Happy Friday, Broncos fans! One down, six to go. Denver is scheduled to pick twice tonight; it wouldn't be a shock to see them add an extra pick by offering up a choice from 2015, when they expect to have 11 picks.
As for what's already happened, this is one of our favorite times - when personnel execs offer a bit of a glimpse into how they think.
We drafted our #1 guy talk aside, there's a ton of frankness being offered up, and that's about as good as it gets.
There are many truisms in the NFL draft, but the Broncos just got two for the price of one with their pick of Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby.
The first: all things being equal, avoid wide receivers in the first round. They simply have a much higher bust rate.
The second: you can never have enough quality cornerbacks.
With the 31st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Broncos have selected Ohio State corner Bradley Roby.
The 5-11, 194-pounder ran a 4.39-second forty at the combine, good for the fourth best time among corners.
In three seasons with the Buckeyes, Roby tallied 179 total tackles (7.5 for loss), eight interceptions (two for scores), and 41 passes defensed.
Ted Bartlett evaluates draft-eligible prospects in his spare time, among a number of activities he pursues, including managing an accounting team, golf, studying for the CPA exam, insulting various religious figures in writing, and generally, staying ahead of more than a few curves. During the 2012 NFL Draft, he wiped the passion off of Jeff Legwold's face by nailing the Derek Wolfe pick, when Jeff had never even heard of him. Ted also focuses on the NFL's business and legal environment, offensive and defensive schemes, going off on unrelated tangents, and all 32 teams in the NFL. Follow along as he offers his instant analysis of tonight's NFL Draft.
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Broncos source: Trade for QB Blake Bortles not happening
A Broncos source said the trade up for Bortles is not happening and that the team loves Osweiler.
Well, no shit.
Happy Draft Day, friends! Today, I unveil my annual Rational Actor Mock Draft. I’ve been doing it in various forms since 2009, and it’s the only bit of Mockery that we do here at IAOFM.
This year, you get the day-late, buck-short version, because I’ve been moving homes this last week, and because I’m heading to Vegas today (for Mother’s Day, not specifically for the draft).
As in the past, the intent of this exercise is not to predict what WILL happen. It’s to give my opinion of what SHOULD happen.
Happy Draft Day, Broncos fans! We're now just hours away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here's what's being said:
Football is a game of constant change. And yet, many of the scheme changes of today are refinements of techniques that were being played in colleges back as far as the 1870s.
Once in a while, you get to see one that’s new. Or perhaps just new to me, in this case. Somewhere, someone’s almost certainly already done it - I just wasn’t there. The changes are made to help a player’s weakness(es).
Last season, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman was trying to get the best out of his left tackle. Jermon Bushrod has the size for the position, but lacks the functional strength to play as well as he can. It makes him something of an underachiever. He just doesn’t fit the traditional mold of an offensive tackle, from being a bit light in the bubble. That leads to problems anchoring.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! With the draft just a day away, let's open with a summary of the biggest rumors floating around - mostly centering around A&M's Johnny Manziel: