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.
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?
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.
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?
Jacksonville waived former Denver draft bust Darcel McBath.
The league has suspended free-agent WR Jerome Simpson for his drug bust.
Mark @#$%ing Brunell is retiring. No thanks for the memories, Mark.
The death of ex-Falcon Ray Easterling changes his lawsuit against the league from a personal-injury case to a wrongful-death suit.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.