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NFL draft 2017: Best players available after Round 3

Jiri Hudler Authentic Jersey Saturday is the final day of the 2017 NFL draft, and weve got you covered with our running list of the best available players.

Geneo Grissom Authentic Jersey Well be taking the picks off the board as they happen. To keep up with the pick-by-pick results, check out our live tracker.

During his time at Ohio State, Samuel was the ultimate playmaker for Urban Meyer. The Brooklyn native began his career as a true freshman running back behind Ezekiel Elliott, where he averaged 6.6 yards per carry on Ohio States national championship squad.

As a sophomore, he was moved to a hybrid RB/WR role on a loaded roster, where he was unable to steal carries from the workhorse that was Elliott, or see much time with the barrage of future NFL talent that was on the perimeter.

With Braxton Miller out of the picture, Samuel was able to settle in at H-back, aka the Percy Harvin positionin Meyers offense. In that ultimate playmaking role, Samuel racked up 771 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, while compiling 865 yards and seven touchdowns on a team-leading 74 receptions. As one can see, the kid from Brooklyn was the ultimate Swiss-Army Knife for the Buckeyes.

Some analysts have been mocking a cornerback to the Falcons at No. 31, but thats not actually a need for Atlanta. The Falcons are likely to target an edge rusher early, and safety and guard are also priorities. Kiper gives the Falcons defensive end Taco Charlton at No. 31, and hell fit in nicely with Atlantas defense. Obi Melifonwu would be a great addition to the Falcons defensive backfield, and guard Dorian Johnson in the third makes sense for Atlanta.

This young Ravens fan announcing their pick was the best moment of the NFL draft

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This is Maryland eighth-grader T.J. Onwuanibe.

Why is he so excited?

Through the Make-A-Wish foundation, John Harbaugh invited him to the NFL draft to make the Ravens draft pick announcement.

Onwuanibe got to announce former Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey as the Ravens first round draft pick ¡ª 16th pick overall.

Brandon Scherff Authentic Jersey This moment was so awesome. Barring the actual players, he is the most excited person in the building right now.

Onwuanibe is 14. In 2015, he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Thankfully, hes in remission now.

Congratulations T.J.! (and Marlon, for being the first Bama player drafted this year.) Jones might have been the first cornerback off the board if he hadnt torn his Achilles at his pro day. The injury is a concern, but his talent isnt. Once hes healthy, he should be a force in the Eagles secondary.

You may not have heard of Everett. Hes a small school tight end, and a converted basketball player who has the potential to become a quality contributor at the next level. Its just a matter of putting it all together.

As a consequence, the Air Raid offense has been responsible for rewriting NCAA record books, but has produced little NFL talent at quarterback.

The most successful NFL quarterback to come from an Air Raid offense at this point is Nick Foles. Hes never recreated the Pro Bowl season he had in 2013 under then-head coach Chip Kelly, and after bouncing around the league, hes back in Philadelphia competing for a backup job.

5-star recruit Kevin Knox turned down $1.4 million to play in college instead of overseas

Kevin Knox was offered $1.4 million by a professional basketball team in China to go pro as soon as he graduates from high school, according to an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. He turned it down without much thought.

Wait, what?

This offer was made knowing that Knox would only be around for a season before going to the NBA, like Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay before him. The $1.4 million offered is a lot of money to make in one year for anyone, but especially coming out of high school. However, bypassing college was never really on the table for Knox.

“Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years. Dan’s dedication to the game, to the player and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers everywhere was unparalleled.

“He was a role model and trusted colleague to commissioners since Bert Bell, countless NFL owners, and so many others in and out of the NFL. A voice of reason on a wide range of topics, including diversity and labor relations, Dan always had the league’s best interests at heart. For my part, Dan’s friendship and counsel were both inspiring and irreplaceable.”

In addition to his contributions to football, Rooney also served as the United States Ambassador to Ireland under President Barack Obama from 2009 until 2012.

Aaron Rodgers’ ex-girlfriend Olivia Munn reportedly ‘devastated’ by split

Aaron Rodgers’ ex-girlfriend, Olivia Munn, reportedly is still holding out hope the couple can reconcile.
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US Weekly this week quoted an unidentified friend of Munn’s as saying, She is devastated. She hopes they can work things out and get back together.

