Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/6/13

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

An assortment of goodies this morning. One is a reminder of how craptastic the Broncos draft was in 2008-2009. Then a story about how awesome Chris Harris is, but the most interesting is speculation that Jack Del Rio could be in line to take the reigns of the Broncos in a few years.

Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Highlights [HD] - YouTube
#WINNING

Draft Grader: Denver Broncos | ProFootballFocus.com
Thomas has had to overcome some injury problems and some poor QB play. When he was finally given a top-level quarterback to play with he really shined. Our second-ranked receiver in 2012, Thomas is in danger of moving up a category if he continues his play.

Denver Broncos: Will Jack Del Rio Take Over When John Fox Retires?
John Fox has said he will not coach into his 60s. is Jack Del Rio in line to take over the Denver Broncos when that day comes?

Jon Heath Sports Media: Analyst Gushes Over Denver's Chris Harris
Over at Bleacher Report, Matt Miller, B/R's NFL Draft Lead Writer, has been installing a 2013 NFL 1,000 series, ranking the top players at each position in the NFL.

Denver Broncos Salute To Fans Tour – Pueblo | Bronco Planet
I had a chance to travel down to Pueblo (a 40-50 mile trek) yesterday for the Denver Broncos Salute To Fans Tour. It was a good thing I left early because my directions weren’t entirely accurate. Nevertheless, I arrived before the players did and joined the other fans in line. The event ran about 45 minutes behind the schedule, but it was worth the wait.

Denver Broncos Videos

The First To Go? | DenverBroncos.com
Cordarrelle Patterson isn't worried about being the first wide receiver selected in the 2013 draft, even though his credentials could make that happen.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos Face Most Pressure of Any Team in the League to Succeed | Bleacher Report
Peyton Manning is 37 years old, the Ravens have regressed this offseason, the Patriots lost their top two wide receivers and the Steelers cut several of their aging veterans, including James Harrison.

Draft Notes: LB superlatives and rankings - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Happy Friday, friends. With Doc continuing to work through the offensive and defensive line prospects for the 2013 Draft, today I’m skipping forward to the linebacker group.

April forecast for Broncos, NFL calls for draft; get prepared - Predominantly Orange
Yes, the National Football League draft – annually the most anticipated event of the year with the obvious exceptions of Black Friday, the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day – will majestically appear on your tube.

Will Wide Receiver Greg Orton Break out for the Denver Broncos? | Bleacher Report
On Thursday, ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio assessed a potentially sticky situation for the Denver Broncos that we've already touched on: "Soon, the Broncos may have to choose between (Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker)."

Wes Welker Key for Denver Broncos' Game Plan to Speed Up Tempo
The Denver Broncos' addition of Wes Welker should make their plan to speed up the game tempo even more from last year an easy task.

Denver Broncos' Wes Welker met with Peyton Manning; talks with Tom Brady - ESPN
Wes Welker said Wednesday in an ESPN Radio interview he's had a chance to speak with both his new quarterback, Peyton Manning, and his old one, Tom Brady, since his decision to leave the New England Patriots to sign with the Denver Broncos.

No. 2: Peyton Manning | The Top 10 Quarterbacks in the NFL Entering 2013 | Bleacher Report
Peyton Manning had an incredible 2012 season, particularly when you consider he was coming off career-threatening neck surgery.

Alvos do Draft 2013: Manti Te'o (LB) " BroncosBrasil.com
Seguindo a série dos nossos possíveis alvos no Draft 2013 da NFL, vamos analisar o perfil do linebacker Manti Te’o. Antes do hoax da namorada imaginária ele era considerado um pick top-5, então se ele estiver disponível na escolha #28 o Denver Broncos sem dúvidas vai pensar bastante sobre a possibilidade de escolher ele.

AFC West Division News

Rolando McClain released by Oakland Raiders - NFL.com
The Oakland Raiders have been anything but sentimental this offseason. The cuts continue as linebacker Rolando McClain was released Friday.

