NFL Draft 2017: Bears GM Ryan Pace explains dubious move for Mitchell Trubisky

Bears GM Ryan Pace offered two reasons for the team’s head-scratching move to trade up in order to select Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night: 1) the quarterback’s upside was too great to pass up, and 2) Chicago believed other teams were talking with the 49ers about trading up for the North Carolina product.

Mike Dunleavy Game Jersey While the Bears’ decision to trade four picks to San Francisco in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick, which they used on Trubisky, was not a popular one, Pace explained ( via the Chicago Tribune ), If we want to be great, you just can’t sit on your hands. There are times when you’ve got to be aggressive. And when you have conviction on a guy, you can’t sit on your hands. I just don’t want to be average around here. I want to be great and these are the moves you have to make.

Pavol Demitra Game Jersey The Bengals reportedly did more due diligence on Mixon than nearly every other team. Several of those teams reportedly never considered him at all. The Ravens, for example, have had a policy of not taking players with a history of violence against women ever since they catastrophically mishandled Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident in 2014. That included the previous most-notorious crime on tape the NFL dealt with.

The NFL barred Mixon from its combine in February via its recent policy of not allowing prospects with histories of violence against women. There were team executives, though, who openly disagreed with that policy and called it unfair to Mixon.

That activity was his modus operandi throughout Golden State’s four-game sweep.

The Thunder used Alex Abrines to screen Westbrook’s man, then had Steven Adams hold off his own defender to give Westbrook more room. Westbrook was initially cut off, but because Abrines kept moving, Westbrook was able to toss the ball back to him and get it back to attack an Eric Gordon closeout. That eventually led to a spot-up three.

More of this please, Thunder, while you still can.

Green began the play on Evan Turner, slid under the hoop to help on Maurice Harkless and Jusuf Nurkic, closed out on C.J. McCollum, and got his hand in Damian Lillard’s face on the three-pointer. For his efforts, he received no credit in the traditional box score. Yet without his roaming, no fewer than three Trail Blazers would have received high-quality open shots.

That activity was his modus operandi throughout Golden State’s four-game sweep. He tortured Portland with a devastating display of Easter Egg 25: The ability to put out any defensive fire, wherever it is. He was the enforcer roaming outside the usual defensive chain of command, a Darth Vader to Ron Adams’ Emperor Palpatine. (Though it’s hard to imagine the Warriors’ defensive guru as an evil tyrant.)

Good things came to both player and team who waited. Rodgers improved in his time as a backup, putting his rocket arm and athleticism together into the complete package when he finally got his chance.

He snuck into the No. 25 pick of the first round, but the Redskins chose to roll with Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey ahead of him as a rookie. In Year 2, Washington went with Brunell until it decided to promote Campbell in November.

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The Celtics aren’t seen as an untouchable No. 1 seed or anything even close to it

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The Bulls died a thousand deaths this year, and they certainly didn’t think they would need until the final day of the season to earn their playoff berth. Yet there they were, squeaking by on Wednesday to find themselves here. As it turned out, the combination of Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, and Jimmy Butler all together doesn’t bring out the best qualities in each one. But with a few key role players emerging late in the season, Chicago won seven of its final nine games and are at least playing solid basketball right about now.

The Celtics aren’t seen as an untouchable No. 1 seed or anything even close to it, but they will probably be just fine against Chicago. Probably!

This list doesn’t indicate how highly these players were picked (more on that soon to come at this website), but it does show who rang up the most raw numbers in the 2017 NFL draft.
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The Michigan Wolverines lead the way, headlined by first-rounders Jabrill Peppers, a safety for the Browns, and Taco Charlton, a DE for the Cowboys. The fun fact: how many of these dudes were recruited by failed coach Brady Hoke before Jim Harbaugh took over. As in, basically all of them.

Alabama’s next. Yep. Fine. Great. Alabama’s always up there. More to come next year, too.

Miami made a late surge, throwing up a bunch of numbers after being pretty quiet for most of the draft.

Most of the other big numbers are the usuals, but check out Utah! Good job, Utah!

On the comedy side of things, hold your sides while pointing at Oregon having zero picks, Division II West Georgia having more than Georgia or Georgia Tech, Nebraska being outdrafted by former coach Bo Pelini’s Youngstown State, as many long snappers being drafted as Longhorns, and Penn State tying for fourth in the state of Pennsylvania. There’s plenty of context to each of those that could be explained, but right now, I just want you to dwell on chuckling. Thank you.

