2019 NBA Draft Lottery Results:

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery was a very anxious one for many NBA fans across the world. There were many ups and downs for teams all over. NBA fans and analysts believed that teams like the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, and the Cleveland Cavaliers would be amongst the top 4 picks in this year’s NBA Draft Lottery. Although those three teams were very close, neither of them actually made it into the top 4. With surprises and downers all over, we give you a run down on all fourteen picks that were chosen.

#1 New Orleans Pelicans

No. 1 Odds – 6.0%

Top-3 Odds – 19%

 

#2 Memphis Grizzlies

No. 1 Odds – 6.0%

Top-3 Odds – 19%

 

#3 New York Knicks

No. 1 Odds – 14.0%

Top-3 Odds – 40.2%

 

#4 Los Angeles lakers

No. 1 Odds – 2.0%

Top-3 Odds – 6.7%

#5 Cleveland Cavaliers

No.1 Odds – 14%

Top-3 Odds – 40.2%

 

#6 Phoenix Suns

No. 1 Odds – 14.0%

Top-3 Odds – 40.2%

#7 Chicago Bulls

No. 1 Odds – 12.5%

Top-3 Odds – 36.6%

 

#8 Atlanta Hawks

No. 1 Odds – 10.5%

Top-3 Odds – 31.6%

 

#9 Washington Wizards

No. 1 Odds – 9.0%

Top-3 Odds – 27.6%

 

#10 Atlanta Hawks (Via Dallas Mavericks)

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#11 Minnesota Timberwolves

No. 1 Odds – 3.0%

Top-3 Odds – 9.9%

 

#12 Charlotte Hornets

No. 1 Odds – 1.0%

Top-3 Odds – 3.4%

#13 Miami Heat

No. 1 Odds – 1.0%

Top-3 Odds – 3.4%

#14 Boston Celtics (Via Sacramento Kings)

N/A

 

Giants 6th-Round Draft Pick Corey Ballentine injured in shooting

A day after the New York Giants drafted Corey Ballentine in the 6th-round Of The 2019 NFL draft, he was shot in an off-campus shooting that killed his friend and former teammate.

The shooting occurred during an off-campus situation in Topeka, Kansas. Washburn University a division 2 school in Topeka, Kansas confirmed that junior defensive back Dwane Simmons, 23, was killed during the incident. Washburn University also stated that the New York Giants 6th-round pick Corey Ballentine is expected to make a full recovery following the shooting.

The police report stated that officers responded around 12:45 A.M. in response to gunfire. About 4 blocks away from the school’s campus, police found Dwane Simmons lying unresponsive in the middle of the road.

Dwane Simmons, 23, was a star junior defensive back for Washburn University.

Corey Ballentine who was drafted hours before the incident is very lucky to be alive, as he arrived to the hospital with a non-threatening gunshot wound from the same incident.

2019 NFL Draft Steals

The 2019 NFL draft was marked by many steals and busts through the 3 day draft. Many teams passed up great players for others, while many teams grabbed exactly what they needed when they least expected. We at Exxedera share with you our top steals of the 2019 draft.


1. Dwayne Haskins (Washington Redskins, Pick 15) – Dwayne Haskins ranks as our number one steal of the 2019 draft. The Ohio State Quarterback started 14 games out of 22, accounting for 5,396 passing yards & 54 touchdowns his sophomore season. With Haskins forgoing his 2 years of eligibility left, Haskins was expected to be a higher draft pick. Many New York Giant fans expected their new Quarterback to be Dwayne Haskins. Instead, the New York Giants went with Daniel Jones, disappointing many Giant fans. The Redskins were able to pick up what could be their future Quarterback with the 15th pick of the NFL draft. Therefore, Dwayne Haskins tops our 2019 Draft Steal List.

2. Greedy Williams (Cleveland Browns, Pick 46) – Greedy Williams stunned many fans as he slid into the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Williams received the highest grade out of all cornerbacks in the 2019 draft with a 6.18 grade sheet according to NFL.com. However Williams still slipped behind 3 draft picks at the cornerback position. Williams was a top corner during his collegiate career with LSU. Surprisingly Williams slipped down in stocks and was drafted as the 46th pick overall. This gave the Browns a huge draft win, as they are adding on to what is already a top notch defensive back group. Williams has the prototypical size every NFL scout looks for. Greedy Williams stands at 6’2, 185 pounds, 31 1/2″ arms, 9 1/4″ hands, and ran a 4.37. Williams was projected by many Mock drafts as a first round draft pick, but fell to the second round due to many teams questioning his tackle and run support ability. With a little development, the Cleveland Browns might just have another Richard Sherman on their hands.

