John Elway may take a quarterback, won’t decide until draft day

Broncos G.M. John Elway says signing Case Keenum in free agency won’t preclude using the fifth overall pick in the draft on a quarterback.

“That’ll be wide open,” Elway told Adam Schefter. “I’m betting we won’t know what direction we’re going to go until probably the day of [the first round] or the day before.”

Miami’s needs include just about everything on defense, led by tackle, outside linebacker and safety. Its luxury pick would be leaning toward a future alternative to Ryan Tannehill at QB should UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield still be available when it’s on the clock.

Because the Dolphins would improve with any “best player available,” a trade up the board is unlikely. In the more unlikely event Barkley free-falls to No. 11, it would be logical for Miami to trade out of the pick in order to help address multiple needs. Besides, Kenyan Drake showed enough promise in taking over for Jay Ajayi last season for the Dolphins to think he can fly in a featured role from the get-go in 2018. And the signing of Frank Gore probably confirms no Barkley to Miami.

Humboldt, which began play in 1970, has missed the playoffs just once since its 1980 season — in 2015-16 — and has had eight alums reach the NHL.

“Our hearts go out to the players and their families of the Humboldt Broncos,” Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said after Friday night’s game. “… That overrides anything that a hockey game had. It’s a tough situation for everybody in Saskatchewan, and we feel for them.”

Even after trading for Cordy Glenn, the Bengals shouldn’t shy away from drafting an offensive tackle early. With Andy Dalton set for another year as the starter, Cincinnati needs to protect him as much as possible.bills_062

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