Deshaun Watson goes to Houston

Deshaun Watson is a winner, and hopefully for Houston,  he’ll bring that winning mentality to the NFL. Watson goes number 12 to the Texans.  The Texans give up their 2017 first-round pick(25), and their 2018 first-round pick to get the 12th pick in this year’s draft.

Coming into the draft, Watson felt he was better than former UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky, who went to the Bears at number two.

Earlier, Watson told ESPN that it would be “a slap in the face” if Trubisky goes before him in the draft:

“It’s like a slap in the face, to be honest,” Watson told Josina Anderson of ESPN. “You see all the things I’ve accomplished, it’s a long list, and they want to talk about the little negatives I have and bring somebody else up? It’s a little disrespectful.”

For the Texans’ sake, hopefully Watson plays with a huge “chip on his shoulder.”

 

 

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49ers doing a little trolling

The 49ers and Bears made a big move early in the draft. The Bears traded up from the number three spot with the 49ers in order to get UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky at two. At number three, the 49ers selected former Stanford DT Solomon Thomas.  After the pick, the 49ers went to Twitter to troll the Bears:

Luis Arias vs. Arif Magomedov USBA Middleweight Championship Added to Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev Pay-Per-View Undercar

NEW YORK, NY (April 27, 2017) –  USBA Middleweight Champion Luis “Cuba” Arias (17-0, 8 KOs) and prime contender Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs) will lead off the HBO Pay-Per-View lineup for Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Arias will be defending his title and undefeated record against one of the division’s top prospects. Magomedov has previously held the WBO’s Inter-Continental, Youth and NABO middleweight titles with only a single career loss coming against Andrew Hernandez for the vacant WBC USNBC middleweight title. Both fighters are eager to make an impression during their Las Vegas debut.
“Finally my opportunity has come. The road to the big stage has been long but it’s here and I’m ready. It’s time to prove to the world that I am a threat to anyone in this division. I have been saying it for some time, my record shows it, but now I’ll get the chance to prove it,” said Arias. “I’m coming to make a statement on June 17! My opponent has been beat before and will be beat again. Thanks to Roc Nation Sports and my handlers for making this happen. A new star will be born.”
“My goal is to be a world champion. I have been waiting for a fight like this. Arias is a tough opponent but I will be ready for him,” said Magomedov. “I am so excited to work with my new trainer, Marco Contreras and to fight on HBO Pay-Per-View. Be ready for ‘The Predator’ on June 17.”
“If the heat between the Ward-Kovalev rivalry hasn’t been felt yet, then the cross promotional matchup of Roc Nation Sports’ Luis Arias and Main Events’ Arif Magomedov will certainly add fuel to the fire,” said Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy Michael R. Yormark. “We are excited to have USBA Middleweight Champion Luis Arias make his Las Vegas debut and open the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast with a title defense on June 17 against Arif Magomedov.”
“Arif has been ready for this fight since the first Kovalev-Ward card in November. We are so pleased to finally give him this match-up,” said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. “This is a huge opportunity for both Arif and Luis to test themselves on such a big stage. A win or a good showing by either fighter could catapult them in the rankings and put them on the map in this stacked middleweight division.”
USBA Middleweight Champion Luis “Cuba” Arias (17-0, 8 KOs), 26,takes great pride in his Cuban heritage. The Milwaukee-native chose his nickname in homage to his father’s homeland and its people, honoring them each time he steps into the ring. A former USA junior amateur standout, Arias made his professional debut on November 10, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, where he defeated Josh Thorpe via a four-round unanimous decision. Since joining Roc Nation Sports in February of 2015, Arias has advanced his undefeated record, paving way for his first title shot on August 20, 2016. In a homecoming at the Milwaukee Center, Arias captured the vacant USBA Middleweight title with a stoppage of Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham at the 1:11 mark of the fourth round. Arias successfully defended his title on March 31, 2017 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Virginia’s Scott Sigmon. All three judges scored the fight 99-91 for Arias who put on a potent body punching display to settle a long-standing grudge with Sigmon.
 
Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs), 24, is a middleweight from Kizlyar, Russia. He made his professional debut in January of 2013 when he earned a decision win over Ruslan Sirazhev in Russia. Magomedov would go on to finish 2013 with a bang, posting a record of 8-0 with 6 KOs and none of those six opponents made it past the third round. He made his US debut in April of 2015 when he unanimously outpointed tough journeyman Derrick Findley. In May of 2015, he earned one of the biggest wins of his career when he scored a first-round knockout over the always tough and durable Darnell Boone. In July of 2015, Magomedov cruised to a unanimous decision win over previously undefeated and rising prospect Derrick Webster. In his most recent bout, Magomedov scored a second-round TKO over Chris Herrmann in Moscow, Russia. Arif is co-promoted by Main Events and Shamo Boxing and managed by Egis Klimas.
Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

Mitchell Trubisky to Bears

After 13 collegiate starts, the Bears believe they may have found their QB of the future. The Bears select former UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky with the number two pick in the draft. The Bears gave up a lot to get him:

“I did not see this coming at all,” Trubisky told the NFL Network.

