Horse Tracks: McShay picks DE Kony Ealy to Broncos in latest mock draft

Joe Robbins

Draft nuggets, schedules, Ryan Clady, and Danny Trevathan.

Draft

In his latest mock (Insiders), EPSN's Todd McShay has the Broncos select Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy.

31. Denver Broncos: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

I considered taking Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III here, as Terrance Knighton's contract is up after this season and Nix is the highest-ranked player left on my board. But the Broncos' title window will remain open for only so long, meaning I need to choose a player who will have an impact during the 2014 season. Depth at the defensive end position is a concern, given the health issues that limited DeMarcus Ware and Derek Wolfe last season, which is why I'm going with Ealy, who would bring pass-rushing ability and versatility to the Broncos' defense.

Worldwide Leader colleague Jeff Legwold chimed in on the pack, suggesting that it was a combination of Best Player Available while filling a team need. I don't see either of that; rather, I see this pick being a safe bet. A team always needs more defensive linemen.

Andrew Mason says it would be a surprise not to see the Broncos draft at least one linebacker in a few weeks.

Jack Bechta talks about what mock drafts lack, while Mike Freeman talks about how other gay players paved the way for Michael Sam.

Schedule

2014 NFL schedule release day awards show | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Frank Schwab gives the Broncos several honors across "Best Game" categories for the 2014 schedule.

Hochman: Why the Broncos will win at least 12 games this year - The Denver Post
It seems pretty simple to me: The Broncos were 13-3 last year with a defense that barely kept them in the games. This season, the defense could win them games.

NFL Quarterback Disparagement Schedule Released | The Tailgater
The Quarterback Disparagement Schedule, compiled just hours after the NFL’s official schedule, assigns predetermined weeks for criticizing and denigrating quarterbacks for their real or perceived failings as athletes and/or a human beings. Developed by a consortium of daytime sports-talk programmers known as The Sources, the schedule is designed to cast as wide a net as possible while still making sure the quarterbacks fans love to hate get plenty of turns under the broiler.

2014 Schedule Filled with Storylines
Independent analyst Andrew Mason gives his take, along with plenty of key notes, on the Broncos' 2014 schedule.

Opportunity Begins With the Schedule
Jim Saccomano blogs about the release of this year's schedule.

Broncos

That's What He Said: Clady, Trevathan
Read what Ryan Clady and Danny Trevathan had to say following Day Three of the Broncos' voluntary offseason conditioning program.

Broncos poster gallery - imgur
I want it.

Ryan Clady: We should be able to make it back to the Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl last season, but left tackle Ryan Clady didn't get much of a chance to share in the fun. Clady missed the final 14 regular season games and all of the playoffs with a Lisfranc injury to his left foot, leaving him to serve as spectator and cheerleader as Denv...

Denver Broncos have some work to do in team chemistry - ESPN
When the Denver Broncos gathered this week for their first group workouts of the offseason, there were plenty of new faces on the roster.

NFL players talk about race with Harvard students - ESPN
That discussion took him to Harvard, along with former NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. They gave two talks, one at the business school that was supposed to be about social media that quickly veered into a discussion of race; the other, to undergraduates in historic Harvard Yard, was introduced as, "The Modern Black Male Athlete."

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