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Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin poses a very interesting question on Twitter

Twitter is a very good resource, especially if you have a question or need a question answered. Well today Doug Baldwin posted a very interesting question to his followers.

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It was a very interesting question, but for the amount of money they get in the NFL, it makes it seem pretty manageable.

If you want to read a real job description, how about our soldiers? They get paid peanuts and risk their lives so we can watch you on television. Be greatful for what you have.

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Did you know Kerry Collins has more passing yards than Joe Montana?

Rank Player Yds Years
1. Brett Favre 71,838 1991-2010
2. Peyton Manning 64,964 1998-2013
3. Dan Marino+ 61,361 1983-1999
4. John Elway+ 51,475 1983-1998
5. Drew Brees (35) 51,081 2001-2013
6. Warren Moon+ 49,325 1984-2000
7. Tom Brady (37) 49,149 2000-2013
8. Fran Tarkenton+ 47,003 1961-1978
9.Vinny Testaverde 46,233 1987-2007
10. Drew Bledsoe 44,611 1993-2006
11. Dan Fouts+ 43,040 1973-1987
12. Kerry Collins 40,922 1995-2011
13. Joe Montana+ 40,551 1979-1994
14. Johnny Unitas+40,239 1956-1973

Who would have ever believed that Kerry Collins had a record over Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas? It just goes to show you, anything is poasible kids.

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Louis Hollier Jr, WR, Northwestern State (LA)

LouisDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Louis Hollier Jr, WR, Northwestern State (LA) 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Three

Where did you choose and why?

Northwestern State because I meet a few guys at this all star game I played in and they were all going and the coaching staff was a great group of guys.

What were your goals for your senior year?

Just to become a complete player in all the areas of my game.

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

 Yes to continue to work hard and be the leader I am for my team.

At your position, what separates you from the others?

My ability to catch a ball

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

What the defense like to do in certain downs

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

Myself

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?

Larry Fitzgerald.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Having to sit out a year because of my grades, Just kept faith and work really hard to get back on the field.

What system fits your style of play the best?

Offense that spreads the ball around

What is your biggest strength?

Catching

What is your biggest weakness?

Speed

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

Versatile

Growing up, who was your role model?

My parents

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick just the way he played the game with so much love and passion.

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

I guess dealing with the death of my Aunt she was a very close person to me I just continue to pray and ask God to help me understand.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

My parents and Little brother

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

Open a savings account.

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyler Huber, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater

huberDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyler Huber, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

-I had a majority of D2, and D3 schools recruiting me along with a few D1 and FCS schools out of high school.  Southern Illinois, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth are a few.

Where did you choose and why?

-I ended up attending and playing for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. They have a great tradition there, they are close to home so my parents could come watch, and I wanted to win a National Championship. Was fortunate enough to end up winning 3 championships while I was there.

What were your goals for your senior year?

-My ultimate goal was to win a national championship and finish my college career off on a high note.

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

-I’ve talked to and met with a decent amount of scouts. Just telling me to keep working hard and they will keep in contact with me.

At your position, what separates you from the others?

-My work ethic and athleticism. I may not have the largest hands but they are strong and I rarely drop a ball. Always try to catch everything. I don’t think their are many receivers if any that have both my strength and speed. I’ve been clocked in the 4.4′s in the 40 and also can bench 225 lbs. almost 30 times

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

-When looking at film I look at what the tendencies are of the overall defense. And the tendencies of the secondary. What is their base converge? How do their safeties play and what doesn’t that mean. Do the corners play flat footed or bite hard on head fakes and double moves. Also look at how they play run. Come up hard or they soft and if you can cut them or not. All defenses are different but all have tendencies and a weakness.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

-Noah Timm #31. Former teammate and all American that I faced everyday in practice. Hard worker, smart and very fundamentally sound player. Wish I could have lined up against him a few more times.

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?

-Jordy Nelson. Love the way he plays the game.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

-The biggest obstacle I’ve had to face is injuries. Breaking my ankle my senior year and having to watch the team from the sidelines. Fortunately for me I was granted a medical redshirt.

