The NFL is like any other business — it falls into patterns, makes mistakes and has to start over.

Every year, the draft comes around and guys start to shoot up boards when they run a freakish 40-yard dash or put up 40 reps on the bench press.

Evaluators in the NFL are just like us, they fall for window-dressing and pick based on recency bias rather than trusting what their eyes saw on the football field months before the combine.

So, who are the players this year who pundits are saying should go high but probably should not?

Here are five overrated prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft:

 

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Lock is big (6-4, 227 pounds), has a huge arm, has tons of collegiate starts (46) and has had very good success in a conference known for its defense in the SEC (99 touchdowns, 39 interceptions).

Here is the thing though — and this really, really matters — he is not accurate. Just really not at all. In four years, basically all starting, at Missouri, he never completed more than 62.9 per cent of his passes in a season and only eclipsed the 60-per cent mark once. He did that despite having favourable offenses to do it in, good talent around him and, honestly, a weaker division to exploit.

The SEC East has had very good teams in recent years, but it also has Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina, and Kentucky were not particularly good until recently. Lock is soaring up boards now that teams are seeing him in shorts and a t-shirt and he is throwing against air. Could he be really good? Absolutely. He has all the tools to do so. But the fact is the NFL does not get easier. It gets more difficult and Lock's accuracy probably will not improve in a tougher environment with more complex defenses.

 

Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

Again, there is a lot to like about Lawrence: he has wonderful size, he moves very well for his girth (342 pounds and a 5.05 40-yard dash) and he anchored one of the best defensive lines in the country. But even though he is predicted to go in the first round by just about everyone, the consensus around draft circles is he probably should not.

One AFC general manager told Bleacher Report: "It's nothing against the kid, but teams should know better than to draft a nose tackle early. He's Vita Vea. He's Danny Shelton. These guys are never worth the early pick."

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard echoed the same sentiment: "In short, Lawrence is a good run-stuffing prospect with enough upside and athleticism to not be a complete dud on passing downs, which would be awesome in the middle of day two/early Round three portions of the draft. The problem is he's been getting top-10 hype for two years now, and there is just no way he belongs in the Round one discussion."

Now, Lawrence appears to be slipping down boards slightly as he is getting looked at more in the 15-30 range rather than top 10 at this point. Still, today's game is about getting pressure up the middle with defensive tackles and that's just not Lawrence's game, and to spend a first-round pick on a run stuffer might not be prudent.

 

Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Campbell's stock took a big jump this year when he came out and ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine.

That is all well and good and has some teams now considering him as a day two prospect, and if Al Davis were alive he would probably go in the top 10. But his issue was never his speed. His issue has always been whether he could catch. And spoiler alert, he is not Michael Thomas.

Campbell has had big problems with drops in his career and had he not had those issues at Ohio State, there is a good chance the Buckeyes would not have had to come back against Penn State this year. That game got Dwayne Haskins rattled and probably is a spot many scouts will point to demonstrate why they have some questions about the Ohio State QB. But we digress.

The point is, Campbell has questions about both his hands and his route-running as the Buckeyes did not run a traditional route tree under Urban Meyer. If he gets up into the early second round, that will probably be too high of a selection and one that was made because a team fell in love with what they saw on the stopwatch rather than what they perceived on tape.

 

Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Jones is the classic case of quarterbacks being drafted before they should be, and he will be, mark our words. Assuming Kyler Murray goes number one — which honestly may be a pretty big assumption — quarterbacks will start to come off the board quickly like they always do. If Murray goes first, we could very well see Jones go off the board at number 15 to the Washington Redskins and that is just too high.

While Gil Brandt compared Jones to Peyton Manning, which might be a bit of an overstatement, the Hall of Famer did give an exact evaluation of who Jones is — he is a big guy (6-5), who does not have great arm strength and features pretty darn good mobility. Those are all great traits, but unless Jones falls to the perfect spot, it may not matter.

Jones is a developmental player who has a good amount of starts (36), but not a ton of passes thrown and kind of flew under the radar so he did not have a ton of pressure on him. If a team take him high, they will have to start him pretty soon and that is not the best recipe for him. Now, if he gets drafted by the New England Patriots at the end of the first round that is another story, but if he goes in the top 20 or even the top 15, he could have a rough go of it.

 

Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

This one is more of a question mark than it is a pure overrated statement. Again, Gary is a guy who checks all the boxes: He is 6-5, 283 pounds as a defensive end, he is crazy fast for that size running a 4.58 40-yard dash and shows flashes of dominance off the edge at Michigan.

But with guys like that, stats do matter a touch. Like with Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat, while people may not have known him when he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, it is easy to match up that speed with his production as he tallied 23.5 sacks with the Bulldogs in his career and 22.5 in his last two years there. His measurements match his production. With Gary, that really is not the case.

Gary tallied 9.5 sacks in three years at Michigan. He is a physical freak, how does that happen? Now, he was surrounded by gobs of talent with the Wolverines so that could have held down his numbers, but he could not tally more than 6.5 sacks in a season with his talent? That might be a red flag. We will see if his talent turns into production in the pros, but like with Lock, the NFL does not get easier. So, Gary might not all of a sudden become a sack artist the team that take him expect him to be.

The NFL Draft is nearly here, and to say a number of teams have a lot riding on their impending decisions would be an understatement.

Here are five teams with the most to gain or lose in the aftermath of the 2019 NFL Draft:

 

Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals hold the number one pick, and the biggest story leading up to the draft is centred around dual-sport star Kyler Murray.

The former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft but opted to pursue a career in football instead.

Given that the Cardinals already have Josh Rosen, who was picked 10th overall in 2018, there has been speculation over whether Arizona will draft a top-10 quarterback for the second straight year.

The Cardinals finished last season with a league-worst 3-13 record and missed the playoffs for the third straight year. They have not had a winning season since 2015 when they went 13-3 and won the NFC West under Carson Palmer, who retired at the end of 2017 and left a void Rosen just could not fill in 14 lacklustre games as a rookie.

 

Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have four of the first 35 picks, followed by four selections in rounds four through seven (Numbers 106, 140, 218 and 235).

