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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/31/13

Happy Easter! Welcome an Easter Sunday edition of Horse Tracks. It is a light news day, but there's always some good morsels out there to water the brain. Have a great day with your families!


NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
It is fair to wonder how Alex Smith will perform without Jim Harbaugh on the other end of his strings. After all, the new Chiefs quarterback had a 95.1 passer rating with Harbaugh as his coach compared to 72.1 for the previous six years of his career, according to STATS.

Draft War Room: Denver Broncos - NFL Videos
The "Path to the Draft" crew gives you an inside look at what the Broncos' war room will look like when Denver selects with the 28th overall pick in April's NFL draft.

Broncos Draft Prospects: Secondary |
At one end of the spectrum, you have Champ Bailey, picked seventh overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. Only five cornerbacks since then have been selected higher, and while there's some notable names in that group -- Quentin Jammer, Terence Newman, Pacman Jones, Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne -- none can claim a performance anywhere near Bailey.

Kickin' it with Kiz: Big, bad Wolfe might devour Elvis' stats - The Denver Post
With the loss of Elvis Dumervil to Baltimore, the Broncos can't rely on any free agent to fill his position. Denver needs to draft a defensive end in the first round.

Late round draft picks: The key to success? | National Football Post
DRAFTMETRICS’ fantasy (I know, I know, but wait until you are 66) is to find a "magic formula" for building a successful NFL team. No such formula exists, of course, but that doesn’t mean that DRAFTMETRICS will stop looking.

Denver Broncos Videos

Power rankings bracket - NFL Videos
Are the Houston Texans better than the San Francisco 49ers? Are the Denver Broncos better than the Green Bay Packers? Find out which NFL powerhouse teams will make the fourth round in our bracket-style power rankings.

In The CardS? - ESPN
QB play has been a huge issue for Arizona lately. Does a deal for Carson Palmer make sense?

Denver Broncos Blogs

Klis: Peyton Manning an option guru? Who knew? - The Denver Post
With the way the NFL has analyzed the read-option offense the past six months, you'd have thought Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson were its pioneers.

2013 Denver Broncos Mock Draft, Version 1.1 - Predominantly Orange
I think if Te’o falls to this point in the first round, the Broncos wouldn’t pass on him. I know they’ve had interest in him dating all the way back to the Combine, and they had a contingent at the Notre Dame pro day to watch him work out. I anticipate the Broncos will privately work out Te’o, in addition to bringing him to Dove Valley for further inspection.

AFC West Division News

Raiders QB fallback plan falls through - Silver And Black Pride
No sooner was the mention of Raiders discussing the possibility of adding Kevin Kolb but he appears to be headed to Buffalo.

Kansas City Chiefs wanted to sign a defensive tackle last week - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs tried to sign a defensive tackle last week but he ended up with the Miami Dolphins.

San Diego Chargers: Mike McCoy Must Motivate 'Complacent' Team | RANT Sports
Ryan Mathews said that the San Diego Chargers last season were ‘complacent’ under Norv Turner. New head coach Mike McCoy will have the tough task of trying to change that.

Matt Flynn, Oakland Raiders could have staredown -
A trade that would send Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks to the Oakland Raiders is close to happening. Someone might have to blink in a staredown between Flynn and the Raiders for the deal to go down.

NFL News

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: Indianapolis Colts
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson had an amazing inaugural draft, concentrated entirely on offense. Not only did he find a long-term superstar quarterback, he also found two multidimensional tight ends in Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, a starting three-down running back in Vick Ballard (granted, he’s of "role player" ilk, not "star" ilk, but still...), and two speedy wide receivers in T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill.

Sunday morning one-liners | ProFootballTalk
The play of Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs and Bengals CB Leon Hall after Achilles injuries gives Dolphins CB Brett Grimes hope.

Weekend mailbag: Are Atlanta Falcons best in NFC? -
Not in my book. The San Francisco 49ers have 14 draft picks and arguably the finest coach in the conference in Jim Harbaugh.

Tebow, Jets remain in holding pattern | ProFootballTalk
One of the biggest surprises of the 2012 offseason was the decision of the Denver Broncos to trade quarterback Tim Tebow.

Ravens want Suggs, Dumervil and Upshaw on the field together | ProFootballTalk
When the Ravens lost last year’s leading sacker, Paul Kruger, to free agency, the original plan was to fill that hole in the defense with 2012 second-round draft pick Courtney Upshaw.

Tony Romo signs $108 million extension to stay with Cowboys | Audibles -
Romo signed a six-year, $108 million extension with the Cowboys on Friday (on top of the $11.5 million he’s due to earn in 2013), which could keep the longtime starter in Dallas through 2019.

NFL Free Agency News

Kolb finishing up deal with Bills | National Football Post
After booting Ryan Fitzpatrick and re-signing Tarvaris Jackson, the Buffalo Bills are in the process of finishing a deal with quarterback Kevin Kolb, per Adam Schefter of

Mike Jenkins, Domenik Hixon making the rounds -
Both cornerback Mike Jenkins and wide receiver Domenik Hixon have received interest from three teams.

Kevin Kolb pursued by Raiders, Bills; Brent Grimes signs -
The free agency period is winding down, but the active part of the NFL season will continue through April with the 2013 NFL Draft. After that though, it's going to be an awful long wait until there's more football news.

NFL Draft News

2013 NFL Draft: First-round trades you may see | Audibles -
During the run-up to the 2012 draft, much of the attention centered on the No. 2 overall pick. The Rams dangled that selection for the rest of the league, with Robert Griffin III as the bait, before the Redskins dealt away three first-round picks and a second-rounder to claim it.

2013 Arizona Cardinals Four-Round NFL Mock Draft - NFL Mocks
The Arizona Cardinals are a team in transition. I feel terrible for Larry Fitzgerald, since the team simply refuses to home-grow its own top quarterback prospect ever since the Matt Leinart debacle.

St. Louis Rams 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft - NFL Mocks
The Rams really improved last year, much of which should be attributed to Jeff Fisher. Fisher came in, changed the culture in St. Louis and got this team going. They traded for Cortland Finnegan and drafted Janoris Jenkins which really helped their secondary.

2013 Buffalo Bills Four-Round NFL Mock Draft - NFL Mocks
The Buffalo Bills are about to undergo a major makeover. The team has released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who promptly signed on with the Tennessee Titans. There are rumors they could be interested in Kevin Kolb, formerly of the Cardinals, but nothing to this point has materialized.

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