The Daily Lard 4-19-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're only one week away from the start of the 2012 NFL Draft, and that can mean only one thing: it's time to celebrate The Passion of the Legwold.

Legwold kicks off Passion Week by breaking the news that Denver desires an impact player at #25, as opposed to the middling prospects they would normally be after in the first round. He also reiterates that the team has interest in BSU runner Doug Martin and could see them taking Martin at #25 if the top defensive tackles are all gone at that point. In fact, that's exactly what he has them doing in his first-round mock.

As for offensive linemen, The Impassioned One says the team is "giving long looks" to center and guard prospects because Peyton Manning is coming off an injury, not because J.D. Walton and Zane Beadles were pretty terrible last season. And, if Peyton were 100% healthy, they wouldn't want to give him great protection?

Presumably it's Legwold (or, could be Klis) who reviews Denver's 1st-to-3rd-round picks of the past 11 years, incredibly calling Jay Cutler just an "OK" pick, while generously calling Beadles and Walton "Good" picks. Look, Cutler may be a jerk, and we give the guy a ton of grief here, but let's be serious - he is a legitimate starting NFL QB and should remain one for a long time, and he is BY FAR the best QB from that 2006 Draft. To equate the expenditure of resources to select Cutler with those spent for Tebow, and to call Beadles and Walton better values than Jay is pure hackery. Really, it's a complete and utter joke.


All of the new Broncos except for Mike Adams and Jacob Tamme have been assigned numbers.

As Dave Krieger and Gray Caldwell tell it, John Elway & Co. continue to be impressed by Peyton Manning's leadership.

Khaled Elsayed reviews Denver's 08-10 drafts and finds not a whole lot to love. Perhaps the ranking of Robert Ayers (but not the description) is a bit rough, but really it's all pretty much on point.

Chris Hall and Broncos TV check in on Von Miller as he enters his first full offseason and second NFL season.

Poor 2011 play aside, Zane Beadles is one sharp dude and it's impossible to not be impressed that he earned an engineering degree while playing D1 football.

Switching from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning provides Denver with a 10.5-point swing against the Steelers according to the Vegas oddsmakers.

Sam DeWitt makes some predictions for the first six games of the Broncos' schedule.

A Jim Rome impersonator went through Denver's schedule on Mile High Sports radio and predicted a 2-14 finish for the Broncos. (via KSK)

Peyton Manning issued a statement in response to the remarkable Pat Summit stepping down as coach of the Lady Vols.

Damn, Nate Webster is one creepy MFer, and his line of defense is pretty weak.


Washington and Dallas will have an arbitration hearing on May 10 to appeal their salary cap penalties, while Gregg Williams is discussing with the league what will be required for his potential reinstatement.

Baltimore will work out QBs Kyle Boller, Curtis Painter, and Dennis Dixon, who is reportedly still an option for Denver.

Patriots T Matt Light has decided to hang 'em up, which will leave Tom Brady as the last player still around from New England's championships.

Chicago added ex-Niners G Chilo Rachal; the Dolphins signed some accountant to try out as a TE.

Arkansas reportedly called Pete Carroll about replacing Bobby Petrino, but he $aid no thanks.

The departure of Peyton Manning means the Colts have season tickets available for the first time in nine years.

Jags QB Blaine Gabbert is expectedly unhappy that Mike Lombardi and several others have called him one of the worst rookie passers ever.


NFLN and ESPN won't tip picks via green room shots, although surely Chris Berman will continue to do so because he sucks.

Bucky Brooks splits the top prospects among three tiers: elite, blue and red chips.

Matt Waldman evaluates the draft's top TE prospects; former NFL and college line coach Larry Zierlein scouts top tackles, guards, and one center. (via Chris Brown)

Mike Tanier breaks down PSU DT Devon Still; Doug Farrar scouts Stanford TE Coby Fleener and Iowa T Riley Reiff; Greg Cosell evaluates Spartans QB Kirk Cousins, ASU's Brock Osweiler, and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden; Russ Lande scouts Gamecocks DE/OLB Melvin Ingram; Unsilent Majority dishes the dirt on Reiff.

Here are this year's projections by SackSEER, which had foreseen great things for Von Miller last season.

Wes Bunting has Denver taking VT RB David Wilson in his second-round mock.

Elsayed also goes over the recent drafts of Kubes and the Texans.


Andy Barall offers an appreciation for the late Rams center Rich Saul.

Ben Stockwell picks out a favorite matchup for each team on the newly released schedule; Mike Clay examines RB effectiveness against specific defensive packages.

Since everyone else is listing the best and worst games on the 2012 schedule, Christmas Ape turns to the underappreciated mediocre games.

Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin made TIME Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World; KSK and With Leather react.

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