When Mixon punched Amanda Molitor in 2014, he broke her jaw and left her with facial fractures. Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to one year in jail, which was deferred, as well as 100 hours of community service and cognitive behavior counseling. He was also suspended by Oklahoma for a full season.
The conversation surrounding cases like Mixon’s is always difficult. You can’t avoid the stark reality of what he did, especially because it was captured on video. But the NFL is a business, and it is possible for teams to talk themselves into taking a chance on Mixon as he falls on draft day.
“I really think without the incident he’s a top-five pick,” one NFC executive told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn. “He’s probably going to go late first to mid-second. This guy’s just too talented.”
McGinn spoke to several executives around the NFL who have evaluated Mixon, and perspectives vary.
Oh, and there’s one brother of an NFL Pro Bowler, too
(Thanks to NFL.com for its list of college football players with former NFL player fathers.)
LB Hardy Nickerson Jr., Illinois: Nickerson Jr. began his career at Cal, where he played for three seasons and accounted for 246 total tackles. After his junior season, he transferred to Illinois to play under his father, Nickerson Sr., whom Lovie Smith hired last spring. He also played for his father during his last two years of high school. Nickerson enjoyed a 16-year career in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Green Bay Packers. He made it on five Pro Bowl rosters.
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Just days before the NFL draft, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley was accused of sexual assault. The alleged assault took place at a hotel in Cleveland, as first reported by Dan DeRoos of Cleveland 19. The Oakland Raiders drafted Conley with the 24th pick in the first round on Thursday night.
According to the police report obtained by Land-Grant Holy Land, police responded to a call at the Westin in downtown Cleveland to investigate an alleged sexual assault in a hotel suite bathroom on Sunday, April 9. Police arrived on the scene after 3 a.m. ET and spoke to two people who identified themselves as associates of Conley. Conley had already left the hotel when law enforcement arrived.
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He’s not going to leave defensive backs in the dust after the catch, but he’s a powerful runner who can crash through arm tackles. He sees the field well with the ball in his hands and can turn safeties around or otherwise maximize his yardage. He’s reliable over the middle, using his 6’5, 250-pound frame to absorb contact and drive through to first downs when his team needs him.
And, he’s already raking in endorsement money. Butt signed a deal with, who else, Charmin toilet paper the week of the draft.
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The first round of the 2017 draft featured lots of trades, several quarterbacks off the board, and some surprise picks here and there. Most of the bigger surprises involved the Browns, and Cleveland actually made smart choices on Day 1 of the draft.
Hes a sure and consistent tackler, including a career-high 16 tackles against rival Michigan last year in Ohio States thrilling double-overtime win.
Hes solid against the run, but hes also reliable in zone coverage. That in and of itself makes him appealing at the NFL level. The incorporation of running backs and tight ends in passing games forces defenses to rely more on linebackers for effective coverage, and thats a selling point for McMillan.
McMillan was a leader at Ohio State, and thats a trend he plans to continue as a pro, too.
Im a captain at Ohio State. Everything we did on defense came through me and I can do the same thing for their program,McMillan said at the combine. Ill never give you a reason to let me go from their team and Ill always be a leader, never a follower.
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Anywhere my coach can get me on the field, Ill willing to do the job,McMillan said. I cant even long-snap, but if you tell me to be the long-snapper Ill learn in two days.
If a coach asks me to guard Julio Jones, Ill do my best.
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Man, that was close. The Pacers had a great chance to steal Game 1 on the Cavaliers home court, but this C.J. Miles jumper rimmed out. Cavaliers win, 109-108.
Elite Womens Nickell Robey Jersey Paul George had 29 points, including a long three-pointer to cut the Cavaliers lead to one before that final shot. So why didnt he take the final shot? The Cavaliers wouldnt let him.
LeBron James had 32 points and 13 assists in a spectacular playoff opener, but this isnt the best omen for Cleveland. They couldnt stop the Pacers consistently, a continuation of their defensive problems from the end of the regular season.
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Third or fourth round seems right for wide receiver, as Michigan’s Amara Darboh and Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford have been linked to San Francisco. A little later on Day 3, unique targets such as North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer and Clemson’s Artavis Scott should come into play.
