The Daily Lard 2-28-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A pair of 40-yard dash runs have made headlines the past couple of days: one for good reason, and the other not so much. Yesterday was all about Memphis DT Dontari Poe, who put up a Combine-leading 44 reps on the bench press and then ran the 40 in an unofficial 4.87 seconds with a 1.70-second 10-yard split. Crazy part? The guy is 6-foot-4 and weighs THREE-HUNDRED FORTY-SIX POUNDS. That's 346 lbs moving 40 yards in under five seconds.

Obviously, Will Brinson has Poe among his winners from Monday's happenings in Indy, and Bucky Brooks says Poe's performance will vault him into the draft's top twenty. Jeff Legwold says the Broncos were already discussing Poe before yesterday, but he too thinks the mammoth athlete will be gone before Denver's pick at #25.

As for the less impressive 40, that was posted by Mississippi State RB Vick Ballard, who had the misfortune of tripping during his run and plowing into a camera tripod. Okay, maybe plowing is a bit strong, but you get the picture. Unfortunately, Ballard's official time (4.63 seconds) on his next run wasn't much better.


Jeff Legwold checks the baggage of the top cornerback prospects and examines Achilles tear data.

It's been determined that the death of former Raider/Chief/Bronco/Jet Chester McGlockton was caused by an enlarged heart.

Notre Dame prospect Harrison Smith picked a fine safety to model himself after: Steve Atwater.

Cattle Call

No great surprise here, but the Rams have decided they will auction off the #2 pick for the right to draft RG3; Mike Lombardi says the Rams must figure out whom they want to draft before they make a trade. Also not shocking was that Griffin fared well when Mooch grilled him in front of the whiteboard. Griffin's performance at the Combine tells Peter King that the quarterback is an impressive, valuable, and compelling prospect. Christmas Ape translates this into more meaningful words.

Wes Bunting's notes on defensive line and linebacker prospects.

Video of Mike Mayock meeting with the press to discuss Combine prospects.


Chargers lineman Kris Dielman is expected to retire on doctors' advice despite his own desire to continue playing. Earlier in the season, the team had sent Dielman back out onto the field after he had sustained a concussion, and on the team's flight home from having played at the Jets, Dielman suffered a seizure. It's also been confirmed that San Diego plans to release DE Luis Castillo but are hoping to keep Tommie Harris, who just lost his new wife, and Antonio Garay, who drives a Hello Kitty car.

Cleveland gave LB D'Qwell Jackson $19M in guarantees as part of a new five-year deal; obviously, the team isn't going to use its franchise tag on Peyton Hillis. And, why would they? Browns GM Tom Heckert is recovering from heart surgery which removed a blockage.

The Colts are not expected to file tampering charges against the Chiefs for Romeo Crennel's comments about Peyton Manning. For some reason, Donovan McNabb thinks his own suckitude in Washington means things wouldn't work out for Peyton in D.C. either. As Manning prepares to head out of town, Michael Weinreb consider what the quarterback means to Indianapolis and its people.

LB Bart Scott has reportedly been given permission by the Jets to seek a trade.

TE Ben Patrick, who is expected to join the Panthers, pulled some trapped passengers out of an overturned van near Phoenix.

Seahawks LB Leroy Hill and Jaguars DT Nate Collins were each arrested last week for marijuana possession.


Andrew Brandt explains the factors that will go into whether teams use their franchise tags; the deadline for doing so is Monday.

Bill Barnwell examines the remarkable opportunity in front of teams to acquire Steelers WR Mike Wallace for the low cost of a single first-round pick.

The CBS guys rank the top free agent defensive tackles (Brodrick Bunkley) and defensive ends.

PFF goes over the offseason needs of the FalconsSaints, Panthers, and Bucs.

February's finest quotes as curated by Rivers McCown for FO.

Professional bowler Pete Weber is pretty good, but wow - what a jackass.

Here's what Chris Brown has been reading.


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