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Takkarist McKinley on emotional F-bomb: ‘Probably got fined already’

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley poked fun at himself after using the F-word in a live draft night interview Thursday with NFL Network analyst and Falcons Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. The Falcons traded with the Seattle Seahawks to move up from the 31st overall pick to select the UCLA pass-rusher with the 26th overall pick. Then the emotional McKinley took the stage in Philadelphia holding a picture of his late grandmother Myrtle Collins. She died in 2011 due to heart complications, 30 seconds after McKinley made a promise to her. “It means everything, man … I made a promise to her,” McKinley told Sanders. “Like I said, I was going to go D-I. I was going to get out of Richmond [California]. I was going to get out of Oakland. I was going to live my dream to play in the NFL. And I’m here, man. I completed the promise. That means every f—ing thing to me.” During a video…

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Kiper’s Round 1 winners, question marks, more

Well, Day 1 of the 2017 NFL draft?was eventful, right? We started the day thinking top quarterback Mitchell Trubisky would go No. 1 overall,?and then we thought he might fall out of the top 10, and then the Bears pulled off a stunner to move up to No. 2 and take him. That’s the draft for you. So here are the moves I liked from the first round, along with some that provide more questions than answers, with a few nuggets in between.?If you don’t see your team here, remember, I’m going to break down all 32 teams?in my draft grades?on Saturday night: Winners 1. San Francisco 49ers The Niners are the early favorite to earn an “A” in my post-draft grades, making two trades and getting two prospects I ranked in my top eight. To move down one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 with the Bears, they also got pick Nos.?67 and 111 this year and a third-round pick in 2018. That’s a heist. Then the Niners got their guy anyway,…

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GM: Raiders ‘totally comfortable’ with Gareon Conley pick amid accusation of rape

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said his team did “miles and miles of research” on former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley before selecting him with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, “to make sure we were totally comfortable with our decision, which we were.” Conley, accused of rape earlier this week, had been expected to be taken earlier in the draft. Where the 6-foot, 195-pound Conley would be selected became a central storyline of the draft after a 23-year-old woman reported that he sexually assaulted her at a Cleveland hotel April 9. Conley has not been arrested or charged. He released a statement through his agent Tuesday denying the accusation and saying that he has evidence he did nothing wrong. He has agreed to meet with detectives Monday and will submit his DNA, attorney Kevin Spellacy said. McKenzie confirmed he discussed the Conley pick with Raiders…

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