Yes, Kansas is still No. 1. That has not changed.
However, multiple standouts have entered the draft without hiring agents, thereby preserving their eligibility and allowing the option to withdraw by the NCAA’s May 30 deadline and return to their college teams.
The Commission on College Basketball addresses important issues related to the NBA draft, enforcement and grassroots basketball. The problem is, it offers little in the way of clear-cut answers.
Instead of being bold, the Commission on College Basketball’s report was unimaginative. It pointed fingers everywhere but at the NCAA rulebook itself.
Plus, a few programs have bolstered their rosters by adding graduate transfers. Things have changed since we unveiled the first edition of the Way-Too-Early top 25 after the national championship game. Expect even more changes as the May 30 withdrawal deadline approaches.
The Browns saw a great season from receiving back Duke Johnson Jr. and added Carlos Hyde for early downs to replace Isaiah Crowell. So it’s curious for them to go for another power back. With that said, Hyde is hard to trust to stay healthy, and Chubb fits well in Hue Jackson’s running scheme.
Leonard is a speedy, rangy playmaker who likely will start right away either on the weak or strong side for the Colts because of his coverage ability. They need to be stronger against their run-heavy foes in the AFC South.
For whatever reason, the team picked up Dupree’s fifth-year option, making him a likely candidate to start through the 2019 season. Why is Dupree locked in to a starting role for the foreseeable future? Why are Anthony Chickillo and Keion Adams, late-round picks with 5.5 combined NFL sacks, the only competition pushing Dupree? The Steelers should have valued a starting-caliber pass-rusher over a third safety this offseason.
With Elvis Dumervil in free agency, the 49ers’ top returning sack artists are Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner, who posted three sacks apiece last year. Unless Thomas takes a massive step in development this season, his second as an edge defender, the 49ers might be hung out to dry.
Cassius Marsh will likely start opposite the 22-year-old. Marsh, who was traded by the Seahawks in September and waived by the Patriots in November, is on a two-year, $7.7 million contract. That gives us a hint at what the 49ers think of his potential, but his six career sacks make him less than a pass-rusher you can hang your hat on.
San Francisco drafted Kentavius Street, who is overcoming an April ACL tear, in the fourth round. Long-term, Street has the talent to take the job from Marsh, but that won’t help this year. A lot will fall on the shoulders of Thomas.