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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/24/13

Festivus Draftivus is a term I first heard used here on Mile High Report many years ago. I don't know if Jeremy Bolander was the creator of that awesome phrase, but I have been using it ever since. So happy Festivus Draftivus Eve everyone!

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Elway on RBs: ‘We’ll See What Happens in the Draft’ "
When Knowshon Moreno reeled off back-to-back 100-yard games against the Raiders and Ravens last December, it seemed that Willis McGahee, a Pro Bowler just a year earlier, had become a forgotten man among observers while he recovered from a knee injury suffered in a Week 11 win over San Diego.

Manti Te'o: Teams That Desperately Need to Target Former Notre Dame Star | Bleacher Report
It's obvious the Broncos need to draft an inside linebacker who can step in right away and start from the opening day of training camp.

Broncos' John Elway has plenty of options in a deep NFL draft - The Denver Post
Somewhere among the second-floor offices at Broncos headquarters, there is a list of about 10 players.

Jon Heath Sports Media: Elway Expects Broncos to Select 28th Overall
The 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching. The Denver Broncos currently own six selections (28, 58, 90, 125, 161, 234) and their positions of need inlcude defensive end, defensive tackle, middle linebacker, cornerback, and running back.

2013 NFL Draft: With the 28th Pick, the Denver Broncos Select… | Bronco Planet
The Denver Broncos have only been in this situation (picking 28th) once before this year, but boy did they make it count. In the 1997 NFL Draft they selected Defensive Tackle Trevor Pryce. The Broncos have only chosen six Defensive Linemen in the 1st round since the AFL-NFL merger.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Rhymes with Orange and Blue: Draft/Schedule Preview - Predominantly Orange
Why read Rhymes with Orange and Blue this week? I’ll give you more than one good reason. We’ve got Manning and a draft sneak peek, Plus Broncos/Ravens to start the season!

Meet the Running Backs |
This year's top running back prospects talk about why they're ready to run the ball on Sundays.

Lacy Continues Pipeline from 'Bama Backfield to the NFL |
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy is hoping to be the third straight Crimson Tide running back selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Broncos' gamble on Britton Colquitt pays off with free-agent tender - The Denver Post
The Broncos gambled by slapping a low, right-of-first-refusal tender on standout punter Britton Colquitt.

Draft on deck; Denver Broncos at No. 28 ... for now - Predominantly Orange
Here’s your National Football League draft primer, everything you need to know for the annual extravaganza.

John Elway's Controversial Draft-Day Saga Relived in ESPN's 30 for 30 Special | Bleacher Report
John Elway's NFL career got off to a bumpy start when he was drafted No. 1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts.

Broncos Cheerleader Auditions: Finals Pt. One |
Images from the final auditions for the 2013 Denver Broncos Cheerleader squad.

AFC West Division News

'I just vomited in my mouth': Chiefs fans react to Elway to Marino, ESPN's 30 for 30 - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs were involved in the famous 1983 NFL Draft, which produced three of the best quarterbacks of all time. But they were involved for all the wrong reasons -- missing on the Hall of Famers.

Gennaro-ly Speaking: Let's Talk About the 2013 NFL Draft - Bolts From The Blue
John Gennaro returns to the virtual airwaves to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft and what fans of the San Diego Chargers should expect.

Reggie McKenzie talks about Raiders draft plans - Silver And Black Pride
Raiders general manager, Reggie McKenzie had his pre-draft press conference. Here is what he had to say about the Raiders draft plans this year.

2013 NFL Draft is bad? Tough to beat 2009 - Arrowhead Pride
Some people are saying the 2013 NFL Draft class is a weak one, especially compared to last year's class. But before we talk about bad draft classes, let's remember how terrible that 2009 one was.

Video: AFC West draft preview - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. joins me to discuss first-round scenarios for each AFC West team in Thursday's first day of the NFL draft in this video.

NFL News

Jacksonville Jaguars unveil their new team uniforms -
The Jacksonville Jaguars revealed their new team uniforms to the world Tuesday. The new look includes a two-toned helmet that features matte black and gold colors.

Redskins take steps to improve FedEx Field | ProFootballTalk
The bad news is that the Redskins won't be replacing the playing surface at FedEx Field with FieldTurf or some other synthetic option. The good news is that they'll take meaningful steps to improve it. ESPN 980 reports, via CSNWashington.

