Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft is in the books. Although 32 talented players came off the board on Thursday night, Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday night will provide a better bigger picture of how each team is faring in adding its latest rookie class.
Several sliding players won’t last long on the board, to the benefit of the teams picking early on Day 2. Based on what happened in the first round, teams have an improved idea of what directions to go to support that pick and stockpile across positions.
Here’s projecting what might happen with many good fits for each team from No. 33 to No. 105 overall:
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33. Jacksonville Jaguars
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 pounds)
The Jaguars go for defense taking Clemson offensive teammates Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne in the first round. They will like having Owusu-Koramoah’s natural run-stopping and sound coverage baseline for the second level of their rebuild.
34. New York Jets
Azeez Ojulari, EDGE/OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 pounds)
The Jets need to rev up their pressure packages for Robert Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich after taking care of quarterback and left guard with Zach Wilson and Alijah Vera-Tucker in Round 1. Ojulari also can be moved around to be effective in coverage.
35. Atlanta Falcons
- Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 pounds)
The Falcons could benefit from getting more disruptive next to Grady Jarrett and Barmore showed how dominant his quick upfield production could be during the College Football Playoff.
36. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (6-5, 310 pounds)
The Dolphins drafted Austin Jackson for the lett side last year and is a strong follow-up to upgrade from Jesse Davis. Getting the prototypical right tackle to be a rock for the running game with a smooth-enough frame for pass protection is a smart move
37. Philadelphia Eagles
- Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State (6-5, 260 pounds)
The Eagles still are expected to move Zach Ertz and need to better support Nick Sirianni’s use of 12 personnel for Hurts after taking DeVonta Smith for wide receiver in Round 1. Freiermuth is a well-rounded tight end with a strong baseline of blocking to go along with reliable receiving on intermediate routes,
38. Cincinnati Bengals
- Jalen Mayfield, OT/G, Michigan (6-5, 319 pounds)
The Bengals can rebound nicely to upgrade their blocking for Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon after landing wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase to make the passing game more explosive in Round 1.
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39. Carolina Panthers
- Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State (6-6, 304 pounds)
Radunz, once with some first-round consideration, is having a late resurgence up some boards with his ideal frame. The Panthers shouldn’t hesitate to grab him to play left tackle after going cornerback with Jaycee Horn in Round 1.
40. Denver Broncos
Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama (6-3, 235 pounds)
Vic Fangio needs an active inside defender who has natural coverage skills and quickness after getting Patrick Surtain II for cornerback in the first round. Moses can clean up everywhere on the second level as a strong tackler and experienced leader.
41. Detroit Lions
- Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (6-3, 290 pounds)
The Lions need to beef up their defensive front with more quickness and strength and Onwuzurike is a great value here.
42. New York Giants
- Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-6, 314 pounds)
Cosmi’s size, strength and high effort can make him effective and efficient working at either tackle opposite 2020 first-rounder Andrew Thomas.
43. San Francisco 49ers
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU (6-1, 208 pounds)
The 49ers need to think about the near future of safety with Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward fading on the back end. Moehrig is the most complete playmaker in a deep class for the position,
44. Dallas Cowboys
- Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas (6-3, 245 pounds)
The Cowboys need traditional pass-rush help after going with another linebacker, Micah Parsons, in Round 1. Ossai can excel in multiple spots in their 4-3 front.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Vikings)
- Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (6-3, 245 pounds)
The Jaguars have ignored looking at a high-end receiving option at this position for a while and that needs to change for Lawrence. This athletic target can help as an extra intermediate option.
46. New England Patriots
Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss (5-9, 184 pounds)
The Patriots need to get a dynamic slot replacement for Julian Edelman to help Tom Brady-like first-round quarterback Mac Jones and Moore is a perfect versatile big-play fit for Josh McDaniels’ offense.
47. Los Angeles Chargers
- Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State (5-10, 184 pounds)
The Chargers’ once reliable corner coverage needs to be reconstructed for Brandon Staley with Casey Hayward and Desmond King gone. Samuel is a nice pedigreed prospect with the speed and quickness in man coverage to play inside or outside and also is a plus against the run.
48. Las Vegas Raiders
- Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State (6-4, 315 pounds)
The Raiders moved on from Gabe Jackson and Rodney Hudson and need to invest multiple picks restoring their interior run blocking, given Richie incognito is also near the end. Davis was terrific in that capacity on the right side.
49. Arizona Cardinals
- Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina (5-10, 220 pounds)
The Cardinals like Chase Edmonds more as a change of pace so getting Williams to replace Kenyan Drake as a power back makes a ton of sense.
50. Miami Dolphins
- Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri (6-0, 232 pounds)
The Dolphins used Kyle Van Noy for only one season and here’s another way, after first-rounder Jaelan Phillips, for Flores to upgrade the pressure packages in his front seven.
51. Washington Football Team
- Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (6-5, 230 pounds)
Washington has Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge but can’t expect to have a real long-term solution between Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke. Trask’s arm and accurate pocket passing is a good fit for Scott Turner’s offense.
52. Chicago Bears
- Jevon Holland, S, Oregon (6-1, 200 pounds)
The Bears could use a youthful active upgrade to pair with Eddie Jackson. Holland can do everything well to support him as a run defender and cover man.
53. Tennessee Titans
- Landon Dickerson, G/C, Alabama (6-6, 326 pounds)
Given how much Derrick Henry and the power running game is key to their offense, the Titans would look pretty good to secure the future up front with Dickerson inside.
54. Indianapolis Colts
- Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State (6-3, 213 pounds)
The Colts didn’t bring back Malik Hooker and Nasirildeen can fit any scheme with power against the run and quickness in coverage.
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55. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame (6-6, 305 pounds)
The Steelers, after getting their new feature back in Najee Harris in Round 1, can upgrade their run blocking for him with this sturdy right tackle.
56. Seattle Seahawks
Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson (6-5, 345 pounds)
The Seahawks also need to get better outside. Carman is capable of playing multiple positions well after protecting Lawrence’s blind side in college.
57. Los Angeles Rams
- Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami (6-3, 245 pounds)
The Rams could use an outside pass-rush boost behind Leonard Floyd and Roche fits their 3-4 well.
58. Kansas City Chiefs (from Ravens)
- Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse (6-2, 212 pounds)
The Chiefs would have thought about help for outside coverage had they kept their first-rounder and Melifonwu’s size can be particularly effective in their secondary.
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59. Cleveland Browns
Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest (6-5, 275 pounds)
The Browns need some more rotational pop for their pass rush behind Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney and Basham is a great best player available fit for Joe Woods’ scheme.
60. New Orleans Saints
- Jay Tufele, DT, USC (6-3, 315 pounds)
The Saints had to cut Malcom Brown in free agency so they make another key disruptive addition for Dennis Allen’s rebuilding front four after landing edge rusher Payton Turner in Round 1.
61. Buffalo Bills
- Creed Humphrey, G/C, Oklahoma (6-4, 312 pounds)
The Bills need to get better with their traditional running game and Humphrey can offer strong inside support there.
62. Green Bay Packers
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (5-9, 180 pounds)
The Packers could use a dedicated big-play slot to compement Davante Adams and boost Aaron Rodgers and Moore can hit home runs whenever the ball is in his hands as a receiver and sometimes runner.
63. Kansas City Chiefs
Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State (5-11, 193 pounds)
Wallace can give the Chiefs a legitimate reliable No. 2 outside to complement Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce with his possession tendencies and occasional big-play burst.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (6-5, 330 pounds)
The Buccaneers need to stash some interior offensive line depth and Smith does the trick nicely as a good value pick.
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65. Jacksonville Jaguars
- Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State (6-3, 241 pounds)
Meyer can tap into his former program under Ryan Day for an impactful all-around playmaker who just needs to become more consistent.
66. Minnesota Vikings (from Jets)
- Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse (6-0, 203 pounds)
The Vikings didn’t bring back Anthony Harris so they can target this long-term replacement with natural ballhawk instincts.
67. Houston Texans
Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke (6-3, 235 pounds)
The Texans are needing help in many places defensively post J.J. Watt and enter the draft with a welcome highly productive and smart pass rusher.
