Paul Millsap Says He Is Likely to Opt Out of Hawks Contract, Enter Free Agency

April 29, 2017 at 11:52PM / by Joseph Zucker via Bleacher Report - Front Page

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap confirmed what many expected when he announced Saturday he "probably will opt out" of the final year of his contract, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

According to Spotrac, Millsap will earn a little over $21.4 million in 2017-18 if he exercises his player option. Otherwise, he'd become an unrestricted free agent.

 

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VIDEO: BMW M3 Comp Pack vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S vs Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio — Drag Race

April 30, 2017 at 12:03AM / by Nico DeMattia via BMW BLOG

Ok, so it’s time again to compare the BMW M3 with the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio. It seems as if journalists just can’t get enough of these three together and neither can we. This time, though, there’s a twist. Which ever car is the fastest of these three in a drag race has to take on the mighty HSV GTSR W1 (which is possibly the worst car name in the history of the automobile. Did they name it after an MRI machine?). If you don’t know what the HVR is, it’s a 636 hp rear-wheel drive Australian monster built on the same platform as the Chevy SS.

First up is the two Germans, as the BMW M3 Comp Pack, in this case, takes on the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. It should be a pretty straight forward race. The M3 makes 444 hp and the AMG makes 502. And it ends up being that straight forward, as the AMG takes a commanding early lead that it never relinquishes.

 

After the AMG beats the M3, it has to take on the young Italian. The Alfa Romeo has the same amount of power but is lighter and uses a better gearbox. So it has a good chance of beating the AMG. And it does, with a good convincing finish. What’s impressive is that the Alfa Romeo makes the same power and is faster through the drag race while using a smaller engine. The Alfa’s 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 is considerably smaller than the AMG’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8. Still, though, Italy takes the victory.

Which means it’s time for it to take on Australia and the 636 hp HSV. Sorry to spoil it, but it’s not exactly a surprise. The HSV wins by a large margin. It struggles putting power down at first, as that sort of power is hard to wrangle, but once it hooks up it’s a rocket. That’s a lot of power in a sedan and it’s the most powerful Australian car ever produced. So it takes the ultimate victory here. It’s still ugly and has a dumb name, though.

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Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner: full frontal on Trump and media

April 29, 2017 at 11:16PM / by Elise Czajkowski via World news | The Guardian

Trump bowed out of this year’s big press event so Samantha Bee decided to host her own, featuring famous faces and surprise guest Will Farrell

When Samantha Bee announced in January that her weekly late night show Full Frontal would put on its own version of the White House correspondents’ dinner (WHCD), it seemed, if briefly, that the actual event might not happen. In the event, the WHCD survived, President Trump said he would not attend, and Bee’s former Daily Show colleague Hasan Minhaj was named to act as host.

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Bobby Portis Played 2 Months with 3rd-Degree Burn on Foot After Heat Pack Injury

April 29, 2017 at 10:41PM / by Mike Chiari via Bleacher Report - Front Page

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis revealed Saturday that he played with a third-degree burn on his foot for two months this season.

According to ESPN.com's Nick Friedell, Portis said the injury occurred in March due to a mishap with a heat pack.

Portis explained how the incident happened prior to Chicago's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 4: "The heat pack burned me before the game. I was actually on the [trainer's] table. I couldn't feel it. I had my headphones in, but I didn't feel [the pack] burn through. ... Ever since then, it's been hurting. ... I had a third-degree burn on my foot. On top of my foot. Every time I tied my shoe up, it was right there on the spot. After the game, it would be bloody and nasty."

Portis said his foot is still "kinda, sorta" bothering him and that it impacted him down the stretch: "No one ever really knew about it, but it affected me a little bit. Every time I bent my foot, it hurt, it hurt."

In his second NBA season, the 22-year-old averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

The former first-round pick out of Arkansas also put up 6.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest during the Bulls' first-round playoff series loss to the Boston Celtics.

