Interview: GRAMMY-Nominated Producer and Former NBA Player Moe Ager




GRAMMY-nominated Record Producer Moe Ager discovered an intense passion for music during adolescence, where the multi-talented 31-year-old Michigan native endlessly practiced - and perfected - musicality at age six with his first-ever composition; Ager's first toy during childhood was a Casio keyboard, which led to a desire in music production, performing and writing.

During this timeframe, Moe Ager honed his musical talent via recordings of original selections courtesy of tape decks, radios and karaoke machines. Ager - who was born and raised in Detroit - found that his musical gift was indeed profitable; Ager routinely earned $100 per production and $20 per hour recording renderings for various aspiring recording artists at Michigan State University.

Moe Ager competed for Michigan State Spartans under the inspirational guidance of Tom Izzo, which witnessed the Lansing-based college rank in the top five in the nation, whilst also making the NCAA Final Four; Ager was named to theAustin All-Regional team and NCAA All-Big Ten Second Team. Subsequently, Moe Ager was selected in the first round (28th overall) of the NBA Draft 2006 by the Dallas Mavericks.

However, Ager traded the bright lights of the NBA for the fastlane of the music industry. The compelling transition was a perfectly calculated move that has seen Ager not look back, rather ahead as the GRAMMY-nominated hit maker redefines his own legacy and future with dedication, passion and god-given talent.


Q:  When did  you fully realize that you wanted to officially make the full-time transition  from the  NBA  into the music industry?
I always knew that I was going to make the jump, but I wouldn't have thought it would have happened as soon as it did. I made the choice to move to LA in 2011, a year before the NBA lockout to pursue music. Things began to take off for me, and I fell in love with having my own music production company. It was a sense of freedom for me. By time the 2011-2012 NBA season started back up in late December, I had already made my up mind on going full-time with music. I felt at the time, for me to be taken serious in music I had to prove my dedication, and that I did.

Q:  At the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 2014  you received a nomination for "Far From Home."  What went through your mind when you were initially  nominated? I felt blessed and rewarded for taking such a leap of faith. It was an amazing feeling because I had no clue that the song ("Far From Home") was even submitted for consideration. I knew that the music gods had my back and that was a huge sign to keep going. 

 

Q:  You've produced records for acclaimed hip-hop recording artists such as Royce Da 5'9, E-40, Lazy Bone, Major Williams, Yukmouf, Rashaun Will and B-Real (Cypress Hill). Which recording artists will you be working with next? Well, I'm really focused on my own personal music at the moment. I'm in the process of launching a full integrated media campaign called "In the Zone With Moe Ager", which will consist of performances, speaking engagements, mixtape contests and much more. As I mature in my life, I'm always looking for ways to innovate my music and attach it to a worthy cause. We will be teaching the value in teamwork, focus and spiritual awareness. I will be integrating sports as well.

Q: Who are your musical influences? Marvin Gaye, Eminem, and Dr. Dre.

Q: "Moe Town Vol. 1" was released in 2013.  Will there be additional volumes released? Yes. I have more living to do. I plan to do more volumes later on down the line

Q: "Forever I'm a Spartan" was released as the official anthem for the Michigan State University football team. What are your fondest  memories of your collegiate years? Spending time with my teammates and the great students at MSU (Michigan State University). I mean, I have so much love for the people who supported me while in college. MSU fans are still loyal till this day! Go green.

Q:  You were a crucial player in the NCAA for Michigan State Spartans. What did you learn most playing under Tom Izzo?
Yes. I'm the all-time leading scorer in the NCAA tournament under the tenure of Tom Izzo.  One of the most important things I learned under Coach Izzo is that our bodies can do much more than we think, meaning never tap out too soon. You always have much more in the tank than you think.  

Q:  Can you explain in detail about Original Heroes? It's a program that caters to kids who are overweight and of need of nutritional support. The Original Heroes has helped hundreds of kids all over Michigan.  

Q:   What is your opinion on the current state of Detroit regarding poverty and the touch and go situation  relating  to bankruptcy?
It seems like the city is bouncing back. Downtown appears to be bringing in money. I mean, with the casinos downtown, the lofts, businesses, they are building it back. It's going to take some time, but I feel the city of Detroit is on the come up. I love My city.