68. Atlanta Falcons
- Deonte Brown, G, Alabama (6-3, 364 pounds)
The Falcons need a massive run blocker to help Mike Davis and Brown is the interior behemoth for whom they have been looking.
69. Cincinnati Bengals
- Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh (6-5, 264 pounds)
The Bengals did sign Trey Hendrickson to replace Carl Lawson but they could use this prototypical 4-3 end for further help against the pass.
70. Philadelphia Eagles
- Elijah Molden, CB, Washington (5-10, 191 pounds)
Molden can be a strong new slot solution for Jonathan Gannon with the athleticism, quickness and toughness needed to consistently win in inside coverage.
71. Denver Broncos
- Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon (6-3, 245 pounds)
The Broncos need to add some pass-rushing juice for Fangio after addressing cornerback and inside linebacker with their first two picks.
72. Detroit Lions
- Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU (6-3, 200 pounds)
The Lions need to address wide receiver after losing Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. and Marshall is the classic size/speed prospect for the outside.
73. Carolina Panthers
- Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa (6-3, 305 pounds)
The Panthers need some more youthful power and quickness inside to complement Derrick Brown and Nixon also has appeal as an extra pass rusher.
74. Washington Football Team (from 49ers)
- Amon-Ra St. Brown (6-1, 195 pounds)
Washington needs a strong, tough slot presence to complement speedsters Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel and play well off tight end Logan Thomas.
75. Dallas Cowboys
- Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh (5-11, 190 pounds)
The Cowboys have seen Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods leave in recent offseasons and can get fine versatile safety help here.
76. New York Giants
- Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU (6-3, 362 pounds)
The Giants need a hammer for the nose after losing Dalvin Tomlinson and Shelvin is ideal with his massive run-stuffing frame.
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77. Los Angeles Chargers
Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson (5-10, 211 pounds)
The Chargers need to get more dynamic somewhere at receiver to complement Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and going for this quick slot option makes a lot of sense for Justin Herbert after going offensive line and cornerback early.
78. Minnesota Vikings
Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina (6-2, 227 pounds)
The Vikings need to think about the future at linebacker beyond Anthony Barr and Surratt is a solid fit for Mike Zimmer’s system.
79. Las Vegas Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals)
- Josh Myers, G/C, Ohio State (6-5, 312 pounds)
The Raiders go for Hudson’s replacement in someone who has a lot of experience clicking with Davis on the inside for the Buckeyes.
80. Las Vegas Raiders
- Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State (6-2, 300 pounds)
Run stopping with a stronger interior is also a priority for the Raiders so they shouldn’t mind going back-to-back-to-back Buckeyes.
81. Miami Dolphins
- Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina (5-7, 202 pounds)
The Dolphins got a good season from Myles Gaskin but Carter can give their backfield a needed more explosive element in a committee.
82. Washington Football Team
Richie Grant, S, UCF (6-0, 194 pounds)
Washington has Kamren Curl making plays on the back end and here’s a good complement to his skill set and that of first-round linebacker Jamin Davis.
83. Chicago Bears
- D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan (5-9, 189 pounds)
The Bears could upgrade from disappointing Anthony Miller for Justin Fields with a big slot type to put between Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney.
84. Dallas Cowboys (from Colts through Eagles)
Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford (6-1, 198 pounds)
The Cowboys get a good value in addressing their biggest need with strength and size to complement Trevon Diggs.
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85. Tennessee Titans
- Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame (6-4, 248 pounds)
The Titans need to find a replacement for Jonnu Smith and Tremble can contribute as an athletic receiver right away while he rounds out into a strong blocker.
86. Minnesota Vikings (from Seahawks through Jets)
- Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State (6-1, 194 pounds)
With their boatload of picks, the Vikings are well positioned to take a chance on Wade, hoping he can rebound from his final season disappointment to flash his big-play moxie again, working either inside or outside.
87. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jabril Cox, LB, LSU (6-3, 233 pounds)
The Steelers need someone to better flank Devin Bush and Cox is a great value to raise their playmaking everywhere.
88. Los Angeles Rams
- Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia (6-6, 243 pounds)
The Rams must get more active on the inside of their 3-4, too. Showden has the frame and athleticism to make a lot of plays and can also be a thumper against the run.
