A California high school will forfeit the rest of its varsity football season after some players were captured on video appearing to act out a “slave auction” of their Black teammates.
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Two minutes is the amount of time that fire experts say you may have to safely escape a home fire before it's too late.
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Practice the two-minute drill
—Practice your plan with everyone in your household; also teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and what to do in an emergency. Visit redcross.org/fire for more information, including a printable escape plan and safety tips for cooking and home heating — the leading causes of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which is sponsoring Fire Prevention Week with the theme, "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape."
—Include at least two ways to exit every room in your home.
—Select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor's home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone knows to meet.
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Editor’s note: Not all players will have accompanying analysis after their pick.
Without further ado, the first pick in the 2022-2023 fantasy basketball draft goes to …
No surprise here. Jokic is a fantasy basketball cheat code after posting a historic 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.3 threes and 2.4 stocks (steals plus blocks) per game with 58/34/81 shooting splits last season. He had the highest single-season Box Plus/Minus (BPM) in NBA history and is the unanimous first-overall pick here.
Coming off his best statistical season and playing a career-high 68 games, Embiid will be the focal point of a fantasy-friendly Sixers offense. As one of the most dominant big men in the league, he finished fourth in the NBA in double-doubles with 2.7 stocks on the defensive end. He should have no issues replicating a top-three performance on a per-game and totals basis if he can play at least 60 games this year.
Durant finished second on a per-game basis in 2021-22, and he’ll continue to see a 30 percent usage rate this season. I expect the Nets to finish top-10 in Pace and Offensive Rating, and KD will lead the way. He checks every box for fantasy basketball.
Giannis is the only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block in multiple seasons, and he’s done it four years in a row. He finished 10th on a per-game basis last season, but an uptick in three-pointers made while shooting over 72% from the free-throw line will help justify drafting him here.
Luka Magic is in effect. Yeah, he’s known to turn the ball over at a high rate and miss a ton of free throws, but I’m buying his numbers after the Kristaps Porzingis trade. 31.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 8.1 assists with 3.9 threes and 1.0 steal. He’s ripe for an MVP-like season.
I moved Tatum up in my latest mock draft because I think he’ll be more valuable outside of scoring and threes than Stephen Curry. He’ll command a higher usage rate, shoots a higher percentage from the field, and can check every box, similar to Kevin Durant.
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Original take: Still only 24 years old, Tatum put up career-highs in points, rebounds and assists last year with a 32% usage rate. DAWG.
The 2022 Finals MVP and four-time champion annually anchors the points, threes and free throw percentage categories in fantasy basketball. I project Curry’s minutes and usage will remain in the 30s as the centerpiece of one of the best teams in basketball.
Haliburton moves up because Harden looks passive on offense. While he’s still a first-round pick, I’m moving Harden lower (as you’ll see below) as he’s becoming more of a facilitator at this stage in his career.
Original take: If you don’t know, now you know. I’ve seen Haliburton selected in the top five in industry expert drafts, but I’m comfortable grabbing him in the top 10. I’m teetering between Haliburton and LaMelo Ball in this spot, but the former is a good bet to average the most assists per game this year and score over 20 points per night with solid peripherals. In 18 games without Malcolm Brogdon last season, Haliburton tallied 18.6 points, 10.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.8 steals with 50/46/89 shooting splits. Breakout!
Lillard was 13th on my draft board, but he gets a substantial boost after Harden falls, LaMelo Ball‘s ankle injury and Karl-Anthony Towns’ recovery from an illness. Lillard is healthy and has a better team, so fantasy managers should feel comfortable selecting Lillard as a top-10 pick.
Towns gets a slight boost here from pick 11 as he’s back on the court and played well in his only preseason appearance. Now, Rudy Gobert was in street clothes, but Towns looks back to form despite the reported weight loss due to his illness — nineteen points with six rebounds and six assists in his preseason debut.
Original take: The Timberwolves’ frontcourt suddenly got crowded after they traded for Utah Jazz All-Star center and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert this offseason. Gobert’s presence should slide KAT to a true-stretch four, which has risks and benefits. He finished eighth on a per-game basis last year, but I’d expect his rebound numbers to drop slightly with a boost in made threes. KAT is accustomed to playing with an offensively limited frontcourt (Taj Gibson, Jarred Vanderbilt), so I’m not overly concerned about Gobert being in town. He should still be able to collect at least two stocks and be the best-shooting big man in the league. Forty-one percent from beyond the arc last year and 40% for this career, just sayin’.
My previous take had Harden “squarely in the top-10” conversation, but from what I’ve seen in the preseason, Harden is closer to last year’s version than the Harden of old. Still, he’s a first-round player for his cross-categorical contributions.
Original take: Harden’s decision to make less and return to Philly on a two-year deal shows he’s ready to ball. The hamstring injury that’s plagued him for two seasons is behind him, and he’s reportedly in great shape heading into this season. He was the only player in the NBA to post over 20+ points and 10+ assists per game in ’21-’22 and finished 15th on a per-game basis despite changing teams midseason and playing on a bum leg. A bounce-back should put him squarely in the top 10 in fantasy basketball.
A sprained ankle will cost the dynamic point guard the first couple of weeks of the regular season. He’s moving down a few spots merely because of the injury. He should still be in line for another standout, All-Star-level season.
Original take: LaMelo Ball enters his third NBA season looking to build off career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, threes made, and FT%. He’s also among the league leaders in steals. The loss of Miles Bridges might decrease his passing numbers after accounting for 23% of Ball’s assists in ’21-’22, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to see a 30% usage while filling up the box score alongside Terry Rozier.
The Suns seem like they’re going through it, but I don’t think it’ll have much bearing on Devin Booker’s production this season. He’s in his prime and an improved playmaker who’s also a walking bucket.
He’ll play more than 29 games this year, and the Nets new “big 3” looked great in Wednesday’s matchup versus the Bucks. Uncle Drew will get his, scoring-wise, but there’s still upside in him as a distributor and rebounder at the position. His high efficiency and sneaky steals make him an early second-round pick in my book.
My suspicions are trending in the right direction, as Trae Young’s assists were not what we’ve come to expect in exact years. Granted, it’s the preseason, but I think Dejounte Murray will continue to eat into his assists despite being one of the best scorers in the league.
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Original take: Trae Young has a new backcourt mate in All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, but he should still be one of the best fantasy guards this upcoming season. He’s a volume scorer who ranked fourth in usage rate last year at 34.4. I expect Hawks head coach Nate McMillan to stagger Young and Murray’s minutes at the point but also deliver Young the chance to work more off-ball to create better looks on the perimeter. He should still boast substantial fantasy numbers without much offense around him and Murray.
While this may seem high for a player coming off of injury, Kawhi is one of the best two-way players in fantasy while sporting elite shooting percentages. Paul George admitted that Kawhi is the alpha for the Clippers, and despite being load managed at times, he’s one of the best on a per-game basis in fantasy basketball.
He might be better than Trae Young in fantasy this season. I’m here for another monster season, live from the A.
Will he play center or not? Not sure that it matters much for fantasy considering he just needs to STAY HEALTHY. Davis was a top-12 player on a per-game basis last season before getting injured so going back to the well. He’s too talented to go beyond the first 18 picks.
