Broncos sign tackle Ed Ellis

In today's story links ... the Broncos signed 6-5, 325, San Diego tackle Ed Ellis Thursday ... will Nebraska defensive end Chris Kelsay (in photo) be the Broncos first pick? Read about Ellis as well as more on the upcoming draft in today's story links.

Broncos sign tackle Ed Ellis

April 24, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Thursday signed tackle Ed Ellis, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Ellis, 6-5, 325 pounds, played the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2001-02), after coming over from Washington (2000). The six-year NFL veteran played his first three years in the league with New England (1997-99), after he was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round (125th overall pick) of 1997 Draft. Ellis has played in 52 career games, while starting six, including playing in 15 games and starting three in 2002. Born Oct. 13, 1975 in New Haven, Conn., Ellis was a three-year starter at the University of Buffalo, where he earned All-American honors from Gridiron Report as a senior.

Broncos defensive about draft - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, April 25, 2003 - Packed into the Denver Broncos' war room are 19 coaches, 13 football operations people, four telephone lines, one television, a wall-sized draft board and the answer about whom the team will select Saturday in the first round of the NFL draft. Once on the clock, the Broncos will have 15 minutes to decide. In truth, though they don't know it yet, they already have.

Cornerback depth crucial - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Friday, April 25, 2003 - The Denver Broncos have used two of their past three No. 1 draft picks on cornerbacks. Don't be shocked - a little surprised maybe, but not shocked - if they select another one in Saturday's first round. In today's pass-happy NFL, you can't have enough quality cornerbacks.

This much is certain: Draft isn't - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, April 25, 2003 - About the only certainty regarding the Denver Broncos' first-round draft choice Saturday is it will not be LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. Otherwise, it could be almost anybody. There are no slam dunks.

Does McGahee have a leg to stand on? - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
April 25, 2003 - Last year, a 21-year-old named Clinton Portis ended up as the steal of the draft. Could former University of Miami teammate Willis McGahee be next? It depends on one thing: how daring NFL personnel executives feel Saturday.

Lincicome: Name of NFL draft game? Guesswork - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
April 25, 2003 - By most accounts, this year's NFL draft is full of brand names, though, honestly, I have yet to spy a Grange, an Emmitt or most certainly an Elway among the anxious livestock. There is a Terrell, not a Davis but a Suggs and likely to be gone before the Broncos get to point at the prize they'll take.

Early-bird Bengals sign Palmer - Rocky Mountain News
April 25, 2003 - CINCINNATI - Southern California's Carson Palmer has signed on for the Cincinnati Bengals' reconstruction. The Heisman Trophy winner agreed to a contract Thursday with the NFL's worst team, which has the draft's top pick and a history of ruining young quarterbacks. Intrigued by the way first-year head coach Marvin Lewis has changed the aura around the NFL's perennial bottom dweller, Palmer decided to cast his lot with the team.

Scouting the draft - Rocky Mountain News
April 25, 2003 - Running backs, fullbacks, linebackers.

Good luck figuring how draft plays out - Daily Camera
April 25, 2003 - Medical reports, police blotters and 40-yard dash times may resolve the secrets of the NFL draft's first round Saturday. The best running back coming out, Miami's Willis McGahee, still can't run full speed after major knee reconstruction. One of the better receivers, Tennessee's Kelley Washington, probably won't be cleared for contact until training camp because of spinal fusion surgery.

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.

Nick Rolovich's NFL Europe Journal -- Week 5 -- Getting Settled -
April 24, 2003 - The Fire has now won two games in a row after our 34-17 win over the Scottish Claymores at home last week. Our record stands at 2-1 and we're tied with the F.C. Barcelona Dragons for second place in NFL Europe. We had a huge crowd for the game and they seemed to really enjoy our performance. After two wins the team is really coming into its own.

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