89. Cleveland Browns
- Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State (6-3, 242 pounds)
Staying in state for this next big playmaker, Werner can give the Browns a welcome upgrade in second-level pass coverage.
90. Minnesota Vikings (from Ravens)
- Hunter Long, TE, Boston College (6-5, 254 pounds)
The Vikings parted ways with long-time starter Kyle Rudolph, and Long, a natural receiver and sound blocker, is a good complement to Irv Smith Jr.
91. Cleveland Browns (from Saints)
Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina (5-11, 190 pounds)
The Browns could use some versatile support for Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and Newsome’s quickness is a good fit for their offense.
92. Green Bay Packers
- James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati (6-4, 302 pounds)
The Packers could benefit from developing a strong starting right tackle opposite David Bakhtiari to further support Rodgers.
93. Buffalo Bills
- Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia (6-2, 185 pounds)
Campbell has the size to develop into a shutdown cover man in time but for now he’s best known for being an active, aggressive on-ball playmaker.
94. Baltimore Ravens (from Chiefs)
- Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA (6-2, 280 pounds)
The Ravens’ pass-rush rebuild continues on the inside with this high-effort rotational option behind Calais Campbell. His quickness is a good addition to supplement the second level with Rousseau in the mix, too.
95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan (6-1, 232 pounds)
The Buccaneers could benefit from developing rotational depth behind Devin White and Lavonte David and McGrone would be good to groom for down the line.
96. New England Patriots (compensatory)
- Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF (6-0, 186 pounds)
The Patriots have to start a steady rebuild of their aging secondnary and Robinson’s size and coverage versatility fits with Bill Belichick.
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97. Los Angeles Chargers (from Texans) (compensatory)
- Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE, Vanderbilt (6-5, 285 pounds)
The Chargers are transitioning to a new defensive scheme under Staley and Odeyingbo is a good fit to situationally produce in the 3-4 at first with his intriguing size and speed.
98. New Orleans Saints (compensatory)
- Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU (5-8, 178 pounds)
The Saints were able to keep Marcus Williams on the franchise tag but Malcolm Jenkins is nearing the end of his career at the other safety. Washington is an exceptional cover man who can also help in subpackages like a nickel back.
99. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)
Jalen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh (6-2, 301 pounds)
The Cowboys dip into more front-seven help after adding Parsons and thinking about edge rusher and cornerback with their next two picks. Twyman is an undersized but quick tackle with some natural run-stopping skills and pass-rush upside.
100. Tennessee Titans (compensatory)
Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell, WR, Louisville (5-9, 165 pounds)
The Titans were attached to the two Moores so it makes sense they would want to find a diminutive dasher to replace Adam Humphries in the slot and also provide another big-play element related to speed and quickness away from A.J. Brown.
101. Detroit Lions (from Rams, compensatory)
- isreal Mukuamu, CB/S, South Carolina (6-4, 212 pounds)
The Lions got Jeffery Okudah for cornerback in last year’s draft and now they could use a big presence to nail down safety and improve their subpackages.
102. San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)
- Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis (5-11, 191 pounds)
The 49ers do have Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. but they also had more durability issues in the backfield last season. Gainwell is a great value pick here as he can excel in Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme to help new first-round QB Trey Lance.
103. Los Angeles Rams (compensatory)
- Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest (6-3, 215 pounds)
Surratt’s combination of physicality and big-play ability should be appealing to add to Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson.
104. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)
- Walker Little, OT, Stanford (6-7, 313 pounds)
The Ravens need to develop a a nice-sized athlete to help replace the traded Orlando Brown Jr. opposite Ronnie Stanley and Little has the potential to be a solid starter by 2022.
105. New Orleans Saints (compensatory)
- Seth Williams, WR, Auburn (6-2, 224 pounds)
The Saints are in the market for a reliable No. 2 outside after only one season with Emmanuel Sanders and Williams has some of the same tough possession and field-stretching traits.
DK Metcalf’s Olympic trial: How to watch NFL star attempt to qualify for USA track and field team
Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is one of the fastest players in the NFL and is as explosive an athlete as they come. We’ve seen his speed on the football field on numerous occasions in the NFL, but now the Seahawks and fantasy football star will be taking on a new challenge. He is going to attempt to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in the 100 meter dash.
