The Daily Lard 4-26-12

Happy Draft Day, Broncos fans! As Mike Klis sees it, Denver might be picking within the top five tonight had it not been for the singular heroics of Tim Tebow ($4.99, please).

But wait, there's a draft to talk about - Klis figures the team would be happy to take either of defensive tackles Dontari Poe from Memphis or Michael Brockers of LSU if they're still on the board, and GT WR Stephen Hill if not.

In the absence of those three prospects, Klis reports the team would consider Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick, MSU DT Jerel Worthy, and UConn DT Kendall Reyes. He says the team is finally "almost certain" to finally take a defensive tackle (finally!) in the first three rounds, and he floats BSU RB Doug Martin, Washington RB Chris Polk, Baylor RB Terrance Ganaway, Arizona QB Nick Foles and ASU QB Brock Osweiler as other Day 2 possibilities, with a cornerback and kick returner thrown in for good measure.


In his team preview for the Sporting News, Andrew Mason adds PSU DT Devon Still as a first-round option and lists Reyes as a later possibility along with Alameda Ta'amu of Washington and Clemson's Brandon Thompson. Plus, Mason explains his mock draft decisions and suggests that Denver could be picking anywhere from #6 on down.

Mark Kiszla would be happy to see Brockers or Kirkpatrick fall to Denver at #25, and he frames the difference on draft day between John Elway and Josh McDaniels as trying to win versus trying to look smart. Yeah, surely that's what Josh was doing.

In a profile by the military's PR folks, we learn that Ben Garland has gotten his weight all the way up to 305 pounds by packing in 6,000-8,000 calories daily.


According to Jason Cole, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has indeed made it clear he wants to get a new QB this week, but Cole's source claims that Ross is not pushing for Ryan Tannehill specifically, or anyone else, for that matter.

As Richard Sandomir tells it, the role of Bill Polian on ESPN's draft coverage will be to "act as if he were still a general manager," something the Worldwide Leader was missing, with Charley Casserly and Mike Lombardi filling similar roles at NFLN.

Jim Trotter says the concussion history of Stanford WR Chris Owusu has completely removed him from consideration for some teams, and that there's a laudable push to create a national database for tracking concussions throughout multiple levels of competition, perhaps even from high school to the NFL.


Doug Farrar scouts USC T Matt Kalil; Matt Waldman evaluates Stanford QB Andrew Luck; Matt Bowen breaks down Baylor WR Kendall Wright.

Khaled Elsayed ranks the 10 best team drafts from 2008 to 2010, with the Broncos shockingly (not really) not on the list.

Matching his earlier mock draft, Mike Tanier says LSU WR Rueben Randle would be Denver's ideal pick at #25. Wow, really?

In his one and only mock draft, Tony Pauline projects Denver to take Kendall Reyes at #25, with Jerel Worthy listed as another option.

FO's Bill Connelly makes some projections for this year's RB prospects and finds no slam dunks, not even Trent Richardson of Alabama.

Jerry McDonald examines Oakland's draft needs and suggests some options to fill them.

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