3. Chase Winovich (New England Patriots, Pick 77) – Chase Winovich surprised many when he was drafted into the 3rd round, pick 77. Winovich was projected to go into the second round, but slipped into the third round on day 2. The Michigan Wolverine Outside Linebacker was the main driving force behind Michigans No.14 ranked scoring defense in 2018. Coach Belichick has a knack for finding talent in the later rounds, and we feel this is gonna be a good one! The Wolverine linebacker accounted for 13.5 sacks in his last two seasons with the Wolverines. Many believe Belichick will use Winovich as a pass-rusher and will mold him to greatness.

4. Irv Smith Jr. (Minnesota Vikings, Pick 50) – The Alabama star Irv Smith Jr. ranked number one for tight ends throughout the entire draft. It was clear that Smith would be picked in the first round, as many projections had him as the number one TE and a first round top-20 pick. However, the Minnesota Vikings gained a huge steal when they drafted Irv Smith Jr. into the second round at pick 50. The Vikings added another prominent receiver to what already is a great group of receivers. The addition of Smith definitely adds a new wrinkle to a group of receivers that already include Adam Theilen, Stefan Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph. The addition of Smith also takes pressure off of Kirk Cousins, who struggled tremendously during his first year with the Vikings.

5. Miles Sanders (Philadelphia Eagles, Pick 53) – Miles Sanders was projected by many mock drafts as the No.2 ranked running back in 2019’s draft class. It was a surprise no team drafted this power-house back in the first round. Sanders slipped into the second round and was picked No. 53 by the Philadelphia Eagles. Although Sanders was in the shadow of Saquon Barkley for 2 seasons, Sanders broke out his Jr season rushing for 1,274 yards and 9 touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards a cary. His efforts filled in the hole that Barkley left the Nittany Lions in 2018. The Philadelphia Eagles may have just grabbed the best running back in the NFL Draft when least expected.

6. Rock YaSin (Indianapolis Colts, Pick 34) – Rock Ya-Sin had a lot to prove this 2019 NFL Draft. Sin competed in every combine measurement, and blew away scouts with his consistency to be the best. Sin coming from a small school like Temple, blew away scouts with his effort during the 2019 Combine. Sin dominated from his time at Presbyterian college and until his time ended at Temple University. Ya-Sin began his college career starting as a true freshman for Presbyterian College. At Presbyterian College, Sin recorded 95 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 24 pass break-ups. Sin then transferred to Temple University after Presbyterian College decide to move from FCS to division 2. At Temple University he recorded 47 tackles, 2 interceptions, and tied for 14th in the nation with 12 pass break-ups. One of Ya-Sin’s interceptions made ESPN’s top 10 plays on Sports-center. Sin has physical attributes greater than those of taller plays. His arm size and hand size is bigger than Cornerback Greedy Williams. Expect Rock Ya-sin to bring a huge change into the Colts secondary.

7. Drew Lock (Denver Broncos, Pick 42) – Drew Lock was projected by many scouts as a top 10 pick. However his stock fell as teams grabbed other players from his position. The Strong-armed quarterback played all 4 seasons at Missouri compiling over 12,193 passing yards, 99 touchdowns, and only 39 interceptions. Lock was one of the more experienced players coming into the 2019 draft. It was shocking to many as the once first round projected quarterback, fell into the second round. Broncos GM John Elway has a knack for quarterbacks like Drew Lock. Lock is a very athletic quarterback, running a 4.69 40-yard dash. His resilience resembles much of the great John Elway, however his accuracy and interception rate resembles more of a Jay Cutler/Joe Flacco kind of feel. With Lock slipping into the second round, and Elway getting ahold of him, the future is only promising for this young organization.

