Pro Player Insiders NFL Players Exclusive Lifestyle, News and Under the Helmet Access Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:55:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 45th Annual 101 Awards Kick Off Today Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:28:49 +0000 Nestled in the heartland of the United States lies Kansas City, Missouri, home of the nationally famous Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is a sports town known for other sports of equal popularity such as the Royals as well as for its barbecue.

Of lesser fame, but certainly not importance, is the work done by “The Committee of 101.”After the conclusion of the official NFL season, the Committee hosts the annual 101 Awards which is Kansas City’s contribution and salute to professional football. Each year the Committee honors those who have achieved greatness in the league as well as celebrating the legacies of those who have made the league what it is today.

Founded in 1969, the Committee selects the Offensive Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year as well as the coach of the year in the American and National Football Conferences. Per the 101 Awards website:

Winners in each of the six award categories are selected by a national Selection Committee that is comprised of 101 sportswriters and broadcasters that cover the National Football League on a regular basis.  Balloting is conducted at the conclusion of the NFL’s regular season.  Award recipients are announced at a press conference in January each year.

In 2008, the Committee added an additional award to honor the late great Lamar Hunt who was a legendary promoter and supporter of sports in the United States. One of the original members of “The Foolish Club,” Hunt joined with other businessmen such as the late Bud Adams and Ralph Wilson to help found the American Conference in 1960 as a rival to the National Football League.

The conference thrived and in 1966 the two leagues agreed to a merger. Hunt was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. The Lamar Hunt Award is given annually to an individual or group that has played a role in helping the NFL become the preeminent pro sports league in America.

The formal event starts tonight with the presentations to begin around 6:30 p.m. CDT. This year is rather unique since it features an extra nominee for the first time in its award history. The Committee chose to honor two Pittsburgh Steelers in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell as co-winners of the AFC Offensive Player of the Year. This year’s nominees are as follows:

AFC Offensive Player of the Year -  Antonio Brown & Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC Offensive Player of the Year -  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
AFC Defensive Player of the Year -  J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
NFC Defensive Player of the Year -  Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
AFC Coach of the Year - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
NFC Coach of the Year - Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals
Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football - Paul Tagliabue

Per Rachel Santchi of, the proceeds from the NFL 101 event will go to the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation:

TMC and the Kansas City Chiefs are working together to provide wellness education and promote healthier living for the people of Kansas City. Both organizations play an active and important role in the vitality of the city and share a common desire to improve the health status of the urban core.

Hat tip to Santchi for providing great information on this event and congratulations to all the winners! You can follow her on twitter at @KCChiefs_Rachel and follow the Kansas City Chiefs at @KCChiefs. For a photo gallery of prior events, check out the 101 Awards official website and click here.

Photo credit to the 101 Awards

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Miami Dolphins GM Mike Tannenbaum Announces Staff Addition and Promotion Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:28:28 +0000 Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum announced today that Wayne Diesel has been named sports performance director and Dennis Lock was promoted to director of analytics after serving as head analyst.

In his role, Diesel will oversee all of the team’s sports science initiatives and will work closely with the training and strength and conditioning departments. His focus will include player injury prevention and rehabilitation in an effort to reach optimal performance.

Diesel joins the Dolphins after spending the previous eight years (2007-15) as head of medical services with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club of the English Premier League. With Tottenham, he oversaw the efforts of doctors, physiotherapists, sports scientists, podiatrists, nutritionists and chiropractors, and helped coordinate the medical service department’s work to optimize player recovery and prevent injuries. During his tenure with the Spurs, they defeated Chelsea FC in 2008 to win the Carling Cup and then achieved Champions League status in 2009-10 for the first time in the club’s history.

Before his arrival at Tottenham, Diesel held the same title of head of medical services from 2003-07 at Charlton Athletic Football Club. He arrived in the United Kingdom in 2002 to work for Gloucester Rugby Football Club, holding the same title again, and helped them win the PowerGen Trophy and finish first in the league before losing in the playoff final.

Diesel has 12 years of experience running private physiotherapy practices, including setting up the first physiotherapy practice at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa based in Cape Town. While in South Africa, he worked as head physiotherapist for a range of different sports, including national women’s gymnastics, men’s hockey, swimming, football and rugby as well as provincial cricket and football. Additionally, Diesel was appointed as the head physiotherapist for South African teams at the All African (1992), Olympics (1996) and Commonwealth Games (1998). He also held the position of president of South African Transplant Games Association and western province chairman of South African Sports Medicine Association.

A native of South Africa, Diesel graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Witwatersrand in 1986 and then gained a first class pass in sports science in 1988 allowing him to proceed directly to a PhD in exercise physiology, which was completed in 1994. Diesel and his wife, Jean, have one son, Nicholas, and one daughter, Christine.

Lock is entering his second season with the Dolphins. In his role, he supports football operations through statistical analysis and research.

Lock is currently finishing his PhD in statistics from Iowa State University with a dissertation on utilizing statistics in sports. While at Iowa State, Lock worked as a consultant for many academic departments as well as the Iowa State University men’s basketball team. During this time, he also served as a co-author on a prominent statistics textbook.

Originally from Canton, N.Y., Lock received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Lawrence University in 2008. He, and his wife Amy, are expecting the birth of their first child in May.

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The 2014-15 NFL season is over? Get rid of those ‘Varsity Blues’ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:54:50 +0000 Sometimes you just need a predictable, crowd-pleasing movie where you don’t need to think — where the heroes and villains are so clearly defined and where can down that tub of Ben and Jerry’s without feeling guilty. “Varsity Blues” (1999) is that type of movie.

It takes place in West Canaan — a small Texas football town. High school football players are its heroes and Lance Harbor (played by a much younger Paul Walker) is its star. Like William Tell, Harbor has deadly aim. He can nail a football at a beer can resting on his father’s (Richard Lineback) head. And he does so as a parlor trick at a backyard barbeque. But when Harbor’s out of commission for the season from a serious knee injury, the West Canaan’s Coyotes are in trouble.

Harbor’s replacement is Jonathan Moxon, played by “Dawson’s Creek” heartthrob James Van Der Beek. According to West Canaan’s winningest coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight), the problem with Moxon is his moxie (actually, the term “moxie” might be beyond Kilmer’s vocabulary).

Although a second-string quarterback, Moxon isn’t a dumb football player. He’s destined for Brown University and he actually cares about academics. During games, we see him in the sidelines, hiding novels under his playbook. While his old man (Thomas F. Duffy) relives his glory days on the West Canaan Coyotes with his drinking buddies, the younger Moxon looks to the future: getting out of this dead-end football town.

Moxon’s girlfriend, Julie (Amy Smart), agrees with him. She seems to be the only one to do so though. The rest of West Canaan would rather erect giant billboards of the high school starting quarterback and give free six-packs to underaged football players. But Moxon’s not that type of guy.

