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THE TIMES, MARCH 8, 2018 PAGE 6 FL draft 2 JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist This past week, NFL hopefuls ascended upon Indi- anapolis, Indiana, to participate in the 2018 scouting combine. The huge collection of college footballs top tal- ent showed off for scouts all week long. Now, with all of the players forty yard dash times, and oth- er football related metrics in the books, it is time to reassess my mock draft. A few weeks ago I predicted the top five picks, as well as the New Orleans Saints first round selection. While I think there is a little shake up at the top, the five players haven't changed a whole lot. I think the Cleve- land Browns actually do the right thing for once, and finally draft a quar- terback with the first pick. The guy I think that they will gQ with is University Of Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold. Darnold looks like the most NFL ready guy in the group, and the overall best quarterback. There should be little hesitation by the Browns here, especially considering that they have another top five pick. But, this is the Cleveland Browns that we are talk- ing about here. With the second pick, the New York Gi- ants simply couldn't pass on the versatile running back out of Penn State, Saquon Barkely. Barkely simply shined at the com- bine, impressing scouts in just about every possibly drill that he participated in. While it is tantalizing to the front office to grab a quarterback here, new Giants coach Pat Shur- D mer wants to win now. 5 Drafting Barkley turns a position of weakness, to one of the team's biggest strengths. If the Giants truly believe Eli has a few good years left, then this is a no brainer. If the Gi- ants have second thoughts about Manning's future, they could draft a quarter- back here. Times Sports Columnist John Dudek lis Colts pick up the guy that I had them getting in my last mock draft. And that would be North Caro- lina State defensive edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Chubb is the draft's best defensive player, and the Colts need help all over that side of the ball. The stud defender did nothing in Indianapolis to change everyone's mind that he is the premier defender this year. The Cleveland Browns are back up on the clock after finally taking a quarterback first overall. Now, they can focus on an- other position of need, but since they are the Browns, they need help in a lot of spots. Since their other top target got scooped up at pick two by the Giants, the Browns trade the pick, for additional picks. The only team with two first round picks is the Buf- falo Bills. The Bills briefly benched Tyrod Taylor, and doesn't look like they have committed to him as their long term answer at quar- terback. If this trade does happen, I would think they would go after Wyo- ming's monster of a quar- terback, Josh Allen. Allen has a rocket launcher for an arm, and is used to playing in lousy weather The Indianapo- The Ponchatoula Trees The ndependenee Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.LC. Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 170 North Seventh Street Internet Edition posted Friday of every week www.ponchatoula.corn/ptimes Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 a Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30 a Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rates -- 24 Hour Telephone Line-- Subscriptions and News Tips 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http :// E-MAIL U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to: P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 Bryan T. McMahon -- Publisher Bryan T. 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Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISNMastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Town of Independence, South Tangipahoa Port Commission, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival MEMBER Louisiana Press Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, 1st Place Best Headline (Brooks O'Connor) Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS Please call for Appointment (985) 386-2877 conditions. Rounding out the top five, the Denver Bron- cos take a chance on the biggest gamble of all of the quarterbacks in this years crop. If you thought I was talking about Oklahoma Sooner Baker Mayfield, you would be right. Fair or not, he has drawn compar- isons to draft bust Johnny Manziel, which is never a good thing. Off of the field, nobody is sure what they are getting with Mayfield. Is he the wild party ani- mal that he was at times in college, or is he ready to lead a professional football team. On the field, there is no denying his talent. Even at a modest six foot tall, he completed seventy percent of his throws, and had only six interceptions last year. This is the most boom or bust pick of the top five. Finally, the New Orleans Saints own the twenty seventh pick of the first round. In the last mock draft I did, I had the Saints picking a tight end. While the position I have them picking is the same, the player isn't. After find- ing out that the Seahawks are letting former Saints tight end Jimmy Graham walk in free agency, the Saints instantly became a possible destination. Even if the Saints get Graham, I think they want to get younger at that spot. Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki impressed a lot of people in In- dianapolis. I actually saw a video of his high school basketball high- lights, and was blown away by his athleti- cism This guy will give defensive coordinators nightmares, especially when paired alongside Graham, and the rest of the explosive Saints of- lense. Tulane Series to Cal-State By JOEL RAY Times Sports Editor The Tulane baseball team lost a three game series to the Col State Fullerton Titans two games to one. The Green Wave lost the first game 9-3 to the Titans who jumped out to a five run first inning lead. By the seventh in- ning Tulane trailed 7-0. In the bottom of the seventh Tulane scored three runs on an RBI double by Sol Gozzo and a pinch-hit two run sin- gle by Grant Mathews to cut the lead to 7-3, but that's as close as the Greenies would get. The Titans added two runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 9-3. The Green Wave lost the second game of the series 9-6. Tulane came from being down 5-2 to score four runs in the eighth inning and take a 6-5 lead going into the ninth. However, Tulane closer Will McAffer was unable to shut down the Titans who scored four runs in the top of the ninth to win the game. The Green Wave sol- record is 6-5. vaged one game of the This weekend the series by winning the Green Wave will host last~ game 9-3. The big the Purdue Boilermak- inning for Tulane was ers for a three game se- the fourth when the ries at Turchin Stadium Greenies scored six runs on the Tulane campus to take a 6-1 lead. From in New Orleans. Game there they went on to times are 6:30 p.m. Fri- coast to victory, day, 2 p.m. Saturday Earlier in the week and 1 p.m. Sunday. the Green Wave won two All Tulane games midweek home games are broadcast live over from the Lamar Cardi- WRBH 88.3 FM. Fans nals. 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