The only other offensive lineman taken in the first round was Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk with the final selection.

Aaron Rodgers’ brother became the face of The Bachelor, now this Stanford running back can become the face of an entire dating website. What I like about this brand opportunity is that it’s very unlikely anyone else will in the NFL will invade the space, so McCaffrey has free dominance of the online dating scene.

Before Thursday, the last time the NFL draft even went 10 picks without an offensive tackle coming off the board was 2005, although the run ended at No. 13 when the New Orleans Saints took Jammal Brown.

Another six years before that John Tait was the first offensive lineman off the board in 1999 when the Kansas City Chiefs scooped him up at No. 14. After Tait, four of the next seven picks in the 1999 NFL draft were offensive linemen.

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In 1965 no offensive linemen went in the first round of the NFL draft. At the time, there were just 14 teams in the league and among the first-round selections were three players listed as halfbacks, two as fullbacks, and another two as backs.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that the video recording of University of Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon punching a woman in a Norman restaurant must be released for public viewing.

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Jets Jamal Adams and Teez Tabor had an NFL draft bet since high school

Out of any position on the football field, defensive backs love to talk. NFL prospects Jalen Tabor and Jamal Adams (the No. 6 overall pick by the Jets) do that pretty well in addition to having skills on the field:

At the combine, NFL Network asked Adams about this tweet and he said that the two players made the bet while in Oregon at The Opening (a Nike recruiting camp for high school athletes). Both attended the camp in the summer of 2013 as high-level recruits.
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Watson, along with his mother Deann and three siblings, lived in a small, cramped apartment in Gainesville, Ga. Deshaun brought home a Habitat for Humanity note one day that gave steps to home ownership, which Deann pursued. She spent over 300 hours helping build new houses before they could move into one of their own.

Through his foundation, Dunn was able to surprise the Watson family with a furnished home with four bedrooms, two baths, and even a full refrigerator.
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I felt grown having my own room, Watson told the Associated Press. Just having my own bed, not really being squished, not really worrying about someone sneaking up on me, it was a great moment, a special moment.

Its something Dunn loves to help people with, especially when the effort is put in. Were helping people who are helping themselves, Dunn said. Its crazy how much pride people have when its something they work for and not something theyre given.

Dunn might not have known that Deshaun would become a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and national champion, but it shows the impact can be even greater than imagined.

Roger Goodell was ferociously booed at the 2017 NFL draft in Philadelphia for 2 nights

As is tradition, Roger Goodell was booed as he came out to announce the first overall pick by the Cleveland Browns.

Goodell is used to getting booed by a New York crowd, but this time around, Philadelphia gave him a different type of booing, yet still strong.

The next night, Goodell brought out former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski as a shield, and still got booed.

We knew the city of Philadelphia wasn¡¯t going to let us down in holding the tradition of booing the commissioner. McKinley has huge potential and athleticism, but needs time to come into his own. That¡¯s perfect for a defense that has consistently added speed and potential, and waited for those players to blossom under Dan Quinn. This is a good landing spot for McKinley and more speed for the Falcons defense.
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A whole bunch of people had Allen projected to be a top five pick, but Washington gets him in the top five instead. The team has ignored the defensive line in the draft for too long and they correct that in a big way here. The shoulder injury concerns that caused many teams to pass is the only reason this gets a minus attached.

Much of the concern surrounding Humphrey is that he¡¯s the same kind of straight-line cornerback that made Dee Milliner a bust. After adding Brandon Carr to start opposite Jimmy Smith, the Ravens still need to add cornerbacks so the pick makes sense, but it¡¯s hard to imagine Baltimore wouldn¡¯t have been better served by adding a talented tight end like O.J. Howard now that the top three receivers are off the board.
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Blazers vs. Warriors was an epic shootout. We’re all winners for seeing it

The catch is that Zimmermann has to be good. He certainly can be. From 2011 through 2015, he averaged 194 innings, with a 3.14 ERA (123 ERA+). That’s not just OK or making do. That’s exceptional. The Tigers were right to prefer him and an extra $100 million to David Price. It’s far too easy to forget how good players were when they suffer one down season.

