Four Down, Six to Go

The first three rounds of NFL Draft 2004 are history and the Broncos came away with the top outside linebacker in the draft and three other players that are projected to fill specific team needs. Denver gets six more picks today. Read more in today's news reports.

Broncos stray from tradition - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - The team that drafted running backs Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson and Clinton Portis turned to the school that produced running backs Terry Miller, Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders. With the second-round pick acquired from the Washington Redskins, the Broncos drafted Oklahoma State running back Tatum Bell, the highest the team has selected a running back since it took Steve Sewell with the 26th overall pick in the 1985 draft.

Handling the hype - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - First-round draft choice D.J. Williams is now a Broncos rookie, but once upon a time he was a man among boys. Playing for powerhouse De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., Williams rushed for 1,974 yards and made 130 tackles in his senior season. In his high school career, he rushed for a school- record 42 touchdowns - 33 rushing, five receiving, three punt returns and one kickoff return. Some called him the next Bo Jackson. USA Today named him its defensive player of the year. So did SuperPrep magazine.

Acquisition of Watts lessens loss of Clayton - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - The Broncos traded up from No. 24 to No. 17. For a few minutes Saturday, they debated trading up to No. 15. But after hearing what Tampa Bay wanted from the Broncos for the right to draft LSU wide receiver Michael Clayton - the player Denver coveted - the Broncos decided to stay put and select Miami linebacker D.J. Williams.

Acquisition of Watts lessens loss of Clayton - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 24, 2004 - When Denver was on the clock with the No. 17 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, it had its choice of any running back and virtually any defensive lineman or linebacker it wanted. It turned out to be a simple choice. Three of the Broncos' four pre-draft targets all were gone.

Broncos add some insurance at LB spot - Daily Camera - Chris Shelton
April 25, 2004 - Miami senior D.J. Williams never heard much from Denver Broncos personnel in the days leading up to Saturday's NFL draft. So it completely caught Williams off guard when the outside linebacker was selected by Denver with the 17th pick in the first round.

Draftee Bell will have Portis' number - Daily Camera - Chris Shelton
April 25, 2004 - When Oklahoma State running back Tatum Bell was drafted Saturday by the Denver Broncos, the fact that he can't wear his number, No. 7, was made perfectly clear. "I asked for it, but (they) shot me down pretty fast," Bell said, referring to the number retired for John Elway.

Bronco draftees - Daily Camera
April 25, 2004 - D.J. WILLIAMS — First round, 17th pick, outside linebacker, Miami, from Pittsburg, Calif., 6-0, 247. All-American Dream Team selection by the NFL Draft Report. ... Third-team national honors from the Associated Press. ... Semifinalist for the Butkus Award for the nation's top linebacker. ... In 47 college games, Williams made 241 tackles (124 solo) and 10 sacks. ... Ran a fake punt for 31 yards in this year's Orange Bowl against Florida State.

Denver picks Watts in second round - Herald-Dispatch - Anthony Hanshew
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - HUNTINGTON -- Darius Watts refused to sit through a self-imposed pressure cooker. Marshall's senior wide receiver was projected as a likely third round NFL draft prospect, meaning his name could be called toward the end of Saturday's 10-hour session in New York. Instead of watching hours upon hours of ESPN's draft coverage from his Atlanta home, Watts opted for busy work.

Day One: Equal Time for Offense, Defense - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - Two months before the NFL Draft, General Manager Ted Sundquist was already paying particularly close interest to the linebackers in this year's class. Two months before the NFL Draft, General Manager Ted Sundquist was already paying particularly close interest to the linebackers in this year's class.

Sundquist: Breaking Down Day One - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - By 8:30 p.m. MDT on Saturday evening, the Broncos' draft room had cleared out, save for some chairs and stacks of books. The work wasn't over for the weekend, but the team's scouts, coaches, personnel directors and support staff were clearing out, heading away from the facility for a well-earned respite. Day Two of the draft would begin soon enough, and General Manager Ted Sundquist was already thinking about what was to come on Day Two -- a day in which the Broncos possess six selections, but none in the fourth round.

Williams: Denver's Call Was 'Out of the Blue' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - As D.J. Williams watched the 2004 NFL Draft in Coral Gables, Fla. with a few dozen friends, he expected a call early on the first day. But he didn't expect it to come from Denver. "I'm totally surprised I got picked by the Broncos," Williams said after the Broncos tapped him with the No. 17 pick of the first round. "That's probably one of the last teams that I thought had an interest in me."

Bell Not Shy About Aiming High - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - Tatum Bell is many things. Reticent is not one of them. Denver selected the confident running back with the first of its two second-round selections -- the pick that the Broncos acquired in the early-March deal that sent Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins. "My goal is to lead the league in rushing," Bell said. "I don't want to come in and just average the minimum and get 100 yards. I want to play hard every game.

Broncos Catch 'Spider' in Draft Web - DenverBroncos.com - Bobby Mestas
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - Without knowing where and when he might land over the course of draft weekend, Darius Watts waited at his home in Atlanta, Ga. with no expectations but anticipating a first-day phone call. That phone call came in the back half of Round Two, at the No. 54 slot.

Return Skills, 'Feel' for Game Bring LeSueur to Denver - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - Over nine hours passed, and day turned to night on the first day of the NFL Draft. For cornerback Jeremy LeSueur, the waiting for a draft-day call was intolerable. All he wanted was a call before the end of Day One. His opportunities were running short before the Broncos rang his phone Saturday evening, selecting him with the No. 85 pick of the draft, 11 selections before the 32 teams called it a day.

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