Q:  Hip-hop and basketball are intertwined on many levels. Which hip-hop musician is the best player on the court?
Right now, Damian Lillard. He is an NBA All-Star and a pretty dope rapper in my opinion.

Q:  Can you touch on the inspirational basketball camps that you currently host? We're hosting them at boys and girls clubs. We have after school programs that are going on right now. We will be doing clinics/camps in the summer as well. We are currently raising funds for twenty underprivileged kids to join our three day camp. My goal is to take the MAHS (Moe Ager Hoop  School) all over the world.   http://www.gofundme.com/moeagerhoopschool

Q: Who do  you believe will become  NBA World Champions 2015?
I would like to see Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavs, but If I was a betting man I would have to say San Antonio Spurs again.


Q:  What projects do you presently have in  store? I recently started the Moe Ager Hoop School, which will play a huge part in the "In The Zone" movement as well. The MAHS (Moe Ager Hoops School) is a basketball enrichment program. We use the likeness of my professional basketball career to reach the youth all over the country. It's always been a passion for me to give back. I truly enjoy working with kids and they seem to enjoy me as well. I also implement music. I perform for the kids and I have them come and showcase their skills. It's plenty of fun. Every Wednesday, I have a segment called "In The Zone Wednesdays". ITZ Wednesdays are just behind-the-scenes footage of my journey throughout the campaign. It's pretty cool. Check it out!  

Moe Ager Official Websitewww.moeager.com
Ager Productions Websitewww.agermusic.com

Moe Ager Twitter: @MoeAger



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NFL Draft - Round 1 Recap

No surprise with the first pick at all.  Just about everyone knew that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to draft Jameis Winston to be their hopeful franchise quarterback for the next 10 - 12 years.  The 2nd selection was the other highly coveted QB in Marcus Mariota.  Many thought, including myself that he would be the second overall pick in the 2015 draft...just not by the Tennessee Titans who were getting offers left and right from other teams to make a deal.  Either the Titans really wanted Mariota or they simply didn't get the deal they were looking for.  I wouldn't be shocked if Tennessee still traded away Mariota to the Jets or another team that needs a quarterback.

Then a bunch of the top tier rookies got drafted as expected.  The Raiders needed a wide receiver and with the 4th pick they chose Amari Cooper over Kevin White who went to the Chicago Bears, the team that perhaps got the best value in the first round with the 7th overall selection.  Leonard Williams fell to 6 when some thought he'd be drafted 2nd.  The Jets grabbed the talented DE but he doesn't necessarily fill a whole and New York has many.  That's why I believed they'd trade with the Titans and take Mariota.

The Falcons & Giants did a good job filling holes by drafting Vic Beasley and Ereck Flowers respectively.  Picks 11 - 14 were handled nicely by the Vikings, Browns, Saints & Dolphins, all getting big time college players who fill a needed gap.

One of the biggest questions was where will the running backs end up or better yet will they even be drafted with the first 32 picks?  The question was answered when the Rams selected Todd Gurley with the 10th pick as the Georgia star rejoiced by being the first RB taken in the 1st round in years.  Melvin Gordon wasn't far behind as the Chargers actually traded up with the 49ers to grab the NCAA's leading rusher at #15.  The Niners acted on a good deal which only dropped them back 2 spots and received extra draft picks, all the while still getting the player they wanted in Arik Armstead who's 6'7 and a beast in the middle of the defensive line.

There wasn't a tremendous amount of excitement given that there weren't many trades being made and speculation was at a minimum.  Once the Titans drafted Mariota it seemed the air went out of the building a bit since many of us expected a trade by another team who wanted to draft the Heisman Trophy winner.  Big names with big time ability were yet to be drafted after the 2nd pick and there was anticipation as to where some of these guys would end up, especially when your team is on the clock.  But the draft was fairly routine given the lack of action in the war rooms.

The major story lines going into the first round were about where Winston and Mariota would end up and if a team was willing to offer the Bucs or Titans enough to grab one of the two top QB's in the 2015 draft.  Another story line was about the RB's and if Gurley, Gordon or both would be taken in round one.  They were and rather high at #10 and #15 respectively.

Then some big late breaking news arose as the extremely gifted DE out of Missouri, Shane Ray was given a citation for marijuana possession to go along with fellow pass rusher out of Nebraska, Randy Gregory who failed a drug test at the NFL scouting combine.  We wondered whether or not these two kids can get their act together and which teams are willing to deal with the off the field issues for on field success.

