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  • CAA Sports signs 3 projected to go in NFL draft’s first 10

    CAA Sports is having a huge NFL draft again this year and represents three potential top 10 picks, having signed Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and quarterback Sam Bradford, and Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan.

    NFLDraftScout.com ranked McCoy No. 3, Morgan No. 8 and Bradford No. 9 on its list of top prospects last week.

    CAA Football co-heads Tom Condon and Ben Dogra also have also signed Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham (37) and TCU outside linebacker Jerry Hughes (42). CAA previously signed Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (23).

    Tom Condon and Ben Dogra have added (from left) Derrick
    Morgan of Georgia Tech and Gerald McCoy and Sam
    Bradford of Oklahoma.

    CAA represented a record nine first-round picks last year, including Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was picked No. 1 overall, and St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith, No. 2 overall. But it might take a while for CAA or any other agency to break that record, because there are more agents in the NFL than in any other sport competing for talent.

    In other draft-related signings:

    All Pro Sports & Entertainment signed Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung (4), Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick (31) and Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas (98). Lamont Smith and Peter Schaffer will represent the players.

    Octagon signed Cal cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson (32) and Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks (48). Doug Hendrickson will represent the players.

    Blue Entertainment Sports Television signed University of Texas linebacker and projected first-round pick Sergio Kindle (21). “As recently as the national championship game, Sergio has shown the play-making ability to be a game changer in the NFL,” said BEST’s Joel Segal.

    The Agency, a New York-based firm that specializes in athlete marketing, signed Texas quarterback Colt McCoy for exclusive marketing representation. Agency partner Jordan Bazant will lead the effort.

    Razor Entertainment signed Clemson running back and projected first-rounder C.J. Spiller to a six-figure memorabilia deal, said Fadde Mikhail, Spiller’s marketing agent.

    “It’s a multiyear deal, and throughout the length of the deal he will be making appearances and signing autographs,” said Mikhail, president of Creative Sports International. “We are very thankful to get a deal of this magnitude in today’s economy.”

     ICM SIGNS BROADCASTERS: Hollywood talent firm ICM has signed broadcasters Hannah Storm and Max Kellerman for representation. Nick Khan will represent them.

    Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @SBJLizMullen.

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