NHL playoff schedule 2017: Ducks look to flip the script in Edmonton while Predators host Blues

Game 3 brings a change of venue to both Western Conference series.
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The Predators were undefeated at home against Chicago last series — and were undefeated in the playoffs until their 3-2 loss to the Blues on Friday — but will have a bigger challenge welcoming St. Louis into their barn. Vladimir Tarasenko made his presence known in Game 2, scoring twice to even the series for the Blues.

Zach Parise Kids Jersey Now, Griffin says, Irving comes alive in the playoffs, but it took some transitioning from a me-first approach to a team-first approach, including the idea to speed up the game even though he can get a shot whenever he wants.

He doesn’t like to push the ball, it’s just not his nature. He’s gotten by in the halfcourt his whole life because his handle is so good, he never felt the urgency to press the ball, whereas most guys develop their game as to what they need to do to succeed. Ky never had to do that. So when you’re explaining to him why it’s important to push the pace and I think he was reluctant to do that, because, well, because I can get mine regardless’. Well, it’s not necessarily about you. So I think where he’s grown and evolved is he’s starting to figure that out.

There’s days where he’s as good as any player in the league at his position. And there’s days where he’s the 198th-some best player adjusted plus/minus player. And there’s days where the defensive quintile that [our analytics department] has him in looks real. There’s days where, when he’s highly motivated to do it, you realize he’s special. His hands are lightning quick, his feet are lightning quick. When he wants to, he can do whatever he wants. Fortunately for us, we’re found that in the playoffs we tend to get the best of him.

Padres fan injured after Hector Sanchez’s bat goes into the stands

In the ninth inning, Padres catcher Hector Sanchez lost hold of his bat and it went flying into the stands. The bat hit a nearby fan in the head and the game was temporarily on hold until medical staff treated the fan for injuries. The staff bandaged her head and walked her away from her seat.

The presumption has been, by and large, that that new goalie would come from free agency, and that’s certainly the most likely outcome. Within the context of this exercise, the question becomes whether there’s a team out there that looks like it might lose a good goalie in expansion, and whether they’d be willing to deal one to the Flyers before that happens. It’d have to be one who’s not under contract for a whole lot longer, but there may be some options.

What can they do? The list of teams that have obvious expansion-related goalie targets isn’t long, but it’s out there.

The most talked-about example is in Pittsburgh, where Marc-Andre Fleury’s NMC is standing in the way of their protecting Matt Murray, but again, a deal with the Flyers will never happen there anyways.
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Detroit will probably expose Jimmy Howard, and while he’s old (33) and kind of expensive ($5.29 million cap hit per year), he’s only under contract for two more seasons and is coming off of a strong albeit injury-plagued season, and perhaps you could get Detroit to hold some salary in a trade for him.

Elite Youth Phillip Dorsett Jersey Jaroslav Halak will be available from the Islanders, and while he’s coming off of a down-year, he’s had good flashes in the not-so-distant past and is only under contract for one more season. Current backups in places like San Jose, Washington, and Boston could be worth a dice roll, as well.

The Packers led off the round when they took Kevin King

While his talent is undeniable, questions about his NFL career persist. The defensive lineman has arthritis in his shoulders, a condition neither Allen nor his doctors are particularly concerned about affecting his career.

The previous 16 teams who passed up on Allen could live to regret passing up the former Alabama standout in due time; it’s not often you hear someone described as “what would happen if Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett and Buccaneers three technique Gerald McCoy had a baby.”

Allen has the talent and wherewithal to start from day one. No matter where he lands in Washington’s rotation, he’ll carry himself well. Allen’s leadership was well documented at Alabama, and he’s been an ambassador for the program even after playing his final snap for Nick Saban.

The Packers led off the round when they took Kevin King, the cornerback from Washington. The Browns finally got their quarterback, taking DeShone Kizer from Notre Dame with the 52nd pick.

The third round featured a full 43 picks, compared to just 32 spots for the previous two rounds. That’s because teams have compensatory picks starting in the third round. These are the picks tacked onto the end of each round as a compensation for the free agents they lost the year before.

The draft wraps up April 29 with the final four rounds, officially concluding when the Denver Broncos name 2017’s Mr. Irrelevant with the 253rd pick of the event.

You can follow all the action, pick by pick, with our handy post here. We’ll update it throughout Saturday’s final rounds.

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LSU’s Malachi Dupre could be a 7th round steal for the Packers

Malachi Dupre found a spot in the 2017 NFL Draft, getting selected by the Green Bay Packers just a handful of selections before the end of the seventh round with the No. 247 selection.

During the former blue-chip’s three-year stint in Baton Rouge, he only hauled in 98 passes for 1,609 yards and 14 touchdowns, numbers nearly matched in 2016 alone by Western Michigan’s Corey Davis and Clemson’s Mike Williams, who are considered the draft’s top two prospects.

