Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago
Ezekiel Elliott is going to be really productive for the Dallas Cowboys. The best running back in the draft class will run behind the NFL's best offensive line and put up some nice numbers.
That said, taking Elliott fourth overall was an impulsive pick by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has been known to make some impulsive picks from time to time.
One of the benefits of building one of the best offensive lines in NFL history is that virtually any back can have success running behind it. It's a stretch to say any back can have success in the Cowboys offense, but it's not a huge stretch.
Simply put, you don't pass on a special defensive back like Ramsey to draft a running back. Not in this era of devalued running backs. Especially not with the offensive line the Cowboys have.
Here are the rest of the winners and losers from the first round of the NFL draft:
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago
Nothing good can happen when NFL teams start dissecting medical records before the draft. It'll either be neutral or bad.
For UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, it was really bad.
Months ago, the thought of Jack slipping out of the top 10 seemed crazy. He did. He seemed like a great fit for the Oakland Raiders at No. 14, but the Raiders took West Virginia safety Karl Joseph. And he kept slipping. Jack was among a few players left in the green room in Chicago late in the first round. The first round ended just before midnight Eastern time, and Jack never heard his name called. Rough night.
Jack was considered a possible top-five pick at times in the pre-draft process. Some wondered if he was actually the best player in the draft. Then the questions started about his knee. Some teams reportedly took him off their board. The possibility of microfracture surgery was mentioned, and that's scary for a team using a high draft pick.
“[The degenerative problems are] there, but it’s nothing extreme,” Jack said. “Down the line, possibly I could have microfracture surgery — potentially. Who knows what will happen?
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago
Well, we have the answer. The Denver Broncos' new quarterback is Paxton Lynch.
After an offseason of mystery, the Broncos let us know who will replace Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. After a trade to move up five spots, Denver took Lynch, the huge quarterback from Memphis.
It would seem that would end the talk of the Broncos trading for Sam Bradford, Colin Kaepernick or acquiring any other quarterback they've been linked to this offseason.
The Broncos traded up from the 31st pick to get the Seattle Seahawks' pick at No. 26. The Broncos gave up a third-round pick, 94th overall, to get that pick. The Broncos had to worry about another team trading up into the first round to take a quarterback, and also get ahead of a team like the Kansas City Chiefs that might have taken a quarterback.
Lynch might not start right away because he could need time to adjust to the NFL. Mark Sanchez could start the season. But the Super Bowl champions will eventually turn the reins over to Lynch.
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago
The choice will live with the Los Angeles Rams forever, good or bad, and it will likely spark a million debates about Cal's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. It has been almost 20 years since the 1998 NFL draft and you'll still hear Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning mentioned in the same sentence.
The Rams will begin their second stint in Los Angeles with Goff as their quarterback of the future. They made him the first pick of the draft on Thursday night, choosing him over Wentz. The team made good on its promise and kept the pick mostly a secret right up until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell read the name. There have been plenty of speculative reports leading up to the draft that the pick would be Goff, and that became official shortly after 7 p.m. Chicago time. The Rams couldn't go into this season in star-studded Los Angeles with Case Keenum at quarterback, and now they have Goff as a cornerstone.
With Goff off the board, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised nobody and picked Wentz second overall. Quarterbacks did not go 1-2 in the NFL draft from 1999-2012, and now it has happened three times in the past five drafts.
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago
Ezekiel Elliott had a style for much of his career at Ohio State. He'd wear his jersey tucked up, showing off his six pack of abs. Hey, who wouldn't?
Elliott won't be rocking that style in the NFL, because jerseys must be tucked in (thanks, No Fun League!), but he paid homage to his signature look with the suit he wore to the red carpet of the NFL draft.
Yes, he wore a dress shirt that showed off his midriff. Here are photos of the star running back, from the Chicago Bears' Twitter feed, and the Twitter account for CSN's Bears coverage:
Well, that's something. There's a lot going on in that photo. We could probably spend a while just discussing the Cam Newton-esque shoes and no socks look.
In the annals of crazy suits at drafts, Elliott has made the list. He's pretty high on it too. And if the whole NFL thing doesn't work out, he can always star in the next "Magic Mike" sequel.
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago
Cardell Hayes, who has beenaccused of shooting and killing former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. He was indicted on four charges, including second-degree murder.
The indictment was for attempted second-degree murder, second-degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal damage, according to WVUE in New Orleans. Hayes is also accused of shooting Smith's wife Racquel, although she survived the shooting.
NOLA.com said the indictment came Thursday during a probable cause hearing. Witnesses were being called by the defense to testify about the April 9 shooting. At the same time, prosecutors were presenting evidence and witnesses to the grand jury, NOLA.com said. The probable cause hearing was moved to another courtroom after the indictment was read, which is unusual.
Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago
At a stadium committee meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis put his money where his mouth is when it comes to relocating his team: A $500 million pledge to the stadium project in Sin City.
Las Vegas has proposed a $1.4 billion domed stadium. A stadium could bring not just the Raiders, but perhaps a Major League Soccer team and other large soccer games. Soccer legend David Beckham appeared at the meeting with Davis. Davis expressed his desire to move the Raiders to Las Vegas along with his financial pledge, according to the Associated Press and other reports.
Maybe this is all an elaborate plan by Davis to create leverage and eventually get the stadium he wants in the Bay Area, or somewhere else. But it seems like he's serious about moving the Raiders to Las Vegas. We'll see if the NFL allows that to happen without a fight.
More on Raiders
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago
Let's get this out of the way: In almost every instance, you don't care how an athlete or coach treats the media in a news conference. And that's fine.
Let's also admit that the extended vitriol over Cam Newton's post-Super Bowl news conference is just a good excuse to rip the Carolina Panthers quarterback. Nobody cared before or since if players were cooperative in a postgame interview, and nobody will care in the future if a player is rude to reporters. But all of a sudden on Super Bowl Sunday you cared deeply that Newton was short with his answers and left the news conference abruptly. Sure.
“The truth is, I represent something way bigger than myself," Newton told Ebony, via ESPN.com. “I’m doing it for [my fans and family] and I felt like I let them down."
Never before has an athlete's reaction to media questions been such a controversial issue. Savor it, because that will never happen again, unless it involves Newton and people decide that's their new reason to rip him.
Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago
There's legitimate intrigue at the top of the NFL draft this year.
We know quarterbacks are going 1-2, and we think Cal quarterback Jared Goff will be first off the board to the Los Angeles Rams, but the Rams haven't said anything about it. Then it gets really tricky.
What will the San Diego Chargers do at No. 3? Are the Dallas Cowboys going to take running back Ezekiel Elliott fourth? Will linebacker Myles Jack have a precipitous slide because of his knee? Will Paxton Lynch be the third quarterback off the board, and when?
Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
Presumably, over the next few days we'll finally figure out who the Denver Broncos want to line up at quarterback this season.
It has been a mystery until now, with the draft starting on Thursday, but the latest news has them shifting focus a bit. With the team no closer to coming to a deal with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Broncos "are in" on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported.
Like the Kaepernick deal, making a trade for Bradford might be tricky. The Eagles just paid Bradford an $11 million signing bonus, so unless the Eagles are just willing to admit a huge mistake and move on, they'll want a high draft pick. Reports this week, after Bradford asked for a trade, indicated the Eagles weren't that excited to trade Bradford and were asking for high draft-pick compensation.
One way or another, there aren't too many teams that go into this draft with a more interesting unresolved story line than the defending Super Bowl champs.
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