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BOSTON (AP) — Josh McDaniels sent ripples throughout the NFL with his decision to pull out of an agreement to become the Indianapolis Colts' head coach.

He has yet to speak publicly about what factored into the 11th hour about-face. But McDaniels' return as New England's offensive coordinator keeps a possible successor for Patriots coach Bill Belichick in house.

Belichick gave no indication after the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night that he plans to exit in 2018. And just last month he said that it was "absolutely" his intention to be back for his 19th season with the Patriots.

But at age 65 he's also the second-oldest coach in the NFL, behind only Seattle's Pete Carroll at 66.

McDaniels has been one of the hottest names in coaching searches every offseason over the past three years.

At 41, he's considered one of the NFL's brightest young minds. What's more,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey, McDaniels is someone whom Patriots quarterback Tom Brady trusts and recently called "a great coach and a great friend."

It's unclear how McDaniels' decision will affect him regarding future opportunities with other NFL teams,Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey, a gamble should he never get the opportunity to lead the Patriots.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Wednesday that the assistants that McDaniels had already hired to be on his staff would have their contracts honored. If McDaniels ever leaves New England again,Womens Dan Fouts Jersey, he will certainly have some repairs to make to his image around the league.

Responding to a suggestion that comfort with the Patriots might have played a role in McDaniels' decision,Authentic Dalvin Cook Jersey, former coach and current NBC football analyst Tony Dungy said in a tweet Wednesday that "there is no excuse big enough to justify this,Womens Dalvin Cook Jersey," adding it was indefensible to leave the assistant coaches he's hired in limbo.

Charlie Weis, who was Patriots offensive coordinator from 2000 through 2004 and coached alongside McDaniels, is now an analyst on SiriusXM NFL Radio. During an appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio he called McDaniels' decision "unbelievable."

with 100 percent conviction,"I know his agent," Weis said. "And I promise you,Womens Joey Bosa Jersey, Bob LaMonte. I had his agent for 15 years, this is against what Bob LaMonte wanted him to do."

LaMonte didn't return a message seeking comment. LaMonte represents several coaches and executives around the NFL, including Ballard.

McDaniels is one of Belichick's most-tenured assistants, having served under him a combined of 15 years (nine as offensive coordinator) over two different stints,Womens Allen Robinson Jersey, beginning in 2001. It's a run that allowed him to be a part of all five of New England's Super Bowl wins.

The only break in his Patriots' timeline came from 2009 to 2011,Authentic Dan Fouts Jersey, when he served as the Denver Broncos coach for two seasons,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey, followed by a stop in St. Louis as the Rams offensive coordinator in 2011. He returned to New England in 2012.

During Super Bowl week,Womens Melvin Ingram Jersey, McDaniels spoke about the support he has in New England. He said it was the biggest takeaway from his failed experience in Denver.

"It's about the people that are with you more than it is about one person," McDaniels said. "There's no doubt about that. It takes an army of good people pulling the same direction to try to have success and I think the most important thing a head coach can do."

The Patriots have rarely let people with significant institutional knowledge walk out the door since Belichick took over in 2000.

And It would hardly be ideal timing for the Patriots to change offensive coordinators on Brady, who will also turn 41 in August.

Despite New England's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, McDaniels was the architect of another typical Patriots offensive showcase, as New England gained 613 yards.

"I think he is so well prepared and gets me prepared every week," Brady said of McDaniels. "He is so diligent. He is just a great coach. I love playing for him."

McDaniels and Brady did have a heated moment on the sideline during win over Buffalo this past season. But Brady publicly apologized to McDaniels after video of their verbal skirmish went viral.

"A lot of people see it and they think the nature of our relationship would be something like that, but it's really the exact opposite of that," Brady said at the time. "He knows how much I love him."
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BOSTON (AP) — Josh McDaniels sent ripples throughout the NFL with his decision to pull out of an agreement to become the Indianapolis Colts' head coach.

He has yet to speak publicly about what factored into the 11th hour about-face. But McDaniels' return as New England's offensive coordinator keeps a possible successor for Patriots coach Bill Belichick in house.

Belichick gave no indication after the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night that he plans to exit in 2018. And just last month he said that it was "absolutely" his intention to be back for his 19th season with the Patriots.

But at age 65 he's also the second-oldest coach in the NFL, behind only Seattle's Pete Carroll at 66.

McDaniels has been one of the hottest names in coaching searches every offseason over the past three years.

At 41, he's considered one of the NFL's brightest young minds. What's more,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, McDaniels is someone whom Patriots quarterback Tom Brady trusts and recently called "a great coach and a great friend."

It's unclear how McDaniels' decision will affect him regarding future opportunities with other NFL teams,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, a gamble should he never get the opportunity to lead the Patriots.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Wednesday that the assistants that McDaniels had already hired to be on his staff would have their contracts honored. If McDaniels ever leaves New England again,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, he will certainly have some repairs to make to his image around the league.

Responding to a suggestion that comfort with the Patriots might have played a role in McDaniels' decision,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, former coach and current NBC football analyst Tony Dungy said in a tweet Wednesday that "there is no excuse big enough to justify this," adding it was indefensible to leave the assistant coaches he's hired in limbo.

Charlie Weis, who was Patriots offensive coordinator from 2000 through 2004 and coached alongside McDaniels, is now an analyst on SiriusXM NFL Radio. During an appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio he called McDaniels' decision "unbelievable."

"I know his agent, Bob LaMonte. I had his agent for 15 years," Weis said. "And I promise you, with 100 percent conviction, this is against what Bob LaMonte wanted him to do."

LaMonte didn't return a message seeking comment. LaMonte represents several coaches and executives around the NFL, including Ballard.

McDaniels is one of Belichick's most-tenured assistants,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, having served under him a combined of 15 years (nine as offensive coordinator) over two different stints,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, beginning in 2001. It's a run that allowed him to be a part of all five of New England's Super Bowl wins.

The only break in his Patriots' timeline came from 2009 to 2011,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, when he served as the Denver Broncos coach for two seasons,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, followed by a stop in St. Louis as the Rams offensive coordinator in 2011. He returned to New England in 2012.

During Super Bowl week,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, McDaniels spoke about the support he has in New England. He said it was the biggest takeaway from his failed experience in Denver.

"It's about the people that are with you more than it is about one person,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey," McDaniels said. "There's no doubt about that. It takes an army of good people pulling the same direction to try to have success and I think the most important thing a head coach can do."

The Patriots have rarely let people with significant institutional knowledge walk out the door since Belichick took over in 2000.

And It would hardly be ideal timing for the Patriots to change offensive coordinators on Brady, who will also turn 41 in August.

Despite New England's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, McDaniels was the architect of another typical Patriots offensive showcase, as New England gained 613 yards.

"I think he is so well prepared and gets me prepared every week," Brady said of McDaniels. "He is so diligent. He is just a great coach. I love playing for him."

McDaniels and Brady did have a heated moment on the sideline during win over Buffalo this past season. But Brady publicly apologized to McDaniels after video of their verbal skirmish went viral.

"A lot of people see it and they think the nature of our relationship would be something like that, but it's really the exact opposite of that," Brady said at the time. "He knows how much I love him."
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo could have waited and cashed in even more than he did after other quarterbacks re-set the market.

The San Francisco 49ers could have used a franchise tag instead of making a long-term commitment to make sure Garoppolo was worth a hefty investment after only seven NFL starts.

But both sides wanted this resolved quickly, and did so with a contract that will pay Garoppolo a record $27.5 million per season over the next five years.

"This is where I want to be, honestly," Garoppolo said at a news conference Friday. "I wanted to get this deal done as fast as possible. It will only help our team going forward going into free agency. ... I wanted to be here. I was excited to be here. I'm happy we got it done as fast as we did."

Garoppolo's $137.5 million contract has the richest annual value in NFL history,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, topping the deal Detroit's Matthew Stafford signed last year by $500,Authentic David Johnson Jersey,000 a season.

The deal includes nearly $49 million that is full guaranteed,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey, more than $74 million guaranteed for injury and more than $86 million that will be paid out over the first three seasons.

The franchise tag could have been a safer option for both sides,Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey, leading to more money for Garoppolo if he kept playing at the high level he showed this past season and more protection for the 49ers if he didn't reach that level.

