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Well, it's finally over. What was the get?

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Thoughts and Musings

  • Mock Draft people get pissed off when NFL teams do not adhere to their projections and grades.  They get even more pissed off when a single team takes a lot of players that became popular picks in the Mock Community (49ers). 
  • The coverage itself is a bit fast paced on day 3.  I would like it better if the NFL were to break things down into four days.  1st Round Day 1 (10 Minutes).  2nd and 3rd Round Day 2 (10 Minutes).  4th and 5th Round Day 3 (7 Minutes). 6th and 7th Round day 4 (5 Minutes). 
  • Going back to Mock Drafts and Armchair GM's.  It's fun.  We all get to put on our hats and with minimal effort play make believe.  I also found that it leads me to covet players other teams end up drafting.  Last year I wanted LeVeon Bell (Pittsburgh) and Sio Moore (Raiders).  This year I wanted Ryan Shazier (Pittsburgh), Marqueston Huff (Tennessee) and Jonathan Dowling (Raiders). 
  • Personally, after doing this for a couple of years now, I think mocks while educating folks about players and prospects it has a far more negative effect.  People tend to view the teams draft picks through a biased lens and when a team like the Broncos doesn't take a guy like Jordan Tripp who they coveted, a guy like Lamin Barrow is now some 2nd rate knock off.  Truth is we don't know.
  • In my mocks and pre draft write ups, I ended up getting a lot of things right.  I said the Broncos could grab a QB and 4th RB as UDFA, which they did.  In my last mock I double dipped at LB and OL, which the Broncos did.  I was one of the few that identified WR as a need and even targeted Cody Latimer in a couple of my early mocks.  In my opinion, knowing your team well enough to get some broadstrokes right is probably a better way to go about things than falling in love with a player or two.
  • Elway lies, not pre-draft mind you when he said they were fine with Nate, but about the prospect.  I swear I heard the same story about 2-3 different prospects---> "We were sweating it out until the guy dropped to us."  Sorry Mr. Elway, I don't buy it that you guys magically went through half your draft with the perfect player falling to you. 
  • There is going to be competition up and down the roster.  I will write an in-depth piece to go live later on. 

Meet the 2014 Denver Broncos Draft Class

Round 1, CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Broncos' Bradley Roby got the right direction from his mother - The Denver Post
Betty Roby, then recently divorced, was happy living in Mississippi, but her company lost the contract she worked on and she had to scramble. She landed a job in the Atlanta area and scouted out school systems for her 5-year-old son, Bradley.

Bradley Roby must show he's worth first-round pick - The Denver Post
Every last pick is in, the NFL draft is finished, and thousands of pages of scouting reports can be filed in bottom drawers until another day.

Round 2, WR Cody Latimer, University of Indiana

Latimer on Manning: 'I Want to Know What He Knows'
New Broncos receiver Cody Latimer said he's excited to learn from Peyton Manning.

Round 3, G/OT Michael Schofield, Michigan

Schofield Takes Interesting Route to Denver
Third-round pick Michael Schofield’s flight ended up being diverted to Colorado Springs before he finally arrived in the Mile High City.

Round 5, LB Lamin Barrow, LSU

Paige: "Barrow Man" good for long haul in Denver - The Denver Post
In the fifth round Saturday afternoon, the Broncos appropriately drafted a linebacker. The Barrow Man.

What Barrow Brings to Broncos
Independent analyst Andrew Mason evaluates what LB Lamin Barrow will bring to the Broncos.

Denver Broncos Draft LB Barrow in Fifth Round
The Broncos selected LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Barrow's Leadership, Mentality Key for Broncos
Broncos' fifth-round pick Lamin Barrow grew as a leader in his final season at LSU and plans to bring the same qualities to Denver.

Round 6, C Matt Paradis, Boise State

Denver Broncos Draft OL Paradis in Sixth Round
At pick No. 207 overall, the Broncos selected Boise State offensive lineman Matt Paradis.

What Paradis Brings to Broncos
Independent analyst Andrew Mason gives his take on what drafting Matt Paradis means for the Broncos.

Paradis' Unlikely Journey to the NFL
Matt Paradis went from a small-town walk-on at Boise State to the shining lights of the NFL, being selected by Denver in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Fox on Paradis Pick
Head Coach John Fox on why the Broncos drafted center Matt Paradis with 207th overall pick.

Round 7, LB Corey Nelson, Oklahoma

Denver Broncos Close Draft with LB Nelson in Seventh Round
In the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson.

Nelson 100 Percent Healthy, 'Happy to be Chosen'
The Broncos' final pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson, talked about his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle and the excitement of getting drafted.

