The Daily Lard 4-27-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! As anticlimactic as last night was for us all, tonight and tomorrow should be quite active for Denver, and there is plenty of talent still available.

In effect, Denver moved back 11 spots from #25 to #36, and all they got in return for that was the fourth pick in the fourth round, #101 overall. Outdated draft chart aside, it doesn't feel like the Broncos got appropriate value for their move. But ultimately, it's not just about getting proper compensation - it's about what players were on the board, which ones came off between 25 and 36, and how Denver values the remaining available talent.

It sounds like the Broncos were hoping that Fletcher Cox, Michael Brockers, or Dontari Poe would fall to #25, and for a while, it seemed a possibility. Once those three guys went off between 11 and 14, the best values looked to be David DeCastro and Riley Reiff, and we were hoping they'd get to 25. Of course, we have no idea if Denver was eyeing those two offensive linemen, but once they went in the 23 (Reiff) and 24 (DeCastro) slots, there just didn't appear to be an obvious pick for Denver at 25.

Did anyone go between 25 and 32 that Denver really wanted? Not necessarily. Perhaps Doug Martin at 31, but Lamar Miller, Chris Polk, and Robert Turbin remain among running backs tied to the Broncos. There's still WRs Stephen Hill, Rueben Randle, and Alshon Jeffery, TE Coby Fleener, all of the QBs tied to Denver (Osweiler, Cousins, Foles, Wilson, Johnson, Lindley), and there's also Peter Konz, Cordy Glenn and this guy Amini Silatolu that Mike Mayock had an on-air orgasm over. Have you seen that guy play? Check him out, the guy really is a beast.

Of course, there are plenty of DTs left - Brandon Thompson, Jerel Worthy, Devon Still, Kendall Reyes, Alameda Ta'amu, and Mike Martin are all available. Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson are there, as are Courtney Upshaw and Lavonte David.

Point is, there's a lot left, and Denver enters the day with three picks, and plenty of ammo to add another Friday pick, with three fourth-rounders in hand. They could easily come away with three second-rounders, or a second third-rounder. Let's see what happens.

It wouldn't have made sense to stick at #25 or #31 just because the additional pick(s) didn't seem commensurate with the drop on the old value chart. Better to drop and get the extra pick than stay put to take a player that appears to still be available today anyway, right?

My math/trader head says the Broncos didn't get proper value in return, but when looking at the board, I find it hard to be disappointed in what Denver did. They've got plenty to work with going forward, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a move up at some point tonight. But that's not based upon anything more than my gut.

Broncos

John Elway (presser video) says he understands that fans may be disappointed, but that the team's board is largely intact, and he expects they'll add a couple of impact players tonight.

Dave Krieger interprets Elway's comments to mean the team didn't have Doug Martin rated quite as highly as was thought, at least not relative to the other running backs still available.

Mark Kiszla claims that the pressure is on Denver today, but from whom? Him?

Trimmings

Pittsburgh re-signed QB Byron Leftwich; the Giants added DT Shaun Rogers; Brandon Meriweather, who had visited Denver early in free agency, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Jason La Canfora says teams are hot for Janoris Jenkins atop the second round, and he thinks the Ravens may be sitting in the catbird seat at #35 to leverage another move down.

That sure ended up being a terrific night for the Browns, who came away with their QB and RB of the future, and with eight picks still in hand.

Matt Waldman is stunned that San Diego landed Melvin Ingram (what was up with that handshake?), and that Courtney Upshaw is still available.

First-round analysis from Wes Bunting and Josh Katzowitz; Don Banks and Jeff Darlington see all the trade movement as the new reality post-rookie wage scale.

Scrapple

In his second-round mock, Bucky Brooks has Denver coming away with Worthy and Osweiler; Nate Davis has them taking Worthy and Trumaine Johnson.

Thankfully, the NCAA are finally moving toward a football playoff, even if it's just a four-team version.

Burnsy explains precisely how Jeff Ireland and Miami settled upon Ryan Tannehill.

It was apparently a phone conversation with Trent Dilfer that had the biggest impact toward Matt Barkley deciding to stay in school for another year.

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

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