But neither side was eager to go that direction.

"We became convinced we had that as an option,Authentic Vic Beasley Jr Jersey," general manager John Lynch said. "We wanted to make Jimmy a 49er for a long, but we didn't want to use it, long time. Do you have to have some faith for that? Absolutely. But he earned that faith we had for him. I know it wasn't a super long time but we felt we had a really good grasp on the talent and that was only confirmed when he got here."

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline for a 2018 second-round pick. As soon as he took the field a few weeks later, he immediately turned around a franchise that started the year with a 1-10 record.

Garoppolo took over as starter and led San Francisco to five straight wins to end the season. He completed 67.4 percent of his passes this season, averaging 8.8 yards per attempt with seven TDs, five interceptions and a 96.2 rating.

Among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts last season, Garoppolo ranked first in yards per attempt, fourth in completion percentage. His 308.4 yards passing per game in his five starts also would have led the league had he played a full season.

Now he will have a full offseason to completely learn coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, which could lead to even more production.

"Now the rush isn't quite the same," Shanahan said. "He can start from the beginning and start from the first page and not the 50th page. He can get a better foundation. When you have a better foundation of where you're coming from and learning, it gives you a chance to play at a higher level."

Garoppolo has won all seven starts in his career,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey, with Ben Roethlisberger the most recent to do it with 15 wins in a row in the regular season for Pittsburgh in 2004-05. Garoppolo's 2,Womens David Johnson Jersey, including two in New England to start the 2016 season when Brady was suspended for his role in "Deflategate." Only four other quarterbacks since the 1970 merger won their first seven starts,Womens Deion Jones Jersey,038 yards passing in his first seven starts are the fourth most among all quarterbacks since 1970.

The deal still leaves the 49er with more than $60 million in salary cap room,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey, with several more holes to fill. The most glaring needs are upgrading the skill position players and interior of the offensive line,Womens Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, according to executive vice president Paraag Marathe, and finding a big-time pass rusher and cornerbacks to help the defense.

Lynch said he plans to be "aggressively prudent" with that money but believes this deal will help sell the organization to potential free agents, including some who played for San Francisco this past year.

"One of the reasons for the urgency, was heading into free agency this is a big deal, if there was some for us," Lynch said. "It's 75 degrees and sunny outside. We have this guy. Who wouldn't want to be here? We want to become a destination where everyone wants to be."
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The New York Giants were denied permission to interview and hire Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski as their offensive coordinator,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Pat Shurmur, who was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota before leaving for New York,Stefanski was recently passed over for the Vikings offensive coordinator job. The Giants and their new coach, had been waiting for several weeks to see how things panned out with Stefanski and the Vikings. It didn't turn out in their favor.

but the Vikings decided to deny that reunion,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, a somewhat surprising outcome given Shurmur's relationship with the organization and Stefanski losing out to former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for the OC position. The Giants now remain without an offensive coordinator. Some possible candidates that have been mentioned in recent weeks are former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley,Stefanski and Shurmur were known to have a strong working relationship, who also has a previous working relationship with Shurmur.

The Eagles could also deny the Giants permission to speak with Staley. He remains under contract with Philadelphia, according to a source.

and their offensive coordinator, Frank Reich,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey,The Eagles recently lost their quarterbacks coach,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, is in the running for the Indianapolis Colts head-coaching job.

The offensive coordinator job with the Giants does not include playcalling duties. Shurmur intends to call plays in New York,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, much as he did for most of the past two seasons in Minnesota.

35,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, would have had playcalling duties as the Vikings' offensive coordinator. Instead,Stefanski, he will remain a part of Mike Zimmer's coaching staff for at least one more year as they decide how to proceed at the quarterback position.

an impending free agent,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,Shurmur and Stefanski helped the Vikings get the most out of backup Case Keenum this past season. Keenum, threw 22 touchdown passes and seven interceptions after taking over as the starter for Sam Bradford.

He would have had increased responsibility with the Giants,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, most notably putting together the weekly offensive game plans.

the son of Memphis Grizzlies executive vice president Ed Stefanski,Stefanski,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,was believed to be Shurmur's top choice.

Shurmur does have most of his staff together with the Giants. Two holes remain at offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Blake Bortles might not be the long-term answer in Jacksonville.

however,He is, the short-term starter.

The Jaguars signed Bortles to a three-year, $54 million deal Saturday that will keep him under contract through the 2020 season. The deal
includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

and knowing that it was done and now in the rear-view mirror,''I definitely was looking forward to the opportunity of this happening,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey, we
can move on and get back to just worrying about football and not having to deal with money and contracts and all that stuff,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey,'' Bortles said
however this went,during a conference call with reporters. ''Either way,Womens Deion Jones Jersey, I don't think it would have had a ton of effect on how I feel.
Thrilled to be able to stay here and playing Jacksonville and fired up to continue to work with the guys that are here.''

The team announced the move one day after handing out two-year extensions to top executive Tom Coughlin, coach Doug Marrone and general
manager Dave Caldwell.

Re-signing the 25-year-old Bortles is an indication how the front office and coaching staff feel about their current roster: They want to
keep as many pieces in place for another run at the Super Bowl.

The Jaguars (10-6) won the AFC South for the first time in team history and made the playoffs for the first time in a decade. They advanced
to the AFC title game for the first time since 2000,Womens Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, losing to New England 24-20 after having a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Bortles showed signs of progress in his fourth year despite playing 19 games with a partially torn ligament in his right wrist that
687 yards,required surgery last month. He completed a career-high 60 percent of his passes for 3, with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

'' Coughlin said in a statement. ''Blake has proven,''Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team,
with toughness and dependability, that he can be the leader this team needs going forward. Along with this contract come high expectations
that he will continue to improve and help our team accomplish its ultimate goal.''

He played in the first year of coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's system and with four rookies - including running back Leonard Fournette and
left tackle Cam Robinson - on offense. He also lost top target Allen Robinson on the opening series of the season opener.

So the Jags believe Bortles' best years are ahead. But they aren't committed to him beyond the next few seasons.

Extending Bortles should give the team more cap space heading into free agency. The Jags entered the day with about $20 million to spend in
2018.

They freed up $3.6 million by cutting backup running back Chris Ivory on Friday and could gain $7 million more by parting ways with backup
receiver Allen Hurns.

There had been plenty of speculation the Jaguars would turn to free agency or the draft to replace Bortles. The Jags sent a strong message
by locking up Bortles weeks before free agency.

and has to be better adept at getting the offense
, Bortles has flaws to fix. He need to be more accurate,Still,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, especially in tight spaces

out of bad plays and into better ones.

he outperformed expectations when Marrone and Coughlin built the offense to pound the ball on the ground,Authentic David Johnson Jersey,Regardless,Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey, take advantage of
play-action passes and avoid shootouts with stout defense.

Bortles' toughness was another reason he gained respect in the locker room and from the coaching staff. He hasn't missed a snap because of
injury and handled constant criticism - including almost weekly shots from fellow players - in stride.

''I have said it all along: I think Blake is one of the toughest people I have ever met, and I'm talking about his mental and physical
'' Marrone said. ''He never lets the outside noise get him away from where his focus is,Authentic Vic Beasley Jr Jersey,toughness, which is always on being a great
teammate and being a great leader for our organization.''

Bortles avoided game-changing mistakes. Entering the 2017 season,Even more important to the Jaguars, Bortles had as many victories (11) as
interceptions returned for touchdowns. He turned the ball over a career-low 16 times last season after averaging 21 in each of his first
three seasons.

''I've had the pleasure of seeing Blake mature and progress for the past four years,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey, and the one thing that I admire the most about him is
his attitude,Womens David Johnson Jersey,'' veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis said. ''He is an ultimate competitor and will do whatever he can to help the team win.
That's his only goal.''
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Blake Bortles might not be the long-term answer in Jacksonville.

however,He is, the short-term starter.

The Jaguars signed Bortles to a three-year, $54 million deal Saturday that will keep him under contract through the 2020 season. The deal
includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

and knowing that it was done and now in the rear-view mirror,''I definitely was looking forward to the opportunity of this happening,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey, we
can move on and get back to just worrying about football and not having to deal with money and contracts and all that stuff,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey,'' Bortles said
however this went,during a conference call with reporters. ''Either way,Womens Deion Jones Jersey, I don't think it would have had a ton of effect on how I feel.
Thrilled to be able to stay here and playing Jacksonville and fired up to continue to work with the guys that are here.''

