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PricewaterhouseCoopers report contains unfounded allegations — CAF

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy Reopening of international flights: Full list of barred, approved airlines for Lagos, Abuja CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football has dismissed allegations against its leadership as contained in a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, describing them as unfounded. The committee at its meeting on Friday in Doha, Qatar devoted the first part of the session to examining the PwC report. The report, titled: “CAF Organisational Review,” for 2015 to 2019 was carried out in the past three months. CAF, in a report on the committee’s report, placed on its website, claimed that officials of PwC were invited to the meeting but failed to make it. It said: “The CAF Executive Committee disputes unfounded allegations contained in the report, particularly regarding the following points: Support for funerals, FIFA FORWARD funds and Tactical Steel. “The support for funerals are acts of solidarity in support of families of individuals who have served African football, including the family of the late Hussein Swaleh, who passed away in a plane crash. “The use of FIFA FORWARD funds is strictly governed by procedures set by FIFA. As a reminder, the periods —- 2015, 2016 and 2017 —- were the subject of a FIFA audit by international firms, including PwC. “Regarding ‘Tactical Steel’, the procedures are before various jurisdictions.” CAF however stated that it was ready to provide the relevant justification for the matter as previously authorised by the CAF Executive Committee. According to the website, the second part of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of “Transform CAF 2021”, being the roadmap for the period 2020-2021. It said the plan was aimed at spearheading the transformation of CAF in two years, and transforming CAF into an organisation managed (and) bounded by the best international standards. It said: “This roadmap will focus on structural reforms, some of which started in 2019, whilst others have already yielded dividends.” CAF went further to say “Transform 2021” was based on four main pillars. It said: “These are organisation and governance, competitions, refereeing, and infrastructure development. “These four pillars will be implemented though 122 measures of which 17 have been deemed of the highest urgency and should be completed by June 2020. “The roadmap will be governed by a steering committee at the Executive Committee level and monitoring committee at the administration level. “A dedicated `Project Management organisation’ unit has been put in place to coordinate all the efforts and ensure the roadmap follow-up.” CAF went on to assure that a quarterly “Transform CAF 2021” progress report would be published on the CAF website starting in June 2020.Tags: cafFIFA FORWARD funds and Tactical SteelPriceWaterhouseCoopersQatarlast_img
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Cameron says seniority won’t ensure higher grade contracts

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies boss Dave Cameron says senior West Indies players need to come to grips with the harsh reality of their performance-based requirements, stressing that experience alone would no longer count in the issuing of central retainer contracts.Speaking against the backdrop of the furore arising from Darren Bravo’s rejection of a Grade C contract last year, Cameron argued that Windies players now controlled their own futures as once they performed, they and not CWI dictated the quality of contract they received.The often controversial Cameron also contended that seasoned players needed to translate that experience into performances instead of hoping for a high level retainer based on their length of time in international cricket.“Everyone has been talking for years, we want performance contracts, we want performance contracts. Now we’ve put in performance contracts and now we have a problem,” Cameron told Massy Insurances Life and Length Network in a wide-ranging interview.“Telling me whether you’ve played 10 matches or 20 matches or 30 matches – well where are the numbers? If you have this experience, you should be getting better not worse so how is it that your numbers are better when you just started and after two years you’re getting worse.”It was announced by CWI last November that Bravo along with seasoned campaigner Marlon Samuels and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, had rejected central retainer contracts.Media reports subsequently said that Bravo, the Windies premier Test batsman, had been offered a Grade C contract which was lower than the one he previously held.Cameron then said in a controversial television interview that CWI would not reward declining performances by senior players and appeared to suggest that Bravo had previously held a top tier A contract.The player took to Twitter to dispute Cameron’s assertion but also labelled him ‘a big idiot’ which resulted him being sent home from South Africa, ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe. He has since been barred from selection until he removes the tweet and apologises.CWI determines the grade of contract on a points system stemming for player performances over a 12-month period and Cameron said on this basis, players were aware of the performances required in order to stake their claim for higher grade contracts.“What we do is for our players but again, how do we keep compromising a system,” the Jamaican administrator explained.“Everybody writes their own contract. There is no stipulation that says we’re only going to have two A contracts, three B’s or four C’s, there is no stipulation across the board. If everybody is on a A-plus because their numbers merit that, they all get that.”He continued: “All we are saying is that you write your own contract. At the start of the season you are told what averages you need to have, volume of runs, volume of wickets, behaviours, whatever. It’s up to you.”Grade A is the highest level contract on offer from CWI and is worth US$150, 000, with Grade B valued at $125,000 and Grade C, $100,000.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who averages 35 from 37 Tests, is currently the only player on a Grade A contract with Test and one-day captain Jason Holder on a Grade B.Cameron said going forward it was important that senior players understood the stated policy of CWI.“Something’s happening. Let us address it together but just to say I am a senior guy so therefore I need to be paid more, it’s not going to happen with Cricket West Indies,” he stressed.last_img read more

