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NFL 2017 First Round Draft Picks
1. Cleveland Browns
Garrett, Myles
DE 6'4" 272 Texas A&M
2. Chicago Bears (From 49ers)
Trubisky, Mitchell
QB 6'2" 222 North Carolina
3. San Francisco 49ers (From Bears)
Thomas, Solomon
DE 6'3" 273 Stanford
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette, Leonard
RB 6'0" 240 LSU
5. Tennessee Titans (From Rams)
Davis, Corey
WR 6'3" 209 Western Michigan
6. New York Jets
Adams, Jamal
S 6'0" 214 LSU
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Williams, Mike
WR 6'4" 218 Clemson
8. Carolina Panthers
McCaffrey, Christian
RB 5'11" 202 Stanford
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Ross, John
WR 5'11" 188 Washington
10. Kansas City Chiefs (From Bills)
Mahomes, Patrick
QB 6'2" 225 Texas Tech
11. New Orleans Saints
Lattimore, Marshon
CB 6'0" 193 Ohio St.
12. Houston Texans (From Browns through Eagles)
Watson, Deshaun
QB 6'2" 221 Clemson
13. Arizona Cardinals
Reddick, Haason
LB 6'1" 237 Temple
14. Philadelphia Eagles (From Vikings)
Barnett, Derek
DE 6'3" 259 Tennessee
15. Indianapolis Colts
Hooker, Malik
S 6'1" 206 Ohio St.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Humphrey, Marlon
CB 6'0" 197 Alabama
17. Washington Redskins
Allen, Jonathan
DE 6'3" 286 Alabama
18. Tennessee Titans
Jackson, Adoree'
CB 5'10" 186 USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Howard, O.J.
TE 6'6" 251 Alabama
20. Denver Broncos
Bolles, Garett
OT 6'5" 297 Utah
21. Detroit Lions
Davis, Jarrad
LB 6'1" 238 Florida
22. Miami Dolphins
Harris, Charles
OLB 6'3" n253 Missouri
23. New York Giants
Engram, Evan
TE 6'3" 234 Mississippi
24. Oakland Raiders
Conley, Gareon
CB 6’0” 195 Ohio St
25. Cleveland Browns (From Texans)
Peppers, Jabrill
S 5'11" 213 Michigan
26. Atlanta Falcons (From Seahawks)
McKinley, Takkarist
DE 6'2" 250 UCLA
27. Buffalo Bills (From Chiefs)
White, Tre'Davious
CB 5'11" 192 LSU
28. Dallas Cowboys
Charlton, Taco
DE 6'6" 277 Michigan
29 .Cleveland Browns (From Packers)
Njoku, David
TE 6'4" 246 Miami
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Watt, T.J.
OLB 6'4" 252 Wisconsin
31. San Francisco 49ers (From Seahawks through Falcons)
Foster, Reuben
LB 6'0" 229 Alabama
32. New Orleans Saints (From Patriots)
Ramczyk, Ryan
OT 6'6" 310 Wisconsin

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ESPN’s 2017 Monday Night Football Schedule
Preseason
Thurs, Aug. 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8 PM ET
Mon, Aug. 21
New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8 PM ET

Regular Season (8 PM ET unless indicated)
Sept. 11
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings 7 PM ET
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos 10:15 PM ET
Sept. 18
Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Sept. 25
Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 2
Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 9
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Oct. 16
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Oct. 23
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Oct. 30
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 6
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 13
Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Nov. 20
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks 
Nov. 27
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 
Dec. 4
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 11
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Dec. 18
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dec. 25
Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles

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Jan102017

Beleaguered NASL Seeks Another New Start, Vision, Direction For 2017 And Beyond

By Barry Janoff

UPDATED January 10, 2017: The North American Soccer League, which was re-incarnated in 2009 and began play in 2011 in name and other entities from the original NASL that operated from 1968-1984, finished the 2016 in dire straits.

Now it is seeking another new start to continue to play in 2017 and beyond.

