a 90-man roster for training camp and perhaps has enough playing experience to warrant a shot on a roster at the start of the 2015 season.

Regardless of the background or experience in the league, each one of these guys still believes it’s their destiny to play in the NFL. The reality is, out of 105 guys that showed today a very low percentage will actually even make it to a training camp let alone a roster spot.

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NFL ANNOUNCES 32 COMPENSATORY DRAFT CHOICES TO 14 CLUBS http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/nfl-announces-32-compensatory-draft-choices-14-clubs/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/nfl-announces-32-compensatory-draft-choices-14-clubs/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:27:01 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152100 A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2015 NFL Draft have been awarded to 14 teams, the NFL announced today.

 

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

 

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft held on April 30-May 2 in Chicago.

 

The first round will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 30. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 1 at 7:00 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 2 at 12:00 PM ET.

 

This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

 

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

 

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory picks to the number of clubs then in the league (32). This year, three clubs – Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Green Bay – qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because they ranked 33rd, 34th and 35th, respectively, among all compensatory picks. All three clubs will receive picks for other compensatory free agents lost who ranked within the top 32 compensatory picks.

 

The following 2015 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council:

 

  ROUND CHOICE/  
ROUND OVERALL SELECTION TEAM
3 33-97   New England
3 34-98   Kansas City
3 35-99   Cincinnati
       
4 33-132   San Francisco
4 34-133   Denver
4 35-134   Seattle
4 36-135   Cincinnati
4 37-136   Baltimore
       
5 33-169   Carolina
5 34-170   Seattle
5 35-171   Baltimore
5 36-172   Kansas City
5 37-173   Kansas City
5 38-174   Houston
5 39-175   Baltimore
       
6 33-208   Denver
6 34-209   Seattle
6 35-210   Green Bay
6 36-211   Houston
6 37-212   Green Bay
6 38-213   Carolina
6 39-214   Seattle
6 40-215   St. Louis
6 41-216   Houston
6 42-217   Kansas City
       
7 33-250   Denver
7 34-251   Denver
7 35-252   Pittsburgh
7 36-253   New England
7 37-254   San Francisco
7 38-255   Indianapolis
7 39-256   Arizona

 

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2014 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2015 draft:

 

ARIZONA Lost: Antoine Cason, Karlos Dansby, Jim Dray, Andre Roberts
  Gained: Ted Ginn, Ted Larsen, Jared Veldheer
     
BALTIMORE Lost: Ed Dickson*, Corey Graham, James Ihedigbo, Arthur Jones, Michael Oher
  Gained: Darian Stewart
     
CAROLINA Lost: Ted Ginn, Domenik Hixon, Brandon LaFell, Michael Mitchell, Captain Munnerlyn
  Gained: Antoine Cason, Jerricho Cotchery, Ed Dickson
     
CINCINNATI Lost: Anthony Collins, Michael Johnson
  Gained: None
     
DENVER Lost: Robert Ayers, Zane Beadles, Eric Decker, Jeremy Mincey^, Knowshon Moreno, Shaun Phillips, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Wesley Woodyard
  Gained: Emmanuel Sanders, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward
     
GREEN BAY Lost: Evan Dietrich-Smith, James Jones, C.J. Wilson*
  Gained: None
     
HOUSTON Lost: Joe Mays, Earl Mitchell, Antonio Smith, Ben Tate
  Gained: Kendrick Lewis
     
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Antoine Bethea, Donald Brown, Kavell Conner
  Gained: Arthur Jones, Hakeem Nicks
     
KANSAS CITY Lost: Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Quintin Demps, Tyson Jackson, Akeem Jordan^, Kendrick Lewis^, Dexter McCluster, Geoff Schwartz
  Gained: Joe Mays, Vance Walker
     
NEW ENGLAND Lost: LeGarrette Blount, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes, Aqib Talib
  Gained: Brandon Browner, Brandon LaFell
     
