Mel Kiper Picks LB Jaylon Smith to Go to Atlanta at No. 17
ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has the Falcons taking Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure.
With the No. 17 pick in the Draft, Kiper believes Smith could be a steal for the Falcons. Smith recently underwent surgery for a torn ACL and MCL that occurred in Notre Dame's loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Kiper insists Smith is still worthy of a pick that high, even if he can't play right away. There is a chance Smith would miss some time next season, depending on the speed in which he is able to recover.
NFL TV Ratings Increase
Year in and year out, the NFL continues to dominate the sports world in regards to television ratings.
Here's a look at the ratings for the four games this past weekend:
Saturday:Chiefs vs. Texans on ESPN and ABC- 16. 2 overnight rating
Steelers vs. Bengals on CBS- 19.2 overnight rating
Seahawks vs. Vikings on NBC- 22.5 overnight rating
Packers vs. Redskins on FOX- 23.6 overnight rating
Three of the four games saw increases from 2015, the Washington versus Green Bay game was the only game that saw a decrease, going down from an impressive 25.0 rating when the Cowboys played the Lions.
The NFL's TV ratings were up for the regular season, as the most-watched broadcast was the Week 8 matchup between the Cowboys and Seahawks earned a 29.4 rating, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch writes.
Julio Jones Named to Sporting News' 2015 NFL All-Pro Team
Sporting News has just released their All-Pro team, and of course Julio Jones made the cut.
Jones and Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers were the two receivers named to the team. Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans were the runners-up.
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