The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
This is a way to get Tebow involved in the running game.
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Ted's right. The two best remaining D-linemen in FA are Aubrayo Franklin and Cullen Jenkins.
It appears Eddie Royal (5) and Brandon Lloyd (8) are in the top 10!
"The Broncos have not had a chance to add defensive line depth since the draft and are continuing to explore multiple options they could act on once the lockout concludes. One daily team observer said that Denver is expected to add the best player or players available, and not necessarily a player with a long future with the team. "It's possible they go for a stop-gap player," according to the source."
John Mara is the president and chief executive officer of the New York Giants and a member of the NFL owners' negotiating team for collective bargaining with the players. This is a letter that he's written out of his frustration with the litigation process.
He always tells it like it is: "The guy you got, people ask me about Tebow, I would play Tebow," Ditka said. "That doesn’t make me right, but I would go to war with him because, as I said, you can’t coach character, and you can’t coach leadership, and he has those." ""Throw it underhand for all I care. The guys a winner," Ditka said." The article also dropped this little nugget, which I thought was interesting: "Ditka says he sides with the owners in the NFL power struggle." I'd like to hear his reasons.
Besides DeAngelo Williams and Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush, Ahmad Bradshaw, Cedric Benson, and Ronnie Brown could all be available once FA begins. Bush is under contract with the Saints, but they gave up a lot to get Mark Ingram in the draft, which could be a sign that they're looking to move on without Reggie's services. Could he be a better option for Denver than another 3rd down RB such as Sproles?
On Mario Williams:
"The reason to play Mario Williams at outside linebacker is he isn’t a defensive end in a 3-4. But he isn’t an outside linebacker either.
Williams is a 4-3 defensive end. Or at least he used to be. And still should be." Hmmmm, sounds familiar, does it not?
On the Broncos impact in 2011 because of their draft picks:
"Broncos—Seeing the Broncos were a bad team and have a new coach, opportunities should be plentiful for young guys. Out of nine draftees, it’s likely four or five can have some sort of impact at some point of the season. Von Miller should be a starter and a solid nickel pass rusher from the first game. Others who could contribute include safety Rahim Moore,
offensive tackle Orlando Franklin, safety Quinton Carter and defensive end Jeremy Beal."
New United Football League coach Jerry Glanville has said that the NFL’s loss from a lockout stands to be his young league’s gain. The college players who go undrafted at the end of the month will also be on the outside looking in at the action. While teams typically sign about a dozen undrafted free agents after the draft every year, that will not be permitted in the lockout. And that will create an opening for the United Football League in the estimation of one former veteran NFL coach. Jerry Glanville, who was recently hired as the general manager and coach of the Hartford Colonials, sees the opportunity. He told Vic Carucci of NFL.com that 11 percent of the starters in the NFL last season were undrafted, meaning the UFL might be able to pick through some talented players. Ultimately, young players need to get game film somewhere, be it in the NFL or UFL.
Well, at least the 2nd day of the draft won't be boring. "Instead of hearing Commissioner Roger Goodell or a deputy of his announce each pick in some monotone voice, now we can hear Sharpe, who is known for having interesting words come out of his mouth. And with picks No. 36 and No. 46, we're sure to hear something memorable."
It's down to Hillis and Vick now. Personally, I hope Vick wins, even though he doesn't deserve to. Let Philly get the curse, since the Browns aren't going anywhere next season.
This underrated player could become a great Mike after playing Special Teams for a few years. He needs time to get his leg strength back, and with only about a 3% chance of the cancer returning, he could be a great investment for any team looking for leadership in the linebacking corp. Some quotes from the article: "The struggles in space were a concern during Senior Week, but he’s still coming back from the effects of both the disease and its treatment. In reality, the rate of recurrence is only 3%, so it’s very likely that he’ll be fine. He tackles well in the open field, and was a top coverage LB prior to the cancer. He says that he has no doubts that he’ll be one again. By the way - his timed 40 during his freshman year was 4.65. As his legs get stronger, he’ll get much closer to that mark." "To his naysayers who feel that he’ll never get back his lateral movement and his speed, I’d suggest that you never want bet against him. He’s lain in bed, thinking about the reality of human mortality, and come through the fires of that experience hardened and mentally stronger than ever. It won’t take that long for his body to catch up. Someone is going to pull the trigger on him in a couple of weeks. If I were a betting man, I’d lay good odds that he’s going to outplay his draft position. In a few years, I’d expect him to be a solid-to-top starter, and I’d love to watch him on special teams during that time. Whatever the team asks of him, he’s already faced bigger challenges. The phrase is often overused, but this guy is special."
Some names thrown around include Mikel Leshoure, Drake Nevis, Mason Foster, and Rashad Carmichael.
Running back DeAngelo Williams told a Miami radio station Saturday that his decision to remain with Carolina or seek a new NFL home could hinge on what direction the Panthers take at quarterback. "It's kind of ironic that I'm here in Miami, because I've heard rumors that I may be at the top of their board this year," Williams said. "I love it here. ... This is a place that I'd love to live. "I hope I'm at the top of their list and that they come after me and make a conscious effort to come after me, because it shows that they want me," he said. To say "scratch Denver off the list" may be premature, but where a player wants to be can play a large role in where he ends up. I would've thought he'd have some allegiance to John Fox and at least mention Denver, but that may not be the case.
Since 2001, the Broncos have spent 34.2% of their total draft picks on quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. If you’re counting along at home, that’s only five fewer players than the team has taken from the entire defensive side of the football! Take note that Denver has selected more centers (7) and guards (5) than they have linebackers (3). With an overemphasis on skill players, it is no wonder the Denver Broncos have been an utter embarrassment in the trenches for more than 6 years. Could 2011 be the year that the trend comes to a halt?
Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, a potential top-five pick and a plaintiff in an antitrust lawsuit against the league, said Thursday he will attend the NFL draft in New York. Miller is the fifth player to announce his intentions to attend the draft, joining Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.
This is what all the girls have been waiting for - Tim Tebow's Jockey commerical.
Rob Rang throws Nate Solder, Mike Pouncey, Da'Quan Bowers, Nick Fairley, Martez Wilson, Blaine Gabbert, Prince Amukamara, and Kyle Rudolph in his overrated bucket. Meanwhile, he believes that Graig Cooper, Rob Housler, Jalil Brown, Quan Sturdivant, Mason Foster, and Jabaal Sheard are underrated players.
If it weren't for Patrick Peterson, who is being billed as the best CB prospect in many years, the Broncos would go DT here. Marcell Dareus would be the likely pick if they did go DT because he's a great prospect with low-risk (unlike Nick Fairley, who is also a great prospect but with more risk). Given the Perrish Cox issues, the Broncos are unlikely to go with any high-risk prospects. Still, Patrick Peterson is a sort of Ndamukong Suh talent, those once-in-every-5-to-10-years prospects. The fact that he's also a really good returner means he could contribute immediately in multiple ways. The Broncos weren't a terrible return team, but they could stand improvement and Peterson would do that. Peterson would also be able to learn from Champ Bailey and eventually allow Champ to move to FS to make sure the Broncos get the most out of the new contract they just gave him. Finally, as noted above, this is a really deep draft for DTs. They could find some solid values in rounds 2-4 to address the position. Also, they're likely going to have to look to existing players to address that need (Amobi Okoye trade, anyone?). That's why we have the Broncos taking Patrick Peterson with the #2 pick of the draft.
Former Denver Broncos star Karl Mecklenburg is confident that John Elway can match his Hall of Fame playing career with success as a football executive. "John is an excellent leader. He understands the game, and he's also had a lot of success in business," Mecklenburg said Friday in Billings. He said he has confidence in new Broncos coach John Fox, assuming that the NFL labor dispute is solved between now and September. "He has shown before that he can turn a team around," Mecklenburg said of the former Carolina Panthers coach. Mecklenburg also believes the Broncos will select a defensive lineman with the second pick in the April draft. "The writing was on the wall when they released two of their starters," he said. He also believes that quarterback Tim Tebow, a first-round draft pick last year, has the potential to be a star. "He has a lot of great leadership qualities," he said.
"The Minnesota Vikings own the 12th pick in the NFL draft and to be in position to select Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the thinking is they will have to trade up several spots. As the National Football Post reported Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers will put Gabbert through a private workout this weekend with coach Ron Rivera, general manager Marty Hurney and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski expected to attend. The Panthers hold the top pick in the draft and Gabbert is being discussed as a potential No. 1 selection."
"The biggest thing is if we’ll play with a passion and we’ll play with a violence about ourselves, then that’s to me; this game is a lot more than just Xs and Os. It’s more about how you play the game and your mental attitude more so than it is the Xs and Os that are involved in it." Allen said there is plenty of talent on the Broncos and they just need to find out how to get the best out or each player. He envisions a Broncos defense that will play with passion — a defense that will exert its will against opposing offenses.
There has been some buzz among NFL fans recently, suggesting that there be a player for player swap between Denver and Houston - Elvis Dumervil for Mario Williams. Most Denver fans are against it, of course. But out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on this?
On Patrick Peterson he said: "He’s got a little stiffness to him, but ultimately he might be best served as a safety. I think he can play corner, but down the road a little bit, because he’s a big, strong tough guy that can run, I think he might be an all pro safety. So Patrick Peterson is certainly a guy that could be considered in the top 10. But I think it has to fit the type of team. Somebody that’s going to let him get up, press, be physical at the line of scrimmage. That’s where he’ll be the best player he can be." On the uncertainty surrounding free agency, he said: "So the best thing you can do is take a step back and say we’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to draft the best football players that fit our scheme because we can’t worry about things we can’t control right now." And on whether the Broncos should pick Nick Fairley or Da’Quan Bowers at #2: "I mean, you just mentioned two incredibly talented guys that each have boom or bust potential. And Da’Quan Bowers is a one‑year wonder. As far as Nick Fairley is concerned, I would also throw in Marcell Dareus’s name. I think Nick Fairley might have a tiny bit more upside than Dareus, but I think Dareus has a higher floor. You kind of know what you’re getting with Dareus."
"When a defensive team sets the edge well, they make it seem hopeless for an offense to even run to that side. In my opinion, there’s a lot of value in that - arguably more than a CB who "takes away half the field." I am not saying that rushing the passer is unimportant. It is very important, but it has to be seen in the overall context of the game. The objective for a defense is to prevent the opposing offense from scoring points. Sacks help do that, but since they’re fairly rare events, they have less impact than they’re given credit for. This is where I run into problems with draftnik-types. They always want to trade up, and trade down, and stockpile picks, and worry about reaches and sleepers, and whether or not you should take a front-seven guy who isn’t a major pass rusher 18th overall. They think in terms of draft picks, and extrapolations based upon scouting reports, but not in terms of what players actually end up turning into a few years out. Once the pick is exercised, worrying about what else could have been done with it is worthless."
"Phil Taylor was garnering the most interest. The Broncos seem to be considering him for nose tackle, while the Saints were also paying close attention. He showed good hands with a passable swim move. His bull rush was very strong and he has the size and shape to become a force in the middle for years."
Ouch. Bears fans are NOT happy.
This has been up for a few days over at Mocking the Draft, but what a case it makes for the Broncos to move down a few spots in the draft (5-10 overall) to get Marcell Dareus. He has been more consistent year to year in his collegiate career than either Bowers or Fairley and doesn't come with any attitude or character concerns.
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