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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/25/12


Dawkins Ready for Next Steps
Brian Dawkins stopped by Dove Valley Tuesday, visiting with coaches, teammates and staff members as he embraces his retirement.

Carrying on Dawkins' Legacy
Brian Dawkins' teammates Tuesday said there's no way to replace him, but they'll all work to continue play the way the veteran taught them to play.

Bailey now the "old guy" on Broncos’ D | First-and-Orange
Champ Bailey has cut his hair close and shaved his beard into a trim goatee.

Brian Dawkins always a welcome Bronco even in retirement - The Denver Post
The reality of his life-changing, career-ending retirement decision sunk in for Brian Dawkins as he drove to the Broncos facility Tuesday morning to say goodbye.

Broncos' Nate Irving not a bust (yet), but he has a lot of work to do - The Denver Post
Nate Irving didnt have the rookie year the Broncos thought he would have when they made him a third-round pick.

Denver Broncos Videos

Video: Gruden's QB Camp -- Tannehill - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill visits Jon Gruden's ESPN's quarterback camp. The receiver-turn-quarterback could end up with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are more likely to take Tannehill if he falls to No. 11 rather than trading up for him.

Video: Draft options for Chiefs, Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson talks about draft options for the Chiefs and the Chargers

Draft Buzz: Whose Stock Is Rising, Falling? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench deliver the latest news and notes surrounding the 2012 NFL draft.

Kuechly Reflects On Time At BC - ESPN Video - ESPN
As he prepares for the NFL Draft, Luke Kuechly went on NFL Live to discuss his career at Boston College.

Holding All The Draft Cards - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay talks about which teams are in the best shape entering the NFL draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Brian Dawkins "at peace" with retirement from NFL - The Denver Post
Brian Dawkins walked through the locker room at Dove Valley today for the first time as an ex-player.

MaxDenver " The Game Is Changing, and Brian Dawkins Is Not Okay With That
As Brian Dawkins heads into retirement, the sport he dominated from the strong safety position is evolving under the auspices of new rules and enforcements, and he doesn’t approve — not because he’s against player safety, but because of the law of unintended consequences.

What to make of Peyton Manning's future? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A lot has been made of Archie Manning saying he thinks Peyton Manning is taking his career "year to year."

Division News

NFL draft preview: AFC and NFC West -
The draft will be held Thursday (Round 1), Friday (Rounds 2-3) and Saturday (Rounds 4-7) in New York. Times NFL writer Sam Farmer examines the needs for each team by division. Today, the West divisions:

Denver Broncos' AFC West rivals full of hope before NFL draft - The Denver Post
In a division in which the Broncos wore the crown in 2011 with only an 8-8 record, its natural for every team in the AFC West to believe its "right there."

Raiders, Broncos look at small-school WR - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Every year there are some small-school gems who warrant attention in the draft. Derek Carrier is one of those players. He is a huge receiver with great measurables. But he is from tiny Beloit College.

Is Mark Barron's price rising for Chargers? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Buffalo Bills, owners of the 10th pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, are reportedly high on Alabama safety Mark Barron. There has been rampant talk that the Chargers would like to trade up to get Barron

Chiefs' offensive line getting younger? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In our bloggers mock draft on Monday I selected Stanford guard David DeCastro for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11. If DeCastro is indeed the choice, Kansas City's interior offensive line will be getting extremely young.

Report: Raiders eyeing Jets' executive - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders appear to be poised to add an experienced draft evaluator as they continue to rebuild their franchise after Al Davis.

Tony Moeaki expects to be ready for camp | ProFootballTalk
A big part of the reason why the Chiefs slipped from AFC West champions to missing the playoffs was injuries to key players. news: Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers in talks for joint practices
The Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers are in talks to hold joint practices in San Diego around the time the Cowboys break camp in Oxnard, Calif., this summer, a team source said Tuesday.

NFL News

Tim Couch, Courtney Brown join concussion lawsuits | ProFootballTalk
Yet another lawsuit has been filed on behalf of multiple former players seeking compensation for concussions. - Ex-Cowboys greats sue NFL over concussions
The NFL has been sued by 28 former players in federal court in Houston, accused of covering a known link between concussions and permanent brain injuries.

N.F.L. Evolution: The Eminence of the Left Tackle and Other Myths -
Everyone keeps talking about the declining value of the running back. But the position is not losing importance – it’s just changing.

N.F.L. Finishing School Emphasizes Tough Love -
They share details with him about arrests and failed drug tests, substandard work habits and disciplinary infractions.

Trade Talk Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Could the Rams deal RB Jackson? "
Steven Jackson on the block? During an appearance on the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi said Steven Jackson wants a new contract with the St. Louis Rams.

Rick Spielman says trade talk is starting to "heat up" | ProFootballTalk
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman has made no secret of his willingness to trade the third overall pick if the right offer comes through the door news: Falcons enter the Asante Samuel trade talks
It looks like it's only a matter of time before Asante Samuel is an ex-Eagle.

A Promising Brain Test for Football and Other Sports -
A number of football players have been found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, but only after posthumous exams.

The Draft

Who's most affected by the draft? - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Let’s look at one player on every AFC West roster who should be paying close attention when the draft begins Thursday:

Nick Perry of USC in New York for pre-draft activities -
Nick Perry arrived in New York on Tuesday, one of 26 players invited by the NFL to take part in activities leading up to Thursday's opening round of the draft.

Report: Bills "extremely interested" in Mark Barron | ProFootballTalk
Alabama safety Mark Barron’s stock has seemingly risen late in the draft process, and it’s peaking at the right time.

Panthers brass met with Quinton Coples on Monday | ProFootballTalk
North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples was among the Panthers’ 30 pre-draft visitors.

Jaguars claim Dolphins will take Tannehill | ProFootballTalk
It’s unclear which team wants to trade down more: the Vikings at No. 3 or the Jaguars at No. 7. - Young, raw OT crop will pull premium
The top talent in this year’s OT class hails from the junior ranks, headlined by USC’s Matt Kalil and Iowa’s Riley Reiff. - Marginal TE crop lacks star power, overall depth
At a time when the TE position is revolutionizing the passing game and has never been more productive, the well of talent in the NFL draft has dried up.

Free Agency Helps, Draft the Key -
The haul in free agency and through trades has strengthened the Broncos, Bills and Bears. Now comes the lifeblood of any NFL team: the draft. news: Jaguars exec: Ryan Tannehill won't fall past Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins are doing their best not to telegraph the team's big move in this week's NFL draft. news: Robert Griffin III says he'll have to beat out Rex Grossman
Robert Griffin III isn't taking anything for granted. Well, he's taking for granted that the Washington Redskins will select him with the No. 2 overall pick in this week's NFL draft. (Which is smart after the Indianapolis Colts made it official with Andrew Luck on Tuesday.) news: Poll: Coples voted D-lineman most likely to bust
Scouts agree: This year's draft class offers a unique collection of talent along the defensive line.

Brandon Weeden shows off his accuracy - NFL Draft Day Insider
One of the more intriguing draft prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft is Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Go Broncos!