FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award in New York. Murray is a prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

The Latest: Goodell encouraged by early CBA talks with union

April 25, 2019 - 7:08 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times EDT):

7 p.m.

While he's making no predictions about continued labor peace, Roger Goodell is encouraged that talks with the players' union have begun.

The 10-year collective bargaining agreement was reached in 2011 after a lockout of the players that lasted from March until midsummer. The NFL commissioner says mutual respect on both sides can lead to productive dialogue before the deal runs out in March 2021.

"The bottom line is we do have a CBA in place for close to eight years and it has worked very well for players, clubs, fans and the game," he told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "These discussions are happening and hopefully we will get to a place where we can extend the deal in some format.

"When you have dialogue and understand each other and listen to each other, it's 'OK, how can we use this to have a better league?' Our league is better when we listen to opposing views."

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6:25 p.m.

The agent for Jaylon Ferguson says the potential first-round pick has spent much of Thursday helping people affected by a tornado that tore through Ruston, Louisiana, in the early morning hours.

Safarrah Lawson said Ferguson was going through neighborhoods making sure people who didn't have power had bottled water and other necessities. Lawson, who is also in Ruston, said Ferguson's family was safe but that the area he was staying in sustained some damage, including downed trees.

The tornado killed two people and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency.

Ferguson played college football at Louisiana Tech, which is in Ruston. The 6-foot-5, 271-pound defensive end set the FBS record with 45 sacks.

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5:15 p.m.

Hall of Fame-bound Kevin Mawae, a star center for the Tennessee Titans and, before them, the Jets and Seahawks, spoke as part of the Heart of a Hall of Famer program this week. Mawae appeared at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, where he was a dean of students.

"It's not where you start the race; it's how you finish it," Mawae said as he told students how being involved in the draft can apply to life in general.

"You can start at the bottom, the middle, or even the top, but it is how you finish the race and run the race. A career is not a sprint; it's a marathon."

The Heart of a Hall of Famer educational series provides students the opportunity to learn firsthand what it took beyond athletic ability for players to achieve success on and off the field. The program focuses on the Hall of Fame's core values of commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence.

Mawae will be inducted into the hall in August in Canton, Ohio.

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4:40 p.m.

If Oklahoma's Kyler Murray is selected by the Arizona Cardinals to open the NFL draft Thursday night, he would become the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall.

He also would be the second straight Sooners quarterback to pull it off: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.

The Heisman hardly is a harbinger of success in the pros. But there have been enough players since Jay Berwanger managed the feat in the initial draft in 1935 to go first that it is not an unusual occurrence.

Indeed, in this century four players, all QBs, did it: Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston in 2015, two years after taking the trophy; Carolina's Cam Newton in 2011; the Rams' Sam Bradford in 2010, also two years after he won the Heisman; and Carson Palmer in 2003.

The last non-quarterback to pull off the double was running back Bo Jackson in 1986, though he never reported to the Buccaneers.

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