PITTSBURGH Lost: Ryan Clark, Jerricho Cotchery, Evander Hood, David Johnson*, Emmanuel Sanders, Al Woods
  Gained: LeGarrette Blount, Michael Mitchell, Arthur Moats, Cam Thomas
     
SEATTLE Lost: Brandon Browner, Breno Giacomini, Chris Maragos^, Clinton McDonald, Paul McQuistan^, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond^
  Gained: None
     
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Tarell Brown, Anthony Dixon, Donte Whitner
  Gained: Antoine Bethea
     
ST. LOUIS Lost: Kellen Clemens, Shelley Smith, Darian Stewart, Chris Williams
  Gained: Kenny Britt, Alex Carrington, Shaun Hill

 

*Did not qualify for a compensatory pick, 32 picks already awarded.

^Compensatory pick not awarded. Maximum of four already allocated.

 

TOTAL 2015 NFL COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS

Denver 4
Kansas City 4
Seattle 4
Baltimore 3
Houston 3
Carolina 2
Cincinnati 2
Green Bay 2
New England 2
San Francisco 2
Arizona 1
Indianapolis 1
Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 1
TOTAL 32

 

NFL CLUB SUMMARY OF COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS, 1994-2015 *

 

Baltimore 44
Green Bay 35
Dallas 33
St. Louis ** 31
Philadelphia 30
Pittsburgh 30
Tennessee *** 30
New England 29
Buffalo 26
San Francisco 25
Cincinnati 24
Seattle 24
NY Giants 23
Indianapolis 21
Detroit 19
Jacksonville 19
Kansas City 19
Atlanta 18
San Diego 18
Tampa Bay 18
Arizona 17
Chicago 17
Miami 17
Minnesota 17
Oakland 17
Carolina 16
Denver 13
NY Jets 13
Houston 12
Washington 12
New Orleans 10
Cleveland 6
TOTAL 683

 

* 1994 was the first year that compensatory draft choices were awarded.

** St. Louis picks include those awarded to Los Angeles Rams.

*** Tennessee picks include those awarded to Houston Oilers.

 

 

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Why I Love Inquisition (Even if it’s not a good sequel) http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/love-inquisition-even-good-sequel/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/love-inquisition-even-good-sequel/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:14:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152079 WARNING: This post contains spoilers! 

Shortly after I wrote my review of Inquisition, another fan of the video game series suggested I thought the game wasn’t that good. Perhaps my review was a bit harsh in retrospect but since I intended to write some follow ups I don’t plan on changing it one bit. Simply put, I didn’t like Inquisition as a sequel to the gaming series. However, as I thought I made clear in my review, as a standalone game I loved it.

The truest test of any video game is whether it is being played or gets regular play. I began playing Inquisition during the Christmas holidays. Before completing my review of the game, I had invested over 300 hours playing the game. Since writing my review, I have invested at least 100 more just playing the game because I like it.

As a standalone game, I love Inquistion enough to invest my disposable time of which I have very little. That more than anything speaks to how enjoyable I find it. So what makes the game so much fun? Let’s delve into that shall we?

Dragons:

The gaming series of course is named after dragons so it would be a bit of a disappointment not to have them. The first two games sadly didn’t feature a whole lot of them but at least the plot of Origins was centered around one in the Archdemon.

Inquistion has 10 dragons that you meet as you wander through the amazing landscape that is Thedas. The graphics for this game are reason enough to play it. Particularly so if you upgrade to the XBox One like I did during your playthrough. Inquisition is simply a beautiful game with amazing detail.

There are few greater pleasures in life than meeting and ultimately killing a dragon in Inquisition. I am not exaggerating one single bit. The sheer scope of the fight along with the character interaction you experience if you choose wisely intersect to form a gaming experience that is incomparable. Hint: choose The Iron Bull a few times and then be sure to talk to him about it and you will know what I mean.

