Did your favorite NFL team land its quarterback of the future in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft?
If not, then you’d better hope some quarterbacks take the next step before the 2019 NFL Draft. If you thought Baker Mayfield (No. 1 overall pick), Sam Darnold (3), Josh Allen (7), Josh Rosen (10) and Lamar Jackson (32) had questions, then get a load of our top 10 quarterbacks for the next draft class.
Alex Ovechkin had eight points in six games. Operative phrase: six games. No sphincter-clenching how-does-it-all-go-to-hell Game 7 pressure in D.C. Because if the series went that deep, obviously we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: The Capitals were in a precarious situation. Unburdened by outside expectations (no Presidents’ Trophy) the team actually felt more pressure than ever. They knew that their coach, Barry Trotz, was without a contract for next season and likely wouldn’t be back save for winning a Stanley Cup — and even then, it wasn’t a given. The Caps also knew that GM Brian MacLellan would drastically shake up the roster if they fell to the Penguins yet again.
So they put up one heck of a performance to win this series in six games. Of course, it helped that the Pens had played the equivalent of an extra half-season of hockey over their past two Stanley Cup runs. Washington also took advantage of Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist missing games with lingering injuries. The Penguins’ power play was uncharacteristically tame — oh, sorry, this is Capitals fan fiction. I meant to say that Washington extended its strong penalty killing from the Blue Jackets series. Also, I’m happy to report, no beer cans were chucked onto the ice.
But that can be difficult when there are consistently so many prospects of the high-risk, high-reward variety.
In any draft, there is always the option to stick with safe players, but often that means missing out on true elite-level talents.
Deciding whether to take the leap of faith on a boom-or-bust player is a significant challenge for general managers and here we look at the players in this year’s class who present such a dilemma.
Any player who scores eight touchdowns in a game, as Kalen Ballage did against Texas Tech in 2016, is going to be worthy of buzz.
But, having only topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage once in his collegiate career, there is concern Ballage may be a better athlete than football player.
Still, at 6-1 and 228 pounds with 4.4 speed, Ballage is an Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys athlete who will be tempting to many. The challenge for whoever takes a shot on him Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys will be to harness his abilities as a runner and a pass-catcher out of the backfield on a consistent basis.