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Horse Tracks - 3/18/10 - Pro Days Roll On


A light news day, at least where the Broncos are concerned.  That means we can focus our attention on Pro Days and the NFL Draft - 5 weeks from tonight, by the way.  Now is about the time I start peaking in on Mock Drafts.  The Combine is over, and many Pro Days are finishing up as well.  The informed are now getting a good idea of how the 'Big Board' shakes down.  Still, it matters little in the end - I don't remember a Mock Draft that had the Broncos taking Knowshon Moreno at 12 last year - but the top 10 really starts to come together.  For Draftniks the busy season really kicks into high gear now as we roll full-steam towards the Draft.  These are good times indeed!

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Draft stock of Wyoming's Unrein on rise - The Denver Post
March is a time for many players to help or hurt themselves before the NFL draft, which this year is April 22-24.

Plan to change playoff OT set for vote - The Denver Post
NFL owners will vote next week whether to allow each team a possession in overtime in the playoffs if the team winning the OT coin toss kicks a field goal on the first series.

Cards acquire qb Anderson - The Denver Post
Derek Anderson is joining the Cardinals knowing he begins as the backup quarterback to Matt Leinart with a chance to push for the starting job.

Former CU Buff Brayton signs with Panthers - The Denver Post
The Carolina Panthers will have at least one starting defensive lineman returning next season after agreeing on a three-year deal with defensive end Tyler Brayton.

Whitehurst deal might put Clausen in free fall | National Football Post
When Pete Carroll and the Seahawks made the deal Wednesday to bring in Charlie Whitehurst from the Chargers, Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen went from a possibility at No. 6 to Seattle to a chance at free falling down the draft board come April.

NFL Draft: nose tackle breakdown | National Football Post
Nine prospects to watch as April approaches.

The Road to the NFL: Mardy Gilyard | National Football Post
The Cincinnati wide receiver has no problem telling you how it is, whether it’s the six months he spent living in his car or the 60 minutes he spent torching the South team in the 2010 Senior Bowl.

Bears’ Manning takes hard line | National Football Post
A bit of a fallout has begun in Chicago, where the Bears’ one-day spending spree of nearly $54 million in guaranteed money on other teams’ players on March 5 has left some in the locker room wanting. This may be a trend worth watching around the league as the 212 players who have been tendered one-year contracts are feeling a bit cornered by the new uncapped system in the NFL, and some may resort to some form of mild disobedience in protest -- boycotting offseason workouts, minicamps, OTAs, etc. (without a contract, they can’t be fined).

Bengals trying to lock up Bobbie Williams | National Football Post
The Cincinnati Bengals are trying to hammer out a deal with veteran unrestricted free agent offensive guard Bobbie Williams, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Tebow has five private workouts scheduled | National Football Post
Per the report, Tebow will be auditioning for the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills.

Florida pro day results | National Football Post
Quarterback Tim Tebow (6-3, 236) may have dominated the headlines on Wednesday, but several other highly regarded prospects worked out at Florida’s pro day as well.

Tom Brady absent from Patriots' voluntary offseason workouts | National Football Post
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn't working out with his teammates at the team's offseason conditioning program.

Chad Henne not impressed by Tebow | National Football Post
By most accounts, University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's overhauled throwing mechanics displayed during his Pro Day workout helped his cause with the NFL brass.

Tennessee pro day results | National Football Post
The University of Tennessee hosted its annual pro day yesterday, with 14 players working out for personnel from all 32 NFL teams. Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was one of the coaches in attendance, according to Gil Brandt of

Arrelious Benn runs a 4.36 at Illinois' Pro Day | National Football Post
Imposing University of Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn ran even faster than the 4.48 he clocked at the NFL scouting combine.

Jets owner says he didn't mean to question Goodell's integrity | National Football Post
In a classic attempt at damage control, New York Jets team owner Woody Johnson is downplaying the controversy sparked by his angry statement ripping the secret coin flip that awarded the the first game at the teams' new stadium to the rival New York Giants.

Thaddeus Gibson on the rise | National Football Post
Ohio State hybrid pass rusher Thaddeus Gibson is determined to prove that he'll make a smooth transition as a full-time outside linebacker in the NFL.

Delhomme eager to redeem himself | National Football Post
Newly-minted Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme doesn't hesitate to discuss what happened during a horrendous season last year that spelled his departure from the Carolina Panthers.

Mock draft 3.0: Domino effect, need for OTs, could drop Suh
11. Denver Broncos Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama McClain steps right into the starting lineup on Day 1 as a rock-solid "Mike" linebacker in the Broncos' 3-4. (Previous pick: Dez Bryant)

Warner tops list of best undrafted players of all time
It's always a benefit when a team's first-round draft pick meets those lofty expectations. And it's a real bonus when mid- to low-round selections exceed their expectations. This, of course, has been at the heart of's voting platform to determine the best draft picks in NFL history.

'Uncapped year' hasn't exactly led to a spending spree
A question asked the other day helped spawn these thoughts: Where are teams in the salary cap right now if there were a salary cap in this "uncapped" season?

Teams, fans flock to see Tebow work out; QB mulls draft invite
Tim Tebow's latest visit to Florida Field looked like most of the others. He was cheered, revered and pulled in every direction.

New Cardinals QB Anderson welcomes backup role behind Leinart
Derek Anderson is joining the Arizona Cardinals, and he'll begin as Matt Leinart's backup with a chance to push for the starting quarterback job.

Free-agent RB Parker will visit Rams on Friday
Free-agent running back Willie Parker is scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams on Friday, according to a league source.

Niners LB Willis has successful surgery to remove bursa sac in knee
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis recently underwent a successful bursectomy on his right knee, the team announced Wednesday.

Bears cut CB Vasher, a one-time Pro Bowl pick hit by injuries
The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that they have released former Pro Bowl cornerback Nathan Vasher