Friday, April 30, 2010

Rookie Mini Camp, Day 1

On Friday, 30 Bronco Rookies met at Dove Valley for their first practice together. Denver will only carry 53 players on its active roster this fall, and only 45 will dress for games. Then add the vets that will automatically make the team, and the odds become strongly against these players, save the drafted ones, to make the team. Yet, even Denver's 9 drafted players will ultimately have to fight for a roster spot, and compete for a starting job. Today, a long hard journey these rookies will take, began.

As the Rookies ran through drills, they were not only closely watched by their position coaches and Josh McDaniels, but also 53 media members, who were all itching to see Tim Tebow throw. Tebow, who was very excited to be on the field, did very well, and his throwing motion looked a lot better than it has.

"(I was) very antsy to get out here and start practicing," Tebow said. "Once I have to leave again and then won't be able to come back until (OTAs begin on May) 17th, I'll get antsy again then. But I'm just so excited for when I can get out here and be a full-time Denver Bronco."

Denver's two drafted Wide Recievers, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, sat out of practice, while nursing injured ankles. Neither have given a timetable for their return, but Thomas told Andrew Mason he's "about 85 percent", while Decker told me he was about 65-70% recovered from his injuries. Perhaps to fill-in while Thomas and Decker are out, Denver brought in two undrafted WR's to tryout for the team. Dicky Lyons Jr from Kentucky and Rockeed McCarter from James Madison participated in practice. The Broncos drafted Zane Beadles 45th overall in the Draft, knowing of his versatility. But nobody knew that Ryan Clady's status for the season opener would be in jeopardy. Over the weekend Clady hurt his knee playing basketball, opening the door for Beadles to contribute on offense immediately. In practice, Beadles took reps at both left and right tackle, and he is expected to learn the Guard position as well.

There were only two players at practice who weren't rookies; punters AJ Trappaso and Britton Colquitt. AJ Trappaso played for the Titans last season in the Pre-Season, while Colquitt signed with the Broncos as a undrafted free agent in 2009. The punters are competing for the starting job.

The Broncos first day of Rookie Mini Camp went smoothly, nobody was watched and scrutinized more than Tebow, and he handled it very well, “I guess that goes with the position,” he said. “But honestly, I’m a rookie just like everyone else.”View more photos from the Broncos Rookie Mini Camp on our Facebook Page, and check back for more coverage of Mini Camp which runs through May 3rd.

Tim Tebow looking good at mini camp

Today, Tim Tebow and six other draft choices, 19 college free agents and two wide receivers trying out with the team practiced at Dove Valley for the first time. Rookie WR's Thomas and Decker were both limited in practice, nursing foot injuries. As anticipated, there were many media members present, all looking to see Tim Tebow throw.

He did throw, and reportedly very well, he has ditched his wacky throwing motion from his college days, and his passes were tight and compact. You can watch a video of Tim Tebow talking to the press about his first practice as a Bronco, by clicking here. We'll have many more photos and videos of practice later today.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Around the web: Rookie Mini Camp arrives

On Friday, the Broncos 2010 rookies will take the field for the first time in a minicamp at Dove Valley. Today, they players are arriving in Denver. Defensive back Perrish Cox, tweeted, "Headed 2 denver", WR Demaryius Thomas followed suit, "Off 2 denver I go..", and WR Eric Decker wins the best grammar award, as he even capitalized 'Denver', "Good morning tweeters, on my way to the airport! What's the weather like this weekend in Denver?" When the Rookies take the field tomorrow we'll have full coverage, with photos, videos and more.

The Broncos PR staff has officially released some number changes, and new numbers. Like we've already reported, Tebow - 15, Thomas - 88, and Decker 87. Othere rookies,
Zane Beadles: 68
J.D. Walton: 50, Perrish Cox: 32, Eric Olsen: 69, Syd’Quan Thompson: 43, and Jammie Kirlew: 53. Running Back J.J. Arrington picked 26, and seven other players changed their numbers.

You've already heard about Ryan Clady by now. He'll be out for three months, and ready to go in four, if there's no other set backs. Apparently it happened while he was playing basketball last weekend, being 6-6, 325 pounds I imagine he's pretty good, but I doubt he can sink one from half court, backwards. Running Back Knowshon Moreno can. At any rate, Clady needs to save his skill for the field.

I recently wrote up a post about Brandon Stokley over at MHR, you can read it here. He is a class act, and not only a clutch third-down receiver, but a mentor to the younger guys.

If you were wondering why Denver traded up to get two players in the 7th round of the draft a week ago, it was because they, like every other team, are looking for sleepers. DB Perrish Cox could really come up big this season for the Broncos.

