The 2019 NHL draft class’ best at everything: Top skater, shooter, more

Who has the best puck skills? The fastest wheels? How about the most unstoppable one-timer? We go through 33 skills for the draft class.
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It’s MLB draft day! Here’s what you need to know

From who might get picked No. 1 to whether this pitching-poor draft might create a few surprises, here’s your cheat sheet on draft day trends and topics.
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The 29 best NBA draft prospects not named Zion

Zion Williamson is the jewel of next month's draft, so what do the consolation prizes look like? Here are the 30 best prospects in the 2019 draft. 

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Mock draft 2.0: Did title game help Hunter?

DeAndre Hunter led Virginia to the national championship with a huge performance, which might have boosted his stock into the top-five range.

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Mega NFL projections: Likely Super Bowl LIV matchups, 2020 draft order, more

The ESPN Analytics team ran 10,000 simulations of the season. The Chiefs are favorites, but there were plenty of surprises, including a Miami miracle.
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Our favorite 2019 NFL draft picks: Nine experts weigh in

The Jets got an interior game-wrecker. The Cardinals got their QB. Our insiders pick their favorite prospect-to-team fit.
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Which NFL prospects rocked the red carpet at the draft?

No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray’s Gatsby-inspired suit was on point, but his wasn’t the only bold look. We grade the best-dressed from the NFL draft.
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2019 NFL draft: Winners and losers in Round 1

The New York Jets just sat tight at No. 3 and got a player many consider to be the best in the entire draft.

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Meet the best player in the 2019 NFL draft

Alabama DL Quinnen Williams is confident in saying there's nobody better in this year's draft, and he's already thinking about his first sack dance in the NFL.

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Who’s No. 1 among No. 1 NFL draft picks?

Since the AFL-NFL merger, a half-century’s worth of drafts have resulted in 52 No. 1 draft picks. We rank them all according to the value to the teams that drafted them.

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NFL draft predictions for every team: Who’s trading up, who’s taking a QB

NFL Nation reporters make their best predictions for what will happen in this year’s draft.
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Not all NFL draft busts are created equal

Jason Smith, picked No. 2 overall in the 2009 NFL draft, is considered a bust. But there's much more to the story than that.

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Yep, the 1999 NFL draft was just as crazy as you thought

Trades, busts, deception, future Hall of Famers and a prayer about going to the Bengals — the 1999 NFL draft had a little bit of everything. And that was just the first seven picks.
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Yahoo Sports Mock Draft

Seven Yahoo Sports NFL draft experts hold a mock draft of the first round with analysis and reaction.

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How nine quarterback-needy teams get their guy in this draft

Our NFL Nation reporters analyze the different scenarios and outcomes for teams seeking a quarterback in the draft — and then give their final verdict.
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Can Kyler Murray rewrite years of NFL draft history and go No. 1?

Murray has already made history. So what’s next? Go No. 1 in the draft, become a franchise player and — oh yeah — completely blow up decades of doctrine about short quarterbacks.
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Why pass-rushers make life easier during the NFL draft

The NFL draft is maddening and comes with few sure things for those doing the picking. With near-instant success and skills that translate, pass-rushers are an easy choice. Good thing this year’s class is loaded.
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Ranking teams most likely to trade up — and down — in the draft

The Patriots have a ton of draft capital and big holes to fill. Could Bill Belichick actually move up? Here’s what we’re hearing on 10 teams looking to deal.
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The ultimate NFL draft glossary: Glass-eater, fluid hips, cow on ice and more

Every industry has its insider lingo. Impress your friends and sound like a draft expert by learning these simple terms.
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Mock draft: Surprise landing spot for Haskins

The aftermath of free agency has altered the league landscape, so it's time for a fresh look at the draft board and mock out where teams will turn in the draft.

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Mock Draft 1.0: Who goes after Zion?

While Zion Williamson is the consensus No. 1 pick in June's draft, the rest of the draft – at least after Nos. 2 and 3 – is anything but a sure thing.