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Mikel Out of Poland Friendly as 22 Players Train

first_img* Injured Etebo, Junior Ajayi also to miss the match in WroclawDuro IkhazuagbeUnless something happens between now and Friday morning, Nigeria is going to play the international friendly with Poland in Wroclaw without her inspirational skipper, John Mikel Obi. The former Chelsea player who moved Far East to team up with Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Teda last season, is believed to be battling hard to renew his work permit in China.With 22 players already in Eagles’ Radisson Blu Hotel camp in Wroclaw yesterday, training began in earnest ahead of the Friday friendly with the Polish senior national team.Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, confirmed yesterday that Mikel is not likely to be available for the Friday game.“We all had been hoping that the renewal (of Mikel’s work permit) would come in good time for him to fly to Poland.“As it is now, it is not likely that he would make the trip here,” stressed the Super Eagles administrator.Apart from Mikel, two other invited players, Oghenekaro Etebo and Junior Ajayi are also not in Wroclaw.Etebo who plays for struggling LaLiga club, Las Palmas is injured while Egypt-based Junior Ajayi, is also unavailable because of his inability to secure visa into Poland.Ajayi who earned his first senior call-up to the Super Eagles after a number of impressive displays for Al Ahly in the Egyptian league and the CAF Champions League is now expected to link up with his teammates in London this weekend for the Super Eagles second friendly game against Serbia next week Tuesday at The Hive, Canons Park.Eagles camp for the friendly opened on Monday with six players namely, Williams Troost Ekong, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun and Brian Idowu as the early birds.However, full training began with the arrival of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielders Joel Obi, John Ogu, Ogenyi Onazi, Uche Agbo and Wilfred Ndidi, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses yesterday.Nigeria-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi are expected to arrive camp today.The team trained twice yesterday, with the same schedule for today, before Thursday’s training at match time inside the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw.The match kicks off at 8.45pm (Nigeria and Poland are on same time zone) on Friday.Friday’s showdown inside the 43,000-capacity stadium formally opens the first phase of the Super Eagles’ preparation for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals, taking place in Russia between June 14 and July 15 this year.After Tuesday’s game with Serbia in London, the three-time African champions will play a send-forth match against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Nigeria, before flying back to London for a prestige clash with England’s Three Lions at Wembley on June 2.Four days later, Eagles come up against the Czech Republic at their final training camp in Austria, with another friendly game on the cards before the squad jets out to the World Cup finals on June 11.Nigeria’s team base camp at the FIFA World Cup finals is located in Yessentuki, Stavropol territory in the southern region of Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Crime up over break, but rates down overall

