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Philip Rivers Called Mike Williams After the Draft And Said ...

4/28/2017 2:01 PM PDT

Moments after the L.A. Chargers picked Mike Williams in the 1st round of the NFL Draft, he got a phone call from Philip Rivers ... and it's clear both of these guys mean business. 

Williams is pretty excited about his new gig -- and when the former Clemson WR touched down in L.A. on Friday, he told us he vows to be a dominant pro who gives everything to the game. 

In fact, he's so serious about it he won't let himself have an In-N-Out burger because it's not on his diet ... THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW HE MEANS BUSINESS!!

Aaron Rodgers Golf Date with 'Baywatch' Actress

4/28/2017 10:33 AM PDT
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Aaron Rodgers was spotted at an L.A. golf course Thursday with a very attractive blonde -- and we're told it's "Baywatch" actress Kelly Rohrbach.

Just a few weeks after reports surfaced he split with longtime girlfriend Olivia Munn -- the Green Bay Packers quarterback hit up the Westchester Golf Course. 

Witnesses tell us Rodgers and Rohrbach appeared to be holding hands and looked flirty -- until they noticed people watching them.

Both Rodgers and Rohrbach are avid golfers -- so maybe it was just a platonic trip to the links.

Then again, maybe not.

Eagles Draft Pick Thanks Philly For Not Booing Him!

4/28/2017 9:17 AM PDT
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Ex-Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett tells TMZ Sports he was nervous when his name was called to be drafted by the Eagles Thursday night ... because he was afraid of being booed!!!

Fortunately, that didn't happen -- most Eagles fans realized quickly this dude is a beast!!!

Barnett says he's stoked to begin his NFL career in Philly -- especially since he's a huge Meek Mill fan ... and Philly is Meek's turf.

One more thing ... yeah, his brother totally looks like Pitbull.

Jabrill Peppers 'Party Hops' His Face Off!! ... After Getting Drafted

4/28/2017 8:01 AM PDT
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Has anyone EVER been this excited to be drafted by Cleveland?!

Here's ex-Michigan star Jabrill Peppers celebrating his name being called with the 25th overall pick in the NFL Draft ... busting out his fraternity's signature 'party hop.'

Peppers was a Heisman trophy finalist last season with the Wolverines, but many predicted his draft stock would fall after he reportedly failed his drug test at the combine.

That wasn't the case, and Breezy is clearly happy about it ... smiling from ear to ear as his family and friends bark and cheer like they're in the middle of the Dawg Pound.

Congrats on becoming a millionaire!!

John Ross Emotional Shout-Out from Snoop ... After NFL Draft

4/28/2017 7:59 AM PDT
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Cool moment from Snoop ... when he sent a personal, emotional video message to his former youth football player, John Ross -- praising him on getting drafted in the NFL.

Ross famously played in the Snoop Youth Football League as a kid -- and his family has been tight with Snoop ever since.

So, when Ross got drafted in the 1st round by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Snoop dug deep into his memory bank to deliver a pretty sweet message to the WR.

By the way, we got Ross right after the draft -- and he told us Coach Snoop can definitely expect some Bengals gear in the mail!

Adoree Jackson Balls Out at McDonald's ... After NFL Draft

4/28/2017 7:34 AM PDT
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Where's the first place you go after getting selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft and becoming a millionaire overnight??? 

MICKEY D'S, BABY!

That was the plan for ex-USC cornerback Adoree Jackson -- who was so excited after being taken with the 18th pick by the Tennessee Titans, he already had his order planned out! 

Jackson was in a great mood -- and told us about his big plans to become an A-list crossover celebrity! 

Look out! 

Oakland Raiders Believe Gareon Conley's Innocent ... Says Ian Rapoport

4/28/2017 7:07 AM PDT
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The Oakland Raiders "did a lot of work" investigating Gareon Conley before selecting him in the 1st round of the NFL Draft and believe he's NOT a rapist ... so says Ian Rapoport.

The NFL Network insider -- one of the best football reporters in the game -- says the Raiders dedicated serious resources to finding out as much as they could about Conley's rape case before they selected.

