admin / April 20, 2018

Packers’ 2018 draft picks: Projecting first-rounder, late-round sleepers

The Packers have the No. 14 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. This is a pivotal draft for the franchise after a 7-9 season led to some organizational changes.

Even with Ansah back in the fold, Detroit veers into this month’s draft with a defined need for pass-rushing help. Longtime beat writer Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press tabbed ends Harold Landry out of Boston College and UTSA’s Marcus Davenport as possibilities for the Lions come the draft.

Andre Smith’s season-ending knee injury will give teams pause when trying to project him to the NFL. With only one year of consistent tape, he’s an unfinished prospect. Nonetheless, Smith has no fear of contact and will stick his nose in every play.

In late March, Kapler lifted Aaron Nola after 68 pitches on the way to a season-opening loss in Atlanta and messed up royally by summoning reliever Hoby Milner from the bullpen sans warm-up throws and putting the umpiring crew in a compromising position. Philly fans took a break from cheering on the 76ers’ late-season surge to give Kapler the Jayson Werth-as-Washington National treatment before the team’s home opener against Miami on April 5.

It was a humbling experience for Kapler and an ominous sign for a young manager who wants the focus to be on his players. But the cold snap has since passed, the young Phillies are on a roll and he’s a model of introspection as he reflects upon that challenging first week.

“What I knew is that I was going to f— up,” Kapler told ESPN.com. “In a perfect world, that f—-up happens after a long run of good play. You’re in the middle of the season, everything is sort of settled, and you’ve seen some ups and downs, but you’ve ridden past those, and you’ve accomplished some good things. The tough part is a lot of this stuff came at the very beginning of the season at the most visible moments. I get that.steelers_027

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