Story links for Thursday, April 24

Draft news dominates today's story links, including a story about top cornerback prospect Terence Newman (in photo).

Broncos defensive about draft - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Thursday, April 24, 2003 - The Denver Broncos figure to select a defensive player in the first round of Saturday's NFL draft. That's not so much an opinion as it is a highly educated guess based on years of cold, hard facts. How cold and hard? Think Lambeau Field end zones in January.

Newman's run to NFL began early - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 24, 2003 - Speed doesn't kill. It actually helped save Terence Newman's hide while he was growing up, and it has benefited him since. The former Kansas State University football standout literally began separating himself from the pack early in his upbringing in Salina, Kan.

TJ alum Woolfolk filled void with OU - Rocky Mountain News - B.G. Brooks
April 24, 2003 - Andre Woolfolk's break - at least from the standpoint of a possible future in professional football - arrived via a teammate's misfortune.

Brayton ready for next step - Rocky Mountain News - B.G. Brooks
April 24, 2003 - For Tyler Brayton, the NFL draft this weekend merely represents another passage in his progression as a football player. The draft, or playing in the NFL for that matter, isn't the stuff of his childhood dreams.

CSU's Nelson nervously plays the waiting game - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
April 24, 2003 - Rhett Nelson is quietly suffering, just like most of the hundreds of prospects anxiously awaiting the NFL draft. As motivated as Nelson is about concentrating on his workouts and avoiding the hype, news about the draft is almost inescapable.

Scouting the draft - Rocky Mountain News
April 24, 2003 - Cornerbacks and safeties.

Broncos seek help at DE, OT, cornerback - Daily Camera - Chris Dempsey
April 24, 2003 - It is with an eye toward improving their overall depth that the Denver Broncos are approaching this weekend's NFL Draft. Holes at defensive end, offensive line (specifically at tackle) and cornerback all need to be filled, but the Broncos insist they will not be forced to take substandard players at any of those positions simply because of those needs. Coach Mike Shanahan has earned his right to call the shots on draft weekend because he has fairly consistently been able to select the right player at the right time, no matter the position.

Look for run on defensive tackles in first round - Daily Camera
April 24, 2003 - One of the realities in the NFL is this: There aren't enough 300-pound run-stopping, pocket-penetrating defensive tackles to go around. Another reality: If you don't have Warren Sapp or a Sapp-simile, you won't win a championship.

Position Preview: Cornerbacks - - Mike Sarro
April 22, 2003 - As the Broncos head into the 2003 NFL Draft, a look at the roster might lead one to think that cornerback is one of the positions where Denver could use help. Former starting cornerback Denard Walker was released by the team in late February and joined the Minnesota Vikings. Tyrone Poole, who saw action in every game and started four, signed with the New England Patriots.

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