The Daily Lard 4-24-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway met with the press (video, partial transcript) yesterday to talk about the draft, which begins only 60 hours from the time of this writing. Elway spoke about the retirement of Brian Dawkins (it was the player's decision), the team's needs at defensive tackle (he claims it's overstated) and at cornerback (you can never have too many), and even the Ring of Fame-worthiness of Simon Fletcher (still not in, despite Elway being tricked into thinking he was just added by a reporter's question).

As for trading picks, Elway says the team is more likely to move down from #25 than up, so we should all prepare for the possibility that Thursday night will come and go without Denver adding a player. He also says the team will again draft with the intent of receiving significant contributions from their early picks as rookies.

More on Elway's comments from Lindsay JonesArnie Stapleton, and Stuart Zaas.

Broncos

The Impassioned One says Denver is unlikely to take a DT at #25 unless Michael Brockers falls to them there, and he once again holds up the Steelers as better at drafting Pro Bowl defensive lineman than Denver is. Obviously, the Steelers do a better job of drafting linemen. But let's not measure that by Pro Bowl selections, okay?

Legwold also writes that the Broncos have interest in CU Buffs T Ryan Miller and RB Rodney Stewart, and he discusses the importance of height for NFL prospects.

Woody Paige takes a swipe at Walter Football's 40 mock drafts, and he says Brian Dawkins was responsible for keeping all the Tebow doubters in the locker room from speaking out.

Mike Klis on the retirement of Dawkins; Jeff Legwold thinks the relative dearth of safeties in the HOF is an issue for Dawk; Philly reaction from Jeff McLane, Rich Hofmann, and Les Bowen, who points out that many of Weapon X's most memorable hits would bring penalties today.

Mike Rice thinks the Broncos will take a developmental QB and a safety later on, and he's hoping they move back from #25.

McLane also says the Eagles are expected to trade Asante Samuel sometime this week; Jason La Canfora says it will likely happen before the draft.

Terrell Davis will announce Denver's second-round pick on Friday night.

NFLN on the history of QBs going #1 overall, including John Elway and Peyton Manning. How about Don Draper now doing NFL voiceovers?

Trimmings

Naturally, Mickey Loomis and the Saints are denying the latest allegations; Christmas Ape reacts.

Jacksonville waived former Denver draft bust Darcel McBath.

The league has suspended free-agent WR Jerome Simpson for his drug bust.

Green Bay re-signed LB Erik Walden and released T Chad Clifton after a failed physical; New Orleans signed K John Kasay; Washington signed LB Bryan Kehl.

Miami cut DE Phillip Merling, whom Vic Lombardi expects the Broncos to have some interest in.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis and Rams RB Steven Jackson are both unhappy with their current contracts and may hold out.

Mark @#$%ing Brunell is retiring. No thanks for the memories, Mark.

Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer and Tennessee S Michael Griffin signed their franchise tags.

The death of ex-Falcon Ray Easterling changes his lawsuit against the league from a personal-injury case to a wrongful-death suit.

Josh Cribbs was pulled over for going 103 in a 60, while Brandon Jacobs was allegedly part of a caravan of high-end sports cars escorted by NJ state troopers to Atlantic City at over 110 mph.

Mockery

Huskers CB Alfonzo Dennard is facing a third-degree felony assault charge for his run-in with a cop in Nebraska.

Some league exec tells Mike Silver that Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden won't get past the Dolphins at #8 overall.

Mike Lombardi's feelings on Chandler Jones, Courtney Upshaw, Dontari Poe, and Justin Blackmon echo what Ted wrote yesterday.

Tony Pauline hears the Jets will go for a safety early, and that Houston and San Francisco are interested in Coby Fleener, in his latest draft notes; Russ Lande isn't buying chatter that Gamecocks DE Melvin Ingram's value is slipping.

Mike Tanier evaluates SC CB Stephon Gilmore; Lande scouts Stanford QB Andrew Luck; Matt Bowen hits up some tape on Alabama S Mark Barron and stresses the importance of corners.

Matt Waldman studies Tennessee-Chattanooga QB B.J. Coleman and finds a player who has set out to copy everything Peyton Manning does on the football field.

Mike Mayock lists his top 100 prospects in order.

Part 1 and Part 2 of Tanier's first-round mock, in which he has Denver taking LSU WR Rueben Randle; Greg Cosell has the Broncos going with Stanford TE Coby Fleener in his first-ever mock; Wes Bunting has Denver selecting Texas LB Keenan Robinson in his fifth-round mock.

In his 2008 do-over, Khaled Elsayed has Denver taking DeSean Jackson instead of Ryan Clady at #12; in his 2009 version, he swaps Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers for LeSean McCoy and Jairus Byrd.

Chris Brown studies the contribution of play-action (and the use of a pulling guard within it) on the college careers of Andrew Luck and RG3.

Alex Marvez addresses the silliness of teams considering QB prospects' win/loss records in college, talking to Ted Sundquist about prime exception Jay Cutler. Plus, there's this guy named Elway...

Scrapple

Jerry McDonald and Vittorio Tafur profile new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie as he prepares to run his first draft.

Andy Benoit explains that the onus on today's QBs to decipher defensive looks pre-snap has magnified the importance of having a great one.

In his latest mailbag, John Clayton goes with the notion that "all Jim Fassel does is win," despite a modest 58-53-1 record.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB from yesterday.

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

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