Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/29/13

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Free Agency news is picking up as the Broncos may be interested in Antoine Winfield. However, the 2013 NFL Draft is beginning to take over the NFL landscape with many reports on positional grades and needs for teams around the league.

Antoine Winfield – PFF’s No. 1 Cornerback? | ProFootballFocus.com
The Minnesota Vikings released Antoine Winfield into free agency this month, and it sparked a wave of people taking a look at the PFF rankings and getting excited, seeing Winfield at the top of the list for 2012.

Von Miller Is on Pace to Shatter Denver Broncos' All-Time Sack Record | Bleacher Report
Lost in the hubbub of defensive end Elvis Dumervil agreeing to sign with the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend was the fact that Dumervil was just one sack away from moving into third on Denver's all-time sack list (as was pointed out by @IAOFM on Twitter).

Broncos make decisions with Manning in mind, but look to future, too - The Denver Post
The Patriots construct things around Tom Brady, the Packers around Aaron Rodgers, the Saints around Drew Brees and on and on. That's how it is, quarterbacks with title potential are the league's Alpha Dogs.

Draft Notes: WR superlatives and rankings - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Today, our positional tour of the 2013 draft class stops in the wide receiver area. This is an unusually strong year at the position, in a deep overall draft class, and there’ll be a lot of opportunity for teams to bring in quality players in the second and third rounds, and not pay them a whole lot of money for about four years.

Jon Heath Sports Media: Broncos Meet With Draft Prospects Bell, Patton
The free agency buzz has died down and teams have started honing in on draft preparations. For the Denver Broncos, part of that process entails meeting with prospects that have caught their eye.

Denver Broncos Videos

Meet the Safeties | DenverBroncos.com
Some of this year's top back-end draft prospects talk about why they're ready to contribute in the NFL.

Clear the Runway? - ESPN
It's been a rugged few seasons for the Jets. But a quality draft could fuel a return to the postseason.

They're Not Panicking - ESPN
Rash Redskins? Not anymore. Saddled with cap woes, the Skins are looking for a practical way out.

Putting Up a Front - ESPN
The top QB is rising in Todd McShay's two-round mock draft, but linemen still block the way to No. 1.

Teams that will look to trade first-round pick in 2013 NFL Draft - NFL Videos
Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah and Charley Casserly debate which teams might look to trade their first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos Draft Preview - Predominantly Orange
It’s hard to believe, but the NFL Draft is less than a month away. That’s why plenty of sites are doing team previews of the draft.

Alvos do Draft 2013: Eddie Lacy (RB) " BroncosBrasil.com
Seguindo a série dos nossos possíveis alvos no Draft 2013 da NFL, vamos analisar o perfil do running back Eddie Lacy. Nosso time certamente vai precisar de um jogador para a posição e, se a idéia for escolher um no primeiro round, o Lacy é o mais provável.

Mason's Mock 2.0 | DenverBroncos.com
Andrew Mason updates how he feels the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft will shake out after the first wave of free agency.

DenverBroncos.com’s Divisional Draft Predictions
At the beginning of March, the DenverBroncos.com staff made their first set of predictions for how the AFC West teams would use their first-round picks in April's NFL Draft. Now, as March comes to a close, here are our updated predictions (read: guesses) for the first-round picks of the Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders and Broncos.

AFC West Division News

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: Oakland Raiders
Injuries and general ineptitude killed the Raiders in 2012. One could argue that the system they were playing in, particularly the zone-blocking scheme up front, was a poor fit for the personnel. Now the Raiders head into the draft with major needs at every position, including quarterback.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: San Diego Chargers
The 2013 "State of the Team" articles will run daily through the NFL draft. These offer a snapshot look at a team’s roster, with players classified by color based on how they fit their role. My analysis is based on film study, not statistics, although we will try to note when my judgment differs significantly from FO's advanced stats, and explain a little bit why.

Matt Flynn: Not the wisest decision for the Oakland Raiders | Rant Sports
According to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the Oakland Raiders are interested in Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn and its "legit". Flynn was signed by the Seahawks in last year’s free agent period to a three-year, $19.5 million deal, after appearing in a week 17 start against the Detroit Lions where he threw for 480 yards and an impressive six touchdowns–both Green Bay Packers records.

Who should be the Raiders starting QB in 2013? - Silver And Black Pride
With the speculation going around that Carson Palmer no longer wants to be a Raider the question looms, who will be the starting quarterback in Oakland for 2013? I know who I want as the QB (and its not Palmer) but who do you want it to be?

OLB Comparison: Melvin Ingram and Larry English - Bolts From The Blue
Is the San Diego Chargers' 2012 first-round draft pick any different from their 2009 first-round draft pick?

San Diego Chargers Roster Review: Pre-NFL Draft - Bolts From The Blue
Richard Wade runs through the entire San Diego Chargers roster to identify strengths and weaknesses heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.

Risk tolerance: What we can expect, and why I want to puke. - Arrowhead Pride
Risk tolerance is the amount of risk you are comfortable assuming for a given reward. There is often a large divergence between what we THINK we'll accept and what we FEEL we'll accept, and feelings ALWAYS win out. Always.

NFL News

NFL teams working feverishly to solve the Margus Hunt mystery | Audibles - SI.com
Did Margus Hunt, a defensive lineman throughout his career at SMU, really just reveal that some teams want to move him to linebacker? Is that what he means when he says they’re looking at him "to play outside?

