The Daily Lard 4-25-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his MMQB, PK writes that he thinks he thinks that Carolina will indeed go with Auburn QB Cam Newton at #1 overall and that New England may already have a deal in place to deal off the #28 pick. Plus, he thinks Arizona will go with Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert, LSU CB Patrick Peterson or Georgia WR A.J. Green at #5.

PK also thinks that Judge Susan Nelson's pending decision will indeed result in an injunction of the lockout, but the real question is whether she will force the league to start its new year and thus open free agency. Remember, Gary Myers reported the other day that Judge Nelson's decision is expected to come sometime today...


Klis either thinks the Broncos will draft Washington LB Mason Foster on Friday or he's hoping they will.

Among their latest Whispers, PFW is hearing that if the Broncos were to trade down from #2, they wouldn't want to go lower than #6.

Not only does Krieger pull a Captain Obvious in stating Denver is unlikely to hit on all four of their top draft choices, he seemingly hits up every Broncos-related meme of the past couple years.

Passionate draftnik Jeff Legwold focuses on the QBs available atop this year's draft.

Teicher thinks the Chiefs are looking OT in the draft but may not find much to their liking.

Acee reminds his readers that draft choices don't always contribute immediately. Tell that to fans who've already made their minds up on Richard Quinn, Knowshon Moreno and Demaryius Thomas...

Tafur writes that Oakland will be looking for talent rather than to fill holes this weekend.

McDonald looks back at the Raiders' first-rounders since moving back to Oaktown.


Mike Silver shares a lengthy conversation with former Niners/Rams/Cards scout Dave Razzano, who thinks Jake Locker projects as a Brett Favre-type of player and doesn't get the hype surrounding Cam Newton and Missouri's Blaine Gabbert.

Meanwhile, a bunch of GMs told Jason Cole that fans really have no clue as to how they approach the draft.

You know how we're always talking here at IAOFM about the fact that winning in the NFL is all about passing and stopping the pass? CHFF agrees, and here they reinforce the notion that having a deep and talented corp of cornerbacks is vital to winning. Again, this points to the logic behind Josh McDaniels' personnel strategy in Denver...

Doug Farrar evaluates Michigan State LB Greg Jones, while Greg Gabriel shares his outlook on Washington's Jake Locker and the rest of the top QB prospects. Plus, Matt Waldman scouts Auburn QB Cam Newton.

Another bunch of scouting reports from New Era: Iowa S Tyler Sash, Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel, Texas CB Aaron Williams, Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling, Miami CB Brandon Harris, OSU CB Chimdi Chekwa, Texas CB Curtis Brown, and Arizona LB Brooks Reed.

Matt Bowen hits up the film on QB Christian Ponder, who should benefit from having played in a pro-style offense at FSU.

In his latest mock draft, Pat Kirwan has Denver taking Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure and UCLA S Rahim Moore in the second round and Tennessee TE Luke Stocker in the third.


A few Cowboys vets sat down with problem-child WR Dez Bryant yesterday; you know, the guy McHoodie would've drafted if he new wut he wuz doing!!!

Former Giants LB and current head of the NFL Alumni Association George Martin has revamped the organization from a charity to an advocacy group that's making a difference for ex-players.

Bowen writes that as soon as young players learn what the business of the NFL is all about, they too will game on-field concussion tests.

Just in case you didn't kill enough brain cells this weekend, or if you just got off the night shift and need help getting to sleep, John Clayton is here to the rescue.

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