THE Z-REPORT

Lance Zierlein's final mock draft

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs. Photo via: Alabama/Facebook

1. Cardinals- Kyler Murray Oklahoma

There has been a lot of talk about will they or won't they.... but they will.

2. 49ers- Nick Bosa Ohio State

One of the prospects with the highest floors goes second to a team who loves to take defensive linemen.

3. Jets- Quinnen Williams Alabama

The Jets could try to move out of this pick, but with no takers, they take my top-rated player of 2019.

4. Raiders- Ed Oliver Houston

This is a bit of surprise but it's believed the Raiders carry a high grade on the explosive interior penetrator

5. Buccaneers- Devin White LSU

This one should come down to Devin White against Josh Allen, and we'll take a shot that it's the alpha linebacker.

6. Giants- Josh Allen Kentucky

The Giants could be looking to scoop up either White or Allen if they fall to 6th. Of course there is that QB thing too.

7. Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor Florida

Tough call here between Hockenson and Taylor, but Taylor is physical and will get the running game cranked up.

8. TRADE- Redskins- Dwayne Haskins Ohio State

The Lions want to move out and the Redskins want Haskins so this trade would make plenty of sense.

9. Bills- T.J. Hockenson Iowa

The Bills would be very happy to see Hockenson fall to them here. If he's gone, then Jonah Williams could be the guy.

10. Broncos- Devin Bush Michigan

The Broncos are a tough read, but they have an opening at inside linebacker and this is a weak year outside of the top two.

11. Bengals- Montez Sweat Miss State

Montez Sweat is said to have some love from the Bengals and this could be one of the surprise picks of the early portion of the draft.

12. Packers- Andre Dillard Washington State

The Packers could go in a number of directions, but ultimately may ask Dillard to slide to the right side to help the protection

13. Dolphins- Christian Wilkins Clemson

The Dolphins defensive line coach was Wilkins college coach for his first two years, so this could be an easy sell.

14. Falcons- Jonah Williams Alabama 

Williams offers versatility up and down the offensive line and would help opening up run lanes once again.

15. TRADE- Lions- Clelin Ferrell Clemson 

The Lions have a need along the edge and Ferrell fits a similar mold of what Matt Patricia worked with in New England at DE.

16. Panthers- Rashan Gary Michigan

The torn labrum causes him to slide, but not beyond the edge needy Panthers.

17. Giants- Daniel Jones Duke

The Giants get their quarterback of the future whether Giants fans like it or not.

18. Vikings- Cody Ford Oklahoma

The Vikings could end up seeing Ford as a tackle/guard prospect who offers additional value because of his flexibility.

19. Titans- Brian Burns Florida State 

The FSU speedster gives the Titans an edge burner (pun intended) to attack the likes of Watson, Luck and Foles.

20. Steelers- Greedy Williams LSU

The Steelers could go in a number of directions - even at CB - however, I'll take the best of the bunch here.

21. Seahawks- DK Metcalf Ole Miss

Seattle has love for height, weight and speed and they happen to have a need for those traits at outside receiver.

22. Ravens- Garrett Bradbury NC State

Bradbury to the Ravens might be a perfect scenario for an offense that needs interior blocking.

23. Texans- Greg Little Ole Miss

The Texans need both cornerback and tackle so this is a difficult choice, but let's take one of the few left tackles in this draft.

24. Raiders- Josh Jacobs Alabama

With Marshawn Lynch calling it quits, this might be an easy card for the Raiders to run up to the podium.

25. Eagles- Darnell Savage Maryland

The Maryland ballhawk has been a red-hot name in NFL circles of late and the Eagles could take him to invigorate the backend.

26. Colts- Jeffery Simmons Miss State

Chris Ballard loves drafting in the trenches. He also believes in patience and process. He steals one of the best players in the draft here.

27. Raiders- Marquise Brown Oklahoma

"Hollywood" is smaller than some teams would like, but he's also game-ready and able to attack all three levels of the field.

28. Chargers- Byron Murphy Washington

He's under 6'0 and he runs a 4.55, but Murphy is extremely instinctive and as tough as you want them at corner.

29. Seahawks- Dexter Lawrence Clemson

Big Dexter is still raw but has elite size and potential with more experience.

30. Packers- Noah Fant Iowa

While the Packers need a wide receiver, Fant might be too tough to pass up on as he's basically a big receiver in the slot.

31. Rams- Chris Lindstrom Boston College

Hard-nosed grinder who can thrive in a variety of run schemes. The Rams want to upgrade the guard spot and he should do it.

32. Patriots- Drew Lock Missouri

Pats grab a QB to learn behind Brady.

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Houston scored in droves

Astros drub Twins in finale to take series win

Houston's offense showered Minnesota with hits in Sunday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games, with Houston's offense uncharacteristically ineffective in the loss on Saturday, they tried to turn things around with a win to take the series on Sunday. The Astros would bounce right back at the plate, getting hits and runs all through the afternoon to rout the Twins.

Final Score: Astros 14, Twins 3

Astros' Record: 37-28, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (3-0)

Losing Pitcher: Michael Pineda (3-4)

Valdez keeps rolling

Framber Valdez continued to impress in 2021 after starting his season on the IL, posting another quality start with a win against the Twins. After four scoreless frames, he allowed a solo homer to start the bottom of the fifth, just the third hit of the game for Minnesota to that point. He went on to retire the next three batters to get through the inning.

He faltered a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff double followed by a single, with a run coming across on an error on that play. He once again rebounded to finish that frame, then put up a 1-2-3 seventh to finish his day off, notching another quality start and a win. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 97 P.

Houston keeps their foot on the gas

While Valdez's outing was a highlight of its own, Houston's offense was the story of the day. They put their foot down on the pedal all day and did not let up, starting in the top of the first when Jose Altuve turned the first pitch of the game around for a single, later scoring on a sac fly by Alex Bregman to put the Astros in front 1-0.

After two scoreless innings, they got right back on the scoreboard in the fourth with a two-run homer by Kyle Tucker, then kept pouring it on with two runs in the fifth on a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel and an error, making it 5-0 at the time. The runs kept coming in the top of the sixth, with a two-RBI double by Michael Brantley, who would score later on a two-run bomb by Yordan Alvarez. Then, in the top of the seventh, Brantley struck again to push it to double-digits with a two-RBI single to make it 11-2 and give Brantley 4 RBI on the afternoon.

With Houston swapping out starters with the hefty lead, even their pinch-hitters were getting involved, with Chas McCormick leading the top of the eighth off with a solo shot to make it a ten-run game. They then loaded the bases with no outs, setting up a sac fly for Myles Straw to make it 13-2.

Astros take the series

In the bottom of the eighth, Ralph Garza Jr. came in as the first reliever out of the bullpen for Houston. He recorded two quick outs but then met Nelson Cruz, who lasered a solo homer to put it back at a ten-run game before finishing the frame. Houston put their twentieth hit on the board in the top of the ninth, their highest total this season, en route to another scoring inning with a sac fly by Robel Garcia to make it 14-3. Garza came in for his second inning of work to wrap things up in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Astros a successful end to this series and road trip.

Up Next: Houston will travel home before an off day on Monday to rest before 20 days of consecutive games. They'll kick off a six-game homestand on Tuesday, welcoming in the Rangers for two starting at 7:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.96 ERA) will make his return from the IL for the Astros, though Jake Odorizzi will "piggy-back" him, and Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.13 ERA) will take the mound for Texas.

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