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Sports Today: There’s never enough football talk

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

J.T. Barrett and new Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan day talk about how to make more plays without taking more risks.

Are we too obsessed with the Ohio State passing game? 

Nah. 

This is football. That’s how it works. 

One of several reasons the game became the preeminent spectator sport in America decades ago was that it provides not only a lot to talk about but a lot of time to do it. 

Yeah, it’s a brutal ballet and all, but it’s also weekly like our other favorite TV shows. 

Beyond that, building a winning team is complicated. 

So is writing a winning game plan. 

Even once those things are in place, success requires what many coaches like to call a winning effort. 

Execution is essential, too. 

Any number of things can cause the whole operation to break down, and that leads to even more questions. 

So while I don’t blame J.T. Barrett if he is frustrated about how often he is asked about the status of the deep ball in the Buckeyes offense, I also don’t think this topic is quite played out yet. 

The good news for the quarterback and his receivers: They can make all these questions go away with just a couple of big hits down the field. 

Along those same lines, I got the impression yesterday Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor wasn’t very interested in hearing any more about the struggles of their running game. 

Jay Morrison examined the issue in-depth, but at this point it’s not unlike the situation Ohio State faces. 

They’ve fallen behind, and now there are only so many opportunities to show off however much improvement they can make. 

And in both cases, the defense might not cooperate. 

Opponents love to take away the deep ball from Ohio State, preferring to make them march down the field in small bursts. The Buckeyes’ early responses to this — forget the running game and try a precision passing approach — was doubly problematic because it short-circuited the offense as a whole. 

Now they’ve come up with other ways to move the ball, but the deep ball still needs to be part of the equation. 

Meanwhile, the Browns seemed intent on winning up front last Sunday even if that meant committing people to stopping the run and leaving the secondary out to dry. 

Andy Dalton took proper advantage of that, leaving something new for us to focus on as Cincinnati tries to be a well-rounded offense again. 

See how this works? 

In other news, I am encouraged by some of the early Reds talk generated by Monday's column

Bringing back Zack Cozart and making sure there is a spot for Scooter Gennett were suggested. 

Someone mentioned trading Adam Duvall for an ace pitcher. 

Others questioned if one more established pitcher would be enough. 

This is good stuff, people. Let’s keep it up! 

I don’t think Duvall is going to bring back a true ace, but there is a case to be made for selling him high. Would he bring back a guy as good as Mike Leake, for whom he was acquired in the first place? 

Regardless, you have to feel good about the fact they can trade an outfielder without creating a hole. That says something about what better shape they are in this year compared to last even though they had the same record. 

Of course the pitching discussion is still tricky because they might be set there with Homer Bailey and a plethora of young arms…. but we know how the best-laid plans of mice and GMs can quickly go awry. 

At any rate, I think it’s going to be a fun October for MLB fans and an interesting hot stove season for Reds followers, too… 

Also covered Monday but worth repeating because I have been critical of Ohio State and others for not playing more in-state games: Kudos to the OSU and Cincinnati for agreeing to a home-and-home series

This is a fantastic chance for both teams to get attention during a time when football would otherwise be sucking most of the air out of the room. 

The potential downsides are either inflated or nonexistent. 

The only issue now is that the season starts too early, but maybe doing a marquee game like this will help alleviate some of the problems that come from that. 

Namely that there’s less reason to pay attention when the first opponent is some team most fans have never heard of. 

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order for the 2018 NFL Draft

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

The 2018 NFL Draft is once again expected to be loaded with talented players. While picks won’t be made for another two months, it’s never too early for a mock draft — especially with the first-round order now set. Baker Mayfield should be a high pick , as should Sam Darnold. But they won’t be alone.

This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers going in the top 10. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick could be selected in the top 5.

