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Connor Livesay's Top 75 NFL Draft Big Board v1.0 Published 3/21/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Cowboys Big Board

Inching closer and closer to what I like to call football Christmas I have finally got around to releasing my top 75 prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft. I form my opinions based solely on the tape that I have watched of these players, combine results, and off the field issues. I will say it now, I look very little into combine results. Yes they could bump a guy up a couple of spots but I usually do not move guys up/down a full round for either blowing up or having a disastrous combine. Here it is, my Top 75 Big Board for the 2017 NFL Draft. [supsystic-tables... read more→


Curtis Samuel NFL Draft Profile Published 3/18/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author SportsTalkLine Curtis Samuel

Curtis Samuel - Running Back/Wide Receiver/Returner - Ohio State, Big Ten DOB - August 11, 1996 Height - 5'11" Weight - 196 lbs Click Here for NFL Combine Stats Strengths: Quick, fast, versatile, all-purpose threat with intense desire, a great motor and incredible vision. 128.8 all purpose yards a game and 15 touchdowns last season for Ohio State. Stop on a dime and give you nine cents change. Makes you look foolish in space but still has the smooth speed that gets a player open deep. Understands patterns and how they work. Explosive out of his break. Yards after the catch nightmare. Shows the nimble feet to take a double move over the top or break it back sharply on the comeback route. Matchup nirvana. Weaknesses: Scheme didn't ask him to block. Press coverage can frustrate him. Fights the ball in the air. Body catches too often. Wasn't used in downfield routes nearly as often as NFL teams would have liked to see. a bit lite for a RB and a bit short for an outside WR. Pro Comparison: Reggie Bush is his ceiling, Keith Marshall is his floor. Overall... read more→


Cowboys 2017 NFL Free Agency w/ Keith Mullins Published 3/17/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Cowboys Blue Fan

Cowboys Free Agency 2017 - USA Today Cowboys Wire Keith Mullins If you want to get the inside scoop on what the Dallas Cowboys are thinking about in the 2017 NFL Offseason as they prep for Free Agency, the combine and the NFL Draft you came to the right place. The NFL Draft is approaching like a run-a-way freight train and two guys who can give you Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft insight are USA Today Cowboys Wire Keith Mullins and Sports Talk Line's NFL Draft Analyst Connor Livesay. This pod is far ranging, in depth information in regards to the Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft efforts. Players that fit the scheme in concert with recent Cowboys draft efforts all come together in one cohesive conversation. You're looking for Cowboys NFL Draft info? You came to the right podcast! Livesay & Mullins keep it real, puts things in perspective and gives you an "up close" picture of a "top Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Prospects" for 2017. Cowboys Free Agency with Keith Mullins SportsTalkLine Podcast Connor Livesay Check back for more conversations from the SportsTalkLine.com... read more→


Obi Melifonwu NFL Draft Profile Published 3/15/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over Obi Melifonwu

Obi Melifonwu - Safety - Connecticut AAC DOB - 05 Apr 1994 Height - 6'4 Weight - 224 lbs Click Here for NFL Combine Stats Strengths: You can't teach size nor speed. Melifonwu has them both. A four year starter at Connecticut Obi has improved each year. A downhill, inside the box, tackling machine the talented safety is no slouch when it comes to ball hawking either tabbing six interceptions over the last two years. Having experience at CB is never a bad thing and Obi uses his size and wing span to deny tight ends up the seam. A thumper who sees the game in front of him very well. Weaknesses: Not a natural cornerback. Plays best with the game in front of him. Though he has the speed doesn't take the best angles when the play moves behind him which allows deep balls up the sideline to get away from him. Conversely he takes excellent angles when he is closing in front. Has better run-thumper instincts than pass coverage skills. Gets caught thinking in the passing game. Plays slower than his timed speed. Pro Comparison: Kam Chancellor Overall Review: The Seattle... read more→


2017 Key NFL Dates - Offseason To Super Bowl 52 Published 3/14/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over NFL

It's one of the worst days of the year, the first Sunday without football. After 22 weeks of fans watching NFL teams play the greatest sport there is, now comes major depression that words cannot describe. Although there are no meaningful games left to play for the next seven months, that doesn't mean there isn't anything to look forward to. Ed Note: Dates will be added/updated as they become available The NFL has changed; it's now a league that holds fans attention for the entire year and many fans like to say there is no real offseason. With that in mind (and a big thank you to NFL.com), here are some key dates from the offseason to Super Bowl 52 that fans can get excited about. 2017 Jan 28 - Senior Bowl 2017 Jan 29 - Pro Bowl 2017 Feb 15: First day you can tag a player via Franchise or Transition. 2017 February 28-March 06: For many the "Underwear Olympics" is the most exciting aspect of the offseason excepting the NFL Draft itself. Many a millionaire has been made at this event. A few sure fire stars have walked away failing to even be drafted after showing... read more→


2017 NFL Draft Talk w/ DE Charles Harris Published 3/12/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Charles Harris

