Senior Wealth Advisor joining from Morgan Stanley takes a high-touch approach to wealth management that meshes seamlessly with firm's culture
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanctuary Wealth, home to the next generation of elite advisors, is proud to welcome Brandi Cooper who joins the Sanctuary network by tucking her practice in with G Squared Private Wealth, the College Station, Texas firm led by Chief Executive Officer George Georgiades, CIMA®, CEPA ®, and Chief Investment Officer Victoria Greene, CFA®, CRPC®.
"It's exciting to watch the steady and controlled growth that G Squared Private Wealth, one of our earliest partner firms, has enjoyed over the last four years," said Michael Longley, Chief Growth Officer of Sanctuary Wealth. "George and Vicki have created a high-touch wealth management boutique catering to an ultra-high-net-worth clientele. Adding Brandi's practice into the mix will bring some additional experience and expertise to G Squared as well as a much wider range of solutions for her clients."
"We created G Squared to cater to a select number of individuals and families with significant wealth. Brandi's desire to work alongside her clients to build and protect their wealth fits in perfectly within the G Squared Private Wealth framework," explained Victoria Greene, Chief Investment Officer, G Squared Private Wealth. "Her desire to serve fewer clients with a higher level of service makes her a wonderful cultural fit. We're as selective with our teammates as we are with our clients, but we're always looking to partner with the brightest minds in the financial services universe."
"Throughout my career as an advisor, I've tried to match my multigenerational clients with the best solutions to meet their financial needs. I'm excited to be joining G Squared Private Wealth because it will allow me to offer my clients much more holistic planning than I was able to in the past," explained Brandi Cooper, Senior Wealth Advisor, G Squared Private Wealth. "At G Squared, I'll have access to improved technology, an open architecture investment platform, and the support of a team that understands my clients and what I'm trying to do for them, which will allow me to provide more of a family office type experience."
Brandi Cooper began her financial services career at Morgan Stanley, where she specialized in advising high-net-worth individuals, families, and business owners with a hands-on approach, in 2017. Prior to that, she built a successful real estate practice in the Bryan-College Station area which she ran for 15 years. Brandi is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Communication with a minor in Business.
She is a past president of the Leading Women Express Network of the American Business Women's Association and has held various board positions including Habitat for Humanity, Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association, and B/CS Board of Realtors. She is currently a member of Scotty's House Women of Courage, treasurer for The Woman's Club of BCS, and is the junior high track coach at Brazos Christian, where her children attend school.
About Sanctuary Wealth
Sanctuary Wealth (sanctuarywealth.com/) is the advanced platform for the next generation of elite advisors, who have the entrepreneurial spirit to build and own their own practices and desire the freedom to deliver the tailored service their clients deserve. Sanctuary Wealth's ecosystem of partnered independence provides a complete technology and operations platform, as well as support from a community of like-minded advisors and the resources of invaluable affiliated businesses. Currently, the Sanctuary Wealth network includes partner firms in 28 states across the country with approximately $25 billion in assets under advisement. Sanctuary Wealth includes the fully owned subsidiaries; Sanctuary Advisors LLC, an SEC-registered investment adviser, Sanctuary Securities, Inc. a FINRA member broker-dealer as well as Sanctuary Alternative Holdings, Sanctuary Asset Management, Sanctuary Insurance Solutions, Sanctuary Global, and Sanctuary Global Family Office.
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The ESPN fantasy baseball crew conducted their first fantasy baseball mock draft of the season, using the new default standard head-to-head points league scoring and roster settings.
That meant drafting rosters of 19 players per team (down from 26 in previous years), which put more of the spotlight on star-caliber baseball talents. Our fantasy experts also accounted for ESPN's scoring tweaks for pitchers; wins, previously worth 5 points, are now worth 2 apiece, while losses, previously worth minus-5, are now minus-2 points. Holds joined the fray with a 2-point valuation.
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1. Shohei Ohtani, LAA (DH1) -- Zola
2. Juan Soto, SD (OF1) -- Karabell
3. Jose Ramirez, CLE (3B1) -- McCormick
4. Aaron Judge, NYY (OF2) -- Schoenfield
5. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR (1B1) -- Carty
6. Freddie Freeman, LAD (1B2) -- Mass
7. Gerrit Cole, NYY (SP1) -- Becquey
8. Corbin Burnes, MIL (SP2) -- Cockcroft
9. Mookie Betts, LAD (OF3) -- Soppe
10. Max Scherzer, NYM (SP3) -- Best
11. Sandy Alcantara, MIA (SP4) -- Best
12. Manny Machado, SD (3B2) -- Soppe
13. Yordan Alvarez, HOU (OF4) -- Cockcroft
14. Trea Turner, PHI (SS1) -- Becquey
15. Shane Bieber, CLE (SP5) -- Mass
16. Jacob deGrom, TEX (SP6) -- Carty
17. Kyle Tucker, HOU (OF5) -- Schoenfield
18. Aaron Nola, PHI (SP7) -- McCormick
19. Justin Verlander, NYM (SP8) -- Karabell
20. Matt Olson, ATL (1B3) -- Zola
21. Kevin Gausman, TOR (SP9) -- Zola
22. Jose Altuve, HOU (2B1) -- Karabell
23. Francisco Lindor, NYM (SS2) -- McCormick
24. Julio Rodriguez, SEA (OF6) -- Schoenfield
25. Carlos Rodon, NYY (SP10) -- Carty
26. Rafael Devers, BOS (3B3) -- Mass
27. Pete Alonso, NYM (1B4) -- Becquey
28. Spencer Strider, ATL (SP11) -- Cockcroft
29. Brandon Woodruff, MIL (SP12) -- Soppe
30. Marcus Semien, TEX (2B2) -- Best
31. Corey Seager, TEX (SS3) -- Best
32. Fernando Tatis Jr., SD (SS4) -- Soppe
33. Alex Bregman, HOU (3B4) -- Cockcroft
34. Dylan Cease, CWS (SP13) -- Becquey
35. Bo Bichette, TOR (SS5) -- Mass
36. Luis Castillo, SEA (SP14) -- Carty
37. Shane McClanahan, TB (SP15) -- Schoenfield
38. Mike Trout, LAA (OF7) -- McCormick
39. Paul Goldschmidt, STL (1B5) -- Karabell
40. Nolan Arenado, STL (3B5) -- Zola
41. Zack Wheeler, PHI (SP16) -- Zola
42. Austin Riley, ATL (3B6) -- Karabell
43. Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL (OF8) -- McCormick
44. Wander Franco, TB (SS6) -- Schoenfield
45. Kyle Schwarber, PHI (OF9) -- Carty
46. Tyler Glasnow, TB (SP17) -- Mass
47. Will Smith, LAD (C1) -- Becquey
48. Ozzie Albies, ATL (2B3) -- Cockcroft
49. Alek Manoah, TOR (SP18) -- Soppe
50. Jose Abreu, HOU (1B6) -- Best
51. Steven Kwan, CLE (OF10) -- Best
52. Robbie Ray, SEA (SP19) -- Soppe
53. Edwin Diaz, NYM (RP1) -- Cockcroft
54. Bobby Witt Jr., KC (SS7) -- Becquey
55. Triston McKenzie, CLE (SP20) -- Mass
56. Bryan Reynolds, PIT (OF11) -- Carty
57. Emmanuel Clase, CLE (RP2) -- Schoenfield
58. Cristian Javier, HOU (SP21) -- McCormick
59. Julio Urias, LAD (SP22) -- Karabell
60. Jake Cronenworth, SD (2B4) -- Zola
61. Anthony Santander, BAL (OF12) -- Zola
62. Carlos Correa, MIN (SS8) -- Karabell
63. Max Fried, ATL (SP23) -- McCormick
64. Zac Gallen, ARI (SP24) -- Schoenfield
65. Xander Bogaerts, SD (SS9) -- Carty
66. Michael Harris II, ATL (OF13) -- Mass
67. George Springer, TOR (OF14) -- Becquey
68. Devin Williams, MIL (RP3) -- Cockcroft
69. Joe Musgrove, SD (SP25) -- Soppe
70. Cedric Mullins, BAL (OF15) -- Best
71. Gunnar Henderson, BAL (3B7) -- Best
72. Josh Bell, CLE (1B7) -- Soppe
73. Adley Rutschman, BAL (C2) -- Cockcroft
74. Framber Valdez, HOU (SP26) -- Becquey
75. Josh Hader, SD (RP4) -- Mass
76. Raisel Iglesias, ATL (RP5) -- Carty
77. Logan Webb, SF (SP27) -- Schoenfield
78. Luis Arraez, MIA (1B8) -- McCormick
79. Yu Darvish, SD (SP28) -- Karabell
80. Logan Gilbert, SEA (SP29) -- Zola
81. Masataka Yoshida, BOS (OF16) -- Zola
82. Corbin Carroll, ARI (OF17) -- Karabell
83. Dansby Swanson, CHC (SS10) -- McCormick
84. Vinnie Pasquantino, KC (1B9) -- Schoenfield
85. Yandy Diaz, TB (3B8) -- Carty
86. Daulton Varsho, TOR (C3) -- Mass
87. Nestor Cortes, NYY (SP30) -- Becquey
88. Brandon Nimmo, NYM (OF18) -- Cockcroft
89. Luis Robert, CWS (OF19) -- Soppe
90. Randy Arozarena, TB (OF20) -- Best
91. J.T. Realmuto, PHI (C4) -- Best
92. Eloy Jimenez, CWS (OF21) -- Soppe
93. Felix Bautista, BAL (RP6) -- Cockcroft
94. Kyle Wright, ATL (SP31) -- Becquey
95. Lucas Giolito, CWS (SP32) -- Mass
96. Rhys Hoskins, PHI (1B10) -- Carty
97. George Kirby, SEA (SP33) -- Schoenfield
98. Tommy Edman, STL (2B5) -- McCormick
99. Jordan Romano, TOR (RP7) -- Karabell
100. Kris Bryant, COL (OF22) -- Zola
101. Pablo Lopez, MIN (SP34) -- Zola
102. Ryan Pressly, HOU (RP8) -- Karabell
103. Chris Bassitt, TOR (SP35) -- McCormick
104. Jeff McNeil, NYM (2B6) -- Schoenfield
105. Charlie Morton, ATL (SP36) -- Carty
106. Brandon Lowe, TB (2B7) -- Mass
107. Ketel Marte, ARI (2B8) -- Becquey
108. Willy Adames, MIL (SS11) -- Cockcroft
109. Blake Snell, SD (SP37) -- Soppe
110. Salvador Perez, KC (C5) -- Best
111. Brady Singer, KC (SP38) -- Best
112. Taylor Ward, LAA (OF23) -- Soppe
113. Ryan Helsley, STL (RP9) -- Cockcroft
114. Luis Garcia, HOU (SP39) -- Becquey
115. Triston Casas, BOS (1B11) -- Mass
116. Luis Severino, NYY (SP40) -- Carty
117. Nathaniel Lowe, TEX (1B12) -- Schoenfield
118. Christian Walker, ARI (1B13) -- McCormick
119. Ty France, SEA (1B14) -- Karabell
120. Oneil Cruz, PIT (SS12) -- Zola
121. Jordan Montgomery, STL (SP41) -- Zola
122. Nick Castellanos, PHI (OF24) -- Karabell
123. Kenley Jansen, BOS (RP10) -- McCormick
124. Alejandro Kirk, TOR (C6) -- Schoenfield
125. Max Muncy, LAD (3B9) -- Carty
126. Starling Marte, NYM (OF25) -- Mass
127. MJ Melendez, KC (C7) -- Becquey
