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2018 Draft: Magnets, Mayfield and a Browns’ Big Secret

BEREA, Ohio — Do we wish to know how to keep a secret? Inside a breeze room of a Cleveland Browns, on a MAM (Morning After Mayfield), we found out a integrate ways GM John Dorsey kept a temperament of a initial collect underneath wraps for a breeze season.

My favorite: Dorsey and a fortuitous of scouts and coaches spent a week of March 19 visiting 4 quarterbacks—in order, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. They dined with Rosen on Monday, worked him out Tuesday, dined with Darnold on Tuesday, etc. Dorsey never told a essence that quarterback he preferred, yet he had a really good suspicion on March 22 after withdrawal Oklahoma that he wanted Mayfield. Back in Ohio, during a tip of a quarterback list on a Browns’ captivating breeze board, Dorsey incited a captivating rectilinear quarterback nametags upright. And during a tip of a QB list, while any other name on a large house was horizontally magnetized, 4 straight QB nametags were during a top.

Rosen one, Darnold two, Mayfield three, Allen four. From left to right.

“Right in a sequence we visited them, and we kept them in that position until a day of a draft,” Dorsey told me.

Dorsey is still removing to know a lot of a people in a Browns’ front office, and they are still removing to know him. Throughout his initial 5 months using a football side of a franchise, Dorsey said, “I have harped on trust and honesty. What’s pronounced in this room stays in this room.” Now, he usually wanted a small remoteness insurance. If he kept a quarterbacks in this straight bunch, Dorsey would be a usually one who would know what a 1-through-4 sequence was.

Late Thursday morning, about 9 hours before a draft, he collected a comparison staff to tell them a sequence of a quarterbacks, and what he was expected to do with a tip pick—take Mayfield. He kept a house lonesome until early evening, and shortly before a breeze began, a room knew a QB order. And, of course, who a tip collect would be. How’d we find out on the Sunday night before a breeze that a collect really would not be Josh Allen, and how’d Adam Schefter find out Tuesday morning that Mayfield was really in play? Credit to Schefter, in particular, for smoking out a Mayfield stuff. And credit to Dorsey for carrying an indisputable spin on his call for 5 weeks—or during slightest 5 weeks reduction a integrate of days.

So we was in Cleveland for a draft. we wrote a story for Sports Illustrated on one of a many poignant days in new Browns story (arguably, a many critical of this century, yet perplexing to be dramatic), and we can review that here at The MMQB in a subsequent integrate of days. Much of what we know is in that story. No, we was not in a Browns’ breeze room Thursday night, so we won’t have many of a inside play-by-play play that I’ve had a past integrate of years from Dallas (2016) and San Francisco (2017).

I’ll tell we a few things about a Browns, and afterwards utterly a few things—Ozzie Newsome’s romantic goodbye, a crazy rugby-player draftee, a Patriots’ insane weekend, a Trade of a Draft, a Packers’ dumb cornerback obsession—about a rest of a league.

A few things we schooled about a many poignant group in this year’s draft, as a Browns try to put a stop to their stream 4-49 bender:

• They got really small movement on a No. 4 pick. Four teams called Dorsey with seductiveness in relocating up. None got serious. Only one group (I’d speculation Arizona) offering a 2019 first-round collect as partial of a package to move, that is startling deliberation that dual quarterbacks were still on a house when a fourth collect came up. The group peaceful to embody a first-rounder subsequent year pronounced to Dorsey before a breeze began: “I’m entrance adult for one actor and one actor only, and that’s Baker Mayfield.” As Dorsey said: “I knew all along it wasn’t going to happen.” So for those wondering given a Browns didn’t try to ravaging some group by relocating down a few spots, they never had a chance.

• Sodium pentathol, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, came adult in a arise of a Denzel Ward pick. Truth serum. My doubt to Dorsey on Friday morning: “If we gave Gregg Williams sodium pentathol right now, who would he have pronounced he wanted with a fourth pick—Denzel Ward or Bradley Chubb?” Dorsey pulled out his dungeon phone and rang Williams. we asked him a question. Williams: “Ward. The reason is a need for a press cover cornerback. Denzel substantially plays that position as good as anyone I’ve seen in college football in some time. We substantially play a many press of any group in a league. There’s another reason. I’ve got a video of 28 snaps of Myles Garrett pass-rushes final year where he gets within dual stairs or reduction of a quarterback when a spin comes out. Basically, we aren’t covering prolonged adequate to let him get to a quarterback. Myles and others—especially [defensive end] Emmanuel Ogbah—will get some-more chances given of Denzel.” Ogbah, Williams said, was a vital reason given a Browns went Ward over Chubb. “Ogbah’s a rising star in this league,” Williams said. “He’s got a possibility to be Chubb.” High praise.

