Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/22/13

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Manti Te'o...Alec Ogletree...linebacker is seen as less important in today's NFL, but you still need them to cover elite tight ends and to call the plays. And it's so much easier to call upon an elite inside linebacker than it is a scrub!

Middle linebacker just not the center of attention in today's NFL - The Denver Post
The names are etched in football's sacred hall. Butkus, Nitschke, Singletary and Lambert, middle linebackers all, Hall of Famers all, a foundation position built, hit by hit, year by year, into a wide swath of the game's history.

NFL draft preview: A look at the top linebackers - The Denver Post
3. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame 6-1¼, 241. Teams see an athletically limited player who can still play multiple linebacker spots and has good football instincts.

NFL draft: Top 100 players - The Denver Post
33. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame, 6-1, 241. Some question marks, but he's a productive, instinctive player.

Rahim Moore of the Denver Broncos is Tough Both on the Field and Off | RANT Sports
Denver Broncos’ fans had better get used to the idea of Rahim Moore as one of the team’s starting safeties, he’s not going anywhere. In his first comments since that fateful day versus the Baltimore Ravens, Moore opened up to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

Mind-blowing historical stats for the NFL draft | NFL.com
The NFL Network research team provided NFL.com with hundreds of tidbits for the 2013 NFL Draft. Check out the ones we think will blow your mind.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
In today’s draft, it may be better to be perceived as a character risk than as a medical risk or athletic risk. On this, multiple general managers agree.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Super Bowl or bust: Denver Broncos facing highest expectations - NFL.com
In a moment of insightful levity few others in the NFL could possibly provide, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning dug deep this week to explain the difference between simply appreciating his return to football in 2012 and souring on the final result.

Broncos' Rahim Moore couldn't wait to get head start on 2013 season - The Denver Post
Some players packed up their lockers quietly, too sad to talk. Others conversed and carried on as a way to mask the sadness.

Broncos Have Unique Presence in College Football Hall of Fame " DenverBroncos.com
In my last blog, when I was talking about our first radio color man, Jerry Groom, I mentioned that Groom is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Denver Broncos 2013 Schedule – AFC West Focus - Predominantly Orange
Even before the 2013 NFL schedule was released on Thursday, there was a lot of interest around the Denver Broncos and many of their games, given the known opponents. Much of this attention was centered around non-AFC West teams due to the natural storylines that have developed recently and continue in 2013.

AFC West Division News

Are prospects in the draft being Undervalued or Overvalued? - Bolts From The Blue
Most of us can agree that the positions of need for the Chargers are Left Tackle, Guard, Cornerback, Inside Linebacker, a Pass Rushing Linebacker, Safety and Nose Tackle. While many debate which position is of greater need to the Chargers, those are the positions the Chargers must address during the draft.

The Chiefs are taking Luke Joeckel...unless they take Dion Jordan...or Eric Fisher - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs will select Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall pick. Of course, that's only if they don't take Eric Fisher. Or Dion Jordan. Or another prospect. In other words, we don't know who they're taking.

Jets jump into mix as potential Raiders trade partner - Silver And Black Pride
The Jets completed a trade today with the Buccaneers that sent Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay in exchange for the 13 overall pick in the 2013 draft and a round 4 pick in the 2014 draft.

NFL News

Report: Al Michaels arrested on DUI charge - The Denver Post
Sports broadcaster Al Michaels was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence in Santa Monica, Calif., according to a CNN report.

Darrelle Revis trade impacts Buccaneers, Jets, 2013 NFL Draft | Audibles - SI.com
Darrelle Revis’ uncertain situation reached its seemingly inevitable conclusion on Sunday, as the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to a trade that will send Revis to Tampa Bay for a pair of a draft picks.

Redskins meeting with Quentin Jammer | ProFootballTalk
Any other year, and it would have been the Redskins bidding on Darrelle Revis.Instead, they're still working the fringes of the cornerback market, after being outbid on lower-profile players.

Jets, Revis had "substantial difference" of opinion on Revis’ value | ProFootballTalk
The Jets held a conference call Sunday evening to talk about their decision to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis and it started with General Manager John Idzik saying that the team wanted to hold onto Revis and that Revis wanted to remain with the Jets.

Branden Albert trade won’t happen unless he lowers his price | ProFootballTalk
The much-discussed potential trade of Branden Albert from the Chiefs to the Dolphins doesn't appear likely at the price Albert is currently seeking. Although the Chiefs and Dolphins can probably agree on compensation -- the Dolphins sending a second-round pick to Kansas City -- the hangup is that...

One trade, two directions | National Football Post
The saga finally reached its conclusion, completing the collapse of one NFL franchise while simultaneously signifying the ascension of another.

Davone Bess could be traded, Julian Edelman visits Boston Marathon victim - SBNation.com
The Dolphins may be looking to make a trade with an abundance of wide receivers on their roster. And in other news, Julian Edelman did something pretty great for a man who just had his world changed.

Darrelle Revis trade: Jets, Buccaneers agree to deal - SBNation.com
The New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly agreed on the terms of a deal to move Revis Island to the Gulf Coast.

2013 NFL Draft News

Start Times, Dates, Live Stream, TV Info and More | Bleacher Report
Radio City Music Hall in New York will soon be overrun by rabid football fans eager for the 2013 NFL draft, scheduled to kick off on Thursday, April 25.

Falcons, Niners could be in NFL draft trade mix - Yahoo! Sports
There is little chance that this year's NFL draft will match its trade-heavy results of 2012, when six of the top seven picks were dealt, including one of them twice.

Medical issues could impact first two rounds of draft | ProFootballTalk
Every year, there are late risers and fallers in the draft. In most cases, the phenomenon arises from the simple reality that the media finally has caught up with what the teams have known all along. Sometimes, the media never catches up.

Lane Johnson Sees Himself Landing With Philadelphia Eagles | GridironGrit.com
Lane Johnson may take a back seat to the likes of Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, but the star product out of Oklahoma looks to be the third player taken at his position and a lock for the Top 10 in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Draft buzz: Johnathan Franklin gaining on Eddie Lacy - NFL.com
Alabama's Eddie Lacy once was viewed as the consensus top running back in the 2013 NFL Draft. Is UCLA's Johnathan Franklin now gaining on him?

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