Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - The Broncos thought they would trade their first-round pick in this weekend's NFL draft. But they didn't think they would do it so soon. The Broncos were hoping for a future first-round pick in return for the No. 25 overall pick. They didn't think they would get three picks in return. After talks with Washington on Tuesday, Denver's plan unfolded quicker than expected and yielded more than hoped. The Broncos traded out of Saturday's first round but gave themselves a chance for immediate depth. Denver received a third-round pick for Saturday (No. 76 overall) and first- and fourth-round picks from the Redskins for next year's draft.
Pipeline to pros flows through small schools - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - On draft day, Ron Wolf didn't have much use for small-school football. The man who brought Brett Favre, Reggie White and a Vince Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay in the 1990s just didn't see the sense in beating the bushes for Division II, Division III and NAIA players. It took something close to a miracle for a small-school player to turn Wolf's head.
State hotbed for NFL prospects - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - Alex Smith and Bo Scaife met in elementary school and went on to be Denver high school stars. Smith and Joel Dreessen met four years ago at an All-Colorado photo shoot. They were reacquainted in January as roommates at Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala. Dreessen and Scaife became good friends working out together locally the past several months. It's a quirk. Three of the top tight ends available in this weekend's NFL draft are from Colorado.
Exchange rate is at 3-to-1 for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 20, 2005 - The Broncos decided Tuesday to take a pass on investing first-round money in the group of players they expected to be available to them Saturday in the NFL draft. Denver shipped its first-round pick - 25th overall - to the Washington Redskins. In exchange, the Broncos received the Redskins' third-round pick (76th) this year and Washington's first- and fourth-round picks in the 2006 draft. "As we started looking at the 25th pick and the four to six guys we thought we would like there, it was just a matter of we weren't all that confident those players would fall to that spot," Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist said. "We were confident, in this draft, that we can find the players we want in the second and third round, players who can come in here and add to the depth of our team and develop."
Owners still far apart on revenue sharing - Rocky Mountain News
April 20, 2005 - NFL owners again found little common ground on the issue of revenue sharing Tuesday. How much money the richest teams should share with the smaller market teams continues to stand in the way of progress toward a new collective-bargaining agreement with the players.
Draft tool's value is off the charts - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 20, 2005 - There are times when the NFL salary cap looks as if it is about little more than change. That here-today, gone-tomorrow kind of deal that keeps rosters churning with an almost continual parade of new faces in new places. And that is all well and good, the wheels of progress and all. "Sure, we've all adjusted, I think, to how much change you're going to have year to year," Houston Texans coach Dom Capers said. "But that said, there's also probably one spot right now where it's a little tougher to deal with that than anywhere else on the field and that's in the offensive line."
Broncos trade first-round draft pick - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
April 20, 2005 - For the first time since 1995, Mike Shanahan's first season running the organization, the Denver Broncos will not have a pick in the NFL draft's much-hyped opening round. On Tuesday the Broncos traded their first-round pick, the 25th overall selection, to Washington for three draft choices. Denver will receive the Redskins' third-round pick (76th overall) this year, along with the Redskins' first- and fourth-round selections in 2006.
Coleman Returns for Another Season - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - Last June, Marco Coleman appeared to be headed towards retirement. Ten months later, he's coming off his first year as a full-time starter since and now is set to extend his NFL career. The Broncos re-signed the unrestricted free agent defensive end Tuesday, bringing him back for a 14th NFL season and his second in Denver. The defensive line has been a focal point of the Broncos' offseason activity since free agency commenced on March 2. Denver has not only added four former Cleveland Browns defensive linemen through trades and free agency, but has re-signed veterans Luther Elliss and Monsanto Pope. Elliss, like Coleman, originally joined the team in the past offseason.
Broncos Trade First-Round Pick to Washington - DenverBroncos.com - Mike Sarro and Andrew Mason
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - Another year, another blockbuster trade between the Broncos and the Washington Redskins. Nearly 14 months after the two clubs executed the first exchange of previous season Pro Bowlers in the last 30 years, they collaborated again, with the Broncos receiving the Redskins' 2005 third-round pick (No. 76) overall and the Redskins' first- and fourth-round selections in the 2006 draft in exchange for the Broncos' first-round draft pick in Saturday's draft. It marks the second consecutive year the club has traded its first-round selection. Last year Denver traded its first-round pick (No. 24), a fourth-rounder (No. 117) and cornerback Deltha O'Neal to Cincinnati in order to move up to the 17th overall pick in the first round.
2005 Draft Preview: Wide Receivers - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - For most of the 100 players that converged on Mobile, Ala. in late February, the Senior Bowl represents a chance to get closer to the NFL, to hone their game by working with pro coaches, to interview with representatives of all 32 teams, and to make an impression beyond what videotape can provide. For Vincent Jackson, it was much more than that. It was his first chance to face cornerbacks from Division I-A, and the first opportunity for the University of Northern Colorado product to measure himself against a field of wide receivers that included a slew of potential high-round selections.
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