Written by W. Peter Iliff and directed by Brian Robbins, “Varsity Blues” isn’t nearly Oscar-worthy. It’s the “American Pie” of football movies (Side note: “Varsity Blues” contains no pie, but I can promise you a brief whipped cream scene). Moxon’s younger brother, Kyle (Joe Pichler) bears the cross at the dining table like a quasi-Jesus. Moxon’s friend Billy Bob (Ron Lester) pukes in a washing machine and gets on the stage at a strip club. The film even features Senior Bacon (Billy Bob has a pet pig who likes to ride in his truck).

But even if the script is predictable; the performances are uninspired; and the material’s recycled, sometimes you’re compelled to re-watch those familiar decade-old stories. Your team just lost. Your coach just left. And there’s no more football this season.

There’s nothing like a football movie to put out of the blues.

“Varsity Blues” was written by W. Peter Iliff and directed by Brian Robbins.  


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Houston Texans Quessenberry In Remission Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:19:23 +0000 Great news out of Houston, Texas as it was announced yesterday that Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry is in remission following radiation treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The 24 year old lineman was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2014 just three months shy of his 24th birthday and has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment since. While his radiation treatments are done, he will still need to undergo chemotherapy once a month as part of a 30 month maintenance program.

A former sixth round pick out of San Jose State, Quessenberry was poised to compete for a starting job along the Texans offensive line when he got the news. Now, with this health scare behind him, he can once again turn his attention to competing for a job with the Texans. He began working out last week at NRG Stadium in Houston and is focused on getting back into football shape.

Some might view his comeback as a longshot but Texans head coach Bill O’Brien cautioned not to count Quessenberry out:

“He’s an incredible person,” O’Brien said. “Imagine the example he’ll set for the others when they see how he attacks working out with such enthusiasm.

“You know, I think he’ll come back and play.”

“Hey, I wouldn’t count him out,” O’Brien said. “He’s a remarkable kid, an incredible presence.”

As for Quessenberry, he is counting his blessings and thankful for all the support and encouragement he has received:

“So many amazing people,” he said. “When you undergo something like this, it’s those closest to you who support and encourage you, and you couldn’t do without them.

“But one of the coolest things for me was all the people who don’t know me reaching out to me and offering their support and encouragement. Many of them have been through something similar, and they understood what I was facing.

“I’m just so appreciative of everyone. I wouldn’t be where I am today without everyone’s support.”

Best wishes to Quessenberry on his continued recovery and go get ‘em! We will be rooting for you to fulfill your potential and look forward to seeing you compete for a roster spot with the Texans this offseason!

You can follow David Quessenberry at @DavidQberry and follow the Houston Texans at @HoustonTexans. 

David Quessenberry photo credit to

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JMU’s Tone-Setting Free Safety Dean Marlowe Hopes to Earn an NFL Roster Spot Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Dean Marlowe wrapped up his final season at James Madison University as one of the team’s three permanent captains. Marlowe was also named First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association. In 2014 he collected 96 tackles, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery. JMU is often referred to as a “small school”, but Marlowe dominated his competition for four years, as he is a four-time All-CAA pick.

Marlowe has done an exceptional job mirroring receivers in the slot, as well as reading quarterbacks and breaking on the football. Marlowe does an outstanding job as an alley defender and has very good instincts and toughness when asked to come downhill and support the run. His big hits on opposing running backs and wide receivers has earned him the reputation as the team’s tone-setter on defense.

While Marlowe didn’t have great combine numbers, he routinely looks like the fastest player on the field. Below are Marlowe’s workout numbers from the combine.

  •  40-Yard Dash — 4.58 Seconds
  •  Bench Press — 16 Reps
  •  Vertical Jump — 33.5 Inches
  •  Broad Jump – 9-foot-5-Inches
  •  20-Yard Shuttle – 4.18 Seconds

Marlowe is remarkably versatile and can contribute as a center-fielding free safety despite his 4.58 40-yard dash time. He can also play the “money linebacker” position. Teams like the Redskins, Colts and Bears could bolster their defensive backfields by adding a player like Marlowe. Regardless of where he is drafted, he will instantly contribute on special teams at the next level.

Many feel Marlowe doesn’t possess the range or the size to become a starter in the NFL, but his work ethic in conjunction with his play recognition and on-field intelligence will make it difficult for coaches to keep him on the bench.

In the video below Marlowe discussed his strengths, best position fit in the NFL and why NFL teams should give him a chance.



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Byron Jones Showcased Athleticism and Ability to Compete at the next Level at the NFL Combine Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:22:02 +0000 Byron Jones nearly broke the Internet with his unprecedented showing at the 2015 NFL scouting combine. Jones’ performance in the broad jump resulted in a NFL-combine record and world-broad-jump record. He also had the best vertical jump, and 60-yard shuttle at his position at the combine.

Converting from free safety to cornerback as a junior, Jones collected 60 tackles and three interceptions in 2013. At the onset of the 2014 season, newly appointed head coach of the UCONN Huskies Bob Diaco deemed Jones to be one of the best cornerbacks in America.

Jones possesses the uncanny ability to break on the football, which routinely shows up on film. He is especially patient in his backpedal, which enables him to read his keys and close on the quarterback’s intended target. Merely playing through the receiver’s hands isn’t good enough for Jones. He’s able to track the football and use his exceptional athleticism to catch the ball at its highest point.

Below is an example of Jones’ recognition, makeup speed and ball skills:

Byron Jones Interception

Jones’ workout numbers at the combine are as follows.

  •  Vertical Jump – 44.5 Inches
  •  Broad Jump – 12-Foot-3 Inches
  •  Three-Cone Drill – 6.78 Seconds
  •  Twenty-Yard Shuttle – 3.94 Seconds

Jones is remarkably mature for his age and it came as no surprise to many when he humbly gave credit to his parents for his performance.

Jones did not run the 40-yard dash at the combine, as he wanted more time to train for the event following his shoulder injury. Jones’ shoulder injury caused him to miss the final five game of his football career at UCONN. While his combine numbers were outstanding, his game film is also impressive as his film is emblematic of a third round pick at minimum. With that said, his performance at the combine could potentially entice a team to take him in round two.

In the video below, Jones discussed key skills at the cornerback position, how he ended up at UCONN and more.


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2015 NFL Combine Highlights Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:19:23 +0000 The final day of the 2015 NFL Combine went out with a flash as the defensive backs were on the field to show what they could do. When the wide receivers put up such blazing forty times on Saturday, people wondered why they didn’t create the separation as expected, on Monday, the defensive backs showed why. Even though they had their issues dropping the football, numerous players recorded a sub 4.5 and even a few with a sub 4.4, which I’ll be talking about later.

By far the most impressive player of the day was Trae Waynes, the cornerback from Michigan State. Waynes, who measures 6′ 186 pounds, put up a big time 4.31 forty time with a 1.53 10 yard split. He also put up 19 bench press reps, a 10 foot 2 inch broad jump. and a 38 inch vertical to go with a 7.06 3 cone drill and a 4.39 10 yard split. The performance likely guaranteed him a spot in the top half of the 1st round and puts him as the probable 1st cornerback taken.


