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Horse Tracks 4/25/09

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Happy Draftivus, MHR Friends!

DB - Josh McDaniels addressed the media yesterday, discussing the draft and the Broncos' transition to a 3-4 defense.

DB - Here are the important details for the draft.

DP - Klis now says the Broncos will stay pat at 12 and 18, and that their top three choices would be B.J. Raji, Tyson Jackson and Robert Ayers, in that order.

DP - According to Jones and Klis, Tony Scheffler isn't going anywhere, although the Iggles showed some interest.

NFL - The Lions and QB Matthew Stafford have agreed to a six-year contract including $41.7 million in guarantees which will make Stafford the first-overall pick in the draft. Thomas George profiles the former Bulldog.

Y! - Commissioner Goodell spoke more about the possibility of expanding the NFL season beyond 16 games.

Y! - Jason Cole reports that the Pats are trying to trade their way into the top 10 in order to draft DE Tyson Jackson.

KCS - The Chefs signed former Cowboys TE Tony Curtis and re-signed C Rudy Niswanger.

KCS - Adam Teicher says Scott Pioli's moves show he isn't afraid to stick his neck out.

KCS - Teicher takes a quick peek at the Chefs' possible choices at #3.

KCS - Kent Babb looks at how the Chefs' handling of Larry Johnson will affect their draft strategy.

SFC - David White says WR Darrius Heyward-Bey might be the Raiders' top choice at #7.

SFC - Ray Ratto is disgusted by the pre-draft process.

SDUT - Here is today's self-proclaimed genius A.J. Smith picture- and quote-a-thon.

Y! - Matt Cassell spoke briefly about getting tangled within the web of McJayGate.

NFL - Former Colts CB Keiwan Ratliff has agreed to a one-year deal with the Stillers.

Y! - Dan Wetzel takes a deeper look into rookie pay scales and the possibility of capping rookie contracts.

Y! - Mike Silver plops Denver down at #29 on his pre-draft power rankings.

SI - Ross Tucker says teams will do anything to get their guy, including spreading negative rumors to make players drop within the draft.

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ESPN - Jeffrey Chadiha looks at ten big questions heading into the draft.

NFP - Wes Bunting compares the top draft prospects to current NFL players.

NFP - Matt Bowen looks at the latest draft rumors, including one that has the Pats moving up to get CB Malcolm Jenkins.

NFP - Andrew Brandt shares more of his experiences in NFL draft rooms.

NFP - Ray Gustini shares some memories from watching NFL drafts of the past.

FOX - Mark Kriegel profiles OT Michael Oher, the star of Michael Lewis' The Blind Side.

FOX - Alex Marvez looks at how the nine draft invitees spent their day in NYC.

NFL - Charles Davis sees LB Aaron Curry plummeting to the Broncos at #12, with LB Brian Cushing following at #18 in his final mock draft.

NFL - Pat Kirwan has Denver taking a pair of USC 'backers in Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga in his final mock draft.

NFL - Here is Mike Mayock's final top-20 prospect rankings.

NFL - Mayock also offers his final top-5 rankings by position.

NFLN - Steve Wyche considers how the rest of the first round will play out following Stafford at #1.

Scout - Chris Steuber has Denver drafting Brian Orakpo and Brian Cushing in his final mock draft.