The NFL Draft is just a little over an hour away and the million dollar question is: Will the Browns stay at 8?
Nate Davis, NFL Writer and Editor for USA Today Sports joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show on Draft Night to talk about that and more, saying there ought to be a quality player for them to pick at #8 if they stay put.
"Certainly there ought to be a good guy at 8, there's about 8 or 9 probably really good players in this draft, labelled as can't miss guys," Davis says.
There is speculation that the Browns will trade down and there might be some additional movement going on as well the next three nights in Chicago.
The day is finally here and the NFL Draft will be ushering in some new blood into the rankings of the league, where many childhood dreams will be realized.
Steve Doerschuk from the Canton Repository joined Sammy B to talk a little draft, and he anticipates the Browns will take a chance on former Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott with the 8th overall selection.
Doerschuk says he's talked to many people about Zeke, and a lot of folks in and around the league say that he's a complete back who can not only run the football, but catch it out of the backfield, and pass protect, which is something that not every running back has mastered by the time they get to the NFL level.
You can catch the Browns radio network draft coverage on 1590 WAKR beginning at 7 p.m.
One of the most well-known and successful baseball coaches in Ohio and Stark County history picked up his #700th career win yesterday against Lake Center Christian 1-0.
Canton Central Catholic's Doug Miller joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the milestone, what it means to him, and the multitude of alumni and former players who called, texted, and congratulated him on this tremendous accomplishment.
Miller said it was a good feeling to get win number 700 in his 35-year coaching career. But he says its all about the young men out there on the diamond that make that win and all the ones before that truly magical.
"It's been a pretty good run, lots of good players, and I heard from a lot of guys from different eras and that makes it special."
The Crusaders play the Jackson Polar Bears at noon on Saturday in what should be a fantastic contest. CCC is 16-1 on the campaign this season.
One of the fastest-rising names in the NFL draft ranks is Jack Conklin, the big offensive lineman from Michigan State, and it could be possible he'll be wearing brown and orange after Thursday's draft in Chicago.
Jack's father and high school coach Darren Conklin joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about Jack's path to the draft coming out of Plainwell, Michigan.
When asked about how he grew to love the game and hone his craft, the elder Conklin said it was from an early age.
"He loved the physical nature, he loved running around and hitting people, he was aggressive and bigger than most kids, even in youth football, he said.
The Conklin family is in Chicago for the draft, and Darren describes the events and TV production surrounding the draft as "first class" and says it's been a great experience for Jack and the rest of the family.
The big day is just one day away, it's the Super Bowl in Northeast Ohio, yes we are talking about Draft Day.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday and he seems to think that the Browns will not be staying with the #8 overall selection tomorrow night in Chicago, and they might get their quarterback later in the first round.
He says Hue Jackson and former Memphis signal-caller Paxton Lynch crossed paths, and Hue was very impressed with Lynch's size and potential.
"I think maybe when it's all said and done that that's who he's talking about when he says he can mold a quarterback he can draft later," King explained.
Hue worked with Bengals QB's Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron in Cincy most recently before being hired by Cleveland. Lynch is projected as a 1st or 2nd round pick.
The Hudson Explorers are coming off a big league win over the Wadsworth Grizzlies yesterday 6-1 and things are moving in the right direction in Hudson.
Buddy Dice, the head coach of the Explorers joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his club and what they've been doing well.
"The kids that came out in the offseason have done everything in the offseason to prepare themselves with what they're doing now, and everything appears to be on the upswing for us."
Hudson is 11-5 on the season, and appear to be battle-tested heading into the tournament.
The pitching staff has performed well, led by seniors Michael Moreland and Doug Erb, who is 1-1 with an ERA under 3, and several junior pitchers who are gaining experience and getting some quality starts.
As the NFL Draft nears closer to Thursday, the Browns have many options at #8. One of those players could be former Florida DB Vernon Hargreaves III.
Vernon's former coach at Wharton HS in Tampa, FL David Mitchell joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk with him about what kind of player and person Vernon was in high school.
He said what stood out about him right away was his athleticism and ability to process information and get the little things down.
"Everybody knew no matter where the ball was, he would be there," Mitchell said. "He was a very mature player."
He was a defensive star at Florida, and at cornerback, he has that confidence you need to be out there on the island and make plays.
"He comes from a great family, great young man, and he's got his head on straight," Mitchell said.
The Browns traded from #2 to #8 and he might be in play for the Browns, but coach Mitchell said it would be nice to see him play for the hometown Buccanneers if possible.
Cedar Point and SportsForce Parks are teaming up to create a great sports complex to host various outdoor events just a stones' throw away from the roller coaster capital of the world.
Recently, there was a groundbreaking earlier this month to create the new complex, which will be set to open in 2017.
Tony Clark, Director of Communications for Cedar Point joins the Sam Bourquin Show to explain why this is a win-win not only for the youth sports community, but for the community of Sandusky as well.
