The Daily Lard 4-15-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold revisits the team's frequent draft-day trades while Josh McDaniels was around, and he says the team too often reached for prospects they liked.

But it should again be noted that the problem with McDaniels's drafts is who the team selected, not that they traded up to get them. The reality is that both years, the team came out of the draft with a greater number of players and at higher spots than when the selection processes started. They moved up and down the board masterfully.

Players like Richard Quinn and Alphonso Smith did not work out, but why does it matter that they were second-rounders? They simply didn't work out, and it wouldn't have made a difference had Denver taken them later. They're still the same flawed players. If Quinn and Smith were third-rounders, we'd still be having the same conversation today about how much they suck, right?

Just remember what TJ wrote last year - it's all about improving the team's odds at finding starters. Brian Xanders (with and without Josh McDaniels) has been doing a great job of adding picks to Denver's arsenal. This year he's starting with seven, so perhaps he doesn't need to do so, but my guess is he will again be making some moves.


Of course, Jeff Legwold says the Broncos need to add some defensive line talent in the draft.

Expert talent evaluator Woody Paige (remember, he was the only person in the universe who thought Steve Young would be a good QB, if you ask him) thinks the Broncos should draft Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower, Oregon RB LaMichael James, UConn DL Kendall Reyes, Arizona QB Nick Foles, Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson and Colorado G Ryan Miller.

For all you Denver fans out in SoCal, the guys over at OC Orange Crush are looking to gather up fans to try and take over a section at Qualcomm.


In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei hears that Gamecocks CB Stephon Gilmore is rising quickly, perhaps even into the top ten, and he cites chatter that the Eagles could take a QB in the first couple rounds. Plus, Pompei says his contact at Dove Valley expects big things from Mario Fannin this year.

John Lynch tells Mike Klis that as more and more players join lawsuits against the league, he now has a clearer understanding of why players like him received so many fines for hard hits they dished out during their careers.

There's a chance Lions RB Jahvid Best will be able to particlpate in team activities this week after missing a chunk of last season due to concussion after effects.

The Chiefs are offering free personalized jerseys as an enticement to attract more season ticket holders. But, aren't Chiefs fans supposed to be the best in the league?

Giants owner John Mara says he can see a time when kickoffs will be completely eliminated from the game for safety's sake; Eli Manning will host SNL on May 5th.

Whispers via PFW, who hear that Denver still has high hopes for Julius Thomas; one-liners from PFT.


ESPN and NFLN have announced how they will cover the upcoming draft.

Mike Tanier scouts Clemson DT Brandon Thompson; Russ Lande evaluates Stanford G David DeCastro; Matt Waldman breaks down Baylor WR Kendall Wright.

Wes Bunting lists some of his favorite potential late-round RB prospects; Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell discuss TE and OL prospects in their latest podcast.

Khaled Elsayed reviews the 08-10 drafts of the Titans and Bears.

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