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The Rams’ Trade For The No. 1 Pick Was A Bet That Will Be Hard To Win


Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 19, 2016), we talk to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell about the Rams’ trade with the Titans and ask what the best strategy is in the NFL draft. We discuss Kobe Bryant’s final game and debate whether the rise of analytics means he is the last of a dying breed. Then Allison McCann comes into the studio to discuss FiveThirtyEight’s predictions for the NWSL season. Plus, a SigDig on Bryce Harper’s batting average and how he measures up to Mike Trout. Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:

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Chadwick Matlin is a deputy editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.