It’s also far too easy to have one down season stretch into two, and two down seasons turning into three, and suddenly you’re Matt Cain. How Zimmermann bounces back directly affects what the Tigers will do this year. You knew that already, but the difference between 85 wins and 90 wins and a team you don’t want to face in the postseason might be in one player’s hands.

SDSU had discovered ambition a little late in life. When Coryell began destroying the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the school decided it could handle more competition. It left following 1975 to join college football’s “super conference,” which would become Division I-A. SDSU and Hawaii replaced Arizona and Arizona State in the WAC when the latter joined the Pac-10 in 1978.

The upward mobility of that decade-plus probably had SDSU dreaming big. Okay, so the best offense may be a good defense, but special teams also gave the offense quite a boost. SDSU ranked 10th in Special Teams S&P+ thanks to brilliant place-kicking from John Baron II (15-for-15 on field goals under 40 yards, 6-for-8 on kicks over 40) and the terrifying return prowess of Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington. The running back duo combined to average 30 yards per return, score three touchdowns, and produce a kick return success rate that ranked 10th in the country. That’s unfair.

Tim Hardaway Jr. blew up Bojan Bogdanovic with filthy poster dunk to end 3rd quarter

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He handed $500 to a 19-year-old McDonald’s employee who complimented his shoes, telling him to get some of his own.

If you’re serious about getting those shoes, here’s some money to help you get ’em, Lynch said, according to Downs. My job is to continue to see you grow.
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Over a two-day span in 2009, the Patriots made seven trades. Players included in these deals, all as future draft picks, were Michael Oher, Clay Matthews, Mike Mitchell, Darius Butler, Lamarr Houston, Jared Cook, Julian Edelman, and, eventually, even Rob Gronkowski. Lets see if a table isnt the best way to sort this out:

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Tim Hardaway Jr. ended the third quarter with a disgusting poster dunk after the Washington Wizards gave him a lane to drive. Whew lawd this man aint messing around.
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I was watching this play develop, and I kept waiting for Hardaway Jr. to shoot a jumper. Then we realized he had a lane, so I was waiting for a floater. Then out of nowhere, Hardaway Jr. got all the way to the rim and banged out right over Bogdanovic.

Hardaway Jr. has been amazing for the Atlanta Hawks this season in many instances, but that dunk alone is worth employing him.

It does not appear that James will heed his coach’s advice

James, who sought advice on his free throws from sharpshooter Ray Allen when they played together in Miami and is known to study game film from when his shot was in a good rhythm to tweak his shooting stroke, acknowledged his struggles from the line back in March.

Authentic Youth Nick Foligno Jersey “It’s killing me,” he said. “It’s killing me. Yeah, it’s killing me, it’s killing me. Can’t have everything. Everything else is creeping up, and that’s taking a step down. But I’ll be fine for the playoffs. For the rest of the regular season, I’m going to end up shooting in the 60s, which is a career low for me, but the postseason, I’ll be up there in the 80s.”

It does not appear that James will heed his coach’s advice. The changes are here to stay — until he tries out a different adjustment, that is.

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Things got more difficult from there. Injuries began to thin out the defense. BSU started slowly and ceded the field position advantage against Colorado State and needed drastic turnovers luck (and special teams oddity) to get past BYU. They outgained Wyoming by more than 1.5 yards per play but suffered massive field position disadvantages and fell via safety dance. And following the annual, unlikely loss to Air Force, BSU had no answers for Baylor鈥檚 passing game.

This was never a bad team, but it failed to clear the bar it set once injuries set in. The star power and high-end athleticism seem as high as ever, but depth and poorly placed injuries could create a similar feel in 2017.

Watson’s remarkable poise in the pocket and excellent awareness are a good combination of skills for long-term success

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They’ll know Shane O’Mac, the millionaire daredevil who gets beat up and falls off large heights even though he doesn’t have to do any of it. While they’re enamored with the nostalgia of the Attitude Era and last year’s Mania, you should check their out their reactions as they slowly learn who Styles is, where he’s been, and what he’s capable of doing.
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Very few analysts are projecting Watson to the Texans, and for good reason. Watson’s combination of talent, maturity and leadership coupled with the number of teams that need a quarterback that pick before Houston makes it unlikely the former Clemson star will still be available at No. 25.

Watson’s remarkable poise in the pocket and excellent awareness are a good combination of skills for long-term success. His ability to throw on the move would be an asset for the Texans.

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Jackson isn’t nearly the player Kawhi Leonard was in college

Between Bledsoe and Booker, the Suns are loaded at the guard slot. But it’s slim pickings for Phoenix up front.

Jackson isn’t nearly the player Kawhi Leonard was in college, but they’re cut from the same cloth: athletic forwards who can defend multiple positions and score at the rim.

The Suns need to address their problem at the 3 position with a versatile defender and shooter who fits alongside their two guards. Jackson has good size and can score off the dribble. Once he develops a consistent three-pointer, he could be the answer for the Suns at a position that’s long dogged them.

I think this Sunday is critical for the Giants. With three straight victories, the 3-6 Giants have given themselves reason to dream about becoming the first 0-6 team to reach the playoffs, even if Football Outsiders thinks that is a pipe dream. If the Giants are going to make history, they absolutely have to win Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. True, the Packers will be using third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien, but even with Tolzien the Packers are the most talented team the Giants have faced since their Week 6 loss to the Bears. Sorry, Eagles’ fans, that’s the truth. A stumble against Green Bay would, in reality, kill the Giants’ hopes for a historic comeback.

The Packers defense recently got pass rusher Clay Matthews back from a thumb injury. Unfortunately, defensive end Nick Perry is likely out with an ankle injury after returning last week. The Packers have had a bad habit of relinquishing big drives in the fourth quarter the last two weeks. The front seven will need to be better to support an ailing offense.


Tony Romo retired, but speculation of a return won’t die anytime soon

Tony Romo is hanging up the cleats to join the CBS broadcast booth. Or at least, that’s the plan for now. At least one team believes Romo could be pulled out of retirement if a starter gets hurt

With the Dallas Cowboys releasing Romo on Tuesday, the quarterback is officially on the market and available for any team to try to woo him out of retirement. But with a nice job at CBS and a history of injuries, there’s not much reason for Romo to second-guess his decision to walk away from the game.

It has taken several months for Romo to accept how things might have been as he leaps to a CBS broadcasting career. Mangled physically and battered mentally during his 14-season yo-yo career in Dallas, last season was one that Romo pictured as his best. He was finally healthy and he finally had his best set of offensive weapons connected with a defense he believed good enough to win it all. It was Super Bowl or bust for Romo. Bust won.

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As Romo ached on the ground, the Cowboys instantly wondered if their season was destroyed. There was shock on the sideline. Riveting concern for the games ahead as much as for Romo. But one man on that sideline shook it off. He shook everything off. They saw disaster. He saw gates swing broadly open, clouds clear, a sterling silver tray present, a magic carpet ready to hop aboard.

Jets vs. Bills 2017 game preview: Rushing and defense keys for Empire State showdown

Penny Hardaway Limited Jersey The surprisingly competent New York Jets get a shot to improve their standing in the AFC East as they travel to take on their unsurprisingly incompetent divisional rival, the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.

We’re over halfway through the 2017 NFL season and the Jets are above .500. In one of the biggest shockers of the season, a team expected to implode under Rex Ryan has started 5-4 and sits only two games behind the first-place Patriots.

The Bills, meanwhile, are in the division’s cellar at 3-7 and are coming off three consecutive losses, including last week’s 23-10 defeat to Pittsburgh.

He comes across in the story as less than a sympathetic character, very full of himself. He’s especially harsh (and very unfair) in his judgment of Jason Collins:

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Bryant also thinks it will be a half-dozen years before a gay NFL player came out and thinks it would have to be someone who is a Top 5 draft pick.

The entire article (which features a shirtless shot of Bryant ripped and buff) is worth a read. It shows that gay athletes — like people in general — can’t be pigeonholed.