SPEED KILLS

By Marc Lawrence – Al Davis would have been proud. The Raiders reached for the fastest prospect in the first round. They took three wide receivers in their first four picks. And they snagged two more Clemson products, making it five total over the past two drafts. Don’t just call Henry Ruggs III a speedster, though. He’s a complete route-runner with legit ball skills, as well. He doesn’t have to just be a deep threat, but he looks like a sure thing in that regard. Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb were still available and higher on PFF’s big board, but Ruggs offers speed you won’t find anywhere else … The Raiders other First Round selection, Ohio State CB Damon Arnette, is a physical, aggressive player who wins with his aggressiveness at the catch point and in press concepts, but he’s also a sub-par athlete with short arms for the cornerback position who will turn 24 years old in September. He appears to have been a reach … For more on the Raiders’ draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
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Reports from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby are that the league needs to be “up and running” by mid-July if the college football season is going to start on time. “If we’re not, we’re looking at probably having to delay the season a little bit,” he told ESPN, “but it’s too early to know if we’re going to be able to make that or not.” College football is tentatively scheduled to start on Aug. 29, and while there is still no definitive timetable for college sports to return, the May 31 moratorium that was imposed in March at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic is quickly expiring. Last week, Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley said any talk of bringing players back to campus in a matter of weeks is too soon. “All the talk about these schools wanting to bring players back on June 1 is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard,” Riley said in a Zoom chat with reporters. “We’ve got to be patient. We have one good shot at it.” Stay tuned.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Denver QB Drew Lock won 4 of his 5 starts last season and the Broncos promptly rewarded him when they drafted wide receivers with speed to burn with their first two selections in this year’s NFL draft. Note: Denver is 18-2 SU and 16-3-1 ATS in its last 20 home openers versus non-division foes, as well as 18-2 SU and 12-4-4 ATS in its last 20 overall home openers.
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