NFL Transactions for March 29th, 2017; Draft visits

NFL Transactions and Draft Visits for 3-29

NFL Transactions for March 29th, 2017

Buffalo Bills

  • Bills waived DE Scott Crichton after he failed a physical

New Orleans Saints

  • Saints HC Sean Payton told reporters that they won’t sign restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet.
  • Saints signed TE John Phillips

Draft Visits

  • UNI DB Ray Buchanan Jr. will attend the #Falcons local day on April 5th. After his pro day he met with the #Saints #Giants #Steelers #Redskins #Packers #Falcons #Raiders and #Panthers.  The #Jaguars and #Chargers worked out the defensive backs at their pro day.
  • University of San Diego RB Jonah Hodges spoke with the #Titans #Rams and #Ravens after his pro day. 
  • Central Arkansas wide out Desmond Smith met with the #Jets and the #Patriots after his pro day.
  • Jackson State DB Zavian Bingham has interest from the #Giants #Jets and #Cardinals
  • ‪South Dakota S Tyson Graham had a good pro day. He met w/ #Packers #Lions #49ers #Saints‬

NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Justin Lucas, LB, Troy University

Justin Lucas of Troy is a very passionate player who has a knack of getting to the QB

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 500 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Justin Javar Lucas

What is your Height/Weight?

5’10 227

What is your position?

Inside Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

Troy University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

During the ball game, visiting the children’s hospital and giving teddy bears to kids

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Human A&P 2

Where are you from?

Aberdeen, MS

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball

At your position, what separates you from others?

Natural born leader and instincts that can be taught

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Tendencies and weak points in the opposing offense

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Deshaun Watson

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

Tyrann Mathieu. He’s not the biggest but he plays with a lot heart and he’s a defensive playmaker

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

Going thru my senior year of high school and not having a scholarship to any school thinking that my football career was over. I overcame it by keep grinding and striving and praying and kept faith in god

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Not really. Usually just chill in my locker and just try to relax

What is your biggest strength?

Instincts and lateral quickness

What is your biggest weakness?

Foot speed

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

I’m a very hard worker and I’m passionate about this game of football. All I want to do is do my part to help this team win. I’m not a distraction I never been in trouble dealing law enforcements. I’m chasing this dream so provided my family and give back to my community.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

My favorite player growing up was Troy Polamalu and my favorite NFL team was the Pittsburg Steelers

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My mother a house. She provided for me all my life single parent of two children’s and feel that is my obligations to give her the house she deserves.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Jordan Ford, DB, Campbell University

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Jordan Ford, DB, Campbell University

  • Jordan Ford, DB. Campbell University
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Hometown: Calhoun Falls, SC.
Pros: Very fluid hips that can read the quarterback and react. A willing tackler, doesn’t shy from contact. Does a nice job turning his head around for the ball rather than focus solely on the receiver. Makes a play on the ball when it’s in the air rather than wait and react. Doesn’t get lost in plays and stays focused on his assignment. Mirrors receivers well. Does extremely well when playing off the receiver. Long stride speed. Plays aggressive and keeps that fire going all game long. Doesn’t give up on plays.
Cons: Sometimes too grabby and can put his arm around the receiver which will result in a penalty in the NFL. Not exactly a ball hawk, more likely to knock the ball away. Had a hip injury that lingered as he played for Appalachian State. Must work on footwork and getting in and out of breaks. Occasionally gets to the receiver before the ball does, must do a better job timing those plays.
Overall: While Jordan Ford played cornerback, he may be better suited to play safety in the NFL. He is able to read and diagnose plays, but also makes every catch against him a contested one. Some of his best plays were when he played off of the receiver rather than press. He can play press, but when he plays off the receiver he really shines. Some scouts may be inclined to see if he can play safety. However, Ford does a very good job of always being on his man while playing cornerback. Ford is someone who fights for the ball, and scouts will love that about him.

NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Pat Graffree, DT, Eastern Kentucky

Pat Graffree is a big boy who transferred to EKU from Kentucky. He has a huge frame and is great a stopping the run.

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 500 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name? 

Patrick “Pat” Graffree.

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’4″ 315lbs. 

What is your position? 

Defensive Tackle, 3 Tech or Nose Guard.

Where do you play college football? 

Eastern Kentucky University.

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

Refereeing little league games that were played on my high school practice field. 

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Coaching Football 

Where are you from? 

Decatur, AL

Who is your role model, and why? 

My mother because no matter how bad a situation is she never shows a weakness and she keeps me going with word of encouragement. Also, my mother made me go to little league practice at the age of 7 even though I didn’t want to play football at the time but she seen something in me that I didn’t see at the time. I give all the glory to her because she’s my energy kit, I play for her and my family. They keep me going! 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Basketball and Track & Field 

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played everything on the defensive line from Defensive End to Defensive Tackle. 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

No matter where I am at on the football field I’m running to the ball carrier full speed with bad intentions. I can play double teams and I love defeating one on one blocks. 

