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Top 5 Picks in NFL Draft
 Top 5 Picks in NFL Draft 

Top 5 Picks in NFL Draft

All five are linemen in draft considered weak on QBs

(Newser) - The NFL draft is under way and off to an unusual start. For the first time since the 1970 pro football merger, offensive tackles were taken with the first two picks. ( Bleacher Report has live coverage). Here are the top five overall:
  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, Central Michigan,

Thanks to Parents, Football Is Toast
 Thanks to Parents, 
 Football Is Toast 

Thanks to Parents, Football Is Toast

John Kass doesn't think the NFL can survive the concussion issue

(Newser) - The NFL draft is a time to think about the future of football, and John Kass has come to a conclusion: "It's as dead as the Marlboro Man," he writes in the Chicago Tribune . You know the reason: concussions. But contrary to what you might expect, the...

Colts Take Andrew Luck as No. 1 Pick

 Colts Make 
 Andrew Luck 
 No. 1 Pick 
top 5 nfl draft picks

Colts Make Andrew Luck No. 1 Pick

Stanford quarterback will head to Peyton Manning's old team

(Newser) - The Indianapolis Colts stuck to the plan tonight in the NFL draft and made Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck this year's No. 1 pick, reports the Indianapolis Star . ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that he will get a four-year deal for $22 million. That's relatively modest by NFL standards,...

Peyton Who? Colts to Pick Andrew Luck

Stanford quarterback will replace Manning: Indianapolis Star, ESPN

(Newser) - Drinking game for next week's NFL draft: Tip one every time the phrase "big shoes to fill" is used in reference to the No. 1 pick: The Indianapolis Colts have decided to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, report ESPN and the Indianapolis Star . Luck, of course, will replace...

NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Pick Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton First
 Carolina Makes 
 QB Cam Newton 
 No. 1 Pick 
top 5 in nfl draft

Carolina Makes QB Cam Newton No. 1 Pick

No surprise: Panthers draft Auburn star

(Newser) - The No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft is—no drum roll necessary—Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. As expected, the Carolina Panthers picked him first, reports ESPN . Newton won this year's Heisman and led Auburn to the national title. The draft's first round runs tonight, followed...

NFL Draft Pick May Lose Foot After Car Wreck

Giants rookie Chad Jones in surgery in New Orleans

(Newser) - Chad Jones, a New York Giants draft pick who was a two-sport star at LSU, is in guarded condition and in danger of losing his left foot after a car accident early this morning in New Orleans, the Shreveport Times reports. Jones, a safety who entered the draft after his...

You Can Already Buy a Tim Tebow Broncos Jersey

Hype swells over surprise pick in the draft

(Newser) - It's been less than 24 hours since the Broncos selected Tim Tebow, and we're not even positive what his number will be yet, but you can already buy his jersey for $80 at —and we're willing to bet a lot of Denver fans are going to do...

This Year's No. 1 Pick: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford

He's going to the hapless St. Louis Rams

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams picked Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 selection in the NFL draft tonight. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner convinced the Rams he's recovered from shoulder surgery last October. He better have: St. Louis was 1-15 a year ago and has a sorry 6-42 record...

Rolle Looks to Cash In on Rhodes Scholar Jaunt
Rolle Looks to Cash In on Rhodes Scholar Jaunt
brains + brawn = ad deals?

Rolle Looks to Cash In on Rhodes Scholar Jaunt

But everyone's wondering if year off will hurt his NFL career

(Newser) - Myron Rolle thinks he can make up the roughly $8 million he passed up by putting off the NFL for a year to be a Rhodes scholar with endorsement deals from companies enticed by his mix of brains and brawn. Rolle’s agents are working the phones, and have already...

Homeless Teen Heads to Ravens

Offensive tackle Oher is 23rd pick of NFL draft

(Newser) - A homeless teen turned All-American football player is headed to the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens yesterday traded up to choose Mississippi offensive tackle Michael Oher as the 23rd pick of this year's draft, reports the Baltimore Sun. "It's been a long journey," said Oher, close to tears. "...

