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-- Eric Oakley
Those are two good possibilities, although I wouldn't call Garcia a "sleeper," since he started all 16 games last year. Both Garcia and McGovern could benefit from a shift to an offensive-line scheme that incorporates more power concepts into its work, while retaining some zone elements.
Depending on what happens with
-- Kaseem Brown
We won't have an exact salary-cap figure until the 2017 salary cap is announced in the next few days -- estimates vary from $166 to $170 million -- but the Broncos should have somewhere in the neighborhood of $42-$46 million of cap space. They will have to account for their rookie draft pool (which should be in the vicinity of $8 million) and the re-signings of restricted and exclusive-rights free agents in their planning, but that should leave them a fair amount of space to pursue some upgrades. The fact that only the top 51 contracts count toward the salary cap in the offseason (starting on March 9, when the new league year begins) also provides a little bit of extra room in the short term.
Why is game day limited to a 46-man roster?
-- John Bunch
Because further expansion of the game-day roster would lead to more specialization, which is something that some on the Competition Committee historically have not favored.
Furthermore, the overall roster size is not likely to expand because of the cost involved and the potential for teams to hoard prospects, which would then dilute the available players on the waiver wire, which can be key for weaker clubs to build the depth on their roster because of a the higher waiver-claim priority that you get with a worse record.
-- Alex Visser
I think that when looking at the Broncos' situation from a distance, as national pundits and analysts do, they see up-and-down production from the team's quarterback position in 2016, a new head coach and partially new offensive coaching staff and a team with plenty of veterans with Super Bowl experience and a still-elite defense and figure that one player at the most important position on the field can push the team back over the top.
They also look back to 2012, when Elway landed Peyton Manning, and see how one veteran quarterback with concerns came in and changed the trajectory of the franchise.
And beyond Manning, they look back at how bold the Broncos have been in player acquisition during Elway's stewardship, with high-profile signings of players like Wes Welker,
-- Robert Mai
Playmakers are not just limited to the tight-end position, of course, and in my Mock Draft 1.0, I had the Broncos taking Stanford running back (although it's more accurate to call him an ultra-back, since he'll line up everywhere if used properly) Christian McCaffrey.
Howard's measurables, film and performance at the Senior Bowl make it unlikely in my estimation that he drops to the No. 20 spot at which the Broncos pick. David Njoku has a better chance of being there. But the depth and quality of this year's tight-end class means you can find playmaking tight ends perhaps through the end of the third round, from better-known prospects like Virginia Tech's Bucky Hodges and Michigan's Jake Butt (who could fall in the draft because of his torn ACL) to quality sleepers like Toledo's Michael Roberts and Mississippi's Evan Engram and lesser-known but uber-athletic non-FBS standouts like Drake's Eric Saubert and Ashland's Adam Shaheen, both of whom will be at the Scouting Combine. Shaheen, in particular, is amazingly fluid and fast for a 277-pounder.
How could the 49ers sign Earl Mitchell when the free agency period hasn't started?
-- Todd Banchor
Because he was a "street free agent," having been released from his previous team. All the players who are unrestricted or restricted free agents and are available simply because their contracts are expiring cannot be signed until 2 p.m. MST on March 9 -- the start of the new league year. The Dolphins cut Mitchell a week earlier, allowing him to hit the market immediately.
#AskMase Any thoughts on Fred Zerblis from CSU?— Curt Hoff (@enderbroncos) February 25, 2017
I thought he would settle in as a seventh-round pick or an undrafted prospect, but I also thought he would be invited to the Scouting Combine, as well. His lack of an invitation was a surprise. He'll have to nail his Pro Day workout, but it certainly doesn't mean his path to the NFL is closed -- just look at players like
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