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Q&A With Brian Xanders

Posted Apr 27, 2011

General Manager Brian Xanders sat down with DenverBroncos.com to discuss the team's final preparations for the 2011 NFL Draft, which begins tomorrow.

With the draft a little more than 24 hours away, General Manager Brian Xanders sat down with DenverBroncos.com for a quick Q&A session on the team's final draft preparations. The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft kicks off at 6 p.m. MDT tomorrow.

Is the draft board totally set?
"Absolutely. It's set. We're ready to go. We've spent the whole week refining and adjusting our board and we're all set for tomorrow."

You said a week ago that 190 players were on the board. How many are on it now?
"We're down to probably 160, 170. That's more going through the film one more time, the character one more time and the medical."

What happens between now and 6 p.m. tomorrow?
"We're actually going to take tomorrow morning off, give everybody some time away -- because we're going to be here for three straight days. We're going to end up probably taking some calls tomorrow afternoon, some scenarios, and really wait for it to start and see if there's something that comes up."

In your experience, when do you expect to start fielding calls for potential trades?
"The draft starts at 6 mountain time, I would say we might get a call at 5 or 5:30. The reason is a lot of teams don't want to tip their hand on what they're intending to do until the end. They don't want it to get out publicly."

How many different scenarios have you gone over for how the draft could play out?
"We did at least 10 different ones, which was the first time I've ever done that many. (Head Coach John) Fox has never done that many, either. It's more evaluating how the board could come off and which player we would take. We did some trade-down scenarios at every pick."

Are those mock drafts just for the first round?
"(Rounds) one through four. We never usually have gone that long, we usually just did one and two. This is the most scenarios we've ever run."

How do you base the predictions?
"We go off their team needs. Our pro department builds a team needs board from research, looking at their rosters for the last two months. We generate team need No. 1, two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight. When we're drafting, we look at who they've drafted before and who they would likely pick."

With the second overall pick, the team's first round could be over about a half hour into the draft tomorrow. Will you stay in the war room for the rest of the evening?
"Yes, we'll be watching the rest of the picks during the day. We'll be getting trade calls on our two second-round picks and you really want to see how the board is laying out."

As an NFL personnel guy, where does this weekend rank?
"There's no stress. It's like Christmas Day, because you're trying to improve your football team, you're trying to pick the best players you can for your scheme, and to me it's an opportunity to get better."

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