The Browns Cannot Screw Up This Draft…(Or Can They?)

As you probably know, the Browns have gone 1-31 over the last two years, but they have used that time to stockpile a historic amount of draft capital.

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According to Warren Sharp on Sharp Football Analysis,nfl jerseys  the Browns possessed 117.5 points of draft capital at the start of free agency, most in the league by a staggering margin and the third-highest figure since the merger. Only the 1991 Cowboys (still benefiting from leftover capital from the Herschel Walker trade) and 1982 Patriots entered the draft with more capital than the Browns had entering free agency—though the Browns have spent a little bit of that surplus on trades for veterans like nfl jersey Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry.cheap nfl jerseys china

The Cowboys used their 1989-91 draft bounty to build the Wowboys. The 1982 Patriots added Hall of Famer Andre Tippett and built a team that would soon reach the Super Bowl. So all the Browns have to do is draft like those teams did and it will vindicate two years of extreme Moneyball veganism under deposed Sashi Brown, right?authentic nfl jerseys

Perhaps. Bill Barnwell’s 2017 ESPN breakdown of historic teams with high levels of draft capital is full of franchises that selected shrewdly and built powerhouses, like the Wowboys and 1985 Bills. But there are also cautionary tales like the 2007 Raiders (JaMarcus Russell). And Barnwell was writing before the 2017 draft: The Browns have been amassing this historic stockpile for quite a while with depressing, counterproductive on-field results.

Hoarding draft capital is not an end in itself. It’s supposed to be used to build Super Bowl teams. The outgoing Browns regime made a historic sacrifice. New general manager John Dorsey and the incoming front office must use it to produce 1990s Wowboys-caliber results.

It’s not enough for the Browns to “win” next week’s draft; with so many picks, they essentially already have. They must dominate it. This draft is their Super Bowl.

Portland Trail Blazers (via Kings): Jonathan Isaac

Injuries limited Jonathan Isaac to just 27 games as a rookie, which is the main reason he fell to No. 10 in this re-draft.

Flashes of defensive versatility still fuel plenty of optimism. Isaac guards inside and out, showing the ability to block shots (1.1 in 19.8 minutes), switch out to the perimeter and quickly recover.

He’s further behind offensively, but he possesses an intriguing skill set for a 6’10” big. Isaac made a respectable 16 of his 46 three-pointers, and in space, he’s shown he can handle the ball and make a move. nfl women jerseys

Zach Collins has come on late for the Trail Blazers, and he wouldn’t be a bad pick again in the re-draft. But Isaac has the chance to be a unique defensive weapon and face-up mismatch, as long as he can stay on the floor.

Age (22) and defense allow Kyle Kuzma to fall to No. 9 in a re-draft. Otherwise, it’s pretty obvious he’s an NBA scorer, having just averaged 16.1 points on 45.0 percent shooting. 62a49bedbd8a0acd07c949b3831dc1c0_crop_exactnfl cheap jerseys from china

He’d give the Dallas Mavericks a tough one-two punch with Harrison Barnes at the forward spots.

Kuzma flashed advanced skills and sharp versatility as a shot-maker (2.1 threes per game) and shot-creator, which ultimately was masked at Utah and led to his falling deep into the 2017 first round.

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Frank Ntilikina made his mark on defense while flashing sporadic signs of shot-making and facilitating ability, but De’Aaron Fox’s athleticism and upside remain too enticing.
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He puts pressure on defenses the way Ntilikina can’t. Fox showed more star potential, having also come through multiple times in the clutch with key last-minute buckets as a rookie.

Even his big weakness, shooting, looked better than expected, with Fox having made 47 threes.

He’d give the Knicks a different look and new dimension of speed they don’t get with Ntilikina or Trey Burke.

Sacramento Kings (via Blazers): Josh Hart

Though 23 years old, Hart is a scoring threat that the Kings could use in their rotation. With the opportunity to play in a full-time role, he averaged 23.8 points over his final four games, showing the ability to generate offense inside the arc and behind it.

No. 19. Atlanta Hawks: Malik Monk

It took months, but Monk came to life toward the season’s end, when he averaged 20.4 points over his last five games. He’ll need to find ways to get himself easier scoring chances, but the Hawks should still see an NBA shooting guard who can score in bunches once his confidence starts pumping.nfl cheap jerseys from china

No. 18. Indiana Pacers: Luke Kennard

Kennard established himself as an immediate shot-maker capable of handling the ball and scoring in various ways. The Pacers could use his 41.5 percent three-point shooting behind Victor Oladipo.

No. 17. Milwaukee Bucks: Jarrett Allen

Though limited offensively, Allen proved to be a finishing weapon at the rim, having shot 58.9 percent from the floor. Even if he never develops into a skilled post player or shooter, his size, length and mobility should translate to easy baskets and blocked shots (1.2 per game).

