The Daily Lard 4-8-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Dan Pompei says the Broncos' acquisition of Peyton Manning, their trade of Tim Tebow to New Jersey, the signings of Alex Smith in San Francisco and Matt Flynn with Seattle, and Shanny's trade up to the #2 pick have created a sense of desperation for the teams that failed to land a big QB fish this offseason.

And the potential outcome of this urgency is A&M passer Ryan Tannehill flying up draft boards, perhaps even into the top five or ten picks to the Browns at four, Dolphins at eight, or the Chiefs at #11. Why? Because it's all about quarterbacks in this league, as the last nine Super Bowls have been won by the Manning brothers (three combined), Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger (two each), Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees (one each).

Adam Teicher says that after having passed up on Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, and Josh Freeman in recent years, Tannehill could be the guy that makes KC pounce. As Teicher sees it, the Chiefs roster has few holes, with QB being perhaps the most glaring one.


Brandon Stokley tells Lindsay Jones that the presence of Peyton Manning means the Broncos can expect fast-paced practices and zealous position meetings, while Duke coach David Cutcliffe describes the intensity of Peyton's leadership and note-taking.

In pondering the Broncos' workout of Brock Osweiler (whose perceived value is all over the map), Will Brinson suggests that while Denver doesn't want to repeat Indy's mistake of failing to acquire an heir to Peyton Manning, they shouldn't be in a rush to do so.

As Vittorio Tafur sees it, the Broncos are the free agency victors.

Some dumbass at the Boston Globe appears to have place a photo of Brian Dawkins atop a column about old friend Domonique Foxworth.


Dave Tollefson's two-year contract with Oakland guarantees him $1.5M and can be worth as much as twice that amount; the Raiders may yet re-sign former friend Jarvis Moss.

Warren Sapp filed for bankruptcy and has $6.7M of debt; he's likely done working for NFLN.

The Ravens are considering past head injuries while evaluating prospects; hopefully the Broncos are doing the same.

PFW's latest Whispersone-liners via PFT.


Clark Judge checks on the Jets' draft needs; Khaled Elsayed examines the 08-10 drafts of the Dolphins.

Rob Rang updates his big board; Wes Bunting lists the prospects he sees as having the highest upsides.

Mike Tanier evaluates UNC LB Zach Brown and Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu; Matt Bowen scouts Oregon RB LaMichael James; Matt Waldman scouts VT RB David Wilson.

RIP Mike Wallace, legendary newsman of CBS and 60 Minutes fame, who passed away yesterday at 93.

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