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In the NFL we often judge draft picks sooner than we should.
This is especially true the higher the guy was drafted. We expect first round picks to come in and be immediate stars. However http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/...len-jersey , this is rarely the case as the NFL is a much different game than college. For every top pick that has become a star in the league, there is another one that has failed to live up to the potential. The position also plays a big role in the transition to the NFL. A quarterback will have a much tougher time adjusting than say, a running back.The 2016 NFL Draft produced some guys that are looking to be the future face of the league and some other guys that are looking to be the face of practice squads. Now clearly only one year into these players’ careers it is unfair to label anyone a bust, but that’s what we do in sports media and what us fans do! We jump to conclusions way too fast and do not have the patience to see how things go. The players we have failing, could very well prove us wrong in a year from now http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/...son-jersey , and we'll gladly eat crow if they do, because we sure don't root for anyone to fail.With that being said, here are 8 players from the 2016 Draft failing and 7 that are going to be future superstars.
For the Chicago Cubs, the last few days have felt like Christmas in July.
The team has won five games in a row and will try to stretch it to six on Wednesday afternoon in a Fourth of July matinee.
“Everything is believable,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters when asked about his team’s recent hot streak. “We believe in everything right now. Santa Claus is absolutely true.
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Chicago (48-35) has climbed 13 games above .500 to match its high-water mark. The Cubs have a chance to set a new high when they host the Detroit Tigers (38-49) in the finale of a two-game series at Wrigley Field.
All of the Cubs’ five wins during the streak have been in come-from-behind fashion.
“One of our concepts is to score first,” Maddon said. “One of our concepts is to win the inning. But I think this is maybe the residue of our starting pitching not being what it probably is. We’ve given up more runs early from our starters that we didn’t anticipate happening.
“But it’s a tightly knit group. They’re there to pick everybody else up. So, OK, they’ve scored a couple runs. There’s no quit. The chatter in the dugout is great, all that stuff is outstanding. I just think that the come-from-behind component right now is based on our starters not pitching to their capabilities yet.”
That said http://www.seattleseahawksteamonline.com...air-jersey , the Cubs will look for a solid start from left-hander Jose Quintana (6-6, 4.31 ERA) in his 17th start of the season. The 29-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his past 12 starts.
In 18 career starts against the Tigers, Quintana is 5-5 with a 4.37 ERA. The Colombia native has walked 26 and struck out 82 in 111 1/3 innings.
The Tigers will counter with veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-4, 3.99 ERA), who is scheduled to make his 13th start of the season. The burly southpaw carries a career record of 105-103 with a 4.14 ERA in 335 career games.
More than a few teams could be scouting the 34-year-old Liriano as the trade deadline approaches. He is coming off a quality start against the Toronto Blue Jays but has not logged a victory since April 17 against the Baltimore Orioles.
In 14 career starts against the Cubs http://www.seattleseahawksteamonline.com...ton-jersey , Liriano is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA. He most recently faced the club in 2016, when he posted an 0-2 record with a 7.63 ERA in three starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Tigers could turn to a six-man rotation in the next couple weeks, which is fine with Liriano.
“I think that would work,” Liriano said recently to mlive.com. “It wouldn’t bother me at all. I don’t know about any other guys. (Blaine) Hardy has been doing a great job, so it’s hard to put him in the bullpen with the way he’s throwing the ball right now. I think that’s a great idea.”
Injured Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (shoulder) is not expected to play Wednesday. He is hitting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games this season.

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