Portis started 13 games in 2016-17 and served as the primary backup at power forward behind Nikola Mirotic following the trade of Taj Gibson to the Oklahoma City Thunder.



Tesla Quietly Teased its Semi Truck

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave a small preview of the automaker's upcoming semi truck.

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Sooner or later we're going to have to take Tesla CEO Elon Musk's wild ideas seriously.

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‘Against The Run Of Play’ Contains Distorted Claims – Jonathan

April 29, 2017 at 10:35PM / by Simon Ejembi via Channels Television

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has criticised some of the claims in the book ‘Against The Run Of Play’ which was written by the Chairman of Thisday’s Editorial Board, Mr. Segun Adeniyi. According to Jonathan, the book as presented contains distorted claims on the 2015 presidential election by many of the respondents. He said that at … Continue reading ‘Against The Run Of Play’ Contains Distorted Claims – Jonathan

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Seth Rogen, Lonely Island Hint At Movie About Music Fest That Goes “Horribly Wrong”

April 29, 2017 at 09:16PM by Stereogum via Stereogum
Amidst news of the debacle that was the Fyre Festival, a meant-to-be lavish music festival on a secluded Bahamian island catering to the ultra-rich that ended in a Lord Of The Flies-esque disaster of unpreparedness and harsh tropical conditions, funnymen Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer) announced on … More »


Mark Zuckerberg's surprise visit to Ohio family boosts rumor of political run

April 29, 2017 at 08:59PM / by Staff and agencies via World news | The Guardian

Moore family of Newton Falls, Democrats who voted for Trump, hosted the Facebook CEO who is visiting all 50 states amid speculation of a run for office

An Ohio family said they learned just 20 minutes before dinner on Friday evening that a planned mystery guest would be the Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

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Phosphorescent – “This Land Is Your Land” (Woody Guthrie Cover)

April 29, 2017 at 08:04PM by Stereogum via Stereogum
President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office is today, which means Secretly Group and 30 Songs 30 Days’ resistance initiative Our First 100 Days comes to an end. Over the course of the project we’ve heard exclusive tracks from folks like Angel Olsen, PWR BTTM, Toro Y Moi, Hurray For The Riff Raff, EMA, Flock … More »


EU tells May: give our citizens their rights or no trade talks

April 29, 2017 at 07:55PM / by Daniel Boffey via World news | The Guardian
European leaders take hard line on Brexit and agree on it unanimously in only four minutes

The European Union has called on Theresa May to provide immediate “serious and real” guarantees to its citizens living in Britain. The EU leaders took just four minutes at a special summit to agree unanimously an uncompromising opening stance in the Brexit negotiations.

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VIDEO: Upcoming 2019 BMW X5 spied in Copenhagen

April 29, 2017 at 07:57PM / by Nico DeMattia via BMW BLOG

Even though the current-gen F15 BMW X5 is still a great looking car that has loads of space, is extremely luxurious and drives well, it’s getting close to that time where it needs replacing. It’s still highly competitive in its segment, which is surprising considering the X3 was non-competitive far before its replacement coming later this year. But, despite that, BMW is currently working on a successor to take on its impressive new competitors from Volvo and Land Rover. This new BMW X5 successor was recently just caught testing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The first thing you notice about the new X5 is its aggressive rear haunches. They’re massive and stick out further than on the current-gen car. This gives the new X5 a wider, sportier look that looks almost odd on such a big vehicle. Though, don’t put too much stock in this as BMW has faked us with false body panels before.

In the video, we don’t see much of the car, as it’s just driving around town, so we don’t get to see any hot laps on the ‘Ring. But we do get a good look at its size and proportions, which look pretty BMW X5-ish. The proportions don’t seem to have changed much over the previous car, but that’s not really a big deal as the current car still looks very good. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, I guess.

