Top NBA draft prospect Anthony Edwards says he would prefer to be drafted in NFL

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/18/20

Top NBA draft prospect Anthony Edwards may have hurt his draft stock, or he simply may not want to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the first-overall selection in this year’s event. Whatever the case may be, his latest comments ahead of Wednesday’s draft are cause for concern. 

Edwards, who could be selected as high as first overall, said earlier this week that he would prefer to be drafted by the NFL because he can have more fun on the field than he can on the court. 

What’s more concerning, though, was his comments about basketball. Edwards claims to love the sport, but he doesn’t seem dedicated to it, which isn’t a good sign for any NBA franchise looking to bring him in.

“I’m still not really into it,” Edwards said, according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough. “I love basketball, yeah. It’s what I do.”

Despite his comments, Justin Holland, who has been Edwards’ trainer for a long time, insisted his client loves basketball and that he does want to be the first-overall pick, per Scarborough. 

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Five NFL draft prospects who could surprisingly slide

This year, perhaps more than ever before, we could see some surprising draft-day slides due to the uniqueness of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Looking at players who have been mocked in the first round for months, we’ve highlighted five prospects who could slide. Some could slide down into the bottom half of Round 1, and others could slide out of the first round entirely.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut -By Jesse Reed  |  Last updated 4/19/20

Roger Goodell to announce NFL draft first-round picks from his basement

The 2020 NFL Draft is going to be a strange ride nobody’s ever seen before.

The entire draft will be done virtually with coaches, general managers and scouts all working from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This won’t stop NFL commissioner Roger Goodell from announcing the first-round picks like he always does, but instead of doing it up on a big stage, he’ll be in his basement in Bronxville, New York.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Jesse Reed | Last updated 4/12/20

NFL Draft still on as scheduled despite coronavirus outbreak

Likely out of an abundance of caution, North America’s four major professional sports leagues have united to take measures that could help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to local communities around the United States.

It has led to speculation that the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas could be postponed or altered in a big way to look nothing like what we have seen in the modern era.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that’s no longer the case. The league has been in contact with necessary authorities to gauge the threat of an outbreak in the desert metropolis. As of right now, no changes are planned.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 3/1

Teddy Bridgewater could reportedly get $30 million per year on open market

The NFL free-agent market is going to be absolutely insane once it opens up in about a month. Almost half of the teams around the league have $50-plus million to spend on the open market.

This could very well benefit former Pro Bowl quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is going to be in line for a starting job next season.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bridgewater’s market is expected to pay him around $30 million annually. You read that right, $30 million.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 2/17/20

The Last 10 Drafts: Los Angeles Lakers

Written by Wendell Maxey at Wendell Maxey Consulting

In the first installment of this ongoing series, “The Last 10 Drafts” is exactly that: a chance to re-examine the selections made by each NBA team since 2005 in hopes of gaining a better understanding how and why the decisions made “back then” translate to the success (or maybe not) a team experiences today.

With Kobe Bryant announcing his retirement on November 29, attention now shifts to the future of the Los Angeles Lakers and how management will construct the team moving forward. But if the Lakers are planning to rebuild the organization through the NBA Draft, their strategy needs to improve immensely during the selection and overall development process.

Here is how “The Last 10 Drafts” breaks down:

2005 – Andrew Bynum (Round 1, 10th overall) C / St. Joseph

A 9-year NBA career, Bynum won two NBA titles (2009, 2010) and was an NBA All-Star in 2012. Spent 6 seasons with Lakers. Part of four-team trade that moved Dwight Howard from Orlando to LA and sent Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012. Howard only spent one season with the Lakers, signed with the Houston Rockets as a free agent in 2013.

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If It Ended Today…Which NBA Teams Currently Reside in the Lottery

Written by Joshua Cornelissen at The Lottery Mafia

Last year at exactly this time, the playoff picture in the NBA was almost entirely set; we may not have realized it at the time, but the teams that would be playing past 82 were mostly in place. If the season had ended on November 23rd, 2014, six of the playoff teams would be those who ultimately made the cut; the exceptions, the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans, were only a game back of the field. In the East was a similar lineup; again six of the eight playoff teams were already in place, with Boston and Brooklyn a game and a half back. With the exception of Miami’s injury-fueled drop-off, continuity was the theme for last season.