What a shocker!! Bears better hope he has the goods!

I guess Mike Glennon is keeping the seat warm for Trubisky.

Myles Garrett goes number one to Browns

In a not so surprising move, with the number one pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Browns select former Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett. In Garrett, the Browns get what could be a dominating DE for the next 10-15, or if you believe like Warren Sapp, you might get a bust. We’ll let time take care of that one.

Should be interesting what the Browns do with the number 12 pick. We’ll find out in about a hour.

Chiefs trying to get into the top 10?

According to Ian Rapoport, the Kansas City Chiefs might be trying to get into the top 10 in the NFL Draft. At this point, the Chiefs have pick number 27.  We’ll find out soon what is going to happen.

2017 NFL Draft news and notes!

As you prepare for the tonight’s NFL Draft, here are a few facts and figures that will get you ready. Enjoy!

2017 NFL DRAFT NOTES​

82nd NFL DRAFT

PHILADELPHIA, PA

APRIL 27-29, 2017 

DATE START ROUNDS SELECTION TIME
Thursday, April 27 8:00 PM ET Round 1 10 Minutes
Friday, April 28 7:00 PM ET Round 2 7 Minutes
Round 3 5 Minutes
Saturday, April 29 12:00 PM ET Rounds 4-6 5 Minutes
Round 7 4 Minutes

 

— NFL DRAFT —

PROSPECTS IN PHILLY: Twenty-two prospects and 14 college head coaches will attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Louisiana State leads all colleges with three players in attendance, while the Pac-12 leads all conferences with seven prospects confirmed to attend the event. 

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Jamal Adams S Louisiana State 12) Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
2) Jonathan Allen DT Alabama 13) Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
3) Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado 14) Takkarist McKinley LB UCLA
4) Derek Barnett DE Tennessee 15) Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
5) Garett Bolles T Utah 16) Haason Reddick LB Temple
6)  Gareon Conley(will not attend)  CB Ohio State 17) Cam Robinson T Alabama
7) Corey Davis WR Western Michigan 18) John Ross WR Washington
8) Leonard Fournette RB Louisiana State 19) Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
9) Adoree’ Jackson CB Southern California 20) Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
10) Kevin King CB Washington 21) Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
11) DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame 22) Tre’Davious White CB Louisiana State

The college head coaches confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Larry Fedora North Carolina 8) Ed Orgeron Louisiana State
2) P.J. Fleck Minnesota 9) Chris Petersen Washington
3) Butch Jones Tennessee 10) Matt Rhule Baylor
4) Brian Kelly Notre Dame 11) Nick Saban Alabama
5) Mike MacIntyre Colorado 12) David Shaw Stanford
6) Urban Meyer Ohio State 13) Dabo Swinney Clemson
7) Jim Mora UCLA 14) Kyle Whittingham Utah

— NFL DRAFT — 

ROLL TIDE: Several players from Alabama have the chance to hear their names in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, including DT JONATHAN ALLEN, LB REUBEN FOSTER, TE O.J. HOWARD and T CAM ROBINSON.

If Alabama has a player selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide will tie Florida (1983-91) for the second-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. Alabama currently has eight consecutive drafts with at least one first-round pick. 

Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round.

The longest streak of consecutive seasons with a first-round pick (since 1967):

YEARS SCHOOL CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A FIRST-ROUND PICK
1995-2008 Miami 14
1983-1991 Florida 9
2009-2016 Alabama 8*
1997-2003 Florida 7
1991-1997 Ohio State 7
1983-1989 Pittsburgh 7
*Active streak  

 

— NFL DRAFT —

BOUNTIFUL BUCKEYES: Three Ohio State players are projected to have their names called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft – S MALIK HOOKER, CB MARSHON LATTIMORE and CB GAREON CONLEY. In 2016, the Buckeyes had a draft-high five players selected in the first round.

If all three players are selected in the first round, Ohio State would tie Alabama (2011-12) for the fourth-most first-round picks over any two-year span since 1967. Miami is the only school with more first-round choices over any two-year span, with nine players selected from both 2001-02 and 2002-03 and 10 players drafted from 2003-04.

The schools with the most first-round picks over any two-year span (since 1967):

YEARS SCHOOL FIRST-ROUND PICKS OVER TWO-YEAR SPAN
2003-04 Miami 10
2002-03 Miami 9
2001-02 Miami 9
2011-12 Alabama 8

 

— NFL DRAFT —

STAR-STUDDED STOPPERS: Texas A&M DE MYLES GARRETT, Stanford DE SOLOMON THOMAS and Alabama DT JONATHAN ALLEN are projected to be taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft.

If two defensive linemen are selected with the first and second picks, it would mark the third time in the common draft era that a pair of defensive linemen were taken first and second overall.