The team announced the move one day after handing out two-year extensions to top executive Tom Coughlin, coach Doug Marrone and general
manager Dave Caldwell.

Re-signing the 25-year-old Bortles is an indication how the front office and coaching staff feel about their current roster: They want to
keep as many pieces in place for another run at the Super Bowl.

The Jaguars (10-6) won the AFC South for the first time in team history and made the playoffs for the first time in a decade. They advanced
to the AFC title game for the first time since 2000,Womens Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, losing to New England 24-20 after having a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Bortles showed signs of progress in his fourth year despite playing 19 games with a partially torn ligament in his right wrist that
687 yards,required surgery last month. He completed a career-high 60 percent of his passes for 3, with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

'' Coughlin said in a statement. ''Blake has proven,''Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team,
with toughness and dependability, that he can be the leader this team needs going forward. Along with this contract come high expectations
that he will continue to improve and help our team accomplish its ultimate goal.''

He played in the first year of coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's system and with four rookies - including running back Leonard Fournette and
left tackle Cam Robinson - on offense. He also lost top target Allen Robinson on the opening series of the season opener.

So the Jags believe Bortles' best years are ahead. But they aren't committed to him beyond the next few seasons.

Extending Bortles should give the team more cap space heading into free agency. The Jags entered the day with about $20 million to spend in
2018.

They freed up $3.6 million by cutting backup running back Chris Ivory on Friday and could gain $7 million more by parting ways with backup
receiver Allen Hurns.

There had been plenty of speculation the Jaguars would turn to free agency or the draft to replace Bortles. The Jags sent a strong message
by locking up Bortles weeks before free agency.

and has to be better adept at getting the offense
, Bortles has flaws to fix. He need to be more accurate,Authentic David Johnson Jersey,Still,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, especially in tight spaces

out of bad plays and into better ones.

he outperformed expectations when Marrone and Coughlin built the offense to pound the ball on the ground,Regardless,Womens David Johnson Jersey, take advantage of
play-action passes and avoid shootouts with stout defense.

Bortles' toughness was another reason he gained respect in the locker room and from the coaching staff. He hasn't missed a snap because of
injury and handled constant criticism - including almost weekly shots from fellow players - in stride.

''I have said it all along: I think Blake is one of the toughest people I have ever met, and I'm talking about his mental and physical
'' Marrone said. ''He never lets the outside noise get him away from where his focus is,Authentic Vic Beasley Jr Jersey,toughness,Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey, which is always on being a great
teammate and being a great leader for our organization.''

Bortles avoided game-changing mistakes. Entering the 2017 season,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey,Even more important to the Jaguars, Bortles had as many victories (11) as
interceptions returned for touchdowns. He turned the ball over a career-low 16 times last season after averaging 21 in each of his first
three seasons.

''I've had the pleasure of seeing Blake mature and progress for the past four years, and the one thing that I admire the most about him is
his attitude,'' veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis said. ''He is an ultimate competitor and will do whatever he can to help the team win.
That's his only goal.''
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This week in Indianapolis, many of the brightest stars from the previous college football season will display their skills at the NFL combine. The week-long event is about a lot more than just sheer athleticism,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey, from Heisman candidates to overlooked workhorses., but the numbers from the workouts and position drills still play an important role as teams ramp up their evaluations. Here’s our best guess for the 10 guys with the best chance to make some jaws drop in the workout portion of the combine

NC State: Bradley Chubb is the Wolfpack D-lineman that will get most of the attention in Indy—and he is a special talent bound for the first round—but Street is the biggest Freak. Street is expected to weigh in at 6'2" and around 285 pounds,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey, a former NFL wideout who has helped train Street for the combine over the past two months. “He can stay in the drive phase so long.”, and don’t be surprised if he’s clocked in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash. At 281 pounds last year,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey, he ran an electronically timed 4.58,” says Yo Murphy,1. DL Kentavius Street,Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey, vertical jumped 40 inches, benched 475 pounds and squatted 700. He’s also the most flexible guy in the NC State program according to strength coach Dantonio Burnette. “It’s almost like a big receiver

but Barkley seems about as safe as a prospect as you’ll find.”, Penn State: The expectations for Barkley are sky-high. “[Barkley’s] the best RB prospect I’ve seen since Adrian Peterson,” NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote in late December. “Peterson’s power and violence is on another level,2. RB Saquon Barkley, top speed and elusiveness is off the charts. I don’t like to use the ‘can't-miss’ label, but Barkley’s combination of lateral quickness

and his 30 reps on the bench matched Samaje Perine’s bar-setting result last year. Barkley’s 38-inch vertical and 10'10" broad jump would come in just a shade behind 2017’s top RB finishers.,The nation’s best all-around running back will top just about every category for his position group in Indy this week if he can replicate his best testing results from college, which are competitive with the 2017 combine’s top finishers. Last year, Kentucky’s Boom Williams,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, he clocked a 4.33 40 at 228 pounds. His best 20-yard shuttle time—4.00—is much quicker than the 4.18 produced by the the quickest running back at the 2017 combine

Boise State: A 0-star walk-on who excelled as a quarterback and basketball player at Salmon River High School in Riggins, Vander Esch is reportedly out-jumping some gifted skill position prospects., Idaho, Vander Esch emerged as a tackling machine for the Broncos in 2017, at least. Training with a loaded crop of draft prospects down in Arizona,3. LB Leighton Vander Esch, making 129 stops and earning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors. He’s a rangy 6'4",Womens Reuben Foster Jersey, and I’m told he is up to 252 pounds and has gotten a lot stronger. His vertical should be in the mid-to-high 30s

but Vea was, which is remarkable for someone that size., by far,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey, the 6'4" Vea has shed about five pounds after beginning his combine training in Arizona about seven weeks ago around 350. His trainer Jon Barlow said he’s “very comparable” to another supersized Freak that Barlow trained years ago: Dontari Poe. “Vita’s just a massive human being, the most impressive defensive player I saw in person this year. A one-time 280-pound high school running back that saw himself as another Jerome Bettis, but he carries it very well and he’s extremely coachable.” Like Poe,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey, and that will be evident on the bench press, Washington: My TV crew at FOX Sports saw some talented defensive players,Womens Joe Montana Jersey,4. DL Vita Vea,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, Vea’s a powerhouse, but he also has a chance to crack the 5.0 barrier in the 40

ran a 10.22 100 meters at the 2017 SEC Relays and said he’s run as fast as a 4.24 in the 40s. That makes him the best chance for this class to give John Ross’s 4.22 combine record a run.,5. DB Donte Jackson,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey, LSU: There’s a couple of blazing fast defensive backs from the SEC coming to Indy with legit track credentials. Alabama’s Tony Brown is much stronger than Jackson, a sprinter on the LSU track team, but the hunch here is the Tigers will lay claim to having the fastest man in Indy. Jackson

6. DB Derwin James, Florida State: When I spoke to James last summer, could bench press 450 and power clean 360. It’ll be very interesting to see the kinds of numbers James puts up across the board in Indy., he was at 222 pounds with a 41-inch vertical

one inch more than Barkley’s best last year., Penn State: A former high school basketball and volleyball star, the 6'6",7. TE Mike Gesicki, he vertical jumped 37.5 inches and has broad jumped a ridiculous 10'11", 252-pound Gesicki was a matchup nightmare for defenses and will be one of the most explosive athletes in Indy. At Penn State

8. G Braden Smith, 303-pounder will break the combine record in the bench press. The reason? He’s making a donation to Autism Speaks for every bench press rep that he does at the combine., Auburn: Here’s hoping the 6'6"

Smith can put up 500 pounds on the bench, but he’s also got pretty nifty wheels. Auburn strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell said Smith has been clocked at 4.95 in the 40, it will be the best broad jump showing by an O-lineman at the combine in the past four years., vertical jumped 33 inches and broad jumped 9'9?". If he replicates that last mark in Indy

where he may outrun several defensive backs.,9. LB Genard Avery, Memphis: The former Mississippi high school state champion powerlifter is a pretty explosive dude, he’s a name to keep an eye on in the 40, and he quietly put together a huge senior season with 22 tackles for loss for a Tigers defense that gave up yards and points in bunches. At about 6'1" and 245 pounds