After reports surfaced last week that the Packers quarterback and the actress had amicably ended their three-year relationship, People magazine reported,They remain close friends and wish nothing but the best for each other moving forward.

Munn apparently wants more than that. US Weekly reported that Munn and Rodgers went through a tough period last year because Olivia doesnt get along with his family. They think shes controlling.
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New England traded the 28th overall pick (Joe Staley, who proved to be absolutely worth it) for a 2007 fourth-rounder and a first in 2008. When the 49ers tanked the following season, it gave the Patriots the No. 7 overall pick that year. Belichick traded down once more from there, acquiring the 10th and 78th picks that spring, where future captain Mayo was selected.

One day later, a series of late round moves led to the 2008 selection of Matthew Slater. In nine seasons with the team, hes been named a special teams Pro Bowler six times.

In the end, I decided on Greg Monroe ahead of two other big men whose roles have evolved with the games dynamics. Like Monroe, both Enes Kanter and Zach Randolph are prototypical reserve bigs who anchor second-team offenses and clean the glass. All three were productive in their roles, but Monroe had a more positive impact on Milwaukees fortunes.

what more could you really have asked from Green on Sunday?

Now they’re going back to the Premier League. Thanks to their 2-1 win over Wigan and Huddersfield’s draw later on Monday, the Seagulls have clinched their place in the top division for the 2017-18 season. Leading scorer Glenn Murray tallied the opener for Brighton, while Solomon March secured their ascent to the Premier League with the winner.
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Brighton’s return has been a while coming. Since their last top-flight season in 1983, Brighton have dipped down into the fourth tier on a couple of occasions, and flirted with slipping out of the league altogether. They’ve sold their old home, the Goldstone Ground, spent a couple of seasons playing some 70 miles away in Gillingham, and ultimately had to wait 14 years to find a new permanent home. They’ve changed owners twice, and changed managers nearly 30 times.

Authentic Mens Joe Thomas Jersey But it’s also been coming. Off the field, Brighton pull the 15th-largest average crowd in the country, and their commercial literature boasts that they “operate largely as a Premier League club.” On field, since returning to the Championship in 2011, Brighton have made the semifinals of the playoffs three times, only to find themselves knocked out each time before reaching Wembley. This time around, whether they go on to lift the trophy or not, they’ve made sure of things.

Even if that’s slight hyperbole, what more could you really have asked from Green on Sunday? Take his line: 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks, three steals, and 6-of-10 shooting. Two more steals, and he would have recorded the 18th five-by-five — at least five of each of the five major counting stats — in NBA history. (Of the previous 17, the most recent one does belong to Green.) One more assist, and he would have added another triple-double to his ledger.
For those who ask why Green is still seen as a better player than, say, Paul George, here’s why. He’s the exact opposite of what we’d expect from a “traditional” superstar, who takes 25 shots per game, often creating them by himself. Instead, he just does everything else on the basketball court, and it’s great.

Ben Roethlisberger is presumably better accustomed than most to dealing with the Heinz Field weather

Managing the conditions is a common theme from the weekend, and the Steelers did it better than the Lions. High-powered passing in the first half became muted in the second, typified by Matthew Stafford’s terrible attempts to throw through the rain after a potent first half that positioned the Lions to break records.

Ben Roethlisberger is presumably better accustomed than most to dealing with the Heinz Field weather, especially against a team used to playing inside a dome. The Steelers changed their offense to short passing and ball control, transitioning from the big play passing of the first half. One team adjusted, another didn’t and this changed the game.
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In January, a stormy, windy Week 11 will be remembered as just another week in the 2017 season, but these games raised interesting questions about how potential playoff teams can cope with weather conditions. It’s not uncommon to see teams fail in the post-season because they can’t adjust their game plan. This weekend, Detroit and Cincinnati in particular did poor jobs of coping with shifts in weather. For Chicago and Buffalo, two outdoor teams nestled along the Great Lakes, the wind and rain was just another adjustment.

Youth Brian McCann Jersey Miami recorded a signature win in the second game of the season as Ryan Tannehill led the team to a win over the Indianapolis Colts. Two months later, the Dolphins lost to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, largely because of a lack of pass protection.

Locker room issues compounded an already weak offensive line, with the team’s bullying scandal causing it to lose right tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito. As a result, Tannehill has been sacked a total of 11 times in the last three weeks, unable to find his deep routes.

