Desmond was one of the steals of last offseason, as, following a career-worst season in a contract year with the Nationals, Texas nabbed the former shortstop late in free agency on a one-year, $8 million deal and moved him to center field. He responded by hitting 22 homers, stealing 21 bases, slashing .285/.335/.446 and playing decent defense for someone new to the position. The Rockies rewarded the 31-year-old by signing to a five year, $70 million contract.
All three players are capable major leaguers, although Choo and Gomez aren’t the upper-echelon players they used to be. Still, the Rangers are well-armed to survive Desmond’s departure and maintain what was one of the best offenses in baseball last season.
The Packers lost TJ Lang in free agency, and GM Ted Thompson’s commitment to ignore free agency as much as possible resulted in another top offensive lineman leaving. Feeney fits the Green Bay prototype well.
Lawson recently said that he doesn’t believe he’ll be available by the second round, and this came after an impressive Pro Day NFL scout representation that included Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers do need pass rushers.
The Browns may have to move up to get Deshaun Watson if he is, in fact, their target. Watson impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine in interviews, and all but assured himself a top-15 pick.
Mahomes has plenty of fans in the NFL, and his awesome arm talent and Matt Stafford/Brett Favre upside should land him a spot in the top-15. Teams such as the Chiefs and Texans may Wholesale NBA Jerseys look to trade up to secure him if the Cardinals/Browns pass.