Story links for Monday, April 28

The Broncos wrapped up the 2003 draft on Sunday with 10 picks and also signed free agent CSU running back Cecil Sapp. Read about it in today's story links.

Broncos give baton to Griffin - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, April 28, 2003 - In the fine tradition of Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson, the Denver Broncos selected a running back on the second day of the NFL draft.

Broncos acquire Sapp - Denver Post - Natalie Meisler
Monday, April 28, 2003 - Undeterred by Denver drafting two running backs Sunday as potential backups for NFL offensive rookie of the year Clinton Portis, Colorado State running back Cecil Sapp picked the Broncos over the Green Bay Packers when he signed a free-agent offer.

Defensive duo from Clemson best of friends - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, April 28, 2003 - Nick Eason plays defensive tackle, but he's got a little offensive lineman in him, too. When he's finished playing football, he wants to be a Secret Service agent so he can protect the president.

Perfection ahead for Denver - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, April 28, 2003 - After the Broncos made Ahmaad Galloway their final draft pick on Sunday afternoon, I had a cream puff and an epiphany. This year the Broncos will be the first NFL team to win all 16 regular-season games.

Help at cornerback not found in draft - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders and Jim Armstrong
Monday, April 28, 2003 - The Denver Broncos covered all their bases during the weekend's NFL draft except for one: cornerback. It's a vital position that still has a lot of unanswered questions surrounding it.

Team-by-team report - Denver Post
Monday, April 28, 2003 - Team-by-team report

Three finally get call - Denver Post - Adam Thompson
Monday, April 28, 2003 - They may have gnawed through their fingernails and flinched every time the phone rang the past two days, but a trio of University of Colorado football players finally found their professional destinations in the waning hours of the NFL draft. Broncos' picks solid, not flashy - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 28, 2003 - It's difficult to discern what a draft class ultimately will be until a few years after its entry into the NFL. But after the Denver Broncos' 10 picks this weekend, it was relatively easy to pass judgment on what the group wasn't in the short term - sexy.

Broncos get a package deal with Clemson pair - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
April 28, 2003 - One is a monster of a man nicknamed "Green Mile" for his resemblance to hulking actor Michael Clarke Duncan. The other is a quick-footed defensive end who has drawn comparisons with NFL standout Jason Taylor because of his explosive burst off the line. Side by side at Clemson University, they were double trouble.

Florida lineman a risk for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
April 28, 2003 - The Denver Broncos didn't use a high draft pick on Florida defensive end Clint Mitchell. Still, the pick could be viewed as a risk. Mitchell, the ninth of Denver's 10 draft picks this past weekend, was suspended three times during his three seasons in Gainesville, Fla., before departing after his junior year.

CSU's Sapp passed in draft, agrees to deal with Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
April 28, 2003 - For local football fanatics glued to their draft tickers Sunday, a few eyebrows might have been raised during the final round. When it came time for the Denver Broncos to make their final selection in the seventh round, it seemed a perfect fit would have been Cecil Sapp from Colorado State.

Big names with questions get picked - Rocky Mountain News
April 28, 2003 - The second day of the NFL draft provided the usual assortment of highly regarded players who had just enough questions about them to cause their status to fall.

Lincicome: Broncos draft 'designated hitter' with top pick, then it gets worse - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
April 28, 2003 - The Denver Broncos are not a better football team today than they were Friday, before the annual flesh fingering that is the NFL draft. Not that they are any worse, but that's not exactly progress. If nothing else, draft day reveals whose fault last season was, and we knew that long ago. It was Brian Griese's fault, as is everything since the last Super Bowl, including global warming and the next pothole in the road.

Shanahan happy with draft - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
April 28, 2003 - All the players Mike Shanahan wanted fell into his lap. Then again ... "We felt like everybody does," the Denver Broncos boss said on Sunday after selecting a total of 10 players in the seven-round NFL Draft. "Tell me a team that's ever went through a draft and said, 'You know, we had a bad draft.'"

Broncos get Clemson duo to bolster defensive line - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
April 28, 2003 - The Denver Broncos probably have the best defensive line in team history. Make that Clemson team history. On Sunday, Mike Shanahan drafted roommates Nick Eason (114th overall) and Bryant McNeal (128th) in the fourth round. They played side-by-side (Eason at tackle and McNeal at end) at Clemson last season and will perhaps compete for the same roster spot in training camp this summer. Bronco bios - Daily Camera
April 28, 2003 - Bronco bios

Broncos Find Clemson Connection in Fourth Round - - Andrew Mason
April 27, 2003 - It sounds like the premise for a clichéd situation comedy -- roommates from college leaving together, hauling away to a new city for their first forays into the working world. But this isn't a part of a network's fall lineup. It's expected to be a part of the Broncos' fall lineup, as the Broncos' two Clemson draftees, defensive linemen Nicholas Eason and Bryant McNeal, spent their years at Clemson sharing not only a defensive line, but a living room and a kitchen.

Broncos Focus on D-Line in Second-Day Haul - - Andrew Mason
April 27, 2003 - Many draft observers felt the Broncos would begin their NFL Draft selections by taking a defensive lineman. That proved not to be the case, but the Broncos compensated by adding four defensive linemen during Sunday's final four rounds.

The Future Arrives - - James Merilatt
April 27, 2003 - On a sunny day in late April, two new stars appeared in Denver. George Foster and Terry Pierce -- the Broncos first- and second-round picks in the 2003 NFL Draft -- flew to town in the morning and spent the rest of the day getting acquainted with their new home.

Team-by-team AFC draft analysis - - Len Pasquarelli
April 28, 9:03 AM - For the past few years, we have hailed Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe and assistant general manager Tom Modrak as the best personnel tandem in the NFL, and our opinion hasn't changed on that.

Broncos draft analysis - - Len Pasquarelli
April 27, 2003 - When the Broncos failed to engineer a trade for Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs, they missed out on the one player who could have had immediate impact. So coach Mike Shanahan instead tried to build for the future with giant OT George Foster.

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