2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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The 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and everyone is putting out their mock drafts and debating which QB prospect will be a franchise one or will leave their team scrambling again in the future. Honestly, at this point there is draft fatigue and mock drafts become boring and tiresome. We know this one isn’t any different. Thanks for checking it out and feel free to leave your comments below.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC – The Browns and Sam Darnold have been rumored for weeks. At this point it might be a shock if he isn’t their guy but then again, this draft is filled with uncertainty do I wouldn’t bet on it just yet.

 

  1. New York Giants –Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State – Previously I had Rosen going to the Giants at two but that seems to be out at the moment. There are enough rumors flying around out there that a trade could be in the works so who really knows. If the Giants stay here they will probably take Chubb who fills a need and is the best pass rusher in the Draft. Plus, GM Dave Gettleman does love his defensive linemen.

 

  1. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Mayfield could be the best QB of the bunch. He certainly has the best, and most consistent game tape of any of the quarterbacks when all things are considered. The Jets need to get off the QB carousel and Mayfield might finally be the answer for them.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – With Chubb off the board and no offensive tackle worthy of being picked this high the Browns go with Barkley who many consider the best player in the draft.

 

  1. Denver Broncos – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – It is very possible that Elway might skip drafting another quarterback here and instead try to protect his free agent pick up Case Keenum with the best offensive lineman in the draft.

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts – Vita Vea, DT, Washington – The Colts may regret trading down since they are now missing out on Chubb and Barkley. They have a need for a defensive tackle and Vea might just be the best one in this draft.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – The Buccaneers would love for Barkley to fall to them but they will settle for one of the best, and arguably the most versatile defensive back in the draft.

 

  1. Chicago Bears – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – Edmunds is an outstanding athlete and could really boost Chicago’s defense. A cornerback would also be something to think about here but Edmunds is my pick here.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers – Derwin James, S, Florida State – The 49ers could still use a little boost in the secondary and James could be a perfect fit out by the Bay.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia – Judging by the Raiders’ offseason so far this pick is going to be hard to predict. It is easy to see Jon Gruden be a complete wild card here. However, it will be hard for Gruden to pass on the player that most resembles Derrick Brooks in this draft.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Rosen slips a little here and the Dolphins have to roll the dice. Rosen might be the best fit for Miami of the remaining quarterbacks.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – Allen falls into the Bills laps here. Few QB prospects in recent years have been as divisive among scouts and draftniks as Allen has. Buffalo can roll the dice here and live with themselves.

 

  1. Washington Redskins – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State – The Redskins could go with a defensive tackle here. A quarterback could be in play as well if one tumbles. However, they have a glaring need at linebacker and Vander Esch is versatile and consistent.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State – Corner is a big need for the Packers and Ward is probably the best pure corner in this draft. He lacks size but would slide right into the slot and could become a shut-down corner.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – The Cardinals can’t depend on Sam Bradford and would love to add a quarterback. Jackson can sit until he is ready, as long as Bradford stays healthy.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – Joe Flacco finally gets a receiver he has been lacking since Derrick Mason left football. Ridley might not be a game breaker but he gets open and can do some things after the catch.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame – The biggest hole that last couple of seasons for the Chargers has been the offensive line. McGlinchey might not be a stud left tackle but he should develop into one of the better right tackles in the NFL and he is better than anyone on the roster right now.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama – Taking a corner like Jaire Alexander here is a real possibility. The Seahawks are in a bit of a rebuild and have holes in several places but their secondary is especially glaring. Harrison might not be the next Earl Thomas but he has a ton of potential and fits a need with the ability to start right away.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M – Kirk might be the most dynamic receiver in this draft. With Dez Bryant gone, Dallas has a glaring need for a playmaker at the position and Kirk has the potential to be just that. He will need some work and polish but Kirk could be what the Cowboys need moving forward.

