Broncos hosting Christine Michael today, says player Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Texas A&M running back Christine Michael says he'll be visiting with the Broncos today and tomorrow following his prior visit with the LOLJets, and he'll be heading from Dove Valley to Oakland.

Jeff Legwold reported last week that the Broncos were interested in Michael, a 220-pound back with an injury history and reported maturity issues.

Mike Tanier writes that Michael has also been plagued by fumbles and some iffy blocking skills, and he says of Michael:

At 5-foot-9, 220 pounds, with legs that churn constantly, he runs a little like a wind-up toy. Michael is incredibly quick for a bigger back and makes sudden cuts. He breaks a lot of tackles and can be a little elusive in the open field.

Tanier likens the 22-year-old to Baltimore's Bernard Pierce, which can't be a bad thing, but he thinks Michael's injury and fumble problems should keep him on the board until at least the fifth round.

In that same column, Tanier says Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell is a little too fond of spinning and cutting back, even if he's skilled at both. He adds that Bell's decisions with the ball aren't exactly what old friend Bobby Turner would prescribe, but he places a second-round value on the back.

Bell worked out for the Broncos last month.

And of course, we've updated our pre-draft visit tracker to reflect the news on Michael. Bookmark it!

Broncos

Mike Klis says it's nearly a slam dunk that Denver will draft a running back in the first three rounds, listing Eddie Lacy (Alabama), Stepfan Taylor (Stanford), Knile Davis (Arkansas), Bell, Michael, Stefphon Jefferson (Nevada), and Montee Ball (Wisconsin) as possibilities.

As for the rest of Klis's mailbag, his suggestion that Denver's selection of Von Miller wasn't foreseen until the days leading up to the 2011 Draft, and that Derek Wolfe was unknown prior to his selection, is a fine time to revisit a few IAOFM columns - from January 2011 by Ted, from March 2011 by Doc, and a pair of pre-2012 Draft columns by Doc and Ted.

If Chase Stuart's study of how tackles age applies to Ryan Clady, who won't turn 27 until September, then the Denver left tackle figures to have many more prime years left in him.

Jeff Legwold responds to a Broncos season-ticket holder who says there's just too much unruly behavior in the stands these days. But is that really a new phenomenon?

News

The class action suit against the NFL over head injuries had its first day in court yesterday, a 45-minute session that included pointed questions from judge Anita Brody to the NFL's lawyers.

Seahawks corner Richard Sherman, who escaped suspension via an apparent chain-of-custody issue with his reported positive Adderall test, says "about half the league" uses the ADHD med.

Oakland retained DE Andre Carter (son of Rubin), added Browns safety Usama Young, and is expected to re-sign CB Joselio Hanson.

Kansas City has talked to retired center Ryan Lilja about a return; San Diego discussed contract with Eric Winston, but he remains unsigned, and they plan to host Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.

Houston retained old friend Ryan Harris; Seattle added old friend Brady Quinn to back up Russell Wilson; the LOLJets added S Dawan Landry and are still hoping against hope that they can get something in return for the Ultimate Teammate™.

Chicago signed three playersDallas has reportedly asked T Doug Free to take a pay cut; Tampa Bay got CB Eric Wright to do just that; the Bengals apparently considered taking on LB Rolando McClain and his $4M salary, prior to his waiver by Oakland.

Draft

Doug Farrar evaluates Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins; Mike Tanier studies WVU QB Geno Smith, Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, SMU DE Margus Hunt, Alabama DT Jesse Williams, and KSU LB Arthur Brown.

Bucky Brooks breaks down a quintet of prospects who stood out at the Super Regional Combine.

Analysis

Andy Benoit discusses the Steelers roster; Khaled Elsayed reviews the 2008-10 drafts of the Vikings and Patriots.

Jason Fitzgerald thinks Wright's pay cut with the Bucs is a precursor to the team either giving Darrelle Revis a big contract, or taking on a salary dump from the LOLJets along with Revis - perhaps even in the form of the UT™. Don Banks thinks Revis-to-TB is an inevitability.

In other contract analysis, Jim examines the cap situation in Oakland, Jason examines the Bills' QB story, and Mike at Spotrac lists the wideouts most likely to receive contract extensions in 2013. As for Eric Decker, it seems unlikely the Broncos will have the cap space to extend him prior to the season, and we don't really see them inking him to a deal midseason. But you never know.

Jay Cutler may be a jerk, but he's at least a self-aware and honest one, for what that's worth. He admits he mailed his engagement ring to fiancee Kristin Cavallari, and says there is at least some truth to the DOOOOONNNN'TTTT CAAAAARRREEE story.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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