The Daily Lard 4-14-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Alabama DT Marcell Dareus and LSU CB Patrick Peterson visited Dove Valley yesterday, while next Monday will bring Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure to town. On Tuesday the Broncos will host Auburb QB Cam Newton, Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates and Baylor RB Jay Finley, and on Wednesday Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, Villanova OT Ben Ijalana and K-State RB Daniel Thomas will visit.

John Elway described Dareus as "big, strong, he comes from a good background. Reliable. His traits are all good," while describing Peterson as a "big guy who can run. Athletic. All he did in college was play bump, man coverage. So he has that experience. Plus, he's explosive in the return game."


John Lynch answers a slew of questions from readers.

Legwold writes that the Broncos under Josh McDaniels basically whiffed on every free agent signing aside from Brandon Lloyd. No mention of Justin Bannan, Jabar Gaffney, Brian Dawkins, Andre' Goodman, or Renaldo Hill - and while none of those have been superstars for Denver, they have all played up to their salaries.

Legwold says the Broncos have some interest in Eastern Washington RB/KR Taiwan Jones, whose pro day is today.


Chargers GM A.J. Smith talked draft on a SD radio station; here's a partial transcription.

Contrary to reports, the Raiders say the Human Herpe is doing just fine, thank you.

Jerry McDonald looks back at Oakland's third-rounders since 1995.

There's some debate over who would pay for a new stadium in LA or SD.


Adam Schefter says Auburn DT Nick Fairley has either had bad luck or hasn't cared enough to show up on time throughout the pre-draft process.

Pat Kirwan says however deep the O-line talent is in this draft, it's not as deep as the O-line needs around the league.

Bucky Brooks examines the year's best offensive tackle prospects.

Chris Brown addresses the latest Cam Newton meme, that he played in a "one read" passing offense at Auburb.

Doug Farrar evaluates Pitt WR Jon Baldwin and TCU OT Marcus Cannon, while Matt Waldman checks out Oklahoma WR DeMarco Murray.

Mike Silver profiles his fellow Cal alum, the loquacious DE Cameron Jordan. Meanwhile, Cameron's dad, former VIkings TE Steve Jordan, has mixed emotions about the fact that his son and other draftees will be participating in the league's event amidst a lockout.

Matt Miller thinks Carolina DE Robert Quinn belongs in the top ten.

Here's Rob Rang's latest big board.

In Wes Bunting's latest two-round mock draft, he has Denver going with Marcell Dareus, Pitt DE Jabaal Sheard and Washington LB Mason Foster.


Judge Arthur Boylan, who will be presiding over this round of mediation, met with the NFL's lawyers for several hours yesterday.

Andrew Brandt lays out the prospects for mediation providing progress of any kind.

Jason Cole writes that Judge Nelson on Monday chastised the owners for not taking their last mediation sessions more seriously.

The league's last proposal would divert $300 million away from first-round picks and instead using that money for veteran salaries and benefits.

DeMarcus Ware has decided not to take the NFLPA's $60,000 payout since he just got a massive contract.


Matt Bowen wonders if this is finally the year Alex Smith puts it together in San Fran.

CHFF checks the quality stats of the Colts.

Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason are apparently not quite as smart as we'd like to think...

Passer ratings across the NFL have been rising for several decades now.

Like Tom Zbikowski before him, Vikings DE Ray Edwards wants to make sure he gets his allotment of concussions, so he's stepping into the boxing ring.

Niners radio analyst Gary Plummer got canned for talking of his sexual conquests (and those of his teammates) during their playing days.


As everyone's become frustrated by the lockout and the endless drumbeat of mock drafts, what better to the rescue than dog-riding monkeys that herd goats? They may be more entertaining than the draft, actually...

Here's what's caught Chris Brown's eye of late.

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

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