Peyton on a retirement tour of sorts

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The wait for the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft is down to three days. Let's open with some key points from Peter King's latest MMQB column:

  • Minnesota reportedly wants to go defense at #7 and draft another quarterback in the second round
  • Having cut bait with DeSean Jackson, Philly is apparently hot for a receiver in round one
  • Teddy Bridgewater to Cincy? That would be pretty funny (not to mention, probably a steal), given Andy Dalton's recent claim that he's the face of that franchise
  • Todd McShay thinks both Ryan Shazier and C.J. Mosley will have been long gone if Denver stays at #31
  • PK thinks a four-day draft in rotating sites wouldn't be so bad, if it were back in April

Broncos

Troy Renck considers whether Denver might draft a corner at #31.

Peyton Manning is in NYC visiting his buddies Derek Jeter and David Letterman, each of whom are about to retire.

Clyde Haberman revisits the Manning/Leaf dilemma that dominated conversation ahead of the 1998 Draft.

Floyd Little and other HOFers approved of the NBA's swift and decisive punishment of Donald Sterling.

Wes Welker won a stack of hundreds at the Kentucky Derby and started handing some of them out, before a police officer stopped him.

At the LVH sports book, Denver is currently favored by a touchdown against Indy, KC, San Diego, at Oakland, favored by a field goal against San Francisco, at KC, at San Diego, and at Cincy, and is an underdog at Seattle and New England.

News

The 2015 fifth-year options place so much leverage on the side of teams that some wonder whether the lack of longer term extensions for those players is a product of collusion.

Green Bay is reportedly working on a contract extension with head coach Mike McCarthy beyond the 2015 season.

Former Sabres owner Tom Golisano may be interested in buying the Bills.

Draft

If anyone really cares about this sort of thing, Miami tackle Seantrel Henderson reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the combine.

The Shutdown Corner guys continue their countdown of top prospects (31-40, 21-30) and scout Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

Matt Bowen studies A&M QB Johnny Manziel, whom he sees as a rare talent who could thrive in the right system.

Jeff Legwold scouts Rice corner Phillip Gaines but doesn't cite any contact between the player and the Broncos.

Chase Stuart has Denver taking TCU corner Jason Verrett at #31 in his mock.

Analysis

Mike Tanier sees so much depth in Denver's roster that he thinks they could afford a huge move up for Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins.

John Clayton thinks the perceived strong depth of this draft class will prevent teams from spending as much to move up as they normally might.

Richard Dietsch lays out the draft coverage we should expect from NFLN and ESPN this week.

USA Today's Erik Brady discusses what controversy exists for pro teams with Native American mascots.

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