Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, Toledo: In his final season for the MAC champion Rockets, Adeniyi finished with 66 tackles (20 tackles for a loss), 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. As a sophomore, he had 49 tackles with four sacks, so he made a huge jump in a year. He’s projected as an outside linebacker in the NFL.
Can the Jets wait three seasons for their quarterback to develop into a potential star?
They gave up their No. 6 overall pick and three second-round picks (two of them in 2018 and one in 2019) to find out. Usually, second-round picks are starters or players who get significant playing time.
“I feel good about it,” Todd Bowles said. “Obviously, the closer you get to the draft, the more draft capital goes up and you have to give up more than that. The fact we made the move early I thought was a very good move for us and we’re in a position to get a good player.”
At No. 3, the Jets might not get the player they want, but they remain in solid shape. They have held private workouts with four of the top five quarterbacks in the upcoming draft.
Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: Sure, why not? Vegas is flashing the attributes that most Stanley Cup winners possess. To begin, the Golden Knights have superb goaltending. Fleury was strong when he played during the regular season, though that wasn’t a lot (he made just 46 starts because of injuries) and he has looked spectacular in these playoffs, allowing just three total goals while posting a pair of shutouts.
The Trojans were coming off the 1967 national championship with Yary blocking for tailback O.J. Simpson, who rushed for 1,543 yards and finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Simpson was a junior and ineligible for the draft, but that didn’t stop the Vikings from trying to come up with a way to acquire him.
“We actually tried to trade the pick to somebody so we could get O.J. the next year,’’ said Bud Grant, the hall of fame coach who was entering his second season with the Vikings in 1968. “We thought maybe we could go through the league and we could postpone the pick until the next year, but there was no avenue for us.
“It was more of a fantasy. So, we put that to bed and we all agreed Yary was the best player in the draft.”
After winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968, Simpson was the No. 1 pick in the 1969 draft, going to the Buffalo Bills — and then making the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But so did Yary, one of the best draft selections the Vikings have made.