By Marc Lawrence — San Francisco had a busy first round, with two selections and two trades. Moving back one pick to take South Carolina DL Javon Kinlaw at No. 14 with players like Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb on the board may not have been the optimal decision, but it’s not as if they reached. Kinlaw was the top interior defender and the 13th-ranked player overall on Pro Football Focus’ Big Board. He’s a physical specimen with the kind of pass-rushing tools and production you love at the position … After the draft, there were reports that Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk, the Niners other first round selection, was the top receiver on the 49ers’ board, and it’s not hard to see what they’d like about his skill set. He’s one of the best wide receivers in this class – a certified freak of an athlete who recorded nearly 11 yards after the catch per reception on 65 catches in 2019 … For more on the 49ers’ draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
The SuperBook at the Westgate in Las Vegas released its odds on NBA teams looking to be the 8th playoff seed from their respective. Brooklyn is odds-on choice at 5/7 in the Eastern Conference, followed by Orlando 13/10 and Washington 25/1. In the Western Conference, Memphis practically mirrors the Nets at 5/6, followed by New Orleans 11/4, Portland 9/2, Sacramento 12/1, San Antonio 25/1, Phoenix 200/1 and Dallas 1000/1. All games will be held at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando. I can hear the rubber bands snapping.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine exclusive report: The Ball State offense led the MAC in scoring (34.8 PPG) and total offense (463 YPG) last year. They return heavily stacked in Returning Starter Production (No. 22 overall) in 2020, including QB Drew Pitt, featured RB Caleb Huntley, and top WR Justin Hall. In addition, four players granted a sixth year of eligibility. And remember this: In three of Ball State’s four MAC losses last season, the Cardinals either had the lead or were tied with less than five minutes remaining.