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Elliott: Ready to 'eat' behind Cowboys line

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.


Jared Goff tops round 1 of NFL draft

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


Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

#Cowboys owner-GM Jerry Jones says Ezekiel Elliott was top-rated player on team's draft board. Stephen Jones say top-graded RB in many years

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Jerry Jones says would have been hard to give up 2 top players (picks) for QB in Paxton Lynch whom he hopes doesn't play for several years

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Dallas also considered trading 4th overall pick to Baltimore for Ravens' 1 and 4, but Cowboys balked at end, nervous they wouldn't get RB.

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"I'd have to say yeah." Laremy Tunsil when asked if he took money from an Ole Miss coach, after apparent IG hack.

NFL draftees were dressed for success

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


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Artie Burns discussed his life challenges to Pittsburgh reporters Thursday night. In October, his mother, Dana Smith, 44, died of a heart attack. Artie Burns Sr. is serving a 25-year sentence for cocaine trafficking, according to the Miami Herald.

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

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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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

New Steeler Artie Burns said he's been watching Pittsburgh's defense since he was a boy. "I always idolized them as one of the top organizations," he said. Burns considers himself a "pure athlete."

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

"I'm super excited to be playing with DeAndre Hopkins," Texans first-round receiver Will Fuller said. "I had a teammate on Notre Dame from South Carolina. That's all he talked about was Hopkins. I'm very aware of how good he is. I can't wait to play on the same team as him."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler said the Lions had told him he would be selected by them at 16 if he was there. The Lions went with OT Taylor Decker.

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.

49ers make questionable move for Garnett

The 49ers traded three picks to Kansas City to get back into the first round and selected former Stanford guard Joshua Garnett.


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."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Keim said the Cardinals "sweated it out for sure" while waiting to see if Nkemdiche would be available at 29th.

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

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