Broncos see a starter in Sly Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jeff Legwold, Denver expects Sly Williams to be an instant starter, next to Terrance Knighton.

Meanwhile, after months of beating the running back drum, he now hedges his bet by hilariously calling the Montee Ball selection a "luxury" pick that eschewed a greater need.

Leggy goes on to display some even poorer logic by suggesting the decisions facing good teams amidst the draft are somehow different than what the bad ones deal with:

But teams such as the Broncos, coming off a playoff season, always have to make a choice as they pick at the bottom of each round. Do they want to jump a little early to get the player they want, or wait and hope the player will still be there when they pick at the bottom of the next round?

So, did anyone know that the 32-pick wait for good teams is more long and painful than it is for bad teams? Surely, I did not.

Broncos

In Shaun Phillips, the Broncos see someone more versatile, younger, and cheaper than Dwight Freeney and John Abraham.

Sylvester Williams visited with Vic Lombardi to discuss his remarkable path to the NFL.

Mike Wilkening goes over what the Broncos accomplished last weekend; Stuart Zaas collates some more reaction to Denver's draft class from around the web.

John Clayton says Broncos fans should be expecting a Super Bowl appearance this year, but then puts in the knife.

News

Indy traded LB Jerry Hughes to Buffalo in exchange for LB Kelvin Sheppard; Arizona released starting RG Adam Snyder.

San Diego will host Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie today; former Colts tackle Winston Justice visited the Steelers and Browns; Bears DL Israel Idonije visited the Titans.

Now that the draft is over, Jacksonville cleared out its personnel department by firing three executives.

The Cardinals are said to think they can get away with giving Tyrann Mathieu no guaranteed money, and to randomly test him for drugs, but his agent, of course, disagrees.

Ex-Raiders assistant Randy Hanson, best known for having been on the receiving end of Tom Cable's fists, faces up to four years in prison after his conviction for attacking a man with a beer bottle. According to the victim, the attack was spurred by a conversation about the Cable incident...

Tim Tebow

In addition to standing offers to play in the CFL and AFL, Tebow now has been offered a coaching position in the former Lingerie League.

Mike Tanier hopes this will be the last time so much energy is expended discussing a fourth-string quarterback, while Tommy Tomlinson is convinved Tebow's NFL worth is somewhere in between what the Zombies will declare, and what guys like Tanier, and well, this one, believe.

Gary Myers says Tebow's NFL career is likely over, but that the collateral damage on the careers of the men who traded for and coached him isn't yet complete.

In what is perhaps a last-ditch effort to sell some books, Mike Klis declares that, "The attention Tebow receives is not a distraction when he's playing. Because every time he plays, he wins. You can look it up." Holy hyperbole, Batman!

Draft

Doug Farrar breaks down the picks made by the AFCN teams; Neil Hornsby studies the moves of the teams that entered the draft with its first eight picks.

Bucky Brooks lists his top 30 prospects who are eligible for the 2014 Draft.

Chase Stuart discusses the Jets' draft.

Lots of people were all kinds of mad at Jason La Canfora for tipping picks via Twitter, even though he said in advance he would do so.

Analysis

No surprise here, but Ronnie Hillman had one of the league's worst rates for breaking tackles last season, according to FO's data.

Jason Fitzgerald thinks the Packers (and every other team) should be happy they were able to lock up Aaron Rodgers with such a reasonable contract.

Chris Brown discusses what the selection of Matt Barkley tells us about how Chip Kelly plans to run his offense in Philly.

Here are 90 to 81 and 80 to 71 on PFF's list of the NFL's top 101 players.

Christmas Ape translates PK's MMQB and his explanation for the crappiness of his mock draft.

Miscellany

Shaun Powell says NBA players are more socially aware than most athletes, and he expects they will continue to embrace Jason Collins; Chuck Culpepper and Will Leitch see enormous progress in the reaction to Collins's story; several NFLers and expressed their support via Twitter, while MLBers had more to say.

Tampa Bay Rays reporter Kelly Nash took one of the cooler selfies we'll ever see, with a flyball about to whiz past her head.

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

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