The Daily Lard 4-22-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Apologies for the late Lard, but I'm off from work today and slept in a bit. As soon as I post this, I will get to work on posting a list of all the players Denver reportedly met with or worked out privately leading up to the draft. Best news of the day? Big Play Shay will be announcing both of the Broncos' second-round picks next week. Plus, be sure to read Jeffri Chadiha's excellent profile of Alabama's Marcell Dareus and this Sport Science video on Dareus that FiE shared with us yesterday.


Legwold focuses his passion for the draft on Auburn DT Nick Fairley and his battle against the notion he doesn't always play hard.

Next, Legwold checks out the Broncos' options in the secondary.

In response to a reader question, Legwold considers the players Denver could take in a potential move back to between 7-10.

Gray Caldwell recaps up the conference call with season-ticket holders hosted by John Elway and Brain Xanders.

Mike Rice shares his thoughts on the Broncos' D-line and specialist draft needs.

Retired players will announce their teams' second-round choices next Friday, including HOFer Shannon Sharpe for the Broncos. Some comments from Sharpe.

The Broncos apparently met at some point with USC RB Allen Bradford.


Teicher writes that the Chiefs are looking for a WR high in the draft.

Acee says the Chargers are on the hunt for a DE.

Canepa on the pressure that's always on for A.J. Smith.

Chargers S Eric Weddle has sued the makers of Alka-Seltzer for using his image without compensation.

The Raiders think they'll be okay without a first-round pick.

Coach Hue Jackson spoke with reporters - here's a transcript.


Jeffri Chadiha offers an in-depth profile of Alabama DT Marcell Dareus, who at the young age of 21 has plenty of perspective and already experienced a lifetime's worth of loss and heartache.

Mike Mayock isn't so sure Carolina wants to go QB at #1, while GM Marty Hurney says they're still undecided.

CHFF sees a few big no-no's in terms of drafting - first-round RBs and WRs, second-round QBs and no QBs high in the draft from Tulane, ND and L'ville.

Matt Bowen explains the importance of drafting defensive backs, while Bucky Brooks thinks ex-college corners often make the best NFL safeties.

According to Brian Burke's EPA, the Broncos' greatest needs on defense are everything but linebacker.

Pompei points out the danger in selecting a player not on a team's draft board with a tale of how one such instance may have actually worked out. Huh?

New Era's scouting reports on Illinois DT Corey Liuget, UCLA LB Akeem Ayers and Alabama QB Greg McElroy.

Greg Gabriel evaluates offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo from BC and Will Rackley of Lehigh.

Farrar breaks down Boise State WR Titus Young, while Matt Waldman focuses on Alabama RB Mark Ingram and Huskies QB Jake Locker, and KSK profiles FSU QB Christian Ponder.

Bunting sees a few late-round steals at WR.

Here's Rob Rang's latest big board.

In his annual mock, PK writes that the Broncos should and will draft Marcell Dareus. We do make fun of PK here incessantly, but he should be commended for only putting out one mock per year. Guess the guy knows his limitations, to some extent.

PFR lists the most valuable players at each draft slot throughout history.


The NFL turned down a law firm's request to allow them to represent some other players in the antitrust fight.

Titans coach Mike Munchak says Vince Young is definitely done in Tennessee.

Alex Marvez writes that some NFL players will try to game their sideline concussion tests.

One-liners via PFT.

Cards wideout Larry Fitzgerald? Good guy. However, former Giants WR Amani Toomer is a moron.


Nate Silver chronicles the rise and fall of online poker in the US.

Here's what Chris Brown listens to each week.

A Real Madrid player dropped their championship trophy under their parade bus.

Wow, check out this dude on his roller skates.

If a couple guys ever get your back in a fight, you'd better hope it's not these two.

Hmm. Think there are any Denver fans think they affect the Broncos' games like this guy does with the Blazers?

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