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  • WABronco
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    POSTED 11:08 p.m. EST, January 5, 2007

    RUSSELL COMING OUT

    LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell has signed with agent Eric Metz, a league source tells us.

    And this means that Russell will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2007 draft. Once a college player signs with an agent, there's no going back.

    Coming off of a great performance in the Sugar Bowl, the 6-6, 260-pound Russell could be one of the top picks in April. He might even leapfrog Notre Dame's Brady Quinn.
    UPDATED...

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  • rockrules40
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    I am so mad to hear this he had said he was staying, and now tennessee's top 3 WR are now gone. the #1 WR now had 6 rec all year. Tennessee is a passing team and now they are going to be bad.

    as for robert meachem he is really good i think i saw him compare him to javon and they are right. this guy catches the short route and breaks a few tackles and scores a TD he can also catch the deep route. I would love to see him in denver

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  • Fan in exile
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    Originally posted by Dream
    I don't agree with it either; but I guarantee if the Broncos re-sign Myers; they won't add a very high player at defensive tackle in the draft. That'd be too much money in one position. You know the Broncos man, to even think they'll address defensive line is the #1 Cardinal Sin in the Book.

    Okay I know what you mean, but I can still hope. I'm gonna get Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and our first round DT to help us win next year.

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  • Dream
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    I don't agree with it either; but I guarantee if the Broncos re-sign Myers; they won't add a very high player at defensive tackle in the draft. That'd be too much money in one position. You know the Broncos man, to even think they'll address defensive line is the #1 Cardinal Sin in the Book.

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  • Fan in exile
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    Originally posted by Dream
    I like the way you're thinking in regards to that Redskins pick.

    The Broncos could go either end or tackle (DL) with their first selection; but one argument against DT has been the amount of money we already have at the position. (Credit to SoCalBronco) It seems like the Broncos would like to re-sign Michael Myers. He probably had the best year of his career and the coaches really like him. He'll probably get a nice veteran contract; probably like 4 years, 9.5 to 10 million dollars. Coupled next to Warren's contract; that's a chunk at our DT's. . . and not to mention Veal was re-signed, for cheap and he's a great rotational player - but a mediocre starter.

    The Broncos adding a first-rounder at DT would probably have another 5 year - 15 million dollar deal into that position; making it a place where we have little depth and a lot of cash stuck into it. We already have this problem and it's at linebacker.

    In an ideal world; the Broncos would spend their first-round selection (IF THEY DON'T TRADE DOWN) on a pass-rushing DE. There should be several names available at #21 that would be worthy of that selection.

    In the second-round; I'd like to see us address our offensive line. It's too bad Sam Baker and Jake Long didn't declare because it would have pushed the tackle depth of this class down further so it would have been possible to get second-round talent at tackle in the late-third round; but since they didn't. . . it's just an above-average class.

    Some people would like a DT around there; but there's almost never a DT taken in round two. Round Three has been the most popular spot to draft a defensive lineman on the interior on the first-day over the past few years; and there should be some quality players who can provide a pass-rush as Warren takes up blockers at that point in time.

    Our other third-round pick, our original should be used to fill a need. Not sure what; but it has to be something we didn't address in FA.

    I love speculating, but without knowing what we've done in FA it'll be hard to guess where we'll go in the draft.

    My biggest fear is that the Broncos go after a tier two defensive lineman in FA and call it good after that. . .

    I really don't agree with resigning Meyers at the expense of getting a better DT. Take a look at the DL stats. We rank 22nd over all, 29th at stopping people who only need a 1,2 yard gain, and 26th in adjusted sack rate.

    We just have to get better on the D-line, I am really hoping that somebody in the front office will figure that out and do something about it.

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  • Dream
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    Originally posted by Cugel
    The 3rd round (Broncos have 2 picks in that round, including the Redskins #6 pick of the 3rd round) would be about right for the Broncos to pick up either a WR or a cover safety, depending on who's available at that point. A backup LB wouldn't hurt either.

    But with the first and second round picks the Broncos NEED DT and OT! In that order.
    I like the way you're thinking in regards to that Redskins pick.

    The Broncos could go either end or tackle (DL) with their first selection; but one argument against DT has been the amount of money we already have at the position. (Credit to SoCalBronco) It seems like the Broncos would like to re-sign Michael Myers. He probably had the best year of his career and the coaches really like him. He'll probably get a nice veteran contract; probably like 4 years, 9.5 to 10 million dollars. Coupled next to Warren's contract; that's a chunk at our DT's. . . and not to mention Veal was re-signed, for cheap and he's a great rotational player - but a mediocre starter.

    The Broncos adding a first-rounder at DT would probably have another 5 year - 15 million dollar deal into that position; making it a place where we have little depth and a lot of cash stuck into it. We already have this problem and it's at linebacker.

    In an ideal world; the Broncos would spend their first-round selection (IF THEY DON'T TRADE DOWN) on a pass-rushing DE. There should be several names available at #21 that would be worthy of that selection.

    In the second-round; I'd like to see us address our offensive line. It's too bad Sam Baker and Jake Long didn't declare because it would have pushed the tackle depth of this class down further so it would have been possible to get second-round talent at tackle in the late-third round; but since they didn't. . . it's just an above-average class.

    Some people would like a DT around there; but there's almost never a DT taken in round two. Round Three has been the most popular spot to draft a defensive lineman on the interior on the first-day over the past few years; and there should be some quality players who can provide a pass-rush as Warren takes up blockers at that point in time.

