Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/15/12

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Big need for speed on defensive lines as NFL draft nears - The Denver Post
It is modern NFL economics. There is supply, as in the growing list of pass-happy offenses run by quarterbacks in a league bent on keeping scores high.

Discipline and believing in the research are keys to good NFL drafts - The Denver Post
Todays question about the Broncos comes from Sid Joshi:Q: How does a draft board work?

Broncos have had more misses than hits when drafting D-linemen - The Denver Post
The Broncos have worked countless hours, piled up the miles and been coast to coast and border to border to prepare for the draft each year.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL Videos: Jerel Worthy one-on-one
04:02 – Michigan State DL Jerel Worthy sits down with Charley Casserly to talk about his recent team visits and more leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

Vikings' Plans For No. 3 Pick - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton discusses the Minnesota Vikings' options with the number 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

U. of Cincinnati DT Derek Wolfe can contribute as NFL rookie - The Denver Post
If a guy can sneak up on the NFL draft, Cincinnati defensive tackle Derek Wolfe could be that person this year.

A&M's Cyrus Gray a good fit for West Coast offenses - The Denver Post
The Broncos have a little more of a power look in their offensive playbook, and head coach John Fox likes bigger backs.

Woody Paige: Don't mock this Broncos draft of six sure starters - The Denver Post
How about Doom & Gloom & Boom!With a touch of Zoom.The Broncos should pick Alabama linebacker Donta Hightower in the first round.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
How concussion awareness is changing the draft, pro day fallout, all the latest draft dope and much more.

Division New

Chiefs give personalized Nike jerseys to all season-ticket accounts | ProFootballTalk
t’s unknown at this point how many fans have purchased or will purchase the new NFL Nike jerseys. However, one team will be placing a fairly large order.

Note: The Broncos play the AFC North and the NFC South in 2012, so news of those teams will be listed.

NFL.com news: Report: Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie set to attend workouts
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie will participate in the team's voluntary offseason workouts, the Carroll County Times reported Friday.

NFL.com news: Report: Ex-Steelers WR Limas Sweed works out for Bengals
Free-agent receiver Limas Sweed worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, a league source told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

NFL News

NFL.com news: New York Giants owner John Mara envisions end to kickoffs
New York Giants owner John Mara, a member of the NFL's Competition Committee, says he can see a day in which kickoffs will be eliminated from football.

Change in horse-collar rule had very limited support | ProFootballTalk
Giants co-owner John Mara, a member of the Competition Committee, recently explained to Michael Eisen of Giants.com the ongoing efforts to make the game safer.

More and more recognizable names joining concussion lawsuits | ProFootballTalk
The perpetual stream of concussion lawsuits, with nearly 1,200 former players now part of the effort, has diluted the focus that otherwise would apply to the specific players who are making claims

Jahvid Best still hasn’t been fully cleared | ProFootballTalk
In October, Lions running back Jahvid Best suffered his latest concussion. Six months later, he has yet to receive the green light to return to the football field.

NFL needs to make a decision on Saints player discipline | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, Peter King wrote in MMQB that he’d be surprised if a decision on player discipline arising from the Saints’ bounty scandal isn’t issued this week.

Column - Like Mongo, Players Pawn in Bigger Game - NYTimes.com
There's a new face behind the head injury lawsuits against the NFL, a former All-Pro defensive tackle from the Detroit Lions some may recognize better as the lovable lug of a father from the 1980s sitcom "Webster."

ProFootballWeekly.com - Newton: Improvement as NFL QB 'through the roof'
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton now has a huge statue of himself to go along with his Heisman Trophy and AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He also has outsized expectations for Year Two.

Free Agency

NFL.com news: Jerome Simpson reportedly still a free-agent candidate for Rams
The St. Louis Rams remain interested in free-agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson despite the four-year veteran's legal problems, team sources told Pro Football Weekly.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Re-signings fortify Steelers' depth at several positions
The Steelers, who sat out the first wave of free agency, made a series of re-signings this week to help their depth.

The Draft

NFL.com news: Courtney Upshaw worth 'hard look,' Cowboys executive says
The Dallas Cowboys might be open to selecting linebacker Courtney Upshaw with the No. 14 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

NFL.com news: NFL Draft Buzz: Zach Brown draws a crowd
It takes a small army to keep on top of the day's draft news. In an effort to help, we'll be rounding up the nuggets that slip through the cracks for a little running segment we call "Draft Buzz."

NFL.com news: Is Justin Blackmon an elite WR prospect?
Justin Blackmon is widely considered the best receiver in this month's draft, but the jury is out on whether he's an elite player.

NFL.com news: USC DE Nick Perry reportedly visits New England Patriots
USC defensive end Nick Perry has visited with the New England Patriots, Scout.com's Aaron Wilson reported Saturday.

Report: "Little chance" Eagles would trade up to No. 4 | ProFootballTalk
As Florio suggested early Saturday, Friday night’s Cleveland Plain Dealer report of the Eagles’ alleged interest in trading up to the No. 4 overall pick reeked of pre-draft misinformation spread by a bad Browns team looking to trade down and accumulate more picks.

Bills bring in Tannehill | ProFootballTalk
Another day, another team in the top half of round one shows interest in quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Report: Multiple teams are interested in the fourth overall pick | ProFootballTalk
It’s 12 day until the Colts are on the clock, and we’re squarely into the Pinocchio phase of the pre-draft grapevine.

Kendall Wright, Third-Ranked Receiver in 2012 Draft - NYTimes.com
There was a time that I considered Wright the best receiver in this draft class. He’s not big, but he is physical and that is what you need from an N.F.L. player with his speed and quickness.

Go Broncos!

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