Monday, May 21, 2018

Boxing Challenge: Stevenson draws with Jack, Russell tops Diaz

Sorry, this is late, but the PC is having issues that I think are related to the latest Windows update.
Hopefully, I have smoothed those out and will have no future issues, but it did cause me to lose the entire column on the Cavaliers game three thrashing of the Celtics.
Fingers crossed that this is not an issue that continues!

Kudos to Showtime for the three fight weekend from three cities, two countries, and two platforms.
I'll have more on Showtime below.

Adonis Stevenson looked to be the fearsome champion of old for six rounds and was far ahead on my card to retain his WBC light heavyweight title in Toronto.
When the bell rang to begin round seven, everything changed for the reluctant one and he would win just one more round against the challenge of Badou Jack.
That round was enough to salvage a 114-114 draw on my card and saved his title on the judges' scorecards as Stevenson kept his championship with a majority draw.
Two judges saw it as I did with another scoring 115-113 for Jack.
It was a good enough fight, but nothing that I have to see again soon.
Stevenson was badly staggered by Jack in the 12th round, looked every one of his forty years of age and might be the sports most vulnerable champion as contenders elbow their promoters for a shot at the aging Haitian expatriate.
Jack would love a second shot, I'm sure, but the WBC allowed this fight as long as the winner agreed to fight Oleksandr Gvozdyk next.
Stevenson's track record shows that he is likely to put that fight off as long as possible and the WBC has given him more breaks than any fighter that I can remember in years, so I'm not sure that fight happens next, but it should as the WBC should order that fight or mandate that Stevenson vacate the title.
Badou Jack now owns two draws in his two biggest fights ( He drew with James DeGale in a super middleweight unification contest in 2017) and really can only blame himself.
Jack gives away far too many early rounds and makes a late charge to get back into the fight only to be at the mercy of the judges in hairline fights.
It's easy to say that Jack needs to start faster, but perhaps he simply cannot.

Meanwhile, in beautiful Oxon Hill, Maryland (and I really need to hit one of these cards sometime), Gary Russell made one of his yearly appearances and for six rounds was in a dogfight with mandatory contender Joseph Diaz.
The problem with that was that title fights are twelve rounds and Russell kicked the fight into a gear that Diaz wasn't capable of keeping up with over the second half of the fight to win a unanimous decision to keep his WBC featherweight strap.
Diaz did exactly what Badou Jack in the half of the fight-he simply didn't throw enough punches to keep Russell honest and for some reason after investing lots of bodywork in the first half of the bout didn't follow up over the second half.
I thought this is how this fight would play out and as someone that has always thought the world of Gary Russell the fighter and yet next to nothing of Gary Russell's management, I hope to see Russell back in the ring before the end of the year and against good competition too.
Gary Russell deserves better, he simply needs to step up and fight for it- outside the ring as well as inside.

The afternoon fight from Leeds, England saw Josh Warrington surprise Lee Selby with a split decision win to take Selby's IBF featherweight title and attempt to place himself in the bigger picture at 126 pounds.
Selby was never able to accomplish that throughout his title reign, so we'll have to see if Warrington can pull that off, but on this night, Warrington should have won a unanimous decision as the 115-113 Selby card was ridiculous.
Warrington has one of suffocating styles that smothers others (like that?) but is never going to bother anyone with his pop (6 KO's in his 27 wins) and against the elite of the division I would be dubious of his chances, but one thing is clear-If Warrington gets that shot against the top names- they better be ready to fend him off for twelve rounds.

A few words on Showtime, if you please ( An nod to Gordon Solie there) and their growing dominance in televising boxing.
Putting aside their connection with Al Haymon's PBC, which is often more than tentative about putting their best against the best), Showtime consistently is making solid fights, if not fights that make the world stop on a dime and have made themselves the network that I have always hoped to see in televised boxing.

Showtime is making bouts happen more than any other network and keeping boxing fans active and eyes on their product that not only helps the sport but the network as well.
Not every bout has to have championship connotations and I would like to see some fighters against better competition (most notably the Charlo's), but it's tough to argue against an active network that brings boxing to fans multiple times a month in at least interesting fights.