Metcalf played track in high school but has focused on football in recent years. Still, that won’t stop the dynamic, chiseled athlete from taking a chance at qualifying for the 100 meter event for the Olympics. On Sunday in Eugene, Ore., Metcalf will be competing for an automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials, and that will be a true test of just how fast he is.
This all came together very quickly, so naturally, NFL and Seahawks fans alike have a lot of questions. How can DK Metcalf qualify for the Olympics? What time will he have to run to be competitive in the fight for spots on the team? And what could his clocked time end up being?
Here’s everything you need to know about Metcalf’s upcoming 100 meter dash and how to watch the NFL star in action on the track.
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How to watch DK Metcalf in USATF Golden Games and Distance Open
- Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBC, NBC Sports
- Live stream: NBCSports.com, fuboTV
Metcalf’s run and the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open will air on the NBC networks starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can watch the event live on NBC or NBC Sports or stream it live via the NBC Sports app. You can also stream the event live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
What is DK Metcalf’s 100 meter time?
Metcalf was a track athlete in high school, but he did not compete in the 100 meter dash. However, he was a part of a 4×100-meter relay team that posted a time of 41.51 seconds, a Mississippi state record. When taking the average speed of the runner per 100 meters into effect, Metcalf’s split would have been in the 10.38-second range for a 100 meter event.
According to Oxford High School track and field coach Chris Bush (via Yahoo Sports), Metcalf typically ran “low-10 splits” on his leg of the 4×100 relay.
In addition to his 4×100 relay success, Metcalf finished second in the 5A state championship in both the 110-meter hurdles (14.89 seconds) and the triple jump (46-feet, 5 inches), per Seahawks.com’s John Boyle. So, while he’s far removed from it, he was once a productive track star.
As far as how Metcalf’s NFL measurables compare, he clocked 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which converts to about a 11.83 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
However, that doesn’t count for the increasing speed he would pick up the longer he runs, so it’s more likely that Metcalf will be able to clock somewhere close to his top speed on the field. His two fastest plays of the year came when he reached a speed of 22.64 miles per hour (mph) while tackling Budda Baker against the Cardinals and on a six-yard reception where he logged a speed of 21.66 mph. That would make his potential 100 meter time fall somewhere between 9.88 and 10.33 seconds.
So, if Metcalf’s speed lives up to what he’s already put on tape, he will have a chance to qualify for the Olympics.
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How can DK Metcalf qualify for the Olympics?
American track and field athletes have until June 6 to hit the qualifying standards in order to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, which will be held June 18-27 in Eugene, Oregon. If Metcalf meets the qualifying standard of 10.05 seconds for the men’s 100 meter, he would move on to the Trials, where he would then need to finish top three in his event to make the Olympic team.
If Metcalf fails to automatically qualify for Trials, he’ll need to have one of the 32 fastest times overall to earn a spot (the 100-meter cutoff was 10.16 seconds in 2016 and 10.28 seconds in 2012). Eight men have already automatically qualified for Trials in the 100 meter, according to World Athletics, leaving 24 spots remaining.
2021 Olympics qualifying schedule
The USATF Golden Games and Distance Open are just one of the remaining qualifying events for Olympic track and field athletes this year. After May 9, there will be six more events to qualify before the U.S. Olympic Team Trails begin in late June. Opening Ceremonies for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo are scheduled for July 23.
|May 9||USATF Golden Games and Distance Open at Mt. SAC||Walnut, CA|
|May 18||USATF Open||AP Ranch, TX|
|May 22||USATF Throws Festival||Tucson, AZ|
|May 23||adidas Boost Boston Games||Boston, MA|
|May 25||USATF Invitational||Prairie View, TX|
|May 29||Chula Vista Field Festival||Chula Vista, CA|
|June 6||USATF Showcase||Prairie View, TX|
|June 19-20||U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field||Eugene, OR|
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What is the 100 meter world record?
