NFL Draft: Are any there any elite WRs?


NFL Draft: Are any there any elite WRs?

Justin Blackmon? Michael Floyd? Kendall Wright? Best receiver in the draft? Or does that really even matter?

Where players rank in evaluators minds will affect where theyre drafted. But the best player in any given draft class is not automatically ticketed for elite status in the NFL or anything close to that.

Its one thing to put these guys in line with the draft, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Tuesday. But what are they compared to guys in the NFL? Where do we think hes going to be two, three years down the road?

Is he going to be an A.J. Green, or an Andre Johnson, a Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson? I think the answer is no.

The key then is comparing a Blackmon not to other receivers in the draft, but whether he is going to give the same impact as a player at a different position who could be selected there.

So the Cleveland Browns at No. 4, for example, have a decision to make: Blackmon, the best receiver in the draft, or the top running back in the draft. And for McShay, its not a difficult call.

You have to make a decision of Blackmon vs. Trent Richardson and what he could provide. I think hes the best back to come out since Adrian Peterson...

Ive heard some people say they would take Floyd over Blackmon. I dont agree. I think Floyd shows a little more stiffness and while he makes some great catches, there are some drops on tape, so I dont think hes better than Blackmon that facet of the game.

Kendall Wright could drop a little but I still think he goes in the first round... Hes not a natural pass catcher and theres some questions why he ran those times (4.6 sec.) at the Combine.

Bulls Road Ahead: Trying to get back to .500 yet again

Bulls Road Ahead: Trying to get back to .500 yet again

Mark Schanowski and Mark Strotman break down what the Bulls need to do to get back on track on this edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

A stellar win over the Grizzlies on Sunday has all but been forgotten, as the Bulls lost to the Mavericks on Tuesday. Now back under .500 for the fourth time this season, the Bulls will have to regroup as they prepare for a back-to-back against the Hawks and Kings.

See what else they had to say in this week's Bulls Road Ahead.

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

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Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.