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Bengals first-round pick says he’ll be 100 percent by training camp

For the third time in four seasons the Cincinnati Bengals used their first-round pick in the NFL Draft on a player recovering from a surgery, but Billy Price and his new coaching staff expect the former Ohio State center to be 100 percent healthy by training camp, if not sooner. “He obviously had to jump through the medical hoops, which he did, and obviously with flying colors, which is sometimes...

HS Scores 4/26: Tecumseh tennis stays undefeated, Lebanon tops ‘Burg

PREP RESULTS Baseball Wednesday’s Results Ansonia 8, Bethel 7 Arcanum 6, Twin Valley South 2 Beavercreek 5, Fairborn 0 Ben Logan 9, Indian Lake 8 Brookville 6, Valley View 2 Butler 12, Sidney 2 Carroll 6, Badin 2 Centerville 8, Wayne 0 Dayton Christian 9, Middletown Christian 3 Eaton 7, Carlisle 0 Fenwick 10, Roger Bacon 2 Fort Loramie 6, Anna 5 Graham 1, Northwestern 0 Jonathan Alder 10, Spg...

HS Roundup 4/26: Badin’s Rawlings pitches no-hitter

Nicole Rawlings struck out 10 batters and allowed zero hits as Badin routed Alter, 13-1. Rawlings paved the way off the mound too, collecting four hits, one RBI, one triple and one double. The win is Rawlings’ ninth of the season. Maddie Curtner knocked one of the park, adding on three RBIs and two hits in the winning effort. Brooke Giuliano rounded out the Badin effort with three hits, two...
NFL Draft: Bengals take Price with the 21st pick

NFL Draft: Bengals take Price with the 21st pick

The Cincinnati Bengals continued the rebuild of their offensive line by selecting Ohio State center Billy Price with the 21st pick in the NFL Draft tonight. Price suffered a pectoral injury at the NFL Combine, creating doubt about how far his draft stock would plummet, but all indications are he will be ready for training camp, if not sooner. ›› Jay Morrison’s 7-round mock draft...
Ohio State DB streak continues as Browns end Buckeyes draft drought

Ohio State DB streak continues as Browns end Buckeyes draft drought

Ohio State’s recent defensive back draftapalooza continued Thursday night when Denzel Ward was selected No. 4 overall by the Cleveland Browns.   The pick made Ohio State the first school in the common era (since 1967) to have five defensive backs taken in the first round in three years. That run started with Eli Apple in 2016 and continued with Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon...
NFL Draft: Browns take Mayfield, Buckeyes Ward in first round

NFL Draft: Browns take Mayfield, Buckeyes Ward in first round

The Cleveland Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick after taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall. The New York Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley second, and the New York Jets picked USC quarterback Sam Darnold third. This is the second time in three years an Ohio State player has gone in the top four picks after San Diego...
Bullpen fails Reds as they fall to 5-20

Bullpen fails Reds as they fall to 5-20

The Cincinnati Reds needed only 25 games to reach 20 losses, another sad stat in a young season full of them. A 7-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Great American Ball Park left them with a 5-20 mark, their worst record ever in the first 25 games, and of the 17 worst records in baseball history in the same span. On the bright side, the offense appears to have turned a corner from awful to...
Cincinnati Reds: Versatile Herrera surprised by promotion

Cincinnati Reds: Versatile Herrera surprised by promotion

Rosell Herrera was playing a video game, MLB The Show, on a Playstation 4 on Wednesday when he got the news that he was being promoted to the Cincinnati Reds from Triple-A Louisville. He called his dad first and then talked to his mom, brother and his whole family in the Dominican Republic. “I feel really happy right now,” Herrera said. “I wasn’t expecting this. I’m thankful...
Area players, coaches gear up for North vs. South football games

Area players, coaches gear up for North vs. South football games

Twelve area players and four coaches will participate in the 73rd annual Ohio North vs. South All-Star Classic Football Games at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon on Saturday. This is the second year the games, billed as the longest running of its kind in the nation, will be anchored at the historic Stark County locale. Previously, they were held at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium and Columbus...
Cincinnati Reds: 5 things to know about Rosell Herrera

Cincinnati Reds: 5 things to know about Rosell Herrera

The newest Cincinnati Red is Rosell Herrera.  Here are five things to know about him after his call-up Thursday to replace veteran Cliff Pennington on the team’s bench.  The Rockies signed Herrera in 2009 when he was 16, and he was named Colorado’s No. 12 prospect by Baseball America a year later.  The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is a switch hitter who throws right-handed. ...
Boston city officials vote to change Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street

Boston city officials vote to change Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street

