With Drew Brees on his way out and the offense changing, adding Jackson now would give him a full redshirt season before working with Alvin Kamara to take the league by storm.
The Steelers rarely have drafted cornerbacks early throughout the last two decades, but Alexander fits their defensive scheme, and they need to find added help for Artie Burns (their other recent first-round cornerback) if they hope to reach the Super Bowl again soon. Alexander could go as high as No. 14 overall.
They Jaguars don’t think a top guard will be available, and if that’s the case, they’ll consider D.J. Moore, Christian Kirk or Hayden Hurst. If Wynn is on the board, they can get a top guard prospect at No. 29.
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: Carolina needs someone to fill the starting void opposite James Bradberry, and Alexander is a sticky cover corner whose athleticism and savvy will serve him well against an imposing array of NFC South receivers.
Sam Hubbard, DE/LB, Ohio State: Beyond the Buckeye connection, the slippery pass rusher might be just what Mike Vrabel is looking for as he tries to ramp up the pressure in Year 1.
But they surrendered that lead on a goal from Randy Gilhen — one of three playoff goals in his career! — and lost 7-6 in overtime on a Kevin Stevens score. Pittsburgh would win three straight to capture the series. In their first playoff meeting ever, the Capitals had already established the “new and exciting ways to lose to the Penguins” tradition.
One way to avoid a Game 7 collapse is to close out your foe before you get there, which the Capitals had a chance to do in the 1995 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. They lost in overtime in Game 5, despite holding a 3-1 series lead, but they had a chance to close out Pittsburgh in Game 6 at home. Instead, the Penguins got four-point games from Tomas Sandstrom and Luc Robitaille, who scored a goal 42 seconds into the game as part of a 4-0 first-period lead. The Capitals lost Game 6, 7-1, at home; their Game 7 loss in Pittsburgh was a mere formality.
Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan break down the second-round playoff matchups that have been set, and give their top candidates for the Conn Smythe. Plus, Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and longtime Penguins beat writer Rob Rossi.