SDS Mailbag: Ranking the 2021 NFL Draft QBs, early 2021 hoops projections and the best job in college basketball
What a great time to be a sports fan! Men’s and women’s Final Four games start today. Major League Baseball is back. College baseball is in full swing. And, spring football is going on across the country.
And, the weather is getting warmer across most of the country. I can’t wait until I’m able to get out to the ballpark again!
But, before you get outside and enjoy your weekend, I insist you read my Mailbag!
So, without further ado, here are your questions for this week:
Everyone seems to have an opinion on who should be the second QB taken in the draft. Who would you go with?
Trevor Lawrence is a lock to be the No. 1 pick, it seems, so the New York Jets have some intriguing options at No. 2. They might not take a quarterback, though, so we’ll see what happens there. But, it seems safe to say a quarterback will come off the board at No. 3 when the San Francisco 49ers pick.
If I were coach Kyle Shanahan, I wouldn’t overthink things. Justin Fields is the guy. After seeing him at his Pro Day, I’m even more convinced. No, he didn’t have the best game against Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game, but he was dealing with an injury suffered against Clemson.
I’m taking Fields as the second QB off the board, no questions asked. Then, here’s how I’d rank the other quarterbacks:
- Zach Wilson
- Mac Jones
- Trey Lance
- Kyle Trask
- Kellen Mond
Sure, I might be wrong, but no one knows for sure how these quarterbacks will fare in the pro ranks. If we did, the draft wouldn’t be such a crapshoot every year.
Early prediction to win the SEC men’s basketball regular-season title next season?
It’s still really early for that, as there will be a ton of new faces coming into the SEC as transfers. But, Kentucky has Oscar Tshiebwe coming in from West Virginia and Kellan Grady coming in from Davidson. That’s a good start. If the Wildcats also land Justin Powell, that’s going to be a formidable lineup.
But, Alabama and Arkansas aren’t going anywhere, either. Alabama could get Jaden Shackelford, Jahvon Quinerly, Josh Primo and Keon Ellis back. That would be a solid group to build around with 5-star freshman JD Davison and others.
Arkansas has Devo Davis, and potentially guys like JD Notae coming back. Auburn figures to be better.
If I had to pick a way-too-early champion now, I’d go with Alabama again. But, 1 thing is sure — the SEC is getting much more competitive. It’s going to be another fun season.
I’ve seen lots of people calling the North Carolina job the best in college basketball. Do you agree with that?
It’s definitely up there. I mean, Michael Jordan went to North Carolina, after all! That makes it an elite gig in my book. Plus, the Tar Heels have 6 national championships to their name and those titles are spread over 5 different decades.
The past couple of years under Roy Williams haven’t been the greatest, but this is a program that can bounce back quickly. I’d say the Tar Heels are a top-3 job opening. I’d probably give the “best job in college basketball” title to Kentucky. Eight national championships, stability at leadership positions, a ravenous fan base. That’s what makes the Kentucky job elite.
UCLA is up there, too, but like Indiana, most of its titles came under 1 legendary coach. Indiana and UCLA aren’t viewed the same way these days (despite the Bruins being in the Final Four right now).
Now that baseball is back, who’s your pick to win the World Series?
The Yankees and Dodgers are favorites to meet in the World Series, but that’s boring. Those 2 teams are traditional powerhouses — the bluebloods of baseball, if you will. I want some new blood in the World Series.
So, I’ll predict at White Sox-Padres World Series, with the Padres winning in 7. I know my friend Robert will like my White Sox to the World Series prediction, though I’m not sure he’ll appreciate me picking them to lose in 7.
But, both the Sox and Padres are fun, young teams. Fernando Tatis Jr. is a superstar, and I’m a big fan of what the White Sox have built. I’ll be keeping my eyes on both of those teams this year.
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