Patrick Mahomes reportedly robbed in Tyler

Patrick Mahomes II #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on September 29, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 55-19. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Patrick Mahomes, the 10th overall choice in the NFL draft, reportedly was a victim in an aggravated robbery last Friday night in Tyler.

The former Texas Tech quarterback, selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with their first pick, was one of four victims robbed in a driveaway, according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tyler Telegraph had this account:

Deputies were dispatched to the 8800 block of Mansion Creek Circle where four people reported being robbed by someone they believed was armed with a handgun.

The victims were in the driveway when a vehicle pulled in behind them, a man approached them, demanded property and gestured as if he was carrying a handgun in his waistband.

The vehicle fled, but deputies were able to locate it. According to KLTV, deputies arrested two males in the vehicle: Michael Blake Pinkerton, 34, and Billy Ray Johnson, 58, and booked both into the Smith County Jail.

Mahomes graduated from nearby Whitehouse High School.

Now you can gamble on tonight’s NFL Draft

FILE – This Nov. 12, 2016, file photo shows LSU’s Leonard Fournette (7) rushing downfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. The NFL Draft will be held April 27-29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

For the first time, fans can wager with Las Vegas sports books on the NFL Draft.

Here is a sampling of tonight’s odds, as posted by RJ Bell of Pregame.com [@RJinVegas on Twitter]

Draft position

Leonard Fournette: 4.5 pick (will the LSU running back go before or after No. 4?)
Jonathan Allen: 4.5 pick
Christian McCaffrey: 8.5 pick
OJ Howard: 8.5 pick
Mike Williams: 9.5 pick
Mitchell Trubisky: 9.5 pick
Deshaun Watson: 12.5 pick
Corey Davis: 17.5 pick
John Ross: 18.5 pick
Patrick Mahomes: 22.5 pick

Over or Under

LSU players drafted in First Round: o/u 2.5
Total RBs drafted in First Round: o/u 3
Total WRs drafted in First Round: o/u 3
Total QBs drafted in First Round: o/u 3.5
Alabama players drafted in First Round: o/u 4.5
Big 10 players drafted in First Round: o/u 6
Pac 12 players drafted in First Round: o/u 7
SEC players drafted in First Round: o/u 11

First overall pick

Myles Garrett -800
Mitch Trubisky +600
Any other player +1400

Odds

-600 that Leonard Fournette will be the first RB drafted
-400 that Trubisky will be the first QB drafted
-300 that at least one team will trade up into the top 5 picks
-200 that Mike Williams will be the first WR drafted
+150 that Solomon Thomas will be the second pick in the draft
5/1 if a placekicker is drafted in the first three rounds
6/1 if Jimmy Garoppolo will be traded on draft night

Final NFL mock draft: Browns will take A&M’s Myles Garrett

FILE – In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

Hours before the NFL Draft, reports out of Cleveland indicate the Browns do, indeed, plan to take the overall top prospect, Myles Garrett, with the No. 1 pick.

Reports have been that the coaching staff wanted the Texas A&M star pass rusher all along, but that parts of the front office/ownership were more keen on North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Trubisky is a home-town kid for Cleveland, a graduate of suburban Mentor High School and a former Mr. Ohio as the player of the year in the state.

Now the plan is to take Garrett No. 1 and then look into trading up from No. 12 — Cleveland’s second first-round selection — to grab Trubisky. Jacksonville, at No. 4, and Tennessee, at No. 5, are potential trade partners.

The only thing that could change the Browns’ thinking is if someone overwhelms them with a package for the No. 1 choice, or if the asking price to trade up for Trubisky gets too high.

Still, with owner Jimm Haslem and others seeing Trubisky, who started just 13 games at North Carolina, as a potential Bernie Kosar for Cleveland — you know, local boy comes home to save the franchise — you can pretty much bet on the Browns trading up for him.

Problem is, Trubisky is a player generally rated in the 20s and even 30s on most big boards. His upside may be of an Andy Dalton middle-of-the-pack NFL starter. But the Browns do need a quarterback, and Trubisky may be the best of a less-than-stellar bunch this year.

A savvy NFL team would probably either show patience and see which QB is available at No. 12 — or wait til next year when USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen figure to be available. Both are better prospects than any quarterback in this class.