The City of Boston has voted to change the name of Yawkey Way. After multiple delays, the commission voted unanimously Thursday to change the name of Yawkey Way back to its original Jersey Street. The Red Sox organization initially petitioned the city to change the name of the street outside the ballpark from Yawkey Way back to the previous name of Jersey Street weeks ago.  The late Tom...
Reds third baseman Suarez returns from disabled list

Reds third baseman Suarez returns from disabled list

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez returned from the disabled list and to the lineup Thursday afternoon for the finale of a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park. Suarez suffered a broken right thumb when he was hit by a pitch April 8 in Pittsburgh. He missed 16 games. “I feel so excited to be back this quick,” Suarez said. “I feel great...
Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Hey there, how’s your NFL draft day going so far?  Good, I hope.  Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was dominating the morning news cycle as I sat down to write this, and there were two pretty good reasons:  First, he totally nailed recreating a classic Brett Favre draft day photo.  Second, he apparently could be the No. 1 pick in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. ...
Dunbar basketball fiasco: Dayton superintendent says, ‘We owe an apology’

Dunbar basketball fiasco: Dayton superintendent says, ‘We owe an apology’

Dayton Public Schools was wrong about the central fact in its recent court fight with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the district admitted Thursday, meaning Dunbar’s boys basketball team was improperly reinstated to the postseason tournament in March, eliminating two other teams. As a result, Dayton announced in a joint statement with the OHSAA that Dunbar’s boys basketball...
Texas town to host 0.5K run, welcomes 'underachievers'

Texas town to host 0.5K run, welcomes 'underachievers'

Not all of us will run a marathon in our lifetime. Or a half-marathon, even. Or a 10K. Nope, not a 5K.  But now there’s a running event for those who never thought they could say, “I can’t. I have my race that day.” San Antonio neighbor Boerne has announced it will host a .5K, or a .31-mile race, May 5. The Facebook page for the event reads, “Underachievers...
King James: LeBron’s 3-pointer at the buzzer saves Cavs

King James: LeBron’s 3-pointer at the buzzer saves Cavs

The game, the series, the season and perhaps Cleveland’s future were in jeopardy. LeBron James saved everything. James dropped a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another one of his brilliant performances, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs...
Prized prospect makes MLB debut, Braves edge Reds

Prized prospect makes MLB debut, Braves edge Reds

Prized prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. looked like a polished veteran. The 20-year-old Acuna singled and scored the tying run in the eighth inning of his big league debut, and the Atlanta Braves went on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Wednesday night. Acuna became the youngest player in the majors when he was called up from Triple-A before the game. He went 1 for 5 and played left field. »RELATED...

HS Roundup 4/25: Carroll beats state-ranked Badin

Carroll knocked off state-ranked Badin 6-2 in prep baseball action on Wednesday. Zach Westergerdes and Jake Maurer had two hits and two RBI apiece to lead Carroll on offense. On the mound Trent Randall picked up the victory and Martin O’Grady nailed down the save. Baseball Lebanon 1, Northmont 0: Noah Frankenberg and Trevor Richmond combined on a three hit shutout and Kody O’Connor plated...

HS Scores 4/25: Southeastern edges WLS, Lebanon shuts out Northmont

Baseball Tuesday’s Results Benjamin Logan 9, Indian Lake 8 Coldwater 7, New Bremen 4 St. Henry 11, Delphos St. John 3 Versailles 12, New Knoxville 2 Wednesday’s Results Ben Logan 9, Indian Lake 8 Brookville 6, Valley View 2 Carroll 6, Badin 2 Fort Loramie 6, Anna 5 Kenton Ridge 6, Springboro 3 Lebanon 1, Northmont 0 Northeastern 10, Mechanicsburg 0 Southeastern 1, West Liberty-Salem 0...
Cincinnati Reds: Riggleman wants ‘more’ out of bullpen

Cincinnati Reds: Riggleman wants ‘more’ out of bullpen

Jared Hughes definitely planned to pitch to contact when he entered the Reds game against Atlanta on Tuesday in the 10th inning with a runner on first base and one out. It just didn’t go as he hoped. Hughes plunked Kurt Suzuki with a pitch to push the go-ahead run into scoring position before escaping with a groundout and a called third strike. He pitched through allowing a hit in each of the...
Area football players, coaches on combined South Divisions IV-VII team

Area football players, coaches on combined South Divisions IV-VII team

The 73rd annual Ohio North vs. South All-Star Classic Football Games will be held on Saturday at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. The combined Divisions IV-VII game kicks off the day at noon, followed by the combined Divisions I-III game at 4 p.m. The games are sponsored by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Miamisburg High School coach Steve Channell once again will serve as...
Northeastern looking to make a move in OHC North Division softball

