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Best draft pick for all 32 NFL teams

Mel Kiper Jr. handles the draft grades for us at ESPN every year, but what I’ve gone through and identified the best pick for each of the 32 teams this year. “Best pick” does not necessarily mean “best player.” I’m taking into account team needs, the value the player presented in comparison to my board, and any trades that were related to the pick. Note: Teams are listed in alphabetical order. To quickly get to your team, click on the links below. ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN | CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND | JAC | KC | LAC | LAR | MIA | MIN | NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | OAK | PHI | PIT | …

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Kevin Love: Serge Ibaka makes Cavs’ rematch with Raptors different

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cavaliers will host the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their second-round series on Monday in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals, but Cleveland’s opponent won’t be so familiar, according to Kevin Love. The complexion of the series will be similar to the six-game bout the Cavs won in May 2016, with Cleveland led by its three All-Stars in Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and Toronto led by its All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Love, though, said Saturday that the addition of Serge Ibaka changes things for Toronto. “Just a different dynamic,” Love said of Ibaka, whom the Raptors acquired from the Orlando Magic in February. “Definitely shooters with both him and [Patrick] Patterson out there. He brings a ton of energy. Played really well in Round 1, so he just gives them a whole different look and a guy who has a ton of playoff experience…

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Kevin Love: Serge Ibaka makes rematch with Raptors different

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their second-round series on Monday in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals, but the Cavs’ opponent won’t be so familiar, according to Kevin Love. The complexion of the series will be similar to the six-game bout the Cavs won in May 2016, with Cleveland led by its three All-Stars in Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and Toronto led by its All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but Love said the addition of Serge Ibaka changes things for Toronto. “Just a different dynamic,” Love said of Ibaka, whom the Raptors acquired from the Orlando Magic in February. “Definitely shooters with both him and [Patrick] Patterson out there. He brings a ton of energy. Played really well in round one, so he just gives them a whole different look and a guy who has a ton of playoff experience coming from…

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Jets’ Devin Smith recovering from surgery for second time in 16 months, out for season

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — For the second time in 16 months, New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith is recovering from major surgery on his right knee. Smith, a second-round pick in 2015, was diagnosed with a torn ACL on April 17, the first day of the team’s offseason program. He will be lost for the entire season, the Jets announced Saturday at the conclusion of the draft. “It’s bad luck and bad timing because the kid worked so hard to get back,” coach Todd Bowles said. Smith has been plagued by injuries from almost the first moment he stepped on the field. As a rookie, he fractured his ribs on the second day of training camp. He returned and worked his way into the receiver rotation, only to suffer torn knee ligaments late in the 2015 season. As a result, he was unavailable until midway through 2016. In two seasons, Smith, a former standout at Ohio State, has played in 14 games. He has 10 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown. …

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McShay’s top 10 undrafted 2017 prospects

The 2017 NFL draft has come to an end, but there’s still a bevy of undrafted free agents who will be available for teams to sign. Here is my ranking of the top 10 undrafted prospects, along with scouting reports from Steve M…

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Sources: Nationals CF Adam Eaton done for season with torn left ACL

Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. The team announced earlier Saturday that Eaton had been placed on the disabled list with what was initially diagnosed as a left knee strain. Fox Sports was first to report that Eaton had an ACL tear.? Eaton suffered the injury in the ninth inning of Friday’s 7-5 loss to the New York Mets on a bang-bang play at first base.?He hit a roller to the left side of the infield and just barely beat the throw to first. After reaching the bag, he collapsed in a heap as the crowd at Nationals Park fell silent. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said earlier Saturday that he hoped Eaton’s injury was “not as serious as it looked.” The 28-year-old outfielder, acquired in a blockbuster December trade with the Chicago White Sox, is hitting .297…

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