LSU’s Jalen Collins was also very impressive on the field. Collins ran a 4.48 forty and at 6’1 203 pounds and a 10 foot 4 inch broad jump, Collins has a great combination of size and speed that is needed to play either cornerback or safety at the next level. Collins has shown his speed in the past, like when he tracked down Melvin Gordon from behind earlier in the season, but it has only been shown in flashes. Today definitely helped him to push his name into conversation for the 1st half of the 1st round.

The other impressive cornerback that helped his stock was Florida State’s Ronald Darby. Even though Darby only got 12 bench press reps, he ran a super fast 4.38 forty with a 1.47 10 yard split. Darby’s leg strength was also on display as he had a 41 and half inch vertical and a 10 foot 9 inch broad jump. One other thing of note was the ridiculous 12 foot 3 inch broad jump by Byron Jones of Connecticut, which was the longest broad jump by anyone of any position since 2003.

This is a deep class for cornerbacks despite not having a likely top 10 lock. Alex Carter of Stanford ran a 4.51 with a semi slow 1.60 10 yard split. That split will not serve him well covering slot wide receivers. Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest ran a 4.52, which was slower than expected, he also had a 1.60 10 yard split. Florida State’s PJ Williams ran a 4.57 forty, but did have a solid 10 yard split with a 1.55. Central Florida’s Jacoby Glenn had a slow time with a 4.64 forty, which could move him down draft boards. And the controversial Marcus Peters of Washington didn’t stand out, registering a 4.53 forty and a 1.61 10 yard split.


Of the safeties, there is Alabama’s Landon Collins and then there is everyone else. Collins has the size of a strong safety at 6’0 228 pounds, but ran a 4.53 forty with a 1.58 10 yard split. He had arguably the best year at safety of anyone in college football and his size and speed mix is the type that normally get taken in the top 10 of the draft. He hopes that his good tape to go with his strong combine will push him up from what is normally a position that isn’t take too high in much drafts. Gerod Holliman is considered the 2nd best safety in this years class because of his ball hawk skills, but he did not compete in any on field drills.

The 2015 NFL Combine has come to an end and now everyone will have their pro days and private workouts to prepare for the 2015 NFL Draft which will take place April 30th to May 2nd in Chicago, Illinois for the 1st time since 1964. So as of now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock.

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Updated – Panthers Players Cut Locks for Kids #GivingBack Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin and offensive lineman Brian Folkerts have big plays for the offseason but not in the way you might think.
The two will cut their signature locks in support of Wigs for Kids. The hair cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT in the Panthers locker room at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wesley Thornburg and Jeramiah Karriker, both oncology patients at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital, will be present to cut the signature pony tails of the players.

Wigs for Kids is an organization dedicated to providing a Hair Replacement System for children  who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

 “Children shouldn’t have to worry about how they look, especially when they’re in the middle of a health crisis,” says Jeffrey Paul. “We want to give these kids the opportunity to feel good about themselves again.”

The value of all children’s wigs Hair Replacements is $1,800. “These are custom-made Hair Replacements,” says Jeffrey Paul. “Each prosthesis is hand-tied and is made completely from human hair. We make sure they look just like a child’s own hair.” 

“They won’t come off on the baseball field or in the playground,” he adds. “Kids can count on them. And because kids look just the way they did before, they feel better about themselves. They look in the mirror and their eyes light up. To see that light in their eyes-that’s priceless.”

For more information on how to make donations to Wigs for Kids, go to their donation page here. Bersin is a Charlotte native who realized his dream to make the Panthers after playing college ball at Wofford College in Spartenburg, South Carolina. The Panthers currently hold their annual training camp at Wofford’s Spartenburg campus. He was on the Panthers practice squad in 2013 but made the 53 in 2014 after the Panthers moved on from longtime standout Steve Smith, Jr.

Folkerts played college ball at Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas where he played both left and right tackle. He has spent the past two seasons on the Panthers active roster where he has played special teams and served as a backup center.


Here are the photos of the event via @Panthers. Looking good guys!!

You can follow Brenton Bersin on twitter at @bbersin10 and follow Brian Folkerts at @BrianFolkerts. You can follow Wigs for Kids on twitter at @wigsforkids. Follow Levine Children’s Hospital at @LevineChildrens and follow the Panthers at @Panthers.

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Chargers Linebacker Jarret Johnson Announces Retirement Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:57:03 +0000 After 12 seasons in the National Football League, including the 2012-14 seasons with the San Diego Chargers, on Tuesday linebacker Jarret Johnson announced his retirement.

Johnson posted the following message on his Instagram site: “Today I am announcing my retirement from the game I love. I lived a dream, which few can say, but it’s time to move on. I want to thank the Chargers organization for giving me a home these past three years. I have nothing but respect for the players, coaches, front office staff and fans that were apart (sic) of me and my families (sic) lives. It’s been a great ride!! I also want to thank my Baltimore family. Where I learned to be a pro and conduct yourself like a warrior on the field. Where I spent 9 of the best years of my life.”

Johnson steps away from the game having played in 197 games, playoffs included, with 143 starts. He left his mark on opposing offenses in both Baltimore and San Diego with statistics that included 713 career tackles, 27.5 sacks, 36 tackles for loss and three interceptions. Though never selected to the Pro Bowl, Johnson left a lasting mark on his teammates in San Diego as he was selected as the team’s Most Inspirational Player each of the last two seasons.

“JJ is the definition of professional,” said Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco. “He was a leader on the field and in the locker room. He is everything you want in an NFL player, and I’m honored to have worked with him.”

“Jarret is the ultimate pro,” said Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy. “He is someone that you love to have represent your organization both on and off the football field. For younger players, he was a guy to watch and see how he not only played the game, but how he practiced and how hard he worked. It was second to none. That’s why he’s had the career he’s had. As a head coach, we can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for us and this organization the past few years. I wish him and his family all the best.”

Chargers Defensive Coordinator John Pagano echoed McCoy’s and Telesco’s sentiment.

“JJ is a true warrior of the game,” said Pagano. “What he meant to us not only as a player on the field, and how he played the game with a physical mindset, but also seeing how he approached the game. Every day he came to work, whether in the weight room, classroom, meetings, walk through, practice; it was how he approached every day. I learned a lot from Jarret Johnson, and he made me a better coach day in and day out just being around him.”

Johnson appeared in 15 games for the Chargers in 2014, missing just one game (Sept. 14 vs. Seattle) so he could be by his wife’s side for the birth of the couple’s second child. His final 2014 totals included 57 tackles, six tackles for loss and a sack.

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Sources: Buffalo Bills are Not Interested in Quarterback Sam Bradford Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:26:17 +0000 Well, it looks like the Sam Bradford to Buffalo rumors are over just as quickly as they came.

