<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 29 Apr 2017 18:36:49 -0500Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:36:49 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Drew Pearson Makes Epic Cowboys Draft Pick Announcement]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/1493435863-pearson.jpg

Don't mess with the Original No. 88, period.

Drew Pearson gave the rowdy crowd in Philadelphia more reasons to boo at the NFL Draft Friday night and stole the show.

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell introduced Pearson to announce the Dallas Cowboys' second round pick, the crowd filled with Philadelphia Eagles fans began to boo.

Pearson stepped up to the mic and decided to rile up the crowd even more.

"How 'bout them Cowboys," Pearson said. "I want to thank the Eagle fans for allowing me to have a career in the NFL. Thank you."

The Eagles fans booed even more, while a cutaway of the crowd showed Cowboys fans in the audience cheering.

The reaction reached fever pitch that increased with every word as Pearson's voice got louder and louder as he announced the pick.

"On behalf of the 5-time World Champion, Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Jean Jones and the Jones family, coach Jason Garrett, all the Cowboys players who played before me, that played with me and played after me-- with the 60th pick in the second round the Dallas Cowboys select defensive back from Colorado Chidobe Awuzie."

He couldn't drop the mic (but we think he would have), however, he did pump his fist as he walked off stage.

Philadelphia hates all things Dallas and Cowboys, and Pearson is a thorn in Eagles fans sides since the Cowboys went 16-5 against the Eagles while Pearson was wearing the 88 jersey.

"The adrenaline was flowing," Pearson told Rick Gosselin from his hotel room.

Pearson joins NBC 5's Newy Scruggs for Cowboys coverage on Big Game Friday Night during the NFL season, and NBC 5 couldn't be prouder to have him on our team.

Cowboys fans can all agree, it's time for Pearson to go to Canton.

"Pearson is a great player whose career has been lost in the pages of time -- a Hall of Fame-worthy candidate who has never even been discussed as a candidate. But for one night, everyone knew the name and fame of Drew Pearson," Gosselin wrote in The Dallas Morning News.

It was a Hall of Fame performance Friday night indeed.

CLICK HERE to read more from Gosselin from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Sports' 2017 NFL Mock Drafts]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:21:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/527418.jpg


Todd DavisPat DoneyNewy Scruggs
   Cleveland BrownsMyles Garrett
Edge, Texas A&M
Myles Garrett
Edge, Texas A&M
Myles Garrett
Edge, Texas A&M
   San Francisco 49ersSolomon Thomas

Edge, Stanford

Solomon Thomas

Edge, Stanford

Solomon Thomas

Edge, Stanford

   Chicago BearsMarshon Lattimore
CB, Ohio St.
Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams
   Jaxonville JaguarsJonathan Allen
DL, Alabama
Jonathan Allen
DL, Alabama
Leonard Fournette
   Tennessee TitansMalik Hooker
S, Ohio St.
Mike Williams
WR, Clemson
Marshon Lattimore
CB, Ohio St.
   New York JetsJamal Adams
Deshaun Watson
QB, Clemson
Malik Hooker
S, Ohio St.
   L.A. ChargersO.J. Howard
TE, Alabama
Malik Hooker
S, Ohio St.
Jonathan Allen
DL, Alabama
   Carolina PanthersLeonard Fournette
Marshon Lattimore
CB, Ohio St.
Christian McCaffrey
RB, Stanford
   Cincinnati BengalsReuben Foster
LB, Alabama
Taco Charlton
Edge, Michigan
Haasan Reddick
LB, Temple
   Buffalo BillsMitchell Trubisky
QB, North Carolina
Corey Davis
WR, W. Michigan
Corey Davis
WR, W. Michigan
   New Orleans SaintsDerek Barnett
Edge, Tennessee
Leonard Fournette
Derek Barnett
Edge, Tennessee
   Cleveland BrownsDeshaun Watson
QB, Clemson
Mitchell Trubisky
QB, North Carolina
Mitchell Trubisky
QB, North Carolina
   Arizona CardinalsPatrick Mahomes
QB, Texas Tech
O.J. Howard
TE, Alabama
Deshaun Watson
QB, Clemson
   Philadelphia EaglesChristian McCaffrey
RB, Stanford
Christian McCaffrey
RB, Stanford
Marlon Humphrey
CB, Alabama
   Indianapolis ColtsCam Robinson
OT, Alabama
Takkarist McKinley
Edge, UCLA
T.J. Watt
Edge, Wisconsin
   Baltimore RavensTakkarist McKinley
Edge, UCLA
Reuben Foster
LB, Alabama
Mike Williams
WR, Clemson
Haasan Reddick
LB, Temple
Haasan Reddick
LB, Temple
Dalvin Cook
RB, Florida St.
   Tennessee TitansMike Williams
WR, Clemson
Gareon Conley
CB, Ohio St.
O.J. Howard
TE, Alabama
   TB BuccaneersGareon Conley
CB, Ohio St.
Derek Barnett
Edge, Tennessee
Taco Charlton
Edge, Michigan
   Denver BroncosGarrett Bolles
OT, Utah
Forrest Lamp
OL, W. Kentucky
Garrett Bolles
OT, Utah
   Detroit LionsDavid Njoku
TE, Miami
Jarrad Davis
LB, Florida
Jarrad Davis
LB, Florida
   Miami DolphinsForrest Lamp
OL, W. Kentucky
Malik McDowell
DL, Michigan St.

