Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Now in this third offseason running the show, John Elway's tenure has been defined by the acquisitions of Peyton Manning and Von Miller.
It's a pretty good start to a front office career, adding your team's two best players in your first two years on the job. Naturally, there's still work to be done this week and in the coming months, but the Dumervil debacle aside, this has been a stellar offseason for Elway and the Broncos.
They shored up the offensive line's interior with the addition of Louis Vasquez, gave Manning another dynamic weapon in Wes Welker, and provided Jack Del Rio a familiar big ugly in Terrance Knighton.
Already in his tenure, Elway had ended the Broncos' lengthy and elusive searches for his own successor at quarterbacking greatness, an electric return man, and quality depth in the defensive backfield.
Now, after all these years, comes a stellar defensive tackle prospect, and five draft choices remain as of now.
How many more longstanding needs will be filled? A safety who can cover tight ends? How about a solid swing tackle?
What about the big running back the DP has banging the table about for months now, or a pass-rushing end?
It will be fun to watch it all happen, but we should be confident that sooner or later, Elway will have all the answers.
According to Mike Klis, the reason New England traded back from #29 was Denver's selection of Williams, whom the Pats had apparently also coveted. That's pretty awesome, to both get an explosive tackle and punk Belichick & Co. in one fell swoop.
Elway says the team did consider moving up or back from #28, but Sly fell right into their lap there.
Wiliams did take an official visit to Dove Valley last week, but we had not seen any reports of this prior to last night's selection.
Chris Hall details the choice of Williams for BTV.
Kansas City and Miami are expected to resume talks today about a trade of Chiefs tackle Branden Albert for a draft choice.
Minnesota added Lions DE Lawrence Jackson.
Mike Silver expects the Raiders to try to move down again tonight and stockpile more desperately needed picks, and he says Oakland almost took D.J. Hayden at #3, as Jason La Canfora had suggested yesterday that they might.
Chase Stuart runs last night's trades through his pick value calculator and discusses the LOLJets' picks.
Mike Tanier, Don Banks, and Clark Judge offer their thoughts on the night; Will Brinson, John Clayton and Jason Cole list their winners and losers from Thursday; Pete Prisco likes Denver's selection of Williams.
Dane Brugler ranks his top 40 prospects who have not yet been drafted, and he has Denver getting A&M DE Damontre Moore at #58 in his second-round mock. In their second-round mocks, Mel Kiper also has Denver getting Moore, while the Scouts Inc. guys have them taking UConn corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson (ESPN Insider).
What's not to love about former BYU defensive end and new Detroit Lion Ziggy Ansah, after he showed up to the draft wearing 3D glasses?