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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/13/12

Ht3d_medium news: Von Miller sad Tim Tebow is gone, eager for Peyton Manning era
After a rookie year that featured a lockout, a surprise playoff run and an endless supply of Tim Tebow coverage, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller expected a relatively quiet offseason.

Broncos' Chris Kuper focuses on comeback after gruesome ankle injury - The Denver Post
There was pain, agony and near hysteria as the ankle contorted almost completely backward.

Broncos Draft History: Defensive Linemen
A look back at the defensive linemen the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft. news: Peyton Manning calling Colts writers to say thank you
Imagine this: You're a sportswriter for a newspaper in the greater Indianapolis area, and your cell phone rings. The number is blocked, but you pick up anyway

Denver Broncos Videos

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Ends
This year's top pass rushed prospects talk about preparing to play in the NFL.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Tackles
Some of this year's top defensive tackle prospects talk about why they're ready to play in the NFL.

Ryan Tannehill Overrated? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay debate if QB Ryan Tannehill is the most overrated player in the NFL draft.

Sport Science - Coby Fleener - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Brenkus and the Sport Science team test Coby Fleener's power and leaping ability.

Quarterback Breakdown - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay discusses who will get drafted after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is on Broncos' short list, with an asterisk - The Denver Post
For all the numbers that can swirl around an NFL prospect before the annual draft, there is one that concerns some in the league about Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

Trading out of draft's first round to acquire more picks an option for Broncos - The Denver Post
Any NFL team needing help at a deep position in the draft and holding a pick in the bottom third of the first round will consider trading out of the first round.

MaxDenver " IMLTHO*: Of Peace, Quiet and Clarett
All is quiet at Broncos headquarters and leaks are minimal — as they should be at this time of year. When I worked there, this was the time of year when curtains would go up in the team meeting room, so not even the worker bees who weren’t in football operations could peer at what was being discussed.

New Uniforms and Old Traditions "
The excitement level around Denver Broncos headquarters and among the legions of Broncos fans is palpable at this time, obviously fueled by the acquisition of quarterback Peyton Manning.

Division News

AFC West links: A.J. Smith's renewed mojo - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver Broncos Linebacker Von Miller stopped by NFL Total Access to talk about the team's schedule, Peyton Manning and former teammate Tim Tebow. news: Oakland Raiders sign ex-basketball player Andre Hardy as TE
The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent tight end Andre Hardy, who played basketball at Cal State Fullerton for the past two years, according to the team's official website.

NFL News news: Alex Karras, former Lions DT, TV star, sues NFL for head injuries
To a generation of TV and film fans, Alex Karras will forever be the loving adoptive dad on the 1980s sitcom "Webster" or the big guy who punched a horse in 1974's "Blazing Saddles." Before his acting days, he was a football star, a three-time All-Pro defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions in the 1960s. news: Ravens' McKinnie owes millions in lockout loans
When last year's NFL lockout began, there was concern that players -- far from team supervision -- would encounter unprecedented financial and legal troubles. news: Vince Young wants to play for hometown Texans
One year after famously dubbing the Philadelphia Eagles the "Dream Team," Vince Young is dreaming of something else entirely.

Gerhart’s knee injury won’t keep him from participating in OTAs | ProFootballTalk
On December 24, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a torn ACL in his knee. On January 1, Vikings running back Toby Gerhart suffered a knee injury of his own, a torn MCL.

Jarvis Jenkins ready to return to Redskins | ProFootballTalk
The Redskins suffered a significant blow last preseason when Jarvis Jenkins, the second-round draft pick they hoped would start on their defensive line, went down with a torn ACL. - Cardinals QB Skelton will need hot summer to unseat Kolb
When your supposed signalcaller for the next decade wins only twice in nine starts and struggles mightily when healthy enough to play

Saints Turn to Vitt to Replace Payton -
With Sean Payton’s season-long suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program starting Monday, the team took the first step toward moving on without him Thursday by naming the assistant head coach Joe Vitt as the interim coach. There is just one problem: Vitt must first serve a six-game suspension for his part in the bounty program.

NFL Allowing Limited Casino Ads -
The NFL will allow teams to accept advertisements for casinos and other state-licensed gambling-related establishments during the next two seasons.

