|By Marc Lawrence — As we outline each team’s needs in the 2020 NFL Draft, courtesy of The Athletic, our focus today shifts to the left coast and the NFC West, specifically the San Francisco 49ers, who lost a heartbreaker to Kansas City in Super Bowl LIV in February. The 49ers Super Bowl roster remains largely intact save for two significant departures defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The team could stand to add a big, physical, gap-penetrating interior defensive lineman and a versatile receiver who can stretch the field. The 49ers built a contender with first-round defensive line talent such as Arik Armstead, Buckner, Solomon Thomas and Nick Bosa. So it seems logical to spend one of those two first-round slots to try to replace Buckner. The question is which one. They’ll need to shop wisely as they don’t own a second, third or fourth round pick. Don’t be surprised to find TE Thaddeus Moss, son of NFL Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss, name called by the Niners. To read more on each team’s need in the NFC West click here.|
Heather Dinich a senior writer for ESPN, suggests the 2015 recruiting class by Ohio State might be the best ever in college football history. Yes, the one that didn’t go to the college football playoff was so absurdly talented, it’s easy to forget that the unforgettable Joe Burrow was on it. He was an afterthought on a roster that featured five first-round NFL draft picks and that has had a profound impact at the sport’s highest level. Included were Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell, Eli Apple, Darron Lee, Nick Vannett and many more. “That might have been as talented as any one we’ve had,” said former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. About practices, TE Vannett said, “When I’m on offense, you have Joey Bosa, Darron Lee, Josh Perry, Vonn Bell, Eli Apple, I mean the whole defense is in the (NFL) league almost, and I’m going against that every day in practice. Practice was always way harder than the games were.” For more on the greatness of this team, click here.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Auburn faced the nation’s 2nd toughest schedule in 2019 as its opponents averaged 8.2 wins, going 107-50, when they faced seven Top 20 foes and four teams in the Top 10. In addition, the Tigers have landed a Top-12 ranked or better recruiting class every year the past 10 seasons.