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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/3/13

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, has hit the road to scout more players of interest. Also, Trindon Holliday makes some waves with some - likely true - claims and the Broncos draft history is pretty strong when measured league-wide.

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Broncos' Jack Del Rio has hit the road to see some players of interest - Denver Post
Which brings us to the Broncos, who sit with the 28th selection in the opening round. The only time in franchise history they picked 28th, they went with a defensive tackle, in the 1997 draft, named Trevor Pryce.

John Elway: "It's Hard to See Brandon Stokley Go" | Bleacher Report
When the Denver Broncos signed slot receiver Wes Welker earlier in the offseason, it marked the end of veteran Brandon Stokley's time in Denver.

If, And, But: The Denver Broncos Will Be in the Playoffs in 2013 - Yahoo! Sports
Don't cry too hard for the Broncos. Led by 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year in Peyton Manning, this club once again figures to be in the NFL title hunt.

Trindon Holliday says he's the Fastest Man in the NFL - Predominantly Orange
Trindon Holliday was the only player in 2012 to go undefeated in the regular season. He played his first five games with the Houston Texans (5-0) and his last 11 games with the Denver Broncos (11-0). After he was traded to the Broncos in week 6, he led the league in kick return average (32.5 yards per return), and in punt return average (10.8 yards per return).

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Historical Draft Efficiency: Franchise Rankings
Welcome back for the second installment in our series on historical draft efficiency. Today, we're going to find out how well (or poorly) each franchise drafted from 1970 to 2007; rank them, even! But before we get started, here are a few loose ends I need to tie up.

Carradine could make next epic comeback, but do teams believe? - Don Banks -
Chances are there are no Adrian Petersons waiting to be discovered in this year's NFL draft class. For the first time in league history, there might not even be a running back taken in the first round.

Maurice Clarett prepping for one more comeback, but not in the NFL - Yahoo! Sports
These days, Maurice Clarett speaks in paragraphs – long, unfurling stretches of dialogue that cover multiple topics, then end as quickly as if he were dropping the ball to the turf after scoring a touchdown. Only one question trips him up: Imagine it's 2003 and you have a chance to talk to this Clarett kid who's just led his team to a national championship.

Denver Broncos Videos

Meet the Wide Receivers |
Size, speed and strength. These wide receiver prospects say they can do it all.

'Game Changers': Matt Barkley on the field - NFL Videos
Quarterback Matt Barkley hits the field with Steve Mariucci to work on footwork drills and accuracy while on the move.

A Life In Pictures - ESPN
A year after Junior Seau committed suicide, the NFL legend's story is being told through his family's private photo albums

Why Throw Away Money? - ESPN
As other QBs are cashing in, should Aaron Rodgers really offer the Packers a hometown discount?

Denver Broncos Blogs

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Wide Receivers |
In the weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

Ashley Lelie, ex-Broncos WR, starts coaching career at Nevada | First & Orange Blog
Former Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie, a first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2002 draft, has started a coaching career at the University of Nevada whose "pistol" offense sent quarterback Colin Kaepernick into the NFL. The school announced the hiring Tuesday.

Bruton to Participate in Investment for Impact Program "
Broncos safety David Bruton is one of 23 current and former NFL players scheduled to take part in the NFL’s Investment for Impact program this offseason.

Alvos do Draft 2013: Damontre Moore (DE) "
Seguindo a série dos nossos possíveis alvos no Draft 2013 da NFL, vamos analisar o perfil do defensive end Damontre Moore. Ele era considerado um pick de top-10 até o mês passado, mas foi mal nos workouts e entrevistas e deve estar disponível na nossa vez de escolha no primeiro round.

Jon Heath Sports Media: Win a 'Mile High Madness' Tee From True Rivalry!
The 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, but besides the routine pre-draft buzz, there is not much to talk about these days.

AFC West Division News

Should Ryan Mathews Stop Lifting Weights? - Bolts From The Blue
Could Ryan Mathews be a more successful running back in he changed his workout routine? Maybe.

San Diego Chargers: Strong Safety Draft Prospects - Bolts From The Blue
Looking through Strong Safety prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft that could start for the San Diego Chargers immediately.

Matt Flynn on being part of rebuild: "Fires me up" - Silver And Black Pride
Raiders new quarterback is joining a rebuilding team in Oakland. He says that makes him even more excited to be a part of it.

2013 NFL mock draft: Philadelphia Eagles select... - Arrowhead Pride
The 2013 Arrowhead Pride NFL mock draft continues. AP user ex-qb13 is representing the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 4 overall pick...

