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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→

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 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→

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→

2017 NFL Draft Secret Gem, Running Back Teriyon Gipson Published 3/2/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay

Every year there seems to be a couple of players that do not get the attention they deserve. Whether they don't get a combine invite or get drafted a round or two later than their film says they should there is always that guy that leaves scouts and GM's scratching their heads wondering how they slipped through the cracks. A player that fits this description to the "T" is New Mexico's Teriyon Gipson. Gipson is a four year player at New Mexico that was one of the more talented players the Lobos used in their high powered offense. Gipson plays with an impressive amount of speed that is hard to defend. Gipson matches that speed with great vision and when he see's a hole he likes he hits it and defenders are normally left chasing after the #7 he wore on his back. The former New Mexico standout is the definition of "lighting in a bottle" standing at only 5'8" tall and weighing in at 190 pounds but uses his size to his advantage to blow past opposing players with ease. Gipson while training at Exo's Training Facility in Florida was cool enough to answer some questions with me a few... read more→

Evaluating Christian McCaffrey Published 2/27/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Tom McAlister Christian McCaffrey

It is that time of year when there are no more NFL games on the schedule and all eyes will start turning towards NFL free agency and the NFL draft. When it comes to the draft several people have compiled mock drafts and one of the players that some believe the Giants could draft is Christian McCaffrey. Christian McCaffrey has a connection to Big Blue as his father, Ed McCaffrey played wide receiver for the G-men from 1991-93. The younger McCaffrey made a name for himself while playing running back at Stanford when in 2015 he exploded onto the national scene. In his sophomore year for the Cardinals, McCaffrey rushed for over 2000 yards and had 2664 yards from scrimmage. With a performance like that McCaffrey garnered a lot of attention for the Heisman Trophy. With all the hype following his 2015 campaign, there were grand expectations for McCaffrey and the Cardinals when entering the 2016 season. McCaffrey was on the watch list for several awards and the Cardinals were anticipating competing if not winning the Pac 12 title and competing for a national title. Yet as the season... read more→

DE Avery Moss NFL Draft Profile Published 2/25/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Avery Moss

Avery Moss Defensive End – Youngstown State Strengths: Powerful player that plays with plenty of upper body strength. Consistently pushes Lineman back into Quarterback. Can win the edge with speed but doesn’t show it all that often. Has a motor that doesn’t stop until the play is over. Consistent tackler at the line of scrimmage. Doesn’t mind chasing down ball carrier if play gets passed him. Can stand up and rush or with hand in the dirt. Has position flexibility to rush from either the left or right side, even slide inside on money downs. Weaknesses: Can win with speed but doesn’t show it enough. Needs to develop more pass rush moves outside of his “go-to” power moves. Tends to play tall instead of using his frame to gain leverage on Offensive Lineman. Doesn’t offer much bend in his legs when attempting to capture edge. Pro Comparison: William Gholston Overall Review: Raw Player that relies on his power to win against Offensive Lineman. Played a lot of Right Defensive End at Youngstown State. but fits best as a Left End in a 4-3 scheme. See no... read more→

2017 NFL Draft Talk w/ DE Avery Moss Published 2/24/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Avery Moss

SportsTalkLine NFL Draft Talk NFL Draft 2017 - DE Avery Moss After a great NFL Draft Talk last week with defensive stalwart DE Rivers Connor Livesay picks up the conversation with Youngstown State team mate DE Avery Moss. Avery is an easy listen and details his preparations for the combine and most importantly the NFL in general. As we've pointed out before for most this will be the biggest job interview of not only their young lives but perhaps their entire life. They have been building up to this moment since they first strapped it on in a Pop Warner league somewhere and now, it's time. Avery Moss explains how he was on the strong side in college yet he can play from either end. His versatility is backed up with his speed/power combination which can get him to the QB and/or disrupt the play as he collapses the pocket. You have to have your "go-to" move. Connor ask about Avery's time at Nebraska and his relationship with Maliek Collins and Randy Gregory getting some nice stories in return. Talking about different players and it's obvious Avery is a student of the... read more→

Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft Talk w/ Keith Mullins Published 2/23/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Keith Mullins

NFL Draft 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. NFL Draft Talk with Keith Mullins SportsTalkLine Podcast Connor Livesay Check back for more conversations from the network. #ConnorLivesay... read more→

2017 NFL Draft Talk w/ DE Joe Mathis Published 2/18/2017 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Connor Livesay Joe Mathis

SportsTalkLine NFL Draft Talk NFL Draft 2017 - DE Joe Mathis A very motivated University of Washington DE Joe Mathis gives listeners a ton of insight into the biggest job interview of a young mans life as he and Connor Livesay talk about Mathis' collegiate experience, getting ready for the combine and how he is preparing for the NFL. Joe Mathis lays it out for listeners explaining how it's easier to focus when you were lucky enough to be blessed with a new wife and family. Joe is fully on-board with the business of the NFL doing his daily grind physically and in the film room. It's easy to see that any team drafting the young phenom will be getting a professional player as a rookie. Connor also touches briefly on the injury that ended Mathis' uber-productive season and where Joe is in the healing process. Good news for fans of teams in need of a quick-twitch edge rusher as the athletically gifted QB nightmare says he was just medically cleared to resume full workouts. Up to a solid 260 lbs Joe is in motivated, in shape and ready to play in any defense no matter the... read more→