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Why Chargers Have A Lot To Cheer About This Offseason Published 6/14/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over Chargers Cheerleaders

Unlike (recent) seasons past, the Los Angeles Chargers and their fans have a lot to cheer about this off season. The reasons begin, but thankfully don't end with last years NFL Draft first round selection DE Joey Bosa. Let's cut to the chase. You want your first round draft pick to be a difference maker. Check. When you pick near the top of the NFL Draft you want your pick to be a stud. Check. Ideally, picking in the top five you want the term "blue-chip" to apply to your guy. Check. To be clear, Bosa checks all the boxes for a top-five, difference-maker, stud, blue-chip NFL player. But the Charger front office wasn't done hitting home runs in 2016. In the second round TE Hunter Henry somehow fell into their laps and the Chargers didn't hesitate as they rushed the card to the podium. The heir apparent to All-World TE Antonio Gates look for him to explode onto the scene this season. Yes, he is that talented. Center Max Turek in the third kept the ball rolling talent wise then they snapped up a starting MLB in the sixth round via Jatavis Brown  and I don't even want to begin to... read more→

How Giants Draft Helped Eagles in Free Agency Published 5/22/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Tom McAlister LeGarrette Blount

When drafting in any major sport the goal is to make your team better in the short term and the long term. Many months are spent looking over game film, watching workouts, and conducting interviews to determine who will work best for your franchise. And over a three day period, the New York Giants drafted six players who many hope will make Giants Super Bowl contenders. Yet one selection in the 4th round leads to a Giant free-agent target signing with the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles. Before the NFL Draft, it seemed that free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount and the New York Giants were very close to coming to terms on a contract. Blount would fill a need at running back as Big Blue only had six rushing touchdowns in 2016 while Blount tripled that by having 18 rushing touchdowns himself. At the time the marriage seemed to benefit both sides as Blount provided the power running in the red zone the G-men needed on their roster. Yet, when the Giants 4th round pick 140th overall was called out it seemed Blount would not be suiting up for the Giants in 2017. With their... read more→

NYG 2017 Offseason Part IV - Giants NFL Draft w/ Tom McAlister Published 5/18/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author SportsTalkLine Evan Engram

SportsTalkLine Conversation New York Giants 2017 Offseason - Part IV Giants NFL Draft Part IV of the ongoing Giants Offseason is here. TE rich draft and a first round selection at the position? NY Giants analyst Tom McAlister called it early in this series. Here he and host Steven Van Over review that pick and many others as they detail aspects of not only the NFL Draft but recent UDFA signings that have a chance to make an impact this season. Is perhaps LeGarrette Blount going to sign with the GMen giving them their needed power back? We know now Blount has signed with the Eagles instead but Tom McAlister makes the call here a full day before as he details the Giants already have their power back  in-hand. You wanted to get caught up on the Giants offseason? You came to the right place. Robust, straight to the point and with no holds barred host Steven Van Over puts forth the hard questions and gets straight answers from Tom McAlister who is not afraid to share the wealth. STL Conversation with Tom McAlister SportsTalkLine Podcast - NYG 2017 Offseason Part... read more→

Denver Broncos Post Draft Analysis Published 5/17/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author John Gillon Garett Boles NFL Draft

As you already know, John Elway and the Denver Broncos recently completed the 2017 NFL Draft. That is if you haven't been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, atleast. Now, most fans want to know four things after a draft: 1) Who is the first round draft pick, 2) which athlete will produce the most on the field immediately, 3) which draft choice will be a bust, and 4) which late round pick could develop into a steal. This article should hopefully fulfill those desires; however, if you are a super fan who wants to know everything about each individual player, then I apologize in advance. Ed Note: SportsTalkLine wants to extend a very warm welcome to our new Broncos Analyst John Gillon First Round Selection: Garett Bolles In the first round of the draft, Denver drafted a 24 year old offensive tackle from Utah, Garett Bolles. Bolles measured at 6'4 and 297 pounds. Bolles registered the second fastest OT 40 time at the combine with a 4.95. He would go on to post the best numbers in the 3 cone drill and broad jumps with scores of 7.29 seconds and 115 inches... read more→

2017 NFL Draft Talk w/ #NYG DE Avery Moss Published 5/13/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author SportsTalkLine Avery Moss

SportsTalkLine NFL Draft Talk NFL Draft 2017 - Giants DE Avery Moss Youngstown State DE Avery Moss became a New York Giant in the 23rd pick of the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Connor talked with Avery before they draft where they covered the entire NFL interview process from the last collegiate game through the combine. But that's over. Now Moss is a GMan and it's a whole new world. Moss is indeed an easy listen as he shows off his high football IQ, awareness of the game, Giants history, his passion for football and his honest spirituality. Avery is indeed excited about the scheme he is going into and how his skill set will fit. From Michael Strahan to Jason Pierre-Paul Moss is fully aware of the Giants historical ability to get great defensive line play and he is ready to pick that mantle up and run with it. From a strong family background that taught him values that drive him today Avery is a solid 265 lbs and ready to let his moves and his motor be on display for the Giants for years to come. STL NFL Draft Talk with DE Avery Moss SportsTalkLine... read more→