Usain Bolt holds the world record in the 100 meter dash. Bolt clocked a blazing 9.58-second time in the 100 meter at the 2009 IAAF World Championships. Incredibly, that is 0.11 seconds faster than the next-highest finisher, USA’s Tyson Gay, who clocked a 9.69-second time just a month after Bolt broke the record.
Meanwhile, if Metcalf reached his peak calculated time of 9.88 seconds, that would tie for the 29th-fastest time in world history, and still a good 0.3 seconds off Bolt’s pace. If Metcalf finishes with any time 10.1 or below, he would be among the top 350 competitors in track and field history.
Usain Bolt’s 40 yard dash time
Bolt ran the 40-yard dash at the 2019 Super Bowl. He clocked 4.22 seconds in the event, which tied the NFL Combine record held by current Giants receiver John Ross.
The impressive part of Bolt’s run? He did it while wearing sweats and sneakers and was just doing it for fun at age 32. Were he gave it his all, he almost certainly would have been able to break the 4.2 mark and dazzle NFL fans. But hey, settling for a record-tying performance isn’t half bad.
Connor McDavid hits ‘impressive’ 100-point mark in Oilers’ 53rd game
Entering Saturday night’s “Hockey Night in Canada” showdown with the Canucks, Connor McDavid had been downplaying how important scoring 100 points this season was to him.
“It’s a number,” McDavid said when he was sitting on 93 points; he had 96 Saturday morning. “If I get there, great. If not, it’s not the end of the world, either. The most important thing is our team is gearing up for the playoffs and making sure we’re firing on all cylinders in Game 1.”
Well, while he may not have been thinking about it, the smile on his face when he notched point 100 in the second period — his fourth point (goal, three assists) of the night — told a different story. The historic moment came in the Oilers’ 53rd game of the season as he assisted on Leon Draisaitl’s game-winning power-play goal.
“Honestly, it’s just impressive,” said Draisaitl, who hit his own career milestone of 500 (and 501) NHL points in the game. “I don’t think my English is good enough to find another word for it right now, but it’s incredible. I mean, I don’t know, we’ve played 50-some games, he’s at 100 points. It’s just very impressive and just, you know, fun to be a part of.”
“I think what it does, it just solidifies he’s one of the top players to ever play the game,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “The level that he’s played at this year, and just what he’s accomplished, it’s one of those years that you look at Wayne [Gretzky] or you look at Mario [Lemiuex], it’s one of those years where he’s taken his talents to another level that is just elite for the league.”
McDavid, who has 32 goals and 68 assists, became just the ninth player in NHL history to hit the century mark in 53 games, joining the likes of Gretzky and Phil Esposito. The last players to do it were Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr with the Penguins in 1995-96.
“It’s special to be part of a group like that, obviously. Those are the game’s best players of all time so it’s special to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys,” McDavid said postgame.
“Four-point nights aren’t something that come regularly, I think. I was just trying to come in and play a good game, play like I can,” he said later, adding that he spoke to his parents and was surprised his mom was awake to see it. “My legs felt pretty good. I was able to get on the board on the first shift, that always helps. I think after the first one, it kind of crosses your mind, and I was fortunate to feel pretty good throughout the night and a couple of great shots from my teammates.”
After the Edmonton captain hit the mark, Twitter not only praised him but was also in awe of the moment.
With 1G-3A for his @EdmontonOilers so far tonight, Connor McDavid joins Wayne Gretzky (11 times), Mario Lemieux (6), Phil Esposito (2), Jari Kurri (2), Marcel Dionne, Steve Yzerman, Bernie Nicholls & Jaromir Jagr as the only players to get 100 points in a season in 53 or fewer GP pic.twitter.com/grFCbtXxfz
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) May 9, 2021
Make it 100 pts for McDavid. Goes on a run of 16 points over a 5 game stretch to get there in just 53 games. Absolutely phenomenal production.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) May 9, 2021
There you go…
8th time in his last 10 GP that McDavid has had 3 or more points.
What a season…
What a player…
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) May 9, 2021
As someone old enough to have seen Gretzky and Lemieux at their peak, appreciate being a fan in the McDavid era. It won’t last forever, but you’ll be telling stories about this guy for decades.