However, head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are reportedly on their own in making final decisions on the team's draft prospects after sending their scouts home over feelings of distrust. Considering how they acquired the picks in the first place — remember Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper? — the Raiders are bound to do something reckless.

While Gruden and Mayock have reiterated their support for Derek Carr, it is not out of the question for the Raiders to pull a surprise quarterback pick early, among other questionable moves.

 

Giants

Things are a mess in New York, but the Giants have a chance to turn things around and start the season fresh on a positive note.

The New York Giants have two picks in the first round at number six and 17, and it might make the most sense for the team to take a potential successor to Eli Manning with the latter selection. But general manager Dave Gettleman has his own way of doing things, which is evident by his willingness to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns and his unapologetic approach to the event.

New York have reportedly met with multiple quarterbacks, including Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock and Murray, and Manning expressed confidence the Giants will draft a player at that position. He was inconsistent last season as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second successive year and his contract is set to expire after next season.

 

Patriots

Speaking of quarterbacks, the New England Patriots have to be thinking about Tom Brady's impending retirement and who will take his place under center when he decides to call it quits.

Brady turns 42 in August, yet has remained insistent he will play into his mid-40s. Still, the Patriots have to anticipate his decision and allow time for his successor to learn from him, like they did with long-time backup Jimmy Garoppolo before he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

Then again, New England have other needs that require addressing sooner, specifically at tight end following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. The Super Bowl champions could also use a defensive end and eventually a receiver considering Julian Edelman is 32 and newcomer Demaryius Thomas is 31.

 

Redskins

The Washington Redskins are another team in search of a long-term quarterback solution following the departure of Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith's horrific leg injury.

The Redskins still have Smith under contract even though he will not play in 2019 and traded for Case Keenum as insurance, but Washington are reportedly open to the idea of taking a quarterback with their 15th overall pick.

However, there is competition in the picks ahead of Washington. With only four potential first-round quarterbacks up for grabs, the Redskins could be prompted to move up the board by opening the door to prospective trades.

This might not be the flashiest of NFL drafts, but a bunch of teams can get a whole lot better at spots of need in the first round.

While there are not a lot of great quarterbacks — some pundits are saying none would go among the top three taken last year — there are offensive linemen and interior defenders galore this season.

Those names will not incite riots in football towns, but they will make teams better where they need to be.

Here are five great fits in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft:

 

Oakland Raiders, Number four: Josh Allen, OLB/DE Kentucky

Allen might just be the best player in this draft. He has got good size (6-5, 262) and even better production (31.5 sacks, 17 in 2019).

The Raiders are completely without pass-rushing talent (ahem…Khalil Mack) tallying just 13 sacks as a team in 2018, which was 17 less than any other roster in the NFL.

Allen both fits a need — and if he is on the board at number four — he will likely be the best talent available. It is a win-win.

 

Detroit Lions, Number eight: Jonah Williams, OT/OG Alabama

Matthew Stafford is the sixth-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but he is getting protected like he is expendable (40 sacks in 2018, 47 in 2017, 37 in 2016). His contract has two more years before a potential opt-out, and the Lions better protect him if they want to keep him.

Williams would do just that, whether it is at guard or tackle. He is physically gifted and highly productive as well, earning third-team All-American honours in 2017 and first team in 2018.

This is the man to protect Stafford.

 

Denver Broncos, Number 10: Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State

John Elway loves his big pocket quarterbacks and Haskins is just that.

The Ohio State quarterback struggles to move a bit, especially when he gets pressured up the middle, but no QB likes pressure up the middle, so that is not too big of a deal.

Joe Flacco has three years left on his deal through 2021, but Haskins could be great insurance if the veteran gets hurt or simply does not produce. The Broncos need a quarterback of the future and Haskins would be exactly what Elway would want.

 

Carolina Panthers, Number 16: Brian Burns, OLB/DE Florida State

For a team with a defensive coach who really bases much of their identity off toughness and stopping opponents' offenses, the Panthers struggled making opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable last season.

Carolina tallied just 35 sacks on the year, which was 27th in the NFL, and they need some help with the pass rush off the edge. And with the move to a more hybrid system which needs some versatility, Brian Burns would give it just that.

Burns can play outside linebacker or defensive end and would give the Panthers a pass rusher they can likely rely on early.

 

Indianapolis Colts, Number 26: Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma

This is where both a prisoner-of-the-moment situation could come into play as well as drafting for need when a team probably should not. The Colts will probably be incredibly tempted to take D.K. Metcalf in this situation but it is just too high. He is stiff in his route-running and is not the quickest guy in the world. Add that to his injury history and this is simply too soon to take him.

Brown, on the other hand, gives Andrew Luck another reliable weapon that not even he can out-throw, and in Frank Reich's offense he would be a good fit as well. Add that to the fact he is valued in the late first round rather than the early second, and he is a perfect fit for Indy.

Thomas Tuchel collected the first league title of his coaching career in double-quick time when Paris Saint-Germain claimed their sixth Ligue 1 crown in seven seasons on Sunday.

After failing to get over the line with a draw against Strasbourg and heavy loss to Lille followed by a shock defeat to Nantes, PSG finally took an unassailable lead at the summit with five games still to play in France's top flight.

Kylian Mbappe and the other members of a star-studded line-up can add Coupe de France glory on April 27 but this remains a season that will still probably be remembered for one crushing failure at the Parc des Princes.

Manchester United's improbable heist in the French capital dumped PSG out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage and the co-existence of continental failure alongside uncompetitive domestic dominance is something Tuchel instantly has in common with his immediate predecessors.

But how do his efforts so far compare with the other men to have led PSG during the Qatar Sports Investments era? Is the former Borussia Dortmund boss set to breach ground not covered by Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery or will this simply be Paris' latest case of "Jour de la Marmotte"?

More wins, more goals per game

Comparing the Opta numbers behind each coach's first season at the helm, Tuchel stacks up promisingly.

A win percentage of 81.8 far outstrips Blanc and Emery, who each returned 71.1 per cent in 2013-14 and 2016-17 respectively, with Monaco and an emerging Mbappe pipping PSG to glory in the latter campaign.

PSG average 2.9 goals per league game under Tuchel, with the next best in that regard coming during Ancelotti's initial foray from December of 2011-12, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and others amassed an average of 2.3 over the course of 19 matches.

