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NFL ‘strongly encourages’ teams not to leak draft picks

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The NFL is once again looking out for the televised product when it comes to the draft.

According to a report, the league strongly encouraged teams not to leak their draft picks. Via PFT, here is part of a memo sent to teams this week:

“Teams are expected once again to withhold reporting names of all draft picks via any platform (social media, email, team web sites, etc.) until after the announcement by the Commissioner or his designee at the podium,” NFL Media czar Brian Rolapp wrote Monday in a memo to all teams, via Pro Football Talk. “We strongly encourage teams to emphasize to all personnel the importance of not disseminating the identity of a selection to any outside parties until it is announced. This includes other teams’ selections, as well as your own team’s.”

This is an issue because with the popularity of Twitter, reporters were able to share information about draft picks well ahead of time, effectively ruining any surprise element from watching on TV.

In the past, both ESPN and NFL Network reporters have agreed to hold off on reporting picks early in order to maintain the excitement of the TV show. The networks also cut back on TV cameras backstage to limit spoilers.

As someone who enjoys the spectacle of the draft, it’s much, much, much better to find out a pick when it’s announced on TV by the commissioner than by a tweet from a reporter a few minutes before the pick is announced. This is a television event; why not produce it for the greatest drama?

Laremy Tunsil video shows him wearing gas mask bong

Laremy Tunsil bong

Laremy Tunsil appears to truly have been the victim of a hack job.

The top offensive lineman talent in the NFL Draft was victimized on his Twitter account minutes before the draft began by a video that showed him wearing a gas mask bong, inhaling and coughing:

Tunsil has had lots of character issues leading up to the draft, and this is something that could also give NFL teams pause.

The former Ole Miss offensive lineman is being sued by his stepfather, over an alleged fight they had. His former college teammate Robert Nkemdiche also threw him under the bus when it came to the infamous hotel incident.

This is really some awful timing that could cost Tunsil millions.

Top DT recruit drops Alabama after Bo Davis violation news

Marvin Wilson

Five-star defensive tackle recruit Marvin Wilson says he is dropping Alabama in response to the Bo Davis news.

Wilson, who is completing his junior year at Episcopal High School in Texas, tweeted “there goes bama in my recruitment” after learning Davis was expected to be fired or resign.

Wilson is rated as the No. 1 player at his position and the top recruit in Texas. Prior to Thursday’s news, Wilson was said to have the strongest interest in Bama and LSU, with interest in Florida State and Texas as well.

Davis, who is Bama’s defensive line coach, was his primary recruiting contact. Davis is reportedly going to be fired or resign over allegations of recruiting violations.

Report: Alabama assistant Bo Davis to leave job over recruiting violations allegations

Bo Davis

An Alabama assistant coach is expected to leave his position over allegations of recruiting violations, according to a report.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that Bo Davis, who coaches Bama’s defensive line, is expected to be fired or resign. The school is conducting an internal investigation while the NCAA has also looked into matters.

Davis was hired as an original member of Nick Saban’s coaching staff brought in for the 2007 season. He left to coach Texas from 2010-2013 but returned to Alabama for 2014 and 2015. He is signed through 2017 and makes $475,000 in salary.

Davis was an All-SEC defensive lineman for LSU in the early-’90s.

Jarran Reed wears suit as tribute to Omega Psi Phi fraternity

The brothers of Omega Psi Phi everywhere are going to love the suit Jarran Reed wore to the NFL Draft.

Reed played defensive tackle at Alabama, but he left many Crimson Tide fans confused with his wardrobe choice. Rather than wearing crimson, he was wearing purple and gold — the colors of SEC rival LSU. But don’t fret; the colors had nothing to do with LSU, but all to do with Reed’s fraternity.

He told NFL Network’s Michael Irving that the suit was a nod to his frat Omega Psi Phi.

“For my fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. For all the brothers out there, you know I had to do it, clean it up with the purple and gold,” Reed said as he threw up the Psi.

Jarran Reed Omega Psi Phi

You can see the omega on his tie and pin on his lapel.

Omega Psi Phi is a traditionally black fraternity that was started at Howard University. Athletes like Michael Jordan, Shaq, Vince Carter, Ray Lewis and Steve McNair were among the famous Omega Psi Phi brothers.

Corey Coleman will buy his mom a house after being drafted

Corey Coleman Baylor

Corey Coleman cashing in on his NFL future also means that his mom gets to cash in.