• The lane record during quarterback: abysmal. Cleveland has drafted 7 quarterbacks in a tip 3 rounds given 2005. None is a stream starter in a league, unless we cruise The Spring League one. (Manziel is there right now as he tries to make his approach behind to a NFL.) The pretentious seven: Charlie Frye, Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, Branden Weeden, Manziel, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer. Mayfield can usually go adult from here. we told Mayfield we met fans Thursday night who suspicion of him as Manziel 2.0. “It’s understandable, obviously. First-round picks by a Browns, tighten to a same size, playmakers … But we’re dual totally opposite people. we caring about winning. we caring about doing things a right way. we usually wish to be judged for who we am.” 

• Good gob from Peter Schrager about a Patriots and Mayfield. On a NFL Network telecast, Schrager pronounced a Patriots spent time Monday with Mayfield, that lifted some eyebrows. Mike Reiss, in his Sunday column on ESPN, combined a fact that it was descent coordinator Josh McDaniels who visited Mayfield in his hometown of Austin on Monday. That would lend faith to a speculation in some corners that if Mayfield forsaken down to, say, 6 or 7 in spin one, New England competence have been means to offer adequate to pierce adult from a 23rd collect in a spin to lure a group in trade.

• Hue Jackson insists he’s on board. “I’m ecstatic,” Jackson told me Sunday afternoon. “Ecstatic to have such a genuine football male as John on board, and overjoyed about this quarterback.” Dorsey and partner GM Eliot Wolf pronounced Jackson was entirely understanding of a Mayfield pick, notwithstanding reports that Jackson wasn’t endangered in a research or a selection. “That’s not a approach it works here,” Jackson said. “We went by this together. John Dorsey came here to assistance me, assistance us pierce a classification forward. When you’ve got a GM picking players for a manager yet consulting a coach, afterwards a GM should go manager a team. We had good communication on this collect when we went by it all.” On Mayfield: “Baker really has NFL arm talent. He has a passion, a ability to finish balls during all levels of a field, and he has a atmosphere about him. He exudes confidence. People will be vacant during how clever his arm is.”

• Mayfield won’t be a happy backup. Jackson: “My devise is for Tyrod Taylor to be a starter, and to play a season. But we am not going to stop Baker from competing. If he gets it quick enough, great. John has dynamic a good quarterback room, with Tyrod and Drew Stanton and now Baker. They’ll make any other better.” Mayfield: “That’s not going to change my mindset. Whatever a coaches say, that’s their preference and I’ll honour it. They have apparently pronounced Tyrod is a starter and again, we honour that. We’ll see. we know we will be means to learn a lot from Tyrod and Drew. All we can do is work hard, put all out there on a field, and let a coaches make a decisions they’re going to make.”

• A preview of my story this week. In my SI story, we speak about one of a bricks in a wall of Cleveland’s decision. 

Something happened that usually a really mindful chairman competence notice about a kind of honour his Oklahoma teammates had for Mayfield. When he walked into a Oklahoma indoor use trickery for his examination in front of a Browns, 7 teammates were there to locate balls for him, and they were stretching on a other finish of a field. Mayfield cupped his hands and called out a two-syllable vigilance to them: “HEE HEE!”

“HEE HEE!” they called back. They came jogging over to Mayfield.

“Damndest thing I’ve seen,” Jackson said. “Exactly like Baker was a Pied Piper.”