The tragic tale of Rolando & Raiders - Silver And Black Pride
The Raiders have closed the book on Rolando McClain. That story was a tragic one which ended sooner than the team had hoped.

The Kansas City Chiefs have their draft plan - Arrowhead Pride
Only two scenarios are going to happen in the 2013 NFL Draft regarding our beloved Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL News

Three former FCC Commissioners claim Redskins name is "indecent" | ProFootballTalk
According to Politico.com, three former FCC Commissioners (along with others) have sent a letter to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder explaining that a case could be made that the team’s name is indecent. (BLAH BLAH BLAH)

No Truth To Ayanbadejo's Claim Of Four NFL Players Coming Out Soon - Outsports
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo ignited a firestorm of speculation when he told the Baltimore Sun that he knows four NFL players who are considering coming out publicly together. And soon. The problem? That's just not true. (BLAH BLAH BLAH)

NaVorro Bowman on Seahawks: You have to earn hype - NFL.com
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman has heard the hype building around the Seattle Seahawks, but he told Around The League on Friday, "You have to earn these things."

In Case You Missed It - ESPN
They may not be the most familiar names, but these under-the-radar moves could have big impacts.

Revis "not optimistic" trade gets done | ProFootballTalk
With the 2013 league year nearly a month old and cornerback Darrelle Revis still a member of the Jets, the player is "not optimistic" a trade to the Buccaneers will happen, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: New York Jets
In 2012, the Jets showed what happens when you take a quarterback with ordinary arm strength, inconsistent mechanics, and mediocre pocket savvy, supply him with a group of running backs who don’t have a ton of speed and a lackluster collection of receivers who can’t beat man coverage, put them all in a system that’s not particularly well thought-out, and tie it all together with an iffy offensive line.

NFL Free Agency News

Nothing imminent for Urlacher, who wants to play for a contender | ProFootballTalk
More than two weeks ago, the Bears slammed the door in the face of the most recent face of their defense. Still, he’s currently no closer to joining a new team than he was when the Bears cut him loose.

49ers reach long-term extension with RT Anthony Davis | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The San Francisco 49ers have begun locking up their building blocks for the future as Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that the team has reached a five-year contract extension with right tackle Anthony Davis.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Cassel, Matt Hasselbeck top ranking of newly relocated backup QBs - Don Banks - SI.com
As much as 2012 was celebrated as the Year of the Rookie Quarterback in the NFL, with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson dazzling us in historic ways and leading their upstart teams to the playoffs, there was a still under-appreciated moment when the depth of last year's rookie class of passers emerged in spectacular fashion.

2013 NFL Draft News

2011 NFL Draft Do-Over: Buffalo Bills scoop up Colin Kaepernick - NFL.com
Comparisons to the late Derrick Thomas are legit, based on Miller's dominance over the past two seasons. He has racked up 30 sacks in 31 games, showcasing an explosive dip-and-rip move that is seemingly indefensible.

Draft Grader: Dallas Cowboys | ProFootballFocus.com
This could quite easily turn into a higher grade in years to come if the late-season form of Bryant is anything to go by. In the first half of 2012 his inconsistent play saw him earn a -5.0 grade, but then in second half he took over with a +12.2 rating. Rare talent.

Chicago Bears 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft - NFL Mocks
The Bears jumped out of the gate to a 7-1 start and were being seen as Super Bowl contenders. Then injuries came and plagued them and they only went 3-5 down the stretch, missing the playoffs.

2013 NFL Draft prospect Menelik Watson bringing British Invasion to NFL - NFL - Dennis Dillon - SI.com
The coaches at Saddleback College were incredulous when Menelik Watson told them he had never played football. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing more than 300 pounds, Watson passed the eyeball test. But when he was asked to get into an offensive lineman's position, it became apparent he was telling the truth.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Projections for First-Round Picks | Bleacher Report
With a pro day coming up on April 20, Carradine will have a chance to prove he's ready to play in 2013 after suffering an ACL injury late last season. If he's healthy, he'd be a steal here at No. 28.

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