First set of combine workouts are in the books
Tight ends, offensive line, and special teams all worked out on Saturday, with many noting how impressive OL candidates have become over the past decade. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said the top OTs "put on a show" while Jadeveon Clowney has potential to be the top player in the league despite his "red flags."
More combine recaps: Check out SBN's Google Hangout... Wait for the GIFs and videos to load then enjoy SB Nation's take on the size of the NFL combine... Mocking the Draft talks about Michael Sam's day and Khalil Mack's motivation. Speaking of Sam...
Michael Sam steals Saturday's media show
Michael Sam, a defensive end out of Missouri, has an interesting story that will dominate the media. But just as Mile High Report suggested Friday, it's time to stop talking about Sam's sexual orientation. It's time to move on, and talk football. Sam couldn't agree more.
"I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player, instead of Michael Sam the gay football player," Sam said to a swarm of media, the largest such contingent of the day.
Unfortunately, that won't be a reality - not completely. We all know every media interview and every story surrounding Michael Sam will at least touch upon his being the first NFL prospect to come out as gay. That's the path the first openly gay NFL player was destined to take. That being said, I find his approach perfect. I think this story will die down, as it should, especially since Sam is not exploiting it.
As Outsports wrote: "If Michael Sam handles blockers the way he handled the media at the NFL Combine today in Indianapolis, he has a bright playing future ahead of him."
How combine drills translate to the field
Ever wonder how a three-cone drill or short shuttle translate to the NFL field? Danny Kelly sits down in the film room to explain.
Broncos are meeting with prospects
Players that have reportedly talked to the Broncos at the combine already: CSU RB Kapri Bibbs, Montana LB Jordan Tripp, Pitt WR Devin Street, Kentucky LB Avery Williamson. Williamson compares to Denver's own Danny Trevathan.
The Broncos will let everyone test free agency
It's time to stop making news items out of, "The Broncos will let [Player Name] test the free agent waters." John Elway said that the Broncos are prepared to allow every potential Broncos UFA to set their market in free agency, especially with next year in mind.
"I think they have to hit the market. And the market sets those (terms)," Elway said. "So, especially when you look at where we are and what we have coming up -- Julius and (Demaryius), both Thomases are up next year. And Wes (Welker) is, too. All that plays into it."
While we've talked about Eric Decker to death, another player ready to hit free agency is Zane Beadles. According to one report, the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars have each reported interest in Denver's free agent Pro Bowl guard (H/T IAOFM).
What does Champ want?
We spent 3,000 words debating what the Broncos should do with Champ Bailey. Should he move to safety? Nickel corner? Where does he believe his market's at?
We didn't have a chance to talk with Champ (not that we haven't before), but John Elway will.
"We're still in the process of talking about that and seeing what we're going to do there," Elway said. "I'm going to sit down with Champ, first of all, and find out what he wants to do, and go from there."