first_imgThough property crimes jumped slightly over the past three weeks — due in large part to the absence of students — overall crime rates continue to decrease compared with previous years.A number of crimes — mostly residential burglaries, bike thefts and auto burglaries — were reported to the Department of Public Safety during the past three weeks, but DPS Capt. David Carlisle said the crime rates this winter break were the lowest they have been in five years.“We have had a very steady decline in winter break crimes since 2005,” Carlisle said.Daily Trojan | Leah TurnerDPS is attributing the shrinking crime rates to Compstat, a program initiated by former LAPD Chief William Bratton that helps monitor crime.“The main thing is measuring where the crime is occurring and really closely measuring crime, monitoring, putting it on a map and holding our supervisors accountable to address strategies that reduce crime,” Carlisle said.DPS has been consistently working to combat crime during school breaks by offering programs like the Group Initiative for Theft-prevention, which offers free parking for students in the Parking Center, which is patrolled and secured during winter break.DPS also distributes crime prevention tips to students via e-mail. Carlisle said often when crimes occur it is because students have not adequately utilized DPS’ resources.“Some of the issues that we have are that people leave over the break and don’t take advantage of the crime prevention programs we offer,” Carlisle said.Despite the overall drop in crime, Carlisle did cite one serious crime that occurred near campus, when three juveniles tried to rob a woman with a knife near the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue.Though the would-be robbers were caught, Carlisle said DPS is continuing to work to prevent robberies.“One robbery is too many,” Carlisle said. “But we did catch them and they will be prosecuted.”last_img read more

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Last time they played: Syracuse 95, California 73

first_img Related Stories GOLDEN: Syracuse blows by No. 13 California at Madison Square Garden Scoop Jardine’s hot streak reached a whole new level.The sophomore point guard came into the matchup against California with a 12-point, 5-of-7 shooting performance and a nine-assist game under his belt to start the season.His impressive start continued Thursday night at Madison Square Garden when he scorched the Golden Bears (2-1) for 22 points, six assists and six rebounds. Jardine’s then-career-high point total ignited the No. 24 Orange (3-0) to a 95-73 beatdown over No. 13 California in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Syracuse shut down Cal’s dangerous 3-point attack and used a balanced effort led by Jardine to come away with the win.“I think Scoop is getting better,” Jim Boeheim told reporters after the game. “He has really done a lot of good things. I want him to be better. All young point guards … they hear it the most from me. He has been really solid.”After a sluggish start, Syracuse embarked on a 9-0 run and eventually claimed a commanding 30-16 lead. California flirted with a comeback multiple times, but Syracuse was too explosive and talented in the long run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWes Johnson added 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks while Arinze Onuaku chipped in with 12 points. Syracuse had eight players score eight or more points, and connected on more than 57 percent of its shots as a team.California came into the game shooting better than 41 percent from beyond the arc, but Syracuse held the Golden Bears in check, limiting them to 6-of-20 shooting from 3-point range. Patrick Christopher finished 0-of-7 from 3 and never got into a rhythm offensively.Boeheim credited his team’s suffocating defense, quickly shooing away the notion of California having an off night.“I don’t think anybody has an off night,” Boeheim said. “I think you have to force people to have off nights.”Jerome Randle didn’t have an off night for the Golden Bears. The 5-foot-10 guard kept his team within striking distance, scoring 25 points and drilling five 3-pointers. Randle was the only California player who found his stroke on a night where the team struggled mightily from the field.In the end, the Syracuse offense was too unpredictable and balanced for the outmatched Golden Bears to contain. After a 3 by Randle cut the deficit to nine late in the second half, the Orange crushed any hope Cal had of climbing back into the game.Jardine – who shot 8-of-13 from the field – scored Syracuse’s last four points of the half, as the Orange took a 44-33 advantage into the break. The second half was all Syracuse. SU used an 8-2 run to go up by 20 with less than nine minutes to play and went on to close the game out effectively.The win marked the 802nd of Boeheim’s career, placing him just two behind Eddie Sutton for seventh all-time among Division-I coaches.Said Boeheim: “I think we are getting better … we are still a long way from where we need to be.” Comments Published on March 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Tipp facing brace of tough challenges

first_imgTipp senior footballers aren’t even considering promotion as a possibility at this stage of the National Football League.They travel to Down this weekend in the penultimate game of the league group stages, with a trip to table toppers Cavan a week later.Liam Kearns says Down have been unlucky with their results so far and they’ll make for tough opposition for the Premier. Speaking following Tipp’s victory over Louth, he said the next 2 games up north will be massive tests.last_img

