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Bengals land guard, Ohio State defender in mock draft

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:01 PM

In Matt Miller’s latest mock draft for Bleacher Report, the Bengals get stronger up front.

Cincinnati lands Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson at No. 12, a coup given that he’s a top five player in the class, according to Miller.

The Bengals offensive line was (and I'm being nice) trash this year,” Miller said. “Both young tackles (Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher) struggled, and the team sorely missed Kevin Zeitler who left for Cleveland in free agency. Quenton Nelson can't fix the problems at tackle, but he can step right in and be a dominant left guard.”

Miller is right: The offensive line was among the team’s biggest weaknesses, and snagging Nelson would be a huge addition.

In the second round, Cincinnati stays local and takes linebacker Jerome Baker from Ohio State.

Linebacker has long been a need. Putting Baker next to Vontaze Burfict has the makings of turning what’s routinely been one of the Bengals’ lesser units into a strength.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/22/2018)

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL mock drafts for 2018 are here. See projections, best players and the first-round draft order below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DL, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills –Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  25. Tennessee Titans — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelton, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Kolton Miller, T, UCLA
  13. Washington Redskins — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  22. Buffalo Bills — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma
  25. Tennessee Titans — Ronald Jones, RB, USC
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Geron Christian, T, Louisville
  31. New England Patriots — Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Buffalo Bills (mock trade) — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  13. Washington Redskins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay Packers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  20. Detroit Lions — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  21. Denver Broncos (mock trade) — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  22. Buffalo Bills — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  25. Tennessee Titans — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Will Hernandez, OL, UTEP
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
  32. New England Patriots — Ronald Jones, RB, USC

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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Olympics Hockey 2018: Scores, schedule, bracket, results for Thursday (02/22/2018)

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:45 AM

Olympics Hockey 2018 continues Friday, February 23. There are no games Thursday. The men’s tournament is into the semifinals.

In the women’s tournament, USA beat Canada to win the gold medal.

Olympics Hockey 2018: Schedule, scores

Friday, February 23

LIVE SCORES

  • Czech Republic vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia, 2:40 a.m. ET Friday, Feb. 23
  • Canada vs. Germany, 7:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Olympics Hockey 2018: Bracket

Men’s Hockey

Click here for a live bracket

Playoff qualification (winners to quarterfinals)

Note: All times ET

  • Germany 2, Switzerland 1
  • Finland 5, South Korea 2
  • USA 5, Slovakia 1
  • Norway 2, Slovenia 1 (OT)

Quarterfinals

  • Germany 4, Sweden 3 (OT)
  • Canada 1, Finland 0
  • Czech Republic 3, USA 2 (shootout)
  • Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Norway 1

Semifinals

  • Czech Republic vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia, 2:40 a.m. ET Friday, Feb. 23
  • Canada vs. Germany, 7:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Bronze Medal

  • 7:10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 24

Gold Medal

  • 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 24

Olympic Men’s Hockey 2018: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Czech Republic 2 1 0 0 9 4 +5 8
2 Canada 2 0 1 0 11 4 +7 7
3 Switzerland 1 0 0 2 10 9 +1 3
4 South Korea 0 0 0 3 1 14 -13 0

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Olympic Athletes from Russia 2 0 0 1 14 5 +9 6
2 Slovenia 0 2 0 1 8 12 -4 4
3 USA 1 0 1 1 4 8 -4 4
4 Slovakia 1 0 1 1 6 7 -1 4

Group C

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Sweden 3 0 0 0 8 1 +7 9
2 Finland 2 0 0 1 11 6 +5 6
3 Germany 0 1 0 2 4 7 -3 2
4 Norway 0 0 1 2 2 11 -9 1

Olympic Women’s Hockey 2018: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Canada 3 0 0 0 11 2 +9 9
2 USA 2 0 0 1 9 3 +6 6
3 Finland 1 0 0 2 7 8 -1 3
4 Olympic Athletes from Russia 0 0 0 3 1 15 -14 0

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Switzerland 3 0 0 0 13 2 +11 9
2 Sweden 2 0 0 1 11 3 +8 6
3 Japan 1 0 0 2 6 6 0 3
4 Korea 0 0 0 3 1 20 -19 0

Olympics Hockey: Scores, results

Saturday, February 10

  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 2, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 8, Korea 0

Saturday, February 11

  • Women’s hockey: USA 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0

Monday, February 12

  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 3, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 8, Korea 0

Tuesday, February 13

  • Women’s hockey: Canada 4, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: USA 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Wednesday, February 14

  • Women’s hockey: Japan 4, Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Slovakia 3, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, USA 2 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Germany 2
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 2, USA 1

Thursday, February 15

  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 4, Norway 0
  • Women’s hockey: Finland 5, Olympics Athletes from Russia 1
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 2, South Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Canada 5, Switzerland 1
  • Men’s hockey: USA 2, Slovakia 1

Friday, February 16

  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 8, Slovenia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Norway 1
  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 1, Germany 0
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 3, Canada 2 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Switzerland 2

Saturday, February 17

  • Men’s hockey: Switzerland 8, South Korea 0
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Finland 7, Sweden 2
  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 4, USA 0
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, Slovakia 2 (shootout)
  • Men’s hockey: Germany 2, Norway 1 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Korea 0

