Roundup: Titans plan to make Mariota immediate starter
No surprise at the top of the NFL draft with Jameis Winston going No. 1 to the Bucs and Marcus Mariota going No. 2 to Tennessee. ESPN reports that the Titans plan to make Mariota their starter right away. And while some think he might not be the best fit in Tennessee because of the type of offense he ran in college, David Climer of The Tennessean writes that Mariota is worth the risk for the Titans.
Have yourself a draft day, Washington. With Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson all going in the top 32, Washington had three players selected in the first round for the first time in school history. Shelton had one of the best draft celebrations of all time by lifting commissioner Roger Goodell off the ground.
This dude just keeps saying the darndest things – after being drafted sixth overall by the New York Jets, Leonard Williams said he hopes Tom Brady is his first sack (though Chris Wesseling of NFL.com is quick to point out that he said it in jest and quickly added how great of a QB the four-time Super Bowl champ is).
ESPN’s New Orleans Saints reporter Mike Triplett writes that Andrus Peat doesn’t fill the Saints’ biggest needs (defense, WR, G, TE for starters), but was the best available player at No. 13. Drew Brees has been sacked 66 times over the last two seasons, so the offensive tackle out of Stanford can certainly help slim that number down.
Arizona State’s Damarious Randall was surprised the Packers took him 30th overall, writes Ryan Wood of PackersNews.com. The safety did not have a whole lot of interaction with Green Bay leading up to draft day.
While Jack Wang writes that no Bruins were taken in the first round, it could be a busy Friday for UCLA with Eric Kendricks, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Brett Hundley all in play for a second or third-round selection.
Former Arizona wide receiver Austin Hill is confident he will be drafted this weekend, pens Daniel Berk. Hill has been projected as an undrafted free agent by multiple mock drafts, while Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him as the No. 240 prospect on his famed big board.
Here are draft projections for Washington State alums, courtesy of CougCenter. Xavier Cooper is expected to be selected Friday, while Vince Mayle and Connor Halliday will likely have to sweat out Saturday.
Colorado lacrosse dominated San Diego State in the MPSF tournament Thursday, defeating the Aztecs 15-6 to move on to the semifinals. Top-seeded Stanford is up next.
Brad Rock of the Deseret News writes that Utah will dictate the terms of the future of the Utah-BYU rivalry. BYU needs to add late-season games as an independent, but the Pac-12 is not keen on its schools playing non-conference games against teams not named Notre Dame from mid-October to the end of the regular season.
Cal football coach Sonny Dykes said he was disappointed in former assistant Pierre Ingram, who was arrested on solicitation charges in April and fired by Cal last week.
Oregon State football coach Gary Andersen wants offseason leadership from his freshman quarterbacks. Andersen considers true frosh Seth Collins and redshirt frosh Nick Mitchell as “1A and 1B” in the QB competition.