The run on perennial All-Stars continues. George is the second option of arguably the best roster in the Western Conference. He might take games off here and there, but PG, similar to Kawhi Leonard, is an exceptional two-way player. If he can cut down on his turnovers and Boost his shooting from the field, he could return to first-round value this year.
The King is back and ready to make yet another run for a title. It helps that his teammates are healthy, and while his scoring will likely take a dip, he’s one of a handful of players capable of a triple-double every night.
You’ll likely have to pay up for Ant-man, but he is undoubtedly in breakout territory. He’s well-positioned to make the jump into an All-Star this year. He’s a great source of points, steals, threes and his athleticism makes him a solid rebounder and blocker at his position.
Drafting a player from the Sacramento Kings this early may feel odd, but Sabonis is one of fantasy basketball’s most versatile big men. He won’t do a ton defensively, but he’ll be a reliable source of points, rebounds, assists and FG% as a second-round pick.
Minimal competition in the backcourt, plus he’ll likely be top five in minutes played. He’s a perfect selection when punting field-goal percentage (pair with Luka Doncic, perhaps?) but also will be among the league leaders in threes, steals and FT percentage.
His assists are down since Kyle Lowry arrived, but he’s attempting more threes in the preseason than he has in his career. He is a nice grab here for his defensive stats and double-double potential.
Mitchell finished in the top 30 in per-game value last season and top 50 the year prior. The Cavs are deep, but he’ll be the primary scorer on one of the most fantasy-friendly teams in the league. I’m expecting his points to dip, but he’ll still be one of the better guards of fantasy.
One of my breakouts, so grabbing him as an early third-round pick is the way to go.
Siakam is a stat stuffer who will finish in the top five in minutes played. He’s an ideal fit for any fantasy managers interested in punting blocks, rebounds, and FG%.
He’s got the sauce, plus he’s an exceptional passer and facilitator who can score at will. He and Donovan Mitchell can thrive together and should make for one heck of a dynamic duo in fantasy. I’m still expecting him to be one of the top distributors but provide points, threes, steals and an elite FT percentage in category leagues.
Zion tweaked his ankle in his last preseason game, but Pelicans HC Willie Green and Zion both said that “he’s doing fine.” I’m confident he is still worthy of being selected in the first three rounds.
Groton ― First in a line of several cars in the Fitch High School parking lot on a rainy morning, a driver was in what would otherwise be an odd circumstance: He was waiting for a cop to pull him over.
But he and about a dozen others showed up Saturday specifically for that reason.
Southern Connecticut State University’s Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders teamed up with police departments to hold mock traffic stops for autistic people.
“We know our individuals with autism benefit not just to see something happen but to actually practice, and of course traffic stops make us all nervous,” said Kari Sassu, director of strategic initiatives for the center. But on top of that, she noted that people on the spectrum may have sensory issues associated with lights or sirens, or fear having broken a rule.
Southern held this kind of event on campus last fall and this spring, but Saturday was the first time the center held it elsewhere in Connecticut.
After going through a mock stop and pulling over again to complete a brief survey, Derek Regenauer, 25, said he thought it went well, and that he came because he wanted to have a better understanding of what to do if he got pulled over. His mother, Kara Regenauer, said they had gone to one of the events at Southern but “repetition is good.”
Trying to build confidence
The event Saturday was split into two sessions. Before taking the wheel, each group sat in the school library for introductions and a video.
“What you’re going to experience today is somewhat stressful for people, right? People don’t like to get pulled over by police,” Town of Groton Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro said, “but we have a duty to keep the roads safe.”
Waterford Police Chief Marc Balestracci said hopefully participants would leave with the confidence that if they ever get pulled over, their interaction with police will go well.
Their departments held the event along with the Center for Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, SCSU’s police department, Groton Public Schools, and the nonprofit Inclusion A Sylvestre Foundation. They also had officers from the Ledyard, Stonington and New London police departments helping with traffic stops.
While waiting for the second session to start, Noank resident Sam Chomet, 30, said his father heard about the event from an article in The Day and brought it to his attention. Paul Chomet said he thinks it’s always good to get a different perspective and understand what the police are looking at.
How the program got started
Sassu said people within the Center for Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders were having a discussion about the higher likelihood that people with autism have of interacting with the police, compared to neurotypical people. And having a teenager with autism, the issue is personal for her.
The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles had in January 2020 launched the Blue Envelope program for autistic drivers. Drivers on the autism spectrum are given a blue envelope ― available at DMV locations, police stations and driving schools ― in which to keep their license, registration and insurance.
On one side of the envelope are instructions for what the driver should do if pulled over, starting with telling the officer, “I have a blue envelope.”
The other side has information for police, advising them that individuals may display repetitive body movements, have unusual eye contact, or show signs of high anxiety, especially from bright lights and radio noises.
“From a law enforcement perspective, it is effective for us, because that clues the officer in. It shapes their interactions,” Fusaro said. Joseph Dooley, recently retired chief of SCSU’s police department, added that even if an officer in another state isn’t aware of the program, the wording explains it.
But Sassu noted that since the pandemic hit not long after the program launched, a lot of people aren’t aware of it. She reached out to Dooley to put together the mock traffic stop program.
Sassu said her go-to person has been Andrew Arboe, who is autistic and founded Driving with Autism, an online training program designed to help autistic people get their driver’s licenses.
Arboe said he started this because a lot of the resources on driving and autism are nonexistent, and that he likes to go over driver empowerment and what works for everyone.
He portrays a driver being pulled over in the SCSU training video but said he hasn’t been pulled over in real life, and he doesn’t know how he would react if he were.
Dooley said another mock traffic stop event is being planned for the Hartford area in the spring.
We are in a very interesting time when it comes to the debate of difficulty in video games. The likes of Dark Souls, Hotline Miami and Cuphead have been flying the flag for super hard titles that are gloriously satisfying to overcome after the hours of blind rage that they can make you feel.
At the same time, there is the important discussion about accessibility and, on top of that, does a game have to be hard? Couldn't FromSoftware just put a few more difficulty modes into Bloodborne so that more players stood a chance to appreciate it? Or does that water down the appeal?
It's a debate for another time certainly but some video games know where they stand when it comes to the skill expected out of a player.
It's not enough for some video games to expect a certain level of expertise. Sometimes, a title has to rub salt into the wound by telling you just how big of a failure you are. You thought making the same mistake over and over again was bad, how about if the game pointed that out to you?
In this list, we'll be exploring video games that have injured you and then insulted you for not being up to their high standards.
Whilst the second game in the series gets the most praise, Streets of Rage 3 released in the waning years of Sega’s 16bit console and provided a solid follow-up experience.
There’s two things that really stick the knife in with Streets of Rage 3’s “easy” mode. Like several titles of the era, Streets of Rage 3 ends early and removes its final few stages for its more inexperienced players.
At the end of stage 5 (of 7), the game comes to an unexpected end where most of the story strands aren’t resolved and the game badmouths you to boot. The defeated robotic boss of the previous stage slyly remarks “you play this game like a beginner” before ceasing function.
