Trey Flowers, DL, Detroit Lions

The only premier pass-rusher in his prime to hit the market this year was former New England Patriot Trey Flowers. The versatile defender landed with the Detroit Lions, who received only 21 sacks from their defensive linemen in 2018.kids nfl football jerseys

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Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets

Choosing the most significant upgrade for the New York Jets wasn’t easy. C.J. Mosley is a significantly better run defender and more consistent presence than Darron Lee. Kelechi Osemele, in a gap scheme, puts Jonotthan Harrison back at center.cheap nike nfl kids jerseyshi-res-7840110ee2c260da99969170fee9c50d_crop_exact

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The transcendent back replaces Isaiah Crowell, who is serviceable but has mediocre upside on any given week. A defense that keyed in on Crowell could slow his effectiveness and bog down the Jets offense.

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Colgate Raiders

Record: 24-10, 13-5 in Patriot League

How They Got Here: Colgate and Bucknell were seemingly replica nfl jerseys china on a collision course for the Patriot League automatic bid all year, and as expected they met up in the conference tournament championship game. After splitting the regular season, Colgate punched their ticket with a convincing 94-80 victory over the Bison to win the title.

Reason to Believe: The Raiders haven’t lost since Feb. 2 and their 11-game winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation behind only Wofford (20), New Mexico State (17), UC Irvine (14) and VCU (12). Junior forward Rapolas Ivanauskas (16.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG) won Patriot League POY and he’s one of three players who averaged in double figures for an offense that sits at a respectable 60th in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency.replica nfl jerseys wholesale

Reason to Worry: Syracuse is the only tournament-bound team the Raiders have faced this season and the Orange blew them out by 21 points. They also lost by 11 to Penn State and by 10 to South Florida—their only other games against top 100 NET teams. All told, the Patriots went 0-4 in Quad 1 and Quad 2 games, while tallying three Quad 4 losses. And while their offense has graded out well, their defense ranks outside KenPom’s top 200, which will pose a replica nfl jersey serious problem against an upper-echelon team.

March Madness Ceiling: The Patriot League has pulled off some notable upsets over the years, most recently when No. 15 Lehigh beat No. 2 Duke in the 2012 tournament. That team had a future NBA player in C.J. McCollum, though. This Raiders squad will likely be one-and-done.nfl replica jerseys wholesale

North Dakota State Bison

Record: 18-15, 9-7 in Summit

How They Got Here: The door swung wide-open in the Summit League when Mike Daum and South Dakota State lost to Western Illinois in the first game of the conference tournament. The Bison seized that opportunity, wrapping up the automatic bid with a 73-63 victory nfl youth jersey over No. 2 seed Omaha in the championship game.

Reason to Believe: This Bison are not afraid to let it rip from beyond the arc. They’ve attempted 861 threes on the season—28th in the nation—and hit at a respectable 36.6 percent clip. Their rotation goes nine deep, which should help them keep fresh against a more athletic opponent. On top of all that, they’re as battle-tested as any small school in the nation, with games against NET top 50 teams in Gonzaga, Iowa State and New Mexico State on their non-conference schedule.nfl replica jerseys cheap

Reason to Worry: The experience gained in those high-profile games is nice, but it also bears mentioning that they lost all three by a combined 81 points. A home victory against sub-150 UC Santa Barbara is their best win, and they have a total of nine Quad 3 and Quad 4 losses.replica nfl jerseys

March Madness Ceiling: The Bison pulled off an upset of No. nfl replica jerseys 5 Oklahoma in the 2014 tournament. This year’s group isn’t nearly as talented as that No. 12 seed was, though. A steep uphill battle awaits.

LB Reggie Ragland, Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs acquired Reggie Ragland 10 days before the start of the 2017 season. The linebacker became a full-time starter by Week 8, but he managed only 44 total tackles.

A full year with the same franchise will significantly help Ragland, especially since he missed his entire rookie campaign after suffering a torn ACL during training camp.

“I’m very comfortable now,” the 2016 second-round pick said,cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping  per the Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff. “As far as the defense is concerned, I’m more comfortable now.”

The Chiefs jettisoned all-time leading tackler Derrick Johnson this offseason, which created an opportunity for Ragland to become an every-down option. The 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year was considered a two-down run defender coming into the league nfl cheap jerseys nike . Next to Anthony Hitchens, he will now attempt to show his skill set exceeds previous expectations.

“I feel like I am underrated as a cover guy, but as a three-down guy, nfl nike jerseys for cheap you want to be the main guy out there calling everything, and you want to get the guys lined up,” Ragland said.

