Kizer’s path to the draft winds more than usual for a quarterback.

Roy Miller Limited Jersey Look back at the majority of the aforementioned names — most are on defense. The offense has added talent, too, but that defense has gotten beefed up the last two offseasons.

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For example, Fournette is there to take the job of the two backs who were supposed to be an unbeatable tandem: T.J. Yeldon from the 2015 draft and Chris Ivory from the 2016 free-agency class. Robinson is being brought in to be what 2013 second overall pick Luke Joeckel never was. The big additions on defense … well, despite the spending and supposedly clever drafting, they needed them.

It’s hard to say, as always. Kizer’s path to the draft winds more than usual for a quarterback. He led Notre Dame to a Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2015, but guided a 4-8 team last season. He put up big numbers in that stretch: 5,805 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, with a 60.7 percent completion percentage to boot. The uncomfortable back-and-forth with Irish coach Brian Kelly about his NFL readiness brings those questions to light during the draft process.

We don’t know how good Kizer is or how ready he is for the NFL, but he’s a 6-4, 233-pound quarterback who has enough upside for us to think there’s a chance. If Kelly doesn’t think Kizer is ready, then how can Hue Jackson possibly think the same thing with a second-round pick? The Browns drafted Kessler with a third-round pick last season. Jackson enjoys molding quarterbacks, and this is another chance.

NFL Network gives Chad Kelly most awkward moniker ever

NFL Network probably should have done a little more research into Chad Kelly — aka Mr. Irrelevant — before heaping him with superlatives on Saturday.

After the Broncos took Kelly with the last pick of the draft, NFL Network posted a graphic of Kelly, using one of its bullet points to describe Kelly as a “fearless gunslinger.”

“I’m thinking he might say, ‘Oh, no, don’t say anything like that, that might get them too fired up, might cause a riot out there in that crowd.’ But to my surprise, he encouraged me to say that and to get the crowd even more riled up,” Pearson said of his conversation with Goodell.

Pearson, who was a four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XII champion after going unselected in the 1973 draft, made the pick “on behalf of the five-time world champions” to a chorus of boos. The louder the crowd got, the louder Pearson yelled.

Pearson spent his entire 10-year playing career in Dallas before taking on coaching roles and executive positions following his retirement.

Two small-school tight ends went back-to-back early in the second round — South Alabama’s Gerald Everett (No. 44 to Rams) and Ashland’s Adam Shaheen (No. 45 to the Bears). Then FIU’s Jonnu Smith (No. 100 to the Titans) was the only other tight end taken after O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and Davd Njoku went in Round 1.

It’s unfortunate the torn ACL has cost Butt so much, but he has the makings of a Day 3 steal now.


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Talk about a fluke, regardless of the Hall of Famer leading the Patriots that night. Atlanta blew a 25-point lead! They gave up 19 points in the fourth quarter!

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And thanks to one bold, innovative Redditor, they can try again. Thanks for the internet.

But instead of focusing solely on the negative things to happen to this Penguins team, folks might want to start celebrating how lucky they are to still have superstar talent on the roster that’s both healthy and ready to avenge the heartbreaking OT loss in Game 3, especially after battling back in incredible fashion. I know I sound like a broken record, but this team, damaged as they are, is still more than capable of splitting the final four games of this series with the Capitals. It took losing Pittsburgh’s best player, and arguably the best player in the world, a playmaker in Sheary, and the addition of an extra 20 minute period after botching the 2-0 lead in the final minutes of the third for the Capitals to beat this battered team.

The Raptors haven’t won the first game of a playoff series since 2001

The Raptors lost Game 1 of their second-round series with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Even though they beat the Bucks in the first round, they lost the first game of that series too! In all, the Raptors have now lost 11 Game 1s in a row, dating all the way back to 2001. Back when Vince Carter, Charles Oakley, and Dell Curry were still on the team. You want to remember what else was going on the last time the Raptors won the first game of a playoff series?
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So, Toronto, it’s been a while since the Raptors have won the first game of a playoff series. If they can somehow get past the Cavs in the second round of the 2017 playoffs, maybe they can try and break this streak in the Eastern Conference Finals. Or maybe it will just have to wait until next year.

The Hawks got huge games from Jose Calderon, Dwight Howard, and Kent Bazemore. Yes, we said Jose Calderon. He was a +26 in his eight first half minutes as the Hawks took control of the game. He finished with 10 points, five assists, and a +29 on the game.
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Dwight Howard showed flashes of his old self and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. He was a presence of the defensive end as well.

