Pro Player Insiders http://proplayerinsiders.com NFL Players Exclusive Lifestyle, News and Under the Helmet Access Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:17:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Cancer-free Kelly returns to host annual football camp in Buffalo http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/cancer-free-kelly-returns-host-annual-football-camp-buffalo/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/cancer-free-kelly-returns-host-annual-football-camp-buffalo/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:27 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156577 Just a year ago, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was exhausted and weaken from his battle with cancer of the jaw; taking naps in a trailer during his annual Jim Kelly Football camp in Buffalo, NY.

What a difference a year can make.

Kelly was back in full-strength, between the hashes firing passes to campers at the Bills ADPRO Field House in Orchard Park, NY this week, hosting his 28th annual youth camp that ran from June 28 to July 2.

“This is what I look forward to every year, even last year when I wasn’t feeling good at all,” Kelly said to the Buffalo News.

Even with being weak and fragile from his fight with cancer last year, Kelly still made it to the event at Sweet Home High School and did whatever his body could possibly allow.

“The bottom line is you don’t want to let the kids down,” Kelly said. “I was going to be here no matter what. I feel so much better. Last year, I was doing it because I wanted to do it, but really couldn’t do it. This year, I want to do it and I can do it.”

The camp, with an estimated 600 participates this year, not only stresses the fundamentals of football, but allows campers to be educated on a variety of valuable topics including health and nutrition, drug awareness, sportsmanship and teamwork.

“In today’s society, and even in sports now, it’s all about character,” Kelly said. “Of course, you have to have the athletic ability. But when you’ve got the character to back it up, that’s what it’s about. And we try to tell all of these kids that you’ve got to grow up a lot quicker now. It’s not like back when you could get away with things when you were 16, 17 years old. Nowadays, you can’t get away with things when you’re 12 or 13. Yeah, I feel sorry for them, but, hey, that’s part of life.

“The key is, you want the kids to have fun. And I stress to them, ‘I want you to come here and get something out of the camp. I want you to enjoy yourself, number one. Number two is, when you leave here, I want you to make sure you leave with something, whether it’s on the field or in the chalk talk.’”

The camp which has grown from 325 campers in 1988 to almost 600 this year is another way for the former Bills star to give back to the local community he calls home.

The former NFL star’s body seemed to hold up well during the entire camp, as he was able to jump right back into drills with the kids and leading them through classroom sessions.

“My arm is really sore today, but I feel good,” Kelly said. “I finally gained some weight, I’m feeling better, and thank the good Lord, I’m still here.”

So how long will the camps remain a stable of Buffalo summers?

“I want to continue to do this forever,” Kelly said. “As long as I can continue going out there and being a part of it, I will do it.”

For more information on the camp or to register for the annual Jim Kelly Football Clinic held in Rochester, NY at St. John Fisher College on July 14th, please visit www.jimkellyfootballcamp.com.  

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Could the Gotham City Cheerleaders Dance on the MetLife Field One Day? http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/gotham-city-cheerleaders-dance-metlife-field-one-day/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/gotham-city-cheerleaders-dance-metlife-field-one-day/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:40:56 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156179 Whenever you think of football you tend to automatically associate the game with cheerleaders, the ones who are on the sidelines, getting the crowd hyped up, providing entertainment during pre-game, two minute warnings, halftime and between some quarters.  But did you know, there are six teams, who don’t have that combined package, and the New York Giants are one of them.   The Gotham City Cheerleaders, once called the Unofficials, led by Ana De Villegas, an alumni cheerleader herself, from the Redskins, set out on a mission to be the team that would make it onto MetLife field for a New York Giants pre-game and/or halftime performance; to be the ones that someday are identified as the official cheerleaders for the Giants.  She started the team back in 2011 and has made leaps and bounds every year since then.  They come out with a calendar and hold a huge production for the calendar release party, they cheer for local teams around the area, they participate in a variety of charity events, they have made an appearance on Saturday Night Live,  and we can’t forget their involvement with the fans at the tailgates on game day.  They have the ability to be present with the fans, to perform with them and for them, and to support the team they have an eminence passion for, the New York Giants.  Ladies and gentlemen, meet former Gotham City Cheerleader, Gillian.

 

1.  How many years did you cheer with the Gotham City Cheerleaders?

I was with the Gotham City Cheerleaders, GCC, for their 4th season 2014-2015

Gotham City Cheerleader at MetLIfe Stadium

Gotham City Cheerleader, Gillian, at MetLIfe Stadium

2. What made you decide to try out for the team?

I was home in New Jersey going to the dentist to get my teeth sparkly clean! I ended up talking to one of the girls who worked in the office, Morgan, who told me all about the Gotham City Cheerleaders and what a great experience it was for her, as she was a current cheerleader. We exchanged numbers and a few weeks later she sent me the audition info.

In the midst of auditioning for the team, I was also graduating from Pace University. I graduated May of 2014 with a BA in acting and dance. All the sudden all of these new experiences were beginning to happen at once.
One of the best things that happened to me after college was this team. Ultimately I auditioned because I knew once college was over I needed to focus my energy elsewhere and needed to focus my efforts on a new feeling of excitement. This opportunity opened doors and made me fill the void of school. I had a schedule, a routine, and something to really commit to.

Pretty funny that I found out about such a great opportunity right in my hometown!

 

Gotham City Cheerleader Calendar Release Party

Gotham City Cheerleader Calendar Release Party

3. What was the most enjoyable part about being a Gotham City Cheerleader? And what was your favorite experience during your cheerleading tenure?

The most enjoyable part of being a member of the Gotham City Cheerleaders was the consistency of rehearsals and the bonds made between teammates. There was a commitment and a responsibility I have never felt before. I didn’t want to miss anything; I wanted to be there for my teammates and coach. With the level of commitment that was put into the organization, there were such genuine friendships created!

I would have to say my favorite experience with the team was our calendar release party in early September of last year. We spent an entire summer learning new routines, going through extensive workouts, the final audition, and now we finally got to show our family and friends all that we had been working on. Plus it happened to be in Jersey where I grew up, which made it even more exciting for my family!

4. The fans love you ladies, how do you ladies get them hyped up? Do you dance before the games, after, or both? How do you decide where in the tailgate you preform your routines? How many routines do you perform at each game? It sounds like you have an emcee that introduces you all, does he carry the music? Do fans ever get in the way of your dance routines? Do you do any dances that the fans can join in with?

Our fans are so amazing and supportive! We usually get the crowd hyped with our signature sideline choreography. A captain will lead each sideline and the team will follow. We always dance to really upbeat and exciting music that gets the crowd going!

It is shocking for the fans at the tailgate to see this group of women coming together and supporting a beloved team like the Giants. Even if we aren’t on that field, we still treat game day as if we were! We want the fans to know that we support their team, our team, the NY Giants whole-heartedly and we love every second of it!
Our tailgate is the famous FanVan. For the most part we would always have at least three routines prepared and cleaned for game day. There are some challenges with spacing, but fans are really respectful with spreading out and letting us do our thing.

If and when the DJ plays his own tracks and we finish up sidelines we will definitely then interact with the crowd and get as many people dancing as possible. We talk and dance with fans throughout the day, which is part of making their game day experience so special!

Gotham City Cheerleaders

Gotham City Cheerleaders

5. You ladies get to interact with the fans on a different level than most cheerleaders, what is the most fun activity you have been asked to do, while roaming the tailgates? (Example: Throwing footballs? Playing corn-hole? Karoke?)

It is definitely a different and more intimate experience with fans. We get to really talk to them about the game, their favorite players, who they think is going to win that day and why. You create a rapport with the fans and they remember the team, the GCC, for the next time. Fans start to really look forward to seeing the Gotham City Cheerleaders at home games!

I would say throwing footballs with young kids or letting young girls dance with our pom poms was always a highlight. They light up and are so excited to spend time with us! I remember being a young girl watching the older girls in my studio dancing and doing amazing things and it may be cliché, but I wanted to be just like them. All of the sudden I am one of those “big girls” being an example of living out a dream. It is very exciting and humbling to know that we are making their day!

6. While watching some of your YouTube videos it looks like some of your dances are from the cheer camp in Hot-Atlanta, called All-Pro, which encompasses cheer and dance teams from NFL, NBA, NHL and even teams overseas!!!! Are there any other camps that you all attend?

Yes! We love the All-Pro Convention! It is such a great experience to be surrounded by so many women who love to dance and perform just the same, as well as a chance to work with such amazing choreographers. It is a fast and furious weekend, but you come back as a team with so many great routines to share with the rest of the girls back at home.

Gotham City Cheerleaders at MetLife Stadium

Gotham City Cheerleaders at MetLife Stadium

7. I commend all you ladies for what you are doing. You are making a stand, which in today’s society, is something less and less people do, you are not backing down when requests are not answered, instead you continue to push and work for your dream. I know there are some hard days, where people are not as pleasant, what makes you keep pushing to your dream of one day dancing on the field at half-time and/or for pre-game?

It isn’t easy, there are times in this situation that some may feel discouraged, but ultimately it’s about leadership. Our director, Ana De Villegas, has been in the dance world for many years. She herself is a performer and knows the ins and outs of auditioning and how give and take the business can be. In my eyes she is a business woman set out to start something fresh, innovative, and exciting!

The addition of the Gotham City Cheerleaders to Metlife Stadium for the New York Giants pregame and halftime performance would add such spirit to the game day experience. Knowing that a group of women can afflict so much energy to a stadium full of people is an amazing feeling. Why give that fight up? We want to be the first group of women to be classified as part of the NY Giants family. We want to stand on that field and know that we did all that it took to get there. Ana has come a long way with making this team possible and there is no chance on giving up now!

8. Is it right that you ladies have to wear an off color from the official team colors of the Giants? Do you buy your own tickets to the game? Do you all usually attend the games?

Our uniforms are red, white and blue, which was done first and foremost as a symbol of te American tradition of football and cheerleaders. I think it’s a beautiful coincidence that our team colors match that of the Giants! While the Cowboys can be considered “America’s Team” we are “America’s Dream Team”. New York is where you come to turn your aspirations into a reality. What a wonderful aspiration to open up another avenue like field during Giants games for New York performers.

Some of the girls attend games after we perform, others watch with friends and family! Depends on the day, but we all love to attend the games!

9. What was the deciding factor on the name of Gotham City Cheerleaders from the Unofficials?

The “Unofficials” kicked off the inaugural year of the team to raise awareness that we were not the “official” team for the Giants. There was so much support both in and out of the stadium, but we did not want to create confusion or do anything that would hinder our communications with the Giants. “Gotham” was then released once our team was established. Like in the fictional story of Batman (inspired by the City of New York), we are here as loyal members of our community and fans of our home team, the New York Giants. We are there win or lose!

10. The team started in 2011 by a former Washington Redskins cheerleader, Ana De Villegas, operating like any official NFL cheer team would. What made her want to try for it?

I think this is something she would have to answer, but from my time on the team, I can imagine that she felt compelled to come back to her rootes and cheer for a team she grew up with. Plus, being an advocate for New York and being side by side with those fans is an incredible feeling. Not only having that experience, but igniting this team broadens the dance world, gives more young women a chance to be a part of something new and positive. This is a stepping stone and a door opener for young women who are on the path to start a career in the dance world.

I would think that this team for Ana is that chance that she is giving women that someone gave her at one point. It’s a chance for her to be behind the table and guiding others after many years of being in their shoes. She knows the business and she is now involved in a way where she can pass on her experiences to others, and that’s what the Gotham City Cheerleaders are all about.

11. Your coach spoke about how, “The main job of a cheerleader is community service.” What were some of the most humbling community service events you were able to be a part of?

We contribute to a lot of charitable events, but one that really stands out was the Bolts Game where the entire team performed and helped raise money for the Brooklyn chapter of the American Cancer Society. It was a really amazing night because it was in celebration of the new Brooklyn Bolts team as well raising money for such an important cause. There were so many people intrigued to know more about our team and so happy we were there!

It’s important as professional dancers as well as in life to give back. We are a group of women that consistently take the time out as a team to support New York and all the wonderful aspects of our city. That night was one of those truly memorable evenings!

12. What’s the difference between the G Team and Ref Squad? Do you have more teams?

G- Team is the Gotham City Cheerleaders full performance squad. The Ref Squad is no longer differentiated from the full team, but they started as a group of women who were dedicated solely to promotions and charity work, while they continued to train in dance.

We now have our stunt and variety show team as well as our Pro Club. The “Club” is our training program that runs throughout the season for any dancer that wants to continue training before audition season. It’s the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive training program based on professional cheerleading. This team also gets to perform during our Calendar Release Party and members can try to audition for the GCC throughout the season! It’s a very unique opportunity!

13. How do you all prep for the winter months? What do you do to keep warm during the winter games?

As for the winter games we have really fun black track jackets that say “Gotham City Cheerleaders” on the back in red, white, and blue rhinestones, black leggings, and of course our signature white boots. Winter or not we don’t go anywhere without our boots and poms! We did just get new poms this year. We used bright red ones in the beginning of the season and changed it up to these fluffy white and blue ones. They look great while performing, we all couldn’t wait to finally use them on game day!

Gotham City Cheerleader Photo Shoot14. Your calendar last year, showcased what you all do outside of cheerleading? What did that mean to you? What was

the feedback from fans? Your photo was in a lab, so I am assuming you are a chemist? What is your job outside of cheerleading?

Last year’s calendar showcased how not only the Gotham City Cheerleaders, but all woman performing for the NFL, NHL, NBA, USSF as well as all the other organizations have other passions as well. It was a calendar to highlight the many years of schooling that we have all had in other fields. My photoshoot was in representation of one of the girls on the team, she double majored in dance and biology. Some of our shoots represented other girls on the team. One fun fact is that there is an incredible organizations of current and former cheerleaders dedicated to science, math and technology. They are the Science Cheerleaders and perhaps our shoot was also inspired by all the work they do in their field.

As for the feedback from the fans, they absolutely loved it! It was a new take on an NFL Cheerleader calendar and I think it was refreshing for fans.

I attended Pace University for acting and dance, so I just jumped right into character and embodied a scientist. Maybe in my past life I was a chemist!
As of right now I am employed at the Soho House New York in the membership department. I have been working in hospitality throughout my time in NYC and while going through college. Being in the hospitality industry has really enhanced my communication skills and the ability to interact confidently with a number of people. I also have been teaching dance in a studio in Brooklyn. As well as teaching, I am actively pursuing a career in the performing arts, be it in the pro Cheer/dance world, theater, and/or singing.

15. What are the most important lessons you have learned from the Gotham City Cheerleaders?

Being a part of the Gotham City Cheerleaders has given me such a sense of direction. From the start of the season it was clear that the level of commitment I would need to have was much different than other performance opportunities I have held in the past. Being a part of a team is never about one sole individual, it is about a unit of people coming together to accomplish the same goal. It’s about a group of women empowering each other to achieve more than they thought was possible. Pro cheer/dance gives young women an opportunity to perform, give back to their community, make lifelong friends, and enhance their professional careers as dancers.

 

Gillian, Ana and all the Gotham City Cheerleaders are fighters in my eyes.  They are making history, and I hope one day the New York Giants give them the chance they deserve, the chance to be the official cheerleaders of the New York Giants because in my eyes they already are.  If you have never gotten a chance to see these ladies check out their website athttp://gothamcitycheerleaders.com

Follow me on Twitter, IG and Facebook @MorganMoeDean

 

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When No One Takes The Credit, That is What This is All About -Fellowship for Christian Athletes http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/one-takes-credit-fellowship-christian-athletes/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/one-takes-credit-fellowship-christian-athletes/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:39:03 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156261 Football isn’t just about football. It starts with the man under the mask. The man grounded in faith who uses platform without seeking credit. “When no one takes the credit, that is what this is all about,” Fellowship for Christian Athletes, San Diego County Director, Colin Sinclair said.Darrell Stuckey (29)

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Darrell Stuckey, Chargers Team Captian, Pro Bowl 2015

This was exactly what the 200 local San Diegans came out to experience at the Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA). Technique to play ball and inspiration to live like Jesus led by Sinclair alongside Chargers Darrell Stuckey, Jimmy Wilson, Nick Novak and Bucs Vincent Brown.

“Came here with an open heart and big smile, ready to have fun. Gave kids an opportunity that might not get the opportunity to go to a professional athlete’s camp,” the 2015 Pro Bowler Stuckey said.

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Jimmy Wilson, San Diego Local, Charger came from Dolphins

Born and raised San Diegan Jimmy Wilson explained how it felt to be involved with the FCA camp. “It’s great hearing kids say Jesus is in their life. I am glad they see that reflecting off of me. I want them all to keep doing good and keep obeying Jesus.”

Wilson has had a tough journey and even went to jail under false premises on his way to fulfill his NFL calling. During the camp expressed a little of his testimony to the kids, “I had a real, real ruff journey into the NFL. It wasn’t till I found God it became a lot easier. I stopped living for myself and living for God.”

“The players today told me they were nobodies, but with God they became a ‘somebody’. It showed me that I can be capable with the Word of God. Vincent even spoke to me after camp, he made this cool,” Reggie Brooks of Lincoln High School said about his experience.

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Vincent Brown, Colts

The Christ focused players really made an impact on the kids far deeper then their hearts.

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Nick Novak, Chargers Kicker

“Today,Darrell stood out to me because we are similar and we connected right away. He is a good man. I liked Nick Novak,too. He is a great player and person,”15 year old Brooks said. “I learned from both of these guys to put God first and everything else will fall into place.”

“My favorite part today was working with Jimmy Wilson doing cornerback drills, but also over here hearing him say to focus on the Lord to lead us the right way,” expressed Donavan Scott of Grossmont High School.

Stuckey clearly made an impression on Andrew Gaston, a young man he met at church. “In the time that I have met Darrell, I have realized he is a good father and husband. I look up to all these players to day but mostly because of the Godly men that they are.”

For more on FCA, visit their website www.FCA.org.

Below are a few snap shots of the time the players spent connecting with the kids. Stuckey Jr even made a special appearance on the field rocking #25 like his pops.

 

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NFL: Remaining AFC North Team Needs http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-remaining-afc-north-team-needs/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-remaining-afc-north-team-needs/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:33:15 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156053 In the article about the NFC West we talked about how good the level of playing was for all four teams, which would make that division fun to watch. Even though the four teams in the AFC North may not as a whole be on the same level as the NFC West, it was still the closest division in football and I don’t think this year will be any different. The Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers are known for rough, tough, punch you in the face football. As all four teams try to strengthen their grip on a crazy division, they all have made some good strides in the offseason. Below are the Remaining AFC North Team Needs.

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Baltimore Ravens – I recently said the Miami Dolphins were the 1st team that I came across that had no identifiable large team need. Well, I’ve run into my 2nd team and the Baltimore Ravens filled their two biggest holes with their 1st two picks if the draft. By drafting Breshad Perriman in the 1st round, they will be filling the gap left by Torrey Smith. When they came back in round two and selected the consensus top TE Maxx Williams, they ensured that the Ravens will be a top team to deal with this year. Ravens fans have a lot to look forward to this year.

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Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals already had one of the most talented rosters in the league. That was the reason I picked them to go to the Superbowl last year. With their play of their o-line and d-line, they took a big step back. With the additions of OT Cedric Ogbuehi and OT Jake Fisher to go with a healthy Geno Atkins, the Bengals are back to being scary good. The draft filled their need at OT and they can now move around the other linemen to fill their other need at Center. There still is one more spot that I think they need to address:

Defensive Tackle – This is only a need because Domata Peko took a step back last year. With Atkins being Atkins, it may free up Peko more and allow him to be back to being the big run stuffer that he was in previous years.

NFL Draft

Cleveland Browns – A lot of people liked the Browns draft, I didn’t. I had the Browns listed as having five big team needs before the draft and I don’t think they legitimately addressed any of them. Don’t get me wrong, the players they DID get have loads of talent. Danny Shelton, who was my favorite defensive player in the draft, and Cameron Erving, who was the best Center in the draft, were both GREAT picks, I just don’t think it was picks that they needed to help this team. They truly stayed to best player available, but because of that, they still have big holes at the following positions:

Quarterback – They didn’t even try to take a project QB like Brent Hundley, Bryce Petty, or Sean Mannion. They will start the year with Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel as their backup (sigh).

Wide Receiver – With Josh Gordon gone for who knows how long, this was another position of great need. They didn’t take one until round four and the starters will be Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline (sign again).

Tight End – The Brown lost Jordan Cameron and currently has Arizona Cardinals castoff Rob Housler as their starter, who has never topped 45 catches, or 454 yards, and has 1 career TD in four years as a pro (you know what I’m doing).

Right Tackle – Even though they took an OL in Erving, he has played Guard and Tackle before, so this may not be as big of a need, but he isn’t as good at Guard or Tackle as he is at Center, so to me, it’s still wasted talent.

Inside Linebacker – Okay, I may be picking on them a little here. However, Karlos Dansby isn’t getting any younger (33) and his started to curtail down last year.

