Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Racist remarks might become 15-yard penalty

Players who make racist remarks during games might face a 15-yard penalty.

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, a member of the competition committee, said Saturday that the committee has discussed the possibility. The idea was proposed last year by John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group involved in promoting racial diversity in the NFL.

Last season, umpire Roy Ellison was suspended for one game for directing a racial epithet toward fellow African-American and Redskins LT Trent Williams after he complained about a call.

The committee will discuss the topic further and could present a proposal to owners when they meet in late March.

"There are (microphones on the field) everywhere," Newsome said. "So if something is being said, it's probably going to be captured somewhere."

No respect: AJ McCarron went 36-3 as Alabama's quarterback. But Saturday, he said he feels "disrespected."

"I feel like I've been disrespected my whole college career because I won," said McCarron, whom analysts project to go in the second or third round. "That's usually the knock on me. And I won behind NFL talent, which is crazy. It's not like we didn't play anybody. We played in the SEC. It's the best conference in college football. I played against 40-something guys that have been drafted that are still playing in the NFL."

McCarron was then asked to compare himself with a current NFL quarterback.

"When it comes to similarities, I think from body build to how we were talked about coming out of college, I think Tom Brady," he said of the three-time Super Bowl winner and sixth-round draft pick. "I think we play the game the same way."

More QBs: UCF's Blake Bortles will be the only top quarterback to throw today. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater said Saturday that he wouldn't. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Fresno State's Derek Carr previously said they wouldn't. Bridgewater added he believes he should go No. 1 overall: "No doubt I feel that I'm the best quarterback in this draft."

Pick me: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney wants to go No. 1 overall.

"I came out of high school as the No. 1 player," he said. "So I want to come out of here as the No. 1 guy."

Nobody doubts Clowney has the physical tools. The biggest questions surround work ethic and desire. Critics said he spent last season more concerned with protecting his draft stock than winning.

Clowney insisted he was the same guy but admitted he would have left declared school after his sophomore season if NFL rules allowed it.

"I believe I did work hard. You pull out any practice tape from last year, you'll see that," hey said. "No matter where I end up, I am going to work hard and give a team everything I've got."

Fast: Ex-Gator A.C. Leonard ran 40 yards in 4.43 seconds, fastest among tight ends. Leonard transferred to Division I-AA Tennessee State after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor battery. His girlfriend told police Leonard shoved her to the ground and dragged her through an apartment by her hair. Analysts project him as a seventh-round pick.

Ravens Arrests: Baltimore and ex-Gators receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested and accused of possession of marijuana late Friday in Gainesville, the Baltimore Sun reported. Police said mari­juana was discovered after Thompson was stopped for driving without the car's headlights on. The team said it is investigating. Also, saying it, "doesn't look good," Newsome expressed concern after watching a video showing RB Ray Rice dragging his apparently unconscious fiancee out of an elevator last weekend. But Newsome said he has not spoken to Rice, who along with his fiancee was charged with simple assault. He added the team is still collecting information.

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