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An NFL team in Los Angeles?
The NFL-to-Los Angeles talk is picking up steam again, with Marcus Allen saying the Oakland Raiders should move there if the stadium situation is not settled and the Los Angeles Times reporting that the league is looking into possible stadium sites around Southern California. It's been 20 years since the Raiders and St. Louis Rams last played in the area. Will one of them, or another team, move to L.A. anytime soon?
Thoughts on NFL draft 1st round?
After weeks of scouting and debating, the Houston Texans decided on the obvious choice at No. 1: Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina defensive end considered by most to be the top talent in the 2014 NFL draft. A few minutes later, the Jacksonville Jaguars made a splash at No. 3 by selecting quarterback Blake Bortles ahead of superstar Johnny Manziel. It all came as part of a dramatic first round, which ended with Teddy Bridgewater going 32nd to the Minnesota Vikings. What are your thoughts on the evening?
Raiders sign Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew is returning to his hometown. The former Jaguars stalwart signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, where he'll likely compete with Darren McFadden for the starting running back position. Both Jones-Drew and McFadden have been hampered by injuries as of late -- they combined for only 1182 yards last season -- but if both are healthy, the Raiders could have the type of problem at running back that every team loves to have.
Manziel or Clowney for No. 1 pick?
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released mock drafts (both Insider) on Thursday. From the look of things, there is still quite a bit of fluidity on many boards. Kiper says Johnny Manziel will go No. 1 overall to his home-state Houston Texans, and Jadeveon Clowney joining the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3. McShay? He sees Clowney heading to Texas and Manziel dropping to the Oakland Raiders at No. 5.
The two experts couldn't agree on the landing spots for the other top three QBs, either: Blake Bortles (fourth to the Cleveland Browns according to McShay, eighth to the Minnesota Vikings per Kiper) and Teddy Bridgewater (McShay says third to Jacksonville, Kiper fourth to Cleveland). In fact, they agree on only one of the top five picks: No. 2, where the St. Louis Rams will (likely) stick with Sam Bradford at quarterback and choose Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson. What do you think should happen? What will Houston do at No. 1?
Maurice Jones-Drew has been, for much of his career, in the unenviable position of being a good player stuck on a bad team. Now, nearing the end of his career, he may have a chance to play for a contender. The Jaguars are going to let him test free agency after perhaps the worst season of his otherwise-impressive career. Running backs have a short shelf life in the NFL, and Jones-Drew has more than 8,000 rushing yards on his odometer, but a team looking for part of a running back committee could help rejuvenate his career.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story: