Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, April 21

The spotlight is on the Denver Broncos' Director of College Scouting, Jim Goodman, in today's news stories. Also - Redskins defend their draft pick trade with the Broncos.

Draft plans demand long day, lonely night - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, April 21, 2005 - Another marathon shift of draft evaluations at Dove Valley was over, and Jim Goodman's day wouldn't get any more thrilling. His evening consisted of dining alone in a nearby restaurant, then retiring to his familiar hotel room in preparation for doing it all again the next day. The high point of the evening was when Goodman, the Broncos' director of college scouting, made his nightly phone call to his wife, Jennie. She has been by his side on his journey to nearly every imaginable career stop in football.

Bowlen bows out of draft decisions - Denver Post - Thomas George
Thursday, April 21, 2005 - You will not find Pat Bowlen in the final few hours before the NFL draft starts Saturday locked in a film room at the Broncos' complex, contemplating which college players can cut it. He was not at the scouting combine two months ago in Indianapolis with stopwatch in hand and clipboard close by. On draft day, the Broncos' owner will not man the phones, whisper advice into the ears of his coaches and scouts or in any manner make himself the central figure.

Redskins defend value of draft deal - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, April 21, 2005 - While some in the NFL thought the Broncos fleeced Washington in their Tuesday trade of draft picks, the Redskins defended their decision at a news conference Wednesday. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato passed out a chart that assigns values to draft positions. They said the trade was favorable according to their chart. Denver, which was shopping its first-round pick vigorously the past week, gave Washington the No. 25 choice and received the Redskins' third-round pick (No. 76) this year along with Washington's picks in the first and fourth rounds next year.

'Tweeners' fit onto draft boards - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 21, 2005 - The job description is brief and to the point. Be big, strong, fast. Sack quarterbacks. Defend the run. That's it. Now comes the hard part. Advertisement"Finding a guy who can do all that," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "Most of them are playing basketball. They're just hard to find. You think about a guy that's 300 pounds, 310 that has the speed and quickness that you're looking for, they're just not around. "Even the guys who have that speed and quickness, they're more in the 250-pound range. In that 250-range, they can rush the passer, but can they play the run? If they can, they're making a lot of money." Which brings us to the herd of in-between guys in the draft. They are, without question, the best pass rushers on the board, but most also are caught in the spot on the bathroom scale where they are too small to be an NFL defensive end and too big to be a conventional linebacker.

Take a Meeting - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - Meetings upon meetings upon meetings. Day in, day out, for weeks at a time. In three days, those meetings will be over. All that will be left is to make the actual picks when the Broncos' turns arrive. "(On) draft day, there's excitement because you're getting an opportunity to add what you hope are good players to your football team," Broncos General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "But all the work's been done by then." For the coaches and the Broncos' on-site football operations mavens, the work has been ongoing for the past four months.

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