Showtime also offers the fairest broadcast set in the fight game as well and I was struck by this watching the Gary Russell-Joseph Diaz bout last night.
The easy way to cover this was to shower Russell, a Showtime/PBC fighter, with praise while discussing Diaz, a Golden Boy Promotions, and non-Showtime fighter, with some distance as Showtime would not gain anything from a Diaz victory.
Instead, their three-man crew of Mauro Ranallo, Al Bernstein, and Paulie Malignaggi called it straight, gave both fighters their due with what happened in the ring with no consideration for their connections outside of the ring.
This would be a layup to say that is the way all events should be called, but it isn't the case.
ESPN is somewhat of an offender with Timothy Bradley, who is quite friendly with many of Top Rank's stars outside the ring, and Mark Kriegel, who is from a writing background and calls fights with a wish for a storyline and not what is actually happening in the ring.
The opposite of what Showtime does with their commentators is HBO, who has the solid Jim Lampley, but employs Max Kellerman and Roy Jones (and occasionally Andre Ward), who enter the fight with a narrative, rarely deviate from said narrative and definitely choose a side more often than not.

I've been critical on occasion of Mauro Ranallo for often generating artificial excitement when it is not needed, but I think it's his legitimate if somewhat misguided enthusiasm for the sport that causes this and I cannot knock that.
Al Bernstein has been a favorite of mine for years and even though I wasn't always a fan of Paulie Malignaggi in the ring as a fighter, I think as a commentator, Malignaggi brings up points from the fighters perspective that aren't always about his career as is often the case with the aforementioned Roy Jones.
Showtime's announcers are the fairest in the game and from the viewer's standpoint, that's all boxing fans can ask for from the new leader in boxing television.

In the boxing challenge, I scored two points to Ramon Malpica's one.
I added two points from Gary Russell's win with Ramon scoring one.
No points were scored from the Stevenson-Jack draw and both of us selected Lee Selby to defeat Josh Warrington.
I now lead the challenge 90-71.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Boxing Challenge

It's a three-fight weekend in the boxing challenge brought to you by Showtime from three different sites and two different platforms with three world titles on the line.

The most publicized bout takes place in Toronto as WBC (and linear) light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson makes a rare appearance as he defends his title against former WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack, who vacated his title in order to rise in weight and shoot for Stevenson's championship.

Stevenson, who has managed to take an exciting career with lots of anticipated fights by the followers of the game and turned it into a punchline with inactivity, dodging top contenders and fighting a parade of no-hopers following his first two defenses (against then-undefeated Tavoris Cloud and future cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew) is finally stepping up the competition with Jack, who is on a solid run of victories against good competition with wins over Anthony Dirrell, George Groves (a split decision win that looks better with Groves run through the World Boxing Super Series), Lucien Bute and a draw with James DeGale before a win over Nathan Cleverly in his first bout at 175.
I would be very tempted to pick Jack here, but I keep coming back to Jack's only loss on ShoBox to journeyman Derek Edwards, who hit Jack with a looping right hand in round one that essentially ended the fight.
The only thing that Adonis Stevenson really does well is punch with knockout possibility with every attempt and his best punch?
A looping right hand and that is what makes this fight so interesting.

Showtime also travels to beautiful Oxon Hill, Maryland (Why don't I ever get invites to these bouts?) with the very talented Gary Russell placing his WBC featherweight title against mandatory contender Joseph Diaz.
When people try to tell you that titles do not matter, refer them to situations such as these where Russell promoted by PBC and televised by Showtime has to defend against Diaz promoted by Golden Boy and has appeared on HBO- this fight never happens without the WBC.
Sanctioning bodies do a lot to screw up our sport, but they are able to make a lot of fights that wouldn't be made without them.
I'm a big fan of Gary Russell the fighter- Russell is fast, punches well and has boxing skills, but unfortunately he has been mismanaged in such a way that I wonder if his management thinks as much of Russell's ability as I do as Russell is 1-1 against top ten fighters in his career and has made just two defenses of his title in a three year reign-both against fighters that had next to no chance of defeating him.
Diaz hasn't impressed me as a potential world champion but strikes me more as a solid top ten contender that does nothing exceedingly well but doesn't have a lot of weaknesses either with the exception of not being a huge hitter.
Diaz is the anti-Russell, where he has stayed active, defeating good, but not great opposition in the meantime and just worked harder.
If Russell fights his fight, he likely wins this going away, but if his inactivity and lack of facing good opponents causes him any type of struggles at all- I can see Diaz outworking Russell and pulling the upset.

