National Football League Special, 2019 Draft Nears, NFL Report


April 19th, 2019

Welcome back, have a great Friday and start to the weekend!


  • Major League Soccer continues its expansion march. The league statement, MLS is set to expand to 30 teams in the “coming years.
  • When it comes to the business acumen of pro athletes, the bulk of the stories we’re told are of two extremes: The millionaires who somehow lost it all, or the pros whose skill for making money just get better with age.
  • The Seattle Times had reported the privately funded project’s cost had reached $900 million and likely more, and that the targeted reopening had been delayed several months — until at least June 1, 2021 — and would push up against the late-May start of that year’s WNBA season for the Seattle Storm.
  • State of Colorado House Bill 1327 was introduced with bipartisan sponsorship. It asks lawmakers to send the legalization and taxation questions to voters and would allow for wagers on Colorado’s professional and collegiate teams.
  • PepsiCo is looking for a way to jumpstart their sagging Gatorade sales. The solution? Launching “new innovations in sports hydration.” While Gatorade still controls 33% of the sports drink brand market, it has seen its volumes fall in recent years thanks to upstart BodyArmor. Gatorade isn’t alone, as Powerade has lost volume as well to BodyArmor. In 2017, both Gatorade and Powerade increased value but at a slower rate than BodyArmor.
  • Speaking of Pepsi, Major League Baseball announced it was dropping the soda company in exchange for a new deal with its biggest rival: Coca-Cola (COKE).
  • Nike is turning to women to help drive new opportunities. According to Lauren Thomas of CNBC, with Nike’s women’s apparel business representing less than 25 percent of the brand’s total sales, they believe that there is still a large part that remains untapped.


  • 1944 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • 1947 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs edge Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; first all-Canadian final since 1935
  • 1947 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)



Nick Saban’s Alabama is the school the NFL loves these days—with four first-rounders in each of the last two drafts, and maybe that many again in 2019. But no college can match the Miami class of 2004, which placed a record six players in the first round. Their draft stories capture the capricious unpredictability of the league’s evaluation and selection process. (Read) by Tim Rohan

Get to know the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.

A recent reports suggests that they are eyeing either Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins or Duke’s Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in next week’s NFL Draft. The New York Giants have also been linked to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen should that team select Kyler Murray No. 1 overall. (Read) by Vincent Frank

In the olden days—like 20 years ago—a mock draft was a work of art, sweated over and fidgeted with for months, the product of countless phone calls and interviews, and maybe a little inside info-trading. The apotheosis of this golden age came in 2000, when Sports Illustrated’s Paul Zimmerman concocted a mock of monumental accuracy. (Read) by Conor Orr 

Le’Veon Bell officially became a former Pittsburgh Steelers back on March 13 when he signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets, and the arguably odd timing of the tweet from Bell was inspired by a message from the Steeler Nation Twitter account. (Read) by Jason Rowan

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones is not present for the start of the team’s offseason program. He presumably wants a new contract. (Read) by Charean Williams

Twenty-nine players who were first-round draft picks in 2016 have fifth-year options for the 2020 season, and their teams must decide by May 3 whether to pick up those options. We’ll list each first-round pick here and the status of that option year. (Read) by Michael David Smith


The NFL schedule has been released which means it’s time to breakdown some of the biggest games that will take place this upcoming season. Let’s rank the top ten games that you need to make sure you are in front of a TV to watch. (Read) by

The New England Patriots are coming off of a Super Bowl championship and have won six rings since Tom Brady took over under center back in 2001. So, they typically don’t worry about their schedule because, well, they always seem to win anyway. (Read) by

A week out from the kickoff of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos concluded their three-day voluntary mini-camp. It was our first chance to observe Vic Fangio and his new coaching staff interact with the Broncos’ collection of players out on the grass. (Read) by Chad Jensen 

The San Francisco 49ers and other NFL teams visited with prospects at the college all-star games (such as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game), the NFL Scouting Combine, at Pro Days, and are now digging into their 30 allowed private visits (a.k.a. “Top 30 visits”), where they fly players in to visit team facilities in the weeks leading up to the draft. (Read) by Kirk Larrabee 

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the Jets appear “determined” to move down from No. 3. The team’s goal is believed to be to at least recoup the second-round pick they gave up last year when they traded up to select quarterback Sam Darnold. (Read) by Grey Papke

Despite his trade request earlier this offseason, the Cleveland Browns have no plans to move running back Duke Johnson. “When you sit down with (head coach) Freddie (Kitchens) and the coaching staff, they see him as a vital part of this offense moving forward,” general manager John Dorsey told reporters Thursday. “He is a good playmaker.” (Read) by

By the end of his time with the Los Angeles Rams, Jeff Fisher was the Internet’s favorite punching bag. But now, the former NFL head coach has turned the tables. Fisher went on a social-media spree after shooting down a report that he was set to take over Houston’s XFL team. (Read) by

Robert Kraft’s legal team has been working to prevent an alleged video of the New England Patriots owner engaging in sexual activity at a day spa from being released to the public, but it sounds like they are losing the battle. (Read) by  Steve DelVecchio









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