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

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC: The Browns have to use the pick on a quarterback, and we think they’ll choose Darnold.
  2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA:  Rosen vs. Darnold has been a debate for more than a year in Southern California. Now it carries on into the NFL offseason. The UCLA quarterback might be better wired than Darnold to succeed in New York.
  3. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State: While Minkah Fitzpatrick is the better prospect, defensive end is the bigger need for the Colts. An offensive lineman, such as Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson, could also be a target.
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama:  The Browns went quarterback with their first pick. Next up, they grab the best defensive prospect in the class. Fitzpatrick is a queen-on-the-chessboard-type of defensive back.
  5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: Offensive line could be the pick here. Drafting Allen is a risk, but the Denver quarterback situation might be the worst in the league. Allen did well in the Senior Bowl, showing why he’s such a tantalizing prospect.
  6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: The Jets will continue toiling in mediocrity as long as they lack quality quarterback play. If anyone can handle the spotlight and attention that comes with playing for the Jets, it’s the Heisman Trophy winner.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: With the up-and-down Doug Martin now released, why not give Jameis Winston a new weapon and see if he really is your franchise quarterback? Defensive end is another area of need.
  8. Chicago Bears: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M:  The Bears almost have to pick a wide receiver. While many will peg Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, I think Kirk is a little bit better. But the Bears couldn’t go wrong with either.
  9. *San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame:  With Jimmy Garoppolo looking like the quarterback of the future, San Francisco can draft the best player available. As weird as it is to say that is a guard, Nelson is just special.
  10. *Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: A defense featuring Khalil Mack shouldn’t be as bad as Oakland’s was in 2017. Smith is maybe the best off-ball linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly.
  11. Miami Dolphins: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU : Nelson could be an option, but instead the Dolphins will take Key. While he might have off-field concerns, the LSU product also has the potential to be an elite pass rusher. Marcus Davenport of UTSA could also get a look here after a strong Senior Bowl.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame : The Bengals have skill players and a number of young and talented defenders. Where they most need help is on the offensive line. McGlinchey, or Notre Dame teammate Nelson, could be an option.
  13. Washington Redskins: Derwin James, DB, FSU: Washington has its quarterback of the near future with Alex Smith.  Now, look for them to take a player such as James, who is 95 percent the player that Fitzpatrick is.
  14. Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: Secondary is still a huge area of need for the Packers. It’ll either be Jackson or Denzel Ward as the first cornerback taken in the draft.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Williams, T, Texas: Quarterback is Arizona’s biggest need. The Cardinals could reach for Mason Rudolph … or drastically improve their offensive line with the selection of Williams.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama:  The Ravens might have the worst group of pass catchers in the NFL. This makes too much sense.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers:  Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama : The Chargers had the second-worst rush defense in the league last season. Payne will help them improve — look at the way he took over the College Football Playoff.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch departed. Guice would make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round. Seattle could also look at the secondary, given that the Legion of Boom is getting old.
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: Hurst might not be drafted this high simply because of his position. But the Cowboys need defensive tackles who can play, and Hurst is one of the best football players in this draft class.
  20. Detroit Lions: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: Running back could be an option here, but Edmunds fits a similar role to what Anthony Barr does for Minnesota. He could be a big riser come the NFL combine.
  21. Buffalo Bills: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State: While they need to figure out their quarterback situation, the Bills need to improve wide receiver, too.
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City), Vita Vea, DT, Washington: The Bills traded Marcell Dareus earlier this season. And they’ll look to Vea to fill his void.
  23. Los Angeles Rams: Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma: Andrew Whitworth was huge for the Rams this season. But he’s also 36 years old. Brown is raw, but he could become the Rams’ left tackle of the future. Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn could also help on the interior.
  24. Carolina Panthers: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: With Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers getting up there in age, Davenport is the perfect project to step in and eventually take over.
  25. Tennessee Titans: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: The Titans selected a cornerback in the first round last year and will look to continue to improve their secondary this time around. The Titans also could target a pass rusher, but with Mike Varbel now in charge, the Ohio State connection makes this too easy.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia:  Wynn had a great senior season with Georgia and then followed it up with a dominant Senior Bowl. Given the Falcons’ struggles on the interior of the offensive line, he’s a player who makes a lot of sense here.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College: Cam Jordan had a fantastic season for the Saints, but the defense still has some holes in the front seven. Adding Landry gives them another dynamic pass rusher.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama:  With the Ryan Shazier injury casting doubt on his NFL future, linebacker becomes a position of need. Evans isn’t the prospect that Shazier was, but he, like many other Alabama linebackers, can be very good.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: Blake Bortles isn’t the answer for Jacksonville. The Jaguars could look at Rudolph or Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Rudolph will need to have a strong NFL combine to solidify this ranking after he missed the Senior Bowl with a foot injury.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State: Quarterback could be in play here, but Price, like Pat Elflein did in 2017 for Minnesota, could be a Day 1 starter on the interior.
  31. New England Patriots: Sam Hubbard, DE/OLB, Ohio State: Bill Belichick loves players who have ties to current Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Plus, pass rusher is a huge need for New England.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Braden Smith, G, Auburn:  Fresh off winning the Super Bowl, there aren’t a lot of holes here. Offensive line is one given that a number of key players are starting to get up there in age.