Only Ray who is considered to be the better of the two players and one of the best players on the board overall was selected on Thursday night.  The Denver Broncos are taking a chance with Shane Ray and hope his play on the field will lead to less play off the field.  In fact Denver wanted Shane Ray so much that they jumped up a few spots to grab him in a trade with the Detroit Lions who quite honestly should have drafted Ray themselves.  Maybe Lions ownership feared another Ndamukong Suh type of issue.  Either way the Broncos got a steal with Ray at #23.

My top 3 teams from the first round last night are the Chicago Bears by replacing Brandon Marshall, the Denver Broncos for getting amazing talent late in the 1st round and the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins for going against the grain and taking RB's in the first round.  I've been saying it for years boys and girls...the best time to have a top level running back is within the first 6 years of their career.  That's when they're at their best so why not pay them a rookie wage scale in their prime as opposed to paying a veteran RB who will demand much more money?!  Common sense people.  So I applaud the Rams and Dolphins for not listening to the masses and making a smart decision in which they're both getting great players on teams that need them to take the next step.

*Honorable mention to the Browns and Saints organizations for making the most with both of their first round choices as the only teams with 2 first round picks.
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Ronda Rousey Anticipating Main Event Showdown With Bethe Correia


UFC Women's Bathamweight Championship number one contender, Bethe Correia, 31, (9-0) defeated, Shayna Baszler, 34, (15-10) at UFC 177 via TKO in the second round inside the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA on August 30, 2014 to legitimize her chance of becoming the number one contender to face reigning and defending UFC Women's Bathamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, 28, (11-0) in a main event showdown for the UFC Women's Banthamweight Championship later this year; Shayna Baszler is one of Rousey's teammates and closest friends. The awaited main event clash between the "Fast & Furious 7" Hollywood superstar and the dominant Brazilian athlete is tentatively set for UFC 190 on August 1, 2015 inside theHSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Correia has previously defeated two talented athletes which comprise Rousey's Four Horsewomen stable, and publicy issued a main event challenge both verbally and via a convincing performance at UFC 177 to the popularly successful Californian. Furthermore, Correia previously defeated Ronda Rousey cohort, Jessamyn Duke, 28 (3-2) at UFC 172 inside the Baltimore Arena in a major show which grossed $2.3 million.

Ronda Rousey has been largely preoccupied with Hollywood movie endeavors, which has seen the largely appealing multimedia superstar headline in 'The Expendables 3' co-starring Sylvester StalloneJason StathamArnold Schwarzenegger,Terry CrewsMel Gibson and Wesley Snipes. In addition, Rousey appeared in 'Fast & Furious 7' alongside Dwayne JohnsonVin DieselPaul Walker, Tyrese GibsonChris BridgesMichelle Rodriguez, and  Jordana Brewster, whilst filming a high-profile appearance of HBO hit series 'Entourage' movie with Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven, and Emmanuelle Chriqui; Rousey positively responded to Correia's challenge in trademark uber-confident fashion.


 Ronda Rousey has further been attached to star in Warner Bros motion picture 'The Athena Project' which is based on Brad Thor's best-selling novel, which sees a top secret, all-female Delta Force team hunt down a terrorist after a genocidal bombing in Rome. Rousey also released acclaimed revealing debut memoir entitled "My Fight, Your Fight" on May 14, and made a major guest appearance alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at WWE WrestleMania XXXI inside Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on March 29 before 76,976 individuals.

A potential main event bout with Gina Carano, 33, (7-1) had been rumored on the cards for Rousey, in which UFC President ,Dana White, insinuated that a deal was indeed close; Carano starred in 'Fast & Furious 6' as Riley Hicks, whilst headlining 'In The Blood' with Danny Trejo

Elsewhere, Ronda Rousey, dominated Cat Zingano, 32, (9-1), in a mere 14 seconds in round one via armbar submission to successfully defend the UFC Women's Banthamweight Championship at UFC 184 inside the Staples Center on February 28. Quite simply, Ronda Rousey is a woman who everyone wants a piece of at this given moment in time.


