Decked out in the familiar red and white Calgary colours, the city showed off a mock-up of its new Green Line LRVs on Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson Transit garage.
On a recent afternoon, Evan Mock was trying to do laundry in his East Village condo, but something was wrong with the dryer. Perturbed beeps cut through the retro-soul music playing in the airy third-floor walk-up. The machine kept starting and stopping. He mentioned a theory, something about excessive lint accumulation and a defective filter.
Mr. Mock, 25, is probably best known for his role as the pink-haired, Park Avenue-raised, Tarkovsky-loving bisexual son of a right-wing media mogul on the HBO Max reboot of “Gossip Girl,” which returns for its second season on Dec. 1. But the downtown denizen has a lot of other things going on.
A king of the “collab,” he has worked with brands including the Danish jewelry manufacturer Pandora and the Italian footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti. He has modeled for designers including Paco Rabanne and Virgil Abloh. His skateboarding prowess has landed him a hefty sponsorship from Hurley and an elusive spot on the Instagram grid of Frank Ocean. A few months ago he started a fashion line, Wahine, with the stylist Donté McGuine.
He is a bona fide multi-hyphenate, a party-circuit fixture, an it boy, a man about town. Also, he has frosted tips now.
Despite the hyper résumé, Mr. Mock is laid-back. Serene. As the light streamed into his apartment, he reclined by a floor-to-ceiling corner window. “Sometimes it’s too much,” he said, referring to the intense sunlight. “But I’m not complaining.”
He took a swig of coconut water from a Tetra Pak. His feet were up. They were clad in last month’s limited release North Face x Paraboot shoes, the ones with the vulcanized rubber outsoles, matelassé full grain leather uppers and an elastic collar — a mule so exclusive that it was not even available for purchase. As the streetwear website Hypebeast reported: “Simply put, you cannot buy this.”
Growing up, Mr. Mock often went around barefoot. Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, his father put him on his first surfboard when he was 2 years old. “I caught my first wave before I could swim,” he said.
He was home-schooled into his teenage years to accommodate peak surf hours. Around age 11, he also got into skateboarding. (“Pretty late,” he said.) By 16, he was making more than $1,500 a month from skateboarding sponsorships. He then moved to California to pursue what he called his “skateboarding dreams.” (He did air quotes around the words “skateboarding dreams.”)
Hints of his modeling career were scattered throughout the tidy two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. On his kitchen counter sat a Louis Vuitton purse — a brand for which he walked the runway in 2019. In the corner of the living room, there was an overflowing Rimowa suitcase — the luxury German luggage maker for which he wrote, co-produced and starred in an online commercial last year. It shows Mr. Mock skateboarding through Manhattan donning a Rimowa cross-body messenger bag as he recounts, in a voice-over narrative, a whirlwind romance with a girl he met outside a club in Barcelona. Entranced by her beauty, he speaks of impulsively buying her a ticket to accompany him to Paris. But a lost passport, a brief stint in airport jail and six-hour flight delay put an end to the fling.
Across the room, by a stack of shoe boxes, what looked at first like a regular McDonald’s Happy Meal box, was, upon closer inspection, a box of Cactus Plant Flea Market x McDonald’s collectibles from the streetwear label’s limited-run release. The figurines (originally retailing around $10) were reportedly listed on eBay for over $25,000, though the prices have since dropped significantly.
Mr. Mock got up to clean his lint trap. “Let’s just get on some bikes,” he said.
He puts a lot of mileage on his VanMoof e-bike. The day before, he rode uptown for a “Gossip Girl” A.D.R. (automated dialogue replacement) session, then back down to the Lower East Side to check out a Japanese whiskey bar he might invest in on Chrystie Street.
“We could go to Curbs,” Mr. Mock said, referring to a section of Lafayette Street that has become popular among New York skateboarders for the many curbs afforded by its triangular layout.
He started to get changed, switching his white T-shirt for a vintage dark gray Number Nine T-shirt. Above the chest pocket it had a small graphic of a speech bubble containing the word “cigarettes.” “It’s a Japanese brand that was illest back in the day,” Mr. Mock said of Number Nine. “Everyone in Japan knows what’s up.”
He put on and then took off a hoodie of his own design, a boxy Wahine zip-up. On the front, the outline of a valentine heart surrounding a word that cannot be printed in The New York Times. “I drew it on my friend’s bathroom wall and then I took a picture of it,” he said of the design’s origin.
He completed the outfit with a pair of dark-wash Palace jeans, Ambush edition Nike Air Adjust Force sneakers, a silver bomber jacket, a Palace hat and Isabel Marant sunglasses. Outside, he glided through Alphabet City on his next-gen smart-tech bike. As the scenery swept by, he kept one hand in the pocket of the unzipped bomber.
Near the REI store, he swerved lithely across Houston Street to deliver a hello kiss to the photographer Gray Sorrenti, who happened to be passing by with the model-actress Blue Lindeberg. The chance encounter took place directly across from the 55-by-75-foot Calvin Klein billboard where, one year ago, Mr. Mock had appeared, smiling down at NoHo in nothing but black boxer briefs and thigh tattoos.
The next stop was Madhufalla, a juice and smoothie bar on Mulberry Street. Mr. Mock ordered his usual: a ginger shot and a wheatgrass shot. “Sweeter than you’d think,” he said. He downed both in the store and ordered an açai berry almond milk smoothie to go.
