When he becomes president of the United States, hopefully he’ll remember the little people.
It’s possible (maybe even likely) at least five quarterbacks will fly off the board in the first round of this year’s draft: Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson.
If the draft does unfold that way, it would be the first time that happened since 1999. That year, the Browns selected Tim Couch first overall, the Eagles took Donovan McNabb second, the Bengals drafted Akili Smith third, the Vikings grabbed Daunte Culpepper 11th and the Bears took Cade McNown 12th.
Among that group, McNabb was the only one who had a great career. Culpepper’s was solid. The rest, especially Couch and Smith, were tremendous busts.
If you are going Devils in your pool, there is only one line to pick from. Taylor Hall has been playing more often than not with Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier of late, with Palmieri being the stronger choice of the two. After Sami Vatanen took over power-play duties when March rolled around, Will Butcher spent the final weeks of the season wrestling them back in time for the playoffs. Butcher is the better choice on defense.
A good example? The Raiders had two scouts at the Spring League watching Johnny Manziel, according to ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert. Manziel could have played in Canada (and perhaps will eventually), but by using the Spring League as a showcase, he allowed NFL teams to see him training and in game situations they might not otherwise see.
One of the more talented communications people I’ve ever known, Randall Liu, is leaving the NFL office after 18 years. Every journalist I know who covers the league will miss him.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution included an interesting nugget in this story about Matt Ryan’s excitement to have Julio Jones back and practicing this offseason.
Ryan told Ledbetter that “he’s heard Jones is working out or has consulted with” Hall of Famer Terrell Owens this offseason.