Showtime starts the day with a live stream on their YouTube and Facebook pages of the IBF featherweight title fight as Lee Selby defends against Josh Warrington in an all-UK battle from Leeds, England.
Selby will be making the fifth defense of his title, but his resume' lacks anything resembling a big fight victory.
The undefeated, yet light-hitting (six KO's in twenty-six wins) Warrington brings a nice payday and lots of local interest, but will not likely improve the marketability elsewhere for Selby as he attempts to unify titles or make bigger fights.
Warrington is a live dog in this fight, but one would have to make Selby the favorite in this one.

In the boxing challenge, I lead Ramon Malpica 88-70 to this date.

WBC Light Heavyweight Title.12 Rds
Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack
R.L: Jack Unanimous Decision
TRS: Stevenson KO 8

WBC Featherweight Title. 12 Rds
Gary Russell vs Joseph Diaz
R.L: Russell KO 4
TRS: Russell Unanimous Decision

IBF Featherweight Title.12 Rds
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington
Both: Selby Unanimous Decision


Friday, May 18, 2018

Browns trade Jamar Taylor

The John Dorsey-led revamp of the Cleveland Browns secondary continued as the Browns traded veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2020 6th round draft pick.

The Browns had actively shopped Taylor at the draft in hopes of trading him before they would release him in June before the new cap season and apparently the sixth-rounder two years down the road was the best they could receive for the soon to be 28-year-old cornerback.

Taylor was acquired from Miami before the 2016 season and started for the Browns at corner in both seasons that he spent in Cleveland after being a disappointment in his three seasons in Miami after being drafted from Boise State.
Taylor played well for the Browns in his first season with three interceptions and earned a new contract which runs through the 2019 season, but his play took a step back last season and when John Dorsey began to make several moves to improve the secondary, it became clear that Taylor wasn't going to be part of that process.

With the trade of Taylor, the Browns will enter training camp having traded both of their starting corners from 2017 (Jason McCourty was traded earlier) and means that the Browns will have three new starters in the secondary for the upcoming season with only Jabrill Peppers returning as a secondary starter.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cleaning out the inbox-Non-Sports Edition

Photo Credit: WTNH
The cleaning continues with an all non-sports edition and the longest waiting email in the inbox finally get released.

The Cheshire Herald writes about Amy Hudak returning to her home area in New Haven, Connecticut in an article from February.
Yes, this article has been in the inbox since February 26th and that must be a record for longest amount of time in the inbox.
Hudak was a favorite of mine from her local tenure at then-WHAG and you could see pretty quickly that she was talented enough to move onto larger markets.
When someone stands out at the Hagerstown level, they won't be sticking around long and Hudak didn't as she worked in Rochester, New York before New Haven.
There have been a few through the years that stood out there as the only station in the area, but the station has struggled on almost all points since losing their NBC affiliation in 2016 including attracting young talent.

The best show that it seems that few are watching is NBC's Timeless, which seems to be placed in a day/time slot that doesn't suit it (Sunday's at 10).
Timeless has been saved once by a small hardcore fanbase and that might have to happen again for a third season.
Variety pens one article on Timeless here and Parade's interview with the brilliant star of the series Abigail Spencer discusses the show, her character Lucy and where the show might be going.

For those of you that use Gmail as I do, look for a redesign that will be introduced soon.
Techcrunch writes of the rumored changes and what it might look like for the updated mail service here.

13th Dimension salutes the brilliance of Frank Gorshin, the original Riddler on the Batman TV series.
The late Mr. Gorshin, who passed away in 2005, was the first Riddler, but not the only one as John Astin attempted the role before Gorshin would later return.
13 thoughts on the character and Gorshin makes you look back at just how tremendous he was in his episodes...


13th Dimension also discusses those wonderful MEGO toys from my childhood as well and has pictures of some of the line of the World's Greatest Super Heroes rarest items.
It's fun to look back at the prices of the day and some of the Sears and Penney's catalog displays too.

And one final note from the 13th Dimension as they have a multi-part interview series with Marv Wolfman, who in this segment discusses his role in the creation of Nightwing.
Nightwing was the more grown-up alter-ego of "Dick Grayson", who was the former Robin in the DC Comics, although who knows now with the several revamps in comic history through the last decade or so, if Grayson still is Nightwing, Robin or who knows who else.