128. Anthony Rizzo, NYY (1B15) -- Cockcroft
129. Nick Lodolo, CIN (SP42) -- Soppe
130. Amed Rosario, CLE (SS13) -- Best
131. Jose Berrios, TOR (SP43) -- Best
132. Jorge Polanco, MIN (2B9) -- Soppe
133. Teoscar Hernandez, SEA (OF26) -- Cockcroft
134. Alex Verdugo, BOS (OF27) -- Becquey
135. Andrew Vaughn, CWS (OF28) -- Mass
136. Willson Contreras, STL (C8) -- Carty
137. Andres Munoz, SEA (RP11) -- Schoenfield
138. Clayton Kershaw, LAD (SP44) -- McCormick
139. Camilo Doval, SF (RP12) -- Karabell
140. Sean Manaea, SF (SP45) -- Zola
141. Keibert Ruiz, WSH (C9) -- Zola
142. Lance Lynn, CWS (SP46) -- Karabell
143. Jeffrey Springs, TB (SP47) -- McCormick
144. Hunter Greene, CIN (SP48) -- Schoenfield
145. Chris Sale, BOS (SP49) -- Carty
146. Lance McCullers Jr., HOU (SP50) -- Mass
147. Adolis Garcia, TEX (OF29) -- Becquey
148. Kodai Senga, NYM (SP51) -- Cockcroft
149. Sean Murphy, ATL (C10) -- Soppe
150. Rowdy Tellez, MIL (1B16) -- Best
151. Merrill Kelly, ARI (SP52) -- Best
152. Jon Gray, TEX (SP53) -- Soppe
153. Christian Yelich, MIL (OF30) -- Cockcroft
154. A.J. Minter, ATL (RP13) -- Becquey
155. David Bednar, PIT (RP14) -- Mass
156. Byron Buxton, MIN (OF31) -- Carty
157. Jose Miranda, MIN (1B17) -- Schoenfield
158. Jordan Walker, STL (3B10) -- McCormick
159. Scott Barlow, KC (RP15) -- Karabell
160. Tim Anderson, CWS (SS14) -- Zola
161. Jesse Winker, MIL (OF32) -- Zola
162. Freddy Peralta, MIL (SP54) -- Karabell
163. Gleyber Torres, NYY (2B10) -- McCormick
164. Lars Nootbaar, STL (OF33) -- Schoenfield
165. Paul Sewald, SEA (RP16) -- Carty
166. DJ LeMahieu, NYY (3B11) -- Mass
167. Brandon Drury, LAA (3B12) -- Becquey
168. Jesus Luzardo, MIA (SP55) -- Cockcroft
169. Joe Ryan, MIN (SP56) -- Soppe
170. J.D. Martinez, LAD (DH2) -- Best
171. Alex Cobb, SF (SP57) -- Best
172. Jazz Chisholm Jr., MIA (2B11) -- Soppe
173. Vaughn Grissom, ATL (2B12) -- Cockcroft
174. Thairo Estrada, SF (2B13) -- Becquey
175. Shea Langeliers, OAK (DH3) -- Mass
176. Clay Holmes, NYY (RP17) -- Carty
177. Evan Phillips, LAD (RP18) -- Schoenfield
178. Oscar Gonzalez, CLE (OF34) -- McCormick
179. Tyler Stephenson, CIN (C11) -- Karabell
180. Tony Gonsolin, LAD (SP58) -- Zola
181. Drew Rasmussen, TB (SP59) -- Zola
182. Andrew Painter, PHI (SP60) -- Karabell
183. Danny Jansen, TOR (C12) -- McCormick
184. Andres Gimenez, CLE (2B14) -- Schoenfield
185. Tyler O'Neill, STL (OF35) -- Carty
186. A.J. Puk, MIA (RP19) -- Mass
187. Daniel Bard, COL (RP20) -- Becquey
188. Alexis Diaz, CIN (RP21) -- Cockcroft
189. Jack Flaherty, STL (SP61) -- Soppe
190. Tyler Mahle, MIN (SP62) -- Best
Team rosters are presented in first-round pick order. Primary position is used. If a player qualifies at more than one position, all positions are included in parentheses. Pick is displayed as "Round.Pick".
C1 Keibert Ruiz, WSH (Pick: 15.1)
1B1 Matt Olson, ATL (Pick: 2.10)
3B1 Nolan Arenado, STL (Pick: 4.10)
2B1 Jake Cronenworth, SD (Pick: 6.10 | 2B/1B)
SS1 Oneil Cruz, PIT (Pick: 12.10)
SS2 Tim Anderson, CWS (Pick: 16.10)
OF1 Anthony Santander, BAL (Pick: 7.1)
OF2 Masataka Yoshida, BOS (Pick: 9.1)
OF3 Kris Bryant, COL (Pick: 10.10)
OF4 Jesse Winker, MIL (Pick: 17.1)
DH1 Shohei Ohtani, LAA (Pick: 1.1 | DH/SP)
SP1 Kevin Gausman, TOR (Pick: 3.1)
SP2 Zack Wheeler, PHI (Pick: 5.1)
SP3 Logan Gilbert, SEA (Pick: 8.10)
SP4 Pablo Lopez, MIN (Pick: 11.1)
SP5 Jordan Montgomery, STL (Pick: 13.1)
SP6 Sean Manaea, SF (Pick: 14.10)
SP7 Tony Gonsolin, LAD (Pick: 18.10)
SP8 Drew Rasmussen, TB (Pick: 19.1)
C1 Tyler Stephenson, CIN (Pick: 18.9)
1B1 Paul Goldschmidt, STL (Pick: 4.9)
1B2 Ty France, SEA (Pick: 12.9)
3B1 Austin Riley, ATL (Pick: 5.2)
2B1 Jose Altuve, HOU (Pick: 3.2)
SS1 Carlos Correa, MIN (Pick: 7.2)
OF1 Juan Soto, SD (Pick: 1.2)
OF2 Corbin Carroll, ARI (Pick: 9.2)
OF3 Nick Castellanos, PHI (Pick: 13.2)
SP1 Justin Verlander, NYM (Pick: 2.9)
SP2 Julio Urias, LAD (Pick: 6.9)
SP3 Yu Darvish, SD (Pick: 8.9)
SP4 Lance Lynn, CWS (Pick: 15.2)
SP5 Freddy Peralta, MIL (Pick: 17.2)
SP6 Andrew Painter, PHI (Pick: 19.2)
RP1 Jordan Romano, TOR (Pick: 10.9)
RP2 Ryan Pressly, HOU (Pick: 11.2)
RP3 Camilo Doval, SF (Pick: 14.9)
RP4 Scott Barlow, KC (Pick: 16.9)
C1 Danny Jansen, TOR (Pick: 19.3)
1B1 Luis Arraez, MIA (Pick: 8.8 | 1B/2B)
1B2 Christian Walker, ARI (Pick: 12.8)
3B1 Jose Ramirez, CLE (Pick: 1.3)
3B2 Jordan Walker, STL (Pick: 16.8)
2B1 Tommy Edman, STL (Pick: 10.8 | 2B/SS)
2B2 Gleyber Torres, NYY (Pick: 17.3)
SS1 Francisco Lindor, NYM (Pick: 3.3)
SS2 Dansby Swanson, CHC (Pick: 9.3)
OF1 Mike Trout, LAA (Pick: 4.8)
OF2 Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL (Pick: 5.3)
OF3 Oscar Gonzalez, CLE (Pick: 18.8)
SP1 Aaron Nola, PHI (Pick: 2.8)
SP2 Cristian Javier, HOU (Pick: 6.8)
SP3 Max Fried, ATL (Pick: 7.3)
SP4 Chris Bassitt, TOR (Pick: 11.3)
SP5 Clayton Kershaw, LAD (Pick: 14.8)
SP6 Jeffrey Springs, TB (Pick: 15.3 | SP/RP)
RP1 Kenley Jansen, BOS (Pick: 13.3)
C1 Alejandro Kirk, TOR (Pick: 13.4)
1B1 Vinnie Pasquantino, KC (Pick: 9.4)