The incident occurred in May of 2013, and Washington pleaded guilty in April of 2014. Washington allegedly pushed the woman with two hands, causing her to fall and break her collarbone.

He missed the entirety of 2014 due to a suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Washington’s suspension was considered indefinite, with the player needing to petition the NFL for reinstatement in May 2015. The league was waiting until that point to address the domestic violence issue. Washington told Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 that he had not failed or missed a drug test during his suspension last year.

Washington also missed four games in 2013 for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, which contributed to the length of his punishments.

Limited Kids Portland Trail Blazers Jersey Now Washington is 30 and hasn’t played for the Cardinals since the 2013 season, meaning it could be an uphill climb for the linebacker to ever make a roster again, let alone make an impact.

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I just dont see a thing Ramczyk currently does better than Robinson

Game Tuomo Ruutu Jersey Shit, you would be bored too if you were that much better than the guys you were going against most Saturdays.

It was usually too easy for him in the games that I watched, but I dont think he will have any problem finding challenges on Sundays.

And let me be clear on something: when I say a couple of loafs, I mean exactly that. I only had Robinson with two in four games. And in only one of those instances did his guy make the play. In fact, not many guys that Robinson blocked made many plays, just fyi. Im the #GetOffMyLawn guy when it comes to hustling, and I didnt see much about Robinsons effort to get mad at.

If you can get Robinson to play just a tad bit harder all the time, you probably will have a a perennial All-Pro left tackle. But hell, even with some of the effort issues here and there, Robinsons tape simply blows Ramczyks tape out the damn water!

Game Charles Johnson Jersey I just dont see a thing Ramczyk currently does better than Robinson, aside from not getting arrested. I dont see Ramczyk having nearly as high a ceiling. I cant find a rationale for picking Ramczyk over Robinson, but its not my pick.

Letting Josh Norman walk as a free agent last year was a bold stand against overpaying the cornerback position, but replacing him wasnt easy. With Lattimore, the Panthers get the top cornerback in the class as long as he can stay healthy. In the second round, Carolina adds a pair of weapons for Cam Newton to work with, even if they arent wide receivers. Kamara can split carries with Jonathan Stewart, and Engram can allow the Panthers to run two tight end sets with more effectiveness than what Ed Dickson provides.

Trier and Ayton will be surrounded by a quality cast.

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The big get for Arizona next season is center DeAndre Ayton, who enters college as either the No. 1 or No. 2 recruit in the country depending on which outlet you like best. Ayton very much looks the part of a basketball unicorn: Hes a 7-footer who can stroke jumpers and has the lateral quickness to defend the perimeter. Ayton also boasts a 75 wingspan that should make him an intimidating rim protector, too.

Jermey Parnell Kids Jersey Trier and Ayton will be surrounded by a quality cast. Point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and center Dusan Ristic will return as seniors. Brandon Randolph is a four-star freshman who will help on the wing, while Ira Lee is a four-star power forward who will add depth inside. There’s also Dylan Smith, a transfer from UNC-Asheville who will make his debut next season. And there is always the chance Alkins could return.

(Ah yes, a PODIUM GAME, for those who dont know: in the playoffs, they have press conferences for the stars, plus any players who have abnormally good performances and would attract an excessive amount of media attention in the post-game open locker room. Stephenson played well enough to deserve a podium appearance, although in this case, it appears he did his media in the locker room.)

Stephenson finished with 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 27 minutes, plus seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

Here’s how LeBron James’ beef with Lance Stephenson began

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers will meet in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, which means one thing and one thing only:

LeBron James vs. Lance Stephenson: The Next Chapter.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Cavaliers actually worked Stephenson out as a prospect to join the team midseason. James had no qualms with the team potentially signing a past enemy.

“I got a history with Lance, too, obviously,” he said, according to ESPN. “I just want to win, man. That’s all that matters to me. I got no personal problems with nobody.”

“C.J. took it upon himself,” George said during his post-game press conference. “I’m confident in all my guys taking shots, that’s not the issue. But in that situation like that, I’ve gotta get that.”

George gave the ball up after LeBron James came with a double team at the top of the three-point line.

But there were at least four seconds remaining after he made that pass. He even ran at Miles calling for the ball, but Miles dribbled in the opposite direction before pump-faking and missing a look at a game-winning buzzer beater.

PG said he spoke to Miles and told him he needs to take that last shot, according to Scott Sargent at Waiting For Next Year. George gave the ball up to get it back.

“I was asking for it,” George said. “I was trying to give it up to force them to scramble to the open man so I could get it back. At that time, it’s not enough seconds on the clock for them to try to double team again.”
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