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Why Jameis Winston is biggest gamble in modern NFL draft history

Talent can make you believe things you otherwise would never believe, and nobody knows that like Bobby Beathard, a great executive who once allowed a quarterback's physical skill to sucker him into making a staggering mistake at the NFL draft.

Beathard was general manager of the San Diego Chargers in 1998 when, after failing to persuade Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian to deal him the first overall pick and the right to land Peyton Manning, he gave Arizona a truckload of assets to trade up to take Ryan Leaf with the second pick. Plenty of football men thought Leaf would be a better pro than Manning. All these years later, you could define the then 21-year-old Leaf as a taller, more athletic prospect than the 21-year-old quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected No. 1 Thursday night, Jameis Winston.


Kirk Ferentz, Paul Rhoads receive near 50 percent approval ratings in Iowa poll | CollegeFootballTalk

The headline of a press release from Public Policy Polling released Wednesday led with Iowa residents’ opinion on Governor Terry Branstand‘s proposal to privatize Medicaid. Talk about burying the lede.

Public Policy Polling sought Iowans’ opinions on a number of public figures inside the Hawkeye State, including Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads.


Iowa sales tax hike sent to Senate floor on 8-7 vote

A bill raising Iowa's sales tax by three-eighths of 1 percent to fund natural resources and outdoor recreation programs was dealt a serious blow Thursday when Senate Republicans voiced strong opposition.

Senate Study Bill 1272 was approved on an 8-7 vote by the Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee, sending the proposal to the Senate floor for debate. All six Republicans on the panel voted no, along with Sen. Chaz Allen, D-Newton.


Avian Flu Infections Are Found at Five More Iowa Poultry Farms -

The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa’s agriculture department said on Thursday.

If the virus is confirmed at the farms in additional tests underway at a federal Agriculture Department laboratory, the number of American cases could surpass 20 million birds and result in the biggest death toll in a bird flu outbreak in United States history.

The latest case, at an egg farm in Buena Vista County, could be the largest single operation to be hit in the current outbreak.


Bears pick Kevin White at No. 7

The Bears on Thursday added an explosive weapon to their offense by selecting West Virginia receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

White blossomed as a senior last year, catching 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 6-3, 215-pounder opened the 2014 season with a school-record seven straight 100-yard games and set another West Virginia mark for most receptions in a game with 16 against Texas.

"I know I spoke to you about getting impact players in the draft, especially when you're picking in the top 10, and that's exactly what Kevin White is," general manager Ryan Pace told reporters.

"We couldn't be more thrilled right now. This guy's dynamic, he's big, he's strong and he's ultra-competitive. If I could stress one word for this player, he's competitive. You see it after the catch. You see it in the way he attacks the ball in the air. This is a dynamic playmaker for our offense."

Pace said that White's competitiveness is evident in all aspects of his game.


Washington selects Iowa's Brandon Scherff in first round - Iowa Hawkeyes

Brandon Scherff took the first step in his journey to the National Football League on Thursday night, as the University of Iowa offensive lineman was the fifth overall selection by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the NFL Draft, which took place in the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois.

Scherff is the first Hawkeye player taken in the top five of the NFL draft since Robert Gallery was taken second overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2004.

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Steve King: Baltimore Leaders 'Handed Parts of That City Over to the Mob'

The shocking violence that has rocked Baltimore is something normally seen in foreign countries, not the United States, Rep. Steve King says.

And the Iowa Republican believes the city made a bad call by apparently telling cops not to go after the rioters who looted stores, set fire to cars and injured dozens of civilians and police officers.

"It looked to me that the cops had orders that said you're not going to engage them and if they come at you, you have to back up," King said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.