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Thomas Rawls Ranks No. 25 on James Koh's Top 100 Fantasy Players for 2016

With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, it's time to turn our attention to next season. And one of summer's best shows has returned, as the "Top 100 Players of 2016" series is back on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network. So set your DVR for that! James Koh's Top 100 Fantasy Players for 2016 1. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants (WR1) 2. Antonio Brown, Steelers (WR2) 3. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (WR3) 4. Julio Jones, Falcons (WR4) 5. Todd Gurley, Rams (RB1) 6. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (RB2) 7. David Johnson, Cardinals(RB3) 8. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers (RB4) 9. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (RB5) 10. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (TE1) 11. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (WR5) 12. Allen Robinson, Jaguars

Daniel Kilgore, Ronald Blair Share Mutual Respect Through Appalachian State Connection

The San Francisco 49ers already hit one home run with an Appalachian State product when they landed Daniel Kilgore in the fifth round in 2011. The organization is hoping they’ve found another gem in Ronald Blair, a fellow Mountaineer selected with a fifth-round pick in 2016. The two never crossed paths as college athletes, but San Francisco’s rookie defensive lineman remembers Kilgore returning to Appalachian State to speak to the team. Kilgore connected with Blair following this year’s draft to welcome him to the 49ers and provide a few words of wisdom. “It’s really good, coming in as a rookie, to have someone who went to your school, was a legend at your school and has a great reputation,”

Rookie Ronald Blair Gives 49ers Options on Defensive Line

Fifty-one starts in four seasons. Ronald Blair wore many hats in those appearances for Appalachian State, and he was quite productive while being a versatile defensive lineman in college. The San Francisco 49ers fifth-round selection slid across the defensive front for the Mountaineers to record 221 tackles, 21 sacks, 53.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Blair, 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and earned First-Team All-Conference honors for his 71-tackles, 7.5-sack campaign. Even with the tremendous production, Blair had to wait until the 142nd overall selection in the 201

Jason Vander Laan to Jets

Jason Vander Laan produced a record-setting career as quarterback at Ferris State. However, if the Chicago Christian graduate is going to make the New York Jets roster as an undrafted free agent, it will be as a tight end — a position he has never played. The 6-foot-4, 244-pound Vander Laan is undaunted by the challenge. In fact, he said, "bring it on." "I'm confident I can make the transition," said Vander Laan, who signed Saturday with the Jets. "I feel comfortable. I know where I'm at physically and athletically. I can't wait to get started." Vander Laan had a good idea NFL teams preferred him as a tight end and has been honing his skills since January. "At my pro day, 85 percent of the t