No. 16: Minnesota Timberwolves (via Bulls): Jordan Bell

Bell would be ideal for the Wolves with his defensive energy and ability to guard all over. Just like he has in Golden State, he’d be able to continue playing to his strengths in Minnesota behind Karl-Anthony Towns.

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No. 15: Sacramento Kings (via Blazers): Bam Adebayo

Adebayo has been an effective big in Miami for his finishing around the basket and defensive versatility. Occasional flashes of skill suggest he could wind up becoming more than just an energy player.

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No. 14: Miami Heat: John Collins

Collins offers value at No. 14 after he averaged 10.5 points on 57.6 percent shooting and 7.3 rebounds in 24.1 minutes. He’s already an efficient, productive and active role player by using his tools and explosiveness. Now the question is how much more he’ll improve his ball skills, shot and defense.nfl women jerseys

2018 NFL Draft: What’s the Concern Level for Draft’s Most Notable Injuries?

The best injury for an NFL draft prospect is the one that can be forgotten and never spoken of again.
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Most of the injuries of note among the draft’s top prospects fall under that category, and they can either be cast aside entirely or come with moderate concern at worst. That’s true for defensive end Harold Landry after an ankle issue kept him out for much of 2017 and wide receiver Anthony Miller, who has recovered from a foot injury.nfl jerseys wholesale

However, cornerback Nick Nelson might be headed for a draft spiral after unfortunate timing with his injury. And although defensive tackle Maurice Hurst has been cleared, there’s always some uncertainty surrounding an irregular heartbeat.nfl jerseys china

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Dez Bryant Wants to Stay in NFC East, Says It’s Personal After Cowboys Release

After being released by the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, Dez Bryant wants a shot at his now-former team.

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The team made the move official after Bryant met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at Dallas’ practice facility. On his way out, the longtime Cowboy hinted that he wanted to stay in the NFC East by telling reporters he’d see Dallas twice next season, per Mickey Spagnola of the team’s official website.    hi-res-fe1dd3f8365c84e15f4bba230a2b3e60_crop_northcheap nfl jerseys from china

The Cowboys took Bryant in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, and he had spent his entire career in Dallas. He hauled in 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his eight seasons with the team. He had a three-year stretch from 2012-14 in which he was one of the best wideouts in the league, hauling in at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in each campaign.nfl jerseys

He may not have reached either of those plateaus in 2017, but he still put up solid numbers. Last season, he caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six scores.

Unfortunately for Bryant and the Cowboys, he broke a bone in his foot in his first regular-season game after signing his lucrative deal in 2015, and a knee injury bothered him in 2016. He has never regained his Pro Bowl form.authentic nfl jerseys

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Minnesota Timberwolves

Last Week: 12

If Jimmy Butler is available, the Minnesota Timberwolves are a handful. It’s a quick-and-dirty way to approach team evaluation, but since Butler is back (as evidenced by his 31-point, playoff-clinching night against the Nuggets on Wednesday), it feels more realistic to view Minnesota as the team that went 37-21 with him than the one that went 10-14 without him.
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Viewed that way, the Wolves’ “with Butler” winning percentage puts them right there with Philadelphia’s fifth-best figure of 63.4 percent.

The Houston Rockets shouldn’t be concerned, but Minnesota rises in our final week because it has its key difference-maker back.
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Last Week: 6

The Golden State Warriors would be right back at the top of these rankings (or at the least no lower than second) if Stephen Curry’s knee were healthy. But it’s not, and nobody knows for sure when he’ll play again. Just as importantly, nobody knows how close he’ll be to peak form if/when he makes it back from the sprained MCL.wholesale nfl jerseys

Anyone who remembers Curry’s failure to get past Kevin Love in isolation during the 2016 Finals understands a hobbled Curry isn’t enough for the Warriors to get where they want to go.

So in the wake of a mostly disappointing, injury-riddled season, this is where the current version of the Dubs resides: barely in the top 10 and perhaps only that high because of reputation and the belief that, even without Curry, there’s a switch they can flip.
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A 29-point halftime deficit against Utah on Tuesday was the franchise’s largest in more than a decade, leading to a 40-point loss. That result (and a 7-10 finish to the season) highlighted a level of vulnerability we haven’t seen from the Steve Kerr-era Warriors.

San Antonio Spurs

Last Week: 10

What a year from LaMarcus Aldridge, who increased his usage and true-shooting percentage (to a career high) while taking over No. 1-option duties in relief of an injured Kawhi Leonard (quad). If he doesn’t wind up on an All-NBA team, it’ll be a shame.
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The San Antonio Spurs lost three of their final five games and fell to New Orleans on Wednesday, which resulted in a slip to an undesirable seventh spot in the West. Head coach Gregg Popovich isn’t bothered by seeding, though.

“I think that is all psycho-babble,” Popovich told reporters. “We have been on both ends of everything for all of these years, so, you just go play.”
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Seems like the Spurs are ready for the Golden State Warriors.

