Top of NFL draft has two surprises

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Top of NFL draft has two surprises

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com

The players were coming off the board according to plan in the early portion of the 2011 NFL Draft. And then came No. 8 and the Tennessee Titans. Looking for a replacement for Vince Young, the Titans grabbed Washington quarterback Jake Locker. Locker, after a down 2010, was not expected to go that highly at all. The other surprise was the Atlanta Falcons giving up the 27th, 59th, 124th, andfirst and fourth round picks in 2012for wide receiver Julio Jones out of Alabama. Jonesisrecovering from a stress fracture in his foot and has had hernia issues.And he's a wideout, a dependent position. It's just an eye-popping amoung to give up. Jones is talented enough to be a top-10 pick but that's the kind of bounty an All-Pro would command, not an SEC receiver. For the Patriots -- a team whose greatest needs are pass rusher and offensive line -- only one defensive end has come off the board, Aldon Smith from Missouri. The Cowboys took Tyron Smith, a tackle, from USC. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.