Around the corner, at Curbs, he fist-bumped a couple of acquaintances before taking a seat on a bench. Between sips of the smoothie, he talked about “Gossip Girl.” The original CW series, which ran from 2007 through 2012, was, he said, “before my time.” And when the showrunner of the HBO Max reboot, Joshua Safran, reached out to him about playing the part of Aki Menzies, Mr. Mock had never acted.
“There were a lot of different firsts,” he said. “When I first read the script, I thought there was nothing more opposite than my real life. In terms of living somewhere cold, going to a private school, all the drama.”
He paused. Then picked up again: “It’s funny, because I never actually went to school. But the character is basically me — besides being filthy rich, going to a private school and living uptown in New York.”
On his first day of filming, he had to take part in a sex scene with Emily Alyn Lind, the actress who plays his girlfriend. The inherently awkward situation had the added discomfort of taking place in September 2020. Between shots, the cast members wore K95 masks and plastic face coverings. During their downtime, the actors had to isolate in a room by themselves until they were called back to the set. “But, honestly, I’m kind of glad it happened like that, because we got the weird stuff out of the way,” Mr. Mock said. “Hopefully, everything from here on out will be a little bit quote-unquote normal.”
He watched a skateboarder wipe out in front of the bistro Jack’s Wife Freda. Ms. Lindeberg, the actress and model, walked by again. This is something Mr. Mock loves about New York: “You basically have no option but to see homies everywhere you go,” he said. As if on cue, another friend, the actor Nico Hiraga, rode up on a skateboard, joined shortly by another skateboarding friend, George Hemp.
“We could go play pool,” Mr. Mock suggested.
Soon Mr. Hiraga and Mr. Hemp got Citi Bikes, and the group headed north. All three biked almost exclusively one-handed. The ride was punctuated by more run-ins. On St. Marks Place, Mr. Mock pulled over to hug his brand-deal agent, Jenelle Phillip, who was outdoor-dining at Cafe Mogador. On East 10th Street, at the edge of Tompkins Square Park, he stopped to chat with the skateboarding documentarian Greg Hunt, who was out with his camera, trying to take advantage of the good light. Mr. Mock said he had spotted other familiar faces in the 12-block journey, but he couldn’t pull over for everyone.
It was early evening by the time he and his friends reached the Ace Bar on East Fifth Street. “Meet the Fockers” was playing on the TV screen above the Skee-Ball machine.
“I love this movie,” Mr. Hiraga said, smiling. “I’m in my saga era.”
A few feet from the pool table, a man stood contrapposto, beer in one hand, the other, adamantly on his hip. Mr. Mock said he tends to stand similarly, in a kind of half-akimbo pose. Skateboarders have a certain way of holding themselves — Mr. Mock offered the word “feminine” to describe it, but then agreed that it’s more about fluidity, or a specific grace that comes from being in a constant negotiation with gravity.
He added that he has broken each arm three times. In one spill, he broke four fingers. What happens, he explained, is that you learn how to fall.
“If you watch skaters fall, it looks like Bruce Lee fighting water,” Mr. Mock said. “Falling in the same certain type of way, you get reflexes after a while. You can save yourself most of the time, but sometimes you can’t.”
Is breaking bones scary?
“It just comes with it,” he said. “You expect it.”
He turned back to the pool table, adjusting his Palace jeans, which were more or less held up by a leather belt that he said he had gotten from “some random dude in Rome.”
With the NFL season more than halfway complete, it’s time to start thinking about the 2023 draft.
Here are The Baltimore Sun’s projections for the first round, which begins April 27 in Kansas City.
Note: Pick order is determined by ESPN’s Football Power Index, which simulates the remainder of the season 10,000 times.
1. Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
The only knock on Young is something out of his control: size. The 6-foot, 194-pound Crimson Tide star excels in just about every area, with the ability to scramble, scan the field and deliver accurate throws under pressure. With Davis Mills struggling in his second season as the starter, it’s time for Houston to draft its quarterback of the future.
2. Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
The last time the Panthers had the chance to take an Ohio State quarterback in the first round, they passed on Justin Fields. Carolina can’t make the same mistake twice. While the 6-3, 218-pound Stroud lacks some of the creativity and scrambling ability of his peers, he’s an exceptional pocket passer who avoids sacks and makes accurate throws downfield.
3. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos): Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Landing perhaps the best overall prospect in the draft as part of the Russell Wilson trade would be icing on the cake for Seattle. While Anderson isn’t physically imposing at 6-4, 243 pounds, he’s remarkably strong for his size and uses his leverage to push the pocket and defend the run.
4. Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
The 6-3, 300-pound Carter has been slowed by a knee injury this season, but he’s a game-wrecking force when healthy and might have been the best defender on an all-time great national championship team in 2021. The Bears desperately need a physical presence in the middle of their defense.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
While T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith form a formidable duo at outside linebacker, the Steelers could use another big body on the defensive line. The 6-5, 275-pound Murphy, who leads the Tigers in tackles for loss (9) and sacks (5 1/2), is an exceptional athlete.
6. Las Vegas Raiders: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Outside of star edge rusher Maxx Crosby, the Raiders’ defense has been disappointing, to say the least. At 6-5, 300 pounds, the former top overall high school prospect out of Damascus is as disruptive as they come.