• How do we spin around a losing team? There’s no formula. For 19 years a Browns have been perplexing with all kinds of quarterbacks, with all kinds of formulas, with all kinds of coaches. Now they’ll try it with a 6-foot 5/8-inch passer who was fourth on a reputable Mike Mayock’s quarterback breeze board. we had an engaging contention with Browns clamp boss of actor crew Alonzo Highsmith about a quarterback position. He told me he had a good happening as a actor in a NFL scouting business to always be around good to glorious quarterbacks, going behind to his comparison year in high propagandize in Florida, when Mike Shula was his quarterback. He played with Bernie Kosar and Vinny Testaverde during a University of Miami, and then, in his NFL stops, with Warren Moon, Troy Aikman, Testaverde, Joe Montana (in his final training stay in a NFL, in Kansas City) … and then, as a director in Green Bay, with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Said Highsmith: “I’ve never been endangered with a large arm or a size, necessarily. Those things help, obviously. But we was always looking for traits. Favre and Montana and Kosar and Rodgers and Troy—they had a kind of presence, like when we were a immature child and your large hermit was around, and we always felt a lot some-more assured when your hermit was there with you. One night in training stay my final summer, with Kansas City, we had a night off. Montana was going out with a guys and he saw me laying on my bed and he says, ‘Let’s go, Highsmith. Everybody’s going. Let’s go.’ They all had that smirk, that stare, that attitude. You never saw a deer in a headlights. When we met Baker, we saw that in him. And we told him, ‘You could have played with me during Miami. You could have been one of us.’”

• About those jerseys. In a design atop a column, we see 6 Browns jerseys flanking Mayfield. The backstory: Walking around a Browns tailgate celebration on breeze night in a downtown Cleveland parking lot, my eyes kept going to a unconstrained march of Browns jerseys. THOMAS (Joe Thomas, 73) led a pack, yet he had good foe from BROWN (Jim Brown, 32) and GARRETT (Myles Garrett, 95). So we spent 20 mins doing a path around a parking lot and gnawing 26 opposite jerseys and one T-shirt. A fan from New Albany, Ohio, wore this: we Still Hate John Elway. In Cleveland, some things never change.

• So did a Browns do a right thing? Big answer: we don’t know. we don’t how we can know anything 72 hours after any actor is drafted. The biggest problem we have with present research on breeze picks is present research on breeze picks. In 2014, Bleacher Report gave a Browns an A-plus for a Manziel pick. NFL.com gave a Browns an A-minus for a whole haul, including a eighth collect in a draft, cornerback Justin Gilbert, a enormous bust. Overall, we trust the Pro Football Focus grades, and PFF, with an NFL eye on college prospects, had Mayfield as a top-rated quarterback in college football in 2016 and 2017. And if we sinecure 3 group with prolonged knowledge during a authorization that’s picked good quarterbacks—Favre and Rodgers—and they unanimously trust Mayfield was a best of a five-quarterback initial round, well, we consider you’ve got to let them do their jobs and give them a shot to be right.


About Ozzie Newsome

This was a 16th and final breeze for a Hall of Fame parsimonious finish and all-star GM of a Ravens, and it was emotional. (In all, Newsome has been a decider-in-chief for a Ravens given their initial breeze in 1996, yet he’s had a GM pretension given Nov 2002.) It was tighten to 6 p.m. Saturday, in a core of a seventh round, when he picked adult a phone and called Ferris (Mich.) State defensive finish Zach Sieler to give him a good news: The Ravens were about to breeze him.

“You know I’ve been doing this for 22 years,” Newsome said, around an romantic video a Ravens website. “You’re my final pick.”


“You’re gonna make me proud? That’s what we wish to hear,” Newsome said.

It’s not mostly that a male is best famous for what he did in his initial year. But after operative for a Browns in a front office, Newsome changed with a late Art Modell to Baltimore in 1996 and took control of a crew dialect yet a GM title. Modell was endangered in a breeze room in those days, and he was some-more meddlesome in a large name that year, using behind Lawrence Phillips from Nebraska, instead of an unknown left tackle, Jonathan Ogden of UCLA. Phillips had a slew of off-field issues, including domestic violence, during Nebraska. Modell still wanted him, though, with a fourth collect in a initial round. Newsome, still feeling his approach in a job, told Modell: “Ogden’s a improved player, and he’s a improved guy.” On a day of a draft, Modell attempted to remonstrate Newsome about Phillips again, yet he was carrying nothing of it. The Ravens’ initial collect in story was Ogden.

Second pick: Ray Lewis, with a 26th overall preference that year. They were a bedrock players for Baltimore’s Super Bowl championship team four years later, and both done a Hall of Fame. Phillips finished adult in jail after domestic attack and another attack charge, was indicted of murdering his cellmate, and was found passed in his California jail of a suspected self-murder in 2016.

Newsome will stay in Baltimore by season’s end, afterwards concede his duties to longtime partner GM Eric DeCosta, who called Newsome “probably my best friend” in an relocating press conference Saturday night.

