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    Leading up to the NFL draft on May 8-10, Shutdown Corner will examine some of the most interesting prospects in the class, breaking down their strengths and weaknesses.

    Khalil Mack
    Linebacker-defensive end
    6-foot-3, 251 pounds
    2013 stats: 100 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 10 passes defended, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries
    40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds

    The good: How did such a lightly recruited player become such a coveted NFL prospect? It certainly adds mystery to him heading into May 8. Mack redshirted his first year in college and then spent most of the next four college seasons living in opponents' backfields. He racked up 18 sacks and 56.5 tackles in his first three seasons with the Bulls, earning all-MAC mention as a sophomore and junior. Mack then kicked off his senior season with a life-changing performance in the opener at Ohio State, with nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception return for a

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  • Many rumors flew around about why the Philadelphia Eagles cut receiver DeSean Jackson, who was coming off a big season in the prime of his career. During most of that time, even after Washington signed Jackson, it was hard to find a former Eagles teammate that publicly defended him.

    But as more was written ripping Jackson, quoting unnamed Eagles sources, a couple of Eagles went on the record to say that some of the claims weren't true.

    CBS Philly had an explosive story last week that stated, through some of his former teammates and other team sources, that Jackson was a malcontent and cussed out coach Chip Kelly in front of the team. Running back LeSean McCoy told Philadelphia media, including CSN Philly, that he never saw that happen.

    “I’ve never seen that,” McCoy said. “I’ve never seen the two of them get into it. Coach Kelly, the good thing I will say about him, is his understanding. If you have an issue or problem he seems to always work it out.”

    Then safety Kurt Coleman, who signed with the Vikings this week, went on Sirius XM Radio and  specifically wondered why people were assassinating Jackson's character.

    “I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time,” Coleman said on Sirius XM Radio, via “I find it troubling to hear some of the stories — and I don’t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone I could talk to and could relate to.
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  • The NFL has this promotion thing down pat, and if Warren Buffett can engineer a billion-dollar bracket challenge, then by golly, the St. Louis Rams can have a pretty good consolation giveaway.

    Anyone who can correctly guess, game for game, what the St. Louis Rams' schedule will look like can win $100,000. Again: Fans are being asked to predict the team's schedule for money. What a brilliant idea that underscores fans' hunger for all things NFL.

    The Buffalo Bills have their own version of a schedule contest. If a fan can nail every game perfectly, he or she will win tickets for life. The most correct entries this year will earn 2014 season tickets.

    But we're talking every game here, home or road, plus the day. In the Rams contest, you must predict Thursday/Sunday/Monday for every week, plus the bye, and there's even a Saturday option for Week 16, when the NFL will have a doubleheader on that day. (Here are a few hints to get your Bills entry started off right: It appears the Bills will

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  • The New York Jets should have a simple goal on Tuesday – do not let Chris Johnson leave without a signed contract.

    After days of speculation, Johnson is currently visiting the Jets’ facility, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson was recently spotted in New York, but this is his first official visit with the Jets since the Tennessee Titans released him nearly two weeks ago.

    If Johnson signs, he would join Jets running back Chris Ivory, who struggles to stay healthy, in New York’s backfield. Johnson could be paired with Michael Vick, who will battle against Geno Smith during training camp to determine the starting quarterback this season.

    Johnson was slated to make $8 million with Tennessee this season, but will likely receive much less this year. He is no longer in the conversation with Philadelphia’s LeSean

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  • Businessman Donald Trump speaks at the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, New Hampshire April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
    The Donald is not going away.

    The billionaire celebrity Donald Trump, who is now famous for being famous, is hoping to add another feather to his peacock-like cap. He has stated his interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, and now he is reiterating his said interest in buying the team.

    More interestingly, per the Buffalo News, Trump says he wants to keep the team in Buffalo. Or so he says.

    “I’m going to give it a heavy shot,” Trump told The News on Monday from his office in Manhattan. “I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I’m keeping it in Buffalo.”

    Most people believe that Trump would buy the team so as to move it to Los Angeles, or perhaps sister Bills city Toronto. But he's trying to quash that notion for now with the idea that it could hurt his chances to purchase the team if public sentiment as any seat at this table.

    Trump uses sound logic: He curries favor with the locals by explaining the team's rich tradition and the local ties to the team. But then he can't help but

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