With one week until the NFL draft, Pro Days have wrapped up, big boards are
set, and rumors are flying around the league.
Thursday, April 29th
259 picks total
Hosted in Cleveland, Ohio
And we’re promised a healthy dose of Roger Goodell booing as fans will be
packing the stands. Last year, he managed to earn
some boos even during a virtual draft.
The quarterbacks (arguably the hardest position in
the draft to evaluate) will once again be the stars of the show. But, teams
should beware of reaching. Just ask the Bears (Mitch Trubisky) or Cardinals
Five quarterbacks should hear their names called on night one.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Zach Wilson, BYU
Justin Fields, Ohio State
Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Mac Jones, Alabama
For every swing and miss, there's also a late round gem. Several notable
Hall of Famers (or those who will soon be there) have either been drafted in
the last couple rounds or not drafted at all.
Tom Brady - 6th round
Warren Moon - undrafted
Kurt Warner - undrafted
Trip down memory lane
Regardless of what happens to your team on draft day, it’s unlikely they
repeat some of the funniest moments in draft history.
Deja vu: Washington really wanted running
back Calvin “Cal” Rossi in the 1940’s. They wanted him so badly they
drafted him with their first round pick… twice. Ironically, Rossi
told the team he didn’t want to play in the NFL and never played a
snap in the league.
Howdy, partner: Back in 1972 the Falcons
selected John Wayne. Yes, that John Wayne. He might have had a tough
time on the field considering he was 64.
New phone who dis: The Cleveland Browns
drafted in classic Browns’ style by calling the wrong player on
draft day in 2011, dialing Cameron Jordan instead of Jordan Cameron.
Big picture: Draft night is make or break,
especially for teams with top picks. Find this year’s Justin Herbert, and
you’re set for years to come. Miss, and you’ll be in the same spot next
(22-20-5) Chicago Blackhawks 5 vs. (25-21-2) Nashville Predators 4 -
The Blackhawks decided not to play until the 3rd period, but then
scored 3 goals in 3 minutes to erase a 4-1 deficit. It’s the second
time ever the Hawks trailed by 3+ goals with under 10 minutes to
play and won the game.
(42-16) Phoenix Suns 116 vs. (39-19) Philadelphia 76ers 113
Joel Embiid came this
close to tying the game on a one hand, full court heave with
the clock expiring.
(33-27) New York Knicks 137 vs. (32-27) Atlanta Hawks 127 - OT
Julius Randle (40 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast) announced the Knicks return to
the big stage, telling the Madison Square Garden crown, "New York,
(25-34) Toronto Raptors 114 vs. (39-20) Brooklyn Nets 103
Even Kyrie’s big game (28 pts, 11 reb, 8 ast) couldn’t beat the
Raptors as both Pascal Siakam (27 pts, 9 reb) and OG Anunoby (25
pts) looked like the 2020 versions of themselves.
After firing manager Jose Mourinho, Tottenham hired youngster (29
years old) Ryan Mason to replace him. So far, so good.
(77 pts) Manchester City 2 vs. (44 pts) Aston Villa 1
Villa scored after just 21 seconds and then seemed to disappear from
the pitch, letting City control the shots and possession.
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 The NFL approved a number
of rule changes, including one making onside kicks easier to recover
and another loosening the restrictions on which positions can wear what
numbers. We’d love to see linemen rocking single-digit numbers.
🏀 Rockets’ rookie Kevin Porter Jr. may have saved his teammate
Sterling Brown’s life by intervening
in a fight at a Miami club. He’ll miss the next few days due to the
league’s health and safety protocols.
📺 Heineken capitalized on the Super League’s collapse with this
brilliant ad trolling the 12 founding clubs.
Stat: In his 14 years as a head coach for the
Raiders and Bucs (seven seasons each), Jon Gruden is 57-55 with each team.
Quote: “The Super League project is now on
standby, I can confirm.” - Real Madrid president and chairman of the Super
League, Florentino Perez.
Highlight: This 70-year-old man flipped
a swing, something none of us have done since we were seven.
Philadelphia 76ers (39-19) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (35-22) - 7:00 ET on TNT
LA Lakers (35-23) vs. Dallas Mavericks (31-26) - time ET on TNT
New York Mets (7-6) vs. Chicago Cubs (8-9) - 7:40 ET on ESPN+
San Diego Padres (10-10) vs. LA Dodgers (14-4) - 10:10 ET
Carolina Hurricanes (30-10-5) vs. Florida Panthers (30-12-5) - 7:00 ET on
Philadelphia Flyers (20-18-7) vs. New York Panthers (23-17-6) - 7:00 ET on
C. While their offense and defense were terrific,
the Chargers couldn’t overcome a 2-5 start. This was partially due to their
special teams group, which was one of the worst groups in recorded history,
allowing four blocked punts and four total kickoff/punt returns for
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