2015 NFL Draft: Best remaining players at every position

Round one of the 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone without the fireworks that this offseason has familiarized us with. Months of manic discussion over the fate of Marcus Mariota ended with the Tennessee Titans standing pat, selecting their franchise quarterback. In a draft where the strongest value on many boards rests in the 25-60 range, however, the remaining names in round two set the stage for an exciting second day of the NFL Draft.

Outide of Malcolm Brown, the talented Longhorn who slid to the New England Patriots, few prospects had a drastic, unexpected tumble through round one. Randy Gregory remains an absolute wildcard despite his impressive ceiling, while La’el Collins could be entirely undraftable while caught in one of the strangest predicaments that this offseason has seen.

Teams at the top of round two find themselves in a premium position today. While we hear a great deal about each draft holding just 16-20 prospects with a first round grade, there are several prospects still available who were projected to go much earlier. Both Tampa Bay and Tennessee can add a second franchise cornerstone behind their new quarterbacks, while teams like Jacksonville, New York, Atlanta, Cleveland and Dallas can dip into the impressive second tier of skill position players.

After a first round with fewer trades than expected, those talks could pick up tonight as the price of movement decreases at a rate much more rapid than the decrease of player talent. Players like Landon Collins, T.J. Clemmings, Jaelen Strong and Eli Harold were squarely in the round one discussion, and will offer an opportunity for a team picking early to take a step back while building picks through this valuable section.

Ahead, we take a look at the top remaining prospects at each position on the football field.

Jameis Winston Could Be One of the Most Controversial No. 1 Picks Ever

When teams are evaluating NFL prospects, they have to do more than determine whether they can play at a high level professionally.

Every year, it seems as if several players fall in the draft because of their off field behavior. These character concerns can range from a proclivity to smoking weed to alleged sexual assault. It’s up to teams to determine which players to take a risk on, and which ones to pass over.

This is an especially touchy subject in today’s NFL, given Aaron Hernandez’s recent murder trial and the league’s domestic violence crisis.

Four of the top prospects in this year’s draft class come with significant off field questions, and teams who take them may be scrutinized like never before. The second-guessing will probably start right away this year, too, as the quarterback who the Buccaneers will likely select with the number one pick is arguably one of the most controversial figures in sports.

Jameis Winston

Winston has been reprimanded for a plethora of immature behavior throughout his college career. He was suspended for one half of a game this season after he stood on a table in the middle of campus, and yelled, ” F*** her right in the pussy,” and was also cited for shoplifting crab legs from a supermarket last May.

But the real reason why Winston could be arguably one of the most polarizing number one picks in history is because he’s an alleged rapist who may have gotten away with it thanks to a cover-up by the Tallahassee Police Department.

Erica Kinsman says Winston raped her at his off-campus apartment in December 2012. But yet, Winston wasn’t charged even though the case was opened twice.

The New York Times published a scathing report last April that said FSU and the Tallahassee police department bungled the sexual assault investigation. The police never obtained a DNA sample from Winston, even though Kinsman had semen on her body and identified him as her attacker one month after the incident had occurred. Investigators also never attempted to acquire a video of the encounter in question that was taken by one of Winston’s teammates.

Kinsman filed a civil suit against Winston earlier this month, and is seeking damages in excess of $15,000. She’s also interviewed in Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground, a documentary that exposes the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses.

Oddly enough, Kinsman says the Buccaneers haven’t spoken to her as a part of their so-called intensive vetting process on Winston. The Buccaneers have neither confirmed nor denied her accusation.

La’el Collins

The star LSU offensive lineman was projected to be a top-15 pick. But then Baton Rouge police said they want to interview him about the murder of an ex-girlfriend.

Law enforcement officials have said Collins isn’t a suspect in Brittany Mills’ slaying, who was killed Friday night while she was eight months pregnant. Police told NFL Media they plan to meet with Collins after the draft to find out what he knows, and what the nature of his relationship was with Mills.

Pro Football Talk speculates Collins won’t be signed by a team until the investigation is complete. It’s difficult to imagine a team would invest millions in Collins until his name is cleared.

Shane Ray

Ray is the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a dominant pass-rusher for the Missouri Tigers throughout his college career. But he was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession Monday, which has reportedly caused many NFL teams to question his decision-making ability.

Ray, who most experts projected as a top-1o pick, said teams with late first-round selections have reached out to him in recent days. Clubs that are interested in Ray have to gage whether the marijuana citation is a one-time slip up, or indicative of a larger problem.

Randy Gregory

Gregory’s reportedly falling stock might be the most mysterious case this year, because nobody really knows why teams seemingly aren’t as interested in the former Nebraska defensive end as they once were.

Despite a failed drug test at the Combine, Gregory was largely still considered to be one of the top defensive players in this year’s draft. But NFL Media published a report Tuesday that says many clubs are concerned about ” his ability to handle pro football’s mental rigors.”

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has the Patriots selecting Gregory in his latest mock draft. The Pats have the last pick in the first round.

Watch Scarlett Johansson Play ”Box of Lies” With Jimmy Fallon!

Scarlett Johansson is a good actress, but a good liar? Not so much.

The actress played “Box of Lies” on NBC’s Tonight Show Thursday. For those who hadn’t seen previous games with or Jennifer Lawrence, for example, Jimmy Fallon explained the rules: “Upstage are a bunch of boxes containing objects neither of us has seen before. Taking turns, Scarlett and I are going to select a box, open it on our side of the table out of view of the other person, remove the object from the box, show it to the audience, then look at your opponent and tell them what’s in the box. You may be lying. You may be telling the truth. Your opponent has to guess either lie or truth. If you guess correctly, you get a point. If you guess wrong, the other person gets a point. The first one to two points wins.”

Johansson picked the first box.

“It looks like it’s a light box,” Fallon said. “Already hint No. 1.”

After the actress opened the box, she joked, “Ooh, it’s so heavy!”

Johansson then showed the audience what was inside: a Black Widow action figure holding hands with a Gumby figurine while sitting on a plastic park bench. “It is a hot dug bun shaped like The Hulk,” she lied.

The late-night host was thrown by her laughter. “That means you’re trying to fake me out because maybe it really is a hot dog bun shaped like The Hulk, which would be very reverse psychology of you, very actor-y of you-which you are! You’re an actor,” he said. “It’s a hot dog bun in the shape of The Hulk. How is that even possible? You had to get a Hulk mold and bake. This whole thing is…I’m not a baker. I’m going to say it’s impossible. I’m going to say you lie!”

Johansson replied, “Dammit!”

Fallon 1, Johansson 0.

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When Fallon opened his first box, he pulled out a mannequin head wearing bedazzled goggles. “It’s a fun thing,” he said. “A lot of people can use it and have a great time with it. It’s a mannequin head with diamond eyes and a Speedo cover over the eyes so you can go swimming underwater if you have diamond eyes. It’s usable because it’s fun. You can put it around your office. It’s a good time.”

Johansson was stumped. “I can’t tell whether you’ve taken a lot of pauses because you’re trying to psych me out, but I cannot imagine that anybody would think to make a mannequin with diamond eyes and a little Speedo goggle cover thing. Did Wiz Khalifa make it?” she asked. “I’m going to say there’s no way!”

Fallon showed her that he was indeed telling the truth.

“Ah!” the actress said. “That is terrifying!”

Fallon 2, Johansson 0.

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Though the host won the game, they decided to play another round for fun.

“The secret box, if you choose the right number, is worth 1,000 points,” he said.

Johansson then pulled out a Starbucks cup full of baked beans.

“I’m ready for my hint,” Fallon said.

“Oh, sorry,” the actress replied. “I feel into its eyes.”

So, did Johansson decide to lie or tell the truth?

Watch the video above to find out now!

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Draftee Kevin White: Bears were meant to be – Chicago

Kevin White saw the signs last week when he visited Halas Hall.

Cosmically, the connection started last fall, when the West Virginia wide receiver looked down at his phone and found a strange number texting him.

It came to a crescendo in a roaring Auditorium Theatre on Thursday night, when, as White himself predicted on Wednesday, the Bears drafted him with the seventh overall selection.

“I’m glad my intuition was right,” he said.

