Magazu attends Luke Marquardt workout Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! According to Rob Rang, 16-18 teams, including the Broncos, attended the pro day of Azusa Pacific on Thursday.

They were apparently there to see 6-8, 315-lb tackle Luke Marquardt, and Denver was represented by offensive line coach Dave Magazu. San Diego and San Francisco also reportedly sent their line coaches to watch Marquardt perform.

Azusa Pacific, which is located 30 minutes east of Los Angeles, is the alma mater of former Chiefs star RB Christian Okoye, and Marquardt's position coach at APU is HOF tackle Jackie Slater.

Marquardt started every game at left tackle during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but a broken foot cost him his senior campaign.

The Sammamish, WA native posted 31 bench reps at the combine, but did no on-field drills, hence yesterday's workout.

Here are Marquardt's profiles from NFL.com, CBS Sports, and Azusa Pacific, along with some grainy YouTube footage of his play.

According to Rang, Marquardt is seen as a potential Day 3 (rounds 4-7) draft choice.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold is finally admitting for real that the Broncos aren't utilizing a fullback in their offense, but his proof that it's not all about passing is that Adrian Peterson won the MVP, and he's apparently the one person who doesn't think the Ravens chucked their way to a SB title.

From Daniel Jeremiah's viewing, the video of Peyton Manning throwing at Duke shows increased velocity from last year.

Everyone except Ryan Clady is expected at Dove Valley on Monday for the start of Denver's offseason conditioning program.

Von Miller visited NFLN to discuss the influence of Peyton Manning and the departure of Elvis Dumervil.

Here's a video wrapup of the Broncos' Salute to Fans tour which made 20 different stops around Colorado.

News

As part of the league's attempt to make the in-stadium experience more robust, teams can now use their video boards to incite crowd noise during plays, but will that get the wine and cheese crowd at SAF@MH off their asses on third downs? We shall see...

The NHL is taking the lead among pro sports leagues on preparing for some of its players to come out as gay, and the NFL is taking some positive steps to follow.

According to Jason Cole, Giants WR Victor Cruz had no interest in entertaining offers from other teams, out of a desire to work with Jay-Z on potential marketing opportunities.

Turns out reports that Oakland had signed QB Seneca Wallace were premature, and they worked out Vince Young and Troy Smith yesterday.

Tampa Bay added former Toledo WR Eric Page, whom Denver had signed as an undrafted rookie last year.

Cleveland traded LB Emmanuel Acho to Philadelphia for RB Dion Lewis; New Orleans added LOLJets tackle Jason Smith; Cincy hosted Steelers LB James Harrison on Thursday; Detroit added kicker Havard Rugland, he of the awesome YouTube video; the LOLJets reportedly added kicker Derek Dimke and punter Ryan Quigey; Philadelphia cut four players.

Seattle CB Richard Sherman backtracked from his claim that half of the league uses Adderall, claiming now that he was misquoted. But, he wasn't.

Jeff Garcia, who's been tutoring Buttfumble this offseason, thinks the LOLJets should just dump the Ultimate Teammate™, who will be speaking at the Broadmoor on Saturday night.

Draft

Alabama RB Eddie Lacy was reportedly timed between 4.59 and 4.62 seconds in the forty-yard dash at an on-campus workout.

Miami is said to be much higher on A&M T Luke Joeckel and CMU T Eric Fisher than they are on Oklahoma T Lane Johnson, who is visiting the LOLJets.

Among defensive line prospects, Russ Lande thinks SMU's Margus Hunt is getting overhyped, while North Carolina's Sylvester Williams deserves more attention.

Matt Waldman isn't a huge fan of WVU QB Geno Smith's prospects, but he sees similarities with Bruce Gradkowski, and a potentially successful NFL starter.

Mockery

Gil Brandt updates his list of the top 100 prospects, but he says there's not much difference between the very best guys, and it's hard to come up with a firm top 10 this year.

Todd McShay has Denver taking FSU DE Bjoern Werner at #28 in his latest mock draft (Insider), with ND LB Manti Te'o and BSU corner Jamar Taylor listed as other possibilities.

Doug Farrar has the Broncos going with Washington corner Desmond Trufant at #28 in his latest mock, while Jeff Legwold has them taking FSU DT Tank Carradine.

Analysis

Andy Benoit surveys the 49ers roster; Khaled Elsayed revisits the 2008-2010 drafts of the Giants and Raiders (LOL).

Given that Rod Smith, Terrell Davis, and Shannon Sharpe each scored so many more touchdowns than Rick Upchurch did (along with several others), it's odd to see that Condoleezza Rice's ex-boyfriend is the only Bronco with at least five game-winning scores to his credit. It's less surprising that Floyd Little isn't on the list, given how rarely the Broncos won during his career.

Mike Tanier points to the selection of Brock Osweiler as the exceedingly rare instance were tracking pre-draft meetings and workouts actually foretells a team drafting a prospect. He's right, of course, but that's not going to stop us from updating our pre-draft visit tracker.

As much as we all take masochistic pleasure in ruing the Broncos' draft failures over the years, they've not had any historically bad draft classes; of course, they haven't had historically great ones either. All in all though, they've been one of the most successful franchises in football for most of the past 40 years, which means they've been doing something right, and not just in terms of stealing quarterbacks from the Colts.

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

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