Nowhere else does the esteemed Italian tactician compare too favourably to what has followed, underlining the rapid rate of PSG's progress.

Defensive solidity

Expanding the analysis to look at the completed reigns of Blanc and Emery shows Tuchel's PSG to be the most miserly at this comparatively early stage of his tenure.

A backline marshalled by Thiago Silva and in which Presnel Kimpembe's burgeoning reputation continues to grow has only been breached 0.8 times per match.

An average of 10.2 shots conceded per game is fewer than Ancelotti managed but more than Blanc's figure after 114 matches in charge.

More progressive?

PSG's passes-per-game numbers are notably down under Tuchel when set against the Blanc and Emery eras.

The former France and current Arsenal boss saw their sides average 659.3 and 656.6 passes over the course of 90 minutes, while Tuchel's 619.1 is a notable break from this uniformity.

Adrien Rabiot's standoff with the club means alternative midfield solutions, such as deploying Dani Alves in the engine room, have been required – possibly tempering the steady control of matches preferred by Emery and Blanc.

However, a return of 15.1 shots per game – slightly down on Emery's numbers and more than Blanc – and the improved scoring rate speaks of a team getting forward in a quicker, more direct fashion to unleash a fearsome forward line.

Conclusion

The indications that Tuchel is developing PSG into a team with a defined style help to explain why the Parc des Princes board are reportedly set to hand him a fresh contract despite the United setback.

In time, the controlled and composed dissection of their Premier League opponents at Old Trafford in the first leg could come to look more significant – evidence that PSG can perform effectively to a shrewd Tuchel game plan.

However, a repeat of that second-leg failure next season is unlikely to be tolerated. Slightly better dominance of Ligue 1 than Blanc and Emery will not ultimately be the measure of Tuchel's reign.

Manchester United had statisticians searching through the record books after they suffered at the hands of Everton on Sunday.

The 4-0 reverse at Goodison Park means the Red Devils have now lost five consecutive away games in all competitions, their worst run of defeats since March 1981.

United last conceded four without reply against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October 2016, when former Blues boss Jose Mourinho was still in charge.

They have only twice been on the wrong end of 5-0 results in the Premier League era, against Newcastle United in October 1996 and then to Chelsea three years later, while their heaviest loss in terms of goals conceded was the 6-1 derby defeat to Manchester City in October 2011.

This season's squad have conceded 48 league goals, already the club's highest single-season tally in the competition and their most in a league campaign since 1978-79 (63).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have also gone 11 consecutive matches without a clean sheet in all competitions, an unwanted feat they last achieved in December 1998.

Solskjaer has called for United to start matching teams for effort since initially taking over in December, so he will not be happy to see that his players ran 8.03 kilometres less than Everton, the biggest negative difference for the Red Devils in a Premier League game since their 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham in August 2018 (10.2km less). Interestingly, they have now run less than their opponents in 15 of 17 league matches under the Norwegian.

And it could still get even worse yet - they still have four games to go in the league, starting with Wednesday's clash with neighbours City at Old Trafford.

Paris Saint-Germain winning the Ligue 1 title again was hardly a surprise given their riches but Kylian Mbappe's incredible performances will be food for thought given the constant transfer speculation surrounding Neymar.

Real Madrid continue to be linked with a sensational move for the Brazil forward, who became the most expensive player in football history when he joined PSG from Barca in a deal worth €222million.

PSG have regularly hit out at suggestions Neymar could be sold, denying the club needs to raise funds in order to ensure Financial Fair Play rules are not broken due to their continued lavish spending.

But with Neymar missing a chunk of this season due to another foot injury - and Edinson Cavani also being sidelined at the same time - Mbappe has shown there could be another route forward.

Mbappe has been hailed as the new Pele by the great man himself and the 20-year-old's superb form in a season that followed him winning the World Cup with France shows the comparison may not be overly outlandish.

With 27 goals in Ligue 1 in 2018-19, Mbappe is the top scorer in the French top flight by a huge margin, while he has also added four in the Champions League and two more in the Coupe de France.

One of those European strikes came away to Manchester United in the opening leg of a last-16 tie in February that offered Thomas Tuchel a possible inkling into the future of PSG's front line.

Mbappe was a constant menace, scoring the second in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford with a speedy run and smart finish that gave David de Gea no chance.

And with Neymar and Cavani both out it was former United winger Angel Di Maria who proved the main creative threat for the visitors on that day, assisting Presnel Kimpembe's opener and freeing Mbappe for the second.

Di Maria has often been unfairly regarded as the least heralded member of PSG's fantastic four forwards but the reality is this season he has usually been more effective than Neymar, regardless of the Brazilian's injury issues.

PSG's excellent display at United was built on tactical diligence and their wide attackers working hard to track runners, a job Neymar seems to deem below him, and although Tuchel has tried to incorporate the former Barca man as a number 10 it is an uncomfortable fit against elite opposition.

The solution therefore appears to be obvious: cash in on Neymar, give Di Maria more responsibility and allow Mbappe to become the jewel in the PSG crown.

Mbappe has proven he is ready to be the key man for his club, rather than PSG's record scorer Cavani or Neymar, netting in seven consecutive Ligue 1 games to keep Tuchel's men well clear of Lille atop the table.

It is testament to just how good Mbappe is that Neymar has not really been missed in recent weeks, although whether he could have prevented PSG's Champions League second-leg crash against United is impossible to tell.

Madrid and Bayern Munich are among the giants expected to spend heavily on squad reinforcements ahead of 2019-20 and PSG will want to do likewise to keep pace with Europe's elite.

But FFP ensures that even if there is effectively a bottomless pit of Qatar Sports Investments cash theoretically available to Tuchel, he cannot spend it all without risking the wrath of UEFA's bean-counters.

If funds need to be raised, Neymar is the most obvious player to make way, with the 27-year-old as valuable now as he ever will be, while Mbappe will continue to appreciate in value assuming his development remains on track.

Tuchel has been forced to use defenders including Marquinhos and Dani Alves in midfield this season, but Neymar's sale could enable him to build a world-class platform on which Mbappe can thrive.