Coleman shared on NFL Network’s pre-draft show that he promised his mom, Cassandra Jones, a house upon reaching the league.

“I did promise her a house. I said, ‘when I go to the NFL, I’m going to get you a house, and you get to pick it out.’ It’s just a blessing that I get an opportunity to be here,” Coleman told NFL Network’s Michael Irvin.

Does Jones have the house picked out yet?

“Not exactly, I haven’t decided yet.”

Coleman caught 74 passes for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns last season with Baylor. He is leaving school early after his junior season.

Jack Conklin mom Jennifer Jackson conflicted about crying

Jack Conklin mom

To cry or not to cry, that is the question for Jack Conklin’s mom, Jennifer Jackson.

Conklin is an offensive tackle from Michigan State, and he is expected to go in the first round of the draft. As such, he was invited to be a part of the red carpet festivities for the NFL Draft. NFL Network interviewed him and talked with his mom, Jackson, about her crying conflict.

“I’m trying to keep it in. Everybody told me, ‘don’t cry, don’t cry.’ They said ‘make the moms look good and don’t cry.’ But then as I was leaving the salon, they said ‘cry all you want — you earned it.'”

I’m sure everyone will be able to forgive the Jeanie Buss look-alike if she cries. This is a big moment for her and her son.

Ezekiel Elliott wears crop top on red carpet

Ezekiel Elliott crop top

Ezekiel Elliott is really owning the crop top look.

Known for wearing a crop top on the football field, Elliott is also taking the crop top to fashion shows. He arrived at the NFL Draft red carpet showing off the crop top look he was wearing under his suit.

No, Elliott did not have a custom shirt made; it appeared that he just had his shirt rolled up underneath.

Elliott was famous for wearing the crop-top style jersey during games.

“I just don’t like how loose jerseys are at the bottom, so I just tuck it up and roll it,” Elliott explained about why he does it. “I get in trouble for it every once in awhile. I’ll have to come out at halftime, pull my jersey down and tuck it in.”

Last year the NCAA created a rule to ban crop top jerseys.

Of course Elliott’s crop top got the crying Jordan face.

Carmelo Anthony: It would be ‘a problem’ if Knicks coaching search is not extensive

Carmelo Anthony

There are further indications that the New York Knicks’ offseason is not quite going the way Carmelo Anthony would like.

Anthony spoke to Frank Isola on SiriusXM Radio on Thursday, and admitted that it would be “a problem” if the Knicks weren’t looking for all the qualified candidates they could find for their coaching position.

“I’ve said this and I’ll continue to say it, there needs to be a process,” Anthony said of the coaching search, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “As long as there’s a process and you go through the proper channels to figure out exactly what you need to do, I don’t have no problem with that. But if you don’t go through that process and at least look to see what’s out there, then we have a problem with that.”

Anthony also gave team president Phil Jackson a rather reserved vote of confidence.

“I have to. My fate is in his hands,” Anthony said, when asked if he believed in Jackson to make the right hire. “I have to believe in him. If I believe that I’m going to be here, I don’t have anybody else to kind of put my fate in.”

Anthony’s preferred choice was reportedly Tom Thibodeau, but he went to Minnesota where he got personnel control and Jackson was said to not have any interest in him anyway. Anthony has pushed for input on the coaching search, but he hasn’t gotten any, and he’s probably going to have to learn to deal with the fact that Jackson has had Kurt Rambis in mind for the position all along. It doesn’t exactly look like the extensive process that Anthony wanted.

Report: Ryan Fitzpatrick would ‘rather not play football’ than take Jets offer

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It would appear that Ryan Fitzpatrick is a bit insulted by the New York Jets’ most recent offer.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Fitzpatrick has told people that he would “rather not play football” than accept the contract the Jets have tabled.

The offer is reportedly unchanged from the original proposal in the $7-$8 million range, well beneath the reported $16 million Fitzpatrick is seeking.

At least for the moment, the Jets aren’t budging, and are looking at other external candidates. They even explored a move for the No. 1 draft pick. They’d like Fitzpatrick back, but they aren’t really sweating it.

As for Fitzpatrick, well, his problem is finding interest. The Jets aren’t willing to pay up, but nobody else really is either. The Broncos were said to have interest long ago, but they’re definitely not going to pay him that much money either, so the Jets may just wait and call Fitzpatrick’s bluff here.

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