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
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
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As we tend to do on the most news-heavy of days, we're going to track the day's pre-draft speculation here. It will be updated throughout the day, so check back often!
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Broncos punter Britton Colquitt signed his restricted tender on Tuesday and will be paid $1.323M this season. According to the Denver Post, the two sides are expected to work toward a long-term deal in the coming months.
Along with T Chris Clark and RB Lance Ball, Colquitt was tendered in March at the Right of First Refusal Only level, which meant the Broncos had the right to match any potential offers from other teams, but would not have received any draft pick compensation in the process.
It took a while, but the LOLJets finally dealt star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Every party got what they wanted - that is, unless Revis was looking for a hefty guarantee as part of a new contract. Shockingly, the 27-year old will get absolutely nothing guaranteed, but his deal is worth $96M over six years.
Granted, the Bucs gave up Thursday's #13 pick, plus a 2014 fourth-rounder which becomes a third-rounder if Revis is on their roster on the third day of the 2014 league year, so there's zero chance they cut him this season.
As they look to fill the void created by Elvis Dumervil's departure, it was reported last week that the Broncos have been researching Florida State defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine.
But if Denver is to acquire the pass rusher, they may have to move up from the #28 pick, following an impressive workout today by the 6-4, 276-pounder.
His senior season was cut short by a torn ACL suffered in late November, but an intense rehabilitation with the same trainer who helped Adrian Peterson to his remarkable 2012 comeback season has Carradine nearly back to form.
According to Aaron Wilson, the Broncos and Dolphins have expressed interest in Old Dominion safety Carvin Powell.
It's been known for some time now (March 19, 2012?) that the Broncos would be featured several times on national television this season; turns out they'll play under the lights five times in 2013.
As previously reported by Jason La Canfora, Denver will host Baltimore as the Thursday night season kickoff game on September 5 on NBC. The opener will be the Broncos' first chance to exact at least a measure of revenge on the team that unceremoniously dumped them from the 2012 playoffs.
It's become tradition for the defending SB champs to host the season opener, but a parking lot conflict (really) with the Baltimore Orioles made a Ravens home game on that Thursday an impossibility. Baltimore's only other national TV-worthy road opponents, at least from our standpoint, are Chicago and Pittsburgh.
The Ravens will open the 2013 season at Denver in a Thurs night kickoff. Full NFL schedule to be released tonight— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 18, 2013
Revenge is a dish served best in the Mile High air, or something like that.