Conley insists he's been falsely accused of raping a woman at a Cleveland hotel on April 9. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Get this, Rapoport says there was also interest from other teams -- Conley even took a lie detector test to prove he's telling the truth.

Bottom line, Ian says the Raiders were a solid team before the draft and if the Conley pick works out ... they're gonna be scary good.

FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher Dalvin Cook Shoulda Been Drafted 1st Round

4/28/2017 6:23 AM PDT
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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he's shocked his former running back, Dalvin Cook, wasn't selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

Cook was widely regarded as one of the best skill position players in college -- but his name wasn't called during round 1.

Two other running backs DID get the call -- Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey.

Fisher is out in Philly and told us he was surprised Cook got the cold shoulder on Thursday -- but he's confident someone will pull the trigger tonight during rounds 2 and 3.

Stay tuned ...

Texans' Brian Cushing 'Excited' About Deshaun Watson

4/28/2017 6:09 AM PDT
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Houston Texans star linebacker Brian Cushing says he's pretty pumped for his team's new QB Deshaun Watson -- but he's not convinced he'll be the starter ... yet.

Cushing and his wife are out in Philly for the NFL Draft -- and after Houston selected the Clemson star with the #12 pick, we asked Cushing for his quick reaction.

Of course, Watson will have to battle for the #1 job with Tom Savage -- a 4th year QB out of Rutgers. 

Good luck!

Jesus Is an Eagles Fan?!

4/27/2017 4:17 PM PDT

Jesus walks ... in Philly. And he's an Eagles fan.

Our guy ran into J.C. at the NFL Draft -- where he was offering up prayers for Myles Garrett, despite the fact he's probably going to the Browns.

Jesus offered up some advice ... he did the prayer pose ... and then he led a bunch of locals in the E-A-G-L-E-S chant.

Amen.

NFL Draft Prospects Crazy Fashion Swag ... Before Big Night

4/27/2017 1:25 PM PDT

It's the biggest night of their lives and the top prospects in the NFL Draft dressed up for the occasion. 

TMZ Sports has a live look at the top guys as they get ready to head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Jewelry, shoes, suits, shades ... you better believe these guys are pulling out all the stops!

After all, they gotta one-up Ezekiel Elliott -- who rocked the crop top last year! 

Good luck! 

Joe McKnight Shooter Football Star was Roid Raging ... Before Shooting

4/27/2017 1:30 PM PDT
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The man who shot and killed Joe McKnight says the ex-NFL player was fueled by a mix of steroids, pain pills and weed during their fatal confrontation ... and he only pulled his gun out of fear.

Ronald Gasser filed new court docs in the murder case against him -- claiming he learned McKnight "was under the influence of marijuana, pain pills, and anabolic steroids at the time [he] attacked Mr. Gasser."

Unclear where Gasser got his information -- it seems his legal team may have had access to McKnight's toxicology results following the autopsy.

However, in the docs Gasser paints a picture of a man in full steroid rage -- saying McKnight was "violent and erratic" following an intense chase through the streets of Louisiana on Dec. 1. 

Gasser says he did NOTHING that he would consider "aggressive" to provoke McKnight -- and says it was Joe who was screaming and yelling like a maniac.

Gasser says he ultimately shot Joe while "fearing for his life."

At the time of the shooting, McKnight was a pro football player in Canada -- a running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The CFL has a strict anti-steroid policy and tests players -- though it's unclear if McKnight ever tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Deshaun Watson's Uncle 'Hire Me, Nephew!' ... I'll Be Your Turtle!

4/27/2017 12:28 PM PDT
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Deshaun Watston's uncle doesn't want a handout from the future NFL star -- he wants a job -- telling TMZ Sports he'll gladly be the QB's personal driver after he becomes a millionaire! 

Watson's family is out in Philly for the NFL Draft and serving as the Clemson star's personal hype machine -- telling teams he's got the talent to be a "franchise changer."

But the best part of the video is DW's uncle who keeps it all the way real -- "I'm tired of working, nephew!"

Love this guy!!!

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