The second version of Mike Mayock is positional draft rankings was released Tuesday, and it is clear that prospects’ combine performances changed his perspective a bit. While DeShone Kizer remains on top of the quarterback rankings, Leonard Fournette has taken over the running back position.
Fournette didn’t have the strongest combine performance. His vertical leap measured just 28.5 inches, and he weighed in heavier than expected at 240 pounds. He said the additional weight was water weight. Still, Fournette ran a blazing fast 4.51 40-yard dash, which is remarkable for his size.
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While Schweinsteiger started his career as a winger, he is played his best soccer as a central midfielder. He was a box-to-box midfielder at his peak, then later in his career, after losing some of his physical gifts, more of a deep-lying playmaker. But slower central midfielders usually struggle in that spot in MLS, so it is a popular prediction that Schweinsteiger will move up the pitch and play as a No. 10.
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It is possible to build a U.S. lineup in the 2017 WBC that has a Gold Glove winner at eight positions and Giancarlo Stanton at DH.
It is a helluva bullet point. It is a little disingenuous, as Andrew McCutchen is one of those players, and his defense isn’t what it used to be. But even if you are not overly impressed with a McCutchen-Jones-Yelich outfield, the infield is clearly first tier.
Nolan Arenado is one of the finest defensive third basemen we have ever seen, Brandon Crawford is a marvel, Ian Kinsler is building a sneaky Hall of Fame chance with the help of his glove, and Paul Goldschmidt won two deserved Gold Gloves.
Just ignore for the moment that Eric Hosmer is generally starting over Goldschmidt for some reason, which ruins several of my theses.