Firstly, this is clearly adding insult to injury for proud gamers who resigned themselves to playing on easy because they were struggling with the difficulty the game boots up with. However, in Japan (where it’s known as Bare Knuckle 3), this difficulty is Streets of Rage 3’s normal mode. So, you might well think bad of yourself for picking the easier route through the Mega Drive beat-em-up but you’re actually playing what is the standard difficulty overseas and you still get mocked for it.
Come on, be a big strong Western video gamer and play on a harder setting next time… apparently?
The ESPN fantasy basketball experts got together for their third mock draft of the 2022-23 NBA season, using a 10-team H2H categories format.
If you're new to fantasy hoops and looking to try it out for the first time, here is a tutorial of all the basics. From there, it's easy to grab a handful of people, set up a draft and have some fun!
Let this mock draft serve as a learning experience and prime example of where players are being selected. This can help you on your way when it's time to draft for real.
How high was Tyrese Haliburton drafted? Which stars slipped all the way to Round 5? And how far did Russell Westbrook slide? These are some of the things to key in on.
The participants of our 10-team H2H categories mock, in order of draft position, were as follows: André Snellings, Joe Kaiser, Matt Williams, Tom Carpenter, Jim McCormick, Eric Karabell, Kyle Soppe, Eric Moody, James Best and Ryan Smith.
1. Nikola Jokic, Den, C (C1) -- Snellings
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, PF/C (PF1) -- Kaiser
3. Luka Doncic, Dal, PG/SG (PG1) -- Williams
4. Joel Embiid, Phi, C (C2) -- Carpenter
5. Kevin Durant, Bkn, SF/PF (SF1) -- McCormick
6. James Harden, Phi, PG/SG (SG1) -- Karabell
7. Jayson Tatum, Bos, SF/PF (SF2) -- Soppe
8. Stephen Curry, GS, PG (PG2) -- Moody
9. LaMelo Ball, Cha, PG (PG3) -- Best
10. Trae Young, Atl, PG (PG4) -- Smith
11. Tyrese Haliburton, Ind, PG/SG (PG5) -- Smith
12. Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C (C3) -- Best
13. LeBron James, LAL, PG/SF/PF (SF3) -- Moody
14. Anthony Davis, LAL, PF/C (PF2) -- Soppe
15. Damian Lillard, Por, PG (PG6) -- Karabell
16. Anthony Edwards, Min, SG/SF (SG2) -- McCormick
17. Devin Booker, Phx, PG/SG (SG3) -- Carpenter
18. Dejounte Murray, Atl, PG/SG (PG7) -- Williams
19. Paul George, LAC, SG/SF (SF4) -- Kaiser
20. Ja Morant, Mem, PG (PG8) -- Snellings
21. Cade Cunningham, Det, PG/SG (PG9) -- Snellings
22. Domantas Sabonis, Sac, PF/C (PF3) -- Kaiser
23. Darius Garland, Cle, PG/SG (PG10) -- Williams
24. Fred VanVleet, Tor, PG/SG (PG11) -- Carpenter
25. Kyrie Irving, Bkn, PG/SG (PG12) -- McCormick
26. Bam Adebayo, Mia, PF/C (C4) -- Karabell
27. Pascal Siakam, Tor, PF/C (PF4) -- Soppe
28. Kawhi Leonard, LAC, SF/PF (SF5) -- Moody
29. Donovan Mitchell, Cle, PG/SG (SG4) -- Best
30. Chris Paul, Phx, PG (PG13) -- Smith
31. Bradley Beal, Wsh, SG (SG5) -- Smith
32. DeMar DeRozan, Chi, SG/SF (SF6) -- Best
33. Zion Williamson, NO, PF (PF5) -- Moody
34. Jrue Holiday, Mil, PG/SG (PG14) -- Soppe
35. Jimmy Butler, Mia, SG/SF (SF7) -- Karabell
36. Nikola Vucevic, Chi, C (C5) -- McCormick
37. Rudy Gobert, Min, C (C6) -- Carpenter
38. Jarrett Allen, Cle, C (C7) -- Williams
39. Zach LaVine, Chi, SG/SF (SG6) -- Kaiser
40. Evan Mobley, Cle, PF/C (PF6) -- Snellings
41. Scottie Barnes, Tor, SF/PF (PF7) -- Snellings
42. Jaylen Brown, Bos, SG/SF (SG7) -- Kaiser
43. Brandon Ingram, NO, SF/PF (SF8) -- Williams
44. Josh Giddey, OKC, PG/SG (PG15) -- Carpenter
45. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC, PG/SG (SG8) -- McCormick
46. De'Aaron Fox, Sac, PG (PG16) -- Karabell
47. Terry Rozier, Cha, PG/SG (SG9) -- Soppe
48. Myles Turner, Ind, PF/C (C8) -- Moody
49. Desmond Bane, Mem, SG (SG10) -- Best
50. Kristaps Porzingis, Wsh, PF/C (C9) -- Smith
51. Deandre Ayton, Phx, C (C10) -- Smith
52. John Collins, Atl, PF/C (PF8) -- Best
53. Alperen Sengun, Hou, C (C11) -- Moody
54. Tyrese Maxey, Phi, PG/SG (SG11) -- Soppe
55. Jonas Valanciunas, NO, C (C12) -- Karabell
56. Khris Middleton, Mil, SF (SF9) -- McCormick
57. OG Anunoby, Tor, SF (SF10) -- Carpenter
58. Jalen Brunson, NY, PG/SG (PG17) -- Williams
59. Jakob Poeltl, SA, C (C13) -- Kaiser
60. CJ McCollum, NO, SG (SG12) -- Snellings
61. Devin Vassell, SA, SG/SF (SF11) -- Snellings
62. Julius Randle, NY, PF (PF9) -- Kaiser
63. Wendell Carter Jr., Orl, PF/C (C14) -- Williams
64. Jalen Green, Hou, SG (SG13) -- Carpenter
65. Jordan Poole, GS, PG/SG (SG14) -- McCormick
66. Michael Porter Jr., Den, SF (SF12) -- Karabell
67. Ben Simmons, Bkn, PG (PG18) -- Soppe
68. Herbert Jones, NO, SF/PF (PF10) -- Moody
69. Tobias Harris, Phi, SF/PF (SF13) -- Best
70. Klay Thompson, GS, SG (SG15) -- Smith
71. Mikal Bridges, Phx, SF (SF14) -- Smith
72. Keldon Johnson, SA, SF/PF (SF15) -- Best
73. Jerami Grant, Por, SF/PF (PF11) -- Moody
74. Tyler Herro, Mia, PG/SG (SG16) -- Soppe
75. Paolo Banchero, Orl, PF (PF12) -- Karabell
76. Christian Wood, Dal, PF/C (C15) -- McCormick
77. Collin Sexton, Utah, PG/SG (SG17) -- Carpenter
78. Franz Wagner, Orl, SF/PF (SF16) -- Williams
79. Lauri Markkanen, Utah, SF/PF (PF13) -- Kaiser
80. Al Horford, Bos, PF/C (C16) -- Snellings
81. Robert Williams III, Bos, PF/C (C17) -- Snellings
82. Buddy Hield, Ind, SG/SF (SG18) -- Kaiser