Elway on Nelson, End of Draft
John Elway talks about seventh round pick Corey Nelson, wrapping up the draft and working the phones for college free agents.

Horse Tracks

Elway, Fox Recap 2014 Draft
John Elway and John Fox recap the 2014 NFL Draft.

Video: Denver Broncos 2014 NFL draft analysis by Troy Renck
Denver Broncos beat writer Troy Renck's analysis of the 2014 NFL draft and the Denver Broncos selections.

'We Were Thrilled with the Way It Fell'
EVP of Football Ops/GM John Elway and Head Coach John Fox discussed the Broncos' 2014 NFL Draft class Saturday evening.

Broncos TV Draft Wrap
An inside look at two player visits and three more picks during a very busy last day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

2014 NFL Draft: Quick-snap grades for all 32 teams -
The 2014 NFL Draft wrapped up as all 32 teams solidified their future and possibly laid the groundwork for a few Super Bowls. How did your team do? Check out our quick-snap draft grades.

2014 NFL Draft: Wrapping up Raiders day three - Silver And Black Pride
The Raiders entered the day with five selections - two in the fourth and three in the seventh. And what a strangely unexpected day it was. Here is a rundown of those picks: Must Reads ...

Raiders undrafted free agent tracker - Silver And Black Pride
The draft is over so now it's time for undrafted free agent watch. The reports will be flying fast and furious as teams look to add the players who they had their eye on but who fell out of the...

NFL Undrafted Free Agents Open Thread - Bolts From The Blue
Come discuss the rookies that went undrafted as they sign with NFL teams.

NFL Draft results: WR Tevin Reese to the San Diego Chargers with pick No. 240 - Bolts From The Blue
With their pick in the 7th round, the San Diego Chargers select Tevin Reese out of Baylor.

NFL Draft results: RB Marion Grice to the San Diego Chargers with No. 201 pick - Bolts From The Blue
With their pick in the 6th round, the San Diego Chargers add running back Marion Grice out of Arizona State

Is Jeremiah Attaochu a potential replacement for Melvin Ingram? - Bolts From The Blue
Could San Diego be impatient with Melvin Ingram's progress in the "Jack" role? Jerome Watson takes a look at what Attaochu could bring to San Diego's 3-4 defense.

Tracking the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs undrafted free agent signings - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs will be signing making their 2014 undrafted free agent signings. We are tracking them all here. Follow along!

2014 NFL Draft results: Meet the KC Chiefs draft picks - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs 2014 NFL Draft is now over. The KC Chiefs drafted six players with their six 2014 NFL Draft picks. Meet the new players here.

Day Three AFC West Roundup
A quick look at what Denver's AFC West opponents did during the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Buccaneers, Raiders get high early draft grades -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added offensive punch to a pugnacious defense with Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Which other teams scored good early grades for their 2014 draft haul?

Tajh Boyd drafted 213th overall by New York Jets -
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round (213th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Gang Green's depth chart includes incumbent starter Geno Smith and Michael Vick.

New York Jets draft Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans -
The New York Jets selected Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders with the No. 104 overall pick to complete the Darrelle Revis trade. They later took UCLA receiver Shaq Evans 114th overall.

Best and most worrisome picks in 2014 NFL Draft -
The clock's run out on the 2014 NFL Draft, and not every team has reason to celebrate. Elliot Harrison highlights the picks -- both good and bad -- you need to know, including Day 2 steal Marqise Lee.

Undrafted free-agent deals for all 32 NFL teams -
The Seahawks didn't waste any time in signing undrafted Washington quarterback Keith Price. As teams scramble to sign the best of the undrafted, find who your favorite team has nabbed.

Tom Savage drafted by Houston Texans at No. 135 -
The Houston Texans finally got their quarterback, selecting Pitt's Tom Savage in the fourth round (135th pick overall) of the draft. Does this signal the end of the Ryan Mallett rumors?

Lonnie Ballentine is 2014 NFL Draft's Mr. Irrelevant -
With the 256th and final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Lonnie Ballentine. The draft standing makes Ballentine professional football's new Mr. Irrelevant.

SEC stars Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron drafted back-to-back -
Georgia's Aaron Murray and Alabama's AJ McCarron were taken on back-to-back picks in the fifth round, by Kansas City and Cincinnati, respectively.

AJ McCarron drafted by Cincinnati Bengals at No. 164 -
Quarterback AJ McCarron was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (164th overall pick). A consistent winner in Alabama, the draft drop surely stings for the signal-caller.