Shakur Stevenson already looks like a world champion. Now, as the Newark native heads into his second year as a professional boxer, he is starting to sound like some of the best, too.
If all goes as planned and he continues to develop? Stevenson will be headlining his own card soon enough, maybe even one in the city he carries with him everywhere he goes.
I feel like I’ve just got to stay patient but I’m just not a patient person, he said over the phone during a break in training last week. I’m ready to fight for a world title, because honestly, I feel like there are some world champs I can beat already.
There’s no consensus top quarterback this year like there was with Andrew Luck or Cam Newton a few years ago. Every one of this year’s Big Four — USC’s Sam Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and UCLA’s Josh Rosen — can find their names atop somebody’s mock draft this week and almost certainly first on somebody’s draft board Thursday night.
What this year’s quarterback crop lacks in clarity it makes up for in complexity.
Should six quarterbacks go in the first round, as many suspect, it would tie the’83 standard when Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O’Brien and Dan Marino were selected.
There’s no clear-cut top quarterback pick in this year’s draft because all have at least one key drawback. A brief rundown:
Sam Darnold, USC: Ball security. Darnold threw 22 interceptions and had 20 fumbles in his two seasons with the Trojans.
Josh Allen, Wyoming: Accuracy. The rocket-armed Allen hopes spectacular combine and pro day performances trump his 56 percent completion rate.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma: Undersized. He is a shade over 6 feet, and that’s usually a deal breaker in the first round.
Josh Rosen, UCLA: Durability. A shoulder injury limited Rosen to six games last season, and he’s had concussions. He’s also had to answer questions about his dedication to the sport.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville: Mechanics. Bill Polian suggested Jackson’s Buy Cheap Jerseys Online off-the-charts athleticism might make him more valuable as a wide receiver, but Jackson dismissed Best Cheap Jerseys From China that notion: No sir, I’m a quarterback.