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"The Stack" 5-2-16

Klay Thompson had 37 points as the Golden State Warriors took game one of their series with the Portland Trailblazers 118-106. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Klay Thompson had 37 points as the Golden State Warriors took game one of their series with the Portland Trailblazers 118-106.
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DeMar DeRozan and his daughter share a moment after the Toronto Raptors won their first playoff series since 2001, thanks to an 89-84 win over the Indiana Pacers in game 7.
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What a crazy and wild NFL Draft we saw over the weekend.  That has to be one of the biggest story-filled drafts ever.  The Stack is here with reaction to day 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft and more so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, May 2nd:

 

2016 NFL Draft recap

 

The 2016 NFL Draft is officially in the books and behind us.  We already talked about the first round, but there were a number of intriguing storylines to watch for on Friday and Saturday and a number things happened that we were not expecting…

 

  • Two of if not the most talented players in the draft slid out of the first round due to injury concerns.  They of course were UCLA linebacker Myles Jack and Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith.  They both came off the board quickly on Friday.  The Dallas Cowboys took Smith with the 34th overall pick and then two picks later the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to take Jack.  Smith figures to be a year away from contributing due to his ACL injury, but Jack can make an impact right away this year.  Slightly risky pick for the Cowboys, but the upside to both of these picks was too much to pass up.

  • There were a lot of really good players taken in the second and third rounds that had first round talent like inside linebacker Reggie Ragland from Alabama who went to Buffalo, the Alabama defensive tackles and a number of other players.

  • Perhaps the most intriguing pick on day two was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trading up to draft Florida State kicker Robert Aguayo 59th overall.  Aguayo is the most accurate kicker in college football history.  He’s local.  It’s a good pick for the Bucs, but giving up picks for him seems like a bit of a stretch. 

  • On Saturday, day three of the draft the two best storylines of the day and two of the best of the draft both took place in the sixth round when wide receiver Moritz Boehringer from Germany was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and then two picks later Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.  Regarding Boehringer, he becomes the first player drafted straight out of Germany or even Europe for that matter without playing at college.  He put on a show at his pro day and was dominant in the German Football League to what extent that matters.  The NFL Network had him on set before he was drafted and his story is so cool how he first got into football watching an Adrian Peterson highlight reel on YouTube and now he is on his favorite team the Vikings.  NFL Network’s Mike Mayock made a plea to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Vikings GM Rick Spielman to draft the kid.  In fact Zimmer called Mayock directly moments after Mayock made the plea.  To get drafted then some thirty minutes later was just too cool.  What an amazing story.  As for Reynolds, he won’t have to travel far to get to work with the Ravens.  He may be the best quarterback ever to play at the Naval Academy.  Hopefully he will get to play, but if he has to tour with the Navy first, then so be it.  He will serve on country with honor.  Hope nothing but great things for this young man.

  • The Cleveland Browns drafted five wide receivers….five!  They had fourteen picks overall.  They’re set up well in next year’s draft as well.  Could be a bit of a long haul getting this team to be successful, but the best way to do it is through the draft and the Browns have a bevy of young talent on the roster.

 

In terms of winners and losers, it’s so difficult to determine who the winners of the draft were, because we haven’t seen these guys on the field.  Often times the teams we deem to have the best draft right after the draft ends often had the worst once we see the players on the field for three or four years later.  They may even be on a different team at that point or out of the league.  Having said that, Jacksonville really stole the show with getting Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack to bolster that defense.  They overall had a magnificent draft.  The Detroit Lions really added depth to their offensive and defensive lines, an area of need going into the draft.  I like the Minnesota Vikings draft for obvious reasons, but they weren’t one of the best.  Dallas could have really hit the nail on the head with Ezekiel Elliott and if it pans out Jalon Smith.  Tennessee had a really solid draft.  Houston added some weapons and Indianapolis helped build up their offensive line.  The AFC South is going to be fascinating to watch this year.  Going to be a very good and competitive division for years to come.  It was a fascinating, compelling draft this year.  

 

NBA’s second round finally set

 

The San Antonio Spurs had a lot of people raising their eyebrows after their inhalation of the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night.  What did they win by, 37?  That was the first game of the second round of the NBA playoffs and the rest of the series between the two teams won’t be quite that bad…we think.  Golden State took care of business in game 1 of their series with the Portland Trailblazers 118-106 thanks to 37 points from Klay Thompson.  Remember, Steph Curry isn’t playing yet in this series though he said he hopes to be ready for game three.  That seems like a bit of a stretch.

 

The eastern conference finally wrapped up their series on Sunday.  The Charlotte Hornets should have just taken care of business at home Friday night, because they were embarrassed by the Miami Heat on Sunday losing 106-73.  The Heat mean business and now get to take on the Toronto Raptors who narrowly beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 only because the officials seemed to miss a shoving foul on DeMar DeRozan that would have put Indiana at the foul line which could have cut the Raptors lead to one with 16 seconds left.  The Raptors let the Pacers back into things thanks to scoring only eleven points in the fourth quarter.  They still won the game though and it is the team’s first playoff series win since 2001.  Should be a good series with the Heat.  Here’s tonight’s NBA Playoff schedule:

 

Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7 PM ET TNT

 

Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs 9:30 PM ET TNT (Spurs lead series 1-0)

 

Stanley Cup Playoff update

 

All four series have played two games and all but one of those series is evened up 1-1.  The only series that is not is the Nashville Predators-San Jose Sharks series.  The Sharks seem to have found their mojo at home.  They’ve scored eight goals in the first two games and won game two 3-2.  Pekka Rinne needs to find his groove back in net for the Predators.

 

It was a good game Sunday afternoon between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues.  The Blues had a 3-1 lead headed into the third period only to see the Stars come back to tie and force overtime.  The Blues would win in the extra frame though sending Dallas to 0-2 in overtime games this playoff season.  This series will go six I feel with the Blues winning it.  Washington Capitals fans are nervous after the Pittsburgh Penguins won game two 2-1 on Saturday.  Both teams are really good, but the Capitals have been the best team in the NHL all season long.  Think they still find a way to win this series.  And they New York Islanders caught the Tampa Bay Lightning off guard in game one on Wednesday night with a 5-3 win so the Lightning played desperate on Saturday and beat the pants off the Islanders 5-1.  Here is tonight’s playoff schedule:

 

Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins 8 PM ET NBCSN (Series tied 1-1)

 

Coming up Tuesday: Playoff reaction plus other headlines from the world of sports.


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