8. Ken Webster (New England Patriots,  Pick 252) – Ole Miss cornerback Ken Webster started his collegiate career as a very promising one. Ken began his career at Ole Miss as a true freshman. Webster recorded 22 tackles, and 2 pass break-ups his freshman campaign. Webster showed exactly why he should’ve played more his freshman season, when he came back his sophomore year and dominated. Webster was seen making big plays all over ESPN his sophomore season. Ken recorded 41 tackles, 11 pass break ups, 12 passes defended, 3.0 TFL, and 1 interception. Webster was only suppose to improve even more his junior season, as he was raising many scouts eyebrows as to who he was. However, Ken Webster was haunted by a torn ligament in the first game of the season that hindered most of his career at Ole Miss. In 2018 Ken Webster made his debut again into the starting lineup. Ken Webster capped off his career and senior season by recording 33 tackles, and 2 interceptions against a very tough SEC schedule. Webster surprised many scouts at the NFL combine with his athletic ability. Webster ranked No. 1 for all cornerbacks with a 43″ Vertical, and ranked No. 3 with a 133″ Broad Jump. His On-field testing was above average than other cornerbacks who competed in the NFL Combine. This gave the Patriots no choice but to grab this Steal before the FA market could grab him. Webster will be able to make contributions right away in the kicking game with his amazing straight-line speed. His efforts in the kicking game will only lead to his contributions as a cornerback. Ken Webster definitely caps of our steals of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Miami Dolphins Are Finally Headed In The Right Direction

Goodbye Ryan Fitzpatrick. Goodbye Adam Gase.

Hello, the new and improved Miami Dolphins.

The draft day trade by the Dolphins to nab quarterback Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals was by far the best move the Dolphins have made in the last decade. I know he hasn’t played a down in a Fins uniform however Rosen provides tremendous upside to a position (QB) where the Dolphins have been lacking since Dan Marino retired in 1999. Their list of starting QB mediocrity includes Jay Fielder, Gus Ferotte, Cleo Lemon, Chad Pennington, Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill and their latest misfire, Jay Cutler. Following a lackadaisical 2018 season from Ryan Tannehill the organization finally decided it was time for a change.

Insert: Josh Rosen.

Rosen’s a well-rounded QB who has the potential to be great given he has the right personnel around him for most of his career. In Arizona that wasn’t the case, as he had some weapons in running back David Johnson and veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald however those two were succumbed to a bad offensive line, below-average defense and a rookie head coach that didn’t even get the chance to prove himself (The Cardinals have a new rookie HC now). Now he’ll have a better variety of skill players to get the ball to, a better offensive line and an even more opportunistic defense (Miami forced 28 turnovers last season to Arizona’s 16) but he’ll still be working with a rookie head coach. The good news about his new coach however? He, Brian Flores, had been on the New England Patriots staff since 2004 so he knows a thing or two about being apart of a successful organization.

The Josh Rosen era has officially begun in Miami and the future surely does look brighter now in South Beach. As long as Rosen continues to improve and can grow as a leader in the locker room, the Dolphins should have no regret of this trade when they look back a decade from now.

Are The Celtics Peaking At The Right Time

The Boston Celtics just swept the Indiana Pacers handily in a series the Pacers were overmatched in from the start. Indiana was missing star guard Victor Oladipo throughout the series as he’s battling back from a ruptured tendon which he suffered in January. The loss loomed large as the Pacers were forced to turn to Bojan Bogdanovic to provide a spark on offense throughout the series.

The Celtics pushed any chatter of an early playoff exit out of the door as their core of Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford along with their deep bench are all peaking at the right time. It’s been a long road for this Boston team that entered the season with expectations higher than almost any team in the NBA. Remember now, this is the same Celtics team that was a Game 7 victory away from knocking off LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals a year ago.. without Irving or Gordon Hayward. Now LeBron’s in the Western conference

The Atlanta Braves Win Big In Home Opener

The Atlanta Braves opened up their first home game and win of the season versus the Chicago Cubs. The Braves came into tonights game with 3 losses, all coming from their NL East foe, the Philadelphia Phillies. Tonight’s game gave Brave fan’s a breathe of fresh air, as the Atlanta Braves dominated their home opener 8-0.

The Braves began tonights game with a homer by Ender Inciarte in the bottom of the 1st inning. Followed by 3 more runs by the likes of Donaldson, Markakis, and Albies. In the Bottom 3rd, Braves outfielder Acuna Jr. homered to left, pushing the game to 5-0 before the 4th inning. The Atlanta Braves finished the game 8-0, shutting out the Chicago Cubs offense from scoring nay runs. The Atlanta Braves improve to 1-3 on the season, and will play at home Wednesday versus the Chicago Cubs.

 

 

Have The Lakers Playoff Hopes Officially Faded?

Oh LA. Oh no LA.

