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In wide-open draft, Condon-Dogra unlikely to repeat at No. 1

Liz Mullen
Agents Tom Condon and Ben Dogra have represented the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft either together (as co-heads of CAA Football) or individually (for their former agencies) for six of the last seven years, but they might lose the honor this year.

Condon, who left IMG to join CAA in May 2006, and Dogra, who left the former SFX Sports to merge his practice with Condon’s new one at CAA that same year, have represented the first player to have his named called at the draft every year since 2004 with the exception of 2007, when quarterback JaMarcus Russell was picked No. 1 by the Oakland Raiders.

CAA Football announced its latest draft class last week, and NFL talent experts say that although two of its clients, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and Georgia wide
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CAA clients Green (top) and Gabbert stand to be high picks, but probably not No. 1.
receiver A.J. Green, may be top 10 or top five picks, neither is expected to go No. 1 overall. Then again, with this draft, it is unclear who will be picked first.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said that normally if there is no consensus No. 1 pick, there are two or three players vying for the top spot. This year, there are more like four or five players, he said.

McShay last week had Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers ranked No. 1 for the draft, with Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley No. 2 and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson No. 3. He had Green ranked No. 4 and Gabbert No. 5.

The Carolina Panthers have the No. 1 pick this year.

“Had Andrew Luck been in this draft, I think it would have been a no-brainer; they would have taken Luck at No.1,” McShay
said of the Stanford quarterback,who decided to return to school.

“Carolina, they need a defensive end and a defensive tackle, and depending on what the new [Panthers coaching] regime thinks of [Panthers quarterback Jimmy] Clausen, they may need a new quarterback,” McShay said.

Both Bowers and Fairley had outstanding seasons, but in 2009, neither was a “good starting player” for his team, McShay said. He added that leading up to the draft, “the term ‘one-year wonder’ is a term you will hear over and over again.”

Also in CAA’s class this year are Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith, Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, Texas cornerback Aaron Williams, Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, TCU offensive tackle Marcus Cannon and Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich.
 
FLETCHER LEAVES CSE: Athlete, coach and broadcast agent Molly Fletcher, who worked at Atlanta-based Career Sports & Entertainment for 15 years and most recently held the title president of client representation, has left the company to form her own firm. The new company is called Fletcher Digital and will focus on digital marketing for athletes. Like CSE, the company is based in Atlanta.

“I formed this company to service athletes, celebrities and agencies in order to allow them to capitalize on the social media and digital space in an effort to create their own personal media properties,” Fletcher said. “My focus is no longer on athlete representation but on helping athletes and other personalities monetize athletes’ social media and digital platforms.”
 
GAYLORD SIGNS GOLFERS: Gaylord Sports Management has signed two-time golf major winner Angel Cabrera and up-and-coming Chinese golfer Mu Hu for representation. Agent David Yates, president of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Gaylord, will represent Cabrera and Mu.

Mu, 21, is the youngest player from mainland China to have made the cut at a European Tour event. He was previously unrepresented. Cabrera has been and will continue to be co-represented by Manuel Tagle, his longtime business manager who is based in Cordoba, Argentina.

“This represents a great opportunity for us to use our many resources to help them develop worldwide business plans,” Yates said of Cabrera and Mu, in a statement. “With the 2016 Summer Games being staged in South America and the burgeoning growth of golf in China, we’re very excited about their many marketing possibilities.”

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

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