Storyline and Music:

No, I didn’t like Inquisition as  a sequel to the gaming series I loved. Yes, I do love the storyline once I got past that obstacle. There are many outstanding moments in the game and the music is fantastic. You can enjoy a gaming storyline even if you don’t think it does the series justice.

Without giving out too much plot line and spoilers, there is a moment in the game that brings me to tears every single time I play it. Without fail. It’s quite possibly one of my favorite video game moments ever and that is saying a lot. I won’t spoil it for you but it comes at a major turning point in the game and it’s breathtaking.

Character interaction:

I talked about how I loved the romances in Inquisition in my review even though they are quite vanilla but didn’t get a chance to discuss the character interaction in general. There are some things Bioware really does well.

First, thank goodness you can usually only interact with your companions while at your stronghold. I can’t count the number of times I accidentally hit click in the first two games only to initiate a conversation I didn’t want to have at a time when I didn’t want to have it. Kudos to the game creators for ensuring this never happens again.

Second, in this game interacting really means something since that’s how you develop some of the storyline. Sure, you can get by without it and without a romantic option but tell me again why you are playing this game? Or playing RPG’s in general? You truly aren’t doing it right.

Finally, in Inquisition the characters interact among themselves in a way you don’t see in previous games. The character interaction is one of the things that makes this game so good. As you talk to and interact with each of your companions and advisors you build your character and the storyline as well. It might be the first game where I felt I truly did “create” my character.

There are many more things I love about this game but those are the basics. It’s a good game and one that RPG lovers will enjoy. That it didn’t meet my expectations as a sequel doesn’t mean I don’t love the game all the same.

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Washington Redskins: Post-Free Agency Frenzy Notes And Updated Big Board http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-post-free-agency-notes/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-post-free-agency-notes/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:52:35 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=151960 The Washington Redskins addressed some major needs early in free agency in a way that I believe should be applauded. New General Manager Scot McCloughan clearly came in and identified the defensive line as one of the main areas of need. McCloughan went on to add Ricky Jean-Francois, Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton and Stephen Paea to bolster the team’s defensive front. McCloughan also added two young players in the secondary with Safety Jeron Johnson and Cornerback Chris Culliver. They did all of this without spending much money, which is pretty impressive. It’s clear that Scot McCloughan has implemented a plan and is in the driver’s seat of Washington’s retooling process.

 

Quick  Free Agency Notes: 

  • I really like the signing of former Chicago Bears’ Defensive Lineman Stephen Paea. The Redskins have struggled to push the pocket with their defensive front every since they moved to the 3-4 alignment. Getting Paea, who was one of the best interior pass rushers in 2014, should help provide that immediately. He’s a guy who is really just scratching the surface of his potential.

 

  • The addition Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton finally gives the Redskins a big run-stopping presence up front. He’s probably a two down player, although, he’s capable of pushing the pocket. Whenever he’s on the field, teams will have a tough time running at him.

 

  • Chris Culliver provides the Washington Redskins with another young and talented press corner opposite Bashuad Breeland. The risk with Culliver is he’s had some off-field issues. But if he’s able to stay out of trouble, the Redskins have themselves a nice, young tandem moving forward.

 

  • Jeron Johnson will likely start at Strong Safety for the Redskins. He’s a guy we’ve discussed for a while now. Johnson only has one career start, having played behind two All-Pro Safeties in Seattle. However, he’s consistently shown an ability to play great man coverage and be a sound tackler.

