NFL Draft 2017: Emotional Joe Mixon didn’t know how far he’d fall

Joe Mixon said he had no idea how far his off-field controversy would see him fall in the 2017 NFL Draft after being taken by the Bengals in round two.

In terms of talent, Mixon was regarded by many as the best running back in the class following a stellar on-field career at Oklahoma.

However, Mixon had been considered undraftable by some teams in the league after a video emerged of him striking a woman in a 2014 assault late last year.

But the Bengals put their faith in him with pick No. 48, leaving an emotional Mixon to reflect on an arduous process.

He told a conference call of his reaction to being drafted: “It was very emotional. I’m still sitting here crying. I can’t believe it. Very thankful. Very honoured to be a part of the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Kizer made some waves prior to the draft saying he had Cam Newton’s body and Tom Brady’s brain, but the fact is he’s a very smart and physically gifted player, and it makes sense if a team wanted to draft him and let him sit behind a proven quarterback like Aaron Rodgers.

Now, as Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders commented on Rapoport’s tweet, it might not be the smartest move considering the Packers already have Brett Hundley on their roster.

Both have big arms and big frames, but both struggled with accuracy and footwork in college. They would essentially be drafting two of the same player if they take Kizer.

However, the Packers may be throwing Kizer’s name out there to see if any team wants to trade into the spot and then move back down again in what is one of the deepest second rounds of an NFL Draft at several positions in recent history.

Take what you will of this rumor, but also understand the Packers are a savvy organization. They could very easily just be stirring the pot to see if anyone wants their pick.

This man is flushing his friend’s ashes down the toilet of every major league ballpark, and it’s beautiful

The New York Times has the oddest, most touching story of the 2017 baseball season so far: a man who is visiting ballparks around the country to flush his friend’s ashes.

He stepped into a bathroom stall and sprinkled the ashes into the toilet with as much decorum as the setting allowed. A couple of flushes later and Mr. Riegel’s remains were presumably on a journey through Citi Field’s plumbing.

“I took care of Roy, and I had to use the facilities myself,” Mr. McDonald said, emerging from the stall with the empty container. “So I figure, you know, kill two birds.”
The rules? It has to be in the middle of the game. It can’t be in the ballpark of a hated team, like the Cubs. And only recently did McDonald decide that Citi Field was worthy of the ashes, but only because Shea Stadium is long gone. You can’t just flush the ashes in any ol’ place with a toilet. The grounds have to be ash-worthy.

It’s a touching story that’s worth a read. May we all have a friend that’s willing to flush us down a ballpark commode to honor our memory.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and radio host Joe Starkey spent nearly 700 words on Tuesday morning outlining Ovechkin’s past transgressions against the Penguins, casting doubt at every turn that these incidents from almost 10 years ago were no mere accident.

One got the sense from a couple of Penguins after the game that they believed Ovechkin, while not necessarily acting with intent, was pretty careless regarding how he fired the puck in Hainsey’s direction.

While DKPS got ripped for suggesting malice on Ovechkin’s part, writer Josh Yohe clarified that he was reporting on the feeling in the room. Good on him.

That didn’t stop a Pittsburgh-based ESPN radio host, however, from insinuating the very same thing.


There was a lot of talk about the 49ers being a natural destination for Kirk Cousins

It would be smart for New York to trade down to restock a depleted roster, but one of its biggest needs remains quarterback. Trubisky may well be the man to stand atop a depth chart that currently features Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but a little gamesmanship could only help the franchise. The Jets could get a better player than Trubisky at No. 6, but not a better passer. The bargain they’ll have to weigh is whether or not a potential haul for that pick would be worth passing up a shot to select the 2017 draft’s first quarterback.

It’s hard to get a quarterback. If it were easy, nobody would settle for Hoyer and Barkley as their one and two. Trubisky, despite the fact that he only made 13 starts in college (13!!), looks like he has the raw skills that best translate into what teams want from an NFL starter — accurate with a quick release, at home in the pocket or outside of it, makes good decisions, etc.

(For my money, Deshaun Watson is still the better quarterback, at least in terms of overall raw skills.)

There was a lot of talk about the 49ers being a natural destination for Kirk Cousins, since Kyle Shanahan helped coach him into a starter. But Washington’s internal dysfunction subsided enough that Cousins signed the franchise tag and put the two sides on the road to reconciliation, for now.

In the best-case scenario, the 49ers would have to wait a year for Cousins to hit free agency, and if he did, they’d have to pay him oodles of money that he might not be worth, especially for a team with so many needs.nike_cardinals_1237

It’s been 11 years since there was drama over the No. 1 NFL draft pick

In the weeks leading up to the draft, Myles Garrett seemed like the clear choice for the Browns with the No. 1 pick despite the team’s need at quarterback. In the final days before the draft, though, rumors started circulating that Cleveland may go with Mitchell Trubisky instead. For the first time since 2006, we have no idea who the first overall pick will actually be.

Last year, there was no intrigue with the top pick. The Rams traded up to take Jared Goff first overall, and we knew well before Goff’s name was called on draft night. It was the same in 2015, when the Buccaneers landed Jameis Winston.

After a 1-15 finish in 2016, it’s easy to look at the Browns and say there’s nowhere for the team to go but up. However, it’s hard for fans to give Cleveland the benefit of the doubt.

“I think every year there’s less and less confidence that they’re going to do something that will actually turn the franchise around,” Ryan Born, a Browns fan from Springfield, Ohio, said. “You look at how many first-round draft picks they’ve had since 1999, you look at how many No. 1 overall picks they’ve had. How many quarterbacks can you possibly draft in the first round that never pan out?

The Falcons have blown out the Panthers the past few times, but watching Julio Jones make plays against Carolina’s secondary never gets old. Even in the games where he’s not racking up 300 yards receiving, Jones always seems to make a jaw-dropping catch.

Over the last 10 drafts, 43 quarterbacks have been picked in the first two rounds. Of those 43, two were among the NFL’s top 10 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA rating this past season: Matt Ryan and Derek Carr. The other eight were either top picks selected before 2007 (Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers) or players picked further down (Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott).

Fifteen quarterbacks were drafted in 2016. One played really well, and one played at a level slightly worse than the average QB. The others either struggled or never saw the field.