The theme for this season, however, is chaos. While teams in the playoffs stayed there for most of the season, this year has chopped through that continuity like a Westbrook tomahawk slam. Last season the West dominated the East right out of the gate; this time last year the West had a 45-19 advantage (+26), and ended with a +77 dominance. The West has won the inter-conference series 15 of the last 16 years, in fact. But this season, something has changed. The East is currently leading in inter-conference match-ups, 38-33. Teams like Cleveland and Miami are a combined 7-1 against the West, and even the Knicks and Hornets are each 4-1!

This strong start by the East against the West has completely shaken up the Western Conference standings. Three of last year’s playoff teams are currently residing in the lottery. Last year at this time, six teams had four or fewer losses; this season only the Spurs and the Warriors can claim that mark. Two teams sat outside the playoffs but still had winning records; four teams currently in the playoffs can’t claim winning records. The East is reaping the benefit of their edge, with 10 teams boasting a winning record and four teams with four or fewer losses. The balance of power has shifted over the first month. Will it continue? That’s a question with too many variables to answer, but it should be noted that the Warriors start a six-game road trip through the East next week.

With the dust probably more unsettled than last year, a number of the current lottery teams could see their way up the standings as current playoff teams sink back to earth. However, it’s just a likely this season will see that intra-season continuity and these current playoff squads retain their position. Let’s take a look at the lottery teams and see which ones can move up, and which ones will probably be counting lottery balls in June.

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NFL Exploring Letting Teams Trade Compensatory Draft Picks

Written by Harry Lyles Jr. at Bloguin

The NFL Draft is already one of the more interesting events in the NFL offseason, which is always finding new ways to stay relevant when there isn’t action on the gridiron. It’s about to get even more interesting

With teams being able to trade compensatory picks, that essentially gives teams more flexibility in the draft. Teams are issued compensatory picks when they suffer net losses in free agency in the prior year. The picks are usually announced in March at the NFL owners meetings, among other items.

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An Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft

Written by TZ McD at Gunaxin

The 2015 NFL season isn’t even halfway completed, and we are already talking about 2016. That is how it goes in the world of sports. The buildup and the hype lasts 12 months prior to each NFL season. 2016 is not any different. What better place to start than the draft?

The 2016 NFL Draft should be fun because, for the first time in many years, there is not a clear cut candidate for the top choice. There is a debate going on about whether or not an NFL team will risk it all on a guy that has not proven success in college but has all the tools to be great. Mr.Hackenberg, we are pointing at you! Regardless of whether or not an NFL team is willing to gamble on a Penn State quarterback or not is yet to be seen. The best QB to come out of Penn State was Kerry Collins so we are not too optimistic.

There are defensive players, running backs, and all kinds of positional players that are going to make an instant impact in 2016 but the question remains, who is the best overall? It is going to depend on who gets the top pick. No one can assume the best overall player will be going first overall if the need simply isn’t there. Will Tampa Bay really give up on Jameis Winston after one season if they get the top pick and then draft another QB? Probably not.

That brings us to our first decision, who will finish the 2015 NFL season with the worse overall record? After just a few weeks of action, it is starting to feel as if the Chicago Bears are going to make a push for that top spot. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, yes them again, could all be in trouble this season for different reasons but still in trouble nonetheless.

The best thing to keep in mind is that this is a prediction list of players being drafted solely based on team needs and where they might fall in the 2016 NFL draft. The overall rankings are a bit different. This is simply how we think it will go down if the teams all finish in the exact order we are projecting. (Yeah, that will never happen otherwise we would be doing something else for a living.)

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Jockeying for Draft Postion Down the Stretch

You often hear about NFL or NBA teams possibly not trying to win as hard as they could in order to raise their draft place (the Browns #FailForCardale campaign has been very divisive), but rarely does the topic come up in baseball. This has generally been because the fan bases that create this narrative don’t know the incoming draft class and the fact that prospects generally take years to develop and have a high dropout rate.

Despite all this, moving even one place higher in the draft order can be huge as the order maintains for all 40 rounds and in the first few rounds in particular, this can make a big difference. It’s hard to judge previous drafts because of the difficulty in scouting a true Major Leaguer, but in 2013, the difference between #11 and #15 was Addison Russell and Tyler Naquin (a fourth outfielder candidate who hasn’t made his MLB debut yet). There is no question that being able to pick who you want in the draft gives you the best chance to be successful irrelevant of good scouting.

This year, it looked as if the Braves had a lock on the top spot, but a recent streak when they won five out of six propelled them ahead of the Phillies (who have two five game losing streaks in September) in the standings and behind them in the draft. With just five games left, the Phillies appear to have a near lock on the first pick in 2016 while the Braves, Reds, and Athletics are still in shooting distance to make a play at number two.

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