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Shooting kills college football player, injures Giants’ pick

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Washburn University’s joy over one of its own going to the pros quickly shifted to grief this weekend after a shooting killed a current Washburn football player and wounded the former member of the team who was drafted by the New York Giants just hours earlier. Police in Topeka, Kansas, where the university is located, said ...

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Browns bolster defense in second NFL draft under GM Dorsey

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Freddie Kitchens emerged from the Browns‘ draft room looking like a wide-eyed rookie. Things had been moving pretty quickly for Cleveland’s first-year coach, who seemed a little dazed after spending three whirlwind days observing general manager John Dorsey and his staff relentlessly work the phones with other NFL front-office executives while selecting seven new players. “It ...

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Rare move up to draft Devin Bush highlights Steelers draft

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about “position-less” football and the ever growing need to find players who can’t just do one thing, but many. Ryan Shazier might have been the embodiment of that movement until a spinal injury suffered in December 2017 halted the star linebacker’s career just as it was ascending. After waiting a ...

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Amid safety talk, Cowboys draft pair of RBs behind Elliott

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — For all the offseason talk about safety with the Dallas Cowboys, they ended up spending more resources from the draft on potential backups for two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas used two picks on running backs, starting with all-purpose back Tony Pollard of Memphis in the fourth round Saturday. Then the Cowboys went back to ...

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Bucs bolster defense in hopes of helping Winston

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL draft was all about trying to give Jameis Winston a better chance to succeed. That not only means surrounding the fifth-year quarterback with playmakers on offense but rebuilding a defense that’s been one of the worst in the league since Winston entered the league as the No. 1 overall ...

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Chargers able to address defensive tackle, linebacker needs

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco knew that he needed to add depth at defensive tackle and linebacker during the NFL draft. The Chargers accomplished that as four of their seven selections addressed those two areas. Defensive tackles bookended the Chargers selections. They took Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery in the first round and wrapped ...

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Packers use draft to improve versatility on defense

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst insisted he went into the NFL draft prepared to go for the best available player with each of Green Bay’s eight picks. He thinks that plan worked out well for its biggest need: Defense. “I feel really good right now” about the defense, said Gutekunst on Saturday after finishing his ...

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With high picks, 49ers add talent, depth in draft

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Looking to add talent, depth and competition at several positions, the San Francisco 49ers felt they met all three objectives with their eight selections in the NFL draft. With high picks in every round each of the first two days, the 49ers obtained prospects that could make a difference on both sides of the ball ...

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Saints GM Loomis: Draft trades true to team philosophy

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton left no doubt about their willingness to give up multiple draft picks — in the present and future — to go after prospects they like. New Orleans began the draft not slated to pick until near the end of the second round — 62nd overall — and ...

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Ravens draft Louisiana Tech DE Ferguson in 3rd round

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens first-year general manager Eric DeCosta watched and waited for much of the second day of the NFL draft. And then finally, it was his time. After selecting sack specialist Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech with the 85th overall pick Friday night, DeCosta handed his other third-round pick and two sixth-round choices to Minnesota ...

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