The defensive linemen taken first and second overall in the same draft since 1967:

YEAR NO. 1 PICK SCHOOL TEAM NO. 2 PICK SCHOOL TEAM
1976 Lee Roy Selmon Oklahoma Tampa Bay Steve Niehaus Notre Dame Seattle
1972 Walt Patulski Notre Dame Buffalo Sherman White California Cincinnati

Garrett would be the first player from Texas A&M selected with the first overall pick and the sixth Aggie to be selected in the top 10 since 2011.

The Texas A&M players selected in the top 10 since 2011:

YEAR NAME POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2014 Jake Matthews T 6 Atlanta
2014 Mike Evans WR 7 Tampa Bay
2013 Luke Joeckel T 2 Jacksonville
2012 Ryan Tannehill QB 8 Miami
2011 Von Miller LB 2 Denver

Thomas would become the fourth player in Stanford history and the first non-quarterback to be selected in the top five of the NFL Draft.

The Stanford players selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1967:

YEAR NAME POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2012 Andrew Luck QB 1 Indianapolis
1983 John Elway QB 1 Baltimore Colts
1971 Jim Plunkett QB 1 New England

— NFL DRAFT —

FIRST TIME QBs: North Carolina QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY and Texas Tech QB PATRICK MAHOMES would each be the first quarterback from their respective schools selected in the first round.

Trubisky would join T.J. YATES (2011, fifth round) and RONALD CURRY (2002, seventh round) as the only Tar Heels’ signal callers to be selected in the NFL Draft.

If selected in the first round, Mahomes would be the fourth Texas Tech player and the first Red Raider quarterback selected in the first round since 1967.

The players from Texas Tech selected in the first round of the draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2009 Michael Crabtree WR 10 San Francisco
1983 Gabe Rivera NT 21 Pittsburgh
1981 Ted Watts DB 21 Oakland

 

— NFL DRAFT —

THE CHAMP IS HERE: Clemson QB DESHAUN WATSON was named the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Most Valuable Offensive Player after passing for 420 yards with three touchdowns and rushing for a score in the Tigers’ 35-31 victory over Alabama.

If selected in the first round, Watson would become the eighth quarterback since 1967 to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and the fifth quarterback to accomplish the feat in the same year.

The quarterbacks to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1967:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR SELECTED (NO. CHOSEN) SCHOOL NATL. CHAMP. SEASON
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 2015 (1st) Florida State 2013
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 (1st) Auburn 2010
Tim Tebow Denver 2010 (25th) Florida 2008
Vince Young Tennessee 2006 (3rd) Texas 2005
Matt Leinart Arizona 2006 (10th) Southern California 2004
Todd Blackledge Kansas City 1983 (7th) Penn State 1982
Jerry Tagge Green Bay 1972 (11th) Nebraska 1971

 

— NFL DRAFT —

THAT’S TIGHT: Alabama TE O.J. HOWARD and Miami TE DAVID NJOKU hope to hear their names called in the first round of the Draft. If both players are selected in the top 20, it would mark the fifth time since 1967 that two tight ends have been chosen in the first 20 selections of the first round of the NFL Draft.

The pairs of tight ends drafted in the top 20 of the NFL Draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL NO. CHOSEN TEAM
1992 Derek Brown Notre Dame 14 New York Giants
Johnny Mitchell Nebraska 15 New York Jets
1974 J.V. Cain Colorado 7 St. Louis Cardinals
Reuben Gant Oklahoma State 18 Buffalo
1973 Charle Young Southern California 6 Philadelphia
Paul Seymour Michigan 7 Buffalo
Billy Joe DuPree Michigan State 20 Dallas
1972 Riley Odoms Houston 5 Denver
Jerome Barkum Jackson State 9 New York Jets

— NFL DRAFT —

SAFETY GUARANTEED: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS and Ohio State S MALIK HOOKER may both hear their names called at the top of the first round. Since 1980, there have been five safeties selected in the top five. The most recent top-five selection at the safety position was ERIC BERRY, who was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall choice in 2010.

The safeties selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1980:​

YEAR PLAYER TEAM SCHOOL OVERALL SELECTION
2010 Eric Berry Kansas City Tennessee 5
2004 Sean Taylor Washington Miami 5
1991 Eric Turner Cleveland UCLA 2
1988 Bennie Blades Detroit Miami 3
1981 Kenny Easley Seattle UCLA 4

— NFL DRAFT —

​BROTHERLY LOVE: Wisconsin LB T.J. WATT, the brother of Texans’ DE J.J. WATT and Chargers’ FB DEREK WATT, hopes to hear his name called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

If selected in the first round, T.J. would join J.J. – the 11th overall selection in 2011 – as the eighth pair of brothers since 1990 to be selected in the first round of their respective NFL Drafts.

The pairs of brothers selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1990:

FAMILY NAME PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR)
Davis Vontae* Miami (2009) Vernon* San Francisco (2006)
Long Kyle* Chicago (2013) Chris* St. Louis (2008)
Manning Eli* San Diego (2004) Peyton Indianapolis (1998)
McDougle Jerome Philadelphia (2003) Stockar Detroit (2000)
Pouncey Mike* Miami (2011) Maurkice* Pittsburgh (2010)
Thomas Robert St. Louis (2002) Stan Chicago (1991)
Trufant Desmond* Atlanta (2013) Marcus Seattle (2003)
*Active

— NFL DRAFT —

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS, son of former first-round pick GEORGE ADAMS (1985, New York Giants), is projected to be taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

If Adams is selected in the first round, they would become the eighth father-son combination to be drafted in the first round in the common draft era. 

The father-son first-round draft picks since 1967: 

FAMILY NAME FATHER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) SON TEAM (DRAFT YEAR)
Heyward Craig New Orleans (1988) Cameron* Pittsburgh (2011)
Ingram Mark New York Giants (1987) Mark* New Orleans (2011)
Manning Archie New Orleans (1971) Peyton Indianapolis (1998)
Eli* San Diego (2004)
Matthews Clay, Jr. Cleveland (1978) Clay* Green Bay (2009)
Matthews Bruce Houston Oilers (1983) Jake* Atlanta (2014)
Winslow Kellen San Diego (1979) Kellen, Jr. Cleveland (2004)
*Active

— NFL DRAFT —

TIGER AT THE TOP: Louisiana State RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims to be the first running back selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. If taken in the first round, Fournette would become the fourth LSU running back to be selected in the opening round since 1967.

The LSU running backs selected in the first round of the draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2006 Joseph Addai 30 Indianapolis
1991 Harvey Williams 21 Kansas City
1979 Charles Alexander 12 Cincinnati

 

— NFL DRAFT —

FIRST-ROUND TRADES SINCE 2000

(Yearly totals can include future selections traded in previous years.)

DRAFT ROUND 1 TRADES
2000 16
2001 15
2002 14
2003 18
2004 17
2005 9
2006 11
2007 10
2008 17
2009 13
2010 15
2011 8
2012 19
2013 12
2014 11
2015 6
2016 8

CONSECUTIVE TOP 10 CHOICES FROM SAME COLLEGE

1937 Nebraska – HB Lloyd Cardwell (7) and E Les McDonald (8)
1943 Minnesota – HB Bill Daley (7) and T Dick Wildung (8)
1946 Notre Dame – QB Johnny Lujack (4) and T George Connor (5)
1948 Alabama – HB Lowell Tew (4) and C Vaughn Mancha (5)
1949 Notre Dame – QB Frank Tripucka (9) and G Bill Fischer (10)
1949 Southern Methodist – RB Doak Walker (3) and HB Paul Page (4)
1959 Ohio State – HB Don Clark (7) and C Dan James (8)
1967 Michigan State – DT Bubba Smith (1) and RB Clint Jones (2)
1977 Southern California – T Marvin Powell (4) and DT Gary Jeter (5)
1978 Notre Dame – TE Ken MacAfee (7) and DT Ross Browner (8)
1981 UCLA – RB Freeman McNeil (3) and DB Kenny Easley (4)
1984 Nebraska – WR Irving Fryar (1) and T Dean Steinkuhler (2)
1990 Southern California – LB Junior Seau (5) and DB Mark Carrier (6)
1991 Nebraska – DB Bruce Pickens (3) and LB Mike Croel (4)
1991 Tennessee – T Charles McRae (7) and T Antone Davis (8)
1992 Stanford – T Bob Whitfield (8) and RB Tommy Vardell (9)
1993 Alabama – DE John Copeland (5) and DE Eric Curry (6)
1996 Illinois – LB Kevin Hardy (2) and DE Simeon Rice (3)
2000 Penn State – DE Courtney Brown (1) and LB LaVar Arrington (2)
2002 Texas – T Mike Williams (4) and DB Quentin Jammer (5)
2004 Miami – S Sean Taylor (5) and TE Kellen Winslow (6)
2010 Oklahoma – DT Gerald McCoy (3) and T Trent Williams (4)
2013 Alabama – DB Dee Milliner (9) and G Chance Warmack (10)
2014 Texas A&M – T Jake Matthews (6) and WR Mike Evans (7)
2016 Ohio State – DE Joey Bosa (3) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (4)

BREAKDOWN OF

OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE PLAYERS SELECTED

IN FIRST ROUND SINCE 1990

YEAR OFFENSE DEFENSE
FIRST OFFENSIVE PICK
FIRST DEFENSIVE PICK
1990 11 14 Jeff George-QB (1) Cortez Kennedy-DT (3)
1991 13 14 Charles McRae-T (7) Russell Maryland-DT (1)
1992 13 15 Desmond Howard-WR (4) Steve Emtman-DE (1)
1993 15 14 Drew Bledsoe-QB (1) Marvin Jones-LB (4)
1994 13 16 Marshall Faulk-RB (2) Dan Wilkinson-DT (1)
1995 18 14 Ki-Jana Carter-RB (1) Kevin Carter-DE (6)
1996 17 13 Keyshawn Johnson-WR (1) Kevin Hardy-LB (2)
1997 14 16 Orlando Pace-T (1) Darrell Russell-DE (2)
1998 14 16 Peyton Manning-QB (1) Andre Wadsworth-DE (3)
1999 16 15 Tim Couch-QB (1) Champ Bailey-CB (7)
2000 17 14 Chris Samuel-T (3) Courtney Brown-DE  (1)
2001 15 16 Michael Vick-QB (1) Gerard Warren-DT (3)
2002 16 16 David Carr-QB (1) Julius Peppers-DE (2)
2003 14 18 Carson Palmer-QB (1) Dewayne Robertson-DT (4)
2004 19 13 Eli Manning-QB (1) Sean Taylor-S (5)
2005 16 16 Alex Smith-QB (1) Adam Jones-CB (6)
2006 19 13 Reggie Bush-RB (2) Mario Williams-DE (1)
2007 15 17 JaMarcus Russell-QB (1) Gaines Adams-DE (4)
2008 16 15 Jake Long-T (1) Chris Long-DE (2)
2009 19 13 Matthew Stafford-QB (1) Tyson Jackson-DE (3)
2010 14 18 Sam Bradford-QB (1) Ndamukong Suh-DT (2)
2011 16 16 Cam Newton-QB (1) Von Miller-LB (2)
2012 15 17 Andrew Luck-QB (1) Morris Claiborne-CB (6)
2013 14 18 Eric Fisher-T (1) Dion Jordan-DE (3)
2014 14 18 Greg Robinson-T (2) Jadeveon Clowney-DE (1)
2015 17 15 Jameis Winston-QB (1) Dante Fowler-DE (3)
2016 15 16 Jared Goff-QB (1) Joey Bosa-DE (3)

 

“MOSTS”

Colleges with most No. 1 overall draft choices:

Auburn (5) 2011: Cam Newton, QB (Carolina); 1988: Aundray Bruce, LB (Atlanta); 1986: Bo Jackson, RB (Tampa Bay); 1965: Tucker Frederickson, RB (N.Y. Giants); 1961: Ken Rice, G (Buffalo)
Notre Dame (5) 1973: Walt Patulski, DE (Buffalo); 1957: Paul Hornung, HB (Green Bay); 1950: Leon Hart, E (Detroit); 1946: Frank Dancewicz, QB (Boston Yanks); 1944: Angelo Bertelli, QB (Boston Yanks)
Southern California(5) 2003: Carson Palmer, QB (Cincinnati); 1996: Keyshawn Johnson, WR (N.Y. Jets); 1977: Ricky Bell, RB (Tampa Bay);1969: O.J. Simpson, RB (Buffalo); 1968: Ron Yary, T (Minnesota)

Most first-round selections from one college in single year:  6

2004 – Miami (Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, Vince Wilfork).

College with most players taken in single draft: Texas, 17 in 1984.

Most offensive players selected in first round: 19 in 2009, 2004 & 1968. 

Most defensive players selected in first round: 19 in 2006.

Consecutive first-round choices from same college that played same position:

1991: Tennessee Ts Charles McRae (#7-Tampa Bay) and Antone Davis (#8-Philadelphia).

1993: Alabama DEs John Copeland (#5-Cincinnati) and Eric Curry (#6-Tampa Bay).

1997: Miami DEs Kenard Lang (#17-Washington) and Kenny Holmes (#18-Tennessee).

Number of Pro Football Hall of Famers selected No. 1 overall:  14

1942 – “Bullet” Bill Dudley/Pittsburgh; 1945 – Charley Trippi/Chicago Cardinals; 1949 – Chuck Bednarik/Philadelphia; 1957 – Paul Hornung/Green Bay; 1963 – Buck Buchanan/Kansas City (AFL); 1968 – Ron Yary/Minnesota; 1969 – O.J. Simpson/Buffalo; 1970 – Terry Bradshaw/Pittsburgh; 1976 – Lee Roy Selmon/Tampa Bay; 1978 – Earl Campbell/Houston; 1983 – John Elway/Baltimore Colts; 1985 – Bruce Smith/Buffalo Bills; 1989 – Troy Aikman/Dallas Cowboys. 1997 – Orlando Pace/St. Louis Rams.

Most consecutive offensive players selected to start NFL Draft:

1999 – 6; QB Tim Couch (Cleveland), QB Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia), QB Akili Smith (Cincinnati), RB Edgerrin James (Indianapolis), HB Ricky Williams (New Orleans), WR Torry Holt (St. Louis).

Most consecutive defensive players selected to start NFL Draft:

1991 – 6; DT Russell Maryland (Dallas), S Eric Turner (Cleveland), CB Bruce Pickens (Atlanta), OLB Mike Croel (Denver), CB Todd Lyght (Los Angeles Rams), DT Eric Swann (Phoenix).

