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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/30/13

I plan to truncate Horse Tracks a bit moving forward through the "dead zone" and focus more on Denver Broncos-specific news. I'll start picking it up again league-wide as training camp gets into full swing and people start remembering football is still their favorite sport.

Jeff Gross

WARNING: I forgot to insert the (_blank tag) to these links, so they will NOT open in a new window today. Sorry!

Xfinity Draft Special Preview |
Go behind the scenes at Dove Valley and hear from draft picks and all the key decision makers during the draft. Here's a preview of the 2013 Xfinity Draft Special, airing on CET Saturday at 8 p.m.

Inside the Numbers: Sylvester Williams |
A look at some noteworthy statistics about the Broncos’ first-round pick.

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: Kemonte’ Bateman | Bronco Planet
A seventh-round Draft pick in the NFL is usually either a prospect that has slid down the boards because of injury or character issues, or a player that a team wants to pick up before losing the chance to grab him in the free-for-all College Free Agent market.

Mile High Monday: Broncos Address Needs in Draft - Predominantly Orange
If you count the free agent acquisition of ex-Charger Shaun Phillips, the Denver Broncos brought in 8 players during the draft plus another 15 as undrafted free agents.

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Evaluating the Draft |
With the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, early grades are in from media outlets across the country.

For Denver Broncos, Why Montee Ball over Eddie Lacy? Here's Why - Predominantly Orange
The 2013 NFl draft is finished and we as Bronco fans have ourselves a few shiny new toys to play with this offseason. I personally was keeping a close eye on what we did at the running back position through this draft.

The Ultimate Teammate™ has no team - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Over the weekend, and prior to the completion of the draft, New Jersey put out word that the UT™ had dropped fifteen pounds, gotten faster, improved his throwing motion, and won over members of the organization.

Draft 2013: Os novos jogadores do Broncos "
O frenesi do Draft 2013 da NFL acabou e o Denver Broncos escolheu seus novos jogadores vindos do college. O grande evento teve o primeiro round na última quinta feira dia 25, os segundo e terceiro rounds na sexta feira dia 26 e os rounds restantes no sábado dia 27.

Montee Ball escolhido na segunda rodada do draft 2013 "
No dia 26 de Abril o Broncos utilizou a pick #58 e selecionou o running back Montee Ball da universidade de Wisconsin.

2013 NFL Draft Grades: Denver Broncos - Fanspeak's NFL Draft Blog
The Broncos addressed needs, but didn't hit any home runs with this draft class. Third round pick Kayvon Webster was a huge reach, and will likely never reach the level of a 3rd round pick. The Broncos also failed to address the need at middle linebacker, something that plagued them last season when Joe Mays went down with injury. Denver likely won't get much value from this class this year as they try to make a Super Bowl run.

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Jets' release of Tim Tebow could be blessing in disguise if QB is willing to take stock - Yahoo! Sports
A little more than three years after being a first-round draft pick and a sprinkling of highlights later, Tim Tebow's NFL career is at a crossroads.

Finding an A+ for everyone -
Every NFL teams loves the draft class they just put together. But we all know there is going to be just as many bad draft classes as good ones. But is it possible for every team to have at least one A+ pick? It sure is. Here's a look at the best picks made by each team in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney lead the way -
After the unquestionable top-two players, how will next April's NFL Draft fall?

Batch thinks Steelers might groom Jones to replace Roethlisberger | ProFootballTalk
With the arrival of quarterback Bruce Gradkowski via free agency and quarterback Landry Jones via the fourth round of the 2013 draft, it's highly unlikely that Charlie Batch's 11-year run with the team will continue. So Batch can speak his mind.

Jaguars have high hopes for Denard Robinson as RB, returner | ProFootballTalk
At Michigan, Denard Robinson became the all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback in the history of major college football. As a fifth-round draft pick in Jacksonville, the Jaguars have big plans for the way to use Robinson's talent for making plays with the ball in his hands.

Dolphins: Mike Wallace’s remarks "do not reflect the views" of the organization | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins issued a statement Monday responding to remarks posted by wide receiver Mike Wallace on Twitter, with the club saying it "(believes) in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization.

Mathieu should refuse deal that contains no guaranteed money | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals have a special plan for the player they selected in round three of the draft, apart from moving him to free safety. As Peter King of SI.

Mayhew on adding Tebow: "Never say never" | ProFootballTalk
As teams line up to say they're not interested in quarterback Tim Tebow, Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew left the door open a crack. In an interview with 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, Mayhew didn't completely rule out pursuing Tebow."I feel good about our quarterbacks right now," Mayhew said.

Ravens among nine teams starting rookie minicamps Friday | ProFootballTalk
The NFL's version of freshman orientation commences Friday for nine clubs, each of whom will have its rookies in for minicamp practices at its facilities.

Draft review: Pittsburgh Steelers | ProFootballTalk
The Steelers plunged to 8-8 in 2012. Some think they'll be worse in 2013. Here's a look at the quality of a draft class aimed at helping them get better. What they needed: Running back, receiver, linebacker, quarterback, cornerback, tight end, offensive line.

Raiders add 14 undrafted free agents | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders have supplemented their draft class with 14 undrafted free agents. And here's the part where we list them all by name, position, and school.

Draft review: St. Louis Rams | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The St. Louis Rams. What they needed: Running back, wide receiver, safety, guard. Who they got: Round 1: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virgina; Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia Round 3: T.

Draft review: Arizona Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Arizona Cardinals. What they needed: Offensive line, defensive line, running back, wide receiver, cornerback, tight end Who they got: Round 1: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Caro...

Draft review: Green Bay Packers | ProFootballTalk
The Packers have been stuck in a rut of division-round losses for the past two years. Here's a look at how well they used the draft to improve a team that, beyond a high-end passing game, doesn't really have much to brag about.

Testaverde disappointed Tebow didn’t get a chance | ProFootballTalk
While just-released quarterback Tim Tebow hasn’t had much support today, at least one former Jet is disappointed he didn’t get a chance to stay. Former quarterback Vinny Testaverde had worked with Tebow recently in Florida, and he said he saw significant mechanical improvement.

Nate Montana will try out for 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Duron Carter won't be the only son of a Pro Football Hall of Famer trying out for a spot his dad's old team in the coming weeks. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that quarterback Nate Montana will try out for the 49ers at their rookie minicamp May 10-12 in hopes of earning a roster spot...

Draft review: New York Giants | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The New York Giants. What they needed: Defensive end, cornerback, linebacker, offensive line, running back.

Draft review: Atlanta Falcons | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Atlanta Falcons. What they needed: Defensive end, cornerback, linebacker, offensive tackle, guard.

Draft review: New England Patriots | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The New England Patriots. What they needed: Wide receiver, defensive line, cornerback, safety.

Draft review: Houston Texans | ProFootballTalk
After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Houston Texans. What they needed: Wide receiver, outside linebacker, guard, nose tackle, tight end. Who they got: Round 1: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson Round 2: D.J.

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