 

NFL Draft Notes ( some based on conversations with scouts and other sources):

  • The buzz surrounding Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray is that teams do not consider him a top-10 player. This was the feeling prior to his pro-day last week. After failing to propel himself with a quality showing at his pro day, this feeling still exist. Ray could easily go top-10 with the expectation of edge rushers flying off the board. But there’s a good chance he falls out the top-10. One player who could steal his draft spot is Kentucky’s Bud Dupree. There’s a good buzz around him.
  • The Washington Redskins like Alabama WR Amari Cooper. From my understanding, they really like him. That’s not to say they don’t like WVU’s Kevin White or that they’re hoping to take Cooper at 5-overall. It’s just something worth monitoring. I would not be surprised to see them draft a WR that high.
  • Don’t be surprised if USC WR Nelson Aghlor goes round one. There’s a quiet buzz on him right now.
  • The Redskins, in my opinion, need a pure edge rusher. They need someone who can bend the edge and get pressure on quarterbacks. There’s a few scouts I talked to who surprisingly believe if developed correctly, Trent Murphy has traits of being a quality edge bender. On the other hand, some believe he should be fed and move to five technique. Either way, the Redskins need a guy who can beat Tyron Smith and Jason Peters twice a year. It’s unclear if the Redskins feel that Murphy can eventually be that guy.
  •  UVA’s Eli Harold appears to be one of the more polarizing edge rushers in this draft among the scout and draftnik communities. It will be interesting to see if the Redskins wait and try to position themselves to get Harold by either trading up or staying at their second round pick. They appear to really like him.
  • As we reported on twitter late last week, the Washington Redskins were represented at Miami of Ohio’s pro day and their scout was among those who worked out DB Quinten Rollins at safety. Many scouts believe Rollins would make a better safety than corner, and that the transition would be easier. He’s a former basketball player with excellent ball skills. He also showed last season that he’s capable of being a sound tackler. The Redskins will have to get creative with finding a Free Safety. I think you’re going to see a new trend this year where teams draft Corners that will transition to Free Safety. The opposite is happening in college, and because of that, free safeties are a dying breed. A few names to keep an eye on: Eric Rowe, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Josh Shaw and Byron Jones.
  •  My educated guess on where the Redskins stand at five overall is that they’d prefer to trade back. There’s several foreseeable options, but I’d give it maybe a 40% chance any trade back happens, as of right now. A few potential trade back options include: the Jets (6), Bears (7), Falcons (8), Browns (12) and Saints (13). A lot of this will depend on where Marcus Mariota goes and if he’s still on the board at five overall. If the Redskins were to remain at five overall I believe they will go edge rusher or receiver.

 

 

Updated 2015 NFL Draft Big Board (top-32):

 

  1. Jameis Winston, QB, FSU
  2. Leonard Williams, DE, USC
  3. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
  4. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
  5. Vic Beasley, Edge, Clemson
  6. Randy Gregory, Edge, Nebraska
  7. Dante Fowler, Edge, Florida
  8. Davante Parker, WR, Louisville
  9. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
  10. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
  11. Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
  12. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
  13. Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Edge, Kentucky
  14. Shane Ray, Edge, Mizzou
  15. La’el Collins, OT, LSU
  16. Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
  17. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, OU
  18. Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa
  19. Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
  20. D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
  21. Landon Collins, S, Alabama
  22. Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU
  23. Ereck Flowers, OT, Florida
  24. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
  25. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
  26. Cameron Erving, C, FSU
  27. Eli Harold, Edge, UVA
  28. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
  29. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
  30. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
  31. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt
  32. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

 

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Blaise Winter Formidable Hardships Inspired His Mission http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/blaise-winter-formidable-hardships-inspired-mission/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/blaise-winter-formidable-hardships-inspired-mission/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:30:31 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=125670

Formidable Hardships Inspired His Mission to

Strengthen the Core of Humankind

Blaise Winter was born to set the world on fire.  His mission is to justify his birth, glorify his God, and inspire others.

Blaise Winter 350Blaise’s start in life was very challenging.  As a young boy, he underwent painful surgeries to correct a cleft lip and palate; as well as surgeries to remove tumors from his ears that resulted in deafness in one ear. He spent many hours in speech therapy and was often teased by others.  He was considered slow and without talent by teachers and coaches.