7. Detroit Lions: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
The Lions’ top priority should be fixing one of the league’s worst defenses. The 6-2, 210-pound Ringo, who made the game-clinching pick-six in the 2021 national title game, plays with the kind of physicality coach Dan Campbell would love.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans Saints): Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern
The Eagles pride themselves on having one of the league’s best offensive lines and could need reinforcements this offseason. The 6-4, 315-pound Skoronski is putting together a dominant season, allowing just five pressures on 383 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
9. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams): Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
A running back hasn’t been drafted in the top 10 since Saquon Barkley in 2018, but Robinson could end that streak. The 6-foot, 220-pound Longhorns star would deliver the Lions one of the best groups of skill-position players in the league, making life easier for quarterback Jared Goff or his potential replacement.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
For quarterback Trevor Lawrence to reach his full potential, he needs a full complement of weapons around him. A strong run blocker and receiving threat, the 6-4, 265-pound Mayer is one of the best tight end prospects in years.
11. Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
The 6-4, 215-pound Johnston is dynamic in the open field, forcing 41 missed tackles on 97 career receptions, according to PFF. He’d deliver the Texans the outside threat they’ve been lacking since trading DeAndre Hopkins.
12. Atlanta Falcons: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
Atlanta found a nice pair of rookie pass rushers in Arnold Ebiketie and Deangelo Malone, but they shouldn’t stop there. While a season-ending pectoral injury could bump him down draft boards, the 6-3, 235-pound Smith has the speed and athleticism worth betting on.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
There’s a lot of blame to go around for the Cardinals’ struggles on offense, and the line deserves plenty of it. The 6-6, 310-pound Johnson moved from right guard to left tackle this season and has allowed only eight pressures on 286 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF.
14. Indianapolis Colts: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The Colts’ game of musical chairs with veteran quarterbacks needs to end at some point. While the 6-3, 232-pound Levis has taken a step back after a productive 2021 season, he still has the arm strength, size and rushing ability to become a star at the next level.
15. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Maybe this is finally the year the Packers take a wide receiver in the first round. What the 6-foot, 175-pound Addison lacks in size, he more than makes up for with the ability to separate downfield.
16. New England Patriots: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Patriots have always been willing to invest in defensive backs under coach Bill Belichick’s tenure. The 6-2, 194-pound Porter, the son of the former Steelers linebacker, has been a lockdown defender throughout his college career.
17. Washington Commanders: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
While quarterback remains the most obvious need, the Commanders would do well to upgrade a disappointing secondary. The 6-foot, 188-pound Smith is an aggressive man-to-man corner who’s allowed just nine catches on 22 targets this season, according to PFF.
18. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
The Chargers might be facing the age-old dilemma for their star quarterback: upgrade the offensive line around Justin Herbert, or deliver him more receiving talent? Given how infrequently Mike Williams and Keenan Allen see the field because of injuries, adding a wideout might make the most sense. The 6-1, 200-pound Smith-Njigba’s season has been derailed by a hamstring injury, but he’s an outstanding slot weapon when healthy.
19. Seattle Seahawks: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Simpson isn’t your typical off-ball linebacker; the 6-3, 240-pound Clemson star is excellent in coverage and can even blitz off the edge. The Seahawks could use a rangy playmaker in the middle of their defense with 2020 first-round pick Jordyn Brooks struggling through his first three seasons.
20. Tennessee Titans: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
With left tackle Taylor Lewan’s long-term health in question after a season-ending knee injury and former top picks Nicholas Petit-Frere and Dillon Radunz struggling, the Titans need a cornerstone on the offensive line. The 6-6, 308-pound Fashanu has been a revelation this season, allowing no sacks, one hit and only six hurries on 299 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
Even if the Bengals bring back star safety Jessie Bates III, they could use an upgrade in the secondary. The 6-foot, 193-pound Branch can line up as a slot defender or free safety and would pair well with 2021 first-round pick Dax Hill in the back end of the defense.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Depending on where they pick and Tom Brady’s retirement plans, the Bucs could pick a quarterback in the first round. However, the abundance of defensive talent will be hard to pass up. The 6-6, 275-pound Wilson has racked up 47 pressures this season, according to PFF.
23. New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
With former top pick Mekhi Becton dealing with injuries and their other tackles struggling, the Jets need an upgrade on the offensive line. The 6-4, 310-pound Jones is a former top recruit who has grown into a dominant player at left tackle for the defending champion Bulldogs.
24. New York Giants: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
The Giants have their bookend tackles of the future in Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal; now it’s time to upgrade the interior of the offensive line. The 6-5, 347-pound Torrence has only improved against SEC competition after transferring from Louisiana.
25. Denver Broncos (via San Francisco 49ers): Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
After trading Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins, the Broncos have a clear need at edge rusher. The 6-5, 265-pound Foskey leads the Fighting Irish in tackles for loss (9) and sacks (7) this season and is a strong run defender.
26. Miami Dolphins (forfeited)
27. Baltimore Ravens: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
It’s not really draft season until Ravens fans start thinking about wide receivers, but there isn’t a first-round talent who makes sense in this range. With Marcus Peters entering free agency and rookies Damarion “Pepe” Williams and Jalyn Armour-Davis struggling in their first season, cornerback could become a big need rather quickly. The 6-2, 201-pound Gonzalez is the top-rated cornerback prospect according to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who says the Ducks star “is long, athletic and can run, which is a great foundation for a man-coverage corner in the NFL.”
