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People Were Really Starved for a Sporting Event

NFL Draft, held virtually, shattered viewing records

(Newser) - Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a... More »

Joe Burrow Was First Pick in Unusual NFL Draft

Virtual event had relatively few glitches

(Newser) - The Cincinnati Bengals selected Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow of LSU with the first pick in an unprecedented virtual NFL draft . The biggest drama on this night wasn’t who was going to be the No. 1 pick—Burrow sewed that up a long time ago—or how the top... More »

Thursday's NFL Draft Will Be a Strange One

League teams up with ESPN to hold 'unprecedented' virtual draft

(Newser) - Commissioner Roger Goodell won't have to leave his "man cave" to preside over this year's NFL draft, because it's going to be a "virtual extravaganza," per the New York Post —meaning the entire thing will be produced remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.... More »

This Year's No. 1 NFL Pick Makes History

Kyler Murray was a first-round MLB pick last year

(Newser) - Baseball's loss is the Arizona Cardinals' gain: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, making him the first athlete ever to be selected in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts, USA Today reports. Murray was the No.... More »

NFL Gets 1st One-Handed Player

Shaquem Griffin had left hand amputated as a child, gets drafted by Seahawks

(Newser) - The Seattle Seahawks used their fifth-round draft pick on Saturday to draft one Shaquem Griffin—and make a little history: The University of Central Florida linebacker has no left hand, reports People , having had it amputated as a child due to chronic pain. "I couldn’t breathe," Griffin... More »

NFL Prospect Says Team Asked Inappropriate Questions

League says it is investigating what Derrius Guice was asked

(Newser) - LSU running back Derrius Guice says he faced some extremely inappropriate questions from teams during the NFL Scouting Combine this week. "It was pretty crazy," told SiriusXM, per USA Today . "I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to... More »

Uneventful NFL Draft, Except for the Guy Who Got Booed

'Cmon, Philly,' Roger Goodell said before Myles Garrett got picked first by Browns

(Newser) - No surprises at the top of the NFL draft: Roger Goodell got booed by the crowd in Philadelphia, then Myles Garrett was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns. "C'mon, Philly, c'mon," Goodell said Thursday night amid the boos, not even wincing at the reception. Moments... More »

Bong Photo May Have Cost NFL Draft Pick Millions

He claims his Twitter account was hacked

(Newser) - Despite being drafted 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins with a contract worth an expected $12.4 million, Thursday was a bad day for Laremy Tunsil. CBS News reports the University of Mississippi offensive lineman was expected to go much higher—to the Baltimore Ravens with the sixth pick—which... More »

Player's Skin-Baring Outfit Turns Heads at NFL Draft

'The boldest fashion statement of the night'

(Newser) - The NFL Draft is being held tonight in Chicago. And while Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott almost certainly won't be picked first, he was the only thing the Internet was talking about as players hit the red carpet. "The boldest fashion statement of the night," Sports ... More »

Star QB's Secret Draft Strategy: Text the Coach

And it worked for Johnny Manziel, now with Cleveland

(Newser) - Johnny Manziel, who in 2012 became the first freshman to earn the Heisman Trophy , didn't want to wait around during the NFL draft. So he texted the Cleveland Browns' quarterbacks coach, Dowell Loggains, asking him to "hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I... More »

Manti Te'o Picked by Chargers

Notre Dame linebacker was victim of girlfriend hoax

(Newser) - A second-round pick in the NFL draft might be getting more attention than any player who went in the first round. That's because it's Manti Te'o, the former Notre Dame linebacker caught up in the bizarre girlfriend-who-didn't exist hoax from earlier this year. The San Diego... More »

Top 5 Picks in NFL Draft

All five are linemen in draft considered weak on QBs

(Newser) - The NFL draft is under way and off to an unusual start. For the first time since the 1970 pro football merger, offensive tackles were taken with the first two picks. ( Bleacher Report has live coverage). Here are the top five overall:
  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, Central Michigan,
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Thanks to Parents, Football Is Toast

John Kass doesn't think the NFL can survive the concussion issue

(Newser) - The NFL draft is a time to think about the future of football, and John Kass has come to a conclusion: "It's as dead as the Marlboro Man," he writes in the Chicago Tribune . You know the reason: concussions. But contrary to what you might expect, the... More »

Colts Make Andrew Luck No. 1 Pick

Stanford quarterback will head to Peyton Manning's old team

(Newser) - The Indianapolis Colts stuck to the plan tonight in the NFL draft and made Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck this year's No. 1 pick, reports the Indianapolis Star . ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that he will get a four-year deal for $22 million. That's relatively modest by NFL standards,... More »

Peyton Who? Colts to Pick Andrew Luck

Stanford quarterback will replace Manning: Indianapolis Star, ESPN

(Newser) - Drinking game for next week's NFL draft: Tip one every time the phrase "big shoes to fill" is used in reference to the No. 1 pick: The Indianapolis Colts have decided to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, report ESPN and the Indianapolis Star . Luck, of course, will replace... More »

Carolina Makes QB Cam Newton No. 1 Pick

No surprise: Panthers draft Auburn star

(Newser) - The No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft is—no drum roll necessary—Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. As expected, the Carolina Panthers picked him first, reports ESPN . Newton won this year's Heisman and led Auburn to the national title. The draft's first round runs tonight, followed... More »

NFL Draft Pick May Lose Foot After Car Wreck

Giants rookie Chad Jones in surgery in New Orleans

(Newser) - Chad Jones, a New York Giants draft pick who was a two-sport star at LSU, is in guarded condition and in danger of losing his left foot after a car accident early this morning in New Orleans, the Shreveport Times reports. Jones, a safety who entered the draft after his... More »

You Can Already Buy a Tim Tebow Broncos Jersey

Hype swells over surprise pick in the draft

(Newser) - It's been less than 24 hours since the Broncos selected Tim Tebow, and we're not even positive what his number will be yet, but you can already buy his jersey for $80 at NFLShop.com —and we're willing to bet a lot of Denver fans are going to do... More »

This Year's No. 1 Pick: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford

He's going to the hapless St. Louis Rams

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams picked Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 selection in the NFL draft tonight. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner convinced the Rams he's recovered from shoulder surgery last October. He better have: St. Louis was 1-15 a year ago and has a sorry 6-42 record... More »

Rolle Looks to Cash In on Rhodes Scholar Jaunt

But everyone's wondering if year off will hurt his NFL career

(Newser) - Myron Rolle thinks he can make up the roughly $8 million he passed up by putting off the NFL for a year to be a Rhodes scholar with endorsement deals from companies enticed by his mix of brains and brawn. Rolle’s agents are working the phones, and have already... More »

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