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Day 3 of the NFL scouting combine saw action from the defensive line....and for two of the most prominent names in the draft the experience likely propelled each prospect in opposite directions.

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1. Jadeveon Clowney as fast as Colin Kaepernick/Russell Wilson

That's right folks.  A 266 lb. man managed to run a 40-time that rivals two of the most athletic quarterbacks in the game.  Clowney's time of 4.53 was the fastest time by a lineman since Dontay Moch ran a 4.44 in 2011.  Who is Dontay Mock you ask?  Good question. Wikipedia says he's a linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals so obviously he's done something right to remain in the league despite workout warrior status.  There are still many questions surrounding Clowney, but one thing is for certain, you can't hide your fear of him especially if you're Warren Sapp.



2. Michael Sam lucky to be drafted

Just a couple of weeks after announcing that he was gay, Michael Sam took on the Combine gauntlet and likely hurt his draft stock with a poor performance.  With a 40 time of 4.91, the tweener and pass-rush specialist failed to show the kind of explosion needed from a quarterback killer.  After that performance, I would be shocked to see the young man taken before the 6th/7th round if at all....and trust me folks, if that happens it has nothing to do with his sexual orientation.

3. John Elway QB prospect to watch

After Elway's telling critique of Johnny Manziel as a "great little player" and his taking of quarterbacks in back to back drafts, I figured I'd find the biggest and most athletically gifted quarterback likely to be there near the end of the draft.

Here is a highlight reel from a raw guy with tons of talent:

4. DeMarcus Ware on Broncos radar?

Since every rush DE is associated with Denver anyway, why not a guy that can become a cap casualty in Dallas?  Jerry Jones has hinted that one of the courses of action for the cap-strapped Cowboys would be to cut DeMarcus Ware.  If that were to happen, why not try to sign the pass rush phenom up for an opportunity to make a Super Bowl run?

5. Broncos to go undefeated in 2014

You heard it here folks....don't even bother playing it out.  Call the commissioner right now and inform him our Broncos are Super Bowl XLIX Champions;)

6. What the hell is a "poor man's" something or other?

I hate the draft.  I don't follow college football all that closely and I think all the hundreds of mock drafts that are about to come out wrongly condition a fan-base full of lemmings (such as me) to expect guys to go here and there.  Now that the draft is moved back to May, we will have 2 more months of endless speculation and hype building for various prospects.

What bothers me the most though is some of the lingo that comes from it.  For example "Such and such is a poor man's who's a who"

So am I supposed to feel bad that such and such isn't as good as who's a who?  Or am I supposed to feel good that prospect A reminds me of all-pro B?

How about we save the backhanded comparison and instead laud the skillset such and such.  I mean it's not as if you can show up and buy someone cash money.

Horse Tracks

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Klis: Fans in Cleveland deserve better - The Denver Post
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Paige: Tim Tebow could return to Denver to play in a new pro league - The Denver Post
A second coming of Tim Tebow in Denver? WWTD? The possibility of the Mile High Messiah returning to play quarterback for Denver is mind-boggling, but not as far-fetched as it may seem.

Jadeveon Clowney runs 4.53 40-yard dash -
Jadeveon Clowney ran an official 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine to lead all defensive linemen.

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