Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Now in this third offseason running the show, John Elway's tenure has been defined by the acquisitions of Peyton Manning and Von Miller.
It's a pretty good start to a front office career, adding your team's two best players in your first two years on the job. Naturally, there's still work to be done this week and in the coming months, but the Dumervil debacle aside, this has been a stellar offseason for Elway and the Broncos.
They shored up the offensive line's interior with the addition of Louis Vasquez, gave Manning another dynamic weapon in Wes Welker, and provided Jack Del Rio a familiar big ugly in Terrance Knighton.
Already in his tenure, Elway had ended the Broncos' lengthy and elusive searches for his own successor at quarterbacking greatness, an electric return man, and quality depth in the defensive backfield.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Broncos' selection of North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams in the 2013 NFL Draft
TJ: First Manti Te'o mention! Drink! Another one! Berman said, Te'o! drink! I'm already hammered! They've already said it a dozen times.
Doc: Should make this easier; Gruden's having an orgasm over Te’o right now.
Ted: Let the record show that Ted Bartlett says the top two players in this class are Star Lotulelei and Jarvis Jones.
TJ: Haha, I'm glad you said that, since I was telling my good friend Doug Lee that I wanted Lotulelei, but that I wasn't going to get him.
Doc: I only hope that he doesn't fall to the Raiders.
After all these years, after all the whining I’ve done for the Broncos to pick a defensive tackle in the first round, they finally went and did it.
So you’d think I’d be excited as hell.
I'm only halfway there, and perhaps it's not because I'm so down on Sylveser Williams, as much as I was hoping the Broncos would move up and grab Star Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd as they fell down the board.
After years of unmet expectations that the Broncos would take a defensive tackle atop their draft classes, they finally did so on Thursday night, when it was least anticipated. Denver went with a former reclamation project at #28, stealing North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams.
Williams played only one year of high school ball, and when no colleges came calling on the recruiting trail, he assumed his career had come to an end. So he traded the gridiron for working in a factory making radiator parts for trucks.
Updated 4/27/13 11:51am ET
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.
Denver enters the evening with the 28th overall pick.
You Got Served: Draft groupthink
Understand this – every team wants to say they took the BPA on every pick. The media environment is such that instant analysis MUST happen after a draft, despite the fact that it’s completely worthless. Look at a team like Pittsburgh, which took G David DeCastro and T Mike Adams in the first two rounds. The media says that both picks represented good “value” because each player was mocked by various media members to go higher in the draft. They say that Pittsburgh went the BPA route, only because no consensus had formed that the Steelers would go for offensive linemen.
For our newer readers, and for those who forgot, I thought I'd wheel out this reminder from last year about groupthink, and why the smartest people won't make any absolutist pronouncements about what happens this weekend. Don't play yourself talking about the draft like a lot of these media fools play themselves, you heard?
Deadspin's latest excellent long form article concerns the Chargers' highly controversial team physician, Dr. David Chao. According to the piece, Chao has been sued by at least 20 ex-patients since 1998. He lost one suit last summer to a young female who alleged that she had been disfigured in the course of his treatment; Chao was found liable for negligence and fraud in that case.
Doctors do get nuisance lawsuits, so let’s just ignore those niggling negligence and fraud problems, and let’s look at the rest of his dossier:
He’s had two drinking and driving citations. His blood alcohol was 0.11 on at least one of them (2001), and claimed that his ‘Asian genes’ permitted him to be legally drunk on two drinks, taken hours before. He was disqualified for a license to evaluate worker’s compensation claims when he failed to disclose another alcohol related arrest (2006).
Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the NFL draft set to kick off in just a few hours, now's as good a time as any to ponder one of the most basic of questions regarding the event:
Why should we even have one?
Defenders of the draft always point to the need to maintain competitive balance in the league, but as Patrick Hruby reminds us, the teams that routinely pick at the top of the draft don't seem to benefit as much as this theory would suggest.
The whole point of the draft, also noted by Hruby - both in its inception and its current state (hello, CBA) - was and is to keep player salaries down.
As we often do on the most news-heavy of days, we'll be tracking pre-draft speculation here. It will be updated throughout the day, so check back often!
I'd say 50-50 the Broncos trade back. They do not have a trade in place now. Probably not until the 20s will trade calls get serious.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 25, 2013
Updated 6:27pm ET