Number of times QB and RB from same college have been chosen in top 10: 10

1942 (QB Frank Albert, RB Pete Kmetovic-Stanford), 1943 (QB Jack Jenkins, RB Bob Steuber-Missouri), 1944 (QB Angelo Bertelli, RB Creighton Miller-Notre Dame), 1946 (QB Frank Dancewicz, QB Johnny Lujack, RB Emil Sitko-Notre Dame), 1947 (QB Ernie Case, RB Cal Rossi-UCLA), 1948 (QB Harry Gilmer, RB Lowell Tew-Alabama), 1983(QB Todd Blackledge, RB Curt Warner-Penn State), 1993 (QB Rick Mirer, RB Jerome Bettis-Notre Dame), 1995(QB Kerry Collins, RB Ki-Jana Carter-Penn State), 2006 (QB Matt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush-Southern California).

Most offensive linemen taken in first round: 10

1968 – T Ron Yary, C Robert Johnson, T Russ Washington, T Mike Taylor, C Forrest Blue, G Maurice Moorman, G George Daney, T John Williams, G Bill Lueck, T Doug Crusan.

DRAFT TIMES 

NOTE:  The first combined (AFL-NFL) draft in 1967 consisted of 17 rounds.  In 1977, the draft was reduced to 12 rounds.  There were eight rounds in 1993 and seven since 1994.

Longest first round since 1967: 2007 (6 hours, 8 minutes)

Shortest first round since 1967: 1972 (2 hours)

Longest seven-round draft: 2007 (18 hours, 5 minutes)

Shortest seven-round draft: 2015 (13 hours, 45 minutes)

Most rounds on draft day: 30 (1943-1959 drafts)

COLLEGES WITH THREE PLAYERS DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND

Number of times since 2000 that a college has had at least three players chosen in first round: 28

2000:  Florida State (3) – Peter Warrick/Cincinnati; Corey Simon/Philadelphia; Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland.

2001:  Miami (4) – Dan Morgan/Carolina; Damione Lewis/St. Louis; Santana Moss/ N.Y. Jets; Reggie Wayne/Indianapolis.

Michigan (3) – David Terrell/Chicago; Steve Hutchinson/Seattle; Jeff Backus/Detroit.

2002:  Miami (5) – Bryant McKinnie/Minnesota; Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Phillip Buchanon/Oakland; Ed Reed/Baltimore; Mike Rumph/San Francisco.

Tennessee (3) – John Henderson/Jacksonville; Donte’ Stallworth/New Orleans; Albert Haynesworth/Tennessee.

2003:  Miami (4) – Andre Johnson/Houston; Jerome McDougle/Philadelphia; Willis McGahee/Buffalo; William Joseph/N.Y. Giants.

Penn State (4) – Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis; Michael Haynes/Chicago; Bryant Johnson/Arizona; Larry Johnson/Kansas City.

2004:  Miami (6) – Sean Taylor/Washington; Kellen Winslow/Cleveland; Jonathan Vilma/N.Y. Jets; D.J. Williams/Denver; Vernon Carey/Miami; Vince Wilfork/New England.

Ohio State (3) – Will Smith/New Orleans, Chris Gamble/Carolina, Mike Jenkins/Atlanta.

2005:  Auburn (4) – Ronnie Brown/Miami; Jason Campbell/Washington; Carlos Rogers/Washington; Carnell Williams/Tampa Bay.

2006:  Ohio State (5) – A.J. Hawk/Green Bay; Donte Whitner/Buffalo; Bobby Carpenter/Dallas; Santonio Holmes/Pittsburgh; Nick Mangold/N.Y. Jets.

Florida State (4) – Ernie Sims/Detroit; Kamerion Wimbley/Cleveland; Brodrick Bunkley/Philadelphia; Antonio Cromartie/San Diego.

North Carolina State (3) – Mario Williams/Houston; Manny Lawson/San     Francisco; John McCargo/Buffalo.

2007:  Louisiana State (4) – JaMarcus Russell/Oakland; LaRon Landry/Washington; Dwayne Bowe/Kansas City; Craig Davis/San Diego.

Miami (3) – Brandon Meriweather/New England; Jon Beason/Carolina; Greg Olsen/Chicago.

2008: Southern California (4) – Sedrick Ellis/New Orleans; Keith Rivers/Cincinnati; Sam Baker/Atlanta; Lawrence Jackson/Seattle.

