Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are married

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are married

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The tennis pro and her Reddit co-founder fiancé have tied the knot!

Entertainment Tonightreports that Serena Williams married Alexis Ohanian at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

According to the publication’s source, the ceremony followed a magical Beauty and the Beast theme. The couple’s closest friends and family attended, with guests including the likes of Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, Ciara, La La Anthony, Kelly Rowland, Venus Williams, and, of course, the lovebirds’ adorable 2-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Guests “were expected to dress to the theme,” the insider said, and were greeted with the song “Be Our Guest” and a round of drinks upon arrival.

The twosome kept the festivities going throughout the week, including their rehearsal dinner the night before, which was held at Meril restaurant. Their guests were also treated to “a full-blown brunch at the Ace Hotel with a DJ, games and recovery bar” on Friday morning.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, further details on the couple’s big day are being kept under wraps for now. However, the star athlete reportedly signed a deal with Vogue, presumably to release exclusive photos from her highly anticipated wedding.

Williams, 36, and Ohanian, 34, began dating in 2015 before announcing their engagement in December 2016. The cute pair welcomed their daughter on Sept. 1, 2017, after the new mom accidentally revealed her pregnancy in April. Williams celebrated her bachelorette party on Nov. 3 in New York City. The night reportedly began at the Baccarat Hotel, before the bride-to-be and her friends traveled around the city in a party bus, drinking and dancing, and later scheduled spa treatments.

Congratulations to the happy couple! While we wait to hear more about their amazing wedding, read up on everything you need to know about Williams’ husband.

Ben Affleck addresses Harvey Weinstein scandal, sexual misconduct allegations

Ben Affleck addresses Harvey Weinstein scandal, sexual misconduct allegations

The Justice League star spoke out against the ongoing sexual harassment and assault accusations rocking Hollywood.

Visiting The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Nov. 16, 2017, Ben Affleck answered host Stephen Colbert’s questions about the sexual misconduct allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, who’d produced many of the actor’s early films. “Now, the person who made [Good Will Hunting] for you, the person who started your career, was Harvey Weinstein,” Colbert stated.

“This is a comedy show, correct?” Affleck replied, nervously laughing.

“This is a comedy show, but we also talk about the subject of the moment, what the national conversation’s about,” Colbert explained. “After the revelations—the disturbing and just truly horrifying revelations about what Harvey Weinstein did—did you feel, because you had such a close association with him at the beginning of your career, that you had to do more than simply distance yourself from Harvey Weinstein? Because everybody ran for the exits.”

“Yes, and understandably so,” responded Affleck, who’d previously been called out by former co-star Rose McGowan for his alleged knowledge of Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior. “You know, for me, it was awful to see the extent of these terrible crimes. It was hideous. I haven’t worked for Harvey for more than 15 years, but nonetheless, I felt this attachment. I did movies like Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, and Chasing Amy—early movies that I really loved doing, when I still was, you know, totally brand new. And so, it sort of tainted that a little bit to realize while we were having these experiences and making these movies, there were people who were suffering and dealing with awful experiences. I didn’t really know what to do with that, you know? It’s hard to know.”

The 45-year-old noted that he still receives residuals from his early Weinstein-produced projects but that he feels uncomfortable keeping the money. So, rather than deposit those checks in the bank, Affleck has chosen to donate the money to organizations like RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and Film Independent.

But Affleck didn’t only talk about Weinstein’s scandal during his late night appearance. He also addressed the sexual misconduct allegations made against him. As Nicki Swift previously reported, One Tree Hill actress and former TRL VJ Hilarie Burton accused Affleck of groping her during an interview.

“What I was accused of by a woman was of touching her breast while I gave her a hug. I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it,” said Affleck, who’d indeed apologized to Burton hours after she’d tweeted out about the allegation. “I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up.”

“It’s just the kind of thing we have to, as men, I think, as we become more aware of this, be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change. I want to be part of the solution.’ And to not shy away from these uncomfortable or awkward or strange encounters we might have had where we’re sort of navigating and not knowing,” Affleck continued. “I think the most important thing to do is to support the voices that are coming forward, believe them, and create a business where more women are empowered and in place so less of this happens, and so there is a way of reporting this stuff so that people can feel safe doing it.”

