Tonight in Denver, fall was in the air.
For the first time, it felt like football.
For the first time, I got antsy for the preseason to end.
Or maybe it was just the thought of Wes Welker headed to the locker room with a possible concussion.
As least Welker will have another week to heal. Otherwise, I’d say let’s skip Dallas and get right to the Colts.
It’s too bad the preseason means about as much as a political campaign ad. If things were different, the Broncos would be the hottest team in the NFL right now. In consecutive weeks, they’ve dispatched the Seahawks and 49ers, arguably the two toughest teams in the NFC.
Still, it’s okay to keep hope alive. The Broncos are going to be the frontrunners for awhile—at least until the playoffs.
And don’t forget, they’re still short veterans Chris Harris and Von Miller.
Who said politics can’t be fun?
As much fun as it was to watch the Broncos beat the Seahawks, it was hard to make much of this preseason game.
Lighting came. It saw. It kicked everyone’s ass.
By the time the rain delay was over, the starters barely had time to take some plays off.
What do we do with this game, one that doesn’t matter to anyone other than bloggers, cheerleaders, and small-college roster hopefuls?
We mock, that's what.
If Corey Nelson hadn't partially torn his pectoral muscle early last year, he would have gone higher in today's draft.
If the NCAA hadn't denied him a fifth year of eligibility, he would have gone higher next year. If he was a little larger and a little taller--well, you get the drift.
But none of that happened. The super-athletic linebacker is now the property of the Denver Broncos.
At this stage in the draft, you're looking to find depth anywhere you can get it.
The Broncos' selelction of Matt Paradis isn't going to blow you away. He wasn't even the best center in a below average conference (Mountain West).
His size is suspect to be on the interior of the line; he's not particularly quick or fast; his reach is also not great.
I'm trying not to view this pick in light of the fact that the Broncos wanted C.J. Mosley and were willing to trade up to get him.
So given the context of the pick, getting an above average inside linebacker from the best conference in America ain't too shabby.
Apparently, the Broncos would have taken him with pick #131, but wanted to trade down and get some value with the hopes Barrow would still be there.
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.
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.
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.
Look, we all saw this coming, didn't we? It's been obvious for many months now that Champ Bailey would not be back in 2014, at least not at his $10M cap figure.
The only question was whether the future HOFer would accept a hefty pay cut and/or shift to safety in order to stick around.
Obviously, the answers are no, and no.