In this episode of the BSN Broncos Draft pod, Andre Simone and AJ Haefele analyze Vic Fangio’s history as a DC and what that means for the Broncos 2019 draft.

The guys tackle your questions, talk about small-school standouts, mid-round cornerbacks and a whole lot more.

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Andre Simone
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Andre B. Simone, was born in Boulder, Colorado raised in Milan, Italy and is the draft and film analyst for BSNDenver.com. Education:  Graduated in communications with an emphasis in media, and double minored in journalism and philosophy at Western State University of Colorado. Career: I got back into media and worked briefly for the NPR affiliate up in Crested Butte, CO. I then starter working on a podcast for an Italian website on American sports which eventually became three weekly shows. We soon became the only podcast that featured player interviews, had prospect endorsements for our draft podcast, and am sure I was the only international media member credentialed at various pro-days I attended. In that period I became one of two media members from Italy to become part of the FWAA. At BSN Denver I started doing film rooms which have since caught on in several sports and got picked up by Bleacher Report and the Denver Broncos website. Our draft coverage has quickly become the standard bearer for the area. I was tasked with launching BSN ATS, in short time ironing out two metrics that have been close to identical to the methodology Las Vegas uses to generate their weekly NFL spreads. I covered the Colorado Rapids’ magical run to the Western Conference playoffs in 2016 after adding maybe the greatest American soccer player of all time in Tim Howard. My career highlight is probably following the Colorado Buffaloes magical 2016 “Rise” to Pac-12 south champions, attending their final five home-games, and following their top NFL prospects throughout the process. That offseason I also discovered Austin Ekeler one of the best stories of that draft and a true revelation as an NFL standout. I was the only media member to go out on a limb and say he was a legitimate NFL prospect, he’s proved me right in a short amount of time. Most memorable sports moment: Seeing the greatest comeback in Nebraska football history in Lincoln while cheering from the visitors side for Ohio State in 2011. The atmosphere in that stadium was beyond anything I’ve ever felt, including European soccer rivalries that can be pretty intense. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: This might have to be a tie between Terry Frei’s '77: Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age. and Our Adrian Dater’s ‘Blood Feud…’ Both books have been crucial in my career path, AD’s book actually planted the seed for me doing this. Those 77 Broncos are an unbelievable team, I love that story and how it connects to the roots of the city. I read both books in a really important developmental period personally, they hold a special place in my heart. One sports movie that I can’t live without: Growing up in Italy any American sports movies in our house where true gold. Remember The Titans, Space Jam, Angles in the Outfield, and Jerry McGuire all were played in the VHS without end at different periods. But I’m not a fiction guy, my favorite sports movies are almost all documentaries now, my favorite being “Once Brothers” the 30-for-30 on Drazen Petrovic’s rise as Yugoslavia fell. It gets me every time as it’s just my movie; with 90’s hoops, Euro basketball, and the right amount of nostalgia. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Sitting down with Austin Ekeler, hearing his journey and knowing right then and there the kind of story I had uncovered was a pretty exhilarating experience. He’d never done that kind of thing before so he was an open book, we talked for an hour, he gave all sorts of insights, we related on many levels, it was a treat to meet someone who loves football that much. The sport that started it all: I played soccer and tennis growing up always following sports obsessively. What really took things to the next level was basketball which I picked up starting high school, I practiced all the time, joined the team, and played all four years. We were terrible but a great group of friends who are still close today. I struggled reading as a youngster and Slam magazine is where my love for reading really took off too. Maybe more than any basket I ever mad that’s the greatest thing hoops gave me

10 Comments

  1. As always, I appreciate the heck out of the draft pod. You guys add so much value to a BSN subscription.

    Can you do a ranked list of each QB in this class according to their DPR?

    Thanks as always for the content.

  2. Dre, 2 questions for you:
    1st: John Ross holds the record for fastest 40 at the Combine at 4.22 seconds. If anyone is going to beat him this year, who will it be?
    2nd: What does the future hold, in Fangio’s defense, for Alexander Johnson, Demarcus Walker, Keishawn Bierria, and Dymonte Thomas?

  3. Hey fam. I know we don’t talk about QB enough, so I thought I’d leave a thought. I just dropped Haskins to QB3 on my board, with my reasoning being a big question on velocity. I’ve noticed it on a lot of passes, but deep balls in particular. He can physically get to any spot on the field, but passes seem to float in with no velocity. I’ve counted multiple throws broken up by a defender due solely to the extra time it takes a pass to get there. Am I just seeing things, or is this real, and how much does it matter when entering the NFL, which has smaller windows and more athletic defenders?

  4. Good to have you guys back!! During senior bowl week I fell in love with Andy Isabella and I think it’s safe to say that you (Andre) fell in love with Terry McLaurin. I was wondering if you could compare the two prospects and where you think they will go in the draft. They would both obviously bring “juice” to the Broncos offense if they were drafted but I’m assuming would have different roles. While I think either would be a welcome addition to Broncos, I’m leaning more towards Isabella. Here is my main argument, If he were to be drafted by the Chiefs that would be an absolute nightmare. Draft him to keep him out of Andy Reid’s hands plus I think he would be there early in the 4th for us to pick. Thoughts???

  5. Real talk – I love the content! A lingering question i have is on Cravens. Do you think he fits the Fangio mold for a coverage ‘backer? He didn’t get much game time and I didn’t notice him flash when he was in there. Could this be his resurrection or maybe he isn’t even on the team? I badly want him to be that guy for us!

  6. I think a potential long term fix to at least one of the inside linebacker spots is being a bit overlooked in Joe Jones. When he tested at his pro day he had top tier athleticism and he flashed that on special teams and whenever he got an opportunity on defense. Pro Football Focus had him highly rated in his limited play and that paired with fangios expertise at the position gives me hope that Denver has a diamond in the rough just waiting to be put to use. So what are your personal thoughts on Jones and his potential to fill one of those spots in the coming years?

    • Not necessarily draft related but I figured with all the talk on the draft pod about linebackers you were the guys to come to

  7. Broncosfansince84

    Great show today, though it did get cut off. I think we should address defense in the draft and offense in free agency. I also wonder do you think we could get Simmons or Parks to gain 20-30lbs and play ILB? Do you think either of them would actually be willing to do it if asked?

  8. I think the end of the podcast got cut off. You guys were just starting to talk about Charlie Casserly’s Mock and it kinda just ended pretty abruptly. Anyway love the content and have to say the new intro is awesome! Thanks for everything you guys do!

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