- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner53 mins ago
While the rest of the NFL world was still in shock over Laremy Tunsil's draft-day drama, the Miami Dolphins were smiling at their good fortune.
If there was any concern over Tunsil's bong video or the Instagram hack that led to the release of text messages that appear to show Tunsil asking an Ole Miss coach for money, the Dolphins never showed it during a news conference Friday. Tunsil didn't either, because he wouldn't talk about it.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
We get it: you hear "NFL draft prospect" and "Twitter video" and you think the worst. But here's a case of good news captured on video.
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack slid out of the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, a victim of his own knee injury and skittish teams. It marked a stunning fall for a player projected as a top-10 pick or better earlier in the draft process. But the state of Jack's knee, plus his own remark earlier in the week that he could require microfracture surgery down the line, were enough to scare off every team picking in the first round.
Jack took the disappointment in stride, posting video of himself dunking on Twitter. Impressive enough on its own, but a tweet that hit a few minutes later was even more welcome, even if IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WELCOME YESTERDAY:
Dr. James Andrews, who examined Myles Jack in December, told the UCLA LB today that he does not need micro-fracture surgery.
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
It's become tradition for recently-drafted NFL players to embrace Roger Goodell while celebrating their new fortune. Whether or not they know (or care) that the commissioner will soon become their adversary is unclear; what matters is that their NFL dreams have come true so everyone looks like a friend.
Of course, not every player hugs the same way. Some opt for a handshake that turns into a simple chest bump, others go for a rocking hug that looks like the awkward end of a middle-school dance.
Then there was Florida safety Keanu Neal, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. While some might say it looks like he was waltzing with Goodell, I think it looks an awful lot like he's stopped the commissioner and is waiting for officials to deem forward progress has been halted.
Seriously, watch again as Goodell finally starts to worry about being deflated — insert Tom Brady joke! — and taps out after about 15 seconds of hugging.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
So you watched Laremy Tunsil's life unfold in real time on social media, on TV and in the green room (hack, wheeze) on Thursday night, and the NFL won because of it.
It was the most exciting, bonkers and confusing first round in recent memory. Tunsil's social media disaster was a big reason for it.
What did Roger Goodell think of all this, watching the draft unfold from his holy chambers in Draft Heights? Here's an interesting quote, via ESPN, from Goodell on Friday morning:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
John Elway calmed the nerves of Denver Broncos fans wondering who would be quarterbacking the team on Thursday night, trading up in the first round to draft Memphis' Paxton Lynch.
After watching Peyton Manning ride off into the sunset after the team's win in Super Bowl 50 and Brock Osweiler hop on the nearest Brinks truck bound for Houston, the Broncos' roster was bare at the quarterback position, and a trade for Mark Sanchez wasn't doing much to allay fears.
So Denver discussed acquiring Colin Kaepernick from San Francisco, and reportedly had the parameters of a trade in place, but it stalled when Kaepernick refused to take a $5 million pay cut from his 2016 base salary of $11.9 million, which became guaranteed earlier this month.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft featured twists and turns that few expected, including a wild ride for Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil after an unfortunate social-media disaster.
But part of the story is also about the players who were not selected. Here are the scouting reports for all of the Shutdown Corner Top 50 players — including 12 of our top 31 — who remain available for Friday's Rounds 2 and 3.
5. UCLA LB Myles Jack 6-foot-1, 245 pounds
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 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.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
CHICAGO – One player's social media accounts dominated discussion. Jerry Jones couldn't pass up on a potential star running back. And Denver may have found its quarterback not named Sam Bradford. It was a wild first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Here's a look at the 31 picks, with knee-jerk reactions and grades:
1) Los Angeles Rams: QB Jared Goff – This pick has been in pretty much since the Rams moved up dramatically from No. 15 to 1, even if they kept the mystery going for a few weeks. Goff is a rhythm passer who has spent three years in the “Bear Raid” offense, and there will be a transition to more of a pro system with a first-year passing coordinator and a second-year QB coach. Patience, Rams fans. Grade: B
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 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.