 

  1. Detroit Lions – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA – He might come from a small school but Davenport has big play ability and the Lions have a need for a playmaker at defensive end.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP – The Bengals need help on the interior of their line and Hernandez has shown he can be a very good run blocker, something the Bengals need desperately after averaging 3.6 YPC last year. Hernandez will push the pile.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills – Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA – Miller might be a bit of a reach here but he is arguably the best offensive lineman left on the board here and all signs point to there being a run on the offensive line early in the second round.

 

  1. New England Patriots – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa – Jackson blew it up last year and emerged as one of the nation’s top corners. He would fit in well with the Patriots’ defense and could have an immediate impact.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers – D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland – Cam Newton needs a weapon on the outside and Moore is the best receiver on the board. He isn’t the most dynamic receiver but he does a lot of stuff really well and should emerge as a capable target for Newton and open up the offense a little.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama – Evans is the best linebacker available at this point and would fit in well with a Titans defense that could use an upgrade at the position.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama – Dontari Poe is gone and the Falcons have a need for a run stuffer up the middle. Payne falls to the Falcons here and it’s too good to pass up. He will be able to step in right away and have an immediate impact.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints – Harold Landry, DE, Boston College – Landry is a promising edge rushing prospect who won’t be asked to do too much right away on a good Saints’ defense. He would compliment the pass rush as he learns how to round out his game.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Reid, S, Stanford – The Steelers could use some youth and impact in the secondary and Reid has the potential to be one of the best safeties in this Draft Class.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma – He had a bad combine but he had a better pro day. The talent on tackles in this draft is thin and Brown might be a bit of a reach here and a wide receiver might make more sense. However, Brown has a load of potential and a bad combine shouldn’t be held against him.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia – The Vikings could use a little help on the offensive front at both guard and tackle. Wynn has the ability to be an outstanding guard in the NFL and could even develop into an All Pro. That potential gives him the nod over a tackle like Kolton Miller who is a possibility here if Wynn is off the board.

 

  1. New England Patriots – Connor Williams, OT, Texas – Williams is a decent enough tackle prospect but some think his future is on the inside. The Patriots could use help at tackle and depth inside. Williams could start right away depending on how he develops in camp.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville – Alexander is an interesting prospect. He could go higher or he could fall into the second round. The Eagles don’t have a glaring need at corner but Patrick Robinson’s departure leaves a hole and Alexander would be a good fit in Philly.
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Yards Brewing Brawler Pugilist Style Ale Review

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Yards Brewing Company’s Brawler Pugilist Style Ale is as unique as its name. It models itself after English session ales but brings its own unique style and flavor.

It pours similar to a brown ale, a dark, caramel-looking color that give you a nice head. The aroma was a bit of a surprise. You will notice a toffee, caramel tone with hints of hazelnut at times. However, when it comes to your first sip you will get the sweet tones of caramel and toffee but the hazelnut is not there.

This is a smooth ale with low carbonation like many brown ales. It is very easy to drink with a slight bitterness on the finish. It tastes sweet then offers a fuller body as it flows over your tongue giving you a nice depth of flavor.

There is a nice malt flavor throughout the beer. It definitely gives you a flavor profile similar to brown ales from England but with a smoother finish. I would say that over the course of the beer the malt really comes through which please those who are fans of malt. This would pair well with a fish and chips or another fried food like chicken.

There are no real surprises with this beer. It is a malty-earthy flavor that pairs well with fried foods or to be enjoyed all on its own. Don’t let the name fool you, it won’t beat you up. It is very smooth with just the right amount of tickle on the bitter side of your taste buds.

This was a pleasant brew that drinks easy and offers a pretty nice flavor profile. If you are a fan of brown ale or even mild IPA’s you will probably like this. This is definitely something worth having again.