With the Hawks role players stepping up, it was their rock, Paul Millsap pulling them through. The defining moment of the game was when Millsap grabbed this rebound late in the game with five Wizards players surrounding. He grabbed the board on one leg, put the shot back up and completed the three-point play.

The Wizards will have to prove they can show up when it matters and finish this Hawks team off quickly if they want to prove they are a top team in the Eastern Conference.

Blazers were much better at Twitter than basketball during Warriors beatdown

The Warriors put on a cruel clinic in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, as they swept the series in four games. All Portland’s Twitter account could do was watch, and through it all became one of the most fun things on Monday night.
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Enter Kevin Shattenkirk, who played most of his career with the St. Louis Blues before being flipped to the Washington Capitals at the deadline. Shattenkirk is undeniably the best right-handed defenceman on the market this summer. Whether he would be willing to sign with the Leafs, I do not know; the rumour is that he wants to play in the northeastern United States. Assuming he would consider the Leafs, the question is whether the Leafs should make a competitive offer for his services. The running ballpark figure for Shattenkirk’s contract is considered to be about $7,000,000 AAV for seven years; we’ll assume this is about what he’ll cost.

Kevin Shattenkirk is both an elite offensive defenceman and an elite defensive one.

Shattenkirk has produced at least 42 points per season in each of the last four seasons, and that’s despite some rough injuries. As with many high-scoring defenders, some of that is powerplay production¡ªbut he’s also great at even strength. Of the 111 defenders to play at least 3000 minutes over the last three years, Shattenkirk ranks 14th in primary points per 60 at even strength. Any way you slice it, Shattenkirk is a superb offensive producer.

He said Garrett can line up left or right or wherever an NFL defense desires.

An invitation to the NFL Combine is special for any player, but being a representative of an HBCU adds weight to the meaning for Cohen. “It’s just me and the other guy from an HBCU, Javarius Leamon, so we’re kinda the underdogs.” In actuality, just four of the 330 players invited to the combine came from HBCUs.

“People don’t really know much of us so we really have to put our names out there and do more to get noticed,” Cohen said.

The amount of NFL players from HBCUs has dropped over the course of the past five decades. In 2016, there were 32 players on NFL rosters from HBCUs, down from 36 in 2015. When Black College Sports Page started publishing their report back in 1994, there were 86.

Part of that has to do with the fact that black players used to have no other option but to attend HBCUs, particularly with SEC schools not allowing blacks to even attend most universities at all in the early 1960s. As desegregation took place in the late 60s and early 70s, more and more black players opted for bigger universities. By 1988, 45 percent of black students in the U.S. attended majority-white schools. Now, the amount of HBCU alumni in the NFL is at an all-time low because of it.

He said Garrett can line up left or right or wherever an NFL defense desires. Fisher added that those that say Garrett took plays off in college or became invisible in instances are not accounting for the fact that often he played so many consecutive defensive plays with huge demand and was simply tired on some downs. They asked a lot of him at Texas A&M, said Fisher, and Garrett gave a lot. Even at the NFL level, players get tired on certain plays, Fisher said.

The question for Fisher is what do star defensive players consistently do and how do they play when the game matters most?

“I see an outstanding athlete,’’ Fisher said. “I see a young man who is going to be very successful in the NFL.’’

And if they stay with their defensive-minded building, it will be with the Cleveland Browns.


the Golden Bears racked up a school-record 459 rushing yards against East Stroudsburg

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Why the hell hasn’t there been a Nintendo football game? The whole Mushroom Kingdom have played tennis, soccer, golf, and driven go carts — but never played football. This writes itself. Bowser, Wario and Donkey Kong are linemen, Luigi is a tight end — I guess Mario has to be the QB but I’d definitely sub him out for Yoshi. Peach had crazy hops in Super Mario Bros. 2, so she’s a natural wide receiver.

God, I just want to play this game now. See you later, going to go fantasize about this more.

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At least three linemen have earned a spot in the first round of every NFL draft since. That was until Thursday night.

With at least two offensive linemen in the top 10 of the last four drafts, including a whopping five in 2013, it’s hard to imagine this is a larger trend. Protecting quarterbacks and creating rushing lanes is still as important as ever — 2017 just didn’t provide a group that teams were excited to parse through.

But with just two gone from the crop, the second day of the NFL draft looks like a feeding ground for teams in need of help up front. You can pull probably 10 blocks per game that were great plays by Jordan. Usually, [they] help spring a big play. We were able to really set some records running the ball, and Jordan was a huge part of that, without a doubt.