Written by:  Dean Perretta
Twitter: @DeanPerretta


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Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao (Preview)


Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao face off in the highly awaited main event bout dubbed "The Fight of the Century" on May 2 inside a sold-out MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV; the epic showdown between the global icons is poised to generate $595 million, which is more money than that of what many minted casinos in Sin City accumulate in three months of business.


The ultimate once in a lifetime clash between the 38-year-old Grand Rapids native and the pride of The Philippines has unsurprisingly witnessed tickets for "The Fight of the Century" sold beyond the excess of $300,000, coupled with multi-million dollar ringside seats purchased by passionate boxing afficianados in part to agreeing to a transaction in multi-million dollar credit lines within Las Vegas casinos; the Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao spectacle will be sandwiched between a David Copperfield magic show and a live concert courtesy of "We Belong Together" pop icon, Mariah Carey; Carey inked a $50 million residency deal in Las Vegas in January 2015.

Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao similarly grew up in humble origins; Pacquiao - a devout Christian - was a starving teenager who fought to provide for his family, whereas the ever-brash Mayweather spent his formative years with six relatives sharing a room in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Filipino-American population throughout California and Nevada is undeniable; four million Filipino-Americans reside in California, alongside Filipino-Americans being the most prevalent Asian's in Nevada (113,000). Pacquiao has been routinely welcomed with open arms via fans in Las Vegas, whilst competing on sixteen occassions throughout his decorated legacy in the city; Pacquiao has won twelve out of sixteen bouts in Sin City. 

Conversely, Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr presently fighting out of Las Vegas, boasts  the bragging rights of competing the last  twelve contests of his  career in Sin City; Mayweather Jr has fought twenty three times in  Las Vegas, NV in his storied professional boxing career. Nearly fifty percent (48%) of Mayweather Jr's bouts have transpired live in Las Vegas, NV.


Manny Pacquiao - affectionately known as "Pac-Man" - averted a disagreement on April 28 with  a merchandise store  situated inside the  MGM Grand  Arena  due  to  Floyd "Money" Mayweather  Jr's likeness being   depicted   on a    t-shirt with The Philippines national  flag  also emblazoned on. However, in  trademark good nature, Pacquiao   noted  "That's good, because he (Mayweather  Jr) wants  to  join   our   team"    whilst   additionally adding that "He  is  TMT (The  Money  Team),  but it could become TMT, The  Manny Team".


At this seasoned stage in both athletes professional careers, it's not essentially personal for the respective combatants,  rather  the  avid fans of the sport  who are literally chomping at the bit for "The Fight of the Century". Manny Pacquiao - a World Champion in  eight  weight divisions  - has  spent more  than $1 million on tickets for close friends and family members in The Philippines. Furthermore, Pacquiao has confirmed approval for referee Kenny Bayless and the panel of judges for "The Fight of the Century" on Saturday night inside the MGM Grand Arena; the Nevada State Athletic Commission selected both the official and judges for the encounter.

Floyd  "Money"  Mayweather Jr  and  Manny Pacquiao’s pay-per-view appeal  at the box office had been relatively questionable  in  prior  fights; three of the last four Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr pay-per-view main event bouts fell short in reaching 900,000 pay-per-view buys. However,  even  long   overdue,  Floyd "Money"  Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao will undoubtedly  redefine their own marquee drawing power on May 2 with  a pop culture transcending event which will be invariably revered long after the smoke has cleared in the MGM Grand Arena.

Written by: Dean Perretta
Twitter: @DeanPerretta
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NFL Mock Draft: Final First Round Picks

NFL First Round:
The Final Draft

The beginning of the 2015 NFL season kicks off Thursday night in Chicago.  There won't be any live football action but we'll be seeing plenty of highlights of the players chosen in the first round.  The 1st round of the NFL draft is an event in itself.  We all eagerly anticipate every pick and hold our breath when our favorite team is on the clock.  It's as if the first pick for each team will determine the outcome of the season.  Well that actually can and does happen.  Just look at Andrew Luck.

But there are other rookies who come in and make an immediate impact at other positions.  Let us not forget the wide receiver rookie class from last season.  So each pick is perceived as being so important and some players turn out to be everything that was expected of them and more.  Others become busts and that's why the first pick is so important.  You really want to nail the first selection because the most stock is put into that player initially.