Jacoby Ellsbury Actually Helped the Yankees In the Long Run

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If you are a New York Yankees fan then the name Jacoby Ellsbury might make you shiver as it brings back bad memories and thoughts of an uncertain, and expensive, future. Right now, Ellsbury is on the disabled list for a hip issue. He also has managed to acquire two other injuries while rehabbing his hip. It has been revealed that Ellsbury also has an oblique issue and now plantar fasciitis.

Honestly, at this point it is hard to remember which injury came first. It also doesn’t matter at this point. Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million deal prior to the 2014 season. He doesn’t come off the books until after the 2021 season. Unless of course he is traded but would any team really look to acquire an outfielder who can’t stay healthy, has always had injury issues, and is only getting older and more brittle?

Ellsbury went from potential offensive centerpiece (we all know he wouldn’t be but the Yankees thought that) to being the outfield version of Carl Pavano. Remember Pavano? He is the pitcher who the Yankees signed prior to 2005 to a four-year, $39.95 million contract. He would appear in only 26 games for the Yankees over the life of that contract, 17 of which came in 2005. He became the standard for a bad free agent signing.

Right now, Ellsbury is the cautionary tale for signing players on the wrong side of 30 to extensive contracts. Ellsbury will go down as one of Brian Cashman’s biggest mistakes, potentially outweighing his trade of third base prospect Mike Lowell to the then Florida Marlins for Ed Yarnall, Todd Noel, and Mark Johnson. In fact, signing Ellsbury might be the worst. All the signs were there. He had one career year with the Boston Red Sox. He had trouble staying healthy. The move reeked of desperation by Cashman who was trying to cover losing Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners.

As good as Cashman has been lately a lot of credit has to go to the Ellsbury deal. Yankees fans have to admit that having Ellsbury around, or on the DL, has actually helped the Yankees into their rebuild. If he was the player he was in 2011 for the Yankees then they probably don’t undergo the limited rebuild they initiated over the past couple of years.

Nobody wants to pile on Ellsbury. He knows how fans feel about him. He knows he hasn’t lived up to expectations. He would much rather be on the field than down in Florida dealing with the realization half of him is made of glass. He is a competitive ballplayer who has given his all on the field and I will always respect him for that. He didn’t slink like Pavano did. He never shrank from anything and he does deserve respect for that.

The Ellsbury deal might be a blunder but that free agent blunder helped convince Hal Steinbrenner you can’t rebuild through free agency. It helped convince him that the Yankees were sliding backwards and weren’t going to live up to the expectations the Yankees have had every year since the 1920s, at least seemingly. Prior to the 2016 season the Yankees literally signed zero MLB free agents. That doesn’t happen if Ellsbury is the 2011 version or even 2013 Ellsbury.

In the 2014 season, Ellsbury actually had a decent year for the Yankees. It was pretty similar to his 2013 season with the Red Sox the year before. However, in 2015, Ellsbury appeared in only 111 games and wasn’t very effective as he slashed just .257/.318/.345 with seven homers and 15 doubles. His base stealing days were few and far between. He wasn’t getting on base at the top of the lineup. He was seemingly always banged up. If that Ellsbury doesn’t show up the Yankees would most likely have continued down the path that was causing them pain and anguish. The culture wouldn’t have changed no matter how often Cashman asked Steinbrenner to rebuild.

The next time you curse Ellsbury remember, if Cashman didn’t make that mistake the Yankees most likely never get Gleyber Torres, Dillon Tate, Justus Sheffield, Billy McKinney and others that have helped team with draft picks to give the Yankees one of the best farm systems. In a way, the Ellsbury contract, as bad as it is, played a part in getting the Yankees to where they are right now. If he contributes on the field from here on out, well that is just gravy. Don’t hate on the guy. Sometimes the biggest mistakes are actually just painful learning processes that make you better.

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Review

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc

France has become synonymous with wine over the years, obviously for good reason. However, France has a long tradition of brewing beer too. Kronenbourg 1664 traces its roots back to Geronimus Hatt who started the Canon Brewery in 1650. While Kronenbourg 1664’s Blanc doesn’t date back quite that far it is still steeped in tradition.

