NFL Draft 2017: Packers reportedly considering DeShone Kizer

Chalk this one up to rumors that might not necessarily make sense and therefore is probably a smoke screen, but the Green Bay Packers reportedly are considering taking Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer with the first pick of the second round.

Asked if he had any fears as to how far he might drop down the board, Mixon responded: “Honestly, I didn’t know. Everything was up in the air. I was blessed to come out as a Cincinnati Bengal. I can’t thank them enough.

“It was a very exciting process, little anxious in the process, but at the end of the day, it’s all over with, and I can lift that bridge off my shoulders and thank the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I think I bring the piece that they were missing. I feel like I’m going to be very dynamic in that offence. I really feel like me and [ninth overall pick] John Ross are going to bring something to the table that [they] never seen before.

“We’re looking forward to coming out there. Of course, the ultimate goal is the Super Bowl.”

Pressed on how involved he will be with community work in Cincinnati as he continues to try to repair his image, Mixon said: “Very involved. Mostly with the younger kids around the community, whether an AAU team, football team, children’s hospital — I like doing a lot of things like that.

“Most people don’t get that talking to, or that person to be around them for advice, or anything like that. That’s what I’m going to do, just to change somebody’s life. You never know who’s going through it.”

Fred Hoiberg ends press conference when asked if Isaiah Thomas carried the ball

There has been much talk about Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg and his postgame press conference after Game 4. It was then that he indicated the reason it was hard to guard Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was because he always carried the ball. He called it “discontinuing” his dribble. After Game 5, a reporter asked Hoiberg if Thomas carried the ball during the game on Wednesday night. Hoiberg said “No” and walked right out of the press conference. To be fair, it was the last question of his segment, but we love drama anyway.

“Let me say this. Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player. An unbelievable competitor. He’s a warrior. Everything he’s going through right now, he had a hell of a game tonight. But when you’re allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard. He’s impossible to guard. When you’re able to put your hand underneath the ball, and take two or three steps and put it back down, it’s impossible to guard him in those situations.”
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A glowing piece on Cooke’s changed character from Rossi can be found in the archives of the Pittsburgh Tribune. Our own Penguins blog wrote quite the rebuttal back in 2011. It’s a great read on the situation.

Fast-forward to March 2017, where Tom Sestito spent a minute of ice time fighting and being ejected for a late hit on Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom. Our site seemed like one of the few outlets questioning that whole scene, along with the Altoona Mirror’s piece echoing the disappointment. Only radio silence and news hits on Sestito’s disagreements with his four game suspension came from Pittsburgh.

Dave Choate, the editor of The Falcoholic, was not high on Ryan at all.

“Look, Matt Ryan could be a very good quarterback in the NFL,” Choate wrote in 2008. “More than likely he’ll be at least an average starter, which most teams don’t have. I just fail to see where the enormous fuss is coming from, here.”

Instead of Ryan, fans wanted Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey hasn’t exactly been a bust, but he also hasn’t lived up to his draft status after being selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan was the right pick for the Falcons, no matter how disappointed fans were on draft day.

Imagine being a Seahawks fan who wanted quarterback Jimmy Clausen over safety Earl Thomas. There were plenty of fans who were sold on Clausen in the second round of the 2010 draft.

The Bills have a lot of needs to fill, but just six draft picks to work with. That’s not much for a team that needs help at quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back.

Like all moves down, it will depend on the players on the board and it’s difficult to project what prospects would be available at No. 10 overall. But if the Bills get an opportunity to add another second-day selection — which should be rich with receiver and defensive back talent — Buffalo should jump at the opportunity.

Coincidentally, the emails were revealed the same week that Sports Illustrated did a longform about the recovery of Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys. In the article, former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said a collector emailed him claiming to have purchased his game-worn Super Bowl XLII jersey, helmet, pants, and thigh pads from a Giants equipment manager.nike_cardinals_1039

Broncos add DeMarcus Walker, whose sack production couldn’t be ignored

DeMarcus Walker, the sack artist out of Florida State, has been selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round with the 51st pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The former Seminoles defensive end racked up 27 career sacks in four seasons, earning first-team All-American and first-team All-ACC honors in 2016. Walker was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season, after the standout end totaled 16 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

“I think we’ve just gotten used to the fact that they don’t get it right, and I don’t know — it’s hard to have that hope anymore.”

DePodesta knows that he and his colleagues have their work cut out for them.

“[Rebuilding a team] is like redoing a house — you need to rip down all the walls and get it down to the studs,” DePodesta told MMQB. “When you do that, you look at it and go, ‘wow this looks terrible.’ We never want to go through this again and I think that is our attitude.”

The Oakland Raiders were in a similar situation a few years ago, without the luxury of loads of cap space, which the Browns do have. They had a long string of losing seasons, a revolving door at quarterback, and a defense that couldn’t stop many teams. Now they’re coming off their first playoff appearance in 14 years, and it all started with the draft. Since 2012, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has made a habit of trading back to acquire more picks, and made some franchise-changing decisions in the draft.