UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

Switzer, who never missed a game in college, understands durability will always be a concern for someone his size. But he is sure it won’t be a problem, as is his higher-profile teammate, quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

“(His size) is not gonna matter,” said Trubisky, who might be the first quarterback selected this year. “That hasn’t stopped him this far. Nobody could cover him one-on-one. He’s definitely gonna translate to the next level.”

UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

“He’s, if not the hardest worker, one of the hardest workers I have ever met in my life,” Lawrence said. “His will to be better and be the best is going to separate him. He’s quick, he’s fast, he can catch, he can go across the middle, he can do it all.”

Switzer won’t be having a big draft party this week, or going out and celebrating. He’ll be at home in Charleston, W.V., watching the draft with his mom, dad, four sisters and fiancée in his childhood living room.

He’s prepared to go anywhere from Round 2-7, but don’t expect him to play with a chip on his shoulder if he falls.

Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama: Robinson was once considered a lock for the first round, but will have to wait until the second round. The former Crimson Tide tackle could provide some versatility on the line as either a right tackle or even inside at guard. The Louisiana native looks the part at 6-6, 322 pounds and shouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called Friday. nike_cardinals_1805

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NFL Draft 2017: Former Clemson receiver Germone Hopper wants one last chance

Authentic Kids Bashaud Breeland Jersey CHARLOTTE, N.C. Germone Hopper wants another chance.

After walking away from the Clemson football program last year, Hopper is hoping to draw at least one NFL team’s interest.

Listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds while at Clemson, Hopper caught 71 passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns over three seasons. If you don’t quite remember who he is, he’s the dude who juked Syracuse safety Antwan Cordy into viral Internet infamy in 2015.

I’m not going to lie, Samuel said about his time. I didn’t expect it. My times in training weren’t 4.31 or 4.3s at all. I know once I give my body the proper time to heal and rest I can pull off something like that.
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Samuel’s time raised his draft stock, but it also increased the gamble teams must take to get him. Which franchise is willing to do that in the first few rounds? He could be a luxury pick for a playoff contender, or he could be asked to contribute right away for a lower-tier team. Keep in mind Harvin was taken with the No. 22 pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. It’s a flashy pick.

That could apply even more in the NFL: Consider Harvin’s best season with Minnesota in 2011, when he had 87 catches for 967 yards and six touchdowns with 52 rushes for 345 yards and two scores. He added 624 total return yards and another touchdown That’s a decent path for Samuel in the NFL, given the correct landing spot.

Harvin checked in at 5-11 and 192 pounds before running a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Combine. Samuel had almost identical dimensions at 5-11 and 196 pounds, but he ran a 4.31 in the 40. That got lost because Washington’s John Ross ran a 4.22 just before Samuel.

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Raiders’ move to Las Vegas gaining momentum as NFL owners schedule vote, reports say

It’s beginning to look like Las Vegas has a winning hand with the NFL.

It won’t be cheap — a Raiders relocation fee will range from $325 million to $375 million, MMQB.com reports — but a vote is scheduled for Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora.

He writes: The league is incredibly careful about if or when a matter this large gets before the entire caucus of 32 owners for a relocation vote, and the mere fact that a vote of that very nature is scheduled for Monday is further indication that the Raiders are on the move.

At the heart of the case, Hamid used a variety of schemes to under-report attendance from 2008-11 at Skybox on Sheffield, a rooftop club beyond the historic ballpark’s right-field wall.
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Vince Dunn Authentic Jersey According to the Tribune, Hamid sobbed as he apologized in court before his sentencing, calling Wrigley Field a very special place and the partnership with the team a dream opportunity. I betrayed the Cubs, he said.

The Cubs’ frequently contentious relations with rooftop club owners — which escalated after the Ricketts family bought the team — wound up in court in 2015. Skybox on Sheffield owners sued over plans to put up a huge video board in right field as part of Wrigley Field renovations because it and other signage would obstruct the rooftop club’s views of the playing field.

A federal judge refused to order the team to stop construction, and now Skybox on Sheffield — which calls itself Chicago’s Premier Luxury Rooftop on its website — promotes an experience more than just the game since it has no view of Wrigley’s infield.

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Crazy photos: Padres’ Petco Park is completely flooded

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The San Diego Padres need a boat right now to access the outfield of Petco Park.