Texas: A former three-star recruit, but in a few months he will become the first Texas O-lineman drafted since ’08. The 6'6" Williams has great length and a tenacious playing style. He should turn heads in the position drills because of his flexibile hips, Williams won the starting left tackle job as a freshman and in 2016 became the first Texas sophomore to receive first-team All-America honors since Earl Thomas in 2009. A knee injury ended his junior year in September, and he played for three O-line coaches in three seasons in Austin,10. OT Connor Williams, but he also could approach the 4.55 shuttle time that Broncos first-rounder Garett Bolles produced last year and shine in the 40, broad and vertical jumps.
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The NFL has experienced a slight ratings decline in recent years, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith thinks players should have a bigger voice in how the league presents itself., and while there's no clear-cut reason for the dip in viewership

"I think that the ratings information is significant and important, who has been in discussions with the NFL's broadcast partners," Smith, told ESPN's Dan Graziano over the weekend. "If we don't pay attention to it, I think that we do so at our own peril, from a macroeconomic standpoint. Certainly, I recognize that we're lucky that over 30 of the top 50 shows were NFL broadcasts. But I think that you ignore at your own peril not so much just the decline in football, but the overall decline in ratings for most television shows and particularly sports broadcasts."

Smith's right -- any talk of ratings has to include this caveat: NFL games made up nearly 75 percent of the most-watched shows on television in 2017.

So yes, according to a CNN report from last fall.,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, fewer people are watching football yet it remains among the most popular programming. Also worth noting: All of network television is fighting decreased viewership

there is room for improvement and Smith points to the NBA as a model for how the NFL could proceed.,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey,Still

"I think that it's important to take a look at what's going on in basketball,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, because for the most part," Smith said. "And my hat's off to what they do and how they do it in the NBA. I think that you could make the argument that a lot of their programming is fresher,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, I think they are the only sport that more and more people are watching, hipper. They do,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, I think, sometimes at a time when the[NFL] looks for ways to take their star players off the field. I would be interested in better understanding the relationship between the broadcast partners and the NBA, how they do their TV deals, a great job of marketing their individual players, what that relationship is like, their rights deals.

"But I think that, given the year-over-year ratings issue in football, it begs the question, 'Should we be doing something different?' And that might mean the restructuring of the season in a way to make it more fan-friendly."

Fox chief executive officer James Murdoch said last October that oversaturation could be the issue.

"I do think the proliferation of Thursday availability -- and the proliferation of football generally -- does mean that you're asking a lot from customers to watch Thursday," Murdoch said at the time,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, via Ad Week. "And then they watch a lot more college football game on Saturdays, and then on 'Monday Night Football, and then on Sundays,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,' etc. It's a lot. So I do think that preserving the scarcity value of those events and that audience is something that is worth thinking about."

When Graziano pressed Smith on what, exactly,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, the NFL should do differently,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, he suggested fewer regular-season games and an extra round of playoff matchups.

"It doesn't mean that that's necessarily what you're going to do, but we are at a point where we the union aren't going to be this sort of silent other third party out there who's not involved in the business of football from a stadium,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, media, offseason standpoint, Sunday," Smith explained. "We're just not going to do it anymore."

This is a concern for Smith and the NFLPA because the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2021.
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Los Angeles (AFP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh in a muti-player deal as the NHL trading deadline passed on Monday with plenty of activity but not many star players changing uniforms.

The Rangers traded the former US Olympic national team member and forward J.T. Miller to the Lightning in exchange for Czech defenceman Libor Hajek,Authentic Gustav Nyquist jersey, Canadian prospect Brett Howden,Authentic Aleksander Barkov jersey, a 2018 first round pick and a second round selection., Russian forward Vladislav Namestnikov

The Lightning announced the deal on their website Monday.

the 28-year-old McDonagh has one year remaining on a six-year contract he signed with club.,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey,One of the more veteran players available at the deadline

McDonagh has two goals and 26 points.,adidas Gustav Nyquist jersey,In 49 games this season

The 24-year-old Miller has 13 goals and 40 points in 63 games with the Rangers this season.

The Lightning hope the move bolsters their playoff run as they lead the Eastern Conference standings with 87 points through 62 games this season.

Two-time all-star McDonagh has spent all seven previous NHL seasons with Tampa Bay.

Both McDonagh and Miller are former first round draft picks. McDonagh was taken 12th overall by the Montreal Canadiens while Miller was selected 15th overall by the Rangers.

the Winnipeg Jets made two moves prior to the NHL trade deadline.,Authentic Tomas Tatar jersey,Elsewhere

Winnipeg acquired forward Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues for forward Erik Foley and two draft picks. Then the Jets traded for defenceman Joe Morrow from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

Winnipeg sent a 2018 first-round pick and a fourth-round 2020 selection to the Blues.

Stastny,adidas Aleksander Barkov jersey, had 12 goals and 28 assists in 63 games this season with St. Louis. He's the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny.,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey, 32

Also the San Jose Sharks have acquired Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional first round pick in 2019,adidas Pekka Rinne jersey, and forward Dan O'Regan to the Sabres in the deal.,Authentic Pekka Rinne jersey, a fourth round pick in 2020

The 26-year-old has 20 goals and 20 assists in 61 games with the Sabres this season.

$31.5 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.,adidas Tomas Tatar jersey,Kane is in the final season of a six-year

was Swedish star Erik Karlsson. The Ottawa Senators decided to keep the all-star defenceman after listening to several offers.,The one player that didn't get moved but many thought might
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James Harrison, was thought to be a spy for the New England Patriots. He proved otherwise., 39

With such a limited role for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to 34-year-old linebacker Lorenzo Alexander., few expected the linebacker to make an impact under Bill Belichick. But all that rest in Pittsburgh — which Harrison hated — must have done the veteran some good

“We all know he takes great care of his body by the amount of money he invests there,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, all those things.,Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey, right? And that’s what’s key in a lot of these cases,Womens Adam Thielen Jersey,” Alexander told Patriots Wire at radio row during Super Bowl week. “Just being available at this age,Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, massages, making sure you feel good when Sunday rolls around. A lot of that comes from therapy, dry needling — a lot of those things that I know James is doing. Lifting weights

“I think what’s paying off for him right now is that he didn’t play at all early on. I know that’s something that he didn’t like. But just watching him on film, he looks fresh, I think he was just trying to get used to more reps and getting more acclimated. But when he was against Jacksonville, running around. I’m thinking that first[playoff] game where they were playing against the Titans, he kind of let loose. He had a big sack in that game. Tearing it loose. Set the edge. It kind of went back to the old James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers that we know and love when he was defensive MVP.”

Some speculated the Patriots signed Harrison,Womens Calais Campbell Jersey, the Steelers’ franchise sack leader, to gain intel for a potential AFC Championship Game against Harrison’s former team. That rematch never materialized,Womens Golden Tate III Jersey, and Harrison became much more than an informant.

He played a season-high 69 snaps (92 percent) in Super Bowl LII,Authentic Adam Thielen Jersey, and managed 158 snaps in his four games with the Patriots from Week 17 through the Super Bowl. During that span,Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, two sacks and a forced fumble. He was also in on a strip sack — which Alexander referenced — attributed solely to linebacker Kyle Van Noy against the Jaguars in the AFC championship. The play could have just as easily gotten credited to Harrison, he also logged 13 tackles, who crashed into Blake Bortles simultaneously with Van Noy.

they were probably grateful the Steelers had rested him all season. Harrison probably looked fresher than most of their 20-year-old rookies like Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler.,When the Patriots got him
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Linebacker Ryan Shazier will not play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.

"We know that, he knows that," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Recovering from surgery that followed a spinal injury he sustained in a December game, Shazier continues to progress and attack rehabilitation. Shazier said recently on teammate Roosevelt Nix's podcast the possibility of returning to the football field is driving him each day.

"I've got to get back,Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey," said Shazier, who remains mum on the details of the injury. "Right now I'm reading a book and it's basically saying trust the process. I'm really trusting the process. I know the end goal."