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc pours well. For an 11.2 ounce bottle it filled a pint glass nicely until the foam started to settle. It gave a nice pour, with an inviting head and rich golden hue. It has the color a white beer should have.

Aromatically it has a slightly earthy, sweet smell. It hints at the spices but it is different than almost every other white beer I’ve ever had. Upon first sip you will be in for a bit of a shock if you’re used to traditional lagers or white beers. This has a sweet, rich, smooth flavor. It isn’t a citrus flavor that many have become accustomed to with white beers. This has almost a hard cider sweetness before giving you the grainy, earthy flavors.

The carbonation is moderate and the beer feels very light in your mouth, almost as if you have taken a bite of a beer cloud. It is light, airy, crisp, sweet, and kind of delightful all at once. As the beer drinks it laces your glass and leaves a small reminder with each sip and gulp. It also has a floral note as you progress.

This is a beer you are either going to like or hate. My one true complaint is that after being poured into a glass it loses some carbonation as you drink whereas drinking from the bottle keeps the bubbles intact and offers a much more pleasant experience.

If you aren’t a huge fan of beer but like hard cider this might be a beer for you to try. It really doesn’t have much of the beer taste despite the 5% ABV. It is very crisp and sweet with floral undertones and really doesn’t have the citrus, wheat taste that white beers tend to have.

All in all this is a very drinkable beer. It plays well as a day beer during the summer, with its refreshing sweetness and floral notes. The one true drawback is the 11.2 ounce bottle. The shape of the bottle and label shape remind me of old-school Michelob but the flavor is definitely unique and worth a try. This was a refreshing beer that stands out among its peers. In the end, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc is something I would come back to every now and again, especially in the summer.

Newburgh Brown Ale Review

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The first impression of Newburgh Brown Ale from Newburgh Brewing Company is the color. It has the deep, dark, brown, almost black color that brown ales tend to offer. Well, if I am being honest, the first impression of this beer was the can which drew my attention to it on a crowded shelf. It is one of the busiest cans I have ever seen and it worked.

The pour was classic brown ale. The caramel hue it had coming out that ended up extremely dark in the glass. It had a mild aroma of roasted malt and a tease of chocolate and toffee. It is very pleasant and doesn’t overwhelm the sense.

Sadly, my picture didn’t do the head any justice. It was about a finger and half thick but settled fairly quickly and ended as a spotty foam on top throughout the glass. There was a nice carbonation that was present but smooth. Good brown ales tend to find this balance and Newburgh Brewing Company did a nice job walking that fine line.

You definitely taste the malt and there are hints of chocolate, toffee, and a nutty, earthy flavor. It can be described as medium bodied. Some brown ales tend to be either too heavy or too light but this was spot on. It does have an aftertaste that plays in the sweet and bitter areas of the taste bud map but it is mild and is typical with brown ales.

As the beer warms it takes on a smoother feel on the tongue so if you are a slow drinker you won’t lose flavor. There is almost no alcohol taste, just a smooth ride from start to finish that ends with your tongue being tickled slightly and whetting your appetite for another sip.

Overall this was a pleasant experience. I have never had anything from Newburgh Brewing Company and their Brown Ale has intrigued me to sample other offerings from this New York brewery. This is a beer I would definitely look for again. Right now this beer is only distributed in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Narragansett Del’s Summer Shandy Review

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With summer right around the corner it felt like a good time to dive into some of the summer beers that are starting to make their way into stores. Narragansett Del’s Summer Shandy stood out among its peers in the refrigerated case tonight. It features two Rhode Island icons in Narragansett and Del’s Italian Ice.

It seems as if everyone is doing a Summer Shandy these days. However, the Del’s Shandy has a slightly different taste than other shandy’s I’ve tried. You definitely notice the lemon aroma when you first crack the can. You almost expect this beer to be a lemonade with beer mixed in rather than beer with the lemonade poured in. Then you notice the color of the pour. It retains the golden hue that a Narragansett Lager features. Most shandies has a slightly paler, cloudy hue.

