2012 NFL Draft Live Blog: AFC East & Elite

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2012 NFL Draft Live Blog: AFC East & Elite

Every pick made in the AFC East, as well as for the Broncos, Texans, Steelers and Ravens will be noted here. Keep it locked through Saturday.
7:49 p.m - The New York Jets take WR Stephen Hill with the No. 43 pick.
7:45 p.m -Dwight Stephenson informs us Miami spends its 42 pick to take Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin.
So you know what I was saying about Ryan Fitzpatrick needing protection? That's where I thought Jonathan Martin might come in. Martin had the responsibility of defending Andrew Luck's blind side at Stanford. He's been hyped as one of the best OT in the draft and says as much himself.
But considering it's Jake Long who's entering his final contract year, and there's no guarantee he can be retained by Miami, you'd think the right side would get the help. Give Lydon Murtha something to fight for, at least.
7:42 p.m - The Buffalo Bills select Cordy Glenn, former Georgia tackle at No. 41.
With Demetrius Bell gone, Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side is unprotected. Chris Hairston is decent, but not Bell.
Glenn, 6-5, 345-pounds, had a bumpy road to the OLT transition in his senior season. But he got there -- he got in shape and made it work. Would he be a better guard? Probably. Perhaps the versatility will serve the Bills well. Glenn is certainly quick and powerful.
7:21 p.m - With the 36 pick, the Broncos select Derek Wolfe, defensive tackle out of Cincinnati.
Smart, smart move by Denver. Of course, I like Wolfe a lot, so put it in that context. In 2011, the 6-5, 300-pound DT had a fumble return, 70 total tackles (21.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks, a pass break up, six quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles. Kid got work done.
Now for the Broncos' context. What name do you think of first? Von Miller. Which is why Brodrick Bunkley was underrated in that defense. Now he's gone -- off to New Orleans -- and Denver can't expect Ty Warren, Justin Bannan, and Kevin Vickerson to pick up the slack. I imagine those three sitting at Dunkin' Donuts all day, sipping small coffees (they're old).
7:17 p.m - The Ravens use pick No. 35 on linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
The rich get richer. A team known for its suffocating defense adds the former key to Alabama's. Upshaw is thickly built at 6-2, 272-pounds. He's a high-intensity, power-leverage rusher who will do well in a 3-4 like Baltimore's.
But didn't Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh say over and over that the Ravens' top need in the draft was left guard? Perhaps not. The free agency loss of linebacker Jarrett Johnson -- his leadership, his work in the run game -- is significant. Paul Kruger showed some goods last year, but not enough to replace Johnson. And Sergio Kindle fell down the stairs and hurt his brain, so... yeah, Upshaw is a good choice.
7:14 p.m - Baltimore Ravens are on the clock.

Morning Skate: Petersen snubs Sabres, Fleury pens letter to Pittsburgh

Morning Skate: Petersen snubs Sabres, Fleury pens letter to Pittsburgh

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the NHL pre-July 1 wooing period is underway.

 

*Another draft pick has snubbed the team that selected him after their college career, and this time it’s the Buffalo Sabres. 

 

*It’s a shame to see the demise of the CTV sports staff in Montreal. Brian Wilde is a friend and a colleague, and a voice on the Habs that deserved to be heart up in that city. 

 

*In an emotional letter penned to the only NHL city that he’d ever played in, Marc-Andre Fleury has plenty to say about Pittsburgh. 

 

*The Edmonton Oilers and Peter Chiarelli have signed rugged power forward Zack Kassian to a three-year, $5.85 million contract. Interesting risk here for a player that might be a fourth line guy, and has had some issues toeing the line in the past, but Kassian has been pretty effective for the Oil since they stuck out their neck for him. 

 

*Teemu Selanne is a no-brainer for this season’s Hockey Hall of Fame class, and that’s great. But it will be a crime if three-time Stanley Cup champion and high-ranking lifetime scorer Mark Recchi doesn’t finally get into the Hall this season. Seriously, Recchi has the credentials statistically, he has the Stanley Cups, he has the time playing with some of the greatest players of his generation during his NHL career and he also happens to have been a great person and leader on top of all that. If former Bruins winger Recchi doesn’t hear his name announced this season then something is seriously flawed with the process. 

 

*How exactly will the return of Brandon Saad impact both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane over the next few seasons? One would imagine it’s going to be a positive impact. 

 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman thinks that the Columbus Blue Jackets are making a push to be contenders, and will be in the mix for Ilya Kovalchuk. 

 

*Speaking of Blackhawks former Cup champs, Niklas Hjalmarsson is bringing that winning tradition, experience and leadership to the Arizona Coyotes now that he’s been traded. 

 

*For something completely different: What a crazy story this Han Solo movie intrigue has turned into, with reports that the movie’s crew “broke into applause” when it was announced that Ron Howard was taking over direction of the movie. 

Bradley left off NBA's all-defensive teams

Bradley left off NBA's all-defensive teams

BOSTON – Avery Bradley was one of the NBA’s better defenders this past season, even as injuries limited him to just 55 games played. 

The lack of court time may have been a factor in Bradley being left off the NBA’s all-defensive first and second teams which were announced on Monday. 

Bradley, a member of the NBA's all-defensive first team last season, received 12 first-place votes as part of a 46-point voting total which was tops among the players who did not make the first or second team. 

Golden State’s Draymond Green, Utah’s Rudy Gobert and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard were the top three vote-getters, which explains why they are the three finalist for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award which will be announced tonight during the NBA Awards show which begins at 9 p.m. on TNT.

In addition to Green, Gobert and Leonard, the first team also included Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul who was named to his seventh all-NBA defensive team, with this being the sixth straight time being on the first unit. Houston’s Patrick Beverley, a second-team all-NBA defensive selection following the 2013-2014 season, was also named to the first team. 

The second unit included Memphis guard (and former Celtic) Tony Allen, San Antonio’s Danny Green, New Orleans center Anthony Davis with Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo rounding out the second team. 

In addition to Bradley, other Celtics receiving votes for one of the two all-defensive teams included Marcus Smart (five first-place votes, 21 points total); Jae Crowder (five points total) and Isaiah Thomas (one point total).