Being that BMW’s design language has been based on rather incremental, evolutionary changes, rather than drastic revolutionary ones, as of late, this isn’t surprising. It should still be a good looking car and one that will sell like crazy but don’t expect a drastic change in design. For better or worse.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Predictions for Next Year's Top Prospects

April 29, 2017 at 07:00PM / by Tim Daniels via Bleacher Report - Front Page

The 2017 NFL draft will reach its conclusion Saturday evening after 253 picks, seven rounds and a growing number of trades. While some teams bolstered their playoff hopes in recent days, others can already begin their 2018 draft prep 12 months in advance.

Don't be surprised if the concept of tanking, which has become a controversial rebuilding tactic in the NBA and NHL, creeps into the NFL this fall. The presence of at least two coveted quarterbacks—USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen—will give middling franchises incentive to lose.

Let's check out an extremely early look at some of the players who could populate the first round of the 2018 draft one year from now. That's followed by a closer look at a trio of the top prospects, including the two aforementioned signal-callers.

 

2018 Round 1 Mock Draft

 

Breaking Down Top Picks

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Browns got nice value by grabbing Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer late in Round 2 after he was in the conversation for top QB in the 2017 class for a while. He should be starting by the middle of his rookie campaign, if not earlier.

Kizer's success will determine whether or not Cleveland is drafting at the top again. If he succeeds, the team will slide down the board a bit, but the position will no longer be its biggest need. If he struggles, it should be in a position to take a new face of the franchise.

Darnold turned a lot of heads during his first season as the Trojans' starter. He completed 67.2 percent of his throws for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions across 13 games. He also tallied 250 yards and a pair of TDs on the ground.

The California native told Paul Myerberg of USA Today he knows he'll be inside an intense spotlight all season, but plans to keep his mind on the task at hand.

"I'm not worried about the hype or anything like that," he said. "But yeah, I definitely realize that there is hype. I'm not blind to that. You've really got to put that in the rear-view mirror and focus on what's ahead of you."

The Browns' struggles trying to land a reliable quarterback are well-documented and explain why they own the league's second-longest playoff drought at 14 years. Landing the first pick again would go a long way toward finally filling the crucial void.

 

2. New York Jets: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

The Jets are a prime tank candidate. Quarterback is the team's biggest need, but they spent the first two days of the 2017 draft bolstering their defense with a pair of safeties (Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye) and adding a weapon in wide receiver ArDarius Stewart for their future QB to use.

Those decisions make it appear New York is focused on improving its roster everywhere but the most important position. The front office knows problems under center will ensure the team contends for a high draft pick, even if the roster is making positive strides elsewhere.

If the plan is executed properly, and the Jets don't win some meaningless December games to screw things up, they could turn things around quickly. Drafting Rosen could represent the final piece of the puzzle to getting back into playoff contention and beyond.

Meanwhile, the UCLA star is focused on making a steady recovery from shoulder surgery amid the constant attention that comes with being a top prospect, per Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the LA Daily News.

"My motto this year is [to] get one percent better every day and compound interest that," Rosen said. "At the end of the road, you find yourself a lot further ahead than you really thought you would have been."

The Bruins quarterback possesses an incredible amount of raw talent and his physical tools are equally impressive. Staying healthy is essential, however, because his on-field decision making still needs work after throwing 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions across his first two years.

 

3. San Francisco 49ers: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

It wouldn't come as a shock if the Niners made it three straight quarterbacks to open the 2018 first round depending on how things play out over the next year. If not, they'll probably still be looking to upgrade an offense that finished 31st in total offense last season.

Ridley has emerged as one of the most reliable receivers in college football since arriving at the Crimson Tide in 2015. He's accumulated 161 catches for 1,814 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns across 30 games in Bama's run-oriented offensive attack.

He's also got the straight-line speed necessary to beat defenses over the top, even if the numbers don't illustrate that facet of his game. His average of 11.3 yards per carry is more a function of the Alabama scheme than a lack of downfield ability.

