Dani Ceballos explains why he snubbed Tottenham to join Arsenal

first_imgReal Madrid’s Dani Ceballos turned down Tottenham’s advances to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has revealed that Unai Emery was a key factor in his decision to join Arsenal on a season-long loan amid strong interest from Tottenham.Spurs were in pole position to land Ceballos earlier this summer, but Emery’s personal intervention convinced the Real Madrid midfielder to choose the red side of north London.The 22-year-old Spain international becomes Arsenal’s second signing of the window after Gabriel Martinelli, 18, completed a move from Ituano to the Emirates.Ceballos has been handed the No.8 shirt which has been vacant following Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Tottenham were confident of a deal after meeting with Ceballos and his family before the European Under-21 Championships, the Spaniard’s mind was made up when Emery reached out over the phone.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery assured his compatriot that he would be a key part of Arsenal’s plans should he agree to the temporary switch.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked why he chose Arsenal amid interest from other Premier League clubs, Ceballos told the club’s official website: ‘I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start.‘I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal.‘The coach was the turning point in terms of me joining this massive club. He’s a Spanish coach and he knows me from my time at other clubs.‘I’m really happy to be able to help Arsenal achieve our objectives.’ Comment Dani Ceballos explains why he snubbed Tottenham to join Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jul 2019 3:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link819Shares Emery convinced Ceballos to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)On Ceballos’ arrival, Emery said: ‘We’re excited to see Dani join us.‘He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.’MORE: Manchester United defender Eric Bailly stretchered off against Spurs with knee injurycenter_img Ceballos will wear the No.8 shirt at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin, who has a close relationship with Ceballos, played a key role in persuading the midfielder to join Arsenal.Asked which players he spoke to before signing, Ceballos replied: ‘Well, as you know there are Spanish players here like Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin.‘I get on really well with Hector away from football, on a personal level.‘I told him I was thinking of joining and he told me not to think twice because this is a great city and a great club and that I was going to have a great time.‘I can’t wait to see him and say thanks for his help in getting me here.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Paul Merson claims Mesut Ozil is the worst player in the world when opposition team have the ball

first_imgAdvertisement Merson believes Ozil is one of the worst players in the world when his team aren’t in possession (Picture: Sky Sports)Though Merson hopes the situation gets resolved, he admits Ozil would be ‘mad’ to ditch his enormous wages with Arsenal to be paid less elsewhere.‘They have to come to a deal with him; maybe he’ll take £200k a week somewhere else. I don’t know how this gets resolved though. ‘Does he want to play football? If he loves football, he has to come to a deal with Arsenal, but it’s easy to say that. ‘Nobody wants to lose £150k a week, no matter how much you earn! AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Who is mad enough to throw that money away, no matter who you are?’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Kieran Trippier sends message to Thomas Partey over Arsenal transferMORE: Arsenal target £32m Wout Weghorst as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement Paul Merson claims Mesut Ozil is the worst player in the world when opposition team have the ball Comment Ozil has failed to make an impact under Arteta (Picture: Getty)Back in March, Merson claimed Ozil’s lucarative contract was complicating talks over a possible extension for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he has once again taken aim at the German during a chat with Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think Ozil is a prime example of a player who has to play in a proper team, that is going to be right up there, dominating football matches. He’s got to play in a majorly successful team,’ the former Arsenal and England midfielder said.‘He can’t play in this Arsenal team, here’s why: he’s not going to change his game now in his 30s, and Arsenal aren’t going to change their game for him. ‘He isn’t tracking back, chasing players, and you need him in a team where you’re getting 70 per cent of the ball each week, and he’ll play. You get players around him, let him play.‘We all know how Ozil plays, you give him the ball and he’ll find you. If you don’t have the ball, he won’t win it back for you for love nor money. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jun 2020 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link226Shares Mesut Ozil is yet to play for Arsenal since the season restarted (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Mesut Ozil is far too deep into his career to adapt his game to fit Mikel Arteta’s style at Arsenal and claims the midfielder is one of the worst players on the planet when the opposition team are in possession of the ball.The 31-year-old playmaker was an unused substitute for Arsenal’s recent trips to Brighton and Southampton and missed out altogether at Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon as a back injury ruled him out of the side’s FA Cup quarter-final victory.Ozil’s below-par performances and continued absence from the side have been a source of major frustration among supporters since he signed a three-and-a-half year contract reportedly worth £350,000-a-week in January 2018. Ozil was an unused substitute at Brighton and Southampton (Picture: Getty)‘He’s not interested when they don’t have the ball. How can you give someone £350k-a-week when we all knew that was his style of play?‘If he hasn’t got the ball he’s one of the worst players in the world! I would say that. Name me a worse player in the world when their team doesn’t have the ball. ‘I’ve never seen somebody so disinterested when they don’t have the ball, but he hurts you at the other end!‘Can Arsenal form a team around him? At the moment, it’s at the stage where you can’t do that. They’re not going to change the team for him. He’ll pick up his £350,000-a-week and everything is rosy for him.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

