Prediction Time - 05/07/14

Ok.  After only 4+ months of talk, speculation and what can best be described as noise, the NFL Draft is finally here.  FINALLY.  I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I can take another Mock Draft.  I've seen more Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Mike Mayock than any human other than their families should the last few weeks. 

These "experts" have the Titans drafting a quarterback, a tight end, a defensive lineman, a cornerback, a linebacker in the 1st round.  I've seen everything but a punter, a kicker, or me predicted to be the Titans top pick tomorrow night. 

Everyone is an expert this time of year.  I'm certainly no different.  And with that in mind, here are the possible 1st round scenarios I see for the Men in Two-Toned Blue:

1) I think the Titans ideally hope to trade down.  I believe in their perfect world, they trade down to the late teens and get the 3rd round pick back they lost in the Justin Hunter deal last year. 

2) They hope that Mike Evans falls to them.  The Texas A&M wide receiver a dynamic playmaker and perfect fit to compliment Hunter and Kendall Wright.  He's big, physical and can really go up and get the ball, even with defenders draped all over him.  The selection gives the Titans four great pass-catching options (Denard Walker being the other).  All are young and can grow up together, with or without Jake Locker.

3) They take Anthony Barr.  This pick makes sense, given his experience in the 3-4 defense.  And his familiarity with Titans Linebackers Coach Lou Spanos, who recruited and coached him at UCLA.  Many think Barr's best ball is in front of him and that he can be a fantastic speed rusher in the NFL.

4)  They take Darqueze Dennard.  The top-rated cornerback replaces the recently departed Alterraun Verner.  Dennard is physical, great against the pass AND the run. 

With being said, I think when it's all said and done, the Titans will take Barr.  Not only does he make the most sense to me, but he's the one most likely to be there.  But that's just a hunch.  If it happens, you can call me Nostradamus.  If it doesn't, I'll deny the prediction to my grave!

 

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RICK SPRINGFIELD-YOUR BUTT IS FINE WITH US

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Rock musician Rick Springfield was a big hit at the opening day of the 2015 New York State Fair. So was his tush.

The singer best known for his 1981 No. 1 hit "Jessie's Girl" had been sued by a New York woman who said she suffered serious head injuries when Springfield's buttocks hit her after he fell off the stage during a concert at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds in 2004.

In January, he won the seven-year legal battle when a state Supreme Court judge in Syracuse said the performer didn't injure the concert-goer.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that during last night's performance Springfield, who turned 66 Sunday, thanked fans for supporting him during the trial. One fan held up a sign that read: "`'Rick your butt can fall on me anytime."

PREGNANT METEOROLOGIST GIVES BIRTH TO TWINS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia meteorologist who went online to fight back against "haters" critical of her pregnant appearance has given birth to twin girls.

KYW-TV says Katie Fehlinger (FEH'-lin-jer) went into labor after her morning shift Tuesday and delivered the girls Wednesday afternoon.

Parker Janice was born at 12:58 p.m. She weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Kaeden Faye arrived a minute later, weighing 3 pounds, 12 ounces

Fehlinger shot back at critics last week in a Facebook post, attracting national attention and support from thousands of people.

She wrote that the industry makes her an easy target for criticism. But she said it crosses the line to post "nastygrams" about pregnant women.

Fehlinger, a Lehigh Valley native, has been with the station since 2011.

WOMAN TICKETED FOR BREAST FEEDING WHILE DRIVING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A 43-year-old Washington woman was given a $136 ticket this week for breast-feeding while driving.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/nxbX7D ) the woman was pulled over on Interstate 5 around 7 p.m. Wednesday after someone called 911 to report a child sitting in a driver's lap.

State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis says that when the trooper approached the car, he could tell that the woman was breast-feeding.

The woman admitted she was breast feeding and had done it before because her 1-year-old son screams uncontrollably when he's hungry.

Francis says they had a talk about safety and parental responsibility and the officer issued a ticket for child-restraint violation.

Court records show the woman has a history of driving infractions, including using a cellphone while driving, speeding and following too closely.

NEBRASKA LOTTERY- SCRATCH AND SNIFF

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Even if it isn't a winner -- a Nebraska lottery ticket could still give you a good whiff.

The Nebraska Lottery says it will be selling Sriracha-scented scratch tickets as part of a new $2 scratch game.

It's called Hot Sriracha, and each ticket contains a scent replicating that of the famous Asian sauce. The game offers three $15,000 top prizes and a total of more than $468,000 in cash prizes.

Acting Nebraska Lottery director Jill Marshall says in a news release that lottery officials think the new game "is the first Sriracha-scented scratch game ever made."

Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said Thursday that tickets are being distributed and may be purchased wherever they're offered.

POLICE TO COMPILE FREQUENT-DRUNKARD LIST

AURORA, Illinois (AP) -- The police department in an Illinois city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication.

Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have "certain clientele" whom police and fire departments see regularly. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports (http://trib.in/1IhxoVp ) that includes people whom police and fire personnel transport six times or more in a 120-day period.

The City Council approved keeping the list this week as part of an overhaul to city liquor laws. Aurora is west of Chicago.

Police say the goal is public safety. Those on the list won't be able to purchase liquor in Aurora and local businesses are expected to comply.

Authorities say they got the idea from Madison, Wisconsin, which has a similar policy.

 
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