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Good morning and welcome to one of my favorite days of the year, NFL Draft Day.
- Blake
In today's Sprint:
⚾️ Bryce is alright
🏈 Draft prep
🏀 Posterized
Trivia: Who is the most recent Raiders first-round pick to get a second contact with the team immediately after his rookie deal? (Draft year listed next to the player)
  1. Darren McFadden (2008)
  2. Darrius Heyward-Bey (2009)
  3. Khalil Mack (2014)
  4. Karl Joseph (2016)

⚾ Bryce Harper took a 97 mph fastball to the face, got up, and walked directly to the clubhouse. Scary moment, but Bryce said he’s okay after the game.
🏈 For the third year in a row, Teddy Bridgewater will have a new home. Carolina traded Teddy to the Denver Broncos for a 6th round pick.
🏀 LeBron James’ ‘ultra rare’ rookie card sold for a record $5.2 million, making it the most expensive basketball card ever sold.

Quarterback Frenzy
Sit back, relax, and get ready to watch five quarterbacks drafted in tonight’s top 10 picks. After Trevor, BYU QB Zach Wilson became the likely #2 pick with his ridiculous Pro Day performance. But the third QB taken? Anyone's guess.
Keys to the Draft:
  • The San Francisco 49ers traded their next two first round picks and a third rounder to trade up from #12 to #3. That’s a price you only pay for a QB, and coach Kyle Shanahan likes five of them.
  • At #4 overall, the Falcons have lots of options - take the QB of the future, draft stud tight end Kyle Pitts or left tackle Penei Sewell, or trade down. What they do will shape the rest of the first round.
  • With offensive needy teams at the top of the Draft, a defensive player may not go in the first seven picks. If so, that’ll be the first time in 40 years. Somebody will be very happy drafting corner Patrick Surtain or linebacker Micah Parsons that late.
Draft rumors are like the Falcons with a lead, hard to trust. But these rumors actually make sense:
  • The Patriots want to make moves. They're talking with Jimmy Garoppolo, signaling a potential trade with the 49ers, and also willing to part with All-Pro corner Stephon Gilmore to move into the top 10 if QB Justin Fields falls.
  • The Packers may finally draft a receiver to pair with Davante Adams. Currently, they’re linked with Minnesota's Rashod Bateman. Aaron Rodgers would be as happy as he is hosting Jeopardy.
  • The Falcons are receiving trade offers for superstar receiver Julio Jones. For a team with major holes on defense, those draft picks could accelerate the coming rebuild.
The logistics:
  • Round 1 - 32 picks
  • 8:00 PM ET
  • On ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network

(8-15) Minnesota Twins 10 vs. (11-12) Cleveland Indians 2
  • Bryon Buxton (5-5, 1 HR) is the AL MVP candidate you haven’t heard of this year. His ridiculous game against the Indians brings his average up to .438 and ties him for the league lead in home runs with 8.
(12-12) Atlanta Braves 10 vs. (10-14) Chicago Cubs 0
  • Down 10 in the seventh inning, the Cubs put All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the mound. He couldn't stop smiling as he struck out Freddie Freeman.
(16-9) Boston Red Sox 1 vs. (9-10) New York Mets 0
  • Jacob deGrom has struck out 48% of his batters faced this year (59/123). For perspective, that’s nearly 10% higher than the all-time full season record (39.9%). Somehow, he’s just 2-2.
(28-34) Washington Wizards 116 vs. (36-26) LA Lakers 107
  • On opposite trajectories, the Lakers have lost four of five while the Wizards have won nine of ten, climbing into contention for one of the East’s play-in games.
  • Must watch: Rui Hachimura posterized Anthony Davis.
Champions League Semifinals, 1st Leg
Manchester City 2 vs. PSG 1
  • City overcame a halftime deficit to beat PSG in the first leg of the UCL semifinals thanks to Mahrez’s sneaky free kick through the wall.
(22-19-6) St. Louis Blues 4 vs. (31-14-3) Minnesota Wild 3
  • Robert Thomas scored the game winner with 23 seconds left, adding to a three-goal third period for the Blues to end the Wild’s win streak at 7.

Brooklyn Nets (42-20) vs. Indiana Pacers (29-32) - 7:00 ET on NBATV
  • Spread: BKN -9
Milwaukee Bucks (38-23) vs. Houston Rockets (15-47) - 8:00 ET
  • Spread: MIL -12.5
Chicago Cubs (10-14) vs. Atlanta Braves (12-12) - 7:20 ET on MLBN
LA Dodgers (16-9) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (14-10) - 7:40 ET on ESPN+
Pittsburgh Penguins (32-15-3) vs. (-115) Washington Capitals (32-13-4) - 7:00 ET on ESPN+
Florida Panthers (32-14-5) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (22-22-5) - 8:00 ET on NBCSN

A. Darren McFadden received a one-year deal with the team after his rookie deal ended in 2013.

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