Day one of the 2014 NFL Draft is officially in the books and the New York Giants' selection of LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. will dominate headlines for the next 12 hours until Round 2 gets underway. In the mean time, enjoy your Friday morning coffee over the following headlines and prepare for a day of Beckham overload.
Jerry Reese is a scout, and not afraid to admit it. The New York Giants GM has a scouting background, and even in the era of advanced analytics he remains an unabashed fan of the profession's role in NFL roster-building. Last week, Reese called the draft "game day for the scouts" and said it's "fun to see them rewarded with players they feel like are good players."
It was clear after the Giants picked Odell Beckham Jr. with the No. 12 pick in the draft Thursday night, that they had fallen in love. They loved their interview with him at the combine. They loved his speed. They loved that he can return kicks and punts.
"You're getting a guy who can score touchdowns in three different ways for you," Reese raved. "No way we were going to pass him up."
This time last year, I was back home in Pennsylvania, and my friends and family were over at the house watching the Draft. Everyone was having a blast, my Mom was serving a bunch of food. My stepdad kept writing down every pick, keeping track of every time an offensive lineman was selected. I was actually playing Xbox to take my mind off of what was going on. It was a party for me, but I wasn't really a part of it.
I was nervous, especially because I didn't want everyone to come over my house and then not end up getting drafted that day. So I kept the group at my house kind of small, with the people who helped me get to that point.
Getting drafted by the Giants was the best situation for me and I couldn't be happier with where I'm at. And now when we play the Eagles, my friends cheer for me AND the Eagles offense!
With the Pens leading 2-1 heading into the third period, the former Super Bowl champion prematurely celebrated Pittsburgh’s eventual 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.
And while this isn’t as bad as accidentally shooting yourself in the leg – you’ll remember Burress was sentenced to two years in prison in 2009 for a bizarre nightclub incident – relentless Twitter trolls took the opportunity to remind him of his criminal past.
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