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.
San Francisco may have the closest thing to a tough call regarding Aldon Smtih, but Jason La Canfora says they're likely to follow suit.
Back to what Brandt says, the fifth-year option unquestionably favors teams over players, which is why most 2011 first-rounders have been extended, with the exception of obvious busts.
Meanwhile, Jason Fitzgerald considers the potential costs of moving up into the first round for the sake of the fifth-year option.
Once tonight's deadline passes, next week's draft will truly be the focus.
Starting with a painful look back at SB 48, Robert Mays talks the multiplicity of today's defensive fronts.
Andrew Mason discusses potential late-round defensive backs for Denver.
Jake Plummer says he's even more impressed by John Elway the GM than Elway the player.
Khaled Elsayed revisits Denver's 2009-11 draft classes, lowlighted by that disastrous second round of '09.
Original Bronco Gene Mingo will represent the team at this year's draft.
Tampa Bay may be shopping QB Mike Glennon, fresh off his victory in KSK's ugly bowl.
Former NY Islanders owner Howard Milstein is reportedly interested in buying the Bills and keeping them in Buffalo.
Mike Florio passes along an anonymous scout's opinion that Teddy Bridgewater may not even become an NFL starter, while Doug Farrar discusses the abject ridiculousness of weighting Bridgewater's pro day over reels of game tape.
Farrar lists prospects he thinks will thrive at the NFL's hardest positions to fill.
In his latest four-round mock, Bucky Brooks has Denver taking UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, LSU wideout Jarvis Landry, UNC DE Kareem Martin, and Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey. Sounds nice, but no corner?
It's interesting that Ozzie Newsome has been so willing to talk about his fondness for compensatory picks. That obsession (shared by New England and Green Bay) would seem to be one of the NFL's few Moneyball-like advantages. Anyway, we're hopeful that next year is when the Broncos can join the comp pick party.
Russ Lande shares some tales of stupidity from NFL draft rooms.
As Dan Pompei tells it, teams were going deeper on prospects' backgrounds prior to the arrest of Aaron Hernandez.
Bill Barnwell lays out a few scenarios based upon what Houston does with the first overall pick.
In an excellent Q&A, Mike Mayock and Todd McShay tell Richard Deitsch they think the draft should be either two or three days long (not four, as Roger Goodell has threatened), and they agree that Andrew Luck was the easiest prospect they've ever scouted, with Mayock adding Peyton Manning.
Matt Bowen offers a primer on Cover 3.
Greg Bedard warns us not to expect much from rookie wideouts.
Denver's offensive players broke very few tackles in 2013; presumably, Emmanuel Sanders will help out in that department.
Gordon McGuinness looks back at PFF's 2011 Secret Superstars, including the disastrous choice of Joe Mays.
PFT Commenter has submitted a brilliant application to be the new social media director for the Washington franchise.