Who should select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft? Pretty much every team that needs a running back and has a first-round pick.
Barkley, the top prospect at the position in this class, is the most talented all-around back to enter the league since Ezekiel Elliott went No. 4 overall to the Cowboys two years ago. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, too.
Losing Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk to Tommy John surgery might have already dented hopes that Oakland’s young rotation could surprise people this year, but at least Sean Manaea is turning heads. In his first two starts, the lefty allowed just nine baserunners in 15鈪?IP, with an 11-1 ratio of strikeouts to walks. — Kahrl
Matt Davidson stole the show on Opening Day, becoming just the fourth player in MLB history to hit three homers in a season opener. He has slowed down a bit from that 486-homer pace, but the 27-year-old has still been swinging the bat well. Though the White Sox will gladly take the home runs, his improved plate discipline over the first week is an encouraging sign for a player who struck out 165 times and drew just 19 walks last season. — Casella
The Patriots’ Bill Belichick, 65, continues to succeed despite ruling with an iron fist. The oldest coach in the league, Seattle’s 66-year-old Pete Carroll, actually prefers working with younger players than crusty veterans. He and his staff emphasize a streamlined approach and simplistic mission statement to better equip young players while encouraging聽healthy dialogue to cultivate a feeling of ownership.
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Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: Had he not been born in 1943, Joe Namath might have been a聽Millennial right out of central casting. So don’t expect GM Mike Maccagnan to flinch at taking Rosen 鈥?there’s probably no rookie QB better equipped to step right into Gang Green’s lineup 鈥?no matter how much Jamie Benn Womens Jersey former Bruins coach Jim Mora elaborates/equivocates about him.