As the beer rolls over your taste buds you notice this is a little sweeter than other shandies. It has the tart kick to it that you expect from a beer flavored with lemon but this definitely has a slightly sweeter, maybe even delicate taste.

The lemon in this shandy is nice but you almost want more of that lemon kick but the finish is smooth and similar to a typical Narragansett Lager. As you go through the glass and the beer warms the lemon taste actually dissipates. I have never experienced that in a beer. The foamy head also disappeared rather quickly and the lacing on the glass was almost nonexistent.

I expected much more from the Narragansett Del’s Summer Shandy. The can looked like an Italian ice stand and made me think of warm summer nights at the ballpark, county fair, or a day at the beach. While I could see myself drinking one of these in any of those situations I would need this beer to stay ice cold throughout.

The second beer was straight out of the can and that played better. I still was wanting more lemon tartness but the beer held up better in the can than poured in a glass. The issue with it needing to be ice cold was still there and the lemon flavor still dissipated over the course of drinking it but it was a notch above being poured so I highly recommend forgoing the glass and drinking from the can or bottle.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment. It isn’t bad by any means. If you like shandies you might enjoy this one. At the very least it would be drinkable. I wouldn’t turn one of these down and might even buy one when out and about in the summer but I don’t think I would go out of my way for one at home.

Einstök Icelandic Wee Heavy Beer Review

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Einstök Icelandic Wee Heavy is a fairly new offering from Einstök that stays true to its Viking roots but branches out just a bit and the result is an excellent brew that you will want to drink over and over again.

Wee Heavy is advertised as an “Icelandic Scotch Ale, brewed with locally farmed and smoked barley and spiced with native Icelandic angelica – a fabled herb ancient Vikings used as currency.” It definitely has the deep amber color of a Scotch Ale and it offers a smooth, smoky, and somewhat creamy taste. It is unique with its maltiness and isn’t overwhelmed by hops at all.

Like many Scotch Ales this Wee Heavy is not a very bubbly beer. You definitely feel the comfort of a Scotch Ale, the kind of beer you wouldn’t mind drinking all winter, but the smoked barley and Icelandic angelica offer a more complex flavor profile. As you sip you notice the flavor profile can change a bit. Some sips had a peaty undertone that was almost welcome against the sweet, smoky flavors that sometimes dominate.

This is a beer you can enjoy year round. It would pair well with smoked barbeque or a gourmet burger. I can almost taste the pulled pork and brisket that I would eat with this. This isn’t hot dog beer and at eight percent ABV it does pack a punch. However, there isn’t a strong alcohol aftertaste that can sometimes accompany beers with higher alcohol content.

Einstök has proven with its other offerings that it isn’t afraid to take risks and this was a risk that paid off. It is smooth as silk all the way down and definitely will reward you if you are feeling slightly adventurous. Einstök definitely has a winner here and this is worth the price. A six-pack can hover between $12-16 depending on your store.

Slap on your kilt and pick up your battle axe because this is one beer that unites the Scotch taste with a Viking twist and it is oh so good.

2018 NFL Mock Draft

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The 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and everyone is putting out their mock drafts and debating which QB prospect is best and who will be a bust. Honestly, the talk gets tiresome and it seems the only reason we click on mock drafts at this point it to find out how you can point out how wrong the other person is. With that, here is The Sporting Brews’ first mock draft.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC – The Browns need their quarterback and there is a lot of speculation Darnold is their guy. Other rumors have Josh Allen going first overall but Darnold doesn’t need as much seasoning.

 

  1. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Rosen is probably the most polished of all of the QB prospects though a case can be made for others as well. Rosen should refine his game sitting behind Eli Manning and under Pat Shurmur. There is a lot of speculation Saquon Barkley will be the pick here but the Giants can’t afford not to draft a young quarterback here.

