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Cowboys select former Tulsa OT Tyler Smith at No. 24 overall in NFL draft

FRISCO — With a single pick Thursday, the Cowboys gave two votes of confidence. They believe in Tyler Smith, the Fort Worth native and former Tulsa offensive tackle whom they just drafted with the No. 24 overall selection. And they believe in their coaching staff’s ability to now develop him, closing the substantial gap between …

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Lions swing draft trade, move up 20 spots for WR Jameson Williams

Allen Park — The Lions didn’t wait long to pounce. About an hour after selecting Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 2 pick of the NFL Draft, they swung a deal to move up 20 spots from the final pick of Thursday’s opening round to snag Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams at No. 12. Williams, considered …

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Travon Walker is Jaguars’ choice with No. 1 pick in 2022 NFL draft

Travon Walker’s rapid ascent in the 2022 NFL draft took him all the way to the top overall spot. The Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday selected Walker, the Georgia defensive end, with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round. The Jaguars, selecting at the top of the draft for the second consecutive year after …

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2022 NFL draft trade tracker: Saints trade up to draft Ohio State WR Chris Olave

3:00 PM ET ESPN staff We’re tracking every first-round trade made leading up to the 2022 NFL draft, from trades that occurred nearly two years ago to ones that will occur the first night of the draft. They each play an integral part in telling the complete story of the NFL draft. Here are all …

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Rosenthal: With the ball again a hot topic, pre-tacked version can’t come soon enough

The ball. Every year it’s something with the freaking ball. The current season is only three weeks old, and already the ball is the subject of two debates — whether it’s too dead and whether its surface is too inconsistent, creating frustration for pitchers with their grips, particularly in cold weather. Nearly four years ago, …

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