Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/28/12

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Notebook: Fox Talks New Broncos
Head Coach John Fox closes day two of the 2012 NFL Draft by discussing the team's first three selections.

Bearcat Turned Bronco; Wolfe Top Pick
With the 36th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected defensive tackle Derek Wolfe from the University of Cincinnati.

Hillman Brings 'Instant Offense' to Broncos
After trading for the No. 67 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman.

Osweiler Heads to Denver at No. 57
With their second pick in the second round, the Broncos selected Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Broncos show they believe effort as important as workout numbers | First-and-Orange
When the Broncos went by Kendall Reyes and Jerel Worthy on the draft board and selected Cincinnati’s Derek Wolfe with the 37th pick of the draft, they showed the "football character" component of their grading scale is as important to them as any 40-yard dash or vertical jump.

Fox and Co. don’t care about experts’ draft boards | First-and-Orange
John Fox won’t be a popular man in Bristol, Conn. after taking a shot at TV draft analysts tonight.

Denver Broncos Videos

Elway, Fox Welcome Wolfe
John Elway and John Fox congratulate Derek Wolfe after the team drafted him 36th overall.

Elway, Fox Welcome Osweiler
John Elway and John Fox congratulate Brock Osweiler after the team drafted him 57th overall.

Elway, Fox Welcome Hillman
John Elway and John Fox congratulate Ronnie Hillman after the team drafted him 67th overall.

John Fox Press Conference
Head Coach John Fox talks about the team's second and third round draft picks.

True to the Board
The Broncos grab three players ranked high on their board during the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Brock Osweiler Drafted By Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
Brock Osweiler talks after being drafted No. 57th overall by the Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos Blogs

NFL draft: Broncos busy building with three picks on Day 2 - The Denver Post
After causing guacamole and chips to be left uneaten at numerous draft-watch parties Thursday night by trading out of the first round, the Broncos filled some roster holes with some surprises Friday night in rounds 2 and 3

Broncos turn to youth movement with two of draft's youngest - The Denver Post
The Broncos obviously like low-mileage readings on the football odometer for their prospects.

A look at Broncos Friday draft picks: Wolfe, Osweiler, Hillman - The Denver Post
The Broncos want Cincinnati defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, left, to keep offensive linemen busy, and for Ronnie Hillman to torment opposing defenses.

Broncos’ priorities: Cornerback, offensive line | First-and-Orange
With three picks today _ two in the second round and one in the third _ the Broncos will look hard first at offensive line and cornerback.

MaxDenver " Round 2, No. 36: DL Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
"It was kind of a shock they picked me," the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder said shortly after receiving the call from the Broncos late Friday afternoon confirming his selection as the No. 36 selection.

Derek Wolfe a surprise pick by Broncos at NFL draft, but not lacking confidence - The Denver Post
Broncos draftee Derek Wolfe may be a surprise to some analysts, but the 6-foot-5, 286-pound defensive tackle from Cincinnati said Friday night he was disappointed at not being selected in the first round a day earlier.

MaxDenver " That’s ‘Plan B’ — as in Brock
If you’re a Broncos fan — as most visitors to this site are — you don’t want to believe that something might happen to Peyton Manning. You want the $18-million-plus of guaranteed money to be a wise investment, for his surgically repaired neck to hold up as though it were new and unscarred, and for him to emerge from hits at the age of 36 and 37 with the same resilience as he did at 22.

NFL.com news: Denver Broncos draft QB of future in Brock Osweiler
Peyton Manning is the Denver Broncos' quarterback of the present. No one -- not even Manning -- knows how long his post-surgery reboot in the Rockies will last.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Fantasy spin: Broncos QB Brock Osweiler
In an ironic twist, the Broncos drafted Brock Osweiler, the player who beat out John Elway’s son at Arizona State. Osweiler is purely a developmental player right now behind Peyton Manning.

Osweiler taken by Broncos in 2nd round - The Denver Post
The Denver Broncos may have just found the eventual heir apparent to Peyton Manning. And his insurance policy, too.

Broncos' pick QB Brock Osweiler says Denver's a "perfect fit" - The Denver Post
Acknowledging that some top college quarterbacks would be disappointed at having to sit on the bench early in their NFL career, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler called Denver "a perfect

Broncos pick ASU QB Osweiler in 2nd round - The Denver Post
The Denver Broncos have selected a quarterback for Peyton Manning to mentor, taking Brock Osweiler from Arizona State with their second pick in the second round of the NFL

MaxDenver " Round 3, No. 67: Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
The surprise at No. 67 after the Broncos traded up 20 slots with the Cleveland Browns was which running back the Broncos selected, not that they picked a running back.

