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NFL Nation's first-round mock draft

NFL Nation reporters did their best general manager impersonations, making picks for the teams they cover in a mock draft of the first round.


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Winston's INT rate a concern?

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NFL Nation mock draft: Picks 26-32

Here are picks 26-30 in today's NFL Nation mock draft, as selected by our team reporters:

  • 26. Ravens: CB Marcus Peters
  • 27. Cowboys: LB Eric Kendricks
  • 28. Broncos: DE/LB Shane Ray
  • 29. Colts: OT La’el Collins
  • 30. Packers: CB Jalen Collins
  • 31. Saints: DT Malcom Brown
  • 32. Patriots: DT Eddie Goldman
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Kevin Love: Not a basketball play

The Cavs' star on Kelly Olynyk's foul that resulted in his shoulder injury: "I thought it was a bush-league play. ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose."


Mike Conley undergoes facial surgery

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Mock draft: Panthers pick Shane Ray

Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold on 28th overall pick: "There has been some concern of late with a toe injury Ray suffered in the bowl game to close out the 2014 season, but in this scenario, Ray is easily the best player available when the Broncos pick." Watch live on ESPN

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Jon Gruden's 15 favorites in the Draft
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Gruden wants Mel Kiper to change his Big Board: "I don't understand why [Marcus Mariota] isn't the No. 1 player in this draft on Mel Kiper's Big Board. … He is like Russell Wilson, only he is 6-4.” Gruden's other 14 (Insider)

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New official sock of the NBA

All players will wear Stance socks in their team's colors while on the court. Said executive VP of business development Clarke Miyasaki: "All we do is socks and we're committed to making the best for the best players in the world." (via ESPN's Darren Rovell)

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NFL Nation mock draft: Picks 21-25

Here are picks 21-25 in today's NFL Nation mock draft, as selected by our team reporters:

  • 21. Bengals: WR Nelson Agholor
  • 22. Steelers: CB Byron Jones
  • 23. Lions: RB Todd Gurley
  • 24. Cardinals: LB Randy Gregory
  • 25. Panthers: WR Devin Smith
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Mock Draft: Gurley goes to Lions at No. 23

Lions reporter Michael Rothstein on Todd Gurley: "The Lions have bigger needs along both the offensive and defensive line, but general manager Martin Mayhew's strategy has always been to take the best player available (other than quarterback)." Watch live on ESPN

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UFC champ Jon Jones still at large

Albuquerque PD continue to search for Jones, who's the lead suspect in a hit-and-run case. A PD spokesperson confirmed to ESPN's Brett Okamoto that Jones was identified fleeing from the scene of a 3-car accident. Jones search

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