The Broncos had linebacker Nick Greisen in for a workout Wednesday and are poised to once again add the veteran to the roster if his knee checks out. He was with the team in 2009, on the injured reserve.

If you missed our interview with Eric Decker, be sure to check it out! He said he is about 65-70% recovered from his foot injury, and he's ready to contribute on offense and special teams.

Many continue to criticize Tim Tebow, while others have jumped on his band wagon, Woody Paige, and Peter King of SI, are all for him. Cartoonist Drew Litton has pointed out the Real upside.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ryan Clady hurts patella tendon

Sources are reporting, that Pro Bowl Left Tackle Ryan Clady has suffered a non-football related injury. An NFL source said Clady injured the patella tendon in one of his knee. LeCharles Bentley ruptured his left patellar tendon during his first practice with Browns, and never played football again. It is not yet known if Clady's injury is that serious, we are all hoping it's not!

He could have a rumored 6-week recovery period, but that's speculation. We'll update when we find out more. Wish him well on his Facebook Page.

UPDATE: It happened while he was
playing basketball, and his recovery is said to be 3 months. He has also already had surgery, on his left knee. On his Facebook page, Clady had this to say:
"Hey Fans, First i wanna say thanks to all the people concerned, Sometimes crazy thing happen like this, but i will be fine, i will be working hard to heal up as quickly as possible!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Q&A with Eric Decker

After the Draft, I got in contact with Rookie Wide Receiver Eric Decker, and asked him if he'd be interested in doing a Q&A for the blog. He said he would love too, and we exchanged a few emails. So, without further ado here's what he had to say, enjoy!

Broncos Zone: Did you have any ideas or hints from any teams about who might be drafting you?

Eric Decker: No I didn't, but I felt more confident with the teams I did visit, which Denver was one of them.

BZ: How's your foot doing? And how do you think it effected your draft status?
ED: My foot is feeling really good! I am 6 weeks post-(2nd)surgery and have been jogging and increasing my movement sessions, which is positive! I plan to be participating for OTA's in June and full-go by camp in July. If I put a number on my status, it would be 65-70%. As far as the injury effecting my draft status, I can't say. I know teams wanted to see me run but to be honest I believe everything happens for a reason and am very excited I ended up in Denver!!

BZ: What Bronco players have you met? Have you clicked with anybody yet?

ED: On my visit in Denver, I was introduced to a handful of players. Brandon Stokley, is a player (teammate now) I am most familiar with. I was introduced to him after I suffered my injury this past fall and gained a tremendous amount of respect for him. A great player but a better person!

BZ:What are your goals for this season?

ED: My goals this season is to step in at camp, compete for a role on offense and contribute on special teams if needed. I feel my experience of 3 different offenses throughout my college career has helped me become a versatile player, having the ability to easily play inside and out.

BZ: What is your favorite route, and why?

ED: I have a lot of favorite routes, but I'll keep it simple. Post and Post-Corner routes are two of my favorite routes from the outside because, really, we ran a lot of them successfully in college. From the inside, option routes are my favorite because it's successful versus any coverage.

BZ: There's some great corners in the league right now, Denver's Champ Bailey is one of the best. The Broncos play the Raiders twice this season, and the Jets too, Nnamdi Asomugha and Darrell Revis are there starting corners respectively. Those three guys are arguably the best in the business. Who are you looking forward to facing the most, and do you think you can handle them?

ED: I look forward to the challenge every week, and if I have the opportunity to go against Champ, who is one of the best, it will just help me become a better student for Sunday's.

BZ: You wore #7 in college, but that number is obviously not available, as the Broncos have retired the great John Elway's former number. What number are you looking at getting?

ED: I do want to keep 7 in the number, so if I could get 17 or maybe 87 that would be great. I am leaning towards 87, because I idolized Ed Mac growing up and I was picked with the 87th pick... maybe it's a sign!

BZ: What NFL receiver would you compare yourself to? And what WR do you shape your game after?

ED: I'll let all the fans make their own comparisons, but I continue to emulate my game after Larry Fitzgerald. Obviously, one of the elite receivers in the game today, I have the opportunity to work out with him every summer and am amazed by his work ethic. He is a consistent route runner, high points the football, blocks in the running game, just a complete wide out overall. Also, a great leader in the locker room and in his community, which I feel is very important.

BZ: How old were you when you started playing football? Has your love for the game grown?

ED: I started playing organized football in 4th grade. At recess in elementary school, my buddies and I organized a season and played a "Superbowl" before winter and at the end of the school year. From there, my love for the game kept growing and has become the biggest impact in my life, which I feel shaped my values and attitudes.BZ: Which do you prefer Baseball or Football? And, why?