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Pittsburgh Steelers – I’m going to judge the Steelers draft off of needs met rather than talent for their positions. First off, I want to say Bud Dupree was arguably the steal of the draft and is my pick to win defensive rookie of the year. Other than that, they did fill a need at CB with 2nd round pick Senquez Golson, and another need a Safety with 7th round pick Gerod Holliman, who ranged on draft boards from the 2nd round to undrafted. WR Sammie Coates was another steal at a position they are already stacked at. So with all of those picks, it left them with one more position needed:

Right Tackle – I’m very surprised that the Steelers didn’t take a tackle in this draft. I thought the 3rd or 4th round would have been a perfect spot for them to do so. They decided to stick with best player available and took Coates. Is that a bad sign for Markus Wheaton?

The biggest part about the AFC North is stability. Other than the Browns, everything from the front office, to the coaches, to the players screams stability. We’ve seen John Harbaugh on the Raven’s sidelines for 7 years already, Marvin Lewis on the Bengal’s sidelines for a remarkable 12 years already, and Mike Tomlin for 8 years already. This is a division where homefield advantage doesn’t exist, secret plays are laughed at and blood and heart mean everything. Welcome to the AFC North, the blood and sweat division of the NFL.

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Sports and Social Impact Summit Empowers Global Leaders http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/sports-and-social-impact-summit-empowers-global-leaders/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/sports-and-social-impact-summit-empowers-global-leaders/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:52:57 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156326 IMG_2615

BRADENTON- Robbie Gordon receives a bullet pass and swivels to the right to charge towards his basketball at the far end of the court. He suddenly swerves left to avoid a defender. He charges diagonally to his left side as two players come swiftly towards him. He feels the heat but does not lose his cool as he releases a bomb high in the air. It spins, curves, and suddenly banks to the left. Just enough to swoosh the basketball! 

“No way,” responds one opposing defense player. 

Gordon defies the odds by hitting an impossible shot from the confines of his wheelchair especially built for handicapped individuals to play basketball.

Gordon’s spirit is the epitome of what has been going on in the Bradenton area for the last two weeks due an international initiative by the United Nations. 

Global Action Initiatives shined the international spotlight on the Bradenton community as it hosted forty-seven young adults from around the world and the United States at the International Sport & Social Impact Summit held at IMG Academy over the last two weeks.

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The event, the United Nations Office for Development and Peace Youth Summit Programme hosted by Global Action Initiatives uses sports as the venue for training the 18 to 28 year olds who apply to be the world’s next generation of grass-roots leaders to address continental, social and economic issues and to train  others about community development and world peace.

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Over a two-week period, the young adults selected for the Summit got the opportunity to take sports clinics in baseball, basketball, ice skating, hockey, rugby, soccer, sled hockey, tennis, wheelchair baseball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair tennis. The Summit participants worked with Olympic, Paralympic, and Professional athletes who taught the sports workshops. Several of the athletes involved in Summit training are now residents of Bradenton and the surrounding Tampa Bay Area. 

IMG_2639“I’ve been here in the Bradenton area since 2002,” said Mark Ladwig, the 35-year old paired figure skater who has won six national metals, a couple of international metals, and who went to World’s competition twice and to the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. Ladwig is now a prominent trainer at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. During a session on Saturday, June 13th, he worked with beginning ice skaters as well as ice skaters in wheelchairs.

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“It’s a cradle to grave kind of sport,” said Ladwig. He later noted how some Summit participants who entered the Ice Rink for the very first time started to gain more and more confidence as their balance improved on the ice.  The participants at the Ellenton Ice Skating workshop also had the opportunity to be inspired by a group of Paralympic ice skaters. The female Paralympic ice skater epitomized how the drive to play the sport inspired her to keep reaching for the stars.

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“I’m gonna end up getting a Ph. D in neuroscience (because) that’s what I like doing.” She said. The American Paralympic athlete currently teaches online. 

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Just up the road at the Premier Sports Campus, an estimated fifteen Rugby teams both collegiate and community sports clubs competed in the state’s Invasion Sevens Rugby competition. High School Rugby teams had the opportunity to participate in live-match mentoring from PRUSA L3 Certified Coaches and Coach Educators Dominic Wareing and Mark Griffin. 

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Rounding out the busy Saturday itinerary were traditional basketball and wheelchair basketball clinics held by current and former football stars like   Mark Brunell (Super Bowl NFL Champion with New Orleans Saints,  3–time pro bowl quarterback, and ESPN analyst) featuring: Carlton Mitchell (Current NFL Player Cleveland Browns); Doug Martin (Current NFL Player Tampa); Bay Buccaneers); Louis Murphy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers); and Jerry Bell (Former NFL Player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Over a dozen football and basketball pros worked with participants in basketball clinics on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Sunday’s sports clinic wound down the IMG Academy Soccer practice field.

Several of the foreign Summit participants participating in the Soccer clinics expressed the desire to use what they have learned about sports and leadership to improve their community. 

“We use sports to reconnect and empower young people and communities,” said Linn Sambili from Kenya. Sambili said the application process was tedious but worth the effort. She is a part of the International Women’s Working Group. 

IMG_2589“What I want to gain mostly (from this experience) is inspiration and experience of how sports can change the world…and I think I’ve gotten a feel of how it can be done through community-based organizations like Shake-A-Leg Miami,“ said Keenefe Katisenge from Botswana. Katisenge’s main sport is Chess because she likes the challenge of mind games.

Young women attending UN Sports Fest IMG_2590 IMG_2572 IMG_2576 IMG_2587 IMG_2591 IMG_2593 IMG_2619Nina Francisco, a Global Ambassador for Empowering Women by 2020, is from Angola. “I am committed to the social sustainability of girls and women all over the world and part of that includes sports,” said Francisco. 

Oscar Ramirez is a migrant from Mexico who currently lives in California.  “My organization, Soccer Without Borders, works with refugees…from my country and we use sports as a tool for them to engage in society,” said Ramirez. Ramirez punctuated his experiences at the Summit in one sentence 

“One of the most important things I have learned is how necessary it is to be a community.”  

The Summit  concluded with an awards dinner, picture signing, and commemorative cake for the participants and trainers last Friday evening, June 19th.

Participants headed back to their home states and countries the next day, Saturday, June 20th. 

Story and images by By Allen A. Buchanan 

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Here is our first look at the top 1000 seniors in this year’s draft. The class is led by a strong group of linemen and linebackers in the top 15, along with two quarterbacks who grade out very closely.

 

Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner leads the way after a junior campaign in which he could have been a top 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

 

The quarterback class is much better this year with USC’s Cody Kessler and Michigan State’s Connor Cook leading the way.

 

We don’t view Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman as a likely top 15-20 pick when underclassmen are included but we do believe he will not last past the top 40 picks because of his elite size.

 

We currently rank 184 seniors with a 7th round or better projection and have not included underclassmen in our rankings.

 

Below is the top 1000 seniors with their round projection based on how we view the draft to go if underclassmen were included.

 

 

