The NFL draft’s best quarterback is at the scouting combine this week. Just ask one of them.
Asked inside the downtown convention center Friday if he is this draft’s best quarterback, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield kicked things off with absolutely, and if you don’t have that mindset, then something’s wrong.
Who ends up being this year’s Nick Foles, Kirk Cousins or Case Keenum, respectively, won’t be known until long after the haggling over the top prospects ends.
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For that matter, the identity of this year’s Russell Wilson will stay unknown for several seasons, as well. Some other quarterback with name recognition and a list of accomplishments and credentials will be overlooked for some tangible or intangible reason and allowed to slide an extra three or four rounds, to become a star and a champion at, initially, a bargain price.
And that quarterback will be compared to another who went earlier, did less, yet still managed to find work and land Erik Gudbranson Womens Jersey massive, market-driven and seemingly unearned paychecks. That would make him, say, the Brock Osweiler of this draft.
At 5-on-5 play this season, Barzal ranks fourth in the entire NHL for points per 60 minutes (3.0). Only Nathan MacKinnon (3.4), Brad Marchand (3.2) and Jaden Schwartz (3.0) have more points per minute when playing hockey in its purest form (minimum 100 minutes).
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Because Barzal’s totals are so great, he’s easily snagged the attention of fantasy hockey managers and is being deployed with regularity. But a few other players who are scoring at an accelerated rate at 5-on-5 are slipping a bit under the radar in terms of fantasy usage.
For fun, let’s list the next top players in points per 60 at 5-on-5 following Barzal: Nikita Kucherov (3.0), Auston Matthews (3.0) and Connor McDavid (2.9). This all seems par for the course, right? Which NHL superstar and fantasy first-rounder is next?