Paris Saint-Germain are champions of Ligue 1 again, clinching a sixth title in seven years after Lille failed to beat Toulouse on Sunday.

The Parisians still have six matches remaining but their 16-point gap to Lille, who have played a game more, means a title race that was virtually over before it began is now officially done.

Despite plenty of teams in France's top flight playing attractive football, there is at present no side who appears capable of interrupting PSG's dominance.

No club has been able to match PSG's spending power since the Qatar Sports Investments takeover of 2011, which has transformed them from a top-six side to Ligue 1's superpower.

Here we assess how Thomas Tuchel's first title win compares to previous years in terms of their superiority over the division by looking back at each season since the takeover.

 

2011-12: The Montpellier miracle

PSG were denied Ligue 1 glory in the first season of the QSI era by a team nobody expected. The club parted company with Antoine Kombouare halfway through the season and replaced him with Carlo Ancelotti in a bid to hold off Montpellier. They were unable to do so and lost out by three points in a dramatic title race, with a 2-1 defeat to an Eden Hazard-inspired Lille key to their failure. It went down to the final day but despite a 2-1 win over Lorient it was Rene Girard's Montpellier, led by the superb form of top-scorer Olivier Giroud, who won the title for the first time in their history by beating Auxerre 2-1.

2012-13: The end of the drought

PSG's response to missing out in 2012 was, typically, to spend big. Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti and Ezequiel Lavezzi all coming in, with Lucas Moura and David Beckham arriving later in the year. And this time Ancelotti and his players made no mistake as they cruised to a first Ligue 1 title since 1994, clinching it with a 1-0 win at Lyon and finishing 12 points clear of arch rivals Marseille as Ibrahimovic starred in a 30-goal campaign.

2013-14: A successful first defence

Ancelotti's success in winning the league and leading PSG to the Champions League quarter-finals saw him lured to Real Madrid, and his replacement Laurent Blanc was tasked with filling the void and holding off a new challenger in the similarly cash-rich Monaco. PSG had little problem in doing so, though, and defended their title by a nine-point margin. Blanc also led PSG to Coupe de la Ligue glory and the Champions League quarter-finals, where they suffered the first of many collapses in that competition by throwing away a first-leg lead against Chelsea.

2014-15: The first treble

Blanc's second season at the Parc des Princes saw him make history as the club completed an unprecedented domestic treble. They survived the challenge of Lyon in Ligue 1, with a third successive title claimed with victory at Montpellier. Wins over Bastia and Auxerre respectively sealed glory in the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France but their Champions League quest, which saw them get revenge on Chelsea in the last 16, was ended in the quarter-finals by a treble-winning Barcelona side that PSG did beat in the group stage.

2015-16: Utter domination

What proved to be Blanc's final season was PSG's most dominant domestically as it yielded another treble, with Ligue 1 secured with two months to spare courtesy of a 9-0 win at Troyes. The final gap at the top was a mammoth 31 points. Lille and Marseille were beaten in the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France finals as the unstoppable Ibrahimovic scored 50 goals in all competitions. However, an underwhelming Champions League quarter-final defeat to Manchester City spelled the end for Blanc.

2016-17: Reign ended in Emery's debut

Unai Emery was brought in to try and improve PSG's Champions League fortunes having had considerable European success with Sevilla but, in addition to failing to do that, he also oversaw a campaign in which their domestic rule was interrupted. PSG never led Ligue 1 at any point in 2016-17 as a young Monaco team led by superstar Kylian Mbappe took the division by storm. The principality club triumphed by eight points and, though PSG beat them to retain the Coupe de la Ligue and defeated Angers to defend the Coupe de France, they endured a humiliating exit in the Champions League last 16 as Barcelona incredibly overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit in a 6-1 win at Camp Nou. 

2017-18: A century of league goals in a third treble

The men who inspired PSG's downfall in Ligue 1 and the Champions League joined their cause in an incredible subsequent transfer window. The club shattered the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona in a €222million deal while Mbappe was acquired from Monaco in a loan deal that became permanent for €180m. Forming a star-studded forward line with Edinson Cavani, they ensured PSG quickly dethroned Monaco, finishing 13 points clear of Leonardo Jardim's men and scoring 108 league goals.

Monaco were also vanquished in the Coupe de la Ligue Final and another treble was sealed with defeat of third tier Les Herbiers in the Coupe de France. PSG's champions League misery continued, however, injury reducing Neymar to the role of spectator for their last-16 exit to Real Madrid, with Emery's domestically impressive second act not enough to keep him in a job.

2018-19: No treble, but teriffic Ligue 1 start for Tuchel

Despite another Neymar injury, PSG have eased to another league title under Tuchel, whose first season in charge compares well with Blanc's final one in terms of their domination of Ligue 1, losing just two games so far. The title has been a formality for some time, but it has been a campaign in which PSG have provided plenty of disappointment.

There will be no treble this year after their Coupe de la Ligue reign was ended. They are in the final of the Coupe de France again but suffered perhaps their worst collapse in the Champions League to date, surrendering a 2-0 first-leg lead to an injury-hit Manchester United team at the Parc des Princes in the last 16.

Neymar was again a spectator due to injury but, though that fact may buy Tuchel some time, failure in the competition PSG value the most is unlikely to be tolerated much longer regardless of their domestic superiority.

When Cristiano Ronaldo made his €112million transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in July 2018 at the age of 33, some questioned whether he would be able to match the spectacular form he sustained for nine seasons in the Spanish capital.

The five-time Ballon d'Or-winning forward started slowly, failing to find the net in Serie A until mid-September when he hit a brace in Juve's 2-1 victory over Sassuolo, but he then scored consistently to strengthen the Bianconeri's successful defence of the Scudetto.

Further braces followed against Empoli, Sampdoria and Parma before the Portugal international scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 Champions League round-of-16 victory over his old rivals Atletico Madrid.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri has rotated Douglas Costa, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala in his three-man attack while Moise Kean has made a late-season breakthrough but, when fit, Ronaldo is the first name on the team-sheet.

Juve's 2-1 win against Fiorentina on Saturday secured an eighth successive Scudetto for Juve, and Opta data shows just how important Ronaldo has been to that triumph as he closed in on 600 club goals.

