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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/5/13

Okay, so no sarcasm font is allowed in titles and we all know Clady is a beast; however, non Bronco fans are also starting to take notice in the weekly left tackle clinic that Ryan Clady puts during the season. Franchise tag? Yes. Long term deal? Forthcoming...

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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Examining Clady's Set
I watched the Week 16 game between the Broncos and Browns figuring that between Joe Thomas and Ryan Clady, I would have plenty of plays to choose from. It didn’t take long for me to find a play with Clady putting on a pass-blocking clinic.

Are certain NFL teams more inclined to draft small college players than others? Do any NFL teams favor players from certain conferences? There is no way to answer these questions without being inside the draft room of every NFL team, but in this article DRAFTMETRICS reviews the data to see if there are any apparent tendencies.

Broncos preseason schedule announced; Rams, Cardinals to visit Denver - Denver Post
In what figures to be a rehearsal for a season with plenty of national exposure, the Broncos will have one coast-to-coast television appearance in the preseason this August.

Scouting the 2013 Draft: Offensive Tackles, Part 3 - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Let's continue our discussion of tackle prospects in the 2013 Draft. Here's our introduction to the topic as it relates to Denver, plus Part 1 and Part 2, if you need to catch up.

Desmond Trufant on track to follow his brothers into the NFL | Audibles -
Last year, Seferian-Jenkins — who is currently suspended from the Huskies following an offseason DUI arrest — was the proverbial matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. He caught 69 passes from his tight end position, scored seven times (including in six of Washington’s final eight games) and averaged 12.3 yards per reception.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Breaking Down Life After Elvis Dumervil for the Denver Broncos | Bleacher Report
After FaxGate led to Elvis Dumervil being released by the Denver Broncos, the Pro Bowl defensive end went on to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in March. With Dumervil gone, Denver must find a replacement at right defensive end.

Alvos do Draft 2013: Xavier Rhodes (CB) "
Seguindo a série dos nossos possíveis alvos no Draft 2013 da NFL, vamos analisar o perfil do cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Como é um dos melhores prospects da posição e deve ser escolhido no primeiro round, sem dúvidas está no radar do Denver Broncos.

AFC West Division News

San Diego Chargers 2013 Draft Prospects: Outside Linebackers - Bolts From The Blue
If the San Diego Chargers are looking to add a pass rusher to their team with one of their early draft picks, here are some guys they are looking at.

Four of the top 2013 NFL Draft prospects aren't scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs can have up to 30 pre-draft visits where an NFL Draft prospect would come to Kansas City to meet with team officials. Those visits aren't workouts -- the workouts are usually done on the team campuses -- they're just visits.

NFL News

Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin sit atop current NFL coach rankings -
John Harbaugh got the best of his younger brother in Super Bowl XLVII, but is Jim Harbaugh actually the superior coach? Adam Schein ranks the top nine head coaches in the NFL today.

NFL preseason schedule: Plenty of intriguing matchups -
The Seattle Seahawks' road show to Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers is just one of the many tasty preseason matchups. Check out the can't-miss games right here.

Report: Auburn changed grades and bribed players | National Football Post
According to a report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts, members of the football program had players' grades changed to make them eligible, offered them cash for numerous reasons, including to prospective NFL Draft picks in order for them to return for their senior seasons, and violated NCAA recruiting rules under then-head coach Gene Chizik.

Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson will be "a lot better" this year | ProFootballTalk
If you were impressed with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in his rookie year, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has some news: You ain’t seen nothing yet.

NFL closes investigation into Scouting Combine questions | ProFootballTalk
To little fanfare and no surprise, the NFL officially has closed the books on the investigation that was sparked by accounts of inappropriate questions being posed to incoming rookies (also known as "job applicants") at the Scouting Combine.

Report: NFL inching toward a Pro Bowl draft | ProFootballTalk
The NFL continues to weigh using a draft to spice up the 2014 Pro Bowl and discussed the implementation of such plans this week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Thursday.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: New England Patriots
As long as Tom Brady is on the field, the Patriots offense is dangerous. They can play any brand of football out of a multitude of different formations and personnel packages. They control the tempo and dictate the terms of engagement. Last season, for the first time in years, they had a genuinely threatening ground game.

J.J. Watt is looking forward to a fully healthy season, thinks he can be even better | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Bad news for quarterbacks, running backs, and offensive lines throughout the NFL: Houston Texans monster defensive lineman J.J. Watt, the consensus NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, wasn't fully healthy last season.

NFL Free Agency News

Worthy of redemption? | National Football Post
The sum of a successful NFL quarterback is comprised of two parts: The mental and the physical. A failure to possess the necessary characteristics that constitute each of these two integral subsets will result in exactly that…failure.

JaMarcus Russell Will Land On An NFL Roster in 2013 | Bleacher Report
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft has been busting his butt in the gym and on the practice field, and he will land on an NFL roster this summer.

2013 NFL Draft News

NFL draft questions: Will Ravens find next Ray Lewis? -
The Baltimore Ravens badly wanted to keep Dannell Ellerbe as the heir to Ray Lewis at inside linebacker. Will they now be forced to find Lewis' successor early in the 2013 NFL Draft?

2013 NFL Draft: Ziggy Ansah, Dion Jordan are top pass rushers -
Pass rushers take on two forms in today's NFL: traditional ends and 3-4 outside linebackers. Josh Norris picks the top players in each grouping and has LSU's Barkevious Mingo among the best.

Mel Kiper's latest mock draft has Eagles selecting Geno Smith -
Mel Kiper released his latest mock draft -- and believes the Philadelphia Eagles will select Geno Smith with the No. 4 overall pick.

NFL Draft 2013: Breaking down the 'Joker' tight ends -
Athletic, hybrid tight ends are carving out an important place in the modern NFL. Which players in the 2013 NFL Draft represent the next generation of jokers?

NFP TOP 200 - Version 10.0 | National Football Post
Now that the calendar has flipped to April, nearly all of the 32 NFL teams have begun or are about to begin their final draft meetings.

2013 NFL Draft: Washington Redskins Team Needs |
While the Washington Redskins made next to no moves to bolster their roster with new talent on the open market, the club did a rock-solid job retaining its players over the last three weeks in 2013 NFL Free Agency.

Draft Grader: Cleveland Browns |
This former sixth-rounder has developed quickly to one of the most significant players on the Browns’ defense. Whether they were in a 3-4 or 4-3 he’s always had a nose for the ball-carrier… even if you feel the Browns would be better served limited his snaps some.

2013 NFL Draft: Mock Draft 2.0 - NFL Mocks
28. Denver Broncos – Alec Ogletree LB, Georgia The Broncos released D.J. Williams this offseason and Keith Brooking is getting old at the MLB position. Ogletree is extremely talented and should go way before this if not for off the field trouble. He can play OLB or ILB for the Broncos. 2013 Backward NFL Mock Draft
Faxgate was a disaster. The Broncos were enjoying a great offseason until a clerical error forced them to cut Elvis Dumervil, who went on to sign with the Ravens. Denver is fully expected to address the defensive end position early in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ezekiel Ansah would look great rushing across from Von Miller.

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