83. Jamal Murray, Den, PG (PG19) -- Williams
84. Saddiq Bey, Det, SF/PF (SF17) -- Carpenter
85. Anfernee Simons, Por, PG/SG (SG19) -- McCormick
86. D'Angelo Russell, Min, PG/SG (PG20) -- Karabell
87. Gordon Hayward, Cha, SF (SF18) -- Soppe
88. Marcus Smart, Bos, PG/SG (SG20) -- Moody
89. Jabari Smith Jr., Hou, PF (PF14) -- Best
90. Jusuf Nurkic, Por, C (C18) -- Smith
91. Clint Capela, Atl, C (C19) -- Smith
92. Draymond Green, GS, PF (PF15) -- Best
93. Bones Hyland, Den, PG (PG21) -- Moody
94. Kevin Porter Jr., Hou, PG/SG (SG21) -- Soppe
95. Gary Trent Jr., Tor, SG (SG22) -- Karabell
96. Jalen Smith, Ind, PF (PF16) -- McCormick
97. Keegan Murray, Sac, PF (PF17) -- Carpenter
98. P.J. Washington, Cha, PF/C (PF18) -- Williams
99. Andrew Wiggins, GS, SF/PF (SF19) -- Kaiser
100. Kyle Kuzma, Wsh, SF/PF (PF19) -- Snellings
101. Tre Jones, SA, PG (PG22) -- Snellings
102. Malcolm Brogdon, Bos, PG/SG (PG23) -- Kaiser
103. Mitchell Robinson, NY, C (C20) -- Williams
104. Kelly Oubre Jr., Cha, SG/PF (PF20) -- Carpenter
105. Jaren Jackson Jr., Mem, PF/C (PF21) -- McCormick
106. Brandon Clarke, Mem, PF/C (PF22) -- Karabell
107. Ivica Zubac, LAC, C (C21) -- Soppe
108. Josh Hart, Por, SG/SF (SG23) -- Moody
109. Monte Morris, Wsh, PG (PG24) -- Best
110. RJ Barrett, NY, SF (SF20) -- Smith
111. Kyle Lowry, Mia, PG (PG25) -- Smith
112. Nic Claxton, Bkn, PF/C (C22) -- Best
113. Isaiah Jackson, Ind, PF/C (PF23) -- Moody
114. Bobby Portis, Mil, PF/C (PF24) -- Soppe
115. Harrison Barnes, Sac, SF/PF (SF21) -- Karabell
116. Aleksej Pokusevski, OKC, PF (PF25) -- McCormick
117. Spencer Dinwiddie, Dal, PG/SG (SG24) -- Carpenter
118. Bennedict Mathurin, Ind, SF (SF22) -- Williams
119. Russell Westbrook, LAL, PG (PG26) -- Kaiser
120. Jalen Suggs, Orl, PG/SG (PG27) -- Snellings
121. Jaden McDaniels, Min, SF (SF23) -- Snellings
122. Andre Drummond, Chi, C (C23) -- Kaiser
123. Cameron Johnson, Phx, SF/PF (SF24) -- Williams
124. Malik Beasley, Utah, SG (SG25) -- Carpenter
125. De'Anthony Melton, Phi, PG/SG (PG28) -- McCormick
126. Walker Kessler, Utah, C (C24) -- Karabell
127. Jaden Ivey, Det, PG (PG29) -- Soppe
128. Steven Adams, Mem, C (C25) -- Moody
129. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atl, SG/SF (SG26) -- Best
130. Bojan Bogdanovic, Det, PF (PF26) -- Smith
Team rosters are presented in first-round pick order. Picks indicated in parentheses in this manner: (Round.Pick)
PG1 Ja Morant, Mem, PG (Pick: 2.10)
PG2 Cade Cunningham, Det, PG/SG (Pick: 3.1)
PG3 Tre Jones, SA, PG (Pick: 11.1)
PG4 Jalen Suggs, Orl, PG/SG (Pick: 12.10)
SG1 CJ McCollum, NO, SG (Pick: 6.10)
SF1 Devin Vassell, SA, SG/SF (Pick: 7.1)
SF2 Jaden McDaniels, Min, SF (Pick: 13.1)
PF1 Evan Mobley, Cle, PF/C (Pick: 4.10)
PF2 Scottie Barnes, Tor, SF/PF (Pick: 5.1)
PF3 Kyle Kuzma, Wsh, SF/PF (Pick: 10.10)
C1 Nikola Jokic, Den, C (Pick: 1.1)
C2 Al Horford, Bos, PF/C (Pick: 8.10)
C3 Robert Williams III, Bos, PF/C (Pick: 9.1)
PG1 Malcolm Brogdon, Bos, PG/SG (Pick: 11.2)
PG2 Russell Westbrook, LAL, PG (Pick: 12.9)
SG1 Zach LaVine, Chi, SG/SF (Pick: 4.9)
SG2 Jaylen Brown, Bos, SG/SF (Pick: 5.2)
SG3 Buddy Hield, Ind, SG/SF (Pick: 9.2)
SF1 Paul George, LAC, SG/SF (Pick: 2.9)
SF2 Andrew Wiggins, GS, SF/PF (Pick: 10.9)
PF1 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, PF/C (Pick: 1.2)
PF2 Domantas Sabonis, Sac, PF/C (Pick: 3.2)
PF3 Julius Randle, NY, PF (Pick: 7.2)
PF4 Lauri Markkanen, Utah, SF/PF (Pick: 8.9)
C1 Jakob Poeltl, SA, C (Pick: 6.9)
C2 Andre Drummond, Chi, C (Pick: 13.2)
PG1 Luka Doncic, Dal, PG/SG (Pick: 1.3)
PG2 Dejounte Murray, Atl, PG/SG (Pick: 2.8)
PG3 Darius Garland, Cle, PG/SG (Pick: 3.3)
PG4 Jalen Brunson, NY, PG/SG (Pick: 6.8)
PG5 Jamal Murray, Den, PG (Pick: 9.3)
SF1 Brandon Ingram, NO, SF/PF (Pick: 5.3)
SF2 Franz Wagner, Orl, SF/PF (Pick: 8.8)
SF3 Bennedict Mathurin, Ind, SF (Pick: 12.8)
SF4 Cameron Johnson, Phx, SF/PF (Pick: 13.3)
PF1 P.J. Washington, Cha, PF/C (Pick: 10.8)
C1 Jarrett Allen, Cle, C (Pick: 4.8)
C2 Wendell Carter Jr., Orl, PF/C (Pick: 7.3)
C3 Mitchell Robinson, NY, C (Pick: 11.3)
PG1 Fred VanVleet, Tor, PG/SG (Pick: 3.4)
PG2 Josh Giddey, OKC, PG/SG (Pick: 5.4)
SG1 Devin Booker, Phx, PG/SG (Pick: 2.7)
SG2 Jalen Green, Hou, SG (Pick: 7.4)
SG3 Collin Sexton, Utah, PG/SG (Pick: 8.7)
SG4 Spencer Dinwiddie, Dal, PG/SG (Pick: 12.7)
SG5 Malik Beasley, Utah, SG (Pick: 13.4)
SF1 OG Anunoby, Tor, SF (Pick: 6.7)
SF2 Saddiq Bey, Det, SF/PF (Pick: 9.4)
PF1 Keegan Murray, Sac, PF (Pick: 10.7)
PF2 Kelly Oubre Jr., Cha, SG/PF (Pick: 11.4)
C1 Joel Embiid, Phi, C (Pick: 1.4)
C2 Rudy Gobert, Min, C (Pick: 4.7)
PG1 Kyrie Irving, Bkn, PG/SG (Pick: 3.5)
PG2 De'Anthony Melton, Phi, PG/SG (Pick: 13.5)
SG1 Anthony Edwards, Min, SG/SF (Pick: 2.6)
SG2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC, PG/SG (Pick: 5.5)
SG3 Jordan Poole, GS, PG/SG (Pick: 7.5)
SG4 Anfernee Simons, Por, PG/SG (Pick: 9.5)
SF1 Kevin Durant, Bkn, SF/PF (Pick: 1.5)
SF2 Khris Middleton, Mil, SF (Pick: 6.6)
PF1 Jalen Smith, Ind, PF (Pick: 10.6)
PF2 Jaren Jackson Jr., Mem, PF/C (Pick: 11.5)
PF3 Aleksej Pokusevski, OKC, PF (Pick: 12.6)
C1 Nikola Vucevic, Chi, C (Pick: 4.6)
C2 Christian Wood, Dal, PF/C (Pick: 8.6)
PG1 Damian Lillard, Por, PG (Pick: 2.5)
PG2 De'Aaron Fox, Sac, PG (Pick: 5.6)
PG3 D'Angelo Russell, Min, PG/SG (Pick: 9.6)
SG1 James Harden, Phi, PG/SG (Pick: 1.6)
SG2 Gary Trent Jr., Tor, SG (Pick: 10.5)