1B2 Nathaniel Lowe, TEX (Pick: 12.7)
1B3 Jose Miranda, MIN (Pick: 16.7 | 1B/3B)
2B1 Jeff McNeil, NYM (Pick: 11.4 | 2B/OF)
2B2 Andres Gimenez, CLE (Pick: 19.4)
SS1 Wander Franco, TB (Pick: 5.4)
OF1 Aaron Judge, NYY (Pick: 1.4)
OF2 Kyle Tucker, HOU (Pick: 2.7)
OF3 Julio Rodriguez, SEA (Pick: 3.4)
OF4 Lars Nootbaar, STL (Pick: 17.4)
SP1 Shane McClanahan, TB (Pick: 4.7)
SP2 Zac Gallen, ARI (Pick: 7.4)
SP3 Logan Webb, SF (Pick: 8.7)
SP4 George Kirby, SEA (Pick: 10.7)
SP5 Hunter Greene, CIN (Pick: 15.4)
RP1 Emmanuel Clase, CLE (Pick: 6.7)
RP2 Andres Munoz, SEA (Pick: 14.7)
RP3 Evan Phillips, LAD (Pick: 18.7)
C1 Willson Contreras, STL (Pick: 14.6)
1B1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR (Pick: 1.5)
1B2 Rhys Hoskins, PHI (Pick: 10.6)
3B1 Yandy Diaz, TB (Pick: 9.5)
3B2 Max Muncy, LAD (Pick: 13.5 | 3B/2B)
SS1 Xander Bogaerts, SD (Pick: 7.5)
OF1 Kyle Schwarber, PHI (Pick: 5.5)
OF2 Bryan Reynolds, PIT (Pick: 6.6)
OF3 Byron Buxton, MIN (Pick: 16.6)
OF4 Tyler O'Neill, STL (Pick: 19.5)
SP1 Jacob deGrom, TEX (Pick: 2.6)
SP2 Carlos Rodon, NYY (Pick: 3.5)
SP3 Luis Castillo, SEA (Pick: 4.6)
SP4 Charlie Morton, ATL (Pick: 11.5)
SP5 Luis Severino, NYY (Pick: 12.6)
SP6 Chris Sale, BOS (Pick: 15.5)
RP1 Raisel Iglesias, ATL (Pick: 8.6)
RP2 Paul Sewald, SEA (Pick: 17.5)
RP3 Clay Holmes, NYY (Pick: 18.6)
C1 Daulton Varsho, TOR (Pick: 9.6 | C/OF)
1B1 Freddie Freeman, LAD (Pick: 1.6)
1B2 Triston Casas, BOS (Pick: 12.5)
3B1 Rafael Devers, BOS (Pick: 3.6)
3B2 DJ LeMahieu, NYY (Pick: 17.6 | 3B/1B/2B)
2B1 Brandon Lowe, TB (Pick: 11.6)
SS1 Bo Bichette, TOR (Pick: 4.5)
OF1 Michael Harris II, ATL (Pick: 7.6)
OF2 Starling Marte, NYM (Pick: 13.6)
OF3 Andrew Vaughn, CWS (Pick: 14.5 | OF/1B)
DH1 Shea Langeliers, OAK (Pick: 18.5)
SP1 Shane Bieber, CLE (Pick: 2.5)
SP2 Tyler Glasnow, TB (Pick: 5.6)
SP3 Triston McKenzie, CLE (Pick: 6.5)
SP4 Lucas Giolito, CWS (Pick: 10.5)
SP5 Lance McCullers Jr., HOU (Pick: 15.6)
RP1 Josh Hader, SD (Pick: 8.5)
RP2 David Bednar, PIT (Pick: 16.5)
RP3 A.J. Puk, MIA (Pick: 19.6)
C1 Will Smith, LAD (Pick: 5.7)
C2 MJ Melendez, KC (Pick: 13.7 | C/OF)
1B1 Pete Alonso, NYM (Pick: 3.7)
3B1 Brandon Drury, LAA (Pick: 17.7 | 3B/1B/2B)
2B1 Ketel Marte, ARI (Pick: 11.7)
2B2 Thairo Estrada, SF (Pick: 18.4 | 2B/SS)
SS1 Trea Turner, PHI (Pick: 2.4)
SS2 Bobby Witt Jr., KC (Pick: 6.4 | SS/3B)
OF1 George Springer, TOR (Pick: 7.7)
OF2 Alex Verdugo, BOS (Pick: 14.4)
OF3 Adolis Garcia, TEX (Pick: 15.7)
SP1 Gerrit Cole, NYY (Pick: 1.7)
SP2 Dylan Cease, CWS (Pick: 4.4)
SP3 Framber Valdez, HOU (Pick: 8.4)
SP4 Nestor Cortes, NYY (Pick: 9.7)
SP5 Kyle Wright, ATL (Pick: 10.4)
SP6 Luis Garcia, HOU (Pick: 12.4)
RP1 A.J. Minter, ATL (Pick: 16.4)
RP2 Daniel Bard, COL (Pick: 19.7)
C1 Adley Rutschman, BAL (Pick: 8.3)
1B1 Anthony Rizzo, NYY (Pick: 13.8)
3B1 Alex Bregman, HOU (Pick: 4.3)
2B1 Ozzie Albies, ATL (Pick: 5.8)
2B2 Vaughn Grissom, ATL (Pick: 18.3)
SS1 Willy Adames, MIL (Pick: 11.8)
OF1 Yordan Alvarez, HOU (Pick: 2.3)
OF2 Brandon Nimmo, NYM (Pick: 9.8)
OF3 Teoscar Hernandez, SEA (Pick: 14.3)
OF4 Christian Yelich, MIL (Pick: 16.3)
SP1 Corbin Burnes, MIL (Pick: 1.8)
SP2 Spencer Strider, ATL (Pick: 3.8 | SP/RP)
SP3 Kodai Senga, NYM (Pick: 15.8)
SP4 Jesus Luzardo, MIA (Pick: 17.8)
RP1 Edwin Diaz, NYM (Pick: 6.3)
RP2 Devin Williams, MIL (Pick: 7.8)
RP3 Felix Bautista, BAL (Pick: 10.3)
RP4 Ryan Helsley, STL (Pick: 12.3)
RP5 Alexis Diaz, CIN (Pick: 19.8)
C1 Sean Murphy, ATL (Pick: 15.9)
1B1 Josh Bell, CLE (Pick: 8.2)
3B1 Manny Machado, SD (Pick: 2.2)
2B1 Jorge Polanco, MIN (Pick: 14.2)
2B2 Jazz Chisholm Jr., MIA (Pick: 18.2)
SS1 Fernando Tatis Jr., SD (Pick: 4.2)
OF1 Mookie Betts, LAD (Pick: 1.9)
OF2 Luis Robert, CWS (Pick: 9.9)
OF3 Eloy Jimenez, CWS (Pick: 10.2)
OF4 Taylor Ward, LAA (Pick: 12.2)
SP1 Brandon Woodruff, MIL (Pick: 3.9)
SP2 Alek Manoah, TOR (Pick: 5.9)
SP3 Robbie Ray, SEA (Pick: 6.2)
SP4 Joe Musgrove, SD (Pick: 7.9)
SP5 Blake Snell, SD (Pick: 11.9)
SP6 Nick Lodolo, CIN (Pick: 13.9)
SP7 Jon Gray, TEX (Pick: 16.2)
SP8 Joe Ryan, MIN (Pick: 17.9)
SP9 Jack Flaherty, STL (Pick: 19.9)
C1 J.T. Realmuto, PHI (Pick: 10.1)
C2 Salvador Perez, KC (Pick: 11.10)
1B1 Jose Abreu, HOU (Pick: 5.10)
1B2 Rowdy Tellez, MIL (Pick: 15.10)
3B1 Gunnar Henderson, BAL (Pick: 8.1)
2B1 Marcus Semien, TEX (Pick: 3.10)
SS1 Corey Seager, TEX (Pick: 4.1)
SS2 Amed Rosario, CLE (Pick: 13.10)
OF1 Steven Kwan, CLE (Pick: 6.1)
OF2 Cedric Mullins, BAL (Pick: 7.10)
OF3 Randy Arozarena, TB (Pick: 9.10)
DH1 J.D. Martinez, LAD (Pick: 17.10)
SP1 Max Scherzer, NYM (Pick: 1.10)
SP2 Sandy Alcantara, MIA (Pick: 2.1)
SP3 Brady Singer, KC (Pick: 12.1)
SP4 Jose Berrios, TOR (Pick: 14.1)
SP5 Merrill Kelly, ARI (Pick: 16.1)
SP6 Alex Cobb, SF (Pick: 18.1)
SP7 Tyler Mahle, MIN (Pick: 19.10)
Starting in January, the IRS has answered calls to its Practitioner Priority Service telephone line in under 10 minutes, thanks to new hires and the blocking of line-jumping services, the man who leads much of the agency's taxpayer response said.