ED: Football! It's the greatest team sport because, literally, every athlete on the field has to fulfill their duties for the offense to move the ball, not give up a big play on defense, and make an impact in the special teams unit. It's a 60 minute battle, played with the toughest, most competitive athletes around. Can't forget to say a stadium filled with 60,000+ people adds just a little extra adrenaline and excitement that is hard to replace!

BZ: What do you do in your free time?

ED: Being from Minnesota, I love the outdoors. Fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, camping, etc. along with sporting events occupied most of my time.

BZ: What is your relationship status?

ED:I am currently "facebook offical" single, but am talking to a girl I dated for 5 years prior..... You make the call.

BZ: What's your first impression of the Broncos' fans? And, what do you think of Denver?

ED: I have heard nothing but great things about Bronco fans! I believe it has been one of the best football organizations in NFL history and that is a tribute to the support and excitement continually shown by fans!

BZ: And now a few questions from our Facebook fans:

Barry Bach asks: What are you doing physically & mentally to prepare himself for his first NFL training camp?

ED: Physically, I am focused on finishing my therapy and getting my foot back to 100%. Working on increasing my strength and condition levels. Mentally, I continue to watch film and become a student of the game. Talking with veteran players about their experiences and tips to successfully prepare myself for the future.

Josh Heath asks: What is your most memorable moment from your career in Minnesota?

ED: Opening up our brand new on-campus stadium my senior year! A memory and game that will always be with me.

James Patrick Owen asks: You scored a 43 on the Wonderlic test at the combine, how does one study for the Wonderlic and how difficult is it?

ED: For the Wonderlic it was not a case of studying for, but getting comfortable with the idea of question recognition and how much time to take on each question. The test started with easier, common sense-type questions and got harder as the test went on. I felt the hardest questions throughout the test were math ones dealing with %'s that took more time to dissect the actual question.

BZ: And a few more from us:

BZ: Have you talked to Coach McDaniels much since Draft Day, what are you thoughts on him?

ED: I spent time with him on my visit and had a brief conversation on Draft Day. He seems like a passionate guy with great football intelligence and a leader of an organization heading in a positive direction. I am excited to get an opportunity to get to know him better and play for him on Sunday's.

BZ: Have you talked with Demaryius Thomas, or any of the other Bronco wide receivers?

ED: Demaryius is actually in the same agency as myself, and we worked out for over 3 months together at API in Phoenix. The man is a beast, and I am excited to compete and push each other to be the best! Eddie is in our agency too, so I am excited to get an opportunity to meet him. Brandon I obviously met before and think very highly of him.

Broncos Zone sincerely thanks Eric Decker for taking time to drop by, and wish him the best. Good luck this year, and Go Broncos!!!
  • Eric Decker was the 7th WR Drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft.
  • In 41 college games, Decker caught 220 passes for 3000 yards and 24 touchdowns.
  • Watch his Minnesota highlights here.
  • Follow him on twitter! @E_Decker

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Broncos Draft is bad news for McKinley

In the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Josh McDaniels and the Broncos drafted small WR Kenny McKinley out of South Carolina. Last season he played in 8 games, starting none, he didn't have any catches last season, but did return seven kickoffs for 158 yards, while recording 3 tackles.

Drawing closer to the Broncos Training Camp, Denver currently has 11 Wide Receivers on the roster. Hold overs Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal, and Brandon Stokley, are pretty safe, along with Rookies Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. The Broncos have 6 WR's who will be in close competition, hold-overs Brandon Lloyd, Matthew Willis, Kenny McKinley, and undrafted free agent signees Elric Arnett, Patrick Honeycutt and Landis Williams.

“We anticipated that (the Denver Broncos) would select at least one wide receiver, so I was not surprised when they drafted Thomas. Now Eric Decker is an excellent player that fits what they do too, but his arrival certainly creates a challenge for Kenny,” said McKinley’s agent, Andrew Bondarowicz, to FOX31’s Josina Anderson late Monday morning.

While this makes making the team harder for McKinley, he does have an experience edge over the rookies. The Broncos will have great competition at every position in camp, this will be exciting. Check back all offseason to find out the fate of McKinley, and every other Bronco.

Broncos ink 19 UDFA's

Two days after the 75th NFL Draft ended, the Broncos have signed 19 undrafted free agents. Among them are, 3 Wide Receivers, 2 Running Backs, and 3 Defensive Backs. In all, there's 10 offensive players and nine defensive players.
Defensive Lineman Jaron Baston is one of the 5 Defensive Linemen signed. According to Gray Caldwell of the Broncos official website, Baston did not miss a single game while at Missouri. He played in 54 contests for the Tigers -- starting 27 -- amassing 101 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries. He received second-team All-Big 12 honors by the league coaches as a senior in 2009, a year after earning honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades as a junior.

