Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/22/12

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Nailing Down Draft Prep
The 2012 NFL Draft is almost here, and the Broncos are prepared for every scenario that could develop during the first round and beyond.

Garland Granted New Opportunity " DenverBroncos.com
Broncos defensive lineman Ben Garland, who participated in the team’s training camp in 2010 before returning to the Air Force, has successfully applied to the Air Force’s Palace Chase program.

Broncos' Matt Russell will have big say on draft day - The Denver Post
Matt Russell was one of the best college football players this state has seen, a running back-blasting, hair-flying tackling machine who in 1996 won the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker while at the University of Colorado.

Anatomy of a draft day trade | National Football Post
An inside look at how NFL front offices negotiate their way up and down the draft board.

Denver Broncos Videos

Draft Day Decisions - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bill Polian breaks down the Colts' draft needs after Andrew Luck, and shares his impressions of Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon and Ryan Tannehill.

Is Blackmon Overrated Or Underrated? - ESPN Video - ESPN
First Take expresses their concerns with Justin Blackmon and debates if he is overrated or underrated.

Is Ryan Tannehill Overrated? - ESPN Video - ESPN
First Take debates if Ryan Tannehill is being overvalued and overrated.

Report: NFL To Conduct HGH Study - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton discusses the NFL's interest in HGH testing and when we may see testing in the NFL.

Denver Broncos Blog

Team needs: Denver Broncos | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos won a playoff game with a run-first quarterback, but that wasn’t the identity John Elway and John Fox wanted for their football team.

Draft preview: Defensive backs - The Denver Post
The Denver Posts Jeff Legwold offers his list of the top defensive backs available in the NFL draft Thursday through Saturday.

Jets’ Trevor Pryce Is Retired, and Getting Tired of It - NYTimes.com
Trevor Pryce used to be an All-Pro defensive end in the N.F.L., but today, he is just another comfortable retired athlete adjusting to his new life.

Division News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders will count on Pryor as Palmer's backup
The 2012 NFL draft hasn’t even begun, and the Raiders already have a member of their draft class pegged to play an important role next season.

NFL News

Inside the NFL Draft: Chiefs team needs | National Football Post
Taking a look at the prospects that fit in K.C.

Report: Chiefs' Jackson reworks contract | National Football Post
Defensive end Tyson Jackson has restructured his contract, lowering his base salary from $8.5 million in 2012 to $4.25 million

NFL.com news: Report: NFL wants Cowboys, Redskins cap case dismissed
The NFL has sought to have the Dallas Cowboys' and Washington Redskins' grievance for salary cap penalties dismissed, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Washington Post on Friday.

NFL.com news: NFL might begin HGH testing before 2012 season, attorney says
It's been a long road to get to this point, but NFL general counsel Jeff Pash expressed some optimism that the league will have an HGH testing program in place and will begin testing in time for the 2012 season.

After Ray Easterling’s suicide, wife describes a life of pain | ProFootballTalk
Ray Easterling, one of the more than 1,200 former players who have filed concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL, died in what police said was a suicide on Thursday, and his wife has described him as being badly damaged both physically and mentally from his playing career.

NFL.com news: Five teams we'd like to see on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Saturday the Atlanta Falcons removed themselves from consideration for HBO's "Hard Knocks," meaning we're back to the drawing board.

Rookie wage scale shouldn’t lead to more trades, in theory | ProFootballTalk
Several reports have emerged in recent days regarding the belief that the new rookie wage scale will result in more trades at the top of the draft.

Free Agency

Jim Harbaugh’s attitude toward offseason workouts could lure free agents | ProFootballTalk
Last year, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t even meet his new team until six weeks before the first regular-season game.

NFL.com news: Minnesota Vikings reportedly meeting with Jerome Simpson
The Minnesota Vikings are meeting with free-agent receiver Jerome Simpson, ESPN 1500 reported Saturday.

Greer’s new deal is worth $15.6 million over three years | ProFootballTalk
On Friday, agent Mark Bloom made the media rounds, trumpeting a three-year extension that had been signed by cornerback Jabari Greer, and adroitly describing the new contract as being worth $23 million.

The Draft

ProFootballWeekly.com - Draft prospect Dennard arrested
Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early Saturday for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Late-rising pass-rushing talent
Pass rushers are in constant demand, and teams can never have enough depth along the defensive line.

Ryan Tannehill, 3rd-Ranked Quarterback in 2012 Draft - NYTimes.com
Tannehill has the least experience in the college game of all my top-five quarterbacks, but he might have the best overall feel for the game.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive If the Browns draft Weeden, what of McCoy? "
Upon seeing that Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is predicting that the Browns might draft QB Brandon Weeden, NFL.com’s Marc Sessler pondered what, exactly, that would mean for incumbent starter Colt McCoy.

NFL.com news: Weeden gunning to play 'as soon as possible'
A recent mock draft from SI's Peter King was littered with intriguing scenarios, including this one: King projects the Browns trading back into the first round for New England's 27th pick, in order to select Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

NFL.com news: Polian: Robert Griffin III presents an 'absolutely unique' threat
Robert Griffin III, the likely second-overall pick in next week's NFL draft, represents a new type of player to the league, former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian recently told The Washington Post.

NFL Draft: one final look at Trent Richardson | National Football Post
Using video to break down the RB's 57-yard run vs. Auburn.

Browns worst in the NFL at finding All-Pros in the draft | ProFootballTalk
When the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed the last 10 NFL All-Pro teams to determine which NFL teams did the best and worst job of drafting talent, it should have come as no surprise that the Browns were last on the list.

Go Broncos!

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