28. Dallas Cowboys: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
With Dalton Schultz hitting free agency, the Cowboys might have a hole to fill at tight end. The 6-7, 270-pound Washington only has 41 catches in three seasons, but he’s made the most of his limited opportunities, averaging 17.4 yards per reception. He’s a dominant blocker and a huge mismatch against defensive backs, especially in the red zone.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
The only thing keeping the 5-10, 185-pound Phillips from being a first-round lock is his lack of size; he’s tied for the national lead with five interceptions, including two pick-sixes. With Patrick Peterson and Chandon Sullivan hitting free agency, the Vikings need another corner to pair with young building blocks Cameron Dantzler and Andrew Booth.
30. Buffalo Bills: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
The Bills’ desire for a running back has been well-documented. With Devin Singletary hitting free agency, they could pounce on one in the first round. With his vision and pass-catching ability, the 5-11, 200-pound Gibbs has drawn comparisons to Saints star Alvin Kamara, who Buffalo reportedly tried to acquire before the trade deadline.
31. Philadelphia Eagles: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
While the Eagles look Super Bowl-bound this season, several of their top players are set to hit the open market. That includes starting safeties Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps, among other key defenders. The 6-3, 195-pound Johnson is an instinctive player who can make plays near the line of scrimmage and cover deep.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
Outside of star tackle Chris Jones, the Chiefs’ defensive line has been underwhelming this season. The 6-3, 250-pound Ojulari has been a consistent pass rusher for LSU, using his speed and bend to rack up 117 pressures in three seasons, according to PFF.
Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud are the first two players off the board in our NFL midseason mock draft.
We’ve reached the NFL’s midseason point, which means it’s time for another mock draft. This is my first update since before the season, and Georgia once again has four first-round picks, although two of the prospects are new this time around.
Meanwhile, Alabama and Ohio State tie the Bulldogs for the most first-rounders (four each) and account for the first three picks of the mock. Clemson is the only other school with more than two prospects listed below.
In fact, these four powerhouse programs account for eight of the first nine picks.
While the real results of the first round in 2022 included only one quarterback (Kenny Pickett, No. 20), and zero running backs or tight ends, this iteration has four quarterbacks, two running backs and two tight ends.
As is always the case with mocks this far out, there is much that can and will change between now and April 27, but here’s an assessment of where things stand after Week 9 of the NFL season.
Note: Draft order is based on current standings, per Tankathon. And there are only 31 picks because the Dolphins have forfeited their first-round pick in 2023.
1. Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Following a better-than-expected rookie season in 2021 from Davis Mills, Houston’s front office wisely bypassed a relatively lackluster quarterback class to focus on other areas of concern in ’22. Even though the Texans remain in (the early parts of) rebuilding mode, they shouldn’t pass on Young if they end the season with the rights to the top pick, especially with Mills failing to show significant year-over-year improvement.
Young’s slight stature—he’s listed at 6'0" and 194 pounds—is the obvious knock, but he’s a smart and accurate passer with many strengths that warrant this selection. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has the poise, awareness and instincts to create out of structure when plays break down. His calm demeanor and confidence allow him to play at his best in the game’s biggest moments and elevate the play of those around him.
2. Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
The Lions’ Week 9 win over the Packers guarantees (in this mock) that Carolina will get either Young or Stroud with this pick. Perhaps Matt Corral, the 94th pick in 2022, will eventually turn out to be the team’s long-term solution at quarterback, but it’s unlikely that they’d pass on a quarterback in this scenario. Stroud benefits from elite offensive talent around him, but he is an accurate passer who throws with touch and anticipation.
3. Las Vegas Raiders: Will Anderson Jr., edge, Alabama
Maxx Crosby is one of the league’s most disruptive edge rushers, but Chandler Jones will turn 33 years old in February and Clelin Ferrell, the fourth pick in 2019, will be a free agent next offseason. Anderson’s current production has dipped some (seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss) compared to last year’s dominant season (17.5 sacks and 34.5 TFLs), but he is a true difference-maker who is elite against both the pass and run. Not only is he likely to be the first non-quarterback drafted, but he’s the top overall prospect on my board.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia
The Steelers currently project to have their highest pick since selecting Terry Bradshaw with the No. 1 pick in 1970. Carter, the most talented player on a defense that included five first-round picks in 2022, has the talent to be a top-five pick in April. Stout against the run and disruptive as an interior pass rusher, Carter is light on his feet for a 310-pounder with the explosive movements, body control and powerful hands to make plays behind and up and down the line of scrimmage.
5. Detroit Lions: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
With Sunday’s win over the Packers, the Lions went from the first pick (and their choice of quarterback) to the fifth pick (and the QB3 in this mock). While Levis didn’t do himself any favors with a recent three-interception performance against Tennessee and needs to Strengthen his accuracy and consistency, he has an outstanding blend of size, arm strength and mobility with the experience of playing in a pro-style offense.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (via Saints): Myles Murphy, edge, Clemson
It always feels safe to slot a defensive lineman to the Eagles, but Murphy could end up a top-five pick in April. Both Brandon Graham and newcomer Robert Quinn are on the wrong side of 30 and slated for free agency after this season. Listed third on Bruce Feldman’s annual Freaks List, Murphy has a quick first step for a 275-pounder and uses his power and length well to rush the passer and defend the run. Through 34 career games, Murphy has 36 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Several Cardinals cornerbacks are slated to become unrestricted free agents following the 2022 season, including Byron Murphy. Ringo is a former five-star recruit with an elite combination of size (6'2", 205 pounds) and speed (4.35 40-yard dash). In addition to his elite speed and closing burst, he plays physically at the line of scrimmage and in run support. His interception on Saturday highlights the strengths of his game and makes him my CB1.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson
I slotted a receiver to the Jags in my first mock, but they have boosted their 2023 wide receiving corps depth chart by trading for suspended former first-rounder Calvin Ridley. With Bresee, they would get a disruptive and versatile interior defender. The former top overall high school recruit has a nonstop motor and an outstanding blend of size, power and quickness.
