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Horse Tracks: Avoid the Denver Broncos draft noise

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Draft grades are like mock drafts. They’re usually wrong.

SiriusXM At The 2017 NFL Draft Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for SiriusXM

I’ve asked the MHR staff, other Broncos bloggers, my parents, and my friends how they felt about the Denver Broncos draft. Most of them has responded with reserved, yet blind optimism. Okay, Chris Hart may have been a little furious over the Bolles pick, but for the most part, everyone is hoping for the best.

Personally, I feel the same way. We had needs and there were attempts to address them. Sure, the Broncos still need a little help at running back (especially with the departure of Kapri Bibbs via trade to the 49ers), but I’m sure Mr. Elway will make something happen before the start of training camp.

Simply put, you can’t get too worked up over these guys before it’s even May. They have yet to put a Broncos jersey on and likely have no idea where the bathrooms are in the facility.

Draft grades are fun to read, but they’re all garbage once the cleats start carving up the field. Of the eight players drafted, how many need to be starters or on the team in three years to consider the 2017 draft a ‘win?’ Half? No need to start chewing up our fingernails with worry now.

HORSE TRACKS

Broncos' search for speed yields haul of explosive offensive players
Carlos Henderson, Isaiah McKenzie and De'Angelo Henderson are inside threats who can create mismatches against linebackers and slot cornerbacks.

Broncos add a bunch of tough guys in the draft
The Denver Broncos continued to add venom to their offense and more nastiness to their defense in the draft

Broncos' GM John Elway held his breath hoping to draft Michigan's Jake Butt | MLive.com
Former Michigan tight end Jake Butt was picked by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

Garett Bolles Says He'll Keep Driving Honda Minivan In NFL | TMZ.com
Garett Bolles is taking a page out of Kendrick Lamar's book and keepin' humble despite a huge NFL contract waiting for him

Denver Broncos adding 13 college free agents - Boulder Daily Camera
ENGLEWOOD — Every year it's a flurry to find the next C.J. Anderson or the next Chris Harris. There's no exact science to finding the ideal priority free agents, but the Denver Broncos have had a lot of success in recent years, getting players such as Anderson and Harris.

Former UNC quarterback Kyle Sloter signs with Denver Broncos as undrafted free agent | GreeleyTribune.com
Kyle Sloter has been here before, in a muddled quarterback depth chart and a battle for playing time. The former University of Northern Colorado gunslinger signed with the Denver

Many Former Season Ticket Holders Denied Reinstatement By Broncos « CBS Denver
With the NFL Draft complete, the Denver Broncos ticket office has responded to appeals issued by former season ticket holders.

Ron Rivera: Kelvin Benjamin 'a little heavy' again - NFL.com
Kelvin Benjamin's size is part of what makes him an excellent receiver for the Panthers. But the big-bodied wideout is again a little too big at this point in the offseason, coach Ron Rivera said.

Buffalo Bills fire general manager Doug Whaley - NFL.com
The Buffalo Bills have parted ways with general manager Doug Whaley after four seasons, the team announced Sunday. The decision comes hours after the 2017 NFL Draft.

Colts sign Ken Griffey Jr.'s son as an undrafted free agent | FOX Sports
Trey Griffey played at Arizona.

Former Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans issues warning after going undrafted | FOX Sports
Evans didn't hide his displeasure.

2017 NFL draft -- Cleveland Browns draft Caleb Brantley, may release him
Caleb Brantley, the ex-Florida DT facing a simple battery charge, was drafted by the Browns in the sixth round Saturday but then was told the team may release him.

Here's what NFL execs are saying about the Bears draft -- and it's not good - CBSSports.com
As one exec put it, 'We don't know what the hell they were doing'

NFL teams have revised the draft trade chart | ProFootballTalk
When Jimmy Johnson took over the Cowboys, he developed a draft trade chart that revolutionized the way draft-day trades worked in the NFL. Johnson had such success with trades involving draft picks that other teams quickly copied the Cowboys' chart, and soon every team was using it.

Browns got nine players for Carson Wentz, and they’re not done yet | ProFootballTalk
The haul of players the Browns have acquired with picks they got from Philadelphia in last year's Carson Wentz trade is extraordinary, and it hasn't even ended yet.

Colts cleaning house in college scouting department | ProFootballTalk
With the draft over, Colts G.M. Chris Ballard is telling some of his college scouts their services will no longer be needed. Colts director of college scouting T.J. McCreight and others in the scouting department have been fired, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Former Colts G.M.