By Marc Lawrence — The “best player available” method in the NFL Draft is a myth. In some form or fashion, every NFL team weighs “need” as part of the draft equation, whether it’s immediate or part of the organization’s long-term planning.
With the start of the 2021 draft on April 29 drawing near, every projected lineup has question marks and “needs”, some more glaring than others. For instance in the new-look AFC East:
Miami Dolphins – Wide Receiver: The Dolphins made a bold declaration when they traded out of this year’s third overall pick so the San Francisco 49ers could move up and all but certainly draft a quarterback.
Tua Tagovailoa is clearly the face of the franchise moving forward.
The Dolphins’ next course of action is simple: Add more pieces around the quarterback to help the No. 5 overall pick in 2020 realize his potential.
The signing of WR Will Fuller V has already strengthened Miami’s group of receivers. He and DeVante Parker can be an electric duo. But the Dolphins can add a shiftier option to compliment their duo and create yet another option within their scheme (read: Tua’s Alabama counterparts DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle).
The team traded back up to the sixth overall pick after dropping to No. 12 in the Niners swap, so it can add one of the class’ premier offensive weapons.
As expected, the defending world champion Los Angeles Dodgers sit atop the Week One ESPN MLB Ratings per an 8-voter panel based on what they’ve witnessed thus far this season.
Leading a 2B platoon, rookie phenom infielder Gavin Lux has been solid on both sides of the ball.
Thanks to an overpowering bullpen, the New York Yankees hold down the second-spot. The pen allowed just one run in 15 2/3 innings against Toronto.
Meanwhile, San Diego, Minnesota, Houston, New York Mets, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Toronto, and the Los Angeles Angels round out the Top-10.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook NBA-Only Hoops Newsletter: It’s not often you’ll find us running with the Motor City crew on a road west coast trip. But it seems the deeper they are into a road excursion the better they perform.
According to our well-oiled machine, they are also 7-2-1 ATS the last ten games in this series, and that includes a 23-point walloping they took from the Blazers in Detroit just 11 days ago.
Portland enters off a same-season revenger at Utah last night standing 2-8 ATS in post Jazz exercises. Portland’s paltry 3-7 SUATS mark in games when coming off a same-season revenger and facing a foe with 20-plus point same-season revenge seals the deal.
Expect the Pistons to hit on all cylinders tonight.