AMERICAN-STATESMAN NFL MOCK DRAFT

Team…………,.Player……………..Pos….School

  1. Browns……Myles Garrett………….DE…..Texas A&M
  2. 49ers……….Jamal Adams………….S……..LSU
  3. Bears……….Jonathan Allen……….DE…..Alabama
  4. Jaguars……Leonard Fournette…..RB…..LSU
  5. * Browns….Mitch Trubisky………..QB…..North Carolina
  6. Jets………….O.J. Howard……………TE…..Alabama
  7. Chargers…..Solomon Thomas…….DE…..Stanford
  8. Panthers…..Christian McCaffrey…RB…..Stanford
  9. Bengals…….Haasan Reddick……….LB…..Temple
  10. Bills………….Marshon Lattimore….CB…..Ohio State
  11. Saints……….Derek Barnett………….DE…..Tennessee
  12. * Titans…….Mike Williams…………WR…..Clemson
  13. Cardinals….Marlon Humphrey……CB…..Alabama
  14. Eagles……….Charles Harris…………OLB…Missouri
  15. Colts…………Reuben Foster…………ILB…..Alabama
  16. Ravens………Corey Davis…………….WR…..Western Michigan
  17. Redskins……Dalvin Cook…………….RB…..Florida State
  18. Titans………..Malik Hooker……………S…….Ohio State
  19. Buccaneers…Cam Robinson…………OT…..Alabama
  20. Broncos……..Ryan Ramczyk…………OT…..Wisconsin
  21. Lions………….Taco Charlton………….DE…..Michigan
  22. Dolphins…….Tre’Davious White……CB…..LSU
  23. Giants………..Garrett Bolles…………..OT…..Utah
  24. Raiders………Malik McDowell……….DT…..Michigan State
  25. Texans……….Deshaun Foster………..QB…..Clemson
  26. Seahawks……Forrest Lamp…………..OG…..Western Kentucky
  27. Chiefs…………Patrick Mahomes……..QB…..Texas Tech
  28. Cowboys……..Jordan Willis…………..DE…..Kansas State
  29. Packers……….Alvin Kamara…………..RB…..Tennessee
  30. Steelers……….Jabrill Peppers…………..S……Michigan
  31. Falcons………..Carl Lawson……………DE…..Atlanta
  32. Saints…………..John Ross………………WR….Washington

Johnny Manziel finds a temporary, part-time job

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel attends a game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Capitals at STAPLES Center on March 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
Johnny Manziel, who now is living in Los Angeles, was photographed as he watched a pro hockey game last year. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

Former Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel will be in Houston to celebrate the Super Bowl and make a little spending money.

But he won’t be cashing a check as a player. Rather, he’ll be around to take selfies with football fans willing to pay money for the chance to be seen with Manziel. It’s the first time Manziel has made an official appearance since he was dumped by the Cleveland Browns 10 months ago.

According to the Associated Press, the Houston company Stadium Signatures has hired Manziel to make appearances at local malls in the leadup to the Super Bowl, which is Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium.

A selfie will cost $50. An autograph goes for $99. A four-word inscription will require an additional $29. And if you want a photographer to snap a picture, it’ll be $99.

Manziel was cut by Cleveland last March. No NFL team signed the troubled former Aggie Heisman winner. Manziel has been living in Los Angeles, where he is sometimes photographed by the gossip site TMZ.com.

 

 

Johnny Manziel domestic violence case sent to grand jury

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 14: Johnny Manziel quarterback of the Cleveland Browns yells at a player as the Texas Rangers take on the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 14, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Johnny Manziel and Colleen Crowley attend a Texas Rangers game last year.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Dallas police department will refer the Johnny Manziel domestic violence allegations to a grand jury.

That news was reported Thursday afternoon by NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cleveland Browns said earlier this week that they plan to cut Manziel, the former Texas A&M star, next month.

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley accused Manziel of hitting and kidnapping her when the two were at a Dallas hotel last month.

Crowley was granted a protective order after she filed an affidavit, detailing her allegations.

Manziel’s father also went public, said saying he was afraid his son would not live to see his next birthday and that he’d twice declined to enter a rebab center.

According to an affidavit filed by Crowley, Manziel hit her so hard her ear drum ruptured.

“They expect (her ear) to heal but it’ll take a while,” the ex’s Dallas attorney, Kathy Kinser, told KXAS TV in Dallas.

Crowley said she and Manziel had an argument over another woman. She said he kidnapped her, hit her, pulled her hair and smashed her phone.  She also said he threatened to kill them both. She said the two recently had broken up.

She said the two went to dinner at Victor Tango’s restaurant in Dallas with three friends, then went to two bars before going to an “after party” at Hotel ZaZa. The friends left Manziel and Crowley alone.

“We planned to spend the night together in his room there,” Crowley said in the statement.

She wrote that Manziel threw her on the bed, which frightened her. She said she tried to leave the hotel room, but he prevented her from doing so. She said he led her down a back stairway and that she asked a valet to help her.

According to her affidavit, the valet replied, “I don’t know what to do,” and allowed Manziel to “literally throw me in the front passenger seat.”