Kenneth Corbin, the taxpayer experience officer for the IRS and its Wage and Investment Division commissioner, spoke Jan. 18 to the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA). "Hopefully, over the last two weeks or so, you've noticed particularly for our Practitioner Priority Service, that we are answering the phones in under 10 minutes," he said at the virtual event. "This is part of hiring those 5,000 new customer service representatives."
The Wage and Investment Division, which has about 40,000 employees, is responsible for all the toll-free calls to the IRS, along with all the forms and instructions, electronic filings, and walk-in IRS offices, Corbin said.
The new customer service representatives (CSRs) will be ready to answer calls by Presidents Day, he said. In addition, about 12,000 employees "are transitioning back to the phones, so having more folks available to take calls is what's really driving a better experience for you to be able to talk to someone … to resolve your issues."
In addition, practitioners can call the general IRS help line number — 800-829-1040 — which has a wait time of under 12 minutes, Corbin said.
Brandon Lagarde, CPA, director of the Tax Services Group at Postlethwaite & Netterville and chair of the AICPA's Tax Practice Management Committee, said Thursday that he was pleasantly surprised when a CSR answered his call last week right away.
"I didn't have my information ready to deliver to the agent because I was surprised," he said. "I was shocked."
But just a week earlier, he said he "got the 'too busy to respond' response" on the PPS line, so "it hasn't been all rainbows and butterflies." He's unsure if last week's quick response is "permanent or a fluke."
The IRS also has gotten its arms around the issue of line-jumping services — which Corbin and questioners at the CSEA event referred to as "voice bots." Those services let practitioners who pay a fee to a private company move ahead in the phone line so they get answers more quickly.
In October, the IRS began a pilot program designed to thwart those services, but CPAs and other practitioners said that did not alleviate wait times. Without going into detail, Corbin said the IRS updated the system at the end of 2022. "There were a couple of challenges with the voice bots, so we made some improvements to the system," he said.
In addition, practitioners previously were limited to asking about five accounts on each call, he said. That has been increased; Corbin did not specify a new limit. The agency also is working to resolve issues with dropped calls, he said.
In other updates, Corbin said:
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The Yahoo fantasy baseball analysts — Andy Behrens, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don — took part in a first-round mock draft. Each analyst gets four picks in the first (to represent a 12-team league). But don't worry, this is just the first iteration of this mock — Rounds 2 and 3 are coming soon.
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Now, on to the picks:
He's hit .311 over the past four seasons with elite speed, power and run production — a perfect fantasy profile. — Behrens
Acuña Jr. already has a near-40/40 season to his credit, and he just turned 25. — Behrens
Ramirez is now firmly established as a player who will finish among the category leaders in four of the five standard fantasy stats. — Behrens
It should go without saying that a guy coming off a 62-homer season is a decent choice pretty much anywhere in the first round. — Behrens
The super soph brings category juice, unknown upside, and fun. The Mariners have built a solid lineup around Rodriguez, too — Pianowski
We still haven't seen his best season; Tucker's upside is AL MVP. One of the rare players capable of grabbing all five categories. — Pianowski
I know upside is the fun word, but floor matters, too. When has Mookie Betts ever let you down? He's the favorite to lead the league in runs scored for the fourth time. — Pianowski
He's not a runner, but the rest of the Alvarez Statcast page is gloriously pinned to the right. As silly as Alvarez's stats were last year, he was actually unlucky with his batted-ball fortune. If that luck balances out, he can break the game. — Pianowski
[2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP]
Still just 23 years old, Vlad is the favorite to lead MLB in batting average and will benefit from Toronto's new park dimensions. — Del Don
There's concern he'll stop running, and he's UTIL only, but Ohtani's bat is good enough to go here regardless. — Del Don
Still just 24 years old, Bichette has said he wants to run more in 2023, and he'll also get a big boost from Toronto moving in its fences. — Del Don
He was incredibly unlucky last year for multiple reasons and should bounce back as fantasy's top pitcher in 2023. — Del Don
Stay tuned for the next iterations of our Expert Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft for 2023!
2023 NFL Draft: The first 27 picks are set with the last four to be determined after the playoffs are over with three games to go. Here’s our first look mock draft for the entire first round.
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Now that we know what the first 28 picks are in the 2023 NFL Draft – the order of the last four doesn’t matter that much considering the teams involved and their respective needs – here’s our first look what the whole first round might be.
As always, the mock drafts will change many, many times over before this gets going on April 27th. Until it actually happens and Chicago trades away the No. 1 overall pick – if it trades down to a quarterback-starved team – we’re going to play it straight.
The last four – 28 through 31 – are in alphabetical order.
