Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/1/13

Vince Caligiuri

April Fools everyone! Except, I'm not playing any jokes with Horse Tracks. News is picking up for the 2013 NFL Draft and there are some big questions facing the Broncos at key positions on the defensive side of the ball. That said, they are still the team to beat in the AFC this year!

The Biggest Questions for Denver Broncos Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report
April has arrived, which means the 2013 NFL draft is now mere weeks away. The Denver Broncos own six selections, owning the 28th overall pick in the first round.

Palmer to Arizona, Flynn to Oakland moves make sense, but they're not guaranteed fixes - Peter King - SI.com
Two deals feel inevitable this morning: Carson Palmer to Arizona, Matt Flynn to Oakland. They make too much sense not to happen. Sense, yes. Whether they'll solve problems in quarterback-needy places ... that's another issue. Palmer has a much better chance when it comes to raising Arizona than Flynn has to save Oakland.

Scouting the 2013 Draft: Nose Tackles, Part 1 - It's All Over, Fat Man!
When you talk about nose tackles and nose guards, it’s easy to get confused. Traditionally, the guy in the middle in an odd-front defensive line was called the nose guard.

RB Jeremiah Johnson still looking for a way to earn a roster spot - The Denver Post
He has played in just eight regular-season games in his NFL career — all in 2011 with 14 career carries — as well as two playoff games and spent time on the practice squads of three teams (Broncos, Carolina and Washington).

ATL Mailbag: Who will be the next AFC powerhouse? - NFL.com
Adding Ed Reed and a healthy Brian Cushing is huge for the Texans, but I think the 2013 season opens with the conference being the Broncos' to lose. That team can score 500 points with Wes Welker in the mix

Denver Broncos Blogs

Jon Heath Sports Media: Will Broncos Target Olympian Lawrence Okoye?
When Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil left Denver as a free agent and joined the Ravens' defense earlier this month, it created a talent gap at DE on the Broncos' defensive line.

Some April pro days still of great interest for NFL's decision-makers - The Denver Post
April is routinely the month to tie up loose ends as NFL teams move toward the draft. It's the time to lock down the draft board on the way to selection weekend.

AFC West Division News

Raiders, Seahawks deal expected to be finalized 'soon' - SBNation.com
The Raiders believe they found the quarterback of the future with Matt Flynn.

Mathews Opens Up About Chargers Changes | Chargers.com
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews joined NFL network Friday to discuss his rehab from injury, the new Chargers coaching staff and much more.

Grading Raiders 2013 off-season moves: Secondary - Silver And Black Pride
Grading the Raiders off-season moves thus far at the Safety and Cornerback positions.

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor is excited for the competition Flynn would bring - Silver And Black Pride
The Oakland Raiders had a hectic week full of rumors and innuendo regarding the quarterback position. From contract disputes, to trade rumors, to rumors that Carson Palmer wanted out of Oakland, the past week was possibly the most eventful, uneventful week in recent history.

Alex Smith will finally get a playbook with start of the KC Chiefs offseason program - Arrowhead Pride
Alex Smith will finally get his playbook. The Kansas City Chiefs offseason program starts today which means players will be heading to the facility to meet with the coaching staff and the strength and conditioning staff.

NFL News

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Injuries to Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings felled a Jaguars offense that was already trying to overcome mediocrity at quarterback. Blaine Gabbert was much better than in his rookie season, but he was still inconsistent, particularly on the mental side of things.

Watt fires 73 mph pitch to open season for Astros | ProFootballTalk
Baseball hitters should be glad they don’t have to stare down J.J. Watt on a regular basis.

Don't hate on Tony Romo | National Football Post
Try as you might, you’d be hard pressed to find an individual who had a better weekend than Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Shortly before Friday’s cocktail hour signified the end of the five-day workweek grind, reports surfaced that Romo and the ‘Boys had reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension worth a martini-glass-shattering $108 million.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers closing in on new contract - NFL.com
The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are moving toward a resolution for a new contract extension that will make Rodgers the highest paid player in NFL history. That much came to light last week. Yet recently, new details have emerged to illustrate just how close the two parties are to a deal.

Weeden enters off-season as Browns starter | National Football Post
As the Cleveland Browns enter their off-season work, Brandon Weeden, a first-round pick a year ago, figures to retain the starting quarterback spot in 2013.

NFL Free Agency News

NFL Free-Agent Tracker - ESPN
Scouts Inc. has evaluated all free agents for the 2013 offseason. For overall grades, rankings and skill ratings, become an ESPN Insider. This database accounts for both official signings and agreements in principle.

Hixon being considered for No. 3 receiver role in Carolina | National Football Post
The Carolina Panthers added Chase Blackburn for depth at linebacker last week and now first-year general manager Dave Gettelman is taking a close look at another player he is familiar with from his time in New York.

Eric Winston still on Miami's radar - SBNation.com
Winston was released for salary cap reasons by both the Texans in 2012 and the Chiefs in 2013.

NFL Draft News

2013 NFL Draft: Geno Smith, Kansas City Chiefs to Meet Monday | RANT Sports
There’s been plenty of talk over the last couple of weeks regarding the chance West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is selected as the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

WalterFootball.com: 2013 April Fools NFL Mock Draft
"Looks like the pipes in the NFL Draft are broken, so you better call the Jake Plummer!" Chris Berman exclaimed on ESPN's telecast.

2013 New York Jets Four-Round NFL Mock Draft - NFL Mocks
You know you had a bad year when your season is defined by a play called, "The Butt Fumble," but alas, I give you the New York Jets. The Jets put a huge vote of confidence in head coach Rex Ryan by bringing him back when many figured he was one of the biggest locks to be fired this offseason among NFL coaches.

Pittsburgh Steelers 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft - NFL Mocks
The Steelers seemed to be the opposite of what we expect from them last year. Usually when the game is on the line, Ben Roethlisberger is as clutch as they come. However, this year he made some bad mistakes in crucial situations down the stretch of the season.

RETAINING STARTERS AND FREE AGENT ACTIVITY: PART 4 | Draft Metrics
In this week’s update, DRAFTMETRICS changes it up a bit and focuses on the number of starters either retained or acquired rather than on the number of games started. The DRAFTMETRICS definition of a starter is someone who started at least eight games. For purposes of this article, a player must have started eight games or more in 2012.

Draft Grader: Arizona Cardinals | ProFootballFocus.com
What a find in the second, with Campbell going on to become the Cardinals’ best player in their front seven. After being brought along slowly as a rookie, Campbell exploded with a monster sophomore season and is now one of the best 3-4 ends in the league.

2013 NFL Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Updated Team Needs | GridironGrit.com
The addition of Dashon Goldson will pay dividends for the entire defense, which finished dead last in the league against the pass in 2012. Nevertheless, one very solid safety won’t solve all of the woes within this unit, let alone in the secondary.

2013 NFL mock draft: Pushing through smoke screens - SBNation.com
This time of the year is all about the art of the smoke screen. Draft rumors are running hot and heavy with players being brought in on personal visits as NFL teams finalize their draft boards.

2013 NFL Mock Drafts : NFL Mock Draft: Bears take Manti Te'o
We're in the thick of the pro day schedule, with the 2013 NFL Draft getting ever closer. Here's another look at how I see the first round of next month's event shaking out.

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