Buy or Sell: First QB drafted, Nolan Arenado’s extension, and James Harden’s streak ending

We’re back for another edition of “Buy or Sell.”

In Joel’s recent article, we see who the best QB in the 2019 NFL Draft is based on the QB rules of a Hall of Fame coach, Bill Parcells, and the results may surprise you. This works well with our first topic in this week’s edition.

We have also been wondering what’s going to happen with the Bryce Harper contract. And in case you missed it, it was a 13-year, $330 million deal. But we discuss another deal made by one of the best third basemen in the game. 

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So let’s take a look at if we think Parcells’ rules will work. Mickayeen, Joel and I will also discuss if the Rockies and Nolan Arenado’s extension was worth it. Our third topic will be about whether or not James Harden’s historic 30+ point game streak ending is best for the Houston Rockets.

 

Joel: A QB other than Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray will be the first off the board in the upcoming NFL Draft

RahimAli: This is a tough decision, because you automatically want to see Kyler Murray be paired with QB minded head coach Kliff Kingsbury and watch what the two can do together. I just don’t think the Arizona Cardinals are going to give up on QB Josh Rosen just yet, so first overall will be a defensive player.

The next four picks will likely be defensive players too, as they all have a QB who they are somewhat comfortable with. I find it hard to believe that any of them would be willing to draft one here, unless we get a trade done that allows teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins to move up.

For that reason, I’m going to sell this. I think Murray and Haskins are the best two QBs in the draft, and I don’t think there’s any debate.

I honestly want to see Murray or Haskins get drafted by the New York Giants as the potential franchise QB after they finally part ways with Eli Manning. The only way I could see this not happening is if the Giants decide to take Daniel Jones, who was played for David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe also worked with Eli and Peyton, ironically. But I don’t think Jones or Drew Lock will get drafted ahead of Murray or Haskins.

Mickayeen: I’m selling that one. Any mock draft you look at has either one of them off the board first.

The only QB who has a chance of threatening that would be Drew Lock. Barring any unlikely Baker Mayfield-type rises, that’s unlikely to happen. I don’t think it’s impossible, but I’m going trust the people who know more than me who are doing the mock drafts and say that either Haskins or Murray will be first off the board.

 

Mickayeen: Arenado’s contract extension was worth it

RahimAli: I’m buying this one! I think the Colorado Rockies made the right decision in getting this deal done. The timing of it couldn’t have came at a better time either. Arenado was set to hit the free agent market next winter, but with this deal, it allows both him and the Rockies to move into the future together.

We don’t know what could’ve happened a year from now if he hadn’t signed the extension. I mean, take Bryce Harper for example. As teams are about to start spring training, he just barely signed his contract with the Phillies. Now most of that is Harper’s doing, but at least Arenado won’t need to worry about that.

This contract is for eight-years at $260, which is a record-setting contract. I honestly don’t think it’s bad though. Arenado will turn 28 at the beginning of the season, and he is still improving himself every season. Last season, he helped lead the Rockies into the playoffs, as he led the National League in Home Runs for the third time in his six year career.

Arenado has also been a 4X All-Star, 6X Gold Glove Winner, 4X Silver Slugger, and led the NL in RBI’s twice. He’s batting a .291 with 975 hits, 186 HRs, and 616 RBIs. Over the span of the eight year contract, I could honestly see him as part of the 3000 hit club and 1500 RBI club as he looks to place his name in the hall of fame picture. However, I don’t think this move will result in more than just one championship if they could get the right pieces in place.

Joel: I agree with RahimAli on this one and am buying, although I don’t have much more to add. However, I will just point out that Mickayeen listed Arenado on the Rockies’ Mount Rushmore. That alone tells me this deal was worth it. If he’s one of the greatest players in franchise history, he deserves this deal. They could have even paid him more and I would buy this as being worth it.

Those type of players don’t come around every day. The Rockies paid a him a lot of money, like a lot, but that’s what teams should be doing with players of his caliber. The reason Mickayeen put Arenado on the Rockies’ Mount Rushmore is because of this quote by Mike Schmidt. “In my opinion, Nolan Arenado is going to be the heir apparent to the all-time greatest third basemen.” A player like that is worth every penny.

 

RahimAli: Harden’s 30 + point streak ending is good for the Rockets heading into the playoffs

Joel: I buy Harden’s 30+ point streak as a good thing for the Rockets. While it was a great achievement for Harden, I often felt like he didn’t care about the result of the game, as long as he got his 30 points. His 30 points often did lead to wins, but I felt like winning wasn’t the first thing on his mind. Now that his streak has been snapped, Harden can get back to what he should really be focused on. That’s winning.

Not only winning in the regular season, but winning in the postseason too. People have criticized Harden’s game recently, saying his style of basketball won’t win championships. If he plays like he did when he was on that 30+ point streak, then they’re correct. However, we saw Harden come within one game of the NBA Finals last season, so we know that when he’s not just playing to score 30 points, he can win.

The playoffs are getting closer, so Harden needs to play the style of basketball that will get the Rockets a win. If that means he only scores 20, that’s just fine. He now has no reason to try and score 30 points every single night, but he does have reasons to win basketball games. Hopefully Harden’s mentality of having to score 30 or more points every single game breaks like his streak. If it does, the Rockets will benefit from it.

Mickayeen: I buy that it’s better for the team overall that he isn’t putting near as much effort to carry them every game. They’re good enough to make it back to the conference finals against the Warriors. Whether Harden is going crazy or not, that’s probably their ceiling, so I don’t think it makes a huge difference in the long run. So I both buy and sell.

 

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And there you have it! Now, what do you think?

  • Could a QB other than Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins be drafted first?
  • Was Nolan Arenado’s extension worth it?
  • Is James Harden’s streak being over a good thing for the Rockets?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

*All Nolan Arenado stats courtesy of baseball reference.

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