2023 Mock Draft First Call: OT Jaelyn Duncan, Maryland
2023 Mock Draft First Call: OT Anton Harrison, Oklahoma
2023 Mock Draft First Call: EDGE Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame
2023 Mock Draft First Call: EDGE Andre Carter, Army
2023 Mock Draft First Call: OG O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
2023 Mock Draft First Call: WR Kayshon Boutte, LSU
2023 Mock Draft First Call: WR Jordan Addison, USC
2023 Mock Draft First Call: DE Lukas Van Ness, Iowa
2023 Mock Draft First Call: CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
2023 Mock Draft First Call: WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
2023 Mock Draft First Call: OT Broderick Jones, Georgia
Miami forfeited the pick that would’ve been the 21
2023 Mock Draft First Call: DT Siaki Ika, Baylor
2023 Mock Draft First Call: RB Bijan Robinson, Texas
2023 Mock Draft First Call: S Brian Branch, Alabama
2023 Mock Draft First Call: DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson
2023 Mock Draft First Call: CB Kelee Ringo, Georgia
2023 Mock Draft First Call: TE Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
2023 Mock Draft First Call: CB Cam Smith, South Carolina
2023 Mock Draft First Call: OT Paris Johnson, Ohio State
2023 Mock Draft First Call: WR Quentin Johnston, TCU
2023 Mock Draft First Call: OT Peter Skoronski, Northwestern
2023 Mock Draft First Call: CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
2023 Mock Draft First Call: QB Anthony Richardson, Florida
2023 Mock Draft First Call: EDGE Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech
2023 Mock Draft First Call: QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State
2023 Mock Draft First Call: CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
2023 Mock Draft First Call: EDGE Myles Murphy, Clemson
2023 Mock Draft First Call: QB Will Levis, Kentucky
2023 Mock Draft First Call: EDGE Will Anderson, Alabama
2023 Mock Draft First Call: QB Bryce Young, Alabama
2023 Mock Draft First Call: DT Jalen Carter, Georgia
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Round 1 - Pick 1
Georgia • Jr • 6'3" / 300 lbs
FORMER VIKINGS GM RICK SPIELMAN: Spielman was deciding between Jalen Carter and Will Anderson Jr. to kick off the draft. "I went with Carter because [the Bears] need players all over the place, but they need, definitely, on the defensive side of the ball," he said. "To me, when you look at the depth of this draft, I think there are some very good pass rushers ... and the hardest position to fill and find is that dominant undertackle, or three technique. ... Jalen Carter can be as good as he wants to be and the most dominant defensive player in this draft class."
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 194 lbs
NFL DRAFT ANALYST RYAN WILSON: Wilson went with Bryce Young at QB1, and Josh Edwards explained why he agreed with the pick. "I understand the concerns about his size. It's unprecedented to have a quarterback of that size, that stature, in the NFL, but the game is a little bit different. You can have a point guard at the quarterback position distributing the ball and really utilizing the targets that you're able to build on that side of the ball. I have less of a problem with his size today than maybe a decade ago, but I understand that it's not going to be one size fits all where he's going to be a fit for every team."
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 243 lbs
NFL DRAFT ANALYST CHRIS TRAPASSO: If not for Kyler Murray's contract situation, Trapasso said it wouldn't be crazy if the Cardinals took a QB. But with Murray seemingly locked in with the Cardinals, Trapasso went with Will Anderson Jr. at No. 3. "With J.J. Watt retiring, it's a clear-cut need," he said. "They still need a premier pass rusher in this defense, and they've needed it for a while. They got good production from J.J. Watt late in his career, but Will Anderson has looked like a future top-five pick really since he stepped foot on [Alabama's campus]."
Round 1 - Pick 4
Kentucky • Sr • 6'3" / 232 lbs
NFL DRAFT ANALYST JOSH EDWARDS: Edwards understands Will Levis did not have a great season, but he attributes a lot of that to a poor offensive line, lackluster offensive weapons and Levis playing injured for much of the campaign. So, he's OK with making Levis the second QB taken in four picks: "This is a guy that has great size, he's got elite arm strength, he's got elite mobility," Edwards said. "I think if he's put in the proper situation -- say, Indianapolis for example ... [he could thrive] if you put him behind a quality offensive line and you make the right coaching hires."
Round 1 - Pick 5
Texas Tech • Sr • 6'6" / 275 lbs
SPIELMAN: There were two solid defensive options for Spielman to choose from here: Tyree Wilson and Myles Murphy. He's why he went with Wilson: "He's bigger, he has so much more upside. I think when we go down to the Senior Bowl, he's really going to show up. He is a unique athlete for how tall he is, and his bend in pass rush and his ability to burst to the quarterback is pretty unique. ... I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the best pass rusher out of this draft before it's all said and done."
Clemson • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
WILSON: For the sake of time, the guys quickly covered Myles Murphy to the Lions, but Wilson did expand on that selection in his most recent mock draft: "Murphy won't be 21 until next spring, and while we'd like to see him play with more consistency ... he won't be 21 until next spring. On top of that, when he's on, he's hard to stop, which makes him such an interesting prospect."
Round 1 - Pick 7
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 218 lbs
Projected TeamLas Vegas
TRAPASSO: Derek Carr isn't going to be in Las Vegas next year, so Trapasso decided to select his replacement in C.J. Stroud. "This was kind of a home-run pick for me. ... The improvisation isn't really there with C.J. Stroud, but the pocket passing, the decision-making, accuracy to all levels could really be accentuated with Josh McDaniels and the Raiders."
Round 1 - Pick 8
Northwestern • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
EDWARDS: Here's the scouting report on the Northwestern offensive lineman from his CBS Sports prospect profile. "Skoronski does a good job of adjusting his hands and feet once engaged. ... He can do a better job of playing balanced and absorbing contact with his hands. Although he plays left tackle, some question whether or not he would be best served moving inside to guard or center. ... In a league starved for quality offensive tackle play, Skoronski should and probably will get a chance to play on the edge first."
Round 1 - Pick 9
Florida • Soph • 6'4" / 232 lbs
SPIELMAN: Here's the ex-Vikings GM's reasoning for making Anthony Richardson the fourth quarterback taken in the top 10. "They have to go get a franchise quarterback, and they have to go young. ... If everything else checks out through this pre-draft process -- his study habits, his ability to want to be an NFL quarterback and what it takes to be an NFL quarterback -- there's no question about the arm talent, there's no question about the athletic skillset. ... He has potentially the most upside out of any of these quarterbacks."
Ohio State • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
WILSON: Wilson is not sure how much longer Lane Johnson will play -- the 32-year-old has dealt with some injuries in his career -- so he drafted his potential replacement in Paris Johnson Jr. "[Johnson] may play five more years, he may play two more years; either way you have Paris Johnson, who can also play inside if you need him in the short term."
Round 1 - Pick 11
Clemson • Jr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
TRAPASSO: The Titans have a lot of needs, and are they going to go wide receiver again after taking Treylon Burks last year? In this mock, Trapasso has them going linebacker with Trenton Simpson. "The linebacker position for them is pretty barren. ... With Trenton Simpson, I just think he kind of fits the profile of a top-half-of-the-first-round type linebacker. He's long, he played outside linebacker rushing the passer, he's good in coverage, he's got the range. I think he's gonna test well at the combine. So, he just feels like another high-caliber talent for this defense that without Harold Landry this season, was really just Jeffery Simmons and not much else."
