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Good Morning, Broncos fans! With just two days left until the draft begins, much of the talk is centering around quarterbacks.

And as it has been for months, the conversation around former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is all over the map.

According to Chris Mortensen, Cleveland won't let Johnny Football get past them at #4.

Gil Brandt says the A&M star is his top ranked prospect.

And yet, Charley Casserly says Manziel won't even be a first-round pick.

Mike Tanier and Russ Lande lean far closer to Brandt's evaluation than Casserly's, while Greg Gabriel says none of this year's QB prospects are worthy of a top-ten pick.

As for veteran passers, the Chiefs' extension talks with Alex Smith have reportedly stalled, prompting the team to put out word they're considering a quarterback in round one.

Meanwhile, Jason La Canfora hears the Rams and Vikings have discussed a trade of Sam Bradford.

Broncos

John Elway says the team worked out Marvin Austin last week and found him to be recovered from last year's back surgery.

Paul Klee thinks the Broncos don't need to make a splash this week, but does he really think getting both Ryan Shazier and Weston Richburg would be all that easy?

Mike Wilkening goes over Denver's draft needs.

Peyton Manning

Manning visited with David Letterman on Monday and says he's still progressing in his return from those neck surgeries.

Vic Lombardi caught up with Peyton and Archie at John Lynch's recent luncheon.

News

Old friend Ben Hamilton and six other retired players filed a motion to challenge the league's $765M concussion settlement.

In a long expected move, New England added former Saints DE Will Smith.

The NFL will reinstate Washington safety Tanard Jackson, who has been suspended since 2012 for violation of the substance abuse policy.

Turns out it was a bunch of frat brothers who helped the Colts move from Baltimore to Indy.

Draft

The Shutdown Corner guys rank their 11th-20th best prospects, list possible mid/late-round gems, and scout UCF quarterback Blake Bortles.

Mike Mayock updates his top 100 prospects; Gil Brandt refreshes his top 125; Brent Sobleski goes all the way to 300 (huh?).

Jeff Legwold scouts Alabama wideout Kevin Norwood for Denver but doesn't say whether they met with him at all.

Mocks

Bill Barnwell dreams up OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier at #31 and Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley at #63 for Denver.

Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have Denver getting Shazier, Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, and Rice corner Phillip Gaines in their three-round mock (Insider).

In his attempt to be more like Ted Bartlett, Greg Bedard has penned a rational actor mock, in which Denver takes Wisco linebacker Chris Borland at #31.

Analysis

Jason Fitzgerald says fifth-year options aren't so lopsided in teams' favor, and he estimates Denver's rookie pool at $4.3M.

As Chase Stuart explains, rookies don't tend to have large impacts on SB-winning teams.

Scott Kacsmar looks back at the past 20 drafts to see where quarterbacks have been taken.

Aaron Gordon says it's going to take a lot more than greed and concussions to bring down the NFL.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column; PFT Commenter presents his draft strategy.

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

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