By Marc Lawrence – 6’5″ 315 lb. offensive tackle Andrew Thomas was Pro Football Focus’s top OT, and a large reason why he got their nod over Tristan Wirfs and Jedrick Wills was his elite production against the best of the best in the SEC. Thomas had a 92.7 overall grade in 2019 that ranked third in the FBS among tackles, and he was one of few to perform at a top-10 level in both pass protection and as a run-blocker. Throw in his size, strength and athleticism, and the fact that he did this in an NFL-type of scheme, and he is the best tackle in the class … Safety wasn’t a pressing need, but when you have a guy like safety Xavier McKinney on the board at the 36th overall pick, you throw needs out the window and steal McKinney from everyone else. McKinney was 19th on the PFF Big Board and is easily the most versatile safety in the class… For more on the Giants draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
Major League Baseball is doing everything in its power to get its game back on the playing field as soon as possible this season. Aside from ironing out a plan that works best for the players, the fans and the owners, the biggest obstacle its facing is dealing with a new Collective Bargain Agreement that comes up at the end of the 2021 season. For now the owners are offering up a $170 million advance to the players to help start and get through a 2020 season. Jeff Passan of ESPN says the 2021 season has a chance to make this tiff look like a slap fight. “If there are no fans in the stands next year and players are guaranteed full salaries, it would provide an even greater stress test on owners’ finances,” says Passan. “The offer of the advance to the players runs out Sunday. The time for pretense is over. The baseball season depends on it. Now is the moment — the only moment — to answer the most difficult questions.”
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Per Axios Sports: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have 249 wins together, which is over 100 more than any other QB-coach duo in the Super Bowl Era. Brady and Belichick together have won the AFC East titles 16 of the last 17 years – winning 10-plus games all 17 years, an NFL record. FYI: the year they did not win the title (2008) Brady blew out his ACL in the first game of the season. Through it all, they’ve arguably been the greatest high-wire act in the league has ever seen – the NFL version of the Flying Wallendas.