TOP 1000 SENIORS

Overall Pos First Name Last Name School HT WT Projection
1 DE DeForest Buckner Oregon 6’7 281 1st
2 ILB Reggie Ragland Alabama 6’1 258 1st
3 DE Shilique Calhoun Michigan State 6’5 251 1st
4 OT Taylor Decker Ohio State 6’8 320 1st
5 OLB Jordan Jenkins Georgia 6’3 254 1st
6 QB Cody Kessler Southern California 6’1 217 1st-2nd
7 DT Adolphus Washington Ohio State 6’4 302 1st-2nd
8 DT Sheldon Day Notre Dame 6’1 280 1st-2nd
9 QB Connor Cook Michigan State 6’4 216 1st-2nd
10 DE Shawn Oakman Baylor 6’7 258 1st-2nd
11 WR D’haquille Williams Auburn 6’2 224 2nd
12 OLB Dadi Nicolas Virginia Tech 6’3 233 2nd
13 CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun Minnesota 5’9 190 2nd
14 TE Nick Vannett Ohio State 6’6 260 2nd
15 OT John Theus Georgia 6’6 292 2nd
16 SS Jeremy Cash Duke 6’1 209 2nd
17 RB Jonathan Williams Arkansas 6’0 211 2nd
18 CB Will Redmond Mississippi State 5’11 183 2nd
19 OG Cody Whitehair Kansas State 6’4 301 2nd-3rd
20 CB Kevon Seymour Southern California 6’0 184 2nd-3rd
21 WR Josh Doctson TCU 6’2 193 2nd-3rd
22 DE Sheldon Rankins Louisville 6’1 304 2nd-3rd
23 ILB Cassanova McKinzy Auburn 6’1 264 2nd-3rd
24 OT Jason Spriggs Indiana 6’6 292 2nd-3rd
25 FS Jalen Mills LSU 6’0 197 2nd-3rd
26 RB Devontae Butler-Booker Utah 5’11 208 2nd-3rd
27 DT Anthony Zettel Penn State 6’4 278 2nd-3rd
28 OLB Curt Maggitt Tennessee 6’4 247 2nd-3rd
29 C Max Tuerk Southern California 6’6 269 2nd-3rd
30 DT Jarran Reed Alabama 6’4 313 2nd-3rd
31 ILB Blake Martinez Stanford 6’1 236 3rd
32 OG Vadal Alexander LSU 6’5 334 3rd
33 DE Drew Ott Iowa 6’5 272 3rd
34 SS Elijah Shumate Notre Dame 6’1 212 3rd
35 FS Darian Thompson Boise State 6’2 204 3rd
36 WR Sterling Shepard Oklahoma 5’10 191 3rd
37 OT Tyler Johnstone Oregon 6’6 293 3rd
38 DE Charles Tapper Oklahoma 6’5 276 3rd
39 DE Corey Marshall Virginia Tech 6’1 260 3rd
40 OLB Jared Norris Utah 6’1 232 3rd-4th
41 OG Christian Westerman Arizona State 6’3 300 3rd-4th
42 OLB Antonio Morrison Florida 6’1 226 3rd-4th
43 WR Devon Cajuste Stanford 6’3 216 3rd-4th
44 DT Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech 6’5 287 3rd-4th
45 CB Jordan Lucas Penn State 6’0 198 3rd-4th
46 OT Kyle Murphy Stanford 6’7 286 3rd-4th
47 C Evan Boehm Missouri 6’2 312 3rd-4th
48 RB Kenneth Dixon Louisiana Tech 5’10 213 3rd-4th
49 CB Lloyd Carrington Arizona State 5’11 190 3rd-4th
50 DE Eddie Yarbrough Wyoming 6’3 253 3rd-4th
51 WR Leonte Carroo Rutgers 6’0 211 4th
52 WR D.J. Foster Arizona State 5’11 193 4th
53 OLB Terrance Smith Florida State 6’3 234 4th
54 SS Miles Killebrew Southern Utah 6’2 224 4th
55 WR Nelson Spruce Colorado 6’1 196 4th
56 OLB Kyler Fackrell Utah State 6’5 246 4th
57 OG Vi Teofilo Arizona State 6’3 305 4th
58 QB Dak Prescott Mississippi State 6’2 233 4th
59 CB Fabian Moreau UCLA 6’0 186 4th
60 OT Spencer Drango Baylor 6’6 309 4th
61 CB William Jackson Houston 6’1 185 4th
62 DT Vernon Butler Louisiana Tech 6’4 316 4th
63 ILB Reggie Northrup Florida State 6’1 224 4th
64 RB Daniel Lasco California 6’1 207 4th
65 DT Connor Wujciak Boston College 6’2 301 4th
66 FS Deon Bush Miami 6’1 202 4th
67 DE Jonathan Bullard Florida 6’3 283 4th
68 OLB Joshua Perry Ohio State 6’4 248 4th-5th
69 SS Karl Joseph West Virginia 5’10 191 4th-5th
70 OLB Eric Striker Oklahoma 6’0 216 4th-5th
71 OLB Kris Frost Auburn 6’2 244 4th-5th
72 CB Maurice Canady Virginia 6’1 184 4th-5th
73 C Ryan Kelly Alabama 6’4 302 4th-5th
74 TE Pharaoh Brown Oregon 6’5 250 4th-5th
75 OT Jordan Swindle Kentucky 6’7 307 4th-5th
76 FS Tevin Carter Utah 6’1 222 4th-5th
77 CB Jonathan Jones Auburn 5’9 182 4th-5th
78 OG Landon Turner North Carolina 6’4 325 4th-5th
79 DT Nile Lawrence-Stample Florida State 6’1 326 4th-5th
80 ILB Joe Bolden Michigan 6’4 231 4th-5th
81 DT Luther Maddy Virginia Tech 6’0 298 4th-5th
82 WR Tajae Sharpe Massachusetts 6’2 189 4th-5th
83 DE Mario Ojemudia Michigan 6’4 246 4th-5th
84 RB Leon Allen Western Kentucky 5’10 235 4th-5th
85 FS Jamie Byrd South Florida 5’10 181 4th-5th
86 WR Kolby Listenbee TCU 6’1 181 5th
87 OLB Montese Overton East Carolina 6’2 219 5th
88 WR Byron Marshall Oregon 5’10 205 5th
89 OLB Pete Robertson Texas Tech 6’3 231 5th
90 CB Taveze Calhoun Mississippi State 6’0 177 5th
91 TE Jerell Adams South Carolina 6’5 230 5th
92 C Nick Martin Notre Dame 6’4 297 5th
93 QB Carson Wentz North Dakota State 6’5 235 5th
94 OLB Antonio Longino Arizona State 6’1 221 5th
95 OT Joe Haeg North Dakota State 6’6 303 5th
96 WR Jordan Payton UCLA 6’0 206 5th
97 CB Cyrus Jones Alabama 5’10 196 5th
98 CB Kevin Peterson Oklahoma State 5’11 176 5th
99 OG Parker Ehinger Cincinnati 6’6 308 5th
100 DE LaMichael Fanning Jacksonville State 6’8 271 5th
101 DT Lawrence Thomas Michigan State 6’4 310 5th
102 OG Aaron Morris Mississippi 6’5 311 5th
103 ILB Zeek Bigger East Carolina 6’1 213 5th
104 FS Doug Middleton Appalachian State 6’0 210 5th
105 RB Josh Ferguson Illinois 5’10 198 5th-6th
106 OT Le’Raven Clark Texas Tech 6’5 299 5th-6th
107 TE Bryce Williams East Carolina 6’6 250 5th-6th
108 WR Mekale McKay Cincinnati 6’3 204 5th-6th
109 WR Chris Brown Notre Dame 6’2 191 5th-6th
110 SS R.J. Williamson Michigan State 6’0 211 5th-6th
111 CB Duke Thomas Texas 5’10 171 5th-6th
112 QB Braxton Miller Ohio State 6’1 210 5th-6th
113 CB Ken Crawley Colorado 6’0 174 5th-6th
114 CB D.J. White Georgia Tech 5’11 188 5th-6th
115 OLB Tyler Matakevich Temple 6’0 233 5th-6th
116 DE Jihad Ward Illinois 6’6 294 5th-6th
117 DT Matt Ioannidis Temple 6’3 291 5th-6th
118 OLB DeVondre Campbell Minnesota 6’3 240 5th-6th
119 RB Brandon Wilds South Carolina 6’1 225 5th-6th
120 OG Joseph Cheek Texas A&M 6’6 311 5th-6th
121 DT D.J. Reader Clemson 6’3 346 5th-6th
122 DE Victor Ochi Stony Brook 6’2 241 5th-6th
123 WR Chris King Duquesne 6’0 202 6th
124 OT Brandon Shell South Carolina 6’6 325 6th
125 C Nick Kelly Arizona State 6’2 295 6th
126 WR Seth DeValve Princeton 6’3 249 6th
127 CB Eric Murray Minnesota 5’10 196 6th
128 OT Tyler Marz Wisconsin 6’7 318 6th
129 QB Kevin Hogan Stanford 6’4 211 6th
130 CB Blake Countess Auburn 5’9 181 6th
131 C Austin Blythe Iowa 6’2 288 6th
132 SS Kevin Byard Middle Tennessee State 5’11 222 6th
133 DE Ufomba Kamalu Miami 6’5 291 6th
134 DE Jason Fanaika Utah 6’2 269 6th
135 OLB James Ross III Michigan 6’1 226 6th
136 DT Devaunte Sigler Jacksonville State 6’4 311 6th
137 OT Keith Lumpkin Rutgers 6’7 317 6th
138 OLB Josh Forrest Kentucky 6’3 238 6th
139 DT Hershey Walton Temple 6’3 312 6th
140 RB Kenyan Drake Alabama 6’0 212 6th
141 FS Demond Smith Georgia Tech 5’11 192 6th
142 RB Storm Woods Oregon State 5’11 201 6th
143 OLB Ed Davis Michigan State 6’2 230 6th
144 DT Melvin Lewis Kentucky 6’2 340 6th
145 TE Tyler Higbee Western Kentucky 6’5 243 6th-7th
146 K Brad Craddock Maryland 6’0 193 6th-7th
147 WR Jaydon Mickens Washington 5’10 172 6th-7th
148 TE Steven Scheu Vanderbilt 6’6 250 6th-7th
149 WR Darrin Peterson Liberty 6’2 206 6th-7th
150 CB Frankie Williams Purdue 5’9 187 6th-7th
151 OG Nate Theaker Wayne State (MI) 6’4 303 6th-7th
152 CB DeAndre Houston-Carson William & Mary 6’0 188 6th-7th
153 FB Devon Johnson Marshall 6’1 243 6th-7th
154 ILB Kentrell Brothers Missouri 6’0 243 6th-7th
155 C Jack Allen Michigan State 6’2 296 6th-7th
156 SS Jordan Simone Arizona State 5’11 190 6th-7th
157 DE James Cowser Southern Utah 6’3 244 6th-7th
158 OG Rees Odhiambo Boise State 6’4 301 6th-7th
159 DE Theiren Cockran Minnesota 6’5 252 6th-7th
160 OG Graham Glasgow Michigan 6’6 296 6th-7th
161 DT David Dean Virginia 6’1 290 6th-7th
162 OLB Bronson Kaufusi BYU 6’6 252 6th-7th
163 RB Paul James Rutgers 6’0 206 6th-7th
164 DT Joel Heath Michigan State 6’6 291 6th-7th
165 RB Aaron Green TCU 5’11 202 6th-7th
166 OT Gavin Andrews Oregon State 6’5 341 6th-7th
167 OLB Travis Feeney Washington 6’3 225 6th-7th
168 ILB Nick Kwiatkoski West Virginia 6’2 236 7th
169 WR Alonzo Russell Toledo 6’4 201 7th
170 WR Ed Eagan Northwestern State 5’10 188 7th
171 WR Chris Moore Cincinnati 6’1 203 7th
172 OG Josh Garnett Stanford 6’4 315 7th
173 CB Trevor Williams Penn State 6’0 195 7th
174 TE Ryan Malleck Virginia Tech 6’4 243 7th
175 FS Jamal Golden Georgia Tech 5’11 190 7th
176 CB Kenya Dennis Missouri 5’11 196 7th
177 FS Sean Davis Maryland 6’1 200 7th
178 DE Caleb Azubike Vanderbilt 6’4 253 7th
179 DT Javon Hargrave South Carolina State 6’1 309 7th
180 DE Sterling Bailey Georgia 6’4 277 7th
181 RB Tre Madden Southern California 6’0 236 7th
182 OT Joe Gore Clemson 6’6 283 7th
183 OLB Tyriq McCord Miami 6’3 230 7th
184 OLB Kevin Anderson Stanford 6’4 236 7th
185 ILB James Burgess Louisville 6’0 227 7th-PFA
186 TE Kyle Carter Penn State 6’3 244 7th-PFA
187 QB Jacoby Brissett North Carolina State 6’3 230 7th-PFA
188 C Jake Brendel UCLA 6’3 286 7th-PFA
189 QB Trevone Boykin TCU 6’0 211 7th-PFA
190 QB Mike Bercovici Arizona State 6’0 202 7th-PFA
191 C Marcus Henry Boise State 6’3 294 7th-PFA
192 P Tom Hackett Utah 5’11 201 7th-PFA
193 ILB C.J. Johnson Mississippi 6’2 236 7th-PFA
194 QB Travis Wilson Utah 6’7 217 7th-PFA
195 SS Michael Caputo Wisconsin 6’0 200 7th-PFA
196 P Drew Kaser Texas A&M 6’3 206 7th-PFA
197 WR Quenton Bundrage Iowa State 6’1 192 7th-PFA
198 WR Devin Fuller UCLA 5’11 186 7th-PFA
199 WR Bryce Treggs California 6’0 185 7th-PFA
200 WR Jamal Robinson Louisiana Lafayette 6’2 205 7th-PFA
201 DT Derrick Mitchell Jr. Florida State 6’5 301 7th-PFA
202 CB Anthony Brown Purdue 6’0 187 7th-PFA
203 DT Antwaun Woods Southern California 6’1 323 7th-PFA
204 ILB Raphael Kirby Miami 6’1 235 7th-PFA
205 OG Jamison Lalk Iowa State 6’5 305 7th-PFA
206 K John Lunsford Liberty 6’1 205 7th-PFA
207 OG Connor McGovern Missouri 6’4 305 7th-PFA
208 DE Romeo Okwara Notre Dame 6’5 258 7th-PFA
209 OT Arturo Uzdavinis Tulane 6’7 308 7th-PFA
210 DE Matt Judon Grand Valley State 6’3 250 7th-PFA
211 OT Alex Lewis Nebraska 6’6 300 7th-PFA
212 CB Kweishi Brown Arizona State 5’10 206 7th-PFA
213 OG Clint Van Horn Marshall 6’5 294 7th-PFA
214 CB Tracy Howard Miami 5’10 183 7th-PFA
215 FS Justin Simmons Boston College 6’3 194 7th-PFA
216 OLB Graham Stewart Connecticut 6’1 228 7th-PFA
217 OLB Cory Littleton Washington 6’3 226 7th-PFA
218 TE J.P. Holtz Pittsburgh 6’3 242 7th-PFA
219 WR Cody Core Mississippi 6’3 196 7th-PFA
220 WR Mitch Mathews BYU 6’6 213 7th-PFA
221 C Robert Kugler Purdue 6’3 294 7th-PFA
222 RB Tra Carson Texas A&M 5’11 231 7th-PFA
223 TE Dillon Gordon LSU 6’4 300 7th-PFA
224 WR Hunter Sharp Utah State 5’11 197 7th-PFA
225 WR Marcus Leak Maryland 5’11 216 7th-PFA
226 SS Tyler Hunter Florida State 5’11 201 7th-PFA
227 WR Dom Williams Washington State 6’2 194 7th-PFA
228 TE Jake McGee Florida 6’5 248 7th-PFA
229 ILB Kyrie Wilson Fresno State 6’1 246 7th-PFA
230 C Anthony Fabiano Harvard 6’4 298 7th-PFA
231 TE Kivon Cartwright Colorado State 6’3 241 7th-PFA
232 FB Trayion Durham Kent State 6’0 246 7th-PFA
233 WR Keon Hatcher Arkansas 6’1 200 7th-PFA
234 TE Caleb Smith Oregon State 6’6 269 7th-PFA
235 RB Johnathan Gray Texas 5’11 211 PFA
236 K Ross Martin Duke 5’9 179 PFA
237 K Marshall Morgan Georgia 6’2 197 PFA
238 DT Delvon Simmons Southern California 6’5 295 PFA
239 QB Josh Woodrum Liberty 6’3 236 PFA
240 TE Tim Brown West Chester 6’2 225 PFA
241 P Jamie Keehn LSU 6’3 225 PFA
242 DT Desmond Jackson Texas 6’0 301 PFA
243 WR Johnny Holton Cincinnati 6’1 190 PFA
244 QB Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky 6’3 216 PFA
245 OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai TCU 6’6 296 PFA
246 WR Jared Dangerfield Western Kentucky 6’2 211 PFA
247 DE Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas 6’5 266 PFA
248 C Mike Matthews Texas A&M 6’2 286 PFA
249 RB Marshaun Coprich Illinois State 5’8 197 PFA
250 WR Dez Stewart Ohio Dominican 6’1 190 PFA
251 QB Nate Sudfeld Indiana 6’6 234 PFA
252 WR Malcolm Mitchell Georgia 6’0 193 PFA
253 C Kyle Friend Temple 6’1 293 PFA
254 DE Ron Thompson Syracuse 6’3 254 PFA
255 CB James Bradberry Samford 6’0 213 PFA
256 WR Karnorris Benson Western Carolina 6’1 203 PFA
257 CB Trey Caldwell Louisiana Monroe 5’9 188 PFA
258 OG Darrell Greene San Diego State 6’3 330 PFA
259 CB Cre-von LeBlanc Florida Atlantic 5’10 194 PFA
260 DT Kyle Rose West Virginia 6’4 293 PFA
261 ILB Jason Whittingham Utah 6’2 245 PFA
262 CB LeShaun Sims Southern Utah 6’1 197 PFA
263 FB Quayvon Hicks Georgia 6’1 253 PFA
264 ILB Anthony Sarao Southern California 6’0 233 PFA
265 WR Kenneth Scott Utah 6’2 210 PFA
266 SS Trent Matthews Colorado State 6’1 209 PFA
267 DT Rykeem Yates Nevada 6’1 282 PFA
268 QB Taysom Hill BYU 6’2 228 PFA
269 CB Matt Smalley Lafayette 5’10 184 PFA
270 ILB Desmond Morgan Michigan 6’1 226 PFA
271 OT Pearce Slater San Diego State 6’7 333 PFA
272 C Garrick Mayweather Jr. Fordham 6’3 321 PFA
273 CB Brian Poole Florida 5’10 210 PFA
274 DT Josh Tupou Colorado 6’3 321 PFA
275 OG Torian White Hampton 6’6 299 PFA
276 OT Ramadan Ahmeti Central Michigan 6’6 297 PFA
277 CB Ronald Zamort Western Michigan 5’10 173 PFA
278 OT Cole Toner Harvard 6’5 303 PFA
279 CB Tavon Young Temple 5’9 174 PFA
280 DT Jon Desir Towson 6’4 323 PFA
281 SS KJ Dillon West Virginia 6’0 198 PFA
282 WR Davonte Allen Marshall 6’2 196 PFA
283 CB Nick VanHoose Northwestern 5’11 190 PFA
284 FB Chris Swain Navy 6’0 242 PFA
285 OG Joe Dahl Washington State 6’4 305 PFA
286 WR J.D. McKissic Arkansas State 5’10 190 PFA
287 QB Brandon Allen Arkansas 6’2 205 PFA
288 OT Clay DeBord Eastern Washington 6’7 292 PFA
289 WR Tyler Ervin San Jose State 5’10 170 PFA
290 RB Marteze Waller Fresno State 5’11 213 PFA
291 ILB Frank Shannon Oklahoma 6’0 230 PFA
292 ILB Luke Rhodes William & Mary 6’2 236 PFA
293 QB Marquise Williams North Carolina 6’1 220 PFA
294 DE Silverberry Mouhon Cincinnati 6’3 250 PFA
295 SS Brian Randolph Tennessee 6’0 205 PFA
296 DE Reggie Gilbert Arizona 6’4 256 PFA
297 OLB Deon King Norfolk State 6’0 227 PFA
298 CB Adairius Barnes Louisiana Tech 5’11 187 PFA
299 FS Jordan Lomax Iowa 5’10 205 PFA
300 ILB Brandon Chubb Wake Forest 6’0 242 PFA
301 ILB Don Cherry Villanova 6’1 232 PFA
302 QB Blake Frohnapfel Massachusetts 6’6 233 PFA
303 OLB Lamar Louis LSU 5’11 227 PFA
304 FB Dan Vitale Northwestern 6’1 237 PFA
305 RB Shadrach Thornton North Carolina State 6’0 209 PFA
306 DE Ronald Blair Appalachian State 6’2 272 PFA
307 OLB Darien Harris Michigan State 6’0 221 PFA
308 OG Dexter Charles Washington 6’4 311 PFA
309 DE Vontarrius Dora Louisiana Tech 6’4 243 PFA
310 DE Dean Lowry Northwestern 6’6 282 PFA
311 FS A.J. Stamps Kentucky 5’11 193 PFA
312 OT Ryker Mathews BYU 6’5 324 PFA
313 WR Jordan Williams-Lambert Ball State 6’3 228 PFA
314 OLB Trevor Bates Maine 6’1 246 PFA
315 QB Vad Lee James Madison 6’1 224 PFA
316 OG Ted Karras Illinois 6’4 307 PFA
317 WR Charone Peak Clemson 6’3 204 PFA
318 C Tauti “Siaosi” Aiono Utah 6’2 312 PFA
319 FS Damarius Travis Minnesota 6’0 211 PFA
320 DE Darius Hamilton Rutgers 6’2 260 PFA
321 CB Darius Hillary Wisconsin 5’11 184 PFA
322 CB Richard Leonard Florida International 5’8 180 PFA
323 FS Christian Carpenter Towson 6’2 181 PFA
324 OLB Kache Palacio Washington State 6’1 225 PFA
325 DT Tylor Harris Wake Forest 6’3 306 PFA
326 QB Everett Golson Florida State 5’11 197 PFA
327 WR Tevaun Smith Iowa 6’0 204 PFA
328 RB Russell Hansbrough Missouri 5’8 195 PFA
329 DT Beau Blackshear Baylor 6’4 297 PFA
330 FS Andrew Adams Connecticut 5’11 203 PFA
331 CB Harlan Miller Southeastern Louisiana 6’0 173 PFA
332 DE Alex Hansen Air Force 6’3 247 PFA
333 ILB Joe Schmidt Notre Dame 6’0 236 PFA
334 OLB Deon Clarke Virginia Tech 6’1 219 PFA
335 SS Charles Washington Fresno State 5’10 185 PFA
336 OT Ben Curtis Delaware 6’5 290 PFA
337 DE Bryson Albright Miami (Ohio) 6’6 241 PFA
338 ILB Joe Walker Oregon 6’2 238 PFA
339 OT Josh Campion Minnesota 6’3 310 PFA
340 WR JoJo Natson Utah State 5’6 159 PFA
341 P Peter Mortell Minnesota 6’1 190 PFA
342 OT Willie Beavers Western Michigan 6’5 319 PFA
343 CB Trenier Orr Sam Houston State 5’10 180 PFA
344 QB Vernon Adams Oregon 5’11 197 PFA
345 OLB Cory James Colorado State 6’1 229 PFA
346 P Will Monday Duke 6’3 210 PFA
347 SS Will Parks Arizona 6’1 211 PFA
348 DE Jimmy Bean Oklahoma State 6’5 251 PFA
349 CB Danzel McDaniel Kansas State 6’1 202 PFA
350 FS Anthony Nixon Maryland 6’1 209 PFA
351 DE Roy Robertson-Harris UTEP 6’6 251 PFA
352 QB Liam Nadler Gannon 6’6 232 PFA
353 DE Ugonna Awuruonye Campbell 6’5 252 PFA
354 DT Al Page Wagner 6’1 303 PFA
355 C Andrew Ness Northern Illinois 6’3 298 PFA
356 WR Paul McRoberts Southeast Missouri State 6’2 205 PFA
357 CB Jimmy Pruitt San Jose State 6’0 197 PFA
358 TE Adam Fuehne Southern Illinois 6’7 254 PFA
359 OLB Sydney Omameh Ohio Dominican 6’2 246 PFA
360 QB Jake Coker Alabama 6’5 229 PFA
361 SS Stefan McClure California 5’11 181 PFA
362 DE Jessie Rogers North Carolina 6’4 270 PFA
363 OT Stephane Nembot Colorado 6’6 309 PFA
364 DT Helva Matungulu Western Carolina 6’5 279 PFA
365 OG Justin Malone Mississippi State 6’5 319 PFA
366 OT Fahn Cooper Mississippi 6’5 308 PFA
367 WR Brandon Swindall Utah State 6’3 203 PFA
368 RB Kenneth Farrow Houston 5’10 218 PFA
369 DT Rodney Coe Akron 6’4 300 PFA
370 OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill Eastern Illinois 6’1 215 PFA
371 CB Wayne Lyons Michigan 6’0 190 PFA
372 DE Branden Jackson Texas Tech 6’4 266 PFA
373 WR Quinshad Davis North Carolina 6’3 210 PFA
374 OG Jordan Walsh Iowa 6’2 292 PFA
375 DE Derrick Alexander Tulsa 6’2 284 PFA
376 WR Amir Carlisle Notre Dame 5’10 191 PFA
377 WR Dan Anthrop Purdue 6’0 190 PFA
378 DE Josh Dawson Georgia 6’4 265 PFA
379 WR Marcus Johnson Texas 6’1 186 PFA
380 WR Marcel Caver Winston Salem State 6’1 188 PFA
381 OG Herschel Prater Minnesota State-Mankato 6’5 305 PFA
382 OT Trevor Strickland Youngstown State 6’6 308 PFA
383 FS Eric Williams Indiana (PA) 6’2 217 PFA
384 WR Durron Neal Oklahoma 5’11 196 PFA
385 P Mattias Ciabatti South Florida 6’0 192 PFA
386 OT Marquis Lucas West Virginia 6’4 319 PFA
387 OG Sebastian Tretola Arkansas 6’5 316 PFA
388 OG Darius Johnson Middle Tennessee State 6’3 306 PFA
389 FS A.J. Hendy Maryland 6’1 207 PFA
390 OG Caleb Williams Rice 6’3 289 PFA
391 CB Lafayette Pitts Pittsburgh 5’11 200 PFA
392 OG Shaq Anthony Tennessee State 6’4 287 PFA
393 OG Sedrick Flowers Texas 6’3 320 PFA
394 SS Dante Barnett Kansas State 6’0 193 PFA
395 OG Trip Thurman Florida 6’6 303 PFA
396 DT O.J. Mau Gardner-Webb 6’2 302 FA
397 QB John Robertson Villanova 6’0 215 FA
398 DT Gerrand Johnson Louisiana Monroe 6’0 290 FA
399 CB Michael Jordan Missouri Western State 6’0 200 FA
400 RB Jhurell Pressley New Mexico 5’10 205 FA
401 ILB Jovan Santos-Knox Massachusetts 6’3 232 FA
402 RB Dy’Shawn Mobley Eastern Kentucky 5’11 217 FA
403 TE Braxton Deaver Duke 6’5 237 FA
404 FB Andrew Bonnet North Dakota State 6’3 250 FA
405 CB DeVante Harris Texas A&M 5’10 175 FA
406 OLB Christian French Oregon 6’5 254 FA
407 DE Thomas Niles Central Florida 6’2 271 FA
408 OLB Tyler Roberts Troy 6’1 230 FA
409 OLB Gabe Terry Tennessee State 6’2 198 FA
410 DE Terrell Lathan TCU 6’4 284 FA
411 C Matt Skura Duke 6’4 296 FA
412 DE DaVonte Lambert Auburn 6’2 279 FA
413 SS Isaiah Johnson South Carolina 6’0 210 FA
414 DE Blake Serpa Central Michigan 6’3 254 FA
415 OLB T.T. Barber Middle Tennessee State 6’1 229 FA
416 WR Keyarris Garrett Tulsa 6’3 212 FA
417 TE Sean Price South Florida 6’2 240 FA
418 OLB Connor Underwood Indiana State 6’2 240 FA
419 RB Jamaal Williams BYU 6’0 204 FA
420 WR Stephen Anderson California 6’3 215 FA
421 WR Reginald “Reggie” Diggs Richmond 6’4 207 FA
422 OLB Steven Daniels Boston College 6’0 250 FA
423 OT Travis Hening East Central 6’6 321 FA
424 DT Trevon Coley Florida Atlantic 6’1 305 FA
425 OLB James McFarland TCU 6’1 237 FA
426 CB David Mims II Texas State 5’10 198 FA
427 RB Anthone Taylor Buffalo 5’9 207 FA
428 CB Ahmad Christian Utah 5’11 188 FA
429 P Riley Dixon Syracuse 6’4 221 FA
430 DT Demetris Anderson Central Florida 6’3 312 FA
431 QB Chuckie Keeton Utah State 6’1 208 FA
432 C Angelo Mangiro Penn State 6’3 316 FA
433 ILB Lamar Dawson Southern California 6’1 230 FA
434 DT Alex Balducci Oregon 6’4 308 FA
435 QB Tre Roberson Illinois State 5’11 205 FA
436 ILB Gionni Paul Utah 5’10 229 FA
437 RB Taylor Cox Kansas 5’11 209 FA
438 P Alex Kinal Wake Forest 6’3 200 FA
439 SS Rolan Milligan Toledo 5’11 199 FA
440 OT Dominick Jackson Alabama 6’6 316 FA
441 WR Blair Roberts Old Dominion 6’3 196 FA
442 CB Demetrious Nicholson Virginia 5’9 183 FA
443 WR LaDarius Brown Sam Houston State 6’1 207 FA
444 SS Matthias Farley Notre Dame 6’0 204 FA
445 DT Tyler Horn Boise State 6’5 271 FA
446 ILB Ryan Simmons Oklahoma State 6’0 236 FA
447 OT Ryan Mack Memphis 6’4 308 FA
448 TE Cody Clay West Virginia 6’4 262 FA
449 RB Jeff Seybold Jr. Pittsburg State 5’9 213 FA
450 OT Lene Maiava Arizona 6’5 301 FA
451 OLB Ian Seau Nevada 6’2 242 FA
452 OLB Jeremiah Allison Washington State 6’1 228 FA
453 OT Alex Fifita Fresno State 6’4 317 FA
454 ILB Darryl Monroe Akron 6’0 235 FA
455 OG Quincy McKinney East Carolina 6’3 283 FA
456 OG Nila Kasitati Oklahoma 6’4 315 FA
457 SS Jared Roberts Lafayette 6’1 176 FA
458 DE Mike Moore Virginia 6’3 265 FA
459 CB Ian Wells Ohio 5’10 202 FA
460 FS Ian Simon Missouri 5’11 187 FA
461 DT John Raymon Syracuse 6’4 325 FA
462 QB Jason Vander Laan Ferris State 6’4 239 FA
463 CB Morgan Burns Kansas State 5’11 193 FA
464 TE Josh Perkins Washington 6’3 225 FA
465 DT Lars Koht Florida International 6’5 283 FA
466 SS Mitch Lane Louisiana Monroe 6’1 217 FA
467 ILB Tyler Gray Boise State 6’3 225 FA
468 DT Greg Milhouse Campbell 6’2 303 FA
469 C Jacoby Boren Ohio State 6’0 290 FA
470 TE Gabe Hughes Florida Tech 6’4 241 FA
471 TE Brendan Carozzoni John Carroll 6’4 250 FA
472 P Landon Foster Kentucky 6’1 196 FA
473 TE Ben Braunecker Harvard 6’4 236 FA
474 CB Randall Jette Massachusetts 5’11 179 FA
475 OT Bryan Chamberlain Georgia Tech 6’4 295 FA
476 FB Seth Fisher Richmond 6’1 232 FA
477 WR Shaq Washington Cincinnati 5’8 182 FA
478 OG Jake Bernstein Vanderbilt 6’3 309 FA
479 WR Kowan Scott California (PA) 6’3 190 FA
480 OLB Antwione Williams Georgia Southern 6’3 249 FA
481 P Nick O’Toole West Virginia 6’4 224 FA
482 DT Pio Vatuvei Louisville 6’2 291 FA
483 TE Jake Duzey Iowa 6’3 239 FA
484 FB Gary Underwood Villanova 5’11 231 FA
485 DT Zach Colvin Bowling Green 6’4 293 FA
486 FS Domonique Lennon East Carolina 6’0 209 FA
487 CB Isaiah Davis Central Washington 5’10 186 FA
488 OT Taylor Fallin Memphis 6’7 339 FA
489 DE Johnathon White East Carolina 6’4 282 FA
490 WR Von Pearson Tennessee 6’0 184 FA
491 FB Nick Butier Northern Arizona 6’1 225 FA
