Deshaun Watson was not be the first quarterback taken at the NFL draft on Thursday night. Mitchell Trubisky was, going second overall to a trading-up Bears team.
If Watson now goes on to be the class’ best QB, there’ll be a lot of I-told-you-sos from some of the people who know him best: his teammates and head coach for the last three years at Clemson.
Almost every player who’s ever entered the draft has drawn praise from his teammates and coaches. But the praise reserved for Watson by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and some of the QB’s teammates over the years has been particularly effusive. To these people, it’s unfathomable that Watson might not be the first QB off the board.
He’s definitely the best quarterback in the draft, former Clemson defensive lineman Carlos Watkins told SB Nation before the draft. That’s my opinion.
I think so, honestly, his tight end, Jordan Leggett, told SB Nation when asked if Watson should be the first QB taken. I don’t know why people don’t have him going first, but that’d just be a bad business move on whichever team takes another quarterback before him, honestly.
I believe so, added running back Wayne Gallman. That’s my quarterback, so I’m gonna always root for him to go the highest he could possibly go. I think he has the work and the film to prove that.
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If they pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan, I’m just telling you, he told reporters in January, fresh off the Watson-engineered win over Bama.
The case for Watson is based in some part on intangible traits.
When Watson’s teammates rave about him, poise is the common denominator.
There is a general theme to the beginning of all NFL draft proceedings, and it typically persists throughout the first round. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell walks on the stage to announce a teams selection, a curious sound will rain down from the heavens.
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As wed noted when he was a five-star recruit in 2012, seeing sons of Jon Bon Jovi, Deion Sanders, Diddy, David Robinson, Ken Griffey, Jr., and a grandson of Jack Nicklaus head to college provided for YOU ARE OLD moments, as did seeing recruits named Shaquille and Peyton. But a player named after a rapper whod just released his fifth solo album? WE FELT SO OLD.
Tabor isnt a great tackler — per PFF, he missed 16 tackles on 110 attempts throughout the past three seasons.
And then there are also off-field concerns. Tabor was a bit high maintenance during his tenure in Florida, provoking suspensions by refusing to take a drug test and a run-in with a teammate at practice. And he likes to talk a good amount, as well.
The Cleveland Browns have traded down from the No. 12 pick, sending it to the Houston Texans. The Texans selected Deshaun Watson with the pick.
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The Browns will receive the No. 25 pick in the draft, as well as a 2018 first-round pick in the deal.
The Texans needed a quarterback, after sending Brock Osweiler to the Browns earlier in the offseason. The other two options at quarterback for the Texans were Tom Savage, and Brandon Weeden.
Just days before the draft, Watson said that teams would live with the consequences if they draft Trubisky instead of him. The Bears traded up for Trubisky earlier in the evening at No. 2 overall, making that a reality. Heres another small school tight end off the board. Shaheen stood out at the combine because of his athleticism, and his ceiling is high. Hes massive at 66 and 278 pounds, and still agile and fast for his size.
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In the shotgun, their eyes are never off the defense, theres very little play action pass, they almost have a pre-snap, pre-determined read with where to go with the ball and then all of a sudden theyre in a pro system, Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said in January of quarterbacks forced to make the shift.
Theyre having to actually call plays in the huddle, go under center, turn their back to the line, play action fake, now the coverage has moved and on top of that, the guys on the other side are pretty good too. … Same sport, two different games.
Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested earlier this year, but he did not want to talk about it Monday during the Bengals’ voluntary offseason workouts.
He briefly addressed the incident by expressing his “gratitude” to team owner Mike Brown and Bengals coaches for staying with him throughout the process. But he was asked about it again a few minutes later, and according to My Dayton Daily News, he became “irate.”
“Didn’t I just tell you don’t ask me that?” Jones said. “You out the (interview). Turn around. Go back that way. See you. Next question. That’s his last interview for the year.”
Asked whether he believes this will be the case, Freeman said, “That’s what I anticipate.”
“We will address this,” Dimitroff said at the annual league meeting in Phoenix. “When you look at our history, we address these situations going into training camp. I’m throwing that out there as a general timeline. I don’t know when that exactly will be, but I’m confident that something can get wrapped up and he’s going to be part of us for years to come.
“He represents our style of running — urgency, competitive and passionate. It’s fun to watch him as it is (running back) Tevin Coleman.”
As for Freeman, he’s having fun preparing for Monday’s start of offseason workouts with more than 40 Falcons players who traveled to South Florida for the sessions and the off-field camaraderie that comes with it.
“It’s so good for (team) chemistry,” Freeman said.
The next step will be the Falcons making good by giving Freeman a new deal.
Alex Marvez’s story on Devonta Freeman discussing Super Bowl 51, his career and his South Florida roots will appear Thursday at SportingNews.com. Alex can be heard from 7 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET Wednesday and Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
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Dion Jordan is starting over in Seattle.
The former Dolphins defensive end and 2013 draft bust has agreed to a contract with the Seahawks, according to multiple reports. USA Today first reported the move Tuesday morning.
Jordan was released by the Dolphins on March 31 following a failed physical and freed up $3.225 million in salary-cap space for the team in 2017.
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Jordan, who turned 27 last month, had three sacks and 39 tackles in 26 games over his first two seasons. He hasn’t seen action since the 2014 season but will attempt to revive his career in his return to the Pacific Northwest. This is cheating, as the Patriots first draft day trade came the day before the first round opened. But the teams willingness to ship out the 78th overall pick in 2003 — originally acquired in a trade for veteran defensive back Tebucky Jones — would net it Bengals running back Corey Dillon in 2004.
