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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Thursday's first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and we at IAOFM are ramping up our coverage of it accordingly.

Ted's hard at work on his annual Rational Actor Mock Draft, and we expect to have it for you sometime today. It will be even more involved than in previous years, and here's where we remind you that the 2012 version had the Broncos trading back and selecting Derek Wolfe, whom no non-IAOFM reader, Jeff Legwold inclusive, knew about prior to Denver's selection of him.

Unfortunately, John Elway & Co. did not also follow Ted's advice and take a matchup safety to cover tight ends, and we all know how that worked out for them (Dennis Pitta's 24-yard reception on 3rd-and-13 from the Baltimore three-yard line in overtime comes to mind).

We'll see if that glaring issue gets addressed later in the week.

In another programming matter, you may notice that we've added "All Draft Features" on the "Offseason 2013 Features" panel, and that is simply a link to all of our draft coverage, ever. This is particularly helpful in finding all of Doc's excellent pre-draft analysis, and there will be more of that to come shortly, as he analyzes Denver's options on the defensive line.

If you've been wondering how to get to that in the past, the categorization for each column we write is at the bottom of it, prior to the comments. When you scroll down right now to my signature, you'll see a link to "The Lard" below it, if you wanted to look back at every Daily Lard ever written. Why anyone would ever want to do such a thing is beyond me, but hey, it's a free country. That's how it works for all of our content that's worthy of being compartmentalized.

Once the draft actually begins, Ted will again be providing his live analysis, we'll track each of Denver's moves in the same fashion we did last year, TJ will provide his Gut Reactions, and we'll all be Chewing the Fat. Of course, we'll also have an open thread for all of you to discuss what's happening.

In other words, we will cover the Broncos' actions in the 2013 Draft as well as, or better than, we've ever done before - which is to say, better than anyone else will do.

As always, we appreciate your support, and if anyone you are even remotely acquainted with isn't aware of our unparalleled analysis of the Broncos, now might be a good time to let them know about it.

Broncos

Here's video of John Elway speaking with the press on Monday; Elway says the Broncos are truly able to go BPA this time around, that the front office will be practicing draft scenarios over the next couple days, and he continues to pat himself on the back for having selected Brock Osweiler last year.

Elway, who admits to reading mock drafts around the internet, says he's okay with Eric Decker doing a reality show, and he's confident the team will eventually lock up Ryan Clady.

As Andrew Mason notes, it's at least as important for Denver to think ahead about replacing players it will likely lose in free agency next offseason, as it is for them to address the 2013 roster.

Mike Klis says the Broncos have a list of about 10 players whom they're eyeing at #28, if they don't move back from there.

Paul Klee thinks that if you haven't figured it out yet, now would be a good time to put your trust in what Elway decides to do this week.

Jeff Legwold believes Elway's claim that every draft pick is about impact rather than need, and that is frankly a bunch of baloney. Every pick is about need, on some level.

Mark Kiszla thinks that if Denver does stay put, its best move is to take a defensive back.

News

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins are willing to give Chiefs tackle Branden Albert a contract similar to the whopper signed by Houston's Duane Brown last year, so a deal may be imminent, with one of Miami's second-rounders heading to Kansas City. Complicating the matter is potential interest from Arizona.

Seattle extended S Kam Chancellor; Atlanta waived WR Kerry Meier; St. Louis reworked the contract of DE Chris LongBuffalo hosted Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby.

Scott Fujita retired in style on Monday, signing a one-day contract with the Saints from Machu Picchu, in the Andes.

Giants owner John Mara says he's confident his front office will eventually get a long-term deal done with WR Victor Cruz.

The City of Charlotte approved an $87.5M handout to welfare queen Jerry Richardson, for the purposes of upgrading his team's ancient stadium, which hasn't even see its 17th birthday yet.

Draft

The surgically repaired shoulder of Alabama CB Dee Milliner may cause him to miss the beginning of training camp; his Tide teammate D.J. Fluker admitted on Twitter that he took money from agents while in college, and then naturally claimed that his account had been hacked.

Joe Fortenbaugh's reading of the tea leaves says the Falcons want to trade up for Washington corner Desmond Trufant, while the Pats are eyeing Oregon State wideout Markus Wheaton.

Mike Tanier evaluates Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert, Georgia LB Jarvis Jones, WVU QB Geno Smith, and Alabama CB Dee Milliner; Mike Tanier studies Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, FSU DE Bjoern Werner, and the year's top TE prospects; Matt Waldman examines Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell.

Russ Lande lists a group of likely late-round picks whom he sees as future NFL starters.

Matt Brown prepares for the possiblity that the B1G Ten gets shut out on Thursday night, and thinks about what that means for them.

Chase Stuart considers whether certain positions tend to provide safer choices in the first round.

Mockery

Bucky Brooks suggests North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams, Bjoern Werner, and A&M DE Damontre Moore as DL options for Denver at #28, with cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes (FSU), Desmond Trufant (Washington), Jamar Taylor (BSU), and David Amerson (NC State) as his backup plan.

Greg Cosell has FSU DE Tank Carradine falling to Denver at #28 in his mock draft (top half, bottom half of first round).

The CBS guys have Denver taking any of Bjoern Werner, Desmond Trufant, Damontre Moore, and UCLA DE Datone Jones at #28, plus LSU LB Kevin Minter or LSU corner Tyrann Mathieu at #58.

Mel Kiper still has Denver taking D.J. Hayden in his latest mock, while Todd McShay has them getting Werner (Insider).

Analysis

Bill Barnwell says that of course, the reason Darrelle Revis was dealt is that Mike Tannenbaum and the LOLJets royally screwed up their last contract with him, and he finds little to justify the trade on their end. Like us, Jason Fitzgerald is stunned by the lack of guarantees in Revis's Bucs contract, which again shows he's not a selfish diva, a characterization that certain people love to throw around (meaning, people who apparently like to be paid less money for doing their job than they'd be worth on the open market, and think athletes should do the same). 

Andy Benoit studies the Bears roster; here are PFF's favorite sixth-rounders from the past five drafts.

Chris Harris gets an honorable mention as Sam Monson lists his prototypical defensive backs.

Andy Barall looks back at the playing career of the late, great Pat Summerall.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB for all the unilingual simpletons out there.

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

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