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Clemson’s defensive line aims to make draft history

Austin Bryant, Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins are bonded like brothers, but they must go their separate ways in the NFL.
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Raiders’ splashy start to free agency sets stage for ‘surgical’ approach to draft

Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden were aggressive in free agency and still have three first-round draft picks and lots of options.
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NFL mock draft 1.0: Who’s the top pick?

Despite not working out at the scouting combine and lingering questions about his leadership, Oklahoma's Kyler Murrary is poised to make history next month.

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Could Cards trade out of No. 1? Answering 10 big draft questions

How much will the Cardinals need in return to trade out of the top spot? What is the one position the Packers need to address? NFL Nation answers burning questions.
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NBA draft lottery: Zion favorites, traded picks and tank races

The race to the top of the NBA draft is different this season. Here are our projections.
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2019 NHL mock draft 1.0: First-round predictions

With about four months remaining until the draft, we go from 1 to 31 in the first mock of the year.
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2019 NHL draft rankings: Chris Peters’ Top 50 prospects

It’s Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko leading the way, but how is the rest the 2019 class shaping up? We rank the top 50 prospects for June’s draft.
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Durant, Harden trail in fan vote; draft on Feb. 7

Five days are left in the fan vote for the NBA All-Star Game, and for now the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Rockets’ James Harden remain outside of the Western Conference starting five.
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Week 17 live: Scores, playoff scenarios, draft order and more

Three playoff spots are still up for grabs as we enter an oh-so-important Week 17 slate. Here’s a running log of what is happening all day long.
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Meet the 2019 NFL draft QB class: Everything you need to know

Get to know the next crop of rookie quarterbacks with scouting reports, insight from NFL personnel and what’s next for the top 11 prospects.
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Sabres trade D Fedun to Stars for draft pick

The Stars have acquired defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Sabres, who received a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.
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Passing the test: Top 10 QBs for 2019 NFL draft

Oregon's Justin Herbert — showing flashes of John Elway and Andrew Luck — should be the top quarterback taken, but after that it's wide open.

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Which member of the 2010 draft class would you build around?

The debate is not just Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin anymore. Our panel picks their franchise building block from the 210 players taken that year.
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Wysh list: Plant-my-flag draft picks for this fantasy season

Greg Wyshynski spills the beans on which players he’s targeting in his fantasy hockey drafts ahead of the 2018-19 NHL season.
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2018 Fantasy Football Draft Kit: Rankings, cheat sheets and more

Get everything you need to prepare for your fantasy football drafts here, including rankings and analysis from ESPN’s team of experts.
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National Draft Day: Ranking the top 200 players

It's National Draft Day, and the Yahoo fanalysts are continually working on their rankings so you can be ready when you’re on the clock.

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How all 256 NFL draft picks looked in training camp

Which rookies have impressed? Who are the Day 3 picks who could make an impact? NFL Nation assesses the performances of the entire 2018 class.
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Fantasy draft kit: Ranks, sleepers and more

With draft season in full swing, we're here to help you get ready. We've rounded up advice from our award-winning analysts all in one spot.

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Who do the top 2018 NHL draft picks remind us of?

What do the Buffalo Sabres really get with Rasmus Dahlin? How about Brian Leetch? We compare some top 2018 draft picks to players you already know.
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Way-too-early top-10 rankings for the 2019 draft

Jack Hughes sure seems like the top pick, but who else makes the early top 10 for next year’s draft?
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2018 NBA draft: Young, Doncic forever linked

Trae Young, the fifth overall pick, and a protected first-rounder in 2019 were all that was required for the Mavs to acquire Luka Doncic at No. 3 and set history into motion.

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NHL draft predictions: Who could be traded, wild cards, more

Our panel checks in on the prospects they most want to see in the NHL, veterans who could be traded, best picks of the past five years and more.
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NBA mock draft: Predicting tonight’s first round

Deandre Ayton is the likely No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, but after that it will get interesting.

