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Kiper: 2015 NFL Draft Grades

With the 2015 NFL draft in the books, Mel Kiper gives his grades all 32 draft classes. Seattle and Baltimore are among the teams with the best marks.

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Hey Patriots' picks, no time for partying

Bill Belichick's message? "Welcome to the NFL. ... They'll get a big dose of New England Patriots football over the next whatever we've got, six weeks -- however long it is. We'll give them everything we can in heavy doses ... The strong will survive. The other ones will fall off. And we'll keep going." More, um, words of inspiration?

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Confidence rising for Jaguars

Jacksonville, owners of the third overall pick, found themselves with a B+ in Mel Kiper's Draft Grades. And Vegas is more optimistic on the Jags, as well. They were the biggest risers in Westgate SuperBook's odds, now 100-1 to win it all. More draft grades (Insider)

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Playing favorites in the NFL draft

"Favorite pick" doesn't necessarily mean "best player" -- and Todd McShay will tell you so as he breaks down his favorite pick for each of the 32 teams. Favorite picks

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Winston's contract says no baseball

According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the Bucs put a clause in the QB's contract prohibiting him from playing pro baseball during his deal. Winston has publicly said baseball "has always been my dream." (via MMQB)

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Best 1st round pick of the 2015 draft

Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay each think an AFC East team had the best pick of the opening round:

  • Kiper: WR DeVante Parker to Miami (No. 14)
  • McShay: DT Malcom Brown to New England (No. 32)

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Rookie Predictions: Tedy - 3 rushers w/ 10+ sacks Herm - Jameis throws 30 TD's Mel - Maxx Williams Off ROY Todd - Nelson Agholor Off ROY

Power running on the rise?

John Clayton notes five things we learned during the 2015 draft, including the push for more power-running offenses: "After seeing Marshawn Lynch in two Super Bowls, teams are appreciating the value of the power run." Draft trends

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Questionable Picks: Kiper - Vince Mayle to CLE McShay - Green-Beckham to TEN Herm - Phillip Dorsett to IND Bruschi - Garrett Grayson to NO

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Rookies in the best position to succeed: •Kiper - Amari Cooper •McShay - Breshad Perriman •Herm - Todd Gurley •Bruschi - Leonard Williams

NFL teams can't wait any longer

Newly drafted QBs used to have a chance to settle in before starting, however that's changed over the last six seasons.

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Florida State’s had 29 players drafted over the last 3 drafts. Most for a school in a 3-year span since Texas (31) from 1982-84. (via ELIAS)

Watch out, New England

The other 3 teams in the AFC East have made big moves this offseason in an attempt to break the Patriots' streak of 6 straight division titles.