ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Let’s wrap up Thursday night’s draft and look forward to the second and third rounds on Friday:
The Raiders will hope to grab a tackle at No. 39. Maryland’s Bruce Campbell is a possibility.
Oakland coach Tom Cable said the Raiders will remain a 4-3 defense, but will use more 3-4 looks this year.
The Broncos love the size and speed of No. 22 pick Demaryius Thomas. McDaniels was impressed with Thomas’ explosiveness on the field and his ability to learn in the class room.
Denver has three picks Friday – Ns. 45, 80 and 87. Watch for Denver to try to get a center at some point Friday.
Denver coach Josh McDaniels said Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain was not on his list at No. 11. McClain was taken at No. 8 by the Raiders. McDaniels did praise Oakland’s pick of McClain.
McDaniels has made seven daft-day trades in two years so far. The final nine years of the Mike Shanahan era produced 13 trades.
McDaniels said the Patriots’ staff installed some of Florida’s offense a few years ago. New England coach Bill Belichick and Florida coach Urban Meyer are close friends.
The Chargers don’t pick until No. 91 in the third round a result of their big trade or Ryan Mathews. Don’t expect San Diego to be able to snag a top nose tackle there.
The Chiefs could take a look at Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate at No. 36.
The Seahawks took Texas safety Earl Thomas at No. 14. The pick was acquired from Denver lest year. The Broncos took Alphonso Smith with the No. 37 pick last year as part of the deal. Smith has been a disappointment so far.
Tebow will make his NFL debut in his hometown of Jacksonville. Perhaps it will help the Jaguars sell tickets for one game, at least.
Tebow’s arrival in Denver will be greeted by a large group of Florida alumni. Several Gators fans greeted him in Denver’s parking lot when he visited last week.