Horse Tracks - 4/19/10 - The Calm before the Storm

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It's NFL Draft Week!  The culmination of the past 4 months of preparation is nearly upon us, along with a new sense of optimism.  In no other sport does hope spring eternal the way NFL fans feel as the Draft approaches.  Lock it now, a team will make a pick this Thursday, or Friday, that will change the fortunes of their franchise for years to come.  The big question - and hope for all of us - will that team be the Broncos?  After having a full scouting season to evaluate talent this year there is a lot expected of Josh McDaniels, Brian Xanders and company.  They need to infuse as much talent and athleticism as possible on a roster void of both.  Hearing McDaniels talk last week he clearly has a plan.  It's time to put that plan into motion and start seeing the results.

Predraft interviews more than just idle talk - The Denver Post
Sure, training for the NFL combine was tough, as was getting his body in tiptop shape for his pro day workout at the University of Georgia last spring.

Broncos likely to find a new team picking ahead of them - The Denver Post
It could certainly impact what the Broncos do with the 11th pick of the draft, but the Jaguars have made it clear to anyone and everyone in the league they are interested in moving out of the 10th spot in Thursday's first round.

Despite questions, Tebow should be a high draft pick - The Denver Post
No player has been talked about more both inside and outside the league leading up to this week's NFL draft than Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

A guideline for success in the NFL draft - The Denver Post
For those whose mortgages ride on decisions made on draft days, 1974 always will be a remember-when bit of history.

Paige: Broncos' McDaniels would take Tebow - The Denver Post
If Josh McDaniels wants a real, not fantasy, draft for himself, the Broncos, Pat Bowlen and OrangeNation, he will select Tim Tebow.

Klis: Roethlisberger's problem may have deep roots - The Denver Post
Ben Roethlisberger was 8 years old, shooting baskets in his driveway, waiting for his mom to pick him up for the weekend when he received word.

Sunday at the Post | National Football Post
As we enter the week of the draft, it’s only fitting that on its 75th anniversary, we honor the man who invented it. Stan Hochman’s quote above was from an article he wrote reviewing the book written by Bob Lyons about the life and times of Bert Bell. Lyons’ book, "Any Given Sunday," details Bell’s life, which centered on making the NFL the great game it is today. Working tirelessly, Bell’s vision was based on the league being only as strong as its weakest link. He promoted a culture among the owners in which they worked together in the best interests of the future of the league.

Do 'Skins have a plan for Haynesworth? | National Football Post
Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth was a no-show this weekend for the first mini-camp under new head coach Mike Shanahan. The camp was "voluntary," and I’m not going to put a ton of stock into practice in April when it comes to the 2010 season, but that still doesn’t hide the fact that there’s an issue right now in Washington.

Pre-draft rumors and rumblings | National Football Post
What we’re hearing less than a week before the NFL Draft cranks up:

Alabama Linebacker Rolando McClain | National Football Post
The top linebacker prospect in this year's draft is going to be in high demand on Thursday.

Roethlisberger expected to attend Steelers' practice
Ben Roethlisberger will line up under center, take the snap and throw his first pass to a teammate since the Steelers ended the season Jan. 3.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Source: Tebow to visit Broncos on Monday "
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will work out personally for Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders on Monday, a team source tells NFL.com.

Allen Encouraged With First Mini-Camp
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said on Saturday that he was "very satisfied" with player attendance at this weekend’s mini-camp.

Former Raiders WR Porter gets tryout with Redskins
Veteran Jerry Porter is among the receivers who tried out for the Washington Redskins at their minicamp this week, according to a league source.

Berry sits at the head of a solid class of defensive backs
All coaches would love cover corners who can also be solid in run support. The same can be said for safeties who can match up with good wide receivers in deep coverages as well as make plays in the box when asked.

2007 draft do-over: This time, Raiders take Peterson
fter completing a series looking how each team has done in the draft the last three years, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the first round from 2007, and see how it might look different if it was held today, knowing what we know about the top 32 players selected that year.

Cleveland Browns' Chris Jennings out of jail after alleged fight - ESPN
Cleveland Browns running back Chris Jennings has been released from jail while authorities determine whether to file charges over allegations he hit a bouncer outside a Cleveland nightclub.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' Jonathan Dwyer tests positive at combine - ESPN
Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer tested positive at the NFL scouting combine for amphetamines, FoxSports.com reported Sunday, but Dwyer's agent said teams were aware of his client's medical history.

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