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:

  • If that doesn't happen, speculation is growing that Jacksonville will take Johnny Football at #3.
  • There's talk that both Houston (#1) and St. Louis (#2) would like to move down, with the Jets reportedly interested in heading in the opposite direction.
  • Detroit is a potential trade partner, with Sammy Watkins the reported target.
  • John Clayton expects a first round dominated by quarterbacks, wideouts, and offensive linemen.
  • Mike Freeman is pretty sure the Patriots will draft a quarterback to someday succeed Tom Brady. If you're wondering, Brady is the very same age that Peyton Manning was when Denver drafted Brock Osweiler.

Broncos

Troy Renck further discusses the possibility that Denver moves up to take a middle linebacker, adding that they've shown interest in BYU's Kyle Van Noy.

Andrew Mason considers draft prospects who might take over for the Broncos in the return game.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis suggests that Nate Irving could be filling in at Sam to help ease Von Miller back from ACL surgery, into the first month or two of the season.

Jeff Legwold discusses guards Xavier Su'a-Filo and Gabe Jackson as possibilities for Denver, but omits Su'a-Filo's visit to Dove Valley. Such a weird version of journalism.

Dan Reeves, Gene Mingo, and Rick Upchurch speak about their selections to the Broncos ROF.

FWIW, an NFC scout told Freeman that John Elway might be the best GM in the league.

News

The NFLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham, over the Saints' having tendered him as a tight end rather than a wide receiver.

Kansas City is said to be willing to trade corner Brandon Flowers for draft picks; Tampa Bay reportedly wants a second-rounder in return for Mike Glennon, while Washington has apparently received little interest in Kirk Cousins.

Buffalo DT Marcell Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana.

Arizona added LB Larry Foote; Washington cut unsuspended S Tanard Jackson; Carolina S Charles Godfrey accepted a huge pay cut; New England met with former Bucs guard Davin Joseph.

The Jets are the latest No Females League team to have been sued by a current or former cheerleader over compensation.

Roger Goodell's Twitter chat went about as well as anyone familiar with these things might have expected.

Draft

According to Jack Bechta, teams are already recruiting players in anticipation of them going undrafted.

The Shutdown Corner guys list their top ten prospects, scout Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, and have Denver taking either Ra'Shede Hageman, Jordan Matthews, or Kyle Fuller at #31 in their mock draft.

Chris Brown evaluates quarterbacks Blake Bortles, Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel; Robert Mays studies Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks.

Mike Tanier and Russ Lande offer their thoughts on top prospects at each position.

Doug Farrar lists offensive and defensive prospects he sees as potential sleeper picks; Greg Gabriel shares his favorite prospects he expects to go in the third round and later.

Bucky Brooks compares the pass rushing prospects of Kony Ealy and Dee Ford.

Analysis

Andrew Healy examines the likelihood of drafting stars out of smaller schools.

According to PFF's data, Montee Ball was one of the more productive backs in the league when he was able to shake off first contact last year.

Will Leitch considers the absurdity of how the Michael Sam conversation has shifted of late.

Gil Brandt apparently can't decide whether 9.25" hands are small, big, or just right for a quarterback.

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

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