Even his home life was difficult and heartbreaking.  His father was abusive, both physically and emotionally.  Thoughts of suicide crossed Blaise’s mind more than once.  He battled issues with anger but never gave up and never sought an easy way out.

Amazingly, he triumphed over the rocky start of his life to be named MVP of Syracuse University and having a successful 11 year career in the NFL playing for the Colts, Packers, and Chargers.

Blaise had two saving graces in his life, his mother and his great grandmother.  They helped him get through difficult times as a kid.  Both showed him unconditional love, devotion, and encouragement.

Blaise also found an interest in football.  It was through football he developed self-esteem and was empowered to reach for new heights.  He surrounded himself with good, trustworthy people who shared his passions.  This motivated him even more.  Throughout his journey to play football at Syracuse University, and eventually in the NFL, Blaise faced setbacks.  As a high school senior, Blaise asked his coach help him find a college to play football for.  He was told no college would have any interest because he didn’t have any talent.  With his mother’s encouragement, Blaise kept pursuing his dream.  Eventually a door opened and he enrolled in Syracuse University.  From then on, many people came into Blaise’s life who had a tremendous and positive impact on him.  With his determination and the encouraging people in his life, Blaise captured his dream of playing football in the NFL.

Today, Blaise is a motivational speaker and author of  A Reason to Believe. Blaise teaches people how to believe in themselves, obliterate obstacles, and become unstoppable in pursuit of their dreamsHe believes the dreams we have in our hearts are God given and it is our responsibility to go after them with all our might. Blaise’s inspiring and content rich live programs are in big demand. He is a genuinely powerful speaker who has a deep rooted passion for his audience. He naturally connects with his audience and elevates their spirits no matter what age, creed, race, or position they have in life.

Blaise is grateful for his beautiful wife and two sons.  His family is the very center of his universe and he loves them deeply.

Because the sole purpose of the Insightful Player® initiative is to lift your spirit to awe-inspiring heights, the dramatically inspiring story of Blaise “Got to Love Him” Winter has to be told.  He is a beacon lighting a path from devastating beginnings to rising to the joys and blessings of living your dreams.

Instant replay of Blaise’s guiding principles:

  1. If you had a rough childhood, don’t blame yourself.  It’s not your fault.  We have to deal with the cards we’re dealt.  Look for an interest that motivates you and fuels your passion for life.
  2. Surround yourself with good, honorable people.  They will encourage all that is good in you and propel you to be the best you can be.  Pay attention and you’ll learn so much.
  3. When you find an interest, gather all the information you can about it.  Doing so will help you develop a growing passion for that interest.
  4. You will have setbacks in life.  Everyone does.  Don’t let the setbacks discourage you from pursuing your dream.  Be patient, learn from setbacks, and “keep on keeping on.”
  5. Personal development is imperative.  There will be times you make mistakes and have done something wrong.  Evaluate your behavior, admit wrongs, learn from mistakes, and keep your eyes on your goals.
  6. Dream big.  Be willing to learn new things, take risks, and work hard to achieve what you want out of life.  If you do this, you’ll be successful and you will also inspire others to be the best they can be.

The Insightful Player® series is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Hall of Fame Master Certified Personal and Business Coach and Author of  INSIGHTFUL PLAYER: Football Pros Lead A Bold Movement of Hope.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach and baseball coach (as well as high school and college athlete). He used sports to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player® initiative was created to help make our world a much better place by inspiring youth. To contact Chrissy Carew visit http://www.insightfulplayer.com or call 603-897-0610.

