Courtroom Lard 4-6-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Today is the first big day in the players' antitrust suit against the league (Brady v. NFL) to try and end the lockout. As Andrew Brandt points out, Judge Susan Nelson has the power in this case to halt the lockout (which would then be subject to appeal), allow it to continue, defer to the National Labor Relations Board (unlikely), or she could even order the two sides to undergo more mediation towards a settlement. Although Brandt says it's hard to figure out which way Judge Nelson may turn (unlike the predictable Judge David Doty), he thinks the lattermost option makes the most sense.

Meanwhile, Albert Breer writes that several of the most important figures in the case don't think it important enough to attend, including Commissioner Goodell, his incendiary head counsel Jeff Pash, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. However, it is expected that DeMaurice Smith, David Boies and Von Miller will be present. Aren't you excited for all of the relentless TV coverage from outside the courtroom starting today?!?! Hopefully you've got plenty popcorn. Yay legal wrangling!!!

Broncos


Legwold says the Broncos are giving strong consideration to Von Miller, whose stock is still rising thanks to his versatility. Then again, he's apparently just speculating based upon the fact that Denver has seen Miller several times. 

While Gil Brandt says he'd stick with Tim Tebow, he says he wouldn't be shocked if the Broncos took a QB.

In response to a reader question, Legwold says this year's international game could take place in Ireland.

More on Ben Garland's decision to pursue an NFL career from the Military Times.

Sacco looks back at some of the more notable picks in Denver history to remind us the greatest Broncos have come both atop the draft and from the bottom.

Todd McShay will have Denver taking Marcell Dareus at #2 in his next mock, calling them the "real winners" after Carolina takes Cam Newton first overall.

The gangmember whose testimony helped put away Willie Clark in the murder of Darrent Williams may soon end up a free man in the witness protection program.

Michael Roberts of Westword shares a glimpse of some terrific pre-1985 Broncos memorabilia from his late uncle's collection.

Enemies


Around 30 Chiefs players gathered yesterday for an update on the labor dispute.

Teicher thinks Miami WR Leonard Hankerson would be a good fit for KC in the second round.

If not Aldon Smith, then Acee thinks UCLA LB Akeem Ayers may be another option for San Diego at #18.

Chargers G Kris Dielman and the ex-wife of Junior Seau testified on the behalf of former Padres star Brian Giles, who is being sued by his seemingly crazy ex-girlfriend.

Corkran considers the possibility that Oakland could open their season in Green Bay.

CBA


Mike Silver wonders if the close relationship Tom Brady shares with Robert and Jonathan Kraft could help the NFL and NFLPA move toward some sort of agreement.

Alan Schwarz profiles the lawyer behind the NFLPA's decision to decertify, Jeffrey Kessler.

The NFL is facing a third antitrust suit (although the first two have been combined); this one is from Middle Tennessee State WR Garrett Andrews.

Judy Battista on today's court proceedings.

Florio agrees with Brandt in writing that further mediation would be the best route at this juncture.

Giants owner John Mara was unable to use the lockout and draft to excuse himself out of jury duty.

Trimmings


The NFL is moving toward standardizing its in-game concussion testing.

Don Banks revives the old theory that running backs aren't worth drafting that highly. Sure, until the next great first-round running back emerges, or teams figure out how to scout them better...

Tony Gonzalez would consider retirement without a playoff victory on his resume in the unlikely event of a lost season. BTW, Shannon Sharpe played a part in 13 playoff wins and three SB Champions. Just saying...

Andy Benoit turns next to the 2010 Bucs in his film review.

Chris Brown ponders the offensive and defensive schemes that best defined each decade of football.

A Northwestern student works toward figuring out how much each phase of the game contributes to winning (of course, offense is where it's at).

Mockery


Greg Gabriel explains how teams finalize their draft boards; he interestingly prefers the 100-player board Josh McDaniels operated under; surely we'll hear from Brain Xanders soon that he likes the opposite.

Mike Mayock's newest big board is topped by Bama's Marcell Dareus.

Rob Rang ranks the top 50 players in the draft not just in terms of talent but while also considering their intangibles.

Wes Bunting lists some risers and fallers; he thinks Da'Quan Bowers could drop outside the top ten.

Plus, he checks in on the draft prospects who also excelled in other sports.

Peter King thinks Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure is climbing up draft boards, and that the Broncos shouldn't draft a QB.

Matt Waldman's next TE to evaluate is Notre Dame's Kyle Rudolph.

Jason Cole shares an in-depth bio on Miami CB Brandon Harris.

Farrar suddenly has Denver going with Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert at #2 in his latest mock.

Walter Football doesn't understand why Denver would take Von Miller - he sees him as a 3-4 'backer.

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

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