Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/26/12

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The 2012 NFL Draft Day is Here!

MaxDenver " Draft Day Dawns …
Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy was Andrew Mason’s pick for the Broncos in two mock drafts. But don’t be surprised if the Broncos’ day is defined by a trade.

Peyton Manning jerseys available at Broncos' team store - The Denver Post
The Broncos team store at Sports Authority Field at Mile High will be selling 2012 Nike jerseys, including Peyton Mannings first Broncos jersey, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Kiszla: Broncos' John Elway wants an impact player in NFL draft - The Denver Post
The NFL draft got Josh McDaniels fired as Broncos coach. It could help Broncos executive John Elway win a Super Bowl.

2012 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos draft picks, team needs and recent results - NFL - Sporting News
Von Miller reaped the glory, but Brodrick Bunkley played a massively underrated role in the Denver Broncos' defensive revival. Now Bunkley's in New Orleans and Denver should heavily consider addressing defensive tackle in the 2012 NFL Draft.

N.F.L. Evolution: How Defenses Will Respond - NYTimes.com
The future of defense is dictated by the evolution of offense. Teams have to figure out how to combat the growing number of three-and four-receiver sets.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL Draft's Top Wideouts - ESPN Video - ESPN
The two top wide receivers in the NFL Draft Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd talk to Suzy Kolber.

Tide Rolls Into NFL Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Alabama S Mark Barron and RB Trent Richardson talk to Suzy Kolber about the draft.

Tannehill to Miami? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Rachel Nichols breaks down the chances the Dolphins select Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the NFL draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

2012 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Finals
A picture gallery from the Denver Bronco cheerleader finals.

Cakes for Cancer Pancake Breakfast " DenverBroncos.com
For every pancake block the line made last year, Zane Beadles donated $250 to Brent’s Place as part of his "Cakes for Cancer" program.

Broncos Draft History: Tight Ends
A look back at the tight ends the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Tight Ends
A look at some of the top tight ends leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

Broncos Draft History: Specialists
A look back at the specialists the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Specialists
A look at some of the top punters and kickers leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

After the NFL draft's top two picks, expect the unexpected - The Denver Post
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the first pick of the NFL draft Thursday night, going to the Indianapolis Colts.

Not getting Samuel won't kill Denver - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It became evident in the past couple of days the Denver Broncos were not going to be able to work out a deal for cornerback Asante Samuel.

Division News

NFL divisional odds for 2012 are out | National Football Post
AFC WEST Denver Broncos: 8/5 San Diego Chargers: 11/5 Kansas City Chiefs: 5/2 Oakland Raiders: 3/1

Rumors fly that Bowe may sign franchise tender | ProFootballTalk
Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes recently signed his franchise tender, once word emerged that the Falcons may be trading for cornerback Asante Samuel. A similar dynamic could be playing out in Kansas City.

Team needs: Oakland Raiders | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders have undergone an almost complete front-office overhaul after the passing of owner Al Davis.

ProFootballWeekly.com - PK Nugent re-signs with Bengals
Bengals PK Mike Nugent has signed his franchise tender with the team, keeping him on the roster for the 2012 season.

NFL News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Lions WR Johnson wins 'Madden' cover
Lions WR Calvin Johnson has been named the cover athlete for the "Madden NFL ’13" video game, which will be released later this year.

NFL, NFLPA keep working to finalize rookie salary pool - NFL.com
The NFL and the NFL Players Association worked on finalizing the numbers for the 2012 rookie pool Wednesday night but could not come to a resolution, according to a source involved in the process.

NFL.com news: Packers release safety Nick Collins
Safety Nick Collins' seven-year tenure with the Green Bay Packers is over.

Giants' Osi Umenyiora not interested in short-term extension - NFL.com
It's the offseason, and naturally that means it's time for another round of speculation that defensive end Osi Umenyiora could be nearing the end of his tenure with the New York Giants.

In Court, Easterling Suicide Is the Focus - NYTimes.com
The suicide last week of Ray Easterling, a player with the Atlanta Falcons in the 1970s who was being treated for dementia, took center stage in court on Wednesday.

The Draft

Behind the Scenes of the NFL Draft | National Football Post
The NFL has been embarrassed on several different fronts of late. Most recently, the leaking of sensitive player information such as failed drug tests and wonderlic scores.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Examining each team's draft needs
In the following tables, we focus on each team's top three needs going into the draft,

NFL draftees remember high school - High School Football Video - ESPNHS
Michael Brockers, Quinton Coples, Stephon Gilmore, Stephen Hill, Luke Kuechly, Ryan Tannehill, Courtney Upshaw, Russell Wilson and Jerel Worthy talk about their playing days before NCAA football.

NFL Draft: One final look at Kendall Wright | National Football Post
Using video to break down the 3-step 'hot' read.

Stephen Hill poised to prove NFL draft advisory board wrong | ProFootballTalk
When Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill decided in January to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, it would have been easy to label it a mistake

NFL draft prospect Vontaze Burfict admits to smoking pot - NFL.com
Draft prospect Vontaze Burfict admitted to NFL general managers that he had smoked marijuana, he told Scout.com on Wednesday.

Six total players tested positive at Scouting Combine | ProFootballTalk
Previously, three players have been identified via published reports as testing positive for a banned substance at the Scouting Combine:

Janoris Jenkins off a "number" of draft boards | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that "a number of teams" have removed North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins from their draft boards, and Jenkins is "not expected" to be a first-round pick.

Matt Kalil, Mark Barron among those anxious to learn draft fate - NFL.com
Andrew Luck knows exactly where he's heading, and so does Robert Griffin III.

Mike Shanahan predicts harmony between him, RG3, Redskins - NFL.com
obert Griffin III is vibrant and fun-loving. Mike Shanahan is businesslike and no-nonsense. Nevertheless, Shanahan believes they'll get along just fine.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Browns could make aggressive move to get Weeden "
Colt McCoy ranked 22nd in the league in passing yards as the Cleveland Browns ranked 30th in the league in points scored.

Bills want to trade up or down for a left tackle | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of personnel executives are full of something other than chocolate in the days preceding the draft. Bills G.M. Buddy Nix provides a rare exception.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Intriguing, late-rising cover talent
Cornerback has been a position where late rounders, undrafted free agents and small-school prospects have made names for themselves in the NFL, exemplified by Tramon Williams (undrafted) and Cortland Finnegan (seventh round). The following players, listed alphabetically, could snag roster spots despite their low profiles:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Strong ILB crop offers versatility
The traditional middle linebacker position does not carry as much value as it once did, as NFL defenses have been forced to use more nickel and dime packages to counter the increased aerial assaults of NFL passing attacks, placing more of a premium on linebackers who can run and cover and never have to leave the field on third downs.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Youth additions make DT crop the draft's strength
With the addition of a quartet of talented underclassmen, this year’s DT crop could break the record for defensive tackles selected in the first round. Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox is the biggest prize of the lot, featuring an unusual blend of quickness, strength and power.

Ryan Tannehill Lacks Seasoning but Stays High on Draft Boards - NYTimes.com
Andrew Luck has been hailed as a once-in-a-generation prospect because of his physical tools and mental dexterity.

As N.F.L. Analyst, Bill Polian Is Still Focused on the Draft - NYTimes.com
After decades of being central to draft decision making with the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts, Bill Polian’s personnel assessments matter a little less than in the past.

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