According to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, Villanova slot receiver Poppy Livers has received an invitation to the San Francisco 49er's Pro-Day on April 17th. The professional ranks will be looking at Livers as a potential contributor both at receiver as well as on special teams, returning kicks and punts.
Villanova wide receiver and kick returner Poppy Livers invited to San Francisco 49ers Pro Day on April 17, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 8, 2015
Poppy Livers has the distinction of returning two punts all the way for a touchdown (a rare feat for the Talley-coached Wildcats), including a run in the 2014 season opener at ACC-member Syracuse. That run went 67 yards to help keep momentum from shifting out of neutral.
The 5'7", 168-pound player started his career at Villanova as a walk-on, landing at the Main Line school partially because of his grandfather, Larry Livers, who ran track and played basketball at the school. The California-native couldn't be held back, as one of the hardest workers on the team he earned a scholarship on the practice field. Prior to the 2013 season, he beat out some more highly-rated players for the starting slot-receiver role.
He had 141 career catches for 1,792 yards and 12 touchdowns on the Main Line. He averaged 9.5 yards per return on punts and 17.4 on kickoffs. As a senior, he had 67 receptions for 987 yards (14.7ypc) and 9 touchdowns, as well as 7 carries for 64 rushing yards.
Livers now has a chance to return to his home state of California for a chance to impress the coaches of his hometown team. The 49ers may be looking for Livers as an option after the draft is over, as an undrafted rookie free agent, but a late round pick-up may not be impossible should he continue to impress in the days leading up to the draft on April 30th.
The 49ers were also the final stop on former Villanova safety Raymond Ventrone's 10-year playing career in the NFL. Ventrone is now serving as an assistant coach for the New England Patriots -- the team that gave both himself and his brother Ross their professional start.