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When Kyler Murray is drafted in April — and there's a good chance that will happen early in the first round, after he proclaimed his commitment to football Monday — he'll be unlike any other NFL draft pick before him. Murray is short, at least for an NFL quarterback. University of Oklahoma assistant AD/strategic communications Mike Houck had the most definitive word on Murray's height, when he said the OU strength staff measured Murray at 5-foot-9 and 7/8 inches.

Mayfield, who finished second to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was named Cleveland's top professional athlete at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Wednesday night. Following a season in which he broke the league's rookie touchdown record and made the Browns relevant again, Mayfield was selected over Indians All-Stars Corey Kluber and Jose Ramirez and Browns cornerback Denzel Ward. LeBron James was not a finalist despite leading the Cavaliers to their fourth NBA Finals last June - a month before the superstar left for the second time as a free agent.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the overwhelming pick for NFL MVP while also winning Offensive Player of the Year in the end-of-year Associated Press awards, handed out Saturday night in Atlanta at the NFL Honors ceremony. Los Angeles Rams standout Aaron Donald repeated as AP Defensive Player of the Year. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, and AP Defensive Rookie of the Year went to Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard.

The NFL offensive rookie of the year might have been the closest race of all the league's awards this season. A great case could have been made for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, the first overall pick of last year's draft, but he was edged out by the second overall pick, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley. Here are the NFL award winners, handed out at thee league's red-carpet ceremony on Saturday night (this post will be updated as the awards are announced): Offensive rookie of the year: Giants RB Saquon Barkley Barkley lived up to the hype.

Sean McVay doesn't have the defensive chops! Sean Payton got jobbed! For the fans, there's a clear narrative about the old and the new at play.

Super Bowl LIII is less than a week away and there is no shortage of interesting storylines to get us to the big game on Sunday. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson and Terez Paylor start the show giving their final thoughts on the no-call that prevented the Saints from reaching the Super Bowl, then have a discussion about the city of Los Angeles, the Rams' place in it and whether we could see the Chargers moving at some point in the future (5:20). They turn their attention to the Super Bowl and discuss Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and whether the 2015 AFC championship is the blueprint for beating Tom Brady in an important playoff game and how that would look against a 2018 Patriots t...

The boilerplate stance for top NFL prospects is to announce they'll be happy with whatever team selects them in the draft. Dwayne Haskins is not taking that approach. Dwayne Haskins has taken the bold approach of calling his shot for the NFL draft, complete with detailed artwork.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the dismissal of coach Dirk Koetter after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Tampa Bay finished 5-11 this season after Sunday's 34-32 loss. Earlier Sunday, ESPN reported Jameis Winston is expected to remain the starting quarterback in 2019, when he will make $20 million on his fifth-year option.

Every year, five or six teams who missed out on last season's playoffs find their way into the postseason. Who truthfully had the Bears romping to the NFC North title this season, or the Colts even coming close to January football? Every year you start with a clean slate and renewed hope of making it back to the big time... unless you're the Browns.

While Beckham returned from a career-threatening ankle injury, the 2018 season didn't end as he would have liked. The New York Giants missed the playoff for the second straight year and fourth time in his five-year career, and the NFL's highest-paid receiver was sidelined for the final four games of the season with a nagging quad injury. Coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday that Beckham will miss Sunday's game against Dallas with a minor injury they said would not heal.

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