Monday, May 14, 2018

Cleaning out the inbox- Women's sports edition.

With so much cleaning that still needs to be worked on, I had enough for our first ever all women's sports edition- That shows just how much I had built up!

I was tired after a long day, so once the first half of the Cavaliers loss was over, I fell asleep, so no coverage of a game that the coverage wouldn't have been fun to write or read anyway!
Not going to win many games shooting 36 percent from the floor.
Game two from Boston Tuesday.

We start with Lisa Kerney's announcement to part ways with ESPN.
Kerney, who is married to a favorite of mine in his playing days in former Seahawks and Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney, was a favorite of mine when she worked the late shift Sportscenter a few years ago when I actually watched Sportscenter!
Kerney hosted ESPN's Fantasy Football show last year on Sunday's, so she'll be missed there.
ESPN just makes me shake my head at times with their personnel decisions.
I'm bad luck with ESPN because if I like someone's work, they usually don't have long in their tenure.
I'm sure someone will scoop up Kerney in short order as soon as she would be available.

I wrote earlier this year about the run of Ashland University's women's basketball program, which ended in their loss in the national title game.
Their 2016-17 national title and 73 wins in a row will attract attention from other schools and they will come calling in for your coach and sure enough, Bowling Green hired the Eagles (and my favorite coach) Robyn Fralick to a six-year contract.
Fralick went 104-3 in three years at Ashland and the trip to Bowling Green isn't a long one in distance, but the jump to Division I will be a bigger one.
Fralick's Ashland teams were really fun to watch and I watched a few of their games on Sports Time Ohio.
They played a fast-paced style and Fralick will attempt to turn Bowling Green into a similar run and gun program and she'll have her work cut out for her at BG, who went 38-81 over the last four years.
I'm quite a Robyn Fralick fan and I'll be paying attention to her and her new nest at Bowling Green
Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer talks about Fralick and Ashland basketball here and writes about Fralick, Ashland, Bowling Green and her replacement at AU in former Eagle Kari Pickens.


I've written about Jessica Korda on the LPGA tour in the past as well, but Korda had a severe jaw surgery over the winter that left her with 27 screws still in her face.
What also happened as part of that reconstruction is a marked difference in her appearance and a resurgence in her play on tour.
Korda has won already this season and has four top ten's in the short season thus far.
Korda discusses the new look, her game and the surgery with Golf Channel here and makes a hilarious podcast appearance on Golf.Com with her sister Nelly here.




Sunday, May 13, 2018

Boxing Challenge:Lomachenko stops Linares!

In what was a technical yet exciting fight, Vasyl Lomachenko finally found an opponent that could stand to up him in WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares, who gave as good as he took for nine rounds and even knocked Lomachenko down for the first time in his career in round six.

However, Lomachenko took firm command in the tenth round and smashed a crushing uppercut to send Linares to the ropes as a preview of what was yet to come.
A combination finished with a savage left-handed body shot sent Linares to the floor and even though the proud Linares rose, referee Ricky Gonzalez had seen enough and ended the fight.
After nine rounds, the judges were split with one judge each having one fighter ahead with the third scoring the bout a draw.
I had the score even at 85-85 with Lomachenko ahead in rounds 5-4, but Linares gaining the point back with the sixth round knockdown.

The fight was close and well fought, but I see no need for a rematch as Lomachenko was coming on strong, cutting Linares and I just don't see a rematch going any differently other than Lomachenko perhaps dominating sooner.
Give Top Rank and Golden Boy credit for working together to put this into the ring and off the negotiating table, but I have no need to see this again, at least for a while.
Lomachenko said after the fight he will be keeping his newly won belt, vacating his WBO junior lightweight title and likely to next fight WBO lightweight champ Ray Beltran, who is promoted by Top Rank as is Lomachenko.
By the end of the summer, we should have just two lightweight champions as Lomachenko-Beltran will be one unification with PBC promoting a WBC-IBF unification between Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter.
The big question is this- can a unification bout be pulled off between the winners (Lomachenko and Garcia will be heavily favored) and who would televise it?
Lomachenko and Garcia would be an even more anticipated battle than Lomachenko-Linares if it can be made.
The promoters may have their issues, but even bigger in making that fight is Garcia, who has a track record of dodging the biggest fights for lesser opponents with the lame excuse "bigger and better fights".
No one would have considered Garcia's fight vs Sergey Lipinets to be a bigger fight than a Linares bout that the WBC mandated, yet still, Garcia slid by with a lesser bout than almost everyone wanted.
Mikey Garcia, not Bob Arum or Al Haymon might be the biggest obstacle to getting one of the best fights in the game in the ring.