The Los Angeles Lakers are officially hanging from a thread in terms of making the playoffs after their recent loss to the NBA’s worst team, the Pheonix Suns. The loss now seats the Lakers two spots outside of the playoffs which also amounts to them being five games back from being in the eight seed. With 19 games left in the regular season, would it be wise to believe LeBron James can lead this group of players to the playoffs?

The 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers are not a bad squad. They definitely have had an up and down season, however they certainly have the pieces in place to make a playoff run, if they can even get there. Star forward LeBron James previously stated that he was activating his “playoff mode” earlier than expected due to the Lakers playoffs hopes reeling. However, the rest of the squad outside of Brandon Ingram have shown up on a consistent enough basis for the Lakers to have the string of wins that they so badly need if they really want a playoff spot. Their loss to the Pheonix Suns highlighted how sloppy and unorganized year it’s been for a Lakers team led by Luke Walton who is reportedly set to be fired after the season. So will the Lakers play inspired basketball down the stretch for their current coach or will they slouch around the last 19 games?

Trae Young Becomes First Rookie Since AI To Score 35 Points In Consecutive Games

Hawks point guard Trae Young, becomes the first rookie since Philadelphia 76er, Allen Iverson, to record 35 plus points in two consecutive games. The Atlanta Hawks rookie has been on a impressive role since the All-star weekend. The Hawks point guard has averaged Twenty Three points per game over the course of February. The rookie point guard recorded 36 points and 10 assists during the Hawks 131 to 123 win versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. Young has definitely created a spark within his young Atlanta team. The Hawks point guard will win Rookie Of The Year, playing at this rate. Check out Trae Young’s highlights last game verse the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Below)

Stellar Defenses Headline The Patriots Super Bowl 53 Victory

Super Bowl LIII was supposed to be one of the most high scoring affairs ever. After last season’s high flying Super Bowl that featured the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the Los Angeles Rams there was no reason to believe this one wouldn’t be more potent offensively. Wrong. The Rams and New England Patriots combined for just a measly 16 points in the Patriots 13-3 victory.

The first half of this year’s Super Bowl only featured three points between the Rams and New England Patriots. Neither team took a snap in the other team’s red zone while the Pats committed the only turnover on Tom Brady’s first pass attempt of the game. The Rams were only able to muster 52 total yards and two first downs in the half and Todd Gurley was again shunned as he only received three touches (He only had four all of last week). Both team played worse than usual and it led to the 3-0 stalemate that fans were left with at halftime.


New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman finished Super Bowl LIII with 10 receptions for 143 yards.

The second half began almost no different than the first half as both teams continued to struggle offensively. The Rams added on to a streak they began in the first half as they wound up punting on eight straight possessions through midway of the third quarter. The Patriots ended up with a few first downs in the third quarter but after the quarter the score was just 3-3 as Greg Zuerlein connected on a 53 yard attempt near the end of the third.

It all came down to the fourth quarter in this Super Bowl of defenses as neither team was able to create separation through three quarters. The Patriots were able to finally break through offensively with a one-yard Sony Michel touchdown to make the score 10-3. They coupled that with a Stephon Gilmore interception on the following Rams possession with under five minutes to play in regulation. That interception proved to be the biggest play of the game as Tom Brady and the rest of the offense ran the time down to under two minutes before Stephen Gostkowski put the game away at 13-3.

Super Bowl LIII was Tom Brady’s sixth NFL championship and it was also the Patriots’ 11th appearance in the big game (Third in a row). Their defense held the Rams usually superb offense to just 3 points, 12 first downs and 205 total yards in addition to the 4 sacks they got on Rams QB Jared Goff.

In a season where the Patriots were doubted repeatedly they persevered and showed everyone around the league why they are still the gold standard around the league.


Black History Athlete Of The Day: Bo Jackson

Former football and baseball superstar Bo Jackson has widely been considered one of the greatest athletes to ever live.

His legend began to grow the second he began attending Auburn University and started playing football, amassing 829 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman year. He then went on to add baseball to his aresenal the following year and he didn’t look back. In 1985, his final season of college football, Bo ran for 1,786 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to the Heisman trophy. He matched that same total of touchdowns in home runs that year om the diamond.

Jackson was selected first overall in the 1986 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers however he refused to sign his contract due to a previous dispute with the team. Instead, he signed with the Los Angeles Raiders after they drafted him the following season in the 1987 NFL draft. He only played in seven games his rookie year but he managed to rush for 554 yards