Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/9/12

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Broncos' Peyton Manning a real pro at preparation - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning has been the Broncos' starting quarterback for about three weeks, and soon the rest of his teammates will learn what Brandon Stokley has known for years.

Broncos won't give up future picks just because they have Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
Todays question comes from Elliot Lewis: Now that the Broncos signed Peyton Manning, do you think they will consider trading future draft picks, say in 2013 or 2014, to get impact players in this years draft?

Defensive end Quinton Coples is a complicated draft prospect to judge - The Denver Post
There will always be two unshakable truths for the NFL draft.A prospect is never worse than he was the day before he is selected after surviving months worth of grind-it-out evaluations.

A.F.C. West Team Needs - NYTimes.com
The sturdy 2011 starters Broderick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas both need to be replaced. (Bunkley signed in New Orleans, where good defensive tackles go to die, and Thomas is a free agent.)

Denver Broncos Videos

Draft Minute: Robert Griffin III - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay breaks down Robert Griffin's arm talent and competitiveness that makes him a top talent.

Draft Minute: Justin Blackmon - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay breaks down Justin Blackmon's ability to adjust to the ball and make tough catches.

Draft Minute: Luke Kuechly - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay breaks down Luke Kuechly's instincts and ability to read plays, which makes him a top fifteen pick.

Draft Minute: Matt Kalil - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay breaks down Matt Kalil's mobility and awareness, which makes him the probable number 3 overall pick.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos win free-agent competition
The Raiders' signing of free-agent defensive end Dave Tollefson this weekend closes the book on free agency for us.

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has surgery on ankle - The Denver Post
Julius Thomas will always remember the 5-yard reception against the Cincinnati Bengals as his first NFL catch, but it also left him with a rookie season filled with frustration.

Broncos could be eyeballing Osweiler as Peyton successor | ProFootballTalk
On Saturday, Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway, Broncos coach John Fox, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Broncos quarterbacks coach Adam Gase, and Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders made the trek to Tempe, Arizona to conduct a private workout with former Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler

2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The Denver Broncos Select... - Cincy Jungle
With the 25th pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select....

Division News

Would Chiefs consider Tannehill in first round? | National Football Post
Kansas City has not drafted a first-round QB since 1983

NFL.com news: All is well in Chiefs land, according to Dwayne Bowe
Dwayne Bowe is pumped up that Romeo Crennel is running the show for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs’ commitment to Cassel questioned | ProFootballTalk
At the moment, Matt Cassel appears ready to step into the 2012 season as the clear starter in Kansas City. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Chiefs’ brain trust is totally committed to Cassel going forward.

NFL News

NFL.com news: Schiano puts discipline first in Buccaneers' rebuilding effort
Former Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was fired after finishing the season on a 10-game losing streak. Schiano said he is intent on making players accountable for their mistakes.

NFL.com news: Browns' Watson: Prospects' Wonderlic scores should be private
Every year, the Wonderlic scores of NFL draft prospects somehow get out, someone gets embarrassed, and the merits of the test as an evaluating tool are debated.

NFL.com news: Teams tie up loose ends in April as draft process winds down
In January, NFL teams begin the draft process by attending various all-star games, like the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl. In February, it's all about the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. In March, attention turns to pro days at college campuses across the country.

Free Agency

Asante Samuel would like to remind you he’s still a great cornerback | ProFootballTalk
Asante Samuel may not have a future in Philadelphia, but he’s still a great cornerback.

The Draft

Rick Spielman open to dealing third pick with Vikings on the clock | ProFootballTalk
With the first two picks in the NFL Draft pretty much set in stone, attention has turned to what the Vikings will do with the third pick in the draft.

Fourth pick expected to come down to Blackmon, Richardson | ProFootballTalk
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are expected to be drafted first and second overall, respectively, by the Colts and Redskins. USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil is the heavy favorite to be picked third by the Vikings.

The Dolphins, Tannehill, and the eighth overall pick | ProFootballTalk
The Miami Dolphins haven’t had a franchise quarterback since 1999, the final year of Dan Marino’s Hall-of-Fame career.

NFL Draft Playbook: Coby Fleener vs. Notre Dame | National Football Post
Stanford’s Coby Fleener is projected as the top TE prospect heading into the draft and could come off the board in the first round after his Pro Day on campus.

Top-ten buzz builds as Floyd lines up several pre-draft visits | ProFootballTalk
Most observers expected Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd to be drafted in the late teens to early 20s when the college season ended. But the latest pre-draft buzz on Floyd indicates he may go as early as the top ten.

NFL.com news: Notre Dame's Michael Floyd invited to draft, visiting with teams
Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd will have a busy schedule leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

Small schooler Greenwood attracts plenty of pre-draft interest | ProFootballTalk
Albion College in Michigan hasn’t had a prospect drafted into the NFL since 1967, when the New Orleans Saints selected someone named Barry Siler in the eighth round. The 44-year drought may end this year

Lamar Miller, Third-Ranked Running Back in 2012 Draft - NYTimes.com
Lamar Miller is a potential Pro Bowl back. He’s at the sweet spot in terms of height, weight, speed and acceleration.

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