For a male who done a Hall of Fame as a parsimonious end, Newsome had flattering tighten to as starry a career in a Ravens’ front office. “An romantic day,” he said. “Been a lot of picks. Lot of wins, lot of losses.” And dual Super Bowls, with Newsome a architect.

About a Best Trade of a Draft

On Friday, we sat in a Browns’ breeze room with GM John Dorsey and we talked about a few of a moves in a initial round. we was dubious about a Cardinals’ pierce from 15 to 10 in a initial round. Arizona gave third- and fifth-round picks to pierce from 15 to 10. To pierce from 12 to 7 for Josh Allen, Buffalo gave adult dual second-round picks.

Interesting disparity, to contend a least. To me, Arizona GM Steve Keim done a trade of a draft. To give adult a 79th and 152nd overall collect to pierce adult for your quarterback—UCLA’s Josh Rosen—was overwhelming to me. Last year Kansas City changed adult 17 spots in spin one, and Houston changed adult 13, both for quarterbacks, and a cost tab in any box was a first-round collect in 2018. To pierce adult 5 spots in a initial half of a initial spin and not compensate a initial or second-round collect is a good deal.

But like all trades, there’s many we don’t know. And there’s a probable poignant upside for Oakland. The Raiders, likely, didn’t have a certain thing they wanted during 10 after a Niners plucked tackle Mike McGlinchey one collect brazen of them. So they took a accord second tackle in a class, Kolton Miller, during 15. They traded a third-round collect to Pittsburgh for a gifted man-child of a receiver, Martavis Bryant, who expected will be a Raiders’ second or third receiver—and, being in a final year of his contract, Oakland is expected to get his best as he angles for a second NFL deal. Then Oakland used a fifth-rounder as partial of a package to take another tackle, Brandon Parker.

“Last year,” pronounced Dorsey, “when we had to compensate a one and a 3 to pierce adult [for Mahomes], we usually compensate it. It’s a quarterback. It’s value it.”

We won’t know who wins this, of course, until we know if Rosen can be a long-term quarterback answer for Arizona, and we see if Miller’s good adequate to be a successor to aging Donald Penn during left tackle, and we see if a Raiders can get some-more than one good year out of Bryant. But on a surface, we like a Arizona side of it a lot.

About a Green Bay Cornerback Fetish

Green Bay’s equivocal astigmatic concentration on a cornerback position continued in this draft, and it points out some of a holes a latter-day Ted Thompson regime left when a Packers transposed him with Brian Gutekunst. Of a 8 picks in a tip dual rounds of 4 drafts between 2015 and this weekend, 5 have been corners, including Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in rounds one and dual this year. Those picks were required given Damarious Randall (round one, 2015) didn’t work out and was sent to Cleveland in trade this year; Quinten Rollins (round two, 2015) is on a dilemma of a register mark this year, in partial given of a ripped Achilles; and a jury is out on a earnest 2017 second-rounder, Kevin King.

The Packers wouldn’t have been in a position to desperately collect dual some-more corners this year had they kept Casey Hayward (second round, 2012) instead of vouchsafing him travel to a Chargers in 2016. Hayward has incited into one of a league’s best corners, and sealed a three-year, $34 million understanding with a Chargers in March.

Give credit to Gutekunst for wheedling a 2019 first-round collect out of a Saints to pierce from 14 to 27 in a initial spin Thursday night. He used third- and sixth-rounders to pierce behind to collect 18 and took Alexander, and new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is expected to implement Alexander as a container corner. Then, on Friday, with a first-round awaiting still on a house mid by a second round, Gutekunst took Iowa dilemma Josh Jackson during 45. “It wasn’t a plan,” Gutekunst said. “We got lucky.” Jackson’s batch forsaken during a combine, when he ran a 4.56-second time in a 40. But he’s a kind of playmaker (he led a republic with 8 interceptions in 2017) during 6-foot who reminds some scouts of Richard Sherman. Like Sherman, Jackson is a converted wideout.

In a vacuum, not deliberation a sins of a cornerback past, this was a good breeze for Green Bay. But a Packers have needs they’ve put on behind burners given of their new mania with corners. It’s amazing, and an complaint of their new drafting, that they had to pointer vets Tramon Williams and Davon House this off-season to addition their dilemma abyss chart. It’s astray to saddle rookie GM Gutekunst with a sins of his father, yet he’s underneath vigour already to uncover he got a dilemma position right, as Green Bay plays a final few years of a Aaron Rodgers era.