 

Ronaldo's goals have earned the most points for a team in Serie A this season (16 points with 19 goals).

The forward is the first player in Serie A history to score for his team in nine straight away games in a single season (10 goals in the period).

Ronaldo has scored four braces in Serie A this season, three of those at the Allianz Stadium.

Juve's star man has scored against 13 different teams in this Serie A campaign.

The former Manchester United superstar has scored the most goals (12) in the last half hour of Serie A matches this season.

Ronaldo is the player to have attempted the most total shots (165) in Serie A this season.

No player has recorded more shots on target in Serie A this season than Ronaldo (65).

For the eighth year in a row Juventus are the champions of Serie A, but their latest triumph may be their most impressive yet.

The competition has been simply obliterated, with Juve beaten only twice in the league this season as Cristiano Ronaldo rested up at Genoa and SPAL.

Napoli, the closest of the other contenders, have been unable to match Juve's searing pace and, despite having six matches still to play, their title hopes are already over after a 2-1 comeback win over Fiorentina crowned Juve again.

Ronaldo's arrival from Real Madrid might not have delivered the intended results in the Champions League, but it appears to have inspired Juve to new heights domestically.

Eight straight Scudetti sets a new record in Europe's top-five leagues, outrstripping Lyon's seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles between 2001-02 and 2007-08, while no Serie A club has ever sealed the deal with more than Juve's five games remaining.

Omnisport takes a look at six of the fastest triumphs across the continent since the start of the 21st century, when league success has not necessarily coincided with European glory.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bayern lead the way in the Bundesliga having claimed the 2013-14 title after just 27 matchdays. Pep Guardiola's first season in charge of the Bavarian giants was a roaring success, Bayern also claiming the DFB-Pokal, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Mario Mandzukic, now playing a key role for Juve, led the way with 18 Bundesliga goals and Bayern only lost twice in the top flight. A 5-0 aggregate thrashing by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals marred their season, though.

Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain

There were still eight rounds of games to go when PSG won the Ligue 1 title in 2015-16 under Laurent Blanc. Indeed, they could have sealed the league even earlier having been unbeaten in their first 27 matches of the campaign before suffering a 2-1 loss away to Lyon at the end of February. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an amazing 50 goals in all competitions but there was European disappointment for PSG, too, after being edged out 3-2 on aggregate by Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

 

Premier League: Manchester United, Manchester City

Two clubs have won the Premier League with five games still to play this century: Manchester United and their rivals Manchester City. United cruised to glory in the 2000-01 season under Alex Ferguson, losing only twice before the end of March, although they ended the campaign limply with three consecutive defeats. United reached the last eight of the Champions League but found Bayern too strong.

City smashed a series of records in crushing the competition last term, as they also won the league with five games remaining - denied the outright Premier League best mark when United won a dramatic Manchester derby 3-2. Guardiola's City racked up 100 points, finished 19 clear of United and boasted a stunning goal difference of +79. There was more European disappointment for Guardiola, though, with a 3-0 loss at Anfield setting up a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals.

 

LaLiga: Barcelona

Guardiola's former club Barcelona are on track to win the league again this term, having had four games remaining when they secured the title under Ernesto Valverde last season. They sealed the double by collecting the Copa del Rey, demolishing Sevilla 5-0 in a marvellous display that marked Andres Iniesta's farewell. But Barca were on the wrong end of one of the great Champions League comebacks, contriving to exit at the quarter-final stage to Roma by losing 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, having won the first leg 4-1 at home.

Serie A: Inter

Prior to Juve's success this term, Inter's 2006-07 triumph under Roberto Mancini was out in front as the quickest Scudetto secured, with the Nerazzurri having five games in hand. Inter did not lose until mid-April, going down 3-1 at home to Roma in their only league defeat of the season. They also reached the final of the Coppa Italia, again losing to Roma after a stunning 6-2 first-leg defeat. As is the case with all the other record-holders mentioned above, Inter underperformed in Europe, with Valencia knocking them out of the Champions League in the round of 16.

Juventus became Serie A champions for the eighth successive season by beating Fiorentina 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Success looked a formality for much of the campaign for Massimiliano Allegri's men, as they were once more far and away the best team in Italy and Napoli could not exert as much pressure as last term.

Just two league defeats - Cristiano Ronaldo was rested in last weekend's loss to SPAL and also when they lost their unbeaten run at Genoa in March - meant Napoli's hopes of clawing back a double-figure deficit had long since disappeared.

Allegri's side clinched the Scudetto with five matches to play, levelling the record for the fastest title triumph in Serie A history since three points were first awarded for a win in 1994-95.

Omnisport examines the key results in their journey to glory.

 

August 18: Chievo 2-3 Juventus – Ronaldo's difficult debut

For a while, Ronaldo's Serie A bow following a €112million move from Real Madrid looked set to go horribly wrong, as hosts Chievo – who started the season as favourites for the drop – took a 2-1 lead just after half-time back in August. A Mattia Bani own goal 15 minutes from time drew Juve level, though a late winner looked set to desert them when a Ronaldo handball saw VAR rule out a Mario Mandzukic goal. Nevertheless, Federico Bernardeschi won the game in stoppage time to spare the new man's blushes and rescue the champions.

September 29: Juventus 3-1 Napoli – Old Lady make an early statement

It quickly became apparent that, much like last season, if any team was to challenge Juve for the Serie A title it would be Napoli. But their meeting in Turin in September highlighted the gulf between them following Maurizio Sarri's departure from Naples. Although Dries Mertens gave Napoli a 10th-minute lead, a Mandzukic double had Juve ahead just after the break. Mario Rui's sending off only made the visitors' situation more difficult, and Leonardo Bonucci wrapped things up late on to deal an early blow in the title race.

November 11: AC Milan 0-2 Juventus – Ronaldo nets first San Siro goal

While Milan are not the powerhouse they once were, a trip to San Siro rarely represents a straightforward job. Juve's November visit was a gripping one, although it will arguably be better remembered for Gonzalo Higuain's nightmare against his parent club than anything else. The on-loan Rossoneri striker had a penalty saved by Wojciech Szczesny following Mandzukic's eighth-minute opener, and he was sent off towards the end for berating the referee, needing several team-mates to escort him off the pitch. Just two minutes earlier, Ronaldo had secured the win with Juve's second.