On the heels of the United States Soccer Federation certifying the NASL with provisional Division II status for 2017, the NASL said that Bill Peterson, who has been commissioner since 2012, and the league “have amicably agreed to part ways, effective immediately.”

Rishi Sehgal, director of business development and legal affairs, has been named interim commissioner, but the NASL said that "the process has already begun to find a permanent commissioner."

Some NASL clubs had serious operational problems this past season, including the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, which, according to ESPN and other media outlets, were "in serious financial jeopardy" and Rayo OKC, which "face(d) similar financial trouble."

Rayo OKC was not among the eight clubs the NASL said would operate in 2017.

In addition, the league’s most visible club, the New York Cosmos, has been in danger of folding, a fate that faced but did not happen to Jacksonville Armanda FC when the league itself took control of the club.

The Cosmos on Tuesday said that Rocco Commisso, chairman and CEO for Mediacom Communications Corp., had purchased a majority ownership stake in the club and would become its new chairman.

The future of the NASL was dependent on the Cosmos return, which was secured with Commissio’s acquisition of the club from the previous owners (who remain as minority owners, according to Commisso), which in turn enabled the USSF to grant the NASL with Division II status.

"It wasn’t just a matter if the Cosmos would survive," he said. "It was the entire NASL. That needs to be said up front. Given who the Cosmos are, without the Cosmos the league may not have survived. We had to do a lot of work in a short period of time to save the Cosmos, save the league and convince the USSF to give us the Division II classification to kept the league going forward." (See full story here.)

Last season was also the final NASL campaign for the Minnesota United, which is moving to Major League Soccer in 2017. In October, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury said they would move their franchises from the NASL to the United Soccer League.

The USL was also granted provisional Division II status by the USSF, moving up from Division III as they continue what they envision as prosperous expansion.

The eight NASL clubs are FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC (whose ownership has been taken over by the league), Miami FC, New York Cosmos, North Carolina FC, Puerto Rico FC and the expansion San Francisco Deltas.

The NASL said its club owners "are committed to delivering a new era for the league in which a new direction and vision is essential."

The USSF said that the Division II certification of the NASL came with the provision that it adds more teams (12 is the usual cut-off for the USSF). With the USL, some of whose teams are developmental MLS squads, USSF said that the league had to improve the size of some of its stadiums, licensing of coaches and other "additional criteria."

"The board carefully considered the applications of each league," USSF said in a statement. "While neither league meets all the standards set forth by U.S. Soccer, the board granted provisional Division II status and will work with the leagues on a pathway to full compliance. The board also determined that the leagues will be required to meet additional criteria."

Prior to the NASL title game this past November, won by the Cosmos, then commission Peterson said that it was essential for MLS, the NASL and USL to not only grow but co-exist.

"At the end of the day, it’s going to take three strong leagues (in the U.S.) to really grow the game and be part of the community, be part of the fabric, in this country," said Peterson. "I don’t think you’ve seen the end of it from any of the leagues."

MLS is by far the strongest of the three financial and in marketing, with 20 clubs in 2016.

Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC are joining the league next season. Commissioner Don Garber said MLS is en route to expand to 28 franchises by 2020.

NASL club owners "are committed to delivering a new era for the league in which a new direction and vision is essential."

Between 2014-16, the USL more than doubled in size to 29 teams. The 2017 season will see 30 teams playing an expanded 32-game schedule in a two-conference alignment. Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies are joining as new clubs for next season while Nashville SC will begin play in 2018 with further expansion on the horizon.
 
"The USL is honored to receive U.S. Soccer Federation Division II status, which provides further validation about our league's financial sustainability, national footprint, ownership quality, stadium infrastructure and player development," Alec Papadakis, the USL CEO, said in a statement

"Our teams have invested more than $100 million into stadium development in the last year to enhance the experience for the 1.5 million passionate fans that attended games in 2016, the 1,000-plus players and nearly 100 coaches that have positioned our league as a highly sophisticated competition model that cultivates strong regional rivalries,” said Papadakis.

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