What is the best Australian capital city to have a mortgage in?

first_img“If you’re falling behind, contact your lender and let them know you’re in trouble. They may be able to reconfigure your payments or allow you a repayment holiday for a short period if you can demonstrate that you’re truly in need.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Are you comfortable with your mortgage repayments? Source: Finder.com.au“According to CoreLogic data, the median house sale price in Brisbane was $555,000 in the last 12 months compared to $950,000 in Sydney.”Communication and being proactive were key to handling difficult financial situations, according to Finder.“Whether you’re comfortably meeting repayments or not, it’s a good idea to look at refinancing and cutting down on expenses, especially given the economic climate,” Ms Browne said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Model, rapper return to Brisbane Brisbane’s relatively low cost of living is winning it lots of kudos when it comes to paying the mortgage.Finder personal finance expert Kate Browne said it was the relatively low cost of living in the Queensland capital that saw it beat out all others when it came to financial comfort for borrowers.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe research covered homeowners across Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, and did not include Canberra which has become notoriously expensive.“Brisbane has a relatively low cost of living, especially compared to other cities on the east coast such as Sydney and Melbourne,” Ms Browne said. Brisbane has beaten other major Aussie capitals to emerge as the best place to have a mortgage, according to the latest national survey of homeowners.A new survey has found that homeowners in Brisbane fare better than major Aussie capitals when it comes to being able to comfortably pay off the mortgage.The research by Finder asked Aussies if they struggled with their mortgage, and Brisbanites emerged as the most comfortable with their repayments out of all homeowners across Australia’s capital cities.It found 62 per cent of Brisbane respondents “can make repayments comfortably” compared to less than half in Sydney, half in Melbourne, 54 per cent in Adelaide and 43 per cent in Perth.Brisbane also had the lowest percentage of homeowners who were “barely able to make repayments every month” (4 per cent) while Sydney, Melbourne and Perth were at 8 per cent and Adelaide was 7 per cent. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Million dollar Queenslander rescue What $300k will buy you in 2019last_img read more

​Thiago Silva bids farewell to PSG ahead of Chelsea move

first_img Loading… Thiago Silva has bid farewell to Paris Saint-Germain. Silva spent eight years full of trophies at the Paris club, but failed to captain them to Champions League glory. PSG lost to Bayern in the final, and Silva admitted it was his last game for the club. Reports have linked him with a free transfer to Chelsea in the coming days.Advertisement Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year20 Celebs With Surprising Hidden Talents And SkillsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img “The value of things is not in the time that they last, but in the intensity with which they occur. That is why there are unforgettable moments, inexplicable things and incomparable people,” wrote the centre-back, using Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa’s famous phrase. read also:Lampard ready to dump Azpilicueta as captain for Thiago  “Today a cycle is ended, after eight years at PSG, I would like to thank my team-mates, the entire coaching staff and board, the fans, my family, God and my friends, for all of the happy years we have spent in the City of Light. “Here, together with my wife, we have enjoyed unforgettable moments, our children grew up, we became French citizens, and we will carry forever in our hearts these years lived in France. Thank you so much.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

IMCA national champions earn QuickCar awards

first_imgQuickCar manufac­tures a wide variety of high performance products that also includes volt me­ters, water pressure kits, tachometers and switch panels.  LEBANON, Tenn. – The eight IMCA drivers earning national championships this season see their efforts recognized by QuickCar Racing Products.  The Lebanon, Tenn., manufacturer and seven-year sponsor awards 3-gauge panels to national IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod champions.  “The QuickCar gauge panel sets have been a staple for our national champions for a number of years and another opportunity for drivers to get fresh equipment in a new car as they prepare to  defend their championship,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “It will be a pleasure to distribute these awards at our national banquet.” Information about the complete QuickCar line of products is available at the www.quickcar.com website, by calling 800 997-7333 and on Fa­cebook.center_img Those awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November. “QuickCar is proud to continue our partnership with IMCA to award the national champions for their tremendous accomplishments,” said Danny Knowles. “We look forward to our continued support of IMCA and the IMCA racers.” The national IMCA Late Model champion receives a 4-gauge panel set and both IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and Mach-1 Sport Compact national champions get 2-gauge panel sets from the Lebanon, Tenn., manufacturer.last_img read more