Clemson • Soph • 6'5" / 305 lbs
EDWARDS: Edwards knows the quickest path to get to the quarterback is up the middle. He also knows it's hard to find quality interior defensive linemen. Those are among the reasons he has the Texans selecting Bryan Bresee with the second of their two first-round picks. "You'd like to see a little bit more urgency up the middle (from Bresee), but this is a guy that was the No. 1 recruit coming out of high school, he's got a lot of natural ability, and you're just taking a chance on a quality interior defensive lineman that's going to be able to impact your pass rush moving forward."
Round 1 - Pick 13
Georgia • Soph • 6'4" / 310 lbs
Projected TeamN.Y. Jets
SPIELMAN: Spielman believes the Jets are "definitely" going to go get a veteran QB this offseason, so he's grabbing Broderick Jones to provide protection for whomever is under center. "This kid has a lot of upside. He has to get a little stronger, but his feet, his movement skills, it's everything you're looking for in a left tackle. He may not be instant Day 1 starter, but I think this guy has tremendous upside and will eventually evolve into a pretty good player."
Round 1 - Pick 14
TCU • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected TeamNew England
WILSON: The Patriots are in need of offensive line help, but Wilson's getting them a talented wide receiver who will help whomever is calling plays in New England. Chris Trapasso likes the selection. "Certainly from a what-this-team-needs perspective, Quentin Johnston, being the first receiver off the board, vertical threat for this offense makes sense."
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Projected TeamGreen Bay
TRAPASSO: Trapasso went for the defensive back from Alabama, and Spielman understands why the Packers would be intrigued. "He's a good football player. They played him in that star position [at Alabama], which is kind of like a (nickel) position. I think his best position is going to be free safety. He has range, he'll come up and hit, he's an effective blitzer when they do send him to affect the quarterback. ... He has all the ability to be a very good free safety in this league."
Round 1 - Pick 16
Penn State • Jr • 6'2" / 194 lbs
EDWARDS: Here's why Edwards made Joey Porter Jr. the first cornerback selected: "Joey Porter has a lot of length, they desperately need help at the cornerback position. That defense looked a little bit better this year than it looked a year ago, but not quite as good as they were two years ago. So, to add more talent on that backend, I think you're kind of fortifying what has become a strength for them until you do get that quarterback into place."
Round 1 - Pick 17
Georgia • Soph • 6'2" / 210 lbs
SPIELMAN: Spielman thought it was too early to draft Jordan Addison, which would have paired him with former Pitt teammate and current Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett. Instead, he went with Kelee Ringo. "Mike Tomlin has a history of adding guys with this much talent who maybe didn't play as well, and he has a tendency to bring the best out of players. And I think if he got a hold of Ringo, that he is going to be an excellent corner in that defense, especially if Mike Tomlin gets his hands on him."
Round 1 - Pick 18
Oregon • Soph • 6'2" / 201 lbs
WILSON: Wilson doubled up on defense for the Lions by taking Myles Murphy at No. 6 and Christian Gonzalez here. Trapasso thinks this is around the right range for the Oregon cornerback. "He's over 6-foot, he's around 200 pounds. I think he's good in man, in zone, pretty sure tackler on the outside. A defense in Detroit that's ascending but still needs a lot of infusion of talent. Given how the cornerback board fell, I think this is just right."
Round 1 - Pick 19
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 265 lbs
Projected TeamTampa Bay
TRAPASSO: Trapasso doesn't know what the Buccaneers will do at the quarterback position, but whoever is under center needs talented pass-catchers to throw to. That's why he has Tampa Bay taking tight end Michael Mayer. "He's a high-floor player, great receiver, can get open, very explosive in his routes, doesn't drop a lot of footballs, decent three-down player. The Buccaneers, if they don't have Tom Brady, just need to keep adding talent, and Michael Mayer, to me, is the best tight end in the draft."
Round 1 - Pick 20
USC • Jr • 6'0" / 175 lbs
EDWARDS: Edwards doesn't think the draft board fell in the Seahawks' favor, so he thinks they would be trying to trade out of this spot if this happened on draft night. With no trades in this mock, Edwards spurned defensive help to select CBS Sports' No. 1 ranked wide receiver in Jordan Addison. "Addison is a fantastic player. He's going to be the third wide receiver for this team until Tyler Lockett moves on, and when he does, he's going to be a fantastic complement to DK Metcalf."
Round 1 - Pick 21
South Carolina • Jr • 6'0" / 188 lbs
SPIELMAN: Easy pick here for Spielman, who likes the prospect and the fit. "You're gonna have to go corner there. Cam Smith's too good of a football player to be sitting here this low. Cam Smith may end up going higher depending on how these corners shake out once we get through the combine and workouts and everything. But this is a very good football player that, to me, can be a shutdown corner in the league. ... The value I got at [No. 21], to get this guy, I think is one of the better values out of this mock draft."
Round 1 - Pick 23
Florida • Jr • 6'5" / 347 lbs
Projected TeamN.Y. Giants
WILSON: O'Cyrus Torrence is the first interior offensive lineman to go off the board, and for good reason. "He feels like a solid plug-and-play guy. Transfer who didn't look out of sorts in Year 1 in the SEC, and he helps that offensive line, helps Daniel Jones, helps Saquon Barkley."
Round 1 - Pick 24
Illinois • Jr • 6'0" / 180 lbs
TRAPASSO: Yet another cornerback goes off the board in Devon Witherspoon. Spielman gave his thoughts on the Illinois cornerback. "I love him as a football player, and he plays a lot bigger than his size. ... This guy is physical, he has ball skills. I thought besides Joey Porter Jr., he was the best corner in the Big Ten this year."
Round 1 - Pick 25
Georgia • Jr • 6'7" / 270 lbs
EDWARDS: You can never have enough targets for Justin Herbert, plus you get some major blocking ability from Darnell Washington. "You're upgrading the run blocking, you're getting a huge target that's gonna be used in the red zone, down the field, chain-moving situations. I just think you're adding more weapons to that offense," Edwards said.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Arkansas • Jr • 6'5" / 233 lbs
SPIELMAN: Drew Sanders was a five-star recruit who played mostly outside linebacker at Alabama. Then he transferred to Arkansas, moved inside and became a first-team All-American. Spielman likes what he sees from this prospect. "[The versatility] is phenomenal. Imagine what Dan Quinn would do with an athlete like this kid, because he can rush the passer, he can play the run, he can drop in coverage. He's 6-5, I think he's going to be around 240 [pounds]. I think he's just too unique of an athlete."
Round 1 - Pick 27
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
WILSON: The Bengals made protecting Joe Burrow priority No. 1 this offseason ... only for multiple offensive linemen to get hurt before or during the playoffs. Wilson says the Bengals could probably use Anton Harrison right now. Here's what he had to say about Harrison is his most recent mock draft: "There was some thought that Harrison might return to Oklahoma for an NIL deal that was too good to pass up, but he's instead opted for the NFL. He's one of the top tackles in the class, and now the question is whether he finds his way into Round 1 or goes early on Day 2."