    Our other third-round pick, our original should be used to fill a need. Not sure what; but it has to be something we didn't address in FA.

    I love speculating, but without knowing what we've done in FA it'll be hard to guess where we'll go in the draft.

    My biggest fear is that the Broncos go after a tier two defensive lineman in FA and call it good after that. . .

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  • Cugel
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    Originally posted by OhNoKoolAid
    That's a good point about rookie receivers. Since most don't reach full growth until their third season, even asking a rookie to be the number three might be too much. However, adding more affordable youth to the position wouldn't be a bad thing, and if the right player is available in the second or third round, I think you have to take the risk.
    The 3rd round (Broncos have 2 picks in that round, including the Redskins #6 pick of the 3rd round) would be about right for the Broncos to pick up either a WR or a cover safety, depending on who's available at that point. A backup LB wouldn't hurt either.

    But with the first and second round picks the Broncos NEED DT and OT! In that order.

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  • Nick
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    Wow that is huge, I just hope more QB's declare so more quality players drop to us.

    Last year was a great draft. This year is going to be great. Year after not looking to hot. Broncos need to obtain some more picks this year. :offtopic:

    I would not mind him on the broncos... Look for manningham also to declare... Sidney rice is there..

    heck of a lot of WR's this year

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  • DEN_BOWL_06
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    I thought Hixon was a good receiver and he should be playing next year??

    Am i wrong??

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  • Fan in exile
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    Originally posted by Dream
    I just say this to all of those who are against drafting a wide receiver.

    Here is what you know:

    Rod Smith is not the same; he's on the verge of retirement.

    Javon Walker is a great receiver.

    Brandon Marshall has promise and showed flashes of being a starting receiver, but we haven't seen consistency.

    What if one of them were to get injured? Who do we rely on then? Kircus, Hixon. . . other return specialist who pretends to be a receiver?

    I'm not saying receiver is a round one need, but it garners first-day consideration.
    The problem with this line of logic is that we actually have people that we can count on at the WR position, so we would be drafting for depth.

    IMO that is a lower need than DT/DE, were we need starters. Depending on how Lepsis comes back we may also need a T.

    So what you're talking about then, depending on FA. Is letting the need for depth at WR fight it out with the need for depth at S, and other positions.

    Then too you are also looking at the worst case scenario. What happens if Rod doesn't retire and nobody gets hurt? If we are going to draft, then get a project guy. Maybe one who doesn't have much experience or doesn't run routes too well. Then if he doesn't see the field at least he got experience. 2nd tier receivers are a very fungible asset and easy to replace. Wait until there is a need and get one then. IMO

    I wouldn't mind a WR and think we could pick one up either in FA or the Draft, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a day one need.

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  • stnzed
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    Originally posted by OhNoKoolAid
    That's a good point about rookie receivers. Since most don't reach full growth until their third season, even asking a rookie to be the number three might be too much. However, adding more affordable youth to the position wouldn't be a bad thing, and if the right player is available in the second or third round, I think you have to take the risk.

    And at the rate it takes Watson and the Broncos to develope WR's, they might want to get started asap!

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  • Dream
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    I just say this to all of those who are against drafting a wide receiver.

    Here is what you know:

    Rod Smith is not the same; he's on the verge of retirement.

    Javon Walker is a great receiver.

    Brandon Marshall has promise and showed flashes of being a starting receiver, but we haven't seen consistency.

    What if one of them were to get injured? Who do we rely on then? Kircus, Hixon. . . other return specialist who pretends to be a receiver?

    I'm not saying receiver is a round one need, but it garners first-day consideration.

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  • OhNoKoolAid
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    Originally posted by stnzed
    I don't know if you can count on a rookie any more than you can count on Marshall. Or Rod Smith for that matter.

    But you should hedge your bet if you can.

    The Broncos have their share of question marks.

    Does anyone know how fast Gary Russell is? Is he pretty quick? Is he another 4.6 guy? The Broncos have enough of those.
    That's a good point about rookie receivers. Since most don't reach full growth until their third season, even asking a rookie to be the number three might be too much. However, adding more affordable youth to the position wouldn't be a bad thing, and if the right player is available in the second or third round, I think you have to take the risk.

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  • stnzed
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    WR would be a smart move.

    I don't know if you can count on a rookie any more than you can count on Marshall. Or Rod Smith for that matter.

    But you should hedge your bet if you can.

    The Broncos have their share of question marks.

    Does anyone know how fast Gary Russell is? Is he pretty quick? Is he another 4.6 guy? The Broncos have enough of those.

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  • Dream
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    Originally posted by OhNoKoolAid
    I wouldn't overlook wide receiver at all. Walker is THE guy, but that is all the Broncos can safely bank on. Marshall showed tons of promise, but he never once had a complete game, and still looks as if he's learning the system. Even if Marshall takes a big step forward, the cupboard is bare behind him. Rod Smith looked as if he hit the wall this year, and expecting a player at his age to bounce back any might be unrealistic. I love Rod, but he's now a sub-package guy. We still don't know if Hixon is an NFL talent, Kircus had a nice pre-season but was rather indestinguishable in the regular season. Morgan has rarely been passable at the position... That looks like too many question marks to me, and with as deep a receiver class as this will be, the Broncos should jump at the opportunity to find Walker and Marshall a nice young running mate.
    Thank God, there's another voice of reason here. Ideally; a receiver who can return as well; perhaps a guy like Higgins. . . Ryne Robinson; but he's smallish. . .

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