Broncos busy during first round of draft

By: Jimmy Sirody | Friday, April 23, 2010
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The NFL elbowed everybody out of the way Thursday with its annual draft extravaganza. Americans are obsessed with pro football and the draft is the best action fans get from March to September.

But once the dust settles Saturday, ESPN will resume its regular programming. No more highlight films, no more playbooks, no more of Jon Gruden’s dirty looks. Sanity will return to the world of sports and the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs and early-season baseball will once again nudge their way back into the spotlight.

What did the first session of wheeling and dealing reveal and what effect will the draft have on the Super Bowl future book? That’s hard to say with four rounds of selections still to come, but one thing became crystal clear on Thursday — Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has stones.

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Denver kept the trading desk busy before landing Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The Heisman Trophy winner is definitely a project and no one is sure where, or even when, he will be ready to play.

A bad start to the 2010 season for the Broncos could put McDaniels’ job in jeopardy. He may not have the luxury of developing Tebow under those conditions.

The San Diego Chargers also made a bold move that figures to pay immediate dividends. The Chargers moved up 16 spots to snag Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews.

San Diego had a very good offense last year despite ranking last in the NFL in many rushing categories. Now the Chargers have a great offense, making their 8/1 odds to win it all very attractive.

In the past, San Diego has been a run-first, pass-second offense, but with the improvement of quarterback Philip Rivers and the passing game, that changed the past few seasons. The addition of Matthews allows coach Norv Turner to return to the style he prefers.

Things are looking up for the Seattle Seahawks and new coach Pete Carroll as well. The Seahawks added arguably the best tackle and second-best defensive back in this draft in Russell Okung and Earl Thomas.

The Detroit Lions also had a nice first round on paper with Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at No. 2 and California running back Jahvid Best at No. 30.

Suh could be the cornerstone of the franchise and become the Lions' first defensive rookie of the year since Al Baker in 1978. That doesn’t improve the odds (100/1) of Detroit winning the Super Bowl, but does give long-suffering Motor City fans hope for the future.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Claussen was not taken in the first round, nor were Texas defensive end Sergio Kindle, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap, USC offensive tackle Charles Brown and Trojans safety Taylor Mays and Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate.

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