At running back, the 49ers should look for a Tevin Coleman-type change of pace for Shanahan’s offense. The perfect prospect is San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey in the fifth round. North Carolina’s T.J. Logan sets up as a potential steal in the sixth round.
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Samaje Perine was one of college football’s most consistent, efficient running backs over the last three seasons.
Perine’s Oklahoma Sooners evolved on offense during his time in Norman, shifting away from the run game even as they added talent to their backfield (he’s one of two OU backs we rank in this draft’s top eight runners). Perine’s overall numbers shrunk because of that, but he was still a 1,000-yard rusher every year.
He had lots of great games, and one stood out above the rest.
In the Dwane Casey era, Toronto has surrendered first-round Game 1s to the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers and now the Bucks. The Raptors are 1-2 in those series after dropping the first game, falling to the Nets in seven before getting swept by the Wizards in 2015.
Toronto made it to the conference finals last season despite dropping the opening game to Indiana.
It’s hard to put a finger on why the Raptors continue to lose their opening games. Toronto has held home-court in Game 1 of the first round in each of the last four years, yet they continue to blow that advantage. The staples of that roster — Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Patterson and Jonas Valanciunas — have remained in tact, but the supporting cast has improved over the years.
It’s an inexcusable instance that has plagued an otherwise successful Raptors team in recent seasons — one expected to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.
Lowry scored just four points on two-of-11 shooting in the Raptors’ Game 1 loss on Saturday. Those shooting woes aren’t unique to this season.
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LeBron James isnt just a basketball player, hes a music connoisseur. In the last week, he previewed new music from Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle.
You can add West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar to that list. CSU did come after the quarterback well, and perhaps CSUs lack of havoc in the back came because they were playing conservatively to allow risk-taking up front. Regardless, the Rams didnt get hands on many passes but ranked 65th in Passing S&P+. And while two of the top three corners are gone (if a star recruit like mid-three-star Christian Cumber is able to get up to speed quickly, playing time is available), the safety unit is loaded with experience. Seniors Jake Schlager and Justin Sweet, junior Braylin Scott, and sophomore Jamal Hicks have all gotten reps and shown potential.
Potential is good, and experience is great, but … now that needs to turn into improvement.
Limited Kids Jaye Howard Jersey James took to Instagram Stories to listen to Kendricks new album, titled DAMN. You can see in the video, the four-time league MVP co-signs the projects validity as he dances and bops his head from song to song.
The album hasnt even been released to the public yet, but when youre a three-time NBA champion, the world is your oyster.
Elite Brian Urlacher Jersey James has been relatively vocal when it comes to his musical tastes. He curated the playlist for the NBA 2K14, and revealed his favorite song (at the time) was fittingly Futures hit song March Madness.
Its safe to say K-Dot ranks high on The Kings music hierarchy. And that aint a bad place to be, considering hes the best basketball player in the world.
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Not much has gone right for the Falcons this season. They’ve lost several key players due to injury — including leading receiver Julio Jones — and have struggled even when healthy. The Falcons have allowed 378.8 yards per game, which isn’t drastically worse than the 365.6 YPG they allowed last season. Instead, the difference has been on the scoreboard. Atlanta was No. 5 in the NFL in scoring defense last season at 18.7 points per game. It has dropped to 29th in scoring defense this season at 27.9 PPG.
Atlanta has also fallen off offensively, partly due to key injuries and partly due to the recent struggles of Ryan. Forced to play much of the season without Jones and with a limited Roddy White, Ryan hit a rough patch recently. He’s thrown three touchdown passes in his last three games, compared to seven interceptions. He hasn’t received a lot of help from the running game either, with Atlanta dead last in rushing yards per game.
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Chicago has been hit by the injury bug of late, which has stalled their progress. After winning the first three games of the season, they haven’t strung together multiple wins again. They’ve now lost both games to the division rival Lions, and have also fallen to the Washington Redskins. Chicago can’t lose those kinds of games if they want to be successful this season.
