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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/29/13

Being the first Monday after the draft, we'll be spending most of the time reviewing draft grades, draft potentials and draft failures. By all accounts, it looks like the consensus is that the Broncos finished the draft near the middle of the pack.

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After Draft, Elway Ready for Football |
Chris Hall talks 1-on-1 with John Elway about the draft, roster and getting players on the field in less than two weeks.

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: C.J. Anderson | Bronco Planet
A few hours after the 2013 NFL Draft concluded, the Denver Broncos began the mad scramble of signing as many Undrafted College Free Agents as they could. They came away with 15 prospects to add to the offseason roster.

Jon Heath Sports Media: Broncos Will Find a Role for Shaun Phillips
Lost in the buzz of the draft over the weekend was the fact that the Denver Broncos quietly signed a free agent—former San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips landed in Denver on Saturday.

Tavon Austin, Geno Smith, Tyrann Mathieu and more thoughts - Peter King -
When you spend a round in a team's war room, as I did Thursday night with the Rams, you understand why so many players, coaches, scouts and executives are magnetized to this game and cannot give it up.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Second round picks aren’t supposed to be the stars of the draft. But no player generated more buzz over the three day draft than Manti Te’o.

Paige: Broncos in rush to get better by adding Phillips, Smith - The Denver Post
The Broncos two most impactful pickups, for this season and future seasons, could have occurred on the final and, theoretically, least important afternoon of the draft.

Broncos Take Needs-Based Approach, Come Away with Solid 2013 Draft Class. - Predominantly Orange
So after months of anticipation, speculation, mock draft boards and expert opinions, the 2013 NFL draft is finally in the history books.

Denver Broncos News

OK, it's early, but the draft grades are in - The Denver Post
Another draft is in the books John Elways third as the Broncos chief football decision maker and there is no question the real answers about who really solved the NFLs annual April riddle are still years away.

Broncos' walk-throughs to begin minus some starting offensive linemen - The Denver Post
Walk-throughs missing linemen Peyton Manning may want to put on a second or third "dont hit me" jersey this offseason.

Sylvester Williams took the slow lane to fame as Broncos draft pick - The Denver Post
As a raw, hulking senior at Jefferson City High School in central Missouri, Sylvester Williams weighed more than 300 pounds but couldnt crack the football teams starting lineup.

Broncos sign Shaun Phillips, former Chargers linebacker - The Denver Post
Shaun Phillips used to taunt the Broncos. "Im on the good side now," Phillips said after the longtime San Diego Charger signed a one-year, $1 million deal Saturday with the Broncos.

Kickin' it with Kiz: Broncos' Montee Ball is better than Eddie Lacy - The Denver Post
Why not Lacy? You gave the Broncos a grade of A for selecting North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams at No. 28 in the first round of the NFL draft. An A?

Broncos draft QB Zac Dysert of Miami (Ohio) to push Brock Osweiler - The Denver Post
With their final draft pick Saturday, the Broncos selected Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert in the seventh round. The Broncos also signed San Diego State quarterback Ryan Katz as an undrafted free agent.

2013 NFL Draft: Grade the Denver Broncos - Predominantly Orange
With the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, it’s time to grade the Denver Broncos on their overall draft. Let’s quickly go through the team’s picks first.

2013 NFL Draft Player Profile: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky - NFL Mocks
As a senior in 2012, Smith led the nation with 12.5 sacks and 1.25 sacks per game before he hurt his knee and had to sit out the rest of the season. This is a dynamic pass rusher from a smaller school who pretty much dominates the competition.

AFC West Division News

Manti Te'o says he has 'a huge fire under my butt' | USA Today
Manti Te'o spent Thursday with his family in Hawaii, watching the first round of the NFL draft and expecting a phone call that never came.

KC Chiefs NFL Draft grades: Not perfect, but not failing either! - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Draft class is in and so are the NFL Draft grades (at least some of them). I rounded up a few of the draft grades floating around out there.

The Chiefs' Branden Albert trade could still happen - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs were very open about their trade talks with the Miami Dolphins last weekend regarding left tackle Branden Albert. Could a trade still happen?

Raiders undrafted free agent tracker - Silver And Black Pride
Here is the current list of undrafted free agent signings by the Raiders. All signings are reported until made official by the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders new QB takes draft call in odd location - Silver And Black Pride
The Oakland Raiders drafted 10 players in the 2013 NFL Draft and just like every other year and every other player taken in the draft, each one of those players received a call from the team who was taking them in order to inform them of where they would be playing the beginning of their professional football careers.

Raiders 2013 NFL Draft Grades - Silver And Black Pride
Time for that knee-jerk draft grade. But before so many of you put out the "it's too soon to grade this class" comments, understand these grades are not based around any speculation about how good I think the player is but rather how well the Raiders worked the draft to get the best value and fill needs.

San Diego Chargers Sign 20 Undrafted Free Agents - Bolts From The Blue
At the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers signed 20 undrafted free agents, including a few that have a good chance of making the roster.

Taking a deep breath and reviewing the first 3 rounds - Bolts From The Blue
Now that the picks have had time to settle in, my knee has stopped jerking and I'm ready to take a deep breath and look objectively at the first three rounds.