492 DT Darryl Render Pittsburgh 6’2 277 FA
493 SS T.J. Gurley South Carolina 5’10 195 FA
494 WR Antwane Grant Western Kentucky 5’11 190 FA
495 WR Ricardo Louis Auburn 6’2 214 FA
496 K Jaden Oberkrom TCU 6’3 185 FA
497 WR Donovan Harden Georgia State 5’9 161 FA
498 OG Jonathan Burgess Liberty 6’2 305 FA
499 TE Cole Spurgeon Colorado Mines 6’3 235 FA
500 QB Ammon Olsen Southern Utah 6’3 223 FA
501 DT Calvin Heurtelou Miami 6’3 316 FA
502 CB Juston Burris North Carolina State 6’0 209 FA
503 WR Marquise Cushon Pittsburg State 5’8 163 FA
504 FS Derrick Kindred TCU 5’10 221 FA
505 CB V’Angelo Bentley Illinois 5’9 190 FA
506 SS Brent Spikes McNeese State 6’0 196 FA
507 OLB Derrick Moncrief Auburn 6’2 226 FA
508 RB Brandon Williams Texas A&M 5’11 200 FA
509 CB Tony McRae North Carolina A&T 5’9 180 FA
510 C Ross Burbank Virginia 6’4 300 FA
511 WR Brandon Sheperd Oklahoma State 6’1 200 FA
512 QB Sean Goldrich New Hampshire 6’2 213 FA
513 WR Pokey Harris Murray State 5’9 175 FA
514 OLB Nicholas Grigsby Pittsburgh 6’0 218 FA
515 WR Alex Erickson Wisconsin 6’0 198 FA
516 RB Travis Greene Bowling Green 5’11 194 FA
517 RB Geremy Alridge-Mitchell West Texas A&M 5’8 206 FA
518 RB DeAndre Washington Texas Tech 5’8 198 FA
519 WR Jerel Harrison Delaware 5’10 182 FA
520 DT Anthony McDaniel Bowie State 6’0 274 FA
521 SS Peni Vea UNLV 6’1 205 FA
522 WR Pig Howard Tennessee 5’8 189 FA
523 DE Pat O’Connor Eastern Michigan 6’3 260 FA
524 OLB Tyson Coleman Oregon 6’1 225 FA
525 K Paul Griggs Purdue 6’1 195 FA
526 SS Mike Mudoh Tulsa 5’9 195 FA
527 WR Jamaal Jones Montana 6’0 182 FA
528 CB Adrian Witty Cincinnati 5’9 176 FA
529 CB Daniel Davie Nebraska 6’0 190 FA
530 FS Geno Smith Alabama 6’0 195 FA
531 CB Larry Scott Oregon State 5’11 194 FA
532 OLB Devante Bond Oklahoma 6’1 231 FA
533 QB Joel Stave Wisconsin 6’5 226 FA
534 WR Michael Thomas Southern Mississippi 6’1 194 FA
535 OLB Jatavis Brown Akron 5’11 219 FA
536 OLB Ejiro Ederaine Fresno State 6’2 223 FA
537 C Josh Mitchell Oregon State 6’3 296 FA
538 C Spencer Pulley Vanderbilt 6’4 299 FA
539 DT Woodrow Hamilton Mississippi 6’3 317 FA
540 K Brent Wahle Ohio Dominican 6’1 184 FA
541 OT Chris May South Alabama 6’4 287 FA
542 WR Jenson Stoshak Florida Atlantic 6’0 204 FA
543 OLB Denzel Devall Alabama 6’1 240 FA
544 RB Cedric O’Neal Valdosta State 5’11 212 FA
545 RB Shaun Wick Wyoming 5’9 207 FA
546 DE Royce LaFrance Tulane 6’4 265 FA
547 CB Devin Bass Ohio 5’9 190 FA
548 DT Davion Pierson TCU 6’1 291 FA
549 TE Temarrick Hemingway South Carolina State 6’5 229 FA
550 ILB Mason Monheim Illinois 6’1 235 FA
551 QB Jaquez Johnson Florida Atlantic 6’1 225 FA
552 TE Joel Ruiz Georgia State 6’4 235 FA
553 ILB Jared Barber West Virginia 6’0 230 FA
554 QB Kevin Earl South Dakota 6’5 215 FA
555 CB Leviticus Payne Cincinnati 5’8 190 FA
556 ILB Sadat Sulleyman Portland State 6’0 243 FA
557 DE Michael Rose North Carolina State 6’3 281 FA
558 DE Jordan Nielsen Utah State 6’5 269 FA
559 OG Alex Huettel Bowling Green 6’5 297 FA
560 CB Kenneth Durden Youngstown State 6’0 175 FA
561 FB Soma Vainuku Southern California 6’0 273 FA
562 OT Givens Price Nebraska 6’4 308 FA
563 QB John Gibbs Jr. Alcorn State 6’5 220 FA
564 C Nick Beamish Central Michigan 6’3 310 FA
565 WR Autrey Golden UTEP 5’11 180 FA
566 OT Nick Ritcher Richmond 6’5 304 FA
567 DT K.K. Mosley-Smith Pittsburgh 6’1 311 FA
568 DT Brandin Bryant Florida Atlantic 6’2 287 FA
569 CB Deiondre’ Hall Northern Iowa 6’1 189 FA
570 P Drew Riggleman Arizona 6’2 211 FA
571 P Cason Beatty Florida State 6’3 220 FA
572 CB Winston Rose New Mexico State 5’11 178 FA
573 ILB Jeremiah Kose Montana 6’0 235 FA
574 DE Mike Wakefield Florida International 6’3 254 FA
575 OG Marcus Jackson Tennessee 6’2 311 FA
576 CB Mike Hilton Mississippi 5’9 183 FA
577 OG Alfredo Morales Texas Tech 6’3 310 FA
578 QB James Harris California (PA) 6’1 225 FA
579 WR Cougar Williams Nebraska-Kearney 5’10 175 FA
580 ILB Boomer Mays Northern Illinois 5’11 246 FA
581 CB Josh Hawkins East Carolina 5’10 185 FA
582 ILB Rodney Hardrick Oregon 6’0 230 FA
583 WR Andre McCullouch Rocky Mountain 6’0 201 FA
584 RB Don Jackson Nevada 5’10 214 FA
585 C Lucas Powell Ohio 6’2 296 FA
586 WR Tres Houston Arkansas State 6’1 185 FA
587 DE Miles Grooms Hampton 6’3 251 FA
588 WR Canaan Severin Virginia 6’2 218 FA
589 P Zach Paul Akron 6’4 224 FA
590 RB Cameron McDondle CSU-Pueblo 5’7 196 FA
591 DE Quinton Bradley Idaho 6’3 254 FA
592 DT Gerald Dixon Jr. South Carolina 6’2 325 FA
593 OG Jordan Rigsbee California 6’4 300 FA
594 DE Miles Pace Central Florida 6’1 256 FA
595 OT Adrian Bellard Texas State 6’4 314 FA
596 OT Dan Buchholz Duquesne 6’4 301 FA
597 CB Jeremiah McKinnon Florida International 6’0 189 FA
598 SS Trae Elston Mississippi 5’11 193 FA
599 WR Christian Jones Northwestern 6’3 230 FA
600 DE Thomas Bryson Minot State 6’4 228 FA
601 DE Ricky Hunter Memphis 6’3 297 FA
602 TE Steven Walker Colorado State 6’1 234 FA
603 SS Marqui Christian Midwestern State 5’11 194 FA
604 OT Mykhael Quave Louisiana Lafayette 6’5 291 FA
605 DE Kenton Adeyemi Connecticut 6’4 283 FA
606 DE Morgan Fox CSU-Pueblo 6’3 245 FA
607 WR Joe Hansley Colorado State 5’9 169 FA
608 DT Julian Campenni Connecticut 6’0 302 FA
609 CB Anthony Gaffney Princeton 6’1 207 FA
610 FB Jeremy Seaton Oklahoma State 6’1 250 FA
611 DE Arbanas Elliot Missouri Western State 6’4 290 FA
612 FB Dakota Gordon San Diego State 5’10 231 FA
613 WR Gary Chambers Arizona State 6’3 209 FA
614 OG Quentin Marsh McNeese State 6’2 310 FA
615 CB Cody Quinn Kentucky 5’10 173 FA
616 WR Max Morrison Cincinnati 6’0 181 FA
617 OLB Darnell Sankey Sacramento State 6’1 242 FA
618 OG Jamelle Naff TCU 6’3 327 FA
619 OG Brynjar Gudmundsson South Florida 6’4 293 FA
620 OLB Keyen Lage South Dakota 6’2 240 FA
621 DE Praise Martin-Oguike Temple 6’1 250 FA
622 OG Boston Stiverson Kansas State 6’4 302 FA
623 DT Tyler Kuder Idaho State 6’3 311 FA
624 FB Jake Cross Memphis 6’1 245 FA
625 OG Blake Muir Baylor 6’5 305 FA
626 ILB Will Ratelle North Dakota 5’10 252 FA
627 SS Adrian McDonald Houston 5’10 190 FA
628 FS Matt Dobson Georgia Southern 6’1 200 FA
629 QB Moses Skillon Morgan State 6’5 220 FA
630 FS Jarrod Wilson Michigan 6’1 210 FA
631 DT Alonzo Williams Texas A&M 6’4 295 FA
632 LS Reed Miller Stanford 6’2 220 FA
633 WR Josh Mikes Winona State 6’3 208 FA
634 SS Andrew Williamson Vanderbilt 6’1 209 FA
635 DE Julien Obioha Texas A&M 6’3 265 FA
636 CB Denzel Thompson Southeastern Louisiana 6’4 204 FA
637 DE Shaneil Jenkins Shepherd 6’3 271 FA
638 ILB Jeff Schoettmer North Carolina 6’2 230 FA
639 CB Shakiel Randolph Southern Methodist 6’3 205 FA
640 DE Di’Andre Harrison Ohio Dominican 6’4 240 FA
641 C Joey Hunt TCU 6’3 295 FA
642 WR Malachi Jones Appalachian State 6’1 206 FA
643 WR Ashton Broyld Syracuse 6’3 216 FA
644 DE Teddy Corwin Illinois State 6’4 260 FA
645 TE Jay Rome Georgia 6’5 248 FA
646 FS Reggie Daniels Oregon 6’0 205 FA
647 DE Sonny Sanitoa UNLV 6’3 267 FA
648 SS J.J. Gaines Texas Tech 6’0 181 FA
649 TE Daree Goodwin West Liberty 6’2 238 FA
650 SS Hakim Jones North Carolina State 6’2 204 FA
651 CB DeAndre Elliott Colorado State 6’1 179 FA
652 P Taylor Symmank Texas Tech 6’1 192 FA
653 DT A.J. Zuttah Dartmouth 6’1 285 FA
654 DE Demetrius Cherry Arizona State 6’5 300 FA
655 SS Micah Eugene Southeastern Louisiana 5’10 189 FA
656 OG Nick Robinson Syracuse 6’5 297 FA
657 P Tyler Williams Marshall 6’0 198 FA
658 DE Drew Iddings South Dakota 6’5 295 FA
659 DE Ryan Brown Mississippi State 6’6 266 FA
660 OLB Quentin Gause Rutgers 6’1 232 FA
661 WR Madison Mangum Idaho State 6’3 212 FA
662 LS Taybor Pepper Michigan State 6’5 240 FA
663 P A.J. Hughes Virginia Tech 6’0 200 FA
664 WR Nnamdi Agude Sacramento State 6’2 197 FA
665 OG Rob Trudo Syracuse 6’3 303 FA
666 WR Andrew Flory Fort Hays State 6’0 187 FA
667 CB Paris Logan Northern Illinois 5’9 194 FA
668 SS Darion Monroe Tulane 5’10 206 FA
669 K Avery Llewellyn Colorado Mines 6’3 195 FA
670 OT Zach Sterup Nebraska 6’9 323 FA
671 WR Geronimo Allison Illinois 6’3 196 FA
672 OT Gunnar Bromelow Samford 6’5 305 FA
673 WR Joe Morrow Mississippi State 6’4 208 FA
674 TE Dan Crimmins Boston College 6’5 237 FA
675 WR Jay Lee Baylor 6’2 213 FA
676 FS Jamar Allah Arizona 6’1 180 FA
677 RB Mikal Abdul-Saboor William & Mary 5’10 215 FA
678 WR Adam Hine BYU 6’0 208 FA
679 WR Herb Waters Miami 6’0 182 FA
680 QB Jacob Huesman Chattanooga 6’1 222 FA
681 RB Elijhaa Penny Idaho 6’1 233 FA
682 OT Andrew Oberg Wagner 6’7 310 FA
683 DT Travis Britz Kansas State 6’3 293 FA
684 LS Reid Ferguson LSU 6’1 243 FA
685 SS D.J. Hunter Marshall 6’0 205 FA
686 DE Jason Neill UTSA 6’2 263 FA
687 OT Ike Harris East Carolina 6’7 304 FA
688 DE D.J. Pettway Alabama 6’2 269 FA
689 FS Kevin Pierre-Louis Colorado State 6’1 215 FA
690 DE Carl Nassib Penn State 6’7 267 FA
691 QB Michael Eubank Samford 6’5 246 FA
692 DT David Moala Utah State 6’2 300 FA
693 CB Cedrique Chaney Central Washington 5’11 197 FA
694 FS LaDarrell McNeil Tennessee 6’1 206 FA
695 WR DeMario Bell Alabama State 6’2 180 FA
696 OLB Joe Schobert Wisconsin 6’2 240 FA
697 WR Marvin Shinn South Alabama 6’3 209 FA
698 WR C.J. Morgan Southern Utah 5’10 188 FA
699 DE Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College 6’6 282 FA
700 TE Beau Sandland Montana State 6’4 253 FA
701 CB Cheatham Norrils Toledo 5’11 195 FA
702 QB Tanner McEvoy Wisconsin 6’6 223 FA
703 TE Derek Lee Bowling Green 6’4 259 FA
704 TE R.J. Rickert Northern Arizona 6’2 243 FA
705 DT Tutulupeataia Mataele Boise State 6’2 303 FA
706 DE Terrell Stanley East Carolina 6’2 265 FA
707 OLB Myke Tavarres Incarnate Word 6’1 215 FA
708 ILB Jabari Hunt-Days Georgia Tech 6’2 261 FA
709 CB Mercy Maston Boise State 5’11 203 FA
710 RB Dominique Swope West Alabama 5’11 216 FA
711 QB J.W. Walsh Oklahoma State 6’1 215 FA
712 QB Brett Nottingham Columbia 6’3 210 FA
713 SS Kenny Iloka TCU 6’1 202 FA
714 WR Andre Davis Kansas State 5’11 194 FA
715 QB Raymond Cotton Mississippi College 6’5 238 FA
716 DT Mike Rouse III Purdue 6’4 301 FA
717 RB Savon Huggins Northern Iowa 5’11 203 FA
718 QB David Ash Texas 6’3 230 FA
719 WR Kenny Golladay Northern Illinois 6’4 195 FA
720 QB Jeremy Johnson Charleston (WV) 6’0 196 FA
721 P Kris Albarado Southern California 5’10 200 FA
722 OT Sam Carlson Colorado State 6’4 291 FA
723 DT Darren Lake Alabama 6’2 315 FA
724 OLB Akil Blount Florida A&M 6’2 239 FA
725 DT Christian Heyward San Diego State 6’3 300 FA
726 FS Trevon Stewart Houston 5’8 185 FA
727 CB Ayo Ogunniyi Richmond 5’11 195 FA
728 WR Corey Smith Ohio State 5’11 190 FA
729 WR Tevin Jones Memphis 6’2 218 FA
730 CB Ryan Smith North Carolina Central 5’11 174 FA
731 DE Eric Lee South Florida 6’4 249 FA
732 OG Jalen Schlachter Ball State 6’6 318 FA
733 DT Alex Mosley James Madison 6’1 292 FA
734 P Ben LeCompte North Dakota State 5’10 200 FA
735 OLB B.J. Goodson Clemson 6’0 240 FA
736 K Nicholas Hodgson Oklahoma 6’2 195 FA
737 SS Troy Donahue Dartmouth 6’0 210 FA
738 QB Max Wittek Hawaii 6’3 220 FA
739 SS Rohan Gaines Arkansas 5’11 195 FA
740 QB Matt Soltes East Stroudsburg 6’3 208 FA
741 OT Dylan Intemann Wake Forest 6’4 300 FA
742 OG Ben Clarke Hawaii 6’3 285 FA
743 ILB Jalen Jefferson California 6’3 237 FA
744 OG Cory Tucker Slippery Rock 6’4 285 FA
745 DT Chris Mayes Georgia 6’3 321 FA
746 CB Trey Dudley-Giles Massachusetts 5’11 185 FA
747 RB Keith Marshall Georgia 5’11 212 FA
748 CB Brandon Mobley Campbell 5’9 165 FA
749 CB Julian Whigham Syracuse 6’1 182 FA
750 OT Lars Hanson Sacramento State 6’7 293 FA
751 WR Richard Mullaney Alabama 6’2 209 FA
752 OT Dontae Levingston East Carolina 6’4 300 FA
753 WR Andy Jones Jacksonville 6’1 213 FA
754 ILB Ryan Flannigan Kentucky 6’0 217 FA
755 OT John Weidenaar Montana State 6’7 292 FA
756 OG Donavon Clark Michigan State 6’4 315 FA
757 OG Geoff Mogus Northwestern 6’3 306 FA
758 OLB Hunter Kissinger Louisiana Monroe 6’2 230 FA
759 DE Iosia Iosia West Texas A&M 6’5 295 FA
760 ILB Jarrett Grace Notre Dame 6’4 242 FA
761 FB Ejuan Price Pittsburgh 5’11 255 FA
762 WR Melvin Ray Auburn 6’2 214 FA
763 CB Marcus Alford Northern Arizona 5’9 158 FA
764 OG Matt Pierson Oregon 6’5 277 FA
765 TE M.J. McFarland UTEP 6’4 251 FA
766 OG Cayman Bundage Arizona 6’1 275 FA
767 DE Toni Pulu Texas A&M Commerce 6’2 285 FA
768 CB Byerson Cockrell Nebraska 6’0 185 FA
769 CB Wonderful Terry Western Kentucky 5’9 180 FA
770 RB Brandon Bourbon Washburn 6’2 218 FA
771 C Jared Kaster Texas Tech 6’2 293 FA
772 OT Maximilian Sommer Liberty 6’6 298 FA
773 RB Anthony Bilal Lake Erie 5’7 170 FA
774 WR CJ Best Texas State 5’9 185 FA
775 WR Macgarrett Kings Jr. Michigan State 5’10 186 FA
776 FS Chaz Whittaker Toledo 6’1 200 FA
777 RB Keenan Reynolds Navy 5’11 195 FA
778 K Anthony Melchiori Kent State 5’11 180 FA
779 CB Sam Brown Missouri Western State 6’1 178 FA
780 OG Joe Thuney North Carolina State 6’4 287 FA
781 WR David Richards Arizona 6’3 210 FA
782 CB Bernell Brooks Tennessee State 5’11 186 FA
783 OG Joe Bjorklund Minnesota 6’4 300 FA
784 OLB Jamal Palmer Baylor 6’2 232 FA
785 CB Makinton Dorleant Northern Iowa 5’10 176 FA
786 OLB Dillon Lee Alabama 6’3 243 FA
787 DT Brian Price UTSA 6’3 315 FA
788 LS John DePalma West Virginia 6’5 248 FA
789 RB Anthony Jordan Bethune-Cookman 6’0 229 FA
790 OG James Kristof Western Michigan 6’3 320 FA
791 FB Matt Tuleja Massachusetts 6’2 246 FA
792 WR Quentin Atkinson North Carolina Central 6’0 200 FA
793 C Bruce Johnson Maine 6’2 290 FA
794 OLB David Perkins Illinois State 6’2 226 FA
795 RB Jordan Parker Middle Tennessee State 6’1 218 FA
796 C Matt Hugenberg Army 6’4 309 FA
797 OG Terran Vaughn Stephen F. Austin 6’3 311 FA
798 OLB Jefferson Ashiru Maryland 6’1 230 FA
799 OT Brock Dagel Iowa State 6’7 303 FA
800 DT Justin Hansen Colorado State 6’4 302 FA
801 OLB Leilon Willingham Northern Colorado 6’1 252 FA
802 OT John Kling Buffalo 6’7 315 FA
803 K Michael Schmadeke Northern Iowa 5’10 189 FA
804 WR Bryan Holmes Troy 5’10 174 FA
805 OT Larry Mazyck Kansas 6’7 342 FA
806 QB Matt Johnson Bowling Green 6’0 221 FA
807 WR Paul Turner Louisiana Tech 5’10 195 FA
808 OG Robert Blodgett Buffalo 6’5 313 FA
809 DT Mike Lovejoy Florida A&M 6’5 295 FA
810 K John Wallace Louisville 6’0 187 FA
811 OT Kevin Bowen East Central 6’7 350 FA
812 TE Braedon Bowman South Alabama 6’3 239 FA
813 WR Courtney Whitehead Central Arkansas 6’2 222 FA
814 QB Morgan Roberts Yale 6’2 207 FA
815 FS Devonta Burns Texas A&M 5’11 210 FA
816 OT Aaron Epps Louisville 6’6 288 FA
817 RB De’Andre Mann Kansas 5’8 202 FA
818 DE Amir Bloom Texas Southern 6’4 235 FA
819 WR John Israel Coastal Carolina 5’11 200 FA
820 OT Amadou Konte’ Benedictine College (KS) 6’6 298 FA
821 FS Jabriel Washington Alabama 5’10 182 FA
822 OLB Denzel Nkemdiche Mississippi 5’10 195 FA
823 WR Thomas Carter III Portland State 5’10 177 FA
824 DT Justin Thomason North Carolina 6’4 290 FA
825 OT Aleksandar Milanovic Sacramento State 6’6 295 FA
826 DE Nick Mangieri Indiana 6’5 266 FA
827 RB Raphael Spencer Missouri Western State 5’8 198 FA
828 WR Demitri Knowles Virginia Tech 6’0 178 FA
829 ILB Nick Dance Tennessee-Martin 6’0 231 FA
830 RB Brandon Burks Troy 5’8 201 FA
831 WR Devonte Robinson Utah State 6’1 190 FA
832 CB Aaron Sibley Portland State 5’10 175 FA
833 WR Rashon Ceaser Louisiana Monroe 6’0 189 FA
834 FS Taj Letman Marshall 6’1 186 FA
835 WR Shane Williams-Rhodes Boise State 5’6 164 FA
836 CB Antonio Hamilton South Carolina State 6’0 178 FA
837 WR Dezmon Epps Idaho 5’8 166 FA
838 OG Andrew Zeller Maryland 6’5 320 FA
839 OT Zach Martinez CSU-Pueblo 6’6 294 FA
840 TE Stanton Seckinger Clemson 6’3 230 FA
841 DT Orion Jones Jr. Toledo 6’1 285 FA
842 RB Jared Baker Arizona 5’8 186 FA
843 DE Clayton Callicutt Angelo State 6’4 264 FA
844 FS Junior Lee Connecticut 6’0 209 FA
845 OG Zach West Kentucky 6’3 318 FA
846 TE Darion Griswold Arkansas State 6’4 264 FA
847 C Artie Rowell Pittsburgh 6’1 318 FA
848 DE Josh Gordon Minnesota State-Mankato 6’1 250 FA
849 OG Aaron Neary Eastern Washington 6’3 287 FA
850 C Mitch Smothers Arkansas 6’2 315 FA
851 WR Xavier Roberson Southeastern Louisiana 5’8 177 FA
852 OG Jay Whitmire Virginia 6’6 296 FA
853 RB Khairi Dickson Saint Francis (PA) 5’10 193 FA
854 DT Quentin Thomas LSU 6’3 300 FA
855 WR Bubba Poole Utah 6’1 187 FA
856 QB Stephen Rivers Northwestern State 6’6 235 FA
857 OG Jarell Broxton Baylor 6’4 327 FA
858 CB Vernon Harris Dartmouth 6’1 193 FA
859 OLB Deion Jones LSU 6’1 221 FA
860 RB Brandon Ross Maryland 5’10 206 FA
861 TE David Reeves Duke 6’5 250 FA
862 OLB Dominique Tovell Louisiana Lafayette 6’2 235 FA
863 QB Jeff Driskel Louisiana Tech 6’4 227 FA
864 P Tim Willett Louisiana College 6’0 227 FA
865 OLB Mike Strizak Boston College 6’2 229 FA
866 OLB Mike Bloomfield Winston Salem State 6’1 246 FA
867 OLB Ben Kline Penn State 6’2 238 FA
868 FS Branden Dozier Charlotte 5’11 200 FA
869 K Austin Lopez San Jose State 5’11 209 FA
870 OG Luke Hayes Kansas State 6’5 294 FA
871 OT Kolton Houston Georgia 6’4 288 FA
872 OT Matt Kleinsorge Kansas State 6’5 300 FA
873 ILB Manoa Pikula BYU 6’0 226 FA
874 CB Izauea Lanier West Alabama 6’0 188 FA
875 RB Connor Thomas Minnesota State-Mankato 5’10 205 FA
876 QB Fredi Knigten Arkansas State 5’11 189 FA
877 RB Jaylen Walton Mississippi 5’8 168 FA
878 OT Jake Spies Nebraska-Kearney 6’5 286 FA
879 WR Tim Patrick Utah 6’4 205 FA
880 CB Jamal Marshall North Texas 6’2 200 FA
881 DE Lenny Jones Nevada 6’3 260 FA
882 OT Wes Schweitzer San Jose State 6’4 290 FA
883 C Quinton Schooley North Carolina State 6’3 302 FA
884 DE Will Anthony Navy 6’1 253 FA
885 C Joe Hawkins Weber State 6’1 321 FA
886 OG Justin Bell Mississippi 6’3 334 FA
887 TE Kevin Francis North Carolina A&T 6’5 206 FA
888 QB Robert Brewer Virginia Tech 6’0 193 FA
889 OG Brady Foltz TCU 6’4 335 FA
890 CB Robert Porter Jackson State 5’10 192 FA
891 OT Bernard Gauldin Austin Peay State 6’5 294 FA
892 OG Ryan Doyle Maryland 6’4 307 FA
893 OT Leon Hill Glenville State 6’4 330 FA
894 CB Donte Deayon Boise State 5’9 152 FA
895 QB Kyle Washington Angelo State 6’6 206 FA
896 CB Fred Tiller Kentucky 6’0 170 FA
897 OT Zeth Ramsay Mesa State 6’6 287 FA
898 ILB Joseph Peterson Georgia State 5’11 225 FA
899 DT Giorgio Newberry Florida State 6’5 289 FA
900 WR Otis Wright Wagner 5’9 180 FA
901 P Garrett Swanson Fresno State 6’0 217 FA
902 FS Traveon Henry Northwestern 6’1 220 FA
903 OG Shaq Davis West Texas A&M 6’3 305 FA
904 FS Montres Kitchens Troy 5’11 180 FA
905 K Ian Frye Virginia 6’5 215 FA
906 TE Hakeem Valles Monmouth (NJ) 6’4 235 FA
907 TE David Morgan II UTSA 6’3 250 FA
908 OLB Peter Jinkens Texas 6’1 237 FA
909 ILB Kaiwan Lewis Rutgers 6’0 228 FA
910 OLB Tashon Whitehurst South Florida 6’2 220 FA
911 OLB David Santos Nebraska 6’0 225 FA
912 DT Johnny Maxey Mars Hill 6’5 283 FA
913 DE Chris Stone Arkansas State 6’2 252 FA
914 C Ty Darlington Oklahoma 6’2 286 FA
915 CB Solomon St. Pierre Sioux Falls (SD) 5’10 171 FA
916 SS Boye Aromire Temple 6’0 200 FA
917 OG Synjen Herren Chattanooga 6’3 313 FA
918 OLB Marquise Vann Connecticut 5’11 226 FA
919 WR Devin Campbell Buffalo 5’10 203 FA
920 QB Blake Decker UNLV 6’2 205 FA
921 OG Dalton Bennett Troy 6’2 301 FA
922 OG Jim Walsh Grand Valley State 6’5 310 FA
923 RB Christian Powell Colorado 6’0 230 FA
924 CB Jonathan Rose Nebraska 6’1 195 FA
925 DE Remington Peck BYU 6’4 271 FA
926 OT James Lewter Virginia-Lynchburg 6’6 361 FA
927 DE Andrew Cohen West Chester 6’2 255 FA
928 LS Matt Cincotta Marshall 6’0 207 FA
929 OG Nick Perez Tarleton State 6’3 290 FA
930 WR Ron Willoughby Buffalo 6’3 199 FA
931 OG Andrew Reue Rice 6’4 295 FA
932 C Robert Booker Missouri State 6’2 320 FA
933 LS Nathan Theus Georgia 6’2 236 FA
934 QB Daniel Sams McNeese State 6’2 207 FA
935 OG Matt Hegarty Oregon 6’5 300 FA
936 P Schroeder Western Michigan 6’0 203 FA
937 QB Nick Arbuckle Georgia State 6’0 215 FA
938 ILB Kent Kern Miami (Ohio) 6’0 238 FA
939 DE Ben Goodman Kansas 6’3 250 FA
940 RB Robert Lowe Texas State 5’9 196 FA
941 C Taylor Lasecki Southern Methodist 6’2 294 FA
942 DE Alex Hoff Linfield 6’2 240 FA
943 CB Quincy Adams Navy 5’10 195 FA
944 WR Max McCaffrey Duke 6’1 195 FA
945 FS Justin Otto Minnesota State-Mankato 6’1 185 FA
946 ILB Jordan Dobrich Nevada 6’1 235 FA
947 OLB Matthew Lyons Nevada 6’1 230 FA
948 QB Joe Licata Buffalo 6’2 227 FA
949 C Kirby Wixson Louisiana Tech 6’4 325 FA
950 K Ammon Lakip Clemson 5’10 200 FA
951 DE Siaosi Hala’api’api Wyoming 6’1 255 FA
952 DT Patrick McNeil Middle Tennessee State 6’0 320 FA
953 OG Nick Gorman McNeese State 6’2 293 FA
954 OG Desmine Hilliard Baylor 6’4 340 FA
955 OLB Jake Ganus Georgia 6’1 225 FA
956 SS Kodi Whitfield Stanford 6’2 204 FA
957 WR Jamie Potts Grand Valley State 6’2 235 FA
958 SS Fellonte Misher Old Dominion 6’1 207 FA
959 C Taylor Doyle Texas 6’4 303 FA
960 DE Perez Ford Northern Illinois 6’0 223 FA
961 K Nick Diaz Utah State 5’8 182 FA
962 RB Xavier Finney Idaho State 5’10 196 FA
963 DE Channing Ward Mississippi 6’3 274 FA
964 DT Cody Grice Akron 5’10 284 FA
965 RB Michael Gordon Arkansas State 5’8 187 FA
966 ILB Nick Holt Western Kentucky 6’0 230 FA
967 DE Joe Kawulok Colorado State 6’5 290 FA
968 FB Derek Watt Wisconsin 6’2 236 FA
969 QB Sam Richardson Iowa State 6’1 214 FA
970 OLB Michael Johnson Louisiana Monroe 6’1 226 FA
971 OG Jake Jones Wyoming 6’3 295 FA
972 DT Phillip Dukes South Carolina 6’2 324 FA
973 WR Casey Martin Southern Mississippi 5’9 175 FA
974 DE Chima Uzowihe Liberty 6’2 240 FA
975 TE Matt Weiser Buffalo 6’5 245 FA
976 CB Terrell Burt Baylor 5’9 185 FA
977 TE AJ Williams Michigan 6’5 285 FA
978 ILB Kelby Brown Duke 6’1 220 FA
979 WR Simms McElfresh Appalachian State 5’9 180 FA
980 DE Tyrone Holmes Montana 6’4 245 FA
981 OG Mike Russell Ouachita Baptist 6’5 298 FA
982 P Lachlan Edwards Sam Houston State 6’4 214 FA
983 C Ryan Norton Clemson 6’3 285 FA
984 OLB Aaron Wallace UCLA 6’2 243 FA
985 RB Andy Hibbett Carson-Newman 5’11 200 FA
986 QB Jake Rudock Michigan 6’3 208 FA
987 ILB Great Ibe Eastern Michigan 5’11 213 FA
988 K Tyler Tate Bowling Green 5’11 185 FA
989 OLB Ben Ingle Ball State 6’0 230 FA
990 RB Calvinaugh Jones Concord (WV) 5’8 205 FA
991 CB Rocky Hayes Arkansas State 5’10 177 FA
992 DE Jack Gangwish Nebraska 6’2 265 FA
993 OG Harris Williams Boston College 6’3 296 FA
994 TE Ryan O’Malley Penn 6’6 265 FA
995 CB Brandon Greer Central Michigan 6’0 203 FA
996 WR Ryan Burbrink Bowling Green 5’8 183 FA
997 RS Jakeem Grant Texas Tech 5’6 169 FA
998 DE Chris Stone Arkansas State 6’2 252 FA
999 CB John Tidwell Sioux Falls (SD) 5’11 191 FA
1000 CB Ronnie Harris Stanford 5’9 173 FA

