Stafford to upcoming top overall pick: ‘Be yourself’ More Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford knows a thing or two about being the top overall pick of an NFL draft. With the 2018 NFL Draft on the horizon, Stafford offered a bit of advice to the next man to hold that title — whether it’s USC quarterback Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen or reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. I think that’s all you can do is just be yourself, the 30-year-old Stafford said, via the Detroit Free Press. Just go in there, work hard, show those guys in that locker room what you’re about. And whatever it is you’re about, it’ll come out and they’ll either accept you or they won’t and then you go play.
That’s the kind of lasting impact that a great analyst can have on a football fan. And that’s the kind of simple wisdom that results in a multi-decade career as a big-game analyst. While plenty of people have the ability to explain what just happened at any given moment in any given game, it’s that kind of inherent brilliance that only a few analysts regularly demonstrate.
The second period went from bad to worse for the Jets, when Myers was checked by Foligno and caught his skate at the bottom of the boards. He needed help off the ice and into the locker room and did not return. Maurice had no update on the defenseman’s condition, but without elaborating he suggested the injury could have been avoided.
Didn’t love it, Maurice said, referring to both the hit and the outcome.
There was a lot to like, at least, about the Wild’s performance. All four lines produced at least one goal, and the rookie defenseman Seeler had a breakout game in the back with four blocked shots and a breakaway shot that hit the post and barely stayed in front of the line.
That’s playoff hockey. You need everybody, Staal said. You don’t win unless you have four lines and all your defensive core going.