Last Week: 9

Russell Westbrook hoarded 20 boards in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s final game to become the only player in history to average a triple-double (25.4 ppg, 10.3 apg, 10.1 rpg) in two straight seasons. His Thunder closed out the year on a three-game winning streak that helped secure home-court advantage in the first round against the Utah Jazz.nfl jerseys

If Paul George’s recent shooting is any indication, he seems to have snapped out of his slump at just the right time. He hit eight of 14 long-range shots on the way to 40 points in Wednesday’s win over the Grizzlies and was 16-of-34 on threes in OKC’s three wins this week.

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NBA Finals

1. Houston Rockets vs. 3. Philadelphia 76ers

Boiling a playoff series down to a single stat is reductive.

Let’s do it anyway.

During the second half of the season, when they no longer faced a murderers’ row, the 76ers emerged as one of the league’s best defensive teams. No squad was better at depressing its foes’ shooting percentages, and Philly also forces a fair number of turnovers while cleaning the glass to avoid allowing too many second-chance opportunities. cheap custom nfl jerseys

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Only the Memphis Grizzlies (0.333) allow more free throws per field-goal attempt than Philadelphia (0.293), which spells trouble against a team that makes a living at the charity stripe. Led by Harden’s endless parade, the Rockets rank third leaguewide in the offensive version of the same statistic. And they’re going to exploit that advantage, which could only be magnified if Philly’s youngsters get slightly shaken by playing on the Finals stage.cheap customized nfl jerseys

Even if they don’t, that’s bad news for a foul-prone centerpiece such as nike nfl jerseys cheap Joel Embiid. Despite improving substantially upon his rookie efforts, the big man is still averaging 3.9 whistles per 36 minutes.

We’re projecting this as the first opportunity for Simmons and Embiid to hold up the Larry O’Brien Trophy, but it won’t be their last. And when they inevitably return to this final battle for the NBA’s ultimate reward, they’ll get to grow from this initial experience.

But they aren’t there quite yet.

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Western Conference Finals

1. Houston Rockets vs. 2. Golden State Warriors

Wasn’t it always going to come down to this? Despite the topsy-turvy nature of the Western Conference and the drama engulfing the rest of the playoff contenders during the final week of the regular season, the Rockets and Warriors have seemed fated to meet one another in the penultimate round.

Once they arrive, so much will depend on health.

Is Curry in peak form after recovering from a stretch run plagued with maladies? Is Mbah a Moute’s shoulder in working order? Has either side suffered any unfortunate blows during the first two rounds? For the sake of our analysis, let’s assume all relevant pieces are at 100 percent, making this a true clash between the NBA’s two best squads.
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In that situation, this should be Houston’s battle to lose.

The Rockets have the advantage of continuity, since none of their stars missed significant portions of the post-All-Star-break calendar. If necessary, they’ll also get to play Game 7 at the Toyota Center, where they’ve thrilled their hometown fans with a 34-7 record and a 9.3 net rating. But perhaps most importantly, they seem to be a team of destiny this season.

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But this is Houston’s year.

It’s time for James Harden to validate his MVP candidacy by shelving concerns about his playoff performances—not that such an accomplishment matters to the award-earning process itself. This is Paul’s best-ever chance to notch that ever-elusive Finals berth. It’s time for those who don’t follow every regular-season contest to learn about the greatness of Clint Capela and the efficacy of super-subs such as Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker.

The Rockets aren’t going to be denied in their pursuit of an appearance on the sport’s biggest stage.
In that situation, this should be Houston’s battle to lose.

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No. 20 to No. 16

20. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24)

On one hand, Winston is a rocket-armed quarterback who hit on a career-high 63.8 percent of his passes in 2017. But his season, in some respects, may have been his worst—he missed three games, failed to throw for 4,000 yards for the first time in his career and has now turned the ball over 59 times in 45 career games.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

19. Kevin Byard, S, Tennessee Titans (24)

Deion Sanders might not know who Byard is, but after a breakout season in which Byard tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions, opposing quarterbacks most assuredly do. If Byard can come close to that sort of ball-hawking in his third NFL season, he’ll be higher on this list a year from now—and on the verge of one whopper of a pay raise.

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Fans of the Chicago Bears will no doubt take umbrage with the fact that Howard is ranked this low after a second straight 1,000-yard season in 2017. Howard isn’t the most explosive tailback (which is a reason he’s outside the top 15), but he’s been consistently effective and durable in Chicago despite seeing eight-man fronts approximately 147 percent of the time.

17. Keanu Neal, S, Atlanta Falcons (22)

The Atlanta Falcons have quite the young core defensively with the presence of Neal, linebacker Deion Jones and edge-rusher Vic Beasley. As tough as he is athletic, Neal has the sort of versatility on the back end and coverage ability pro teams covet in safeties now, and he’s been productive—eclipsing 100 total tackles in each of his first two seasons.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

16. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (24)

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