Sunday, February 18

  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Czech Republic 4, Switzerland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Classification for Nos. 5-8): Japan 2, Sweden 1 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Canada 4, South Korea 0
  • Men’s hockey (Group C): Sweden 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): USA 5, Finland 0

Monday, February 19

  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): USA 5, Slovakia 1
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 7-8): Sweden 6, Korea 1

Tuesday, February 20

  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Norway 2, Slovenia 1 (OT)
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 5-6): Switzerland 1, Japan 0
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Finland 5, South Korea 2
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Germany 2, Switzerland 1
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Czech Republic 3, USA 2 (shootout)

Wednesday, February 21

  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Norway 1
  • Women’s hockey (Bronze Medal): Finland 3, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Canada 1, Finland 0
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Germany 4, Sweden 3 (OT)
  • Women’s hockey (Gold Medal): USA 2, Canada 1

Friday, February 23

  • Czech Republic vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia, 2:40 a.m. ET Friday, Feb. 23
  • Canada vs. Germany, 7:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Saturday, February 24

  • Men’s hockey: Bronze medal, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey: Gold medal, 11:10 p.m.

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Alabama football: Coordinator hires, Burton Burns moves to off-field role as Nick Saban completes Crimson Tide’s coaching staff

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:13 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama football coach staff is now complete.

Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Thursday the addition of Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski to the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Enos will serve as an associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Tide, while Kuligowski will be an associate head coach and coach the defensive line.

“We are pleased and happy to have Dan Enos joining our coaching staff at The University of Alabama,” Saban said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge with five years of head coaching experience and numerous stops as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Dan is a bright football mind and an outstanding recruiter who will strengthen our coaching staff and give our players the best chance to be successful.”

Enos boasts more than 20 years of experience coaching skill position players, 10 years of play-calling experience and five years as the head coach at Central Michigan (2010-14). He served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas for the past three seasons and arrives in Tuscaloosa after a short stint at the University of Michigan where had been named an offensive assistant coach in January of 2018.

“It is a privilege and an honor to join Coach Saban’s coaching staff at The University of Alabama,” Enos said in a statement. “I have an incredible amount of admiration for the rich tradition of football success at Alabama. I am really excited to be part of this program, and I can’t wait to get out on the field and get started.”

 

Kuligowski comes to Alabama after two seasons at the University of Miami where he coached the defensive line and served as the assistant head coach. He revitalized the Hurricanes’ defensive front and helped Miami return to national prominence in 2017 with a trip to the ACC Championship Game and the Capital One Orange Bowl.

“I have known Craig for a long time, going all the way back to my first head coaching job at Toledo when he was one of our starting offensive tackles,” Saban said. “He is an outstanding football coach who will bring great energy to our program. Craig does a tremendous job of developing players and has proven to be an exceptional recruiter.”

The Hurricanes ranked among the nation’s leaders in several defensive categories in 2017, including first nationally in team sacks (3.38) and third nationally in tackles for loss (8.5). Three of his defensive linemen earned All-ACC recognition in 2017 with RJ McIntosh named to the second team, Trent Harris the third team and Kendrick Norton, who garnered honorable mention honors.

“I played my senior season at Toledo for Coach Saban, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work on his staff at Alabama,” Kuligowski said in a statement. “Coach’s program is the model of consistency and I am looking forward to helping continue that tradition of success with an exceptional group of players and coaches.”

Saban also announced the promotion of Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator and Tosh Lupoi to defensive coordinator. Both Locksley and Lupoi were co-coordinators for the Crimson Tide in 2017. Pete Golding will coach inside linebackers and serve as the co-defensive coordinator while Josh Gattis will be the co-offensive coordinator and work with the receivers.

Burton Burns will make the move off the field to serve as the assistant athletics director for football. Joe Pannunzio will take over as the Crimson Tide’s running backs coach with Jeff Banks serving as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.

“We are excited to be able to promote from within to fill our offensive and defensive coordinators positions,” Saban said. “Both Tosh and Michael are tremendous football coaches who will do an excellent job leading their respective units.

“Joe Pannunzio has done a great job in several different roles within our organization. He is an excellent coach who will do a fine job with our running backs.”

Burns, who just completed his 11 th season as the running backs coach, moves off the field after a decorated tenure that included five national championships and five SEC titles. He coached Alabama’s first two Heisman Trophy winners with Mark Ingram bringing home the award in 2009 and Derrick Henry following in 2015. He also helped Trent Richardson and Henry win the Doak Walker Award while guiding seven running backs to NFL careers.

“Burton has been a crucial part of our success over the past 11 years and has done an outstanding job with our running backs,” Saban said. “He is an essential member of our staff as he takes on a new challenge as our assistant athletics director for football.”

All such employment contracts are subject to approval by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

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Alabama announces addition of Dan Enos, Craig Kuligowski to coaching staff

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:10 AM

Alabama has officially added two new assistants to its coaching staff.

On Thursday, the school announced that Dan Enos has been hired as associate head coach/quarterbacks coach and Craig Kuligowski has been hired as associate head coach/defensive line coach.

This story will be updated.

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