Drew Doughty played more than 27 1/2 minutes in the star defenseman’s return to the Kings’ blue line following a one-game suspension for hitting William Carrier in the series opener. Doughty also had partner Jake Muzzin back by his side after he missed the previous seven games with an upper-body injury.
In that scenario, such a team could easily land on Tanner Lee.
The problems with Lee are obvious. Over his two years at Tulane, he completed just 53.6 percent of his pass attempts and averaged a lowly 5.9 yards per throw.
His accuracy improved in 2017 after his transfer to Nebraska, but not by much. He finished the season with a completion percentage of 57.5 yards, but his poor decision-making led to 16 interceptions.
Lee did post a passer rating of 137.1 against tougher Big Ten competition this past season. And as Pauline reported back in January, teams are still impressed by Lee’s arm strength and overall physical tools—he’s 6’4 and 220 pounds—despite his lack of quality production.
That might be all he needs to find an NFL home without having to go the undrafted-free-agent route.
New York’s Jose Reyes is hitless in 16 at-bats this season after going 0 for 4.
The Browns could also try to work a deal with the Giants, who have the No. 2 overall selection, to gain some draft picks and still get the quarterback they covet. And there’s even been some conversation about the Browns drafting two quarterbacks, which sounds like an overreaction until you remember they haven’t had a franchise passer since returning to Cleveland in 1999.
But whatever happens, at least one quarterback is in the team’s plans, and will almost certainly happen at the top of the draft, right?
Well… here’s the thing: general manager John Dorsey, who was hired last December, presumably to draft a quarterback (something his predecessor, Sashi Brown, never did in the first round), had this to say when asked if running back Saquon Barkley was an option at No. 1.
We finally pushed them back far enough to where our guys could make plays, Schmidt said. That’s what happened in Vegas, and we did it here. We finally pushed them back to where our forwards could do some things.
Captain Anze Kopitar had a late goal and an assist, while Alex Iafallo scored his first career playoff goal in the first period. The Kings still haven’t won a playoff game at Staples Center since they last raised the Stanley Cup in June 2014.