Prendergast sweet on Sugar Boy

first_img The trainer added: “He is in the Derrinstown, but I am quite keen to step him up to a mile and a half sooner rather than later. “There aren’t any mile and a half trials over here, so we are considering going over to England for one of the mile-and-a-half trials at Lingfield (Lingfield Derby Trial) or Chester (Chester Vase). If all went well, we’d look to running him in the Irish Derby. “I’ll also give him an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot as another option.” Prendergast, who currently has just 19 horses in training, was also pleased with the weekend performance of his other three-year-old colt, Canary Row. The son of Holy Roman Emperor was not disgraced in finishing fifth in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial. He could now step up to middle distances, with the Derrinstown a possible option. “I was happy with him as well and he’s another one who wants to step up in trip,” said the County Kildare handler. “He got caught a bit flat-footed but you could have thrown a blanket over the first five at the finish, so it was a good run. There is a winners’ race at Navan he could go for next weekend and then he might go for the Derrinstown after that.” A winner of his last three starts as a juvenile, Sugar Boy beat all bar the Aidan O’Brien-trained Battle Of Marengo in the traditionally informative Ballysax Stakes. While a rematch with Battle Of Marengo in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial back at Leopardstown on May 12 has not been ruled out, it appears more likely Sugar Boy will test the water over a mile and a half on British soil before a tilt at the Irish Derby. Prendergast said: “I was very pleased with his run in what were very difficult conditions to make your comeback. There was a very strong headwind and the ground was very testing. I think he can improve plenty on what he did.” Trainer Patrick Prendergast is considering Derby trials in England for Sugar Boy following his excellent effort in defeat at Leopardstown on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MFM’s Olatunbosun Savours First NPFL Brace

first_imgIn-form Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos left-winger, Sikiru Olatunbosun has said that he’s pleased with his first brace in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).The skillful left-footed player was the star performer for the Olukoya Boys in the 3-0 defeat of Akwa United Football Club of Uyo at the Agege Township Stadium on Saturday in Match-day 14 clash of the NPFL.Olatunbosun found the back of the net twice for the Lagos-based team as the Promise Keepers from Akwa Ibom were put to the sword in an emphatic fashion in Lagos while teenage striker, Stephen Odey scored a goal as well. The excited forward expressed happiness for what has been described as a superlative performance and paid tribute to his teammates for their support.“I am very pleased and very happy to have scored my first NPFL brace.“I have to say a big thank you to my teammates, the coaches for their support and our fans for their support as well. I don’t think I can score goals without them,” he told the official website of the club.Olatunbosun has scored three goals for MFM FC in his debut season in the NPFL.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse to play program’s 1st ever game on national television

first_img Published on April 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross said she would relish the opportunity to play in front of a national audience. She’d take full advantage of the chance to make herself known to the entire country.‘I know for me, if I was a player, I’d really want to show off,’ she said. ‘I’d want to really give my best performance and let them see what I’m all about.’And as the players prepare for arguably the biggest day in program history, those words reverberate in their heads.Wednesday marks the first time in school history that Syracuse softball (23-17, 7-4 Big East) will play in a nationally televised game. ESPNU will carry both games of the Orange’s doubleheader with Louisville (27-15, 6-5) live from Ulmer Stadium in Kentucky at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. These are the only Big East softball games to be broadcast on the network this season.The television atmosphere is an unfamiliar experience for nearly every player on the SU roster. Whether they like it or not, nerves will play a major role in the first few innings of play. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat holds especially true for freshman Veronica Grant. As the leadoff hitter on the visiting Orange, Grant will be the first to step into the batter’s box and the limelight Wednesday. She turned to her mother for support when trying to deal with that level of pressure.‘She sent me a few Bible passages, and that helps me keep a peaceful mind,’ Grant said. ‘So I brought those with me, and I’m going to read it on the plane and probably before we play.’Ross can repeat the message of ‘it’s just another game’ as much as she wants, but this time it doesn’t apply.Except to sophomore Lisaira Daniels. Daniels, a transfer from Georgia, has grown accustomed to playing in front of a television audience. Last year in Athens, Ga., she played the final seven games of the season on either ESPN or ESPN2 as the Bulldogs made a run to the NCAA Women’s College World Series.But she still remembers the butterflies that she felt the first time playing in front of the cameras.‘(I thought), first of all, I’m a freshman. Second of all, I’m starting, now they are making cameras involved and it’s going to be on ESPN,’ Daniels said. ‘… So yeah, of course I was freaking out.’Daniels hopes that the pressure won’t affect the way her teammates play. Wednesday gives the team a chance to spread the Syracuse name across the country from a softball standpoint. After all, the team is just three years removed from a 21-31 season in which it started 2-13. This year’s team sits third in the Big East standings, only one game out of second place.Ross sees the chance to play on ESPNU as a way to help build the program in the future. It isn’t often that prospects in the western half of the country can watch SU play, so a big-time performance tomorrow can leave an imprint in their minds come signing time.‘It will be nice for us to represent Syracuse on a national level,’ she said. ‘I think it says (people) are starting to recognize where our program has gone and where it’s going. … I know for me it will be really good because I can make sure all of the recruits I have on my e-mail list know to watch us.’Still, Ross knows it can’t be all business tomorrow on the field. She told her players to go out and have fun when they play and to simply enjoy the opportunity.Words she may live by during the fourth inning of tomorrow’s game. As part of ESPNU’s coverage, Ross will conduct a live interview from down on the field. Not sure what to say, she asked a friend what she should do during her moment in the spotlight.Said Ross: ‘He said to cuss like a sailor and make it memorable.’mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Alexa Romero named ACC co-pitcher of the week

