Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 6:27 AM EDT Mar 14, 2019 Free agency's plethora of moving parts will significantly impact the NFL draft landscape, which was indelibly altered this week when the Browns sent their first-round pick to the Giants as part of a package that brought superstar Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland. Rest assured, fellow draftnik Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz will provide his next mock draft when the free agency dust (plus associated trades) has completely settled. But, for now, here's an updated version to my post-combine edition, factoring in the Browns' exit from Round 1 and some of the early aftereffects of veteran players who are switching mailing addresses. 1. Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: His pro day performance safely in the fairway, he appears like the choice — based both on his prodigious talent and ability to snugly plug into new Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense. If GM Steve Keim could pry a … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft 2019: Odell Beckham trade, free agency alter outlook
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Jeff Zillgitt USA TODAY Published 7:31 AM EST Feb 8, 2019 DURHAM, N.C. – Pick a viral clip of Duke's Zion Williamson. The 360-degree slam vs. Clemson with his face eye-level with the rim; hitting his head on the backboard trying to block a shot vs. Princeton; the high-flying, two-handed alley-oop vs. Eastern Michigan; the one-handed slam with a Virginia defender hacking his dunking arm preceded by a nifty crossover dribble between defenders. The Legend of Zion grows with each game. What will he do next? Tune in to see. "He's a really unusually great player," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports, running out of superlatives to describe Williamson's game. The No. 2 Blue Devils, who have dropped just two games, including Williamson and a group of talented freshmen have become appointment viewing. And their next game should be a doozy: a rematch with No. 3 Virginia, a team they handed its only loss, last month in Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Saturday, … [Read more...] about Zion Williamson: Why Duke’s high-flying viral star ‘unusually great’
Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 7:51 AM EST Jan 2, 2019 The folly of attempting to orchestrate a 2019 NFL mock draft nearly four months before the actual event takes place is self-evident. One needs look no further than the uncertain status of the draft order itself, the last 13 picks of which won't be fully set until after the playoffs, to highlight the need for any guess at the first round to be written in pencil rather than ink. Add in the incomplete list of early declarations and impending changes stemming from free agency and it becomes clear that this is more of a thought exercise than hard science. Nevertheless, a sketch of how the top picks might shake out can be fun even if not particularly prudent at this point. Just don't point back to this in April (unless any picks are right). 1. Cardinals — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: With the franchise picking in the top spot for the first time since its move to Arizona in 1988, general manager … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft 2019: Where does QB Dwayne Haskins land in first round?
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 2:43 PM EST Dec 25, 2018 Once upon a time, a blue-chip quarterback recruit went to a nationally prominent program expecting to compete right away. When the quarterback arrived, though, he found himself seventh on the depth chart and spent three years trying to work his way up, playing only a handful of snaps on game day. But the quarterback persevered and kept fighting for playing time, finally starting by his redshirt junior season — and even then had to share time with another highly touted prospect. It wasn’t easy, but it was a formative experience for Tom Brady, whose trials and tribulations at Michigan were rewarded in the NFL when he became the greatest to play his position. If that sounds like a fairly tale to today’s wannabe Bradys, well, it is. In 2018, it almost certainly wouldn’t have happened that way — and it’s easy to wonder if Brady would have stuck around at all. As attention … [Read more...] about Quarterback transfers hot topic in College Football Playoff
Editors USA TODAY Published 11:55 AM EST Dec 22, 2018 In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic … [Read more...] about 2018 news year in review: Stories across United States that moved us