2013 NFL Draft Review: Kansas City Chiefs - NFL Mocks
The Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the 2013 NFL Draft by selecting offensive tackle Eric Fisher, a bit of a surprise given that many considered Luke Joeckel to be the pick for many weeks/months leading into the draft.

Draft review: Kansas City Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Kansas City Chiefs. What they needed: Offensive tackle, running back, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, tight end.

Draft review: Oakland Raiders | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Oakland Raiders. What they needed: Defensive line, quarterback, offensive line, cornerback, tight end, wide receiver. Who they got: Round 1: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston.

Jeff Ireland says Branden Albert trade could still happen | ProFootballTalk
The much-discussed trade of left tackle Branden Albert from Kansas City to Miami may not be dead. Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that the Albert trade didn't happen "Because I didn't think it was the right thing for us.

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Rex on Tebow: "Things did not work out the way we all had hoped" | ProFootballTalk
It's official. The Jets have released quarterback-of-all-trades Tim Tebow, less than 14 months after trading for him. "We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow," Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a release. "Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped.

Tim Tebow released by New York Jets -
The Tim Tebow error in New York is finally, mercifully over. The New York Jets have reportedly let the polarizing quarterback go.

Secrecy helps Bills land E.J. Manuel, perhaps long-awaited return to postseason - Yahoo! Sports
During most of his 16-year stint with the Buffalo Bills, Russ Brandon has treated the completion of the NFL draft like the last day of finals, going straight from the team's Orchard Park, N.Y., training facility to a nearby restaurant and enjoying some celebratory munchies and cocktails with scouts, front-office executives and significant others.

Seven NFL rookies poised to make impacts in 2013 -
Running back Giovani Bernard figures to play an important role for the Cincinnati Bengals. See which other rookies Gregg Rosenthal thinks will make a quick impact for their respective teams.

2013 NFL Draft Tracker –
The Broncos aren't hurting on paper, but defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's 4-3 scheme could use a little help up front. Don't let the Terrance Knighton signing fool you; "Pot Roast" is uneven at best, and Denver is still in need of big-bodied tackles.

Tony Romo will log 'Peyton Manning-type time' at QB -
When Tony Romo signed his rich contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys last month, he said he'd put in more hours at his position. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is holding his QB to that promise.

NFL news roundup: Jets to keep Sanchez, E.J. Manuel may start in 2013, and more -
Here's what stories happened on Sunday while you were sleeping off the draft hangover.

2013 NFL Draft grades: Mel Kiper praises Ravens, pans Bills -
Mel Kiper spread praise liberally with his post 2013 NFL Draft grades. He singled out just one team for scorn.

Undrafted free agents 2013: 10 best signings -
Draft day doesn't end when Mr. Irrelevant is selected. Instead, it kicks off the undrafted free agent free-for-all.

2013 NFL Draft buzz: Matt Barkley in Philadelphia, big changes in Dallas and more -
There's plenty to talk about now that the draft is finished, from how Matt Barkley might fit into a Chip Kelly offense to why Miami was so set on getting Dion Jordan.

2013 NFL Draft versus the average: Looking at the numbers | National Football Post
Many of the pre-draft commentaries focused on the quality and depth of the draft at each playing position. In this article, DRAFTMETRICS measures what actually happened in 2013 versus the average of the past five years.

Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web | Bleacher Report
The Denver Broncos added 23 new players to their roster over the weekend, coming by way of the draft, undrafted free-agent signings and the Shaun Phillips signing.

2013 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars, 49ers, Rams top the class | Audibles -
It sort of goes without saying since immediate draft grades are pure guesswork, but I have no clue what will happen with this Denver class.

NFL OTA Rules 2013: Explaining Offseason's Workout and Contact Regulations | Bleacher Report
Teams around the NFL are shifting gears now that the 2013 draft is complete. Offseason workouts and OTAs (organized team activities) are now the focus of every club, as coaches are eager to get a jump-start on the upcoming season.

NFL OTA Schedule 2013: Minicamp Dates, Offseason Updates for All 32 Teams | Bleacher Report
Starting in the final days of May, NFL teams will have nine weeks to cram as much information as they can into the heads of their new players—both rookies and free agents.

2013 AFC draft grades: Dolphins earn only A - Yahoo! Sports
Under vice preseident of football operations John Elway, the Broncos are starting to get the hang of value drafting and how that can sustain a team long-term. Williams isn't going to change the game at defensive tackle, but he provides size and strength at a position where the Broncos were lacking the past two years.

2013 NFL Draft grades: An 'A' for effort goes to ... | USA Today
DT Sylvester "Sly" Williams fell into their laps at No. 28 and should step into the starting lineup. Second-round RB Montee Ball could be a clock killer, while their final choice, QB Zac Dysert, might just push QB Brock Osweiler behind Peyton Manning. And if you missed it, the pass rush got some help with the arrival of veteran Shaun Phillips. GRADE: B

Never too early: 2014 NFL draft's top prospects | USA Today
So tear up those 2013 mock drafts and start looking ahead to 2014. Here are 15 players who could be walking across that stage at Radio City Music Hall as first-round picks next year:

The best undrafted players of the 2013 NFL draft | USA Today
Despite being in a class lacking in star power, plenty of big names were still available after seven rounds and 254 picks at the completion of the 2013 NFL draft Saturday.

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