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2 players with twin brothers drafted back-to-back in the NFL draft for 1st time

Something thats never happened before, according to ESPN: twins being taken back-to-back in the NFL draft. That doesnt just mean twins to each other. It means twins, period. The network said during its draft coverage on Friday night that no twins (to any parents) had ever been drafted one after the other.

Thats now changed. The 89th pick in this years draft by the Texans was DOnta Foreman, a Texas running back who played in college alongside his twin, receiver Armanti. The 90th pick by the Seahawks was UCF defensive back Shaquill Griffin, whose twin brother Shaquem won AAC player of the year last year. Shaquem only has one hand, because of complications that arose from a congenital birth defect when he was a small child.
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Jones played four college seasons at East Carolina. The lightly recruited son of a longtime NFLer, Jones rewrote the FBS career and single-season record books. He thinks hes got the best hands in this draft class. He was the fourth receiver taken, not counting Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuels selection by the Carolina Panthers.

The O.J. slow-speed chase, like other elements of his murder trial, has come into renewed public focus in the last year. ESPN did a harrowing 30 for 30 on the story, which drew wide audiences and critical acclaim. An FX drama based on the case, The People v. O.J. Simpson, starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and was also popular.

Simpson was acquitted in his murder trial. Hes currently in prison after several convictions connected to a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas. Simpson is eligible for parole this year.

Myles Garrett was as shocked as everyone else when the Bears traded up for Mitchell Trubisky

The Bears stunned NFL fans when they traded up to the No. 2 overall pick to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The team bet big that he can be its leader of the future, and watching from home, No. 1 pick Myles Garrett was as stunned as everyone else:
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In the midst of celebrating being taken first, Garrett froze and watched the TV as it was announced that Chicago gave up four picks to move up in the draft and take Trubisky. Bears fans are coming to terms with the deal, and Garrett, well, he said it all with his face.

There are two clear needs for the Steelers: Outside linebacker and cornerback. They need someone to pair with Bud Dupree and someone to pair with Artie Burns. Dupree now has his partner in crime with Watt.

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Theres also no shortage of athletic skill position players who would be wasted in an offense that doesnt give them the ball in space.

Wes Welker was a product of the Air Raid system at Texas Tech and became one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, despite measuring in at 59. By having the flexibility to operate out of shotgun and use spread concepts in a pro-style offense, the Patriots and Broncos were able to get Welker open at will.

A play like Y-stick would tell the Y receiver — often Welker for the Patriots — to run a quick route for 5-7 yards, while a running back attacks the flat, forcing linebackers to cover both.

Conley was playing like a $153 million man

The Grizzlies took a 30-25 lead over the Spurs into the second quarter. Why? Conley was playing like a $153 million man. He had 10 points on a perfect four-of-four shooting and had taken advantage of his matchup against an aging Tony Parker.

And then the Spurs switched Danny Green, a solid perimeter defender, onto Conley. He never scored again after the 8:40 mark in the second quarter.

The same goes for Randolph, who was only able to score once during San Antonio’s second-half run. The Spurs had a four-point third-quarter lead when Z-Bo entered with nine minutes remaining. They entered the fourth quarter with a 20-point cushion as Randolph scored just two points in the period.

Memphis was already at a disadvantage in a series against a San Antonio team with the league’s second-best record. The Spurs have the best player in the series, Leonard, and have Gregg Popovich’s coaching expertise to make the supporting pieces work.

By 1979, the Seminoles would be playing in Orange Bowls and racking up top-10 rankings as SDSU became a victim of ambition. Gilbert began transitioning from a reliance on JUCOs to more high school athletes; he went 16-18 from 1978-80 and was fired. Doug Scovil went 24-32-3 in five years. Dennis Stoltz went 16-19 in three.

Brady Hoke and Rocky Long broke the long stretch of mediocrity. Hoke took over in 2009 and had the Aztecs bowling by 2010. Long hit a ceiling — eight wins per year with an average S&P+ ranking of 69.3 from 2011-14 — but he busted through it.

Since starting 2015 at 1-3, SDSU is 21-3. The Aztecs have won two straight MWC titles and just finished in the AP poll for the first time since 1977.

It’s easy to think that SDSU should always be this good. Even without a true home stadium — they play in Qualcomm Stadium, five miles from campus — and less than robust financial support, the Aztecs have geographical advantages in recruiting and a history of offensive brilliance, both in the Coryell/Gilbert years and when Marshall Faulk was romping.nike_jaguars_565