NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Not long ago, drafting a tight end in the first round was taboo for NFL teams. On Thursday night, two might go very high. And they come from the same school. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant of Iowa are projected to go early as the position has become more critical to offensive success.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as any in America. The Las Vegas Strip, Times Square and Bourbon Street have nothing on it. Particularly this week with the NFL draft in town.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators had every piece in place for another long playoff run chasing the Stanley Cup. So they thought. Now they have a longer offseason to fix the NHL's worst power play and the issues that proved so costly in being ousted in the first round for the first time since 2015. A franchise that played in the 2017 Cup Final has gone the other way after a second-round exit last year. General manager David Poile says he believes Nashville had a team to compete for the Stanley Cup.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marquise Brown knows too well the challenge of stretching $20 over a month to feed himself with help from discounted meals at work and food from his junior college coach. Josh Jacobs had days when he ate only if he stole something. Both put on pounds once they got to college training tables, and it's why the two likely first-round NFL draft picks happily helped volunteers fill 8,000 backpacks for hungry children as part of a league initiative.

(AP) - A soon-to-be 80-year-old and his 22-year-old cousin connected over life and football, and now Nasir Adderley is about to follow Hall of Famer Herb Adderley into the NFL. Herb was drafted in 1961 by Vince Lombardi and converted from running back to cornerback. Nasir Adderley also was switched from offense to defense and he's now one of the best safety prospects in the draft.

(AP) - All three days of this year's NFL draft in Nashville will be carried on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network. ESPN will focus on the pick and where he fits into a team's plans. The ABC telecast will focus on the player's journey to the draft.

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