Northeastern looking to make a move in OHC North Division softball

When it comes to teams to beat, West Liberty-Salem and Mechanicsburg are high on Northeastern’s list in high school girls softball. The Jets are two games behind both in the loss column in the Ohio Heritage Conference North Division standings. But there’s another team Jets coach Wendy Olinger has been following closely, too. Her brother, Brad Olinger, coaches the Shawnee baseball team...
Ohio State NFL draft preview: 5 things to know 

Ohio State NFL draft preview: 5 things to know 

The 83rd NFL draft is set for Thursday-Saturday in Texas, and Ohio State is expected to be heavily involved again.  Here are five things for Buckeye fans to know before it begins:  Eleven Ohio State players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and more got to work out for NFL scouts during the team’s pro day. Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman predicts Jerome Baker, J.T. Barrett...
Dayton adds fourth member to 2018 recruiting class

Dayton adds fourth member to 2018 recruiting class

The Dayton Flyers landed their fourth recruit in the 2018 class on Wednesday, announcing Michigan transfer Ibi Watson, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, will join the program. Watson, a graduate of Pickerington Central who attended Athens High School for his first two years, appeared in 45 games over the last two seasons with Michigan, receiving limited minutes each season. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.8...
NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball got more right than wrong in its report issued Wednesday.  While making some worthwhile suggestions for fixing some issues faced at the college level, the group chaired by Condoleezza Rice also exposed just how culpable the NBA is in placing elite basketball prospects in limbo when they are in their late teens and early 20s. ...
Coaches think Policelli can ‘provide a spark for Dayton’

Coaches think Policelli can ‘provide a spark for Dayton’

An ice storm prevented Frankie Policelli’s parents, Frank and Angie, from joining him on his official visit to the University of Dayton earlier this month. The Policellis live in New Hartford, N.Y., 50 miles east of Syracuse, but Frankie has attended Long Island Lutheran High School, 262 miles away, throughout his senior year. He had no trouble flying out of LaGuardia Airport in New York City...
Successful Wayne offensive coordinator leaves for Greenon

Successful Wayne offensive coordinator leaves for Greenon

Brian Blevins faced many high-end challenges as the offensive coordinator during Wayne’s celebrated success as a Division I state football power. And he’ll have another in helping jump-start Greenon. Blevins has left Wayne after eight seasons as an assistant coach and will look to make similar offensive fireworks with the Knights as their offensive coordinator. He switched programs mainly...
Eight records fall at Clark Country track and field championships

Eight records fall at Clark Country track and field championships

Cool temperatures and a constant, misty rain lingered over competitors at the Clark County track and field championships on Tuesday night. But it didn’t stop Clark County’s best from shining. Eight Clark County records were broken: six on the boys side and two on the girls. Springfield senior sprinter and long jumper Quincy Scott led the way by establishing new standards in four events...
5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

One year after drafting one of the least productive first-round picks in franchise history, the Cincinnati Bengals will be back on the clock Thursday night when the NFL Draft gets underway in Dallas. Last year’s first-found pick, wide receiver John Ross, was injured most of the year and ended up playing 17 snaps with no catches, one rush and one lost fumble as the Bengals posted a second-consecutive...
Extensive study helps power Wright State baseball’s hitting prowess

Extensive study helps power Wright State baseball’s hitting prowess

The Wright State baseball team has been on a hitting rampage this season, scoring at a pace that’s among the highest in school history. And while much of that prowess comes down to sheer talent, the Raiders also have gained a mental edge through coach Jeff Mercer’s scouting program. The players do extensive study of opposing pitchers in the offseason to help with their pitch recognition...
Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber loves hitting in Ohio

Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber loves hitting in Ohio

Kyle Schwarber clubbed two home runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 10-3 in Cleveland on Tuesday night.  The Middletown native raised his season batting average to .302, the highest it has been since the first of the month.  After slumping in the first week fo the season, he seems to have found his stroke, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise he would do major damage in Cleveland...
See photos from Dalton Foundation’s Date Night

See photos from Dalton Foundation’s Date Night

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, Jordan, played host to their annual “Date Night” on Tuesday, where they entertained seriously ill and special-needs children to a night of fun while treating their parents to a private dinner. “Date Night” is one of five signature programs of the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, which is dedicated to providing opportunities...
Sports Today: Same old Marvin Lewis quells Bengals draft excitement

Sports Today: Same old Marvin Lewis quells Bengals draft excitement

Marvin Lewis spoke Tuesday in Cincinnati about the NFL draft.  That’s it.  That’s the update.  Well, maybe that’s not all.  While the final draft decision is his, the coach explained how the new assistants on his staff have their say and that could affect how they put together their board.  He also assured everyone in the room that he did not negotiate for...
Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball recommends ending the one-and-done rule and making high school players eligible for the NBA Draft again. That was one of the findings in its report released Wednesday morning. Under the current rule, top high school recruits have to spend at least one season in college basketball before being for the NBA Draft. The commission, chaired by...
Gennett’s walk-off homer lifts Reds to second straight win over Braves

