Welcome to the NFL’s annual scramble for top talent.


Less than two months remain before the 2018 draft (April 26-28), when teams will jockey for the prospects who will make up the majority of the league’s rosters in the coming years. Free agency, of course, is a supplementary exercise.

What follows is a subjective ranking of the high-end players still available, and the ones who have already agreed to terms.

A preseason trade from the Jets to Seattle, if nothing else, gave Richardson tape in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. The Seahawks, who gave up a second-round pick and receiver Jermaine Kearse to get Richardson, might want him as a younger replacement for Michael Bennett. Richardson made a few splashy plays in Seattle, but he probably wasn’t dominant enough to spark a frenzied bidding war.

Although he has been slowed at times by knee injuries, Mathieu started all 16 games last season and is as young as anyone on the free agent market. Safeties are critical to current defensive schemes and he should find many suitors.

Crabtree, 30, has made 579 catches for 6,870 yards and 51 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons. He played six seasons in San Francisco after the 49ers made him a first-round pick before spending the past three seasons in Oakland.

The Raiders cut him Thursday after signing receiver Jordy Nelson.

Instead, designate one of the three to ask two or even three questions so it becomes more of a conversation and the guest is heard. It allows for a flow and a much better listen than hopscotching from one question to the next.

A little inside baseball: Over this past summer, Yankees lead TV play-by-player and ESPN New York afternoon host Michael Kay hired Excel’s Casey Close and Jim Murray as his agents. Close is most famous for being Derek Jeter’s player agent and is considered at least among the top five agents in baseball. The Yankees and Close feuded over Jeter’s final contract.

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