Dillon wouldnt be the only domino set in 2003 to fall the following year. Trading the 19th pick (Kyle Boller) to the Ravens would net All-Pro defensive tackle Vince Wilfork 12 months later, along with starters Eugene Wilson and Dan Klecko. The Pats also moved up in the first round for the second year in a row, albeit not by much. They sent the No. 14 pick (Michael Haynes) and the No. 193 (Marques Ogden) to the Bears to select Ty Warren, who would spend the next seven seasons as a fixture on New Englands defensive line.
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Alzner, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, had played in 599 straight regular-season and playoff games combined.
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The last game he had missed was Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, a 4-1 loss to Montreal in a first-round series won by the Canadiens in seven games.
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Boise State has a lot to prove this year, at least by Boise State standards. The Broncos are dealing with turnover and no longer get the benefit of the doubt in the Mountain West.
Nate Schmidt stepped in to fill Alzner’s spot alongside John Carlson on defense.
Schmidt, who had played 60 games during the regular season, assisted on the first goal of the game, by Nicklas Backstrom.
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Spring practice takes a little more than a month, and culminates in spring games for most schools. The rules:
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Teams get a maximum of 15 spring practice days, including the intra-squad game that typically caps a spring slate. This doesn’t include sessions when players are limited to the film room or the weight room. Everything has to take place within a 34-day window, but spring break and exam days don’t automatically count toward that. So some schools spread spring practices over a month and a half.
Who are we kidding, though. We’re really just here to gawk at wild spring game crowds, like the one that’ll show up at Ohio State. We’ll see if anyone can top this in 2017.
One of those games is against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, and should probably be written off as a loss for the purposes of this exercise. Three of those games are at home, and those matches are all virtual must-wins. If the USMNT loses to Mexico and wins all of their home games, they’d need to get four more points from their other two road matches to reach to 17 points.
Those games are against Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago, two beatable opponents, though there’s no such thing as an easy road game in CONCACAF. The USMNT lost away to Honduras during the last qualifying cycle and pulled off a 3-2 comeback win in San Pedro Sula back in 2009. In the previous round of qualifying, in 2017, the USMNT drew 0-0 away to T&T in one of the worst games we’ve ever had the displeasure of watching.
Despite playing in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, the Cardinals have played their way back into playoff contention. Arizona is one game back in the NFC wild card race and while a loss wouldn’t end their chances to make the playoffs, losing to the 1-8 Jaguars would be a massive missed opportunity.
Jacksonville proved its capable of pulling the upset, going on the road to knock off Tennessee last week, despite the fact the Titans were in the thick of the AFC playoff race.
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The disappointing season for Houston continues this week against the Raiders. Despite opening the season as one of the favorites in the AFC, the Texans have sunk to 2-7 and out of the playoff picture. The Texans will have Gary Kubiak back this week after he missed a game following the mini-stroke he suffered.
With back-to-back losses, the Raiders have fallen further out of playoff contention. Terrelle Pryor has struggled mightily recently. Things won’t get any easier this week when he’ll go against the No. 1 defense against the pass. If for no other reason, this game is watchable just to see what J.J. Watt might do against Oakland’s porous offensive line.
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Last season, he averaged 30 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds for a Warriors team that posted the best record in NBA history. He also made 402 three-pointers last year, eclipsing the record he set the previous season. But that Warriors team didn’t have another former MVP in Kevin Durant, who Golden State signed during free agency over the summer.
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“With the roster that we have and adding a guy like KD, there’s obviously going to be more of a balanced attack,” Curry said. “It’s pretty clear how that’s kind of evolved over the course of the season. My job as the point guard of this team is to balance all the talent that we have, plus at the same time staying aggressive with my own game.”
Since Durant went down with a Grade 2 MCL Sprain in late February, Curry is averaging 26.5 points, 7.5 assists and two steals, shooting 40 percent from downtown. The Warriors are 13-3 since March 1 and are outscoring opponents by 11.3 points per 100 possessions with their starting point guard on the floor.
Since March 15, Curry’s averaging 8.2 assists and is shooting the triple at a 47.5 percent clip. And in his last five games, the reigning MVP is averaging 29.6 points (on 53 percent shooting from the field) and 8.4 assists. He’s outplayed three of this year’s MVP front-runners in a nine-day span and has cemented the Warriors’ once shaky standing as No. 1 in the West.
A relatively quiet Wednesday evening resulted in only one change to the NHL playoff picture. With the Blues moving closer to a playoff spot with a win, St. Louis moved over the Predators to take over the third spot in the Central.
The Kings still live to fight another day, especially after their dramatic win over the Flames, but are coming closer to the edge.
As for the Eastern Conference, things are still stable despite the handful of teams clamoring for that final wild card spot. Keep an eye on Tampa Bay as these last few weeks unfold.
The last playoff series between these two was quite fun. Many also singled out the Blackhawks to stumble and the Predators to take their place before the season. The season leading up to this hasn’t gone as planned, but everything’s off in the playoffs.
Cons: I feel triple overtime coming, again. Shanahan wouldn’t say Wednesday if he believes there’s a quarterback worthy of such an early and valuable pick, and also wouldn’t say if he felt there was even one ready to play right away. He did, however, preach the importance of patience when searching for a signal caller to build around.
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What is for sure is that the 49ers will be adding more quarterbacks. With just two on the roster, Shanahan made it clear that the team will head into camp with more options and could add more veterans later in the offseason, depending on the team’s haul in the draft.