OLB/DE Kevin Alexander, WR Elric Arnett, RB Toney Baker, ILB Devin Bishop, OLB/DE Korey Bosworth, DB Marcellus Bowman, RB Chris Brown, OT Paul Duncan, DL Ben Garland, TE Riar Geer, WR Patrick Honeycutt, OT Chris Marinelli, DB Kyle McCarthy, TE Nathan Overbay, Guard Michael Shumard, DL Jeff Stehle, DB Cassius Vaughn, and WR Landis Williams round out the rest of the Broncos UDFA signings.

In 2009, the Broncos signed 15 Undrafted Free Agents, among them, Marquez Branson, Everette Pedescleaux and Britton Colquitt. All three of those players are still on Denver's roster, and could see good playing time this season. Punter Colquitt, and Tight End Branson could possibly even start. Although making the team for these 19 players is a long shot, it is not impossible.

View more information on all of the players at

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Breaking it down: Broncos 2010 NFL Draft

On Thursday morning, the Broncos didn't have any centers on their roster, and seven draft picks to work with. The Draft is finally over, and the Broncos come away with two centers and 9 drafted players. Head Coach Josh McDaniels has been wheeling and dealing all weekend. From 1995-2008 Mike Shanahan made 13 draft-day trades. In two drafts, Josh McDaniels had already made 9. Here's a quick review of the players drafted, in the order they were drafted:

With the 22nd overall pick in the Draft, Denver selected Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. He is a big guy that can go up for a pass. He has the size of a Tight End, and the speed of a Wide Out. He looks to become the Broncos future #1 WR.

With the 25th overall pick in the Draft, the Broncos selected Florida QB Tim Tebow. The former Heisman trophy winner is big for his position, and very athletic. Although his throwing motion could use some work, he looks to contribute immediately in Wild Cat-type and short yardage plays. If a QB needed some tuning up, I can't think of a better environment; Josh McDaniels is one of the better QB coaches there is, and learning behind Orton and Quinn give him an opportunity to fully develop as a passer. Tebow is the Broncos future.

With the 45th overall pick in the Draft, Denver selected Utah Offensive Tackle Zane Beadles. It is clear Josh McDaniels is trying to beef up the O-line, as Beadles comes in at 310 pounds. He played Tackle in college, but can also play Guard, and that's where the Broncos will move him. He has the opportunity to contribute immediately, and adds great depth to the line.

With the 80th overall pick in the Draft, the Broncos selected J.D. Walton, a 23 year old center from Baylor. A major need coming into the draft, Denver addressed the center position in the 3rd round. Like all of the picks before him, Walton has great character, and is a solid player. He'll get a chance to start for the Broncos this season.

With the 87th overall pick in the Draft, the Broncos selected WR Eric Decker of Minnesota. One of the most underrated Wide Receivers in the draft, Decker has a Ton of potential. He has great hands, big-play potential, and a great work ethic. A foot injury prematurely ended his college career, but if he stays healthy he could become a big part of the Broncos future.

With the 137th pick in the draft, the Broncos selected Perrish Cox, a cornerback from Oklahoma State. He fell on draft boards because of character concerns, but there's no concern about his skills. He is a fantastic cover corner. He could emerge as a starter in a surprisingly short time. He also has amazing kick return abilities, and that is where it is expected Denver will use him the most this season. Starters Champ Bailey and Andre' Goodman are starting to age, so this pick adds depth to the secondary. Cox has the potential to surpass expectations this season.

With the 183rd pick in the draft, the Broncos selected Eric Olsen, a center out of Notre Dame, who protected Jimmy Clausen in college. Adding depth to the line, the Broncos got an aggressive lineman with a powerful frame. He is a solid back up - if nothing else - for the Broncos this fall.

After trading back into the seventh round, the Broncos held the 225th and 232nd picks. With the 225th, they selected Syd'Quan Thompson, a cornerback from California. He is a very tough and fiscal corner, but not too fast for his size. He'll compete for a roster spot, but doesn't look to contribute much on defense this season for the Broncos.

With the 232nd pick, the Broncos selected Jammie Kirlew, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, of Indiana. Clearly McDaniels is looking to rebuild the Broncos with class act guys, as all but one of them have great character, including Kirlew. He is not very big, or fast, but he has a good motor. He is a Defensive End, with the potential to be a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Coming into the draft, the Broncos needed depth at Wide Receiver, Linebacker, Tight End, Defensive line, and corner. Denver didn't draft a Linebacker or Tight End. But the club has signed free-agent inside linebacker Akin Ayodele. Ayodele is a 9th year linebacker who was the Miami Dolphins third-leading tackler with 71 tackles last season. He'll get a chance to start, but Mario Haggan pretty much has the 'Mike' linebacker position locked up. As far as Tight End, Josh McDaniels said Friday night the player most likely to replace Tony Scheffler at the Broncos’ “receiving” tight end position is Marquez Branson. The Broncos have also already signed undrafted free agents: Alric Arnett (WR), Chris Brown (RB), and Jaron Baston (DT). Expect many more UDFA signings by the Broncos this week.