What system fits your style of play the best?

-Any system. I can play the slot as well as outside.

What is your biggest strength?

-Like I mentioned before my biggest strength would be my combination of speed, strength, size, and athleticism. 42″ vertical and 10’9″ broad jump. I go up and get the ball at it’s highest point and I can get off of press coverage. I like when corners press and can get physical with them.

What is your biggest weakness?

-Playing at a small school I didn’t get that exposure that big schools kids have gotten

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

-That from day one I’ll be the hardest working kid on your team. A gym rat and a student of the game that will do anything it’ll take to be successful and help the team from playing wide receiver to being on special teams.

Growing up, who was your role model?

- My dad

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

-Favorite team is the Green Bay Packers. I played running back when I was a kid and through high school so my favorite player is Barry Sanders.

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

-The recent passing of my grandpa. Just knowing he’s in a better place and he’s up there looking over me.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

-My grandpa, Barry sanders, Jon Gruden.

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

-Pay off my student loans

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tavarius Wilson, LB, North Alabama

wilsonDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tavarius Wilson, LB, North Alabama

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Out of high school I had 2 offers, but after my sophomore year at Hinds cc I had close to 10 scholarship offers.

Where did you choose and why?

I chose to go to Hinds Community College to put myself back on the market because I felt I was over looked by a lot of schools coming out of high school, but after my sophomore year at Hinds CC I transferred to North Alabama because it felt like a perfect fit.

What were your goals for your senior year?

My senior year goals were first to win conference, make the playoffs, and win the National Championship at all cost. Accomplished 2 of the 3

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

I have talked with a few teams and they say I will defiantly get a shot just make sure I am in the best shape of my life when that time comes.

At your position, what separates you from the others?

My will to win, my unselfish attitude, my win at all cost mentality, and my ball skills along with my understanding of the game set me apart from other linebackers.

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

When watching film I look at a teams tendencies in certain situations. What are there go to plays. What is the style of play calling when behind or ahead in a game. How the offensive line plays when they are tired and who are the go to guys, and last blocking schemes.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

I can’t say just one it has been a number of players, but they all were on my team at some point in time one would be Mathew Willis RB when we were on the same team at Hinds cc and Chris Coffey RB my teammate North Alabama.

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?

I would have to say Ray Lewis because of his passion and will to win. His love for the game.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

It would be coming off of an All American jr year in 2012 at North Alabama playing ILB and having to switch to OLB in 2013. I overcame it by looking at 2013 as a challenge and remembering what I feel might be best for me is not always what’s best for the team. When I bit my pride, I was blesses with 7 different first team all American Honors, D2 national player of the year honors, and a lot of other awards. 

What system fits your style of play the best?

4-3, 3-4 are probably the best fits.

What is your biggest strength?

Ball skills, game preparation, and understanding of the game

What is your biggest weakness?

My hips at times

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

What you see is what you get a hard worker, a person who will give his everything on every down, a person who is never satisfied with average, and just an unselfish football player who would rather win the Game and have one tackle than have 20 tackles and loose. A true student of the game.

Growing up, who was your role model?

My mother and father they have always pushed me to be not only the best, but the best person that I can be.

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

My favorite team is the Steelers and player James Harrison 

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

Ray Lewis just to pick his brain not only about football but about life, and my mother and father.

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

I would just make sure my family is taken care of. They have always been my biggest supporters when everyone else doubted. 

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Mike McClure, LB, Coastal Carolina

MikeDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Mike McClure, LB, Coastal Carolina 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Only 3 schools Charleston Southern, Citadel and Coastal Carolina 

Where did you choose and why?

Coastal because they showed the most interest and gave me the opportunity to play right away.

What were your goals for your senior year?

National championship was the first goal and then being an all conference player along with Big South Defensive Player of Year. 

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

I have not had the opportunity to sit down and talk with any scouts individually but there were scouts from about 10 or more teams at my Pro Day. 

At your position, what separates you from the others?

My speed, athleticism and awareness. Linebackers are known for being big strong guys but not really fast or athletic and I believe that those are qualities I do have. 

