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.
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]
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
-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
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.
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.
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.”