The Broncos had a good draft, their picks show the direction the team is headed. We are really excited about seeing these rookies in training camp, and contributing this season.

Broncos trade 2011 5th round pick for 2 7th rounders in 2010

A late draft shocker as the Broncos traded next years 5th round pick to Tampa Bay for two 7th rounders this year. With the 225th pick in the draft, the Broncos select: Syd'Quan Thompson, a cornerback from Cal. The Broncos must have felt uncertain about being able to sign them as college free agents, and decided to trade back into the 7th round to grab them. Thompson is a good punt returner and he started in all 4 seasons after redshirting his first year. He was a 2008 All-Pac 10 First Team player.

With the 232nd pick in the draft, the Broncos select: Jammie Kirlew, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Indiana. Kirlew was named the Hoosiers most valuable player in 2008 and 2009. He is a locker room leader, and active in the community. He is not the biggest or fastest linebacker in the draft, but has a great motor and great character.

Breaking it down: Broncos 2010 NFL Draft

Assuming the Broncos don't trade a player to get back into the 7th round, the Broncos 2010 Draft has ended. Here is your 2010 Bronco Draft Class:

With the 183rd overall pick, the Broncos select: Olsen

With their last pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Eric Olsen, the center out of Notre Dame. Olsen, 6-4, 306 pounds, is the second center drafted by the Broncos in the 2010 draft. The Broncos cut veteran center Casey Wiegmann earlier this offseason, and only had practice squad player Dustin Fry on the roster at the center position, so they were forced to add depth to the position. Olsen is a feisty and aggresive lineman with a powerful frame, who became a starter during his sophomore year at Notre Dame. Charlie Weis called Olsen the "heart and soul" of the offensive line. He will battle J.D. Walton for the starting center position in training camp.

The Broncos already announced that coach McDaniels will hold a press conference during the 7th round, so it seems unlikely that the Broncos will pull of a trade to get more draftpicks.

Broncos select Perrish Cox in 5th round

With two picks left in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Broncos shifted their attention to the defense after spending the first five picks on offense. With the 137th pick in the draft, the team selected Perrish Cox, a cornerback from Oklahoma State.

He wasn't expected to fall into the 5th, because of his kick return abilities - where it is expected Denver will use him the most this season. He is also a solid cornerback, where Denver could also use some depth.

Broncos' Eric Decker could surprise this season

With their 87th overall pick in the draft, in the 3rd round, the Broncos selected Eric Decker, of Minnesota. Coming into the draft, he was a top-5 prospect, but his Senior injury dropped him on boards.

The Broncos may have found a steal in getting him in the 3rd round. He is a good sized guy, 6-3, 220 pounds. says he is one of the most NFL ready receivers in this draft class. Although he isn't flashy like Dez Bryant, he is very polished. He is also very versatile, rushing 15 times for over 100 yards and a score, while passing for 49 yards and two scores. His receiving stats are solid, 227 catches for 3119 yards and 24 TD's. Decker is also one of the better run blocking receivers in all of college football. He runs very clean routes, and while he's not DeSean Jackson, he's fast for his big size. He was projected to go in the 2nd round.

The Broncos picked him up in the third - great value, and that's what coaches look for in a draft. In 2008, the Broncos drafted Eddie Royal out of VT, with all the vets on Denver's roster he was pretty low on the depth chart. When training camp came around, he 'Wow'd" the coaches, he so impressed them he started in the season opener against the Raiders. The 23-year old Decker has the potential to do the same this year for the Broncos.

Breaking it down: Broncos Draft Day 2

After drafting two coveted players on day one, the Broncos started drafting team needs on day two.

With their first pick of the second round, the Broncos selected Zane Beadles, an O-lineman from Utah. One of the most versatile offensive lineman in the draft, Beadles can play at either Tackle or Guard. The Broncos will probably move him to Guard - where they can use some help. Ryan Harris is coming off a bad injury, so Right Tackle depth is also nice. The Broncos 45th pick should pay off, contributing early this season.

In the second round, the Broncos continued to beef up the O-line, drafting Center J.D. Walton 80th overall. This pick is a great value pick for the Broncos, he is one of the better centers in the draft, and is very young. I expect him to be the Broncos starting center in 2010.