Affleck also admitted to not understanding exactly what women often experience on a daily basis, particularly in Hollywood. “I thought I had a sense of the scope of the problem and I thought I understood it, and the truth is I really didn’t. I didn’t understand what it’s like to be groped, to be harassed, to be interrupted, talked over, paid less, you know, pushed around, belittled—all the things that women deal with, that for me as a man, I have the privilege of not having to deal with,” he explained. “Part of this, for me, has been listening to people I really care about and love as they tell me stories of stuff that has happened to them—this is men and women—and recognizing that it’s a real thing. I’m not a spokesman. I’m not a superhero. I can’t change it by myself. I can just be accountable for myself and for my actions.”

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Weinstein’s alleged behavior of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape was exposed by both The New York Times and The New Yorker in early October. Since then, dozens of women have come forward, accusing the Miramax co-founder of inappropriate conduct. As a result of the allegations, Weinstein’s wife left him, The Weinstein Company fired him, and several police departments opened investigations into the alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.

Several other men have also been called out in Hollywood for similar behavior, including Brett Ratner, James Toback, and Kevin Spacey.

The Royals cast and crew speak out against Mark Schwahn amid sexual harassment allegations

The Royals cast and crew speak out against Mark Schwahn amid sexual harassment allegations

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The cast and crew of The Royals are standing together.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, Varietypublished an open letter from “The Ladies of The Royals,” in which 25 members of the E! series’ cast and crew accused showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. The letter supports claims made by one of the show’s stars, Alexandra Park, who previously released a statement saying that she had been “exposed” to his “reprehensible behavior.”

“[Schwahn] felt the inclination to abuse his power and influence in an environment where he had it over women who felt they did not. This manifested itself in the repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew,” the letter read. “Where we should all collectively have felt pride over jobs hard won and roles much loved, we felt undermined as artists and creatives. And in many cases, no more than a sum of body attributes.”

The women of the royal drama also thanked their male cast and crew members, who “ensured we were never alone in social situations with him and took two steps towards us for his every one.”

Elizabeth Hurley, who stars as the queen, released an open letter of her own on Thursday. “I was immensely saddened to read Alexandra Park’s statement about Mark Schwahn,” she tweeted. “I have loved working alongside Alexandra and Mark for four years while shooting The Royals, and had absolutely no idea that she was feeling frightened and sexually intimidated by Mark during this time.”

“I have never thought of myself as unobservant, in fact quite the opposite, but I missed this and feel like I have let down a younger cast member,” Hurley continued. “I could have helped her. I would have helped her. But I didn’t know….It’s totally unacceptable for anyone to work in a place in which they feel unsafe….I may have failed Alexandra but it won’t happen again on my watch.”

I have loved working on The Royals. I am devastated by recent reports. This is my statement.

— Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) November 16, 2017

As Nicki Swift previously reported, the cast and crew of One Tree Hill, including stars Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz, signed an open letter condemning Schwahn after he was first accused of sexual harassment by staff writer Audrey Wauchope last week. Many OTH actors have since rallied around their former female co-stars in support.

In the wake of these allegations, Schwahn has been suspended from The Royals as E! conducts an investigation. He is just one of several men in Hollywood to be accused of sexual misconduct since Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault scandal first broke in October.

‘Slow NFL News Day’: Week 11 With Special Guest Bryan Curtis | The Ringer

Kevin Clark is joined by The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis to discuss the top stories of a slow NFL news day, including the rise of Case Keenum, the current state of comics strips, and a Ben McAdoo Photoshop challenge.


Ezekiel Elliott suspension update: NFLPA calls disciplinary process ‘a…

Ezekiel Elliott is ending his fight against the NFL, but the NFLPA isn’t finished.

The Cowboys running back’s agents Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano told NFL Media on Wednesday their lawyers are withdrawing any further appeals of his six-game suspension.

The union on Thursday announced that it has withrdawn its lawsuit in the case but blasted the league’s disciplinary system “as a sham and a lie”:

“On behalf of all players, the Union appealed the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott to its logical conclusion and we are withdrawing our lawsuit.

