Evening Lard 4-25-12

Good Evening, Broncos fans! We're less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2012 NFL Draft, and as you've seen, there's been a ton of news all week. So much so that I've been collecting a lot of it the day/evening before posting, and the results have been unwieldy and overwhelming Lards. So, I figure I might as well just post what I've collected so far tonight, and in the morning I'll share anything that posts between now and then.

As for tomorrow, look for Ted to provide his live pick-by-pick analysis of the first round (and the second and third rounds on Friday night), and the four of us will be doing Chewing the Fat entries throughout the draft. We'll post those after each of Denver's picks, and TJ will present some of his Gut Reactions in the wee hours of the night.

Whatever the Broncos do, whether it's making a stunning move upwards or a ho-hum slide down the board, we'll have you covered. See you in the morning, friends, and have a great night!


The Colts took down a banner of Peyton Manning from outside their stadium, appropriately a day before they draft Andrew Luck.

Stuart Zaas examines Denver's history of drafting tight ends and kicking specialists; Zane Beadles will host his second annual Cakes for Cancer charity event on Saturday.

Creepazoid and monster Nate Webster faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.


The league and NFLPA are yet to agree upon a rookie salary pool number.

Green Bay will release safety Nick Collins; Cincy K Mike Nugent signed his franchise tender.

Presumably not wanting to dampen the draft mood, the Commish says individual player penalties in the bounty scandal are not coming this week; Sean Payton plans to coach his son's football team this fall.

In the conclusion to his series on the evolution of NFL football, Andy Benoit writes that offensive innovation in the form of presnap design and complex spread formations will require teams to employ more versatile linebackers and safeties.

Calvin Johnson will grace the next Madden cover after beating Cam Newton for the honor.

Jets WR Jeremy Kerley says Tim Tebow throws more accurately than he'd expected, and with "a lot more velocity" than does Mark Sanchez; Matt Yoder chimes in on NFL Films calling Tebow one of the top 10 Heisman winners to play in the NFL.


ASU LB Vontaze Burfict and VT CB JayRon Hosley failed their Combine drug tests, and apparently three more names will be joining them and OSU tackle Mike Adams on that dubious list.

In Russ Lande's latest notes, he hears that teams are cooling on Wisconsin C Peter Konz, and that the versatility of Stanford's David DeCastro is moving him up boards.

Bucky Brooks lists his big board of 50 prospects; Ben Stockwell examines the draft needs of the NFC teams.

John Clayton can see San Diego jumping up to take Alabama safety Mark Barron; Greg Gabriel evaluates Barron, who is a hot commodity according to Albert Breer.

Mike Tanier and Doug Farrar evaluate Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, LSU DT Michael Brockers, Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox, SC LB Melvin Ingram; Farrar and Greg Cosell talk inside linebackers and defensive backs in their latest podcast.

Mike Lombardi has Denver taking BSU RB Doug Martin in his mock draft; Mike Mayock has Denver ending up with Memphis DT Dontari Poe in his; Wes Bunting's seventh-round mock, when the Broncos currently have no picks.

Scott Kacsmar applies his peerless research to Andrew Luck and RG3 and says the two players are perfect fits for the teams drafting them. Of course, Kacsmar looks back at every 1-2 QB duo from past drafts and points out that Tim Couch wasn't the epic bust we all likely remember him as. Remember when there was talk of Couch joining Denver to back up Jake Plummer back in the day?

Bill Barnwell's draft research finds that TEs are generally bustproof as early picks (tell that to Josh McDaniels and Richard Quinn), and that second-round WRs and DBs turn out nearly as well as first-rounders do at those positions.

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