NFL DRAFT – HERE’S A “FIRST PEEK” AT HOW WE SEE TOP 10 PICKS …
COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT – THE BEST & WORST COACHING JOBS (SO FAR) OF THIS 2019-2020 SEASON
Alas, the National Football League season is in the books with the Kansas City Chiefs snapping a 50-year title-less drought … but there’s not too much time to celebrate ’cause KC and all the other 31 teams in NFL-land already are bracing for the Draft come April 23-25. We’ll venture out to getcha our top10 selections (for now)
NFL DRAFT TALK 2020
Okay, so we’re not even a full week removed from the conclusion of the NFL season – yes, three cheers for the Chiefs once again! — but already there’s plenty of bubbling talk about the upcoming NFL Draft. Here’s some of what may – or may not – happen as we head towards April 23rd:
1, CINCINNATI (2-14) – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU: Folks, the Bengals want / need to change the whole losing mind-set in Cincy but we believe there’s a decent chance that they select the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and then trade ’em to Carolina for the #7 overall pick plus bodies and/or future draft choices.
2. WASHINGTON (3-13) – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State: If the ‘Skins don’t select the top overall talent in this man’s draft then we’d be truly shocked. Young didn’t have a great Fiesta Bowl / national semifinal playoff game against Clemson but his overall “body of work” is brilliant.
3. DETROIT (3-12-1) – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State: Our sources say the Lions are trying their hardest to pry that second overall pick away from Washington but no dice. So, the woe-be-gone Motowners will grab the next-best defensive player from the O-State Buckeyes. And he’s not a bad “consolation prize”.
4. NEW YORK GIANTS (4-12) – Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia: It’s no secret that this NFC East squad must patch some major holes along the offensive line and so, to help keep second-year QB Daniel Jones in the “upright position”, the G-men snag this 320-plus pounder.
5. MIAMI (5-11) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama: Okay, so we’re gonna buy this prevailing notion that the Dolphins are indeed gonna grab this lefty slinger with mucho past injury problems and maybe let Ryan Fitzpatrick be first-string this year while Tagovailoa gets his body rested and all healed up for the 2021 campaign.
6. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-11) – Jedrick Willis, Jr., OL, Alabama: The opinion ’round Chargers country is that this AFC West gang will snatch up a quarterback now that Philip Rivers is gonesville but we say the Bolts go elsewhere for a signal-caller (maybe Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, we’ll see) and so O-line becomes the top priority here.
7. CAROLINA (5-11) – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn: Again, we say there’s a solid shot that QB Burrow will be headed to Charlotte when all the dust settles, so this pick could wind up in Cincinnati. In any event, Brown’s a game-buster type from the interior D-line and he plays his best in the big games.
8. ARIZONA (5-10-1) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama: This one’s gonna be a controversial pick because Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray would like to pair up with former Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb (who is actually rated higher than Jeudy) but second-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury prefers this ‘Bama burner.
9. JACKSONVILLE (6-10) – Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa: If the Jaguars want to dangle this pick, then be sure the likes of some 2019 playoff teams (see Green Bay, Minnesota and Houston) would love to move up for skilled position help. P.S., most draft boards have Wirfs going in the 15-to-20 range.
10. CLEVELAND (6-10) – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson: The Browns’ new management team will “play it safe” and take the best available talent here but the caveat is if Cleveland can trade WR Odell Beckham, Jr. then aforementioned WR Lamb will be the apple of this team’s proverbial eye.
THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT – BEST & WORST COACHING JOBS (SO FAR)
Let’s get you out top three choices for Best & Worst Coaching Jobs so far here in 2019-2020:
Here’s the Best Coaching Jobs through the first full week of February …
Anthony Grant, Dayton … Always been one of our sideline favorites and his 20-and-2 Flyers could be snatching up a #3 or #4 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament.
Brian Dutcher, San Diego State … How ‘ya going to ignore this Aztecs head coach who has his Mountain West Conference club sitting there at 23-and-oh?
Mark Pope, BYU … The Coogs have covered 11 of their last 15 games and find ways to win late with great out-of-bound plays.
Here’s the Worst Coaching Jobs through the first full week of February …
Danny Hurley, UConn … The Huskies are just 12-10 SU (straight-up) and have regressed badly despite that Thursday night upset win at 2.5-point fav Tulsa.
Mike Anderson, St. John’s … Heck, we applauded this out-of-left-field choice for this Big East team but blowing a 17-point lead against Georgetown last week was typical.
Steve Prohm, Iowa State … The Cyclones entered the weekend 2-7 SU in Big 12 play and they find different ways to lose every night. I-State should be better than this.
NOTE: Catch our College Hoop daily updates plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez – and make sure to stay tuned for next week’s NBA Report Card Grades.