The Daily Lard 4-29-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! On Friday evening, after the Broncos selected Derek Wolfe with their first pick, TJ noted the defensive tackle's remarkable enthusiasm while being interviewed on Denver radio. It was amusing, almost vexing, the level of zeal Wolfe expressed about becoming a Bronco.

But after reading the young man's story, it's beyond easy to understand why Friday meant so much to Denver's new DT. It turns out Wolfe is essentially another Michael Oher - homeless as a child and never having known his father's name, Wolfe grew up in the homes of friends, molded by the goodwill of folks to whom he had no blood relations.

Even a year ago, he was nearly broke and strongly considered entering the 2011 Draft, a choice he says would have been "the worst decision of my life." Now a second-round draft pick and potential NFL starter, it appears he ended up making the proper call - certainly for himself, and hopefully for Denver's sake as well.

Can there be any doubt now as to why Wolfe possesses this relentless motor he's described as having and which is so apparent on tape?

Broncos

Johns Elway and Fox and Brian Xanders held a presser (video) to discuss the team's draft class yesterday; Gray Caldwell and Tom Kensler recap their comments; Kenny Legan focuses on their comments about the Day 3 picks.

More videos from the official site: Derek WolfeBrock Osweiler, and Ronnie Hillman meeting with the press and speaking with Chris Hall for BTV, plus Omar Bolden highlights from ASU; Jeff Legwold and Kenny Legan on the introductory pressers of the three top picks.

Notes on the first 12 undrafted free agents (prior to the addition of WR Eric Page) from Stuart Zaas.

Andrew Mason's notes on Day 3 picks Omar Bolden, Philip Blake, Malik Jackson, and Danny Trevathan, plus his summary of Day 3 for the Sporting News; more notes on them from the Impassioned One.

As Woody Paige sees it, John Elway's fingerprints are all over this draft class, and Woodrow is jumping for joy over the Brock Osweiler and Ronnie Hillman picks.

Mike Klis sees a focus on improving the pass rush, and he thinks the roles of fellow 2009 first-rounders Robert Ayers and Knowshon Moreno are threatened by the top picks.

Video of Cecil Lammey breaking down Denver's draft class.

From NFLN, analysis of the AFCW teams' drafts and Willis McGahee's entry on the Top 100 Players list.

Appropriately, the Eagles will retire the #20 that Brian Dawkins wore for them for 13 seasons.

Trimmings

Here are all the UDFA signings reported to the league.

With replacements drafted, St. Louis released K Josh Brown, Washington cut QB John Beck, and Jacksonville released Shanny draftee P Nick Harris and P Spencer Lanning. Can you imagine if that fourth-round selection and waiver of Harris had come in the Twitter age? Holy smokes...

Osi Umenyiora is once again unhappy with his contract, but a lack of trade offers means he's again likely to remain a Giant.

Likewise, the Browns obviously couldn't find a satisfactory return for him, so they're keeping QB Colt McCoy.

More disappointing proof the Raiders are a much more functional organization post-Al: the team will donate 10% of season ticket sales made in the next two months to Oakland public schools, and they will work out Matt Leinart rather than sign him sight unseen as had been previously reported.

Mockery

Day 3 notes from Matt Bowen and Don Banks, plus winners/losers according to Jason Cole and Will Brinson (Denver, loser).

Wes Bunting breaks down the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds, including the surprising slides of both Billy Winn and Alfonzo Dennard.

Doug Farrar lists top fourth- and fifth-round values, including Omar Bolden to Denver, and he looks for reasons behind the drops down the board of several prospects.

Gil Brandt lists his top undrafted players by position, incuding two nabbed by Denver - Jerry Franklin and Coryell Judie; Russ Lande's favorite undrafted prospects.

Scrapple

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says the feeling around the league is there were a lot of reaches in the first few rounds, and the reaction to Denver's two downward moves was a puzzled one, like ours.

Khaled Elsayed checks around the league for some of the best undrafted players, including Britton Colquitt and former friend Casey Wiegmann. Plus, the first segment of PFF's Top 101 players series.

Matt Yoder on the shoddy investigative reporting by ESPN and John Barr into this supposed new Saints scandal they tried so hard to dig up.

Nationals uberprospect Bryce Harper collected his first MLB hit yesterday (and threw his helmet off while running the bases - this kid does appear to be as much of an arrogant jerk as they say), while some fan mooned the camera

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