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

I look for tendencies. Clues from the lineman, quarterback and running back that will allow me to be ahead before the ball is snapped. You will see that I have a nose for the football and that I am always near the ball. You will also see that I am relentless. I try to give 110% on every snap.  

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

Cordarrelle Patterson of the Vikings. Being from the same town and being rivals there was no avoiding him 

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?

Luke Kuechly he’s athletic and has great play making ability. He’s a for sure tackler but he can also cover and that’s what type of linebacker I am. 

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

An obstacle that I have learned to overcome and still facing today is being told I’m to small to do something. I can’t change what God has given me but I can out work and out smart the next man and have confidence to compete with guys way bigger than me and those 3 things have never failed me. I don’t believe size is measured by ruler but its about how you play and I have never faced an opponent that I was not “big” enough to cover.

What system fits your style of play the best?

I definitely think I can play best in a 4-3 scheme because I have the ability to be an outside backer or even an inside linebacker if need be. I can drop into coverage if necessary but also be effective at getting around the end.

What is your biggest strength?

I don’t believe that I have one strength bigger than the rest but I think that I have great speed, athleticism, toughness, leadership and confidence 

What is your biggest weakness?

My size has always been my biggest weakness but I have turned it into a strength by using it to motivate me to work that much harder to be able to compete with anyone because it is a weakness that I cannot change.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I’m a hard worker I don’t quit and never will quit I carry myself like a man and act like a man. Everything I do will be in the team’s best interest and we both have the same goals in winning a Super Bowl.  

Growing up, who was your role model?

My parents. They taught me that hard work will take you a long way. They work all the time long hours and I never hear them complain about it and that’s why I have the mentality of just go do it and complaining is not going to help to get it done. I couldn’t have asked for better role models.

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

Favorite team was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and my favorite player is Terrell Davis who played for the Broncos. He’s the reason I wore #30 from when I first started playing till my senior year in college. 

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

It seem tragic at first but it is truly a blessing now and that was being told I was going to be a father. The thought of still being in school and having to provide for another life with no job was terrifying but she is a blessing and serves as my motivation because I don’t want to let her down. I know that I will work hard in everything that I do including football and after because I want to be a great role model for her like my parents were for me and I want to be able to provide her with opportunities that I did not have growing up. 

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

Jesus Christ and my Parents 

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

Pay my tithes in church and just buy what my family needs. 

 

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Alex Johnson, DE/OLB, Old Dominion

alexDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Alex Johnson, DE/OLB, Old Dominion 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

There were no teams that recruited me out of Buckingham County High School. However, I was accepted in the Post Graduate Program at Fork Union Military Academy. While there, I was recruited by University of Kentucky, NC State, Morgan State, Virginia Union University, Chowan and Old Dominion University (ODU).

Where did you choose and why?

I chose ODU because I was offered a full academic scholarship.   ODU was a new Division I Program and I wanted to be a part of their history. Also, the other schools said I was either underweight or did not have the scores. Therefore, they offered me a partial scholarship or a preferred walk on spot.

What were your goals for senior year?

My goals for my senior year were to start, make all conference and to get a shot at the NFL. However, ODU entered transitioned from FCS to FBS my senior year, which meant No playoffs, no conference championship, no nothing. We just had a 12 game schedule. We got new coaches also and everything changed. The coaches’ wanted to develop the underclassmen to get them ready for the FBS.

Have any scouts met with you, if so what are they saying?

I have had no 1-on-1 meetings with any NFL teams. I only talked with two scouts after my ODU pro day on March 18, 2014. I have been entertaining a few calls from some CFL teams like Calgary and the Red blacks. I’ve did a BSN Combine February 26th and visited an open try out for the Calgary Stampede on April 5th.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I considered myself a hybrid player. At ODU I played the stud position in our defense. Sometimes my hand was in the ground dropping back into coverage and sometimes I was rushing off the edge. I feel that my get off and motor separates me from others along with my passion for the game.

Tell us what you look for when you breaking down film?

