April 26, 2005 - Four former Oregon State football players signed with NFL teams as free agents late Sunday night and Monday morning, following the draft. Cornerback Brandon Browner was picked up by the Denver Broncos, safety Mitch Meeuwsen joined the Miami Dolphins, cornerback Aric Williams went to the Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Jonathan Pollard joined the San Diego Chargers. Browner was one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, going undrafted. He was projected as high as a late first-rounder in January when he left OSU with two years of eligibility remaining.
Battles brewing for backup jobs with Broncos - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - Unlike some recent Broncos seasons, there may be several veteran surprises come cut day in September as a result of the depth at some positions. With the team's starting 22 all but locked in, the major intrigue during training camp, which begins July 28, will be competition for roster spots. The Broncos will look at some veterans at positions that may include receiver, quarterback, offensive line and linebacker. They also are open to signing a veteran after June 1.
Maurice's motor works just fine - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - In the end, it was about the numbers. Baggage or no baggage, if Maurice Clarett had run a 4.5 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, nobody would be questioning the Broncos for using a third-rounder on him. Instead, Clarett ran a 4.82, so the Mel Kiper Jrs. of the world are down on him. This just in: That 4.82 clocking was the worst time Clarett ran in the weeks preceding the draft. During his personal workout a month ago, he was timed at 4.60 and 4.61. OK, so that's still below average for an NFL tailback. But let the record show it was considerably faster than some of Clarett's predecessors in the Broncos' backfield, including one Terrell Davis.
Cut by Cards, Clement may boost O-line - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - Sunday, coach Mike Shanahan said the Broncos will monitor the free-agent market as they tinker with filling the team's roster. Monday, the Broncos saw someone they liked when Arizona cut offensive tackle Anthony Clement. He is expected to be in Denver today to take a physical. If he passes, there is a good chance he will be signed. Clement would come in as a backup to right tackle George Foster.
Draft grade for now is incomplete - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 26, 2005 - Of all the uncertainty in the NFL draft, with all of the projections and the maybes that come with trying to gauge what a player is now and what he will be in three years, there is probably only one certainty. A player never is better than on the day he stands and holds up the jersey for the team that selected him. On that day, the sun shines and every lottery ticket is a winner.
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).
Draft snub sparks exit - Rocky Mountain News
April 26, 2005 - Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Muñoz decided to quit football after he was not chosen in the NFL draft last weekend, father and NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz said Monday. The All-American started 46 games in his career despite injuries, including a torn rotator cuff that ended his senior year before the Southeastern Conference championship game in December. Anthony Muñoz said his son has not yet decided what he plans to do now.
Adams: Never has No. 101 created such buzz - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
April 26, 2005 - Dating to the first combined AFL-NFL draft in 1967, Denver Broncos running back Maurice Clarett is the most notable player - not to mention the most publicized - to be selected 101st overall. Remember Demorrio Williams? Probably not. He was the 101st player selected in the 2004 NFL draft. How about Jerry Johnson (Broncos, 2000) or Travis McNeal (Seattle Seahawks, 1989) or Malcolm Seabron (Houston Oilers, 1994) or Ed Philpott (Boston Patriots, 1967). All were the 101st players selected.
NFL Draft winners and losers - Daily Camera - Chris Vivlamore, Cox News Service
April 26, 2005 - The Green Bay Packers found a successor for quarterback Brett Favre, the SEC led the way with 37 players picked and all those draftniks who had Maurice Clarett going in the seventh round looked silly. But those weren't the only winners and losers of the just-completed NFL draft.
NFL Europe Week 4 Recap - DenverBroncos.com
Monday, April 25, 2005 - The Cologne Centurions suffered their first loss of the NFL Europe season and also lost their hold on first place as wins by Amsterdam and Berlin improved each team's record such that all three are tied for first with a mark of 3-1. Cologne lost to the Admirals 37-24 and the Thunder toppled the Rhein 30-28, dropping the Fire to 0-4. Lastly, in a battle between two 1-2 clubs, the Hamburg Sea Devils got back to .500 with a 30-10 road win against the Frankfurt Galaxy.
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