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NFL Draft: Thumbs up, or down, after first-round picks

The Cowboys get a thumbs up for taking Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick of Round 1. Who else chose well? Who didn't? And who's available in Friday's second and third rounds (7 p.m. ET on ESPN & WatchESPN)?

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Broncos get Lynch; Kaepernick pursuit likely over

The Broncos moved up from pick No. 31 to No. 26 via a trade with the Seahawks and selected Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, likely ending their pursuit of Colin Kaepernick, GM John Elway said.

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Debate: Best way to crown a champion

Leagues like the NBA and NHL determine their champions in a way that is quite different from a circuit like the Premier League. Which system is better? Read the debate and cast your vote.

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How the Patriots dealt with round 1

New England didn't have a first-round pick Thursday due to Deflategate penalties. So the Pats' Instagram account sent a very simple message. No words necessary

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Elliott: Ready to 'eat' behind Cowboys line
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Ezekiel Elliott joined SVP to discuss why he wanted to be a Cowboy, what Emmitt Smith means to him and wearing the crop top on the red carpet.

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Jared Goff tops round 1 of NFL draft
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The first pick of the 2016 NFL draft was former Cal QB Jared Goff going to the Los Angeles Rams.

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Beagle has rough night with hockey sticks
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First, Jay Beagle got a hockey stick (hilariously) stuck in his visor. Then Beagle got a hockey stick stuck in his skate.

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NFL draftees were dressed for success
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The first round of the NFL draft featured some unique outfits, with the best example being the Ezekiel Elliott crop top suit.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down on first round

Our NFL Nation reporters assessed every first-round pick from Thursday night in Chicago. All 31

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Tunsil admits to taking money in college
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Laremy Tunsil, who fell to 13th to the Dolphins after a video emerged right before the draft of him smoking a substance in a gas mask, later admitted to taking money from an Ole Miss coach. Story

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Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

The Broncos were concerned the Browns and Cowboys were going to try to move back into first round to take Paxton Lynch so the Broncos made the trade to move up to the 26th spot to take Lynch.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Germain Ifedi started his interview with Seattle media on FaceTime, but he was upside down. Asked what he thought when he got a call late Thursday night, Ifedi joked, "It could be the bill collector." Once he heard "John" as in John Schneider, he said he was ecstatic.

Hawks finish off Celtics with Game 6 win
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The Hawks get their first postseason win in Boston since 1988 to finish off their first round series over the Celtics.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Nkemdiche on former Ole Miss teammate Laremy Tunsil dropping in the first round because of a Twitter post Thursday night of him wearing a mask while smoking something through a plastic tube: "Whoever did that was evil."

Oshie completes hat trick with OT winner
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A sweet -- albeit, controversial -- wraparound goal in overtime is quite the way to score your third goal. And that's exactly what T.J. Oshie did in the Caps' 4-3 Game 1 win over the Penguins.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

The 49ers drafted two players in the first round and the first few questions to Chip Kelly were about Colin Kaepernick...who is still a 49er.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers GM Tom Telesco says Joey Bosa has been the team's No. 1 guy since September. At 6-5 and 280 pounds, he won't have to gain weight, but at 20 years old will fill out naturally.

Nkemdiche should flourish in Arizona
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The Cardinals first-round draft pick, former Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche, was the No. 1 overall recruit in 2013 ESPN 300.

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Travis Haney @TravHaneyESPN

Ole Miss had 3 first-rounders. Should've been a banner night. Instead, Hugh Freeze's program has never been under more scrutiny.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said receiver Josh Doctson reminds him of his former receiver in CIncinnati, A.J. Green. Gruden said, "He has the same type of body control and the ability to high point" the ball. #Waspick

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

On Colin Kaepernick, John Elway said: "we're probably over with Kaepernick."

Lynch emotional after getting drafted
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Former Memphis QB Paxton Lynch showed some emotion after the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos took him 26th overall.

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Chris Fallica ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the 4th straight year Texas A&M has had an offensive lineman selected in the 1st round - 2016 Germain Ifedi, 2015 Cedric Ogbuehi, 2014 Jake Matthews, 2013 Luke Joeckel

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

With the 31st pick in the first round, the Seahawks selected Texas A&M offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. Ifedi has great athletic traits and experience playing both guard and tackle. He is not polished, but is an upside pick who can compete for playing time right away.

Seahawks select Germain Ifedi at No. 31

Seattle has chosen former Texas A&M OT Germain Ifedi with the 31st and final pick of the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Full draft coverage

McShay scouting report: Vernon Butler

Get to know the newest Panther, No. 30 overall pick Vernon Butler. Todd McShay breaks down the former Louisiana Tech defensive tackle.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Panthers' picks so far through Round 1: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech, 30th overall. Their next pick is No. 62 in the second round on Friday.

Panthers pick Vernon Butler at No. 30

Carolina has selected former Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler with the 30th pick of the 2016 NFL draft. Results & analysis