Gennett’s walk-off homer lifts Reds to second straight win over Braves

Second baseman Scooter Gennett picked the perfect time to locate his power stroke. Gennett’s second home run of the game – and the season – helped the Reds overcome a bullpen meltdown and pull out a 9-7, 12-inning win over the Atlanta Braves before a crowd of 14,139 pizza-appreciating fans at Great American Ball Park. The recently reliable Reds bullpen faltered mightily in Tuesday&rsquo...

HS Scores 4/24: ‘Burg lacrosse routs Miami Valley, Alter blanks McNick

PREP RESULTS Baseball Monday’s Results Coldwater 9, Elida 2 Dayton Christian 7, Legacy Christian 2 Fort Loramie 13, Botkins 4 Tuesday’s Results Benjamin Logan 9, Indian Lake 8 Coldwater 7, New Bremen 4 St. Henry 11, Delphos St. John 3 Versailles 12, New Knoxville 2 Softball Monday’s Results Fort Loramie 12, Botkins 0 Tuesday’s Results Benjamin Logan 10, Indian Lake 5 Coldwater...

HS Roundup 4/24: Ben Logan softball bests Indian Lake

Benjamin Logan softball ousted Indian Lake, 10-5, in CBC play. Grace Deardruff picked up the win on the mound, also tallying two runs and two hits. Jaz McKeen paved the way for the offense, collecting four hits, two RBIs, one double and one run. Kinzie Jones tacked on three hits and two runs, running for a triple in the win. Kiersten Maxwell rounded out the scoring for Ben Logan with two hits, two...
Cincinnati Reds: Peraza more comfortable, confident at shortstop

Cincinnati Reds: Peraza more comfortable, confident at shortstop

One of the Reds’ many problems while losing 18 of their first 22 games was defense, especially around second base. Jose Peraza, back at shortstop as the heir to 2017 All-Star Zack Cozart after losing his second base position to Scooter Gennett last season, had committed just one error in his first 21 games, but he seemed uncomfortable. Grounders that fans were used to see being caught instead...
No surprise: Bengals coach Lewis reveals very little in pre-draft press conference

No surprise: Bengals coach Lewis reveals very little in pre-draft press conference

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis held his annual pre-draft press conference Tuesday, and for the 16th consecutive year he followed the NFL protocol of saying nothing about what might happen this weekend, particularly Thursday night when the team is scheduled to pick 21st in the first round. “I don’t see what advantage you would ever have of saying anything as a club prior to...
Son of Dusty Rhodes carves out his own American dream in pro wrestling

Son of Dusty Rhodes carves out his own American dream in pro wrestling

Born the son of one of pro wrestling’s most beloved figures, Cody Rhodes had been part of that colorful community of performers and fans for most of his 32 years. Also for about 32, he has run into spoilsports and naysayers who can’t wait to opine that wrestling is fake. Fortunately, he’s had decades to come up with a pithy comeback. "I usually say, ‘Well, Christian...
Newest Dayton basketball recruit is a triplet

Newest Dayton basketball recruit is a triplet

The newest Dayton Flyers recruit, Frankie Policelli, turned 18 last week, his dad Frank said, and like every other birthday in his life, Frankie shared it with two other members of his family: his brother Niko and sister Amber. The Policellis are triplets. “It’s been quite an exciting, fast 18 years, I tell you that much,” said Frank Policelli, an attorney in Utica, N.Y. Frankie...
Reds’ Garrett has been untouchable in bullpen

Reds’ Garrett has been untouchable in bullpen

A 4-18 start by the Cincinnati Reds has overshadowed the job Amir Garrett has done as a relief pitcher. A season after he posted a 7.39 ERA in 14 starts and two relief appearances, Garrett has delivered one of the best bullpen performances in baseball. He has made eight appearances without allowing a run. His ERA is 0.00 in 9 2/3 innings. He hasn’t walked a batter in his last seven games. He...
Reds hope one victory and offensive outburst gets them going

Reds hope one victory and offensive outburst gets them going

The Cincinnati Reds returned home on Monday without the man who has managed them since they made their last postseason appearance in 2013. There was no sign of Bryan Price in his old office at Great American Ball Park. It had been cleaned out, with only a few old Reds photos decorating the space now occupied by interim manager Jim Riggleman. Price didn’t leave a winning legacy — most experts...
Former Flyer Xeyrius Williams ‘100 percent, all in’ on Akron Zips