Below are my predictions for the first round of the draft.  I included one trade although I anticipate that the St. Louis Rams may make a move up to grab the wide out they covet.  A few other teams I believe may be involved in trades are the Browns (as usual), the Dolphins, the Eagles, the Texans and never count out the Patriots to pull off some unforeseen move.  Another team to keep an eye on in the draft to get some offense via trade are the Kansas City Chiefs.

One of the big questions are about the circumstances surrounding top prospects Shane Ray and Randy Gregory who have been involved with substance abuse issues which can certainly hurt their draft status.  La'el Collins went from being possibly the first offensive lineman taken in this years draft to maybe not being drafted at all due to his current legal status.  We'll see how many teams can resist their talent and which franchises are willing to give it a go.  So here's my best guess as to who will be selected where......

1. Tampa Bay Bucs - Jameis Winston (QB)
2. New York Jets - Marcus Mariota (QB) (trade with Titans)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams (DE)
4. Oakland Raiders - Dante Fowler Jr. (LB)
5. Washington Redskins - Vic Beasley (LB)
6. Tennessee Titans - Kevin White (WR) (trade with Jets)
7. Chicago Bears - Amari Cooper (WR)
8. Atlanta Falcons - Shane Ray (DE)
9. New York Giants - Brandon Scherff (OL)
10. St. Louis Rams -Devante Parker (WR)
11. Minnesota Vikings - Danny Shelton (DL)
12. Cleveland Browns - Bud Dupree (LB)
13. New Orleans Saints - Randy Gregory (LB)
14. Miami Dolphins - Todd Gurley (RB)
15. San Francisco 49ers - Trae Waynes (CB)
16. Houston Texans - Kevin Johnson (CB)
17. San Diego Chargers - Arik Armstead  (DL)
18. Kansas City Chiefs - T.J. Clemmings (OL)
19. Cleveland Browns - Landon Collins (SS)
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Andrus Peat (OL)
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcolm Brown (DL)
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eddie Goldman (DL)
23. Detroit Lions - Michael Bennett (DL)
24. Arizona Cardinals - Eli Harold (LB)
25. Carolina Panthers - D.J. Humphries (OL)
26. Baltimore Ravens - Jordan Phillips (DL)
27. Dallas Cowboys - Melvin Gordon (RB)
28. Denver Broncos - Marcus Peters (CB)
29. Indianapolis Colts - Cameron Irving (C)
30. Green Bay Packers - Carl Davis (DL)
31. New Orleans Saints - Jaelen Strong (WR)
32. New England Patriots - Ereck Flowers (OL)
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NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

The beginning of the 2015 NFL season kicks off Thursday night in Chicago.  There won't be any live football action but we'll be seeing plenty of highlights of the players chosen in the first round.  The 1st round of the NFL draft is an event in itself.  We all eagerly anticipate every pick and hold our breath when our favorite team is on the clock.  It's as if the first pick for each team will determine the outcome of the season.  Well that actually can and does happen.  Just look at Andrew Luck.

But there are other rookies who come in and make an immediate impact at other positions.  Let us not forget the wide receiver rookie class from last season.  So each pick is perceived as being so important and some players turn out to be everything that was expected of them and more.  Others become busts and that's why the first pick is so important.  You really want to nail the first selection because the most stock is put into that player initially.

Below are my predictions for the first round of the draft.  I included one trade although I anticipate that the St. Louis Rams may make a move up to grab the wide out they covet.  A few other teams I believe may be involved in trades are the Browns (as usual), the Dolphins, the Eagles, the Texans and never count out the Patriots to pull off some unforeseen move.  One of the big questions are about the circumstances surrounding top prospects Shane Ray and Randy Gregory who have been involved with substance abuse issues which can certainly hurt their draft status.  We'll see how many teams can resist their talent and which franchises are willing to give it a go.  So here's my best guess as to who will be selected where......

1. Tampa Bay Bucs - Jameis Winston (QB)
2. New York Jets - Marcus Mariota (QB) (trade with Titans)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams (DE)
4. Oakland Raiders - Dante Fowler Jr. (LB)
5. Washington Redskins - Vic Beasley (LB)
6. Tennessee Titans - Kevin White (WR) (trade with Jets)
7. Chicago Bears - Amari Cooper (WR)
8. Atlanta Falcons - Shane Ray (DE)
9. New York Giants - Brandon Scherff (OL)
10. St. Louis Rams -Devante Parker (WR)
11. Minnesota Vikings - Arik Armstead (DL)
12. Cleveland Browns - Landon Collins (SS)
13. New Orleans Saints - Randy Gregory (LB)
14. Miami Dolphins - Todd Gurley (RB)
15. San Francisco 49ers - Trae Waynes (CB)
16. Houston Texans - Jalen Collins (CB)
17. San Diego Chargers - Danny Shelton (DL)
18. Kansas City Chiefs - T.J. Clemmings (OL)
19. Cleveland Browns - Bud Dupree (LB)
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Andrus Peat (OL)
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcolm Brown (DL)
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eddie Goldman (DL)
23. Detroit Lions - Michael Bennett (DL)
24. Arizona Cardinals - Eli Harold (LB)
25. Carolina Panthers - D.J. Humphries (OL)
26. Baltimore Ravens - Jordan Phillips (DL)
27. Dallas Cowboys - Melvin Gordon (RB)
28. Denver Broncos - Ronald Darby (CB)
29. Indianapolis Colts - La'El Collins (OL)
30. Green Bay Packers - Carl Davis (DL)
31. New Orleans Saints - Jaelen Strong (WR)
32. New England Patriots - Ereck Flowers (OL)
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My Mockery of a Mock Draft


