April 2019

Patriots' collection of 2020 NFL Draft picks is laughably impressive originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The New England Patriots entered last week's 2019 NFL Draft with 12 selections (tied with the New York Giants for the most of any one team), and they ended up picking 10 players after making a few trades to move up and down the order. It's pretty early to be looking ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft, but the Patriots do have an impressive stockpile of picks coming up next year.

For all of the great plays Gino Marchetti made as a member of the Baltimore Colts, his most famous moment might have come when he insisted to stay on the sideline. In the 1958 NFL championship game against the New York Giants, the famous “Greatest Game Ever Played,” Marchetti tackled Frank Gifford on a game-saving play, but broke his leg. He was taken off the field, but refused to leave the sideline.

The New York Giants say cornerback Corey Ballentine, who was shot Sunday in Topeka, Kansas, is recovering and will join the team for its minicamp this weekend. Ballentine was injured and his friend, Dwane Simmons, was killed while attending a party hours after Ballentine was drafted Saturday by the Giants in the sixth round. Police have said people inside a car pulled up to the home and, after exchanging words, shot Ballentine and Simmons, who were teammates on the Washburn University football team.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman used the No. 6 overall pick in last week's NFL draft on Duke quarterback Daniel Jones — a move that has been widely criticized. "In three years, we'll find out how crazy I am," Gettleman said Monday, via NBC Sports. Gettleman claimed that there were two other teams in the league who would have taken Jones before the Giants' second first-round pick at No. 17, which is part of the reason he made the move to take Jones early.

NFL Draft winners, losers: Analyzing best, worst picks of latest class originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com After a year of mock drafts, player rankings, rumors and tons of debate, the 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone. There were plenty of surprises, too, starting with the Oakland Riaders and New York Giants taking risks in the top 10 of the first round Thursday night. Several general managers (hello, Dave Gettleman!

Prominent sports radio host Mike Francesca appears to have blamed New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine for a shooting in which he was injured and his college teammate Dwane Simmons was killed over the weekend. Simmons's family say police told them the two players were about to leave a party early on Sunday near their college, Washburn University, when a vehicle pulled up to them. Police in Topeka, Kansas, have not suggested Simmons or Ballentine were culpable for the incident.

But the one thing I have learned is you don't fool around with a quarterback. If he's your guy, you take him. If you put 32 general managers in a room and gave 'em sodium pentathol [truth serum], every single one of them would tell you a story of how they got cute in a draft and it cost them a player they wanted.

The 2019 NFL Draft is in the books and the teams that that befuddled and confused over the offseason like the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders continued that tradition through draft night. Liz Loza and Matt Harmon report in from Buffalo's Nashville with a special two-part draft recap combining their fantasy expertise with Yahoo Sports' Terez Paylor and Charles Robinson, hosts of the Yahoo Sports NFL Podcast. In Part I, they tackle what went down in the NFC over draft weekend, starting with their first reactions from Nashville.

Just hours after being selected in the NFL Draft by the New York Giants, cornerback Corey Ballentine was injured and a former teammate was killed in a Kansas shooting incident. Washburn University president Jerry Farley said that Ballentine, a senior, was hurt but expected to make a full recovery while junior Dwane Simmons, also on the school's American football team, was killed in the off-campus incident early Sunday morning near the Topeka school. "Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act," Farley said.

A shooting in Topeka, Kansas, has left a Washburn University football player dead and another former player injured just hours after he was drafted to play for the NFL's New York Giants. Dwane Simmons, 23, who was a junior studying mass media, was fatally shot just before 1 a.m. Sunday off campus, police said. Corey Ballentine, 23, a senior and sixth-round NFL pick, suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

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