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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/26/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue! More news on Dumervil's departure, NFL safety, and draft updates. Also the potential first openly gay player in today's news.

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Broncos Will Ask Robert Ayers, Derek Wolfe to Step Up After Elvis Dumervil's Departure | Jon Heath
Two weeks ago, defensive end was nowhere near the top of Denver's offseason "position of need" list. After star rusher Elvis Dumervil signed with the Ravens, defensive line quickly became a higher priority for the team.

Next Steps Post-Dumervil |
Life without Elvis Dumervil might not be all that different for the Broncos in the final sum, but it will require tweaking for the short term -- and re-assessment of draft needs for the long run.

Broncos still see potential in tight end Julius Thomas - The Denver Post
In 2011, the Broncos selected both Thomas and Virgil Green in the draft — Thomas in the fourth round, Green in the seventh.

Broncos enter final stretch of pro-day circuit - The Denver Post
In a sprint down the March stretch, it is the last full week of pro days across the football nation. The Broncos will have plenty of folks at need positions to take a look at in the coming days.

Denver Broncos Videos

A Family Business |
Offensive line prospect Khaled Holmes has a handful of relatives who know exactly what preparing for the draft is like.

NFL - Leaving Denver is a missed opportunity for Elvis Dumervil - ESPN
Maybe Elvis Dumervil's pride got in the way. Maybe it was as simple as the Denver Broncos failing to make a deal that matched what the Baltimore Ravens gave the Pro Bowl defensive end over the weekend.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Why draft an offensive tackle if you’re Denver? - It's All Over, Fat Man!
With Ryan Clady locked up on a franchise tag and Orlando Franklin having taken a giant step upward last season, why spend time, money, or a draft choice on an offensive tackle?

Alvos do Draft 2013: Alex Okafor (DE) "
Com o Draft 2013 NFL cada vez mais perto (o primeiro round acontecerá no dia 17 de abril), muito especula-se sobre quem serão os novos jogadores do nosso querido Denver Broncos. A idéia desta série é dar uma boa olhada sobre os mais prováveis alvos da nossa franquia. O primeiro perfil que vamos analisar é o defensive end Alex Okafor.

Mile High Monday: Super Bowl Train Still Rolling Without Dumervil - Predominantly Orange
The Elvis Dumervil saga finally came to an end on Sunday when he agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

AFC West Division News

Chiefs free agency: Cheers and jeers, 2013 edition - Arrowhead Pride
Do the Kansas City Chiefs deserve a pat on the back for their work in free agency, a slap on the wrist, or both? MNChiefsfan reviews the KC Chiefs in free agency so far and gives them cheers to those moves GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid got right and jeers to those moves that leave us scratching our head.

Raiders updated team needs - Silver And Black Pride
It has now been exactly two weeks since free agency opened. The Raiders have been pretty busy but there are still a few positions in need of filling.

Oakland Raiders Updated 2013 NFL Draft Team Needs |
Oakland is among the Top 5 potential landing spots for former West Virginia Mountaineers star signal-caller Geno Smith, and for good reason. For one thing, the team has the third overall pick, and nine times out of ten, when a team is picking in the Top 10, an upgrade is needed under center.

NFL News

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Of all the players who have changed teams so far this offseason, the one who has the potential to affect two offenses the most is Mike Wallace.

Now it's on you, Jay | National Football Post
After an injury-depleted Bears team lost five of their last six games to miss the 2011 playoffs, new general manager Phil Emery recognized his franchise quarterback needed more help.

Report: Gay NFL Player 'Strongly Considers' Coming Out - Outsports
A closeted gay player in the NFL is considering coming out publicly, sources tell CBS NFL writer Mike Freeman.

Rules book is where the NFL continues to wrestle with safety - The Denver Post
It might be the biggest collision the NFL has to offer these days. The history of a game built on power, big hits and violence has crashed head-on into concerns about the future of the NFL, with hundreds of former players having sued the league regarding injuries they suffered.

NFL Free Agency Signings

AFC free agency winners and losers -
Denver Broncos: I'm looking forward to the next not-so-subtle degradation of Wes Welker's skill set: "He only produces because he plays with Hall of Fame quarterbacks."

NFL free agency brings about different approaches from different teams - Peter King -
There's one week a year that I think of as the General Managers' Week, and we've reached the end of it. The first week of free agency highlights the different jobs general managers have in the league, and what I've done here at the annual spring meetings is talk to five I view as being indicative of the profile that franchise football operators fill at this time of year.

Alex Smith, Ed Reed, Elvis Dumervil lead crop of top transplants -
The key to building a consistent winner in the NFL is drafting and developing your own talent. While the top executives in the league adhere to that premise, they're also willing to look to free agency or the trade market to add a key player or fill a critical need.

NFL free agent tracker 2013: The latest moves from around the NFL -
NFL free agent activity is beginning to slow, but big names are still coming off the board. New England's Sebastian Vollmer is the latest player to land a big contract.

NFL Draft

2013 NFL Mock Draft Update: Free Agency Edition 2.0 - NFL Mocks
No change here, the Chiefs are even talking about trading Branden Albert after making him their franchise player. If that happens, they will most certainly be taking a left tackle, and the only question at this point is whether or not it will be Joeckel. There are some insiders who believe Eric Fisher is the better overall player.

Now that the compensatory picks have been doled out, we know that there will be 254 players selected in the draft and who will be drafting when. The draft order will certainly change due to the traditional flurry of trades before (and mostly) during the draft. The impending changes in draft order, though, will not affect the overall expectations for the draft.

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