“Our vigilant fight on behalf of Ezekiel once again exposed the NFL’s disciplinary process as a sham and a lie. They hired several former federal prosecutors, brought in “experts” and imposed a process with the stated goal of ‘getting it right,’ yet the management council refuses to step in and stop repeated manipulation of an already awful League-imposed system.

Elliott sat out his first of six games this past Sunday against the Falcons after the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request for an emergency injunction at a hearing Thursday in New York.

A series of injunctions and restraining orders had allowed Elliott, 22, to play before Sunday, but a three-judge panel decided another injunction wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys running back.

Elliott is eligible to return for a Dec. 24 matchup with the Seahawks in Dallas. The Cowboys (5-4) have turned to Alfred Morris, Rob Smith and Darren McFadden in Elliott’s absence.

The six-game suspension stems from a domestic violence allegation by Elliott’s former girlfriend in July of 2016. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell initially decided there was enough “persuasive evidence supporting” Tiffany Thompson’s allegations of domestic abuse. Elliott has not faced legal charges in connection with the allegation.

The union immediately appealed Goodell’s suspension decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system and led to hard feelings between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.

The full statement from Elliott’s attorneys:

“In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forego any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension. This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. Mr. Elliott’s desire for closure in this matter is in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends. This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure of the NFL’s mismanagement of its disciplinary process. Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment.”

NFLPA invests in Bill Gates-backed dementia research fund

The NFL Players Association has invested an undisclosed amount in the London-based venture capital fund focused on developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases that billionaire Bill Gates pledged $100 million to earlier this week.

The NFLPA announced Thursday its investment in the Dementia Discovery Fund, which is based in Boston and London.

“For the same reason that we instituted rule changes, concussion protocols and pay for post-career neurological benefits, our capital investment in this fund complements our current investment initiatives with the Harvard Football Players Health Study,” NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. “I am proud of the work we do to protect our current and former members and aid the overall health of everyone suffering from neurological conditions.”

The DDF is focusing its research on brain diseases, in particular those that are associated with dementia, such as CTE, the chronic brain condition frequently connected to the repetitive blows to the head that NFL players are subjected to.

The union’s announcement comes the same week that not only Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, pledged a combined $100 million to DDF’s Alzheimer’s disease research but also that CTE was confirmed for the first time in a living former NFL player.

Alzheimer’s, like CTE and ALS, has been linked via research to repetitive brain injuries in football.

NFL Week 11 odds, predictions to make playoffs on road to Super Bowl 2018

Though some struggling teams are already out of the NFL playoff picture, most teams still have hopes of a strong finish and a postseason berth.

Based on AccuScore calculations, the projected NFL playoff teams in the AFC are the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens taking the wild-card spots.

In the NFC, AccuScore projects the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions to make the postseason as division winners, with the Carolina Panthers and L.A. Rams making it as wild cards.

WEEK 11 NFL PICKS: Straight up | Against the spread

Let’s take a look at the updated NFL playoff picture entering Week 11. Each week, AccuScore will update its 2017 NFL postseason forecast by simulating the remainder of the NFL season 10,000 times to predict win totals, division winners and probabilities of reaching the playoffs on the road to Super Bowl 52. Below are the probabilities and Vegas odds of making the NFL playoffs and how they have changed.

AccuScore’s odds to make NFL playoffs

Probability vs. weekly % change

New England Patriots 0.98 0
Kansas City Chiefs 0.97 0
Philadelphia Eagles 0.93 0.01
Pittsburgh Steelers 0.92 -0.05
Seattle Seahawks 0.91 0.02
Tennessee Titans 0.89 0.14
Jacksonville Jaguars 0.84 0.09
New Orleans Saints 0.71 0
Carolina Panthers 0.68 0.11
L.A. Rams 0.62 0.05
Baltimore Ravens 0.53 0.08
Detroit Lions 0.51 0.24
Atlanta Falcons 0.48 0.1
Minnesota Vikings 0.45 -0.35
Dallas Cowboys 0.37 -0.31
Buffalo Bills 0.34 -0.13
Oakland Raiders 0.21 -0.03
Houston Texans 0.08 -0.06
Denver Broncos 0.06 -0.01
Green Bay Packers 0.06 0.04
Cincinnati Bengals 0.05 -0.05
Miami Dolphins 0.03 -0.03
Chicago Bears 0.03 -0.02
Washington Redskins 0.02 -0.1
L.A. Chargers 0.02 -0.02
N.Y. Jets 0.01 -0.02
Arizona Cardinals 0.01 -0.01
Tampa Bay Bucs 0.01 0
Indianapolis Colts 0 -0.01
N.Y. Giants 0 0
San Francisco 49ers 0 0
Cleveland Browns 0 0