9. Chicago Bears: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
The Bears should have done more in the draft and free agency to support the development of second-year quarterback Justin Fields, but trading for Chase Claypool at the deadline helps even if they paid a hefty price. This pick would help to Strengthen one of the league’s worst offensive lines. Johnson started at right guard last season for the Buckeyes, but he has shifted to his more natural left tackle position in 2022 and has played well. The former five-star recruit has outstanding size, length and movement skills.
10. Green Bay Packers: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Skoronski’s grandfather, Bob Skoronski, is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame. Since replacing Rashawn Slater, who opted out of the 2020 season, Skoronski has started every game at left tackle. Lack of arm length may ultimately lead to a move inside, but the former five-star recruit is technically sound with the foot quickness, balance and versatility to play all five offensive line positions. Per PFF, Skoronski has allowed only five pressures on 383 pass-blocking snaps so far this season.
11. Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos): Tyree Wilson, edge, Texas Tech
Geno Smith has played better than any other NFC West quarterback, and the Seahawks hold a 1.5-game lead in the division as we enter the second half of the season, which likely means they will go in a different direction from the first iteration of my mock draft. Wilson led the Raiders in sacks (seven) and tackles for loss (13.5) in 2021, and he has thrived in new coordinator Tim DeRuyter’s defense by already matching or exceeding that production this season. Wilson could go earlier than many expect given his combination of size, length, power and versatility.
12. Detroit Lions (via Rams): Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Lions rank last in the NFL in total defense (417.3 yards per game), scoring defense (29.3 points per game) and yards per pass attempt allowed (8.1). Porter is a big and long corner who plays a physical brand of football as you’d expect from the son of the former Steelers outside linebacker. Both Mike Hughes and Amani Oruwariye will be free agents after the season.
13. Houston Texans (via Browns): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
The 2023 wide receiver class is not on the same level as the past few draft classes, but Johnston has the potential to be the first receiver off the board in April. His speed, leaping ability and catch radius help him win vertically, and he is elusive after the catch. It’s unclear whether Brandin Cooks will still be on the roster next season, but it would be wise to put more talent around their new quarterback.
14. Indianapolis Colts: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
The Colts may prefer to draft a quarterback here, despite feeling none (still available at this point) are worthy of a top-15 selection. Coincidentally, interim head coach Jeff Saturday played center in Indianapolis through the 2011 season, which is the same year the team drafted left tackle Anthony Castonzo in the first round. The Colts used a third-round pick on Bernhard Raimann in April, but that shouldn’t prevent them from using this pick on a high-upside prospect like Fashanu, who won’t turn 20 until next month. Given his combination of size, length, power and movement skills, the redshirt sophomore has the potential to continue climbing up draft boards with continued strong play in his first year as a starter.
15. Atlanta Falcons: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Arthur Smith wants to run the ball, so it makes sense for the Falcons to use a first-rounder on the most talented running back prospect over the past few drafts. Robinson is an explosive runner with outstanding vision, speed and tackle-breaking ability, and is a dynamic receiver out of the backfield as well. Per PFF, Robinson leads Power 5 backs in missed tackles forced (73) and rush yards after contact (781) in 2022. Cordarrelle Patterson will turn 32 in March and be a free agent after ’23, and Tyler Allgeier wasn’t drafted until the fifth round.
16. Washington Commanders: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
The Commanders traded William Jackson III to the Steelers, and Kendall Fuller will be entering a contract season in 2023. Smith is a confident and physical corner with good length and outstanding ball skills. He has six career interceptions.
17. New England Patriots: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Smith-Njigba has played sparingly after sustaining a hamstring injury against Notre Dame to open the season. While he won’t test nearly as well as former teammates Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave did in April, Smith-Njigba led the Buckeyes in receptions (95) and yards (1,606) in 2021. When healthy, he’s a savvy route runner with natural hands and he should quickly become New England’s most talented receiver.
18. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Mayer is the best all-around tight end in this draft. While he doesn’t have any elite traits, he’s above average across the board. The junior tight end has been the focal point of Notre Dame’s passing offense since arriving on campus, and he’s a plus blocker with experience inline. Hayden Hurst and Drew demo will both be free agents after the season.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Both Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting are in contract years while over $36 million in cap space is allocated to Carlton Davis over the next two seasons. Gonzalez is a 6'2" corner with outstanding length, speed and athleticism. With two interceptions against his former team this past weekend, the former Colorado Buffalo now has three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his first season as a Duck.
20. Denver Broncos (via 49ers/Dolphins): Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Offensive tackle tops the list of potential offseason needs for the Broncos. Not only is Garett Bolles out after breaking his leg, but Billy Turner, Calvin Anderson and Cam Fleming are all slated to become unrestricted free agents in the offseason. Jones has yet to allow a sack in his first full season as a starter, as the former five-star recruit has allowed only four pressures on the year with none in his past three games, per PFF stats.
21. Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
After winning the Biletnikoff award for putting up 100/1,593/17 numbers last season with Kenny Pickett at Pitt, Addison leads the Trojans in receiving (39/585/7) in 2022 despite missing the past couple of games with a leg injury. Play strength is a concern for the 175-pound receiver, but Addison has outstanding quickness and route-running savvy. Addison would be a good complement to what the Chargers have with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, when healthy.
