The Daily Lard 4-17-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei writes that unfortunately for the Broncos, few teams are actually interested in moving up towards the top of the draft. He buys the notion that Cam Newton is headed to Carolina, but wonders if that's a very good fit. As for Newton's Auburn teammate, Pompei writes that the issue of Nick Fairley missing a flight for a team visit is not a noteworthy one but rather a common occurence, and not a reflection of the kid's character.


Mike Klis updates us on how John Elway has taken to his new gig of running the Broncos' football operations. Apparently, the Duke has been putting in 11-hour days and has watched film of over 300 draft-eligible prospects.

Klis reminds us that Denver needs to get tougher in the running game on both offense and defense if it's to contend. Plus, he says that the Broncos have high hopes for TE Richard Quinn despite the fact that folks like Woody (who are only concerned with how few catches the kid has) are already referring to him as a bust.

Legwold examines the top prospects and the Broncos' needs at each position in two parts: Offense and Defense.

Kiszla responds to a pair of Tim Tebow-related emails.

Jerry McDonald revisits the Raiders' 5th-rounders since 1995.

Teicher on the success of Scott Pioli's second draft with the Chiefs as compared with his first.

Plus, he considers who KC would take in a do-over of those past two drafts.


Among the latest rumors he's been hearing, Wes Bunting says the laidback attitude of Nova OT Ben Ijalana is turning off some folks.

Todd DeVries checks in on this year's WR prospects and cites CHFF's belief that the position is never worthy of top draft picks.

Aaron Wilson profiles J.D. Walton's ex-Baylor teammate Danny Watkins, who is 26 years old (he spent time as a firefighter before heading to Baylor), has only played football since Juco and hails from Canadia.

Andy Benoit hits up some 2010 tape of the Dolphins and Bills.

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