The balance of April will be an exciting time on the calendars of the NFL, the Denver Broncos and our legions of fans.
The full schedule will be released soon – and while we have not received any advance word of a schedule timetable, past history suggests we should look toward next week. The NFL officials in charge are no doubt putting the final touches on the schedule right now, but this type of announcement is never made real late in the week-you always want to create the maximum buzz among fans, so assuming it does not happen this week, next week looks perfect in that it would precede NFL draft attention.
Then, just as fans are discussing who their favorite team plays, where and when, the draft will begin its new three-day prime time run on Thursday, April 22.
The first round will take place on that Thursday night’s made for TV event, followed by round two and three on Friday, April 23 and then the remaining four rounds of the draft will wrap up on Saturday, April 24.
This will make for plenty of interesting conversation, not just because of who was selected in the first round but also with a litany of speculation regarding those players still left on the board, and the next picks not coming for 24 hours.
Then, at a lesser level but with a lot of excellent prospects still involved, the process will repeat itself again.
And then, the first rookie mini camps will be held for many teams, the Broncos included, on the following weekend, giving local media and legions of fans their first mass exposure to the new players.
The off season lifting programs are in full swing, and have been for a couple of weeks, but NFL interest will shift into high (higher) gear in the next two weeks, making it a great time for fan interest!