*49ers & Raiders tied; coin toss will determine order for picks 9 & 10

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston)

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9./10. San Francisco 49ers / 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 (via Kansas City)

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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Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018 starts Wednesday, Feb. 28. See the bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get finalized. Ohio State is the top seed.

All 14 teams qualify for the conference tournament. The championship is set for Sunday, March 4. All games are in Indianapolis.

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket

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Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Schedule

First Round

Wednesday, February 28

No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 13 Wisconsin, 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go

No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 14 Illinois, 25 minutes after previous game (around 4 p.m.), BTN2Go

Second Round

Thursday, March 1

No. 8 Purdue vs. No. 9, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 5 vs. No. 12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go

No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 10, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 6 vs. No. 11-14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go

QUARTERFINALS

Friday, March 2

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 4 vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 3 Nebraska vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, March 3

First semifinal, 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network

Second semifinal, 25 minutes after previous game (around 8:30 p.m.), Big Ten Network

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, March 4

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Standings, seeds

NOTE: As of after Saturday, February 24, games

  1. Ohio State: 13-3
  2. Maryland: 12-4
  3. Nebraska: 11-5
  4. Iowa: 11-5
  5. Minnesota: 10-5
  6. Michigan: 10-6
  7. Indiana: 9-7
  8. Purdue: 9-7
  9. Rutgers: 7-8
  10. Michigan State: 7-9
  11. Penn State: 6-10
  12. Northwestern: 3-12
  13. Wisconsin: 2-14
  14. Illinois: 0-15

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: History, champions

YEAR CHAMPION SCORE RUNNER-UP MVP
1982 Ohio State 69-66 Illinois
1995 Penn State 68-63 Ohio State Missy Masley, Penn State
1996 Penn State 71-69 Purdue Angie Potthoff, Penn State
1997 Iowa 63-56 Illinois Angela Hamblin, Iowa
1998 Purdue 59-49 Penn State Andrea Garner, Penn State
1999 Purdue 80-76 Illinois Stephanie White, Purdue
2000 Purdue 71-63 Penn State Helen Darling, Penn State
2001 Iowa 75-70 Purdue Cara Consuegra, Iowa
2002 Indiana 75-72 Penn State Heather Cassady, Indiana
2003 Purdue 67-65 Ohio State Shereka Wright, Purdue
2004 Purdue 59-58 Penn State Shereka Wright, Purdue
2005 Michigan State 55-49 Minnesota Kristin Haynie, Michigan State
2006 Ohio State 63-60 Purdue Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State
2007 Purdue 64-52 Ohio State Katie Geralds, Purdue
2008 Purdue 58-56 Illinois FahKara Malone, Purdue
2009 Ohio State 67-66 Purdue Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2010 Ohio State 66-64 Iowa Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2011 Ohio State 84-70 Penn State Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2012 Purdue 74-70 (OT) Nebraska Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
2013 Purdue 62-47 Michigan State Drey Mingo, Purdue
2014 Nebraska 72-65 Iowa Rachel Theroit, Nebraska
2015 Maryland 77-74 Ohio State Lexie Brown, Maryland
2016 Maryland 60-44 Michigan State Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland
2017 Maryland 74-64 Purdue Brionna Jones, Maryland

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Teams

The following players were named to the All-Tournament team.

ILLINOIS (9)
Ashley Berggren, G, 1997
Katie Coleman, F, 1997
Tauja Catchings, F, 1999-00
Allison Curtin, G, 1999-01
Rebecca Harris, G, 2008
Jenna Smith, F/C, 2008-09

INDIANA (3)
Heather Cassady, G, 2002
Jill Chapman, C, 2002
Cyndi Valentin, G, 2006

IOWA (13)
Angela Hamblin, F, 1996-97
Samantha Logic, G, 2014
Tangela Smith, C, 1997-98
Cara Consuegra, G, 2001
Randi Peterson, C, 2001
Kachine Alexander, G, 2010
Kelly Krei, F, 2010
Kamille Wahlin, G, 2010
Ally Disterhoft, G, 2014
Bethany Doolittle, C, 2014-15

MARYLAND (6)
Lexie Brown, G, 2015
Brionna Jones, C, 2016-17
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, G, 2016-17
Destiny Slocum, G, 2017

MICHIGAN (1)
Molly Murray, F, 1998

MICHIGAN STATE (7)
Paula Sanders, F, 1997
Kristin Haynie, G, 2005
Kelli Roehrig, C, 2005
Liz Shimek, F, 2006
Allyssa DeHaan, C, 2007
Jasmine Thomas, G, 2013
Aerial Powers, F, 2016

MINNESOTA (4)
Janel McCarville, C, 2004-05
Jamie Broback, F, 2005
Amanda Zahui B., C, 2015

NEBRASKA (5)
Jordan Hooper, F, 2012-14
Lindsey Moore, G, 2012-13
Rachel Theriot, G, 2014

NORTHWESTERN (1)
Nia Coffey, F, 2016

OHIO STATE (20)
Peggy Evans, F, 1995
Katie Smith, F, 1995
Kim Wilburn, G, 2003
Caity Matter, G, 2003
Brandie Hoskins, G, 2005-06
Jessica Davenport, C, 2006-07
Star Allen, F, 2009
Jantel Lavender, C, 2009-10-11
Samantha Prahalis, G, 2010-11-12
Tayler Hill, G, 2011
Ameryst Alston, G, 2014
Alexa Hart, F, 2015
Kelsey Mitchell, G, 2015-16

PENN STATE (16)
Missy Masley, F, 1995
Angie Potthoff, F, 1995-96
Tina Nicholson, G, 1995-96
Andrea Garner, F/C,1998-00
Helen Darling, G, 2000
Kelly Mazzante, G, 2002-04
Tanisha Wright, G, 2002-03
Jess Strom, G, 2004
Alex Bentley, G, 2011
Maggie Lucas, G, 2011-13

PURDUE (34)
Jannon Roland, F, 1996
Stacey Lovelace, F, 1996
Ukari Figgs, G, 1998-99
Stephanie White, G/F, 1998-99
Katie Douglas, G/F, 1999-00-01
Camille Cooper, C, 2000-01
Shereka Wright, F, 2003-04-05
Erika Valek, G, 2003
Katie Gearlds, F, 2004-06-07
Erin Lawless, F, 2006-07
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, F, 2007-09
FahKara Malone, G, 2008
Keshia Mosley, F, 2008
Kalika France, F, 2008
Danielle Campbell, C, 2008
Brittany Rayburn, G, 2009-12
KK Houser, G, 2012-13
Drey Mingo, F, 2013
Courtney Moses, G, 2013
Ashley Morrissette, G, 2017
Dominique Oden, G, 2017

WISCONSIN (1)
Jessie Stomski, F, 2002

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/25/2018)

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

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

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

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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Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Big Ten Tournament 2018 starts Wednesday, Feb. 28. Check out the bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get set. Michigan State is the No. 1 seed.

All 14 Big Ten teams make the conference tournament, which goes until Sunday, March 4. All games will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The top four teams receive a double-bye into the quarterfinals.

Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket

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Big Ten Tournament 2018: Schedule

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, February 28

No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed, 5:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network

No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 14 seed, around 8 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

SECOND ROUND

Thursday, March 1

No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Wisconsin, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 5 seed vs. No. 12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 Northwestern, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 6 seed vs. No. 11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

THIRD ROUND

Friday, March 2

No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 4 seed vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, March 3

Semifinal No. 1, 2 p.m. on CBS

Semifinal No. 2, 4:30 p.m. on CBS

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, March 4

Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. on CBS

Big Ten Tournament: Seeds, standings

NOTE: Will be updated as games go final

  1. Michigan State 16-2
  2. Ohio State 15-3
  3. Purdue: 14-3
  4. Michigan: 13-5
  5. Nebraska: 12-5
  6. Penn State: 9-8
  7. Indiana: 9-9
  8. Maryland: 8-10
  9. Wisconsin: 7-11
  10. Northwestern: 6-11
  11. Minnesota: 4-13
  12. Illinois: 3-14
  13. Rutgers: 3-14
  14. Iowa: 3-14