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 9, 2021
McDavid is better at hockey, than any other athlete is at their sport. @EdmontonOilers
Congrats @cmcdavid97 on this un-f***ing-believable accomplishment!
— B R E T T K I S S E L (@BrettKissel) May 9, 2021
Yeah, Connor McDavid got to 100 points, but I folded all my laundry today, and that felt like a pretty big accomplishment to me.
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) May 9, 2021
What a performance by McDavid, that true superstar who recognizes the occasion, and is talented enough to deliver.
I sure wish there were 18,500 fans in this place to enjoy this.
It’s a crime that a season this great gets played in front of only empty seats.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) May 9, 2021
Time to create a league above the NHL for McDavid to graduate to.
He’s too good for this level, stunting his development. https://t.co/GXrEKiFlqd
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) May 9, 2021
100 points in 56 games seemed like an incredible objective when the season opened. McDavid does it with three games to spare.
Insanely, he could plausibly finish this 56-game season with the second-highest point total of his career.
— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) May 9, 2021
Blue Jackets, John Tortorella reportedly parting ways; five landing spots for the veteran coach
John Tortorella’s contract with the Blue Jackets expires this summer and The Athletic’s Adam Portzline is reporting that the veteran coach will not be re-signing with the team. The Blue Jackets’ season ended Saturday with a 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings.
“People talk about a shelf life. I don’t think there’s a shelf life for a coach, but what I believe in is, is it the right fit?” Tortorella said postgame on Zoom when asked if he’d like to return next season. “I think the fit of the coach and the players and personnel, I think that’s the most important thing and that’s something (Jackets GM) Jarmo (Kekalainen) and I have discussed very honestly. Very honestly. I get it. Am I the right fit? These are the things Jarmo and I have talked about.
“I think this will come to a solution very quickly here.”
Tortorella joined the club after it started the 2016-17 season 0-7-0 under Todd Richards.
“John Tortorella is an experienced National Hockey League coach with a proven track record of success,” Kekalainen said at the time of the hire. “He is a Stanley Cup winner, and we believe the right person to lead our team at this time.”
While he didn’t lead the Blue Jackets to a Stanley Cup, he did steer the team to four straight Stanley Cup playoff appearances beginning in 2016-17. The team also had one of the greatest postseason performances in NHL history when it swept the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.
This season, the club finished last in the Central Division with an 18-26-12 record. It marked the first full season in which the club finished under .500 with him at the helm. It didn’t help that the year started shakily with disgruntled forward Pierre-Luc Dubois wanting out of Columbus. He was soon sent packing, but the player for whom he was swapped, Patrik Laine, also seemed to struggle under Tortorella.
Tortorella will leave with a 227-166-54 record for Columbus. Across four teams (Lightning, Blue Jackets, Rangers and Canucks) he has posted an overall record of 672-541-37-132 record and holds the record for most wins among U.S.-born coaches.
While he noted that he joined the Blue Jackets as an older coach, it doesn’t sound as if the 62-year-old wants to hang up his whistle just yet. With that, here’s a quick rundown of five possible landing spots for the colorful coach:
New York Rangers
If David Quinn is shown the door, then could there be a return to Broadway for Tortorella? He did post an impressive 171-118-1-29 record and led the team to four postseason appearances — including a conference final in 2012. Oh, and guess who was captain for him during some of his tenure . . . the guy who was just named the team’s GM and president, Chris Drury.
Like Tortorella, Travis Green is not signed beyond this season and there could be a vacancy in the Pacific Northwest. The Canucks and Tortorella also have some history — one 82-game season that was, well, interesting, to say the least. Maybe the duo are due for a re-do?
Bench boss Rick Tocchet is also unsigned beyond this season and he could be shown the door after four seasons in the desert. Tortorella could fit here with the team’s mix of young and veteran players.
All signs are pointing to Gerard Gallant heading to the NHL’s newest club but Tortorella could land here if GM Ron Francis wants to veer off course.
Could the Stars part ways with Rick Bowness after the team followed up their trip to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final by missing the postseason? Maybe. Tortorella does have some history with players like Joe Pavelski (Team USA).
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