The stadium is completely flooded.

Fortunately, there was no real damage caused to the field, according to 10News.com.

The Padres will host the Giants at Petco Park in their home opener on April 7.

Hanson hoped it would be an inspired choice. Then again, this was in the days before the internet.

I didn’t even know if Red was even still alive, he said.

Barber was indeed still alive, though the Hall of Fame broadcaster had been retired for more than 15 years and wasn’t paying much attention to baseball anymore. But Diamond tracked him down in Florida and persuaded him to join the project.

Couldn’t have been any nicer. Professional. Took great pride in his work, Hanson said. 鈥?I believe he was in his 80s at the time, (and he) just really jumped into the project and embraced it.

From editing to music licensing to Barber’s voice-overs and other technical aspects of production, the process seemed never-ending.

Cole Hamels Jersey We went down to the wire getting that program done, and it took us all winter, Diamond said. I bet you we were still editing the day before it aired.

There was also the matter of coming up with a title. Turns out, the solution was in front of them the whole time.

I think one day we were going, This is a grind.’ And somebody said, God, it’s a long way to October. It was like, Oh, hey. Hello?! Diamond said. How did we come up with the name? I think because we lived it.

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NFL Draft picks 2017: Results for Rounds 4-7, Day 3

Rounds 1-3 of the 2017 NFL Draft were anything but predictable. There was no reason to suggest Day 3 of the draft, which included Rounds 4-7 and concluded this year’s selection process, would be any different.

The best players available after Round 3 included some recognizable names, players who had slipped to Day 3 for various reasons.

From the Packers’ selection at the top of Round 4 to the Broncos’ selection of Mr. Irrelevant, Sporting News provided NFL Draft pick updates for the final four rounds.

Desmond King, CB, Iowa — King was the 2015 Thorpe Award winner and had 14 career interceptions as a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes. He’s a 5-10, 206-pound DB with very good ball skills. He could be on an island outside or play nickel in the slot, which would be his ideal fit. While he does have excellent ball skills and good vision, he is tight in the hips, which is why moving him inside would be the right move for whichever team were pick him in the second round.

Carl Lawson, DE/OLB Auburn — It’s kind of a shock Lawson is still available. The 6-2, 261-pound pass rusher was a first-team All-SEC selection with 14 tackles for loss and 9 1/2 sacks last season. Lawson was bothered by injuries while at Auburn and received a medical redshirt in 2014 because of a torn ACL. He then had a hip injury in 2015. If he can stay healthy, the talent is there with an aggressive player who has natural power and explosive burst off the snap.


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NFL Draft 2017: Titans take Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, first receiver off the board

The first receiver off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft was not Clemson’s Mike Williams or Washington’s John Ross.

Cars, and sometimes even houses, are popular gifts for relatives of athletes rolling in the dough of their first professional sports contracts. A quick Google search reveals that the average cost of butt implants is $4,860.

The amount Corey Davis will receive with his first NFL contract depends on where he’s drafted. SN’s Jason Fitzgerald breaks down that pay scale here.

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Sammy and I have had good conversations about this decision, Bills coach Sean McDermott said in a statement. There is no question Sammy is a very good football player and has worked very hard during his rehab this offseason. We look forward to having a healthy Sammy on the field in 2017.

Malcom Brown Mens Jersey The Bills spent a second-round pick in this year’s draft on record-setting former East Carolina wideout Zay Jones. Jones has a frame and skillset similar to Watkins, so Buffalo may have found their former first-round pick expendable.

Buffalo will still have the opportunity to re-sign Watkins or stick the franchise tag on him after the 2017 season. If the Bills opt not to do those things, he will become a free agent.

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Trubisky was the first quarterback taken off the board despite a grand total of 13 starts at the college level.

The Warriors took extreme caution with Kevin Durant’s calf injury in Game 2, electing to rest their star forward instead of playing him. Golden State had no trouble at all taking care of business in his absence, crushing the Trail Blazers 110-81 while getting balanced scoring up and down the lineup.

Durant is considered questionable for Game 3, and Golden State has the luxury of allowing him to rest until he is 100 percent ready with this series firmly in control.

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Wise first saw action with the Razorbacks in 2012, but didn’t become a full-time starter in Fayetteville until 2016. In his five-year career, he started only 10 games but still managed to have a major impact as a rotational defensive end; in his final two seasons with the program, he tallied 16 tackles for loss — 11.5 of them sacks — but failed to inspire confidence in his durability and endurance as an every-down end.

Wise’s relatively low draft slot helps mitigate those concerns, as well as his likely role as a rotational pass rusher for the Patriots next fall. He’s a developmental prospect who will earn snaps alongside more established defensive ends like Kony Ealy, Trey Flowers, and Rob Ninkovich.

William Jackson Youth Jersey Trubisky was the first quarterback taken off the board despite a grand total of 13 starts at the college level. He spent his first two active seasons at North Carolina biding his time behind Marquise Williams before taking off last fall. His polished mechanics and poise in the pocket made him one of the FBS’s top passers and rocketed him up draft boards.

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Wizards players could be suspended after stepping onto court during scuffle

Players from the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks both engaged in a brief altercation towards the end of the first quarter in Game 6 on Friday. Double technicals were handed out to two sets of players, but the bigger question is whether several Wizards who stepped onto the floor will receive one-game suspensions headed into Washington’s next game.

The play started when Bradley Beal broke out for a full-court dunk and was unnecessarily bumped by Kent Bazemore, which caused him to spill into the photographer’s row. Beal takes offense, yelling at Bazemore, and both sides do a bit of pushing and shoving.

San Antonio isn’t made up of bad players, by any means, but a dirty secret around the league is that the Spurs aren’t as good as we’ve perhaps made them out to be. Despite 61 wins, San Antonio has had to lean heavily on Leonard throughout the year to be the best player, lacking enough consistency around him to direct those responsibilities to anybody else.

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Smith might have been the most athletic point guard in college basketball this season, which is scary considering he was only a year removed from tearing his ACL. He’s an explosive rim attacker who could breathe life into a Magic organization that desperately needs it.
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NBA playoff schedule 2017: Cavs look to take 2-0 lead vs. Raptors, while Spurs try to even series with Rockets

The second round of the playoffs are fully in swing now as the Cavaliers and Raptors, and Spurs and Rockets, head for Game 2 on Wednesday night.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers will look to take a strong 2-0 lead on the Raptors in Cleveland. James was in complete control in Game 1, giving us the best LeBron that we’ve come to know. He finished the night with 35 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists while casually dominating the Raptors all night. He even was feeling himself enough to jokingly grab a beer from the sidelines during the game. When LeBron plays like this and is having fun, there really isn’t much anyone else can do. We’ll see what the Raptors can bring in Game 2.

On the other side of the NBA, the Rockets handed the Spurs their worst home loss in playoff history in Game 1. The game ended in a 126-99 blowout for the Rockets, but honestly, the game wasn’t even that close. To further explain how much of a blowout this game was, the Rockets hit 22 three-pointers, and their starters didn’t even play the fourth quarter. We saw the Spurs in a position we rarely see them in, unable to make anything happen on offense, while having no answers on defense. That said, it’s hard to imagine Gregg Popovich won’t have something figured out for Game 2.

The fun Paul George wasn’t having? Lance Stephenson had that. The Pacers went on a five game win streak to end the season, sliding into the seventh seed in the playoffs. While Lance brought the fun back, Paul George won Eastern Conference Player of the Month averaging 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists through the final six games. For a brief moment in time, maybe Paul George’s future in Indiana would have a happy ending.


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2017 NFL draft features 9 famous sons, including Hardy Nickerson and Barry Sanders

The 2017 NFL draft is upon us, and some of the names you hear throughout the three days might sound familiar. This year, there are at least nine sons of former NFL players in the mix, including Barry Sanders Jr., Christian McCaffrey, and Hardy Nickelson Jr. The group includes a talented list of fathers, some of whom were Pro Bowlers, along with one Hall of Famer.

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But in his final college season, Lattimore stayed healthy and turned in an impressive performance. He finished the season with four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and it was enough to place him at the top of pre-draft cornerback rankings. Now we’ll see if Lattimore can take his game to the next level with the Saints.

Despite his injury history and limited starting experience, Lattimore proved last year that he has the skills to be an NFL cornerback. His 30 bench press reps were tied for fourth best among defensive linemen at the NFL Combine, and will allow him to compete with the best offensive line the NFL has to offer.

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