Ranking the 2018 NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year candidates

The dust has settled on the 2018 NFL Draft, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the impact the rookies will have on their new teams. And for a couple players, the 2018 season will end with Rookie of the Year honors.

It’s not too difficult to narrow the list of rookies down to a handful of candidates who have the best shot at winning the awards.

For one, first-round picks have the best shot by a mile.

Since 1989, the only players taken outside the first round to win Defensive Rookie of the Year were linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Kendrell Bell, who were picked No. 33 and No. 39 overall, respectively.

GM Chris Ballard snagged three second rounders from the Jets (two in this draft) to move down three spots. He still got the player, Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson, who might have been pick had Indy stayed put. Perfect choice. However, those Round 2 picks… OLB Darius Leonard, G Braden Smith, pass rusher Kemoko Turay and DE Tyquan Lewis — all felt like possible reaches for a roster that can’t afford more misses. 

Coach Mike Zimmer is surely happy to add a third first-found corner (Mike Hughes) to his secondary. Hughes will help in nickel packages and as a returner right away. Beyond that, hard to see many rookies here who will play immediately — unless second-round T Brian O’Neill proves he’s ahead of schedule from a strength standpoint.

According to court records, Gassnola, director of the Adidas-sponsored AAU program New England Playaz, was indicted on March 30 and surrendered to authorities on April 11. He was released on $50,000 bond.

The indictment released on Friday alleges that Gassnola and others, known and unknown, participated in a scheme to defraud certain universities, by making, agreeing to make, and concealing, including through false representations and pretenses, payments to the families of high school student-athletes in connection with the student-athletes’ commitment to play basketball for those universities, thereby causing the universities to provide athletic scholarships to those student-athletes who, in truth and in fact, were ineligible to compete as a result of the payments.

In a March 30 court filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark said Gassnola participated in proffer sessions before he was charged, revealing new information that Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys might lead to grand Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys jury subpoenas or indictments for individuals not currently charged in the cases.

Gordon Hayward didn’t choose the Heat, but they still have ways to save the summer

Gordon Hayward made his decision. The All-Star forward coming off of the best season of his career did not join the Miami Heat. Instead, Hayward will leave the Utah Jazz to sign a four-year deal worth $128 million with the Boston Celtics, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

The decision leaves the Heat, who were looking to form a legitimate Big 3 once again, out in the cold. Miami failed to make the playoffs despite an impressive 30-11 stretch in the second half of the season. Hayward was viewed as a legitimate star Pat Riley could build another contender around.

But Miami missed the postseason while Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals. And while it’s the Celtics who celebrate landing the marquee free agent of the summer, the Heat are faced with a separate question:

Miami may have failed to land its big fish, but the Heat aren’t dead in the water just yet. Miami waived Chris Bosh on Tuesday after he missed the 2016-17 season due to recurring blood clots. His $25 million salary comes off the books, giving the Heat about $37 million in cap space to sign free agents.

But Miami can carry some of that momentum into next season. The Heat can re-sign both Dion Waiters and James Johnson, integral parts to their late-season run. They can also integrate Bam Adebayo, a rim-running and -protecting Kentucky product who’s wowed in his NBA debut in the Summer League.

The best-case scenario for the Heat was adding Hayward to Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside to create a legitimate Big 3 in South Beach. That dream may have been dashed, but it’s not the end of the road for Miami just yet.

The Heat have enough cap space to remain competitive and add either a lower-level star or bring Cheap Professional Jerseys back the same group that competed last season. Without much left on Cheap Orioles Jerseys the market, there Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys isn’t much more Heat fans can ask for.