SportsTalkLine NFL Draft Talk NFL Draft 2017 - DE Charles Harris Missouri DE Charles Harris took time out of his preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft to talk with Connor Livesay. Missouri has been an edge-rusher production line over the last few years. Shane Ray, Michael Same, Kony Ealy and in 2017 we are looking at Charles Harris. 6'3", 253 lbs with a 4.82 40 yard dash Charles Harris athletic ability shined at the NFL Combine where his quick first step and lateral quickness jumped out in drills putting an exclamation point on his excellent game tape. Coming off 56 tackles, 18.5 for loss and seven sacks it's safe to say he's caught NFL talent evaluator's attention. Unlike in kindergarten, being disruptive in the backfield is a good thing. Able to play in a two-gap scheme it's predicted Charles will excel in a one-gap where his natural ability to be disruptive will be accentuated. Livesay keeps it real, puts things in perspective and gives you an "up close" picture of a "top NFL Draft Prospect" for 2017. STL NFL Draft Talk with DE Charles Harris SportsTalkLine... read more→


Derek Rivers NFL Draft Profile Published 3/11/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Derek Rivers

Derek Rivers - OLB/Defensive End - Youngstown State Height - 6'4 Weight - 250 lbs Click here for NFL Combine stats Strengths: Rivers is one of those guys that when you watch his tape you find few holes in his game. His speed, his power, his off the ball explosion is all insanely talented. Rivers has one of the best first steps out of any prospect entering the draft. Rivers consistently explodes off the ball, uses his speed to get around, dip under the tackle and sack the Quarterback. Rivers has a impressively strong upper body for being a "tweener". Can bend to shorten his path to the Quarterback or can bull rush you straight back into the Quarterbacks lap. Motor runs from start of play to finish. Good hand technique to fight off blocks. Finishes at the Quarterback and doesn't allow him to escape once he gets his hands on him. Production was great throughout his career at YSU. Weaknesses: Fits the "tweener" narrative though some don't consider that a bad thing. Lacks ideal size to be able to hold up as a true 4-3 defensive end. Quick and explosive but can play with... read more→


Adrian Colbert NFL Draft Profile Published 3/9/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Adrian Colbert

Adrian Colbert – Cornerback/Safety – Miami Height - 6’0 Weight - 213 pounds Strengths: The first thing you notice when watching Adrian on film is his ideal size. At 6’0, 213 pounds Colbert is tall but fills his tall frame out well. Colbert has the ability to play as that “downhill” type of safety, but can cover as well. Colbert is running his 40 yard dash right around a 4.30 so he is flying for his size. Colbert doesn’t mind hitting in the open field showing multiple big hits on backs in the flat, wide receiver screens, and plays coming across the middle. Colbert has the ability to wrap up and make the easy clean tackle or lower his shoulder and hurt you. Colbert was a main contributor on special teams at both Miami and Texas. Colbert can play in the slot, cover the tight end, or play the box safety position. The former Longhorn and Hurricane offers a impressive amount of versatility that should allow him to get drafted in the later rounds. Weaknesses: Colbert is a bigger guy so plays with tight hips. You’ll see when he has to back peddle and... read more→


NFL Combine Standouts Published 3/7/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over NFL Combine

The 2017 NFL Combine is in the books. It's a moment the players began preparing for the second their collegiate careers ended. It's an event teams send huge staff's to attend. Every drill is recorded. Every thought captured. Old school guys use spiral bound notebooks while modern attendees have apps to record their live observations. After tons of video and untold cups of coffee however, what does it all mean? The combine is a big part of the NFL Draft process. Simply put the players get a chance, in front of the public, to directly affect their draft stock without teams having to view them through the lens of their old college team or the hype of the local media/fan base. It's raw. Over the days invariably a few players stand out. Below are the ones that caught my eye. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson - 6'2" 221 lbs, 4.66 40 yd dash, 32.5" vert, 119" broad - showed accuracy, rhythm, touch and the ability to shine under pressure as he was obviously enjoying himself. Nitpicking here but he did miss on a few deep balls. Also acing the interviews Watson checks off all the boxes... read more→


Will the Giants draft a Tight-End in 2017? Published 3/6/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Tom McAlister O.J. Howard

The 2016 New York Giants made the playoffs behind the strong play of their defensive unit. Conversely, Big Blue’s offense did have its limitations on the offensive side of the ball. While that last statement can be perplexing because the G-men have a two-time Super Bowl champion at quarterback and a pro-bowl wide receiver, yet the ground game underperformed and the Giants do not have a threat at tight end. While the running attack would most likely need, changes made on the offensive line and the backfield tight-end could be addressed in one pick.  But will the Giants make that move and if Big Blue does draft a tight-end who will it be? O.J. Howard, Alabama. The number one tight-end on many people's draft projections is O.J Howard. While Howard was one of the many weapons Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin used to terrorize SEC opponents one will ask if the Giants will use their first pick on Howard. The last time the Giants drafted a tight-end with their first pick was when the G-men selected Jeremy Shockey in 2002.  Shockey bought a lot of bravado and extra attention during his... read more→


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