Friday, April 25, 2014

All-American, Alabama linebacker, C.J. Mosley visits Broncos

Star Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley visits Broncos

Contributions by +Mike Klis
+The Denver Post 
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley makes a catch as he runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (Michael Conroy, Associated Press file)
Add linebacker C.J. Mosley to the list of top +NFL draft prospects visiting teams that likely won't have a chance to pick them, as the 2013 Butkus Award winner is in Denver visiting the Broncos.

Denver drafts No. 31 overall, and as one of the draft's elite linebackers, Mosley would figure to be gone by then. That naturally leads to speculation about whether the club would be willing to trade up for Mosley, as suggested at Linebacker is among Denver's primary draft needs, but moving up in the first round to get Mosley could be tricky business.

He has been projected anywhere from No. 8 to the +Minnesota Vikings in NFL Media analyst Charles Davis' mock draft, to No. 12 (+New York Giants) by analyst Bucky Brooks. It's not often that a team trades from the back of the first round into the top half of it, but, if Mosley is being seriously considered, the Broncos could be faced with just such a task to secure him.

If Mosley were to slide into the 20s, however, a team such as Denver could have a much better opportunity to make a move.

The +Denver Broncos are dreaming. Maybe they're scheming. Or perhaps they're just looking around.

In the Broncos' dreams, former +Alabama Crimson Tide inside linebacker C.J. Mosley is still available by the time Denver selects with its No. 31 draft pick May 8. Mosley, widely considered the top middle linebacker in this draft, was visiting the Broncos on Monday, according to two +NFL sources.

Also, +Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert tweeted he is visiting Denver this week. Gilbert, large by cornerback standards at 6-foot, 202 pounds, is the fastest corner in the draft.

Mosley and Gilbert are both expected to be long gone by the time the Broncos draft. Are the Broncos contemplating a trade up? It would be difficult. The Broncos don't have much trade ammunition as they don't have any extra picks, and they choose late in each of the seven rounds.

Ware 94 percent. DeMarcus Ware was arguably the NFL's most dominant pass rusher from the time he was drafted by Dallas in 2005 until an elbow injury limited him to just two sacks in the Cowboys' final 13 games last season.

Ware was a full participant in the Broncos' first day of conditioning Monday. Well, almost full.

"I'm not 100 percent. I would say about 94 percent," Ware, who wears No. 94, said with a laugh. He is impressed with how Broncos strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson runs his program.

"It's an unconventional type of way of working out, but it's the best way to keep guys on the field and keep them flexible, but also being able to maintain a guy through their whole career," Ware said. "We did sleds, we did leg slides, Keiser machines. You name it, it was in there. It's really state-of-the-art. It's a whole different deal."

Broncos re-sign four. Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein signed his restricted-free-agent tender that will pay him $1.43 million this season. Unrein, from Eaton and the, +University of Wyoming, is in his fourth season with the Broncos.

Cornerback Tony Carter, strong safety Duke Ihenacho and linebacker Brandon Marshall also signed exclusive rights tenders. Carter received the $730,000 minimum salary as a rare fourth-year player not eligible for restricted free agency, while Ihenacho will get the second-year minimum of $570,000 and Marshall will receive the first-year minimum of $495,000.

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