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look at the specific offensive lineman’s: stance (run or pass), how well does he move out of his stance, how good he is with his hands, does he give me any pre-snap indicators on what he is going to do on a specific play, and last but not least the player that have success going against the offensive linemen to see what his weaknesses are.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

I don’t really have a specific player but I didn’t have trouble with the Florida’s offensive line my sophomore year on the field at EKU. I was 280lbs. playing Defensive Tackle vs. a SEC offensive line. I didn’t have a good game but it showed me that I needed to gain weight if I wanted to be successful on combo blocks. 

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

Fletcher Cox- I can move for my size, I have grit, always wants to get better on and off the field, versatile, humble,I love the club-rip he uses to get on an edge in the pass rushing game, and his motor never stops. 

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

Moving away from my parents in my hometown (Decatur, AL) in 2010 and moving to Elizabethtown, Kentucky with my cousin Cory Cleveland due to me to me having disciplinary issues at home. Everything happens for a reason. It was hard adjusting to my new live in Kentucky when I was 15 years old but I love the outcomes that came with me moving away from my parents. All District, All State, Best of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Border Bowl, still the only player from my high school football team to sign and play for a SEC football team (UK) before transferring to Eastern Kentucky in the summer of 2013. Last but not least my biggest obstacle has helped me graduate from a 4 year university and has opened many doors for me. I overcame my obstacles by staying in school and playing the game I love football. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I like to listen to music when I’m getting dressed for a game, then I’ll go out and run around on the field to get mentally focused and to loosen my muscles before my position group went out to do pre game drills before a game. 

What is your biggest strength? 

Being versatile at the Defensive Tackle position and being coachable. 

What is your biggest weakness? 

My hand placement at times.

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

I am a kid from Decatur, Alabama with dreams of being the next Reggie White in the national football league. Nothing has never been giving to me, I’ve worked to earn everything from my varsity letters in high school to my Bachelors degree I’ve earned while being a student athlete at Eastern Kentucky. I went from having 12 tackles total my junior year, a coaching change, and I led the Ohio Valley Conference at my position in tackles with 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 9 TFL’s. Last but not least I wasn’t a starter for Eastern Kentucky until my senior year in 2016 and my productivity showed once I earned my starting spot and earned more reps at Defensive Tackle to make the plays that I made my senior year. 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?  

Charles Haley and the Dallas Cowboys

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? 

Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, and my grandmother Elsie Grace Gray who passed away in 2004. 

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

A nice car, I’m tired of driving my 2006 Ford Crown Victoria.

Seahawks should consider signing Colin Kaepernick

 

Does Colin Kaepernick make sense in Seattle?

The Seattle Seahawks only have two quarterbacks on their roster.  Russell Wilson, and undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin.  Boykin looked good last year during pre-season, but he ran into some trouble this past week.

Boykin was arrested after he was a passenger in a car accident that ran into a building and injured 8 people. The Seahawks are very upset with the second year gunslinger, and after he tweeted out an odd tweet, it makes you wonder if the Seahawks may look to add a veteran to back-up Russell.

According to a Fox 4 News report, a woman driving the vehicle hit four people on a sidewalk and injured a worker inside the bar when her vehicle crashed. Boykin, who was listed on the police report as a passenger, was arrested on related drug charges and public intoxication.

None of the people hit in the incident were seriously injured. The report did not indicate what drug was in Boykin’s possession, but we have learned he had a bag of marijuana.

Boykin’s tweet said “Full Story” with nothing attached to it.  Many viewed the tweet as a shot at the media, but it definitely did not help his case. Boykin is in hot water right now with the Seahawks, and with Richard Sherman’s comments on Colin Kaepernick this past week, I wonder if the Seahawks would be willing to kick the tires on Kaep?

The Seahawks players all stood together last year when Kaepernick began to protest, and even their head coach Pete Carroll stood together.  Sherman believes Kaepernick is being blackballed, and is still supporting Kaepernick.

“I’m sure he is,” Sherman said. “It’s difficult to see because he’s played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it’s difficult to understand. Obviously he’s going to be in a backup role at this point. But you see quarterbacks, there was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year. So it has nothing to do with football. You can see that. They signed guys who have had off years before.”

“You don’t have 32 starting-level quarterbacks in this league,” Sherman said. “You have about eight elites, and then you have the rest of the league. You have about eight, nine elite quarterbacks. You have two or three who have the potential to be elite. And then you have the rest of the teams. So he could play and start on a ton of teams in this league. He would be a starter on probably 20 of the teams in this league. But you’re telling me that you’re going to let other guys, you’re going to pick up some of these other guys and tell me that they’re starters?”

This move makes sense to me folks, I would not be surprised if the Seahawks do end up signing him.

Seahawks fans, would you want him on your team?

 

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