Forrest Lamp
OL, W. Kentucky
   New York GiantsRyan Ramczyk
OT, Wisconsin
Cam Robinson
OT, Alabama
Ryan Ramczyk
OT, Wisconsin
   Oakland RaidersJarrad Davis
LB, Florida
Dalvin Cook
RB, Florida St.
Zach Cunningham
LB, Vanderbilt
   Houston TexansDeShone Kizer
QB, Notre Dame
Patrick Mahomes
QB, Texas Tech
Patrick Mahomes
QB, Texas Tech
   Seattle SeahawksJohn Ross
WR, Washington
Garrett Bolles
OT, Utah
Cam Robinson
OT, Alabama
   Kansas City ChiefsMarlon Humphrey
CB, Alabama
Kevin King
CB, Washington
Charles Harris
Edge, Missouri
   Dallas CowboysT.J. Watt
Edge, Wisconsin

Charles Harris
Edge, Missouri
Malik McDowell
DL, Michigan St.
   Green Bay PackersTyus Bowser
LB, Houston
Quincy Wilson
CB, Florida
Adoree' Jackson
   Pittsburgh SteelersCharles Harris
Edge, Missouri
David Njoku
TE, Miami
David Njoku
TE, Miami
   Atlanta FalconsDerek Rivers
Edge, Youngstown St.
T.J. Watt
Edge, Wisconsin
Takkarist McKinley
Edge, UCLA
   New Orleans SaintsKevin King
CB, Washington
Adoree' Jackson

Tre'Davious White

Bonus: The Cowboys' picks in rounds 2 and 3:

  Dallas CowboysFabian Moreau
Cordrea Tankersley
CB, Clemson
Cordrea Tankersley
CB, Clemson
  Dallas CowboysGeorge Kittle
TE, Iowa
Damontae Kazee
CB, San Diego St.
Gareon Conley
CB, Ohio St.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Angling to Host the NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:42:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys+draft+party+frisco.jpg

Amid the drama of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys are thinking about more than their picks.

Owner Jerry Jones dropped some not-so-subtle hints Thursday that he wants to host the draft in North Texas.

"I'd love tangibly for our fans to get the chance to participate in that by having the draft here in the Dallas area and hopefully here at The Star," Jones said.

It was an idea well-received at a fan party at The Star for the second day of the 2017 draft Friday.

"I think he wants to have a party here today just to prove that he could do it, and I believe he could do it easily," said lifelong Cowboys fan Steve Price.

"It needs to come here," said Miyoshi Hicks, of Frisco.

For Hicks and her mother, Friday's draft watch party was their first visit to The Star. They took a tour where they crossed paths with the Cowboys first-round draft pick Taco Charlton.

"I reached out and said give grandma a hug, and he hugged me. They thought there were going to call 911 because I almost started hyperventilating," said mother Charmion Hicks-Polk.

With surfaces at The Star so clean you could probably eat a taco off them, one can't help but picture the possibilities.

One can't help but picture the possibilities.

"It would be so awesome if the draft could come here," said security guard Kristina White.

If it doesn't happen this year or the next, fans are counting on the Cowboys to do what cowboys do best: get right back in the saddle.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Select Michigan CB in 3rd Round of NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JourdanLewis.jpg

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Ht. 5'10", Wt. 188, Arm: 31⅝", Hand: 9¼", Bench: -
40 yd: 4.54, 10 yd.: 1.59, 3 Cone: 6.88, Vertical: -, Broad: -

The Dallas Cowboys selected Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys used the 92nd overall pick on Lewis, to mark their second Wolverine (Taco Charlton) and second cornerback (Chidobe Awuzie) drafted in the first three rounds of the draft.

Lewis is a candidate to play the slot cornerback for the Cowboys, especially if the team trades Orlando Scandrick as reported during the draft.

As a senior, Lewis was named first team All-America, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.

Lewis pleaded not guilty to domestic violence allegations in March.

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<![CDATA[Nomadic QB From North Texas Finds Home in NFL]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:45:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DavisWebb.jpg

Quarterback Davis Webb has had many homes since he was a North Texas high schooler, but he'll likely spend at least a few years in New York after the Giants picked him in the 2017 NFL Draft.


Webb played in nine games at Keller High School as a junior in 2011. But when the Keller staff was fired before the 2012 season, Webb followed his father to Prosper High School.

As a senior at Prosper, Webb completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,722 yards and 23 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He also rushed for 572 yards and 12 more touchdowns, leading the team to the Texas 4A regional semifinals.

Webb committed to Texas Tech in 2013, where he and fellow freshman Baker Mayfield alternated as the Red Raiders' starter. By the end of the season, Mayfield announced he would transfer and Webb had solidified himself as the starter by setting several conference freshman records and leading a 37-23 upset over then No. 15 Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

Webb started the first eight games in 2014 before an ankle injury ended his season. Freshman Patrick Mahomes II took over for Webb and never let go of the job.

After spending 2015 as Mahomes' backup, Webb announced he would transfer. He enrolled at California-Berkeley as a graduate transfer in 2016.

Webb replaced Jared Goff — the first overall pick in the 2016 draft — as the starting quarterback, leading the Golden Bears to a 5-7 record. He was also a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

In 35 college games, Webb completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 9,852 yards and 83 touchdowns against 34 interceptions.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Webb has reportedly garnered first-round interest, but he was ultimately selected in the third round, 87th overall.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Select Colorado CB in 2nd Round of NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:37:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ChidobeAwuzie.jpg

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Ht. 6', Wt. 202, Arm: 30⅝", Hand: 8½", Bench: 16
40 yd: 4.43, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: 6.81, Vertical: 34½", Broad: 11'


The Dallas Cowboys selected Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

"Cheetoh" Awuzie, a three-year starter for Colorado, has excellent size and athleticism for the position. He twice earned second-team all-conference honors.


The Cowboys had a need at the position after losing cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr to free agency, though they did add free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll.

The team also needed a boost to a secondary that only intercepted nine passes in 2016. Awuzie, though, only intercepted three passes in his college career.

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<![CDATA[Mother of Cowboys' Draft Pick Explains 'Taco' Nickname]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:22:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/taco-charlton.jpg

The nickname of the newest Dallas Cowboy has been surrounded by intrigue.

It turns out that it came from a '90s TV commercial.

Most Cowboys fans don't know who Vidauntae Charlton is. They know him by his nickname, Taco.


After the team introduced Charlton, their first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, his mother, Tamara Charlton, shed some light on the origin of his nickname.

Tamara said her son was born prematurely. While she was pregnant with him, her mother recalled the Taco Bell commercials at the time about "running for the border" and began referring to him as Taco.

"Because he kept trying to come early, [my mom] would encourage me in all my cards...'just keep him in there,'" she said. "Ever since he's been born, he's been named Taco."

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<![CDATA[Pro Football Focus Talks Cowboys DE Taco Charlton]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:18:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TacoCharlton.jpg

I think the Cowboys were lucky so many offensive players went in the top half of the draft, because it pushed defensive players down.

Taco Charlton fell to the club at the 28th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Pro Football Focus' mock draft was the only one I read that had him going to Dallas.

I spoke with PFF's Steve Palazollo on my NBC Sports Radio show about why he liked him to America's Team:

"A guy we are talking about maybe three or four years down the road was a much better pro than he was a college player. Down the stretch, in our play by play grading he the number four edge defender from about week five through the end of the season and he was on a loaded defensive line at Michigan as his playing time increased he’s been outstanding, really good production on about and a half worth of snaps of the last three years. He’s got the length (6-foot 5-inches) to whip blockers off the line of scrimmage. Can play the run and get after the quarterback."

Here is more reaction from PFF:

Carlton will bring the Cowboys instant pass-rush production. In 2016, Charlton collected eight sacks, 10 QB hits, 32 hurries, and one batted pass on his 251 pass-rushing snaps. He has a variety of pass-rushing moves and can win outside with speed or with very skilled hand usage. Charlton also has great length at 6-foot-6 with 34.25-inch arms that he uses effectively in his pass-rush, both to keep blockers at a distance and to generate power through leverage. Charlton’s pass-rushing productivity mark of 16.6 ranks fifth in the draft class. — Jordan Plocherh, @PFF_Jordan

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<![CDATA[Fort Hood Soldier to Announce Cowboys' Fourth Round Pick]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:32:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NFLDraft2017.jpg

U.S. Army officials said a soldier stationed at Fort Hood will announce the Dallas Cowboys fourth round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Sgt. 1st Class Shonta Tucker earned the honor by competing at the Dallas Cowboys Military NFL Combine at AT&T Stadium.

Tucker, a Platoon Sergeant at Fort Hood's Warrior Transition Unit, bested 49 other soldiers in the all-day event, which included a 40-yard dash, L-line drill, two minutes of pushups and a vertical jump.

Spc. Tavon Johnson will join Tucker to announce the Cowboys' pick in the fourth round Saturday at the Philadelphia City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Online: Fort Hood Soldier to announce Dallas Cowboys NFL draft pick

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Introduce 1st Round Pick, Michigan DE Taco Charlton]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:49:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/taco-charlton-jersey.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys introduced Michigan edge rusher Taco Charlton, their first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones mentioned the need for a "war daddy" pass rusher, and Charlton was the top one left on the team's draft board at the 28th pick.

"Natural, physical, athletic ability, as well as the measurables," Jones said. "If those measurables fall in that definition of war-daddy, then this guy looks like a defensive player and he looks like a defensive end in the NFL.”

Charlton was one of the nine edge rushers the Cowboys hosted during an official pre-draft visit.

"They showed a lot of interest. I came for a visit and everything went great," he said. "The coaching staff showed me a lot of love, from all the personnel and everybody I met with."

Charlton said he doesn't look up to former players, but he aspires to have a career like former Cowboy DeMarcus Ware.

"I think I can really be a dominant player. If you watch a lot of the big games, I was able to take over those games and make big plays and be an impact player," he said. "I think I can do that in Dallas."

Head coach Jason Garrett said the team has a good environment for defensive linemen to grow and that Charlton is the type of person to thrive in such an environment.

"We think he does a lot of good things technically as a rusher, but he also has a lot of room to grow as a rusher because of his athleticism," he said. "He has some unique traits because of his length. He’s able to do somethings that maybe some of the other rushers can’t do."

Scouting Report

Ht. 6'5½", Wt. 277, Arm: 34¼, Hand: 9¾", Bench: 25
40 yd: 4.92, 10 yd.: 1.70, 3 Cone: 7.17, Vertical: 33", Broad: 9'6"

Vidauntae "Taco" Charlton was named the starting defensive end before his senior year at Michigan in 2016 and he responded with a season that earned him first-team all-conference honors. He finished the year with 13 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, including at least one in each of his last four games.

Before his senior season, Charlton played sparingly in his first three seasons for the Wolverines, making only four starts.


• Size - Ideal frame, build for position
• Length - Ideal, uses it well
• Burst - Surprising first step
• Strength - Converts speed to power well
• Flexibility - Good bend for size
• Hands - Quick, accurate
• Pass Rush - Spin, rip, swat/swing, etc.
• Run Defense - Good stack, shed


• Inconsistent - Flashes, disappears
• Pad Level - Plays too upright
• Balance - Loses effectiveness when playing tall
• Inexperience - Looks like he's still figuring out position

Despite an all-conference season, Charlton still isn't the sum of his parts. He has the look of an All-Pro defensive end and has shown he can beat offensive linemen in virtual every way, but there were still a lot of plays where he was erased too easily. But the NFL Draft is all about traits, and Charlton's are elite.

The NFL is good at valuing edge defenders, so teams picking outside the top 15 or so typically have to take a chance on flawed players. Charlton's flaw is why his elite traits didn't translate to more production. If the Cowboys want a guy with an ideal frame and a quick first step that can bend around the edge, convert speed to power and counter with an elite spin move, Charlton is worth the risk.

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<![CDATA[Myles Garrett's Mother, Audrey, Speaks at Son's Draft Party]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:41:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AUDREY_GARRETT_ON_MYLES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_931393603942.jpg

Audrey Garrett, mother of football player Myles Garrett, speaks at her son's Arlington watch party for the NFL Draft.

<![CDATA[Cowboys C Frederick on Taco: 'Awesome']]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:51:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/travis-frederick.jpg

Dallas Cowboys All Pro Center Travis Frederick is excited to welcome his latest teammate aboard.

“It’s awesome anytime you get an opportunity to have someone new coming to the team that can help us it’s exciting,” Frederick said about the Cowboys’ selection of Michigan Defensive End Taco Charlton. “We just want to win and anybody who can help us do that is really positive for us.”

After watching the NFL Draft late into Thursday night, Frederick was up before the sun on Friday to help serve breakfast to students at Garland High School as part of the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Frederick, who was the first round pick of the Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft, said the experience of being selected on day one is surreal.

“The opportunity that you get to come into America’s Team and Cowboy Nation it’s such an amazing thing,” Frederick said. “We have such an amazing franchise.”

Frederick said he feels for the players being considered for the draft because, in his experience, the process is a long one – from the end of your college football career to the beginning of your professional one.

“I think buildup is the right term for it. It kind of gradually grows throughout,” Frederick said about the months of preparation for the draft. “You start with all the training, the Combine, the interviews; there’s such a process that goes behind it. So draft day is kind of a relief. But, unfortunately for these kids, that relief is only for a day or two because they’re going to be in for rookie mini-camp in a week or two and they’re gonna be hard at work right away. That first year is a long one. You don’t really get a break.”

Garland High School hosted Frederick on Friday because the students won a competition among seven local high schools to increase participation in the district’s breakfast program.

Over eight weeks, Garland High School increased its breakfast participation by 13 percent, according to the Garland ISD.

“Research shows that students who eat breakfast have better academic performance, increased listening skills and are better behaved,” the district noted in a news release. “Breakfast is also linked to lower rates of tardiness and higher rates of attendance.”

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<![CDATA[Newy's Thoughts on Taco Charlton]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:36:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-04-28-08h35m31s59.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director shares his thoughts on Taco Charlton and why Jason Garrett chose the Michigan edge rusher.

<![CDATA[What's the Cowboys Game Plan for Friday, Round 2]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:32:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy-scruggs-cowboys.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs reveals his take on the Dallas Cowboys' game plan for Friday, round two.

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<![CDATA[Newy's 1st Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft Recap]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:41:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-tacocharlton-michigan_0.jpg

The first round of NFL Draft is fun to mock. Fans like to read them. I did one, so let’s dive into a review of it.

I ended up getting seven of the picks to teams right. I didn’t nail defensive end Taco Charlton to Dallas. I had him going Tampa Bay. Only one mock draft I read before the day of draft had Charlton falling to Dallas: Pro Football Focus and Steve Palazollo told me why here.

I ended up getting the following seven draft picks right:

1. Myles Garrett to Cleveland
2. Solomon Thomas to the 49ers
3. Leonard Fournette to Jacksonville
4. Christian McCaffrey to Carolina
5. Garrett Boles to Denver
6. Jarrad Davis to the Lions
7. Takk McKinley to Atlanta

I hate I took John Ross of my original mock draft to the Bengals. That is where he went. I could have nailed eight.

Why did I miss on Taco Charlton? I thought he would go a lot higher in the draft. So did he. Charlton said he is going to have a chip on his shoulder because he felt he was worthy of being selected higher than 28th overall in the first round.

The Cowboys need his pass rushing skills and Charlton says he feels good about working with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

“He was just telling me if I was ready to work and letting me know when I get here that it would be time to work, and that’s something I’m already looking forward to," Charlton said. "I’m happy that Dallas took me, and I couldn’t be happier to be in the position that I’m in to be coached by a great coach. He coached Julius Peppers in Chicago, so it’s definitely a chance that I’d love to get.”

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<![CDATA[49ers Select Coppell's Solomon Thomas No. 3 Overall]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:23:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-04-28-08h07m42s241.jpg

Folks in Coppell celebrate one of their own after Solomon Thomas was selected by the San Francisco 49ers.

<![CDATA[Arlington's Myles Garrett Selected No. 1 Overall in NFL Draft]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:06:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/myles-garrett-jersey.jpg

Three of the top six picks in the 2017 NFL Draft are North Texas natives, including No. 1 overall selection Myles Garrett, of Arlington, who is going to play for the Cleveland Browns.

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<![CDATA[One on One with No. 1 NFL Draft Pick Myles Garrett]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:40:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/doney+myles+garrett.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney interviews North Texas native Myles Garrett in Arlington after the Cleveland Browns made him the top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

<![CDATA[Former Hebron High Schooler Selected No. 6 in NFL Draft]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:50:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JamalAdams.jpg

Jamal Adams was born to play in the NFL.

The former LSU safety and North Texas native heard his name called No. 6 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and he has the physical traits and abilities to quickly become a star.


But before there was Jamal Adams, there was George Adams.


George Adams was also a stud player at an SEC school. In 1984, the Kentucky running back rushed for 1,085 yards and scored a conference-leading 14 touchdowns.

The New York Giants picked George Adams 19th overall in the 1985 draft. He spent six years in the NFL with the Giants and New England Patriots, gaining 1,900 yards from scrimmage and scoring 7 touchdowns.

George and Michelle Adams settled in Lewisville and welcomed Jamal into the world in 1995.

"I'm very thankful to have two great parents," Jamal Adams said. "I come from a great home."

The family moved to Carrollton where Jamal grew into one of the country's top safeties for Hebron High School. He also scored 20 touchdowns as a running back. After high school, the 5-star recruit went where all the good defensive back recruits go, LSU.

Jamal made an impact quickly for the Tigers, starting 2 games and appearing in 11 more as a true freshman. He accounted for 66 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 5 passes defended, earning freshman All-America honors.

The younger Adams became the starter at safety in 2015. In two seasons in that role, he intercepted 5 passes, forced two fumbles and added 143 tackles and 10 passes defended on his way to consecutive all-conference selections.


"[My dad's] ideas of teaching me the ropes and giving me any advice, I can't thank him enough for it," he said. "He keeps me grounded and always working hard."

Jamal leans on his dad now, but he'll always be able to say he was drafted earlier.

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<![CDATA[Meet Cowboys fan Dixie Cup Cup]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:29:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FOUR_LEGGED_COWBOYS_FAN_FOR_WEB_1200x675_931415619728.jpg

NBC 5’s Sports Director Newy Scruggs just found one of the biggest Cowboys fans but this four legged fan does more than just cheer for Americas team, hear the story behind Dixie Cup Cup.


<![CDATA[Telemundo 39's John Trevino Announced Cowboys' Dak Prescott Pick]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:29:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trevino+dak.jpg

John Trevino, president and general manager of Telemundo 39, had the honor of calling Dak Prescott's name for the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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<![CDATA[Coppell High School Alum Selected No. 3 Overall in NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:23:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SolomonThomas1.jpg

Former of Coppell High School Cowboy Solomon Thomas was the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday night.

The Stanford Cardinal defensive lineman won't have to move far, as he was picked by the nearby San Francisco 49ers.


Moving from Palo Alto to Santa Clara would be a short trip for Thomas, who was born in Chicago and lived in Australia for several years before settling in Coppell as a high schooler.

Thomas, a 5-star recruit, was named to the 2013 USA Today All-USA team as a senior for the Cowboys.

"He played every play like he was one bad play from being benched," former Coppell High School coach Joe McBride said. "He was the best player I'd ever coached."

Thomas redshirted for the Cardinal in 2014 and had a relatively quiet 2015 season before bursting onto the national scene in 2016. The redshirt sophomore totalled 62 tackles — 15 for loss — and 8 sacks. He also earned All-America honors and won the Morris Trophy, given to the Pac-12's best offensive or defensive lineman.

The 49ers traded down from the No. 2 pick with the Chicago Bears, who selected North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Native Selected No. 1 Overall in NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:46:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/myles-garrett-jersey.jpg

Myles Garrett probably doesn't need an introduction to North Texas football fans.

The fans in Cleveland will get to know Texas A&M pass rusher and Arlington Martin High School alumnus Myles Garrett soon enough after the Browns selected him as the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday.


Garrett was rated as a 5-star recruit in high school in 2014. The nation's top-ranked edge defender and second overall recruit.

As a freshman for the Aggies, Garrett broke the SEC freshman sack record with 11.5. He then led the SEC with 12 sacks as a sophomore. He was limited by injuries as a junior, but he still ended up being named to the All-America team.


Garrett decided to forego his senior season for the Aggies and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Garrett opted not to attend the draft festivities in Philadelphia, but rather to hold his own draft party in North Texas.


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<![CDATA[Cowboys TE Jason Witten on Draft, New Contract]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:24:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JASON_WITTEN_SOUND_FOR_WEB_1200x675_930660419647.jpg

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten talks about the NFL Draft, his new contract and former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Fill Needs, Look to NFL Draft Day 3]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nfldraft1.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys filled at pass rusher and cornerback ahead of Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys used their first round pick — No. 28 overall — on Michigan edge rusher Taco Charlton. The team hopes he'll boost a pass rush that was 13th in the league with 36 sacks last season.


Dallas kicked off Friday's picks with the second round selection of Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, a candidate to start at outside cornerback in 2017.


With the Cowboys added another cornerback in the third round in Michigan's Jourdan Lewis. The team used the 92nd overall pick on Lewis, who could be used in the slot.


The team needed to add at least one defensive back to a secondary that was 27th in the NFL in interceptions last season — with nine — and lost cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr to free agency.

The team also held official pre-draft visits with three wide receivers, the only other position addressed.

In the fourth round (the 133rd pick) in the NFL draft, The Dallas Cowboys selected Ryan Switzer, a wide receiver from the University of North Carolina.

Day 3 concludes the draft with rounds four through seven beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.


Remaining Picks

Round 6 (211th)
Round 7 (228th)
Round 7 (246th)

The Cowboys traded their fifth round pick (133rd) for quarterback Matt Cassel and a seventh round pick.

Players of Interest

Remaining available players that should interest the Cowboys include:

Carl Lawson, Edge, Auburn
George Kittle, TE, Iowa
Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Dorian Johnson, OL, Pittsburgh
Vincent Biegel, Edge, Wisconsin
Julie'n Davenport, OL, Bucknell
Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego St.
Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
Patrick Towles, QB/TE, Boston College

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Preseason Game Times Set]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:38:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630563634.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys released the game times for their 2017 preseason schedule Thursday.

The preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton on Aug. 3 and ends Aug. 31 in Houston.

  • Thurs., Aug. 3 vs. Arizona Cardinals (Canton) 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 12 at Los Angeles Rams 8 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 19 vs. Indianapolis Colts 6 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 26 vs. Oakland Raiders 7 p.m.
  • Thurs., Aug. 31 at Houston Texans 7 p.m.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 on Sunday Night Football with a conference game against the New York Giants.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Official Pre-Draft Visit Tracker]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:42:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2016-nfl-draft-generic.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys appear to be thinking defense in the 2017 NFL Draft based on list of official visits.

Each team can host 30 official visits before the draft and former NFL scout Chris Landry of landryfootball.com compiled a list of each team's visitors. The Cowboys' positions of interest — pass rushers and cornerbacks — should not come as a surprise:

Defensive Line
• Derek Barnett, Tennessee (story scouting report)
• Tarell Basham, Ohio (scouting report)
• Taco Charlton, Michigan (scouting report)
• Charles Harris, Missouri (scouting report)
• Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova (scouting report)
• Malik McDowell, Michigan State (story)
• Takkarist McKinley, UCLA (story scouting report)
• Derek Rivers, Youngstown St. (scouting report)
• T.J. Watt, Wisconsin (scouting report)

• Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
• Gareon Conley, Ohio State
• Treston Decoud, Oregon State
• Shaquil Griffin, Central Florida
• Adoree' Jackson, USC (scouting report)
• Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
• Kevin King, Washington (scouting report)
• Fabian Moreau, UCLA
• Jalen "Teez" Tabor, Florida (scouting report)
• Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
• Quincy Wilson, Florida

The Cowboys also appear to be vetting a few safeties and wide receivers:

• Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
• Tedric Thompson, Colorado
• Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech

Wide Receivers
• Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
• JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
• Chad Williams, Grambling

Landry, who visits with NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs on ihs NBC Sports Radio show, also listed the team's informal visits:

Senior Bowl
• Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
• Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin
• Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
• Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
• Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan
• Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa
• Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
• Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
• Carroll Phillips, Edge, Illinois
• Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA

NFL Scouting Combine
• Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
• Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
• Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
• Aaron Jones, RB, Texas-El Paso
• David Njoku, TE, Miami
• Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
• Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama
• Demarcus Walker, Edge, Florida State
• Greg Ward Jr., WR, Houston
• Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
• Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Pro Days
• K.D. Cannon, WR, Baylor
• Seth Russell, QB, Baylor

• Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
• Dane Evans, QB, Tulsa
• Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech
• Skyler Howard, QB, West Virginia
• Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
• Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
• Jahad Thomas, RB, Temple
• Jordan Willis, Edge, Kansas State

The Cowboys hosted 29 visits last year and only drafted two from that pool: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. In 2015, the team drafted six players with whom they had official visits.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Doug Free Put on Reserve/Retired List]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:48:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/175605471.jpg

DallasCowboys.com reports the team put OT Doug Free on the reserve/retired list this week.

Free, 33, played for the Cowboys for a decade and was a starter for eight years -- starting in 114 games.

Anticipating his retirement, in March Dallas signed veteran tackle Byron Bell to compete for Free's job against Chaz Green.

Free is in the second year of a three-year $15 million deal with the Cowboys. He's scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2017. If he retires, he'll count $2.5 million against the cap.

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<![CDATA[3 Arlington Natives Among Those Waiting for Draft]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:31:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bob-wager-martin-high.jpg

Three men from Arlington are among the 256 athletes waiting to be drafted Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Coppell's Solomon Thomas Expected to Go Early in NFL Draft]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:47:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/solomon+thomas+coppell.jpg

Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, a former star at Coppell, is one of this year's best prospects. He's expected to hear his name early in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Prospect Watch: Stock Rises For Mendez In Frisco]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:59:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Frisco+Mendez.jpg

The stock continues to rise for one of the top prospects in the Rangers organization.

Yohander Mendez got into a rhythm on the mound Tuesday night for Double-A Frisco in his longest start of the young season. The 22-year old lefty from Venezuela allowed only one hit and one unearned run while striking out seven in seven innings down in San Antonio. The Roughriders would score three runs in the top of the 12th inning and go on to win 5-2.

The key to Mendez’s success might be contributed to the growing confidence and trust in his fastball. The young lefty may not have the command that he would like at this point but the trust is growing with the pitch. It’s a big step forward considering how establishing the fastball helps with the nasty off-speed stuff Mendez has, allowing him to keep hitters honest while going deeper in games.

It was also a nice bounce-back effort when talking about control. Mendez allowed only two walks against the Missions, compared to five walks in six innings in his start against Corpus Christi last week.

Mendez is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Rangers organization and another member of the Class of 2011 international group that includes outfielder Nomar Mazara and second baseman Rougned Odor, along with Triple-A Round Rock first baseman Ronald Guzman. Mendez is also on the Rangers 40-man roster.

The young lefty was impressive last season in the minors. Mendez was a combined 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA while climbing the ladder through the organization. He started the year at Class-A High Desert before making the move to Frisco, where he went 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 46.2 innings for the Roughriders. Mendez was then sent to Round Rock and went 4-1 with a 0.57 ERA before getting the call to join the Rangers late in the season.

He did have a rough debut in relief against the Seattle Mariners, giving up five runs in an inning of work when facing major league hitting for the first time. However, there’s no need for concern as he’ll get more chances at The Globe in the future.

The only question will be whether Mendez will be a starter or reliever once he returns to Arlington. As for the here and now, Mendez takes the bump in Frisco with growing confidence in an arsenal that seems to be getting better with every start.

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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs, Steve Palazzolo Dissect Cowboys 28th Pick]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:13:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Scruggs_Steve_Palazzolo_1200x675_930229315714.jpg

Newy Scruggs talks with Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus about who the Dallas Cowboys may take with the 28th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Listen to Newy Scruggs' Voices of the Game Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio.

<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: USC CB Adoree' Jackson]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:16:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607371258.jpg

Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC
Ht. 5'10", Wt. 186, Arm: 31⅜", Hand: 9¼", Bench: -
40 yd: 4.42, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: 36", Broad: 10'2"

I'm on record saying the Cowboys need to use the 28th overall pick on a pass rusher.

Let's say the pass rushers the Cowboys have a first round grades are gone at 28 and the choice is between a cornerback with a first round grade and a pass rusher with a second round grade. USC's Adoree' Jackson could be a player the Cowboys pull the trigger on.

Dallas already had him in for a private visit.

Jackson ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the Combine. He must work on his technique, but Jimmy Johnson would call him a "difference maker" who can cover. In this league, that is a must.

Jackson was a team captain and a three year starter who saw time on offense, defense and special teams. He has 15 career touchdowns four different ways (6 receiving, 4 kick returns, 4 punt returns, one interception return).

He also won the Pac-12 outdoor long jump titles in 2015 and 2016 and placed 10th at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Michael Lombardi, former VP of player personnel with Cleveland, Oakland and New England, raved about Jackson.

"One of my favorite players in the draft, someone who impacts every game on all four downs. Jackson is flat-out incredible with the ball in his hands, even if he doesn't have enough size to match up against bigger, more physical receivers. Could his Olympic-caliber leaping ability and balance compensate for that? Sure. Think of him as a point guard corner - any quick slot receiver would struggle to out-quick Jackson. Day-one starter, playmaker extraordinaire."

Strengths (per former NFL Scout Chris Landry and Pro Football Focus)
• Special athleticism with see-yah speed
• Swivel hips with easy change of direction skills and leaping ability
• Smooth backpedal, controlling his body well to make coverage adjustments
• Excellent read/react quickness to attack throws in front of him
• Natural feel for timing to locate, highpoint and make athletic plays on the ball - always competing at the catch point (six career interceptions)
• Improved off-hand technique in coverage
• Explosive burst as a run defender and not shy about lowering his pads and throwing his body around
• Shows the mental toughness and quick memory to battle back from negative reps
• Dynamic return man with the speed, vision and burst to quickly recognize holes and eliminate pursuit angles
• Averaged 12.5 yards per punt return (46/578/4) and 27.1 yards per kickoff return (79/2,141/4)
• Also accounted for 39 receptions for 628 yards and six scores in his career
• When he gets the ball in his hands, big plays happen. Scored nine combined touchdowns on defense and special teams, and had six touchdowns on 39 receptions over the past three years
• Has the speed to keep up with receivers deep downfield. Ran a 4.42 at the combine but long speed is even better than 40-yard dash, with several plays where he ran down running backs downfield in 2016
• Good ball skills. Had six interceptions and 19 pass breakups over the past three seasons
• Solid against the run, with the 12th-highest grade against the run among cornerbacks in this draft class
• Consistent tackler. Missed just four of the 54 solo tackles he attempted in 2016
• Reacts well to wide receiver screens, giving up just eight yards on the three screens where he was in primary coverage

Weaknesses (per Landry and PFF)
• Undersized with below average height, length and build
• Struggles vs. physical receivers at the top of routes, losing body position
• Plays on his heels and late to burst out of his transition to attack the route
• Poor eye discipline and doesn't anticipate
• Underdeveloped route anticipation and spacing, allowing too much depth and giving too much cushion
• Relies on athleticism over fundamentals
• Messy footwork off the snap and doesn't have the upper body strength or length to challenge wideouts off the snap
• Too easily hung up on blocks
• Needs to fix bad habits as a ballcarrier, holding the ball loose and away from his body - four career fumbles
• Will body catch at times instead of attacking with his hands
• Struggles on shorter routes, hitches and slants in particular, against bigger receivers
• Gives up the middle of the field too easily. Allowed 80.0 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage on slant routes to be caught
• At 5-feet-10 and 186 pounds, he is a little bit undersized for an outside corner in the NFL

NFL Draft comparison: Adam Jones, Ladarius Webb

Verdict: First round

Jackson can help the Cowboys return game in a way Lucky Whitehead never did. He has the speed to matchup with the great wide receivers in the NFC.  This is a day one starter for the Cowboys and if they elect to wait on a pass rusher, Jackson is the guy I'd do it for.

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<![CDATA[Newy's 2017 NFL Mock Draft]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:19:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/myles-garrett-web-newy_1200x675_920343107562.jpg

For Pat's and Todd's mock drafts, click here.

  1. Cleveland: Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M
    Arlington Martin product fits a need. With two Super Bowl QBs (Big Ben & Joe Flacco) plus Andy Dalton in the division, pass rush is a need.
  2. San Franciso: Solomon Thomas, Edge, Stanford
    New GM John Lynch drafts a player from his alma mater. A Coppell High School alum.
  3. Chicago: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
    Adams makes it three straight DFW prospects taken in the first round.
  4. Jacksonville: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
    The Jags need to give their QB a legit run game.
  5. Tennessee: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
    Titans take the highest rated corner in the draft.
  6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
    The Jets can use the seven interceptions he snagged for the Buckeyes in 2016.
  7. Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
    The Chargers can't pass on the production Allen had at 'Bama.
  8. Carolina: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
    His ability to run and catch the football will help the Panthers offense. His return game is another plus and his old running backs coach, Lance Taylor, is now an assistant in Carolina.
  9. Cincinnati: Hassan Reddick, LB, Temple
    Fills a need for defensive minded head coach Marvin Lewis.
  10. Buffalo: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
    QB Tyrod Taylor needs helps and Sammy Watkins hasn't played a full 16 games since 2014. Davis had 1,400 receiving yards in three straight collegiate seasons.
  11. New Orleans: Derek Barnett, Edge, Tennessee
    33 sacks in three seasons at Tennessee. Sean Payton will enjoy turning in the card for Barnett. The Saints ranked 27th in the NFL a year ago with just 30 sacks in a division loaded with two QBs who have won the last two MVP awards and won the NFC.
  12. Cleveland: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
    The owner is upset the club passed on Carson Wentz. This pick will please the owner.
  13. Arizona: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
    The Cardinals get their Carson Palmer replacement. Watson won on the biggest stage of college football.
  14. Philadelphia: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
    The Eagles need a starting corner and with the WR in the NFC East they can't pass one up in the first round. At 6'1", he fits a need.
  15. Indianapolis: T.J. Watt, Edge,  Wisconsin
    New GM Chris Ballard gives head coach Chuck Pagano a player he can use  on defense, J.J. Watt's little brother.
  16. Baltimore: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
    GM Ozzie Newsome gets help for Joe Flacco with a prototypical split end like the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Williams.
  17. Washington: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
    Kirk Cousins needs an upgrade to help him as a QB. I wanted to put Patrick Mahomes or DeShone Kizer here because Washington needs to prepare for the probable departure of Cousins after the season.
  18. Tennessee: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    The Titans could use a WR here but the best TE on the board allows the club to run a great 12 package at teams.
  19. Tampa Bay: Taco Charlton, Edge, Michigan
    With Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Cam Newton in the NFC South, getting more help on the defensive line is never a bad move.
  20. Denver: Garrett Boles, OT, Utah
    The Broncos need to finally address their left tackle spot.
  21. Detroit: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
    The Lions need help at the linebacker position.
  22. Miami: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
    A plug-and-play player. Allowed only five total pressures combined against LSU in 2015 and Alabama in 2016.
  23. New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
    Eli Manning will smile. The Big Blue offensive line will improve.
  24. Oakland: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
    The Raiders D gets a lot better taking one of the draft's better linebackers. He lead the SEC in tackles.
  25. Houston: Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech
    Tom Savage is the projected starting QB in Houston. Ask Texans fans how they like that.
  26. Seattle: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
    Robinson is another Laremy Tunsil (Miami's 1st rounder in 2016) in talent and with off-field concerns but Pete Carroll can work with him.
  27. Kansas City: Charles Harris, Edge, Missouri
    Mizzou has produced some good pass rushers in the NFL the last decade. Harris had a better junior year before the new head coach brought in a different defense but still one of the best pass rushers in college football the last two years. His spin move are drawing raves from NFL scouts. Think of Harris as another Cliff Avril of Seattle.
  28. Dallas: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
    At 6'7", a long, rangy interior defender with disruptive potential as an inside rusher that moved around to play tackle and defensive end. That kind of flexibility is right up defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's alley. Is he the War Daddy Jerry Jones wants? Maybe. A big knock on McDowell is he needs to be more consistent in his effort.
  29. Green Bay: Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC
    Think Adam "Pac Man" Jones without all the baggage. Small CB, but great speed and can help in the Packers run game. At USC had 15 career touchdowns four different ways (6 receiving, 4 kick returns, 4 punt returns, 1 interception).
  30. Pittsburgh: David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
    Big Ben wants reliable tight end and hasn't gotten over the loss of Heath Miller. Njoku could be another Jordan Reed at the tight end position.
  31. Atlanta: Takkarist McKinley, Edge, UCLA
    Last time we saw the Falcons defense they were gassed and gave up a 25 point lead in a Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. McKinley adds more pass rush to a defense that has to deal with Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston a combined six times in 2017.
  32. New Orleans: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
    White helps the back end of a defense that gave up far too many yards. He can cover and help in the Saints return game. Willing tackler and good leader a LSU. Four-year starter for the Tigers.

Bonus Cowboys Picks

Round 2: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
An outside press corner with NFL length and athleticism.
Round 3: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
One of the most talented cornerbacks in this class could fall due to recent allegations of rape.

<![CDATA[Topgolf to Open New Fort Worth Location]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:28:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mercedes_top_golf_1200x675_929631811614.jpg

Fort Worth residents will soon have a new driving range in town. Topgolf is set to open their fourth location in downtown Ft Worth on May 5. NBC 5's Mercedes Owens has the story.

<![CDATA[Errol Spence Jr. Set for Welterweight Title Fight]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:12:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/errol+spence+preps.jpg

DeSoto boxer Errol Spence Jr. is set for the biggest fight of his career when he takes on Kell Brook for the IBF Welterweight title May 27.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Prospect Watch: Hot Start for Guzman in Round Rock]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:36:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Round+Rock+Guzman.jpg

The Rangers have no shortage of options currently at first base. Mike Napoli holds down the corner spot with Ryan Rua as the backup, although Rua will now get more time in leftfield. Texas can also plug in Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo if needed but Gallo is cemented at third for now until Adrian Beltre recovers from his calf injury.

However, the Rangers may have their first baseman of the future down in Triple-A Round Rock.

Ronald Guzman continues to impress as he climbs up the organizational ladder. The 22-year old is off to a red-hot start to the season, hitting .324 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s in 18 games this season. Guzman, nicknamed Condor, already has a couple of three-hit games in the first month, highlighted by a 3-for-5 effort in Iowa that included a home run and four RBI’s. He connected again with a two-run home run Monday night as the Express survived in extra innings against the Cubs in Round Rock.

Guzman split last season between Round Rock and Frisco, making the Texas League All-Star team for the Roughriders and even taking part in the Home Run Derby. He played in 102 games in Frisco, hitting .288 with career-high 15 home runs to go along with 56 RBI’s before getting the call to join the Express. Once adjustments were made to Triple-A pitching, he finished with a home run and 11 RBI’s in 25 games down in Round Rock.

“Condor” is a big kid at 6’5 and 205 pounds from the Dominican Republic that swings the stick with power from the left side of the plate, something that could be tailor-made for The Globe. He can also play the field, receiving the Rangers Minor League Defensive Player of the Year award for 2016.

Guzman was added onto the Rangers 40-man roster last November and entered the season as Baseball America’s #7 prospect in the Rangers organization. He was also part of the Class of 2011 international signing group for the Rangers that included outfielder Nomar Mazara, second baseman Rougned Odor and Frisco pitcher Yohander Mendez.

The future appears bright for Guzman, who has the skill and athleticism to have a long run in the majors. It may just be a matter of time before he joins Mazara and Odor in Arlington.

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<![CDATA[Errol Spence Headed to England for the IBF Welterweight Championship]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:03:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Errol+Spence.jpg

North Texan Errol Spence will head to England next month to fight for the IBF Welterweight Championship.

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Group Buying Miami Marlins: Reports]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:26:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/042517+jeb+bush+derek+jeter.jpg

A group led by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a deal in place to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, according to published reports.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that a person with knowledge of the deal said the group won the bidding for the team.

An MLB source told The Miami Herald that there's an agreement in place but it's pending MLB approval and other details need to be worked out.

The team is owned by Jeffrey Loria. The Marlins had no comment Tuesday.

The deal could take months to conclude, but Bush will be the "control person," the Herald reported.

"I think Jeb and Jeter are just fine. I think they'll be great owners and I believe this community is ready for new ownership of the Miami Marlins," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told reporters Tuesday.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president.

Loria, the former Montreal Expos owner, bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, now part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group.

Loria has been an unpopular owner among many Marlins fans, and some local residents, after the team used hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build Marlins Park. The team also hasn't made the postseason since 2003, when they won the World Series.

"It's a great facility, it's just too bad, we just need a good team to fill it up and also put some of the negative and the bad taste that we may have in our mouths away and I think that will go with the new ownership group," Gimenez said.

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