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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Joey Bosa of Ohio State holds up a jersey after being picked #3 overall by the San Diego Chargers during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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Four-star recruits reign in first round of NFL draft

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A wild and controversy-laden first night of the 2016 NFL draft has long since been put to bed — one college football program may have ongoing and lingering night terrors, though — with the second round set to kick off in less than an hour. Before that, though, it’s time to take a quick recruiting look back at that first round.

There were a total of 31 players selected in that first round, with just four coming from non-Power Five programs — quarterback Carson Wentz (North Dakota State, FCS) to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 2, cornerback William Jackson III (Houston, AAC) to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 24, quarterback Paxton Lynch (Memphis, AAC) to the Denver Broncos at No. 26, defensive tackle Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech, Conference USA) to the Carolina Panthers at No. 30.  Wentz, as you may have learned during the run-up to the draft, wasn’t ranked in 247Sports.com‘s 2011 composite rankings and received zero scholarship offers from FBS programs, with Central Michigan the only school from that level showing more than mild interest.  The other three?  They were two-star prospects according to that recruiting service.

Those stars, or lack thereof, though, were the exception rather than the rule.

Of the remaining 27 first-round picks in the 2016 draft, more than half (17) were four-star prospects coming out of high school, again according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.  Of the players selected in the Top 10, seven of them were four-star recruits, with the lone exceptions being Wentz, Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey (2013 five-star) and Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin (not rated, zero FBS scholarship offers, began career as walk-on).

Aside from Wentz, Conklin, Jackson III, Lynch and Butler, every other draft pick was at least a three-star recruit coming out of high school.  Interestingly, there were nearly as many three-star recruits picked (four) as there were five-stars (five).

Including the No. 1 overall pick from Cal, quarterback Jared Goff, four of the first five selections were four-star prospects.  The first five-star selected was Ramsey; the first three-star was Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins at No. 12 to the New Orleans Saints.

Below is the entire first round of the 2016 NFL draft, with the draftees corresponding recruiting ranking in parentheses.

  1. Los Angeles Rams — Jared Goff, Cal (4*)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles — Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (NR)
  3. San Diego Chargers — Joey Bosa, Ohio State (4*)
  4. Dallas Cowboys — Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (4*)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (5*)
  6. Baltimore Ravens — Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (4*)
  7. San Francisco 49ers — DeForest Buckner, Oregon (4*)
  8. Tennessee Titans — Jack Conklin, Michigan State (NR)
  9. Chicago Bears — Leonard Floyd, Georgia (4*)
  10. New York Giants — Eli Apple, Ohio State (4*)
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (5*)
  12. New Orleans Saints — Sheldon Rankins, Louisville (3*)
  13. Miami Dolphins — Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (5*)
  14. Oakland Raiders — Karl Joseph, West Virginia (3*)
  15. Cleveland Browns — Corey Coleman, Baylor (4*)
  16. Detroit Lions — Taylor Decker, Ohio State (4*)
  17. Atlanta Falcons — Keanu Neal, Florida (4*)
  18. Indianapolis Colts — Ryan Kelly, Alabama (4*)
  19. Buffalo Bills — Shaq Lawson, Clemson (4*)
  20. New York Jets — Darron Lee, Ohio State (3*)
  21. Houston Texans — Will Fuller, Notre Dame (4*)
  22. Washington Redskins — Josh Doctson, TCU (3*)
  23. Minnesota Vikings — Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (5*)
  24. Cincinnati Bengals — William Jackson III, Houston (2*)
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers — Artie Burns, Miami (4*)
  26. Denver Broncos — Paxton Lynch, Memphis (2*)
  27. Green Bay Packers — Kenny Clark, UCLA (4*)
  28. San Francisco 49ers — Joshua Garnett, Stanford (4*)
  29. Arizona Cardinals — Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (5*)
  30. Carolina Panthers — Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech (2*)
  31. Seattle Seahawks — Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (4*)

Ohio State won the NFL Draft’s first round, and Ole Miss lost it

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After a win in the Great Satellite War of 2016 earlier Thursday, the Big Ten continued its winning streak into the night as Jim Delany‘s conference claimed the most selections in the NFL Draft’s first round.

