The Daily Lard 4-8-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Mike Lombardi is revving up his draft coverage, and he leads off with a bombshell of sorts - he says he would pass on Nick Fairley. While he does think the Auburn DT has loads of talent, Lombardi would prefer lesser-skilled players like UNC's Marvin Austin and Corey Liuget of Illinois due to their work habits and passion for the game. Lombardi goes on to astutely point out how silly it is to say a guy is overvalued at one spot in the draft but is worthy a few picks later. Statements like that would only be valid if scouting the draft were a surefire, accurate process, and we all know it's not. In a second post, Lombardi shares a few more of his draft thoughts, including that Julio Jones' combine speed doesn't show up in games. Oh, and he writes that everything a team says about players over the next few weeks is a lie - so don't bother paying attention to all those ridiculous "A source says/tells me" posts and tweets around the interwebz.

AFC West

Legwold thinks the Broncos do like their collection of QBs but just aren't sure whether Tim Tebow will become the franchise guy they hope.

According to Aaron Wilson, Oregon LB Casey Matthews has already visited Dove Valley.

Gray Caldwell surveys the Denver picks at #2 of several mock drafts around the web.

Steve Wyche thinks Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick makes sense for the Raiders.

Kaepernick already visited Dove Valley and will meet with Oakland next week.


Although the NFL and NFLPA said yesterday they're willing to go back to mediation, they couldn't agree on how to do so.

Judy Battista's take on the same.

Jason Cole thinks the owners have extended an olive branch which the players should accept.

Don Banks thinks the last month of CBA wrangling has gotten us nowhere.


A well-intentioned rich kid returned what may have been the Fridge's 1985 SB ring, but he probably really bought a fake.

Not only is Ben Roethlisberger getting hitched in a few months, the happy couple isn't living together yet because, you know...that would be a sin. And Big Ben ain't no sinner...

The best quotes from the month of March according to FO.

Dallas TE Martellus Bennett can apparently talk like the best of 'em, maybe even Charlie Sheen?


Dan Pompei thinks teams will reach up for QBs out of desperation.

Aaron Wilson and Gil Brandt on the pro day workout of Nova T Ben Ijalana.

Brandt thinks Kyle Rudolph made it clear he's the top TE prospect out there during Notre Dame's pro day.

Greg Gabriel evaluates a pair of offensive linemen: Wisco's Gabe Carimi and Baylor's Danny Watkins (who according to Legwold has captured the eye of Denver's FO).

Wes Bunting sees several scenarios where teams jump back up into the first round to select Jake Locker and/or Christian Ponder ala Denver with Tebow last year.

Plus, Bunting shares his top five "boom or bust" prospects, which interestingly includes Carolina DT Marvin Austin.

Jonah Lehrer of the WSJ writes that the NFL Combine is a waste of teams' time in that its results do not translate to the football field. (via Chris Brown)

Matt Bowen hits up the film on Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin, while Matt Waldman evaluates Maryland WR Torrey Smith.

Jeffri Chadiha offers a lengthy profile of Badgers DE J.J. Watt.

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