SF1 Jimmy Butler, Mia, SG/SF (Pick: 4.5)
SF2 Michael Porter Jr., Den, SF (Pick: 7.6)
SF3 Harrison Barnes, Sac, SF/PF (Pick: 12.5)
PF1 Paolo Banchero, Orl, PF (Pick: 8.5)
PF2 Brandon Clarke, Mem, PF/C (Pick: 11.6)
C1 Bam Adebayo, Mia, PF/C (Pick: 3.6)
C2 Jonas Valanciunas, NO, C (Pick: 6.5)
C3 Walker Kessler, Utah, C (Pick: 13.6)
PG1 Jrue Holiday, Mil, PG/SG (Pick: 4.4)
PG2 Ben Simmons, Bkn, PG (Pick: 7.7)
PG3 Jaden Ivey, Det, PG (Pick: 13.7)
SG1 Terry Rozier, Cha, PG/SG (Pick: 5.7)
SG2 Tyrese Maxey, Phi, PG/SG (Pick: 6.4)
SG3 Tyler Herro, Mia, PG/SG (Pick: 8.4)
SG4 Kevin Porter Jr., Hou, PG/SG (Pick: 10.4)
SF1 Jayson Tatum, Bos, SF/PF (Pick: 1.7)
SF2 Gordon Hayward, Cha, SF (Pick: 9.7)
PF1 Anthony Davis, LAL, PF/C (Pick: 2.4)
PF2 Pascal Siakam, Tor, PF/C (Pick: 3.7)
PF3 Bobby Portis, Mil, PF/C (Pick: 12.4)
C1 Ivica Zubac, LAC, C (Pick: 11.7)
PG1 Stephen Curry, GS, PG (Pick: 1.8)
PG2 Bones Hyland, Den, PG (Pick: 10.3)
SG1 Marcus Smart, Bos, PG/SG (Pick: 9.8)
SG2 Josh Hart, Por, SG/SF (Pick: 11.8)
SF1 LeBron James, LAL, PG/SF/PF (Pick: 2.3)
SF2 Kawhi Leonard, LAC, SF/PF (Pick: 3.8)
PF1 Zion Williamson, NO, PF (Pick: 4.3)
PF2 Herbert Jones, NO, SF/PF (Pick: 7.8)
PF3 Jerami Grant, Por, SF/PF (Pick: 8.3)
PF4 Isaiah Jackson, Ind, PF/C (Pick: 12.3)
C1 Myles Turner, Ind, PF/C (Pick: 5.8)
C2 Alperen Sengun, Hou, C (Pick: 6.3)
C3 Steven Adams, Mem, C (Pick: 13.8)
PG1 LaMelo Ball, Cha, PG (Pick: 1.9)
PG2 Monte Morris, Wsh, PG (Pick: 11.9)
SG1 Donovan Mitchell, Cle, PG/SG (Pick: 3.9)
SG2 Desmond Bane, Mem, SG (Pick: 5.9)
SG3 Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atl, SG/SF (Pick: 13.9)
SF1 DeMar DeRozan, Chi, SG/SF (Pick: 4.2)
SF2 Tobias Harris, Phi, SF/PF (Pick: 7.9)
SF3 Keldon Johnson, SA, SF/PF (Pick: 8.2)
PF1 John Collins, Atl, PF/C (Pick: 6.2)
PF2 Jabari Smith Jr., Hou, PF (Pick: 9.9)
PF3 Draymond Green, GS, PF (Pick: 10.2)
C1 Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C (Pick: 2.2)
C2 Nic Claxton, Bkn, PF/C (Pick: 12.2)
PG1 Trae Young, Atl, PG (Pick: 1.10)
PG2 Tyrese Haliburton, Ind, PG/SG (Pick: 2.1)
PG3 Chris Paul, Phx, PG (Pick: 3.10)
PG4 Kyle Lowry, Mia, PG (Pick: 12.1)
SG1 Bradley Beal, Wsh, SG (Pick: 4.1)
SG2 Klay Thompson, GS, SG (Pick: 7.10)
SF1 Mikal Bridges, Phx, SF (Pick: 8.1)
SF2 RJ Barrett, NY, SF (Pick: 11.10)
PF1 Bojan Bogdanovic, Det, PF (Pick: 13.10)
C1 Kristaps Porzingis, Wsh, PF/C (Pick: 5.10)
C2 Deandre Ayton, Phx, C (Pick: 6.1)
C3 Jusuf Nurkic, Por, C (Pick: 9.10)
C4 Clint Capela, Atl, C (Pick: 10.1)
Round 1 - Pick 1
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 218 lbs
Back to Stroud landing in Houston. Davis Mills isn't a brutal quarterback. He's just not "it." Stroud very well could be.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Kentucky • Sr • 6'3" / 232 lbs
The Commanders can get out from the Wentz contract after this season with exactly $0 in dead cap. They need to go quarterback in Round 1, and Levis has first-round traits galore.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 243 lbs
Geno Smith is balling right now. It's Seattle's defense that's in need of a talent infusion. Anderson is the best defensive prospect in the class.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Kansas State • Jr • 6'4" / 255 lbs
The Bears need receivers, there's just not a marquee top-5 prospect at that position in this class. Anudike-Uzomah is a nice consolation prize. Dude is bendy and explosive around the corner.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Young is the improvisational, poised and accurate passer the Panthers have been trying to find for a while now. The new head coach will prioritize that position in the draft, unlike what Matt Rhule did in his time as Carolina's head coach.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Penn State • Soph • 6'6" / 321 lbs
The Steelers have to get better up front for the Kenny Pickett era. Fashanu has been a stud in pass protection this season for Penn State.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 193 lbs
The Lions defense has been getting shredded early this season, and Branch has been a fun playmaker for Nick Saban in 2022.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Clemson • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
The Falcons are not a bad football team. They're not good either. Respectable. They need more juice in their pass rush, and Murphy would bring that in spades.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Northwestern • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected TeamN.Y. Jets
Skoronski probably won't test as a freaky athlete yet has some of the cleanest film at the offensive tackle spot in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Georgia • Jr • 6'7" / 270 lbs
I can't fathom Bill Belichick going receiver in Round 1 again, but Washington has been a runaway train at tight end for Georgia.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Clemson • Jr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected TeamLas Vegas
The Raiders get a dynamic weapon for the middle of their defense in Simpson, who can rush the passer, cover, and fly to outside runs.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Georgia • Jr • 6'3" / 300 lbs
The Cardinals need to reload along their defensive line, and Carter, when healthy, is a wrecking ball on the interior.