Alshon Jeffery said it would happen, too. The two share an agent, and the Bears’ star receiver tipped White last week that his team liked him.

The Bears talked to White about replacing Brandon Marshall, who they traded to the Jets in March. White was familiar with Marshall, too, dating to an out-of-the-blue text message that turned into a friendship.

Marshall reached out to White – “It’s B-Marsh, little bro,” the text read – to congratulate him last fall on a stunning senior season which would end with 109 catches and 1,447 receiving yards. He got White’s number from a former WVU teammate.

At Halas Hall, Bears general manger Ryan Pace said the 6-3, 215-pounder “can play all over,” but will be an outside weapon. White, who ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, “can catch a quick slant, break a tackle and go 99 yards,” Pace said.

Pace painted White as another weapon for quarterback Jay Cutler, a man the receiver said “hates to lose.” He will line up opposite Jeffery and alongside slot receiver Eddie Royal, who the Bears reunited with Cutler this offseason.

After he was selected, White was so excited, he joked, that he signed autographs even though he told not to. He talked about a past trip up Sears Tower -“I was really scared,” he said – and how much he liked his new home. He even deemed downtown Chicago cleaner than New York.

The packed Auditorium Theatre had plenty to cheer about at the first NFL Draft here in 51 years, starting with White and ending with the Lions’ No. 28 selection of Lane Tech graduate Laken Tomlinson, a guard from Duke.

White celebrated with family members afterward; 50 had come to support him. He enjoyed a day that he feared would never come.

“I was a no-namer,” he said.

At Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., he and teammates emailed Div. I-A coaches looking for a chance.

“I wasn’t getting recruited,” he said.

He had lost two years of junior college – one to a redshirt and another to ineligibility due to a paperwork snafu – and was worried he would never realize his dream.

“Hey, this is Kevin White from Lackawanna Junior College,” he wrote. “Would you please give me a shot?”

He sent more than 250 emails, writing colleges even if they didn’t respond the first time.

“I want to prove a lot of people wrong,” he said. “High school coaches. People that didn’t give me a fair shot. I love this. It’s a dream come true.”

On Instagram, Marshall seemed equally excited, writing, “Man, look how things work out, baby bro.”

Despite needing to fix the Bears’ defense, Pace said it was an easy decision.

The feeling was mutual.

“You kidding me?” White said. “I’m right where I need to be.”

Twitter: @patrickfinley

2015 NFL Draft: What will Eagles do in the second and third rounds?

Now that wide receiver is off the need list after the Eagles selected Nelson Agholor in the first round of the NFL Draft, Thursday night, what’s in store for Friday’s second and third rounds?

If Chip Kelly and Co. continue to use “the best player available for us” motto, look for a defensive back and an offensive line to join the team before the night is over.

What the Eagles, who own the 20th pick of the second round (the 52nd overall) need is for the bevy of running backs and the remaining top receivers to go early in the second round to drop a highly-regarded linemen or defensive back into their laps.

Don’t put it past Kelly to move up for a player, as the Eagles did last year when they went up and got wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Here are some second-round possibilities:

T.J. Clemmings, OL, Pitt: They would likely have to move up to get him, but who knows he may fall. The Teaneck native is a natural right tackle at 6-4 1/2, 310, but has the athleticism Kelly likes to start his career inside at guard. This would be a real nice pick.

P.J. Williams, DB, Florida State: Most look at Williams, 6-0, 192, as a cornerback, but because he’s knot a burner there are some teams who feel he could play right away at safety. For the Eagles he might be able to come in and start.

Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: Rowe, 6-1, 204, is a little bigger than Williams and has the same good ball skills and coverage skills. What might scare some teams off is he scored an 11 on Wonderlic the first time he took it. He took it again, however, and scored a 23.

Jake Fisher, T, Oregon: Obviously the Oregon connection cannot be overlooked and he would represent good value in the second round. The problem could be that Fisher is strictly a tackle, a finesse tackle at that. All the scouting reports on him are that he needs to get stronger. So can he move inside to guard?

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And in the third round. . .

Quinten Rollins, DB, Miami (Ohio): Intriguing prospect who played basketball until last year, but opened scout’s eyes with his ball skills, awareness and ability to come up and make a hit.