Fortunately, the schedule isn’t so tough from here on out. It’s even arguable that Baltimore could be the toughest team remaining on their schedule, and it’s a home game. Still, Jay Cutler is out, meaning Josh McCown will once again take the reins on the league’s No. 8-ranked passing attack (261.7 yards per game on average).
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This race is anyone’s game. Orlando’s victory over Philadelphia was not good for its tanking chances. The Knicks rested several players against Portland to ensure a road loss.
Who has the tougher schedule? The Magic have five games remaining against teams competing for playoff position. The Kings have two such games, the 76ers have five, and the Knicks have six and have reduced Carmelo Anthony’s minutes.
What’s at stake? Nothing but higher odds at landing a draft pick. Philadelphia has the option to swap first-round picks with the Kings.
From Cam Newton to Luke Kuechly to “Riverboat Ron,” there’s so much to like about the Panthers, except for one person. That and more in Matt Ufford’s Fumblr.
To be fair, Griffin has put himself under the microscope given the endless sponsorships and documentaries, but does that really justify all the stupidity and hand-wringing that’s come out over the past week?
Now we’re pretending that he’s a selfish diva because he said that he was trying to throw the ball out of the back of the end-zone on a game ending interception. Saying that he “didn’t want to take a sack” is throwing his line under the bus? The bell sounds and we’re drooling all over ourselves, eager to spit out a reference to the time when Jimmy Clausen told Jon Gruden, “Yeah, I changed the route but he didn’t see it. I didn’t give him a clear enough signal.” Somehow that was a QB blaming his WR? We’re really comparing Jimmy Clausen to Robert Griffin III?
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For her first WrestleMania, Charlotte paid homage to her father with her ring attire. The royal blue robe decorated with sequins was made with materials from Ric’s last entrance attire. in 2008, Flair wore a similar garb in what would be his retirement match at the Citrus Bowl vs. Shawn Michaels. Charlotte was in the front row sobbing as her dad reflected on his career. In 2016, both Flairs walked down the ramp to celebrate a new career.
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The final, and perhaps most extreme, gut punch that Gonzaga fans will be attempting to absorb for the rest of their lives came with 50 seconds to play. Trailing by one, the Zags got the miss they needed from Berry. A mad scramble for the resulting rebound ensued, and eventually a jump ball was called.
What should have been called was an out-of-bounds violation on Meeks, who attempted to call for a timeout with one hand clearly outside the field of play and an official staring directly at him.
Former GM Dale Tallon took over player personnel responsibilities during Rowe’s time as the Panthers head coach, with assistant GMs Steve Werier and Eric Joyce guiding the process.
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Also in question is Rowe’s status as a general manager, as this passage from the Miami Herald implies a front office position is waiting for him after this year.
With three years remaining and the trust and friendship of ownership, Rowe will be offered a position within the front office.
It’s unclear who will take the general manager title; Tallon is Florida’s president of hockey operations now.
Last season, the Panthers hit their first 100-plus point season en route to the first place position in the Atlantic Division. They lost out to the Islanders 4-2 in the first round.
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Tony Romo has been one of the biggest stories of this offseason, despite the fact that he’s still on the Dallas Cowboys roster and no moves have been made to change that. That didn’t stop reporters from asking plenty of questions about Romo at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
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The only team that can discuss Romo’s status with the media is the Cowboys, but Jason Garrett had the least substantial thing to say about it.
Wyatt: At 6’6, 276 pounds, the Michigan State defensive lineman is an enormous athlete. He is capable of holding up against the run unlike few other players at this level. He is also strong when rushing the passer. You simply cannot expect to block him one-on-one and have success with any consistency. He would be a perfect three-technique in Gus Bradley’s defense, which the Chargers will be installing this season.
Now, some will look at the Chargers roster and convince themselves that they do not need a defensive lineman with the seventh overall pick. But the Chargers cannot afford to look purely at positional need for 2017. The team lacks talent overall and picking in the top 10 gives them an opportunity to add a high-impact player. That’s where you have to look at McDowell. McDowell has arguably the highest ceiling of any player in the draft.
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