About a Garoppolo Trade

The Patriots traded quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo final Oct to San Francisco for what incited out to be a 43rd player in a 2018 draft. Obviously, this could spin out to be a misfortune trade by Bill Belichick in his Patriots tenure. And in my opinion, what Belichick did over a weekend was a run from that Garoppolo trade.

First, what happened to that 43rd overall pick: Six Patriot trades in 17 hours, between 7:50 p.m. ET Friday and 12:50 p.m. Saturday, incited a 43rd pick into this:

• Chicago’s second-round collect in 2019.
• Detroit’s third-round collect in 2019.
• Part of a breeze collateral used to pierce adult to take second-round cornerback Duke Dawson.
• The 178th pick this year, Arizona State outward linebacker Christian Sam.

My theory: The Patriots didn’t take a quarterback in this breeze until picking long-shot Danny Etling from LSU in a seventh spin given they didn’t perspective any of a guys after a tip 5 as expected heirs to Tom Brady. Regarding Etling, we was examination ESPN during a time, and their analysts seemed in startle that he was even drafted. we wouldn’t consider of him as anything yet an engaging awaiting who competence rise into a backup. It’s altogether expected a Patriots enter 2019 looking for their subsequent starter.

So now a Patriots have some ammo to pierce adult subsequent year in what appears to be a skinny quarterback class, if there’s a quarterback they like. As of today, a Patriots would expected have 6 picks in a initial 3 rounds—a one, dual twos, and 3 threes, including probable saving picks for pricey giveaway agents Nate Solder and Malcolm Butler while not signing any high-salaried unlimited giveaway agents. Too early to know for sure, yet Drew Lock of Missouri could be a usually top-10 size quarterback subsequent year after 4 went in a tip 10 this year. The Patriots are in improved position currently to pierce adult for Lock or one of his brethren than they were before a weekend.

About that Giant Rugby Player

“You got my Australian! Good get!” John Dorsey shouted into a phone late Saturday night to Eagles GM Howie Roseman. That’s right: Mountainous Jordan Mailata, who has never played a snap of football in his life, had seductiveness from 8 teams after perplexing out recently and promulgation his rugby fasten to teams. The Eagles indeed traded subsequent year’s seventh-round collect to New England to pierce adult 17 spots in a seventh round Saturday to take Mailata, who will play on a descent line.

Three questions with Roseman on a deal:

MMQB: Why, Howie?

Roseman: “He a fascinating prospect. He’s 6’8″, 345 pounds, he can run, he can bend. Our line coach, Jeff Stoutland, went to his examination and came behind vehemence about his work ethic and his jaunty ability. We saw this male had singular athleticism and was earthy and violent. Traits of that physique form and that athleticism are tough to find. We know it’ll be a process. He’s 21.”

MMQB: Strange to breeze a male who never played football?

Roseman: “Maybe even foreigner to trade dual picks for him. we suspicion [owner] Jeffrey Lurie pronounced something engaging about him: ‘With a lot of these guys, we can see what they’re going to be. With this guy, we don’t know his floor, and we don’t know his ceiling.’ With this guy, we’re frame a square of clay.”

MMQB: Why use dual picks on him, though? Why not try to get him as a giveaway agent?

Roseman: “Then a doubt is, after a draft, does he collect us? We had no idea. We’d be kicking ourselves if we mislaid out on him given of a seven. He’s with us now, and if he fails, we can nap during night. We had 11 picks for subsequent year, so we felt it was something we could means to do.”

Quotes of a Week


“I can’t … we can’t breathe right now.”

—Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin, on a phone with Seattle GM John Schneider, after a Seahawks chose Griffin with a 141st pick in a draft.


“People call we and they wish a second collect of a breeze for a bag of donuts, a prohibited pretzel and a prohibited dog. Leave me alone. we don’t have time to screw around.”

—Giants GM Dave Gettleman, with what was indeed The Quote of The 2018 Draft.


“He texted me progressing today. we was in awe. Matt Stafford texted me! we indeed responded, ‘Mr. Stafford.’ ”

—Lions first-round core Frank Ragnow, on Friday.


“Why is a NFL so weak? Why is a NFL so fearful of Donald Trump? They’re like a Paul Ryan of sports.”

