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Horse Tracks - 4/17/10 - McDaniels candid in pre-Draft presser


It's a refreshing change for fans and media alike.  Josh McDaniels was rather candid yesterday in speaking with the media in preparations for this week's NFL Draft.  As many of you noted in the comments of the transcript, it is obvious who the Broncos like, and what they would like to do.  McDaniels knows, as many of us do, that this is the deepest draft in years - what it lacks in star power at the top it makes up for with pure depth from 1-55 or 60.  The Broncos already have three of the top 45 picks(11, 43, 45) and by listening to McDaniels he would like some more.  It is obvious the Broncos would like to move down from 11 - easier said than done since both the Jaguars and Dolphins have made similar claims.  The Bills at #9 are also looking to move, especially if a QB of their liking is off the board.  That means the Broncos may be forced to make a pick.  McDaniels was candid about that as well, and who he likes.  Rolando McClain - a favorite of mine the whole time - is a favorite of the coach as well.  So is WR Dez Bryant, who McDaniels defended by saying, "there is a difference between a player with character concerns and one who has made some mistakes..."  Sean Weatherspoon is a favorite as well, though he'd likely be a target later in the first round should the Broncos move.  All the likely candidates to be sure.  What it means, with the new 3-day, primetime version of the Draft upcoming, is the Broncos could be major players.  We're getting used to that around these parts. 

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VIDEO - Pre-Draft Press Conference: Josh McDaniels - Part 1
Head Coach Josh McDaniels talks to the media about how the team is preparing for the 2010 NFL Draft.

VIDEO - Pre-Draft Press Conference: Josh McDaniels - Part 2
Head Coach Josh McDaniels talks to the media about how the team is preparing for the 2010 NFL Draft.

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