04/25/2006 - Settle down, Broncos fans. The NFL draft will get here soon enough. Granted, few events are better at building anticipation. Whether it's the infectious, motor-talking salesmanship of Mel Kiper Jr., or the sporting nation's fascination with lists - No. 1, Reggie Bush; No. 2, Matt Leinart; No. 3 D'Brickashaw Ferguson, etc. - the draft has given professional football a cottage industry where the parts have become more important than the sum. Take a deep breath. Just because the Broncos will match their highest pick of the past 13 years when they select 15th overall Saturday doesn't mean there should be expectations of an immediate difference-maker.
Losing limelight - Denver Post – Mike Klis
04/24/2006 - Numbered sequences swirl and scatter inside the busy mind of LenDale White. No. 10. Second round. Late first round. The Broncos at No. 37? Nah. The Steelers at No. 32? Maybe, but how 'bout them Cowboys at 18? So many possibilities and projections, hopes and disappointments. Perhaps no player needs the NFL draft to hurry up and get here more than White, Denver's running back star from South and Chatfield high schools and the University of Southern California. Once in the running to become the first back drafted after his USC teammate Reggie Bush, White has been dropped by many draft experts behind the likes of Laurence Maroney, DeAngelo Williams and possibly even Joseph Addai.
Uncertainty only certainty at QB - Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
April 25, 2006 - Knowledge is not the problem. All of those wandering the NFL hallways know what they want in a quarterback. They want Peyton Manning's mind, Tom Brady's spine when the game is on the line, Brett Favre's arm and Steve McNair's heart. They want wins and trophies. They want years of happiness. They want a franchise quarterback. "Sure, everybody wants 'The Guy' back there," Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "That's just the way it is. It's the way it will always be." "Quarterback, the most important position in professional sports," Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese said. "So all you need to do is find one before your career is over."
2006 Draft Preview: Linebackers - Denver Broncos.com – Andrew Mason
Monday, April 24, 2006 - For a decade, when the Broncos' defense has broken the huddle, it has done so with at least one standout linebacker procured through the NFL Draft. Unlike some positions, where the Broncos have a legacy of finding standout players in free agency or through other means (namely quarterback), the Broncos' recent trend has seen them find their linebackers in the draft. All three of their starters in 2005 arrived via the draft -- although Ian Gold left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April 2004 and then returned just over 10 months later.
Broncos in NFL Europe: Week 6 - Denver Broncos.com – Andrew Mason
Monday, April 24, 2006 - The sprint to World Bowl XIV tightened this weekend, as the Frankfurt Galaxy served notice that the race towards the NFL Europe League's championship game would revolve around more than just the Amsterdam Admirals and Rhein Fire. Amsterdam doused the Fire 30-21, taking sole possession of the league's top spot with the win. Frankfurt rallied for an 18-17 win over the Berlin Thunder, forging a tie for second place with the suddenly struggling Fire, which emerged from the weekend with a two-game losing streak. The Hamburg Sea Devils, meanwhile, continue to sit at the foot of the league table, absorbing another frustraing defeat, this one by a 20-17 count to the Cologne Centurions. Read how the Broncos' quintet of allocated players fared in this weekend's action.
Ron Dayne: Refreshed and Ready - Denver Broncos.com – Andrew Mason
Sunday, April 23, 2006 - If you squinted your eyes during overtime of the Broncos-Cowboys game last November as Ron Dayne dashed upfield with what turned out to be a game-clinching 55-yard run, it was easy to get lost in a flashback. One might have needed a reminder that the year was 2005, not 2000; that the holiday was Thanksgiving, not New Year's Day, and that the venue was Texas Stadium, not the Rose Bowl.
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