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NBA draft: Best prospects, likely picks, rankings and needs

Who is going in the top five? Who will be the best player in this class? What trades can teams make? Here’s everything you need to know.
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Every team’s dream: Finding a draft night steal

What do Clint Capela, Donovan Mitchell and Draymond Green have in common? They flew under the radar and turned into big-time players.

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Six best NBA draft trades we’d like to see

Plenty of picks, like the rights to Luka Doncic, throughout the lottery could be in play for draft-night trades. So which moves should teams make?
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NBA mock draft: Every team’s perfect draft

Our experts go pick-by-pick selecting the best prospects in the first round, with everything you need to know about each player.
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Biggest NBA free-agency, trade and draft decisions for every team

Which decisions on key players, draft picks, trades and new contracts will be priorities for every franchise?
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Intriguing late-round NHL draft prospects

They might not crack the first 100 picks, but these 20 draft prospects offer potential in the late rounds.
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Will top draft prospect Mo Bamba reach his ridiculous ceiling?

The Texas center won’t be the No. 1 pick. But will he turn into the best player? That’s starting to look like a real question now.
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Mock draft: Will Suns pick Arizona star at No. 1?

DeAndre Ayton is the classic new-age big man and seems like a perfect fit for Phoenix, which won the draft lottery. But Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley III are tempting, too.

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NBA draft combine: Who can help or hurt their stock the most?

What are the big things to watch at the combine, and who has the most at stake? Our draft experts break down an important week for teams and prospects.
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NBA draft lottery: Likely picks, odds and stakes for every team

What’s at stake for the 15 teams in Tuesday’s draft lottery? We break down the likely picks, odds and questions.
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NBA lottery machine: Mock draft for every scenario

Feeling lucky? With the lottery next week, ESPN Insider Jonathan Givony breaks down more than 2,000 scenarios. See what happens if your team wins No. 1.
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Source: Giants tried to trade Flowers in draft

The Giants wanted to trade offensive tackle Ereck Flowers during the draft, but their asking price was too high, a source tells ESPN.
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Winners and losers of the 2018 NHL draft lottery

The Sabres get first dibs on this draft class, while the Canadiens and Hurricanes moved up. The Senators — and the Canucks’ mascot — were not so lucky.
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NFL Nation: Breaking down all 32 teams’ draft classes

The NFL draft is a wrap. NFL Nation reporters break down every pick. See what they think of your favorite team’s picks.
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Barnwell: Who stole draft value in Round 1 trades?

It was no surprise to see so many swaps during the NFL draft on Thursday. Who did the best when it comes to draft board value? The envelopes, please …
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NFL draft predictions for all 32 teams: Who’s trading up, more

Will the Browns deal the No. 1 pick? Which teams will move up for a QB? NFL Nation reporters make one prediction for every team.
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NFL draft Herbies: Kirk’s best of the best in 2018

Kirk Herbstreit watched and studied this class all college football season. Here are his picks for best players, Day 2 steals and more.
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Draft strategy could be double trouble for Browns

Cleveland hasn't had a quarterback in forever – you've seen the jersey with all the names on it, haven't you? – but drafting two QBs won't solve the problem.

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Franchise QB or bust? Making sense of Josh Allen, draft enigma

Rocket arm. Freakish talent. The Wyoming quarterback could be a superstar. But Allen has flaws that stand out from the usual top draft pick.
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Brady looms over Pats’ draft in a bunch of ways

Loaded with picks and potential, the 2018 NFL draft for New England is as much about star quarterback Tom Brady as it is about any college kid the franchise selects.

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Barnwell’s All-Trades Mock Draft: Wild deals for 32 NFL teams

Picture Odell Beckham Jr. or Le’Veon Bell in a Patriots uniform. Yeah, Bill Barnwell’s getting weird with trades at every first-round slot.
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Most memorable draft moments for all 32 teams

From the Chargers selecting Eli Manning (only to trade him) to Eagles fans booing Donovan McNabb, here’s a look back at top draft-day highlights.
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Final draft: Ozzie Newsome puts last touches on his historic Ravens legacy

In 22 years of existence, the Ravens have had two owners, three head coaches and countless stars, but only one GM. He has been a masterful architect.
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Which NHL draft lottery teams would Rasmus Dahlin impact the most?

