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The NFL Scouting Combine is just around the corner, and that means the NFL Draft is also drawing ever closer. There was a small piece of news that came out from the NFL today, as a coin was tossed in order to determine who would pick 16th and 17th in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens finished with identical records and had identical strength of schedule ratings, so the only way they could be separated was to have the famous coin toss. The Cowboys 'won' the toss, meaning they will have the 16th pick of the draft – dead centre of the first round – whilst the Ravens will hold the 17th pick.
Meanwhile, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is widely considered to be the best player available in the NFL Draft, has been praised by his former coach Steve Spurrier. Clowney is an athletic freak who had something of a disappointing year in 2013, but Spurrier moved to defend the pass rusher today.
"Even though his production this year wasn't near what it was last year, he had two to three guys waiting on him just about every play," Spurrier said. "His run defense was very good, though. He chased down a bunch of guys and made tackles. His sacks, he had to go around two and three guys just about every game."
“Every opponent had a plan for him. Even if we move him to the right side or the middle, that guy back there would just follow him wherever he went and tried to double-team or triple-team and give his lineman help on just about every pass play,” he added.
There has also been some disappointing news for Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Davis was banned for the final four games of the 2011 season, and another offense means he is now suspended indefinitely. Davis had a disappointing year for the Redskins, as 2013 draft pick Jordan Reed leapfrogged him on the depth chart and became Washington's leading tight end option.
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