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Deshaun Watson pays forward Warrick Dunn’s Habitat for Humanity gift

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For the first decade of his life, former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson lived in public housing, a far cry from the nice new abode he lived in during high school. Before the bright lights of Clemson and the allure of the NFL draft, life started for him on the south side of Gainesville, Georgia.

But Watson’s childhood took a turn when his mother applied for and received a brand-new Habitat for Humanity house for herself and four children.

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Cincinnati signed Nickerson as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Illini HQ’s Bob Asmussen. The All-Big Ten and All-Pac-12 honoree is no lock to make the roster, but his history of making an impact everywhere he’s been suggests he’ll stick around no matter what concerns scouts may have.

As expected, Nickerson plays the role of an All-Pro’s son to a T. His tackling form and leadership qualities bring immediate value. He began his college career at California and made an impact after his redshirt freshman year, recording 133 tackles his first two seasons with the team. That built to a breakout 2015, where he made 111 stops and led the Golden Bears to their first bowl game in four years.

He spent a postgraduate season at Illinois, where he his father was named defensive coordinator in 2016. He notched another three-digit tackle number and set career highs in tackles for loss (5.5) and interceptions (two) in an otherwise forgettable year for the Illini.

Marshawn Lynch is officially a Raider so hes wearing his helmet everywhere

Wondering if Marshawn Lynch is happy hes a member of the Raiders? Well, if wearing your helmet everywhere you go is a sign of joy — then yes, hes very happy.

Finally becoming a member of the Raiders was a drawn-out process for Lynch, who had been patiently waiting while Oakland and the Seahawks hashed out details — but now hes home!

Weve seen plenty of photos of players posing for their first photo with the team, but perhaps nobody has ever looked as happy as Marshawn did.
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The Raiders took linebacker Marquel Lee out of Wake Forest with the 168th overall pick. Lee was an outside linebacker in college and racked up 7.5 sacks in his final season, but he may be a better fit for a middle linebacker role in the NFL.

Oakland had two seventh-round selections, and snapped up another developmental tackle in Jylan Ware and running back Elijah Hood.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said the region is excited to welcome the team to Las Vegas.

The draft is about building for the future and so it is only fitting that the Raiders will be building their future here, their future home,Sisolak said, via the Las Vegas Sun.
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Its not unusual for the Raiders to announce picks from somewhere other than the draft site or the teams headquarters. Last year, the team did so from Mexico City to help promote its Thursday Night Football matchup against the Houston Texans. In 2015, Oakland announced its picks from Travis Air Force Base north of Oakland.

Senior Bowl 2016: Time, TV schedule and news

Although the NFL Draft is still three months away, preparations have already begun in earnest around the league. The unofficial kickoff to the evaluation period is the Senior Bowl, a showcase for the nation’s top senior prospects with all 32 clubs in attendance. The game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and televised live by the NFL Network.

The Senior Bowl has a rich history as the premier event for seniors looking to impress NFL scouts, coaches and front office members both on and off the gridiron. The first game was held in 1950 and since then roughly 5,000 prospects have participated in the event, including nearly 40 Hall of Famers. According to the game’s website, at least 30 percent of the league in any given season is comprised of players who participated in the Senior Bowl.

It is considered the crown jewel of the college all-star game season and one of the most important weeks in the pre-draft process. There is plenty at stake for the 100-plus prospects, some of whom are trying to cement their status among the best available talents and others who are hopeful of boosting their draft stock with a strong performance against top competition.

While the actual game is important, the real work often gets done in the practices leading up to Saturday, where players are put through full-speed, fully padded sessions with NFL coaching staffs. This year the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars were selected to lead the North and South teams, respectively. In addition, scouts spend time after practices interviewing players to gather further information about how they might fit into the culture of the organization and address any potential character concerns.

There is obviously a boatload of talent on hand in Mobile and it is no surprise that the newly crowned national champions (Alabama) and Ohio State lead the way with five players apiece. Baylor and Georgia are the second-most represented schools, boasting four players each.

Among the position groups, the quarterbacks are the big draw here this week. The North team is headlined by potential top-10 pick Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), who has tremendous upside with the NFL-style skill set that teams covet but lacks experience against top competition. For the South, Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) is the top prospect under center. He has a high football IQ and intriguing tools as a dual-threat quarterback, though he is not seen as first-round talent.

Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller is another impressive offensive prospect to watch. Miller made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver this season and was a star all week during Senior Bowl practice. He is obviously still raw as a route runner, but he could help his draft stock with a big game on Saturday.

On the defensive side of the ball, there are several guys to keep your eye on, including defensive end Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (Alabama) and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington (Ohio State).