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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/26/13

John Elway stayed strong to his board and picked the best player available last night. By all accounts, this will only make the Denver Broncos defense more like the Orange Crush defense of old. I can't wait to see what comes next tonight!

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UNC Defensive Tackle Sylvester Williams Drafted 28th by the Denver Broncos - Tar Heel Blog
Sylvester Williams became the latest of a long line of Carolina defensive lineman to make the leap to the NFL tonight, as he was drafted 28th by the Denver Broncos.

First-Round Pick Sylvester Williams |
Images of Sylvester Williams, the 28th overall selection in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Elway, Fox Congratulate Williams |
John Elway and John Fox call new Broncos Sylvester Williams after drafting him 28th overall Thursday night.

NFLN: Broncos Draft Sylvester Williams |
The Denver Broncos selected defensive tackle Sylvester Williams out of North Carolina with the 28th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

DT Sylvester Williams is Denver Broncos' pick at No. 28 of 2013 NFL draft - The Denver Post
Remember all those years Bronco fans screamed for their team to draft a defensive tackle with their first draft pick? The Broncos selected North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams with the No. 28 pick.

Broncos nab defensive tackle Sylvester Williams in first round - The Denver Post
The Broncos were expected to eye a defensive lineman with their first-round pick in the NFL Draft and got their man Thursday night at No.

Inside the Draft Room - Photos |
Images of the Broncos' personnel department at work in the team's draft room at Dove Valley.

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Broncos use 28th pick on Sylvester Williams | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos used their first draft pick on defensive lineman Derek Wolfe in 2012 and they followed up this year by opening their draft with another big fella to stick on the front line.

Denver Broncos Select Sylvester Williams in First Round of 2013 NFL Draft - Predominantly Orange
"With the 28th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle, North Carolina" Roger Goodell said at Radio City Music Hall.

The Denver Broncos Round-By-Round All-Star Draft - Predominantly Orange
Well, we’ve all made it. We’ve crawled into that dark sports cave, full from the Super Bowl, ready for the long nap between the end of the NFL season and the promise of the blossoming talent that comes from the NFL Draft.

Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Sylvester Williams 28th in 2013 Draft - It's All Over, Fat Man!
After all these years, after all the whining I’ve done for the Broncos to pick a defensive tackle in the first round, they finally went and did it.

2013 NFL Draft Live Reaction and Analysis: Every Pick Here - NFL Mocks
This is a great pick for the Broncos. They get a three-down defensive tackle who can explode off the ball, and a guy who is going to come into work every day with a chip on his shoulder. I think John Fox and John Elway nailed it with this one, though they could have gone a number of directions. They need to keep building in the trenches, and I think adding Williams at this point is a great pickup for them. He could have been a top 20 pick. 2013 NFL Offseason Page - Denver Broncos - Draft Grades
28. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: A Grade It was either Sylvester Williams or Tank Carradine here for the Broncos, and you can't argue either choice. Help was needed all over on the defensive line for the Broncos, and Williams was discussed as highly as No. 18 to the Cowboys. Denver didn't have an interior pass rush, so Williams definitely helps in that area.

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Gennaro-ly Speaking: D.J. Fluker, San Diego Charger - Bolts From The Blue
Let's chat about the San Diego Chargers' first round draft pick, D.J. Fluker.

San Diego Chargers Select D.J. Fluker with 11th Overall Pick - Bolts From The Blue
Tom Telesco's first pick as General Manager of the San Diego Chargers is D.J. Fluker, Offensive Tackle from the University of Alabama.

2013 NFL Draft: Raiders select Houston cornerback DJ Hayden at 12 overall - Silver And Black Pride
The Raiders traded down to pick 12 with the Dolphins and they still get their guy in Houston cornerback DJ Hayden.

Reggie McKenzie got his guy plus extra pick - Silver And Black Pride
Reggie McKenzie held court with the media in his press conference following the Raiders selection of DJ Hayden with the 12th overall pick. Not surprising, he says everything worked out perfectly.

Chiefs draft picks 2013: Andy Reid explains why Eric Fisher was the best player available - Arrowhead Pride
KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media following the selection of Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Read on for quotes from Reid.

NFL Draft results: Eric Fisher to Kansas City Chiefs with No. 1 overall pick - Arrowhead Pride
Meet the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Eric Fisher, offensive tackle out of Central Michigan, and now the Kansas City Chiefs new lineman.

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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Historical Draft Efficiency: Best and Worst Picks
One of the criticisms of dividing Career AV by career length was that supernova-like flashes in the pan could break the system. The table clearly shows otherwise. Yes, it's true that Billy Sims and Terrell Davis had shortened careers, but few, if any, people would label them as "flashes in the pan."

Advanced NFL Stats: How Much Money is a Sack Worth?
I realize it's draft season but I'm still working on building a salary database and combining it with performance statistics. Most of the work in this type of analysis is building the data, but it's harder than it might seem at first. Salary data might use one kind of player identifier while performance statistics use another.

Manti Te'o Free Falls out of 1st Round | Bleacher Report
Manti Te'o made a wise decision to abstain from going to New York for the 2013 NFL draft.

2013 NFL Draft results: Geno Smith still waiting to hear his name -
The first round of the 2013 NFL draft is nearly complete -- and Geno Smith is still waiting to learn his fate. Florida State's E.J. Manuel was the first quarterback off the board, going No. 16 to the Buffalo Bills.

Did Buffalo Bills Really Reach For QB E.J. Manuel With No. 16 Pick? |
The Buffalo Bills took the 2013 NFL Draft by storm when they selected QB E.J. Manuel with the No. 16 overall pick. The move caught many by surprise not because the former Florida State star signal-caller was considered a reach in the middle of the first round, but also because Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley and Geno Smith were still available. But the decision didn’t really catch me off guard.

Cowboys take Wisconsin center Travis Frederick at No. 31 | ProFootballTalk
With a brand new contract for Tony Romo in the books, the Dallas Cowboys are making an effort to help protect the cornerstone of their franchise.

Eric Fisher: from PB&J to the No. 1 pick - Yahoo! Sports
How did a hardly-recruited, 240-pound basketball player from suburban Detroit become the top overall pick in the NFL draft?

Ray Lewis doesn't think Ravens can repeat | USA Today
Are the Baltimore Ravens in position to repeat as champions after winning a Super Bowl during Ray Lewis' final season in the NFL? Unlikely, the retired linebacker said.

The 2013 NFL draft could snap a 49-year-old streak | For The Win
Tonight’s NFL draft could make history. A running back has been selected in the first round of every draft since 1963, and that streak is in serious jeopardy this year. Alabama’s Eddie Lacy has the best chance of hearing his name called in Round 1,but many mock drafts have him going on Day 2.

Fanspeak's Big Board: Best Available for Day 2 of the NFL Draft
Best available players left for day 2 of the NFL Draft.

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