The Daily Lard 5-2-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Part of the predraft smokescreen emanating from Denver was the notion that the Broncos were considering Coby Fleener at #25. It didn't make sense then, and it doesn't make sense now, what with the team having already signed two free agents at the position in Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme to add to youngsters Virgil Green and Julius Thomas.

But having watched plenty of Stanford games last season in the hopes that Denver would Luck their way into the #1 pick, I had grown quite fond of Fleener's skills, and was excited about the possibility of the Broncos adding him. A few readers pointed out the silliness of that notion, and here's a tip of the hat to them. Now that we're back to reality...

Bill Barnwell writes that aside from quarterback (too easy), tight end is the position which got the biggest upgrade in Denver:

While Tamme is another ex-Colt, he's one of the few members of the Manning offense who isn't past his prime and might actually flourish in his new digs. Denver also made a nice investment by adding Joel Dreessen, who's consistently been an effective, efficient player behind Owen Daniels in Houston. Even if the Broncos hadn't added Manning, signing Tamme and Dreessen would have been a wise move; by doing so, the Broncos now have one of the five best one-two punches at tight end in football.

Well now, that's some hefty praise. We'll take it.


Here's a profile of Brock Osweiler from his hometown TV station in Montana.

Mike Rice shares post-draft thoughts and notes the lack of off-field trouble among Denver's picks.

Pat Kirwan and Rob Rang are high on Duke Ihenacho, the undrafted safety signed by Denver out of San Jose State. Both see him as a strong safety; Kirwan likes his size, while Rang expects Duke to excel on special teams for now.

From the official site, some college highlights of the Broncos' choices.

Former UDFA signee Deron Mayo signed with Calgary's CFL team.


Shanny released Jabar Gaffney after giving RG3 his jersey number. Man, it has been a rough month for Gaff, huh?

Oakland signed QB Matt Leinart; GM Reggie McKenzie hired his twin brother Raleigh to join the Raiders' scouting department.

Kansas City hosted free agents TE Dallas Clark and S O.J. Atogwe yesterday.

Houston released WR Jacoby Jones after failing to find a trade for him; the Jets signed K Josh Brown; Tennessee added LB Zac Diles and FB Collin Mooney; Minnesota cut RB Caleb King following an arrest for an alleged assault.

Vince Young has a workout with the Bills today; Jacksonville signed RB Jalen Parmele and will work out Carson Palmer's little bro and a kicker from China with a rather unfortunate name.

Now that he finds himself still unable to land an NFL coaching gig, Eric Mangini admits that turning in the Patriots wasn't his brightest move.

The FBI arrested three former NFL players (William Joseph, Michael Bennett, Louis Gachelin) for their involvement in an alleged scheme to steal identities and cash in fraudulent tax-return checks. Gachelin is the half-brother of Denver's own Elvis Dumervil.


Andrew Brandt is among those puzzled by the Kirk Cousins pick, plus he explains that teams used to consider which agencies repped prospects before drafting them, pre-slotting system.

In a similar vein to what TJ, Doc, and Ted have all written in recent days, Greg Cosell looks at the drafts of the Lions, Eagles, and Bucs to learn more about those teams' philosophies.

Bucky Brooks checks in on the AFCE teams' drafts; Greg Gabriel examines the drafts of the NFCN teams.

Matt Bowen sees value in some midround picks, and he considers the Bengals' draft haul.


50 to 41 and 40 to 31 of PFF's top 101 players.

Best quotes of April as curated by FO's Rivers McCown.

Some toolshed Masshole got a huge tattoo of the Patriots as LEGO CHARACTERS. Plus, Christmas Ape on John Harbaugh's sermonizing, and the 2012 Draft captionized.

Joe Fortenbaugh peeks at the Week 1 lines, finding the Broncos two-point favorites in the "main event."

Best thing about the Month of May? It's National Burger Month!

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