In the short term, the Cowboys need a No. 2 receiver opposite Dez Bryant to help get Dak Prescott back on track. For the long term, Sutton could become the replacement for Bryant as the team’s No. 1 receiver.
Detroit needs to start retooling its defensive line, as age, a lack of versatility and potentially having competition to re-sign Ezekiel Ansah all could be issues this offseason. Hurst is a Michigan man who can bolster the Lions’ run defense and allow them to take high-risk, high-reward pass-rushers later.
After moving down from No. 2 overall and passing on a top quarterback, the Giants can get the draft’s second best running back in Guice, taking some pressure off Eli Manning and finally giving this team a leader in the running game.
Similar to the Browns, there shouldn’t be a consensus on the quarterback the Giants take with the second pick. Rosen has some injury concerns and may be a player who you always wonder about his durability. When Rosen is healthy, though, he’s a classic pocket passer with a quick release and good arm strength and athleticism.
Going with Quenton Nelson with the third pick would be a surprise choice but a logical one because he’s considered by some as the best player in the draft this year. Still, guard isn’t as high of a value in the top five as a pass rusher. Chubb may not be a super athlete for a pass rusher, but he does everything well as a defensive end.
Similar to how Harden has been the best player on the best team in the league this season, DeRozan has been the best player on the best team in the Eastern Conference this season. (At 42-17, the Raptors currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference. They’re 0.5 games ahead of the Celtics and 7.0 games ahead of the Cavaliers.) Even though the advanced stats still don’t favor DeRozan, the changes he’s made to his game and the impact it’s had on the Raptors shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Spoelstra has liked the versatility and effort he has gotten out of backups Kelly Olynyk and rookie Bam Adebayo, which gives him a luxury he did not have last season, when Whiteside could be dazzling one night and frustratingly nonchalant the next. Spoelstra has the ability to push Whiteside by cutting back his minutes.
He has. Whiteside is playing 25.6 minutes per game, which is down from 32.6 last season. His production (14.1 points and 11.7 rebounds) has dropped, too, but on a per-minute basis, he is actually performing better this year.