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Horse Tracks - 3/28/10 - Mock Drafts = Fun!


Good Morning Broncos Country!  I see both of my Mock Draft selections for the Broncos - both here at MHR and over at Mocking the Draft - have created quite a stir.  A little background for those who are interested.  When I look at a Mock Draft, and who the Broncos might pick in a given situation, I do so in a vacuum.  I'm not looking at wild trades, or even trades that make sense.  I simply look at the Draft Board and try and fill the biggest need with the best talent available at the time.  Sure, Joe Haden was on the board in the MHR Draft when I selected, but I honestly couldn't see the Broncos drafting a DB at #11.  I could see the Broncos drafting a LB.  It could be McClain, it could be someone else.  That's how my thought process works.  As for my selection of C Maurkice Pouncey in the MtD Mock, I am really intrigued by Pouncey.  Is 11 too high?  Maybe, but Pouncey is flying up big boards and is inside the Top-20 in many.  Sure, it would be great to be able to trade down and get Pouncey closer to 20-25, but what if the Broncos cannot?  The Broncos need a C and will likely draft one.  Why not get the best guy on the board who fits what the Broncos want?  Pouncey is likely the best interior blocker in the Draft and is used to playing in the spread offense.    Again, to me Mocks are fun.  I make the picks seriously, taking into account what I believe the Broncos will do.  If anything, the wide-array of comments, both for and against my picks, show this Draft is wide-open.  Anything can happen.  Now that is exciting!

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Call him too young to be coaching the Broncos. Criticize his methods. Question whether he is stubbornly principled to a fault.

Paige: New song, dance for Q - The Denver Post
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Krieger: Marshall can move if the price is right - The Denver Post
Before proceeding to the weekly Brandon Marshall market update, let's try to clear up this mysterious $9.5 million-a-year contract offer from the Broncos that suddenly became part of the conversation eight months after it allegedly occurred.

Klis: Fans fueled new rule for playoff OT - The Denver Post
A game was played at the NFL owners meetings last week.

Ex-CSU star hit with an arrest - The Denver Post
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Belichick's tree wilts without Brady - The Denver Post
Three Super Bowl victories, an undefeated regular season and the creation of the NFL's first post-salary cap dynasty. That's all on Bill Belichick's Hall of Fame coaching resume with the New England Patriots. But as his football disciples have discovered, that resume is a one-of-a-kind original, constructed with the aid of a Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady.

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Madden endorses a rookie wage scale | National Football Post
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Rob Gronkowski has strong workout | National Football Post
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Vince Young: "My leadership has to play a major part" | National Football Post
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Bears talking Brown-Sims swap with Seahawks? -
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CB Wilson does best to secure first-round status -
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