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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/29/12


Finishing Strong
The Broncos picked up four players on the final day of the 2012 NFL Draft to add depth to their team.

2012 Draft Class Brings Excitement, Impact
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, Head Coach John Fox and General Manager Brian Xanders talked about a draft that went 'as good as it could have gone' on Saturday.

Broncos Introduce Top Three Draft Picks
Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Ronnie Hillman visit the Dove Valley facility to visit with Broncos staff and the media.

Philadelphia Eagles to retire Brian Dawkins' jersey No. 20 -
The Philadelphia Eagles will retire safety Brian Dawkins' jersey No. 20 during a nationally televised Week 4 game against the New York Giants, team owner Jeffrey Lurie said Saturday.

Denver Broncos Videos

End of Draft Press Conference
John Fox, John Elway and Brian Xanders talk about the players acquired through the 2012 NFL Draft.

1-On-1 With New Broncos
Broncos TV talks to Ronnie Hillman, Brock Osweiler and Derek Wolfe about coming to Denver; full interviews to air on Xfinity's 2012 Draft Special later this week.

Brock Osweiler Press Conference
Quarterback Brock Osweiler talks about learning from Peyton Manning and his excitement about being a Bronco.

Ronnie Hillman Press Conference
Ronnie Hillman talks about being compared to Marshall Faulk and what he can bring to the Broncos.

Derek Wolfe 2011 highlights | First-and-Orange
New Broncos defensive tackle Derek Wolfe had 21.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks last year for the University of Cincinnati. Many of those are included in this highlight video:

NFL Draft Winners - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter break down the winners from the NFL Draft.

Biggest Steal Of NFL Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards break down their biggest steals of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos Go Secondary in Fourth
With the 101st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Arizona State cornerback Omar Bolden.

Broncos Bolster Offensive Line
With the 108th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Baylor center Philip Blake.

Broncos Add Jackson to Defensive Line
With the No. 137 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected defensive end Malik Jackson.

Trevathan Brings Tackling Prowess to Broncos
With the No. 188 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan, who led the SEC in tackles two consecutive seasons.

The Ronnie Hillman-Snoop Dogg connection | First-and-Orange
Until just a couple of weeks ago, Ronnie Hillman had figured everyone had forgotten about his connection to rapper Snoop Dogg.

Did Jake Plummer indirectly help Broncos land Osweiler? | First-and-Orange
Should John Elway be sending Jake Plummer a thank you note?

Denver Broncos take Toronto native Philip Blake in NFL draft -
Philip Blake, a Toronto native, snapped the ball to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III last season at Baylor. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the NFL draft Saturday.

Denver's defense improving up front - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Monday, Denver executive VP John Elway said the Broncos weren’t as worried about their situation at defensive tackle as folks on the outside.

MaxDenver " Round 4, No. 101: Omar Bolden, CB/KR, Arizona State
The only thing separating Omar Bolden from the second round — or perhaps the first — was his left knee

MaxDenver " Round 4, No. 108: Philip Blake, C/G, Baylor
Philip Blake could have been a pro 12 months ago. - Broncos have big plans for rookie Blake
It’s unclear where he’ll play, but expect to see Philip Blake on the field somewhere for the Broncos this season.

MaxDenver " Round 5, No. 137: Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee
In some ways, Malik Jackson is the opposite side of the Derek Wolfe coin.

Broncos' pick Malik Jackson says he's comfortable at defensive end - The Denver Post
Tennessee's Malik Jackson started all 12 games last season at defensive tackle for the Vols, but the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder said Saturday that the Broncos view him as a defensive end.

MaxDenver " Round 6, No. 188: Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky
Every so often, you find interesting glimpses into a player’s personality from their media guide biography. That is the case

Trevathan, Broncos sixth-rounder, looking join LB rotation - The Denver Post

Broncos sixth-round pick Danny Trevathan always wants to stay humble.with linebacker Danny Trevathan, the Broncos’ sixth-round pick at the No. 188 overall selection. - Fantasy spin: Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman
Ronnie Hillman, at 5-8 3/4 and 200 pounds, will be the complementary back to starter Willis McGahee.

