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Broncos reportedly tried to move into middle of first round

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! One down, six to go. Denver is scheduled to pick twice tonight; it wouldn't be a shock to see them add an extra pick by offering up a choice from 2015, when they expect to have 11 picks.

As for what's already happened, this is one of our favorite times - when personnel execs offer a bit of a glimpse into how they think.

We drafted our #1 guy talk aside, there's a ton of frankness being offered up, and that's about as good as it gets.

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Are we there yet? We are!

Happy Draft Day, Broncos fans! We're now just hours away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here's what's being said:

  • The NFLN guys are also reporting that Denver is interested in moving up in the first round, potentially for Ryan Shazier or C.J. Mosley.
  • In order to trade out of the #1 slot, Houston was said to have been seeking two first-round picks and one second-rounder this year, plus a 2015 first-rounder. With no bites, they've apparently lowered their price - downgrading one of those 2014 first-rounders to a third-rounder.
  • Peter King and others expect Houston to ultimately stay put and select Jadeveon Clowney.

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Broncos reportedly interested in BYU’s Van Noy

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! With the draft just a day away, let's open with a summary of the biggest rumors floating around - mostly centering around A&M's Johnny Manziel:

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Peyton says he’s still improving

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With just two days left until the draft begins, much of the talk is centering around quarterbacks.

And as it has been for months, the conversation around former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is all over the map.

According to Chris Mortensen, Cleveland won't let Johnny Football get past them at #4.

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Peyton on a retirement tour of sorts

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The wait for the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft is down to three days. Let's open with some key points from Peter King's latest MMQB column:

  • Minnesota reportedly wants to go defense at #7 and draft another quarterback in the second round
  • Having cut bait with DeSean Jackson, Philly is apparently hot for a receiver in round one
  • Teddy Bridgewater to Cincy? That would be pretty funny (not to mention, probably a steal), given Andy Dalton's recent claim that he's the face of that franchise

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It’s smokescreen time

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're finally into the home stretch, with four days left until the start of the 2014 NFL Draft.

With, that speculation is ready to ramp up, which means smokescreens galore and scattered tidbits of truth.

Get your waders on - the bullshit is about to start piling high.

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Even John McCain…

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Friday night brought the deadline for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2011 first-rounders.

San Francisco (Aldon Smith) and Cleveland (Phil Taylor) waited until the very end, but they did trigger their options.

Seattle (James Carpenter) and Green Bay (Derek Sherrod) chose not to do so.

Ultimately, 21 of the 32 players had their contracts unilaterally extended through 2015.

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Bucs reportedly trying to become less Dynamite

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Today is the last day for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2011 first-rounders.

Of course, it's not as dramatic a decision as some would have us all believe.

The risk for teams is minimal, and the so-called guarantee doesn't mean a thing until the 2015 league year begins.

As Andrew Brandt correctly states, the only reason for a team not to pick up the option is if they're not even sure they want the player in 2014.

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NFL scouts have interesting moral priorities

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the 2014 Draft still a week away, today's biggest story is a top prospect for 2015.

Heisman-winning FSU QB Jameis Winston is in the news again, and it's not for anything good.

The 20-year-old Winston was cited for shoplifting $32.72 worth of crab legs from a Publix in Talahassee.

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NBA says racists can GTFO

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Thankfully, Donald Sterling's tenure as an NBA franchise owner is a giant step closer to its conclusion.

On Tuesday, commissioner Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban and $2.5M fine - the maximum allowable penalty - for the Clippers' racist owner.

Silver added that he will seek approval from league owners to force Sterling to sell the team, and that he "fully expect(s)" to receive such support.

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