The Daily Lard 4-14-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold says the Broncos have struggled to find defensive line talent in the draft, and his proof is that they've only gotten two future Pro Bowlers in the past 30 years. Pretty compelling stuff, huh?

Well, Legwold holds up the Ravens as a model for success that Denver should strive for.

Anyone care to guess how many Pro Bowl defensive linemen they've drafted in their 16 years of existence? One.

Maybe we should check in on the Steelers. How many Pro Bowl defensive linemen do you think they've drafted in 30 years? Three.

How about the Giants? After all, they are routinely loaded on the line. They must have drafted a ton of Pro Bowl linemen, right? How about four in 30 years?

Today's lesson? Finding talent in the draft is really hard. This does not only apply to the Broncos. The lesson that Pro Bowl selections are a horrible measure for this sort of stuff? That's for another day...

Broncos

Denver is still interested in bringing back Brandon Stokley, and they will have him in for a visit at some point. Florio's version would clearly earn him an A+ from the Bill Williamson School of Auxiliary Verb Use.

Andrew Mason figures RB Mario Fannin will get a good look in OTAs and camp, but warns us not to get our hopes up just yet. Plus, his thoughts on the release of Andre' Goodman.

Peyton Freaking Manning tells Chris Hall that he's excited for workouts to start on Monday, and to get to know his new teammates.

Demaryius Thomas spoke to the guys on The Fan the other day to sort of clarify his comments about Tim Tebow.

Von Miller put on a cape and mask as part of a PSA he filmed to help abused and/or neglected children.

Former Manning teammate WR Blair White was waived by Indy; Christmas Ape interprets Philip Wilson's love letter to Peyton from the other day.

Mark Schlereth and Mike Hill discussed the Broncos' draft options with Cecil Lammey and John Clayton on ESPN Radio; Adam Schefter spoke on ESPN about whether more Denver players will announce their true feelings about Tebow Time, and he said all the attention paid Tebow was the media's fault.

Trimmings

After weeks of anticipation, the Chargers did end up signing ex-Raiders tackle Mario Henderson and re-signing FB Jacob Hester.

Washington re-signed LB London Fletcher for two years and added ex-Bucs S Tanard Jackson; New England gave C Dan Koppen a new two-year deal; the G-Men re-signed LB Chase Blackburn; Carolina re-upped LB Jordan Senn; Houston re-signed LB Tim Dobbins; Cincy retained TE Donald Lee and LB Dan Skuta; Miami added LB Gary Guyton.

Saints owner Tom Benson purchased the NBA's Hornets and says he's close to re-signing Drew Brees, who says Joe Vitt is the obvious choice to stand in for Sean Payton this season. But Mike Silver thinks the decision to replace Payton with Vitt shows the team isn't really sorry for the whole bounty scandal. Mike Lombardi is puzzled by the whole thing and figures GM Mickey Loomis felt threatened by the potential presence of Bill Parcells. Meanwhile the "coaching change" will not permit the Saints an extra minicamp, and there's a chance the Steve Gleason documentary will not be completed after filmmaker Sean Pamphilon released the audio of Gregg Williams's now-notorious pregame speech.

Jeff Fisher says he'd consider bringing back Gregg Williams if/when he's reinstated. But Doug Farrar thinks the rest of Fisher's comments show the coach doesn't really get it.

Ryan Leaf was charged with four felonies in Montana; Charles Rogers allegedly threatened to kill his mother over $100K.

Concern is growing over the prevalance of Toradol use in the NFL and MLB.

Mockery

The Rams and Eagles are reportedly among a few teams to have expressed interest in the Browns' #4 pick.

Mike Tanier scouts Clemson TE Dwayne Allen; Matt Waldman evaluates Cal WR Marvin Jones.

Defensive tackle evaluations from Russ Lande: Jerel Worthy, Dontari Poe, Fletcher Cox, Devon Still, and Alameda Ta'amu.

Rob Rang updates his big board, while Wes Bunting lists his top 10 defensive back prospects.

Khaled Elsayed examines the 08-10 drafts of the Chargers and Raiders; Greg Gabriel revisits the 2009 Draft's first round, while Bucky Brooks does over the top of the 2010 and 2011 Drafts.

Scrapple

Denver was at the league's median in terms of breaking tackles on offense, thanks mostly to the exploits of Willis McGahee and Tim Tebow.

Naturally, Jabar Gaffney is going with the "My Twitter account was hacked and I'm shutting it down" defense.

Presented with the choices of Rex Ryan, Betty White, and Tebow for F#$%/Marry/Kill, Rob Gronkowski figures he'd take Timmy's virginity. BTW, how hilariously ironic is it that the same zombies who wanted to talk Tebow 24/7/365 are now whining when their savior crush boy is mentioned here, as if they have ANY CONTROL in the matter? There's always this warm, safe place for them.

KSK's latest mock draft entails hot sauces.

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

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