NFL playoff odds changes

Biggest improvements to playoff chances entering Week 11:

  • Detroit Lions (+24%): The Lions’ playoff probability soared, as the Vikings’ numbers dropped (see below). The Lions have two games remaining against Chicago, and they are looking for second victories at home from ailing divisional rivals Green Bay and Minnesota. It may well be that only one team from NFC North will go to the playoffs. At this time, the Lions and Vikings are tied for that spot.

  • Tennessee Titans (+14%): The Titans are on a four-game winning streak, but three of those wins were at home and the fourth came against the winless Browns. However, Tennessee has three home games left and road games against a one-win San Francisco team and Indianapolis, which is currently fourth in the AFC South.

  • Carolina Panthers (+11%): The Panthers keep improving their performance week after week. This time, it was a primetime win against a beat-up Miami team. The Panthers need to keep up the good work, because the New Orleans Saints are riding a seven-game winning streak that started by beating Carolina. These two teams will meet again in Week 13.

MORE: 2018 mock draft

Biggest drops in playoff chances entering Week 11:

  • Minnesota Vikings (-35%): It is a bit surprising to see the 7-2 Vikings falling in the playoff probabilities when they are riding a five-game winning streak. However, there are a lot of ongoing questions about the starting QB. Generally simulations don’t like uncertainty, even when teams are winning. Also, after this week, the Vikings hit the road to face the Lions, Falcons and Panthers, who are all in the playoff mix. If Minnesota pulls even two wins out of these, their probabilities will rise.

  • Dallas Cowboys (-31%): The Cowboys were without Ezekiel Elliott in Week 10 and looked hopeless against Atlanta. In order to keep its playoff hopes alive, Dallas needs to make the most out of its next three games, which are all in Dallas. Three of their next four are NFC East games, so if the Cowboys can pull off those wins, they can get back on the playoff track in a hurry.

  • Buffalo Bills (-13%): The Bills are dropping for the second week in a row after being blown out by New Orleans in Buffalo. Needless to say, they need to reverse their course, but simulations are not so confident that a rookie QB is the answer, especially in two road games through the AFC West ahead.

AccuScore’s NFL playoff probabilities will be updated on a weekly basis.

Week 11 NFL picks against spread: Eagles corral Cowboys; Patriots outlast…

Week 10 in the NFL, with some big point spreads and a few favorites rallying to escape upsets, was relatively easy to predict. Picks get harder in Week 11, though, as six of the 14 matchups feature big playoff implications.

Everything gets more difficult from here on out with so much more on the line. Mid-November pro football tends to make many a contender and reveal many a pretender.

Here are this week’s predictions and prognostications, both against the spread and straight up. Thanks again to Bovada for the Week 11 betting lines.

MORE: Week 11 NFL picks straight up

Week 11 NFL picks against the spread

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Game of the Week

Philadelphia Eagles (-4) at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, 8:30 p.m., NBC

Carson Wentz was the MVP favorite going into his bye week, and he’ll build on that case in this game. He’ll be well-rested, and his talented supporting cast gets an extra boost with Jay Ajayi ready to step into a full feature ole. The Cowboys will get better play from Dak Prescott without Ezekiel Elliott, assuming Tyron Smith is back. But the loss of Sean Lee will open things up for the Eagles to go to town more consistently in the running and short-to-intermediate passing games.

PICK: Eagles win 27-20 and cover the spread.

AFC Game of the Week

New England Patriots (-7) at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS (in Mexico City)

When the Raiders were enjoying their breakout 2016 season under coach Jack Del Rio, some thought they were built to beat the Patriots. Derek Carr was unfazed by weak pass defenses, and Del Rio’s unpredictable, aggressive style was just enough to throw Bill Belichick’s team off. Oakland can still give New England trouble with Carr and Marshawn Lynch, but the Raiders are too beat up defensively to slow down Tom Brady. Oakland brings a lot of attitude in the altitude, along with a lot of points, but the Patriots will score more.

