Grading all 32 first-round picks in the 2017 NFL draft

The first round of the 2017 NFL draft is in the books, and we’ve graded every pick.

1. Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M — Cleveland Browns

GRADE: A+

Analysis: Garrett was always going to be the Browns’ pick. Some thought they might reach for a quarterback. Some thought they might trade down and add to their ever-growing cache of draft picks. But no, Cleveland did the right thing and picked up the only true blue chip prospect in this class.

Garrett is a physical marvel. He has long arms and an explosive first step. That combo alone will get him a ton of sacks at the next level. If he’s able to refine his arsenal of pass rushing moves, he’ll wear a gold jacket in Canton one day.

2. Mitchell Trubisky, 


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9 Funniest Tweets About the Bears Terrible Trade for Mitchell Trubisky

Dan O'Shea, 12UP

It's already been the draft we all wanted. 

Everyone was looking to rag on the Browns for passing on Myles Garrett, but it was a huge surprise when Cleveland actually didn't mess up the pick. Luckily for us, the Chicago Bears are here to give us all the laughs we need. 


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Wait, is Tim Tebow actually getting good at baseball?!

Charles Curtis, USA TODAY

Yes, that’s right: Tim Tebow is starting to get better at the game of baseball.

In fact, he’s gotten so much better at it that he might be facing — gasp! — a promotion.

After hitting a putrid .156 to start his minor league career, he’s gone 9-for-20 at the dish, raising his batting average to a respectable (for a guy who hasn’t played baseball since high school) .246.

Look! Here he is legging out a triple.


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A 17-Year-Old Kobe Bryant Used To Demolish A Star-Studded UCLA Team During Pick Up Games

Kobe Bryant was drafted into the NBA when he was just 17 years old. Since he was still just a baby at the time of the 1996 draft, his parents had to cosign his contract with the Lakers until he was able to sign his own when he turned 18 before the season began.

Shortly after he was drafted, Bryant moved to Los Angeles where actor Jaleel White (Stefan Urkell) attended UCLA. The actor told TMZ how Kobe would show up to the UCLA gym and destroy the UCLA basketball team, which was coming off a star-studded National Championship team featuring Ed O’Bannon, Toby Bailey, and Tyus Edney. The squad was extra cocky, and got showed up by a dude who was just months removed from high school and leading his team to its first state championship in 53 years.


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Scott Van Pelt’s Emotional Tribute To His Laid-Off ESPN Colleagues Is Worth A Watch

As if you need a reminder, ESPN laid off 100 employees on Wednesday as part of a “company-wide restructuring” that really means an antiquated cable-TV-first business model that stubbornly refused to adapt to cord-cutting and technological shifts. The layoffs were almost impossible to predict from the outside–anchors, analysts, reporters, writers, and everyone in between were axed. Big names like Ed Werder and Trent Dilfer were cut, along with many faces you couldn’t even pick out of a lineup.

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Ranking the 32 most hyped draft prospects of the past 20 years, in all four major sports

The hype machine is in full churn for Myles Garrett, with the NFL Draft later this week and the Texas A&M defensive end increasingly viewed as the likely No. 1 overall pick. The anti-hype machine is in full churn, too: If there’s one thing we love more than praising our Next Big Things, it’s tearing them apart.

Garrett is the latest in a long line, one that spans all four major North American sports leagues and their drafts. In fact, as good as he is, Garrett didn’t even quite crack our list.

For The Win set out to rank the 32 most hyped MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL draft prospects of the past 20 years. The challenge presented many facets. MLB and, to a lesser degree, the NHL de-emphasize the draft because of their fully developed minor leagues. The NFL’s age limit means that players such as Adrian Peterson and even No. 1 picks such as Sam Bradford and Jadeveon Clowney were actually more highly regarded prospects a year or two before they could enter the draft. The NBA’s reliance on star power and lengthy regular season creates a world of tanking that builds up the hype around the expected No. 1 pick — see Markelle Fultz this year.


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Allen Iverson dropped a killer response on Tim Hardaway after his crossover insult

Andrew Joseph, USA TODAY

If you grew up an NBA fan during Allen Iverson’s career, chances are you’ve imitated that killer crossover in pickup games.

Seriously, Iverson’s move was amazing. It helped make Iverson an unstoppable scoring machine during his Hall of Fame career. But the move wasn’t without naysayers. Former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr., spoke to NBA.com last month about Iverson’s crossover. Hardaway claimed that Iverson carried the ball every time. There’s been a lot of that recently


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Aaron Hernandez’s Alleged Prison Lover Kyle Kennedy Has Released A Statement

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On Monday it was revealed by multiple news outlets that the man they were claiming to have been Aaron Hernandez’s prison lover is named Kyle Kennedy.

I've been able to confirm this man is Kyle Kennedy, the inmate Aaron Hernandez allegedly left a letter for. Live at 8 #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/qeCYN9LWqz

— Catherine Parrotta (@C_Parrotta) April 25, 2017

The allegations that Hernandez was bisexual has been put forth as a possible motive for the murder of Odin Lloyd, the crime for which Hernandez was imprisoned for committing.

On Tuesday, Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez stated that any claims about Hernandez being gay or having a prison lover were completely false.

Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez, tells TMZ Sports, “Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish somebody who is dead.”


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Kris Bryant Gives Perfect Millennial Response to Baseball's Unwritten Rule

Scott Rogust, 12UP

One of the most polarizing and controversial topics in baseball is the bat flip. Some love it and some despise it. Some think it adds flair to the game, others think it's showboating.

Kris Bryant was recently asked by 670 The Score in Chicago about the bat flip, and, like the headline reads, gives the most millennial response ever.

He's got a point there. However, don't tell that to batters who admire their dirty work at home plate. "Baseball is a game," is the most likely response you would hear from those players. 

Bryant stated that he has no problem with players who choose to admire their home runs, but states that it's just not for him.


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ESPN Layoffs: A List of Those Who Have Said They Are Out [Updating]

Ryan Glasspiegel , THE BIG LEAD

ESPN has begun making calls to inform talents that they have been laid off. As we have said before, this news should not be celebrated, and we hope that everyone affected lands on their feet.

This is a list of people who have announced that they will no longer be working at ESPN:

Ed Werder, NFL Reporter

Danny Kanell, College Football Analyst and Co-Host of Rusillo & Kanell


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