—Nicolle Wallace of “Deadline: White House” on MSNBC, after a New York Times suggested a essence of a trusted assembly hold final tumble by a owners to strategize on how to understanding with players kneeling for a inhabitant anthem.


“I always review it to a ‘Star Trek’ mind-meld. I’m fundamentally perplexing to take his mind and put as many of his mind as we can into mine, so that when we go on a field, if I’m creation a check or if I’m creation a decision, he in his conduct is creation a same preference during a same accurate time. If [there’s] as small gray area as a aegis between we and your descent coordinator as can be, a better.”

—New Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen.

I have a feeling there will be a lot of those mind-melding quotes from Rosen in his NFL life.


“He’s got hands like feet.”

—NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, on 6’8″, 345-pound rugby actor Jordan Mailata, after a seventh-round Eagle draftee left a network set Saturday.

Text Message of a Week

“He’s reduction than a year comparison than me. Crazy.”

—Bridget McCown, daughter of Jets QB Josh McCown, in a content to her father after a Jets took 20-year-old Sam Darnold in a initial round.

Stat of a Week

Do not uncover this to Baker Mayfield. It competence weird him out.

Since Thanksgiving Day 2014, a Browns have had 9 starting quarterbacks. Those 9 quarterbacks are 4-49. The usually starting quarterback to win mixed games in that 53-game camber is … well, we guessed it.

Cleveland’s final 53 games, by winning commission of starting quarterbacks:

Factoids That May Interest Only Me


The jersey numbers of a first-round quarterbacks:

No. 3: Josh Rosen, Arizona
No. 6: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland
No. 8: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore
No. 17: Josh Allen, Buffalo
TBD: Sam Darnold (Likely dynamic during Jets minicamp this weekend)


Scouting Combine 40 Times of a Week:

Shaquill Griffin, of Central Florida, ran a 4.38 in 2017. He was picked by Seattle with a 90th altogether pick.

Shaquem Griffin, of Central Florida, ran a 4.38 in 2018. He was picked by Seattle with a 141st altogether pick.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note

A integrate records from my 3 and a half days in Cleveland.

• Beer is good. See this design of a car? It’s from a parking lot usually down a travel from First Energy Stadium, where a Browns play. As we can see, it’s a Cleveland Browns sedan. What we can’t see so well, and we apologize for that, is that there’s a drink daub rising out of a trunk.

• Quicken Loans Arena is loud. Went to see a Cubs and Cleveland play a 2016 World Series rematch game Wednesday night downtown in a igloo of a ball stadium. Man, we don’t know how those players go out and play in 33-degree breeze chill for a good cube of a month. we done it about 6 innings sitting out in left field. But what was engaging was a sound and a mega-bass perspicacious a walls of a basketball locus subsequent doorway as a Cavs and Pacers dueled in Game 5 of their playoff series. You could hear a PA male flattering clearly, and there wasn’t many sound from a 15,712 during a ballgame. People were too bustling perplexing to stay warm.

Tweets of a Week





Ten Things we Think we Think

1. we consider if you’re going to have a parrot announce a breeze choice, Tampa Bay, a parrot indeed ought to announce a pick. How tough is it to learn a Carolina Macaw to contend these 8 syllables: Jor-dan White-head safe-ty Pitts-burgh.

2. we consider a mistake Twitter snub over a theatre trepidation suffered by Zsa Zsa a Carolina Macaw was improved than if she’d indeed done a pick. Case in point:

3. we consider a best one of those picks was Arizona holding cornerback Chris Campbell of Penn State in spin six, and announcing a collect on a travel dilemma in northern Arizona. Now, pleasantness of brazen PR male Mark Dalton of a Cardinals, this is a stress of that:

• Standing on a dilemma in Winslow, Arizona, that was such a excellent steer to see, a Cardinals drafted a corner.

• Campbell, a Cards forked out on Twitter, “won’t Take It Easy on far-reaching receivers.”

• “Take It Easy,” co-written by Glenn Frey of a Eagles, has some stress in Arizona over station on a dilemma in Winslow, Arizona. Frey played a Cards’ ubiquitous manager in a movie, “Jerry Maguire.” The late Frey did not demeanour many like a GM in that movie.