Round 1 - Pick 13
TCU • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Johnston's size, YAC ability, and speed make him land as the first receiver off the board in this mock to a team that could use more receiver help.
Georgia • Soph • 6'2" / 210 lbs
Ringo was a monster recruit and has met the billing in Georgia. The Texans took Derek Stingley last year, but this is the best player available.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Florida • Soph • 6'4" / 232 lbs
We aren't sure if Richardson will enter the 2023 draft, but if he does, the Giants should feel comfortable picking here in the middle of Round 1. He can get a redshirt season before starting in 2024.
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 265 lbs
The Eagles are in somewhat of a luxury position here. Mayer and Dallas Goedert could formulate an amazing tight end duo in Philadelphia.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Florida • Jr • 6'5" / 347 lbs
The Titans have to bulk up the interior of their offensive line and do so with a plug-and-play masher from Florida.
Round 1 - Pick 18
USC • Jr • 6'0" / 175 lbs
Addison has, once again, had a dynamic season. He runs lightning-quick routes and routinely showcases his athletic brilliance after the catch.
Clemson • Soph • 6'5" / 305 lbs
Seattle has a long history of drafting legitimately elite athletes, and Bresee is one of those.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Georgia • Soph • 6'4" / 310 lbs
The Bengals are not done building the offensive front to keep Joe Burrow upright more frequently. Jones is a masher in the trenches.
Tennessee • Sr • 6'4" / 218 lbs
Hooker's an old prospect -- he'll be 24 during the pre-draft process -- but Pickett was an older prospect and went at No. 20 overall last year.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Iowa • Sr • 6'5" / 246 lbs
The Vikings get another Anthony Barr type at linebacker in the gargantuan Campbell.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Florida • Soph • 6'6" / 312 lbs
The Chargers have to continue to build the strength of their defensive line. Dexter is a behemoth inside.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Harrison feels like a big-bodied blocker the Cowboys would love to have up front. More early-round investment in the offensive line.
Maryland • Sr • 6'6" / 320 lbs
The offensive line reconstruction continues for the Dolphins.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected TeamGreen Bay
Smith-Njigba's injury has slowed all his momentum from an awesome 2021. He's dangerous after the catch and runs quality route but isn't very big and doesn't appear to be an athlete in the caliber of some of the other star wideouts to enter the league recently from Ohio State.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Michigan • Sr • 6'0" / 180 lbs
Mike Macdonald gets a talented defensive back he previously coached at Michigan.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 235 lbs
Projected TeamTampa Bay
Uiagalelei will be a fun project type to follow Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'3" / 195 lbs
Projected TeamKansas City
The Chiefs add a big, splash-play creator to their secondary in Johnson.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 190 lbs
Given the age of James Bradberry and Darius Slay -- neither are incredibly old but are not in the prime of their careers -- the Eagles go cornerback here.
Round 1- Pick 32
Florida • Soph • 6'3" / 301 lbs
The Bills add youthful power on the interior of their offensive line with Eguakun.
2023 NFL Mock Draft: Bears add a weapon for Justin Fields originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
There were copious amounts of significant injuries heading into Week 3 of the 2023 NFL season, and even more after games ended this past Monday night.
The Chargers' losses may have contributed to an upset loss to the upstart Jaguars, and Myles Garrett's car accident could adversely affect the Browns' continuity on defense.
Every season injuries cloud what direction an organization may take, while simultaneously opening opportunities for collegiate prospects. This week's mock reflects some of those possibilities.
And we're using Tankathon.com's NFL Draft order.
Despite signing renown sack artist, Chandler Jones (potential Hall of Fame candidate) and pairing him with Las Vegas' premier pass rusher, Maxx Crosby, the Raiders are tied for the league's lowest sack total (2). In addition to the paltry sack numbers, the Raiders have generated only 22 quarterback pressures (hurries + knockdowns + sacks) which currently ranks 25th in the NFL. Taking Anderson would be a great addition to a struggling, aging pass rush.
Incumbent starter Davis Mills plays competently, but Houston's win-loss record under his stewardship (2-11-1), reflects a need for a difference making franchise quarterback. Conversely, in sixteen games as a starter for the Buckeyes, Stroud's career completion percentage (71.6) and touchdown to interception ratio (60-to-7) screams game changing signal caller.
Seattle is in rebuilding mode and needs upgrades at several positions on both sides of the ball. Possessing two first round picks, the Seahawks could jumpstart their resurgence by taking 2021 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Bryce Young. Over his last 19 starts, Young passed for 6,057 yards and 61 scores.
Robust and athletically gifted, Carter moves with almost inhuman suddenness into opposing offenses' backfields. Devoid of subtlety, Carter's violent hand swipes clear out offensive linemen ill prepared to deal with his physicality. Currently, Atlanta ranks 25th in overall defense and 30th in red zone scores allowed, so drafting Carter might pay immediate dividends for a suspect Falcons' defense.
The AFC Conference is littered with elite receivers (Ja'Marr Chase, Tyreek Hill, Davonte Adams, Stefon Diggs etc....) and in order to compete against them teams require top tier defensive stoppers in their secondary. Ringo is a physical specimen (6-foot-2, 210 lbs) blessed with 10.43 speed (100 meters) and NFL level agility to stay glued to receivers.
The Cardinals are tied for last in team sacks (2) and sadly, their best past rusher (J.J. Watt) is also the team's oldest (33) player. Possibly selecting Foskey instantly adds youth and improves the overall athleticism required at the edge position. Foskey possesses the speed to threaten the edge and the arm length to out leverage most blockers.
Bresee plays with a brute force ugliness that doesn't apologize for making things difficult for opposing teams. A lean interior defensive talent (6-foot-5, 300 lbs), he demonstrates an unusual ability to get "skinny" between double teams, powering past them behind the line of scrimmage. Both Fletcher Cox ($14 million) and Javon Hargrave ($13 million) are unrestricted free agents, so taking Bresee might offer financial flexibility for the Eagles.
Carolina employs the top pick from the 2018 draft (Baker Mayfield), as well as, the third-overall selection (Sam Darnold) at the same position and neither quarterback appears to be the solution. Both triggermen play erratically and their impatience greatly impacts the team's growth potential. Hooker, on the other hand, demonstrates great poise in the pocket and his leadership has vaulted his school into the nation's top 10 rankings.