--Quarterback Kirk Cousins' path to free agency is getting clearer.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Washington Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams called Cousins "a free agent for sure,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey," though he wouldn't completely rule out the possibility of the team using the franchise tag on him a third time. That said, Williams quickly downplayed such.

"It's not too late," the former quarterback said. "But we haven't really talked about that. The media had come up with those scenarios more than what we've talked about it because I can't remember one meeting where we talked about the possibility of tagging him."

--Andrew Luck is not yet throwing a football,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey, but Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said the quarterback will be with the team April 2 for the start of the offseason program.

Reich said Luck is "checking a lot of boxes" in his rehab but is unsure when the QB will throw again. General manager Chris Ballard, who followed Reich to the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center, said it will "absolutely" help the team and Luck to have him back in the building.

"I think it's what he wants,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey, it's what he misses," Ballard said. "It's one of the special things about this kid. He likes to be considered one of the teammates. The only other (star) player I've ever been around like that is (Brian) Urlacher. He just wants to be one of the guys."

--Ballard informed running back Frank Gore that the Colts plan to get younger at the position.

"I want to give Frank a chance to go see what's out there," Ballard said. "He likes it when you're honest with him."

Gore has 14,026 rushing yards in his career. He turns 35 in May and said at the end of the 2017 season he "definitely" plans to play in 2018.

--Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was informed that he will be released by the New York Jets.

With the move and running back Matt Forte's retirement announcement,Womens Derek Carr Jersey, the Jets are projected to enter free agency with $94.75 million to invest under the 2018 salary cap.

Wilkerson, 28, was due more than $19 million in 2018, creating at least $12.5 million in cap space. Forte, and releasing him reduces the hit on the salary cap to $6 million, 32, finished with 381 rushing yards and 293 receiving yards in an injury-hampered 2017 season.

--The Bears will release quarterback Mike Glennon when the new league year starts March 14, the team announced.

Glennon was just one season into a three-year, $45 million contract signed last offseason after the team let Jay Cutler go. Glennon lost his starting job to rookie Mitchell Trubisky during the season.

"With the quarterback position, I have no regrets in us being aggressive in attacking that position; it's that important," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said. "We all felt confident in Mike, and sometimes in our business, things don't work out."

--The Carolina Panthers released running back Jonathan Stewart, the franchise's all-time leading rusher.

The Panthers selected Stewart, 30, with the 13th pick of the first round of 2008 NFL Draft. He has 7,318 career rushing yards on 1,699 carries, also a franchise record. Stewart ran for 680 yards on a career-low 3.4 yards per attempt in the 2017 season.

"Jonathan played the game the way you want. He brought an element of toughness as a runner that set the tempo for our team," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a statement from the team. "He is a great pro, and I appreciate who he is as a young man and thank him for the contribution he made."

--Tyrann Mathieu keeps his head on a swivel, even in the offseason.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that no decision has been made on whether the team would retain Mathieu, a safety and linebacker hybrid in Arizona.

If Mathieu remains on the Cardinals' roster on March 14, he receives $19 million guaranteed. That includes $8 million in guaranteed base salary for 2018 and a $5 million roster bonus due March 16.

--General manager Dave Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur doused any doubt the New York Giants are sticking with Eli Manning at quarterback in 2018.

"We believe that Eli Manning has got years left as a starting quarterback in this league," Shurmur said Wednesday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gettleman said the Giants will listen to offers for the No. 2 pick but provided the context that the team should get a "Hall of Fame" talent with the second selection in the draft.

--Limbo is the status quo for the Minnesota Vikings and their three quarterbacks.

Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater all are expected to be unrestricted free agents on March 14. Bridgewater's contract status will be determined by the NFL because he sat out the entire 2016 season and most of the 2017 season recovering from a knee injury.

"Just to be clear,Womens Leonard Williams Jersey, there have been no decisions made," general manager Rick Spielman said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "We will continue to evolve this process. I'll go through the meetings this week with the agents,Womens Bo Jackson Jersey, when we get back we'll circle back around and finalize a game plan as we go forward."

--Jadeveon Clowney took the proverbial next step in 2017, and the Texans intend to make sure his next performance happens in Houston.

General manager Brian Gaine,Womens Howie Long Jersey, in his first season with the franchise having replaced Rick Smith in January,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, said at the NFL Scouting Combine the Texans are setting Clowney's contract as a high priority. Clowney will make $13,846,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey,000 next season, which is the fifth-year option value for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick.

"That's something that we're currently evaluating right now," Gaine said,Authentic Derek Carr Jersey, "the feasibility of that."

--Before free agency starts in two weeks,Authentic Howie Long Jersey, the Cleveland Browns expect to know whether Joe Thomas will return at left tackle.

Coming off of a season-ending triceps injury, Thomas has dropped significant weight and launched a popular podcast. But Browns head coach Hue Jackson believes there is more football left for Thomas.

"I've talked to Joe Thomas several times and I think Joe is going to make a decision, hopefully, fairly soon here. But, it's on his time, again," Jackson said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Joe has been a tremendous Cleveland Brown and has done anything and everything we've asked of him. So, I think it's only right that we give him the opportunity to work through this and make the best decision for him."

--Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson is planning to approach the offseason the same way he tackled the 2017 season: In attack mode.

The Eagles are facing key personnel decisions coming off of the franchise's first Super Bowl victory, not the least of which concerns the pecking order at quarterback.

Pederson said backup Nick Foles, Super Bowl MVP and the author of a nearly flawless postseason in three games, understands he's "taking a back seat" to Carson Wentz on the depth chart. But when the line of questioning later deepened as to whether the Eagles could trade Foles, Pederson said, "We'll see how this thing unfolds."

--Jon Gruden, who returned as head coach of the Oakland Raiders on a $100 million contract in January, failed to contain his excitement over the offensive players he inherited when speaking to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper and, in a mild surprise, running back Marshawn Lynch are viewed as the core players of Gruden's West Coast-based offense.

Cooper, who played through injuries in December, "will be the focal point of our pass offense. He will be the headliner of our offense," Gruden said.

--The NFL reached a multiyear agreement with Pizza Hut to become the league's official pizza sponsor, one day after Papa John's and the NFL mutually agreed to part ways in their sponsorship agreement.

The league's deal with Pizza Hut is for four years and is worth more than the Papa John's deal, a source familiar with the agreement told CNN. The agreement gives Pizza Hut, which is owned by Yum Brands, an array of exclusive marketing rights.

The agreement with Pizza Hut runs through the 2021 season. The Papa John's deal was contracted to run through the 2020 season before it ended early.
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The time for the Minnesota Vikings to commit anew to a starting quarterback has almost arrived.

according to general manager Rick Spielman.,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey,They're still in evaluation mode

Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford each on track to become an unrestricted free agent in two weeks,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,With Case Keenum, the Vikings have yet to make any final decisions about any of them. That's what Spielman said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

and I know there have been a thousand reports out there,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey,''There have been no decisions made,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey,'' Spielman said. ''We're going to move forward and continue to evolve this process through the meetings this week with the agents.''

by the NFL Network this week citing unidentified sources, was that the Vikings don't plan to use the franchise tag on Keenum. That's a way they could essentially kick the quarterback-decision can down the road by keeping him for 2018 at a rate in the top tier of current league-wide salaries at the position,The most notable report, which would be well more than $20 million this year. That's also a lot of money for a player who was a career backup until Bradford's knee injury after the season opener paved the way for his breakout performance.

Spielman dismissed that report, praising Keenum in general terms after the run to the NFC championship game at eventual champion Philadelphia. He said the Vikings have discussed how Keenum could fit in new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo's preferred scheme but otherwise declined to divulge any specific assessment.

''Case Keenum led our football team and did a phenomenal job and has a knack for making plays,'' Spielman said. ''He made a lot of big plays for us because of not only his smarts and leadership but his mobility as well.''

