In 2006 the Houston Texan shocked the world by selecting Mario Williams over the likes of Reggie Bush and Vince Young. Reggie Bush has had a nice career as did Williams. Vince Young was an amazing college quarterback, but his game just didn’t translate at the pro level.
This year the Texans again have the first pick in the NFL Draft. They could choose quarterback Blake Bortles, offensive lineman Greg Robinson or the speedy Sammy Watkins. I think they would be best served going with defensive lineman in this draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina.
Williams is 6’6″ and 292 pounds. Clowney is 6’5″ and 266 pounds. Clowney has impressive speed and athleticism. Williams has 76.5 sacks in eight season, including four double-digit sack seasons. Playing opposite of J.J. Watt could lead to even impressive numbers for Clowney.
It would be different if a talent like Andrew Luck was available. Unfortunately for the Texans, Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater aren’t surefire prospects. This is a quarterback driven league. If you can’t have a top passer, go after the talent to try to slow the elite ones down. Having Watt and Clowney as bookends would be a great start.
Eric Stults, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Stults faces the Rockies at home. Last year he was 6-4 at home with a 3.06 ERA. He was 2-0 against the Rockies with a 3.05 ERA, including 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA at PETCO.
Season Totals: 2-4, 60.2 IP, 52 Ks, 4.30 ERA (29 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (59 hits, 25 walks)
Fantasy football season is still a ways off. With the NFL Draft being pushed back, for some it feels like the wait for football season has been extended. Of course, after the draft it will seem like the offseason sped up. My feelings are still undecided on the change. Still, there is plenty of things to do while you wait.
Play fantasy baseball. If you haven’t joined a league, perhaps you can find enough buddies to go in with you. Baseball is a LONG season so missing a few weeks could be nice for the casual fan. Alternatively, there are plenty of daily fantasy baseball leagues you can choose from.
Get in on the action of the Kentucky Derby and other races. This is fun because you can do a little prep work to give you a better feel for the horses. There is great buildup and the fast pace of the race is intense. If you happen to win some coin, even better.
Check out golf or NASCAR. If baseball isn’t your thing, there are fantasy leagues for golf and NASCAR. Heck, there are even fantasy fishing leagues. That or you could actually go fishing or golfing. There isn’t many more relaxing things than spending some time on a lake on a beautiful summer day.
If you have kids you need not worry about making the time pass. They keep you busy with all of their activities. Plan a family vacation. Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. We visited it last summer and I highly recommend it.
Become a grill master. Summer is all about cooking over an open flame. Make your whole neighborhood jealous of the way you thrown down on the grill.
Whatever you do, just don’t wish the summer away…even for football. Time goes fast enough. Plus, the winter was so brutal in a lot of the country. Let’s not wish for a return anytime soon.
Here’s a breakdown of the two-start pitchers for the week of April 14th-20th.
Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies: vs. Atlanta Braves, @ Colorado Rockies
Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees: vs. Chicago Cubs, @ Tampa Bay Rays
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: @ Miami Marlins, vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers: vs. Cleveland Indians, vs. Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves: @ Philadelphia Phillies, vs. New York Mets
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates: @ Cincinnati Reds, vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers: vs. St. Louis Cardinals, @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals: @ Houston Astros, vs. Minnesota Twins
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays: @ Baltimore Orioles, vs. New York Yankees
Jake Peavy, Boston Red Sox: @ Chicago White Sox, vs. Baltimore Orioles
Jesse Chavez, Oakland A’s: @ Los Angeles Angels, vs. Houston Astros
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals: @ Miami Marlins, vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Marco Estrada, Milwaukee Brewers: vs. St. Louis Cardinals, @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres: vs. Colorado Rockies, vs. San Francisco Giants
Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays: @ Minnesota Twins, @ Cleveland Indians
Bronson Arroyo, Arizona Diamondbacks: vs. New York Mets, @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Nicasio, Colorado Rockies: @ San Diego Padres, vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals: @ Milwaukee Brewers, @ Washington Nationals
Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles: vs. Tampa Bay Rays, @ Boston Red Sox
Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners, vs. Chicago White Sox
David Hale, Atlanta Braves: @ Philadelphia Phillies, @ New York Mets
Eric Stults, San Diego Padres: vs. Colorado Rockies, vs. San Francisco Giants
Erik Johnson, Chicago White Sox: vs. Boston Red Sox, @ Texas Rangers
Franklin Morales, Colorado Rockies: @ San Diego Padres, vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels: vs. Oakland A’s, @ Detroit Tigers
Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays: @ Baltimore Orioles, vs. New York Yankees
Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers: @ San Francisco Giants, vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Lucas Harrell, Houston Astros: vs. Kansas City Royals, @ Oakland A’s
Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins: vs. Toronto Blue Jays, vs. Kansas City Royals
Roberto Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies: vs. Atlanta Braves, @ Colorado Rockies
Roenis Elias, Seattle Mariners: @ Texas Rangers, @ Miami Marlins
Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals: @ Milwaukee Brewers, @ Washington Nationals
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, @ San Diego Padres
Wandy Rodriguez, Pittsburgh Pirates: @ Cincinnati Reds, vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Zach McAllister, Cleveland Indians: @ Detroit Tigers, vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Zack Wheeler, New York Mets: @ Arizona Diamondbacks, vs. Atlanta Braves