Broncos News Briefs - Sunday, April 17

Read about the upcoming draft in today's news stories. Also - Denver Broncos cornerback Lenny Walls has signed a one year tender offer with the team. Walls was a restricted free agent.

Drafts gone with wind - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, April 17, 2005 - The art of the draft is a tricky thing. It requires knowledge, skill, instinct, hard work and luck. Masterpieces, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers' 1974 draft class that produced four Hall of Famers - Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster - are rare. Today, when teams must juggle free agents and draft picks within the framework of a salary cap, draft masterpieces are rarer still. Next weekend, Mike Shanahan will captain the Broncos' draft war room for the 11th time. Shanahan has won two Super Bowls, but when it comes to the draft, his first 10 years as Broncos coach and executive vice president of football operations have produced mixed results.

Dayne carries on after tough start to life - Denver Post - Thomas George
Sunday, April 17, 2005 - He was told it happened two or three years before he was born in 1978, a wretched fire in his grandparents' Lynchburg, Va., home that killed both, plus an aunt and an uncle. In later years, Ron Dayne, his sister Onya and their cousins would see pictures and hear stories about those relatives and were amazed at the similarities in appearances and beyond. Onya had long hair like the aunt. A cousin sang like their grandmother. Another cousin had bowed legs like the uncle. And Dayne looked so much like his grandfather. A boxer.

Ohio State place-kicker Nugent among top prospects - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, April 17, 2005 - A place-kicker often is an overlooked commodity in the NFL - unless a team is lacking a reliable one. Even then it may be difficult to justify using a high-round draft choice to get one. However, this appears to be one of the rare years when a kicker will be among the elite. Ohio State's Mike Nugent is likely to be taken in the second round of the April 23-24 draft. Among the teams seriously considering Nugent are Minnesota, Atlanta, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Tennessee.

NFL draft preview - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
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Broncos have many needs - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
April 17, 2005 - If the Denver Broncos were a Super Bowl contender last season, as Mike Shanahan claimed after the 49-24 first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis, then all they really need to do this fall is stay healthy and fill some holes during next weekend's draft.

Broncos will keep Walls in their corner - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 16, 2005 - In a move more clerical than anything else, Denver Broncos cornerback Lenny Walls has signed his one-year tender offer for $1.429 million, and the contract was turned in to the NFL on Friday. Friday was the deadline for restricted free agents to receive offers from other teams. Walls, who was a restricted free agent, is heading into the season as a starter at cornerback alongside Champ Bailey. As a restricted free agent, he could have solicited offers from other teams, but the Broncos would have had the right to match those offers.

Monster talent is frightening - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 16, 2005 - As they stare at the waterfall of names hanging on their draft boards, hoping for inspiration, maybe even a little luck, those who make the choices in the NFL draft aren't about thinking outside the box. They're more inclined to three sides when digesting the prospects, the long- held trinity of height, weight and speed. Those scouts with hotel rewards points numbering in the millions and plenty of gray around the temples lump it all into "triangle numbers."

Walls Officially Re-Signs - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, April 15, 2005 - The Broncos formally brought back cornerback Lenny Walls for a fourth NFL season, signing the restricted free agent to a deal Friday. Walls ended last year on injured reserve after his season ended Nov. 28 when he suffered a third shoulder dislocation in as many months. But the Broncos thought enough of his play when healthy to place a first-round tender on him at the start of restricted free agency, meaning that the Broncos would receive a first-round pick if any team signed him and the Broncos were unwilling to match the offer. At the time, the Broncos had to choose between putting a draft-pick-tender on either Walls or Kelly Herndon, who started all of last year after Walls missed training camp with an ankle injury. Both came into the league as undrafted free agents. Walls got the first-round tender, while the Broncos only retained right of first refusal on Herndon. The Broncos chose not to match the Seattle Seahawks' March offer for Herndon, allowing him to depart.

Defensive Assistant Jim Ryan Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, April 15, 2005 - Jim Ryan joined the Broncos coaching staff in February as the team's defensive assistant coach. Defense is something Ryan is familiar with having played 10 seasons in Denver as a linebacker from 1979-88. The William & Mary product signed with Denver after the 1979 NFL Draft went on to play in 150 games and start 91 for the Broncos. He started at outside linebacker in Super Bowls XXI and XXII. Ryan served as the head football coach at Regis Jesuit High School (5A) in Aurora, Colo., from 2002-04 after working as a volunteer assistant with the school from 2000-01. He was named the Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Week in October of 2002 after guiding Regis to four consecutive conference victories that clinched a playoff berth. The New Jersey native now returns to the club in a coaching capacity, his first year as such at the NFL level.

A First-Person Look at Being Judge and Jury at the Cheerleader Tryouts - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, April 15, 2005 - Not long after the judges of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders finals traipsed into a windowless room on the suite level at INVESCO Field at Mile High, they were given some instructions. "It must be kept confidential," says the squad's longtime director, Teresa Shear. Shoot, there goes the exposé. But truth be told, there'd be nothing to expose. The entire process is above board, virtually beyond reproach. There are enough judges from various backgrounds to ensure a balanced perspective -- media, personnel inside the organization, a player, dance and choreography experts, a fan who won an auction, even a Web site reporter.

2005 Draft Preview: Offensive Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, April 14, 2005 - A look at the Broncos' roster reveals key contributors at almost every position who arrived from other NFL teams. There's a starting fullback drafted by Carolina. A starting quarterback who spent six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. A recent signee at tight end who's played for three teams in his NFL career. A weakside linebacker who spent a year in Tampa Bay and then returned. A pair of safeties acquired through various modes of free agency. A starting cornerback acquired in the NFL's first Pro Bowler-for-Pro Bowler swap in three decades. And, of course, there's a defensive line with four key imports from the Cleveland Browns. And then you have the offensive line. The Broncos began 2004 brandishing five homegrown starters, five players who've never known any other professional colors but orange and blue. And even after Dan Neil moved to the inactive list and Cooper Carlisle took his place, there remained a quintet of career Broncos up front.

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