Draft

Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Michael Schofield with pick #95

There's nothing fancy or pretty with this pick of Michigan tackle Michael Schofield. It was simply made with depth and flexibility in mind.

Like Orlando Franklin before him, Schofield is a tall and powerful run blocker who can grind dudes into the ground if he has leverage.

It's the same reason why he could also flex to guard for the Broncos if needed.

And as we all learned last year, there's no assurance the Broncos will finish the year with their tackles intact.

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Broncos select Michigan tackle Michael Schofield at #95

With their third-round pick, the Broncos chose Michigan tackle Michael Schofield.

The 6-6, 301-pounder started 36 games over the past three seasons, split amongst left guard (in 2011) and right tackle (2012-13).

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Cody Latimer with pick #56

At the end of the first round, the Broncos had a chance to grab a top wideout in Marqise Lee. They passed.

The wideout they drafted with their second pick may be a better option anyway.

Cody Latimer is literally bigger, stronger, and faster than Lee, who got a lot of street cred because he played for USC. Latimer's alma mater has no such credibility.

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Broncos trade up to #56, select Indiana WR Cody Latimer

The Broncos traded up from #63 to #56 with the 49ers, to select Indiana wideout Cody Latimer.

To facilitate the move, Denver sent its 2014 fifth-rounder (#171) and their 2015 fourth-rounder to San Francisco, also receiving an extra 2014 seventh-rounder (#242) in return.

That leaves the team with six 2015 draft choices, but they're reportedly expecting as many as four compensatory picks, from net free agency losses this offseason.

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Live 2014 NFL Draft analysis: Second round

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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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Bradley Roby at #31

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.

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Broncos select OSU corner Bradley Roby 31st overall

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.

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Live 2014 NFL Draft analysis: First round

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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You Got RAMD: The 2014 IAOFM Rational Actor Mock Draft

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.

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PK: Broncos interested in Hageman

No, we wouldn't waste your time just to announce that Peter King has Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman to Denver at #31 in his annual mock draft (Tebow jokes, perhaps).

But PK included this in his snippet:

"John Fox loves Hageman," one GM told me Monday...

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