We know who has the best lottery chances, and biggest need, but which team takes a big jump if it lands him? We assess the impact the 17-year-old Swedish defenseman would have on teams with the greatest chances.
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Where top six in draft stand: All about QBs, Barkley, Chubb

The Browns will have their choice of QBs at No. 1 and then see who’s there at No. 4; the Colts at No. 6 hope teams in front gobble up other QBs. And a standout running back and pass rusher are also in the mix.
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Ranking the teams most likely to trade up to draft a QB

The Patriots acquired the 23rd overall pick — their second in the first round — in exchange for Brandin Cooks. Could they be getting ready to move up the board for the next Jimmy Garoppolo?
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Who’s going to draft a QB? Rating all 32 NFL teams’ chances

Free agency reset the quarterback market. Which teams are after the top prospects in Round 1? Which will wait until Day 3? Which aren’t in the market at all? NFL Nation reporters evaluate interest throughout the league.
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Browns’ dream draft: Top QB plus Barkley, Chubb or Fitzpatrick

With the top three picks of the draft almost certain to be quarterbacks, the Browns will take the best non-quarterback with their second selection.
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Testing the NBA draft waters? More complicated than it sounds

Declaring for the NBA draft and then returning to school isn’t always a simple process, and pro teams are split on how aggressively to scout the influx of early-entry prospects.
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Next level: Young leaves OU to enter NBA draft

Trae Young, who averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists as a freshman at Oklahoma, is entering the NBA draft and is projected as a lottery pick.
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Where top six in NFL draft stand: Who’s taking QBs — or could trade down?

Teams in need of a franchise quarterback highlight the top of the NFL draft. But does that mean a QB will be taken with the first three picks?
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NFL quarterback dominoes: Teams that still need to draft (or buy)

Here are five quarterback situations that still appear the most questionable, and which teams might be looking to take a QB early in the draft.
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How far will top draft prospects go in the NCAA tourney?

What are the odds the NCAA tournament breaks well for NBA fans hoping to see the best draft prospects? Here’s how far each lottery pick in our most recent mock draft is projected to go, and the possible matchups in which prospects could face off.
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Sources: Bills trade Glenn, move up in draft

The Bengals have agreed to a trade with the Bills for left tackle Cordy Glenn, sources told ESPN.
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Better-than-expected haul for Tyrod Taylor sets Bills up to draft QB

Friday’s trade of Tyrod Taylor to the Browns was a show of welcome aggressiveness for the Bills, who now can draft a top quarterback prospect.
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Which team deserves to win draft lottery, get Dahlin?

Teams have fallen for Rasmus Dahlin, a 17-year-old Swedish defenseman who could change a franchise’s fortunes. Which one will get the chance to draft him? While the Sabres and Red Wings are worthy, our writers say another Original Six team will win out.
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Can you draft an All-Star champ? Assemble your own superstar roster

Assume the role of All-Star captain, assemble your team and choose a coaching style. Do you have what it takes to defeat Team LeBron or Team Stephen?
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Re-drafting the top five of the 2017 NFL draft: NFL Insiders go QB at No. 1

If there were a do-over of last year’s draft, how long would Deshaun Watson last? Would the Bears still pick Mitchell Trubisky to be their QB of the future? How early would Marshon Lattimore go? Our NFL Insiders re-draft the top five.
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Who’s going to draft a QB in April? Rating all 32 NFL teams’ chances

The 2018 NFL draft class is rich with quarterback talent. Which teams will go for the top-tier guys in Round 1? Which will wait until Day 3? Which aren’t even in the market? NFL Nation reporters evaluate interest throughout the league.
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Grading every team’s 2017 draft class

The Texans, Saints and Jaguars got major contributions from their rookies while the Ravens, Broncos and other teams were left disappointed.
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Tracking NFL playoff scenarios, draft order, teams that have clinched, more

Three postseason spots remain up for grabs, but even for teams out of the race, the final day of the regular season will have implications across the league. We’re keeping tabs on everything you need to know.
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Jimmy Garoppolo dramatically altered 49ers’ draft position, and that’s just fine with them

A franchise that was once all but certain to pick in the top five now sits at No. 8 were the NFL draft to take place today.
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2018 NFL draft QB class primer: Everything you need to know about Rosen, Mayfield, Darnold, more

Scouting reports, insight from NFL personnel and what’s next — we’ve got it all on the best signal-callers in next year’s draft. Catch up here on the most-talked-about class in years.
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The Kiper and McShay 2018 NFL draft primer

How excited should fans get about the quarterbacks? Is Baker Mayfield a first-round pick? Could a defender go No. 1 overall? It’s officially NFL draft season, and our experts are here to catch you up.
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NBA All-Star mock draft: How LeBron, Steph might pick their teams

NBA All-Star mock draft: How LeBron, Steph might pick their teams
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49ers may have gotten a draft steal in Foster (Yahoo Sports)

Reuben Foster

San Francisco took linebacker Reuben Foster late in the first round despite character questions that scared off other teams. So far, so good. Very, very good.



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Fantasy draft philosophy to avoid RB, WR busts (Yahoo Sports)

Draft philosophy to avoid RB and WR busts

The idea of avoiding players on teams with bad QBs isn’t groundbreaking, but taking a disciplined approach with the philosophy could save your sanity.



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Did Jackson fall asleep during draft workout? (Yahoo Sports)

Report: Phil Jackson fell asleep during prospect workout. (AP)

According to ESPN’s Jay Williams, the Knicks president was falling in and out of sleep during a potential lottery pick’s pre-draft session with the team.



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Nationals draft cousin of NFL QB Kirk Cousins (Yahoo Sports)

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Jake Cousins is a pitcher from Penn and now he's headed to a D.C. pro sports team just like his cousin Kirk Cousins.



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MLB draft key names: Where will Heimlich go? (Yahoo Sports)

MLB draft key names: Where will Heimlich go?

Luke Heimlich has been the center of controversy in recent days, but he’s undeniably a talented pitcher. How far will he drop?



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Hunter Greene’s quest for history and other draft day storylines

Hunter Greene’s quest for history and other draft day storylines
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The ultimate MLB draft: The best player ever at every spot from 1-30

The ultimate MLB draft: The best player ever at every spot from 1-30
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The Jets butt fumbled the 2014 draft … and it still haunts them

The Jets butt fumbled the 2014 draft … and it still haunts them
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Investigatory Powers: ‘Real-time surveillance’ in draft update

The proposal is included in a leaked paper outlining new surveillance powers for UK authorities.
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After draft fall, Butt will collect $543K in insurance (Yahoo Sports)

Jake Butt finally drafted by Broncos, and made a lot of insurance money with draft fall

Michigan TE Jake Butt, who tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl, finally was drafted on Saturday.



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Barnwell’s 2017 All-Trades Mock Draft: Deals for all 32 teams

Barnwell’s 2017 All-Trades Mock Draft: Deals for all 32 teams
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Draft profile: Njoku a freakish athlete but raw (Yahoo Sports)

NFL draft profile: Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku, a young, freakish and ascending athlete

Miami tight end David Njoku will likely be picked in the first round based on potential more than performance.



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The NFL’s draft capital kings: Most pick-heavy classes ever

The NFL’s draft capital kings: Most pick-heavy classes ever
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Ranking the best RBs in the 2017 NFL draft (Yahoo Sports)

NFL draft preview (AP)

While the league has become pass-heavy, star running backs like Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook could be difference makers.



