The 49ers, who drafted a 6-foot-7 defensive lineman out of Oregon a year ago, do the same on Thursday, selecting DeForest Buckner with the No. 7 overall pick. Then they do something decidedly unconventional: trading back into the first round to take Stanford guard Josh Garnett at No. 28.
Matt Barrows’ observations from the last practice of a voluntary three-day minicamp in Santa Clara, including thoughts on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is not yet cleared to throw or run but was alongside the quarterbacks at practice, mimicking their motions from a few feet away.
The Raiders draft hard-hitting West Virginia safety Karl Joseph with the 14th overall pick, hoping he’s the final piece needed to revamp their secondary.
Welcome to Hollywood, Jared Goff. The Los Angeles Rams are returning home with a new face of the franchise after choosing the Cal quarterback with the first overall pick in the NFL draft.
The Kings have received permission to interview assistant coaches Elston Turner of Memphis and Nate McMillan of Indiana for their head-coaching position, according to league sources.
In a strategy akin to what NBA teams used to do to Shaquille O’Neal, Saint Louis FC implemented “Hack-A-Harry” on Republic FC’s Harry Williams. Despite the physical attention he received, Williams earned “Man of the Match” honors.
“With the exception of Rich (Hill), this has been six games of our starting pitching getting beaten up,” A’s manager Bob Melvin says after Oakland finishes a three-city swing 5-5 with a 7-3 loss at Detroit.
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