Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:14 AM
JIM SEZ TACKLES SOME "HOT TOPICS" TO GO ALONG WITH NFL DRAFT, NBA PLAYOFF NEWS
C'mon, now, you don't really believe that the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the #2 overall pick in next week's NFL Draft without knowing whom they're gonna select ... do you?
There has been plenty of talk over the air waves and on the internet claiming the Eagles - who are now set to select right after the Los Angeles Rams to open Thursday's NFL Draft in Chicago - will be "happy" to land whichever quarterback is still there whether it be California QB Jared Goff or North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz.
Really believe that jazz?
Folks, here's one major reason why the Eagles traded away a boatload of draft picks - including next year's first-round choice - just to get their hands on either Goff or Wentz ... they didn't want former head coach Chip Kelly to be able to snap up one of these quarterbacks because inside sources tell us the San Francisco 49ers were very aggressive in attempting to trade up to the #2 pick (the Niners currently own the seventh overall pick in this draft) and so Philly - whether it be major spite or not - short-circuited the San Fran plans but now here's the Eagles soon to have a re-signed Sam Bradford, free agent Chase Daniel (from the Kansas City Chiefs) and either Goff or Wentz on their roster at some point next week.
Perhaps the QB-needy New York Jets swing a deal for one of the above with the Eagles and give 'em their first-round pick in 2017? Stay tuned.
Hey, we'll get to our NFL Draft position-by-position look at wide receivers and tight ends in just a moment but remember this:
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers/Bloggers are all geared up for the NBA Playoffs that continue to roll on this week/this month - so just go online right here or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 each/every day during these NBA Playoffs and we'll send you straight into the winner's circle. Plus, there's Major-League Baseball on tap every day including exciting weekend action here such as the Texas Rangers at the born-again Chicago White Sox and a key AL West weekend series between the Seattle Mariners at the Los Angeles Angels. Get 'em while we're hot!
THE NFL DRAFT REPORT
Our extensive Jim Sez NFL Draft coverage rolls on with a look at the top incoming WRs and TEs:
LAQUON TREADWELL, WR, Ole Miss - The best of a rather weak lot of wide outs, this 6-foot-2, 222-pounder figures to be a mid- first-round pick even though some folks consider him "damaged goods". Remember Treadwell suffered a grotesque leg injury two years ago yet he finished with 82 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Could be a fit with Detroit at #16 now that Calvin Johnson has retired.
COREY COLEMAN, WR, Baylor - A TD machine for last year's high-octane Bears, this 5-foot-11 (although he may be smaller), 195-pounder (and he may not be closer to 180) nabbed the Biletnikoff Award last year after scoring 20 touchdowns but some skeptics say he drops too many over-the-middle passes. Minnesota at pick #23 figures to be in the market for a wide-out.
JOSH DOCTSON, WR, TCU - Most folks expert he'll be a low-to-mid 20s pick in Thursday's draft after catching a school-record 2,875 passing yards. We'll pencil in this Horned Frog at #24 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
HUNTER HENRY, TE, Arkansas - A prototypical pass-catching tight end who stands at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds and we believe he should be a late first-rounder although the latest draft board we checked out had 'em between pick #40-thru-45. Gut feeling he could slip into Round One with Arizona at #30 a potential landing spot.
WILL FULLER, WR, Notre Dame - A real game-changer who scored 30 touchdowns in 29 career starts for the Golden Domers, there is some chatter that Fuller is not "strong enough" at 6-feet, 185 pounds. Let's look for him to go very early in Round II with Tennessee or Cleveland.
AUSTIN HOOPER, TE, Stanford - Likely third-rounder who could climb a bit after catching 74 balls in two-year career at "The Farm". It's possible the aforementioned Kelly has an eye on him for the new-look 49ers.
NBA PLAYOFF NEWS/NOTES
The Friday night hoops menu features Cleveland, Atlanta and San Antonio all looking to snag commanding three games-to-none series leads ... here's some quick-hitter comments on all three:
CLEVELAND - The Cavaliers' not-so-secret weapon of guard J.R. Smith (seven trifectas in that 107-90 win/cover in Game 2) means someone on the Detroit Pistons is gonna have to pay him some attention here plus wondering if Motown C Andre Drummond will get major minutes after going 4-of-16 from the free-throw line in Game 2.
ATLANTA - No doubt the Hawks have an easier task disposing of the Boston Celtics what with Avery Bradley out for the series and F Kelly Olynyk down for Game 2 the other night but Atlanta has its own health concerns with reserve G Dennis Schroder (ankle) questionable for tonight's Game 3 and key swingman Kent Bazemore (knee) currently listed as probable after shooting just 2-of-14 from the floor in the 89-72 win/cover in Game 2.
SAN ANTONIO - The Spurs beat Memphis by 32 points in Game 1 and by 26 points in Game 2 and can we remind y'all that San Ant G Patty Mills has combined for 31 points in these runaway wins and that includes 7-of-13 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Not half bad!