ESPN is set to lay off about 100 staffers, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports, including recognizable reporters and analysts. Veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder is among those being let go, effective immediately, he announced. Werder had been with ESPN for 17 years.
A lot has changed since my first mock draft with reports of diluted urine samples (Reuben Foster and Jabrill Peppers) and concerns about lingering injuries (Jonathan Allen and John Ross) impacting the stock of likely first-round picks. A player many linked with the Eagles — Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley — now is accused of rape, which will have investigators scrambling for more information. Add to it the likelihood that so many teams are looking for quarterbacks that they will overdraft players at that position — some analysts are predicting two and possibly three quarterbacks will be taken in the top 15 — and it makes this Round 1 almost impossible to project. But we'll try anyway. So
The problem with Eric Thames is not Eric Thames. In fact, there’s no problem at all. It’s wonderful. It’s fun. It’s baseball. That’s where you’ll have to leave it.