Broncos researching Tank Carradine Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Utilizing one of his most favoritest pre-draft catchphrases, Jeff Legwold reports that the Broncos "have taken a long look" at Florida State defensive end Cornelius "Tank" Carradine.

Carradine suffered a torn ACL last November, and was thus unable to perform on-field drills at the national combine or FSU's pro day. He did put up 28 bench reps in Indy, just one more than did Oregon safety John Boyett, whom the Broncos reportedly saw work out yesterday.

Like Boyett, Carradine will be holding a special workout for scouts, on April 20, a week from Saturday. Assuming Legwold is correct about Denver's interest, it's probably safe to say the Broncos will be represented at Tank's workout, but we'll keep that out of our pre-draft visit tracker.

Even if that's not an official visit or private workout, we'll include it for the sake of thoroughness. After all, the Broncos sending someone to see a specific player work out is a bit more noteworthy than them attending a school's pro day, where it's unclear which prospect(s) the team is actually there to see.

Back to Carradine, Ted already discussed his prospects, likening him to Denver's own Robert Ayers.

Additionally, here are articles on Tank from Doug Farrar and Don Banks, draft profiles from NFL.com and CBS Sports, his FSU profile,  video highlights from his senior season and of him against ClemsonDukeFloridaMiamiNC StateUSFVirginia Tech, and Wake Forest, and an interview with him from the combine.

Broncos

Andrew Mason offers a thorough breakdown of where the Broncos currently stand at linebacker.

There's something especially funny about Legwold declaring that thanks to the 24/7 news cycle, there are no true sleepers in the draft, when he didn't even have Derek Wolfe among his top 100 prospects a year ago.

Here's the podcast from John Elway's visit yesterday with Mark Kiszla, Peter Burns, and Lindsay Jones on MHS Radio.

Following their practice session at Duke, Peyton Manning pranked Eric Decker with a fake invoice to cover instructional and facility costs, although Peyton apparently didn't use a calculator.

News

Oakland concluded its busy Wednesday by adding Jags RB Rashad Jennings and former Niners safety Reggie Smith.

San Diego has expressed interest in Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw, about whom the Broncos had inquired earlier, will take a second visit with the Steelers, who want to check on the condition of his surgically repaired foot. Cincy is also said to be interested.

Indy signed former Army pass rusher Josh McNary, who had participated in the Super Regional Combine earlier in the week.

A referendum will be held next month over whether Miami-Dade County should line the pockets of welfare queen Stephen Ross with some good old sports welfare handouts.

In related news, the Niners are nearing a naming-rights deal for their stadium, and how come the taxpayers and municipalities that subsidize the construction of these monstrosities never get a piece of those fees?

Draft

WVU wideout Tavon Austin has visited or will visit with St. Louis, Cincy, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, and the LOLJets; Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o visited with the Bears.

Doug Farrar evaluates Georgia LB Alec Ogletree.

Russ Lande says the stock of Purdue DT Kawann Short is falling, and he has Denver taking UCLA DE Datone Jones at #28 in his latest mock.

Analysis

Mike Tanier lists his top draft classes of the past ten years, including the almost fully departed 2006 Broncos class.

Khaled Elsayed reviews the 2008-10 drafts of the LOLJets (LOL).

Jason Fitzgerald studies the new contract signed by tackle Anthony Davis in San Francisco and sees a framework for what Bengals tackle Andre Smith is likely to get.

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