The wait is almost over Bronco fans. In a little more than 24 hours from now, we will be dissecting the 2011 NFL Draft and either extolling the virtues of the EFX team or throwing a tantrum that they obviously didn't listen to the fans in regards to the Denver Broncos first draft pick. The evening will shape into laughter at Mel Kiper's hairdo, disdain at the bumbling Ron Jaworski and taking odds on whether Jon Gruden's face is really stuck in that grimace. Until then, we have time for a few more rumors and a bit of news. Let's begin.
Speaking of Kiper, here is his latest. The Final Big Board
1. Patrick Peterson
2. Von Miller
3. A.J. Green
4. Marcell Dareus
5. Nick Fairley
Keep in mind that these are talent grades, not a prediction where he thinks they will be drafted. To see more in the link you must be a ESPN Insider.
The latest on Cam Newton comes from Adam Schefter
Here's something to remember about Carolina: Panthers owner Jerry Richardson loves QB Cam Newton.
A mere 3 weeks ago CBSSports' Mike Freeman stated that Richardson wasn't sure if Newton was worth taking with the 1st overall pick. Apparently the old curmudgeon has had a change of heart after meeting Cam in person.
Patrick Peterson is still fighting the speculation that he will be asked to be a Free Safety in the Pros.
Clark Judge of CBSsports reports multiple scouts and GMs told him that Patrick Peterson will likely end up there in 3 or 4 years because he'll be the heaviest corner in the league right off the bat.
"I don't see it. I'm a unique guy. I played punt return and cornerback. I'm 220 pounds. I'm fast. it would be my honor to come in and start something new ... When I get in the NFL I want to become a cornerback first, then I want to pursue the special-teams role after I get the defensive assignment down."
Clemson star defensive end Da'Quan Bowers disputes the rumors of his knee and has a barb for his critics.
"I don't let it bother me. They don’t pick for teams. They get paid to make predictions. Organizations and staffs pick the players, not the analysts. I don't care if they say they don't get drafted. Mel Kiper and guys like that get paid to make up stories. They can sit around and do that. They don't make decisions. I don't really care. It doesn't bother me at all."
And Congratulations go out to former Bronco and current Cleveland Brown Peyton Hillis. who has just inherited "the Madden Curse" as the latest cover boy for the Madden 2012 video game.
Peyton showed his genuine nature by saying:
"It means a lot to me and my family, I just want to say thank you."
Meanwhile the football world holds it's collective breath awaiting Judge Susan Nelson's decree.