Broncos News Briefs - Tuesday, April 19

The Denver Broncos may trade down their first round draft pick, according to reports in today's news.

Broncos looking at trading down - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - As the Broncos prepare for this weekend's draft, they are exploring the possibility of trading down from their current spot of No. 25 in the first round. According to several NFL sources, the Broncos have talked to multiple teams to see if they would be interested in trading up in the draft. Because a deal could be struck anytime, most trades involving draft picks are made during the draft. Denver general manager Ted Sundquist wouldn't discuss any trade possibilities, but said the team is prepared to use its first-round pick.

Broncos won't be passing on QB - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - The Broncos have obvious needs at cornerback, wide receiver, linebacker and guard. So which position are they most likely to address on the first day of the NFL draft? Quarterback. After whiffing on Jeff Garcia and Gus Frerotte, the Broncos figure to use one of their two third-rounders on a backup for Jake Plummer. How can we be so certain? We can't. This is the NFL draft, the ultimate crapshoot, we're talking about. But one look at the Broncos' drafting positions points to them taking a quarterback in Round 3.

Healing process - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 19, 2005 - The city of Grand Junction in the western-central part of the state, might be easily accessible from Utah and big-city Colorado, but in football recruiting circles, it is somewhere off the beaten path. So as Andrew Walter's high school football career was winding down before his senior year in 1999, throwing and running were not the only skills he needed to showcase. His editing talents would be tested, too.

Best quarterback? It's a toss-up - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 19, 2005 - The way Mike Nolan figures it - and just believe he has crunched all the numbers there are to crunch - he never will come this way again. If in four days the San Francisco 49ers handle their business correctly, Nolan will not have to worry about being the coach of the team with the first pick of the NFL draft again.

Best quarterback? It's a toss-up - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Goldberg, Associated Press
April 19, 2005 - Monday Night Football, a television institution that for more than 35 years has helped transform the NFL into a prime-time ratings draw, is leaving ABC and moving to ESPN beginning with the 2006 season. The new broadcast deal also brings the NFL to NBC for the first time since after the 1997 season. The network gets the Sunday night games. "In the current media environment, Sunday is now the better night for our prime-time broadcast package," commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. The move to ESPN, which currently broadcasts Sunday night games, keeps the Monday Night Football brand within the umbrella of The Disney Company. Disney owns ESPN and ABC.

So Far, So Good - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, April 18, 2005 - The post-playoff weeks at Dove Valley were defined by meetings and study. Reams of tape were examined in the intricate dissection of the season that was just completed. Potential free agents were evaluated, re-evaluated and evaluated again. The end result was a plan for the offseason to be implemented over the months that followed. Whether the plan comes to complete fruition depends on not only what the Broncos do, but how the actions of other teams come into play. But some six-plus weeks into free agency, General Manager Ted Sundquist believes that it's so far, so good for Denver's offseason framework.

NFL Europe Week 3 Recap -
Monday, April 18, 2005 - And then there was one. Week 3 action in NFL Europe resulted in the Cologne Centurions standing alone atop the league standings at 3-0. By defeating the Frankfurt Galaxy 23-14, the Centurions are the lone undefeated team after three weeks of action. The Amsterdam Admirals' 31-27 win over the Berlin Thunder even each clb's record at 2-1. Finally, in a battle between the winless, the Hamburg Sea Devils emerged with their first victory, 31-24 over the Rhein Fire who fell to 0-3.

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