Former Flyer Xeyrius Williams ‘100 percent, all in’ on Akron Zips

Xeyrius Williams believes he has found the perfect spot to finish his college basketball career. The former Dayton Flyers forward and Wayne High School graduate verbally committed to the University of Akron on Monday, picking the Zips over Kent State after visiting both schools in recent weeks. “Akron really, really just won me over,” Williams said. &ldquo...
Sports Today: Reds get some managerial magic for at least one night

Sports Today: Reds get some managerial magic for at least one night

Chalk one up for Jim Riggleman.  The interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds moved Scott Schebler up to the leadoff spot, and the offense promptly exploded for 10 runs in a victory over the Braves.  Schebler was a big part of it, going 2 fo 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.  He hit the first Reds home run in a week and made Riggleman look pretty smart.  Not that I get the...

HS Roundup 4/23: WLS boys and girls win County Meet

The West Liberty-Salem boys and girls track teams both took home the trophy for the Champaign County Meet on Monday. Hayden Kennedy, Noah Smith, Gavin Harrison and Ian Wolfe all contributed with first place finishes for the boys. Selena Weaver, Katelyn Stapleton and Lydia Moell won multiple events for the girls. Baseball Coldwater 9, Elida 2: Austin Riethman put Coldwater on the board with a solo...
Which Big Ten players are breaking big after first night of NFL draft?

Which Big Ten players are breaking big after first night of NFL draft?

It didn’t take long for the Big Ten to make an impact at the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley went off the board at No. 2 overall, to the New York Giants. Then came former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4 to Cleveland — making the Big Ten the first conference with two alums off the board in Arlington, Texas...
2018 NFL Draft: Big names, big bodies make for big night for Big Ten

2018 NFL Draft: Big names, big bodies make for big night for Big Ten

It didn’t take long for the Big Ten to make an impact at the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley went off the board at No. 2 overall, to the New York Giants. Then came former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4 to Cleveland — making the Big Ten the first conference with two alums off the board in Arlington, Texas...
NFL teams snub Iowa’s Josh Jackson, James Daniels but second round awaits

NFL teams snub Iowa’s Josh Jackson, James Daniels but second round awaits

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Every NFL draft is full of surprise and disappointment. Unfortunately for Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson and center James Daniels, each player endured both emotions on Thursday night. Both Hawkeyes, who left school after their junior seasons, were projected as first-round picks but neither were selected among the first 32 selections. They’ll likely...
Report: Arizona still in the hunt for a McDonald’s All-American

Report: Arizona still in the hunt for a McDonald’s All-American

Jordan Brown, a 5-star McDonald’s All-American and one of the top remaining recruits left in the class of 2018, is still reportedly interested in potentially committing to Arizona. From Justin Spears of the Arizona Daily Star: While UA remains a high possibility to land Brown, he told Adam Zagoria in March that he wanted to evaluate the state of the ...
Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds become first brothers drafted in the first round

Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds become first brothers drafted in the first round

Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds made quite the pairing at Virginia Tech. The NFL apparently took notice. The duo made NFL draft history on Thursday by becoming the first brothers to be selected in the first round. Tremaine was picked by the Bills with the 16th overall pick and Terrell was drafted by the Steelers with the 28th overall pick. Both picks came as a surprise, just in different...
Baker Mayfield to OU fans: ‘I’m sorry you now have to wear orange’

Baker Mayfield to OU fans: ‘I’m sorry you now have to wear orange’

Baker Mayfield has never been one to forget a rivalry, especially one of college football’s most storied rivalries. In a parting message to Oklahoma fans, Mayfield apologized for the similarities between the colors of the Browns and the Texas Longhorns, saying, “I love you guys, I appreciate your support. I’m sorry you now have to wear orange but we’re all going...
2018 NFL Draft: The SEC leads the nation in first round picks, again

2018 NFL Draft: The SEC leads the nation in first round picks, again

The SEC is the king of the first round of the NFL draft once again. The conference led everybody on Thursday night in Dallas with nine of the 32 overall picks in the first round. Alabama had four players selected while Georgia added in three. Here is the full first round: Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield 2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley 3. New York Jets: Sam Darnold 4. Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward...
2018 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens draft Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in first round

2018 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens draft Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in first round

The Baltimore Ravens have their future quarterback. Baltimore selected former Louisville signal caller Lamar Jackson with the final selection of the first round — No. 32 overall pick — in the 2018 NFL Draft. Coming into the draft weekend, Jackson was popping up practically everywhere from the middle of the first round to early on the second day in NFL mock drafts...
2018 NFL draft: Where do Oklahoma players fall in mock drafts?

