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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:56 AM



Maybe it's high time that the NFL general managers and those TV talking heads at ESPN, Fox and the NFL Network all got on the "same page".

Here's what we mean: Last night was Round I of this year's draft - from a very lively city of Philadelphia, we might add - and it was preceded by days and days of analyses from media folks that insisted this year's quarterback class was not worthy of top picks and yet there were three trades that brought teams their supposed signal-callers of the future at picks #2, #10 and #12.

Go figure.

We won't pretend to know what the Chicago Bears were doing by trading a treasure trove of picks to move up one slot and grab North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall choice and it caught us completely off guard that the Kansas City Chiefs traded up 17 picks to land Texas Tech slinger Pat Mahomes II and, last but not least, Houston got into the let's-make-a-deal act by grabbing the #12 pick and taking Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

Were these teams "panicking"? Could they have stayed put and grabbed the players without dealing away a batch of future picks?

We'll never know but we did learn that all the draftniks out there - and many of these guys/gals truly know their stuff - don't have a clue about how NFL teams think when it comes to evaluating QBs.
In this day-and-age of pass-first football, the likes of Trubisky, Mahomes and Watson may have had "lower grades" but they were treated like kings.

Now, can you give us three or four years before we let you know they were worth it?

A couple of other NFL Draft notes from Round I ...Don't let some NFL teams tell you that they're "happy" with their first-round picks when reality says they blew it:

The Arizona Cardinals wanted a QB in the worst way to eventually replace 38-year-old Carson Palmer but they didn't trade up from their #13 position and instead landed OLB Haason Reddick - a fine player with mad skills but not exactly what 'Zona was shopping for on this first night.

Then there's the Cincinnati Bengals who snagged WR John Ross (Washington) at pick #9 - hey, Ross is the fastest pass-catcher in this draft but take him over needed O-line and/or D-line help? The Bengals could have grabbed pass-rusher Derek Barnett (Tennessee) or even traded down a few spots and gotten Barnett or Alabama DT Jonathan Allen and added some future draft picks. If Ross becomes an absolute home-run hitter in this Cincy attack, we'll apologize!

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers/Bloggers are all geared up for these NBA Playoffs that continue to roll on this last week in April - 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. Remember it's not too late to sign up for the entire NBA Playoffs plus there's Major-League Baseball on tap every day!

Here's what is on the Friday night hoops menu:

WASHINGTON at ATLANTA - Wizards lead series 3-2; 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA-TV
Home teams have won all five games in this best-of-seven set (while going 4-1 against the spread) but if the visiting Wizards wish to close out this baby than it can't all fall on backcourt stars John Wall and Bradley Beal (see 47 combined points in Wednesday's 103-99 non-cover triumph over the Hawks) - if that Washington front-court scores 30-or-less combined points here, there will be a Game 7 on Sunday.

BOSTON at CHICAGO - Celtics lead series 3-2; 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Funny thing how momentum swung immediately after the post-Game 2 Rajon Rondo wrist injury announcement - the Bulls can no longer get open jumpers and too much falling on the old-man shoulders of G Dwyane Wade (see 26 points/11 rebounds/8 assists in Game 5). Boston's superstar Isaiah Thomas missed 9-of-10 triple tries in that last game and yet the Celtics still won/covered thanks mainly to big assist games from F Al Horford (9) and G Marcus Smart (8). Las Vegas folks say this Boston's just a 2-point road fav here but who can have confidence in the sagging Bulls now?

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS at UTAH - Jazz lead series 3-2; 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Maybe the slow, grinding style played by the Utah Jazz isn't exactly 2017-ish type hoops, but, boy, these folks know their strengths and one of them is feeding professional scorer Joe Johnson at crunch time - Johnson scored 14 big-time points in Tuesday's 96-92 win at the 3-point fav Clippers and if the Clips can't shake him off his spot here, then it's game/set/match. If there's an X-factor for the Clippers, it's C DeAndre Jordan and his blocks - just one in Game 5? Wow!

NOTE: More NFL Draft goodies plus NBA Playoffs and MLB too in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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