By Marc Lawrence – The Houston Texans followed up one bad move after another this offseason with a draft that was mediocre, at best. They sent its first-round pick to Miami prior to the 2019 season in the Laremy Tunsil trade. In his lone season with the Texans, Tunsil posted a 75.8 overall grade that ranked 17th among tackles. This past week, the Texans signed him to a three-year, $66 million extension with $57 million guaranteed. That makes “bong” the highest-paid offensive lineman annually by over $4 million. One good move was the selection of TCU DL Ross Blacklock in Round 2. Blacklock, who’s father played on the Harlem Globetrotters, has the athleticism you covet on the interior defensive line and some contend he was the best pure pass rushing defensive tackle in the draft (ESPN’s Todd McShay really liked him). For more on the Texans’ draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
Per VSIN, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the MLB owners’ proposal includes an opening day of July 4th, a shortened 82-game season, a 30-man roster instead of a 25-man roster, 14 playoffs teams instead of 10, a schedule based on geographic location and, last but not least, a universal designated hitter for all teams. One of the most interesting proposals that bettors should keep in mind is the universal designated hitter. If approved, it could have huge betting implications. Stay tuned.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: After scoring 10-win seasons three years running from 2015-2017, and then winning only 15 games combined the last two seasons, Mike Gundy is hot under the mullet and prepared to do something about it. In what appears to be his most talented squad in 15 years at Oklahoma State, Gundy features 18 returning starters and is the No. 9 overall ranked FBS team in the nation in Returning Production. Anchoring it all is a defense with 10 starters back that improved its numbers across the board last season. Forewarned is forearmed