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5hTodd McShay

McShay: Final 2016 NFL mock draft

Before the first round gets rolling on Thursday, Todd McShay takes one more stab at predicting the picks. Watch the NFL draft unfold live on ESPN and WatchESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

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Ezekiel Elliott brings the cut off shirt to the red carpet (0:22)
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Maddon: Wrigley Field is the essence of baseball (2:35)
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Beer-drinking bear takes in Cubs game (0:20)
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Keegan-Michael Key hosts the 2016 Name Draft (2:13)
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3hScott Burnside

More on the line this time for Crosby, Ovechkin

After years of battling head-to-head to see who the better player is, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby enter their second-round matchup with each looking to cement his legacy as a champion.

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Detroit is for the birds! (0:32)
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Highlights: Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool (1:52)
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8hMiguel Delaney and Jim Caple

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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LeBron celebrates NFL draft day with football after practice? (0:28)
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1dBill Barnwell

Barnwell: The sneaky success of the second-round QB

QBs drafted early in Round 2 recently have been more successful than those drafted later in Round 1. The opportunity cost makes second-tier prospects like Christian Hackenberg a worthwhile bet.

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Lillard and McCollum's ridiculous four-bucket sequence (0:55)
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Former Michigan State OL Jack Conklin said he feels like it's "gameday." How high will he go in the first round?

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The scene with three hours before the draft: hard at work setting up the fan rally.

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Ezekiel Elliott wears crop top at NFL draft
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Elliott couldn't sport this look with the Buckeyes last year, but he whipped out the crop top shirt on the red carpet before tonight's NFL draft. Unique look

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ESPN Staff Now 

The quarterbacks have hit the red carpet with Carson Wentz, who is accompanied by his mother, up first.

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Bill Barnwell ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Cowboys really are deciding between Jalen Ramsey and Ezekiel Elliott at four, the eventual choice could be valuable insight into the decision-making in Dallas. Stephen Jones talked father Jerry out of drafting Johnny Manziel for Zack Martin two years ago; can he steer Big D towards Ramsey this time around?

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears would be ecstatic if tonight's 11th pick enjoys a similar career arc as Chicago's pick at No. 11 overall in 1984 -- linebacker Wilber Marshall. A two-time Super Bowl Champion, Marshall was a feared hitter on the Bears' famed 4-6 defense.

Todd McShay's final 2016 NFL mock draft
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Before the first round gets rolling on Thursday, Todd McShay takes one more stab at predicting the picks. Watch the NFL draft unfold live on ESPN and WatchESPN at 8 p.m. ET. Mock draft (Insider)

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Beer-Drinking bear enjoys a Cubs victory
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The Cubs won their 18th straight game started by Jake Arrieta – and there was a beer-drinking bear there to see it.

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Chris Sprow ESPN.com 

Last time Ezekiel Elliott walked off a football field, this was the look. The draft getup is at least consistent.

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Elliott brings cut off shirt to red carpet

Former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott wears a cut off shirt on the red carpet, reminiscent of the way he wore his jersey with the Buckeyes in the 2014 season.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas is good to go after twisting his ankle in Game 5. "Today it was just as simple as a non-verbal thumb up. So he's fine. He's good to go; he's ready to roll."

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Mark Dominik explains the last-minute preparations for general managers leading up to the NFL draft and what it's like for teams picking later in the round.

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Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

A little over an hour away from the No. 1 pick being taken right here.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

L.A. is a city of transplants. So it's no surprise a few daring fans have already taken the opportunity to kick off a rivalry with the returning Rams' longtime fans.

ESPN Staff Now 

Those shoes look about as tough as Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil -- gold spikes on the feet of the guy who could be the first OL taken in the draft.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has an affinity for Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, I'm told. If the Jets take Hackenberg at 20, it would break the Internet. Chances are, he's a second-day option for the Jets.

Heather Burns ESPN.com 

Since 2000, the most successful first-round draft picks in terms of number of Pro Bowlers are the first, ninth and 24th draft picks. Each of those picks have produced 10 Pro Bowlers in that span.

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Chris Sprow ESPN.com 

The draft stage? "I want a fine shammy!"

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions are having a draft party tonight at their facility and have a very long line of valets to park cars. Seriously.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The real action for the Bears is happening 30 miles from Draft Town at the team's suburban facility where the brain trust mulls over who to take at No. 11. Options for the Bears could include: Clemson's Shaq Lawson, UCLA's Myles Jack, Louisville's Sheldon Rankins or Michigan State's Jack Conklin.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The ESPN crew gets ready for Day 1 of the NFL draft.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The line of Rams' faithful has more than quadrupled in the past hour.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Unscientific poll: Eric Dickerson the most widely worn jersey at fan rally.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

After a 20 year absence, fans are excited and taking photos of other excited fans.

ESPN Staff Now 

Ezekiel Elliott is a popular guy in Chicago. As he strolled down the red carpet one Bears super fan screamed out "You're looking at the No. 11 pick, baby!" Will Elliott still be there at 11 for the Bears?

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