22. Tennessee Titans: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
Playing alongside sophomore Brock Bowers limits Washington’s opportunities in the passing game some, but he should have an opportunity to be a more impactful receiver at the next level due to his size (6'7" and 270 pounds), length and athleticism. While he’s averaged 18.1 yards on his 36 career receptions, he has only one career touchdown. That said, Washington excels as a run blocker, and it would be like having an extra offensive tackle on the field paving the way for Derrick Henry in the run game.
23. Seattle Seahawks: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
The Seahawks add another front-seven player in this mock, who will provide an upgrade at inside linebacker next to Jordyn Brooks. Clemson has deployed Simpson in a variety of alignments, highlighting his versatile, do-it-all skill set. Simpson leading the team in tackles, and has outstanding range in run support and coverage ability.
24. Baltimore Ravens: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
The Ravens traded Marquise Brown before the season, and Rashod Bateman (foot) is out for the rest of the season, which has highlighted their need at the receiver position. Hyatt is an electrifying playmaker with game-breaking speed. He leads the nation in receiving touchdowns (14), half of which were scores of 45-plus yards.
25. New York Jets: Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M
Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed Jr. are having outstanding seasons as both are top-12 cornerbacks, based on current PFF grades. Johnson’s positional versatility stands out, and the 6'3" defensive back uses his size, length, athleticism and physicality to make plenty of plays near the line of scrimmage.
26. Dallas Cowboys: O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida
Left tackle Tyron Smith has missed at least three games every year since 2016. His absence has led to Tyler Smith’s earlier-than-expected move to left tackle. After following coach Billy Napier from Louisiana to Florida, Torrence is the best interior offensive line prospect in this year’s draft class and is an absolutely dominant run blocker.
27. New York Giants: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
Four games above .500 despite a modest plus-6 scoring differential, expectations for the Giants are now much different than they were before the season. Even so, Daniel Jones has exceeded 200 passing yards only twice (217 and 202) this season and has thrown just six touchdowns in eight games. Both Jones and Hooker will be the same age on draft day (25; Jones turns 26 in May), and Hooker plays in an offense that doesn’t translate well to the NFL game. That said, Hooker’s ability in the vertical passing game, along with his size and athleticism, could entice a team with a pick near the end of Round 1.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
The Chiefs used their franchise tag on left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and failed to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. In addition, starting right tackle Andrew Wylie is scheduled to become a free agent next offseason. Jones is a massive tackle prospect, and his year-over-year development compared to last season has been impressive.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Foskey, edge, Notre Dame
The Vikings don’t have a second-round pick after trading for T.J. Hockenson, so perhaps they’ll look to trade back to a team trying to get back into the first round. The Vikings already have two talented edge defenders in Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith, but you can never have too many talented pass rushers. Foskey’s motor runs nonstop, and he has good size and length. With 5.5 sacks over his past three games, Foskey is only a half sack shy of tying Justin Tuck’s school record (24.5).
30. Buffalo Bills: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
Jordan Poyer is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2022 season. Micah Hyde is out following season-ending neck surgery, but he’s scheduled to become a free agent after ’23. Both safeties are on the wrong side of 30. The Bills appreciate versatility in their safeties, and Branch has a versatile skill set that has allowed Nick Saban to use him in a variety of roles for the Crimson Tide.
31. Philadelphia Eagles: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
Despite his 200-pound frame, Gibbs is a talented runner due to his vision, burst and elusiveness, but he’s especially gifted as a receiver. The Georgia Tech transfer has 99 catches for 1,138 yards (11.5 per catch) and eight touchdowns over three collegiate seasons. Both Miles Sanders and Boston Scott are scheduled to become free agents after the season.
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The sun has had an active few months, developing Ellerman bombs and solar snakes on its surface.
Sunspot AR3140 was recently seen exploding its "bombs, and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter probe spotted a cylinder of gases snaking through the sun's magnetic field in September.
Ellerman bombs occur in areas of the sun's surface with strong magnetic fields. Named after physicist Ferdinand Ellerman, who studied them in the 1900s, the bombs are magnetic explosions caused by opposite polarities colliding. While the explosions are one-millionth as powerful as normal solar flares, they are still immensely energetic, releasing as much energy as 100,000 World War II atomic bombs, according to SpaceWeather.com.
"These events are due to a combination of intense magnetic activity and pressure within the outer parts of the sun," Christopher Conselice, an astronomy professor at the University of Manchester, told Newsweek.
"The Ellerman bombs have been known about for over a century, but their origin is still being debated. We observe these as bright features on the surface of the sun, but their ultimate cause is still unknown," Conselice said.
Solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs)—high-energy releases of electromagnetic radiation and solar plasma, respectively—are also associated with areas of higher activity on the sun, so Ellerman bombs can represent a warning bell for more intense solar events.
"They are connected to other solar activity and can indicate that more intense solar flares and CMEs will occur," Conselice said. "The sun is a very active and ever-changing star, and we still don't know how to explain all of the physics behind the activity we see."
The solar snake that was spotted on September 5 by the Solar Orbiter is also an ejection of solar plasma, but it is suspended in a unique way by the sun's magnetic field.
"You're getting plasma flowing from one side to the other, but the magnetic field is really twisted. So you're getting this change in direction because we're looking down on a twisted structure," David Long, an astronomer at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at University College London, said in an ESA statement.