2018 NFL draft: Where do Oklahoma players fall in mock drafts?

The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday, and Oklahoma boasts one of its most talented draft classes in years. The Sooners entering the NFL, headlined by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, will learn their future homes this weekend. Mayfield is expected to be taken during the first round, while tight end Mark Andrews and tackle Orlando Brown project as high as Day 2 selections...
Josh Allen on Bills picking Tremaine Edmunds in NFL Draft: ‘He’s an animal’

Josh Allen on Bills picking Tremaine Edmunds in NFL Draft: ‘He’s an animal’

The Buffalo Bills made a jump in the 2018 NFL Draft order to pick Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick. They traded up once more to beef up their defense, acquiring the Ravens’ selection at No. 16 to take Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds was a beast in Bud Foster’s defense at Virginia Tech, recording 108 tackles, 14.0 tackles...
As first SEC player taken in NFL draft, Georgia LB grins and Bears it

As first SEC player taken in NFL draft, Georgia LB grins and Bears it

The 2018 NFL Draft began on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was taken with the No. 8 pick in the draft by the Chicago Bears. Smith, the first SEC player taken in the draft, was a key part of Georgia’s 2017 team, as he led the Bulldogs in tackles and was regarded as one of the best players in the country. Below...
2018 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers draft Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds in first round

2018 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers draft Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds in first round

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added a versatile talent to its secondary. Pittsburgh selected former Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds with the No. 28 pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. All three Edmunds brothers can say they have made it to the NFL. Terrell Edmunds may be the last to reach the league, but he certainly has the potential to be one of the biggest...
Florida’s Taven Bryan drafted in first round by Jacksonville Jaguars

Florida’s Taven Bryan drafted in first round by Jacksonville Jaguars

Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan didn’t become a full-time starter until his fourth year with the Gators, but that was enough to vault him into the first round of the NFL Draft. Bryan said during Florida’s pro day last month that based on the feedback he had received and his tape that he expected to be a first-round pick, and that came to fruition Thursday night...
Ryan Shazier walks before announcing Steelers’ 2018 NFL Draft pick

Ryan Shazier walks before announcing Steelers’ 2018 NFL Draft pick

Ryan Shazier came out to announce the Steelers’ first round 2018 NFL Draft pick, Terrell Edmunds. And he walked across the stage to do it. It’s the first time anyone’s seen Shazier walk since the former Ohio State player was injured this fall making a tackle for the Steelers against the Bengals. He’s shared updates on social media throughout his recovery...
2018 NFL Draft: Live updates, picks, results for first round Thursday (April 26, 2018)

2018 NFL Draft: Live updates, picks, results for first round Thursday (April 26, 2018)

The 2018 NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday night with the first round of the draft. Below you can find live updates, picks and results for the first round. Derwin James was the No. 17 pick in the draft. 1. Cleveland Browns — Baker Mayfield, Quarterback Oklahoma 2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, running back Penn State 3. New York Jets (via Indianapolis) &mdash...
2018 NFL Draft: Jaire Alexander ‘too excited’ for opportunity with Packers

2018 NFL Draft: Jaire Alexander ‘too excited’ for opportunity with Packers

The Packers had to trade into the No. 18 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft to get their man, but in the end, it was Louisville’s Jaire Alexander that came off the board. He’ll head up north to join Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews Jr. and the rest of the Green Bay roster as they seek to deliver the storied franchise’s fifth championship. Alexander only played in 6 games...
2018 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons select Calvin Ridley

2018 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons select Calvin Ridley

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Calvin Ridley joined Julio Jones and Amari Cooper as former Alabama wide receivers to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft during the Nick Saban era. Ridley was selected No. 26 overall by the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. He will team up with Julio Jones Ridley was widely regarded as the top wide receiver in this draft class. He’s a smooth route...
Josh Rosen ‘pissed off’ about being fourth QB taken in 2018 NFL Draft

Josh Rosen ‘pissed off’ about being fourth QB taken in 2018 NFL Draft

After falling a bit further than most analysts expected, former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was s elected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night. While Rosen was happy to be drafted by the Cardinals, he was not happy about being the fourth QB taken in the draft. Baker Mayfield went No. 1 to Cleveland, USC QB Sam Darnold...
Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield’s attitude, intelligence won over Browns

Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield’s attitude, intelligence won over Browns

NORMAN, Okla. — In five years, Baker Mayfield going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft will be thoroughly dissected. How does the former Oklahoma All-America quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner fit in with Cleveland? Well, Cleveland general manager John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson made it apparent that they’re not expecting Mayfield to ...
Bob Stoops on Baker Mayfield: ‘I can’t wait for him to bring the Browns back’