Just 7 picks later, the Broncos drafted their second WR of the draft - Eric Decker, of Minnesota. His stats tell it all, 220 catches for 3000 yards and 24 touchdowns. Had he not been injured in his senior year, he never would have slipped into the 3rd round.

The Broncos got some great value in day two, and some sleepers to keep an eye on in 2010. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the conclusion of the 2010 NFL Draft

Friday, April 23, 2010

With the 87th overall pick, the Broncos select: Decker

With the 87th overall selection, and (most likely) the final pick for today, the Denver Broncos have selected Eric Decker, a wide receiver from Minnesota. He has good size (6-3), terrific hands, and great route-running ability. In 41 games, Decker caught 220 passes for 3000 yards and 24 touchdowns. Decker was selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, and in 2009 by the Minnesota Twins. Though he comes with injury concerns, the Broncos were certain enough to take a chance on him with their last pick in the 3rd round.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more information on these new Broncos, as well as coverage of the final four rounds of the draft.

With the 80th overall pick, the Broncos select: Walton

Next up, with the 80th overall pick, the Denver Broncos have selected J.D. Walton, a 23 year old center from Baylor. Walton, 6-3 / 305 pounds, was a finalist for the 2009 Dave Rimington Throphy, awarded to the best center in college football each year. He started 36 consecutive games from his sophomore season at Baylor. He is ranked the #1 senior center in the country, and often draws comparison to Jake Grove. Walton worked out for the Broncos, but was also drawing a lot of interest from the Atlanta Falcons. He is described as a tough blocker, inteligent, and he shows great leadership and passion for the game.

With the 45th overall pick, the Broncos select: Beadles

After a busy day Thursday, selecting Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos have selected Zane Beadles with their 45th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Beadles is a 6-5 / 305 pounds offensive lineman from Utah. He played as a left tackle in college, but is projected to play either guard or center in the NFL, versatility that is valued by coach Josh McDaniels. He scored a 36 on the Wonderlic test during the NFL Scouting Combine in February. In Utah, Beadles was one of the vocal leaders of the Utah lockerroom, and praised by coaches for his work ethic in practice.

Up next: the 80th overall pick in the 3rd round.

Out with the old, and in with the new

There will be some old numbers on some new faces this season.

After the Broncos traded away Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, his former #15 jersey number became available. Yesterday, the Broncos drafted Florida QB Tim Tebow, whom, as you all know, wore #15 in college. "I will wear whatever number they want me to wear," Tebow said. "If that's 15, I'll wear 15. If that's 95, I'll wear 95. I don't really care just as long as I can wear a Denver Broncos jersey." I'm pretty sure Darrell Reid (who current wears #95), wants to keep his jersey number, which he's had since his rookie year with the Colts, so #15 is probably what Tebow will end up with.

Meanwhile, a Pre-Draft trade sent Tight End Tony Scheffler to the Lions, freeing up jersey number 88. Today, at his press conference,
Demaryius Thomas said he plans on wearing jersey number 88 for the Broncos. He wore #8 in college, and Kyle Orton holds that number, so #88 is understandable.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Breaking it down: Broncos Draft Day 1

Since Josh McDaniels arrived in Dove Valley, there hasn't been a dull moment. He stayed true to his reputation today in the draft, making a few shocking moves.

To start things off, at #11 the Broncos traded down with the 49ers. The Broncos got the 'Niners 13th overall pick, and a 4th rounder. With the pick San Francisco selected Rutgers' Offensive Tackle Anthony Davis. Then, when the Broncos were on the clock, they traded down Again. This time with the Eagles. Denver moved back to Philly's #24 spot, and gained two more 3rd rounders. Then, Denver traded up. The Broncos traded a 4th round pick, and the #24 spot to the Patriots to draft Demaryius Thomas with the 22nd overall pick.

After all that, most everyone assumed Denver was done for the day. The Ravens were on the clock at #25, and after stock piling draft picks, the Broncos had a few to spare. The Broncos traded a their 2nd rounder, 3rd rounder, and 4th round pick to the Ravens to draft Tim Tebow at #25 overall.