Bradford, though, is the likely the team's least-desirable option. Bridgewater carries the same health risk, having not started a meaningful game since the wild card round in the playoffs on Jan. 10,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, given the long-term uncertainty about the stability of his knee, 2016,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, because of the knee injury that kept him off the field until a brief appearance late last season. He's younger and cheaper than both Keenum and Bradford,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, which would give the team the most flexibility under the salary cap to sign other stars to pricey contract extensions and upgrade other positions of need.

per the minimum stay,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, but he has said he was fit to play prior to then. Spielman has said the matter would be up to the NFL,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey,There's a murky provision in the collective bargaining agreement that allows a player's contract to be tolled to the next season if he's physically unable to perform as of the sixth regular season game. Bridgewater was on the PUP list then,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, but he said Wednesday that he expects Bridgewater to become a free agent like the others.

''I don't personally believe, we are always going to look out for the best interest of our players.'', that his contract will toll,'' Spielman said, with what I know today, adding: ''One thing I would say is that Teddy has been such a great teammate and is a great person and has been great for our organization. Any time our organization can reach out and help a player, even though it may not benefit us

where former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will be beginning March 14. He'd be more expensive than any of the other three, but the package of his age,That of course leaves the open market, durability and resume is the most desirable.

so I'm looking forward to that opportunity,''I haven't had the chance to pick where I'm going to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State,'' Cousins said during Super Bowl week on an appearance on SiriusXM satellite radio. ''I think it's a pretty short checklist. At the end of the day: I want to win.''
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While it remains to be seen if Rogers Arena will have hockey games played there in June 2019,Authentic Tomas Tatar jersey, the NHL will be setting up shop at the rink for next year’s entry draft on the 21st and 22nd of that month as the franchise celebrates its 50th season. Commissioner Gary Bettman was on hand in Vancouver on Wednesday to make the announcement official.

the majority of players who will be selected that weekend were born in 2001.),adidas Gustav Nyquist jersey,(If you want to feel old

At the moment, the Canucks own all seven of their selections for the 2019 draft. That could change,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey, of course,Authentic Gustav Nyquist jersey, depending on how general manager Jim Benning decides to move forward with his rebuild.

which saw Erik Johnson,adidas Aleksander Barkov jersey,The Canucks last hosted the draft in 2006,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey, Jordan Staal,adidas Pekka Rinne jersey, Jonathan Toews, Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel go in the top five and Mathieu Perreault (No. 177) and Leo Komarov (No. 180) go late in the sixth round. Defenseman Alex Biega, who the Canucks gave a two-year extension to on Wednesday,Authentic Aleksander Barkov jersey, went No. 147 to the Buffalo Sabres.

That was also the weekend that the Canucks acquired Roberto Luongo from the Florida Panthers and the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft.

Rogers Arena will also host the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, so fans can get a look at top prospects like Jack Hughes,adidas Tomas Tatar jersey, Bowen Byram,Authentic Pekka Rinne jersey, Dylan Cozens, Kaapo Kakko and Cole Caulfield before they become property of NHL franchises.

The 2018 NHL draft will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas June 22-23.
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Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant grinding away with teammates.,CLEMSON, early morning workouts last month when he saw starting defensive linemen Christian Wilkins, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did a double take the first day of the offseason

the three all came back to the Tigers and led the way Wednesday as Clemson opened spring workouts.,Many, expected the trio of all-Atlantic Coast Conference linemen to be training for the NFL combine after giving up college for the pros. Instead, including Swinney

'' Swinney said.,Womens Julio Jones Jersey,''They're back with a purpose

And perhaps a chip on their shoulders.

Wilkins and Ferrell even popping up in several top 10s as can't miss players at the next level. Instead,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey,All three were projected by many NFL mock draft boards to be first-round material,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, none of them got first-round grades, Swinney said,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, meaning they could see their stellar futures muddled by middle-round selections.

The 6-foot-4, 265, 300-pound Wilkins and 6-5, at 6-5, 260-pound Ferrell were first-team all-ACC picks this season. Bryant, was named to the second team. Add in Clemson's other starter in massive and nimble (340 pounds) tackle Dexter Lawrence and the Tigers have a chance to see all of them go in the early rounds of the 2019 NFL draft .

one internet projector has the quartet all going among the first 24 picks two drafts from now.,Indeed

Clemson was tied with Southern Cal for most sacks last season at 46.

Ferrell led the team with 9 1/2 sacks with Bryant right behind at 8 1/2. Wilkins had 4 1/2 sacks. Bryant topped the Tigers with 15 1/2 of the team's tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

'' Ferrell said. ''I weighed it back and forth and I'm excited to get going.'',''I prayed on it and I'm happy with my decision

'' he said. ''I can leave a legacy in a place like this.'',Bryant was not bitter when his NFL grade came back outside the first round. He said he views it as an opportunity to max out his physical potential. ''I thought if I came back and put the work in I could help myself

The three took their time in choosing with Bryant and Ferrell announcing at the team's final banquet the Saturday before the Monday deadline for entering the NFL draft. Wilkins, who has graduated,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, took things down the final hours before deciding for a final year with the Tigers - and giving Clemson opponents another season of figuring out to stop perhaps the fiercest front line in college football.

'' Swinney said.,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey,''They all know they've got the chance to do something special

Anything this season would simply add to their successful resume. They've all been part of three straight ACC titles and CFP playoff appearances. Of course,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, all were key to Clemson's dramatic,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, 35-31 victory over No. 1 Alabama to win the 2016 national championship.

but fell 24-6 to this year's national champ Alabama at the Sugar Bowl in the CFP semis.,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey,The Tigers hoped to make it two straight national crowns this year

much the way Clemson's 2015 title game loss to Alabama infused the Tigers' drive to the title the next year.,Wilkins believes that loss will serve as motivation to take things further this season

Bryant was most surprised when Wilkins returned. ''I thought if anybody left,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, he'd be the one to leave,'' Bryant said. ''But he didn't think it was right. He thought he could improve himself as well. I know he can do because we've got a big ceiling.''

One that could land all four of Clemson's defensive line starters at the top of NFL draft boards come 2019.

Ferrell hears from former teammates like safety Van Smith and receiver Deon Cain who gave up their eligibility for the NFL draft who tease him about having to go through offseason training and spring drills once more.

'' Ferrell said. ''They made the best decision for them. I made the best decision for me.'',''I'm happy for them
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If their 0-16 record in 2017 is any indication, the Cleveland Browns need help.

And they could add some potentially big contributors in the draft: Cleveland owns not just the top pick but also No. 4 thanks to last year’s trade with the Houston Texans; also thanks to that swap, the Browns have the Nos. 33 and 35 picks in the second round.

Or…they could be wheelers and dealers.

Speaking to media at the NFL scouting combine, general manager John Dorsey said “My door is wide open” when it comes to trading the top pick.

“Give me a call and see what’s up,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey,” Dorsey added.

there are several players available this season that scouts and evaluators believe are potential franchise quarterbacks,Coach Hue Jackson gave indications last year that he isn’t completely sold on the quarterback the Browns drafted in 2017,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey, or at least challenge him in the coming season,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, DeShone Kizer. If Cleveland wanted to replace Kizer,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey, and a couple of them would likely still be available at No. 4 if the Browns held onto that spot.

But the potential bumper crop of QBs could also work against the Browns.

but the Colts at No. 3 have both a top quarterback in Andrew Luck and a more-than-serviceable backup in Jacoby Brissett.,There seems to be a consensus that Josh Allen,Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are the top prospects at the position. The Giants at No. 2 may take a quarterback given Eli Manning’s age

the Jets at No. 6 are in desperate need of a quarterback, which holds No. 5, though they also could be major players in free agency with Kirk Cousins available. Like the Broncos,Denver, is certainly in the market for a quarterback, so they could be willing to trade up if they are convinced there’s one player they want more than any other.

affirmed on Wednesday that Mitchell Trubisky is their future at the position.,The Buccaneers at No. 7 seemingly have their quarterback in Jameis Winston,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, and the team at No. 8,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey, the Bears

the Raiders, at No. 9,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey, and the team at No. 10,Womens Joe Montana Jersey,San Francisco,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey, just made a major commitment to Jimmy Garoppolo,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey, have Derek Carr.

especially since each has a veteran in place who could hold the fort for 2018 while the rookie learns the ropes.,However, the next three teams – the Dolphins,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey, Bengals and Washington – could all be in the market for a quarterback of the future

few were expecting them to move up to take Trubisky,Would that mean moving up 10-plus spots and selling off future picks? Anything is possible. Remember last year, $45 million free-agent contract, after the Bears gave Mike Glennon a three-year, but they did.