 

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The Curious Case of Fred Jackson http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/curious-case-fred-jackson/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/curious-case-fred-jackson/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:03:31 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156511 It’s quite rare for the question of a 34-year old running back making a football team turning into such a hot topic in today’s NFL.

But the Buffalo Bills’ Fred Jackson is no ordinary case.

The 34-year-old running back seems to have found the fountain of youth, at least in today’s terms.

After totaling 207 touches (141 carries, 66 receptions) for 1,026 yards just a year ago, the oldest running back in the league was still effective, even though he was battling injuries throughout the entire season.

After the acquisition of LeSean McCoy in the off-season to take over the feature back role, speculation emerged that Jackson’s tenure with the Bills could be in jeopardy.fred-jackson-nfl-tennessee-titans-buffalo-bills-850x560

The Bills’ draft didn’t do anything to simmer those talks, after selecting Florida State running back Karlos Williams in the fifth-round of this year’s draft.

McCoy and Williams join Jackson, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon in what is now a very deep and youthful backfield.

Jackson will most likely have to finish at No. 2 on the depth chart for a shot to stick around.  It will be a tough decision, but a team can’t afford to keep a 34-year old running back No. 3 or lower, especially with all the young talent at the posistion.

Could one of the unquestioned leaders of the locker room and most liked players in the community be on the way out?

“We’ll see what happens with me getting cut or not,” Jackson said during an hour-long appearance on sports radio WGR550. “I’ll go out and do whatever I can to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ve got to compete every year. This year is no different than any other year. I’ve got to go out and compete for my job.”

The thing helping Jackson is he has been through this process before.

In 2007 the Buffalo Bills made Cal’s Marshawn Lynch the 12th overall selection of the draft.

Three years later, they used another high first rounder, this time taking C.J. Spiller out of Clemson with the ninth overall pick.

Fast forward to today, and Jackson is still the only one left standing in the Bills’ backfield.

“I think every year you have to compete for your spot and that’s how I approach it,” Jackson said to WGR550. “You draft a guy like Marshawn (Lynch) and you know he’s going to be the guy. So you go in and compete and you want to be on the field so you’ve got to go out and do that.”

“Then you draft a guy like C.J. (Spiller) and nothing has changed. You go out and you compete and do whatever you can to make plays when you get the opportunity to do so.”

Even with the talent around him, the nine-year veteran is still an effective role player and provides a steadying hand in what will be a run-heavy offense this season in Buffalo. His complete skill-set of rushing and receiving ability go hand-in-hand with his blocking and his overall field awareness.

When healthy, you can’t just find a Fred Jackson on the free-agent market.

Even with all the speculation, Jackson isn’t going to listen to any of it.

Come training camp, he is only going to focus on himself.

“It’s just the same book, different chapter for myself,” Jackson said.  “Tremendous running backs, every one of them. It’s just another challenge for me to prove that I can still compete and make plays for this team. And when I do get opportunities make sure to do so.”

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NFLPA and “Family Feud” Team Up for NFL Players Game Show Competition http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflpa-family-feud-team-nfl-players-game-show-competition/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflpa-family-feud-team-nfl-players-game-show-competition/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:40:45 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156342  

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and ABC’s Family Feud have teamed up for a special, primetime episode of “Celebrity Family Feud,” set to air on SUNDAY, JUNE 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. Ten NFL players will compete on the iconic game show to win up to $25,000 for charity. The American Team will play for the Players Assistance Trust and the National Team will play St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.

 

Steve Harvey, the highly popular and Emmy Award winning host, standup comedian, actor, author and deejay, will host the program. NFL players on the two teams are:  

    • NFLPA American Stars

 

o    Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers/wide receiver

  Nick Mangold – New York Jets/center

o    Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers/tight end

o    Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers/running back


o    Calais Campbell – Arizona Cardinals/defensive end

o    Matt Forte – Chicago Bears/running back

Family feud ready!!!! #NFC airing June 21st

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o    Thomas Davis – Carolina Panthers/outside linebacker

 

 

Follow the hashtag #CelebrityFamilyFeud during the show and the NFLPA on Twitter (@NFLPA) for updates and behind-the-scenes photos.

 

About the NFLPA

 

The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through 2020.

 

About FremantleMedia North America

 

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business.  As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV  brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 28 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Original Productions and 495 Productions, produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including American Idol (FOX), America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Married to Medicine (Bravo), Party Down South (CMT), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), The Returned (A&E) and Celebrity Name Game (SYN), among others.

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Bills’ Goodwin finishes fourth at U.S. Championship in long jump http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-goodwin-finishes-fourth-u-s-championship-long-jump/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-goodwin-finishes-fourth-u-s-championship-long-jump/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:08:06 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156334 It turns out that Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won’t have to pick between a shot at the Olympics and a potiential spot on the team’s roster after all.

Goodwin finished fourth in the long jump at the 2015 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore today, posting a best effort of 27 feet, 5.5 inches, which just missed the cut for a spot at the world championships.

The top three performers in the event automatically became eligible to participate in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, held August 22-30 this year.

Had Goodwin made the cut, it could have possibly had an impact on his chances of making the Bills roster.  The world championships would have conflicted with not only the end of the Bills’ training camp, but could have impacted his availability for two preseason games as well, depending on his required travel and commitment to being as close to 100 percent for the event as possible.

For a player who hasn’t competed in the sport since the 2012 London Games, it was quite a showing for the talented athlete, but at least he can enter training camp focused, without the possible distraction looming over him.

“Back to football,” Goodwin told the Associated Press. “But words can’t even explain how happy I am right now.”

It’s not to say that his career on the track is anywhere close to over.  The third-year wideout can give it another go next summer, when a trip to the games in Rio is on the line.

“We know what’s (coming up) next year,” Goodwin said to the AP.  “I expect big things but football is my main deal right now.”

 

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Five Items in Your Man’s Closet that will Look Great on You! http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/items-in-your-mans-closet/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/items-in-your-mans-closet/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:32:37 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=155597 If you’re looking for a way to change up your wardrobe a bit this summer, and you don’t want to spend a dime, try taking a peek into your man’s closet.  You’re bound to find a few staple items you can combine with your own wardrobe to create the perfect feminine, menswear inspired look.

With inspiration from the runways sending us into a  frenzy, this summer is the perfect time to go shopping in his closet! Take a look at 7 key items you can borrow from your significant other, and tips on how to pull them off better than him!

His Tuxedo Jacket

An over-sized tuxedo jacket on a woman has been a popular trend for quite some time. This item is definitely useful for your subtle, sexy looks. The best part about the tuxedo jacket is its versatility; it looks great paired with just about anything, so don’t be so quick to give this one back. Wear this with leather leggings or skinny jeans, tweed shorts or a midi skirt, or even over your shoulders with a sexy cocktail dress. If you want to be daring, you could even where the tuxedo jacket as a dress itself, just as long as the length is long enough.

Five items in your man's closet that look better on you

Brands featured above: L.K. Bennett, Mossimo, Proenza Schouler, Dolce and Gabbana, Alice and Olivia, Karl Lagerfeld, Casadei, Oscar De La Renta

His Sweatshirt & Gold Watch

We’ve all been guilty of stealing our man’s sweatshirt to lounge around the house in. If you’re looking for something fresh, simple and prep inspired, try pairing one of his sweatshirts with a statement collared shirt and sequined or lace skirt. You’d be surprised how great a guy’s sweatshirt can look paired with a few girly pieces.

If you didn’t consider this until now, don’t worry. An oversized men’s watch on a woman has suddenly become a classic trend that all women seem to have fallen in love with. A large face men’s watch is the perfect accessory to wear with your simple, minimal looks. It’s also a great statement piece if you like to layer your bracelets.

Five items in your man's closet that look better on you

Brands featured above: Levis, Nike, New Look, Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, BCBGMAXAZRIA

His White Button Down Shirt

Known to be the “morning after”staple item, the oversized white button down has better ways to be put to good use. Think of this crisp white shirt as a blank canvas for your wardrobe; it can be dressed up or down, and even an essential layering item. When it comes to rocking this piece, it’s all about proportion so don’t be afraid to experiment. Try rolling up the sleeves and pair this with your favorite ripped denim jeans or cut off denim shorts. If you want something a little more chic, try tucking it in a leather mini skirt with ankle boots, or layering it under a dress! You could even where it as a dress itself with his gold watch and a pair of chunky heels!

Five items in your man's closet that look better on you

Brands featured above: Helmut Lang  Asos Valentino Nicholas Kirkwood Row Madewell LucLuc Rebecca Minkoff Kenzo Frends Taylor

His Jeans

There is a reason why they call it the “boyfriend”jean. Wearing your man’s jeans has become such a popular trend that denim brands eventually had to follow suite. If his jeans are too big for you to steal, definitely grab yourself a pair of these! Look for a worn, lighter-washed style jean. Styles with minimal rips are also ideal. This is an essential choice for stylish, casual days to pair with Chuck Taylors and t-shirts. Boyfriend jeans can also be a perfect night out choice to pair with pointed toe pumps and a sheer blouse or strappy sandals and sequined top.

Five items in your man's closet that look better on you

Brands featured above: No. 21 Rag and Bone Tory Burch Vince Agatha Aviu Diane Von Furstenberg Casadei H&M

About Jenai
Fashion Stylist, Jenai Dominique

Fashion Stylist Jenai Dominique Photo by: Noelle Thomas, ©ntpstudios

Jenai Dominique, fashion wardrobe stylist and personal style blogger, has become a dynamic face in the fashion industry. Known for her versatile and fresh approach to styling, she has been recognized for her keen eye to detail and ability to create innovative styles that generate stunning, self possessed looks. She loves inspiring others to find their own personal style and embrace their individuality.  If you possess self-confidence, the possibilities are endless. She encourages all fashion lovers to speak with confidence, dress with personality, scream with poise and shine with talent!

http://JenaiDominique.com
http://StyledbyJenaiDominique.com
http://Instagram.com/JenaiDominique
http://Linkedin.com/in/JenaiDominique

 

Jenai Dominique, fashion wardrobe stylist and personal style blogger, has become a dynamic face in the fashion industry. Known for her versatile and fresh approach to styling, she has been recognized for her keen eye to detail and ability to create innovative styles that generate stunning, self possessed looks. She loves inspiring others to find their own personal style and embrace their individuality.  If you posses self-confidence, the possibilities are endless. She encourages all fashion lovers to speak with confidence, dress with personality, scream with poise and shine with talent!

http://JenaiDominique.com
http://StyledbyJenaiDominique.com
http://Instagram.com/JenaiDominique
http://Linkedin.com/in/JenaiDominique

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Jenai Dominique, fashion wardrobe stylist and personal style blogger, has become a dynamic face in the fashion industry. Known for her versatile and fresh approach to styling, she has been recognized for her keen eye to detail and ability to create innovative styles that generate stunning, self possessed looks. She loves inspiring others to find their own personal style and embrace their individuality.  If you posses self-confidence, the possibilities are endless. She encourages all fashion lovers to speak with confidence, dress with personality, scream with poise and shine with talent!

http://JenaiDominique.com
http://StyledbyJenaiDominique.com
http://Instagram.com/JenaiDominique
http://Linkedin.com/in/JenaiDominique

- See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/insider-style-for-the-wives-spring-2015-fashion-trends/#sthash.aelOxTVk.dpuf

Jenai Dominique, fashion wardrobe stylist and personal style blogger, has become a dynamic face in the fashion industry. Known for her versatile and fresh approach to styling, she has been recognized for her keen eye to detail and ability to create innovative styles that generate stunning, self possessed looks. She loves inspiring others to find their own personal style and embrace their individuality.  If you posses self-confidence, the possibilities are endless. She encourages all fashion lovers to speak with confidence, dress with personality, scream with poise and shine with talent!

http://JenaiDominique.com
http://StyledbyJenaiDominique.com
http://Instagram.com/JenaiDominique
http://Linkedin.com/in/JenaiDominique

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Maryland Crab Cakes http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/maryland-crab-cakes/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/maryland-crab-cakes/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:08:10 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156201 If I say “food” and “Maryland” in a sentence, chances are “crab cakes” come to mind. Crab cakes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each with different spins for the recipe. Let’s get one thing straight: Maryland-style crab cakes are not Maryland crab cakes. The terms mean two different things, especially to a local (I grew up there. Let’s go O’s!).