As a defensive player I’m looking for the tendencies of the O-lineman. His stance, his kickback, hips, does he reach, top heavy or bottom heavy when he passes sets, is he turning his shoulders vertical or horizontal. Studying my opponents just makes the game slow down on game day.

Who was the toughest player you ever have faced?

Bobby Massie, starting right tackle for the Arizona Cardinals.

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?

Von Miller, his “EAT Greedy” mind set, which inspires me to be all I can be.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

The biggest obstacle was making it out of Buckingham County. Coming from a town of only 16,000 people, I saw playing sports as my only way out. I earned a full ride and graduated with a degree. Making an NFL team will not only make my dreams come true, but I hope to inspire many kids in my home town that it doesn’t matter where you come from. There was also the obstacle of size. I was always outweighed, but I didn’t let that stop me. Ultimately, I just believe in myself and in my dreams.

What system fits your style of play the best?

3-4 pass rusher like Green Bay uses Clay Matthews or a scheme like Pittsburg. But overall, I’m a football player – I can adjust into any scheme. I didn’t always play Defense, but when I made the transition I just had to adjust.  

What is your biggest strength?

Get off, High Motor, effort, bending, and football IQ.

What is your biggest weakness?

Size, spend too long on blocks.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would tell you that you would not find another team player that is more dedicated than the student to the game of football than me. I may not be the biggest or the strongest, but my heart is something that you can’t measure. I love to compete and just proving and showing people that a little faith in yourself will go a long way. I am the player that you want.

Growing up, who was your role model?

I can’t name just one person, but my Mom, Dad, big brother and my two sisters were great role models.

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

I’m a Cheese head. I have been a Green Bay Packer fan my entire life, but if the Bears, Lions or Vikings gave me a shot, I’m sure we can come to a mutual agreement. My favorite player was Brett Favre. His toughness, passion, and play making ability separated him from others. I still think he can play in today’s game.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be?

Brett Favre, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali.

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

My first check will go to my family. They have sacrificed a lot for me, so whatever they wanted to buy would be okay with me. I just want to make them happy.

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Andrew Peacock, WR, Appalachian State

PeacockDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Andrew Peacock, WR, Appalachian State

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

- I didn’t have many offers coming out of high school. App State and some D2 schools offered me and Duke recruited me but didn’t offer. So I’ve have been that guy with a chip on my shoulder and wanting to prove people wrong.

Where did you choose and why?

- For many reasons, App State was always my dream place to play football. The tradition his is amazing. 3 consecutive national championships, and countless conference championships. I wanted to go somewhere where I could win because that is the #1 goal. Also on my visit there was an amazing family atmosphere all around. Coach Jerry Moore was just an overall awesome guy. Every body including the staff, players, coaches, and even students made me feel welcome and wanted.

What were your goals for your senior year?

- Unfortunately my senior App State made a transition to the Sun Belt conference so we weren’t eligible to win conference or go to playoffs. So my main goal was to win every game. I also wanted to focus on perfecting my craft, taking care of my body, and just becoming an overall better player.

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

- I’ve been in constant contact with the Seahawks. They really like my film and the type of player I am. They look for guys with a chip on their shoulder and have a little swag to their game and that describes me perfectly. Also the panthers and Detroit have shown interest.

At your position, what separates you from the others?

- The slot WR position requires a very tough individual. You are going up against LBs and Safeties that are 20-30lbs heavier than you AND they run 4.5-4.6. Everybody in the league is athletic. So what separates me is my mental side. I know I don’t run a 4.3 so playing full speed is something that is required for me. Coming in and out of my breaks full speed, coming off the ball full speed on run plays to keep the defense honest, closing a DBs cushion as much as possible before making my break, incorporating different movements and stems in my routes, never messing up the timing with the QB, reading defenses on the run, CATCHING EVERY SINGLE BALL!!! Those are the things I focus on perfecting.