It was reported today by Yahoo Sports that the Buffalo Bills, who are known to be looking for an upgrade to their quarterback situation, were strongly eyeing Bradford as their top target.

Within a half hour of Yahoo’s post, Buffalos’ beat writers quickly questioned the report lead by Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News and then Joe Buscaglia of WGR500, and were able to confirm with their own sources that the Bills are not looking at Bradford at all and that the pursuit of him wasn’t real.

While it would be a strong upgrade for Buffalo, it was unclear on what the Ram’s back up plan would be at quarterback if they were to move Bradford in a deal.  Buffalo, who is without a first round pick this year, also lacks resources to possibly pull off the deal as well.

It is also being speculated that the rumor was nothing more than a move by Bradford’s agent to increase leverage in what is sure to be a ploy in Bradford trying to secure a long-term deal from St. Louis.

Bradford, who is still just 27, is under team control for one more year at $13 million.

The 2010 first overall pick missed all of this past season after tearing his ACL in the preseason.

He has missed a grand total of 31 games so far due to injury in his five year career.

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.@NFLPA Statement Supporting Wisconsin’s Proposed Right to Work Legislation Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:04:08 +0000 NFLPA STATEMENT ON WISCONSIN’S PROPOSED RIGHT TO WORK LEGISLATION

The NFL Players Association stands together with the working families of Wisconsin and organized labor in their fight against current attacks against their right to stand together as a team.

Devoted food and commercial workers who spend their Sundays servicing our players and fans at Lambeau Field will have their wellbeing and livelihood jeopardized by Right to Work. Governor Scott Walker may not value these vital employees, but as union members, we do. We understand how devastating it would be if they lost the ability to have their workplace conditions and wages guaranteed through collective bargaining. We do not have to look any further than our own CBA to see that a band of workers, joined together as a union, can overcome decades of poor workplace conditions and drastically improve pensions and benefits.

Beyond the stadium, generations of skilled workers have made Wisconsin a warm, welcoming home for our members of the Packers as well as those on visiting teams. Committed men and women in industries such as construction, steel, automotive and communications make it a state where our future members are proud to grow up and attend college, and a place where many of our former players choose to call home after their playing days are over.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that average wages across all industries in right-to-work states were $4 per hour lower than those in non-right-to-work states. One study determined that Wisconsin would see a net loss of between $3.89 and $4.82 billion annually in workers’ incomes. In fact, Governor Walker’s anti-union efforts have resulted in Wisconsin leading the nation in job losses for two months in a row.

This proposed legislation unfairly risks the health and safety of employees by depriving them of on-the-job protections that unions have historically defended. The NFLPA will closely monitor this week’s scheduled hearings and debates and keep its membership informed of any developments.


– DeMaurice Smith
Executive Director
NFL Players Association



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Russell Wilson: A True Team Captain Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:30:48 +0000 Russell Wilson had a great year by most reasonable levels. He finished the year with 3,475 yards, which has increased each of his 1st 3 years in the league. He had 20 TDs and only 7 INTs, his lowest total yet. He had an unbelievable year with his legs rushing for 849 yards and 6 TDs with no fumbles lost. And most importantly, he made the playoffs for the 3rd straight year and was one play away from his 2nd Superbowl. There aren’t too many things that Wilson can complain about, but when you realized what Wilson had to go through to make it this far, and how he is off the field, the story of Russell Wilson, the human being, is so much larger than his on field stature.

Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Photo Credit-

When Russell Wilson was a senior in high school, he was 5’11 180 lbs, only a 2 star recruit, and really was only looked at by Virginia Tech, Duke, and NC State, which he accepted to go. Wilson played 3 years with the Wolfpack and decided he wanted to play baseball, where he was a good baseball prospect. Wilson was granted a release from his football scholarship at NC State. He then transferred to Wisconsin, where he led them to a 9-3 record and a Rose Bowl appearance against Oregon.


Because Wisconsin was known as a rushing team, and Wilson still had a small frame, he was not looked at as a top prospect in the 2012 NFL draft. He was projected as a middle round pick and when he was taken in 3rd round, #75 overall, he still wasn’t looked at as a potential starter. However, Wilson didn’t listen to the critics, worked hard as usual, and won the starting job for the Seattle Seahawks out of camp even though they had signed Matt Flynn and Tavaris Jackson that same offseason to be the starter.

Fast forward three years later, and Russell Wilson has a playoff appearance in every year of his career and totaled a playoff record of 6-2, with one Superbowl ring and one play from a 2nd. The rest of the story is history for Russell Wilson. Everyone knows that part about Wilson’s life, but the part that people may not know about is the Seattle Children’s Hospital that he visits every Tuesday for the last 2 years for the cause he promotes heavily named “Strong Against Cancer”.


Strong Against Cancer is a group effort of doctors, nurses, researchers, hospitals, companies, and others who are supporting what they hope is a medical treatment breakthrough against the deadly disease. The treatment being used in this case is call immunotherapy, which enables the body’s own immune system to heal itself without some of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, which is normally used to fight Cancer. The process allows the physician to take blood, program the T cells to recognize the cancerous cells, and then put them back inside the patient’s body to fight and kill off the cancer cells.

Wilson has taken a “Team Captain” role and promotes the cause on twitter with the hashtag #StrongAgainstCancer in an effort to raise money for the group. Wilson learned of the group two years ago and has dedicated himself to going to the children’s hospital every Tuesday, with very rare missed visits. Wilson’s visits at a hospital were not abnormal to him as in 2010, his father passed away after a long battle with diabetes. Wilson learned how having someone around in a time of weakness can help a person’s spirits. Wilson believes that being around will help give the kids hope and can help them feel comforted.


Athletes catch a lot of flak for the bad things they do on and off the field, but not enough credit for the good things they do that isn’t publicized as much. Wilson, after what was probably the toughest game he’s lost in his life, did what he does every Tuesday, and showed up at the same Seattle Children’s hospital to be with the kids that he fights for. It’s just what he does and what his father would have wanted him to be, a leader, a man of his word, and most importantly, a true man.

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Southern California’s DT Leonard Williams Leads @PlayerInsiders Post Combine Top 550 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:06:53 +0000 LEONARD WILLIAMS TOPS POST-COMBINE TOP 550

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With the NFL Scouting Combine in the books we present our first post-combine top 550.


Southern California defensive tackle Leonard Williams may not be the first pick of the draft but he is our top rated player.


Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes has been in our top 10 for a long time and just confirmed that in his combine workouts.


We will update weekly as pro days are completed.




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


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Shaq Thompson: “I’m a Linebacker” Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 There has been much speculation that Shaq Thompson will be subject to a position change at the next level. Lucidly flabbergast by the notion that he’s not big enough to play linebacker on football’s biggest stage, Thompson took on reiterative questions regarding which position he’ll play in the NFL. Thompson used Shaq ThompsonSaturday’s media session to staunchly apprise the audience gathered before him as to which position he’s best suited to play. Thompson said,

“I’m a linebacker. …That’s where I feel most comfortable. I like to be on the line of scrimmage. I feel like I’m physical enough. I’m probably not the biggest but I fee like I have a lot of heart down there.”