There are two distinct elements of a Maryland-style crab cake. This version misses a third component, the “secret” ingredient if you will, of an authentic, local version. The two: jumbo lump blue crab meat and Old Bay seasoning.

The actual crabmeat is important for a few reasons. I find the state’s treasured blue crabs sweeter than other varieties, and the near-iconic texture of a true crab cake comes from the larger chunks rather than finely shredded strands. Crabmeat tends to shred and can become hair-like if over-handled. If you like tightly bound, stringy crab cakes, by all means shred the meat. Just don’t call it “Maryland-style” because it just ain’t so.

jumbo lump crabmeat

Old Bay is also required as Maryland goes. Further south, you’ll find the same loyalty to other seasoning blends. If you’ve been through Louisiana, you know the creole stuff I’m talking about. There are no substitutes for Maryland-style or Maryland crab cakes. I know people who put Old Bay on French fries, salads, pancakes, everything. Old Bay actually has a crab cake recipe on the can. Many will argue that recipe is the real Maryland recipe. It is, I suppose. By it’s not my favorite, which has been hacked from years of eating the things. To each…

In the late 90’s a friend of mine brought me to some dive bar-restaurant that served crabs by the bushel. Even as a local, I can’t stand eating them this way. I much prefer the cakes. The dive bar owner said to try some other place – can’t remember the name – where the cakes were legendary for their size and quality. Cool. That place served 12-ounce cakes, lump meat as big as your thumb, perfectly tender, just barely held together. They were incredible. Many years worth of blue ribbons and awards were hung on the walls, so I asked how to make them. That was the first time I heard of the “secret” ingredient. Three years later, all the way across the state, I had a similar experience. This time, the crab cakes were smaller, but equal in perfection. Asked and answered, the “secret” ingredient was the same.

Ritz crackers.

secret ingredients

That Maryland crab cakes have no binder is a fallacy. Recipes all over the Internet call for breadcrumbs, or any variety of crackers. What’s so special about Ritz? I think the buttery taste and small crumb when crushed. Whatever the case, they work and as you find the small joints across the state that serve traditional versions, over and over these crackers are the go-to choice.

So let’s make Maryland crab cakes. Real ones.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound jumbo lump blue crabmeat
  • 1 shallot, finely diced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 red pepper, finely diced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 20 Ritz crackers, crushed almost into “flour”
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (Dijon is normally used but I like stone ground)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil and 2 tablespoons of butter, for pan frying
  • salt and pepper to taste, lemon wedges, for serving

The recipe:

  1. Drain the crabmeat. Pick through and remove any shells. Place on paper towels to dry, pat gently with additional paper towel. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  2. Add shallot, red pepper, Ritz crackers, and parsley to bowl with crabmeat. Add salt and pepper. Fold very gently to combine.
  3. Add egg, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Fold gently to incorporate. Be careful not to break up the lumps of crab.
  4. Form handfuls of crab mixture into patties. I suggest four patties from this recipe, about the size of a 1/3-pound burger. Start with a handful of crab mixture, pressing gently to form a loose ball in your palms. Gently flatten out with equal pressure to form a disc about ½-inch thick. Rest crab cakes in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium-high. Add oil and butter to hot pan. Cook crab cakes 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown. Squeeze fresh lemon over finished crab cakes just before serving.

You can also broil the crab cakes in an oven. If you bought the cast iron griddle I told about in World-class Burgers, you can grill the crab cakes same as burgers. The difference using the grill versus the skillet indoors is the addition of smoke. Tasty!

In Maryland, crab cakes normally come either as a platter (just the cakes) or sandwiches. I like crab cake sandwiches the best. I recommend brioche rolls for the bun, and I’m a fan of remoulade instead of tartar sauce. You can make your own choice there.

sandwiches

Feeding a crowd? Skip cakes and make smaller, meatball-sized portions. They will cook in less time and are great finger foods.

A word on breading: There is no real “crust” to a crab cake other than the sear you get from cooking. You can bread crab cakes if you want, but in Maryland, we don’t. The risk you run with breading in the recipe above is burning the crust while cooking. Better to bake them I think, or deep-fry. But again, Maryland crab cakes aren’t breaded…

There you have it: the secret is out. Ritz crackers. I’m probably now-banned from the state for sharing but I figure it’s better people know and do it right rather than spread preposterous imposter cakes throughout the nation.

Until next time – A

 

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Washington Redskins Outlook: Grading The Secondary http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-outlook-grading-secondary/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-outlook-grading-secondary/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:09:10 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156310 For the next few weeks we’ll preview the Washington Redskins current Training Camp roster by grading and reviewing each positional group. In the process, we’ll also take a look at who could make the final roster.

Today, we’re starting with a look at Washington’s revamped secondary that will feature at least three new starters in 2015.

Current Cornerback group:

Kyshoen Jarrett, 22

Tevin Mitchell, 22

David Amerson, 23

Bashaud Breeland, 23

Tajh Hasson, 23

Chris Culliver, 26

Trey Wolfe, 26

Justin Rogers, 27

DeAngelo Hall, 31

Current Safety Group:

Akeem Davis, 25

Trenton Robinson, 25

Duke Ihenacho, 26

Phillip Thomas, 26

Jeron Johnson, 27

DaMon Cromartie-Smith, 28

Dashon Goldson, 30

Who I believe makes the team (CB):

1. Chris Culliver

2. Bashaud Breeland

3. DeAngelo Hall

4. David Amerson

5. Tevin Mitchell

Who I believe makes the team (S):

1. Dashon Goldson

2. Jeron Johnson

3. Duke Ihenacho

4. Akeem Davis

Final Cornerback Depth Chart Grade: B-

I really like what the Washington Redskins did at the Cornerback position. They signed one of the top Free Agents at the position in Chris Culliver who is pretty similar to second year player Bashaud Breeland. Both players are physical and not afraid to get in your face at the line of scrimmage. Plus both are physical downhill players who like to tackle. I think the Redskins are set on the perimeter of their secondary with those two guys.

Where it gets interesting is behind those top two players. DeAngelo Hall is coming off a torn Achilles (he ended up re-tearing it last year) and it’s unclear if he’ll ever be the player he was in the past. Even if he is healthy, it’s uncertain what will be asked of him and in what capacity. Will he be in rotation as a boundary corner? Will he be asked to play slot? Or will he even get a look at Free Safety? There’s more questions than answers when it comes to DHall. But one thing is for certain, his leadership skills will benefit the young talent in this group.

David Amerson has received some great reviews from the coaching staff this off-season. Many have said he’s taken the game a lot more serious and has become more of a student. All of that sounds great. However, he had a really bad season last year and it’s pretty much the same stuff that made him become a boom or bust prospect in 2013. There were scouts who said his last year in college may have been the worst they’ve “ever” seen from a corner. That’s a statement. Amerson has nice size and raw talent, but he has a lot to prove.

The rookie Tevin Mitchell is a really interesting player. After watching several of his game tapes, it wasn’t until I watched him shutdown Alabama’s Amari Cooper that I began to understand his game. He isn’t the greatest of athletes, but he’s smart and has good technique. He also has quick feet, which benefits him against the great route runners like Amari Cooper. It’ll be interesting to see how he develops because the NFC East poses a problem with its quick-footed, smart WRs (Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and Cole Beasley).

Final Safety Depth Chart Grade: C-

The Redskins have, on paper, slightly improved from what they had at safety last season. We’ll have to wait and see how they play to truly find out how much the team improved there.

Dashon Goldson is coming off a few bad seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being a Pro-Bowl player in San Francisco. If he can play anywhere near the level he did with the 49ers, the Redskins would have a steal on their hands. The issue I have is, there’s really no true Free Safety behind him.

Jeron Johnson is a guy I really liked watching on tape during his time with the Seahawks. He didn’t play much, but when he did — he made his presence known. He’s an above average man-coverage guy who is physical going downhill. He’s also great on special teams.

I know Jeron and Duke Ihenacho have been splitting first team reps so far this off-season, but I think Jeron will win that. Either way, if both are healthy, I could see the team using each player on defense. Ihenacho is a capable safety who could start on many teams around the league. He just has to stay healthy and prove he can play at the same level he did some years ago with the Colts.

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From Badgers to Browns; Mrs. Joe Thomas is Queen of the Court http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/badgers-browns-mrs-joe-thomas-queen-court/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/badgers-browns-mrs-joe-thomas-queen-court/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:07:25 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=155222 Meet 6’1, Annie Thomas, former University of Wisconsin women’s basketball star. While excelling on the Badgers court, Thomas just happen to meet a certain student athlete that she now calls her husband. “I started playing basketball in 5th grade and was super lanky and kind of clumsy until things clicked just before high school. Basketball was a way for me to stand out besides just being tall and I took the scholarship to Wisconsin.  I’d have to say I went to the best school in the country.”

Looking back we know that Thomas ended up at UW not only to be the “queen of the court,” but to meet the love of her life, 8 time Pro Bowl tackle, Joe Thomas. Marrying the No.3 Cleveland draft pick came pretty naturally for the mutually athletic Badger bred couple. 7978080426_4eb2259cb3_z

Now we all know that Mrs. #73 can be found on more than just the Brown’s turf but also on the basketball court. This NFL wife was a three-time Academic All-Big 10 selection. Annie has also continued on to be a radio color annieanalyst for Wisconsin women’s basketball home games and was an assistant coach of the Cleveland State University women’s squad.

In addition to having a sports state of mind, the Thomas family has passion for the outdoors. Both Annie and “Catfish” Joe can be found at their farm in the sticks of Southwest Wisconsin hunting and fishing.

Theresa Villano, of Pro Player Insiders, caught up with this NFL Woman of the Month to talk a little Browns football,  being a mom, her love of the outdoors, and basketball life. But most importantly this competitive couple reveals if Annie can beat her All Pro husband 1 on 1- in the paint.

Pro Player Insiders: You’re a nine year NFL vet, wait, let me rephrase. You’re nine year Dawg Pound wife, Mrs. #73 (same thing). What has been going on in your ninth offseason? Any cabin trips or highlights?

Annie Thomas: Every offseason has been so incredible in it’s own way. The football season starts mid to late July so when their time off starts we try and pack in as much fun and time together as a family as we possibly can. We have an 8 month old and a 2 year old so this offseason was all about them. We baptized our baby girl Camryn and celebrated our other daughter Logan’s 2nd birthday. We love getting back to Wisconsin to recharge with no phones/computers/cable, just us.

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PPI: Right out of the gate, we must ask if you are always the tallest woman in the room at 6 foot 1? Do you wear heels often? Wow, Joe must love tall athletic ladies.
AT: Being tall was not always fun. I was this height in 8th grade. But once I got to college I was surrounded by other tall women in my teammates and obviously Joe is a tall guy so I get to wear heels all the time now. I’m now back to being the tallest women in the room.I miss my college teammates dearly.1487404_10103037044859637_504065763_n

PPI: With your height came your basketball career. Tell us a little bit about how you fell in love with basketball and got recruited to play at University of Wisconsin.
AT: I started playing basketball in 5th grade and was super lanky and kind of clumsy until things clicked just before high school. I really loved it because it was a way for me to stand out besides just being tall. I was recruited by a few schools but really looked at going to Marquette, Pepperdine and Wisconsin. My recruiting trip to Wisconsin sealed the deal.I know everyone says this about their alma mater but it’s the best school in the country. My time there was amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! And its where Joe and I met.

PPI: After your time in Wisconsin, life took you to Cleveland with Joe. What is life like in Cleveland and with the Brown’s organization?
AT: The year Joe was drafted was a blur; we got engaged, he was drafted, moved to Cleveland, I graduated and we got married. It was an epic 7 months! We were thrilled to be heading to Cleveland, we wanted to stay in the Midwest and be somewhat close to family and friends. Cleveland is where we started our life as a married couple and now where we are raising our family! Besides it being home to the best fans in the NFL it really is a special place to us as a couple.

PPI: Last season, your husbands job was directly affected by the Cleveland Browns starting three different players at quarterback in Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, and Connor Shaw, en route to a 7–9 record. What are your hoped for the Browns 2015-’16 season?
AT: My husband’s job is protecting the quarterback and when you play a season with multiple QBS that makes his job that much harder. I’m a nervous wreck during Joe’s games and when I know that things are being changed up on him I can barely watch. My hopes for this upcoming season are consistency for him and obviously to WIN. Joe HATES losing, HATES HATES HATES losing!! These guys sacrifice their bodies every week and to come away from a game with a win takes the sting out of the bumps and bruises (that’s putting it lightly).Joe Thomas

PPI: Joe has been to the Pro Bowl 8 times and is entering his ninth year. With that being said you have to have a favorite moment in his career thus far. Please tell.
AT: We have been so beyond thrilled every time Joe has gotten the call saying he made the Pro Bowl. It is such an awesome experience and Joe is so incredibly honored every time he gets voted in. Seeing him out on the field playing a game that he loves with the greatest players in the NFL gives me chills and it’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life.michael-irvin-bashes-joe-thomas-570x380

PPI: What does it mean to be a Browns wife and knowing your husband has so many fans? What was your most enjoyable part of being part of the organization?
AT: This town is a football town and I know it sounds cliche but the fans in Cleveland are the best in the league. They show up every Sunday and they love these guys more than anything! I’m still shocked when I see people wearing Joe’s jersey…it’s nuts to me. But the fans here have been so incredible to Joe and he wouldn’t want to play anywhere else.

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Woman of the Month and Community Service…

PPI: We want to get to know you. Describe yourself in one sentence.
AT: Thats so hard… but I guess I would say, ‘I’m a loving mommy/sister/daughter/friend who loves to laugh…and I’m so insanely competitive that it’s annoying.’
PPI: How has playing basketball impacted your life? Did Joe know you as the basketball star?
AT: Basketball was and is such a positive thing in my life, the people that I’ve met and the places that I’ve gone playing that game is unreal! Joe and I met just before my senior year and he would come to my games squeezed into my jersey. It was hilarious but adorable. We would shoot around or play HORSE at the Kohl Center(where I played) after our practices…it was such a fun way to flirt and get to know each other. But it was embarrassing for him because I always beat him…he might say otherwise. Hawaii '05 034

PPI: Tell me a little about your passions or projects you are working on outside of being a mom?
AT: I’m a mom first and foremost, my girls are my life but before I was a mom I volunteered at the local animal shelter. The APL (Animal Protective League) has my heart and I love everything about them. I now sit on the board and try and raise as much money as I possibly can for all of the amazing animals that come into our doors!!!

PPI: You and Joe do a lot in the Cleveland community. What have been some of the most gratifying projects you have worked on while living in Ohio.

AT: Joe and I have always made it our priority to defend those that can’t defend themselves. Animals and children fall into that category a lot of the time. So besides the APL we have gotten involved with The Providence House, a crisis Nursery here in Cleveland. To go down and see the day old babies to the 6 year olds that are staying at the Providence House while their moms deal with the issues in their lives that are keeping them from being the parent that they want to be, makes me so proud that Cleveland recognizes the need to help these families stay together.Joe-Thomas-600x434

Faith…

PPI: Tell me about the role faith has played in your life.
AT: I think about how difficult this crazy world of the NFL would be if we didn’t have faith. Faith that God is going to keep Joe safe, faith that He will provide for our family, the list goes on and on. But our faith was never stronger than after the birth of our 1st daughter Logan. Holding her for the first time rocked our world and the prayers of thanks and the awe that we felt in the miracle of what had happened was really overwhelming.

PPI: What bible verse does the Thomas family love and live by?
AT: Our favorite verse is one thats on the back of Logan’s favorite bedtime book, Psalm 68:19. ” Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Knowing that God wants us to lift up our problems to him no matter how big or small is such an amazing lesson for all of us to learn, and I hope my girls are better at it than I am. Worry is such a difficult thing because its saying that you don’t trust that God is in control, he wants to take our worry and our pain from us and relinquishing control is really hard.

Your husband and Football…

PPI: How did you meet Mr. Joe Thomas? In the Badgers athletic facilities?
AT: The first time we met I was over at the football training room waiting to get rehab on a foot injury and the O-linemen were all sitting there getting taped up. I remember thinking that it was the most gigantic group of men I had ever seen!! We didn’t talk again until that next summer and he asked me out at a BBQ by inviting me out on his canoe. I thought it was cute and super dorky.IMG_1655

PPI: How many years have you been married? After that many years of marriage, you must tell us one thing people need to know about Joe? His nickname “Catfish” Joe because of his pure enthusiasm for fishing and the outdoors? His love for Cavs basketball games?
AT: This summer we will celebrate our 8th Anniversary! Something that people would never know about Joe is that he loves to watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette with me. We just discovered the show 3 seasons ago and we are addicted. And “Catfish” Joe is such an appropriate name for him…he would live outside if I let him. He grabs Logan right when he gets home and takes her out to our garden every day after practice.JoeThomasGoneFishing

PPI: We found out that you know Melissa and Andrew Whitworth of the Bengals. What is your relationship like? Why is Melissa such a big fan of yours ?
AT: We met the Whitworth’s at the NFLPA meetings a few years ago.She is a riot! We have friends all around the league (especially after a few coaching changes) but having Melissa to text/call/email is amazing. She understands what its like to watch the left tackle every single play,which not a lot of people do. But she is a great mommy friend too, from sleep schedules to nursing problems she has helped me more than she will ever know.

Dawg Pound Inspired Cleveland Favorites…

You live in Ohio during the season so we have to hit you with the PPI Cleveland FIRE 5:
 1. Best Restaurant? This is such a tough one…. we have so many favorites but Crop, Fahrenheit and Domonic Santos are so good!
2. Favorite place to shop or take kids?
We spend so much time in the Metroparks, its the hidden gem of this city! We have 2 labs and they go wild when we get to the trails! Also we take some cute classes with the kids at the Lake Erie Nature Center
3. Go to tourist attraction for your visitors?
The Rock Hall of Fame is a must see but besides that Cleveland’s Food scene is unreal… there are so many amazing chefs that have started up restaurants here and its become a foodie destination!
4. Favorite current Browns player, besides Joe? Can I say the entire O-Line? They are the greatest group of guys and I love them all
5. Best thing about the Dawg Pound fans? They’re nuts, loud and they always show up to give the opposing team a run for their money

Being an NFL wife…

PPI: Nine years in the NFL is a long time. What was it like as a rookie wife in a new city and how has your life changed in the in the 9 years Joe has played?
AT: We moved to Cleveland at the age of 22 and 23.It was intimidating in every way. But we were so fortunate to have amazing teammates and a community that embraced us. We were kids and it was so much fun just being married and making new friends as we went along.

PPI: Has there been a fellow NFL wife you have looked up to or bonded with. If so, who? Tell me about her.
AT: Rachel McCoy whose husband Colt is a QB in DC now is a 1 of a kind type of person. She is one of my dearest friends and I love her to death. She has a faith that is so great and a real love for her friends and family. Colt played with Joe for 3 years and I miss her so much.large_11525

PPI: Is there a wife or family on the Browns you find yourself around a lot? We know about the Tuesday “Day off” couples dinners in the NFL, who do you guys go with?

AT: We tend to stick together as an O-line, but we have a few special teams couples that are so much fun to be with! Tank Carder’s wife Jessi is a good friend of mine, we both have 2 kids and she is such a good mom. And our punter Spencer and his fiancé Brittany are just the cutest couple.

PPI: Your daughters are a huge part of your life. Tell us a couple words to describe them. What are their interactions with their dad like? Are they Browns fans?
AT: They are delicious and I can’t get enough of them. Seeing life through the eyes of a 2 year old is precious. Logan is daddy’s shadow.She has a gardening hat just like him and loves to ride in the tractor with him when we are up at our farm. Cam is 8 months old and is Joe’s twin, she is an angel baby! Lolo says that daddy plays football and loves to talk about helmets and jerseys but she doesn’t really get what dad does.574682_10101956007192787_1903767778_n

PPI: What is the biggest stereotype about NFL wives that you have found to be “not true”?
AT: I guess I was nervous that the NFL wives would be pretentious or rich snobs, but we are all here just supporting our husbands. We sit in the stands praying that the men we love make it through each snap without injury and we are there to celebrate the wins and hold their hands through the loses.

While Annie is enjoying offseason, with a few hunting trips and pick up games, we are very confident she is eager to be back in the Dawg Pound stands for the 2015 season. Mrs. Thomas has high hopes for the season and wants the best fan in the league to feel the same. “This town is a football town and I know it sounds cliche but the fans in Cleveland are the best in the league. They show up every Sunday and they love these guys more than anything. My hopes for this upcoming season are consistency for Joe and the team.  I want them to obviously to win.  Joe hates, hates, hates losing,” and all of Cleveland does, too. So Ohio, is this the year to let the dawgs out? The Thomas family believes this is the year.

