By Marc Lawrence — The final Coffee Club NFL Draft overview concludes today with the Seattle Seahawks, who after being unable to trade down in the first round took Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks. It’s a puzzle, figuring out exactly why. The Athletic contends this was the biggest reach of the first round (he was taken 57 spots higher than his rank). From a run defense (91.5 run-defense grade in 2019) and tackling perspective, he is one of the best linebackers in the class. He’s not someone who is going to play all that well in space or make plays in coverage, though … LSU OL Damien Lewis is a brick house on the interior. As the Pro Football Focus Draft Guide points out, he holds 330 pounds with ease, and you see that in how he plays in the run game (82.3 run-blocking grade in 2019). At the NFL Combine, Lewis declared, “I enjoy slamming people on the ground.” That’s the kind of attitude Seattle is going to covet more than most, especially if stud DL Jadeveon Clowney departs as expected … For more on the Seahawks’ draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
ESPN reports Major League Baseball made an updated proposal to the MLB Players Association on Monday, moving to have a 76-game season with players getting 75% of their prorated salaries. The proposal includes eliminating draft pick compensation for free agents for a year. Teams would not lose a pick for signing a free agent; the team losing the player would get a compensatory pick during the draft. The proposal also includes a $200 million postseason pool for the players. Let’s see how deep greed factors into the new negotiations.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine exclusive report: Last season BYU scored 24 or more points in eight games, going 7-1 in those contests, which improved BYU’s record to 24-5 SU and 19-8 ATS in games under Kalani Sitake when they tally 24 points. On another note, one-third of the Cougars’ game football games in 2020 will be on weeknights. They are 0-5 ATS home in weekday games under Sitake.