In a 4-3 alignment, Thompson has stated that his preference is to play strongside linebacker. While most of his experience is at outside linebacker in a 4-3 front, Thompson knows what positions suites him best should a 3-4 team acquire him.

“My last experience [playing in a 3-4] was last year, that was my first experience,” Thompson said. “My freshman and sophomore year I played outside linebacker in open space.

“If a team wants to see me at safety, I’ll put it out there that I want to play linebacker. …I tell them inside linebacker. …Teams I met with see me as a ‘Will’ in a 3-4.”

The allure of selecting an athlete like Thompson is that he’s a player that can be effective almost anywhere on the football field. In his final season at the University of Washington, Thompson took quality snaps at the running back position. Thompson accumulated 456 yards and two touchdowns rushing, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. There are a number of NFL scouts that prefer Thompson at running back, but Thompson shot down the idea of playing the aforementioned position next season. Thompson said,

“Running back is out of the question.”

Throughout the evaluation process, many NFL draft pundits, feel Thompson’s game is too finesse and have intimated that he is not strong enough to consistently get off of blocks. Thompson realizes he needs to continue to improve on disengaging from blockers, but doesn’t feel his play is emblematic of a player that is too weak, or too small to play linebacker in the NFL.

“I feel like size doesn’t matter,” Thompson said. “There’s a couple times I didn’t get off blocks but there were a couple times I did. If you’re a playmaker, you’re going to make a play regardless if you’re getting blocked or not getting blocked.

“I’m working on that and that’s a part of my game I need to tighten up and I’m going to get better with it.”

When asked if there was an incumbent NFL player he compares his game to Thompson said,

“Lavonte David, we’re about the same height. He’s a little bit taller than me. We have the same attributes. He has the speed to cover tight ends, running backs and all that and I feel like I can do the same thing.”

If Thompson is tasked with playing inside linebacker at the next level, there is a possibility he will essentially be the quarterback of the defense. Thompson spoke about what he brings to the table as a leader.

“I really don’t say much,” Thompson said. “I just lead by example and really just have fun and bring everyone else up.”

Thompson performed admirably at the NFL Scouting Combine. Below are his numbers from Sunday’s performance:

  •  40-Yard Dash – 4.64 Seconds
  •  Vertical Jump – 33.5 Inches
  •  Broad Jump – 9-foot-9 Inches
  •  20-Yard Shuttle 4.08 Seconds
  •  60-Yard Shuttle 11.78 Seconds

Thompson also exhibited outstanding change of direction and pass-catching ability during zone and man “wave drills”.

Thompson is not some enigmatic player without a position; he’s a linebacker who should be coveted by many NFL teams early in the 2015 NFL Draft. With a multitude of NFL teams adopting spread principles and flex tight ends being utilized more regularly, it’s vital to have a player like Thompson who can cover skill-position players in space.

Offenses are becoming more multiple by obtaining players with tremendous versatility. It is imperative that defenses keep pace by acquiring players like Thompson who are effective against the run and the pass. Thompson has a rare skillset, which warrants him being taken in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Marino and Friends Bahamas Weekend 2015 Caps Successful Second Year with New Flag Football Game Addition Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:47:40 +0000
Nassau, Bahamas – The Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino and 14 alumni members held a memorable four-day weekend in The Islands of The Bahamas. Guests were treated to breathtaking views of The Islands while mingling with some of their football heroes, including Dick Anderson, Keith Byars, Mark Clayton, Troy Drayton, Mark Duper, Jim Jensen, Sam Madison, O.J. McDuffie, Nat Moore, Louis Oliver, Joe Rose, Dwight Stephenson, Pat Surtain and Shawn Wooden.
The second annual event included fan packages for a welcome party, golf tournament with football legends, a sunset cruise, Dolphins Academy Youth Football and Cheerleader Clinic, and an inaugural flag football matchup between the Miami Dolphins alumni and The Bahamas All Star team.
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders greeted the arriving guests to the tropical island, followed by the Dolphins Welcome Reception. Guests were given Dolphins goodie bags stocked full of team gear, while the atmosphere was complimented by a Bahamian steel drum band.
The golf tournament took place on a crisp morning perfect for the greens. Each golf foursome included the exclusive opportunity to play with a Miami Dolphins Legend. Later that evening, guests gathered for a sunset dinner cruise on board the Yellowbird, and were ushered in by a live Junkanoo band. The Bahamian themed evening, which was sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, included authentic Bahamian cuisine, fire dancing and Carnival girls.
More than 350 Bahamian children gathered at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium on Saturday morning to learn footballs skills and drills from the Legends. Twelve stations, branded with Dolphins marks iconic of the team’s home at Sun Life Stadium, were set up on the field to teach the fundamentals of the game to the children. Meanwhile, a dozen girls learned dance moves and chants from the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, an added component to last year’s activities.
“There are a lot of very athletic kids and you could tell that they are excited about being out here and being part of it,” Marino said at the event. “There were a lot of Dolphins fans there; we love that. You could tell some kids had a lot of talent for sure.”
“The children that were out this morning – 360 of them – could you imagine a dream coming true?” The Islands of the Bahamas Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Obediah Wilchcombe, M.P. said. “Could you imagine they now have skills for tomorrow.  They can think of the possibilities that they can play football. Some caught a pass from Dan Marino, one of the greatest ever. I’m sure that will inspire them to think about their lives and what they’re going to do in the future. Some will have athletic careers, but many will now focus on their academics and recognize those facts that if they work harder, opportunities are there for them.”
The well-practiced and speedy Bahamian team proved to be a tough match for a Hall of Fame quarterback teamed with 14 decorated icons in Dolphins history. “I’m very pleased for one of my guys who got an interception tonight,” said Minister Wilchcombe. “You know what it means to say, ‘I intercepted Dan Marino.’ Never tell them the year, but tell them I intercepted Dan Marino (laughing).”
Following the Legends’ victory, the teams and guests took part in a street party hosted by Minister Wilchcombe and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
“The tourism industry is important to The Bahamas, and we are pleased with Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins being here – it’s going to help us promote The Bahamas. Linking our brand with their brand is fantastic,” Minister Wilchcombe said.
About the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins, owned by Chair of the Board & Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, play in the AFC Eastern Division of the National Football League. The organization has played in five Super Bowls, winning championships following the 1972 (VII) and 1973 (VIII) seasons. The franchise also has won five conference championships and 13 division championships. It is the oldest continuous major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida. For more information, visit the organization’s website at
About The Islands Of The Bahamas
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit Look for The Bahamas on the web on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.
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Washington Redskins: What We Learned About Offensive NFL Combine Participants Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:51:30 +0000 The Washington Redskins full team brass has been in Indianapolis for the past week at the annual NFL Scouting Combine. Offensive prospects ended their workouts Saturday when Quarterbacks, Running Backs and Wide Receivers took the field.