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Bills’ WR Goodwin to compete at U.S. track nationals http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-wr-goodwin-compete-u-s-track-nationals/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-wr-goodwin-compete-u-s-track-nationals/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:30:31 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156257 Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is leaving his football cleats behind in Buffalo and instead getting ready to lace up his track cleats as the second-year pro is making his return to track and field competition.

Well, at least for a weekend.

Goodwin, 24, is gearing up for the 2015 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championship that starts this weekend in Eugene, Ore., an official from USA Track and Field told SI.com.

He hasn’t competed in the sport since finishing 10th in the long jump final at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, but was given a waiver to join the event’s roster by Ed Gorman, chairman of the men’s branch of U.S. track and field, due to his past success in the sport.

Goodwin, who scored a personal best of 8.33 meters (27 feet, 3.95 inches) at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trails before his finish at the London Games, might have a schedule conflict in the future if he does well at the event.

Should he finish in the top three, he would be eligible to participate in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, held August 22-30 this year.

Bills training camp at St. John Fisher in Pittsford, NY runs from July 31- August 25th.

Buffalo also has preseason games on August 20th at Cleveland and August 29th at home against Pittsburgh.

For a player who is on the roster bubble, it will be interesting to see if Goodwin will have to make a decision between a chance on a NFL roster or another shot at Olympic Gold.

The former third-round draft pick out of Texas University is coming of a disappointing season that saw the vertical-threat haul in just one reception for 42 yards in a injury-riddled campaign.  The Bills have great depth at the receiver position, especially with the addition of Percy Harvin in the off-season that joined an already talented group with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Chris Hogan.

The 2016 Olympic Team Trials for track and field will be held on July 1-10 next year if the whole football thing doesn’t work out for the ultra-talented athlete.

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Panthers Owner Donates to Families of SC Tragedy http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/panthers-owner-donates-families-sc-tragedy/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/panthers-owner-donates-families-sc-tragedy/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:55:33 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156241 The Carolina Panthers owner, Jerry Richardson, donated $10,000 to each of the nine families that tragically had their family members killed in the Wednesday night shooting in the church in Charleston, South Carolina. He also donated another $10,000 to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which was where the murders occurred during a bible study on that night.

On Friday, a donation letter giving $100,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, was tweeted out by Bakari Sellers (D), a former member of the South Carolina House of representatives. That letter mentions all nine names of the victims that were murdered that night: Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr, and Myra Thompson.

Richardson said that he wanted the money to help “defray funeral costs and other financial needs of each.” Team spokesperson, Steven Drummond said, “We don’t want to comment on the specifics of the donation, but know our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals”. The donation letter written by the Panthers owner can be seen in its entirety below:

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Richardson has said in the past that his team will represent both North and South Carolina and even though the Carolina Panthers stadium is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, their training camp is located at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Aaron Cortese seeks Dream to Meet Tom Brady http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/aaron-cortese-seeks-dream-meet-tom-brady/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/aaron-cortese-seeks-dream-meet-tom-brady/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:13:44 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156230 11428480_642121349220973_9199448264342209860_n (1)Like a lot of teenagers, Aaron Cortese loves sports. Unlike a lot of teenagers, Cortese is living with chiari malformation of the spine and scoliosis. Cortese has been forced to go through around 50 surgeries in his lifetime.

Even though Cortese has a rare illness, he was on the Pueblo West High School swim team and played in Pueblo West High School band prior to graduating this year.

While Cortese has accomplished a lot despite his illness, but there is one thing he has yet to do and that’s meet Tom Brady from his favorite football team the New England Patriots.

Thanks to Donna Quimby, owner of Colorado Tire and friends of Cortese, a request to meet Brady has gone viral.

“If you know Aaron, you love him,” Quimby said. “I was inspired to do something that would make him happy.”

Quimby used the Colorado Tires Facebook page requesting her followers to spread the word about Cortese’s story. After receiving over 10,000 likes on Facebook, the word is getting out.

Facebook and Twitter users have shared Cortese’s request to some media outlets such as The Ellen Show, Good Morning America, ESPN, Fox Sports, just to name a few. Twitter users have also begun to use the hashtag #TomBradyforAaron, which had over 300 mentions last week and has started to create a cult following.

Quimby told The Pueblo Chieftain that she will do whatever it takes to make Cortese’s dream come true.

“Aaron’s been in the hospital more times that we can count,” Quimby said. “Yet he remains so positive. I just wanted him to have this unbelievably incredible experience.”11535903_642121379220970_2239777809437334569_n

Out of all the players in the NFL, why does Cortese want to meet Tom Brady? Family members say Cortese has been a Patriots fan for as long as he can remember.

“When he was about seven years old, he got a Tom Brady action figure,” Aaron’s sister, Cassie, said. “It really started there.”

As of right now, the Cortese family hasn’t heard anything from the Patriots, Brady, or any of the television platforms they have reached out to. While Cortese isn’t sure it will happen, he is happy about the support he has received on Facebook and Twitter.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” Cortese said. “It lets me know how much I’m loved.”

If you want to help send a Facebook message to the New England Patriots or Tom Brady. You can also use the Twitter hashtag #TomBradyForAaron and tag @patriots.

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2016 NFL Draft Preseason Position Rankings Update http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2016-nfl-draft-preseason-position-rankings-update/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2016-nfl-draft-preseason-position-rankings-update/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:04:44 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156193  2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings Update

We have updated our position ratings and expanded on them.  We will update this group again mid-season.

 

 

QUARTERBACKS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Cody Kessler Southern California 2nd
2 Connor Cook Michigan State 2nd
3 Dak Prescott Mississippi State 3rd
4 Carson Wentz North Dakota State 4th-5th
5 Braxton Miller Ohio State 4th-5th
6 Kevin Hogan Stanford 5th
7 Trevone Boykin TCU 6th-7th
8 Nate Sudfeld Indiana 6th-7th
9 Jacoby Brissett North Carolina State 6th-7th
10 Mike Bercovici Arizona State 7th
11 Travis Wilson Utah 7th-PFA
12 Blake Frohnapfel Massachusetts 7th-PFA
13 Everett Golson Florida State PFA
14 Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky PFA
15 Taysom Hill BYU PFA
16 Josh Woodrum Liberty PFA
17 Brandon Allen Arkansas PFA
18 Marquise Williams North Carolina PFA
19 Vad Lee James Madison PFA
20 Vernon Adams Oregon PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Jake Coker Alabama
Kevin Earl South Dakota
Michael Eubank Samford
John Gibbs Jr. Alcorn State
Sean Goldrich New Hampshire
James Harris California (PA)
Jacob Huesman Chattanooga
Jaquez Johnson Florida Atlantic
Chuckie Keeton Utah State
Tanner McEvoy Wisconsin
Liam Nadler Gannon
Brett Nottingham Columbia
Ammon Olsen Southern Utah
Tre Roberson Illinois State
John Robertson Villanova
Moses Skillon Morgan State
Joel Stave Wisconsin
Jason Vander Laan Ferris State
J.W. Walsh Oklahoma State
Kyle Washington Angelo State

 

This class is much better than the 2015 draft class. We currently feel three passers are top 100 picks from the seniors alone.  There is upside to like from Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Jacoby Brissett, and Travis Wilson.

 

 

RUNNING BACKS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Jonathan Williams Arkansas 2nd-3rd
2 Devontae Butler-Booker Utah 3rd
3 Kenneth Dixon Louisiana Tech 4th-5th
4 Daniel Lasco California 5th-6th
5 Josh Ferguson Illinois 6th-7th
6 Leon Allen Western Kentucky 6th-7th
7 Brandon Wilds South Carolina 6th-7th
8 Kenyan Drake Alabama 7th
9 Storm Woods Oregon State 7th
10 Paul James Rutgers 7th-PFA
11 Aaron Green TCU 7th-PFA
12 Tre Madden Southern California 7th-PFA
13 Marshaun Coprich Illinois State PFA
14 Johnathan Gray Texas PFA
15 Marteze Waller Fresno State PFA
16 Shadrach Thornton North Carolina State PFA
17 Russell Hansbrough Missouri PFA
18 Kenneth Farrow Houston PFA
19 Jhurell Pressley New Mexico PFA
20 Dy’Shawn Mobley Eastern Kentucky PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Mikal Abdul-Saboor William & Mary
Geremy Alridge-Mitchell West Texas A&M
Tra Carson Texas A&M
Taylor Cox Kansas
Travis Greene Bowling Green
Don Jackson Nevada
Cameron McDondle CSU-Pueblo
Cedric O’Neal Valdosta State
Elijhaa Penny Idaho
Jeff Seybold Jr. Pittsburg State
Anthone Taylor Buffalo
DeAndre Washington Texas Tech
Shaun Wick Wyoming
Jamaal Williams BYU
Brandon Williams Texas A&M

 

Jonathan Williams and Devontae Butler-Booker are by far our top two running backs. Kenyan Drake has always been a backup at Alabama but could end up being a top 200 draft pick. He would start as any non Power 5 program.

 

 

FULLBACKS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Devon Johnson Marshall 7th
2 Dan Vitale Northwestern PFA
3 Trayion Durham Kent State PFA
4 Quayvon Hicks Georgia PFA
5 Derek Watt Wisconsin PFA
6 Chris Swain Navy PFA
7 Andrew Bonnet North Dakota State FA
8 Seth Fisher Richmond FA
9 Gary Underwood Villanova FA
10 Nick Butier Northern Arizona FA

 

We rank Devon Johnson as the top prospect but Dan Vitale is a very good player with a shot to move into the draft. We feel Derek Watt is overrated compared to where he has been ranked by draftniks to date. Keep an eye on Trayion Durham who is returning from injury.

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 D’haquille Williams Auburn 2nd
2 Sterling Shepard Oklahoma 2nd-3rd
3 Josh Doctson TCU 3rd
4 Devon Cajuste Stanford 3rd
5 Leonte Carroo Rutgers 3rd-4th
6 D.J. Foster Arizona State 3rd-4th
7 Byron Marshall Oregon 4th
8 Nelson Spruce Colorado 4th
9 Kolby Listenbee TCU 4th
10 Jordan Payton UCLA 4th-5th
11 Tajae Sharpe Massachusetts 4th-5th
12 Mekale McKay Cincinnati 4th-5th
13 Jaydon Mickens Washington 5th
14 Chris Brown Notre Dame 5th
15 Chris King Duquesne 5th
16 Seth DeValve Princeton 5th-6th
17 Darrin Peterson Liberty 5th-6th
18 Alonzo Russell Toledo 6th-7th
19 Ed Eagan Northwestern State 6th-7th
20 Chris Moore Cincinnati 7th
21 Quenton Bundrage Iowa State 7th
22 Devin Fuller UCLA 7th
23 Bryce Treggs California 7th-PFA
24 Jamal Robinson Louisiana Lafayette 7th-PFA
25 Cody Core Mississippi 7th-PFA
26 Mitch Mathews BYU 7th-PFA
27 Hunter Sharp Utah State 7th-PFA
28 Marcus Leak Maryland 7th-PFA
29 Dom Williams Washington State 7th-PFA
30 Keon Hatcher Arkansas PFA
31 Johnny Holton Cincinnati PFA
32 Jared Dangerfield Western Kentucky PFA
33 Karnorris Benson Western Carolina PFA
34 Dez Stewart Ohio Dominican PFA
35 Malcolm Mitchell Georgia PFA
36 Kenneth Scott Utah PFA
37 Davonte Allen Marshall PFA
38 J.D. McKissic Arkansas State PFA
39 Tyler Ervin San Jose State PFA
40 Jordan Williams-Lambert Ball State PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Stephen Anderson California
Dan Anthrop Purdue
LaDarius Brown Sam Houston State
Amir Carlisle Notre Dame
Marcel Caver Winston Salem State
Marquise Cushon Pittsburg State
Quinshad Davis North Carolina
Reggie Diggs Richmond
Alex Erickson Wisconsin
Keyarris Garrett Tulsa
Antwane Grant Western Kentucky
Donovan Harden Georgia State
Jerel Harrison Delaware
Pig Howard Tennessee
Marcus Johnson Texas
Tevin Jones Memphis
Malachi Jones Appalachian State
Jamaal Jones Montana
Ricardo Louis Auburn
Paul McRoberts Southeast Missouri State
JoJo Natson Utah State
Durron Neal Oklahoma
Charone Peak Clemson
Von Pearson Tennessee
Blair Roberts Old Dominion
Kowan Scott California (PA)
Brandon Sheperd Oklahoma State
Tevaun Smith Iowa
Brandon Swindall Utah State
Shaq Washington Cincinnati

 

2016 should provide several speedy targets led by Auburn’s D’haquille Williams. Keep an eye on D.J. Foster who is moving from running back to wide receiver.

 

 

TIGHT ENDS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Nick Vannett Ohio State 3rd
2 Pharaoh Brown Oregon 3rd
3 Jerell Adams South Carolina 4th-5th
4 Bryce Williams East Carolina 4th-5th
5 Steven Scheu Vanderbilt 5th
6 Kyle Carter Penn State 5th
7 Ryan Malleck Virginia Tech 5th-6th
8 Tyler Higbee Western Kentucky 6th-7th
9 Jake McGee Florida 7th
10 Kivon Cartwright Colorado State 7th-PFA
11 Dillon Gordon LSU 7th-PFA
12 Caleb Smith Oregon State 7th-PFA
13 J.P. Holtz Pittsburgh PFA
14 Tim Brown West Chester PFA
15 Adam Fuehne Southern Illinois PFA
16 Braxton Deaver Duke PFA
17 Sean Price South Florida PFA
18 Cody Clay West Virginia PFA
19 Josh Perkins Washington PFA
20 Steven Walker Colorado State PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Jake Duzey Iowa
Temarrick Hemingway South Carolina State
Gabe Hughes Florida Tech
Jay Rome Georgia
Joel Ruiz Georgia State
Cole Spurgeon Colorado Mines

 

Our tight end group could see a major shakeup if Oregon’s Pharaoh Brown indeed does not return to the field. This group got a boost when Kivon Cartwright, Jake McGee, and Braxton Deaver were given an extra year.

 

 

OFFENSIVE TACKLES
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Taylor Decker Ohio State 2nd
2 Isaiah Battle Clemson 2nd
3 John Theus Georgia 3rd
4 Jason Spriggs Indiana 3rd
5 Tyler Johnstone Oregon 3rd-4th
6 Kyle Murphy Stanford 4th
7 Spencer Drango Baylor 4th-5th
8 Le’Raven Clark Texas Tech 5th
9 Joe Haeg North Dakota State 5th
10 Brandon Shell South Carolina 6th
11 Tyler Marz Wisconsin 6th-7th
12 Jordan Swindle Kentucky 6th-7th
13 Keith Lumpkin Rutgers 7th
14 Gavin Andrews Oregon State 7th
15 Joe Gore Clemson 7th-PFA
16 Arturo Uzdavinis Tulane 7th-PFA
17 Alex Lewis Nebraska 7th-PFA
18 Pearce Slater San Diego State 7th-PFA
19 Ramadan Ahmeti Central Michigan 7th-PFA
20 Halapoulivaati Vaitai TCU PFA
21 Ryker Mathews BYU PFA
22 Bryan Chamberlain Georgia Tech PFA
23 Josh Campion Minnesota PFA
24 Cole Toner Harvard PFA
25 Clay DeBord Eastern Washington PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Willie Beavers Western Michigan
Fahn Cooper Mississippi
Ben Curtis Delaware
Taylor Fallin Memphis
Alex Fifita Fresno State
Travis Hening East Central
Dominick Jackson Alabama
Marquis Lucas West Virginia
Ryan Mack Memphis
Lene Maiava Arizona
Chris May South Alabama
Stephane Nembot Colorado
Givens Price Nebraska
Nick Ritcher Richmond

 

Decker, Battle, Theus, and Spriggs are all potential starting tackles and make this a very good class. There is some upside and potential for a major rise in Clemson’s Joe Gore, NDSU’s Joe Haeg, and Kentucky’s Jordan Swindle among others.

 

 

OFFENSIVE GUARDS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Vadal Alexander LSU 2nd-3rd
2 Vi Teofilo Arizona State 3rd
3 Cody Whitehair Kansas State 4th
4 Christian Westerman Arizona State 4th
5 Landon Turner North Carolina 4th-5th
6 Parker Ehinger Cincinnati 5th-6th
7 Aaron Morris Mississippi 5th-6th
8 Joseph Cheek Texas A&M 6th
9 Rees Odhiambo Boise State 6th-7th
10 Graham Glasgow Michigan 7th
11 Josh Garnett Stanford 7th
12 Jamison Lalk Iowa State 7th-PFA
13 Connor McGovern Missouri 7th-PFA
14 Clint Van Horn Marshall PFA
15 Jordan Rigsbee California PFA
16 Darrell Greene San Diego State PFA
17 Torian White Hampton PFA
18 Joe Dahl Washington State PFA
19 Dexter Charles Washington PFA
20 Ted Karras Illinois PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Shaq Anthony Tennessee State
Jake Bernstein Vanderbilt
Jonathan Burgess Liberty
Donavon Clark Michigan State
Ben Clarke Hawaii
Sedrick Flowers Texas
Brynjar Gudmundsson South Florida
Alex Huettel Bowling Green
Marcus Jackson Tennessee
Darius Johnson Middle Tennessee State
Nila Kasitati Oklahoma
Justin Malone Mississippi State
Quentin Marsh McNeese State
Quincy McKinney East Carolina
Geoff Mogus Northwestern
Alfredo Morales Texas Tech
Blake Muir Baylor
Jamelle Naff TCU
Matt Pierson Oregon
Herschel Prater Minnesota State-Mankato
Nick Robinson Syracuse
Jalen Schlachter Ball State
Boston Stiverson Kansas State
Nate Theaker Wayne State (MI)
Trip Thurman Florida
Sebastian Tretola Arkansas
Rob Trudo Syracuse
Cory Tucker Slippery Rock
Jordan Walsh Iowa
Caleb Williams Rice

 

Talent is plenty at the top with five very good prospects. Keep an eye on Missouri’s Connor McGovern to rise into the draft.

 

 

CENTERS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Max Tuerk Southern California 3rd
2 Ryan Kelly Alabama 4th
3 Nick Martin Notre Dame 4th-5th
4 Evan Boehm Missouri 5th
5 Jack Allen Michigan State 6th
6 Nick Kelly Arizona State 6th
7 Austin Blythe Iowa 7th
8 Jake Brendel UCLA 7th-PFA
9 Marcus Henry Boise State 7th-PFA
10 Robert Kugler Purdue 7th-PFA
11 Anthony Fabiano Harvard PFA
12 Mike Matthews Texas A&M PFA
13 Kyle Friend Temple PFA
14 Garrick Mayweather Jr. Fordham PFA
15 Siaosi Aiono Utah PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Nick Beamish Central Michigan
Robert Booker Missouri State
Jacoby Boren Ohio State
Ross Burbank Virginia
Ty Darlington Oklahoma
Matt Hugenberg Army
Joey Hunt TCU
Bruce Johnson Maine
Jared Kaster Texas Tech
Taylor Lasecki Southern Methodist
Angelo Mangiro Penn State
Josh Mitchell Oregon State
Andrew Ness Northern Illinois
Lucas Powell Ohio
Spencer Pulley Vanderbilt
Artie Rowell Pittsburgh
Quinton Schooley North Carolina State
Matt Skura Duke
Mitch Smothers Arkansas

 

Max Tuerk, Ryan Kelly, and Nick Martin lead the way but don’t be surprised if Missouri’s Evan Boehm ends up in the top three.

 

 

DEFENSIVE ENDS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 DeForest Buckner Oregon 1st
2 Shilique Calhoun Michigan State 1st
3 Shawn Oakman Baylor 2nd-3rd
4 Sheldon Rankins Louisville 2nd-3rd
5 Jonathan Bullard Florida 3rd
6 Drew Ott Iowa 3rd-4th
7 Corey Marshall Virginia Tech 3rd-4th
8 Charles Tapper Oklahoma 4th
9 Eddie Yarbrough Wyoming 4th-5th
10 Mario Ojemudia Michigan 5th
11 Jihad Ward Illinois 5th-6th
12 LaMichael Fanning Jacksonville State 5th-6th
13 Victor Ochi Stony Brook 6th
14 Ufomba Kamalu Miami 6th
15 Jason Fanaika Utah 6th-7th
16 James Cowser Southern Utah 6th-7th
17 Theiren Cockran Minnesota 7th
18 Caleb Azubike Vanderbilt 7th
19 Sterling Bailey Georgia 7th-PFA
20 Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas 7th-PFA
21 Romeo Okwara Notre Dame 7th-PFA
22 Ron Thompson Syracuse PFA
23 Silverberry Mouhon Cincinnati PFA
24 Ronald Blair Appalachian State PFA
25 Vontarrius Dora Louisiana Tech PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College
Bryson Albright Miami (Ohio)
Derrick Alexander Tulsa
Ugonna Awuruonye Campbell
Jimmy Bean Oklahoma State
Josh Dawson Georgia
Reggie Gilbert Arizona
Darius Hamilton Rutgers
Alex Hansen Air Force
Branden Jackson Texas Tech
Matt Judon Grand Valley State
Royce LaFrance Tulane
DaVonte Lambert Auburn
Terrell Lathan TCU
Dean Lowry Northwestern
Mike Moore Virginia
Jordan Nielsen Utah State
Thomas Niles Central Florida
Pat O’Connor Eastern Michigan
Roy Robertson-Harris UTEP
Jessie Rogers North Carolina
Michael Rose North Carolina State
Blake Serpa Central Michigan
Mike Wakefield Florida International
Johnathon White East Carolina

 

Buckner and Calhoun lead a very solid group. We are of the opinion that Oakman will be a top 100 pick but is not rated as high by the NFL as originally thought. We have him as more of a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Sterling Bailey of Georgia is a player to watch in the late rounds as a potential riser. We also think NC State’s Michael Rose who is not in our top 25 may rise, as well as Bailey’s teammate Josh Dawson.