Peyton Manning gives Broncos OK on adding QB depth via draft - The Denver Post
Conspiracy theorists figured Peyton Manning would have a say in the Broncos' draft and they were right.

Wolfe's decision to wait pays off when Broncos take him in 2nd round - The Denver Post
The waiting game during an NFL Draft day can be cruel.

Ronnie Hillman, Derek Wolfe, Brock Osweiler ready to help Broncos - The Denver Post
Saturdays were the most difficult days to punch the clock for new Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman.

Broncos put high priority on going after opposing quarterbacks - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning alone will not get the Broncos to the Super Bowl. The way to get to the Super Bowl is to pay attention to the team that just won the Super Bowl.

Broncos 2012 NFL draft class as good as it gets, Elway and Fox say - The Denver Post
John Elway, Broncos executive vice president of football operations and orchestrator of the team's draft efforts, said Saturday of his seven-player class: "When we look at it, it's probably as good as it could have gone."

Derek Wolfe, Broncos' top draft pick, reaches his NFL dream - The Denver Post
Some future NFL players spend the final days before the draft touring New York City, buying new suits or planning lavish parties.

Fourth-rounder Philip Blake should add depth to Broncos line - The Denver Post
In a bit of irony, the Broncos used their fourth-round pick obtained from the Tim Tebow trade on a player, Baylor center-guard Philip Blake, who played college ball with 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and now will line up in front of Peyton Manning.

Omar Bolden, Broncos' fourth-round pick, missed last season with ACL tear - The Denver Post
Former Arizona State cornerback Omar Bolden didn't play last fall as a senior while recovering from a knee injury but said he's back to full speed for the Broncos.

Division News

AFC West draft thoughts - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are obviously happy with Matt Cassel as their quarterback. They inspected several of the top quarterbacks, but in the end, Kansas City did not add one in the draft.

AFC West draft analysis - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The biggest offseason move in the AFC West in years was the Broncos’ signing of superstar quarterback Peyton Manning in March.

Matt Leinart plans to sign with Oakland Raiders -
After spending two seasons with the Houston Texans, the former first-round draft pick likely will sign with the Oakland Raiders

Raiders sign small-school standout - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders have signed small-school standout, receiver Derrick Carrier.

Raiders add interesting WR in Criner - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders have one of the most interesting receiver situations in the NFL.

Raiders take solid LB in fourth - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders first two draft picks are similar players.

Chiefs add depth in RB Cyrus Gray - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to add depth on offense.

Chiefs get Alabama DB DeQuan Menzie - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs were interested in Alabama safety Mark Barron, who went four picks before they made their choice in the first round.

Free Agency

Undrafted free-agent deals for all 32 NFL teams -
Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, teams are scrambling to sign the best undrafted rookie free agents. Here is a list of players who have signed or agreed to terms with teams thus far. This will be updated as transactions officially occur or are reported by news outlets.

Undrafted RB Chris Polk agrees to join Philadelphia Eagles -
Highly touted Washington running back Chris Polk told via that he has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Undrafted LB Vontaze Burfict headed to Cincinnati Bengals -
Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict has agreed to terms on a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network on Saturday.

Boise State QB Kellen Moore to sign with Detroit Lions -
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is set to sign with the Detroit Lions, a source with knowledge of the situation said Saturday.

The Draft

Chandler Harnish is Mr. Irrelevant as final pick of NFL draft -
Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish is the new Mr. Irrelevant. news: Bill Belichick doesn't care what draft experts think
The reaction from the NFL draft analysts was unanimous. The New England Patriots took who in the second round?

NFL draft: Off the clock and under review -
Times NFL writer Sam Farmer looks at the bold (and potentially backward) draft decisions of each NFL team. Blogs " Blog Archive Trying to understand why NFL coaches really love selecting Boise St. players… "
The Cowboys made an interesting selection yesterday, nabbing Boise St. defensive end Tyrone Crawford in the third round

Go Broncos!