The Daily Lard 4-29-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver's night didn't last long, as they selected LB Von Miller out of Texas A&M at #2 and sat by the phones the rest of the first round (although some phone calls were made). So, the Broncos have vastly upgraded their LB corps, and they'll enter tonight with three choices - numbers 36, 46 and 67 overall. Plenty of ammo to add a defensive tackle or two, plus perhaps a new right tackle and/or a tight end or running back. While Denver didn't make any trades last night, their reported desire to come away with more choices than the seven they started the draft with could come to fruition tonight.

Mike Klis wrote that Denver could trade back from the #36 spot with teams hot and heavy for QBs Colin Kaepernick of Nevada and Andy Dalton of TCU, and they figure to have interest in using their picks tonight on any of DTs Stephen Paea, Marvin Austin and Jurrell Casey, OT Ben Ijalana, RBs Mikel Leshoure, Daniel Thomas and Ryan Williams, TEs Kyle Rudolph and Lance Kendricks and CB Aaron Williams. Plus, he noted that from Miller's Dove Valley meeting with the Broncos' brass, the player expects to be the Sam 'backer on first and second downs and to focus solely upon rushing the passer on third downs.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage here at IAOFM of the first round last night, and you can expect more of the same tonight - Ted will be evaluating each pick instantly while the four of us will again be Chewing the Fat for each of Denver's selections, and there will of course be an open thread for y'all to discuss the goings on. But before that, we have Doc's excellent Broncography of Von Miller coming in just over an hour from now, and Ted will provide some analysis later on of the labor situation and Denver's Day 2 options.

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Chewing the Fat: Broncos select Von Miller second overall

The Broncos have gone with Texas A&M LB Von Miller second overall, and here's our take:

Doc - Hi fives in Denver's war room! It's Miller Time! Now, fix that DL!

Doug - wow this kid is emotional about coming to Denver - love it. Plus, I like that he has cool glasses and is rocking the mesh hat - he'd fit right into my hood. So guys what do you think?

TJ - Once again the lesson for me is to trust Ted’s instincts - he had the Broncos taking Miller months ago.  Miller is simply ridiculous on tape.  He’s so fast off the edge he will give any tackle in the NFL fits.

Doug - Yeah when I read Ted first mention him as a Broncos pick three months ago, I had never even heard of the guy before - although that’s just my ignorance haha...

Doc - I love Miller - he earned that Butkus Award. I have concerns about the DT position, but I'm willing to wait and see how they deal with them. As far as Miller, he's excellent in the pass rush, has more moves than you commonly see in a college LB and is lightning fast. He's talented in coverage - it was his full-time responsibility his sophomore year in Joe Kines' 4-3 - and Denver needs that coverage skill. Also, Fox attacks the LB from the Sam position, so Miller will be opposite Doom much of the time. It's a great pick.

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You Got Served: Live first-round analysis

Ted Bartlett evaluates draft-eligible prospects in his spare time, among a number of activities he pursues, including golf, MBA classes, and dating women who are much younger than him.  When his kindergarten teacher told him that he was advanced, what she was saying was that, with minimal effort, he'd be able to do better than "really passionate" people who try their hardest.  He 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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Open Thread: 2011 Draft first round

Good Evening, Broncos fans! It's finally time to get the 2011 Draft under way; enjoy it!

The player visits/workouts list has been updated, find it here.

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Denver Broncos 2011 draft choices

Rd # Player Position - School Notes
1 2 (2) Von Miller LB - Texas A&M  
2 13 (45) Rahim Moore S - UCLA from SF (w/ #108 & #141 for #36)
2 14 (46) Orlando Franklin OT - Miami from MIA (Brandon Marshall)
3 3 (67) Nate Irving LB - NC State  
4 11 (108) Quinton Carter S - Oklahoma from SF (see above)
4 32 (129) Julius Thomas TE - Portland St. from GB (w/ #204 for #141 & #186)
6 24 (189) Mike Mohamed LB - California from NE (Laurence Maroney)
7 1 (204) Virgil Green TE - Nevada from GB (see above)
7 44 (247) Jeremy Beal DE - Oklahoma Compensatory Pick

Draft day midday Lard 4-28-11

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Lots of happenings, or at least rumored happenings - so it's time for another double dose of the Lard! First things first - as we here at IAOFM have been telling you since December (Ted for much longer, look it up), John Elway came out today in full support of Tim Tebow as the future QB of the Broncos. While he didn't necessarily state that Tebow will be the starter in 2011, he said to ESPN's Ed Werder about as much as he could without providing Kyle Orton with a slap in the face:

Let's put it this way, I'm his biggest fan. He's one of those guys who -- if he comes out and is the player we hope he can be -- then we're in pretty darn good shape...I don't know if it's going to be this fall or this time next year. But I think he's got the desire that eventually he's going to be very effective...I think where we are as an organization, we're going to go with Tim.