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Chile start Copa America with win

first_imgCopa America hosts Chile started their campaign with a win, beating Ecuador 2-0 after goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas.Jorge Sampaoli’s side struggled to make an impression in the final third for much of the match, with Ecuador causing problems for Chile on the counter-attack in front of a somewhat anxious home crowd.But the hosts edged ahead after 67 minutes, when Vidal was brought down in the penalty area – allowing the Juventus midfielder to covert the spot kick to give Chile a valuable 1-0 lead in Santiago.West Ham forward Enner Valencia threatened for Ecuador, hitting the bar with a header minutes before Chile doubled their lead.Alexis Sanchez made the most of a loose pass in midfield, slotting through Vargas – who clipped a neat finish into the far corner.However, Chile’s opening win was soured by the stoppage time sending off of Matias Fernadez, who was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge late in the contest. Fixture for today:Mexico v Bolivia (23:30 GMT)last_img read more

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Dreams complete signing of Daniel Adade

first_imgDreams FC have completed the signing of Daniel Adade from 2nd tier side Istanbul FC.Adade who plays as a striker is expected to complement of Dreams strikers Lawson Bekui and Eric Gawu.The new entrants have scored only 9 goals in11 matches and will hoping their new striker can increase the goal tally of the club.Adade is the third player to have signed for Dreams in the second window after the Kweiman side completed the signing of Maxwell Arthur and Isaac Ansah from Dawu. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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‘Woodlawn – The True Story’ playing at Wellington Regent

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Follow us on Twitter. This week at the Regent Theater: Woodlawn. (see trailer below)Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Next Thursday!: Wellington Regent will be showing the premiere of “Mockingjay- Part 2 – The Hunger Games” on Thursday, Nov. 19. for a Midnight Movie Sneak Peek.Woodlawn Information: Rated: PG Time: 2 hour 3 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In 1973, a spiritual awakening captures the hearts of the Woodlawn High School Football team. Lead by their coach, Tandy Geralds, and fueled by the team’s dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate, the team makes an astounding run at the playoffs, leading to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of it’s first African American superstar – Tony Nathan.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 83%. Audience review: 90% approval.last_img read more

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NFL Draft 2012 re-do sends Russell Wilson to the Colts, Luke Kuechly to the Browns