Washington has needs across the board and their philosophy will be clear this year with a full slate of draft picks — take the best player available. New General Manager Scot McCloughan will lead the complicated task of turning Washington’s roster into a contender and it starts this April with the draft.

With that said, here are a few notes I jotted down after watching the offensive prospects Friday and Saturday:


  • QBs Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota both had a great showing at the combine. The Washington Redskins won’t take either one of them, however, Mariota could help them at five overall. If Mariota isn’t selected by the time Washington is on the clock, that could entice a team to move up for him. I don’t think you’ll see any big deals. I think a likely scenario would be for Washington to move back one pick with the New York Jets — allowing them to secure Mariota. If he happens to go top-four, that could still benefit the Redskins because it will make another quality player drop. Either way, this could help the team.
  • West Virginia WR Kevin White has always been my top receiver in this draft, but he turned heads with his 4.35 forty. He solidified himself as the top receiver on my board.
  • Having said that about Kevin White, I really enjoyed Alabama WR Amari Cooper’s workout. He ran fast and he excelled in positional drills. Cooper looked like a seasoned vet with the way he ran routes. He’s going to be a great pro. I just like the size and upside factor with White. Not to say Cooper doesn’t have upside… he’s only 20 years old.
  • Michigan WR Devin Funchess ran slower than you’d want (4.7, forty), but speed isn’t his game. He’s a big guy who understands how to use his size and is quicker than fast. But he still is capable of making plays atop a defense. Some may glue him at tight end, but he’s an offensive weapon who can play inside, outside or tight end.
  • LSU Offensive Lineman La’el Collins has long been one of my favorite prospects in this draft. I think he really showed people how athletic he is at the combine. He also showed how powerful he is. La’el can play any position on the line. He’s one of the safest prospects in the draft.
  • Oregon OT Jake Fisher also had a strong combine. He’s a naturally gifted athlete and I think he could make a very solid right tackle. His athleticism may even make some believe he can play right tackle.
  •  Miami OT Ereck Flowers is a well built offensive lineman who has some good film. However, my fear with him was displayed at the combine — he struggles to kickstep. He’s going to struggle vs speed rushers and stand-up edge rushers. He has the potential to be a really good right tackle, but some may try him at guard because of that flaw.
  • Iowa OL Brandon Scherff also had a really good combine. I still think he’s best suited inside at guard because he struggles against speed rushers. He’s neck and neck with La’el Collins, but I still rank Collins ahead of him because of consistency and better film against rushers.
  • Duke OL Laken Tomlinson is a plug and play guy. He’s smart, competitive and plays with a confidence that I really like. I thought he looked really good in Indy.
  • There’s not much I have to say about the Tight Ends, but Nick O’leary reminds me so much of Chris Cooley.
  • Boise State RB Jay Ajayi is my second ranked RB and he didn’t do anything to make me change that at the combine. I thought he looked really smooth in all the drills. He’s a great runner and an excellent ball catcher. He’s going to be a really good pro early in his career.


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2015 NFL Combine: Highlights Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Saturday was for the show, but Day 3 of the 2015 NFL Combine was the meat and potatoes of what will be taking place in the 2015 NFL Draft. The defensive linemen and the linebackers stepped on the field to show off their athletic ability and skills during the drills on Sunday. It is very likely that at least half of the 1st 10 players selected with in the draft will selected from the defensive linemen and linebacker group. There were numerous athletic big guys within these groups that will be chasing down the Tom Bradys, Peyton Mannings, Drew Brees’, Andre Lucks, and Aaron Rodgers of the league.


The most impressive defensive lineman of the entire day was Danny Shelton. He showed his strength with 34 bench reps of 225 pounds, to go along with a solid showing of agility on the lateral movement drills. He showed good footwork and at 339 pounds, he solidified himself as a top 10 pick. The player considered the top defensive lineman in the draft is Leonard Williams, who ran a 4.97 forty with a 1.72 split. He did not do a bench press, but he is already locked in as a top five pick and can go as high as #2 overall to the Tennessee Titans. Mario Edwards came in a lighter than most thought he would have at 279 pound, but his 32 bench press reps showed he has the power to be a solid, big 4-3 defensive end.

Of the other defensive linemen, the speed times were very good, but some of the strength totals were disappointing. Arik Armstead, who ran a 5.10 forty, only benched only 24 reps of 225 pounds, which was the same as 338 pound nose tackle Ellis McCarthy. McCarthy needs to get a lot stronger to survive as a run stuffer in the NFL but his 5.35 forty was good. Malcom Brown also showed he needs to get a little stronger as he weighed in at 319 pounds, but only did 26 bench reps. However, Jordan Philips did a little better, putting up 28 bench reps, but at 6’5 329 pounds and running a 5.20 forty, he is the exact size and speed you want from a nose tackle. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman did not participate in the on field drills.


The linebackers are stacked in this year’s draft. The size of the linebackers is a bigger question than their ability. Most have the speed and athletic ability, but can they be a three down linebacker in the NFL? One player that stood out above all the linebackers was Vic Beasley, who ran a crazy 4.53 forty with a sub 1.60 10 yard split to go with 35 bench reps. Dante Fowler only benched 19 reps of 225 pounds, but at 261 pounds and running a 4.60 forty with a sub 1.6 10 yard split, he probably will hear his name called within the 1st 7-8 picks of the draft. Another linebacker that impressed was Alvin “Bud” Dupree, who even though he didn’t do a bench press, he ran a 4.56 forty with a 1.60 10 yard split, at 269 pounds.

Randy Gregory impressed with the drills as expected with a 4.64 forty, a 1.60 10 yard split, and showed good body bend, but only weighing 235 pounds will raise some questions as to if he can be an every down linebacker. However, he did do 24 bench press reps to show some strength for his size. Another linebacker that impressed was middle linebacker Bernardick McKinney, who at 246 pounds ran a 4.66 forty with a 1.64 10 yard split. That is the type of size and ability that teams like as a middle linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Eric Kendricks was similar to as he ran a 4.61 forty and a 1.64 10 yard split, but came in at 6’0 232 pounds and only did 19 bench press reps.


Two linebackers that were very up in down in their drills were Denzel Perryman and Shaq Thompson, both for different reasons. Perryman is a short linebacker at 5’11 and only 236 pounds, who ran a 4.78 forty with a 1.68 10 yard split, which is below average, but he did show his power with 27 bench reps. Shaq Thompson did not do the bench press and ran a 4.64, but many people feel he would be better suited at running back than at linebacker, as Thompson played both positions in college. At 6’0 and only 228 pounds, Thompson’s draft stock will like drop if he continues to say he wants to just play linebacker. Two other notable linebackers, Shane Ray and Hau’oli Kikaha did not participate in the forty, but Kikaha did so some coverage drills and was a little stiff.