Right now, the third-year veteran isn’t only a starting inside linebacker; he’s also a nickel backer unless he proves he can’t handle coverage responsibilities.

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U.S. Team

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College players with a first base-only profile often wind up slipping on draft day, and that was the case with Alonso, who went No. 64 overall to the Mets in 2016.

He’s continued to rake since beginning his pro career, though, posting a 1.012 OPS with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 65 games at Double-A this season to earn an early promotion to Triple-A.

He’s scuffled since moving up with a .171/.330/.368 line in 21 games, but his hit tool and power give him a chance to be an everyday first baseman at the highest level.

Dominic Smith will likely get the rest of the season to prove himself since the Mets have already fallen out of contention, and he has a top prospect pedigree. But if he continues to struggle, Alonso could be the guy in 2019 and beyond.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

ETA: 2019, second half

3B Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles (BA Prospect Rank: 63)

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With that in mind, the O’s could opt to move Tim Beckham back to shortstop next season to open up the everyday third base job for Mountcastle.

While the 21-year-old didn’t have the arm for shortstop, he might be able to hit enough to make it at the hot corner if his .316/.366/.509 line so far this season at Double-A is any indication.

He’s the one position-player prospect in the Baltimore system who looks like a potential everyday player, and he should have little left to prove in the minors by the time the season is over.

ETA: 2019, first half

World Team

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Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley are always the first two prospects mentioned when it comes to the Houston system, but Alvarez has quickly emerged as a third elite-level prospect.

With a strong 6’5″, 225-pound frame, it’s easy to dream on his middle-of-the-order potential, and he’s already putting up strong numbers in the upper levels of the minors.

The 21-year-old hit .325/.389/.615 with 13 doubles, 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 43 games at Double-A to earn a promotion to Triple-A, and he could join the aforementioned Tucker in Houston before the season is over.

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ETA: September

Lakers Rumors: LA Has Re-Engaged Spurs in Kawhi Leonard Trade Talks

The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready to give up in their pursuit of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne reported early Wednesday that Los Angeles is making a push to trade for Leonard before Friday, when LeBron James has to decide whether to accept his $35.6 million player option or become a free agent. On Wednesday night, Shelburne reported the Lakers “re-engaged the Spurs Wednesday in aggressively pursuing” Leonard.

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Per Shelburne, Windhorst and Wojnarowski, the Lakers are exploring the market for an additional first-round pick they can include in a package. Also, the team has yet to sign No. 25 overall pick Mo Wagner to a contract, as league rules would not allow him to be traded for the first 30 days after he does sign his rookie-scale deal.

Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania reported earlier this month that Leonard wants out of San Antonio because of the “mistrust” that formed from the way the organization handled his quad injury this past season. He was limited to only nine regular-season games in 2017-18 and sat out of the playoffs.discount jerseys nfl

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The Lakers are viewed as one of the favorites to land James should he elect to become a free agent. However, the four-time NBA MVP may not be willing to make the move to Tinseltown alone. ESPN reported Wednesday that Paul George is no longer viewed as a lock to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, which means the Lakers may not be able to wait until next summer for Leonard—who can opt out of his contract in 2019—to convince James to sign with them.

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said Tuesday that he would step down if the Lakers don’t acquire a top free agent within the next two summers, per Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus. A trade for a star would also suffice.cheap discount nfl jerseys

It’s unclear whether San Antonio would indeed trade the two-time All-Star to Los Angeles. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, San Antonio does not want to trade Leonard within the Western Conference. However, if the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year makes it clear he won’t sign a long-term deal with any other team, the return package would likely be limited, which means the Lakers may be able to put the best offer on the table.kids nfl jerseys cheap

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have an easier path than the Rockets or Spurs. They can either trade or waive and “stretch” Jerryd Bayless to have nearly enough cap room to hand James a max contract in free agency.

Bayless, owed only $8.6 million for next season, has a far less onerous contract than Deng and Anderson. If the Sixers clear his salary entirely, they’d have the room for James but might need to clear others like Furkan Korkmaz, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and/or Justin Anderson to keep others like T.J. McConnell.

Stretching Bayless would require dumping a number of the aforementioned players since he would earn $2.9 million from Philadelphia over the next three seasons.

The bigger challenge would be finding a way to keep JJ Redick. If he wants to stay, he might be looking at a paycut from $23 million to the Sixers’ $4.4 million exception.

Bigger picture, the 76ers can offer James a home in the East, far away from the rival Golden State Warriors. That could be a significant deciding factor.

Boston Celtics

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The Celtics are already one of the best teams in the East. With James, they’d be a true powerhouse.