In the video, the extremely hot plasma—up to 1 million degrees Celsius—is snaking along a long filament of the sun's magnetic field. The ESA has estimated that the snake was traveling at around 170 kilometers per second, or roughly 380,000 mph.
The area that the snake emerged from later erupted in a CME, sending huge amounts of solar plasma into space. This suggests that solar snakes may also be a precursor to larger and more significant solar activities.
These solar events come as the sun inches toward its solar maximum, when it experiences more solar flares and CMEs, increasing in activity as it does. The solar activity follows approximately 11-year cycles, during the middle of which the sun reaches the solar maximum, when this activity is a lot higher than during its minimum.
The last solar minimum occurred in 2019, so our sun is ahead of schedule, being more active than it normally is at this stage in the cycle.
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FANS have trolled Kim Kardashian after her nine-year-old daughter North crashed her video and called her out on a lie.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum has already faced backlash for her questionable holiday trimmings.
Now fans have trolled Kim, 42, after her daughter, North, caught her in a fib about her Christmas decorations in her $60million Calabasas mansion.
The reality star took to her Instagram Stories this weekend to show off a line of brightly lit Christmas trees arranged on her balcony.
She explained the decor to her followers, saying: "Oh my gosh, on the balcony I put all of these trees in a line it's so beautiful."
As Kim walked toward the display to deliver her fans a better look, her daughter North, nine, could be spotted walking alongside her mom.
"Well you didn't do it yourself," the little girl chimed in, slyly trolling her mom in a witty comment.
Fans loved the pre-teen's honesty, taking to Reddit to praise her for the blatant call-out.
"Kim: 'On the balcony I put all of these trees and it looks so beautiful.' North, 'Well you didn’t do it yourself.' Istg North was put on this earth to humble Kim K and I love it," one wrote, opening up the conversation.
"This is the content we’re here for, Kimberly," a second agreed.
A third joked: "Kim putting those trees up by herself would have made for a great episode on the show compared to the junk we’ve been getting."
"Lmao when her own daughter knows she is a liar and had to correct her a** every time. I love it," a fourth sneered, while a final simply wrote: "Lol," with a laughing emoji.
Earlier this week, Kim was accused of being tacky after North showed off their Christmas tree decorated with $100 bills.
A video of the evergreen was posted to Kim and North's shared TikTok account, @kimandnorth.
Ariana Grande's holiday song Santa Tell Me accompanied the recording that depicted North decorating her personal tree.
The nine-year-old showcased each new ornament, which included decorations made to look like rolled wads of $100 bills, sealed stacks of the same currency, and classic film cameras, as she placed them on the tree.
Before the video ended, North was sure to deliver her followers a look at the finished tree complete with additional dollar sign ornaments.
A Kardashian fan screengrabbed an image of the fully decorated tree and reposted it on a Reddit board dedicated to the famous family.
Titled: "North's tree with 100 dollar bills on it," fans rushed to the comment section to deliver their take on Kim and North's holiday decor.
One person wrote: "Lmfaoooo with everything going on they think this will make them more likable? Tacky af."
"This is disgusting wow," chimed a second.
Another fan sarcastically commented: "If you are God-loving, always praying, Bible-thumping Kristians like the Kardashians, of course, you know that MONEY is the reason for the season (great message Kim )"
"I see she’s teaching North that being famous is just showing off your wealth," added a fourth.
While a fifth commenter responded: "How trashy. And how unfortunate she is pulling her kids into this label as well."
One fan mentioned that "North made capitalism the theme of her tree."
A second, seeming shocked, Redditor added: "Yeah Kim. Post this s**t right after the Balenciaga thing. Smh."
Kim recently broke her silence on the scandal-ridden brand Balenciaga in a statement that fans slammed.
The luxury company received backlash after they ran ads of children holding BDSM accessories.
Decked out in the familiar red and white Calgary colours, the city showed off a mock-up of its new Green Line LRVs on Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson Transit garage.
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The Urbos 100 LRV looks sleeker than the vehicles Calgarians are used to seeing on the Red and Blue lines. The most striking difference is the low floor, which Green Line CEO Darshpreet Bhatti said will allow the city to build lower stations that are more accessible.
“Having something that’s low creates and provides an infrastructure that’s less intrusive, so you don’t have to have massive ramps and big platforms,” he said. “You can approach these vehicles with something that is much lower.”
He said in most instances, the stations will be about curb height.
Shakti Sarai, senior manager of LRV with the Green Line, explained that because the doors are so low to the ground, the wheels end up protruding into the passenger space. Elevated seats have been built around the wheel wells.
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“And so we work the seating arrangements around the wheel spaces there,” he said. “And we also work our accessibility spaces around the spots where the wheels protrude into the body to maximize accessibility and maximize passenger capacity inside that vehicle.”
Sarai said the new cars will have automatic train protection technology, which he compared to smart cruise control on newer vehicles.
“It’s going to be there to help the operators out if they get distracted,” he said. “If they’re speeding, the vehicles will naturally bring them back into the posted speeds for that infrastructure.”
The LRVs will be 42 metres in length, compared to the 26-metre Siemens S200 on the Red and Blue Lines. Each car will have 73 seats and can hold up to 288 people; the Siemens can hold only 181.
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Bhatti said they plan to begin with two-car trains on the Green Line, but he expects they can scale that up to three-car as needed.
The mock-up had to be shipped from Barcelona by the Spanish manufacturer CAF and travelled through seven countries on its way to Calgary. It is only 12 metres long and will help city engineers work out the finer details as they work towards the final design.
