Monday, April 26, 2004 - Nobody thought the Broncos would draft two quarterbacks. But then, nobody thought Colorado State would produce Mr. Irrelevant and Mr. Relevant. When quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt learned former CSU teammate Andre Sommersell had gone to the Oakland Raiders with the final pick of the 2004 draft, he laughed at the historic distinction that now belonged to his friend.
QB picks add life to dull draft - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, April 26, 2004 - Frankly, the Broncos' draft didn't get sexy until the final round. In an effort to steal valuable space from the Nuggets and the Avalanche on the front page of The Post sports section, the Broncos reached out for a couple of beguiling and provocative quarterbacks. Both might even make the team (Danny Kanell - ugh!), although neither probably will play a down at QB next season
Secondary awaiting big switch - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, April 26, 2004 - During the course of the 2004 NFL draft the Broncos unveiled three new defensive backs: third-round pick Jeremy LeSueur from Michigan, fifth-round pick Jeff Shoate from San Diego State and Jarious Jackson. Jackson? Yes, the backup quarterback drafted in the seventh round out of Notre Dame in 2000.
Draft choices to get chance to return kicks - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, April 26, 2004 - With Denver's former punt returner Deltha O'Neal dealt to Cincinnati and its former kick returner Chris Cole playing for Oakland, the Broncos need new return men. This weekend's draft produced at least a few.
Broncos' final pick: CSU's Bradlee Van Pelt - Denver Post - Steve Brisendine, Associated Press
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - Same round in the NFL draft. Similar running styles. Even identical No. 26 jerseys. But if Denver Broncos fans expect Tatum Bell to have the same sort of rookie success Clinton Portis enjoyed two years ago, they're likely to be disappointed.
Question of time - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
April 26, 2004 - Drafted No. 250 out of 255 overall, Bradlee Van Pelt quipped that reporters might as well call him "Mr. Irrelevant," too. But while the Colorado State quarterback might be nothing more than a developmental-squad player for the Denver Broncos, a handful of other 2004 draft picks could figure in key roles for the team this year. That would be a sharp contrast to the 2003 draft, when virtually every pick - the exception was running back Quentin Griffin against Indianapolis - bided his time on the bench or injured reserve.
A look at the Broncos' picks - Rocky Mountain News
April 26, 2004 - A look at the Broncos' picks
Jackson ready for action on defense - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
April 26, 2004 - The Denver Broncos already have one player in their secondary who has made the successful transition from quarterback to safety. John Lynch was a collegiate signal-caller at Stanford before switching sides of the ball. Jarious Jackson will attempt to follow suit.
Broncos take dip in wideout pool - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 26, 2004 - In the alleged "Year of the Receiver," the Denver Broncos failed to land the big catch, so they hope they snared a few surprises. Marshall's Darius Watts, the second of two second-round picks, and Alabama's Triandos Luke, a sixth-rounder, don't have the name recognition of the Fitzgeralds and Williamses in this year's draft. But they were available, something that can't be said for some of the marquee names at the position.
Broncos call familiar name - Daily Camera - Dave Southorn
April 26, 2004 - At his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., Bradlee Van Pelt was not really keeping his eye on the draft. While the former Colorado State quarterback is not the prototype, he figured to be drafted at some point because of his live arm and great running ability. Instead of watching the draft, he watched the Los Angeles Lakers' game. After seven hours of other players being picked up, Van Pelt finally got the call.
Williams has winning on the brain - Daily Camera - Dave Southorn
April 26, 2004 - Even if the Broncos have a great 2004 season, it might include more losing than first-round pick D.J. Williams is used to. Even a 12-4 record would give Williams the same number of losses he has seen in the last seven years.
Bronco draftees - Daily Camera
April 26, 2004 - Bronco draftees
Broncos finish draft by selecting Van Pelt - Fort Collins Coloradan - Tony Phifer
Monday, April 26, 2004 - If you're a fan of the Denver Broncos and the University of Colorado Buffaloes, your worst nightmare came true Sunday. That's right, Buff fans: Colorado State University quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, who has been a major pain in your neck for the past three seasons, will get a chance to start his professional career right here in Colorado. The Broncos made it official Sunday, selecting Van Pelt -- the 250th of 255 players taken -- in the seventh round. Van Pelt, reached at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif, couldn't help but laugh at the irony.
Rocky mountain high for Campbell - NWITimes.com - John O'Malley
Monday, April 26, 2004 - SOUTH HOLLAND -- All Jeannette McGee could do once she found out her son, Darrell Campbell, would be heading west to Denver was wrap her arms around everybody and cry. Overcome with a myriad of emotions, the former Thornwood and Notre Dame star's mother broke down and couldn't stop sobbing once she realized she'd be seeing less and less of her 6-foot-4, 300-pound "baby" in the future.
Broncos Focus on Offense on Day Two - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - The Broncos began Draft Weekend with a balance on both sides of the line of scrimmage. They ended it with an emphasis on offense. Denver utilized five of its six second-day selections on offensive players, with four of the picks at the skill positions -- sixth-round wide receiver Triandos Luke, seventh-round running back Brandon Miree and a pair of quarterbacks, LSU's Matt Mauck and Colorado State's Bradlee Van Pelt.
A Glimpse at the Future - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - The future arrived in Denver on Sunday. When linebacker D.J. Williams, running back Tatum Bell, wide receiver Darius Watts and cornerback Jeremy LeSueur stepped off of their respective planes at Denver International Airport, their careers as Broncos officially commenced. They were introduced to their new hometown during a whirlwind four-hour tour of the city, putting faces to the names that figure to be prominent members of the organization for years to come.
Williams: Denver's Call Was 'Out of the Blue' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - The seeds of a unique chapter in Broncos draft history were planted last month at the league meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., when team representatives voted upon the annual roster of rules changes. Lost amidst the discussions and resolutions regarding touchdown celebrations, instant-replay renewal and allowing receivers to wear numbers from 10 to 19 was the decision to increase the size of the practice squads from five to eight. But one of the first implications that General Manager Ted Sundquist understood was its effect on quarterbacks -- which Denver has not kept on its practice squad since retaining Shawn Moore there in 1991.
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