Draft day midday Lard 4-28-11

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Lots of happenings, or at least rumored happenings - so it's time for another double dose of the Lard! First things first - as we here at IAOFM have been telling you since December (Ted for much longer, look it up), John Elway came out today in full support of Tim Tebow as the future QB of the Broncos. While he didn't necessarily state that Tebow will be the starter in 2011, he said to ESPN's Ed Werder about as much as he could without providing Kyle Orton with a slap in the face:

Let's put it this way, I'm his biggest fan. He's one of those guys who -- if he comes out and is the player we hope he can be -- then we're in pretty darn good shape...I don't know if it's going to be this fall or this time next year. But I think he's got the desire that eventually he's going to be very effective...I think where we are as an organization, we're going to go with Tim.


There will be no free-agent signings or player trades during the draft.

For now, it is expected that free agency will follow 2010 rules.

NFL teams will open their HQs to players tomorrow morning at 8am ET after having colluded to keep them out for two days.

Here are the guidelines the NFL sent out to teams about opening their HQs tomorrow.

Unless the Eighth Circuit provides the NFL with the stay they've been seeking, it's expected the 2011 league year will commence on Monday.

Workouts, distribution of playbooks and player/coach meetings can begin tomorrow as well.

Here's the memo the NFLPA sent out to players and agents today.


Evan Silva and Wes Bunting think Denver is going with Marcell Dareus at #2, while player-agent microphone extraordinaire Len Pasquarelli says don't rule Nick Fairley out of the picture there.

Jason La Canfora is hearing that Denver, Cincinnati, Arizona, Cleveland and San Francisco have been looking at moving out of the top 10.

Colin Kaepernick is a hot name today, as La Canfora thinks the Dolphins will take him at #15 and others think the Raiders may move into the first round for the Nevada QB.

There's talk that the Pats have discussed moving all the way up to #6 with the Browns to select UNC's Robert Quinn or possibly Julio Jones or Patrick Peterson.

The Bears are thinking of moving back out of the first round from #29.

Peter King sees a lot of opportunities for the Browns to move down from #6, and he thinks Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers will go between 13 and 25. Plus, PK thinks four QBs will go in round one - Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Andy Dalton, and that there could be a lot of action to move up for Patrick Peterson.

Pat Kirwan doesn't expect much movement atop the draft, although he could see some late first-round action on QBs.

Wes Bunting can foresee a few guys sneaking into the first round: Titus Young, Brandon Harris and Rahim Moore.

Mike Silver thinks a whole slew of QBs will go in the first round, while CHFF sees defensive linemen ruling the night.

Greg Gabriel explains what goes into a draft day plan.

Here's what Jack Bechta says none of us know about the draft.

Part 1 and Part 2 of Doug Farrar's latest mock, which has Denver going with Von Miller at #2.

Betting on the draft? Joe Fortenbaugh is here to help guide you.

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