Jets Rise in Draft, Grab QB Sanchez

(Newser) - The New York Jets have their franchise quarterback. The Jets selected former Southern California star Mark Sanchez with the fifth pick of the NFL draft today after trading with the Cleveland Browns to leap from the 17th overall spot. Sanchez, with his powerful and accurate arm and excellent field vision,...

Lions to Make Stafford No. 1 Draft Pick

Georgia quarterback inks record $78 million deal with Detroit

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions have signed a deal to make Matthew Stafford the NFL's top draft pick, sources tell ESPN. The Georgia quarterback, a key part of the Lions' plans to rebuild after the worst season in NFL history, has been given a 6-year deal worth a maximum of $78 million,...

Having Top NFL Draft Pick Is Now 'Lead Necklace'

(Newser) - As far as usefulness and entertainment value, Michael Rosenberg writes for Fox Sports, the NFL draft, which begins Saturday “is dead.” Inflated rookie contracts mean the worst teams have the privilege of paying exorbitant fees for unproven players. Take the Lions, 0-16 last season. Their “reward for...

Heisman Winner Staying in College

Sam Bradford picks another year with Sooners over NFL draft

(Newser) - Sooner sophomore Sam Bradford is skipping the NFL draft for at least another year of college football, reports the Oklahoman. The Heisman-winning quarterback, expected to have been a first-round pick, said his dream has always been to play for the University of Oklahama, and he sees no reason to cut...

Rhodes Scholar Rolle Picks Oxford Over NFL

Puts pro career on hold until 2010

(Newser) - Former Florida State star safety Myron Rolle is skipping the NFL to head instead to England's prestigious Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, reports the New York Times. Rolle, who hails from New Jersey, is the most prominent college athlete since Bill Bradley in 1965 to win a Rhodes scholarship....

Army Orders Lions Rookie to Active Duty

West Point star can't report to Detroit training camp

(Newser) - West Point graduate Caleb Campbell—drafted in April by the Detroit Lions—has been ordered to put his pro football career on hold and report for military duty, the Detroit News reports. The Army abruptly changed its policy and told Campbell—a day before he was to report to training...

Soldier to Serve His Country ... as a Linebacker

Army grad, drafted by Detroit, skips active duty if he makes team

(Newser) - If linebacker Caleb Campbell hadn't been picked up by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the NFL draft Sunday, he'd  be suiting up for the battlefield, not the gridiron. Assuming he makes the team, Campbell, who graduates from the U.S. Military Academy  May 31, will be allowed...

The Draft's Winners and Losers
 The Draft's Winners and Losers 

The Draft's Winners and Losers

The Chiefs came out on top, but who botched their picks?

(Newser) - The Chiefs made all 13 of their 2008 draft picks count by tapping defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and picking up sleepers, writes Mel Kiper Jr for ESPN. The Cowboys would have made out equally well but didn't draft a wide receiver, and the Redskins got big guns despite trading out...

Longs Top Draft, Ryan Goes #3
 Longs Top Draft, Ryan Goes #3 
Draft Day

Longs Top Draft, Ryan Goes #3

Raiders take McFadden with fourth pick

(Newser) - The two top picks at today's NFL draft were spoiled ahead of time: Everyone knew Jake Long and Chris Long would go first and second. The real drama started with pick #3, in which the Atlanta Falcons chose Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. The Raiders took Darren McFadden with pick...

Road to NFL Often Starts at High School Bowl Game

Small company identifies future stars

(Newser) - For many of the top prospects in this year’s NFL draft, the path to stardom didn’t begin in college. Instead, it started at the US Army All-American Bowl, an annual high-school all-star game that’s been remarkably good at spotting future NFL talent. Since 2005, 69 participants have...

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