Ty Sambrailo, OL, Colorado State: Played every line position, except center, in college. The Eagles love that kind of versatility. The 6-6 311-pounder would likely begin his career at guard and then eventually move outside to tackle if need be.

Corey Robinson, OL, South Carolina: Big man, 6-6, 321, began his career on defense but moved to the offensive line. Scored the highest of any linemen on the Wonderlic with a 40.

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Showtime & HBO Get TRO To TKO Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Piracy

UPDATE, 7:40 PM: With just two days to go before the big fight, the big cablers got the decision they were seeking to make sure the lucrative boxing match doesn’t get streamed for free. “This temporary restraining order is issued and effective as of 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on April 30, 2015 and will expire at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time on May 7, 2015,” said Judge George Wu today ( read it here). Which means if you want to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao battle it out this weekend you are going to have buy a PPV-price-busting $89-$100 from either HBO or Showtime.

The order by the federal judge firmly grants HBO and Showtime’s May 2 hugely anticipated match between the two boxers the protection they initially sought on April 28. Even though boxinghd.net and sportship.org took down their offer of free streaming of the Las Vega set fight yesterday, the premium cablers wanted the courts to play ref so there would be no opportunity for the sites or others suddenly whipping up a link on Saturday. Even though the big bucks fight will be long over, there will be a hearing on Mat 7 for the preliminary injunction HBO and Showtime also desire.

“Plaintiffs have established that they will suffer irreparable harm in the absence of immediate relief,” added Judge Wu today in granting the TRO. “Among other things, Defendants’ threatened infringement would strip Plaintiffs of the critical right of first transmission and publication of an extremely valuable live sporting event, would interfere with Plaintiffs’ relationships with third parties, is likely to damage Plaintiffs’ goodwill among consumers, and will deprive Plaintiffs of revenue that will be difficult or impossible to calculate, but is likely far in excess of any amount that Defendants could repay to Plaintiffs in damages even if the amount could be calculated.”

With their preemptive legal action, the cablers gave piracy one on the jaw on this one.

PREVIOUS APRIL 29 PM: It wasn’t quite Mike-Tyson-back-in-the-day fast but the premium cablers saw opponents drop pretty quickly in their battle to preserve control over what could be the most lucrative PPV boxing match ever. Both boxinghd.net and sportship.org have removed online offers of free streaming of the pricey May 2 battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao. This comes just one day after HBO and Showtime filed a preemptive infringement complaint against two sites over the fight, which has been priced at between $89 and $100 on pay-per-view.

Where there was a big splashy photo of the two boxers yesterday and a “click here” to watch the weekend fight, now there is pretty much nothing. Lawyers for the cable networks and fellow plaintiffs Mayweather Promotions LLC and promoters Top Rank Inc. noted that by 10:30 this morning, most content on <boxinghd.net> appears to have been removed. <Sportship.org> only displays “what appears to be a file directory,” said attorney Dennis L. Wilson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in documents filed in federal court Wednesday. ( read it here).

“First and foremost, these unilateral changes are compelling evidence that Defendants have received Plaintiffs’ Advance Notice of Potential Infringement and other communications,” the documents read. “The changes also confirm that Defendants know the live stream they have been promoting will infringe Plaintiffs’ rights.”

Though the free steam offer for the PPV fight appears to be gone, HBO, Showtime and the other plaintiffs still want a court order formally shutting them down before Saturday’s event in Las Vegas.

“If the Court does not grant Plaintiffs’ requested restraining order, nothing will stop Defendants from ‘flipping the switch’ on Saturday and proceeding with their planned infringement,” said today’s status update to federal District Judge George H. Wu. “The removal of content from the two sites also confirms that Plaintiffs’ requested restraining order will not harm Defendants in any way.”

So will Judge Wu step in the ring and play ref on this one? Stay tuned.

2015 NFL Draft: Raiders, Browns highlight first-round takeaways

I love the NFL draft.

And so do Ravens fans, who always know that Ozzie Newsome will make the ideal selection. And he did, yet again, with a speed-burning wideout to replace Torrey Smith in Breshad Perriman. This is the same way Cardinals fans are beginning to feel with the Bruce Arians/Steve Keim regime. Arizona grabbed another solid football player in offensive tackle D.J. Humphries.

