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Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's Draft Week, and we'll strive to again bring you the best independent coverage of Denver's moves.

In Broncos-specific matters, the team kicks off its second week of offseason conditioning today, while tomorrow night the Elway to Marino episode of 30 for 30 airs on ESPN.

Mostly though, this morning is about the Darrelle Revis trade.

Ian O'Connor says Revis really did want to stay in New Jersey, so much so that he was willing to take from the LOLJets a non-guaranteed contract like the one he signed in Tampa.

Mike Tanier thinks both the Bucs and LOLJets fared well in the deal; Gary Myers thinks the LOLJets are already on the clock for the 2014 Draft; Neil Hornsby is puzzled by how much of their resources the Bucs are putting into their secondary; Jack Dickey believes Revis made the most of a bad situation, but says most other players are unable to do so under the current CBA.


Brock Osweiler says the speed of the NFL game is the hardest part about transitioning from college, while Johns Elway and Fox, Champ Bailey, and Von Miller each have their own thoughts about what's toughest.

If Denver were to draft a quarterback, Jeff Legwold figures that would occur on Day 3.


According to Jason Cole, Chiefs tackle Branden Albert is seeking $8M-9M/year from Miami, who won't deal for him unless he lowers his salary expectations. Cole says the Niners and Falcons are interested in moving up, with San Francisco now holding far more picks than could possibly make their roster.

Washington hosted Chargers CB Quentin Jammer last night; new Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain was again arrested in his Alabama hometown, this time charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest; there's already talk of Baltimore moving on without him.


In his MMQB column, Peter King says he expects Kansas City to go with A&M tackle Luke Joeckel at #1, and he says the Jimmy Haslam saga is a nightmare for the NFL.

Richard Dietsch says NFLN and ESPN have agreed not to tip picks on TV or Twitter during the first two rounds of the draft, but it sounds like Jason La Canfora of CBS won't be playing along with that silliness. NFLN will have live footage inside the Broncos' draft room, which will be far less entertaining than Brian 'Water Bottle' Xanders. Plus, Tom Selleck narrates the Elway to Marino episode.

Randy Covitz thinks the Chiefs will take a running back, wide receiver, and quarterback in the second half of the draft.

Quarterback Matt Barkley tells Mike Silver he wishes he had been more assertive during his senior season at USC.

Doug Farrar evaluates WVU wideout Tavon Austin, Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson, and BYE defensive end Ziggy Ansah; Matt Waldman studies USC wideout Robert Woods.

Brian Burke discusses Cade Massey's latest research on the draft, which says it's all random, and having more choices is always the likeliest path to success. Of course, this calls to mind an excellent column about the X-Man by our own TJ from two years ago. And along these same lines, Chase Stuart says nobody is actually very good at drafting, as today's genius GM is tomorrow's pariah.

Andy Benoit breaks down the Washington roster; PFF lists their top 10 fifth-rounders and Day 3 picks of the past five drafts.

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

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