I am willing to concede that I may be wrong here and that everyone else is correct when they see Ball as a transformative figure. Again, I’m not saying he’ll be a bad pro. I think he’ll be a good, even All-Star-level player. I’m just not seeing greatness.
I know one thing: His father isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference in where he goes and I refuse to get all worked about him one way or the other. Let the man have his 15 minutes.
I wrote last week about embracing the tournament from a player perspective and a lot of those guys are out: Miles Bridges, Jawun Evans, Semi Ojeleye (my personal fav), Monte Morris, John Collins, Donovan Mitchell. Thank god for Kentucky. I need more De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in my life. I also want to see Lauri Markkanen against Gonzaga is front line. (That Xavier club looks primed for an upset, though.)
What else do you have your eye on this weekend?
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Houston really needs a quarterback of the future, and if the Texans can land Patrick Mahomes I am confident they will move up to get him. But if not, defensive back and offensive line are their likely first-round targeted positions.
Seattle would love if an offensive lineman got close to dropping here, but outside of Western Michigan is Taylor Moton, it is too early for a lineman. Instead, they fill a huge void at cornerback.
McCaffrey seems highly likely to be a first-round pick, though finding the perfect spot for him isn’t easy. The Chiefs, who just lost Jamaal Charles and don’t have a true identity at the position, could use McCaffrey to amplify Alex Smith is play.
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If Harris is available and no major prospect slips, I Would be surprised if he is not the pick. The Cowboys need pass rushers and Harris fits the Cowboys’ mold.