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Having the first two picks didn't help Colts in 1992 - Tue, 25 Apr 2017
From the outside, it looked like the Colts had historically good luck in landing the first and second picks in the 1992 draft.

Aaron Hernandez friends, family turn out for private funeral - Mon, 24 Apr 2017
Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried. Dozens of mourners turned out for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, including his mother and fiancee, several of his defense attorneys, and friends from his playing days with the University of Florida and the New England Patriots. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts on April 19.

2017 NFL mock draft 7.0: First round takes shape - Mon, 24 Apr 2017
1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: A lot of conjecture in recent weeks, from the Browns' rumored consideration of a quarterback at No. 1 to questions about Garrett's work ethic. We're not buying it. No reason for the league's worst team to pass on this year's best available player, and one who can energize a Cleveland pass rush that's been nearly as bad as the franchise's play under center since it rejoined the NFL in 1999. Garrett upgrades the roster's talent, fills a need and even brings a refreshing personality to a team that needs positive buzz. Slam. Dunk. Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports

Former Bengals RB Rex Burkhead explains why he picked Patriots - Mon, 24 Apr 2017
The New England Patriots have been adding running backs to their roster like there’s a buy-one, get-two sale going on. Which makes former Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead’s decision to join all the more confusing. “It’s the tradition here,” Burkhead said Tuesday per Henry McKenna of Patriots Wire. “Coach [Bill] Belichick’s instilled the attitude. You can tell on film just watching the guys, they play hard and football is kind of their passion. And that’s what I wanted to be a part of. When I came on my visit, I got a glimpse of that just meeting with the coaches. And I could definitely see myself fitting in here.” Just from his wording, it seems that Burkhead liked the mentality New

Jake Long announces his retirement - Mon, 24 Apr 2017
Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long realized that coming back from a torn Achilles as he approaches his 32nd birthday was going to be a struggle. So Monday, he decided to call it a career. Long tweeted out his thanks to friends and family, but said he wouldn’t be trying to play again. “As I continue with my recent rehab,” he wrote, “I realize that although my heart and mind still want to play, my body is telling me something completely different.” Long signed with the Vikings last year when injuries hit, but was lost for the season in November. The top pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dolphins, Long also played for the Rams and Falcons. He was a perennial Pro Bowler during his days with the

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Speedy John Ross falls to Saints; Chiefs, Raiders take LBs - Mon, 24 Apr 2017
Despite what some have suggested, inside linebackers are not being phased out of the NFL any more than running backs. Expect that fact to be proven in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. As former linebackers, themselves, Oakland Raiders' head coach Jack Del Rio and Kansas City Chiefs' general manager John Dorsey recognize the value of the position better than most. The AFC West competitors may see SEC standouts Jarrad Davis (Florida) and Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt) as more likely to provide an immediate impact that rookies at other positions -- a significant factor given that both clubs fancy themselves as potential Super Bowl candidates. With one final update coming, here

Report: Packers’ coaches “incensed” Ted Thompson let T.J. Lang walk - Sun, 23 Apr 2017
When the Packers decided not to out-bid the Lions for veteran guard T.J. Lang last month, it was business as usual: The Packers don’t overspend in free agency, and when a soon-to-be 30-year-old guard with a hip injury hits free agency, that’s the type of player you’d expect to leave in Green Bay. Nonetheless, it apparently didn’t sit well with Green Bay’s coaching staff. According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers’ coaches were incensed that G.M. Ted Thompson let Lang get away in free agency. McGinn suggests that longtime Packers offensive line coach James Campen was working hard to keep Lang and was particularly upset when the Packers didn’t keep him. If that’s true,

Three draft-watching tips for Bears fans - Tue, 25 Apr 2017
The process leading up to the NFL Draft is way too long. Fans have had nearly every argument in the book on Twitter. Inspired by an article written by our cover32 Raiders page, I decided to look at a few ways that Bears fans can enjoy the draft.

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