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April 21, 2009 | Sam Farmer
The draft will be held Saturday and Sunday in New York. The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines the needs of each team by division: NFC East Philadelphia filled its need for a left tackle by trading for Jason Peters, a deal that cost the Eagles the 28th pick. They still have the 21st selection, and, although fans are clamoring for a big-time wide receiver, the need is greater at running back -- someone to lighten the load of Brian Westbrook.
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April 21, 2009 | SAM FARMER
Even though USC quarterback Mark Sanchez probably won't be the first player selected Saturday in the NFL draft, he could have the biggest influence on the opening round. With so many teams in the market for a quarterback -- Jacksonville, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, the New York Jets and Tampa Bay among them -- Sanchez could inspire one of them to trade into the top five to pick him. It looks as if the Detroit Lions will select Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No.
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March 26, 2009 | Shannon Ryan
This season's NCAA tournament games have caused television ratings to skyrocket and made the blood flow, whether it runs Cardinals red or Carolina blue. Like last season, four teams seeded No. 1 are alive in this week's regionals, including Louisville and Pittsburgh, who shrugged off upset-minded underdogs to maintain order in the brackets yet entertain CBS audiences. What's missing is the NBA draft audition. As much debate took place last season about which player would be the No.
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February 21, 2009 | SAM FARMER
NFL talent evaluators rely on study sessions and stopwatches, medical reports and miles of videotape. And sometimes, just plain gut feelings. They don't lean on rules of thumb, because as soon as one is cemented in place, an exception comes along to shatter it. Still, some patterns that have formed in recent years are hard to ignore.
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January 7, 2009 | Gary Klein and Sam Farmer
Mark Sanchez spoke to Carson Palmer. A phone call to Matt Leinart was on Sanchez's Tuesday night to-do list. And between tapping the brains of Heisman Trophy winners, the USC quarterback met separately with new offensive coordinator John Morton and with Coach Pete Carroll.
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August 16, 2008 | Sam Farmer
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was so clear back then, in April 2005, when quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers were selected in the NFL draft. There was nothing murky that day about who won and who lost. Smith was taken No. 1 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, and Rodgers -- once thought to be in the running for the top pick -- languished for almost five hours before Green Bay took him 24th. The cash disparity told the story. Smith's contract guaranteed him $24.
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June 27, 2008 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
They pushed. And Eric Gordon pushed back. There was only one other player on the court when the baby-faced Gordon took center stage in workouts for the Clippers. That was Nevada's Marcelus Kemp, not as elite a prospect as Gordon, but one that stretched a couple of inches taller.
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June 27, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
It was the Lakers' turn, finally, 4 hours and 20 minutes into the NBA draft. It took a while to get there, the Lakers sitting out the first round because they sent the 28th pick to Memphis as part of the Pau Gasol trade, but they eventually selected Kentucky guard Joe Crawford with the 58th pick Thursday. Crawford, 6 feet 4, averaged 17.9 points a game and shot 36.4% from three-point range in his senior season at Kentucky. Like every second-round pick, he does not get a guaranteed contract.
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June 27, 2008
PICK: 1. Chicago PLAYER: Derrick Rose HT: 6-1 1/2 WT: 196 CL: Fr. SCHOOL: Memphis HEISLER'S COMMENT: Can't-miss point guard -- but should he have gone ahead of Michael Beasley, who's sure to put up better numbers as a rookie? -- PICK: 2. Miami PLAYER: Michael Beasley HT: 6-7 WT: 239 CL: Fr. SCHOOL: Kansas State HEISLER'S COMMENT: Goofball past counted against him, but if he's not a total knucklehead, capable of averaging 20 points as a rookie. -- PICK: 3. Minnesota PLAYER: O.J.
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June 22, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
OTTAWA -- Topics around the draft floor Saturday ran the gamut, ranging from Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer's plans, Kings defenseman Rob Blake's future and the successor to Marc Crawford behind the Kings' bench. Oh yes, Ducks General Manager Brian Burke was teased about working somewhere other than Toronto, for once. How about New York? Banter aside, there was the second day of the NHL entry draft.
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