Murphy is an exciting player whose burst and power to speed transitions are mesmerizing to watch. Extremely aggressive at the point of attack, Murphy utilizes his brute strength to overpower opponents. His ability to rush the passer is equaled by his effectiveness and tenacity against the run.
Drafting Treylon Burks addressed the physicality lost from wideout superstar, A.J. Brown's departure, but the pressing need for downfield speed is apparent in Tennessee. Addison (2021 Biletnikoff Awardee) moves with deceptive speed and a languid fluidity that creates easy separation from pass defenders. Four games into the 2022 campaign, Addison averages 16 yards per reception and tallied six receiving scores to date.
Pittsburgh's yard per carry average (4.1) is just below league average (4.4), and through three games its offense produced just two rushing scores. The Steelers struggle converting third downs (33 percent), ranking 25th in the NFL. Better offensive line play should Boost those crucial areas and Johnson's elite run blocking plus pass protecting acumen, could help from day one.
Cincinnati is a shutdown cornerback away from developing as a suffocating defense. Porter is an elite athlete with incredible agility and lateral quickness to mirror most receivers. A physical corner, Porter enjoys mixing it up with receivers at the snap, yet, his smooth footwork allows for instant recovery across the gridiron.
Traditionally, New England uses stout inside linebackers among its second level defenders. Sewell is a powerfully sculpted interior linebacker, whose size (6-foot-3, 250 lbs) and strength enables him to ward off blockers while making bone-jarring tackles.
Johnson may very well be the most dynamic prospect in this draft class. Imbued with an organic, unencumbered athleticism, Johnson impresses with positional versatility suitable for any defensive backfield spot. Physical against the run, he is also an intimidating presence in pass coverage.
Jones' physical attributes are suited to playing left tackle at the next level. Excellent size (6-foot-4, 315 lbs) and impressive arm length allow him to sting and stymie power rushers. His quick feet and loose lateral movement help keep tempo with speedy edge defenders. Plus, considering the elite level defenders from the University of Georgia he's practiced against the past two years, Jones is already primed for NFL competition.
Carter may be the first service academy student athlete to be drafted in the NFL's opening round since the 1940s. A ruling in 2019 enacted a new policy allowing military academy, students with professional sports aspirations, the opportunity to defer service time. Excellent news for Carter, who led the nation last year with a 37.7 percent pass rush win rate.
Edge rushing specialist, Yannick Ngakoue is an unrestricted free agent on his fifth team in four years. Although he's productive (56.5 sacks in 98 career games), Ngakoue's price tag ($13 million) may be more than Indianapolis wants to match. Anudike-Uzomah is similarly athletic to Ngakoue, but offers a more reasonable controlled price range with the upside of youth.
Chicago's promising second year signal caller, Justin Fields' current stat line (51.1 percent completion rate / 297 passing yards / two passing scores to four interceptions) screams..."help!" Perry offers excellent height and a solid vertical leap to pair with an encompassing catch radius. His ability to stretch defenses downfield should clear the underneath routes defenders are impeding, by aggressively pressing Bears receivers from getting open.
The Chiefs' primary receiving target is tight end, Travis Kelce, a perennial All-Pro. However, Kansas City becomes virtually unstoppable on offense when there's a number one receiver on the field with Kelce. The departure of speedster Tyreek Hill, removed the Chiefs' hold-your-breath deep threat and number one boundary receiver. Boutte isn't nearly as fast, but his slick route running and dazzling after the catch ability, presents game breaking elements that were lost when Hill left.
The 6-foot-6, 312 pound, Dexter is a massive human that moves like an locomotive through most offensive lines. Because the Gators use multiple defensive fronts, Dexter's ability to align anywhere along the line of scrimmage increases his value at the next level. Strong at the point of attack, he generally out muscles opponents and stuffs running plays in his direction. Surprisingly quick, he successfully shoots gaps, routinely penetrating into opposing teams' backfield.
Simpson is a do-it-all defender with elite athleticism and a versatile toolbox which allows him to dominate games. He's a special player with the ability to blitz off the edge, shed blocks to stuff ball carriers, or glide into space and eliminate underneath passing lanes. The Giants would very much like to have a dependable three-down linebacker to pair with edge rushing rookie phenom, Kayvon Thibodeaux.
How special is Skoronski? In 2017, he became the first freshman from Northwestern to achieve All-Big Ten post season honors. Skoronski is a practiced technician who operates with measured efficiency mixed with a little "nasty" to his game. The Bills could benefit from his strike-first approach to blocking and NFL ready skill set.
Roy exemplifies classic attributes of a three-technique defensive linemen, ranging from his size (6-foot-4, 297 pounds) to his explosive first step. Roy displays the upper body strength required to succeed at the pro level, but it's his initial burst that separates him from his peers. Dallas should seriously consider taking an ascending talent like Roy, who can either collapse the pocket or sprint through it.
A physical blocker and adept pass catcher, Mayer could be the missing piece to an already effective Packers' offense. His ability to stay on the field regardless the down and distance, adds an element of surprise for teams uncertain of whether Green Bay is passing or running. He's strong enough to hold a block in order to fake a run play, then swiftly release into the open for a downfield pass reception. The Packers hope a talent like Mayer is available when they pick on April 27th.
Hall creates thrusting power from a strong base and uses that to propel himself past edge blockers. His fluid hip maneuverability facilitates his power to speed transitions when rushing the passer. The Seahawks are rebuilding and essential to an effective rebuilt defense, is accumulating players that can pressure passers and stress the line of scrimmage.
To'o To'o is a mission oriented player, who set personal bests last season with 111 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, to go along with four sacks. His anticipatory skills help position him effectively, in order to neutralize offensive plays before they fully develop. To'o To'o showcases excellent sideline to sideline range and is a committed tackler. He may be in position to become a day one selection, which is surely a mission he is on the way to completing.
Wilson is the type of irritatingly effective edge rusher that opposing teams hate battling, but the kind of versatile athlete emblematic of Baltimore's defensive style of play. Wilson can either set the edge or maneuver beyond it, causing disruption and chaotic uncertainty in offensive backfields. If ever there were a player who fit a specific team's personnel specs, it's Wilson for the Ravens' defense.
Phillips is an intuitive ball hawk with receiving ability uncommon for most defensive backs. Phillips caught 29 touchdowns and tallied 1,645 receiving yards as a prep athlete. A hyper quick player, Phillips' projects as a slot defender in the NFL. However, his elite quickness and solid leaping ability expands his versatility as a boundary corner for the University of Utah. Whether in the slot or positioned outside the numbers in the NFL, the Vikings would benefit from adding Phillips to their roster.
A twitchy, explosive athlete, Smith is a dogged (pun intended) defender in short areas, with the power to manipulate leveraging angles against blockers. He generates enough speed to overpower opponents rather than using brute strength to subdue them. Detroit is in desperate need of a linebacking talent who could control the middle of the field, and Smith is brimming with NFL potential.