Sarai said if changes come, they are likely to be within the systems.
“We’re going through the real systems and subsystems of the LRV: brakes, HVAC, signalling systems, CCTV systems, etc. But substantially as you see the LRV (now) is likely how it’s going to be come revenue service date.”
Bhatti said there are plans to display the mock-up for the public in the summer months once the engineers and experts are done with it, but those details still need to be worked out.
The operator’s cab can be removed from the remainder of the mock-up, and will be used as a training simulator for future operators of the Green Line LRV.
The city has 28 of the Urbos 100 LRVs on order.
31. Indiana Pacers (via HOU): JJ Starling (Notre Dame, Freshman, 6-4)
32. Detroit Pistons: Julian Strawther (Gonzaga, Junior, 6-7)
33. Orlando Magic: Kyle Filipowski (Duke, Freshman, 6-11)
34. Charlotte Hornets (via OKC): Jordan Walsh (Arkansas, Freshman, 6-7)
35. Los Angeles Lakers: Amari Bailey (UCLA, Freshman, 6-5)
36. Denver Nuggets (via WAS): Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA Senior 6-7)
37. San Antonio Spurs: Harrison Ingram (Stanford, Sophomore, 6-8)
38. Sacramento Kings: Kris Murray (Iowa, Junior, 6-8)
39. Sacramento Kings (via IND): Adem Bona (UCLA, Freshman, 6-9)
40. Los Angeles Lakers (via CHI): Marcus Sasser (Houston, Senior, 6-2)
41. Philadelphia 76ers (via CHA): Judah Mintz (Syracuse, Freshman, 6-4)
42. Minnesota Timberwolves (via NYK): Mark Mitchell (Duke, Freshman, 6-8)
43. Boston Celtics (via POR): Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana, Junior, 6-9)
44. Memphis Grizzlies (via MIN): Coleman Hawkins (Illinois, Junior, 6-10)
45. Atlanta Hawks (via BKN): Chance Westry (Auburn, Freshman, 6-6)
46. Los Angeles Clippers: Tyrese Hunter (Texas, Sophomore, 6-0)
47. Cleveland Cavaliers (via GSW): Trevon Brazile (Arkansas, Sophomore, 6-9)
48. Oklahoma City Thunder (via MIA): Maxwell Lewis (Pepperdine, Sophomore, 6-7)
49. Philadelphia 76ers: Forfeited
50. Atlanta Hawks (via NOP): Kevin McCullar (Kansas, Senior, 6-6)
51. Charlotte Hornets (via UTA): Emoni Bates (Eastern Michigan, Sophomore, 6-9)
52. Brooklyn Nets (via ATL): Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky, Senior, 6-9)
53. Milwaukee Bucks (via CLE): Alex Fudge (Florida, Sophomore, 6-8)
54. Chicago Bulls (via DEN): Forfeited
55. Boston Celtics (via DAL): Yohan Traore (Auburn, Freshman, 6-10)
56. Toronto Raptors Colby Jones (Xavier, Junior, 6-6)
57. Memphis Grizzlies: Jalen Slawson (Furman, Senior, 6-7)
58. Phoenix Suns: Drew Timme (Gonzaga, Senior, 6-10)
59. Boston Celtics: Ousmane N’diaye (Baskonia – Spain, International, 6-11)
60. Milwaukee Bucks: Jalen Wilson (Kansas, Junior, 6-8)
GRAND Design: House of the Year viewers slammed a "hideous" property with an "eyesore" for a roof.
In the pioneering houses category, host Kevin McCloud and the experts explored a home with a mountain on the roof.
Property expert Kevin visited a property in southeast London called Mountain View, with a metal mountain scape sitting over a one-off building where demolished walls are shelves and tables have hairy rubber legs.
Kevin met owner and architect Matt who lives with civil servant wife Laura and their two children.
The living room had been renovated and the rest of the property had been remodelled, including the family area, bedroom, bathroom and utility room.
It is finished with a two-dimensional silhouette of a mountain made of foamed aluminium.
Matt wanted his family's home to express all of the things they are interested in.
Clearly baffled, Kevin quizzed the couple on why they wanted a mountain on the side of their home.
Matt replied: "We saw these pictures of this Disneyland ride in San Diego where they were making this hyper realistic mountain. And we thought 'why not try and replicate it'."
But viewers were confused by the unusual design attached to the roof.
One wrote: "Don't put any of the houses through this week, especially this mountain house. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns"
"There's pioneering and then there's plain ridiculous, mountain house. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns," another said.
A third posted: "Looks like some sort of abandoned children's play house, with a mountain view foam cut-out. Hideous. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns"
A fourth commented: "These houses are getting worse...Mountain House is an eyesore! #houseoftheyear #granddesigns"
Another bemused fan tweeted: "So, the extension with a stupid board to pretend it's a mountain, yeah really clever stuff. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns"
One stunned viewer added: "'Hyper-realistic mountain' err really? #GrandDesigns"
Stepping inside the property is a theatrical experience, with plenty of character including exposed brick wall that doubles as storage space, a foam seat that look like a piece of cheese and a woolly concrete wall.
They also opted for recycled chopping boards for their kitchen worktops and recycled car tyres for the dining table legs.
Laura said she often gets asked why they put a mountain on the back of the house, and she usually replies with, "why not", while Matt said coming home to an "old white box" would have been "boring".
Meanwhile, the neighbours said they are often startled by the striking appearance but praised the couple's innovative concept.