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Grading the First Round of the 2015 NFL Draft

Athlon passes out its grades for Thursday's night 32 picks
Grading the First Round of the 2015 NFL Draft

Until the new crop of NFL first-rounders hits the field, grading the first round of the NFL Draft is just educated guesswork.

 

Having said that, fans in Tampa Bay and Tennessee should be brimming with excitement as they welcome new starting quarterbacks. Others are left scratching their heads.

 

Below are four different grades for the 32 first-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft:

 

A: Franchise-changing selection. A great value at key position of need.

 

Danny Shelton Lifts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Draft Day

A bear hug and a lift from the Washington defensive tackle
Danny Shelton Lifts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Draft Day

With both the top two picks, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, watching the NFL Draft from home, viewers had to wait for a memorable interaction between a draftee and commissioner Roger Goodell.

 

Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton made it worth the wait. The No. 12 pick overall pick of the Cleveland Browns gave Goodell a bear hug and then lifted the commissioner off his feet. 

 

Watch here:

 

 

Is Florida's Basketball Program Built to Continue the Billy Donovan Legacy?

The Gators lost a top-five coach but don't have a top-five program
Is Florida's Basketball Program Built to Carry the Billy Donovan Legacy?

College basketball coaching changes are in a weird place in 2016.

 

Gregg Marshall passed on Alabama to stay at Wichita State. He’ll make more than $3 million to coach the Shockers, he’ll have the institutional support of any major conference team, and he’ll enjoy near-ironclad job security.

 

Shaka Smart didn’t go to UCLA two years ago; he went to Texas this season. And who knows what kind of college job would have pulled Brad Stevens from Butler if the Boston Celtics never took a chance on the Bulldogs coach.

 

Get Nerdy with these NFL Helmets with Marvel Comics Mascots

Let your inner 12-year-old rejoice with the Carolina Wolverines and more
Designer Re-Imagines NFL Teams with Marvel Comics Helmets

Two of the most popular programming in America this week may be the NFL Draft and the premiere of The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

In other words, this is a good time to mash the two worlds together. What if the Avengers were the mascots for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

 

13 Potential Coaching Candidates to Replace Billy Donovan at Florida

One of these contenders will have big shoes to fill
Potential Coaching Candidates to Replace Billy Donovan at Florida

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is no stranger to conducting a job search in order to replace a championship coach.

 

He’s done it with Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer on the football side. And thanks to Billy Donovan’s brief dalliance with the Orlando Magic in 2007, he started the process to replace Donovan once before. Ironically, the likely replacement in ’07 was then-VCU coach Anthony Grant, who returned to the staff as an assistant this season.

 

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2015

Ohio State takes the top spot.
Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2015

It’s no secret Ohio State’s quarterback battle is the most intriguing storyline in college football this year. Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett will compete this fall to take the first snap against Virginia Tech, and the winner of the competition – assuming they start the full year – should be a Heisman candidate.

 

11 Crazy Predictions for the 2015 NFL Draft

Some wild and not-so-silly predictions for the NFL Draft.
11 Crazy Predictions for the 2015 NFL Draft

There shouldn’t be much drama with the No. 1 pick, but the first round of any NFL Draft is never boring.

 

Throw Chip Kelly, Jerry Jones, Roger Goodell, Adrian Peterson, the Browns, Rex Ryan and 32 million of their closest friends (and wanna-be analysts) into a brand-spanking new blender in Chicago and fireworks are bound to ensue. And entertain.

 

UConn Revamps Uniforms and Helmets for 2015

Bob Diaco's second year at UConn begins with new uniforms.
UConn Revamps Uniforms and Helmets for 2015

UConn is making a few alterations to its uniform and helmet after just two years of a new design.

 

On Wednesday night, the Huskies unveiled their new look for coach Bob Diaco’s second year.

 

Overall, this is a good design for UConn. And the helmet with the updated logo is a solid look.

 

Check out the full gallery of images here.

 

UNLV Unveils New Uniforms and Las Vegas-Themed Helmets for 2015

The Rebels will open the Tony Sanchez era with new uniforms.
UNLV Unveils New Uniforms and Las Vegas-Themed Helmets for 2015

It’s a new era of UNLV football with first-year coach Tony Sanchez making the jump from Bishop Gorman High School to the head coach position with the Rebels.

 

And Sanchez is hoping to revamp the program with a fresh start, including new uniforms and helmets for 2015.

 

On Wednesday night, UNLV unveiled its new uniforms and helmets for 2015, including a “Welcome to Las Vegas” sticker on the back of the helmets.

 

 

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