The NFL draft heads to Chicago this year, with the top overall choice in our mock draft not planning to be on hand. No matter: Tampa Bay will already have let its selection know when the crowd in the Windy City gets, uh, wind of the pick.
Arik Armstead and Shaq Thompson, football pals from Sacramento, are eager to be drafted this week. They’ve experienced a whirlwind tour around the NFL for interviews and workouts. Now they’ll be surrounded by friends and family when they get the call.
Bob St. Clair, who died Monday in Santa Rosa at age 84, played 11 seasons at tackle for the 49ers, blocked for the most famous backfield in team history and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Whether a franchise with a top-six pick chooses Marcus Mariota or another organization further down the board like the Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers or St. Louis Rams trades up to select him, someone is expected to make a major investment in the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Oregon shortly after the NFL draft begins Thursday night.
In the middle of the Memorial Stadium turf, Michael Cummings grabbed at his left knee and rolled onto his side, writhing in pain. A collection of Kansas teammates surrounded the senior quarterback. From his spot on the sideline, David Beaty craned his neck and tried to see what was going on.
Josh Rosen had to wait his turn in his first appearance at the Rose Bowl as a UCLA quarterback on Saturday. When the Bruins return on Sept. 5 for their season opener, the true freshman might be the first man up.
Jack Del Rio says it ‘feels great’ to be a head coach again. Del Rio says he wants Raiders on the attack during at practice and in games. New players like Michael Crabtree want to restore winning tradition in Oakland.
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