Ronnie Hillman Selected By the Denver Broncos in the NFL Draft - San Diego State University Official Athletic Site
San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman was selected in the third round of the National Football League Draft on Friday afternoon by the Denver Broncos.

Versatile Ronnie Hillman reaches NFL dream with Broncos - The Denver Post
As a third-year sophomore last fall, San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman played only two years of college football. But Hillman said Friday night that he couldnt be more ready to carry the ball for the Broncos.

Broncos trade up to take SDSU RB Hillman - The Denver Post
The Denver Broncos orchestrated a deal with Cleveland to move up in the third round and select San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman with the 67th overall pick

Quick hits from Fox on Wolfe, Osweiler, Hillman | First-and-Orange
Broncos head coach John Fox met with the local media tonight at the conclusion of the second and third rounds of the NFL draft, and spoke about the team’s three picks: defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Ronnie Hillman.

Money matters _ drop from No. 25 to No. 36 saves $2.42 million a year in guarantees | First-and-Orange
I was told saving a few dollars had nothing to do with the Broncos dropping from No. 25 in the first-round Thursday to No. 36 in the second round today. But save, they did.

Colorado stars, including CU's Ryan Miller - still waiting to be picked in NFL draft - The Denver Post
Former Colorado offensive lineman Ryan Miller and other area prospects hope to hear the phone ring today during the NFL draft.

Peyton Manning texts congratulations to new Colt Andrew Luck - NFL.com
Andrew Luck is taking over Peyton Manning's former role as the Indianapolis Colts' franchise quarterback, but there don't appear to be any hard feelings between the No. 1 draft pick and the four-time NFL MVP.

Division News

Wrapping up AFC West's third round - AFC West Blog - ESPN
After a strong second round in the AFC West, I thought there were some interesting developments in the third round in the division as well.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers boost defense with top two picks
When the Chargers named John Pagano their defensive coordinator in January, the unit he was set to take over had problems all over the place.

NFL.com news: A.J. Smith cites luck in Chargers landing Melvin Ingram
The sun has been shining on San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers set for battle at SS
Given that their one-year experiment with Bob Sanders was unsuccessful, the Chargers are loading up at the SS position this offseason.

Round 2: Chiefs and Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers both addressed their greatest needs in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.

Chiefs continue to enhance offense - AFC West Blog - ESPN
After addressing their greatest need by taking nose tackle Dontari Poe at No. 11, the Kansas City Chiefs added offensive beef at pick No. 44 by taking Illinois’ Jeff Allen.

Raiders close Round 3 of NFL draft by taking Tony Bergstrom - NFL.com
Reggie McKenzie had to wait through almost two entire days and three rounds before making his first draft pick as Oakland Raiders general manager.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Once again, Raiders address offensive line
Heading into the NFL draft, it appeared the largest need for the Raiders was help on defense.

NFL News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Teams can spend $76K on undrafted rookie bonuses
A league source told Pro Football Weekly that each NFL team will have $76,585 to spend on bonuses for undrafted rookies at the completion of the 2012 NFL draft, which concludes Saturday

Fate of the Pro Bowl Still Undecided - NYTimes.com
The fate of the National Football League's annual Pro Bowl remains uncertain amid growing speculation the All-Star game could be suspended next year or possibly scrapped altogether.

Dallas Cowboys looking to trade CB Mike Jenkins - NFL.com
The morning after making a blockbuster trade to draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, the Dallas Cowboys are shopping the player he is expected to replace.

Texans trying to trade Jacoby Jones | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Texans are trying to trade receiver/returner Jacoby Jones after using the 68th overall pick on Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey.

Free Agency

ProFootballWeekly.com - Jaguars waive six, including RB Karim
Jacksonville also waived LB JoJo Dickson, LB Stephen Franklin, LB Jammie Kirlew, DB Trumaine McBride and PK Sam Swank.

The Draft

For first time ever, player jerseys were customized on site | ProFootballTalk
Backstage last night at Radio City Music Hall, well before the Chiefs’ selection with the 11th pick in the draft was announced, I saw someone carrying a red jersey with white letters and yellow trim that had the name "POE" on the back.

N.F.L. Draft — Pass Rushers in Demand - NYTimes.com
When the Baltimore Ravens finally plucked outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw from the green room Friday night

Go Broncos!

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