 

 

DEFENSIVE TACKLES
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Adolphus Washington Ohio State 2nd
2 Sheldon Day Notre Dame 2nd
3 Jarran Reed Alabama 2nd-3rd
4 Anthony Zettel Penn State 3rd
5 Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech 4th
6 Nile Lawrence-Stample Florida State 5th
7 Vernon Butler Louisiana Tech 5th-6th
8 D.J. Reader Clemson 5th-6th
9 Connor Wujciak Boston College 6th
10 Luther Maddy Virginia Tech 6th-7th
11 Lawrence Thomas Michigan State 6th-7th
12 Matt Ioannidis Temple 7th
13 Devon Johnson Marshall 7th
14 Devaunte Sigler Jacksonville State 7th-PFA
15 Melvin Lewis Kentucky 7th-PFA
16 Joel Heath Michigan State 7th-PFA
17 Derrick Mitchell Jr. Florida State 7th-PFA
18 Antwaun Woods Southern California 7th-PFA
19 Javon Hargrave South Carolina State PFA
20 Hershey Walton Temple PFA
21 Josh Tupou Colorado PFA
22 David Dean Virginia PFA
23 Jon Desir Towson PFA
24 O.J. Mau Gardner-Webb PFA
25 Delvon Simmons Southern California PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Demetris Anderson Central Florida
Alex Balducci Oregon
Beau Blackshear Baylor
Brandin Bryant Florida Atlantic
Rodney Coe Akron
Trevon Coley Florida Atlantic
Zach Colvin Bowling Green
Gerald Dixon Jr. South Carolina
Tylor Harris Wake Forest
Calvin Heurtelou Miami
Tyler Horn Boise State
Desmond Jackson Texas
Gerrand Johnson Louisiana Monroe
Lars Koht Florida International
Helva Matungulu Western Carolina
Anthony McDaniel Bowie State
Greg Milhouse Campbell
K.K. Mosley-Smith Pittsburgh
Al Page Wagner
Davion Pierson TCU
John Raymon Syracuse
Darryl Render Pittsburgh
Kyle Rose West Virginia
Pio Vatuvei Louisville
Rykeem Yates Nevada

 

This is a very solid group with several players outside of the top 3 rounds who have potential to rise such as Luther Maddy (coming off injury), Matt Ioannidis, Joel Heath, Derrick Mitchell, Nile Lawrence-Stample, and D.J. Reader.

 

 

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Jordan Jenkins Georgia 2nd
2 Dadi Nicolas Virginia Tech 2nd
3 Curt Maggitt Tennessee 3rd
4 Antonio Morrison Florida 3rd-4th
5 Jared Norris Utah 3rd-4th
6 Terrance Smith Florida State 4th
7 Kyler Fackrell Utah State 4th
8 Joshua Perry Ohio State 4th-5th
9 Eric Striker Oklahoma 4th-5th
10 Kris Frost Auburn 4th-5th
11 Montese Overton East Carolina 5th
12 Pete Robertson Texas Tech 5th
13 Antonio Longino Arizona State 5th
14 Tyler Matakevich Temple 5th-6th
15 James Ross III Michigan 6th
16 DeVondre Campbell Minnesota 6th-7th
17 Josh Forrest Kentucky 6th-7th
18 Ed Davis Michigan State 7th
19 Bronson Kaufusi BYU 7th
20 Travis Feeney Washington 7th-PFA
21 Tyriq McCord Miami 7th-PFA
22 Kevin Anderson Stanford PFA
23 Tyler Roberts Troy PFA
24 Kamu Grugier-Hill Eastern Illinois PFA
25 Deon King Norfolk State PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

T.T. Barber Middle Tennessee State
Trevor Bates Maine
Deon Clarke Virginia Tech
Steven Daniels Boston College
Christian French Oregon
Darien Harris Michigan State
Cory James Colorado State
Cory Littleton Washington
Lamar Louis LSU
James McFarland TCU
Kache Palacio Washington State
Ian Seau Nevada
Graham Stewart Connecticut
Gabe Terry Tennessee State
Connor Underwood Indiana State

 

We like Jordan Jenkins of Georgia as the top prospect but Ohio State’s Josh Perry and Curt Maggitt of Tennessee will challenge. As usual there are several undersized small school ends who project to linebacker.

 

 

INSIDE LINEBACKERS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Reggie Ragland Alabama 1st
2 Cassanova McKinzy Auburn 3rd-4th
3 Blake Martinez Stanford 3rd-4th
4 Reggie Northrup Florida State 4th
5 Joe Bolden Michigan 4th-5th
6 Zeek Bigger East Carolina 5th
7 Kentrell Brothers Missouri 5th-6th
8 Nick Kwiatkoski West Virginia 5th-6th
9 James Burgess Louisville 6th
10 C.J. Johnson Mississippi 6th-7th
11 Raphael Kirby Miami 6th-7th
12 Kyrie Wilson Fresno State 6th-7th
13 Jason Whittingham Utah 7th
14 Anthony Sarao Southern California 7th
15 Desmond Morgan Michigan 7th-PFA
16 Frank Shannon Oklahoma 7th-PFA
17 Luke Rhodes William & Mary PFA
18 Brandon Chubb Wake Forest PFA
19 Don Cherry Villanova PFA
20 Joe Schmidt Notre Dame PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Jared Barber West Virginia
Lamar Dawson Southern California
Tyler Gray Boise State
Mason Monheim Illinois
Gionni Paul Utah
Jovan Santos-Knox Massachusetts
Ryan Simmons Oklahoma State
Joe Walker Oregon

 

The SEC West headlines the top with Reggie Ragland of Alabama and Cassanova McKinzy of Auburn. Two sleepers to rise in our minds are Zeek Bigger of ECU and Raphael Kirby of Miami. We also like the play of Kentrell Brothers of Missouri as a potential riser.

 

 

CORNERBACKS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Briean Boddy-Calhoun Minnesota 2nd
2 Will Redmond Mississippi State 2nd
3 Kevon Seymour Southern California 2nd-3rd
4 Lloyd Carrington Arizona State 2nd-3rd
5 Jordan Lucas Penn State 3rd
6 William Jackson Houston 3rd
7 Maurice Canady Virginia 3rd-4th
8 Fabian Moreau UCLA 3rd-4th
9 Taveze Calhoun Mississippi State 4th
10 Ken Crawley Colorado 4th
11 D.J. White Georgia Tech 4th-5th
12 Jonathan Jones Auburn 5th
13 Cyrus Jones Alabama 5th
14 Kevin Peterson Oklahoma State 5th-6th
15 Duke Thomas Texas 5th-6th
16 Eric Murray Minnesota 5th-6th
17 Frankie Williams Purdue 6th
18 Trevor Williams Penn State 6th
19 Blake Countess Auburn 6th-7th
20 DeAndre Houston-Carson William & Mary 6th-7th
21 Kenya Dennis Missouri 7th
22 Anthony Brown Purdue 7th
23 Tracy Howard Miami 7th-PFA
24 Tavon Young Temple 7th-PFA
25 Kweishi Brown Arizona State 7th-PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Adairius Barnes Louisiana Tech
James Bradberry Samford
Morgan Burns Kansas State
Trey Caldwell Louisiana Monroe
Ahmad Christian Utah
DeVante Harris Texas A&M
Darius Hillary Wisconsin
Randall Jette Massachusetts
Michael Jordan Missouri Western State
Cre-von LeBlanc Florida Atlantic
Richard Leonard Florida International
Wayne Lyons Michigan
Danzel McDaniel Kansas State
Harlan Miller Southeastern Louisiana
David Mims II Texas State
Demetrious Nicholson Virginia
Trenier Orr Sam Houston State
Lafayette Pitts Pittsburgh
Brian Poole Florida
Jimmy Pruitt San Jose State
LeShaun Sims Southern Utah
Matt Smalley Lafayette
Nick VanHoose Northwestern
Ian Wells Ohio
Ronald Zamort Western Michigan

 

This is a very good cornerback group with some players in the late rounds who we think have a good shot to rise such as Duke Thomas of Texas and Kenya Dennis of Missouri. Tracy Howard of Miami is another player with a lot of skills who could rise. Howard was a highly touted high school player who should blow up as a senior.

 

 

FREE SAFETIES
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Jalen Mills LSU 3rd
2 Darian Thompson Boise State 3rd-4th
3 Tevin Carter Utah 4th
4 Deon Bush Miami 4th
5 Jamie Byrd South Florida 4th-5th
6 Doug Middleton Appalachian State 5th
7 Demond Smith Georgia Tech 5th-6th
8 Jamal Golden Georgia Tech 6th
9 Sean Davis Maryland 6th-7th
10 Justin Simmons Boston College 7th-PFA
11 Eric Williams Indiana (PA) 7th-PFA
12 A.J. Stamps Kentucky PFA
13 Jordan Lomax Iowa PFA
14 Damarius Travis Minnesota PFA
15 Christian Carpenter Towson PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Andrew Adams Connecticut
Reggie Daniels Oregon
Matt Dobson Georgia Southern
A.J. Hendy Maryland
Derrick Kindred TCU
Domonique Lennon East Carolina
Anthony Nixon Maryland
Ian Simon Missouri
Geno Smith Alabama

 

Jalen Mills and Darian Thompson are our clear top two prospects. We really like the upside of IUP’s Eric Williams because of his physical tools but he needs a lot of work.

 

 

STRONG SAFETIES
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Jeremy Cash Duke 2nd-3rd
2 Elijah Shumate Notre Dame 3rd
3 Miles Killebrew Southern Utah 4th
4 Karl Joseph West Virginia 4th-5th
5 R.J. Williamson Michigan State 5th-6th
6 Kevin Byard Middle Tennessee State 5th-6th
7 Michael Caputo Wisconsin 6th
8 Jordan Simone Arizona State 6th-7th
9 Tyler Hunter Florida State 6th-7th
10 Trent Matthews Colorado State 7th
11 KJ Dillon West Virginia 7th
12 Charles Washington Fresno State 7th-PFA
13 Brian Randolph Tennessee PFA
14 Will Parks Arizona PFA
15 Dante Barnett Kansas State PFA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Marqui Christian Midwestern State
Trae Elston Mississippi
Matthias Farley Notre Dame
J.J. Gaines Texas Tech
T.J. Gurley South Carolina
Isaiah Johnson South Carolina
Mitch Lane Louisiana Monroe
Stefan McClure California
Adrian McDonald Houston
Rolan Milligan Toledo
Mike Mudoh Tulsa
Jared Roberts Lafayette
Brent Spikes McNeese State
Peni Vea UNLV
Andrew Williamson Vanderbilt

 

Jeremy Cash and Elijah Shumate are the clear top two. One player we like a lot to potentially rise is Isaiah Johnson of South Carolina. The former Kansas product is a graduate transfer who has skills. Our only question is will he be comfortable enough in his new surroundings to showcase the talent that once earned him Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year?

 

 

KICKERS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Brad Craddock Maryland 6th-7th
2 Ross Martin Duke 7th
3 Marshall Morgan Georgia 7th-PFA
4 John Lunsford Liberty PFA
5 Jaden Oberkrom TCU PFA
6 Ian Frye Virginia PFA
7 Paul Griggs Purdue PFA
8 Ammon Lakip Clemson FA
9 Brent Wahle Ohio Dominican FA
10 Avery Llewellyn Colorado Mines FA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Nicholas Hodgson Oklahoma
Austin Lopez San Jose State
Anthony Melchiori Kent State
Michael Schmadeke Northern Iowa
John Wallace Louisville

 

Maryland’s Brad Craddock is no doubt the top prospect but there are a lot of good prospects to watch who could rise such as John Lunsford, Paul Griggs, and Marshall Morgan.

 

 

PUNTERS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Tom Hackett Utah 7th-PFA
2 Drew Kaser Texas A&M 7th-PFA
3 Jamie Keehn LSU 7th-PFA
4 Peter Mortell Minnesota PFA
5 Will Monday Duke PFA
6 Nick O’Toole West Virginia PFA
7 Mattias Ciabatti South Florida FA
8 Riley Dixon Syracuse FA
9 Alex Kinal Wake Forest FA
10 Landon Foster Kentucky FA

 

OTHERS TO WATCH

Cason Beatty Florida State
Zach Paul Akron
Drew Riggleman Arizona
Taylor Symmank Texas Tech
Tyler Williams Marshall

 

There is no clear cut top prospect but we do think Hackett, Kaser, and Keehn are all very good prospects with a shot to move into the draft.

 

 

LONG SNAPPERS
Rank First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.
1 Reed Miller Stanford PFA
2 Taybor Pepper Michigan State FA
3 Reid Ferguson LSU FA
4 John DePalma West Virginia FA
5 Matt Cincotta Marshall FA

 

Reed Miller is our top prospect but there is nobody on this list who is currently viewed as a draftable or good enough to make a roster at this point. This could change but as of now there is nobody who would get more than a free agent look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former San Francisco 49ers Running Back John David Crow Passes Away http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/former-san-francisco-49ers-running-back-john-david-crow-passes-away/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/former-san-francisco-49ers-running-back-john-david-crow-passes-away/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 02:19:59 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156220 Former San Francisco 49ers running back John David Crow passed away yesterday at the age of 79. The first Heisman Trophy winner in Texas A&M history and 4-time Pro-Bowl selection, Crow played the final four seasons of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers (1965-68).

 

TEXAS_A_M_CROW_22210405A veteran of 11 NFL seasons, Crow was originally selected in the first round (second overall) by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1958 NFL Draft. He played in 125 games and registered 1,157 carries for 4,963 yards and 38 touchdowns while adding 258 receptions for 3,699 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career. After three Pro-Bowl appearances in seven seasons with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals, Crow was traded to the 49ers in 1965. As a member of the 49ers, he saw action in 56 games and earned the fourth Pro-Bowl selection of his career, in 1965. In four seasons with San Francisco, Crow registered 370 carries for 1,474 yards and five touchdowns while adding 120 receptions for 1,738 yards and 18 touchdowns. He retired after the 1969 season in which he recorded a career-high of 531 receiving yards.

 

A Marion, LA native, Crow attended Texas A&M where he earned the 1957 Heisman Trophy with his outstanding two-way play under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. During his Heisman season, he rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns on 129 carries, while also adding five passing touchdowns and five interceptions on defense.

 

Following his playing career, Crow became a coach, joining Bryant at the University of Alabama, in 1969, for three seasons. He returned to the NFL as an assistant with the Cleveland Browns from 1972-73 and served as the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers in 1974. In 1975, Crow went to work for Northeast Louisiana University, where he spent six years as the head coach and athletic director. He returned to his alma mater as the assistant athletic director in 1983, and was promoted to athletic director of Texas A&M in 1988, where he served until 1993.

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NFL Rookie Symposium Kicks Off Sunday http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-rookie-symposium-kicks-sunday/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-rookie-symposium-kicks-sunday/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 02:01:32 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156211 AFC rookies to attend June 21-24,   NFC rookies June 24-27

 

The NFL kicks off its 18th Rookie Symposium on Sunday, June 21, emphasizing the sport’s legacy and tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility. The four-day orientation held at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio, will introduce the 2015 NFL Draft class to life in the NFL prior to the rookies reporting to training camps next month.

 

The NFL Rookie Symposium is an orientation for all drafted rookies based on the four core values of the league – Responsibility to Team, Respect, Integrity and Resilience. The symposium includes presentations, videos and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, finance, building a winning culture and bystander intervention.

 

Rookies are provided with resources and best practices to assist them with their shared responsibility in successfully identifying off-the-field challenges and transitioning from college to the professional level.

 

Guest speakers at the Rookie Symposium (June 21-24 for AFC rookies, June 24-27 for NFC rookies) include current and former players who have experienced a wide-range of successes and challenges in their football careers and personal lives.

 

Presenters include former NFL players PHILLIP BUCHANON, CRIS CARTER, WARRICK DUNN, EDDIE GEORGE, DONTE STALLWORTH, SAMMIE STROUGHTER and ROSS TUCKER. They will be joined by current players including Cardinals wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD,Ravens running back JUSTIN FORSETT, Jets wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL, Eagles wide receiver JORDAN MATTHEWS and Colts safety MIKE ADAMS.

 

Oakland Raiders general manager REGGIE MC KENZIE and New York Giants general manager JERRY REESE will speak to the rookies in their respective conferences about the expectations of football players at the professional level.

 

Pro Football Hall of Famers CURTIS MARTIN and ANTHONY MUÑOZ will conduct history sessions for the rookies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

 

Additional speakers include representatives from the NFL office and club personnel and professionals in specialized fields.

 

Panel discussion topics include “Expectations of an NFL Player,” “Transitioning to the NFL,” “Reaching Out,” “Defining Success,” and “Staying in the Game.”

 

All rookies also will participate in a PLAY 60 youth football clinic with children from the Cleveland area at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative complex (AFC rookies June 23 at 9:30 AM; NFC rookies June 26 at 9:30 AM).

 

About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (Formers) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at www.nflplayerengagement.com.

 

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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs Ready for Another Run http://proplayerinsiders.com/nlf-football-featured-quotes/nfl-kansas-city-chiefs-ready-another-run/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nlf-football-featured-quotes/nfl-kansas-city-chiefs-ready-another-run/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:11:48 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=156195 As we enter the start of the football season, OTAs and voluntary camps have taken over the minds of football fans. The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a down year of 9-7, one year after finishing 11-5 with a playoff birth. Some of their top players, newly acquired WR Jeremy Maclin, to go with star RB Jamaal Charles, and top defensive player OLB Tamba Hali all spoke with the media yesterday regarding their outlook for next year, their adjustments, and the effect of getting older. Along with those players, two rookies, CBs Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson also spoke with reporters.

One of the newest Chiefs, WR Jeremy Maclin joins a WR group that had zero TD catches last year. Maclin is expected to play more of the role that DeSean Jackson played when he was with the Eagles, but Maclin explained it as playing the same role as he did with Philadelphia, except moving around a lot more. When asked about coming off a career year in stats, Maclin said, “I think it’s just a matter of getting better each and every year, trying to become the best player you can be each and every year”. He also said that he and QB Alex Smith are off to a great start and that their comfort level is pretty high. Maclin has a slightly irritated foot, but he claims that after a day off the foot is fine.

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When talking about the Chiefs, you have to mention their “Big Dog” on offense, RB Jamaal Charles. He said that after a week off, he’ll be ready to go hard for the next couple weeks to get ready for the season. When asked if he may want to back off a bit, Charles replied, “No, I just thought this was my best OTAs in my career right here. It was one of the best ones I’ve had. I feel like I know what I’m doing. Not everything I did was a fast pace, I did everything patiently. I came in in shape. Being in the third year of the system, I feel good”. He said the week off was to avoid going too hard, but he plans to come back and get into playing shape.

Sack artist, Tamba Hali, sets his personal goal at double digit sacks as he said, “Double digit sacks in our league is hard to get. When you’re able to achieve it, you know you’re playing at a high level”. He also mentioned his game changing from physical and athleticism to more mental as he has gotten older. Hali said he beat a lot of guys last year and it was much more gratifying from just beating guys one on one. He hopes to continue to progress from watching tape of himself from last year, saying, “Sometimes it’s good to look back to see how you progress. What I do, I look at the year before because that’s the last thing I did current to be able to go from there. To scout yourself, you can always get better.”

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The Chiefs 1st round pick Marcus Peters is excited and happy to be back after not being allowed to be with the team the last few weeks. Peters was not frustrated however, saying “Not frustrating. It was just something that I was a part of. Unfortunately my college is on a quarter system so it causes me to miss some time, but it’s not something frustrating at all. I’m glad to be back now”. He did say that being coach by former CB Al Harris was a huge help for him, “That’s always good when you’re getting coached by a guy like him that has been an All-Pro in this league and he knows how to get it done”, said Peters.

Also back with the team is their 3rd round pick, Steven Nelson, who said he spent most of his break doing DB drills, film, and playbook. He said he worked out 5 days a week and spent most of his time at the Fisher Institute, a training facility in Phoenix, Arizona. He mentioned that he’s anxious to see how he fares with the team and he thinks the defense fits his skill set, saying, “I like that I can go out there and make plays, that’s what I like about it.”

The Chiefs are ready to get back to be a contender in the AFC. With the Patriots and Broncos being a year older and the Colts and Bengals still not being able to get over the hump yet, Andy Reid and the Chiefs must take advantage of their talent while they can. Alex Smith isn’t getting any younger and neither is the players mentioned above. In a division with an aging Peyton Manning, and aging Philip Rivers, and an inexperienced Derek Carr, the Chiefs may not get a better chance than this year. Will they let it slip away?

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