Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM
NFL DRAFT ROUND I WRAPUP ... PLUS, WARRIORS LOOK TO (FINALLY) KO THE CLIPS TONIGHT ...
Gotta hand it to the National Football League - year-after-year the NFL Draft produces some of the wildest drama around even though the whole world knew that QB Kyler Murray (to the Arizona Cardinals) and DE Nick Bosa (headed to the San Francisco 49ers) would be the top two selections as they were lead-pipe cinch picks.
But Duke QB Daniel Jones to the New York Giants at #6? Keep in mind he was rated the 39th best prospect in this man's draft.
And there were between 10-to-12 guys that we didn't see going in Round I that popped up along the way - so that means Round II will be rich with excellent prospects.
The proverbial bottom line when it came to Round I of the 2019 NFL Draft is that folks who wagered on the prop Defensive Players (- 2.5) cashed as there were 18 defensive players to 14 offensive players plus you won if betting "under" 3.5 quarterbacks chosen - besides the above-mentioned Murray and Jones there was Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins at pick #15 with the Washington Redskins but no Drew Lock of Missouri - and note there were 9 players chosen from the SEC and 7 players snagged from the ACC, in case you had those conferences in some type of prop play.
Okay, so you could sit there and hand out "winner" or "loser" tags to a whole bunch of teams but let's be short-and-sweet here when touching on other draft-related topics:
We're stunned that the Oakland Raiders didn't trade away any of their three first-round picks; we also are surprised the New York Jets held tight at #3 (see Alabama DL Quinnen Williams); and we were quite sure Arizona QB Josh Rosen would get dealt to Miami during the course of the evening ... didn't happen (yet).
Wanna know our "best draft pick" from Round I? It's Cincinnati snagging OL Jonah Williams (Alabama) with the 11th pick.
And hats off to the Atlanta Falcons for drafting a pair of stud offensive linemen as Boston College G Chris Lindstrom and Washington OL Kaleb McGary should be cornerstone players on this blocking wall for years to come - maybe this is the route the Raiders should have gone.
GOLDEN STATE at LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS - 10 p.m. ET, ESPN / Warriors lead series 3-2
Can you believe they're "still playing" this best-of-seven series out West?
Okay, so the Golden State Warriors - a -20,000 betting favorite at the start of this set - have lost a pair of games outright in this series in which they were 13.5- and 15-point betting favorites (yes, both at home) - and now here's Steve Kerr's club laying a 10-spot on the road and needing to prove they're still the same old champs ... which they ain't! Expect Golden State's Kevin Durant (32 ppg this series) to get down to business right from the start here but the $64,000 question is will the Warriors do anything on defense that'll throw Sixth Man star Lou Williams and fellow reserve Montrezl Harrell off course? The dynamic duo off the bench is averaging nearly 45 ppg between 'em and talk about an energy jolt when they enter the game!
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NOTE: More NBA Playoffs action in the next Jim Sez.