December 7: Juventus 1-0 Inter – Derby d'Italia win opens 11-point gap

Juve looked certainties to win Serie A yet again as early as December. A hard-fought 1-0 triumph in a tense Derby d'Italia against Inter extended their lead at the summit to 11 points. The ever-reliable Mandzukic was decisive with a header, moving Juve on to 43 points, equalling Paris Saint-Germain's record for the best total after 15 games of a single season in Europe's top five leagues.

December 26: Atalanta 2-2 Juventus – Benched Ronaldo saves the day

Allegri opted to rest Ronaldo for the Boxing Day trip to Atalanta, but the Portugal star ultimately ended up rescuing Juve. A Duvan Zapata double saw the hosts come from behind and take a 2-1 lead early in the second half, with Rodrigo Bentancur receiving his marching orders in the 53rd minute. Ronaldo soon entered from the bench and he levelled with 12 minutes remaining, preserving Juve's unbeaten start to the season.

March 3: Napoli 1 Juventus 2 – Title out of Ancelotti's reach

Napoli were already 13 points adrift of Juve when they met at Stadio San Paolo in March and an away win for Allegri's men effectively put them beyond reach. After goalkeeper Alex Meret was sent off in the 25th minute, Miralem Pjanic curled the resultant free-kick home and Emre Can made it 2-0 just before the break. Pjanic joined Meret in making an early exit following a second booking two minutes after the interval and Jose Callejon pulled one back. Lorenzo Insigne's 84th-minute penalty hit the post, though, compounding a disappointing day for Napoli.

April 6: Juventus 2-1 Milan – Kean keeps his cool

One of the main talking points in world football recently has been the alleged racist abuse suffered by Moise Kean against Cagliari, and Bonucci's suggestion the teenager was partly to blame for it rightly caused a stir. But Kean was once more impressive three days later versus Milan, coming off the bench to score the winner – fittingly after a Bonucci error had initially allowed Krzysztof Piatek to open the scoring. It was not quite enough to seal the title and a shock loss at SPAL delayed the party, but Juve completed the job against Fiorentina.

It may seem like a distant era but there was a time when Juventus did not win Serie A.

Massimiliano Allegri has continued the Turin dynasty started by Antonio Conte but long before he moved to Allianz Stadium, he was the mastermind behind the last team other than Juve to claim the Scudetto.

With Rafael Benitez enduring a stuttering start to his time at Inter, who had won the treble the previous season, and Juve still reeling following the Calciopoli scandal, the stage was set for AC Milan.

With a host of star names and a mixture of experience and youth, the Rossoneri ran out worthy winners, sealing the title with a 1-0 win over Brescia on April 23, 2011.

So who were the last team to stop Juventus from winning Serie A? Omnisport takes a look at the XI...
 

GOALKEEPER

Christian Abbiati - With Dida having departed San Siro after a 10-year spell in the summer of 2010, Abbiati emerged from being his long-time deputy to become the number one.

The Italian, who won four caps for his country, spent a total of 18 years at the club and retired in 2016.

RIGHT-BACK

Ignazio Abate - A Milan academy graduate who was brought back to San Siro in 2009 after a series of loan spells and stints at Empoli and Torino. Abate was then an exciting prospect, whose form for the title winners helped him into the Italy team. He is still at the club and has recently featured as a makeshift centre-back.

CENTRE-BACKS

Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva - The bedrock of the team, the centre-back pairing combined the guile and experience of Nesta and the dynamism of Thiago Silva, then a very highly regarded centre-back. Nesta, who was 35 at the end of the season, had seen the club's glory days of the mid-00s under Carlo Ancelotti, winning two Champions Leagues. He retired as a Milan player in 2012.

Thiago Silva, meanwhile, was enjoying his second season in Italy after moving from his homeland in Brazil. He also left the club in 2012, signing for Paris Saint-Germain, where he remains today.

LEFT-BACK

Luca Antonini - Another player who had come through the Milan academy and come back after making the grade elsewhere. Antonini's best spell at the club came under Allegri, and he was a regular throughout the Serie A-winning season, before departing in 2013. He retired thre years later.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD

Mark van Bommel, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Kevin-Prince Boateng - Milan had an embarrassment of riches in central midfield. Andrea Pirlo was a regular prior to the arrival of Mark van Bommel from Bayern Munich in January 2011 and the Dutchman became a regular fixture for the remainder of the season.

Gennaro Gattuso was another survivor of the club's highly successful period in the mid-00s. The Italian midfielder had been at San Siro since 1999 and this was the last of his two Serie A titles. He remained at the club for one more season, but this was his last year as a regular. He now coaches Milan.

Another veteran in the centre of the park, Seedorf was approaching a decade of service at San Siro during the title-winning season. Like his fellow midfielder Gattuso, he later coached the first team, during a brief and unsuccessful spell in 2014.

Kevin-Prince Boateng provided the dynamism in midfield and was the crucial link to the attack. Then just 24, the Ghana international won Serie A in his first year at the club but his time in Italy was later blighted by racist abuse. Boateng is now on loan with Barcelona.

STRIKERS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho - After an unhappy year at Barcelona, this was the last of Ibrahimovic's extraordinary eight straight titles in three different countries. He and Robinho were Milan's joint top scorers in Serie A with 14 goals, along with Alexandre Pato. Ibrahimovic went to PSG the following summer, along with Thiago Silva. Robinho scored the goal that eventually sealed the title against Brescia.

SUBSTITUTES

Pirlo was a bit-part player during his last season at Milan. He moved to Juventus that summer and was part of Conte's highly successful Bianconeri side. He, Mathieu Flamini and club captain Massimo Ambrosini were reinforcements in the centre of midfield. Ronaldinho began the season at the club but returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo in January. Antonio Cassano provided four goals. Daniele Bonera and Gianluca Zambrotta were the able defensive replacements.

For Terence Crawford and Amir Khan, Saturday’s fight in New York is all about grasping an opportunity that has been presented to them.