Alex Byington of the Montgomery Advertiser noted the receiver is focused on adding more of the intangible factors in what could be the final season of his collegiate career.

"I would say I'm now the leader of the wide receiver group," Ridley said. "I want to take that role on and not only to my group but my team, and be one of the captains on the team. That's what I feel like I need to do."

The 49ers added Pierre Garcon to lead the receiving corps during the 2017 campaign. There are plenty of question marks behind him on the depth chart, though. Ridley could arrive to give them a solid one-two punch before eventually moving into a high-volume No. 1 role.



EPA wipes its climate change site day before march on Washington

April 29, 2017 at 06:42PM / by Jessica Glenza in New York via World news | The Guardian

Visitors to the website on Saturday found it was ‘undergoing changes’ to reflect the agency’s ‘new direction’, as thousands protest climate inaction

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s main climate change website is “undergoing changes” to better reflect “the agency’s new direction” under Donald Trump.

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NBA Playoffs 2017: TV Schedule, Odds and Bracket Predictions

April 29, 2017 at 06:00PM / by Andrew Gould via Bleacher Report - Front Page

NBA fans have grown accustomed to watching multiple playoff games each night. With most of the first round concluded, they face a sudden void in the schedule.

Viewers must find another way to occupy their NBA-free Saturday. Luckily the basketball withdrawal won't last long, as the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz will finish their opening-round battle on Sunday while the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards begin what figures to be a testy second-round clash

One marquee matchup is already set for the second round. The San Antonio Spurs will meet a familiar foe in Mike D'Antoni, who led the Phoenix Suns during their intense postseason rivalry. The Houston Rockets head coach can gain some overdue revenge in a showdown pitting a juggernaut offense against an elite defense.

Let's dive into the highly anticipated second-round series. But first, here's the known postseason schedule as of Friday evening along with odds, courtesy of OddsShark, and predictions.

 

TV Schedule

 

Updated Odds 

 

Predictions

 

Round 2 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets

In order to survive the first round, the Spurs and Rockets needed to oust kindred spirits. While the Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies—a squad led by size, defense and a quiet superstar—the Rockets had to combat the Oklahoma City Thunder's ball-dominant, MVP-caliber guard.

Now they will both meet their antithesis. During the regular season, the Rockets ranked second in scoring and offensive rating. The Spurs, conversely, yielded the second-fewest points with the league's premier defensive rating:

San Antonio also led the NBA in three-point percentage (39.1), but only five clubs attempted fewer shots from long range. Houston, conversely, obliterated the record with 40.3 attempts per bout. 

Despite shooting a putrid 28.4 percent from long range against Oklahoma City, the Rockets averaged 112.8 points per bout with 48 threes in five contests. They must maintain their frenetic pace against the Spurs, who have slowed the tempo considerably this year.

The Spurs seized three of their four regular-season meetings, but only by a plus-six scoring margin. MVP candidates Kawhi Leonard and James Harden both shined in their suspenseful head-to-head encounters:

Any fools still questioning Leonard's superstar status were silenced by his sensational series against Memphis. Against one of the Western Conference's toughest defenses, he registered 31.2 points per game on a remarkably efficient 71.5 true shooting percentage

Leonard's virtuoso performance earned high praise from head coach Gregg Popovich after Game 6's series-clinching win over the Grizzlies, per The Vertical's Michael Lee:

He eventually received help from Tony Parker, who scored a combined 65 points in the final three games after a scoreless Game 3. The 34-year-old point guard must keep bathing in the Fountain of Youth for San Antonio to match Houston's high-powered attack.

Now if only LaMarcus Aldridge can also heat up. The big man averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in a decent, but unspectacular series against Memphis. Although the smaller Rockets are seemingly a much better matchup for him to regain his mojo in the paint, he recorded 15.5 points and a 37.7 field-goal percentage against them during the season.

To keep him in check, Houston will need a better showing from Clint Capela. Per NBA.com, the Rockets allowed 110.5 points per 100 possessions against the Thunder with him on the court. That number dwindled to 99.2 with him benched, but they shouldn't want to hang their hopes on a huge series from Nene.

With all due respect to the Utah Jazz or Los Angeles Clippers, a Western Conference Finals brawl with the Golden State Warriors likely awaits this series' winner. While the Rockets have been ousted by the two-time conference champions in consecutive seasons, the Spurs and Warriors haven't crossed postseason paths since 2013.

If Leonard proves Popovich's assessment as more than a biased endorsement with more help from a deep supporting cast, that should change soon. The Rockets, however, are far from pushovers.

It will be disappointing if this matchup doesn't last six or seven games. San Antonio's orderly proficiency meshed with Houston's hectic style will make for an entertaining series. Since the Spurs offer far more offensive potency than the Rockets muster on defense, look for them prevail in an intense seven-game series.

Note: All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.



Tesla Teases a Big Rig; Musk Wants Your Car to Go Sledding

April 29, 2017 at 06:22PM / by Steph Willems via The Truth About Cars

Break out the acai berry juice — there’s another futuristic transportation vision emerging from the fevered mind of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. During a TED talk in Vancouver on Friday, Musk teased an image of his company’s upcoming electric big rig. The vehicle, scheduled for a September reveal, isn’t the only truck bound for Tesla showrooms — […]

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Mean Streak Posts "Caught In The Crossfire" Video

April 29, 2017 at 05:44PM / by Ty Arthur (aka xFiruath) via MetalUnderground.com
Swedish heavy metal crew Mean Streak has released a digital single and music video for "Caught In The Crossfire," taken from the upcoming fourth full-length album "Blind Faith." This new album will be released in Europe via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records on June 2nd, in Japan via Marquee/Avalon (including one exclusive bonus track) on May 31st and ... Read More/Discuss on Metal Underground.com

Trump appeals for loyalty as 100th day fanfare threatens to fall flat

April 29, 2017 at 05:42PM / by Julian Borger in Washington via World news | The Guardian

President prepares for Saturday night rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as adviser Steve Bannon is thought to be behind focus on economic issues

On his 100th day in office, facing a historically low popularity rating, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.

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Dwyane Wade Said He 'Definitely Didn't Agree' with Chants to Fire Fred Hoiberg

April 29, 2017 at 05:20PM / by Alec Nathan via Bleacher Report - Front Page

Chicago Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade told reporters Saturday he wasn't pleased with chants that rang out at United Center on Friday evening advocating for the front office to fire head coach Fred Hoiberg. 

Speaking at exit interviews, Wade said he "definitely didn't agree" with the chants, according to CSN Chicago's Vincent Goodwill

"You've got to give people a chance," he added, per The Athletic's Sean Highkin. "All in all, I thought he did a good job."

 

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Prepare to worship the deities of 'American Gods'

April 29, 2017 at 05:01PM / by Laura Prudom via Mashable
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Belief is power in the world of American Gods. In Neil Gaiman's beloved novel — and the lavish new Starz adaptation from Bryan Fuller and Michael Green — gods exist because people believe in them, and as soon as we stop believing... well, you remember what Peter Pan told us about fairies.

Unfortunately for the Old Gods — mythological deities like Odin and Anubis, who were worshiped in earlier periods of civilization — humans typically have a short attention span, and we're increasingly turning away from the holy figures of our pasts in favor of smartphones and binge-watching. Technology has become our new god, and that tension between the old and the new drives a lot of the drama in American Gods, as these mythic figures battle for relevance and the attention of humanity. Read more...