That’s the thing about the draft — it really shows an organization’s true colors.

San Francisco has raised one eyebrow after another over the last few months, and they provided more head-scratching antics on Thursday night, trading down and selecting the raw Arik Armstead. And, of course, the folks across the Bay looked like geniuses.

Wait, what?

Yeah, I’ll say it — the Raiders nailed it.

OK, so the draft does indeed provide us with genuine surprises, too — like three of the first eight teams to pick simply dropping the ball.

Well, I guess that’s what makes this such great theater.

Now, allow me to provide my biggest takeaways from this beautiful drama that is Round 1. Here are nine thoughts, formulated late Thursday night, from an overly caffeinated brain:

1) What a win for the Raiders!

Last week, I penned a “Schein Nine” on the ideal first-round marriages. My No. 1 pairing: Amari Cooper and the Raiders. And when the Jaguars picked Dante Fowler Jr. at No. 3, Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t hesitate to get the pick called in and the card to the podium.

The Oakland Raiders made the perfect pick. Repeat after me: The Oakland Raiders made the perfect pick.

Yup, the Raiders were the big winners Thursday night.

Cooper is special. He’s an instant-impact, do-it-all receiver. It was a glaring need for Oakland. Young quarterback Derek Carr gets to grow with a stud playmaker who starred at one of the nation’s true college football powerhouses. Is it too early to choose Cooper for Offensive Rookie of the Year? This pick is that perfect.

Finally, Oakland has a true No. 1 receiver — and legit hope.

2) The Redskins did what?

I like Brandon Scherff. I thought he would go to the Giants with the ninth overall pick. But Washington? At No. 5?? With Leonard Williams still on the board?!?!?

What is this, amateur hour?

I understand the value of a great offensive line. I raved about the Cowboys wisely plucking Zack Martin last May — and then voted for him as Offensive Rookie of the Year in January.

But in no universe is Scherff the fifth-best player in the 2015 NFL Draft.

If the ‘Skins truly craved him, they should’ve found a way to trade down. And if they couldn’t … pick a superior player!

The Redskins absolutely blew it. As a result …

3) The Jets landed the best defensive player in the draft.

That’s my take on Leonard Williams, a star defensive lineman from USC. In fact, Thursday morning on my SiriusXM Radio show, “Schein on Sports,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Williams is the top player in the entire draft class!

I figured he’d go between pick Nos. 3 and 5, right after the two QBs came off the board. Never thought he’d be available for Gang Green.

Think about the Jets’ defensive line right now, with Williams joining established stars Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. Then factor in the revamped defensive backfield, with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie coming back to New York. The Jets could have the best defense in the NFL this year under new head coach Todd Bowles.

Take a bow, Mike Maccagnan.

4) Atlanta whiffed with Vic Beasley.

When I talked to Atlanta coach Dan Quinn on SiriusXM this week, it was pretty clear he wanted to improve the defense and the run game. Personally, I thought he should’ve addressed the latter — not the former — at No. 8.

Vic Beasley struck me as a major stretch there. Yes, he put on a show at the “Underwear Olympics” (also known as the NFL Scouting Combine), but I thought he was a mid-first-round talent. While Quinn can coach him up, Todd Gurley should’ve been the pick. The Georgia running back would’ve been the perfect guy to complement Matt Ryan and keep the Falcons’ defense fresh — akin to what DeMarco Murray did for Dallas last year. Atlanta does not employ a legit starting NFL running back.

This was odd. And a blown opportunity.

5) And the Falcons’ loss was the Rams’ gain.

As I predicted, Gurley found his way into the top 12 of the NFL draft. Actually, top 10. And truthfully, with how talented this running back is, Jeff Fisher and Les Snead could get arrested for stealing.

NFL Network analyst Charles Davis told me on SiriusXM that Gurley is the best running back prospect to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell told me he was the third-best prospect in the entire draft, if healthy. Well, the torn ACL from November checked out. I think he’s going to be a star.

Sure, it’s a passing league. But not every team employs Aaron Rodgers. And even he needs balance. You still need to run to win.

6) Titans win! Chip wins! Buccaneers … lose.

The Titans selected Marcus Mariota at No. 2. I love the pick. Tampa should’ve picked him instead of an untrustworthy quarterback like Jameis Winston, who has major decision-making issues on and off the field. But the Bucs went Winston, as most predicted, and Tennessee went on the clock …

As I mentioned in a column a few weeks back, one AFC general manager told me, “The Titans coaches are studying Mariota, hoping to fall in love because that’s what the bosses want.” Well, no matter how they all got here, it was the right move. Marcus Mariota is going to be a franchise quarterback.

And for all of the hubbub about Chip Kelly trying to get his man — and he did indeed inquire about trading up with the Bucs and Titans — the Eagles ended up staying at No. 20 and made a great pick with wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Kelly effectively replaces Jeremy Maclin while keeping star defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who apparently was dangled in the trade-up offer.

The revamped Eagles are the best team in the NFC East. OK, I still don’t love the quarterback room, but make no mistake: Chip knew what he was doing in acquiring DeMarco Murray, Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell.

The Titans and Eagles are on the up and up.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand … Good luck, Lovie Smith — you’re going to need it.

7) Does Shane Ray fit on Peyton Manning’s Broncos?

I love hearing stories of how Manning demands accountability from his teammates. Which is why you can color me skeptical about the Broncos drafting the troubled — albeit talented — Shane Ray.

Whatever your opinion is on the legalization of marijuana, it’s banned in the NFL. To get cited for weed possession the week of the draft shows an incredible lack of maturity and focus.

How does Peyton feel about acquiring a new first-round pick who might not get it?

8) Kevin White is all right — but is Jay Cutler?

Defense is in John Fox’s DNA, but Kevin White was just too special to pass up at No. 7. After the Brandon Marshall trade, receiver was most certainly an area of need. New Bears general manager Ryan Pace grabbed a dynamic weapon, much to the delight of the hometown Bears fans watching the draft in Chicago. It was a cool scene.

If Jay Cutler can’t succeed with White, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and new offensive coordinator Adam Gase, then I truly believe his career as a starter is over. There are no more excuses.

9) Cleveland rocks!

The Browns didn’t do anything wacky.

They didn’t trade up. They didn’t trade down. They didn’t opt to go with 10 men on the field or announce they will start selling lemonade instead of playing fourth quarters of games.

Instead, Cleveland — yes Cleveland — got it right.

Danny Shelton is a perfect defensive tackle for Mike Pettine. Offensive lineman Cameron Erving won’t have the sports world buzzing like Johnny Manziel did a year ago. Instead, he’s the kind of draftee who just makes sense.

Under the radar and smart?

I’m guessing that’s exactly how Pettine actually likes it.

What a concept!

Follow Adam Schein on Twitter @AdamSchein.

Burlington mayor not backing Bernie Sanders – The Boston Globe

BURLINGTON, Vt. – US Senator Bernie Sanders jumped into the 2016 presidential race Thursday, but the former Burlington mayor is missing the support of one key local ally: The current Burlington mayor.

In a brief interview with the Globe, Mayor Miro Weinberger said Thursday afternoon he plans to back Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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“Bernie was one of the most effective mayors that Burlington ever had,” Weinberger said. “I’m supporting Hillary because I think she’s the right person at the right time, and I think she’ll be a great president.”

Weinberger, the first Democrat elected mayor in the city for 31 years, declined to elaborate. Sanders has long been an Independent, but caucuses with Democrats in the Senate and is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

It’s worth noting Clinton’s team has deep Vermont ties. Her campaign manger, Robby Mook, hails from the Green Mountain State and is a familiar face in Democratic politics. He worked on former Vermont governor Howard Dean’s bid for the presidency in 2004.

Annie Linskey can be reached at annie.linskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @annielinskey.

Broncos see low risk, plenty of upside in Shane Ray – NFL Nation – ESPN

Jeff Legwold, ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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    of Selectors since 1999

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gentlemen, and ladies, start the punch lines.

The Denver Broncos get it. They understand they conduct their football business in a state where marijuana is legal for adults to partake in at home. They realize “dispensary” means a little something different here than it does most other places.