A world title is involved in the main event at Madison Square Garden, but the WBO welterweight belt is not the only thing on the line. Both fighters have much to gain in terms of their reputations too, with victory crucial to their future plans.

Once again, Khan is in a situation where he is backing his boxing abilities to pull off an upset. A similar gamble backfired spectacularly when he previously took on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez – it is just under three years since he suffered that heavy knockout against the Mexican after making the dangerous leap up to middleweight.

Nothing that has happened since that defeat suggests Khan is acting in anything but blind faith in agreeing to this next challenge, even if he should feel far more comfortable campaigning at welterweight this time around. Indeed, he even tipped the scales slightly heavier than his foe.

For Crawford, however, it is about making a statement. The American must know winning is not enough – if you want to be considered the best around, at any weight, there is always the added pressure of doing it in style.

His resume is already impressive; Crawford is 34-0 and a world champion at three different weights, having previously reigned at 135 and 140 pounds. He had few problems when stepping up to 147 last year, stopping Jeff Horn to seize the WBO strap from the Australian.

"I thought I was going to have the advantage over him – I thought I was going to be able to probably bully him a bit more than I was able to," Horn – who had sensationally defeated Manny Pacquiao on points the previous year – told Omnisport.

"He just boxed very well on the back foot and was able to counter me. He knew I had to rush in because I was fighting in his home territory. The crowd were going to be on his side so I knew I was going to have to kind of force the fight.

"Because he's such a good counter fighter, that played straight into his hands. I was losing rounds left, right and centre against him.

"He was able to stand just out of range and pick his shots very well. He's a good boxer in that way and because I wasn't moving off the centre, he was able to pick me off quite comfortably, especially to the body. When he did that, it got me to stop moving, so then he worked my head after that."

Horn's aggressive approach failed to pay off. So, too, did Jose Benavidez Jr's attempts to rile Crawford in the build-up to their bout last October. The champion missed with a right hand when the pair clashed at the weigh-in, but was on target regularly when they met again in the ring, making his rival pay for his pre-fight trash-talking.

At light-welterweight, the Nebraska native knocked out Julius Indongo in a hurry and outclassed Viktor Postol over 12 rounds. Previously, he had recorded wins over Yuriorkis Gamboa, Raymundo Beltran and Ricky Burns in the lightweight division.

His precision punching – whether on the front foot or as counter measures – means those facing him have to pick their poison. So far, no-one has found an antidote.

Khan has impressive hand speed but, as has been the case throughout a career that has perhaps not quite reached the heights expected when he turned pro as a teenager, too often gets caught. When that happens, his natural desire not to take a backward step takes over, often leading him down a boxing dead end.

As someone who has experienced how dangerous Crawford can be against an aggressor, Horn fears the Brit has "bitten off more than he can chew" this weekend.

"I think Amir Khan is a very good boxer and has extremely fast hands as well," he replied when pushed for a prediction.

"It's going to be interesting for a while to see in that fight how Amir's boxing ability works up against Crawford. I don't know if Crawford's power is going to be too much for Khan when it gets into the later rounds, though."

Crawford's fight is sandwiched in between outings for two of his main pound-for-pound rivals. Canelo gets to state his case when he faces Daniel Jacobs on May 4, but Vasyl Lomachenko already laid down an impressive marker by clinically dismantling Anthony Crolla earlier in April.

Now, though, the spotlight is on Crawford. The 31-year-old gets to state his case in the New York spotlight - and an aggressive, risk-taker in Khan may well be the ideal opponent to show off his skills once again.

On April 20, 2018, Arsene Wenger announced that he would step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, bringing his 22-year stint at the club to an end.

Unai Emery was selected as Wenger's successor, and the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain coach brought up his 50th game in charge of the Gunners in style on Thursday, as Arsenal claimed a 3-0 aggregate win over Serie A heavyweights Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals.

The 1-0 victory on the night – which came courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette's superb free-kick – was a 32nd win across all competitions for Emery, and he has the best record of any Arsenal manager in their first 50 matches.

And, using Opta facts, we have taken a look at just how Emery's opening 50 games compare to Wenger's final 50 at the helm as we reach the business end of the Spaniard's first season.

GUNNERS ON THE UP UNDER UNAI

Emery has won 32 of his 50 games in charge of Arsenal in all competitions, a win ratio of 64 per cent. In the final 50 games of Wenger's tenure, the Gunners won 25 games, drawing nine times and losing on 16 occasions – compared to seven draws and 11 defeats respectively under the new boss.

Indeed, across most areas, there has been clear improvement for Arsenal when contrasted with the final days under their former manager. They have scored 97 goals, compared to 95 in the same period under Wenger, while defensively the team has also improved, keeping one more clean sheet and conceding eight fewer goals in total.

Arsenal do average fewer shots than they did under their last manager, but, perhaps thanks to the fine form of Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – both signed during Wenger's final season – their efficiency is up, with a shot conversion rate of 15.3, in comparison to 12.67.

DISCIPLINARY ISSUES A CAUSE FOR CONCERN

One area in which Arsenal have not improved – and have indeed gone backwards in under Emery – is discipline. In his 50 games to date, Arsenal have had four players sent off, double the amount of red cards received during Wenger's final 50 fixtures at the club.

The number of yellow cards are identical, but it should be noted that, with the introduction of energetic, tenacious midfielders such as Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, who have picked up 16 bookings and two red cards between them, Emery's side has more bite than under Wenger.

While Emery is perhaps renowned as a more conservative coach than his predecessor, Arsenal have actually been more open during his tenure so far – they have faced more shots in his opening 50 games than they did in the 50 matches preceding his appointment.

THE BEST OF THE REST?

We have seen how Emery compares to Wenger, but how does he stack up against the rest of the top six managers in the Premier League?

It is a good omen for Arsenal, with Emery's record of 32 wins from 50 games an improvement on former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (30), Manchester City's Pep Guardiola (29), Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino (26) and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp (23).

In fact, Emery is level with another Premier League newcomer – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri – at the top of the pile, with the Blues boss also winning 32 of his opening 50 games in charge.

Producing successive Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks and likely consecutive number one NFL draft picks is no easy feat, but it helps if you have one of the best offensive lines around.