On Monday we conclude the draft with the defensive backs. If you cannot get a good pass with one of the players discussed in this article, the next best thing to get is a good secondary. Even though there is not a top 10 type cornerback or safety this year, the group is very deep and you can get a starter out of at least 10-15 of the players with good coaching and if they are placed in the right system. A lot of scouts may wonder why we had so many fast wide receivers, but they didn’t seem to get separation on tape, well watching the defensive backs tomorrow may give you your answer.

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NFL Combine: Defensive Back Full Measurements Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:27:14 +0000 The NFL is a copycat league. So when you see the success that some teams have had in recent times like the Seattle defensive backs and the Baltimore defensive backs, other will try to follow suit. Even three weeks removed from Superbowl 49, we all remember the clinching play of the game being an interception by a non-starting defensive back. There are two ways to shut down a passing game, either get pressure on the quarterback or play great, tight, coverage in the secondary. Unfortunately for teams this year, the 2015 class doesn’t flash too many, if any, shutdown corners, but as always, with the right coaching, almost anyone can be a Superbowl hero.

This year’s class highlights one top Strong Safety in Alabama’s Landon Collins and one top Free Safety in Gerod Holliman of Louisville. Besides those two players, everyone else seems to be a 2nd round pick or lower. There doesn’t seem to be a stand cornerback either, but Michigan State’s Trae Waynes does get named 1st or 2nd on most scouts list. After Waynes is Jalen Collins from LSU, Kevin Johnson from Wake Forrest, Alex Carter from Stanford, Florida State cornerbacks Ronald Darby and PJ Williams, to go with Jacoby Glenn of Central Florida. Most of the cornerbacks in this year’s class seem to be interchangeable and the combine drill may be able to help separate some of them.

Below is a list of all the heights, weights, arm lengths, and hand lengths of all the defensive backs from the 2015 NFL Combine.

Name School Height Weight Arm Hand
Amos, Adrian Penn State 6’0 218 32 1/4 9 1/8
Bonner, Detrick Virginia Tech 6’0 207 31 1/7 8 7/8
Campbell, Ibraheim Northwestern 5’11 208 30 3/8 10 1/4
Carter, Alex Stanford 6’0 196 32 1/8 9 1/8
Celiscar, D.C. Western Michigan 5’11 194 31 3/8 9 1/4
Coleman, Justin Tennessee 5’11 185 31 1/4 9 3/8
Collins, Jalen LSU 6’1 203 32 1/8 9 3/8
Collins, Landon Alabama 6’0 228 31 1/2 9 3/8
Cox, Justin Mississippi State 6’1 191 31 1/4 9
Darby, Ronald Florida State 5’11 193 31 3/8 8 5/8
Diggs, Quandre Texas 5’8 196 29 5/8 9 5/8
Doss, Lorenzo Tulane 5’10 182 29 3/4 9
Drummond, Kurtis Michigan State 6’1 208 32 1/4 10 3/8
Ekpre-Olomu, Ifo Oregon 5’9 192 30 7/8 9 5/8
Eskridge, Durell Syracuse 6’2 208 32 3/8 9 5/8
Gaines, Charles Louisville 5’10 180 31 3/8 8 3/4
Geathers, Clayton Central Florida 6’2 218 31 5/8 9 1/8
Glenn, Jacoby Central Florida 6’0 179 31 1/4 8 5/8
Golson, Senquez Ole Miss 5’9 176 29 3/4 9 3/8
Grant, Doran Ohio State 5’10 200 30 1/4 9 3/8
Gunter, Ladarius Miami (FL) 6’1 202 31 1/2 9 5/8
Hackett, Chris TCU 6’0 195 31 1/2 9 7/8
Harris, Anthony Virginia 6’1 183 31 9 1/4
Hill, Troy Oregon 5’10 182 29 1/2 8 3/4
Holliman, Gerod Louisville 6’0 218 32 9 1/2
Jarrett, Kyshoen Virginia Tech 5’10 200 31 9 3/4
Jefferson, A.J. UCLA 6’1 198 31 1/2 8 1/2
Johnson, Kevin Wake Forest 6’0 188 31 8 3/8
Jones, Byron UConn 6’1 199 32 10
Mager, Craig Texas State 5’11 201 29 3/4 9 1/ 4
Marlowe, Dean James Madison 6’1 203 31 8 3/4
McCain, Bobby Memphis 5’9 195 30 1/2 9
McDonald, Tevin Eastern Washington 5’11 195 29 3/4 9
Nelson, Steven Oregon State 5’10 197 30 5/8 9 1/4
Peters, Garry Clemson 6’0 191 31 1/2 10
Peters, Marcus Washington 6’0 197 31 1/2 8 3/8
Prewitt, Cody Ole Miss 6’2 208 32 5/8 9 1/8
Randall, Damarious Arizona State 5’11 196 30 1/4 8 5/8
Richards, Jordan Stanford 5’11 211 32 1/2 9 3/8
Rollins, Quinten Miami (OH) 5’11 195 30 1/4 9
Rowe, Eric Utah 6’1 205 31 1/2 9 1/2
Sample, James Louisville 6’2 209 32 9 1/2
Shaw, Josh Southern Cal 6’0 201 30 3/4 9
Shepherd, JaCorey Kansas 5’11 199 30 5/8 8 5/8
Smith, D’Joun Florida Atlantic 5’10 187 30 3/8 8 1/8
Smith, Derron Fresno State 5’10 200 29 3/4 9
Smith, Tye Towson 6’0 195 32 8 3/4
Swann, Damian Georgia 6’0 189 31 8 7/8
Tartt, Jaquiski Samford 6’1 221 32 3/8 9 7/8
Waynes, Trae Michigan State 6’0 186 31 8 1/4
White, Kevin TCU 5’9 183 30 1/8 8 3/8
Whitehead, Jermaine Auburn 5’11 197 31 9 3/8
Williams, P.J. Florida State 6’0 194 31 8 5/8
Wilson, Julian Oklahoma 6’2 205 32 3/8 9 1/4


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NBA Honors Tiny Archibald and Dolph Schayes Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:39:17 +0000 DeWitt Clinton High School has produced 18 NBA/ABA players with three of them playing in the league for over 10 years. With the NBA All Star Game returning to the state of NY for the 1st time in 17 years, it was the perfect opportunity for the NBA, as well as DeWitt Clinton, to honor two of their greats, Dolph Schayes and Nate “Tiny” Archibald. The event was put together by Publicolor Service Project in conjunction with Benjamin Moore Paints.

Dolph Schayes played in the NBA for 15 years. In 1948, he was originally drafted by both the New York Knicks in the BAA draft, which later became the NBA, and by the Tri-State Blackhawks (now the Atlanta Hawks), in the NBL draft. The Blackhawks traded his draft rights to the Syracuse Nationals, who offered Schayes a contract twice the amount of the Knicks, which led him to deciding to go to play for the Nationals. He played with them for 14 years before finishing his career with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1964.

