ESPN's Todd McShay updates big board, mock draft
His top five, in order, are DE Chase Young (Ohio State), QB Joe Burrow (LSU), WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), DT Derrick Brown (Auburn), and CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio State). Meanwhile, do-it-all linebacker Isaiah Simmons landed at No. 6, and McShay projected the Clemson product to the Giants – just he did heading into last week's 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
"The Giants defense needs everything, and everything is exactly what Simmons brings to the table," McShay wrote. "He was a factor in every single statistical area in 2019 for the Tigers, and his blazing 4.39-second time in the 40, wild 39-inch vertical and ridiculous 11-foot broad jump took Indianapolis by storm. It was one of the best workouts we've ever seen from a linebacker. A converted safety, Simmons fits what NFL teams are looking for today and can affect so many areas of the game. New York handed 28.2 points per game to opponents last season, more than all but two other teams. Let's jump start the defensive rebuild with a true difference-maker."
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Microsoft, NFL expand partnership to accelerate digital transformation across the league
Microsoft Corp. and the National Football League on Tuesday announced an expansion of their deep technology partnership. The multiyear expansion aims to help the entire NFL, including its coaches and players, be more efficient through enhanced communication and collaboration via Microsoft Surface devices and Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365.
"Since 2013, Microsoft has helped transform the NFL through technology around our game," said Renie Anderson, chief revenue officer and executive vice president of NFL Partnerships. "Microsoft Surface has quickly become an authentic tool to the game of football and is vital during all NFL games for coaches, players and NFL Officials. And now by working together to integrate Microsoft Teams across the League, together we aim to improve on communications and collaboration in a modern way."
"We're inspired to continue to help the NFL accelerate its digital transformation," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Modern Life, Search and Devices, Microsoft. "We've worked together to innovate the way the game is played with Surface devices to power Instant Replay and in-game play review for players and coaches on the sidelines. And by combining Surface and Microsoft Teams deeper into the fast-paced workflow of the league, we have an incredible opportunity to bring together the power of hardware and software to help everyone be more productive."
As part of the partnership expansion, Microsoft and the NFL will now work together on modern collaboration technology to further empower the League using the new Microsoft Teams platform. Designed to work seamlessly across Windows, iOS and Android devices, Microsoft Teams brings together chat, calling, meetings, files, document collaboration and workflow into a single app. Rather than use separate apps for those experiences, NFL teams and the entire organization can collaborate and stay constantly and securely connected on Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft continues to deliver exceptional performance to the NFL with the Microsoft Surface Sideline Viewing System (SVS), bringing near-real-time images and game data, such as down, distance and yard line information, to the players and coaches on the sidelines and to the coaches in the coach's booth. In addition, Microsoft Surface Instant Replay (MSIR) brings mobile instant replay to the officials on the field, helping improve pace of play. With more than 2,000 Surface devices and 170 Windows Servers deployed across 35 global stadiums, Microsoft technology powers 333 events each year for the NFL on game day.
Beyond the sideline integration, Microsoft works with every NFL team and their partners to develop unique business and consumer-facing integrations to deliver real-world productivity solutions. Ranging from Surface devices serving as playbooks, to film reviews being conducted on the Surface family of devices, to in-stadium usage on gamedays, to business operations teams using Surface devices in their front office, it is clear that NFL teams have embraced Microsoft as a true technology partner.
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks unveiled his first position rankings for the 2020 draft.