Bob Stoops on Baker Mayfield: ‘I can’t wait for him to bring the Browns back’

Bob Stoops has seen first-hand how Baker Mayfield can transform a locker room. He’s hoping that Mayfield can accomplish the same thing with his home state Browns. According to the official Oklahoma Football Twitter account, Bob Stoops said, “Selfishly, me being a guy from Youngstown, Ohio, and an hour away from Cleveland, I can’t wait for him to bring the...
Denzel Ward is seventh Ohio State DB taken in first round of NFL Draft since 2018

Denzel Ward is seventh Ohio State DB taken in first round of NFL Draft since 2018

Denzel Ward is in elite company in a few ways. He’s a top 5 NFL Draft pick, going at No. 4 overall to the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft, but maybe even more importantly, he’s the 15th Ohio State defensive back to be selected since 2008 and the seventh to go in the first round. If Ohio State wasn’t officially “DBU” before, it is now. ...
2018 NFL Draft: Rashaan Evans taken by the Tennessee Titans

2018 NFL Draft: Rashaan Evans taken by the Tennessee Titans

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans came off the board on Day One of the NFL Draft as the Tennessee Titans took him with the No. 22 overall pick on Thursday night. Evans is a wersatile athlete who played in the middle with the ability to come off the edge for the Tide. He was selected as one of the Tide’s permanent team captains as a senior...
NFL draft 2018: Ohio State C Billy Price selected No. 21 by Bengals

NFL draft 2018: Ohio State C Billy Price selected No. 21 by Bengals

Ohio State center Billy Price followed Pat Elflein as a Rimington Award winner for the nation’s best center, and now he’s following him to the NFL. One year after Elflein was selected in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings, Price was chosen by Cincinnati in the first round. He’s the third center under Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer to be drafted, joining...
‘We back’: Deion Sanders rep ‘DBU’ Florida State with Derwin James at NFL Draft

‘We back’: Deion Sanders rep ‘DBU’ Florida State with Derwin James at NFL Draft

Even if he wasn’t a part of the NFL Network analyst team, there was no way that this year’s NFL Draft, held at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, was going to exclude a presence like Deion Sanders. Sander spent five seasons with the Cowboys as part of a career that showcased his larger-than-life personality. The Hall of Famer was more than able to do plenty of...
LOOK: Frank Ragnow and former position coach Sam Pittman embrace at NFL draft party

LOOK: Frank Ragnow and former position coach Sam Pittman embrace at NFL draft party

The relationship between a player and his position coach can be extra special as the two spend extraordinary amounts of hours together during both the season and offseason. That came into fruition for former Arkansas center Frank Ragnow on Thursday, as Sam Pittman, who spent time coaching him with the Razorbacks before moving onto Georgia, joined the NLF draft party that Ragnow...
Browns fans selling shirts honoring Baker Mayfield flag plant at Ohio State

Browns fans selling shirts honoring Baker Mayfield flag plant at Ohio State

Baker Mayfield caught some criticism from Ohio State fans for planting the Oklahoma flag in the middle of their field, but now some football fans in Ohio are celebrating that moment with t-shirts. Mayfield went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft. There’s bound to be some crossover between the Buckeye fans he irked in Columbus...
2018 NFL Draft: Arkansas center Frank Ragnow selected No. 20 by Detroit Lions

2018 NFL Draft: Arkansas center Frank Ragnow selected No. 20 by Detroit Lions

Arkansas center Frank Ragnow has been selected No. 20 overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2018 NFL Draft. Ragnow is a 6-foot-5, 312-pound Minnesota native. He was a three-year starter for the Razorbacks, playing both guard and center. During his time in Fayetteville, he never allowed a sack while seeing action in 42 games with 33 consecutive starts. Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema often...
Old Josh Allen tweets about AJ McCarron’s wife, Katherine Webb

Old Josh Allen tweets about AJ McCarron’s wife, Katherine Webb

Things could get awkward in the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback room. The Bills selected former Wyoming star Josh Allen with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday, despite having signed former Alabama standout AJ McCarron to a  two-year, $10 million contract in March. While the battle at quarterback could create enough tension itself, several...
2018 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers draft Louisville’s Jaire Alexander in first round

2018 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers draft Louisville’s Jaire Alexander in first round

The Green Bay Packers have begun rebuilding their secondary. Green Bay first traded down and then moved back up in the first round to select former Louisville defensive back Jaire Alexander with the No. 18 pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Coming into the draft weekend, Alexander was projected as a late first or early second-round pick. He arrived at Louisville ...
UCLA gets 2 first round draft picks for the first time since 1981

