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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. 25
Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
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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Jul022012

Drew Brees, All-Stars Want Pro Leagues To Get Their Heads In The Game

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2012: NFL quarterback Drew Brees was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints, Carl Banks won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, Mike Richter was the goaltender when the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup and Briana Scurry was the goalie for both the U.S. National soccer team's Olympic goal medal and FIFA World Cup championships.

But the four athletes also have something more health-related in common: Concussions.

Both Richter and Scurry suffered career-ending head traumas. Banks had a concussion during his rookie season that he said impacted his entire playing career and Brees suffered a concussion in 2005 and also has seen first-hand the negative results that concussions have had on teammates and other players in the NFL.

All four agreed that suffering a concussion often is more serious than most athletes want to admit, and that the mindset of the vast majority of pro athletes is that they do not want to be taken out of a game even after suffering a head injury.

"I have played with guys who have had serious concussions," said Brees. "I asked one of them, a teammate who suffered several concussions, 'Would you rather lose ten years of your playing career or ten years at the end of your life?' His response: 'Ten years at the end of my life.'"

According to Brees, who has been named to six Pro Bowls and was selected MVP of the National Football Conference twice since joining the NFL in 2001, "Your time as a pro athlete goes by so fast and players don't want it to end. But you have to think [after suffering a concussion or multiple concussions], 'When I stop playing, what will the rest of my life be like?'"

"The NHL takes this issue very seriously," said Richter, who played from 1989-2003, was in net for the Rangers 1993-94 Stanley Cup championship season and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. "When they see what happened to Sidney Crosby [all-star player with the Pittsburgh Penguins who suffered a concussion in January 2011 that forced him to miss the rest of the season and all but 22 games in 2011-12], they are scared. The league is doing a lot, but there is more they can and should do."

All four were on a panel last week sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods to raise public awareness regarding concussions. The panel was anchored by Dr. Mark Lovell, neuropsychologist and CEO of ImPACT Applications, Inc., a computerized concussion evaluation system that tests athletes and others. ImPACT has partnered with Dick's, both headquartered in Pittsburgh, for PACE — Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education — a program now in its second year that provides more than 3,500 schools and youth organizations with free baseline concussion testing.

Dr. Lovell cited statistics regarding concussions from several well-respected sources, including research that indicates 3.8 million recreation and sports-related concussions occur in pro, college and youth sports annually and that some 85% of them go undetected, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

"There are risks with every sport, but [statistics] show that there are more risks involved with contact sports such as football and hockey," said Brees during the discussion at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium. "There are moves being taken to reduce the risks, but you can never eliminate them."

Both Richter and Scurry said they suffered what ultimately became career-ending concussions by being hit in the head by an opposing player's knee. Banks said the one time he was told he has suffered a concussion was during his rookie campaign in 1984. He played linebacker until 1995, earning championship rings with the Giants at Super Bowls XXI and XXV. "I played as violent as anyone, and I'm not crazy enough to believe that I had only one concussion during my career," he said.

According to Banks, players rarely feel that getting hit in the head should be enough to take them out of a game. "There's no blood. Nothing is broken that you can immediately see. In the game where I had a concussion, it happened in the first quarter. I don't remember anything about the game until the fourth quarter when I said to my coaches, 'What am I doing on the sideline. Put me back in the game!'"

The Dick's Sporting Good's PACE panelists concurred that awareness, prevention and aftercare treatment of concussions and related injuries is advancing, but that much more needs to be done at all levels. Baseline testing is becoming more prevalent, and more youth coaches and parents of young players are becoming better educated as to the prevention and aftercare of head injuries.

Although the situation of current lawsuits by former NFL players regarding concussions was not discussed due to legal issues, Dr. Lowell offered that medical impact in the category is still in its relative infancy.

"I've been doing this for about 25 years, but up until about ten years ago we really didn't know that much about concussions," said Dr. Lowell. "Now, awareness, prevention and treatment is expanding rapidly."

"I asked him, 'Would you rather lose 10 years of your playing career or 10 years at the end of your life?' His response: 'Ten years at the end of my life.'" — Drew Brees

"We have to do a better job of teaching better techniques," said Banks, who revealed that his 15-year-old son recently suffered a concussion while playing basketball, and that he immediately called the New York Giants' medical staff for advice on how to proceed. "In an era of [ESPN] SportsCenter highlights, kids want to make a big hit. But kids and coaches at every level have to be retaught [about hits to the head] and educated about the immediate and long-term effects of concussions."

Concluded Brees, "The most important thing is knowing how to recognize them, identify them and then treat them. Programs like ImPACT and PACE being supported by Dick's Sporting Goods are raising awareness. We can help educate kids, parents and coaches on some simple, but impactful ways to identify and manage concussions – including getting a baseline test – so young athletes can be smarter and safer on the field, on the court and on the ice."

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