2009: Southern California (3) – Mark Sanchez/N.Y. Jets; Brian Cushing/Houston; Clay Matthews/Green Bay;

2010: Oklahoma (4) – Sam Bradford/St. Louis; Gerald McCoy/Tampa Bay; Trent Williams/Washington; Jermaine Gresham/Cincinnati

Florida (3) – Joe Haden/Cleveland; Maurkice Pouncey/Pittsburgh; Tim Tebow/Denver

2011: Alabama (4) – Marcell Dareus/Buffalo; Julio Jones/Atlanta; James Carpenter/Seattle; Mark Ingram/New Orleans

2012: Alabama (4) – Trent Richardson/Cleveland; Mark Barron/Tampa Bay; Dre Kirkpatrick/Cincinnati; Dont’a Hightower/New England

2013: Alabama (3) – Dee Milliner/New York Jets; Chance Warmack/Tennessee; D.J. Fluker/San Diego

Florida State (3) – E.J. Manuel/Buffalo; Bjoern Werner/Indianapolis; Xavier    Rhodes/Minnesota

2014: Louisville (3) – Calvin Pryor/New York Jets; Marcus Smith/Philadelphia;

Teddy Bridgewater/Minnesota

Texas A&M (3) – Jake Matthews/Atlanta; Mike Evans/Tampa Bay; Johnny Manziel/Cleveland

2015: Washington (3) – Danny Shelton/Cleveland; Marcus Peters/Kansas City;

Shaq Thompson/Carolina

2016:  Ohio State (5) – Joey Bosa/San Diego; Ezekiel Elliott/Dallas; Eli Apple/New York

Giants; Taylor Decker/Detroit; Darron Lee/New York Jets

Mississippi (3) – Laremy Tunsil/Miami; Laquon Treadwell/Minnesota; Robert

Nkemdiche/Arizona

FIRST ROUND BY POSITION

Most first-round selections by position (one year):

Quarterback (6-1983):
John Elway/Baltimore, Todd Blackledge/Kansas City, Jim Kelly/Buffalo, Tony Eason/New England, Ken O’Brien/N.Y. Jets, Dan Marino/Miami
Halfback/Running Back (9-1938, 1941):
(Last time) 1941 – Tom Harmon/Chicago Bears, John Kimbrough/Chicago Cardinals, Norm Standlee/Chicago Bears, John Thomason/Detroit, George Franck/New York, George Paskavan/Green Bay, Dean McAdams/Brooklyn, Don Scott/Chicago Bears, Forrest Evashevski/Washington
Wide Receiver (7-2004):
Larry Fitzgerald/Arizona, Roy Williams/Detroit, Reggie Williams/Jacksonville, Lee Evans/Buffalo, Michael Clayton/Tampa Bay, Michael Jenkins/Atlanta, Rashaun Woods/San Francisco.
Tight End (3-1970, 2002):
(Last time) 2002 – Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Daniel Graham/New England; Jerramy Stevens/Seattle
Center (2-1949, 1950, 1968, 2009):
(Last time) 2009 – Alex Mack/Cleveland, Eric Wood/Buffalo
Guard (4-1982):
Mike Munchak/Houston, Sean Farrell/Tampa Bay, Ron Hallestrom/Green Bay, Roy Foster/Miami
Tackle (8-2008):
Jake Long/Miami, Ryan Clady/Denver, Chris Williams/Chicago, Branden Albert/Kansas City, Gosder Cherilus/Detroit, Jeff Otah/Carolina, Sam Baker/Atlanta, Duane Brown/Houston
Defensive Back (9-2014):
Justin Gilbert/Cleveland, Kyle Fuller/Chicago, Calvin Pryor/New York Jets, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix/Green Bay, Darqueze Dennard/Cincinnati, Jason Verrett/San Diego, Deone Bucannon/Arizona, Jimmie Ward/San Francisco, Bradley Roby/Denver.
Linebacker (7-1990):
Keith McCants/Tampa Bay, Junior Seau/San Diego, Chris Singleton/New England, James Francis/Cincinnati, Percy Snow/Kansas City, Lamar Lathon/Houston, Tony Bennett/Green Bay.
Defensive End (6-1992, 2011):
(Last time) 2011 – J.J. Watt/Houston, Robert Quinn/St. Louis, Corey Liuget/San Diego, Adrian Clayborn/Tampa Bay, Cameron Jordan/New Orleans, Cameron Heyward/Pittsburgh.
Defensive Tackle (6-1977, 2001, 2003):
(Last time) 2003 – Dewayne Robertson/N.Y. Jets, Johnathan Sullivan/New Orleans, Kevin Williams/Minnesota, Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis, Ty Warren/New England, William Joseph/N.Y. Giants.
Nose Tackle (1-1986, 1988, 2012):
(Last time) 2012 – Dontari Poe/Kansas City
Kicker/Punter (1-1966, 1973, 1978, 1979, 2000):
(Last time) 2000 – K Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland

MOST PLAYERS DRAFTED FROM SINGLE SCHOOL SINCE 1970 

Year College Players
1970 Grambling, Southern California 9
1971 Ohio State 13
1972 Michigan 10
1973 Oklahoma 11
1974 UCLA 12
1975 Southern California 14
1976 Nebraska, Ohio State 11
1977 Southern California 14
1978 Florida 10
1979 Notre Dame, Oklahoma 10
1980 Nebraska, Southern California 10
1981 Pittsburgh 12
1982 Texas 12
1983 Southern California 11
1984 Texas 17
1985 Wisconsin 11
1986 Illinois, Southern California 9
1987 Penn State 13
1988 Oklahoma 13
1989 Auburn 10
1990 Southern California 10
1991 Miami 11
1992 Washington 11
1993 Notre Dame, Miami 9
1994 Notre Dame 10
1995 Colorado, Florida State 10
1996 Penn State 10
1997 Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska 8
1998 Washington 10
1999 Florida, Ohio State 8
2000 Tennessee 9
2001 Florida State 9
2002 Miami 11
2003 Florida, Miami, Tennessee 8
2004 Ohio State 14
2005 Oklahoma 11
2006 Southern California 11
2007 Florida 9
2008 Southern California 10
2009 Southern California 11
2010 Florida 9
2011 North Carolina, Southern California 9
2012 Alabama 8
2013 Florida State 11
2014 Louisiana State 9
2015 Florida State 11
2016 Ohio State 12

UNDERCLASSMEN AND THE DRAFT

NOTE: Since 1990, 17 of the No. 1 overall picks have been underclassmen (Jeff George – 1990, Steve Emtman – 1992, Drew Bledsoe – 1993, Dan Wilkinson – 1994, Ki-Jana Carter – 1995, Orlando Pace – 1997, Tim Couch – 1999, Michael Vick – 2001, Mario Williams – 2006, JaMarcus Russell – 2007, Matthew Stafford – 2009, Sam Bradford – 2010, Cam Newton – 2011, Andrew Luck – 2012, Jadeveon Clowney – 2014, Jameis Winston – 2015, Jared Goff – 2016).

Year Drafted  Top-10 Picks
2016 70 8
2015 55 6
2014 61 6
2013 52 3
2012 44 8
2011 43 8
2010 46 5
2009 41 5
2008 39 4
2007 29 5
2006 33 6
2005 37 4
2004 35 5
2003 32 5
2002 26 2
2001 27 5
2000 20 4
1999 22 5
1998 19 3
1997 25 6
1996 16 4
1995 22 2
1994 25 6
1993 24 5
1992 21 5
1991 19 1
1990 18 5

 

COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS (Since 1967)

College Total
College
Total
Southern California 68 Oklahoma 32
Ohio State 61 Texas A&M 29
Miami 59 Nebraska 28
Florida 48 Georgia 26
Alabama 43 Louisiana State 26
Florida State 43 Michigan State 25
Notre Dame 41 UCLA 25
Tennessee 39 California 24
Michigan 34 Clemson 24
Penn State 33 Arizona St. 23
Texas 33 Pittsburgh 23


COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS BY YEAR (Since 1967
)

1967-Michigan State/4 1992-Multiple with 2
1968-Southern California/5 1993-Notre Dame/4
1969-Notre Dame, Ohio St., Southern California/3 1994-Notre Dame, Texas A&M/3
1970-Oklahoma/3 1995- Fla. St., Michigan, Ohio St., Penn St./3
1971-Ohio State/4 1996-Ohio State/3
1972-Nebraska, Notre Dame/3 1997-Florida State/4
1973-Purdue, Southern California/3 1998-North Carolina, Tennessee/3
1974-Ohio State/3 1999-Ohio State/3
1975-Ohio State/3 2000-Florida State/3
1976-Colorado, Oklahoma/3 2001-Miami/4
1977-Southern California/3 2002-Miami/5
1978-Notre Dame/3 2003-Miami/4, Penn State/4
1979-Multiple with 2 2004-Miami/6
1980-Southern California, Texas/3 2005-Auburn/4
1981-Southern California, Pittsburgh/3 2006-Ohio State/5
1982-Southern California/3 2007-Lousiana State/4
1983-Pittsburgh, Southern California/3 2008-Southern California/4
1984-Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma/2 2009-Southern California/3
1985-Wisconsin/3 2010-Oklahoma/4
1986-Iowa/3 2011-Alabama/4
1987-Miami/3 2012-Alabama/4
1988-Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma/2 2013-Alabama, Florida State/3
1989-Florida/3 2014-Louisville, Texas A&M/3
1990-Multiple with 2 2015-Washington/3
1991-Tennessee/3 2016-Ohio State/5

Report: Hernandez’s third letter for lawyer

According to TMZ Sports, the third letter left in Aaron Hernandez’s cell was not for a gay lover, as previously reported, but for Hernandez’s lawyer.  The letters were for Hernandez’s fiancee, his daughter and his attorney Jose Baez, according to the report.

This story has had so many twists and turns. Expect those twists and turns to continue

Lynch to Raiders!

It’s official! Marshawn Lynch has ended his retirement, and was traded by the Seahawks to the Raiders.  According to Jordan Schultz, the five-time Pro Bowler signed a two-year, 9 million dollar deal with Oakland. The Raiders gave Seattle a fifth-round pick in 2018. Oakland will receive Lynch, and a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Lynch made the announcement via Twitter: