The Daily Lard 4-29-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver's night didn't last long, as they selected LB Von Miller out of Texas A&M at #2 and sat by the phones the rest of the first round (although some phone calls were made). So, the Broncos have vastly upgraded their LB corps, and they'll enter tonight with three choices - numbers 36, 46 and 67 overall. Plenty of ammo to add a defensive tackle or two, plus perhaps a new right tackle and/or a tight end or running back. While Denver didn't make any trades last night, their reported desire to come away with more choices than the seven they started the draft with could come to fruition tonight.

Mike Klis wrote that Denver could trade back from the #36 spot with teams hot and heavy for QBs Colin Kaepernick of Nevada and Andy Dalton of TCU, and they figure to have interest in using their picks tonight on any of DTs Stephen Paea, Marvin Austin and Jurrell Casey, OT Ben Ijalana, RBs Mikel Leshoure, Daniel Thomas and Ryan Williams, TEs Kyle Rudolph and Lance Kendricks and CB Aaron Williams. Plus, he noted that from Miller's Dove Valley meeting with the Broncos' brass, the player expects to be the Sam 'backer on first and second downs and to focus solely upon rushing the passer on third downs.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage here at IAOFM of the first round last night, and you can expect more of the same tonight - Ted will be evaluating each pick instantly while the four of us will again be Chewing the Fat for each of Denver's selections, and there will of course be an open thread for y'all to discuss the goings on. But before that, we have Doc's excellent Broncography of Von Miller coming in just over an hour from now, and Ted will provide some analysis later on of the labor situation and Denver's Day 2 options.

Von Miller

Here's the emotional Miller taking the call from the Broncos and John Fox's post-draft presser.

Video from Miller's pro day courtesy of A&M.

Mike KlisAndrew Mason, Bill Williamson and the AP detail the selection.

Doug Farrar thinks Miller is a great pick for Denver, while Wes Bunting doesn't see an ideal fit for Miller in Denver's 4-3 front.

Kiszla writes that the Broncos made the correct call and found a true playmaker, although he tosses in a bunch of shots at Josh McDaniels along the way.

Naturally, Woody is all pissy pants because the Broncos didn't go the route he wanted. Thing is, he just made up his own mind Wednesday night.

Not sure why anyone would want to see this, but here's a video of Kiszla and Paige debating the pick.

Vic & Gary react for CBS4.

Gray Caldwell and Gabe Hiatt posted articles on the team website.


When the Broncos' second- and third-rounders are introduced tomorrow at Dove Valley, they'll be wearing #11 jerseys with the blessing of the late Kenny McKinley's family.

Several players showed up at Dove Valley yesterday morning but were turned away.

Terrell Davis hosted a draft party in Denver last night.

Adam Teicher and Kent Babb on KC's selection of Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin.

Kevin Acee on the Chargers' first pick, DT Corey Liuget from Illinois, and their outlook for the second round.

Every town's gotta have a Woody Paige, and San Diego has Nick Canepa as theirs.

Although they made no moves, Oaktown and the Crypt Keeper spent plenty of time working the phones last night.

Monte Poole says the Raiders have to get a center this weekend, plus Jerry McDonald on Hue Jackson's presser.


Among Don Banks' judgments of the first round, he sees a small sample of LBs taken highly to play OLB in a 4-3 and not doing so well.

Peter King, Rob Rang and Matt Bowen's reactions to the first round picks.

CHFF says the value of running backs truly is dropping.

In Walter Football's updated mock draft, Denver goes with Oregon State DT Stephen Paea at #36, Nova OT Ben Ijalana at #46 and USC DT Jurrell Casey at #67.

Jason Cole writes that the Saints' move up for RB Mark Ingram virtually assures that Reggie Bush is done in NOLA; plus Cole's winners and losers from last night.

Rang's second-round mock has the Broncos nabbing Marvin Austin of UNC at #36 and OSU CB Chimdi Chekwa at #46.

Farrar finds Seattle's choice of Bama T James Carpenter to be quite interesting, while Jeffri Chadiha applauds Shanny's selection of Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan.


Bucs C Ted Larsen saved a couple of kayakers from drowning on Wednesday.

Aside from the Miller pick, was there anything better than seeing/hearing Roger Goodell get booed all night?

John Clayton lays out what he's calling today's "soft launch" of the league year.

Chris Brown explains why the concept of a draft isn't such a great thing, while Jason Whitlock said he was boycotting it.

CHFF checks up on the 2010 Bucs via their quality stats.

PFR on the biggest QB games historically in terms of passing attempts.

A preview of Madden 12 may have let slip the Bills' new uniforms.

Here's a terrific historical draft remix from Steve Porter which leads off with the Greatest Ever.

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