In 2017, Baker Mayfield played behind an Oklahoma Sooners O-Line that featured Orlando Brown – a third-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 – Dru Samia, Ben Powers and Bobby Evans en route to winning the Heisman and becoming the top pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Samia, Powers and Evans all returned last year when the Sooners allowed just 19 sacks, providing the foundation for Kyler Murray to win college football's highest individual honour and become the favourite for the first overall pick.

Omnisport spoke to NFL-bound guard prospects Samia and Powers to find out the secret to their success.

How did you find the Senior Bowl and working with the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff?

Samia: "It was really awesome, finally got to get into a little of an NFL playbook. I know we only just scratched the surface of the plays that they run, but getting an idea for the vernacular and the vocab that they use as far as communication and the calls that we're making and the different schemes they run, it was really fun, that was the first taste of actually playing NFL football."

Powers: "It was great working with the 49ers and their offensive line coach, it was a lot of fun seeing how an NFL coaching staff goes about teaching new material, working towards practice, the flow of practice, preparing for an opponent."

Having played in an offense that relies heavily on you being athletic, how difficult is it to be mobile as well as big and powerful?

Samia: "It involves a lot of conditioning, but I've spoken to other players at different programs, they just lift and get as strong as possible. But with the type of offense we run, we don't really have that luxury to specialise in either strength or speed, we need to be even across the board, which I feel is beneficial. Obviously there's some downsides, there's some players in the nation who are stronger but I doubt that there's any O-linemen in the nation that have the balance that we have at Oklahoma. The type of offense that we run just brings out the best in you in all areas."

Powers: "It's funny because there may be a blocking play that's tough and our O-Line coach is like, 'Figure it out, do it'. You just do it. You don't think about it, the job has to get done and this is how we're gonna do it."

Zone blocking appeared to be the dominant scheme used at Oklahoma. Are you confident you can fit into any scheme in the NFL?

Samia: "One hundred per cent. Coming into college - obviously in high school I didn't know too much - picked up on that offense pretty quick, started developing from there and I'm confident I can do it again, especially with the growth in my football knowledge, just having a better understanding of the game, it's just going to help the transition that much more."

Powers: "We were a big zone as well as gap scheme team, we only ran power in the endzone in the goalline. Zone and gap scheme, that's Oklahoma's bread and butter. Gap scheme is an aspect of our counter, our regular one-guard counter, and also our tackle counter you see us run. That's a play we love and it's really fun to run."

Four Oklahoma linemen are set to go pretty high in this year's draft. Is that a testament to [offensive line coach] Bill Bedenbaugh?

Samia: "We completely give all the credit to Coach B, he saw the potential in us, he was the one who cultivated it. We put in the hard work - there's no coach in the nation that can coach work ethic - but Coach B saw the potential that we had, cultivated it, taught us the techniques, the mentality and the nastiness that we need to play with, and we just took it from there."

Powers: "That's a testament to Coach B and the amount of work we put in. It's great because all four of us came to Oklahoma together. We all graduated high school in 2015, came in here and got so close together. It's special, we're such a close-knit unit and we're all such good friends."

Samia: "I know exactly what Cody [Ford] and Creed [Humphrey] are good at, what they need help with. They know my deficiencies and the things that I'm good at on the field. Just being able to know somebody so well and the way they play the game, it only makes it easier when you're out there on the field."

Powers: "We've played so much ball together that I know how Bobby is going to play a certain block and I think that was great. I know how Bobby's going to react to certain looks and this and that, and I think that's part of the reason we played so good."

What was the difference between Mayfield and Murray as leaders?

Samia: "Baker would technically be the more vocal person just on a day-to-day basis. Kyler was obviously a vocal leader, he was a great leader in my opinion, led by example perfectly. But Kyler didn't talk too much when it was unnecessary, and I feel like that led the team so, whenever Kyler spoke, people listened because it wasn't him just talking to talk, it was because we need a leader in this moment. Kyler would pick and choose his moments a little more carefully, whereas Baker was an all day, every day-type deal."

Powers: "They're both so calm under pressure and I think that just comes with being great. High-pressure situations come and you just know that they're built for this. Kyler is a better athlete but Baker's a better leader - with no disrespect to either one of them. They're both such great players and those are the only differences I could tell you between them."

Did Murray's ability as a scrambler help or hinder you?

Samia: "I'm not sure it makes it any harder. I felt with Kyler in the backfield he makes thing easy on us to a degree where if we mess up a block, Kyler can turn that into a good play or Kyler can break the pocket and make something out of nothing. I never sat back there and thought, 'Man this is tough to be moving around', I've only been grateful that we have a quarterback that's so fast and talented."

Powers: "It definitely helped because what he was doing was extending the play. As much as we were protecting him, he helped us get out of bad situations. We complemented each other so great. Was it tough to know who and when and where to block the defender? Yeah, but you just kind of do it."

Do you buy any of the criticism of Murray?

Samia: "As soon he gets into the building, if not already, these teams will fall in love with him. You know exactly what you're getting with Kyler. As far as the 'questions' that are surrounding him right now I feel like those are just talking pieces. When it's all said and done Kyler's going to be a baller in the league and that's just how it's going to be."

Powers: "I see so many different articles about Kyler and I'm tired of it because I talk to him on a daily basis, I know the guy. All these articles, they're just there to get people to click on them. It's just complete garbage."

How did you find the challenge of facing [Alabama defensive tackle and likely top-five pick] Quinnen Williams, in the College Football Playoff semi-finals?

Samia: "I learned that you gotta play physical and you've got to trust your technique at the same time because when you face someone like a Quinnen Williams, those are the type of guys you're going to be facing every single day in the league, so you can't overcommit one way to try to stop his power, you can't overcommit leaning forward to try to stop his power because he's going to swat you by and take advantage of that. Quinnen Williams is just the start of it, once we all get into the NFL, these players are too good, you can't give them any opening, you can't give them any advantage so just being more patient while remaining physical is going to be the key."

Powers: "I loved being challenged like that, it gets to show you how good you really are. If you're practicing or playing against guys that aren't the best then what's the point? Being able to play against the best is great. I love it, I look forward to it."

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