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

- I look for reoccurring tendencies of the defense. What coverages can I pick up on based on the pre and post- Snap alignment, what individual tendencies can I pick up on the guys that will be guarding me, what are the strengths and weakness of the defense, do the DBs guess a lot on route combinations, how do the players react to adversity, what coverage are the DBs most comfortable in, do they like contact, do they blitz a lot, knowing if I’m the hot read if they blitz.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

- My senior year we played Georgia and they had a safety that was 6’2″ 235lbs. Very physical and strong guy and talked ally of trash, which I loved! I was determined to beat him every play just to prove that I am just as good, if not better, than that defense. Ended up with 12 catches for 97 yards.

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?

- When it comes to overall slot receiver I would compare myself to Wes Welker. Not a 4.3 guy but a very smart player with sure hands and great routes. When it comes to mentality I would compare myself to Steve Smith. I love the attitude and swagger that he plays with. His toughness puts fear into DBs.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

- Seeing my mother battle cancer twice. Seeing the person that you love the most face death is a scary thing and being only 15 years old made it even harder. At the time I felt useless because there was nothing I could do. She would come home after chemo and be so weak and sick but all I could do was sit back and let it take its course. I try to keep a smile on her face at all times. No matter what it was I just wanted to make her proud of me. She is the strongest person I know and is now cancer free!

What system fits your style of play the best?

- The spread fits be best. I am that intermediate shifty guy in the slot. If it’s 3rd and 8 I am the go to guy. I feel that no DB can guard me laterally. Not a lot of WRs like to go across the middle but that’s where I live. I am willing to take that big hit because I know if the ball touches my hands it will get caught. Every teams needs a guy to do the dirty work and I feel that I am that guy.

What is your biggest strength?

- My hands! I had 209 receptions in my career at App State, which is the school record. Out of those 209 catches I’ve dropped maybe 4 balls that were in my frame.

What is your biggest weakness?

- Obviously I’m not a 4.3 guy up the seem. But I use other parts of my game to make up for that.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

- When it comes to playing this game, you will not find a harder worker out there than me. I am a man that strives for perfection and won’t stop until I get there. I am the guy in the slot who will do the dirty work and open things up for the outside WR. I’m willing to go across the middle and take that big hit for the first and then get up and do it again. I’m a sure hand, great route runner who prides himself off of toughness. You can put anyone in front of me and I believe I can beat them. Winning is the ultimate goal and whatever it takes to get there I will do. If coach ask for some scout guys on special teams I will be the first guy out there. Whatever it takes, I will do!

Growing up, who was your role model?

- My father has always been my role model. He has been the perfect example and teacher of how to be a man. He let me live my life, corrected me when he needed to, and showed me love when I needed it. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him.

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

- My favorite team this year was the Seattle Seahawks. That team is full of a bunch if guys with chips on their shoulders who want to prove everybody wrong. A bunch of late rounders who all will do whatever it takes to win. The swag that they showed on the field was terrifying to other teams. That’s a program that with nothing but great things in the future. My favorite player is Steve Smith. The swag and relentlessness that he plays with is incomparable. He has the heart of a lion and I see a lot of myself in him.

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

- In 2009 I lost one of my best friends in a tragic car accident. I was a QB in high school and he was one of my top WRs. When I got the news I was in class and I walked out and absolutely broke down. Literally cried for days and hit an all time low. I eventually got out of that slump and wanted to celebrate his life through football. I knew he would do anything to be in my position so it’s only right for me to give it 100% every time I step on the field.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

- Jesus Christ

-Martin Luther King Jr

- Vince Lombardi

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

-SAVE IT!

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Josh McCown is a beast in basketball (Must See)

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Josh McCown is quite the basketball player. At Anquan Boldin’s charity event this weekend in Florida, Josh McCown tore it up. You need to see these videos.

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Chicago are you missing him yet?

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The hottest QB in the draft Tom Savage has declined offer to NFL Draft

Today Tom Savage the former Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback declined an invitation to the NFL draft in New York City next month.

@JosinaAnderson: Confirming that QB Tom Savage has declined an invitation to attend the NFL Draft in NY.

This doesn’t make sense especially for quarterback prospect who is been flying up boards supposedly.

Many draft reporters and Nfl analyst believe Savage will get drafted in the top of the second round.

While I’m a huge fan to Savage I still don’t believe it. Savage made the right choice because he could be sitting in the green room for long time.

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