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Would Gordon Hayward for James make sense for both organizations? Would it make sense for James?

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Family could keep James right where he is in Cleveland. If so, the Cavaliers would need to bolster their roster to give James more support.

Unsigned or opted into the final year of his deal, James would take up roughly $35 million of Cleveland’s cap space. The Cavs would have to offload an unrealistic amount of salary to have any spending power.

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How about a do-over, sending Love back to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins?

Cleveland will draft eighth overall on June 21. Perhaps a young player can change the complexion of the franchise, like Jayson Tatum with the Celtics.

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Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith, Linebacker

Over the last three seasons, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers both ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in passing plays. The Minnesota Vikings just signed Kirk Cousins to go with receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. This is to say: The Chicago Bears are going to need to be able to stop the pass.

In the pass-heavy NFC North, one Minnesota has been able to do is use double-A-gap pressure from linebackers to influence a quarterback to throw to his hot route, just for one of those linebackers to make the tackle after bailing nfl china jersey out from a blitz look. That can work if you have an all-world athlete like Anthony Barr or Eric Kendricks.

Chicago found its super athletic linebacker in Roquan Smith, a first-round pick out of Georgia who ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the combine. While linebacker may not be a valued position in today’s NFL, an athletic linebacker like Smith will go a long way in a division like the NFC North.

William Jackson spent his entire rookie season in 2016 on the injured reserve list, but he quickly made up for missed time with an elite 2017 season. The first-round pick out of Houston was able to register 697 snaps, the seventh-most among Cincinnati defenders.

Per Pro Football Focus, Jackson is 42nd-ranked NFL player going into 2018. Bleacher Report’s NFL 1000 puts him as the No. 11 cornerback, just one spot behind Kyle Fuller, who signed a four-year, $56 million contract with an $18 million signing bonus this offseason.nfl women jersey

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Any quarterback taken first overall in the draft is expected to be the face of his franchise. No matter if Baker Mayfield or Tyrod Taylor starts the 2018 season, Mayfield is the future of the team.

Mayfield broke the FBS’ passing efficiency record with a 196.39 season in 2016, just to break it again a year later with a 198.90 effort in 2017. The Power Five’s other top seasons ever in passing efficiency were posted by Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Marcus Mariota.nfl china jerseys nike

Collectively, those five quarterbacks had rookie seasons with a 6.29 ANY/A, in the ballpark of what Kirk Cousins posted last year. At the same time, all other rookie passers since 2011 have combined for an ANY/A of 4.89, a number close to Brian Hoyer and Joe Flacco’s 2017 seasons.nfl teams jerseys  That is to say, if you’re as efficient as Mayfield, Wilson, Girffin, Winston, Newton or Mariota in a major college football conference, you’re likely to be significantly more efficient than your peers as a rookie.cheap women nfl jerseys

Hopes are high in Cleveland.

LB Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills

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Preston Brown started 62 games at linebacker over the last four years but signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason, leaving a vacant spot for the rookie in the middle. Cornerback Tre’Davious White, an impact first-year starter in 2017, raved about Edmunds on Good Morning Football (h/t Dominic LoVallo of the team’s official website):

“This is an alpha-male here. The guy goes sideline to sideline, he’s a 4.4 guy. He has tremendous range, athleticism and his knowledge of the game is next to none. I feel like by training camp, he’s going to be probably one of the best young linebackers in this league. This guy, since the first day he got here, he’s commanded the huddle on the defensive side of the ball. And you can tell by OTAs and the offseason that he’s been getting tremendously comfortable in the playbook.”

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Based on White’s assessment, Edmunds has already shown traits coaches want in their quarterback of the defense, which include leadership skills and a strong understanding of schemes. McDermott may utilize Edmunds to strengthen the pass rush if Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes struggle to apply pressure up front.

The Detroit Lions didn’t make a fantasy football-friendly pick at No. 20. However, offensive lineman Frank Ragnow should help balance the team’s offensive attack.buy nfl jerseys in bulk

The front office signed nfl jersey online running back LeGarrette Blount and drafted ball-carrier Kerryon Johnson in the second round, which shows a concerted effort to elevate the ground game.

The Lions backfield may not yield a clear-cut workhorse, but Ragnow, who will play guard or center, will have to clear lanes either way.

Detroit finished 28th or worse in rushing yards in each of the past four seasons. The added talent at running back and a fortified interior offensive line could serve as much-needed complements to quarterback Matthew Stafford. For Ragnow, it’s a matter of where he’ll start in Week 1. For now, it looks like that may be left guard.nike nfl womens jerseys