Gonzaga was the better team for much of Monday night.

The Heels nearly blew a big lead to Arkansas in the second round, and Williams was quick to note they were lucky to survive. The Elite Eight game against Kentucky came down to a wild final sequence, with Williams electing to let his team attack the Wildcats rather than call a timeout after Malik Monk’s incredible three-pointer tied the game with nine seconds left. Maye ended it at the buzzer.

The win over Oregon on Saturday was just as dramatic. UNC missed four straight free throws late, but grabbed consecutive offensive rebounds to seal the victory as Ducks center Jordan Bell broke down in tears.

Gonzaga was the better team for much of Monday night. If freshman star Zach Collins didn’t get called for a questionable fourth foul early in the second half, it might be a different story. Same goes for the non-call on Meeks with his hand out of bounds for that key loose ball with under one minute remaining.

Football is fun because of how unpredictable it is. It’s equally scary for that same reason. The Chiefs are 9-1, the Texans and Falcons are 2-8. There’s a reason to tune in at the beginning of the season for every fan and also reasons for every fan to be fearful that they’ll need to turn away.

Even knowing how unpredictable the season can be, the list of players to play quarterback in the NFL this year is rather unbelievable.

Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien have made starts for the Green Bay Packers. Matt Flynn might make a start for them soon as well, which would be his second team to start for this year and this third team overall.

Check out this incredible picture of North Carolina fans celebrating on Franklin Street

North Carolina defeated Gonzaga on Monday night, 71-65, to win its sixth national championship in college basketball. Last year, UNC made it to the final game only to lose in heartbreaking fashion on a buzzer-beater to Villanova. This year? It took care of business and Tar Heels fans are LIVING.

This is one of the most incredible pictures I’ve ever seen.

With the addition of the Shockers, the AAC would further establish itself as a strong, multibid conference, with UConn (which won a national title in 2014), SMU, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Temple.
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WSU doesn’t provide the one thing that is typically discussed the most in conference realignment: a major TV market.

The AAC is already a league without a strong geographical identity, as it spans from Connecticut to Tampa and Oklahoma. Another outpost would shift the balance of the conference away from the East Coast and further muddle the identity of the league, perhaps making it harder to develop and sustain rivalries. Plus, it’s not like Wichita State is an AAU research powerhouse, should conference presidents care about academic reputation.

John Kruk Youth Jersey There’s also the risk that Marshall could leave. While he’s turned down power jobs before and already makes a healthy salary (reported to be over $3 million, thanks to some big-time boosters, including the Koch brothers), the school has not enjoyed much postseason success without him.

Who they could still target in the draft: In their latest mocks, Kadar, McShay, and Mel Kiper are all expecting the Seahawks to target defensive players in the first round instead of prioritizing the line.

Lotulelei is asked to plug the middle of the line of scrimmage

Alfonzo Dennard underwent a knee procedure that will keep him from playing Sunday against one of the best offenses in football. The New England Patriots will rely on Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington at quarterback to shut down Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and the Denver Broncos.

Fortunately for the Patriots, the Broncos may be without Wes Welker, who still has to pass NFL protocol after suffering a concussion last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. If Welker sits, it will make life much easier for a shorthanded Patriots’ secondary.

Most commonly, Lotulelei is asked to plug the middle of the line of scrimmage and free up space for Carolina’s defensive ends and linebackers. He does this unbelievably well, eating up double teams on a consistent basis. On one drive, Lotulelei ate up a double team on one play and dropped back into coverage a few plays later. The comfortability in space confused the Patriots, freeing up Greg Hardy for a sack.

Game Kids Winston Guy Jersey Those are the little things. They often go unnoticed, but Lotulelei is having a big impact on one of the best front sevens in football. Without his ability to eat up blockers and cause offensive lines to scheme for him, would Charles Johnson be as productive as he is?

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Don’t expect Lotulelei to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. What he’s doing isn’t showing up on the stat sheet all the time like other players in this class. But whether or not Lotulelei finishes the season with hardware or not shouldn’t diminish what he’s been able to accomplish from the moment he stepped on the field.
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If the Panthers keep winning, Loutlelei will only get to prove himself on bigger and bigger stages. The attention will come, even if only from opposing offensive lines.