So, when the Broncos flip-flopped first-round picks and sent two other picks as well as a player in Manny Ramirez who had started 43 games over the last three seasons for the Broncos, to take a guy who was cited for marijuana possession just four days before the draft, it raised an eyebrow or three.

But in the value-added, risk-reward world of the league’s annual selection festival, the Broncos believed Missouri outside linebacker/defensive end Shane Ray was worth what it took to move into the 23rd spot to get him. Because had Ray not been stopped by police in the early-morning hours Monday and cited for a traffic violation as well as marijuana possession the Broncos wouldn’t have even had to give him a second thought, because they wouldn’t have had a legitimate reason to give him a second thought.



Because if Ray doesn’t make the what-the-heck-is-he-thinking kind of mistake on the doorstep of the draft, he likely gets selected before the event is 90 minutes old. The Broncos themselves, executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said, had Ray as the No. 10 player on their board.

“I definitely find myself as a steal,” Ray said Thursday night. “All teams that passed on me, in the top 10, I feel that they made a huge mistake. I’m going to show them the mistake they made. I’m so grateful to the Broncos for giving me the opportunity.”

Elway, as well other Broncos officials, spoke to Ray this week. And the tenor of those conversations was essentially that the Broncos know exactly what kind of football player the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year is, but wanted to hear from Ray what kind of person would Ray be if he came to Colorado.

Would a guy with an ill-timed marijuana citation be a problem? Or would he be all the Broncos believe he can be?

“I think he’s a 21-year-old kid who made a mistake. … The kid, to me, loves the game of football and I think he realizes the mistake that he made could really affect what that does to his football career,” Elway said. “I think that’s why he made the commitment to us that it’s not going to happen to game.”

Ray did an important thing between Monday and Thursday as well. He admitted he messed up. He didn’t hide. He didn’t say he “just wants to move on” without dealing with what happened.

He didn’t duck any events in Chicago and he remained on site, waiting to hear his name called. In short he owned it at a time when many don’t own a lot less along the way.

“I just assured the Broncos if they made the decision to give me the chance I would give them everything plus more to show them they made the best decision in this draft,” Ray said. ” … They’re committed to me.”

Asked if being in Colorado would provide any more temptation for him than it would be in any other NFL outpost, Ray said; “No, not at all. I haven’t failed any drug tests and when I was cited, I wasn’t under the influence. I don’t think that weed is something that controls my life … or been an issue. I think that’s not a concern at all.”

The Broncos have made the roll of the dice work before in the first round of recent drafts. Last year they took a swing on cornerback Bradley Roby, who had plenty of questions about his maturity to go with his own citation — for operating a vehicle under the influence (the car was parked and Roby was sleeping behind the wheel) — in the days before the draft.

Roby’s incident was just over a week before the draft and the Broncos went back and reviewed it and still selected him 31st overall. Roby went on to play 75 percent of the team’s snaps on a defense for a 12-win team to put him at least in the discussion for the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

And that’s a little slice of draft history the Broncos hope repeats itself once again.

As Elway put it after the team picked Ray; “We got a guy who plays with his hair on fire, rushes the passer, loves the game of football, and is competitive and is going to be a great fit for us.”

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What would a Marvel movie be without a cameo from Stan Lee? Well… I guess it would be The Wolverine. In any case, Stan Lee has mastered his cameo roles and seems to pop up at just the right time to provide comic relief for fans.

Such was the case in Avengers: Age of Ultron during a party at Avengers tower. The Avengers decided to kick back, drink, and celebrate the good times now that they had recovered Loki’s scepter and would no longer have so much pressure to fight the good fight every day.

Thor and Steve Rogers added to the fun when Thor decided to add 1000 year aged Asgardian liquor to their drinks, which Thor claimed was too much for any mortal to handle. World War II veterans in attendance didn’t want to hear about Thor’s concoction – they wanted to try it. Stan Lee posed as one of the vocal veterans, telling Thor that he could handle the drink. He fought in World War II, after all!

Cut to the next shot, Stan was wrong! A number of the World War II vets are passed out on the couch and Mr. Lee is carried out of the party, bidding farewell with an enthusiastic, “Excelsior!”