03/22/2006 - All but silent in the free-agent market, the Broncos are about to make a racket in the upcoming NFL draft. In a move that essentially will push them halfway up the first-round draft board, the Broncos, according an NFL source, have a three-team deal in place that would swap their 29th overall pick, plus a middle-round pick in each of the 2006 and 2007 drafts, to Atlanta in exchange for the Falcons' 15th overall selection. The Falcons in turn will send the 29th overall pick to the New York Jets in exchange for defensive end John Abraham. On the surface, the deal seems like a no-brainer for the Broncos. They had two first-round picks - the 22nd, which they received last year in a trade with Washington, and No. 29. The Broncos will still have two first-round selections, the 15th and 22nd picks. What kind of players can the Broncos expect to have at their perusal with the No. 15 pick?
Swap stakes player - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 22, 2006 - The Denver Broncos were relatively quiet in free agency but now are poised to make some noise next month during the NFL draft. The Broncos on Tuesday dealt the 29th pick in the first round, their third-round pick this year and their fourth-round choice in 2007 to the Atlanta Falcons for for the 15th overall selection. The deal gives the Broncos two of the top 22 picks in a draft considered deep. No official announcement was made by the Broncos and team officials didn't return calls seeking comment. But paperwork completing the deal is expected to be filed today with the league, according to an NFL official.
2006 Draft Preview: Cornerbacks - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - By the time the first day of the draft concluded last year, the Broncos had overhauled their cornerback corps in a manner unprecedented in decades of drafting -- not just at that position, but at any on the field. When the team opened its draft with three consecutive cornerbacks in Darrent Williams, Karl Paymah and Domonique Foxworth, it rejuvenated the team's depth at the position, providing a trio of newcomers who would combine for 16 regular-season starts, 127 total tackles on defense, 30 passes defensed, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. But it was something more -- the first time in franchise history that the first three picks of a draft class targeted the same position. It was the first time since 1969 that the team had even opened with two picks at the same position, let alone three. All found roles as rookies.
Wesley Duke's NFL Europe Journal: Vol. 1 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - Let's take it from the top. We played a home game, which just so happened to be the AFC Championship, where we had less than our best performance. As most of you know, we lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. So, the next Monday, we came in for our check-out physicals and they let me know that I was going to play in NFL Europe. Yes, an opportunity to work on my skills, get better and learn how to be a better football player. That wasn't exactly what was on my mind.
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