Joe Sheehan and I joined Erik Kuselias on NBC SportsTalk last night to talk about the Hall of Fame ballot, and the first question he asked us was whether this was the most loaded Hall of Fame ballot ever. Then we jawed and complained a lot and then we predicted how many will make it…
After trading down in the fourth round, the Redskins have chosen Temple defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis in the fifth round (No. 152 overall).
At 6-3, 299, Ioannidis is not huge but he is very powerful and able to stand up to double teams. He played both inside and outside with the Owls but it is likely that he will stick to the inside with the Redskins.
Ioannidis is known as a tough, muscular player who can succeed in a two-gap system. He is primarily a run stuffer but he showed some ability to rush the passer as well.
If Conor Sheary is steamed over the knee-on-knee hit he took from Tom Wilson in Game 1, he isn't letting on. After Saturday's morning skate, the Pittsburgh forward told the media that the hit was "just kind of a hockey play."
"I think it's just part of the game," Sheary said. "Guys are running on energy and adrenaline and stuff happens during the game."
Wilson was fined $2,403.67 for the hit, the maximum amount allowed by the CBA. He tried to explain his thinking on the play on Saturday, but said that he got the message from the league.
For his part, Sheary said he expects to get targeted by opponents.
"It's kind of just playoff hockey," Sheary said. "I'm obviously a smaller guy so guys are going to target me wherever I am. I'm kind of an easy target just because I'm a littler guy, but I think that's just playof hockey. They're playing physical on all our guys."
In other injury news, Sullivan called Chris Kunitz a game-time decision for Game 2. Kunitz was hit by a puck just above the left ear while on the bench in Game 1. He missed practice on Friday, but took part in Saturday's morning skate.
In the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 147th overall pick, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Maryland defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. With that pick, Jefferson becomes the third Maryland Terrapin selected in the draft, along with Sean Davis in the second round to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Yannick Ngakoue to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round.
Maryland has now had the most players drafted in a single draft (3) since 2009, when five Terrapins were selected.
As for Jefferson, he brings size and versatility to the Seattle defense. He was a 2015 Big Ten Honorable Mention after registering 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss for the Terrapins. He led the team with 39 tackles.