The Daily Lard 4-10-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis says Denver would like to draft a back who will at some point this year become the primary runner, to be spelled by Willis McGahee, with Knowshon Moreno as the third-down guy.

Klis also points out that Caleb Hanie received no guarantees as part of his two-year deal, and he expects the Broncos to draft a QB somewhere between the second and fifth rounds, and to perhaps sign another veteran too.

Adding to what Jeff Legwold had written yesterday, Klis says Denver's offer to Jeff Saturday was around $2.5M per year, a pittance compared to the $4M that Green Bay will pay the veteran center this year.

Meanwhile, Klis is making a push to sell his Tebow books to the New Jersey fans - he says that although Mark Sanchez is a swell guy whom he's more fond of than are most people, Timmy is just a better quarterback. Really. And as Klis sees it, Tebow is completely innocent as far as the circus that follows him around.


Jeff Legwold says Chris Kuper could be ready in time for camp, and the Broncos will consider drafting a guard. They might also draft seven kickers, if we want to Williamson-ize everything...

Legwold thinks Brock Osweiler makes more sense than Brandon Weeden as a prospect to groom behind Peyton Manning due to their age difference.

Mike Rice would like to see Denver draft a Mike in Round 1 and expects them to come away with a running back at some point.

Here's video of Mel Kiper, Trent Dilfer and Chris Mortensen discussing the Broncos' offseason for the Worldwide Leader; Dilfer thinks the presence of Manning makes Denver a SB contender.


Mike Freeman hears dozens of players could be punished by the Commish, and that the league and NFLPA have been secretly negotiating their penalties. He also says that there's been a ton of distrust between two parties ever since the lockout.

The Saints will officially begin pondering an interim coach for 2012; the NFLPA retained a law firm to represent individual players implicated in the bounty scandal; Saints owner Tom Benson is reportedly interested in purchasing the NBA's Hornets.

After flirtations with the Broncos early on in free agency, CB Marcus Trufant has agreed to stay in Seattle another year.

DT Derek Landri, who played for John Fox in Carolina and had visited Dove Valley last summer as a free agent, will re-up with the Eagles for one year.

Washington added T James Lee and re-signed DE Kedric Golston.

The FDIC has sued Jim McMahon for his part in the failure of a bank which he had served as a director.


In yesterday's MMQB, PK throws shit against the wall wonders if the Broncos would consider moving up for Janoris Jenkins in the early second round; Christmas Ape translates the rest of his 15-page column.

Reacting to Tim Tebow's Sunday sermon, Doug Farrar wonders if we're nearing a time when Timmy dives farther into politics, while Christmas Ape doesn't think us Broncos fans are any worse off for having lost Debbie Sandoval to the Jets.

An investigation by the Sporting News into Urban Meyer's Gators found a program out of control, with players using drugs and carrying a sense of entitlement; WR Percy Harvin reportedly was the worst of the bunch, with his actions ranging from insubordination to drug use to a physical assault of his position coach.


Greg Cosell says the heavy reliance on three-receiver sets in the modern game has widened the standard for what makes a worthy WR prospect. Players no longer have to be man-to-man beating burners to be stars; with that in mind, Cosell looks for the next Wes Welker and Marques Colston.

Wes Bunting lists defensive prospects whose stock is said to be rising.

Doug Farrar evaluates Marshall DE Vinny Curry; Matt Waldman scouts BSU RB Doug Martin and breaks down the play of Badgers QB Russell Wilson and compares him to Drew Brees in Waldman's debut column for FO.

Matt Bowen breaks down film of a fade route as executed by Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon.

Mike Tanier thinks adding Janoris Jenkins to the Lions' mix of Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure, and Johnny Culbreath would help turn Ford Field into "the world's largest bong."

Mike Lombardi considers the Vikings' options with the third-overall pick.

Khaled Elsayed reviews the 08-10 drafts of the Chiefs and Bills.

Adam Schefter and John Clayton respond to draft-related questions.

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