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Eagles Mourn Passing of Chuck Bednarik http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/eagles-mourn-passing-chuck-bednarik/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/eagles-mourn-passing-chuck-bednarik/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:34:13 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=152007 Sad news out of the National Football League as the Philadelphia Eagles have announced the passing of Hall of Fame linebacker and center Chuck Bednarik. The Philadelphia great and former Eagles standout died as the result of an undisclosed illness at an assisted living facility in Richland, Pennsylvania. He was 89 years old. Survivors include his wife Emma with whom he enjoyed 67 years of marriage, five daughters; Charlene Thomas, Donna Davis, Carol Safarowic, Pam McWilliams, and Jackie Chelius, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

From the official Eagles press release:

A Philadelphia legend, Bednarik played a franchise-record 14 seasons with the Eagles from 1949-1962 and was part of two NFL Championship squads, in both 1949 and in 1960. One of the last two-way players in the NFL, Bednarik delivered a legendary performance in the 1960 NFL Championship Game, playing nearly every minute at both linebacker and center against the Green Bay Packers. With seconds remaining in the contest and Packers running back Jim Taylor headed for the end zone, Bednarik made a game-saving tackle and bear-hugged him to the ground as time ran out, preserving a 17-13 Eagles victory.
Statement from Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie:
“With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend. Philadelphia fans grow up expecting toughness, all-out effort and a workmanlike attitude from this team and so much of that image has its roots in the way Chuck played the game. He was a Hall of Famer, a champion and an all-time Eagle. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this time.”
Statement from Eagles Club President Don Smolenski:
“So many of the timeless moments in Eagles history are associated with Chuck Bednarik. He played his entire career in Philadelphia, college and pro, and he lived his entire life here and in the Lehigh Valley. He was a proud competitor and a dedicated and devout family man who loved Eagles fans as much as they loved him. He left his mark on this team and will forever be a legend within this organization.”
Statement from Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly:
 “I have had the opportunity to spend time with Chuck Bednarik, who is truly one of the most unique players that this game has ever seen. The foundation of this organization and this league is built on the backs of past greats, with Chuck at the forefront. The way he played the game with an endless passion and tenacity helped establish the standard of excellence that this organization stands for; one that we strive to achieve each and every day.”

Bednarik played in the era when football wasn’t a full time job and earned the nickname “Concrete Charlie” from his offseason job as a concrete salesman for the Warner Company. A veteran who also served in World War II where he flew 30 missions as a B-24 waist gunner, Bednarik was awarded the Air Medal as a result of his service. He would go on to play college football at the University of Pennsylvania where he twice earned All American Honors before being drafted by the Eagles with the number one overall selection in the 1949 NFL Draft.

Bednarik played his entire career for the Eagles where he earned eight Pro Bowl nominations as well as eight All-Pro selections. A first ballot Hall of Famer, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 1967. His number 60 jersey is one of only nine numbers to be retired by the Eagles.

Join us in sending condolences to the Eagles organization and to Bednarik’s family.

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C.J. Spiller Signs with Saints http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/c-j-spiller-signs-saints/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/c-j-spiller-signs-saints/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:11:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=151976 The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement with former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller on a four year deal worth up to $18 million dollars. The deal reportedly carries $9 million in guarantees that includes a $5 million signing bonus. There are other incentives as well.

Spiller was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round, pick number nine, out of Clemson. He played five years and 70 games in Buffalo where he finished with 3,321 rushing yards on 668 carries plus twelve touchdowns. He also caught 158 receptions for 1,195 yards and six touchdowns.

Spiller’s 2014 season was cut short by a broken collarbone that landed him on injured reserve with the option to return. He only played 9 games for the Bills where he averaged 3.8 rushing yards per carry. In fairness, he wasn’t a fit in the Bills offensive scheme in 2014 nor was he a fit in new offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s system for the Bills.

He joins a Saints team where head coach Sean Payton has a knack for finding ways to utilize his running backs according to their skill sets. The Saints creative offense is a much better situation for Spiller and he should be a solid PPR option for most fantasy football players.

1 more #Whodat to the newest member, my bro @CJSPILLER — jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) March 13, 2015

Congratulations to Spiller and to the Saints and good luck in the coming season! You can follow the Saints on twitter at @Saints and follow Spiller at @CJSPILLER and on Instagram at @cjspiller28.

 

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