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NFL 2017 First Round Draft Picks
1. Cleveland Browns
Garrett, Myles
DE 6'4" 272 Texas A&M
2. Chicago Bears (From 49ers)
Trubisky, Mitchell
QB 6'2" 222 North Carolina
3. San Francisco 49ers (From Bears)
Thomas, Solomon
DE 6'3" 273 Stanford
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette, Leonard
RB 6'0" 240 LSU
5. Tennessee Titans (From Rams)
Davis, Corey
WR 6'3" 209 Western Michigan
6. New York Jets
Adams, Jamal
S 6'0" 214 LSU
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Williams, Mike
WR 6'4" 218 Clemson
8. Carolina Panthers
McCaffrey, Christian
RB 5'11" 202 Stanford
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Ross, John
WR 5'11" 188 Washington
10. Kansas City Chiefs (From Bills)
Mahomes, Patrick
QB 6'2" 225 Texas Tech
11. New Orleans Saints
Lattimore, Marshon
CB 6'0" 193 Ohio St.
12. Houston Texans (From Browns through Eagles)
Watson, Deshaun
QB 6'2" 221 Clemson
13. Arizona Cardinals
Reddick, Haason
LB 6'1" 237 Temple
14. Philadelphia Eagles (From Vikings)
Barnett, Derek
DE 6'3" 259 Tennessee
15. Indianapolis Colts
Hooker, Malik
S 6'1" 206 Ohio St.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Humphrey, Marlon
CB 6'0" 197 Alabama
17. Washington Redskins
Allen, Jonathan
DE 6'3" 286 Alabama
18. Tennessee Titans
Jackson, Adoree'
CB 5'10" 186 USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Howard, O.J.
TE 6'6" 251 Alabama
20. Denver Broncos
Bolles, Garett
OT 6'5" 297 Utah
21. Detroit Lions
Davis, Jarrad
LB 6'1" 238 Florida
22. Miami Dolphins
Harris, Charles
OLB 6'3" n253 Missouri
23. New York Giants
Engram, Evan
TE 6'3" 234 Mississippi
24. Oakland Raiders
Conley, Gareon
CB 6’0” 195 Ohio St
25. Cleveland Browns (From Texans)
Peppers, Jabrill
S 5'11" 213 Michigan
26. Atlanta Falcons (From Seahawks)
McKinley, Takkarist
DE 6'2" 250 UCLA
27. Buffalo Bills (From Chiefs)
White, Tre'Davious
CB 5'11" 192 LSU
28. Dallas Cowboys
Charlton, Taco
DE 6'6" 277 Michigan
29 .Cleveland Browns (From Packers)
Njoku, David
TE 6'4" 246 Miami
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Watt, T.J.
OLB 6'4" 252 Wisconsin
31. San Francisco 49ers (From Seahawks through Falcons)
Foster, Reuben
LB 6'0" 229 Alabama
32. New Orleans Saints (From Patriots)
Ramczyk, Ryan
OT 6'6" 310 Wisconsin

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Sept. 18
Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Sept. 25
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Oct. 2
Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 9
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Oct. 16
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Oct. 23
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Oct. 30
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 6
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 13
Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Nov. 20
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks 
Nov. 27
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 
Dec. 4
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 11
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Dec. 18
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Nov062014

CBS Scores A Touchdown In First Possession With 'Thursday Night Football'

By Barry Janoff

November 6, 2014: CBS recently ended its first run with the NFL for Thursday Night Football on Thursday nights, and the network couldn't be more pleased with the results.

"Even when there were blowouts, the numbers were still strong," said Sean McManus, chairman for CBS Sports. "In some cases, the ratings were triple what CBS did on Thursday night last year."

Under the first-year deal with the NFL, CBS for the broadcast seven games on Thursday night, from Sept.11-Oct. 23, which were simulcast on NFL Network.

The opening game, the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Baltimore Ravens, attracted 20.6 million viewers, according to CBS. The final game, the San Diego Chargers at the Denver Broncos, attracted 20 million viewers and was the highest-rated and most-watch primetime program for the week of Oct. 20-26.

NFL Network took over the package on its own Oct. 30 and handles it solo through Dec. 18. CBS and NFL Network will air two Saturday games on Dec. 20 as part of the agreement, which was for one year with an additional season at the NFL's option.

The first NFL Network Thursday Night Football game of the season, Oct. 30 with the New Orleans Saints at the Carolina Panthers, was the third highest-rated program on cable for the week, behind ESPN's Monday Night Football and AMC's Walking Dead, according to the NFL.

"Even the worst NFL blowout gets better ratings than pretty much anything else out there," said McManus, who was speaking at the Sports Media & Technology conference in New York on Wednesday presented by NeuLion and Sports Business Journal. "Our goals were lofty and we met them."

CBS began to marketing the Thursday Night Football package back in February, and the effort generated the most promotion in the network's history, according to McManus. An intro spot included CBS Network stars from such shows as NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, Person Of Interest, Elementary and NCIS LA.

"We set a number of goals, and No. 1 was to establish Thursday Night Football as an NFL destination and that has worked very well for us," said McManus. "It really all comes down to the quality of your content."

That echoed his comments in February when the deal was unveiled.

“The NFL is the most powerful programming in television," McManus said at the time. "To add a prime time NFL package to our successful Sunday AFC package further strengthens our position in the sports marketplace."

The first Thursday Night Football package launched on NFL Network in 2006. NBC also has two Thursday Night Football games this season as an extension of its Sunday Night Football progamming, including the kickoff game on Sept. 4 with the defending Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packders, and the upcoming Thanksgiving Day game on Nov. 27 featuring the Seahawks at the San Francisco 49ers.

All 16 regular-season games are bring produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on all Thursday night games. For the first time, NFL Network hosts and analysts were featured in the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows along with CBS Sports announcers.

"We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights," Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., said in a statement back in February. "CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is. I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.”

"Then value of live sports to CBS and marketers is unequaled," said McManus. "On CBS, 25% of viewing is on a delayed basis. But not with sports. They have to be seen live."

"We set a number of goals, and No. 1 was to establish Thursday Night Football as an NFL destination and that has worked very well for us."

CBS' Thursday night lineup now includes four comedies and Elementary, with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as re-envisioned modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

The Thursday Night Football season opener on CBS came with its share of off the field drama. The game between the Steelers and Ravens aired as the NFL was being enveloped in a storm regarding domestic violence, and the planned pre-game theme song featuring Rihanna's version of Jay-Z's, "Run This Town," was dropped.

Rihanna had been involved in a tumultuous relationship with then boyfriend Chris Brown, including a 2009 confrontation in which Brown pled guilty to felony assault. CBS replaced the song and a voiceover from actor Don Cheadle with a news story updating the doemstic violence situation among Ray Rice, his wife and the NFL.

On the panel with McManus were Randy Freer, president and COO for Fox Networks Group; Mark Lazarus, chairman for NBC Sports Group; and David Levy, president for Turner Broadcasting. There was no hesitation among the group regarding whether or not they would seek to claim the Thursday Night Football package for their respective networks.

"If you are in the TV business, the goal is to win nights on TV," said Levy. "The NFL, NBA, MLB does that. Sports is live drama."

New Deal Gives CBS Powerful Thursday Night NFL Package

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