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Mohrmann: The Broncos left something on the table
milehighsports.com

With a hole at middle linebacker, it seemed that they had their choice between Alec Ogletree and Manti Te’o. The Broncos passed and instead opted to bolster their defensive line with Sylvester Williams.  And for the life of me I can’t figure out why…

...For all we know, Williams could go on to have a hall of fame career and help lead the Broncos to multiple Super Bowls. But for me, Alec Ogletree would have instantly changed the tone set by the defense. There is already a pass rushing threat when it comes to Von Miller, but Ogletree plays with the fierceness and speed that will have an impact on every down. Ogletree possesses the tools that made him a standout in the SEC, the next closest thing to NFL.

If you've read through the latest edition of Chewing the Fat, you'll know I wanted the Broncos to choose Alec Ogletree at #28. 

Apparently, there were two voices in the wilderness.

Over the next few days, weeks, and months, you're going to hear a lot about Sylvester Williams being a great pick.  Perhaps he will be.  With the draft being a bit more lottery and a lot less skill, anything can happen.

But a year from now, don't come crying to ol' uncle TJ when Ogletree wins Defensive Rookie of the Year.  

Someone has to be a contrarian around here.

Cowboys first-rounder: I didn’t think I was a first-rounder

Cowboys’ Jones boys deflate their own football people with draft ‘philosophy’
sports.yahoo.com

And Frederick, for his part, told a Dallas radio station that even he didn’t believe he’d be taken when he was.

“I thought I was a second-round offensive lineman,” he told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. “I thought somewhere in the second round would be more of a fit for me. I truly didn’t expect this.”

Sometimes, you can’t make this stuff up.

At least Travis Frederick is a humble young man?

IAOFM Classics: A reminder about Draft groupthink

You Got Served: Draft groupthink
www.itsalloverfatman.com

Understand this – every team wants to say they took the BPA on every pick.  The media environment is such that instant analysis MUST happen after a draft, despite the fact that it’s completely worthless.  Look at a team like Pittsburgh, which took G David DeCastro and T Mike Adams in the first two rounds.  The media says that both picks represented good “value” because each player was mocked by various media members to go higher in the draft.  They say that Pittsburgh went the BPA route, only because no consensus had formed that the Steelers would go for offensive linemen.

For our newer readers, and for those who forgot, I thought I'd wheel out this reminder from last year about groupthink, and why the smartest people won't make any absolutist pronouncements about what happens this weekend.  Don't play yourself talking about the draft like a lot of these media fools play themselves, you heard?

Quinton Carter is breathing a sigh of relief right now

Broncos' Quinton Carter has felony gambling charges dropped in Nevada
www.denverpost.com

Quinton Carter, a Denver Broncos safety, had felony gambling charges against him dropped by prosecutors on Monday.

Carter, 24, was charged March 9 with three felony counts of a fraudulent act against a gaming casino in North Las Vegas.

Carter was accused of placing $5 chips on a craps table at the Texas Station casino after the dice was rolled. Security officers said he was videotaped adding three bets to the table too late, according to the police report.

What happens in Vegas apparently really does stay in Vegas.

McGahee: I’ll tell you when I’m done

Willis McGahee Believes He’s Still a Part of Denver’s Plans, Says He’s Got Five Years Left in Him
sportsradiointerviews.com

How confident are you that the Broncos believe in you to be their go-to running back?: “Every day you’ve got to reinvent yourself, they say. The older you get, the more of a step you lose, so regardless of the situation, I’m going to have to reinvent myself and go out there and show the world — not just the Broncos, but the world — that I can still play this game. I think that’s the mentality I have. I don’t think nobody’s going to tell me when I’m done playing. I’ll make that decision for myself.”

But do you still feel you’re a part of this team’s plans?: “I’m still a part of the team’s plans, but at the end of the day anything can happen. Regardless if I’m healthy or not, I can’t control that. That’s something that the team has to evaluate. I’ve been in the business a long time and I’ve seen how it goes, so it’s nothing new.”

Would it bother you if the Broncos went after a running back in the draft?: “No, it don’t matter to me, because, like I said, it’s a business. My position, running backs only last, they say, three or four years, so of course they’re going to bring somebody in. Whether it’s the first three rounds or the last three rounds or free agency, they’re going to bring a running back in. … At the end of the day, the position I play, you’re going to always have to fight for your spot.”

As a competitor and as a veteran, would we expect McGahee to say anything else?

And he's right about one thing: running backs just don't last very long.  

Broncos aren’t only team facing friendlier schedule

Schedule-makers strive for fairness
espn.go.com

For years, teams complained about three-game road trips. In 2010, five teams played three-game road trips. In 2011, the number went to seven. Last year, only the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans had three consecutive games on the road. This year, it’s only the Titans and Eagles.

...By putting a penalty into the program for such result, any team playing away for Monday night doesn’t have to worry about going on the road the next week.

Denver was one of those 2010 teams that endured a three-game road trip, and that did not turn out so well.

As we noted last week, the Broncos were treated kindly by the schedule makers, as they'll get an extra three days to prep for the Giants in Week 2, have the benefit of a bye prior to their stretch of three road games in four weeks, and receive the benefit of staying home for both ends of their Sunday/Thursday short week.

Can Eric Decker keep up with the Kardashians?

WWE Divas, Nick Cannon, Jack Osbourne, Ashley Tisdale, Josh Schwartz and More Bring New Series to E!
www.eonline.com

The new Love and Other Contact Sports franchise will take viewers inside the confines of even more celebrity/athlete romances starting with country/pop singer Jessie James and her fiancé, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker whose wedding is quickly approaching. The series will chronicle the sexy young couple’s road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more. Currently residing in their Denver dream home, they share an ambition to succeed, a charmingly fun and unfiltered outlook on life, and most of all, a red-hot attraction for each other.

This can't possibly be a good thing for the Broncos, can it?

Sacco: I find myself very inspiring

Broncos Have Unique Presence in College Football Hall of Fame
blog.denverbroncos.com

In my last blog, when I was talking about our first radio color man, Jerry Groom, I mentioned that Groom is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

I am a member of the board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame (CFHoF), and it is a great organization. The annual banquet is in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and it really is a who’s who of college coaches and athletic directors, then and now.

My own mention of Groom got me to thinking…

Do we get up in the morning contemplating how to make fun of Jim Saccomano and Joe Ellis?

Yes, as a matter of fact, we do.  But it's not like they don't make it easy like Sunday morning.

We all like touching ourselves.  Only Sacco likes it a lot more.

Jets, Bucs have framework of Revis deal set

Sources: Jets have agreement in principle to trade Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers
sports.yahoo.com

The New York Jets have agreed in principle on a trade to send star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for undisclosed draft picks and the Buccaneers have agreed to a long-term contract that will make Revis one of the highest paid non-quarterbacks in the NFL, according to multiple sources.

The Jets gave Revis permission to visit the Buccaneers on Sunday morning after reaching an agreement with Tampa Bay on the trade portion of the transaction.

As for the contract, the Bucs are well aware that Revis is seeking a deal worth in the range of $15 million to $16 million per year.

~13% of the salary cap to one cornerback? Have fun with that, Bucs...

It’s April, and they already have the first pick, but the Chiefs are still losing games

SCREENGRAB SNAFU: BRAVES BEAT... CHIEFS?
www.awfulannouncing.com

However, this headline went awry earlier this week when they mixed up their Kansas City sports teams.  Although, in fairness, the Chiefs might have just as good of a shot masquerading as the Royals than they would masquerading as an NFL team.

Great Googly Moogly...