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Horse Tracks 5/2/09

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DB - The Broncos have hired Lenny McGill to be their assistant director of college scouting. McGill is a former Packers cornerback and worked as a scout for Green Bay for the past nine years.

DB - The Broncos draftees had their first day of mini-camp yesterday. Tom Brandstater, Kenny McKinley, Andra Davis and Coach McDaniels all spoke - see video links.

DP - Kyle Orton has had to battle for his position on the depth chart throughout his career, and this year will be no different.

LTC - Brian Howell profiles Broncos' second-rounder Alphonso Smith.

DP - Knowshon Moreno sought (and received) the blessing of Rosalind Williams before requesting to wear #27, the number last worn by D-Will. Impressive kid...

DP - UFAs Chris Baker and Britton Colquitt were each arrested during their college careers, and Josh McDaniels told them he'll be watching them; if they slip up, they will find themselves outside the circle of trust.

DB - Here's a list of the newest Broncos' jersey numbers.

NFL - Vic Carucci looks at ten rookies he expects will have the biggest impact in 2009. Robert Ayers tops the list, with Knowshon coming in at #5.

CBS4 - Here's the AP's story on Denver's mini-camp.

SDUT - The Dolts also began a mini-camp yesterday, with WR Malcolm Floyd missing (he has yet to sign his free-agent tender).

SDUT - Nick Canepa profiles new Dolts safety Kevin Ellison.

KCS - The Chefs hired a new scouting staff.

SFG - David White addresses unsubstantiated rumors of FB Lorenzo Neal possibly heading to Oakland. Also, why the Raiders failed to go after LB Leroy Hill.

SFG - Here are the Raiders' UFAs, plus a list of their draftees' uniform numbers.

SI - Austin Murphy examines the continuing misery in Oakland. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

NFL - The Stillers agreed to undisclosed deals with WR Shaun McDonald and P Dirk Johnson.

NFL - Vikings WR Percy Harvin was hospitalized with severe dehydration.

NFP - Matt Bowen thinks of new homes for some remaining veteran free-agents.

NFL - Pat Kirwan examines what goes into building a team through the draft, and the franchises who seem to know what they're doing.

NFP - Andrew Brandt takes a look at the rookie pay scale.

Y! - Jason Cole examines some cuts in the benefits paid to NFL coaches and staffers, which could cause the coaches to unionize.

NFP - Here are the fourth-rounders whose selections stood out to Wes Bunting.

NFL - Bucky Brooks reviews the drafts of the AFC North teams.