“Ogbah’s a rising star in this league,” Williams said. “He’s got a chance to be Chubb.”
While that all makes sense, it demonstrates the need does indeed have an influence. In this case, it was enough to overcome the reality that Chubb widely was regarded as the better player. So much better that, as PFT explained in the aftermath of round one, the No. 4 pick as of Thursday morning was Chubb. By Thursday night, it had flipped to Ward.
It’s like here we go again. Especially with that team, what they’ve been doing, Cora said. They did it to the Indians. I think two out of three, they came back late in the game. They did it to Houston. They did it to Anaheim. They did it to us twice. You’ve got to play 27 outs against them. From first pitch all the way to the end.
“He’s doing excellent; he’s way ahead of schedule,” Gutekunst said, via ESPN.com. “Those are big injuries. He’s fought through those things before, we expect him to do that again. But yeah, we expect him to be a part of our team.”
Two other options at right tackle — Jason Spriggs and Kyle Murphy — are also coming off of injuries and the Packers waited to draft an offensive lineman until taking Cole Madison in the fifth round, so the lack of a sure Plan B may be part of the reason why no one’s pushing Bulaga out the door despite a $7.9 million cap hit.
Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma It’s hard to believe Jimmie Ward is entering his fifth season. His first four years have been spent at various positions, flashing various degrees of potential. That convinced the Niners to use the $8. 5 million fifth-year option on him2018 could make or break Ward’s long-term earning power. He hasn’t fully caught on at his latest position, which is free safety in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s Seahawks/Jaguars style Cover 3 zone scheme. Carlos Hyde, one of the league’s most underrated traditional runners, more than lived up to his draft status. But, being average in the passing game, he wasn’t an ideal fit for new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.