Both moves are controversial. Josh McDaniels' praise of Dez Bryant was a total smoke screen, they really wanted Thomas. After Denver kept trading down, I knew they were targeting Tebow as well. Drafting Tim Tebow in the first round, and above Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy was very controversial. I'd guess Bronco fans swing about 50/50 in the love/hate of Tebow. But before we get to all that, let's take a look at their first pick.Denver didn't hesitate in drafting Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, which means the Broncos have a lot of confidence in him. Thomas was the Yellow Jackets offense last year. Being a 6-foot-3, 224-pound receiver, he has already drawn comparisons to big playmaker Brandon Marshall. Thomas is also fast, very fast. He reportedly ran a sub 4.50 forty-yard dash. He adds a great deep threat to the Broncos WR, he has Larry Fitzgerald-type of jumping and catching abilities. His main weakness is his route running, which could use some improving - something the offseason program can probably fix. Overall, I love this pick. The Broncos needed a physical Wide Out, and they got one.
On to their second pick. The Broncos have drafted one of the best college football players ever to play the game. Whether or not his heroics will translate into the Pro's is debated. Tebow is the only college player to ever rush for 20 touchdowns and pass for 20 in the same season. If there's one thing Tebow knows how to do, it's win. He has all the intangibles coaches look for in a quarterback, and his throwing motion really isn't that bad. After a year working with Josh McDaniels, his kinks could be worked out. He can also come in and contribute for the Broncos right away, in short yardage situations - where Denver struggled last season. I expect to see the Broncos 'Wild Horse' offense much more this season. As Garrett Barnes pointed out, in order for Tebow to have success, the Broncos will have to be patient. Rushing him into the starting position is not the way to go. Coaching his technique his first year, and involving him in gadget plays is what the Broncos should do during his rookie season. Not one NFL expert can question Tebow's toughness, and athletic ability. But his non-NFL throwing motion had many believing he would fall out of the 1st round, and maybe even slip into the 3rd. He has been working on his throwing motion, and met with the Broncos a few times before the draft. Head Coach Josh McDaniels obviously fell in love with him, taking a chance by drafting him in the first, while already having Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and Tom Brandstater on the roster. Tebow knows they took a chance on him,
"I'm going to work hard and not let them down," Tebow said. "I definitely want to repay Coach McDaniels for the faith he showed in me. I want to be a great quarterback. I want to be a great quarterback for a lot of years."
A question now is, is Tom Brandstater the odd man out in Denver? He has shown a lot of potential, and has many fans backing him. It is doubtful that Quinn or Orton are headed anywhere, so placing Brandstater on the practice squad seams like the logical answer. Although a team could sign him off the practice squad, to their active roster. The Broncos QB situation just got a whole lot more interesting! Tebow will defiantly push both Brady and Kyle to become better, I love both of Denver's draft picks.

These two picks show the direction the Broncos are headed, they are the future of the team. They are both stand up class act guys, and physical players. I love the Broncos day one selections.

Broncos trade up: Draft Tim Tebow

After a crazy day of trades, the Broncos come out with two players, a WR, and a QB. Demaryious Thomas out of Georgia Tech, and Tim Tebow QB, out of Florida.

Both moves were controversial, but both players can contribute right away for the Broncos. Thomas is a great deep threat, and has already been compared to Brandon Marshall. Tim Tebow can come in right away and play in short yardage situations, or in the Broncos 'WildHorse' formation.

Tebow is arguably the greatest college player in the history if college football. I love the Broncos first round picks.

A note to the doubters, Josh McDaniels has confidence in Tebow, and Jon Gruden said he'll do fine. His only glitch in his throwing motion is he tips the ball down a little when he throws it, and that can be fixed. He is a winner, and a great leader, his Team First attitude is amazing.Much more info on both players will be up soon.

With the 24th overall pick, the Broncos select: Thomas

After Bronco prospects, Pouncey, McClain, Weatherspoon, and Iupati, all fell off the board, Denver traded up to #22 (after trading down to #24) giving the Pats our 4th rounder and 24th pick, and taking the Patriots 22nd overall pick. Dez Bryant was on the board, but McDaniels had another idea . . . Demaryious Thomas a WR out of Geogia Tech.

The Broncos still have nine picks in the draft. We'll have much more to come!

Broncos on the clock... Trade down

UPDATE: The Broncos have traded again, down to #24, gaining two 3 rounders from the Eagles who are now on the clock.

The Broncos traded their 11th overall pick to the 49ers, moving down two picks. They also get the 49ers 4th round pick. The 'Niners picked OL Anthony Davis with the pick. The three players Denver is targeting are still on the board. More to come!

Looking back: Broncos draft selections of the past decade

Draft day has arrived! To give us something to do while we are waiting for the clock to hit 7:30 ET, I've created a review of the Broncos first overall picks over the past decade, enjoy.

2000: With the 15th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Deltha O'Neal, CB - California. His rookie season he didn't record any defensive stats, while handling the return duties. His rookie year he totaled over 1,400 returns yards, and scored a Touchdown. In his second season in the NFL, he started in all 16 games on defense, and recorded 9 interceptions. Over the the next two years with the Broncos he hauled in 5 interceptions, while contributing on special teams and even a little on offense. In 2004, an unhappy O'Neal and the Broncos' 24th (first round) and 117th (fourth round) spots in the 2004 NFL draft were traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Cincinnati's 17th overall pick in the upcoming draft. In his career O'Neal earned two Pro Bowls, and was the Broncos Premier Corner early in the decade.

