Minnesota-Duluth junior forward Blake Young, a native of Battleford, Saskatchewan, said he’d played with some of the members of Humboldt’s hockey team in the past. He said he chose to honor the deceased with his effort in Saturday night’s 2-1 win over Notre Dame.
“I found out with my mom last night,” he said after his team’s win in the national title game. “It’s tough because Saskatchewan is such a tightknit group of people, small communities. Everyone knows everyone. Your heart aches when you hear news like that. I was fortunate enough to play with some of those guys on that team, so just not knowing was a struggle. It was definitely on my mind all of last night and all of today. And I just told myself to go out there and lay it on the line for those guys who can’t anymore.”
Once he proves he’s 100 percent at his Pro Day, he will resurface as a Melvin Gordon-like prospect. The Giants can move back from No. 2 overall and get a difference-maker at CB with their No. 12 pick, then a running back who can benefit from their offensive line additions.
That phrasing suggests Elway has a quarterback he likes among the top choices — Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield — but that he isn’t counting on the quarterback he likes being available with the fifth overall pick.
Keenum got $25 million guaranteed on a two-year contract and will almost certainly be the Week One starter, but the Broncos could draft a quarterback they expect to take over for Keenum by 2019 or 2020 at the latest. Still, given that the Broncos have a defense they think they can win with now, it would seem to make more sense to use the fifth overall pick to draft a player who can contribute to a turnaround this season, rather than a player who will spend this season holding a clipboard.
The Seahawks don’t have draft picks in the second or third rounds, with five combined in the fourth and fifth rounds. That’s not much to work with in sliding up the board to a reasonable position.