The Detroit Lions’ Super Bowl is over for 2018, as the NFL Draft was completed last weekend. The Detroit Lions selected a center from Arkansas, Frank Ragnow. I did not have Frank, or a center, on my draft radar! The draft was loaded with centers and preference for Detroit was Ragnow. He was impressive at the combine and has been labeled by scouts as “versatile, big, smart and tough.” I like all four of those comments, to be truthful.
I bet Matt Stafford liked the selection. The No. 2 pick by Detroit was a running back in Kerryon Johnson from Auburn. The jury on Johnson is that he is hurt a lot and does not hit the hole very hard. The positive is that he has some Le’Veon Bell traits as a patient runner. The Lions needed a running back and he is worth the gamble to me. If he turns out to be 75 percent of what Le’Veon Bell is, he will be a popular Lion this season.
Detroit’s third-round pick is a safety from Louisiana-Lafayette named Tracy Walker. I hope the Lions know something the rest of the NFL doesn’t, but I highly doubt it. I’ll take the waitand see approach on this pick. Detroit’s fourth rounder in Da’Shawn Hand, a defensive lineman from Alabama, has an underachiever label attached to his name. The Lions needed a defensive lineman, so I can’t scream at this selection. Hopefully, it pans out.
The Lions selected Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby. I think he might be a steal for the Lions, as he was not selected earlier due to concussion issues. He says he is 100 percent healthy. I, like many other fans, expected the Lions to go defense, and yet, they leaned toward the offensive. I grade the Lions draft as a solid B as they went for needs and substance over flash.
Shock of a pick
The Cleveland Browns shocked the NFL with the selection of Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 overall pick! I had Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Sam Darnold all rated over Mayfield. I think the New York Jets bluffed the Browns into taking Mayfield No. 1 with talk that they were taking Mayfield third. This move cost the Browns a shot at taking Saquon Barkley at No. 1 and then scooping up Mayfield at No. 4.
I believe the Jets wanted Sam Darnold all along, but we will never know, will we? Well played, New York Jets. I think the Browns whiffed on the Baker Mayfield pick.
Place your bets
The Kentucky Derby is Saturday and being the horse racing lover I am, I will try to help pick the winner for you. I will be helped by one of the best handicappers I know, Doug “I’ll see you at the finish line” Salvatore. Doug has provided me with some tremendous insight and some facts on the horses for the Derby.
Let’s start with a horse named Justify. This horse is the most talented of the field in our opinion. The red flag is that he did not race as a 2-year-old and no 2-year-old has won the Derby since 1882. Justify also struggles out of the gates and that could be a troublesome trend as the Derby pace will be fast and Justify cannot afford to spot too many lengths.
Bolt d’ Oro is a popular choice and value at 8:1 morning-line odds. He finished second at the Santa Anita Derby, which was great performance. I personally do not like him this week, though.
Good Magic, the 2-year-old champion has been pointing toward the Derby since he upset Bolt d’ Oro in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile last year. He won the Blue Grass Stakes last time out. Trainer Chad Brown boldly predicts he will run the race of his life on Saturday! If you believe Chad Brown he is the horse to bet on!
My Boy Jack is an excellent long-shot choice. He loves to come from behind and the pace should be quick, which will set up the race for him. He should go off at 20:1 or higher.
The European mystery horse, Mendelsohn, intrigues me as a bet. This horse won the UAE Derby in Dubai by a ton. I will play him in my trifecta and perfecta. He might win it, or finish in the back of the pack.
Thanks again to Mr. Salavatore for his help with his mad skills. Here is my pick to win the Derby: I’m taking Good Magic and my long shot is My Boy Jack! Good luck to everyone on your Kentucky Derby picks. The Kentucky Derby the hardest race to win, and handicap! firstname.lastname@example.org