PICK: Patriots win 38-34 but fail to cover the spread.

Game of the Midweek

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m., NBC

The Titans are red hot, having won four straight with Marcus Mariota back healthy and getting into a better passing and running groove each week. The Steelers have also won four straight, as their defense has bailed out their still-not-quite-explosive offense. Ben Roethlisbeger, however, is overdue for a big home game against a bad pass defense. Mariota will struggle on the road against Pittsburgh’s pass rush and general back-seven speed.

PICK: Steelers win 27-17 and cover the spread.

Lock of the Week

Kansas City Chiefs (-11) over New York Giants

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Andy Reid doesn’t lose after byes. Travis Kelce is one of the best scoring tight ends in the NFL. Tyreek Hill is a freaky big play waiting to happen on every touch. All that is a terrible combination for a free-falling Giants team, especially defensively, under Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo. Nothing has to give here. Reid will use Kelce and Hill to rip into the Giants’ biggest weakness before handing the ball to Kareem Hunt in the second half.

PICK: Chiefs win 33-14 and cover the spread.

Upset of the Week

Atlanta Falcons over Seattle Seahawks (-3)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Falcons, based on youth and health, are a better version of the Seahawks’ defense under Dan Quinn than Seattle is at the moment. Without that defense, Atlanta would have little shot to overcome its Super Bowl hangover. The Falcons are typically in trouble against teams with dangerous all-around running backs, something the Seahawks don’t have. Their front matches up well with the Seahawks’ offensive line. Also, this is the week for the long-awaited Julio Jones explosion, exposing the Richard Sherman-less hosts right away. Matt Ryan out-duels Russell Wilson in a second straight home shocker.

PICK: Falcons win 24-20.

Rest of the Week

Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans (-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

Drew Stanton vs. Tom Savage would have been the worst quarterback matchup in quite some time. Blaine Gabbert starting over a banged-up Stanton doesn’t change much. Now a battle between offensive-minded coaches Bruce Arians and Bill O’Brien becomes an ugly slugfest. The Cardinals simply have the better, healthier defense to keep the Texans reeling.

PICK: Cardinals win 16-13.

Baltimore Ravens (-2) at Green Bay Packers

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Ravens will be at full strength offensively coming off a bye, and their defense also can slow down the Packers’ running game and cause some pressure and coverage issues for Brett Hundley. Joe Flacco has one of his better games with his receivers, while the offensive limitations get to Green Bay again in a third straight home loss.

PICK: Ravens win 20-17 and cover the spread.

Detroit Lions (-3) at Chicago Bears

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

Detroit will be wary of avoiding a trap, just as it was against Green Bay and Cleveland. The Lions will grind out some tough yards early before Matthew Stafford builds on his recent groove. Chicago’s limited offense also matches up poorly against Detroit’s defense.

PICK: Lions win 20-10 and cover the spread.

Jacksonville Jaguars (-8) at Cleveland Browns

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson hopes his current team drops a 40-burger on his former (and still winless) team. Of course, that might not need to happen, because there doesn’t seem to be any good avenue for the Browns to score against the NFL’s best defense, which is also now good against the run and getting more boost from the special teams. Good night early, as Jacksonville can afford to let off the gas by the third quarter.

PICK: Jaguars win 27-0 and cover the spread.

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings (-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The Rams are undefeated on the road thanks to Sean McVay. But Jared Goff hasn’t been the same against tougher defenses, and the Vikings are his trickiest challenge since the home loss to the Seahawks. Meanwhile, former Rams QB Case Keenum will remain in his comfort zone in Minnesota to make sure his current team scores enough points to win.

PICK: Vikings win 27-24 and cover the spread.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins (pick ’em)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The Dolphins’ reeling defense gets a break against a Bucs offense that has little life with no Jameis Winston and zero running game. The Bucs’ defense overachieved against the Jets, but it will go back into the tank against Jay Cutler and Miami’s talented receivers in crunch time.

PICK: Dolphins win 20-17.

Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints (-7 1/2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The Redskins are vulnerable to good power running teams. Kirk Cousins isn’t very good when facing good pass defenses. All that works out nicely for the Saints, as Drew Brees can put on his game manager helmet for a second week and facilitate a lot more fun.

PICK: Saints win 30-15 and cover the spread.

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers (n/a)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., Fox

The Chargers have seen Philip Rivers start for them in 194 consecutive games, but he’ll need to clear concussion protocol so they don’t need to turn to Kellen Clemens. But the midweek twist has Nathan Peterman, not Tyrod Taylor, starting for Buffalo. Regardless of Rivers, that’s a big help to the Chargers, who will use Melvin Gordon to grind out a victory against a reeling Bills run defense.

PICK: Chargers win 20-13.

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos (-2 1/2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Bengals and Broncos are two of the worst-coached teams in the NFL at the moment. Offense, defense, special teams — you name it. All aspects have been problems in different ways. The Broncos’ defense has been embarrassed the past two weeks against the Eagles and Patriots. It wants to take it out on a shaky, limited offense. Boom.

PICK: Broncos win 22-17 and cover the spread.

Stats of the Week

Week 10 record straight up: 11-3

Week 10 record against the spread: 7-5

Season-to-date record straight up: 92-54

Season-to-date record against the spread: 61-75

NFL GM: Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible top-3 draft pick

Minkah Fitzpatrick is enjoying a sensational season at Alabama, as the consensus preseason All-American is living up to the hype.

The junior cornerback is a virtual lock to be a first-round pick if he leaves college for the NFL after this season, and he is projected to be a top-10 pick in several way-too-early mock drafts.

But Fitzpatrick’s draft ceiling might be higher than just a top-10 pick.

MORE: SN’s latest mock draft

One NFL general manager told Sporting News he thinks Fitzpatrick might be the most under-valued prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft, and the GM would consider drafting the Bama product within the first three picks.

“You want to talk about a kid who is impressing on tape and in person is Minkah Fitzpatrick,” the GM said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. (NFL GMs are not allowed to comment publicly on current college players.) “He’s a real deal. His vision and range — you can slot him into a defense come Week 1. He’s a stud.”

The first defensive back selected in the 2017 NFL Draft was safety Jamal Adams, who the Jets took at No. 6 overall. In 2016, cornerback Jalen Ramsey (No. 5 overall, Jaguars) was the first defensive back selected.

The GM conceded that defensive backs rarely are drafted as high as the first three picks, but he thinks Fitzpatrick has the ceiling to warrant that type of selection.

MORE: Fitzpatrick among SN’s midseason All-Americans in 2017

“A lot of people talked about the safety (Adams) the Jets took this year,” the GM said. “I think Fitzpatrick is every bit as good when you’re talking defensive backs this (year). I think he’s one of those guys when you watch him on tape, you think he’s a top pick. He’s in those top three picks for me. He makes plays. To me he is one of the best players in the draft.

“I really don’t care about workouts with him, because the tape — he can play either safety spot or cornerback and fit right in. I really think that. That’s valuable to a lot of teams. You take him and figure out where he plays later. I wouldn’t mind him at safety or cornerback.”

Richard Sheman injury update: Seahawks CB says he’ll be back in May, June

Richard Sherman said he is starting his recovery immediately.

The Seahawks cornerback had surgery on his ruptured Achilles this week and took to YouTube from his hospital to answer questions from fans.

“I’m gonna get well very fast,” Sherman told a viewer, via Seahawks Wire. “I’ll probably be back ready around May, June. But I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress and what I’m doing.”

Sherman injured his Achilles during last Thursday night’s win over the Cardinals. He said he doesn’t plan on relaxing as he rehabilitates.

“The comeback definitely starts now,” Sherman said. “They won’t let me walk on it right now, so I guess the comeback really starts in two or three months. But I’m going to do core all the way. My core is going to be right, that’s for sure.”

Even though he won’t be moving around for a while, Sherman plans on being present Monday when Seattle hosts the Falcons.

“I think they’ll make me sit behind the bench though since I’m not the most mobile guy in the world,” he said.

Despite the injury, Sherman was able to stand on his own Thursday and remained on the sideline after he was ruled out of the game.