At any rate, Dorsey is open to trading – he just needs a possible partner.
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer hopes quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remains with him at the NFL franchise amid doubts over his future.

The Vikings enter the 2018 offseason with plenty of uncertainty at quarterback and Zimmer knows it. Neither 2015 starter Bridgewater, 2016 starter Sam Bradford nor 2017 starter Case Keenum is under contract for next season.

" Zimmer said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday. "We have a lot of question marks.","It's really the $64, can Teddy get back to where he was,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey,000 question for all three of those guys. Can Sam stay healthy, can Case do what he did again

he entered 2016 with a lot of optimism,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey,Bridgewater was a first-round pick of the Vikings in 2014 and was named the NFL Rookie of the Year. Following a Pro Bowl season in 2015,Womens Landon Collins Jersey, but a career-threatening knee injury cost him the season and most of 2017.

"I love Teddy. I've said that before. He is a competitor; he's got the heart of a Lion," Zimmer said. "I'm hopeful for Teddy. I hope he has an outstanding career and I hope that it's with me."

877 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.,Following Bridgewater's knee injury, the Vikings traded for Bradford, who went on to lead the NFL with a 71.6 per cent completion rate and threw for 3

but his own knee injury forced him to the sidelines during a week-two win over the Chicago Bears. Enter Keenum,Bradford began this past season as the starter, who was brilliant in helping lead the Vikings to an NFC North title and a berth in the NFC championship game.

so it's important that we don't lose the defensive part of the game because we keep the game close. So all these things become a factor.","We have to figure out what is the best scenario for us with these three guys, and I want to make sure with our team that we continue to build and improve,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey," Zimmer said. "We've won 40 games in the last four years because we've had a good football team,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, continually improve on defense... We're 30-4 when we score 21 points

Zimmer said bringing back one or all of the three quarterbacks is "definitely" under consideration,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, but the Vikings are also vying for the services of Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

" he added. "But I feel very confident really in all three guys. I love all three of them. They're great people. I love how they work. They understand how we do things there as a team and the way we go about our business.",Authentic Landon Collins Jersey,"After we get here, after we get done looking at some of these young draftable guys, so we'll kind of sit down and figure out the direction we're going

don't get to see him play in real,Zimmer continued: "Teddy is a guy that two years ago played fantastic. We thought he was a very ascending player. Obviously has a terrible knee injury, live action in basically two years. So there's the question with him.

so you go back and look at his track record.,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey,"The question with Sam is two years ago he plays in 15 games, plays well. This year, starts, he plays in one game and gets hurt

"You go back with Case. He plays outstanding this year, and you go back and look at what he's done in the past and what he's done this year. Then really what we have to try to do is figure out what is the best scenario for us and understanding that trying to answer these questions on these three guys and try to go from there.

"So that's with[general manager Rick Spielman] and myself and[executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski] and how it affects the salary cap and how it affects the rest of our football team."
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Minkah Fitzpatrick understands the value of his skill set.

hip movement and feet might make him more tailored to cornerback.,At 6-foot-1, he hits like a safety. His speed, 201 pounds

both or some combination of the positions.,So the Alabama star is spending this weekend explaining to NFL scouts he can excel at either

describing the slot corner
,Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey,''It's a different kind of position,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey,'' said Fitzpatrick, kind of like a combination between safety and corner

so I think slot corner is optimal for my abilities.'',Womens Bo Jackson Jersey,spot he played in college. ''I like to play both safety and corner

Fitzpatrick would be one of the rarest commodities in football - a tweener with an actual fit.,Womens Howie Long Jersey,If true

it's because team executives
,Traditionally when players at the NFL's annual scouting combine are explaining what position suits them best

aren't sure where they should play and the player's draft stock sinks.

But Fitzpatrick's physical gifts could make him a trend-setter in a league that has become increasingly more pass-happy and places a
premium on versatility.

He was recruited as a true cornerback,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey, won the starting job and never relinquished it. Coach
, moved to slot corner before the 2015 season

one-on-one.,Nick Saban was so impressed he usually paired Fitzpatrick on the opponent's top receiver

It didn't take long for Fitzpatrick to make an impact.

he earned first-team All-American honors in 2016 and 2017.,After being selected to the SEC's all-freshman team in 2015

where teams are trying to figure out what Saban once did - the best place for Fitzpatrick to play.,Now he's off to the NFL

'' NFL Network draft
,''I think he could play all six defensive back positions. Both corners, nickel and dime linebacker, both safeties

is that a good thing or a bad thing? I've had a couple
,analyst Mike Mayock said Saturday. ''He's the only guy I can say that about. Now

but
,of coaches say to me, is he a difference-maker? Is he a nickel? Where's his ball production?' He had six picks two years ago, 'Hey

only had one this year. But I look at (his versatility) as a positive.''

Mayock's sentiment may explain why Fitzpatrick appears to have a slight edge on his competition right now. He's projected to be a top-five
pick.

Some expect Ohio State's Denzel Ward, to be selected in the top 10 with Florida State safety Derwin James the only
, a true cornerback

other defensive back tabbed for the top 20.

The workouts in Indianapolis, will help determined the actual pecking order in April., which conclude Monday

But one thing working in Fitzpatrick's favor: work ethic.

While growing up in New Jersey,Womens Leonard Williams Jersey, he sometimes helped his father fix trucks.

After the family's home collapsed during Hurricane Irene in 2011,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, Fitzpatrick helped his parents rebuild.

And when the Catholic high school he attended provided peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to students who couldn't afford school lunches,
Fitzpatrick ate them up.

So when he arrived at the combine,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey, the reality finally hit.,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey, less than two months away from possibly hitting a multimillion-dollar jackpot

''It's really crazy,Authentic Derek Carr Jersey,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I remember the second I got here,Womens Derek Carr Jersey, looked up at the ceiling and just
, I was laying in bed

started smiling.''

Yes, it's been a long trek here for Fitzpatrick and his family.

Yet he hasn't forgotten his blue-collar roots,Authentic Howie Long Jersey, so far., his humble perspective on life or his passion for football. It's served him well

''I think he's going to go out there and run like a corner, and if you're a defensive coordinator and take him
, have the size of a safety

in the top 10, you've got to have a plan, is he my nickel? Or is he a piece
,'' Mayock said. ''What is he? Is he my safety, is he my corner

that I can match up week to week against a big wideout or a tight end? How you use him is ultimately going to determine the value of
him.''
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- For Clemson receiver Deon Cain, there's nothing tedious about all the timing and testing at the NFL scouting combine.

''It's a great feeling because I'm starting to get into this professional life and I'm loving it every day,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,'' Cain said.

Cain impressed coaches Saturday with his superior speed and great hands, traits that were particularly apparent in the gauntlet drill at
Lucas Oil Stadium.

That's where receivers stand on one sideline,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, spin and catch a pass from 10 yards away, then spin and catch one from the other direction.
Then, they sprint toward the other sideline, catching five more 10-yard passes from alternating directions before coming back the other
way, catching another seven throws.

While Cain was eager to show off his skills Saturday during the on-field sessions with quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends, he
said he's actually enjoyed every aspect of the annual gathering of top college prospects.

''This combine experience has been fun for me. At the end of the day, I love every moment about it,'' Cain said. ''Just trying to take
going through this process,everything day by day, meeting new people, talking to coaches, being around Hall of Famers every day.''

Cain had a goal of running a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash after all the speed work he did over the last six weeks at the Exos performance
where he added 10 pounds of lean muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame.,center in Phoenix

posting a time of 4.3 seconds Saturday before showing off his route-running skills during the hour-long session that
,He did just that

included top-tier quarterbacks Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson .

'' said Cain, who also posted respectable jumps - 33+ inches in the vertical and 9
,''I feel like Exos really prepared me for this moment

prepping me for interviews and everything. I feel like
,feet, train well with great efficiency, 7 inches in the broad. ''We train hard

the answers to the test out here and now it's just a routine.,they gave us the upper hand

''I'm out here trying my best out here and just trying to do what I know I'm capable of doing.''

a projected second-day draft pick, played three seasons at Clemson and was productive receiver for a team that made three playoff
,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey,Cain

appearances and played in two national championship games.

he was suspended for the
,Cain played in only one of those national championship games. After the regular season of his freshman year

College Football Playoff by Tigers coach Dabo Swinney for failing a drug test for marijuana.