Ohio State led the way with five selections, one short of 2004 Miami’s all-time record. Joey Bosa was first off the board to the Chargers at No.3, followed immediately by Ezekiel Elliott to the Cowboys at No. 4. The pair became the first teammates selected in the top five since Sam BradfordGerald McCoy and Trent Williams were selected in the top four in 2010. Cornerback Eli Apple joined Elliott in the NFC East in going to the Giants at No. 10, and Taylor Decker trailed six picks later to the Lions. Linebacker Darron Lee rounded out the night for the Buckeyes when he went to the Jets at No. 20.

Ole Miss trailed Ohio State with three first-round selections, but the night was anything but a win for Hugh Freeze and the Rebels, not after Laremy Tunsil was shown on Twitter smoking from a bong, then admitting in a press conference to taking money from coaches. Tunsil, once projected as the No. 1 overall pick, fell to the Dolphins at No. 13. Laquon Treadwell was chosen by the Vikings at No. 23, and Robert Nkemdiche headed west to the Cardinals at No. 29.

Most selections by team
5 – Ohio State
3 – Ole Miss
2 – Florida, Notre Dame

Other storylines of note:

– SEC shut out at the top: Thanks in large part to Tunsil’s slide, the SEC did not dent the big board until Georgia’s Leonard Floyd went to the host Bears at No. 9. It was the conference’s longest wait to join the Draft since 2006, when Vanderbilt’s Jay Cutler was the SEC’s ice breaker at No. 11 overall. Still, the SEC was the most frequent player on Thursday night.

Most selections by conference
1. SEC – 8
2. Big Ten – 6
3. ACC – 4
3. Pac-12 – 4
5. Big 12 – 3
6. American – 2
7. Conference USA – 1

– Chip Kelly‘s Pac-12 love affair continues: After loading up on Pac-12 players in Philadelphia, the new 49ers head coach double-dipped into his old stomping grounds by nabbing former Duck DeForest Buckner at No. 7, then trading back into the first round to nab Stanford guard Joshua Garnett in the Chiefs’ spot at No. 28.

– Quarterbacks at the top, again: Jared Goff became California’s first No. 1 selection since 1975, but the Big Game rivalry’s second in four years. Overall, quarterbacks have gone No. 1 overall 14 times since Peyton Manning entered the league in 1998.

The full list:

  1. Los Angeles Rams — Jared Goff, California
  2. Philadelphia Eagles — Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  3. San Diego Chargers — Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  4. Dallas Cowboys — Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  6. Baltimore Ravens — Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  7. San Francisco 49ers — DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  8. Tennessee Titans — Jack Conklin, Michigan State
  9. Chicago Bears — Leonard Floyd, Georgia
  10. New York Giants — Eli Apple, Ohio State
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
  12. New Orleans Saints — Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
  13. Miami Dolphins — Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
  14. Oakland Raiders — Karl Joseph, West Virginia
  15. Cleveland Browns — Corey Coleman, Baylor
  16. Detriot Lions — Taylor Decker, Ohio State
  17. Atlanta Falcons — Keanu Neal, Florida
  18. Indianapolis Colts — Ryan Kelly, Alabama
  19. Buffalo Bills — Shaq Lawson, Clemson
  20. New York Jets — Darron Lee, Ohio State
  21. Houston Texans — Will Fuller, Notre Dame
  22. Washington Redskins — Josh Doctson, TCU
  23. Minnesota Vikings — Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
  24. Cincinnati Bengals — William Jackson III, Houston
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers — Artie Burns, Miami
  26. Denver Broncos — Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  27. Green Bay Packers — Kenny Clark, UCLA
  28. San Francisco 49ers — Joshua Garnett, Stanford
  29. Arizona Cardinals — Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
  30. Carolina Panthers — Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
  31. Seattle Seahawks — Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

2016 LaTech signee the alleged shooter in armed robbery

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One member of Louisiana Tech’s most recent recruiting has a whole hell of a lot more to worry about than the usual transition from high school to college football.

According to the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial, David Beasley was one of four men arrested early Saturday morning after another male was allegedly shot during the course of a robbery outside of a convenience store.  “Beasley, 18, is allegedly the person who shot the 20-year-old victim, Police Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable cause affidavit that was presented in district court Monday,” the Commercial wrote.  The alleged victim picked Beasley out of a photo lineup and identified him as the shooter.

