The second-round opener pits Jamie Benn vs. Alex Steen and two of hockey's most effective pests in St. Louis' Steve Ott and Dallas' Antoine Roussel.
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
By taking Ezekiel Elliott in the first round Thursday, the Cowboys have had their first draft pick visit the team's Valley Ranch facility before the draft in 10 of the last 12 years. The only two first picks not to visit were DeMarcus Ware (2005) and Morris Claiborne (2012)
Jumping the gun on quarterbacks
Selecting a quarterback on Day 1 isn't always a successful strategy. Since 2011, quarterbacks selected on Day 2 have combined for a higher win percentage and more playoff victories than their first-round counterparts.
Brandon Carr took a cut in his base salary to $4.25 million. That move helped make the Cowboys' decision to draft Ezekiel Elliott a little easier.
QB will be the Cowboys’ focus
With the third pick in Round 2, Dallas is in a great spot to grab a quarterback who can be groomed behind Tony Romo. Penn State's Christian Hackenberg will be one of the top signal-callers for Jerry Jones to consider. John Clayton: Ranking best Day 2 teams
Point guard Deron Williams plans to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com.
Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says both captains in this series - David Backes and Jamie Benn - are underappreciated.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com. Williams, 31, who could have made $5.6 million next season, plans to seek a multi-year deal that could be the final contract of his career, the sources said. There will be mutual interest in his return to Dallas after he averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season. "I would love to be back," Williams said during exit interviews this week. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams, a native of the Dallas area, needs surgery to repair the sports hernia that caused him to miss most of the Mavs' playoff surgery but should be completely healthy entering training camp.
We want in-state rivalry back
The most cruel casualty of the realignment craze was the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M. World War II couldn't sideline this rivalry, but some conference maneuvering did. Rivalries that should be back on the schedule
Round 2: Billings best fit for Raiders at 44
Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Oakland should draft DT Andrew Billings, who would quickly push for a starting spot next to Dan Williams on the inside. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)
Round 2: Howard best fit for Titans at 43
Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Tennessee should draft CB Xavien Howard, whose size and athleticism fit within Dick LeBeau's heavy press-zone scheme. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)
Round 2: Dodd best fit for Cowboys at 33
Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Dallas, which needs to find pass rushing help on the edges, should draft DE Kevin Dodd. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)
Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer
Stars coach Lindy Ruff explains how he plans to use Jamie Benn to keep his offensive production going against the Blues.
NFL Draft: Best players on the board
Alabama boasts three of the top five best players still available heading into Friday night's second round (7 p.m. on ESPN/WatchESPN), according to Mel Kiper Jr. Top 25 best available players on Day 2 (Insider)
Elliott should have immediate impact
Dallas' running game suffered a decline last season, but the drafting of Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall should help catapult the Cowboys' rushing numbers back near the top of the league.
The Cowboys believe they helped their defense by picking Ezekiel Elliott, but they will do it more directly in the next couple of rounds of the draft.
Dallas appears to be the biggest potential obstacle standing between the Ravens and pass-rusher Noah Spence.
The Cowboys need to win now. And they believe Ezekiel Elliott can help them do that more than any other player in the 2016 NFL draft.
Texas and Texas A&M are far from the top dog in Lone Star State recruiting. Baylor's here to stay.