4. we consider we know given a Bills did what they did in drafting Josh Allen, even after his racially unresponsive tweets were revealed Thursday morning. we don’t know a proclivity behind recover of a tweets, and we don’t know who did a releasing or a finding. But we do know once they were released, Allen had to be vetted over it. You don’t consider that could be an emanate in a locker room with black and white athletes? The Bills rubbed it well, GM Brandon Beane revelation me manager Sean McDermott convened his players legislature of veterans to plead how they were doing it, and a Bills removing Allen on a phone for 30 mins during a afternoon to hear his side. “You could hear a tears on a other line,” Beane said. “We told him, ‘Collect yourself.’ And he owned adult to it. He explained any one. He was really embarrassed. We let him know what is excusable and what is not. He understands this is partial of him now, and he has to acquire a honour of his teammates going forward. And we called a lot of people. We didn’t find one person—and we am not observant there is not one chairman out there—but we didn’t find one chairman who pronounced this is Josh Allen. We found people who shielded Josh. So we motionless to pierce forward.” Buffalo picked Allen seventh overall, and we’ll see how he handles this going forward. If we were a Bills, I’d have him speak to a group during a initial full-squad minicamp.

5. we consider a Shad Khan reason for given he wants to buy Wembley Stadium as it relates to a Jaguars leaves me with a lot some-more questions, and leaves me meditative a Jags are still a biggest contender to eventually pierce to London. Said Khan: “If my tenure interests were to embody Wembley Stadium, it would strengthen a Jaguars’ position in London during a time when other NFL teams are understandably apropos some-more meddlesome in this good city. And a stronger a Jaguars are in London, a some-more fast and earnest a Jaguars’ destiny will be in Jacksonville.” Uh, how?

6. we consider a best feel-good story during a breeze in years was one-handed Shaquem Griffin removing picked by his twin brother’s team. Normally when you’re articulate to people during a draft, touchy-feely stories like that don’t matter much. But this one … Football people in breeze bedrooms stopped to watch that, we can pledge you. So many people were overwhelmed by it a same approach we all were.

7. we consider we couldn’t do a story probity the approach Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB did. Her outline of his moment: “Soon his walk-up song began playing—Drake’s ‘Do Not Disturb’—and it was time for Shaquem Griffin, breeze collect of a Seattle Seahawks, to take his many awaited travel opposite a theatre in front of a resounding crowd. He took a low breath, patted his heart and looked over during his brother, who was station right subsequent to him.”

8. we consider acclamation should go to you, Chris Borland, for your reverence to Ann McKee on a Time 100 list—the 100 Most Influential People. And to you, Ann McKee, for your industry in study smarts influenced by football.

9. we consider if this is it, Jason Witten, you’ve taught a new era of parsimonious ends how to play a position, and you’ve taught football players how to play, win, remove and contest with category and sportsmanship during a top turn of a game. Good luck, whatever we do.

10. we consider these are my other thoughts of a week:

a. Story of a Week: A place in Hawaii got 50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Welcome to a future, by Heidi Chang of the Los Angeles Times.

b. Crime Story of a Week: On a mass assailant and killer in California, and how this indicted cocky deviant was held after decades on a lam, by The New York Times.

c. Man, a Celtics can fire threes.

d. Man, LeBron wasn’t prepared to container it in for a year.

e. Man, a Penguins got jobbed Sunday in Washington.

f. Big trade on a coax of a moment Sunday night, given we hatred my rotisserie team.


g. Yanks looking flattering juggernauty.

h. Nice glove, Kole Calhoun. Wow. Did we see his catches Friday night opposite a Yankees? Robbed a triple in a opening with a parallel-to-the-ground diving catch, and attacked a home run with a jump opposite a right-field fence.

i. Coffeenerdness: It’s invalid during a good small highway hotel like a Marriott TownePlace Suites to design good coffee. But we would conclude something improved than coffee-flavored H2O to go with my Froot Loops.

j. Beernerdness: Hey, now that I’ve totally blown solemn April, we did learn a good new drink during a ballyard in Cleveland a other night: a Great Lakes Brewing (Cleveland) Holy Moses White Ale, that would give Allagash White a run for a income with usually a small some-more flavor. Perhaps a punch some-more coriander.

k. Good luck, Owen Daniels, and Henry Daniels, and to your whole family.

l. Any skeleton to uncover adult this year, spring?

The Adieu Haiku

I’ll gamble we 5 bucks.
No. Make it 10. Baker’s the
genuine item.

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