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You Got Served - White Boy Day!

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS Peyton Hillis did consistently perform feats of superhuman strength, otherworldy athleticism, and other-universely grit, while maintaining large biceps and wearing alligator-skinned boots on his off-time, and loving Wal-Mart, apple pie (from Wal-Mart), grandma (a greeter at Wal-Mart), and wholesome milk from American cows (in the Northern Mariana Islands),

AND WHEREAS he played for a since-deposed coach who took a lenient attitude toward his eight fumbles, especially those which happened while hurdling other men, because, hey, that's a highlight play on SportsCenter most of the time,

AND WHEREAS the greater Cleveland area has long been looking for a true caucasian hero, from towns like Euclid and Lyndhurst to Beachwood and Solon, through Brecksville and Strongsville, and Middleburg Heights, and up to the noted caucasian haven of Parma, through Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake, and extending outward to the white parts of Lorain County, Summit County, Portage County, Geauga County, and every other damn county with a significant caucasian population who wants in on this,

AND WHEREAS a legion of scorned Broncos fans, and stupid dumbass reporters at the Denver Post can now gloat, and say they told us so,

LET IT BE RESOLVED that today, April 28, 2011, shall be called White Boy Day.  We at IAOFM congratulate Peyton Hillis and his legion of caucasian fans in Cleveland, Denver, Arkansas, and soon, the entire globe on their shared victory.  We hope it tastes sweet like Wal-Mart apple pie.

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The Daily Lard 4-28-11

Happy Draft Day, Broncos fans! So, the NFL Draft begins tonight but it may not even be the most important football doings of the day - as Judge Nelson denied the NFL's request for a stay of her injunction last night, we're at something of a showdown. The league is still trying to put off starting the new league year at the risk of putting itself in contempt of court and losing even more than what they've already have - and we could be talking about financial penalties in this case. So, the owners have requested a stay of the injunction from the Eighth Circuit, and there's always the possibility that court will indeed issue a stay sometime today (or soon).

But if not, then the NFL will only be wading into deeper and deeper doo-doo with Judge Nelson, and things will only get uglier for those billionaires everyone was feeling bad for six weeks ago. So, while it's unlikely the clock on the new league year will start in the next day or two (because at this point the owners may be desperate to hold onto something) and therefore not permit trades of vets or free-agent signings, it's possible that it does...

Of course, we will have an open thread and live analysis tonight and all throughout the draft. BTW, TJ and Doc are jumping on the Twitter wagon, so be sure to follow them: @T_J_Johnson and @alloverfatman - you know, if laughter and intelligent analysis appeal to you at all...

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Judge Nelson denies NFL’s request for a stay

According to SBJ's Liz Mullen, Judge Susan Nelson has turned down the NFL's request for a stay of her lockout injunction. This means the NFL is going to may have to start the clock on the 2011 league year soon, if not ASAP and could therefore open the door for free agent signings and trades of veteran players for draft choices (cough*Kyle*cough*Orton*cough).

ESPN's Adam Schefter has tweeted that Judge Nelson ordered the NFL to start the league year immediately after earlier saying the NFL will now turn to the Eighth Circuit to request a stay, while Gary Myers of the Daily News tweeted that it's uncertain whether the NFL will start the league year just yet. 

Mullen just tweeted the following:

Judge Nelson denies NFL's motion to stay the injunction, of the NFL Lockout & leaves it to the NFL to decide what rules to impose. NFL Free Agency may start tomorrow, the same day as the NFL Draft, or not depending on what the NFL chooses to do, under Judge's order...Judge: "This Court’s Order does not obligate the #NFL to enter into contracts, nor does it proscribe the League’s non-lockout conduct.."

Schefter tweeted that the NFL is instructing teams not to make any moves until the Eighth Circuit rules on the stay request. More to come...

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Draft eve Lard 4-27-11

Good Evening, Broncos fans! We're less than 24 hours before the 1st round begins, so I thought it worthwhile to pass along some of the latest happenings. Kara Henderson is still camped out at Dove Valley, and today she spoke with the X-Man, who said "the trade would have to be worth it" to move down from #2. We can only hope, right? Xanders told both Henderson and Gray Caldwell in a Q&A for the team's site that he expects calls will come in about trading the pick no earlier than 30 or 60 minutes before the draft is to begin.

Henderson also reported that she's hearing Denver is zeroing in on Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller; considering that she likely got that info straight from the Broncos, we can figure they are trying to stir up further interest in the pick from teams rumored to be after Miller - such as Buffalo (#3), Arizona (#5) or Houston (#11).

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