The Daily Lard 3-30-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, most people figure Denver to be picking a DT with their first pick next month, and as you know the discussion has focused in on comparing Nick Fairley and Marcell Dareus. Lots of talk about upsides, ceilings, floor heights, football character. Well, Peter Schrager says not so fast, folks! According to Schrager's ridiculous logic, taking a DT in the top five is a huge risk (actually Pete, all picks are) - and a bigger one than taking an offensive skill player. Firstly, he calls it "safe to label" Dan Wilkinson (who played 13 years), Gerard Warren (10 years) and KC's Glenn Dorsey (who has started 46 out of 48 games in his career) as "colossal draft busts." Disappointments relative to their expectations perhaps, but by no means colossal busts. Secondly, he compares them to QBs, WRs and RBs as a group rather than by each position - this is what we refer to as fuzzy math. Yes, let's take a sample of eight guys, use a wide and suspect brush to paint them all as failures, and then compare them to a group of 46 players. Makes perfect sense. (Thanks, JVill)

AFC West

Baylor defensive lineman Phil Taylor and Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick are both scheduled to visit with the Broncos this week.

Not surprisingly, Legwold says (or speculates) that the Broncos would have no interest in being the subject of HBO's Hard Knocks this summer.

Acee on the Chargers' arsenal of draft choices.

Kiper and Co. discuss San Diego's needs/options for the Worldwide Leader.


The NFLPA's reserve fund will begin paying players in a couple of weeks.

Jack Bechta lets us in on what his players are doing to kill time.

Mike Silver finds fans protesting the labor dispute in March to be quite hilarious. Hard to argue with that one, no?

Judy Battista on Von Miller and how joining the NFLPA's lawsuit has affected his image.

Jason Cole goes on a rant.


Dez Bryant has been hit with another, bigger lawsuit - this time for over $600K by a jeweler/ticket broker.

Felony warrants were issued for the arrest of Bucs S Aqib Talib and his mother.

Chad Johnson's soccer stunt continues, sort of.

Erik Ainge has done a lot of drugs. Can you blame him? Guy was on the Green & White of NJ...

PK responds to emails.

Andy Benoit goes to the tape to see the 2010 Bengals.


Wes Bunting checks in on some safety prospects with mid/late round grades, including Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett, who will be visiting Dove Valley.

Rob Rang throws Da'Quan Bowers, Nick Fairley, Martez Wilson, Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Rudolph in his overrated bucket, among others. Meanwhile, D-linemen Jabaal Sheard and Terrell McClain are labeled as underrated.

Plus, he considers the WR options after A.J. Green and Julio Jones.

Greg Gabriel breaks down tackle prospects Nate Solder and Tyron Smith.

Bucky Brooks focuses in on Huskies QB Jake Locker. Also, UCLA's pro day.

Nolan Nawrocki of PFW and Cris Collinsworth don't have the highest opinions of Cam Newton.

Legwold introduces us to another WR from Mount Union (the alma mater of Pierre Garcon) named Cecil Shorts.

Adam Rank interviews Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph.


Jason Whitlock says college athletes are getting the shaft.

The Jake Snakenberg Act was signed into law yesterday in Colorado. The daughter of barefooted wonder Rich Karlis is mentioned, and apparently John Hickenlooper is aging really well.

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

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