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Busts, suspensions and few stars: Revisiting wild first round of 2013 NFL draft

Busts, suspensions and few stars: Revisiting wild first round of 2013 NFL draft
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Glass half full: Knicks triangle offense woes could lead to improved draft lottery odds

Glass half full: Knicks triangle offense woes could lead to improved draft lottery odds
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Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cuts Loom

Across the country, orchestras, theaters and operas reacted with alarm that public funding for the arts could be cut under President Trump.
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New Mutants: Josh Boone Turns in Second Draft of Script

20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff The New Mutants moves one step closer to becoming a reality, as the second draft of the film’s script is now complete.

In a post on Instagram, filmmaker Josh Boone shared the cover of The New Mutants’ completed draft, which he and Knate Lee crafted based on Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod’s original Marvel Comics series of the same name.

The New Mutants will be directed by Boone, and tells the story of a group of teenage mutants who are training to become heroes. According to producer Simon Kinberg, the film will bring a young adult vibe to the X-Men universe.

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Big deal! Rams grab No. 1 overall draft pick from Titans (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, recently hired Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson, right, and head coach Mike Mularkey answer questions at a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to trade the top overall pick in this month's NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams. The Titans announced the deal Thursday morning, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Rams are tired of waiting to get a franchise quarterback, and they want to make a splash in their return to Los Angeles. The Rams acquired the No. 1 overall pick from the Tennessee Titans, giving up six draft picks over the next two seasons in exchange for three choices. General manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher left little doubt the Rams will choose a quarterback with the top pick, hoping to end years of frustration at the most important position in football.



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What's trending in the NFL: Grading all 32 draft classes so far; Cam vs. RG III

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Donald Trump Can Be Stopped — Draft Kim Kardashian

With Donald Trump leading the presidential race in the Republican Party by a “huge” margin, the Democratic Party needs to get serious here and produce a world-class elite candidate who can compete down at this level.

The obvious choice is Kim Kardashian.

Kim would wrest media coverage away from Trump. On recent evenings, all three networks of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News abandoned their prime-time news programs, and instead cut away for lengthy segments to a live video feed of Trump giving speeches. Flipping channels provided no relief because they all showed the exact same thing, like a presidential address. Trump was blabbing on and on about his own magnificence without saying a single word of substance, and all three news networks remained locked onto it.

Kim could give speeches that say absolutely nothing as well, but she could deliver them in a bikini.

Now that would trump Trump.

Plus, Kim is far more qualified to be president than Trump. She is way more famous. Her reality TV show was far better than Trump’s. And Kim has 35 million followers on Twitter compared to Trump’s paltry four million followers. It’s not even close.

The presidential debates between the two would really distinguish the best candidate to lead this nation. Trump would start by asserting that Kim is not a “10.” But this would not go over very well because the voters would see that Trump just attacks opponents without any basis in reality.

Trump would then seek to impugn Kim’s moral integrity by reminding everyone that she made a sex video. Kim, however, would turn the tables on Trump and create a you’re-no-Jack-Kennedy moment that would achieve presidential debate history by challenging Trump to make his own sex video and post it online so voters would have a basis for comparing the two candidates.

Actually, this is not such a bad idea. After all, with Trump proclaiming that voters should just “trust” him that he would be a good president based upon his personality instead of having to present any specific policies, voters do need some sort of a way to assess his ability to perform.

Now, some say that the Democratic Party should just stick with its current front-runner, Hillary Clinton. But Hillary has some very big problems in this new upside-down universe. She is intelligent, experienced and accomplished. That’s not good. Hillary also has thought through many difficult issues facing this nation and she has developed smart policy positions on how she would seek to solve these issues as president. Big mistake. It’s just difficult to see what all that dull and boring stuff has to do with anything.

So the Democrats need to rise to the occasion here and kick-off a movement to draft Kim.

Trump versus Kim will be the greatest spectacle of our time. The news networks will achieve record ratings and, of course, record profits. It will be the greatest reality TV show ever.

And a sad day for democracy.

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Why would anyone want to read the original manuscript of a young writer who subsequently wrote a world-renowned classic, except to trace the development of that writer? Why, upon reading it, would anyone ascribe meaning to that manuscript so as to diminish, question or require a re-thinking of the writer’s fabulously successful published work? That first manuscript served as a waystation on a young writer’s journey to produce her novel, nothing else. It merits no consideration in and of itself.

Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman was not given an offer for publication back when it was first submitted to its publisher nearly 50 years ago, for a simple, perfect, reason: It was not good enough. This status quo endured for another simple reason: Harper Lee did not want it published, and her circle of intimates honored her preferences. Most likely, she did not view it as worthy of publication. After all, it was simply a draft and Lee was a champion of great writing.

I can only see one reason why Lee’s Go Set A Watchman found its way to publication in 2015: The self-interest of Lee’s publisher, HarperCollins trumped the author’s own long-standing and well-known preference. It’s hard to believe Ms. Lee cares about money after all these years, although not at all hard to believe that, with the passing of her older sister less than a year ago, who also served her advocate and legal protector, Lee was bullied into agreeing to publication.

It’s easy to imagine why Tay Hohoff, Ms. Lee’s original editor at J.B. Lippincott, worked closely with the then-budding writer to develop the rough manuscript she submitted into a different story. Simply, Ms. Hohoff didn’t believe the original story was worthy of publication, but she believed in the writer’s promise. Ms. Lee had work to do. A lot. The original manuscript may have shared the same locale and some main characters as the published novel, but that’s it. Kudos to the writer, and likely the editor as well, for reshaping instead of abandoning those ingredients and combining them into a masterpiece.

Having recently completed the years-long process of writing a recently published book, I can easily imagine how Harper Lee’s experience as a new writer could have mirrored mine in some way. (Not for a moment would I delude myself by thinking my book’s future will mirror To Kill A Mockingbird.)

I don’t know how many short essays I wrote in the run-up to starting my memoir, some about topics that ended up in the book, many that didn’t. When I finally started writing the memoir itself, I spent a year stringing together sentences and paragraphs before I realized I didn’t know where the story was heading. I couldn’t move it forward. Everywhere I looked, it seemed the action doubled back on itself into a cycle of sameness. I needed help.

Luckily, I found some, in the shape of a writing coach/editor who knew her stuff. A writer so green I needed a formal introduction to phrases like “story arc” (when I first heard the phrase, I thought of rainbow colored paragraphs), I discovered much of the work with my editor, Kelley Eskridge, involved not just writing on my own, but researching ideas and backstory, sketching out possible themes and metaphors, talking, thinking, musing, debating, and yes, even some negotiating.

I’d written one hundred plus pages, tens of thousands of words, and after reading all that, Kelley didn’t know what my story was about. As it turned out, I didn’t either. Was it about rowing? My dysfunctional family? My relationship with my mother?

I probably tossed out more words during my writing process than made it into my memoir. I’m not the only writer for whom that may be true. Much of writing, it turns out, is rewriting.

Go Set A Watchman should not be viewed as another Harper Lee novel, nor even as a precursor to To Kill A Mockingbird. It represented a transitory stage of Lee’s thinking, certainly a stage that she devoted countless hours to constructing, but it was an unfinished product. It was neither well-written nor a gripping story. (I personally found myself bored and unable to connect to any of the characters). It was a draft that held a kernel of a great idea, that an experienced editor saw and helped a novice writer develop to the point of excellence. Maybe the experience killed off Lee’s interest in writing further; maybe the experience satisfied her to the point that she didn’t want to attempt another round; maybe her unpredictably wild success sent her scurrying into lifelong seclusion. We will never really know.

Here’s what we do know: To Kill A Mockingbird is an amazing novel. No matter what Go Set A Watchman says or doesn’t say, no matter how the characters who appear in both stories are presented or misrepresented, the real novel is the one that was originally published, not the one that was originally submitted. What emerged from that early draft, an accumulation of discussion, debate, deep thought, and who knows how many crumpled pages, crossed out words and sentences, deleted paragraphs, rewritten sections, was a masterpiece. That’s what we’ve been reading for nearly fifty years, and that’s all that deserves to be remembered, not the mercenary act of a self-interested publishing house that took advantage of an aging, vulnerable writer.

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