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"The Stack" 4-29-16

The biggest story and headline from the first round was the fall of offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Multiple photos were put up on Twitter showing Tunsil in a mask smoking marijuana. It was a shocking development. Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The biggest story and headline from the first round was the fall of offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Multiple photos were put up on Twitter showing Tunsil in a mask smoking marijuana. It was a shocking development.
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Very few were surprised when the L.A. Rams took Jared Goff from Cal #1 overall in the NFL Draft. Welcome to Hollywood Goff.
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Carson Wentz went #2 to the Philadelphia Eagles, which delighted the city of Fargo, North Dakota.
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The Stack is back on this Friday, the day after the first round and our mock draft wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible either.  Several picks were made by the correct teams, but just a pick or two behind after a trade.  Let’s get to all of the eye opening headlines from round one of the 2016 NFL Draft in “the stack” for today, Friday, April 29th:

 

NFL Draft takeaways

 

The NFL Draft is riveting television regardless of what you think of the NFL.  First round results can be found here.  It’s theater.  It’s drama and there was plenty of drama and storylines coming out of the first round.  Here are some of the big ones that stuck out…

 

  • To no one’s surprise (except perhaps a few hardcore Bison fans whose love for Carson Wentz cannot be understated), the Los Angeles Rams took quarterback Jared Goff from California and the Philadelphia Eagles took quarterback Carson Wentz from North Dakota State.  Again no surprise.  We’ve known this since each of these two teams traded up in the draft.  Then the real fun began.

  • San Diego surprisingly took defensive end Joey Bosa from Ohio State.  That seemed to be the player the Dallas Cowboys would have loved to have so the Cowboys took his Buckeye teammate, running back Ezekiel Elliott.  Behind that offensive line and with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, Elliott landed in a tremendous spot. 

  • The fall of Laremy Tunsil was alarming and very surprising.  Minutes before the draft started a couple of pictures surfaced of Twitter of Tunsil in a mask smoking marijuana and it was taken down a couple of minutes after the draft started.  So the slide began for Tunsil who was already sliding on team’s draft boards to begin with.  His account had to be hacked.  Maybe it was his stepfather who filed a lawsuit against Tunsil just a couple of days ago.  You feel bad for this kid who was peppered with questions from the media about it after he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins at pick 13.  What a steal for the Dolphins.  Best player in the draft falls in your lap at 13?  Amazing.  Hope Tunsil is able to come out of this clean on the other side.  On a night you’re supposed to celebrate Tunsil had to deal with more than he should have.  Doesn’t put Ole Miss in a favorable light though, that’s for sure.

  • Speaking of falls, what about OLB Myles Jack from UCLA?  Had he not said anything about possibly needing micro-fracture surgery on his knee at some point down the line he would have been a first round pick.  Now he is going to be a second round pick and whoever gets him is getting a steal of a pick.  My goodness.  Take the good and hope for the best.  Jack will be just fine.  Stunning to see him slide all the way out of the first round.

  • There were a number of teams that traded too.  The Tennessee Titans traded up from #15 to #8 with the Cleveland Browns to take offensive tackle Jack Conklin.  The Chicago Bears traded up two spots with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get ahead of the New York Giants to draft OLB Leonard Floyd from Georgia.  The Houston Texans traded up a spot to #21 with Washington so they could take WR Will Fuller from Notre Dame and make sure Minnesota wouldn’t take him.  The biggest trade though may have been Denver trading up from #31 to #26 with Seattle to take quarterback Paxton Lynch from Memphis.  We wondered how many quarterbacks would be taken in the first round.  There were only three and Denver seemed like a lock to take one.  The San Francisco 49ers also traded up back into the first round, taking the Kansas City Chiefs pick at #28 to take Joshua Garnett, a guard from Stanford.  There was some thought that they might take a quarterback there and taking a guard seems like a bit of a reach, but by not taking a quarterback there the 49ers look more set to stay with Colin Kaerpernick.

  • It’s way too early to determine winners and losers, especially after only one round and one night, but the New York Giants may have panicked after the guys they wanted were taken off the board and drafted cornerback Eli Apple from Ohio State.  Apple is a good player (regardless of what scouts think of his cooking ability), but pick #10 may be a little high.  Garnett may be a bit of a reach and Atlanta taking safety Keanu Neal from Florida was slightly too high, but for the most part it seemed like any other NFL Draft.  There were plenty of surprises.

 

Rounds 2 and 3 are tonight starting at 7 PM ET on ESPN2 and the NFL Network.  Rounds 4-7 are tomorrow.

 

Capitals take game one over Penguins

 

While the rest of the country watched the NFL Draft, there was a semi-final matchup beginning between two of the top players in the NHL.  Not too many players probably watched, but the Washington Capitals took game one in their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime.  T.J. Oshie had a hat trick including the game winner that just crossed the line under Matt Murray’s pad.  It was quite the game.  The Penguins came out ready and took a 2-1 lead in the second period.  That’s when Oshie took over scoring the next two goals before Nick Bonino would tie it for the Penguins.  The Capitals had a chance to win it in regulation several times, but just couldn’t do it and then halfway through overtime Oshie delivered.  What a great game.  This should be a good series and I feel like this Capitals team is going to get over the hump as opposed to previous years when they play the Penguins.  Friday’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule is as follows:

 

St. Louis Blues @ Dallas Stars 8 PM ET NBCSN

 

Nashville Predators @ San Jose Sharks 10:30 PM ET NBCSN

 

Hawks take series from Celtics

 

Just like with the Stanley Cup Playoffs, probably very few people were paying attention to the Atlanta Hawks-Boston Celtics game last night, but the Hawks rode the momentum of their big game five win by winning on the road in game six, 104-92.  The Hawks were in control of this game right from the get-go.  All five starters scored in double-figures and they were up by 21 after three quarters.  There would be no such comeback for the Celtics who are a young and rising team in the eastern conference.  The Hawks were able to flex their muscles and spread their wings though in this series (so corny, I’m sorry) and get a big victory to move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round.  Friday’s NBA Playoff schedule is as follows:

 

Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers 7:30 PM ET ESPN News/NBA TV (Raptors lead series 3-2)

 

Miami Heat @ Charlotte Hornets 8 PM ET ESPN (Hornets lead series 3-2)

 

Los Angeles Clippers @ Portland Trailblazers 10:30 PM ET ESPN (Trailblazers lead series 3-2)

 

Coming up Monday: NFL Draft & playoff reaction from the weekend


If you missed "The Sports Block" podcast from this week, take a listen here.  Mock Draft talk.  See how we did.


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