Free Agency news: Report: Texans sign LB Bradie James, re-sign LB Tim Dobbins
The Texans signed free-agent inside linebacker Bradie James and re-signed linebacker Tim Dobbins, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. news: Mike Wallace reportedly generates lots of trade interest
Mike Wallace doesn't plan on attending the Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason training activities in protest of his first-round tender, but the wide receiver reportedly has generated a wealth of trade interest. news: Mike Wallace reportedly generates lots of trade interest
Mike Wallace doesn't plan on attending the Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason training activities in protest of his first-round tender, but the wide receiver reportedly has generated a wealth of trade interest.

Report: Handful of teams interested in Mike Wallace trade | ProFootballTalk
When Mike Wallace became a restricted free agent, his camp tried to spread the message that teams would be lining up to sign him because it would only take a first-round pick in compensation under the new CBA.

Legursky signs RFA tender, stays with Steelers | ProFootballTalk
Another day, another restricted free agent signs a one-year contract to stay with his former team.

The Draft

Are there many teams looking to trade down? | National Football Post
A lack of premium talent at the top of the draft will make it difficult. news: How NFL teams utilize mock drafts, other outside influences
In my time with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, I never paid any attention to mock drafts ... until a week before the NFL draft. This is when I found them to be the most reliable. Consequently, this is when I would begin to study them. news: Billick: Ryan Tannehill hype recalls JaMarcus Russell
Jim Irsay called Ryan Tannehill a "hidden gem" and a "quiet secret" destined for the No. 3 pick in April's draft, but the Colts owner does not coach football games. Neither does Brian Billick, but he used to, and when he looks at the Texas A&M quarterback, a very dubious comparison comes to mind.

NFL Draft: Instant Impact Prospects | National Football Post
Which prospects have the ability to come in and contribute right away?

NFL Draft: Don't forget about David Wilson | National Football Post
Using video to breakdown the RB on the 'Lead Open.'

Greg Childs, Fifth-Ranked Receiver in 2012 Draft -
If Marvin Jones is the draft’s safest receiver, Childs might be its riskiest. news: Draft guru: Browns 'targeting' QB Weeden
Over and over, the Cleveland Browns have voiced support for Colt McCoy this offseason, but the team is simultaneously viewed by many as a possible landing spot for Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill or Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, two of the top quarterback prospects in this month's draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Now it’s Trent Richardson to St. Louis? "
Let’s take a look at some of the top fantasy news. news: Don't be surprised if the Rams take Trent Richardson
Pick a position, any position. The St. Louis Rams probably have a major need there. So would they really consider using the No. 6 overall pick on Alabama running back Trent Richardson when Steven Jackson is already on the roster? Blogs " Blog Archive Georgia linemen under close watch at pro day "
Two well-thought-of offensive line prospects were the center of attention when Georgia held its pro day on March 5. Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn could go in the first round, while center Ben Jones is expected to be a mid-round pick. Blogs " Blog Archive Luke Nix draws most attention at Pitt pro day "
Luke Nix was a three-year starter on the offensive line at the University of Pittsburgh, and representatives from 22 teams were present at the school’s pro day to check this player out. Nix figures to be a late third-round or early fourth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Dontari Poe stands by his impressive combine numbers "
Dontari Poe put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine, most notably leading all participants in the bench press, doing 44 reps of 225 pounds Blogs " Blog Archive Broyles puts knee to test in front of scouts "
There were 25 NFL teams represented at a workout on Thursday that was specifically designed for teams to get a look at Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who’s been recovering from a knee injury. Blogs " Blog Archive Still is star of show at Penn State’s pro day "
There were 24 teams present — including Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley — when Penn State held its pro day on March 14.

Janoris Jenkins "kept smoking" at North Alabama | ProFootballTalk
Cornerback prospect Janoris Jenkins was kicked off the Florida Gators’ football team last April after three marijuana-related arrests. Jenkins opted against the NFL supplemental draft, and played his senior season for Terry Bowden at North Alabama.

Doug Martin emerging as the second-best back in the NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
The first running back selected in this year’s NFL draft will be Alabama’s Trent Richardson, and he’ll be gone within the first half-dozen picks.

With two weeks until the draft, take nothing at face value | ProFootballTalk
The 2012 NFL draft begins two weeks from tonight. And so now is as good a time as any to remind anyone and everyone that the stuff that trickles out regarding players a team may or may not be targeting could all be part of a deliberate effort to fool other teams. - PFW's exclusive draft value board
The value board below is based on considerable feedback from NFL teams and projects the league value of players, pinpointing a specific area where players likely will be drafted - Developmental QB prospects
While it is unreasonable to expect a Kurt Warner- or Tony Romo-type exception to the rule to emerge from this year’s group of down-the-line QB prospects, an NFL team would love to stumble upon the next Billy Volek or Shaun Hill

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