In Verona, New York. a star was born as undefeated and formerly untested Jaime Munguia blew away Sadam Ali in just four rounds to win Ali's WBO junior middleweight title.
Ali, a small junior middle, to begin with, looked downright tiny standing next to Munguia and was bounced around the ring to the tune of four knockdowns and a fifth that could have been called before the merciful end to the bout was called.
Munguia looks to be a star in the making as he stalked Ali from the opening bell and punished him badly.
We'll see what he does against true 154 pounders, but Jermell Charlo (WBC) and Jarrett Hurd (WBA/IBF) have been put on notice- there is a new sheriff in town and he punches like a mule kicks.
As for Ali, the beating that I saw him take didn't remind me of a fight that actually happened, it made me think of one from film-Ivan Drago vs Apollo Creed.
Every punch sent Ali careening around the ring and even as far at the end of the first, a case could have been made for ending this one.
Beatings like this one have been known to ruin careers and we'll see if Ali is able to regroup at welterweight, his natural class.

In the co-feature on HBO (boy are they getting mediocre fights or what?) Rey Vargas retained his WBC junior featherweight title via unanimous decision over Azat Hovannysian.
Hovannysian attacked throughout and made it entertaining, but the classy Vargas carried the day as I had Vargas a 117-111 winner.

In England, Hughie Fury knocked out Sam Sexton in the fifth round to win the British heavyweight title.
Haven't seen this fight as of this writing...

In the boxing challenge, I outscored Ramon Malpica seven points to three on the weekend to stretch my lead to 88-70.

I earned two points each from wins by Vasyl Lomachenko, Rey Vargas and Jaime Munguia with one from Hughie Fury.
Ramon added one point each from the Lomachenko, Vargas, and Fury wins.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cleveland Browns Draft ReDraft??

  Now that I have a few weeks in hindsight and some time to logically look at things, I want to do things a little different with this review.

I've been making a draft DVD for a friend of mine and I've been reviewing things as they progressed.
Yes, I still was steamed at the antics of Baker Mayfield and still think that this might be a bust that makes the selections of Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel look like the 1983 draft, but he's here now and I hope he does well because if he doesn't John Dorsey better be damn near perfect otherwise in his rebuild or this will be the Dorsey epitaph for his career in Cleveland.

However, I looked at the players that the Browns selected as the draft occurred here and I'm not going to do much of this here.
What I will do is to place for posterity so no one can claim otherwise, what I would have done with the Browns final draft bounty as they have the same picks as everyone for the 2019 draft.
So don't call it a review, let's call it a redraft.

Round 1
Browns Pick: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
TRS: Sam Darnold QB USC

Simply put, the Browns selected a small and not overly fast quarterback because of the most elaborate con job seen in the league in years.
I see all the points for Mayfield and I'll counter with a not overly strong arm in a division that he'll play in wind and cold often, small (watch to see if he struggles to find passing lanes against the pass rush) and not especially fast (as noted) against the elite athletes in the NFL combined with an arrogance that won't wear well in Cleveland, should he not play well.
Sam Darnold is the safer pick, the more suited for the league with size and athleticism and would have been the better fit for the weather, the city, and the organization.
Mayfield vs Darnold will be the decision that fans will be talking about for years

Round 1
Browns Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio State.
TRS: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State.

This one is one that I am fine with either way.
The Browns selected the best cornerback in the draft rather than the best pass rusher and that's a matter of preference.
I would have rather seen Chubb and Myles Garrett not allowing offensive lines to double team both and quarterbacks falling apart under their wrath, but the Browns also needed a shutdown corner as well and Ward suits that bill.
This pick really was one of crab vs lobster- They are both good eating, which one are you in the mood for?
I'm fine with Denzel Ward.

Round 2
Browns Pick: Austin Corbett G-T Nevada
TRS Pick: Connor Williams G-T Texas.