The Jaguars are in an unfamiliar space, atop the AFC South's standings with the arrow pointing skyward. Taking a rocksteady blocker like Vorhees could further cement a burgeoning Jacksonville offense. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Vorhees is a thickly anchored pass blocker who possesses above average knee bend and quick explosion to drive block at the next level.
The Miami Dolphins forfeited one of their two first-round picks (plus a third-round pick in 2024) for tampering surrounding Tom Brady.
Yes, Robinson fumbled in overtime against the Red Raiders, but it won't permanently scar his reputation as the most complete running back from this draft class. He still averaged a little over six yards per carry (6.4) for 103 rushing yards and two scores versus Texas Tech last week.
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Fantasy basketball season is underway, and it’s time to start drafting. With opening night only 26 days away, it’s helpful to participate in mock drafts so you can get a feel for when players are selected. With that in mind, here’s a first look at how I think the first round will shake out for category leagues. And for additional insight, check out our latest Yahoo expert rankings to aid your draft prep.
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Let’s get to the first round. Without further ado, the first pick in the 2022-2023 fantasy basketball draft goes to …
No surprise here. Jokic is a fantasy basketball cheat code after posting a historic 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.3 threes and 2.4 stocks (steals plus blocks) per game with 58/34/81 shooting splits last season. He had the highest single-season Box Plus/Minus (BPM) in NBA history and is the unanimous first overall pick here.
Coming off his best statistical season and playing a career-high 68 games, Embiid will be the focal point of a fantasy-friendly Sixers offense. As one of the most dominant big men in the league, he finished fourth in the NBA in double-doubles and added 2.7 stocks on the defensive end. He should have no issues replicating a top-three performance on a per-game and totals basis if he can play at least 60 games this year.
Kevin Durant is a walking bucket whom you can’t pass up here. He finished second on a per-game basis in 2021-22, and he’ll continue to see a 30 percent usage rate this season. I expect the Nets to finish top-10 in Pace and Offensive Rating, and KD will lead the way. He checks every box for fantasy basketball.
Giannis is the only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in multiple seasons, and he’s done it four years in a row. He finished 10th on a per-game basis last season, but an uptick in three-pointers made while shooting over 72% from the free-throw line will help justify drafting him here.
Luka Magic is in effect. Yeah, he’s known to turn the ball over at a high rate and miss a ton of free throws, but I’m buying his numbers after the Kristaps Porzingis trade: 31.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 8.1 assists with 3.9 threes and 1.0 steals. He’s ripe for an MVP-like season.
The 2022 Finals MVP and four-time champion annually anchors the points, threes and free throw percentage categories in fantasy basketball. I project Curry’s minutes and usage will remain in the 30s as the centerpiece of one of the best teams in basketball.
Still only 24 years old, Tatum put up career-highs in points, rebounds and assists last year with a 32% usage rate.
Harden’s decision to make less and return to Philly on a two-year deal shows he’s ready to ball. The hamstring injury that’s plagued him for two seasons is behind him, and he’s reportedly in great shape heading into this season. He was the only player in the NBA to post over 20+ points and 10+assists per game in ’21-’22 and finished 15th on a per-game basis despite changing teams mid-season and playing on a bum leg. A bounce back should put him squarely in the top-10 in fantasy basketball.
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I’ve seen Haliburton selected in the top five in industry expert drafts, but I’m comfortable grabbing him in the top 10. I’m teetering between Haliburton and LaMelo Ball in this spot, but the former is a good bet to average the most assists per game this year and score over 20 points per night with solid peripherals. In 18 games without Malcolm Brogdon last season, Haliburton tallied 18.6 points, 10.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.8 steals with 50/46/89 shooting splits. Breakout!
LaMelo Ball enters his third NBA season looking to build off career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, threes made and FT%. He’s also among the league leaders in steals. Last season, Miles Bridges accounted for 23% of Ball’s assists in 2021-22, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to see a 30% usage while filling up the box score alongside Terry Rozier.
The Timberwolves’ frontcourt suddenly got crowded after they traded for Utah Jazz All-Star Center and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert, this offseason. Gobert’s presence should slide KAT to a true-stretch four, which has risks and benefits. He finished eighth on a per-game basis last year, but I’d expect his rebound numbers to drop slightly with a boost in made threes. KAT is accustomed to playing with an offensively limited frontcourt (Taj Gibson, Jarred Vanderbilt) so I’m not overly concerned about Gobert being in town. KAT should still be able to collect at least two stocks and be the best shooting big man in the league; 41% from beyond the arc last year and 40% for this career — just sayin’.
Trae Young has a new backcourt mate in All-Star G Dejounte Murray, but he should still be one of the best fantasy guards this upcoming season. He’s a volume scorer who ranked fourth in usage rate last year at 34.4. I expect Hawks head coach Nate McMillan to stagger Young and Murray’s minutes at the point but also deliver Young the chance to work more off-ball to create better looks on the perimeter. He should still boast substantial fantasy numbers without much offense around him and Murray.
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The mock auction at River Valley High School appeared organized, Osumi said, suggesting that the students planned the situation without considering that it was “disgraceful.”
“Reenacting a slave sale as a prank tells us that we have a great deal of work to do with our students so they can distinguish between intent and impact,” Osumi said. “They may have thought this skit was funny, but it is not; it is unacceptable and requires us to look honestly and deeply at issues of systemic racism.”
District administrators did not answer questions about how many students were involved, what specifically the video showed and where the recording was shared. The incident, which took place roughly 38 miles north of Sacramento, was previously reported by Sacramento-based television station KCRA and other local news outlets.
Mock slave auctions in schools — some sanctioned by officials and others not — have come under increased scrutiny in exact years as the United States struggles to respond to its history of racism and fractures over how much its past sins still shape it. Schools have been particularly heated settings for those arguments as politicians in Republican-led states seek to ban lessons that suggest that racism is systemic in the United States.
For the Yuba City district, the loss of the players means the team does not have enough members to complete the season. Sophomores and juniors on the varsity team, which was 0-5 before its first forfeit last week, can choose to play on the junior varsity team.
Some students may be further disciplined, Osumi said, and the district is working to develop programs about racism to help students learn from the situation. Administrators are also developing training for the football team “to act with character and dignity at all times,” she said.
“When students find humor in something that is so deeply offensive,” Osumi said, “it tells me that we have an opportunity to help them expand their mind-set to be more aware, thoughtful and considerate of others.”
The California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees high school sports in California, said it supports administrators’ decision “to promptly address the misconduct of their students.”
“Discrimination in any form or any acts that are disrespectful or demeaning are unacceptable and are not consistent with the principles of the CIF,” the group said in a statement.
Like the incident in Yuba City, some mock slave auctions have been instigated by students. In April 2021, a video shared on Snapchat showed students in Traverse City, Mich., “trading” their Black classmates. The district’s response, which included fast-tracking a resolution to better teach students how to live in a diverse country, roiled the community.
Other times, teachers have guided their students to act out an auction as a history lesson — often prompting outrage. That’s what happened in Maplewood, N.J., in 2017, when a substitute teacher orchestrated and filmed a mock auction as a lesson about Colonial history. Two years later, a teacher in Bronxville, N.Y., allegedly let White students “bid on” Black students. And in March, a North Carolina superintendent apologized after White middle-schoolers pretended to “sell” their Black classmates.