For the last month or so the internet has been flooded with mock drafts.  Some writers do 3 or 4 different mock drafts which either change one or two things here and there or totally find themselves on the opposite spectrum from where they once stood.  Is it over-done?  Probably.  One would say it's over-done to the point of exhaustion, but there is obviously an audience for it or it wouldn't be done in such abundance.  This mock draft is a "lighter side" of what the importance of draft day may mean to many.  In no way is this draft being done to discredit the work and countless hours put in by those who take this seriously and handle it exceptionally well.  If you want in-depth and worth-while draft analysis, there will be a list of those folks at the end of this draft that you can follow on twitter.
With that being said, here it is: "My Mockery of a Mock Draft."
1st Pick: Tampa Bay Buccanneers - Nobody should ever listen to nonsensical rumors put out by Ron Jaworski.  This is the same guy who said at the start of last year that Colin Kapernick was on his way to becoming the best player in the NFL.  Okay. . .  Jaws put out a rumor that the Bucs would probably end up taking Mariota - not likely.  Bucs don't think too hard about this one and knew that as soon as Jameis Winston announced his eligibility for the draft, that's who they were taking.
Jameis Winston, Florida State
2nd Pick: San Diego Chargers - The Chargers decide to trade Philip Rivers and their first round pick to the Tennessee Titans for their second overall pick and a fourth rounder.  The Titans reunite head coach Ken Whisenhunt with Philip Rivers and Rivers gets a team with young wide receivers and a place NOT looking to move to Los Angeles.  The Chargers decide to enter the realms of "below mediocre" by drafting Marcus Mariota and in the long run, making head coach Mike McCoy's light dim faster than anyone would've thought.
Marcus Mariota, Orgeon
3rd Pick: Chicago Bears - The Jags want a running back and the Bears are currently over-paying one.  The Bears trade Matt Forte and their seventh overall pick to the Jaguars and select Dante Fowler of Florida.  Many will fault the Bears for not taking one of the stud wide receivers or USC's defensive end Leonard Williams, but the Bears' new regime wants to build it's 3-4 defense and see Fowler as the athletic linebacker who can be their guy for years to come.  Only time will tell . . .
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Dante Fowler, Florida
4th Pick: Oakland Raiders - Oakland knows they want a wide receiver here - but which one?  That's easy, because according to Raiders' logic you go with the faster guy.  Kevin White is the man chosen to be paired up with Derek Carr for the long run.
Kevin White, West Virgina 
5th Pick: Washington Redskins - The Redskins have no idea what to do here.  After  a phone call from Jon Gruden to Jay Gruden is made, the Redskins decided to draft Leonard Williams, the defensive end out of USC, who ultimately will go down as the guy the Bears should've drafted.
Leonard Williams, USC
6th Pick: Minnesota Vikings - The Jets kinda want Amari Cooper, but they fiddle around on the phone lines and see if there are any takers.  The Vikings call and give the Jets their first rounder, third rounder and the bust named Cordaralle Patterson.  The Jets figure with Patterson they have a special teams guy and gadget play guy - but the 1st and 3rd rounder are too much to resist.  At first it seems as if the Vikings over pay, but like the Raiders, they pair they quarterback of the future with a can't miss wide receiver prospect in Cooper.
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Amari Cooper, Alabama
7th Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars - When the clock starts ticking on the Jags, they regret not getting an extra pick out of the Bears.  They decide to give Paul Posluszny some help on defense and draft linebacker Vic Beasley.  Smart move because it screws the team next up on the clock.
Vic Beasley, Clemson
8th Pick: Atlanta Falcons - Beasley is who the Falcons wanted initially but now are left to number two on their list.  They draft Shane Ray out of Missouri which doesn't help this pathetic defense at all.  Shane Ray probably never becomes a starter and the Falcons are still terrible.
Shane Ray, Missouri 
9th Pick:  New York Giants - The Giants select an offensive lineman.  The Giants are boring.  They actually don't want to draft anything but lineman this entire draft.  Weirdos.
Brandon Scherff, Iowa
10th Pick: Cleveland Browns - The Browns had tried moving up for Cooper or White but teams did not like their offers that included Johnny Manziel and they have a feeling that the Jets at pick 11 would take Nelson Agholor so the Browns make the jump up to take him and trade to the Rams their first and third round picks.  It's a high price to pay for the 4th or 5th best wideout in the draft, who won't catch more than 40 passes this year because this team is just awful - but come on, it's the Browns.
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Nelson Agholor, USC
11th Pick: New York Jets - The Jets send a text to Cleveland after they pick that reads "We didn't want Agholor."   They draft Devante Parker, who should pair up nicely with the veteran wideouts the Jets already have in Decker and Marshall.
Devante Parker, Louisville 
12th Pick: St. Louis Rams - The Rams are tired of being that "good but not good enough" team and they play with the idea of drafting Todd Gurley but decide to go with a tackle for reasons unbeknown to anyone.
Ereck Flowers, Miami 
13th Pick: New Orleans Saints - The Saints know that they're team stinks so they decide to take one of the biggest gambles in the draft and take Randy Gregory.  Gregory had a failed drug test and is for all accounts addicted to marijuana.  This is too easy of a segue to say one of those "Saints chances go up in smokes with Gregory" lines so, we'll let it go. . .
Randy Gregory, Nebraska 
14th Pick: Miami Dolphins - No big deal here, they needed secondary help and they have their choice of the best corners on the market. They  go with the product out of Washington though, Marcus Peters, which makes Trae Waynes (who was invited to the Draft in Chicago) shake his head and take a sip from his drink like Kermit the Frog in those memes.
Marcus Peters, Washington
15th Pick: Philadelphia Eagles - Don't let him fool you, Chip Kelly wanted Marcus Mariota.  He couldn't make a deal happen with anybody for it to happen and he's been steaming for over an hour.  When it gets to him that San Francisco wants Arik Armstead, Kelly flips out in total frustration and makes a deal with San Fran.  The two swap teams and Chip Kelly apparently tells San Fran he will trade his best offensive weapon to them at the end of the 2015 season.  Kelly will do anything to get his Oregon men.
