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Horse Tracks: Draft Week Finally Here

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Come Thursday all the speculation and talk will finally be rendered meaningless. The mock drafts will dissipate into oblivion, and we will have our final answer as to how this team will be constructed in 2014.


Some of my pre-draft thoughts

  • The Broncos could very well lose out on the few starting caliber MLB's that would immediately plug the only glaring whole left on defense.  Both Shazier and Mosley could go well before #31, and the Broncos would be left with looking toward only a couple of viable options in the middle rounds. 
  • While this draft is LB lite, it is very DB heavy, and while some see a thin safety class, I see a lot of tweeners later on with the ballhawking skillset to play centerfield. 
  • When I think about drafting offensive line, I ask myself two questions.  1) Will this player be able to unseat Manny Ramirez, 2) Will this player be able to start from day 1 at RT.  I do not have a definitive yes to either of those questions which is why I can accept it if the Broncos decide to forgo any more help along the offensive line.
  • With a team so deep already amongst the starters and really up and down the roster, I would not mind packaging a couple of picks to move up in the 1st to snag someone that will make an impact in 2014.  The way I see it, we may get one starter and one valuable role player for next year and the rest will be relegated to developmental duty.
  • If the Broncos are going to double dip at any position, it might as well be defensive back/safety.  We have three starters coming back from injury, two of which will be UFA in 2015.  The Broncos are one of the few teams equipped to stock up for the future. 
  • I personally don't care if John Elway drafts another QB.  Have at it Duke!
  • The Broncos will draft a WR at some point, get over it.

Mock of the Day


In round 7 Broncos take a chance on Tim Lynch's long lost brother Aaron Lynch, and  I'm 99% certain that if this pick occurred here in the draft that most of Lynch family would collectively wet themselves into a euphoria (hyphen) induced coma after which the rest of the draft would be rendered meaningless.  Can you say #joygasm Timmy?

All joking aside, I'm happy about the first three rounds and happy that the next four guys have an opportunity to work themselves into a roster spot.  I'm seeing Mosley fall in quite a bit of the mocks out there, and I have to remember that old adage of "beware of Alabama defenders".

Horse Tracks

Peyton Manning pays respect to retiring Derek Jeter -
Peyton Manning is on the back nine of his career. On Sunday, the Denver Broncos quarterback visited a friend whose retirement is imminent: Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

NFL Draft 2014: Scouting Broncos Prospect, WR Allen Robinson - Predominantly Orange - A Denver Broncos Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Nov 2, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) prior to the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at

Klis: Trading up still possible in deep draft - The Denver Post
If quarterbacks Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Blake Bortles of Central Florida are among the first eight selections in the NFL draft Thursday, other projected top-10 picks at non-QB positions will get pushed down the board.

Kiszla: Denver's D would be dominant with Alabama's C.J. Mosley - The Denver Post
The player the Broncos need in the NFL draft? It's a no-brainer: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Room with view of NFL draft awaiting Denver Broncos brass - The Denver Post
Johnny Manziel will be in the Broncos' draft room Thursday. John Elway and John Fox will be in there too. They will be sitting in chairs at a large conference table. The third John, more universally known as Johnny Football, will have his name listed on the Broncos' draft board, presumably near the top.

2014 NFL Draft: Johnny Manziel Top 5? Khalil Mack No. 1? More rumors | The MMQB with Peter King
My meandering T-minus-three-days draftapalooza column (attaway to sell the column, King!) includes an eye-opener from Mike Mayock, predictions from the cognoscenti, separating fiction from fiction [cq] on Johnny Manziel, a rundown of places I think I think I know something about, a way to make a fou...

Curious lack of extensions for 2011 first-round picks | ProFootballTalk
Of the 32 first-round draft picks from 2011, 21 have had their fifth-year options exercised.  But none have received new contracts. None.  As it not a single one.

Before the 2011 draft, 49ers saw Aldon Smith as a high-character guy | ProFootballTalk
All the talk about players with checkered pasts and character red flags heading into the draft ignores something important: Players who turn out to be off-field troublemakers in the NFL aren't always the players who were viewed as character concerns heading into the draft.

Derek Carr says teams tell him they’d like to pick him in the 20s | ProFootballTalk
Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr says teams are telling him they'd like to draft him somewhere with a pick in the 20s on Thursday night. One team with a pick in the 20s in this year's draft, Cleveland at No. 26, is reportedly interested in Carr.

Phil Emery not into drafting late-round quarterbacks -
Jordan Palmer is the Chicago Bears' backup quarterback, and general manager Phil Emery doesn't sound like a man ready to draft a late-round signal-caller to compete for the job behind Jay Cutler.

Report: Raiders not considering Manziel or Bortles with fifth pick -
Who are the Raiders considering with their No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft? According to a report, neither Johnny Manziel nor Blake Bortles.

Mock Draft 6.0: Four-round 2014 NFL Draft projection -
This mock sucks more than the one Scotty did the other day :P