Duke guard Laken Tomlinson was clear about what he wanted to prove to the NFL during Senior Bowl week. "One of the things I want to market to the other teams is that I'm one hell of a player."
The scouts agree. If you want proof, just turn on some later 2014 film of him.
Tomlinson came to America from Jamaica when he was 10 and started football at 11. This is a player smart enough to carry a double major at Duke. That’s in addition to football. He plans to become a physician after his playing career.
Prior to the start of the new league year, it was reported that the Broncos would aggressively pursue a free agent center, possibly Rodney Hudson or Stefen Wisniewski. But Hudson got a megadeal to replace Wisniewski in Oakland, and Denver hasn't yet made a move at the position.
2014 starter Will Montgomery remains unsigned, while Gary Kubiak has mentioned 2014 sixth-rounder (and practice squadder) Matt Paradis and newly added guard Shelley Smith as options, along with several veteran free agents.
Every team needs to have the depth to spell its starters on the defensive line. Having different skillsets provides variety in sub packages. That’s essential in today’s game.
In free agency, you look for players that seem to fit your scheme. Once they’re in camp, you find out the details of their strengths and weaknesses. You do the same in the draft. You get to test, drill, and interview them with extreme thoroughness. Drafts often turn on how well you match player and scheme. That’s why a failing fourth-rounder with one team can play like a first-rounder with the right team’s approach.
The Broncos' sixth-round compensatory pick has been downgraded to a seventh-rounder after the NFL discovered a math error (the system is so complicated that the league can't even get it right). The sixth-rounder would have been pick #208; the new pick is #250.
Denver already had two seventh-round comp picks, numbers 250 and 251. It's just a matter of semantics, but this new pick pushes the other two down a spot. As for how this mistake occurred, let's turn it over to our friend Nick Korte:
Writes Mike Klis:
It appears the team is hoping to re-sign veteran Will Montgomery, who is a free agent.
Does "appears...hoping" mean the team is actively pursuing a new deal with Montgomery? Honestly, it's anybody's guess. That's some real vague stuff right there.
When you play an even front defense, as Denver did until recently, you often look for a squatty, snarling defensive tackle who bathes infrequently and dines on raw meat. That’s your basic nose guard. You want him as large as possible, while still maintaining his footwork.
When you play a Phillips defense, as the Broncos will do again starting in 2015, you tend to focus on footwork, hand-fighting, and quickness. Malcom Brown of Texas can be a monster in any system. It will make him highly sought after in next month's draft.
As expected, the Broncos gained four compensatory picks for the 2015 Draft, giving them 10 selections overall. Denver received one fourth-rounder, a sixth-rounder, and two seventh-rounders. Our draft choice tracker has been updated accordingly.
The team has its own selections in the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth rounds, within which they will pick 27th or 28th. Denver dealt away their own fourth-rounder to move up for Cody Latimer last year, and their seventh-rounder went to the Giants in exchange for Brandon McManus. They also have Chicago's fifth-rounder, acquired in a move out of the fourth round in 2014.
According to multiple reports, the NFL is finally moving towards elimination of its antiquated and fan-screwing television blackout rule. The league will suspend the policy for 2015, and will apparently reevaluate next offseason.
Here are the details on Darian Stewart's contract with the Broncos, according to Aaron Wilson:
The Broncos may try Bradley Roby at free safety and will sign a veteran free agent center to compete with Matt Paradis, as John Elway tells Mike Klis. Speaking at the annual league meeting in Phoenix, Elway says of Roby,
He can tackle, he's tough, and that safety has to be a cover guy there. There are a lot of different combinations you need to play because the game is changing. Instead of having a strong safety, you want both of them to play center field.