1. Joe Bachie, MLB
By refusing to meet Joe Schobert‘s $10 million per season asking price, the Cleveland Browns created a huge need on a roster that already has plenty of holes to fill.
It wasn’t all that surprising to hear the Browns decline to pay Schobert, especially with Paul DePodesta in charge of strategy. He, along with Sashi Brown, made Schobert a middle-round pick in the 2016 draft. One year later, the Wisconsin product was a Bowler.
Schobert can fall out of bed and make 100 tackles, but he’s not considered an elite player. With that said, he’s very, very good and the Browns will probably be sorry they didn’t keep him.
But DePodesta is the man behind “Moneyball,” a strategy entirely based around founding players capable of performing as well as high priced talent, and it’s my belief that Cleveland’s Chief Strategy Officer can do it again.
Enter Joe Bachie, the Brookpark product who attended Michigan State. He’s a prototypical MIKE linebacker and he’s expected to available during the middle rounds of the draft.
Bachie differs from Schobert in that he’s better against the run and probably a better blitzed than he is in coverage. However, he’s expected to struggle in coverage.
He doesn’t scream “elite athlete,” yet he still managed to become an all-conference selection, in addition to be named a two-time captain for the Spartans. While he’s labled to have physical limitations, Bachie impressed with a 6.93 three cone drill. This exercises is supposedly measures change of direction, speed, agility among other things.