Cain prepared to face the scrutiny with honesty,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, eager to show that's not
,Knowing that would come up in interviews with teams this week

an issue teams need to worry about.

and just show them that I'm smart
,''It's been great so far,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, let them get a good feel of me, really just getting to know all the coaches

'' Cain said.,off the field, and really just let them get feel of me, smart on the field and I know football both ways

he said he's showing teams he's versatile, coachable and confident yet humble.,On the field

outside. If you want me to go down and block, I can do anything. I said I'm capable of
,''I can do it all. If you want me to play inside

'' he said.,doing anything

And he pledged to never stop trying to improve.

I always want to be better and more technically sound because now you're just going against way
,''Now that I'm going on to the next level

'' Cain said.,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,better DBs now


,Whoever picks him, he said,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, will ''get an efficient,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, someone who will go hard every play. I'm just going to be me out there,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, hard worker

they're going to get a great receiver.'',Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey,as long as they let me be me and coach me the right way
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, N.Y. -- With a three-game losing streak and a disappointing loss in Saturday's outdoor game against the Washington Capitals

game against the lowly Buffalo Sabres is coming at the right time for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Maple Leafs (39-21-7) will visit their border rivals on Monday night.

where Washington scored shortly after each of Toronto's goals. The Maple
,Toronto received a wake-up call in the loss to the Capitals

Toronto had an overtime loss to the Florida Panthers and a shootout loss to the Tampa Bay
,Leafs eventually fell 5-2. Before that

Lightning.

"(The Capitals) look at us and they still think we're kids, according to the team's website. "And it
," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said

looked like we were kids out there. I thought they smacked us around and forechecked us. I didn't think we executed at all."

having won 13 of their previous 15 games before the three-game losing streak
,The Maple Leafs are still in a fine position overall

developed. They acquired longtime Montreal Canadiens veteran Tomas Plekanec before the trade deadline and are aiming to make a playoff run
this postseason once they right the ship.

but Matthews is reportedly making progress
,adidas Tomas Tatar jersey,Toronto will once again be without top playmaker Auston Matthews because of a shoulder injury

and nearing a return.

Mitchell Marner leads the Maple Leafs in points with 53 points (17 goals, 35
,Authentic Aleksander Barkov jersey, 36 assists). William Nylander has 49 points (14 goals

assists) this season. Both Frederik Anderson (55 games played,adidas Pekka Rinne jersey, .931 save
,Authentic Tomas Tatar jersey, .920 save percentage) and Curtis McElhinney (13 games played

percentage) have been solid all season for the Leafs between the pipes.

which came after back-to-back wins over two of
,The Sabres (20-34-11) are coming off a lackluster 4-1 loss to the Panthers on Friday night

the better teams in the league in the Boston Bruins and Lightning. Buffalo has shown some signs of life throughout the second half of the
season,adidas Gustav Nyquist jersey, but has repeatedly reverted to its previous form., even without top playmaker Jack Eichel

which adds some anticipation for both sides.,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey,It's actually the first meeting of the year for the rivals

"It's weird the way the schedule is built,Authentic Pekka Rinne jersey," Sabres forward Jason Pominville said,Authentic Gustav Nyquist jersey, it feels
,adidas Aleksander Barkov jersey, according to the team's website. "In the past

like we have always played them late a little bit but to have not played them at this point home or away is definitely different and
something we're not used to.

it's been a while so I'm interested to see if it's still the same way where their fans manage to get tickets in here and be
,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey,"For me

pretty loud. It should be a pretty good atmosphere."

Backup Chad Johnson will return in net for the Sabres after a disappointing outing by Robin Lehner against the Panthers during the
weekend. Johnson has a save percentage of .896 in 25 games this year but has played well in net for the Sabres lately.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All that's left of the 2018 NFL scouting combine is for the deepest class of defensive backs ever to attend the
annual assembly of college prospects to wrap up their testing and timing Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

they'll join the other hopefuls in returning home to prepare for their pro days,Then, team visits and the NFL draft in Arlington,
,Womens Cam Newton Jersey, Texas

next month.

Here's a look at some of the highlights and lowlights of this year's combine:

BARKLEY BLOWS IT UP : Penn State running back Saquon Barkley exceeded lofty expectations in Indianapolis. His 29 reps on the bench press
bested Luke Kuechly's 27. His 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash was better than Ezekiel Elliott's 4.47 and his 41-inch vertical jump was higher
than Odell Beckham Jr.'s 38?.

"Oh no,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, I'm not surprised,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, saying he's seen that kind of dogged determination every day out
," said Nittany Lions linebacker Jason Cabinda

who could go anywhere in the top five picks depending on the run on quarterbacks.,Womens Walter Payton Jersey,of Barkley

" Barkley said,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey,"I'm competitive, "but I don't care if I'm drafted 1, I'm going to come in with my head low ready
, 5 or 72 or the last pick

to work."

GREAT GRIFFIN : Shaquem Griffin did 20 reps on the bench press with a prosthetic left hand in what was by far the best feel-good story of
the combine.

" acknowledged Griffin,"My goal was six, who almost doubled his previous high of 11 reps and surpassed the 17 his twin brother,
, Shaquille

managed at last year's combine before the Seattle Seahawks selected the speedy cornerback in the third round.

Griffin is expected to be a mid-rounder like his brother.

" NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "He's an energy giver.","This is a legitimate football player

One who, fed off the hoots and hollers during his bench press., conversely

" Griffin said.,"Everybody in the stands was hyping me up. I got the guys I'm here with hyping me up. It felt amazing

JACK OF ONE TRADE : Louisville QB Lamar Jackson showed off a strong arm and excellent footwork but also some inconsistency while throwing
to receivers Saturday. What he didn't do was run routes.

but he insists he's "strictly a quarterback.",Many wonder if the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner might be best suited as an NFL receiver

noting that while his passing game needs plenty of
,Mayock called Jackson the best and most fascinating athlete in this year's draft

he's going to have an immediate impact running the football.,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey,polish

" Mayock said. "He has as good a pair of legs as anybody in the history of the game. And he's going to win games with
,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey,"He's Michael Vick

his legs."

preferring to show off his arm at his upcoming pro day with
,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,DARNOLD'S DODGE : USC quarterback Sam Darnold refused to throw at the combine

receivers he's used to playing with.

" Mayock said. "You get a chance to show off a little bit here. This is all about
,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey,"I was a little disappointed Darnold didn't throw

competition. I wonder in his heart of hearts if he missed competing (Saturday). Because the other guys went out and ripped it pretty good.

"I thought Josh Allen put on a show."

HURST GOES HOME : Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst Jr., was kept out of drills at the combine after
, a possible first-rounder

doctors reportedly red-flagged a heart condition. Hurst told Utah defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei that he had been diagnosed with the
Star.,same heart condition as Lotulelei's older brother

Hurst,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, a 6-foot-2, had 59 tackles and 5? sacks last season. He also had 13 tackles for loss and has been
, 280-pound defensive tackle

considered one component of a deep class of defensive tackles in this year's draft.

BAD ORLANDO BROWN JR. : The only thing that went well for Oklahoma's massive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. was the vote of confidence from
,BAD

his Heisman Trophy-winning teammate.

"When are you ever going to watch Orlando Brown run 40 yards down the field?" quarterback Baker Mayfield asked. "You can watch last year's
tape and see he allowed zero sacks. I'd say that's pretty important for a left tackle."

It sure is.

But measures matter, and Brown's wretched week will surely cause him to slide down draft boards: He managed just 14 reps on the bench
, too

lumbered though the 40-yard dash in 5.85 seconds and put up historically poor numbers in the broad and vertical jumps.,press

THIN AT TACKLE : Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey is projected as a late first-rounder, this year's NFL
, but if he falls to the second round

draft would be the first one in more than a half century without an offensive tackle taken in the first round.

and there were only 11 first-round picks that year. The last time a tackle wasn't selected in the
,The last time that happened was in 1965

when Len Rohde of Utah State went to the San Francisco 49ers with the 38th overall selection in the fifth round.,top 32 picks was in 1960
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