Kansas City Chiefs cut an offensive lineman (no, it's not Branden Albert) - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with offensive lineman Rich Ranglin, the team announced.

NFL News

Carson Palmer deal to Arizona Cardinals had to happen, more QB musical chairs; mail - Peter King -
It's another day to write about quarterbacks. Three topics I want to clear up, in the wake of all the quarterback action in the last few days.

Pat White drops concussion lawsuit as he prepares to return to NFL | ProFootballTalk
Well, here’s a development that likely won’t be sent via email by the lawyers representing the former players who are suing the NFL for concussions.

Charlotte stadium deal results in lawsuit | ProFootballTalk
In January, Charlotte City Council agreed in a closed session to support a tax increase that would pay for renovations at Bank of America Stadium.

Larry Fitzgerald calls 2012 "most disappointing season of my career" | ProFootballTalk
For that matter, Larry Fitzgerald would be glad to have anyone in Arizona who might be able to make this year even a little bit better than last year. Fitzgerald, the star receiver who will be catching passes from Palmer this season, said today that he’s eager to see the Cardinals do something positive after a disastrous 2012.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: Buffalo Bills
The Chan Gailey experiment is over; he did the best he could with limited resources. Now it’s Doug Marrone’s turn. He won’t last any longer than Gailey if the resources remain limited. Even after signing Kevin Kolb, the Bills are presumably interested in a long-term upgrade at quarterback.

NFL Free Agency News

Where's the upside? | National Football Post
While it pales in comparison to the problems that have plagued the Miami Dolphins since Dan Marino’s departure from the NFL in 2000, the Arizona Cardinals are well versed in the struggles that come with replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback.

Nnamdi Asomugha signs with 49ers, according to report -
Asomugha is headed back to the Bay Area, agreeing to a deal with San Francisco.

The Cardinals giving Carson Palmer a shot at redemption -
Carson Palmer is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, and needs to lead them to the playoffs to alter his legacy for the better.

NFL news roundup: Carson Palmer traded, MJD recovering and more -
After days of speculation, Carson Palmer was officially traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday. He may not be the only one on the move.

Chicago Bears leave door ajar for Brian Urlacher return -
When the Chicago Bears decided to move on from free agent Brian Urlacher, the linebacker expressed disappointment that he never received a phone call from team chairman George McCaskey.

2013 NFL Draft News

Perseverance leads Oregon's Dion Jordan to brink of NFL after accident almost ended his dream - Yahoo! Sports
Disaster sizzled in that cord attached to the outlet. If only Dion Jordan hadn't pulled it. But of course he had to pull it, because even in the insanely stupid act of using a vacuum cleaner to siphon gasoline from one car to another, he was the responsible one. He was always the responsible one. Everyone else had walked away and the vacuum was still running. Leaving it like that seemed wrong so he grabbed the plug and pulled it from the wall.

I have received several requests to do an analysis such as this for General Managers as their "draft record"may be at least as relevant as an individual team. DRAFTMETRICS cannot do that at this time but will add the General Managers to its data base over the summer months and will be in a position to do such an analysis in the future.

Trickett on the spot at FSU | National Football Post
This spring, Clint Trickett is trying to hold off intriguing sophomore Jacob Coker and redshirt freshmen Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart for the Seminoles.

Draft Grader: Baltimore Ravens |
Ultimately you draft a quarterback to lead your team to the postseason and to win the Super Bowl. In that regard Flacco has been a massive success and exactly what the Ravens needed. In the regular season he hasn’t always impressed, so there’s still room to improve here.

Draft Grader: Buffalo Bills |
There have been some low moments, but Johnson has done a great job of bouncing back to become one of the league’s better receivers, and one of the few to get the better of Darrelle Revis. A +22.6 grade over the past three years for his receiving represents tremendous value.

Dallas Cowboys 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft - NFL Mocks
The Cowboys are undergoing a major change this offseason in switching from the 3-4 to a 4-3. This is a major risk when you have one of the best 3-4 OLBs in the league in DeMarcus Ware.

New York Giants 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft - NFL Mocks
The Giants are as hot and cold as a team can be since Tom Coughlin got there. They either get on a hot streak and go deep into the playoffs or then inexplicably fall apart and implode at the end of the season.

NFL Draft Order 2013: Teams That Must Not Trade Up | Bleacher Report
Trades happen every year as the NFL draft order shakes out, but they don't always result in wins for the teams trading up.

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