Horse Tracks - 3/17/10 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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One of the first real signs of spring to me - St. Patrick's Day.  The sun always seems to shine a bit brighter today, and it is a welcome change from the cold and gray.  It also is another milestone as we head full-steam towards the NFL Draft.  Of course, all eyes are in Florida today for the Gaters' Pro Day.  To me, these Pro Days, especially for quarterbacks, has become a big waste of time.  While scouts have the ability to get players in other positions to do the drills they are looking for, QBs are treated different.  With millions on the line, agents have a big influence on what the players do and don't do.  So either way, for me at least, the Pro Day wouldn't change my mind on a prospect.  I believe what I see on Saturday's.

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QB Trade Always Brings Excitement - DenverBroncos.com
The trade bringing quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos has seriously ramped up Broncomania talk in the Mile High City, even allowing for the high level always present among our fans.

Broncos, others should give Barnes a look - The Denver Post
Can't say Freddie Barnes is a can't-miss receiver, but Barnes deserves a long look by the Broncos, or any team in the market for help on the outside by the time the NFL draft rolls around.

Jets GM not talking about Brandon Marshall | All Things Broncos
For nearly a year now — as long as Brandon Marshall has been rumored to be on his way out of Denver — the New York Jets have been repeatedly mentioned as a possible destination for the Broncos talented-but-troubled wide receiver.

Jones ready to make impact at corner - The Denver Post
For all the stability in the Broncos' defense in 2009 — they had the same 11 starters in 10 games — they never quite got settled at the nickel cornerback spot.

Andra Davis lands in Buffalo | All Things Broncos
Ask any current Broncos linebacker: Who was the most important person to helping ease the transition to a 3-4 defense?

Saints could lose Mike Bell to Eagles' offer sheet - The Denver Post
The Eagles signed free- agent running back Mike Bell to an offer sheet.

Big day in Florida for Gators prospects | National Football Post
Three of the draft’s bigger name prospects will work out for pro scouts today in Gainesville, Fla., on the University of Florida campus. And although we know that most of the attention — from a media perspective — will be on QB Tim Tebow, there’s plenty of talent to talk about.

Report: Jets to host Thanksgiving night game | National Football Post
For all of the griping that Jets owner Woody Johnson did this week over losing that coin toss to the Giants, it sure seems like his team is landing some pretty high-profile games.

Wednesday's pro day workouts | National Football Post
Tim Tebow’s big day has finally arrived.

Seahawks land another former Eagle | National Football Post
Former San Diego State linebacker Matt McCoy has bounced around the NFC quite a bit over the past few years.

Dwan Edwards: | National Football Post
Former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Dwan Edwards agreed to terms on a four-year, $18 million deal with the Buffalo Bills at midnight and will officially sign his contract later today.

Report: Joey Porter will visit Redskins | National Football Post
Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves told his team Web site that discussions were ongoing with Joey Porter about a potential deal to bring the pass rusher to the desert.

Bears chop McKie; add cornerback | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears continued their adjustment to the Mike Martz offense today by releasing veteran fullback Jason McKie, who didn’t figure to have a solid role in the new scheme.

Source: Ryan brothers meet with Devin McCourty | National Football Post
Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty, a potential late first-round draft pick, met today with the Ryan brothers, according to sources close to the program.

Michael Moore stands out at Georgia Pro Day | National Football Post
University of Georgia wide receiver Michael Moore had an extremely impressive workout with an NFL scout telling National Football Post that Moore boosted his stock more than any other player at today's campus Pro Day.

Browns trade Wimbley, but their goal is a QB | National Football Post
The Sunday before the trading deadline, I reported that the Browns were interested in trading defensive end/linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. One of the teams I’d heard was interested in his services was the Raiders. They never lost their interest and decided to trade a third-round pick to the Browns for Wimbley, who played outside linebacker but will play defensive end with the Raiders opposite Richard Seymour.

How agents work with college coaches | National Football Post
I had something happen to me last week that has only occurred a few times in my career as an agent. The head coach of a Big Ten team called and thanked me for representing his player and pledged his availability and cooperation in helping me any way he could.

E.J. Henderson aiming to return for Vikings | National Football Post
The Minnesota Vikings have not made any bold moves at linebacker to this point, so perhaps they are counting on E.J. Henderson to return to the middle of the defense, the spot he’s anchored well as a captain of the unit.

Pro-day risers who aren’t getting the love | National Football Post
With pro days now in full swing, big-time names and programs routinely take center stage, making it easy to miss top performances from some mid-level prospects. Today, the National Football Post takes a look at four top prospect workouts from last week that no one is really talking about and breaks down how much each player has improved his draft stock:

StarCaps trial heats up in opening week | National Football Post
In Minnesota State Court for Hennepin County, a dramatic trial is now playing out and has entered its second week after some explosive testimony and allegations in week one.

With fresh start in Denver, Quinn could have chance to flourish
The recent spin of the NFL's quarterbacking merry-go-round reminded me of a phone call I received about a month before the 2007 draft from an angry Charlie Weis. It didn't matter that we had collaborated on a book about his coaching career a year earlier. Weis wanted me to know, in a way that he would communicate displeasure over an official's call, that my mock draft for NFL.com had a glaring omission in the top five: Brady Quinn.

'My type of football': Tomlinson confident Jets have chance at title
LaDainian Tomlinson wants to cap his career with a Super Bowl ring. He believes the New York Jets can help him deliver on that dream.

Tomlinson: Vikings QB Favre didn't tip his hand about 2010 plans
Brett Favre kept his plans to himself, even as he helped try to recruit running back LaDainian Tomlinson to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

Eagles ship DE Clemons, fourth-round pick to Seahawks for DE Tapp
Looking to bolster their pass rush, the Philadelphia Eagles traded a 2010 fourth-round draft pick and defensive end Chris Clemons to the Seattle Seahawks for defensive end Darryl Tapp on Tuesday.

Lions QB Stafford enjoys having input into offseason moves
Every NFL quarterback would like his team to add more offensive weapons. Matthew Stafford is doing something about it.

Tebow's workout likely won't have any impact on draft status
Tim Tebow's well-publicized makeover has created quite a stir in the scouting community, but will do little to impact his draft status across the league. Teams that were fond of Tebow prior to the change will remain enamored with him due to his extraordinary intangibles and leadership skills. On the other hand, teams that regard the former Heisman Trophy winner lightly will continue to have issues with his skills as a passer.

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