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Horse Tracks: Draft week descends upon the Denver Broncos

The wait between the final Broncos game and the first pick of the draft always seems like a long one. However, with the Super Bowl win, there's just so much more responsibility for average Broncos fans. Sure, the usual scouring of a thousand mock drafts, most of which will be wrong, will still take place, but time for that will be limited. Limited for what? Buying Super Bowl swag, re-watching the game a few dozen times, trying to guess which players will be the storytellers when the America's Game for the 2015 season is released. Despite all that going on, ladies and gentlemen, we suddenly find ourselves in draft week. It's time to get excited about what the future holds for the Broncos in 2016.

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With the Rams and Eagles having already pulled the trigger on huge trades at the top of the draft, this draft has a different feel to it than past ones. I can't tell if it's panic of desperation that I've started to smell lately, but it certainly strong. There will undoubtedly be more moves within the first round and it will likely continue into the second.

Thankfully, everything I have heard and read suggests that the Broncos will stay back and take the best player available... unless they don't. With the quarterback feeding frenzy likely to unfold in the top half of the draft, it may be in the Broncos best interests to lay back and take what comes their way.

Then there's Colin Kaepernick. Talks are currently dormant, but as we all learned in the Javon Walker trade of 2006, things can happen quickly. If this is ever going to happen, it'll happen within the next week. The funny thing is that it's gone on so long that people already have feelings one way or the other about him joining. My advice is to reserve any judgement until it happens, or doesn't, just to save you the stomach acid you'll need as you watch the Broncos draft clock tick down to their selection, whomever that may be.

Will the Broncos move up? Move back? Trade for Kaepernick? Take a quarterback? Take the best player available that isn't a punter? Folks, we'll know all that this time next week. It's draft week. It's time to get excited.


Could the Broncos have eyes for the Pack's pick? Browns, Broncos Reportedly Interested in Packers' Pick | Total Packers

Trading up could be an option for the Broncos should quarterback Paxton Lynch fall within striking range. Denver Broncos Rumors: Paxton Lynch Could Require The Broncos To Trade Up In The Draft | Inquisitr

ESPN put together a mock draft and keenly disguised it as 'draft predictions' so as not to play into your mock draft fatigue you may be experiencing. NFL draft 2016 predictions for all 32 teams - NFL draft round 1

Former public relations guru Jim Saccomano takes a look at the high-mileage, cheap hotel, black coffee lifestyle of NFL scouts. Sundays with Sacco: A scout's life | Denver Broncos

Who wants some draft previews? Man, have you read enough of these things, yet? Here's one on the quarterbacks. Broncos draft preview: Quarterbacks | #9news #9sports

...and here's a draft preview for inside linebackers. Broncos road to the draft: Inside linebackers - The Denver Post

While on the subject of linebackers, here's some news on Myles Jack. It's funny how a player can go from top five to out of the top ten in so little time. Especially when it's all uneducated speculation to begin with. Bad knee could cause Myles Jack to drop out of the Top 10 | ProFootballTalk

Will it be Goff or Wentz to go first overall? Signs point strongly to Jared Goff as the first pick | ProFootballTalk

The Denver Broncos have a new squad of cheerleaders! Denver Broncos Cheerleaders final auditions pack full house | FOX31 Denver

The Denver Broncos website is taking a look at the best draft classes in team history. Here's a look at the 1973 draft. Broncos top 10 draft classes -- No. 5: 1973 | Denver Broncos

Did you see the photographs of the Broncos 1962 uniforms with the blue decal on them? The Broncos website posted them a couple of days ago. I thought they were so cool that I'm linking to them again today. Broncos history is awesome. Uncovering the rare 1962 Broncos' blue-logo helmets | Denver Broncos

This weeks Mason's Mailbag has more uniform talk. Check it out. Mason's Mailbag: Paxton Lynch, blue uniforms and more | Denver Broncos

Stop the presses! The Raiders may be able to actually sell all their season tickets this year! Granted, they tarped off the upper deck of their baseball stadium to make a sellout easier, but 50,000 fans is something special for them I am sure. Remember folks, the Broncos have sold out every game since 1973. #JustSayin Raiders close in on first ever season-ticket sellout | ProFootballTalk

Of course with that Raiders news, there's talk of them abandoning that fanbase and relocating to Las Vegas. I'm sure they'll do what's in the best interest of their (**cough cough**) winning tradition. Momentum keeps building toward possible Raiders move to Las Vegas | ProFootballTalk

One of the many things wrong with the San Diego Chargers was their lack of a running attack. Their GM noticed. That's why they pay him the big bucks. San Diego Chargers GM: Running game has to improve -

How about that Josh Norman? There's a ton out there on him this morning.

Eli Manning on Josh Norman/Odell Beckham: We can’t let it escalate | ProFootballTalk

LOOK: Von Miller's response to Josh Norman's big-time contract is telling | Mile High Sports

Josh Norman deal could cause some corners to clamor for more cash | ProFootballTalk

Breeland initially saw Norman as sign of disrespect -

Then there's the obligatory Johnny Manziel article. As usual, it's not good news for him. Johnny Manziel indicted by Dallas County grand jury on misdemeanor assault charge | ESPN

Tampa Bay has high hopes for this years draft... You know, like thirty-one other teams. Bucs GM confident team can draft better in '16 than '15 -

Bills star Thurman Thomas was a bad-ass when he played. It's sad to see that he may be suffering from CTE as a result of the poundings he inflicted back in the day. Former Buffalo Bills star Thurman Thomas says he has mood swings from concussions | ESPN