 

  1. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Mayfield could be the best QB of the bunch. He certainly has the best, and most consistent game tape of any of the quarterbacks when all things are considered. The Jets need to get off the QB carousel and Mayfield might finally be the answer for them.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State – Barkley will be an option here but the Browns can add a potentially dominant defensive end to team with Myles Garrett and put fear into opposing quarterbacks. Passing on Chubb will be too hard for them to do.

 

  1. Denver Broncos – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – There is a very good chance the Broncos look elsewhere but given the need for a franchise quarterback it is also hard to see John Elway and company passing on Allen. There is physical talent there but Allen will need a lot of work in order to be a successful NFL quarterback. With Case Keenum in the mix the Broncos can afford to have Allen sit and learn.

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – Andrew Luck needs protection. Nelson is the best offensive lineman in the draft and will be a cornerstone on the Colts’ line for years.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – Some will call this a tumble for Barkley but almost every team picking before Tampa Bay has larger needs. Barkley will settle in perfectly with the Buccaneers. If Barkley is gone then Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James are in play here.

 

  1. Chicago Bears – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – Edmunds might be the best edge rusher in this draft. He would be a great fit with the Bears’ defense. Fitzpatrick and James could also be in play here but Edmunds would be hard to pass up.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – There are still holes in the 49ers’ secondary even after Richard Sherman entered the picture. Fitzpatrick can give the 49ers depth and can play in the slot or at free safety. He has a ton of potential and his versatility adds to his value.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia – Judging by the Raiders’ offseason so far this pick is going to be hard to predict. It is easy to see Jon Gruden be a complete wild card here. However, it will be hard for Gruden to pass on the player that most resembles Derrick Brooks in this draft.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins – Vita Vea, DT, Washington – The Dolphins released Ndamukong Suh so there is a big hole in the middle of their line. Vea is one of the best athletes in this draft when you consider his size and could be one of the most dynamic defensive tackles in the NFL right off the bat.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – The Bills really need a quarterback and some offensive line help. They also need help at WR and Ridley is the best in this group. He runs routes like a pro which will help any quarterback they decide to play. This might be a little early for Ridley but there is a chance he can become a star in this league and he fits a big need.

 

  1. Washington Redskins – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State – The Redskins could go with a defensive tackle here. A quarterback could be in play as well if one tumbles. However, they have a glaring need at linebacker and Vander Esch is versatile and consistent.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State – Corner is a big need for the Packers and Ward is probably the best pure corner in this draft. He would immediately step in and have an impact on their defense.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Derwin James, S, Florida State – It might be hard to see James falling this far but if he does he would be a great fit in the Cardinals’ secondary. It is too early to take Lamar Jackson here but it is a possibility.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens – Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama – Evans fills a need for the Ravens who are probably hoping Ridley falls to them to fill their biggest need. Evans should step in right away and be a steady presence up the middle.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame – The biggest hole that last couple of seasons for the Chargers has been the offensive line. McGlinchey might not be a stud left tackle but he should develop into one of the better right tackles in the NFL and he is better than anyone on the roster right now.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama – Taking a corner like Jaire Alexander here is a real possibility. The Seahawks are in a bit of a rebuild and have holes in several places but their secondary is especially glaring. Harrison might not be the next Earl Thomas but he has a ton of potential and fits a need with the ability to start right away.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M – Kirk might be the most dynamic receiver in this draft. With Dez Bryant gone, Dallas has a glaring need for a playmaker at the position and Kirk has the potential to be just that. He will need some work and polish but Kirk could be what the Cowboys need moving forward.

