Hurst was the top tight end on many draft boards, but he comes with a host of yellow flags.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who relinquished control of the team earlier this decade while battling Alzheimer’s disease, reportedly is in failing health. Woody Paige of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Bowlen’s physical condition is declining dramatically. Bowlen, who bought the team in 1984, placed the team into trust upon stepping down. The trustees eventually will decide whether any of Bowlen’s seven children are suited to take over the team. The two-time Super Bowl champion and key figure in the NFL’s ongoing growth (especially in broadcasting), Bowlen is under consideration for one of the two finalists spots that will be given to contributors for 2019.
He turns 25 before the start of the season, possesses minimal seam-stretching big-play ability and blocks like someone whose first choice was a non-contact sport. He projects as a Trey Burton type, and while Burton is a useful contributor and swell guy, he’s a) only two years older than Hurst but is an established NFL veteran; and b) the type of player good teams develop out of late-round or undrafted talent.
We’ll give the Ravens bonuses on their grade for trading down twice and for not just drafting another defensive tackle. They’ll need all the extra credit they can get.
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New Giants general manager Dave Gettleman made two things clear in his recent predraft presser, per the team’s media department: He knows that he must take a player with amazing potential with the second overall pick, and he believes that the right running back can make his entire offense鈥攊ncluding an offensive line that has taken more than its share of hits over the last few seasons鈥攂etter.
In that mindset, Gettleman has no trouble with the idea of taking a back like Saquon Barkley this high, Blaine Gabbert Jersey calling the Penn State alum an obvious talent.
I think that the devaluing of the running back is really a myth, he continued. If you have a great running back, he immediately makes your quarterback better, your offensive line better and your passing game. So, I don’t believe in it. It’s how you evaluate the players, how we value them, how we rate them and then you go on from there.
Gettleman already got his requisite hog molly (what he calls offensive linemen) when the Giants signed former Patriots tackle Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million deal with $35 million guaranteed. It’s not hard to read the tea leaves here.
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