Schayes was 6’8 200 pound Power Forward/Center that, for most of his career, averaged around 17-22 points per game and pulled down between 12 and 14 rebounds a game. The 86 year old Schayes was a 12 time NBA all-star and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1973. Unfortunately, do to family medical reasons, he was not available to attend the event, but his son Danny Schayes, who also played in the NBA for 18 years, was there to accept the award on his father’s behalf.

Nate “Tiny” Archibald thankfully was able to attend the ceremony. He spoke to the kids in the crowd and talked about some of the life lessons he learned while going to DeWitt Clinton. He mentioned he wasn’t a good student, he just wanted to play basketball, but it wasn’t until he went to DeWitt Clinton where he was put in line and in his words, “Saved his life”. The discipline that he gained when going to school there taught him more about life than he could have ever dreamed of.

Archibald recalled a story about his hard-nosed coach Bob Buckner saying, “He told the team to bring all our basketball stuff and meet by the docks. I was looking around like I don’t see any buses or anything, what are we doing here? Then a ferry pulls us and coach tells us to get on. We end up going to the back side of Rikers Island. We go through security and everything, while wearing our basketball stuff and all of a sudden, I hear ‘Hey what’s up man’ and ‘Yo what’s up’. I realized that a lot of the people that were in there were people I knew growing up. So we end up playing them, beat them, but it was seeing how if I didn’t straighten up that I could end up like them that was the biggest lesson learned that day.”

Tiny Archibald had several accomplishments in the NBA including being a 6 time all-star, winning an NBA Championship, and being the only playing the lead the league in both Points and Assists in the same season, in 1973. He was also voted to the All-NBA 1st team three times and named as one of the top 50 NBA players of all time. At 6’1 and only 150 lbs, Archibald used his speed and basketball smarts to average about 25 points and 8 assists for about half of his career. He played for the Cincinnati Royal/Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Boston Celtics, and Milwaukee Bucks over a span of 13 years in the NBA.

Along with Archibald and Dolph Schayes son, Danny, were former New York Knick Tom Hoover, former Utah Jazz Thurl Bailey, as well as former WNBA Legend from the New York Liberty, Teresa Witherspoon, and other NBA all time legends. The kids, along with most of the players participated in repainting the hallways of the school on the 2nd floor, while also listening to more stories that Tiny had about their school and advise for their future. The six hour event was one of those moments that you gain more knowledge for life, than anything he could have taught you on the basketball court. Hopefully, the numerous kids in attendance will be able to remember and take that with them in their lives.

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Steve Nelson a Passionate Leader Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:26:40 +0000

Patriots Hall of Famer Steve Nelson

A Passionate Leader Who is an Ultimate Teammate

as a Player, Coach and Person

You can’t reach every single one of your goals, says former New England Patriots Hall of Famer and former college coach Steve Nelson. And he’s learned not only to be philosophical but to recognize how much there is to be learned from that lesson. For example, when he finally achieved his goal of playing in the Super Bowl in 1986, his team lost. The disappointment only served to underscore his belief that “as you dream and you set goals, you also come to realize that you don’t make all your goals, and that’s okay.”

Steve Nelson 350In some ways, the Minnesota-born linebacker has made a career for himself out of recognizing the value of the team over the individual. Following his 14 seasons playing for the Patriots, he worked as an assistant coach for that team and later became a head college coach. “The first thing you have to recognize about playing on a team is that the team comes first. Once you understand and accept that, you really start enjoying what team sports are all about. When you’re part of an effectively functioning team, you appreciate everyone else more. And as you become a better teammate, that translates into you becoming a better person.”

Recognizing the value of teamwork was woven into the fabric of his childhood, Steve says. His father was a high school coach, and Steve grew up with an understanding of a coach’s role in his players’ lives. “My father taught his players that it’s important to work out in the off season. It’s important to be a good student. It’s important to be a good person. All of these things add up to being a good teammate, and if you have a bunch of good teammates, you’re going to have a good team.”

Steve’s father, now in his nineties, remains one of his most powerful role models. “In World War II, he was part of the fighting on Omaha Beach. He took care of my mother after she developed Alzheimer’s for as long as he could, and when she finally had to go to a rest home, he visited her every day. He still lives in his own house, cuts wood, mows his lawn and plays golf. And this is someone who really grew up with nothing. He was one of four kids, they had no father in the house, and my grandmother earned a dollar a day.”

He recognizes that many kids are not as blessed as he was with a father who taught valuable life lessons. But what matters, Steve believes, is that kids find someone else. “Somehow, the community has got to rally around the young people and provide leadership and good role models. Being a good role model is not somebody taking them to the ice cream store every Saturday; it’s someone who sits down and tells them to knock it off, or don’t do that, or that’s not the right choice.”

Part of what makes Steve such an effective coach is that he truly believes in a holistic approach to learning, something he demonstrated by switching traditional roles with his daughters when he asked them to teach him to ski. At the time, they ranged in age from about 8 to 14 and were all good skiers; he was 36 and had finished his football career. “It was a reverse mentorship,” he recalls. “I think it was really good for all of us. You learn a lot about kids when they start teaching you stuff: not just about their knowledge level, but how they hold their frustrations in, how they re-create learning experiences, how they think on a different level.”

An unshakeable sense of Christian faith has always guided him as well. “I believe that there is something much bigger than me,” he says. “If you go to Alaska and look at the mountains, you realize how insignificant you are in the whole grand scheme of things. You’re human and you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. But when you can’t change what you’ve said or done, you apologize and forget about it.”

After ending his coaching career, he went into business: first as a restaurateur and later in the high-tech field. His number, 57, has been retired by the Patriots, and he now has what he believes to be the means for happiness. “I think fundamentally, the key to being happy is to be appreciative,” he says. “If you appreciate your health and you appreciate all the good things that life has given you, you’re going to be happy.”

This sense of profound gratitude, along with his sense of commitment to and respect for other people and his abiding faith, make Steve Nelson the embodiment of an Insightful Player® team member.

Instant replay of Steve’s guiding principles:

  1. Recognize that in football, and often in life, you win or lose as a team. How you are playing individually at any given time matters less than how your team is doing.
  2. Children thrive when they have strong role models who are not afraid to guide and direct them.
  3. Playing to the best of your abilities always matters more than getting a win; and losing is nothing to be ashamed of if you’ve put in your best effort.
  4. Respect the abilities and expertise of other people, who may have important skills that you do not possess.
  5. Help other people – whether they are your teammates, the players you coach, or your own children – to realize their goals.
  6. Dream big, but also know how to set small, attainable goals for yourself as steppingstones to a bigger goal.
  7. When you have wronged someone, possess the capacity to apologize sincerely and move on from it.
  8. Put forth your best attitude in whatever you choose to do.
  9. Develop a sense of faith, wonder and gratitude.


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 or call 603-897-0610.


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