It’s a good year for DTs, wherever Lions draft one
The Relative Athletic Score (RAS) system was developed by Kent Lee Platte in 2012 to provide fans with a contextualized score on a 0-10 scale, making it easier to understand how athletic draft prospects are when compared to their position dating back to 1987.
Since 2010, former Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (9.54 RAS), Aaron Donald (9.66), and recent Super Bowl champion Fletcher Cox (9.0) headline the interior linemen who made the Pro Bowl.
Defensive tackle is a fascinating study, because it’s easy to draw the distinction between the types of linemen. The true prototypes, like Suh, Cox and Gerald McCoy (9.08 RAS), tend to be superb athletes. But nose tackles, like B.J. Raji (4.34), Pat Williams (6.62), and Vince Wilfork (6.76) don’t typically measure as well.
He added: I think he’s definitely in the conversation. Tremendous character, tremendous football player and I think he’s going to help an organization.
If the Browns select Barkley and a quarterback with their first two picks to bolster an offense that already features running back Carlos Hyde as well as wide receivers Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman, the stage would be set for a massive turnaround after the team ranked 24th in total offense last year and went 0-16.
It’s a lofty goal to try to match the legacy of James, who grew up in Northeast Ohio, got selected by the Cavaliers with the No. 1 overall pick in 2003 and returned to Cleveland in 2014 after a stint with the Miami Heat to lead the organization to its first NBA title in 2016.
Barkley possesses the game-changing talent to make it happen if he does land in Cleveland, though.
Matt Wieters homered in the sixth to tie it for Washington. DJ LeMahieu put the Rockies ahead 5-4 in the eighth with a homer to right-center off Shawn Kelley, the second homer the right-hander has allowed in 5 2/3 innings this season. Kelley allowed a dozen long balls in 26 innings in 2017.
Strasburg allowed four runs on four hits in six innings.