Beasley has been charged with first-degree battery and aggravated robbery, both of which are felonies.

From the newspaper’s report as to the details surrounding the alleged robbery:

According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told police he had met an acquaintance behind a store at University Drive and Collegiate Drive “to smoke a blunt” (a cigar with marijuana in it), and once he got there, the driver and passenger in another car, a black Dodge, tried to rob him.

The alleged victim told police that the driver of the car pulled a gun on him and tried to force him into the vehicle. He said they took his money and a backpack before he was able to break away and the driver of the car shot him.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that the alleged victim also told police he could hear a passenger in the back seat yelling “get him, don’t let him get away” before the alleged victim took off running and was shot, then collapsed in the middle of the street.

Beasley remains jailed on a $100,000 bond.  The alleged victim remains hospitalized, with ArkansasOnline.com reporting this morning that he is in critical condition.

A three-star member of Tech’s 2016 recruiting class, Beasley, a wide receiver and defensive back, was rated as the No. 18 player at any position in the state of Arkansas.

“We are aware of the situation and allegations revolving around one of our spring signees, and we are looking into the matter further,” a university spokesman said in a statement.

“What I’m concerned with right now is that it’s one of my boys, and [I’m] trying to help him get through this tough time right now that he has managed to get into,” Beasley’s high school football coach, Bobby Bolding, told ArkansasOnline.com. “All I can do is just be there for him and be somebody that he can talk to. That’s about it.

“What’s happened has happened, and it’s very regretful. I don’t know his involvement or details of any of the stuff. All I know is it’s like having a child, and [when] one of your children is in trouble, you’re not condoning it, what they did, but you want to be there to help them.”

Ohio State ties Alabama’s NFL draft invite record

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Ohio State was one of the most talented college football teams in the country in 2015, and said talent will be on record-tying display one last time in the Windy City at the end of this month.

The NFL Tuesday announced the 25 players who have been invited to attend this year’s draft, slated for April 28-30 in Chicago. Of those 25, one-fifth were members of the 2015 Buckeyes: cornerback Eli Apple, defensive end Joey Bosa, offensive tackle Taylor Decker, running back Ezekiel Elliott and LB Darron Lee.

The five Buckeyes invited to attend the draft ties the record set by Alabama in 2012.

All five of those former OSU players are projected by some/most draftniks to be selected in the first round of the draft. If that happens, and one or two more sneak into that opening round — wide receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell are possibilities — OSU would either match or surpass the record of six Miami Hurricanes taken in the first round of the 2004 draft.

Alabama and Ole Miss, with three invites each, and Florida, with two, are the only other programs with more than one player attending this year’s festivities.

The OSU players attending will see a familiar face in Urban Meyer, one of a dozen head coaches who will be in attendance. The other 11 coaches include Baylor’s Art Briles, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Cal’s Sonny Dykes, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman, UCLA’s Jim Mora, TCU’s Gary Patterson, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.

Below is the complete list of former college football players who have been invited to attend:

CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
WR Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
QB Jared Goff, California
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
S Keanu Neal, Florida
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

DeShaun Foster one of two hired to complete Kliff Kingsbury’s Tech staff

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With one press release, Kliff Kingsbury has officially filled all of the holes in his Texas Tech coaching staff.

Tech confirmed in a release Wednesday night that DeShaun Foster and Karl Scott have been hired as Red Raider assistants.  The former will serve as running backs coach, the latter cornerbacks coach.

Foster, an All-American running back at UCLA from 1998-2001, spent the last three years at his alma mater, the first two as a graduate assistant and the last as the Bruins’ director of player development & high school relations.  He also had a seven-year NFL career after leaving the Bruins.

This will be Foster’s first on-field coaching job at any level of football.

Scott, meanwhile, spent the 2015 as the safeties coach at Louisiana Tech.  That was his first job at the FBS level as his other stops have included Southeastern Louisiana (defensive coordinator, 2014; linebackers coach, 2012-13), Tusculum (defensive backs/linebackers, 2008-11) and Delta State (grad assistant, 2007).

“We are extremely excited to add Coach Scott and Coach Foster to our staff,” the head coach said in a statement. “They are both bright and energetic coaches and will be valuable additions to our program.”