SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22: Fireworks shoot over the stadium during pregame ceremonies before the game between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
We're just under three weeks and counting until the 2011 NFL Draft. With no free agency going on, and virtually all other news grinding to a halt, the draft is our one beacon of hope.
Naturally, that's what other fans are talking about as well and that makes up much of the media coverage around those teams. To keep you updated on AFC West happenings, here are some draft related links and some non-draft links about the Chargers, Broncos and Raiders.
Chargers stadium drama runs hot, cold - SignOnSanDiego.com
Plans for a football stadium in downtown San Diego have not progressed since Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers President Dean Spanos held a rare meeting March 7 to discuss their mutual desire to build the team a new venue.
A Look at Past Charger Drafts - Bolts From The Blue
I've looked at every player we've drafted since 2001, plus any draft slots we traded away and what we got for them. I've also included Undrafted Free Agents (UDFA) who we picked up after the draft and made an impact.
NFL labor problems will hurt undrafted free agents - The Denver Post
If the current lockout isn't lifted, if there isn't some ruling by a judge before this year's draft, there is no free agency in place. That means the players who aren't drafted would go unsigned and have to wait and see. That would rob teams of the ability to bring in those players who had draftable grades but were not selected. It would also rob those players of an opportunity to get into a training camp and make a roster as Vaughn did with the Broncos last season.
Off the Cuff Comments: Mock Drafts, Tim Tebow, and Rumor Mills - Mile High Report
Unfortunately, I don't forsee any new information coming out with regards to the Broncos quarterback situation. From here on out, teams will likely be playing their cards close to the chest. We will just have to wait until draft day and see what the Broncos are going to do, as it happens. Our opinions are fine and dandy (and we're all entitled to them), but they don't definitively answer any of the Denver Broncos' questions, especially during a time in the year where very little information is being released.
Q&A: Best in 2011 NFL draft open to opinion - The Denver Post
Q: There really doesn't seem to be any player in this draft that sticks out and says, "I'm the guy for you for years to come, so draft me, Broncos." Do you get this feeling? No John Elway or super running back, and defense seems even worse. What's your opinion? A: Jim, had Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck elected to enter this draft, he would have been that unquestioned No. 1 player for the Broncos and every other team in the league. But when Luck elected to stay in school, it changed the complexion of this draft.
Silver and Black Stock Watch: Tight Ends " Just Blog Baby | An Oakland Raiders Blog
Really this is all about Zach Miller. Until Jacoby Ford’s emergence last season, Miller was the only threat in the passing game opposing defenses had to be concerned with when facing the Raiders. Given Miller’s health concerns and his contractual limbo, the Raiders would be doing themselves a favor by drafting a tight end as both an insurance policy and as a potential contributor in the near future.
Raiders Fans from Around the World
Luca and Roberto Lanfranchi, on vacation from Italy, visited The Oakland Raiders facility on Friday. Luca, a former Italian football wide receiver, was excited to see the place where his favorite team practices. "Raiders are legend," said Luca. "I wanted to see the place where legends work."
Oakland Raiders Top 10 NFL Draft Busts Of All-Time: #6 John Clay, OT, Mizzou - Silver And Black Pride
With the 15th pick In the 1987 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Clay out of the University of Missouri. And that was it for his career. Literally. He lasted two seasons in the League and only one in Oakland before being bounced from the NFL. His claim to fame was being traded away after his first season in Oakland, along with two draft picks, for Jim Lachey, who was then traded to Washington for Jay Schroeder and two draft picks.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com offers a redo of the 2004 draft. He has the San Diego Chargers taking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.