Big Ten Tournament: History, champions

YEAR CHAMPION SCORE RUNNER-UP LOCATION MVP
1998 Michigan (vacated) 76-67 Purdue Chicago Robert Traylor, Michigan
1999 Michigan State 67-50 Illinois Chicago Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State
2000 Michigan State 76-61 Illinois Chicago Morris Peterson, Michigan State
2001 Iowa 63-61 Indiana Chicago Reggie Evans, Iowa
2002 Ohio State (vacated) 81-64 Iowa Indianapolis Boban Savovic, Ohio State
2003 Illinois 72-59 Ohio State Chicago Brian Cook, Illinois
2004 Wisconsin 70-53 Illinois Indianapolis Devin Harris, Wisconsin
2005 Illinois 54-43 Wisconsin Chicago James Augustine, Illinois
2006 Iowa 67-60 Ohio State Indianapolis Jeff Horner, Iowa
2007 Ohio State 66-49 Wisconsin Chicago Greg Oden, Ohio State
2008 Wisconsin 61-48 Illinois Indianapolis Marcus Landry, Wiscnosin
2009 Purdue 65-61 Ohio Stae Indianapolis Robbie Hummel, Purdue
2010 Ohio State 90-61 Minnesota Indianapolis Evan Turner, Ohio State
2011 Ohio State 71-60 Penn State Indianapolis Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
2012 Michigan State 68-64 Ohio State Indianapolis Draymond Green, Michigan State
2013 Ohio State 50-43 Wisconsin Chicago Aaron Craft, Ohio State
2014 Michigan State 69-55 Michigan Indianapolis Branden Dawson, Michigan State
2015 Wisconsin 80-69 (OT) Michigan State Chicago Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
2016 Michigan State 66-62 Purdue Indianapolis Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
2017 Michigan 71-56 Wisconsin Washington, D.C. Derrick Walton, Jr., Michigan

Big Ten Tournament: Standings, records

TEAM Conf. W-L GB Pct. Overall W-L Pct.
Michigan State 15-2 .882 27-3 .900
Ohio State 14-3 1 .824 23-7 .767
Purdue 13-3 1.5 .813 24-5 .828
Nebraska 12-5 3 .706 21-9 .700
Michigan 12-5 3 .706 23-7 .767
Penn State 9-8 6 .529 19-11 .633
Indiana 9-8 6 .529 16-13 .552
Maryland 8-9 7 .471 19-11 .633
Northwestern 6-10 8.5 .375 15-14 .517
Wisconsin 6-10 8.5 .375 13-16 .448
Minnesota 4-13 11 .235 15-15 .500
Illinois 3-13 11.5 .188 13-16 .448
Rutgers 3-14 12 .176 13-17 .433
Iowa 3-14 12 .176 12-18 .400

Big Ten Tournament: Records

TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. TITLES RUNNER-UPS
Ohio State 26 13 .667 4 4
Michigan State 28 15 .651 5 1
Illinois 27 18 .600 2 4
Wisconsin 23 17 .576 3 4
Michigan 17 17 .500 1 1
Maryland 2 3 .400 0 0
Iowa 15 18 .455 2 1
Minnesota 14 18 .438 0 1
Purdue 12 19 .387 1 2
Indiana 12 20 .375 0 1
Penn State 12 20 .375 0 1
Nebraska 3 6 .333 0 0
Northwestern 9 20 .310 0 0
Rutgers 1 3 .250 0 0

Here’s what happened in last year’s Big Ten Tournament:

  • First Round: No. 13 Penn State 76, No. 12 Nebraska 67 (OT)
  • First Round: No. 14 Rutgers 66, No. 11 Ohio State 57
  • Second Round: No. 8 Michigan 75, No. 9 Illinois, 55
  • Second Round: No. 5 Michigan State 78, No. 13 Penn State 51
  • Second Round: No. 10 Indiana 95, No. 7 Iowa, 73
  • Second Round: No. 6 Northwestern 83, No. 14 Rutgers 61
  • Quarterfinals: No. 8 Michigan 74, No. 1 Purdue 70 (OT)
  • Quarterfinals: No. 4 Minnesota 63, No. 5 Michigan State 58
  • Quarterfinals: No. 2 Wisconsin 70, No. 10 Indiana 60
  • Quarterfinals: No. 6 Northwestern 72, No. 3 Maryland 64
  • Semifinals: No. 8 Michigan 84, No. 4 Minnesota 77
  • Semifinals: No. 2 Wisconsin 76, No. 6 Northwestern 48
  • Championship: No. 8 Michigan 71, No. 2 Wisconsin 56

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