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2014 NFL DRAFT PREVIEW

WHO'S JOHNNY?

SI ASSEMBLED A TOPFLIGHT TEAM OF PASSING EXPERTS TO PICK APART THIS YEAR'S MOST INTRIGUING PROSPECT

By Peter King

BACKSLIDE

IT'S AS BAD A TIME AS EVER TO BE A YOUNG RB

By Andy Staples

CHRIS BURKE'S MOCK DRAFT

By Chris Burke

ACE IN THE ROLE

AS TRENDS EVOLVE, SO DO PERSONNEL NEEDS. HERE ARE FOUR SKILL SETS OF CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE IN 2014—AND THE PROSPECTS WHO CAN FILL THEM BEST

By Doug Farrar

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

YOU GOTTA PLAY HURT

The playoff beard is a cute badge of honor, its thickness a measure of how deep a team goes into the postseason. Those two dozen stitches in the mug, that four-tooth gap, that broken leg you finish out your shift with? Those are the badges of courage by which the NHL measures itself come spring

By Brian Cazeneuve

BASEBALL

The Whiff of Crisis

By Joe Sheehan

SPECIAL REPORT

Semper FIT

By Andy Staples

NBA PLAYOFFS

LONG SHOTS

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

Sterling Reputation

By Franz Lidz

Departments

Leading Off

The Greatest

After 32 years SI's Gary Smith is retiring from magazine writing. But his influence—like his best leads—will stick with us

By S.L. Price

Big Hit

By Alexandra Fenwick

Of Jocks and Jockeys

Many athletes have dabbled in the sport of kings, including current owners Wes Welker (horse: Undrafted), Michael Phelps and Wayne Rooney. No sports figure has a starter in this year's Derby, but a few have had success inside and outside of Churchill Downs

By Kalyn Kahler

HOT | NOT

Shot Class

Klay Thompson's ABCs of swish

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Cutting Room

By Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Major League Horse Racing

By David Israel