Arik Armstead, Oregon 
16th Pick: Houston Texans - Bill O'Brien and the Texans were on the phones with New Orleans for a while in a move that would move Drew Brees to Houston, but nothing comes of it.  Texans realize they are going to have to ride with "it is what it is" potential of Ryan Mallet and/or Brian Hoyer at the quarterback position and add depth to their secondary in the process.
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Trae Waynes, Michigan State 
17th Pick: San Diego Chargers - The Chargers now have Marcus Mariota and no idea where to go with their 17th pick.  If the Titans played a little more hardball, the Chargers would've thrown this pick into the Mariota deal, but instead the Chargers take running back Todd Gurley.  The Chargers figure if this is truly a rebuild, they will go with a quarterback with questionable NFL skill and a running back coming off injury.  Thank God they have those sweet powder blue throwback jerseys though.
Todd Gurley, Georgia 
18th Pick: Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs will probably be terrible in 2015.  No other team behind them wants to move into their spot and they have nothing to trade (although those sneaky devils from Dallas tried trading for Jamaal Charles).  They just decide to take the best player on their board.
Eddie Goldman, Florida State
19. Cleveland Browns - The Browns are reckless and that's why we love them.  The Browns decide to come out of nowhere and draft Devin Funchess out of Michigan.  Funchess won't burn anybody, but he has great hands and gets to the height of the ball.  Good luck getting touches in this offense though.
Devin Funchess, Michigan
20.  Philadelphia Eagles - Reluctantly, Chip Kelly goes and drafts a player who is not on offense and is not from Oregon.
Landon Collins, Alabma
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Marvin Lewis gets an extension although he's never won a playoff game.  The Bengals are obviously drunk this entire off-season and draft and select defensive end Henry Anderson and laugh hysterically because it the name reminds them of the movie "Harry and the Hendersons."  Every representative of the Bengals is asked to leave Chicago.
Henry Anderson, Stanford   
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Rooney family is upset the draft is not taking place in New York, because they wanted to be close to their casino in Yonkers, Empire City - to celebrate their pick, which might end up being the steal of the draft in offensive lineman, D.J. Humphries.
DJ Humphries, Florida
23. Detroit Lions - Detroit defiantly drafts Danny Shelton out of Washington.  Hoping it fills the void left by Ndamokong Suh.  Bears fans in Chicago moan, because it won't fill the void, but it'll do just enough. . .
Danny Shelton, Washington
24.  Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals were in trade talks with the Jets who wanted to take a chance on UCLA quarterback Brett Hundely in this spot.  The Cardinals were going to do it, but decided that taking Hundley is actually a good idea for a team that was riddled with injury in quarterback depth last season.  The Cardinals text the Jets afterwards "No hard feelings, K?"
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Brett Hundley, UCLA
25. Carolina Panthers - Thrilled that Peat is still on the board, the Panthers look to bolster a line that needs more of a push up front.  Cam Newton was hit  way too much last year.  Peat can be a starter for the next ten years in Carolina.
Andrus Peat, Stamford 
26. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens would've loved to get one of the top three wideouts in the draft but just didn't have the tools to make it happen.  Instead they don't reach and they draft the best player available, La'el Collins of LSU.
La'el Collins, LSU
27.  Dallas Cowboys -  Everyone expects the Cowboys to draft Melvin Gordon here, but instead they do the smart thing and draft linebacker Bud Depree out of Kentucky.  He may lack a "motor" but he has great athleticism to help bolster this defense.  It's not a sexy pick for the Cowboys but it's the smarter pick.   Plus, with a name like "Bud" it kind of sounds like he belongs in the state of Texas.
Bud Depree, Kentucky
28.  New York Jets - The Jets become unnecessarily nervous about not getting Brett Hundley and still having Geno Smith at quarterback.  They trade their second and fourth round pick to Denver to draft Bryce Petty out of Baylor.  Petty can own a room and will work the New York media at first --- but prove he can't own a huddle and get worked out of the starting job by week 4.  Come on, Jets. . .
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Bryce Petty, Baylor
29.  Indianapolis Colts - Colts decide on a corner at this spot.  The Colts are a weird team this year - Andrew Luck is a gem but a lot of wholes elsewhere.  This may be the year Luck flips out and says "Give me and Hilton more help."
Byron Jones, UConn
30. Green Bay Packers - The Packers make a move that helps solidify the middle of the defense by selecting Shaq Thompson.  Teaming up the athletic and aggressive Thompson with Clay Matthews ends up being a nightmare.  For the second time tonight in Chicago, Bears fans let out a disgruntled moan. . .
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Shaq Thompson, Washington 
31.  New Orleans Saints - The team may have reached, but they go after a sort of hybrid pass rusher out of Virgina.  Drew Brees is bummed out because he almost got traded and then when he got over that, he was hoping the team would draft wide receiver Jalen Strong out of Arizona State.
Eli Harold, Virginia 
32. Minnesota Vikings - The Patriots held the last pick in the first round and realize that although they just won a Super Bowl, their window for winning another is quickly approaching.  The Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era has about two or three years at most left - so why not go for broke?  The Patriots decided to trade their first pick for veteran running back Adrian Peterson, who wants out of Minnesota.  The Vikings, who already gave Bridgewater, Amari Cooper in this draft, decide to give him help in the backfield and it ISN'T Melvin Gordon.  The Vikings draft Duke Johnson, who ultimately ends up being the best back out of this class.  . .  Bears fans never want the draft in Chicago ever again.
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Duke Johnson, Miami
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