UCLA gets 2 first round draft picks for the first time since 1981

For the first time since 1981, the UCLA Bruins have had two players drafted in the first round in the same season. Josh Rosen was selected No. 10 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, while Kolton Miller was selected No. 15 overall to the Oakland Raiders. Rosen’s selection was the highest-drafted quarterback for the Bruins since Troy Aikman. As for Miller, he is Jon Gruden’s...
2018 NFL Draft: Los Angeles Chargers Team draft Florida State’s Derwin James in first round

2018 NFL Draft: Los Angeles Chargers Team draft Florida State’s Derwin James in first round

An NFL team can never have too many defensive backs. The Los Angeles Chargers just added one of the most talented at the position by selecting former Florida State safety Derwin James at No. 17 in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Coming into the draft weekend, James was widely considered a top 10 pick. In their final mock drafts, USA Today and Sports Illustrated had him...
Notre Dame has 2 offensive linemen taken in NFL Draft 1st round for first time since 1967

Notre Dame has 2 offensive linemen taken in NFL Draft 1st round for first time since 1967

Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey learned their NFL fates rather early in the 2018 NFL Draft. Nelson was the first off the board as he was taken sixth overall by the Colts, while McGlinchey went three picks later and landed with the 49ers. Seeing offensive linemen go in the top ten has become a growing trend in recent years – it’s happened five times in the past...
LOOK: Danny Kanell tries to prop the ACC, fails miserably

LOOK: Danny Kanell tries to prop the ACC, fails miserably

Ohhhhh, Danny. While we are used to Danny Kanell putting down the SEC and trying to boast about the ACC, his latest attempt is the biggest failure for the former Florida State quarterback yet. If you actually take a look at the top 10 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft, you will only see Bradley Chubb of NC State, who was picked 5th overall by the Denver Broncos, that represents...
2018 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills draft Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds in first round

2018 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills draft Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds in first round

The Buffalo Bills have added a potential game-changer defensively by selecting Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 16 pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Having earned regular comparisons to Chicago Bears great and soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Brian Urlacher for his combination of size and athleticism, Edmunds has the ability to...
Saquon Barkley to the New York Giants: ‘You won’t be disappointed’

Saquon Barkley to the New York Giants: ‘You won’t be disappointed’

Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is a New York Giant. The Giants have responded to taking him at No. 2 in the 2018 NFL draft on Thursday night, so it was then his turn to post his response. Barkley took to Twitter to do so about 45 minutes after being selected. Here’s what Barkley said: “Blessed to be a member of the Giants! Thank you for believing...
Browns’ GM says they drafted Denzel Ward to be a shutdown corner

Browns’ GM says they drafted Denzel Ward to be a shutdown corner

The Cleveland Browns selected Denzel Ward with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday night. It was a little surprising, as Ward had mostly been mocked around Nos. 9 or 10. Browns general manager John Dorsey explained why he wanted the Ohio State cornerback: “I think Denzel Ward’s a really good player,” Dorsey said. “I like the ability of him...
Oakland Raiders select UCLA OT Kolton Miller with No. 15 pick

Oakland Raiders select UCLA OT Kolton Miller with No. 15 pick

Former UCLA tackle Kolton Miller is headed to Oakland, after the Raiders selected him with the No. 15 in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday. The Raiders traded back from No. 10 with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted Miller’s former teammate Josh Rosen. Miller is one of the highest-rated tackles in the draft this year, possessing the ability to play both the right...
2018 NFL Draft: If anyone can turn around Cleveland, Baker Mayfield can

2018 NFL Draft: If anyone can turn around Cleveland, Baker Mayfield can

Walk-on. All-American. Heisman Trophy winner. Add No. 1 overall pick to the list for legendary Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Cleveland Browns selected Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He suddenly goes from overlooked to all eyes on him. Mayfield has accomplished some crazy things in his career. He’s the first walk-on to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He...
2018 NFL Draft: Where Washington players are picked in mock drafts

2018 NFL Draft: Where Washington players are picked in mock drafts

The 2018 NFL Draft is upon us, and the Washington Huskies could be well represented among the hundreds of selections that will be made. Where they end up going, though, is anyone’s guess. As many as seven former Huskies could get drafted anywhere from the first round to the seventh, with defensive lineman Vita Vea looking like a consensus first-round pick...
WATCH: Kenyan Drake celebrates as Miami drafts former Alabama teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick

WATCH: Kenyan Drake celebrates as Miami drafts former Alabama teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick

Two former Alabama football teammates will be reunited with the Miami Dolphins as the NFL team selected defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Excited about the news? Current Dolphins running back and Alabama star Kenyan Drake. Anyone wondering if Nick Saban might want to join and coach them? The post WATCH: Kenyan Drake celebrates...
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