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Honda Civic Type R, Jeep Pickup Truck Spy Photos, More Nissan NISMOs: Weekly News Roundup Video

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Kia Quietly Kills Off a Model You’ve Already Forgotten About

April 29, 2017 at 04:12PM / by Steph Willems via The Truth About Cars

We’re not talking about the K900 flagship sedan, as Kia’s luxo barge actually gets people talking — mainly due to its slow sales and LeBron James connection. No, the model lying in the casket this morning bowed out of people’s minds long before it vanished from Kia’s product cycle. The Forte Koup. Kia has confirmed […]

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NFL Draft 2017 Results: Complete Overview and Grades of Rounds 1-3

April 29, 2017 at 02:00PM / by Joseph Zucker via Bleacher Report - Front Page

Two days are in the books for what has been an unpredictable 2017 NFL draft.

While the Cleveland Browns surprised almost no one by selecting Myles Garrett with the first overall pick, chaos reigned after the Chicago Bears traded up to get Mitchell Trubisky. Even by the standards the NFL draft has set for itself, the 2017 edition stands apart among its recent peers.

Give the Bears credit. They're one of the most talked-about teams coming out of Day 2 of the draft—albeit not necessarily for the right reasons. Many criticized Chicago's trade and selection of Trubisky, and Chicago Bulls fans even booed Trubisky at Friday night's NBA playoff game against the Boston Celtics.

Like the Bears, the three teams below are a topic of discussion among many NFL fans through three rounds of the 2017 draft.

 

Draft Results

 

Team Grades

 

Most Buzzworthy Teams

Cleveland Browns

It's hard to see how the Browns could've played this draft any better.

They made the safe pick and selected Garrett first overall.

Jabrill Peppers is a bit of a wild card, but he's the perfect player a rebuilding team like the Browns should target. Cleveland can experiment with Peppers in different positions without much consequence.

And to cap it all off, the Browns got their potential quarterback of the future in the second round without surrendering multiple picks.

As CBS Sports' Dane Brugler argued, DeShone Kizer is a more than worthwhile gamble at 52nd overall:

Mocking the Browns was easy when they started emphasizing analytics and proceeded to lose their first 14 games in 2016.

Based on the 2017 draft, Cleveland may actually be headed in the right direction. The Browns didn't take any unnecessary risks, and they didn't panic and make an ill-advised trade—cough, the Bears, cough, cough.

Grade: A

 

San Francisco 49ers

Also in the "Yes, we all saw that coming department" is the fact a first-year general manager has been the best wheeler-dealer of the 2017 draft.

First, San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch convinced the Bears they needed to trade up to the second pick. Then, he got Reuben Foster as Foster was in the middle of a call with the New Orleans Saints, who were expecting to take him, per the Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman:

Here are some of the best reactions to Lynch's deal-making:

C.J. Beathard was one of the worst picks in the third round, but criticizing Lynch solely for that is somewhat unfair given everything else he had done to that point.

When the 49ers were successful under Jim Harbaugh, a strong defense was the foundation for their postseason runs. Foster and Solomon Thomas won't spark an immediate turnaround. A front seven that already included NaVorro Bowman, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner looks even more imposing, though.

Grade: A

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon landing with the Cincinnati Bengals was the second-most predictable thing to happen at the 2017 draft—behind Garrett going No. 1.

The Bengals have consistently drafted players with a history of off-field issues, and Mixon was one of the most polarizing players in this year's draft after assaulting a female student at Oklahoma in 2014.

Strictly in terms of need and talent, Mixon makes sense as a second-round pick for the Bengals. He's one of the top running backs available, and he can eventually replace Jeremy Hill, who's in the final year of his contract. 

That doesn't make Cincinnati's decision any more palatable.

The frustrating aspect for Bengals fans is that the team did extremely well in selecting John Ross and Jordan Willis. Ross is a downfield threat who can complement A.J. Green, and Willis will help a defense that ranked 15th in adjusted sack rate in 2016, per Football Outsiders.

Mixon casts a big shadow, and the Bengals deserve every bit of scrutiny they'll receive in the days and weeks to come for selecting him.

Grade: C+