Ebs’ Hot Takes: Cavs, Yankees, Mets, Derrius Guice, Bills, Lamar Jackson

THE BILLS’ WAR ROOM, One Bills Drive – Before I get to the NFL draft, because there’s a lot to discuss after the wild and crazy seven rounds over the weekend, there are two pressing subjects I want to hit on.

LeBron James and the red-hot New York Yankees.

Despite the fact that it looked ugly at times during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, whoever has LeBron is still the favorite to win the East. And always will be.

Sunday was the first time LeBron had ever played in an elimination game in the first round. That’s crazy. And when he did, he dominated. You knew the Cavs weren’t going down without a fight from James.

How about those Yankees?

Two weeks ago I wrote how the Yankees and the New York Mets were going to trade spots in the standings. Well, look what happened.

The Yankees are the hottest team in baseball. The Mets, well, aren’t.

A lot can change when you call up your young studs and they produce right away and your once stud of an ace acts like an, well, you get it, right?.

Now on to the draft.

Nov 19, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Derrius Guice (5) carries the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at Tiger Stadium. The Gators defeat the Tigers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the latest edition of Ebs’ Hot Takes:

LSU running back Derrius Guice falling to the second round will be the steal of the draft. While it’s uncertain whether or not Derrius Guice every had an altercation with the Philadelphia Eagles, the talent is there despite his major slide this past weekend.

If Guice can turn it around off the field, he’ll turn into one of the must productive running backs in his class.

I’m not a betting man, but if I was, Guice will have a bigger impact than first rounder Rashaad Penny in Year 1. I have no idea what Seattle was doing with that pick, by the way.

Penny was a great running back at San Diego State, but he had a third-round grade.

The Buffalo Bills won the draft. What a weekend for Buffalo sports fans. First, the Bills take what they view as their franchise quarterback and the draft’s best linebacker falls into their laps on Thursday night. Then on Saturday, the Sabres won the NHL lottery.

What a 72 hours.

This isn’t coming from me because I’m a Bills fan, many analysts believe the Bills won the draft, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

Buffalo selected the quarterback with the biggest upside in Josh Allen and a 19-year-old stud in Tremaine Edmunds on Day 1. Then, with just one selection on Friday, the Bills make it count in taking Kyle Williams 2.0 at pick 96 in Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips, who’s a stud.

The Bills got some solid contributors on Day 3, too. The only whole they haven’t filled yet is wide receiver.

Dez Bryant, anyone? Brandon Beane didn’t say no.

Lamar Jackson will turn into a star. Lamar Jackson has fallen into the best situation possible.

While the former Heisman Trophy winner oozes talent, he still has some areas to grow and Baltimore is a great spot to do just that.

Not only can Jackson sit behind Joe Flacco, but Robert Griffin III will he ahead of him on the depth chart too. Two very different quarterbacks with a lot to offer and allow Jackson to sit for a year or two before he’s ready.

Oh, and it helps that his new offense coordinator is Marty Mornhinweg, who use to coach Michael Vick – the one player Jackson is compared to most.

Not to mention, being select as the last pick in the first round, Jackson has a big chip on his shoulder too.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.