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Sophomore pitcher Alexa Romero was awarded Atlantic Coast co-pitcher of the week for the second time this season. The award comes after Romero’s second no-hitter of the season, making her the second player in Syracuse (13-7, 2-1 ACC) history to pitch multiple no-hitters. She shared the title with Notre Dame’s Alexis Holloway. Romero earned the honor the week of Feb. 20 after pitching a perfect game against Sacramento State. This week, the honor was awarded after she pitched her second no-hitter of the season. Romero didn’t allow a hit in the ACC opener against Virginia Tech in which SU won 2-0. Romero struck out nine batters.In three games against VT, Romero pitched 13 innings and let up two runs and two hits. She reached 10 innings with no hits, ending the streak in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Hokies.Romero is 9-4 this season and has a 1.18 ERA. Her 115 strikeouts place her among the NCAA leaders in the category. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on March 14, 2018 at 10:43 am Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edulast_img read more

The 7 safest NFL Draft picks in 2020, from Chase Young to Jonathan Taylor

first_imgJoe Burrow, QB, LSURanking on SN’s big board: No. 5Because so many factors impact a quarterback’s ability to succeed in the NFL, one has to be pretty damn good to be considered a safe pick. Which is why the Bengals are facing the biggest no-brainer of a No. 1 overall draft pick involving a passer since the Colts selected Andrew Luck first overall in 2012.While constructing the greatest season we’ve ever seen from a college quarterback, Burrow in 2019 proved he is as close to flawless as a quarterback prospect can get. Of course, his breakout at LSU didn’t come until passing game coordinator Joe Brady (now the Panthers’ offensive coordinator) arrived to open the offense. Which means the pressure will be on Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor and his staff to keep developing a player who went from throwing 16 touchdowns as a junior to throwing 60 touchdowns as a senior.Given a player who appears to be gifted with the kind of natural talent that allows him to make playing such a difficult position seem so effortless, that’s a good problem for an NFL coaching staff to have.MORE NFL DRAFT:Ranking every No. 1 QB of Super Bowl eraKenneth Murray, LB, OklahomaRanking on SN’s big board: No. 21A team looking to prioritize the selection of an off-ball linebacker in this draft will have an easy choice to make. Big 12 players who have been tackled by Murray over the last three years can easily explain why.Whether closing on ball-carriers, covering receivers or rushing the passer, Murray reaches his destination in a hurry, and he obliterates whoever the opponent may be once he gets there. Like Simmons, Murray is a defensive playmaker who benefits from simply being a good football player physically, intellectually and instinctively. What he was in college, he will be in the pros.Cesar Ruiz, C, MichiganRanking on SN’s big board: No. 36An interior offensive lineman who dominated in a Power 5 conference can generally be considered a safe pick in the NFL Draft, and Ruiz is the best such player in the 2020 class. For a center, specifically, the awareness and consistency with which Ruiz plays makes him an easy choice for a team looking to replenish the middle of its line (looking at you, Cowboys).Intangible factors aside, Ruiz’s blend of power and athleticism will allow him to flourish in any type of blocking scheme. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b3/9a/joe-burrow-022620-getty-ftrjpg_1jbmeoxwyum1c1brlw5y69ovtw.jpg?t=-2106431368&w=500&quality=80 Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinRanking on SN’s big board: No. 39Taylor might not be the best running back in the 2020 class — we won’t know for a few years. But an NFL team should be confident in what it’s getting from the Wisconsin product — more so than, say, Georgia’s DeAndre Swift or Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins. If those two are selected before Taylor, he will slip to a spot in which the value for the team will be ideal, especially for a running back.The team that drafts Taylor will get, at a minimum, a fast, strong running back who doesn’t waste time/space with unnecessary moves. If 6 yards are available, for example, Taylor will pick them up. And if he doesn’t break for more, he will at least keep his legs pumping and push forward while being tackled.Yes, Taylor will need to focus on ball security in the NFL, but the foundation for a sturdy rusher who also can contribute in the passing game is in place. An easy conclusion one can reach after examining NFL Draft results years after the picks are made is one of pessimism. So many players selected early in the process fail to meet expectations. So many teams stumble upon steals in later rounds. Do these talent evaluators even know what the hell they’re doing, or are they just throwing darts?The answer: yes and no. The draft decisions made by NFL teams and their scouting departments are excessively calculated, but the truth is selections for the most part are shots in the dark. Maybe the player will click with his new coaching staff’s scheme and thrive in the environment around him, getting along with his teammates and enjoying the new living situation he was forced into. Or, maybe he won’t. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/4a/jonathan-taylor-083019-getty-ftrjpg_16mpuqj8pxxnl1fgybhf6irrug.jpg?t=-440286804&w=500&quality=80center_img MORE NFL DRAFT:SN’s latest mock | Big board of top 100 playersWhile these intangible factors will impact the futures of all 255 players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, a handful can be considered “safe” picks for the teams that take them. In other words, for a variety of reasons, the likelihood of their becoming a bust in the NFL is minimal.With reference to our 2020 NFL Draft big board, which ranks the top 100 overall players in the class, below are the seven prospects with the best what-you-see-is-what-you-get qualities. Naturally, the list includes a few of the best players available.Chase Young, DE, Ohio StateRanking on SN’s big board: No. 1As SN’s Bill Bender writes, the term “generational talent” is not thrown around lightly, and those are the words being used to describe this freak of a defensive end from Ohio State.Young is the clear top prospect who happens to play an especially valuable position, and most are convinced his impact will be similar to that of Joey Bosa with the Chargers, Myles Garrett with the Browns and Nick Bosa with the 49ers, to name a few recent draft hits at the position.As for the team that will land “The Predator,” NBC Sports’ Peter King reports that “no one in (his) sphere thinks (Redskins coach) Ron Rivera will do anything but log on to the NFL’s secure Microsoft Teams draft channel when Washington is on the clock and enter Chase Young, Ohio State.”MORE: How Young became best player in NFL Draft Isaiah Simmons, LB, ClemsonRanking on SN’s big board: No. 2If a team is concerned about a lack of clarity regarding the exact position Simmons will play in the NFL, that team frankly does not deserve such an impactful defender. Is he an outside linebacker? An inside linebacker? A safety? A nickel corner? A rover?All of those questions can be answered with another question: Who cares?Simmons is a 6-3, 240-pound beast who can run like a defensive back and, when asked to do so, rush the quarterback as effectively as a full-time pass-rusher. More importantly, he is good at football — a trait often overshadowed by tangible factors like size and speed. For a player with so much natural physical ability, his actually being good at football should be all that matters.As for Simmons’ position, a smart team won’t define his role. It will change week-to-week based on that team’s opponent.Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnRanking on SN’s big board: No. 4Brown can be considered a safe pick because of the position he plays and the fact that he possesses the traits needed to succeed in the NFL at that position. If a defensive tackle can play with consistent effort on all three downs and be equally effective with quickness rushing the passer and power holding up against the run, he almost always will have a good-to-great pro career.Those are the traits that define Brown, who basically lived in SEC backfields for four years while at Auburn. While his powerful pass-rush moves are impressive, that aforementioned consistency might be his best attribute. He seems to give every single play the maximum-effort attention it deserves, which is handy considering any play can change a game. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2e/d5/isaiah-simmons-022920-getty-ftr_w1utzaeulrgq15z98vzkdu30y.jpg?t=-1810442920&w=500&quality=80last_img read more