Will Davis Webb Replace Eli Manning? Published 5/9/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Tom McAlister Davis Webb

The first round of the 2017 NFL draft was filled with surprises and one of the surprises was the run-on quarterbacks in the first round. When the Giants had their selection, gone was Patrick Mahomes II who was selected 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs who many felt Mahomes was coveted by Big Blue.  The Giants went with tight end Evan Engram who fills a need right now for the G-Men. Addressing a current need was also behind the 2nd round pick of defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson. Then in the 3rd round, the Giants selected for the future by choosing Davis Webb. Webb and Mahomes II do have a connection and that is both were at Texas Tech and because of Mahomes’s play, Webb transferred to California. A cynic would say why draft someone’s back up but an optimist will claim that Tom Brady was Drew Henson’s backup at Michigan and everyone knows who had the better career. Yet, with the selection of Webb does not guarantee Webb will replace Eli Manning. First, Manning needs to step away from playing. Under Eli’s current contract Manning’s contract is set to expire... read more→

Patriots 2017 Draft Results Published 5/7/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Brian Cole Brandin Cooks

Last weekend was a rather quiet one for the New England Patriots. There was some buzz on Thursday about possible moves regarding Malcolm Butler and Jimmy Garoppolo, but in the end the Patriots were content to remain where they were and sit out Day One. The wait for Patriots fans was even longer than expected, as the Patriots traded down deeper into the third round, not making their first selection until the 83rd pick. When all was said and done, the Patriots ended the draft having only selected four players, one of the smallest draft classes in franchise history. However, this is not to say that they didn't put all of their draft picks to good use. Here is a look at the Patriots 2017 Draft Results: Round 1 - Brandin Cooks: The Patriots traded their first round pick to the Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. They unquestionably got more value for this pick through the trade than they would have by choosing a rookie. Cooks is entering his fourth year in the league, and at only 23 years old he is already one of the top receivers in the league. The Patriots received an immensely... read more→

Ryan Swizter - NFL Draft Player Profile Published 5/6/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Ryan Switzer

Ryan Switzer - Wide Receiver - North Carolina DOB - NOV 04 1994 Height - 5'8" Weight - 181 lbs Click Here for NFL Combine Stats Strengths: Sticky hands and very crisp route runner. A quarterbacks best friend. Switzer uses his quick twitchy footwork to get open of the snap and is a saavy route runner that knows how to get open. Able to get open in all levels of the field. Very intelligent football player that is clean as they come off the field. Has incredible vision in the open field, weaving through traffic with ease. Makes spectacular catches look easy more than just a chain mover. Elite special teams player that may be the best punt returner in this entire draft class. Weaknesses: Size. Switzer isn't a big guy. Catch radius is small due to his lack of size. See him primarily as a slot receiver and a special teams player but he can be very good at all of those responsibilities. Isn't the most athletic guy and his combine numbers showed just that. Pro Comparison: Cole Beasley Overall Review: A NFL Quarterback is going to love Switzer. Gets open with ease and... read more→

Patriots Add Mix of Veterans and Rookies During 2017 Draft Published 5/5/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Will Norton Bill Belichick

It is business as usual in New England this offseason.  Bill Belichick's chant "no days off" echoed throughout the region and even after celebrating a fifth Superbowl victory it was known there was still more work needed to be done.  The Patriots kept busy during the draft process and added an array of players.  They were able to use their draft picks to trade for proven NFL talent and draft players they valued. Let us focus on how they used each draft pick to acquire talent.  Starting with their first round pick. 1st Round Pick - Brandin Cooks, WR:  The Patriots landed the star wideout by trading their 32nd overall first round pick to the Saints.  Just 23 years old, Brandin Cooks brings youth and proven talent to the offense but most importantly he brings blazing speed and quickness.  Tom Brady has not had a deep threat receiver like this since Randy Moss and will look to get on the same page with Cooks quickly.  An already potent passing offense just got more dynamic and should result in elevated production out of Cooks this season. 2nd Round Pick - Kony... read more→

Jourdan Lewis - NFL Draft Player Profile Published 5/4/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Jourdan Lewis

Jourdan Lewis - Cornerback - Michigan DOB - AUG 31 1995 Height - 5'10" Weight - 188 lbs Click Here for NFL Combine Stats Strengths: An annoying player to play against. Consistently plays tight coverage and lets you know he's there by keeping his hands on you. Allowed only 7 catches in 2016. Physical player for his size and plays a lot more athletic than his combine numbers say. Contributed in all four of his years at Michigan. Got his hands on a lot of footballs for not having ideal size or length. Loves to stick his nose in run support. Has very fluid footwork and hips that allow him to flip his hips with ease. Ball skills are there to make time interceptions. Weaknesses: The current Domestic Violence charge is Jourdan Lewis's biggest issue. He was a top 30 player on my board and a good shot at going in the 1st round before the incident. Lewis does not have ideal size to hold up against bigger receivers on the boundary. I have a hard time seeing him as anything more than a slot cornerback. Giphy: Pro Comparison: Chris Harris Jr. Overall Review: Very sticky... read more→

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