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/76/f5/luke-kuechly-011420-getty-ftrjpg_140whm6kim1al13xv7fk3yemaj.jpg?t=-1489110753&w=500&quality=80 13. Cardinals: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South CarolinaActual pick: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre DameArizona tried to make it work as long as possible with Floyd, but Jeffery opposite Larry Fitzgerald would have paid off a lot more.14. Rams: David DeCastro, G, StanfordActual pick: Michael Brockers, DT, LSUThen in St. Louis, the Rams addressed the interior defensive line with Brockers. But they needed guard help for that season, and DeCastro would remain a rock of a blocker for them today instead of the Steelers.15. Seahawks: Chandler Jones, EDGE, SyracuseActual pick: Bruce Irvin, DE, West VirginiaSeattle got some decent production from Irvin and did OK with Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril on the way to a Super Bowl win, but Jones would have been the better way to address the edge.16. Jets: Melvin Ingram, EDGE, South CarolinaActual pick: Quinton Coples, EDGE, North CarolinaThe name Coples creates turbulent thoughts for Jets fans. Going for Ingram, whom the Chargers took two picks later, would have eased so much pain.17. Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North AlabamaActual pick: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, AlabamaKirkpatrick has been just average. Jenkins has had his ups and downs, but the Jackrabbit would have made so many more impact plays, and the Bengals would have been a team to look beyond his off-field issues to get his production.18. Chargers: Dontari Poe, DT, MemphisActual pick: Melvin Ingram, EDGE, South CarolinaThe Chargers needed a nose tackle for their defense, so they would have taken advantage of Poe falling to anchor their 3-4 at the time. 8. Dolphins: Andrew Luck, QB, StanfordActual pick: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&MThe team is still looking for that successor to Dan Marino all these years later. Luck would have provided the answer, even for a relatively short time in the league. Think about it this way: Would the Dolphins rather have had six healthy starting seasons from Luck, or six healthy starting seasons from Tannehill?9. Panthers: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah StateActual pick: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston CollegeThe Panthers would have been fine “settling” for Wagner instead of Kuechly. The two will forever be tied together as elite middle linebackers, all the way through Canton.10. Bills: Casey Hayward, CB, VanderbiltActual pick: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South CarolinaHad Dallas taken Gilmore, it would have made sense for Buffalo to draft who has ended up being the class’ second best all-around corner.11. Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi StateActual pick: Dontari Poe, DT, MemphisPoe spiked for the Chiefs in a solid career that continues with the Panthers. Had it been Andy Reid, Doug Pederson and John Dorsey, who all arrived a year later, there’s a good chance Cox would have ended up in Kansas City instead of Philadelphia.12. Eagles: Lavonte David, OLB, NebraskaActual pick: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi StateThe Eagles would have recovered OK with no Cox by landing David to be their second-level cleanup man instead of their real second-rounder Mychal Kendricks. 3. Browns: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston CollegeActual pick: Trent Richardson, RB, AlabamaThe Cincinnati kid would have been perfect as the backbone to Cleveland’s defense just like he was in Carolina, rather than the bust Browns pick at running back. Kuechly was the best non-QB option in this draft.4. Vikings: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, CaliforniaActual pick: Matt Kalil, LT, USCMinnesota took Kalil for real, and after promise early, his injuries and inconsistency made him arguably the league’s worst starting left tackle. Schwartz plays on the right side, but he would have been a rock the way he was for Cleveland and is for Kansas City.5. Jaguars: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida InternationalActual pick: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma StateBlackmon goes down as a rough Jags early wide receiver pick right there with Matt Jones and R. Jay Soward. Imagine if they had invested in Hilton, instead, to keep him out of Indianapolis.6. Cowboys: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South CarolinaActual pick: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSUThe Cowboys got some decent play from Claiborne for a while, but they would have been better off with Gilmore, who aced it for the Bills before taking it to the next level with the Patriots.7. Buccaneers: Harrison Smith, S, Notre DameActual pick: Mark Barron, S, AlabamaBarron was the linebacker-like safety they took in 2012. The do-over would clearly turn to Smith, the long-time leader of the Vikings’ defense. MORE: Kuechly retires as best Panther everKnowing there is still one elite, durable franchise quarterback still going strong in the NFL from the 2012 class, the alternate history first round looks different, right from the first pick.1. Colts: Russell Wilson, QB, WisconsinActual pick: Andrew Luck, QB, StanfordWilson stands out as the best quarterback from this class as he continues his march to the Hall of Fame with elite play, never having experienced a losing season in the NFL. Forget the Colts; just about any team that isn’t the Patriots, Packers or Saints would have loved to make this kind of QB pick over the past 20 years.2. Redskins: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan StateOriginal pick: Robert Griffin III, QB, BaylorLogic might suggest the Redskins would have taken Luck here, but you have to credit their accidental foresight in getting a future starter when they drafted Cousins behind RGIII. Had Cousins started as a franchise guy in Washington instead of underpaid backup, he might still be there. 