TO SERVE AND PROTECT

By Marc Lawrence — Our focus today shifts to the NFC South, and specifically the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as we continue to outline each team’s needs in the 2020 NFL Draft, courtesy of The Athletic. The object of affection for the Bucs will be keeping soon-to-be 43-year old Tom Brady upright. With the No. 14 pick in the first round look for the Bucs to oblige by selecting – provided he’s available – OT Mekhi Becton from Louisville, At 6-7, 364 with freakish blazing speed for a dude that big, he has the highest ceiling. In addition, at some point Tampa Bay will need to corral a quarterback for the future and that could be Jake Fromm with the 45th pick. Fromm regressed in 2019 after excellent freshman and sophomore seasons, but that may have more to do with play calling and supporting cast than any deficiencies with Fromm himself. He’s still the guy who took his team to an SEC title and a national title game berth as a true freshman. Brady would be the perfect teacher and Fromm would be the perfect understudy. To read all the needs of each team in the NFC South click here.
Rapid Robert
Eighty years ago Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller no-hit the Chicago White Sox on opening day, the only opening day no-hitter in MLB history. Feller was 17 years old when he broke into the big leagues in 1936. “I don’t think anyone is ever going to throw a ball faster than he does,” said legendary Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. “And his curveball isn’t human.” Feller won 266 games and struck out 2,581 batters while compiling a career ERA of 3.25 in 18 years – all with the Tribe.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule got out of Dodge in time as seniors started 53.2% of their games, the sixth-largest percentage in the nation. New Bears’ head coach Dave Aranda, a defensive coordinator at LSU and Wisconsin over the past seven seasons is considered one of the top defensive minds in the nation. Aranada brings in former head coach Larry Fedora to guide a running spread and high-tempo scheme.
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