 

  1. Detroit Lions – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA – He might come from a small school but Davenport has big play ability and the Lions have a need for a playmaker at defensive end.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP – The Bengals need help on the interior of their line and Hernandez has shown he can be a very good run blocker, something the Bengals need desperately after averaging 3.6 YPC last year. Hernandez will push the pile.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – Never mind the chatter of him not being a QB at this level. Jackson is talented but is in need of polish. The Bills desperately need a QB and rumors have flown around that they are trying to trade up to land their guy. If there is no trade Jackson should be the pick. He has the potential to be a dynamic player at the next level.

 

  1. New England Patriots – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville – There is a hole at corner and it is hard to imagine Bill Belichick drafting a QB here to sit behind Tom Brady. Alexander has the talent to step in and start from Day 1 and make an impact with his playmaking ability. He lacks ideal size but he has a nose for the ball.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers – D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland – Cam Newton needs a weapon on the outside and Moore is the best receiver on the board. He isn’t the most dynamic receiver but he does a lot of stuff really well and should emerge as a capable target for Newton and open up the offense a little.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU – Sutton could be the young, athletic playmaker the Titans need on the outside to finally see if Marcus Mariota can take this offense into another gear. They can really use an edge rusher but taking one now might be a reach and WR is a need for this team.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama – Dontari Poe is gone and the Falcons have a need for a run stuffer up the middle. Payne falls to the Falcons here and it’s too good to pass up. He will be able to step in right away and have an immediate impact.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina – He might be old, he will be 25 after trying his hand at baseball, but he is extremely athletic and plays hard every down. He has the speed and size to become a force at the position but needs polish. Age isn’t a problem for the Saints who are looking to fill holes to win now and Hurst could have an immediate impact, especially with Drew Brees throwing him the ball.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma – This might be a reach given his size of 6’1” and 242 lbs. but Okoronkwo has a great motor and tends to play beyond his size. Something about him screams Steelers and something about this pick here screams that he will play big in their defense off the edge.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Connor Williams, OT, Texas – Williams is one of the best offensive tackles in this draft. However, he might need a little seasoning at the pro level but should be able to start right away. The Jags would love for a WR to fall to them and that is a real possibility but Williams is the pick here.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia – The Vikings could use a little help on the offensive front at both guard and tackle. Wynn has the ability to be an outstanding guard in the NFL and could even develop into an All Pro. That potential gives him the nod over a tackle like Kolton Miller who is a possibility here if Wynn is off the board.

 

  1. New England Patriots – Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA – Miller might not have an immediate impact but he has loads of potential and the Patriots have a need on the offensive line. The Patriots could also use this spot to add a RB or even a QB to groom as Brady’s replacement but Miller could be a star at left tackle in this League.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa – The Eagles don’t have many holes but with Patrick Robinson gone they could refortify their secondary with Jackson who could be a shut down corner for the Eagles in a couple of years.

The 2018 New York Yankees Will Be Just Fine

Yankee Stadium

While its true the 2018 New York Yankees, who sit at 6-6 in the AL East, have started out the season somewhat overwhelmingly. In the end the New York Yankees will be just fine. Here are three reasons why Yankee fans should not worry about where the Yankees stand in the standings as of April 13th. First off, there are 149 games remaining, secondly, the Yankees offense, and third the Yankees bullpen.

With the Yankees sitting at 6-6 there seems to be quite a few fans on social media asking if Aaron Boone is the right man for the job or it this will end up a disaster hiring akin to the Giants hiring a head coach in Ben McAdoo with no experience.  This sounds oddly familiar to what Yankees fans said in 2008 when they hired Joe Girardi after only one season managing with the Miami Marlins. In the end, the New York Yankees won the World Series a year later in 2009 with Joe Girardi at the helm, he also did not have a losing season during the Yankees rebuild while attempting to compete mantra. Aaron Boone may be a first time manager but its pretty clear that Brian Cashman and the Yankees were blown away by his interview with them and his baseball acumen otherwise they would have never hired Boone coming off a season where they came one win shy of the World Series. Aaron Boone is still learning what its like to be a manager, but he has 149 games to go so there’s really no reason to panic about the Yankees record.

