Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:16 AM
THE NFL DRAFT: OUR ROUND 1 ANALYSIS ...
PLUS NBA PLAYOFFS ROCK ON WITH THREE BIG GAME 6 DUELS THIS EVENING IN CHARLOTTE, INDIANAPOLIS AND "RIP CITY"
You tell us: Was the "least favorite" part of watching last night's first round of the NFL Draft the down-the-board slide of Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil all the way to the 13th pick - and no "Bong Show" jokes here! - or all those damn hugs that clueless NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave to the draftees in attendance.
Betcha he wouldn't be giving New England QB Tom Brady such a hug if he ran into 'em in a proverbial dark alley!
Hey, no sense in doling out "winner" and "loser" tags here - they never quite make much sense in the hours immediately after the picks have been announced - but let's sort of randomly look at things we liked and didn't like so much when it came to NFL Draft Round I:
Okay, no surprise that the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles went for QBs Jared Goff (Cal) and Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) with those traded-up selections at #1 and #2 but we remain on board with the theory that neither dude will be a "franchise quarterback" and we don't recommend you draft either one for your 2016 NFL Fantasy Team ... got it?
No doubt the San Diego Chargers' selection of DE Joey Bosa (Ohio State) with the third overall pick really shook up the draft from the get-go as it seemed to us many of the teams that followed in Round I changed gears with Dallas surprising us with the selection of RB Ezekiel Elliott (one of five Ohio State players nabbed in the first 20 picks) and then at least four or five of the teams picking in the top 10 jumped the gun a bit (if you need to know, we hit on just 24 of the 31 first-round picks in terms of going Round I but only had five players in all going to the teams that we said would draft 'em).
Let's face it, once UCLA linebacker Myles Jack didn't get plucked early - he didn't go all in Round I and fled the "green room" as soon as the ESPN/NFL Network cameras started to get on his nerves - the whole rhythm of Round I seemed to change but mark us down for a "thumbs up" when it came to Tampa Bay's move-down-two-spots and still get CB Vernon
Hargreaves III (Florida) and Cleveland's mid-first round selection of speedy WR Corey Coleman (Baylor) but boo-hoo to Tennessee's trade to go #8 with OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State) who went way too high and ditto for New York Giants' CB Eli Apple (Ohio State) who got scooped up with the tenth pick after Chicago and Tampa Bay undermined NYG's assumed selection of Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd. Don't think Giants' GM Jerry Reese will be sitting down to lunch with anyone from the Bears or Bucs anytime soon!
There were a batch of first-round trades made once the draft started with Tennessee, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Houston, Washington, Denver, San Francisco, Kansas City and Seattle all getting in on the "let's make a deal" follies but the way we see it only the Bucs did the right thing here - again, they nabbed Hargreaves and an extra draft pick ... BTW, you really don't the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos did the right thing by moving up a handful of draft spots and then taking "project" QB Paxton Lynch (Memphis). For all the genius of the Broncos' John Elway, we believe he'll rue the day he didn't swing a deal for San Fran's Colin Kaepernick and instead drafted Lynch here.
If Ohio State's five players picked in Round I was a feel-good story, than Ole Miss' miserable public relations night just might have gone down in draft history as a three-and-a-half-hour nightmare for the likes of Tunsil, DT Robert Nkemdiche (fell all the way to Arizona at #29) and WR Laquon Treadwell who was expected to be the first wide out snapped up and instead went to Minnesota at #23 behind Coleman, Will Fuller (Notre Dame) to Houston at #21 and Josh Doctson (TCU) to Washington - and you better believe head coach Hugh Freeze will be getting called before the school's chancellor sometime today!
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have been bashing the books right from the start of this year's NBA Playoffs and nothing's gonna change here as this weekend we zip into Round II. We'll continue to rock-n-roll our way through the NBA post-season - and so just go online right here or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 each/every day and be sure that we'll send you straight into the winner's circle. Plus, there's Major-League Baseball on tap every day and so the time is just right to cash in big this spring!
THE NBA PLAYOFFS
Here's what is on this Friday night NBA Playoff menu:
TORONTO at INDIANA - Raptors lead series 3-2; 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN News/NBA-TV
The fourth-quarter collapse of the Indy Pacers the other night (Raptors outscored 25-9 in final frame of 102-99 non-cover win) is still reverberating 'round the Hoosier State - what, you thought all the noise was the Donald Trump/Bobby Knight love fest? - and not sure even another stat-sheet stuffing game by G Paul George (39 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists) will be enough against this Toronto team that is counting on both guards DeMar DeRozan (34 points in Game 5) and Kyle Lowry (14 points and 5 assists in Game 5) showing up at crunch time here.
MIAMI at CHARLOTTE - Hornets lead series 3-2; 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Maybe Dwayne Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat team (and we mean you, head coach Erik Spoelstra!) will have stopped belly-aching about that last-second non-call from Game 5.
Okay, we do think Wade was hit on his shot but Miami's crummy perimeter defense has been the real culprit this series and "Buzz City" will survive-and-advance if G Kemba Walker (just 4-of-18 FG shooting in Game 5) has a hot night. The Hornets' guard seem to go around Miami defenders at will, don't they?
LOS ANGLES CLIPPERS at PORTLAND - Trail Blazers lead series 3-2; 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Hello ... is there anyone left to play for the battered, bruised and likely soon-to-be-beaten LA Clippers?
No Chris Paul, no Blake Griffin and - according to the latest Las Vegas odds - just about no chance to beat 10-point home favorite Portland here but memo to Doc Rivers' squad ... you may want to play some defense after surrendering 63 second-half points in that 108-98 loss in Game 5 when the Damian Lillard/CJ McCollum tandem combined for most of their 49 points.
NOTE: More NFL Draft goodies plus NBA Playoffs and MLB too in the next edition of Jim Sez.