- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Do the Dallas Cowboys have The Triplets 2.0?
Picking fourth overall, Dallas chose Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, and he will join quarterback Tony Romo and receiver Dez Bryant.
Here's some of what Shutdown Corner's Eric Edholm wrote on Elliott:
Upside: If teams draft strictly for talent, he should not wait long to hear his name called. The breakout of Todd Gurley (following an ACL injury, no less) showed that rare talents at running back are the exceptions to the don't-draft-an-RB-high argument. Elliott has that kind of ability, and other than a nagging wrist injury that he's played through, there is not a big durability concern with him. Elliott routinely turns potential losses into gains, will fight through tiny cracks, is a great short-yardage runner and is a three-down contributor. He has very few limiting or discernable weaknesses.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The NFL Draft began on Thursday evening with the New England Patriots on the sidelines; the team was forced to surrender its first-round pick as a result of the still-ongoing deflategate controversy. But the team wasn't taking its public shaming sitting down; no, sir. The Patriots unveiled a bit of passive-aggressive social media shot-firing, posting the following on Instagram:
The team also changed its Twitter avatar to Brady's 12, an obvious sign of solidarity with their quarterback who, at the moment, is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.
This isn't the first time the Patriots have changed their avatar and announced their implicit support of Brady; the teamdid so last May around the time of the releaseof the infamous Wells Report. Not that it made much of a difference; Brady is still sitting pending an appeal. But the #freebrady movement is yet another example of how deeply silly this entire deflategate mess has become.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 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.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Laremy Tunsil's draft night will go down in infamy.
Minutes before the NFL draft began, a video was posted to Tunsil's Twitter account. It showed Tunsil in a gas mask smoking something, just before he removed the mask to reveal his face.
The tweet was quickly taken down and Tunsil deleted his account, but the damage was done. Attentive eyes quickly posted it to Twitter and YouTube. Tunsil's agent later told Ian Rapaport of NFL Network that his client's account had been hacked, but he also confirmed that it was his client in the clip. Tunsil admitted it was him too, after he was finally drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th pick — far lower than he was expected to go.
"Man, it was a mistake. It happened years ago," Tunsil told Deion Sanders of the NFL Network. "Someone had my Twitter account and that's how it got on there. Things happens for a reason. I'm glad to be in Miami and I'm going to work my butt off."
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Watch every round of the NFL draft here on Yahoo Sports as we present the live stream of NFL Network draft coverage. Also check out live analysis from our stable of Yahoo Sports draft experts including Eric Edholm, Charles Robinson, Frank Schwab and Shalise Manza Young.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 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.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
The 2016 NFL draft kicks off Thursday night, and the Shutdown Corner should be your Ground Zero for everything that happens over the three-day event.
We've compiled months of work scouting players, assessing team needs and putting together our best guesses for which players will end up where — and how they'll fare.
Here's a handy cheat sheet for everything we've written and you need to follow your teams as they add new players for the next three days:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 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 Corner10 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.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
An offensive tackle used to be considered a safe pick in the top half of the first round. That hasn't been the case lately.
Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel are a few tackles taken very high in recent NFL drafts who haven't lived up to their draft status yet. Any one of them could still have a great career, because they're all young and still learning. But it's also true that tackles don't seem like safe picks anymore, like they were considered to be just a few years ago.
It's another way the difference between the college game and the pro game is affecting NFL draft evaluation.
A large majority of major college football uses the spread offense in one form or another. From an offensive standpoint, it's one back, empty sets and the offensive linemen use wide splits — there's a lot of space between linemen before the snap. Spread offenses spread the defenses out too of course. There aren't many people in the box in college. Sometimes it's just five defenders in the box. That's something that you will not find in the NFL game.