The second reason Yankee fans should not worry about the Yankees is their offensive firepower, through 12 games into the season, the Yankees are not getting much production at all from last years MVP Giancarlo Stanton or 2016 runner up Rookie of the year Gary Sanchez, they are missing 1st baseman Greg Bird whom the Yankees believe will be back in May, they have missed Aaron Hicks, as a matter of fact, I believe the Yankees have only had their expected 2018 lineup only 2 games so far in this early season. If you have followed the career of Giancarlo Stanton, you would know that as the weather warms up so does Stanton, the same can be said about Gary Sanchez as both of them seem to be coming out of their slumps to start the season with their last 2 performances in Fenway Park against the Red Sox.  While its true the Yankees have been and probably will continue to be hit with injuries, the Yankees have a valued farm system that includes the likes of Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and others who in the near future will probably both be seeing time. The good news for the Yankees offense, is so far a sophomore slump for Aaron Judge couldn’t be further from the truth. The Yankees sit 6-6 and a lot of that is due to their offense that hasn’t even been fully healthy this season.

The final reason is the bullpen, last year the Yankees bullpen did blow 21 games from May through July, from Adam Warren all the way to Aroldis Chapman. The 2018 Yankees bullpen has already blown 5 games this season and have been hammered at times by opposing players, but again this is April, slumps will happen, a bullpen that consists of Chapman, Robertson, Green, Betances, Warren among others is simply too good to continue to be this bad for much longer. One bright spot in the pen so far has been Yankee farmhand Domingo German who has excelled through ST and even in his appearances in the Bronx, he might be the next to join the pen full time, tho I believe the Yankees and Brian Cashman would rather allow German to develop more into a starting pitcher. The 2018 Yankees bullpen was expected to be possibly one of the best bullpens ever assembled and so far through 12 games that has not been the case, but the careers of these guys tell you that a 12 game sample size is far too short to believe that this will not turn around.

The Yankees might not go further than they did last year when they made Game 7 of the ALCS, and truthfully the only way to do that would be to make the World Series, but their imposing lineup will warm up as the weather does, the bullpen will right itself, and General manager Brian Cashman has all kinds of assets and money should he need to make more moves to help out first year manager Aaron Boone.

 

Belhaven Scottish Ale Review

Bellhaven Ale

Belhaven Scottish Ale advertises itself as “Rich, Nutty, and Smooth” on the bottle. It also states that it is brewed with “100 percent Optic and Crystal barley malts for a nutty, biscuit character, balanced with a subtle spiciness from Challenger and Goldings hops for an all-around satisfying beer.”

The bottle is what drew me to this particular brand. The bottle itself screams Scotland and the Scots know how to drink so this must be a good beer. At least that is what I thought when I was in the store looking for something to drink.

It has an interesting aroma when first poured that hints at some nuttiness and a little spice. It isn’t overpowering but just enough to tantalize your taste buds through the olfactory senses. The deep amber color looks like it would promise an intense flavor but that isn’t what you get on first sip.

The bubbles are subtle and it is a very smooth beer. It does give you the nuttiness and has a spicy undertone that doesn’t overwhelm or overpower. The beer is smooth, almost creamy, and has a unique flavor profile but could use a little more on the bubble side to enhance the flavors. Still, this is a smooth beer that has some weight to it.

I don’t know if I could drink this beer all night. However, it is a nice beer that would go great with some winter comfort foods like meatloaf, beef stew, pot roast, or a roasted chicken. I don’t think this would pair well with many summer foods from the grill though it would go well with a gourmet-type burger.

Belhaven has produced a nice ale that will go down smooth and offer you comfort, especially on a cold winter night. If you are looking for a hoppy beer this isn’t for you. Honestly, the subtleness of the flavors is what really makes this a good beer in my book. It is distinctive, refined, and yet comforting like a favorite sweater.