With the way the NFL turned into more of a passing league, running backs could be considered a dime a dozen or used up by the time their rookie contracts expire. Sure, there are exceptions, but mostly, quarterbacks, wide receivers and linemen go early while the running backs wait until the backend of the first round of the early parts of the second round to finally be selected. ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. wouldn’t take a running back in the first round but has his eye on one running back to go early. If he had to pick one, according to his mock draft, he’d pick Alabama running back Najee Harris. Speaking on NFL Network’s draft special featuring Kiper, he explained why Harris would be the guy to go in the first round. “Najee Harris if you have to mock one, would go najee harris to Pittsburgh or Buffalo,” Kiper said to Daniel Jeremiah. “These are two teams that need that complete running back. Big Ben needs that in his, possibly, final year with the Steelers and give … [Read more...] about Mel Kiper: Najee Harris is the one RB that could go in first round of NFL Draft
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Former Clemson All-American Travis Etienne is battling Alabama's Najee Harris in the final days leading up to the NFL Draft for first-round supremacy with opinions split on which ballcarrier is the top option this cycle out of the backfield. “Even though Tampa Bay did a great job and re-signed Leonard Fournette , he’s only on a one-year deal. I love (Etienne's) explosiveness," former NFL executive Mike Tannenbaum said during Tuesday's draft special. "And the tiebreaker for me between him and Najee Harris is that he’s just a little bit better out of the backfield. What do we know about Tom Brady ? "He loves when running backs can catch the ball and that’s why I went with Etienne over Najee Harris.” Both Etienne and Harris were weapons for their respective offenses last season, not only as every-down running backs, but potent pass-catching options as well. Many draft projections have the Miami Dolphins selecting either Etienne or Harris with their second … [Read more...] about Latest NFL Draft projection for Travis Etienne, why he’s better than Najee Harris
With the transfer window now shut, it’s time to look back on the summer of transfer activity and assess how each Premier League time fared. Over $1.4 billion was spent this summer, as the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool splashed the cash, but did they improve their squads? [RELATED: Latest transfer window news ] [RELATED: Every Deadline Day deal ] Below we have given each PL team a grade and broken down some of their key ins and outs during the summer. Lets us know if you agree. SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW 2014-15 – GRADES Chelsea – A No doubt that the big winners from this window have been Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has managed to get rid of David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres and replace them with Loic Remy, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Cesc Fabregas… plus, he made a profit. Remarkable summer for the Stamford Bridge club. Hull City – A- Steve Bruce worked wonders in the final few days of the window. They … [Read more...] about Premier League transfer window grades – Which team did the best business?
The NBA season is deep into its second half, and we will be here each weekday with the NBC Sports daily roundup Three Things to Know — everything you might have missed in the Association, every key moment from the night before in one place. 1) Nikola Jokic has his MVP moment with 47 points against Grizzlies Winning the NBA MVP award takes more than just having the stats — it requires MVP moments. While some voters will say it shouldn’t, the reality is winning the award requires those lasting images and games that help form a narrative to go around those stats. Denver’s Nikola Jokic had one of those moments Monday night. Already the MVP frontrunner , Jokic scored 47, added 15 rebounds and eight assists, and hit the dagger three in double-overtime to lift the Nuggets past the Grizzlies on Monday (despite 36 points and 12 assists from Ja Morant ). Nikola Jokic tonight: 47 PTS The first center with a 45/15/8 game since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1996. … [Read more...] about Three things to know: Jokic has MVP moment with 47 points against Grizzlies
The Las Vegas Raiders have signed NFL veteran cornerback Rasul Douglas to a free-agent deal for the upcoming season. Douglas has spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers. Douglas shined as a starter with the Panthers in 2020. He started 11 of 14 games and recorded 62 tackles and nine passes defended. In his career, Douglas has played in 60 NFL games after being drafted in the third round out of West Virginia. The Raiders have looked for additional secondary help this offseason. Douglas will prove depth and a veteran presence for young corners in Damon Arnette , Trayvon Mullen and Amik Robertson . Douglas also has NFL playoff experience. He was a part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run during the 2017 season. He has played in six career playoff games and should provide consistent production on the outside. The Raiders will pair Douglas alongside fellow NFL veteran Karl Joseph as well. Both players will replace the experience lost by … [Read more...] about Rasul Douglas signs with Las Vegas Raiders