19. Bears: Justin Tucker, K, TexasActual pick: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise StateA kicker in the first round? You better believe Chicago would have loved Tucker’s operatic stylings and big leg to win them a lot of games as opposed to the awful mess its field-goal situation become a year ago.20. Titans: Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa StateActual pick: Kendall Wright, WR, BaylorThe Titans would pivot from the slot-limited Wright to address their interior blocking, which also was a big need for them seven years ago.21. Patriots: Dont’a Hightower, LB, AlabamaActual pick: Chandler Jones, DE, SyracuseLook at that: New England gets the guy it took as a second first-rounder, anyway, with Jones off the board. 32. Giants: Whitney Mercilus, DE, IllinoisActual pick: David Wilson, RB, Virginia TechThe Texans going for Jackson instead of Mercilus would have been music to New York’s ears as it adds yet another edge option behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck after winning the Super Bowl. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/80/5d/justin-tucker-010720-getty-ftrjpg_g1j7ad7n737u1lkd3mokk2n7h.jpg?t=-2139344217&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6b/9d/andrew-luck-082519-getty-ftr_16ljybzzfx0vt1mh4hfc0kvzia.jpg?t=-911766396&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/50/c6/josh-norman-112816-getty-ftr_948uu4q2e3fn1ehsc7wwznbhv.jpg?t=-1396937952&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/67/dc/nick-foles-090319-getty-ftrjpg_1gn8r16l91etw19vbpz7p2dws2.jpg?t=-101895692&w=500&quality=80 22. Browns: Nick Foles, QB, ArizonaActual pick: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma StateThis would have been a much better pick than Weeden and probably would have kept them from going after Johnny Manziel in 2014.23. Lions: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.)Actual pick: Riley Reiff, OT, IowaDetroit could have used some running stability until Kerryon Johnson was ready to take over. Reiff was just OK before leaving to sign with rival Minnesota.24. Steelers: Brandon Brooks, G, Miami (Ohio)Actual pick: David DeCastro, G, StanfordNo DeCastro? No problem with this other great right guard from a current top NFL offensive line across the state.25. Patriots: Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami (Fla.)Actual pick: Dont’a HIghtower, ILB, AlabamaVersatile defender for the defensive line instead of Jones? Sign Bill Belichick up.26. Texans: Mailk Jackson, DT, TennesseeActual pick: Whitney Mercilus, EDGE, IllinoisJackson did star for a Wade Phillips defense in Denver. He would have worked nicely up front with J.J. Watt, the first-rounder of the previous year.27. Bengals: Kevin Zeitler, G, WisconsinActual pick: Kevin Zeitler, G, WisconsinThis is our first first-round pick who stays exactly the same with DeCastro, Osemele and Brooks off the board. Luke Kuechly’s retirement from the NFL, combined with the same move by Andrew Luck a few months ago, brings up an interesting question: What would a re-do of the 2012 NFL Draft look like knowing what we know now?Luck, the No. 1 overall selection that year, is no longer active, and Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 overall pick, is reduced to limited backup status in Baltimore. These developments change past events in an alternate history. 28. Packers: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal CarolinaActual pick: Nick Perry, EDGE, USCGreen Bay has had an affinity for first-round defensive backs. Norman would be have been great in the division as opposed to the original pick of Perry, who provided limited pass-rush returns.29. Vikings: Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri WesternActual pick: Harrison Smith, S, Notre DameMinnesota actually took Blair Walsh four picks after Zuerlein. Young GZ would have been great for that Seahawks playoff game.30. 49ers: Akiem Hicks, DT, ReginaActual pick: A.J. Jenkins, WR, IllinoisHicks had an awesome breakout year, going from solid to spectacular in Vic Fangio’s Bears defense in 2018. Fangio oversaw the 49ers’ defensive-minded run to the Super Bowl under Jim Harbaugh in 2012.31. Buccaneers: Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas StateActual pick: Doug Martin, RB, Boise StateThe Bucs go for the next best option to help on the second level in this class with David long gone. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/45/2b/alshon-jeffrey-041118-getty-ftrjpg_1oe9fr0mfaf12185etxjkz509p.jpg?t=-1252866430&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

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