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Horse Tracks: It’s officially NFL Draft season

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With the East-West Shrine festivities underway and the Senior Bowl on the horizon it’s safe to say that NFL Draft season is officially here.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

The Denver Broncos have been busy over the past few weeks and will soon finalize their coaching staff for the upcoming season. Vic Fangio is set to lead the Broncos on the gridiron and will be joined by esteemed offensive line coach Mike Munchak and long-time assistants Brandon Staley and Ed Donatell to help revamp the team’s defense. It’s an exciting time for fans who should be very optimistic about the hires and the direction of the franchise moving forward.

In fact, hat might not even be the best part of the offseason — it’s likely just the tip of the iceberg. With the East-West Shrine festivities already underway and the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine on the horizon we can officially say it’s NFL Draft season. Team scouts have already been busy scouting and meeting with a handful of players at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida for the Shrine game that will take place this Saturday.

A few days later the scouts and Broncos’ brass will head to Mobile, Alabama for Senior Bowl week. Last year the franchise took advantage of the opportunity to coach the game and were able to get a unique view and experience with the players that undoubtedly had a positive impact on their draft class. This year’s Senior Bowl roster is once again loaded with talent especially at the quarterback position where the Broncos are rumored to be zoned in on Missouri quarterback Drew Lock.

If Lock has a great Senior Bowl week and follows it up with a strong performance at the NFL Combine (slated in late February and early March) — have no doubts that he will easily be the odds on favorite to be selected in the first-round at the tenth overall selection. The Broncos have nine picks in the upcoming draft and will need to have another great class in order to turn the fortunes of the franchise around.

April isn’t too far off but as we anxiously await one of the best times of the year let’s get excited and start discussing this year’s crop of prospects and who the Broncos should target. Expect a huge push of draft coverage from several staff members including our famous draft interest prospect tracker to be launched very soon. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.

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