NFLPA president: We're prepping for openly gay player - NFL.com
On the heels of CBSSports.com's report last week stating an NFL player is "strongly considering" coming out as gay, NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth revealed the union has been working hard to prepare players for the unavoidable announcement.

How six NFL teams will use their salary-cap space - NFL.com
We posted the remaining salary-cap room for all 32 NFL teams Wednesday. The short version: A lot of teams have a lot of cap room. The average team has more than $10 million available.

Drafting a QB is tough, but so is surviving the decision - The Denver Post
Four Fridays from now the first round of the 2013 NFL draft will be in the books. We aren't going to know what the NFL's decision makers really think of this year's quarterback class until those picks are made April 25.

NFL quarterbacks vexed by speed and size of contemporary pass rushers - The Denver Post
Former Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese once was asked why so many organizations believed any quarterback prospect who was shorter than 6-foot-2, 6-3 or 6-4 — depending on the team — would have an issue playing in the NFL.

NFL announces off-season workout dates | National Football Post
Off-season programs, OTAs and mini-camps scheduled.

NFL Free Agency News

Detroit Lions, Dwight Freeney Would Struggle To Make Numbers Work | Rant Sports
The number of proven pass rushers that once clogged the free agency landscape has slowly dissipated, leaving a few stubborn hangers-on, the most talented of whom could possibly be Dwight Freeney.

Best of the Rest: The All-(Remaining)-Free-Agent Team | ProFootballFocus.com
It’s been over two weeks since the free agent market officially opened up, and the initial flood of signings has slowed to a trickle of rumors. Still, the river has yet to run dry.

Dwight Freeney looking for more than Osi Umenyiora’s deal with Falcons | ProFootballTalk
Dwight Freeney has an idea about what the value of his next contract should look like and he’s more than willing to bide his time in hopes of getting it.

Osi Umenyiora calls Falcons the most talented team he’s ever seen | ProFootballTalk
In Osi Umenyiora’s 10 seasons with the Giants, they had a winning record seven times, made the playoffs five times and won the Super Bowl twice. But Umenyiora says none of those Giants teams has the talent of the Falcons team he just joined.

Fred Davis stays with Redskins | ProFootballTalk
In the end, Fred Davis decided to finish what he started. At least for one more season.

Cowboys’ 2009 draft class is no more | ProFootballTalk
Maybe Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should have fired Cowboys G.M. Jerry Jones, after all.

Dolphins agree to terms with Martin | National Football Post
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with defensive lineman Vaughn Martin, according to Adam Caplan of SidelineView.com.

Report: Steelers may sign Bradshaw if he passes physical | National Football Post
The Pittsburgh Steelers are giving running back Ahmad Bradshaw a physical, per NFL.com, and have plans to sign the running back if he passes it.

Patriots sign Michael Jenkins | National Football Post
The New England Patriots have agreed to a contract with free agent receiver Michael Jenkins, the club announced Thursday.

Colts, Eagles complete trade | National Football Post
The Indianapolis Colts announced they have traded defensive end Clifton Geathers to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for fullback Stanley Havili.

Bucs sign Demar Dotson to 4-year deal | National Football Post
Demar Dotson, at one time a raw prospect for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, claimed the starting right tackle job last season and now he’s got a pay raise as a reward.

Where will Dwight Freeney land? - SBNation.com
With under one month until the 2013 NFL draft, the pace of free agency has slowed to a crawl. Major signings are gone, teams are running out of salary cap space, and it's here where organizations are trying to add the last pieces to their puzzle -- all while preserving as much money as possible.

The market for linemen picks up - SBNation.com
The free-agent period has been in a lull recently as the market thins and the draft nears, but things picked up on Thursday as a number of teams inked new players to deals.

NFL Draft News

Quarterback picture is still foggy as draft draws near | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
With less than one month until the NFL draft, a quarterback class with minimal actual first-round talent is coming into sharper view. At no time in NFL history has the quarterback position been more important to team success, which leaves those teams without a certain solution grasping for answers.

NFL Draft 2013: Stock Report for Manti Te'o, Tyrann Mathieu and Matt Barkley | Bleacher Report
With the 2013 NFL draft fast approaching, Manti Te'o, Tyrann Mathieu and Matt Barkley hoped to improve their draft stock at their pro days.

NFL Draft 2013: Projected Landing Spots for Draft's Top Quarterbacks | Bleacher Report
Matt Barkley received mixed reviews for his pro day performance, but it seems inevitable that he'll end up as a first-round draft pick on April 25 when the 2013 NFL draft kicks off at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.

2013 Cleveland Browns Four-Round NFL Mock Draft - NFL Mocks
The Cleveland Browns are really a team on the rise, in my opinion. I think the coaching hires they made this offseason just made a ton of sense, starting at the top with Rob Chudzinski, who then went out and hired former Chargers head coach Norv Turner and former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Pat White to work out for Giants, too | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers may not be the only team looking for a read-option scout-team quarterback.

2013 NFL Draft: New York Jets Updated Team Needs | GridironGrit.com
Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow and David Garrard have each had some level of success in the NFL, but none of them are anywhere close to being franchise quarterbacks at the moment. So what are the Jets’ best options?

Tyrann Mathieu reunites with LSU teammates at pro day | National Football Post
Tyrann Mathieu reunited with many of his former LSU teammates at the school’s pro day on Wednesday, getting in positional drills in front of a throng of NFL scouts and coaches.

2013 draft expectations: The rich get richer | National Football Post
Now that the compensatory picks have been doled out, we know that there will be 254 players selected in the draft and who will be drafting when.

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