Report: New Dolphins, Vikings uniforms leaked | ProFootballTalk
We got a look at the new Jaguars uniforms on Tuesday and it appears we've also gotten a glimpse of what the Vikings and Dolphins will be wearing in the future. Paul Lukas of ESPN.

League, union calculations of cap space differ, as usual | ProFootballTalk
At a time when the NFL and the NFLPA can't agree on much of anything, it's no surprise that their internal salary-cap calculations differ, too. The NFLPA's numbers are routinely leaked. The NFL's numbers rarely are. We've gotten our hands on the NFL's numbers.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: Detroit Lions
The Lions are a static three-receiver shotgun offense. They can assume that sort of simple approach because one of those three receivers is the most feared offensive weapon in the NFL. Great as Calvin Johnson is, the results of Detroit’s offense hinge on how well Matthew Stafford executes.

Jets' decision to 'Let's Make A Deal' with Bucs for Darrelle Revis has high odds of going awry - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Tampa Bay make get the better end of the trade given that it's unlikely New York will land star quality with its picks.

2013 NFL Draft News

Manti Te'o falls off one team's board for 2013 NFL Draft -
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is expected to be selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. But that doesn't mean his off-field scandal will be ignored by every NFL team.

Cris Carter says son Duron can be NFL wide receiver -
Duron Carter couldn't stay eligible as a college receiver. His Hall of Fame dad, Cris, said he just didn't like school.

A graphic look at what franchises have to do -
Drafting the right players is essential for building and maintaining a winning team. SB Nation takes a look at what all 32 NFL franchises need to do in this year's draft.

Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher could be top 2 picks, Marcus Lattimore and more -
Teams throughout the NFL have just two days remaining to prepare for the 2013 NFL Draft -- and as football fans have come to expect, the days leading up to the draft are full of news and rumors.

Coming out kicking: Openly gay former college kicker tries for the NFL - Outsports
It had been months since Alan Gendreau put on a pair of cleats and stood three yards behind a football. The former Middle Tennessee State placekicker had all but left the game behind when he graduated a year ago.

10 late round sleepers who could surprise: Part II | National Football Post
With the 2013 NFL Draft just days away, the bulk of the media’s focus is on the players that will be drafted in the first round and what teams will select them. However, often the difference between teams that win and those that don’t is determined by their success with late round selections.

2013 NFL Draft: Top 5 Landing Spots For QB Matt Barkley |
Matt Barkley has become one of the hottest names heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. Let’s examine the top five potential landing spots for the 6-2, 227-pound star signal-caller out of Southern California.

2013 NFL Mock Draft Rounds 1-3: Who Will Land With Kansas City Chiefs? |
With the 2013 NFL Draft about to kick into swing, let’s unveil team-by-team projections for the first three rounds before the party gets started at 8 p.m. ET on April 25. Here’s part 11 of the series on the Kansas City Chiefs.

One GM says this draft is historically bad | ProFootballTalk
No matter what anyone says about the relative talent of the picks, there will, in fact, be 32 of them in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. But not even half that amount deserve the designation, according to one decision-maker.

Team Needs: Seattle Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
The acquisition of Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings has left the Seahawks without a first round draft pick for the first time since 2007 (Seattle sent their first round pick to New England in exchange for Deion Branch).

Advanced NFL Stats: Cade Massey on Flipping Coins and the NFL Draft
Readers of this site will recall the name Case Massey. Along with fellow noted economist (and paternalist) Richard Thaler, he co-authored the Massey-Thaler draft study titled The Loser's Curse.

2013 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock's Top 100 - NFL Mocks
Mike Mayock has officially released his final 2013 Top 100 board. Here is the list of players, followed by my initial reactions:

Possible undrafted free agents who could turn into impact players - Don Banks -
It has been called the year of the no-name draft in the NFL, and is said to be devoid of true star power after 2012's high-profile, quarterback-rich proceedings. Maybe. But it's all relative.

Dion Jordan overrated, Chance Warmack underrated in 2013 NFL draft based on college production -
Fellow college football scribe Stewart Mandel enjoys bequeathing thankless tasks to me. Four years ago, he gave me the college football power rankings.

Greg Cosell’s mock draft: Picks 17-32 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
28. Denver Broncos: I’m going with defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine from Florida State. I know he’s coming off an ACL injury, but I really liked Carradine on film, more so than his teammate Bjorn Werner.

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