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THE NFL DRAFTEES...
If your brain is still trying to comprehend everything that happened last night -- the picks, the surprises, the trades, the slides -- well, same here. But I'm going to try my best to help you out.
Here are the biggest things you need to know:
- QB Bryce Young to the Panthers to become the .
- Fellow QB C.J. Stroud to the Texans, and Anthony Richardson to the Colts. It was the . Will Levis, on the other hand, hasn't been picked. More on that soon.
- After getting Stroud, the Texans many trades throughout the evening. and EDGE Will Anderson. That was one of
- Bijan Robinson to the Falcons, becoming the highest-drafted running back since Saquon Barkley in 2018.
- Jalen Carter -- arguably the top prospect before his involvement in a fatal car crash -- went to the Eagles at No. 9.
I came away super impressed with the Eagles' night, and I wasn't alone. Philadelphia got two of, writes our Tyler Sullivan.
- Sullivan: "The Eagles landed themselves arguably the top defensive player in this class. ... Carter will come in and immediately be an impact player along Philadelphia's already lethal defensive line. ... CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson had the Eagles taking Nolan Smith at No. 10 overall in his final mock draft. Getting him 20 picks later is highway robbery."
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Here's what else to know from a wild night:
Lamar Jackson has the largest contract in NFL history and the Ravens have the face of their franchise for years to come. The dramatic, drawn-out quarterback saga in Baltimore is finally over thanks tothat includes $185 million guaranteed.
- Jackson's $52 million per year surpasses Jalen Hurts' $51 million per year ( ) for most ever.
- The $185 million guaranteed is second-most ever behind Deshaun Watson's fully guaranteed $230-million contract.
This concludes Odell Beckham Jr., and after weeks of silence, Jackson and the Ravens seemingly came out of nowhere to get it done shortly before the draft started.between player and organization. It was just a month ago that . But he was in Baltimore signing
Jackson is a winner -- and a loser -- in this deal. How?
Turning our attention to the future...
- Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. :
- Zay Flowers in the first round. . They addressed one of their top needs by WR
- the three Virginia players killed in a shooting last November.
- Shohei Ohtani .
- Tyler Buchner Alabama.
- Max Abmas Texas.
And not such a good morning for...
Just three days ago, Will Levis wasand thanks to . But Thursday, over the course of 31 first-round picks, Levis didn't hear his name called at all, and it could be due to a little-known health issue:
One interested team reportedly labeled the injury "problematic." This, of course, doesn't guarantee Levis will fail in the NFL. But it was a surprise and certainly a disappointment for Levis, who waited in vain in the green room. Our Dennis Dodd was.
Levis is third in our. Here's the top five:
- Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
- Brian Branch, S, Alabama
- Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
- Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
- Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Our Garrett Podell hasfor Levis, and .
Not so honorable mentions
- Aaron Judge left the Yankees' eventual win over the Rangers .
- The Cardinals for tampering with then-Eagles defensive coordinator (and now-Cardinals coach) Jonathan Gannon.
Celtics finish off Hawks, will face 76ers in second round 🏀
It wasn't always as easy as many expected, but the Celtics are moving on, and in the playoffs, that's what matters.
The reigning Eastern Conference champions beat the Hawks, 128-120, to end the series in six games.
- Jaylen Brown (32 points) and Jayson Tatum (30 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists) led the way. The Celtics are 23-1 when they both score 30+.
- Trae Young scored 30 points but needed 28 field goal attempts to get there. He scored five points on 1-13 shooting in the second half.
The defense will need to tighten up against the 76ers in the second round, but at least the Celtics closed this series out with a group effort, writes our Colin Ward-Henninger.
NHL recap: Devils take 3-2 lead, Vegas advances; Lightning on comeback trail? 🏒
At first, the young New Jersey Devils looked overwhelmed. Now, they're overwhelming the New York Rangers. New Jersey won its third straight game and now leads the series 3-2 after cruising past New York, 4-0.
- Ondrej Palat scored just 39 seconds into the game, Erik Haula scored twice and Dawson Mercer also found the back of the net.
- Akira Schmid saved all 23 shots faced as the Devils' defense smothered a high-powered Rangers attack.
- Schmid has 80 saves on 82 shots faced since taking over in net in Game 3 after Vitek Vanecek allowed nine goals on 52 shots in the first two games.
Elsewhere, our Chris Bengel they couldn't deliver at home, falling 4-2 to the three-time defending Eastern Conference-champion Lightning. The Maple Leafs have now lost an incredible 11 straight potential closeout games.for the Maple Leafs, even though they were leading the series 3-1. Unfortunately for Toronto,
Hailey Van Lith joins reigning champion LSU 🏀
The rich get richer. Women's college basketball is going to be absolutely electric next season, just like it was this past season, in part because former Louisville star Hailey Van Lith. It's a huge boost as the Tigers look to repeat as champions.
- Van Lith, a two-time first-team All-ACC selection, was one of two major-conference players to average at least 19 points, four rebounds and three assists in 2022-23. The other? Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark, who LSU beat to win the title.
- Van Lith brought her game up a level in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 23.8 points as the Cardinals made the Elite Eight.
- LSU returns star forward Angel Reese and guard Flau'jae Johnson but will look for Van Lith to help replace the departing Alexis Morris.
Just to catch you up, we now have Van Lith and Reese at LSU, Clark at Iowa, Paige Bueckers and Azzi Fudd at UConn, Elizabeth Kitley at Virginia Tech, Cameron Brink at Stanford... the list goes on and on. Oh, and top transfer Aneesah Morrow is down to three finalists.
I hope you enjoy this offseason, because this coming season will be a wild one.
What we're watching this weekend 📺
⚽ Inter vs. Lazio, 6:20 a.m. on Paramount+
⚾ Phillies at Astros, 7 p.m. on ESPN