"This has been in the works for a while," Clark said. "The groundbreaking was very exciting, and this is a great opportunity not just for our community here, but for Northeast Ohio."
The $23.5 million complex will be situated on Route 6 on the site of the former Griffing Sandusky Airport.
The new complex will house fields for baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer.
Clark says this will be a tremendous benefit to the youth sports folks and their families coming into town, who may have gone to a tournament in a more remote location, but with Cedar Point very close by to the new sports park, it brings people to the area who may not have come before.
"We can combine the sports experience for the youth, as well as the park experience for the families that can make an extended stay out of it," he said.
The Jackson Polar Bears are rolling at 13-0 and with their experience on the diamond, they could be heading towards some big things this spring.
Head Coach of the Polar Bears Bill Gamble joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his club and what they've been doing as of late, and what they are looking to do moving forward.
The Polar Bears are coming off a 10-0 win over Aurora Monday, and with this year's team, there's a lot of strengths to discuss.
"We're throwing strikes, we're throwing it well, and picking it, and getting off the field," Gamble says. "I think that's a big deal, even as the weather turns and everybody gets a little more of that baseball fever and the tournament nears, you still got to be able to throw and pick it."
Jackson returns 16 young men and they understand the concepts and the culture set by the coaching staff, according to Gamble.
"Guys are competing like heck for playing time, for starts, and it all starts with our competitive practices."
The Polar Bears will play McKinley this week before taking on Doug Miller's Canton Central Catholic team on Saturday.
After the Cleveland Indians swept the Detroit Tigers over the weekend in Motown, the team has shaken off those slow starts that plagued them in the past and are looking to pick up some more wins as they continue their road trip.
Matt Lyons, the Lead Writer and Managing Editor of Let'sGoTribe.com joined the Average Sports Show to talk to Brad about what the sweep did for the Tribe's confidence moving forward and what the injury to Carlos Carrasco does for the rotation and the clubhouse.
When asked about Carrasco's impact, Lyons said they should be in good shape
"They do have 1-4 a solid rotation with Tomlin and Anderson in the back," Lyons said. "When he's needed Trevor Bauer will step in, and he's a good 3 or 4 starter when he's on his game."
The Indians will face the Minnesota Twins at Target Field for a series before heading to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. The Tribe is now 9-7 on the season.
As the draft approaches for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, it would not surprise many to see them again trade down from #8, but they could stay at that spot and pick up either another lineman, or perhaps an Ohio favorite.
Tom Reed from the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that if the Browns stay at 8, they could take Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, or they could solidify the trenches with Jack Conklin, the offensive tackle out of Michigan State, or go with Ronnie Stanley, the tackle out of Notre Dame.
Reed says it's all about what the Browns want, and what their needs are.
"There's a lot of range there, with things they can do with that #8 pick," Reed explained.
He says that they might take a look at quarterback later in the first round, either Paxton Lynch out of Memphis or local product from Walsh Jesuit, Connor Cook (who played collegiately at Michigan State).
The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and now they await the winner of the Boston/Atlanta series, which is now tied at 2 apiece.
Mike Petraglia, Boston sports reporter for WEEI Radio in Boston joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the series, the ebbs and flows, and the quality coaching job done by Brad Stevens in Beantown.
Mike says that it's been entertaining watching this series at the TD Garden, with a raucous crowd that's always behind their team 100 percent.
"It's been a great atmosphere," he said.
He says he gives the edge in the series to the Celtics because of the way they've been playing as of late and their leadership on the bench from Stevens and the leadership on the floor from guard Isaiah Thomas.
Mike also talked about the ruling that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serves a four game suspension for his role in the Deflategate situation.
The Cleveland Browns are just four short days away from selecting #8 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, and while many people think they will trade down, it is also possible the Browns will stay at that spot and pick a quality player there.
Scott Petrak, who covers the Browns for the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about where Cleveland may go with their Top 10 selection, and what's going on in the minds of the brain trust as we get closer and closer to Draft Day in Chicago.
"If I had to bet, I'd say they'd stick at 8," Petrak said. "That's because there's so many moving pieces, you have to find the right trading partner, the right guy has to be there at 8 for somebody to want to move up, but I really think that trading down is obviously a pretty good option."
The Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles swapped the #2 and the #8 overall picks in the first round last week. The Browns have 12 picks in 2016.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons will be squaring off in their playoff matchup tonight in Auburn Hills, in front of a raucous crowd, who hasn't seen a playoff home game in seven years.
Joining the show from Auburn Hills, Dave Zavac from Fear The Sword joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show and he says the Cavs are loose and ready to go tonight in Michigan.
"I think the Cavs are ready," Zavac said. "They had their intro playing in the locker room, so they're feeling good heading into tonight."
Dave doesn't seem to think Stanley Johnson's comments will bother LeBron James or the rest of the team, and that they will come out focused and prepared for the task at hand.
The Cavs and Pistons will tip things off at 7 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.