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Denver picked offensive tackle George Foster and linebacker Terry Pierce in the first and second rounds of the NFL draft. Read what the media has to say about Denver's first day draft picks.

Broncos big on potential - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, April 27, 2003 - Only three years ago the Denver Broncos traded places with the Baltimore Ravens, and now they were ready to do the same. In the middle of Saturday's first round, the two teams had all but agreed to a trade that would reshape this NFL draft and next year's draft for Denver.

Tackle brings upside to table - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, April 27, 2003 - As for the Broncos' No. 1 draft choice, Georgia's Gorgeous George Foster, at the end of the day what he brings to the table is a huge upside, and he promises to give 110 percent, and his future is ahead of him, and he's got potential, and he could be the mother of all offensive tackles, and he was the guy the Broncos really wanted, and they're very happy he was still there when they picked. And many other cliches.

Mel Kiper Jr. - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, April 27, 2003 - The face and mouth of the NFL draft, Mel Kiper Jr. has issued more grades than any high school teacher. Some love him, others detest him, but football fans are left no choice. They must listen to him. The less fortunate must transcribe his words and in turn, The Denver Post soon will be forced to place one of its reporters on injured reserve with a sprained wrist.

Giant tackle, bigger upside - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, April 27, 2003 - The Denver Broncos have drafted damaged goods before. Remember Willie Middlebrooks and Paul Toviessi? But that history didn't dissuade coach Mike Shanahan from selecting Georgia offensive tackle George Foster on Saturday in the first round of the NFL draft.

Lincicome: Name of NFL draft game? Guesswork - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, April 27, 2003 - Mike Shanahan says it figures to take a year for first-rounder George Foster to make an impact. Given the track record of offensive linemen in Shanahan's system, he's probably right. Then again, it's not like the Bronx haven't had rookie offensive linemen start through the years. They've had several, most recently Russell Freeman, an undrafted free agent who started at left tackle in 1992. ...

Portis seeking top deal - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, April 27, 2003 - Before the Broncos begin negotiating contracts with their new draft picks, agent David Ware wants Denver to take care of one of its old ones. Ware said he intends to pursue a revised contract for his star client Clinton Portis, Denver's second-round pick last season and the NFL's 2002 offensive rookie of the year.

Scouting the draft - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, April 27, 2003 - The date was Dec. 15, 2002. That was the day that changed the face of the AFC West. Draft day just made it official. The Kansas City Chiefs' selection of Penn State's Larry Johnson in the first round Saturday verified what the Denver Broncos' front office had suspected: Priest Holmes' hip injury is more serious than many people thought.

Good luck figuring how draft plays out - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
April 27, 2003 - Kyle Boller is staying in Baltimore. There will be no blockbuster trade with Denver this time. Which begs the question from Broncomaniacs — why George Foster?

Woelk: Broncos make BIG change in offensive line - Daily Camera - Neil Woelk
April 27, 2003 - First, a few things we know for sure about George Foster, the latest first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos. Unlike the former Cincinnati Reds outfielder of the same name, this Foster will not hit 50 home runs in a season. Thus, Larry Walker remains the best power-hitting outfielder in the state.

Broncos Tap Foster, Pierce With First-Day Picks - - Andrew Mason
April 26, 2003 - For the first time in 20 years, the Broncos turned to the offensive line for their first-round pick, selecting University of Georgia lineman George Foster with their first-round selection. Thirty-one picks later, the Broncos turned to the defensive side of the ball, selecting former Kansas State linebacker Terry Pierce. The Broncos closed the day by trading out of their third-round pick (No. 82), sending the selection to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for two fourth-round selections (Nos. 108 and 120) and a seventh-round pick (No. 227).

George Foster: Undeterred By Injury - - Andrew Mason
April 26, 2003 - The true mark of an optimist is being able to extract some positive to even the most negative of situations. So when the Broncos' first-round pick, offensive tackle George Foster, looks back on the August 2002 car accident that forced him to play his entire senior season with an injured wrist, he saw it as a chance to bring a merciful end to a 1985 Lincoln Town Car that had gone beyond its recommended life.

Terry Pierce: Family Comes First - - Andrew Mason
April 26, 2003 - Linebacker Terry Pierce, the Broncos' second-round selection didn't choose to bypass his senior year at Kansas State merely for the money. Well, technically, he did -- but the money isn't for him.

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