Round 1 - Pick 28
Kansas State • Jr • 6'4" / 255 lbs
TRAPASSO: Trapasso admitted that there was a lot of pressure being the mock Vikings general manager given Spielman's past. Trapasso ended up going with Felix Anudike-Uzomah, and Spielman's liked what he's seen from the Kansas State edge rusher. "I do like this kid a lot. I thought he played hard. I went down and watched him; I wanted to see him against [Tyler] Steen, the Alabama left tackle. ... When you put him outside the tackle, he can utilize his speed and his athletic skillset. And the kid plays hard. He was fun to watch because his motor was nonstop, so I'm not going to bash this pick because I like this player."
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'3" / 195 lbs
EDWARDS: The board didn't exactly fall in the Broncos' favor, but Edwards liked the idea of Antonio Johnson joining Justin Simmons in the Denver secondary. "He's a bigger safety, so you can play him in sub-packages. He plays sideline to sideline. He's not gonna get stuck in traffic. He's a good communicator, good leadership, all that kind of stuff."
Boston College • Sr • 5'10" / 172 lbs
SPIELMAN: Spielman thinks the one thing the Bills are missing on offense is a slot receiver, and after going back and forth between Boston College's Zay Flowers and North Carolina's Josh Downs, Spielman ended up going with Flowers. "This kid reminded me of a poor man's [Jahan] Dotson. I don't think he's as good as Dotson when he came out of Penn State last year, but this kid is a very good football player. And for a not very talented football team and they did not have a very talented quarterback, this kid took advantage of every opportunity that he had. And he, to me, almost carried that offense just by getting the ball in his hands.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Texas • Jr • 6'0" / 220 lbs
Projected TeamKansas City
WILSON: The Chiefs go back to the well at running back with Bijan Robinson. Josh Edwards loves the pick ... if Robinson actually makes it this far. "You talk about putting that kind of talent in Andy Reid's scheme, I mean that's almost unfair. ... He's the best running back prospect we've seen since Saquon Barkley, so you put that in Kansas City's offense, that's going to open up a lot of things. He's a great pass-catcher, he's a good [pass] blocker, he's got it all. I don't have any real weaknesses for him, so it's almost unfair to see him fall to Kansas City."
Round 1 - Pick 32
Wake Forest • Sr • 6'3" / 290 lbs
TRAPASSO: Every year, Trapasso says that late in the first round, there are some surprising names based on consensus prospect rankings. To Spielman's surprise, Trapasso went with one of those players in Kobie Turner. Here's his explanation: "The Eagles with Ndamukong Suh, Linval Joseph, Fletcher Cox -- they're pretty old up front on the interior. ... [Turner is] 6-3, 290, pretty advanced pass-rusher. Maybe not high upside, but I think [GM] Howie Roseman usually leans either offensive line or defensive line in the first round. They don't need him to be a great player immediately with Javon Hargrave there, but I think over the long term, this is kind of a Howie Roseman pick given how old they are at that other defensive tackle spot."
The UK accountancy market is increasingly turning to school leavers without university education in an effort to offset the sector’s widening skills gap, according to Suki Allday, chief people officer at haysmacintyre.
“In recent years, we are seeing a shift in the industry to turn away from the graduate-first approach which excludes a huge number of talented young adults from a career in which they don’t need a degree to prosper,” Allday says.
Since introducing its school leaver scheme in 2011, haysmacintyre has increased the number of school leavers recruited year-on-year, with the programme now constituting 9.5% of all new hires.
The firm has said that it is aiming to continue growing this number in the coming years in a bid to navigate the increasingly competitive talent landscape.
“The war for talent is continuing to hit the accountancy sector, and competition is fierce,” Allday adds.
According to research published by Search Recruitment Group in 2022, the skills gap in the accounting and professional services sector stands at 22%.
Similarly, job board network Broadbean Technology reported a 36% drop in the number of applicants for accountancy sector roles between June 2021 and June 2022.
Grant Thornton UK, another mid-market accounting firm, has also sought to maintain the flow of incoming talent by recruiting school leavers.
The firm, named in the top 10 of the Department for Education’s top 100 apprentice employers in 2022, announced last November that it had more than doubled the number of trainees joining the firm’s school leaver programme compared to the previous year.
It has also said that it aims to reach a 50:50 split in its trainee hire population between university graduates and those joining straight from school, characterising this as a shift in focus towards potential and strengths rather than academic profile.
“Increasing the firm’s school leaver intake allows us to tap into a broader and more diverse talent pool and engage with schools in our local communities,” says Richard Waite, head of resourcing at Grant Thornton UK.
“Diversity in all its forms is a competitive advantage for all organisations. Our school leavers bring a quality mindset and diverse ways of thinking to what we do.”
Fellow accounting mid-market player Kreston Reeves has also taken radical measures to aid recruitment efforts in recent years – in July 2022, the practice officially became an Ofsted-recognised training provider.
The education watchdog awarded Kreston Reeves a ‘good’ rating – a first for the UK accounting industry.
“Having that [Ofsted] recognition, it’s fundamentally about people. We’re very invested in making sure that we support and nurture our talent,” the firm’s HR director Sharn Manku told Accountancy Age at the time.
“I think it’s a true testament that we have a talent pathway. Some may not want to become partners, so it’s about understanding our people. That’s why having in-house training is valuable. It allows us to really nurture our talent.”
The value and increasing lack of ground-level talent has also been acknowledged by government officials in a February 2023 report on higher level and professional skills and apprenticeships.
The report, published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Accounting for Growth in collaboration with CIMA, illustrates the influence of the financial and professional services sectors on the UK economy, and offers 18 recommendations for how the apprenticeship scheme could be altered to better serve them.
Among the recommendations are an insurance scheme to help SMEs cover the cost if an apprentice fails or drops out, encouraging companies to advertise specifically for ex-apprentices, and promoting initiatives that enable younger workers to support older employees to update their digital skills.
“Boosting the number of apprentices is essential to opening up access to the accountancy profession and providing the skills that the UK financial sector needs if it is to continue to thrive,” said John Howell MP, chair of the APPG, in a statement.
“Apprenticeships provide a much needed non-university based route into the accountancy profession,” added Andrew Harding, chief executive, management accounting, at CIMA.
This is echoed by haysmacintyre’s Allday, who argues that the recruitment of school leavers allows access to the profession for those who may have lacked the means to do so, and that this in turn serves the firm’s interests.
“This [the recruitment of school leavers] exposes the firm to a range of individuals from different backgrounds, all bringing a fresh perspective and news ideas that can only Strengthen how the company operates.
“A diverse workforce is also a true reflection of a diverse client base and helps us continue to support their needs as best as possible.”