2001: With the 24th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Willie Middlebrooks, CB - Minnesota. Obviously the Broncos had a concern at cornerback position in the early 2000's. Middlebrooks could be considered a bust, in three seasons with the Broncos he recorded only one interception. The next season he signed with the 49ers, and was out of the league the next season. He now plays for a team in the Canadian Football League. The Broncos 87th pick (Reggie Hayward) and their 113th (Ben Hamilton) turned out to be much better selections by the Broncos in 2001.

2002: With the 19th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Ashley Lelie, WR - Hawaii. This pick was controversial, because Denver had needs in the secondary, and Ed Reed was on the board when Denver drafted Lelie. But Lelie proved to be a good deep threat. In his first two seasons he stacked up over 1,000 receiving yards, and scored 4 touchdowns. The next season, 2004, he really came alive. Being Jake Plummer's favorite target in boot legs, caught 54 passes for 1,084 yards (a 20.1 yards-per catch average) and scored 7 touchdowns. With Rod Smith slowing down, Lelie was in position to take the #1 WR spot. The next offseason, Denver traded for Javon Walker, causing Lelie to drop on the depth chart. Denver let him go after he didn't show up for any of the off season program. He'd go on to play for the Falcons, 49ers, and Raiders all in a span of three seasons. There's no doubt Denver's 51st overall pick (Clinton Portis) has had a better career.

2003: With the 20th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected George Foster, T - Georgia. The Broncos needed some help on the offensive line, and Foster was a solid pick up. He started all 16 games in his second season in the League, only allowing 2 sacks. He went on to start 3 seasons straight for the Broncos, in 2005, while rushing behind Foster, Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell combined, rushed for almost 2,000 yards. In 2007, Foster and Bell were traded to the Lions, were he played for two seasons, and his performance dropped. Foster was a solid part of the Broncos line in Denver's 2005 AFC West Championship team.

2004: With the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected D.J. Williams, OLB - Miami (FL). Williams turned out to be a great pick. He contributed his rookie year, starting in 14 games, recording 114 tackles and 2 sacks. In 2007, he recorded 141 tackles and a sack. Last season he thrived in the Broncos new 3-4 Defense, recording 122 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He has proven to be versatile, starting at all LB positions. Williams has anchored the Broncos defense since he arrived. Without a doubt, he is one of Denver's best draft selections of the decade.

2005: With the 56th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Darrent Williams, CB - Oklahoma State. Williams was one of the best young coners I've ever seen. He contributed on special teams as well. In two seasons with Denver, he recorded 6 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Had he not been murdered, he would have become the next Shut Down Cornerback in the NFL. He was a great draft selection - RIP.

2006: With the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Jay Cutler, QB -Vanderbilt. It was known early that the kid had an arm. Mid-way through the 2006 season, Cutler was named the starter. Over the next three seasons he earned a Pro Bowl selection, passing f0r 45 Touchdowns, and over 8,000 yards. Had he not asked for a trade, he would have become the Broncos next great Quarterback. In 2009, the Broncos traded him to the Bears, where he had a up and down season. He was a good draft pick, and helped the Broncos offense during his short stint with the team.

2007: With the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Jarvis Moss, DE - Florida. It was hoped he would contribute on Defense, generating the amazing pass rushing ability he showed while in college. His rookie year he recorded a sack, and 2.5 the next. Last year he only played in 7 games, totalling no sacks, or tackles on defense. Moss was a bad draft pick.

2008: With the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Ryan Clady, T - Boise State. Clady was expected to contribute early - which he did. He started all 16 games as a rookie, and allowed a leauge low only .5 sacks. This past season was not as productive, but Pro Bowl worthy none-the-less. He started in the Pro Bowl after another solid year. Whomever is playing Quarterback while Clady is protecting his blind side is bound to have success. Ryan Clady was an outstanding draft pick.

2009: With the 12th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Knowshon Moreno, RB - Georgia. Heading into the draft, Moreno was scouted as the "Best 'back in the draft." He started in 9 games for the Broncos last year, rushing for 947 yards, while receiving 213 yards, and scoring 9 total touchdowns. His rookie season was a success, and he'll only get better in his second year. The jury is still out on Moreno, but I believe he'll become a great one.
Today, the Broncos hold the 11th overall pick in the draft. The Broncos have a very strong possibility of trading down, and selecting Maurkice Pouncey, a center out of Florida. If Rolando McClain or Dez Bryant are on the board, they are options too. Another player Denver may targer is Florida's Tim Tebow. With McDaniels though, you never know! We'll have full coverage of the Broncos first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, so be sure to stop by the blog later today.