I preferred Connor Williams here because without his injury in 2017 at Texas, he would have been the first lineman off the board and at minimum a top 15 pick.
That said, if Corbett can play tackle, this is a solid pick,
The Browns needed a left tackle, they took steps to get one.
I preferred Williams, but Corbett is more than a solid lineman.

Round 2
Browns Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia
TRS: Derrius Guice RB LSU

I didn't have a problem with Nick Chubb here either.
I had Guice, Chubb and USC's Ronald Jones all ranked roughly the same and I leaned toward Guice because he's a different type of back than Carlos Hyde and I thought some different looks would be a good thing among Cleveland's backs.
Chubb is very similar to Hyde and the Browns must have wanted backs that could slide into the same slot and be used in the same manner.
I'm not going to hit them on that, just a different manner of building a team.

Round 3
Browns Pick: Chad Thomas DE Miami.FL.
TRS: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State

After a drop of a few picks in a trade with the Colts, this pick was the one that I really shook my head at as I thought Chad Thomas was a fifth-round pick and Sam Hubbard was at least a second rounder.
Hubbard was a high energy player with the size to be a 4-3 end.
Thomas was just another guy at Miami and is a project pick.
Projects do work out sometimes, so I'm open to this working out, but the safer pick and the one that would help sooner was Sam Hubbard.

Round 4
Browns Pick; Antonio Callaway WR Florida
TRS: Antonio Callaway WR Florida

The Browns traded up for the oft-troubled Callaway and despite my dislike for players with baggage, I was OK with this.
In a down draft for pass catchers, had Callaway not had those issues, he might have been the first wideout taken.
But he does have those issues and on a team with Josh Gordon and now Baker Mayfield, the Browns are suddenly an incubator for possible locker room lawyers.
However, at the cost and the fact that Antonio Brown, who kills the Browns every year, thinks enough of Callaway to work with him all offseason, makes me think that maybe this will work out.
I'll believe in Antonio Brown and think Callaway was worth the risk-on a short leash that is.
If you gamble-gamble on greatness.

Round 5
Browns Pick: Genard Avery LB Memphis
TRS: Genard Avery LB Memphis.

As much as I hated Chad Thomas over Sam Hubbard-I loved this pick!
In fact, I had Avery rated higher than Thomas so this could be a steal.
Avery hits hard, hustles all over the field and will be a special teams demon.
IMO- Avery will make Christian Kirksey dispensible and could push him out the door in 2019, considering the ridiculous extension, Kirksey was signed to by Sashi Brown.

Round 6
Browns Pick: Damion Ratley WR Texas A&M
TRS: Deon Cain WR Clemson

Ratley is a tools guy with big size and speed, but little production to the point of not being invited to the combine.
Ratley does have deep speed for a QB that could struggle throwing the deep ball, so he's a lottery ticket.
Cain has similar tools with far more production in working with an NFL passer in DeShaun Watson.
We're in round six, but Cain was the better bet even considering the late spot.

Round 6
Browns Pick: Simeon Thomas CB Louisiana-Lafayette
TRS: Safe: Will Clapp C LSU or Lottery: Jordan Mailata Australia

For a team that wants to "change the culture", a nice catch phrase that everyone uses when rebuilding in any sport, the Browns sure took some questionable characters guys between Mayfield, Callaway and Simeon Thomas here in round six.
Thomas had issues with academics and an off-season theft issue with teammates and despite excellent size, I would have gone elsewhere.
It's late in the draft and there were several guys that could have been drafted by me-WR's Stephen Dunbar of Houston or Cedric Wilson, RB Bo Scarborough of Alabama or Temple defensive tackle Julian Taylor.
However, LSU center Will Clapp can play center or guard and might be a lineman with a chance to have a long career and if you love the lottery ticket, why not the massive Australian rugby star Jordan Mailata, who is a developmental project that might take time, but physically looks the part of an offensive tackle to a T.
Remember if you gamble- gamble on greatness, not gambles on "meh".

It takes time (at least three years) to judge a draft, so I'm not going to try.
I wanted to look at the draft in real time before these players hit the field and take my swings at the selections.
It all comes down to Baker Mayfield- if the Browns are right, the rebuild truly has begun and things will get brighter in Cleveland.
If I'm correct, you thought things were dark before, this might be the tip of the iceberg...