Broncos News Briefs - Monday, April 25

The Broncos concluded the 2005 NFL Draft on Sunday, adding an offensive lineman and a kicker to the three cornerbacks and one running back they selected on Saturday. Read the latest on the Broncos' draft in today's news reports.

Clarett running on clean slate - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, April 25, 2005 - On a dark, desperate day in February, Maurice Clarett found an ally named Terrell Davis. "I didn't know what to expect of him, but he surprised me," Davis, a former Broncos star running back, said Sunday. "But he was a good, genuine guy. He wasn't some villain or a bad dude like some people said or like some of the stuff I read. Plus, I thought he was a really good football player." Davis met Clarett, the former Ohio State phenom, at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. That's when Davis took Clarett under his wing.

Closing kick in '05 draft - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Monday, April 25, 2005 - Overshadowed by the national sensation of what is Maurice Clarett's second coming, the Broncos tied up some of their final loose ends over the weekend during the NFL draft. Minus a few more veteran signings - perhaps beginning with the addition of former all-pro linebacker Chad Brown - the Broncos' roster is nearly set heading into training camp. "We're about there," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday after making the final two of the team's six draft choices. "We're not going to make a lot of changes." Of the team's biggest needs, the Broncos addressed their glaring special- teams deficiencies.

Mines' Friehauf joins quarterback mix< - Denver Post - Bill Williamson and Mike Chambers
Monday, April 25, 2005 - After receiving interest from several NFL teams, quarterback Chad Friehauf decided to stay home. Friehauf said Sunday night he agreed to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos. A star at Colorado Mines, Friehauf said he expects to finalize a contract within the next week. "Obviously, growing up in Colorado and going to college in Colorado, I've always been a Broncos fan," Friehauf said. "It's a dream come true." He will go to camp behind incumbent backup quarterback Danny Kanell and 2004 seventh-round draft picks Matt Mauck and Bradlee Van Pelt. Mauck and Van Pelt both have a chance to be the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterbacks.

Dream out of idle, Clarett eager to roll - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 25, 2005 - Over the past tumultuous two years, Maurice Clarett has lived the fishbowl life. He has had his integrity, his determination, his ethics and even his future questioned. He has tried - and failed - to sue his way into the NFL draft. He has been picked at, prodded and analyzed. And as Clarett now stands on the doorstep of what might be his last, best chance at an NFL career, with the Denver Broncos, he knows exactly what all of that means. "Everything is on my shoulders right now, how I jell with my teammates and how well I learn the system," Clarett said. "I'm just going to work."

Cornerback trio has history of quickness - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 25, 2005 - Their skills as pro cornerbacks are yet to be determined, but the first three players taken by Denver in this year's draft definitely could give a track relay team a nice running start. The common denominator among second-rounder Darrent Williams (Oklahoma State) and third-rounders Karl Paymah (Washington State) and Domonique Foxworth (Maryland) is speed. At the scouting combine in March, the trio finished in the top 10 at their position in the 40-yard dash, with Williams the fastest at 4.31 seconds, followed by Foxworth (4.34) and Paymah (4.35).

Lincicome: Hand it to Broncos: Pick carries interest - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
April 25, 2005 - Boredom, arrogance, wisdom, insight, pick a motive. Whatever the reason the Broncos drafted Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, they at least got a nice conversation piece. Can he run, can he dodge, can he mind, all of that shall be seen. What Clarett has already done is turn the most tiresome flesh auction in years for the Broncos into something to stare at, like roadkill or a hippie wedding. Here's how the Broncos' first day went - cornerback, cornerback, cornerback, WHOA!

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Division gets defensive in early rounds of draft - Baltimore Sun - Bill Ordine
April 25, 2005 - A trio of defensive backs who played their high school football in Baltimore County were chosen in the middle rounds of the two-day NFL draft that ended yesterday. Domonique Foxworth, a cornerback who played at Maryland and Western Tech, was taken by the Denver Broncos at the bottom of the third round late Saturday night, the 97th selection overall.

Clarett says it's time to open new chapter - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
April 25, 2005 - When Maurice Clarett walked into his first press conference as a Denver Bronco, he looked across the room and held firm as the flashes bounced off his wide eyes. Clarett was trying to contain his elation. With televisions on either side of the room ready for ESPN to send his face to the nation on a live feed, he was trying hard. Then with every step, he couldn't help it. A smile that had been waiting years to come out grew wider. With that wide grin, he sauntered up the podium and pulled on the cap of the team that took perhaps the biggest chance in the draft.

Denver draft surprised cornerbacks - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
April 25, 2005 - Each of the three cornerbacks the Denver Broncos drafted on Saturday made it clear he was happy to pose with a Broncos jersey in his hands Sunday. What wasn't clear to each was why three cornerbacks were posing with a Broncos jersey. The Broncos made four picks on Saturday, and 75 percent were at the same position. Darrent Williams was chosen in the second round out of Oklahoma State, followed by Washington State's Karl Paymah and Maryland's Dominique Foxworth in the third round. "The Broncos wasn't one of the teams I was talking to, so I was shocked they drafted me when they did," Paymah said.

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