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Old 07-08-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- David Bruton had a feeling he was destined to be a Bronco.

"I had a hunch that I'd probably go to Denver after my trip out here and the difficulties we went through just to make sure I got here," he said.

On the day of his meet-and-greet with Broncos brass this spring, Bruton left his Miamisburg, Ohio home to make the 20-minute trip to Dayton International Airport. He had no idea he'd be reprising the role of Steve Martin in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

The former Notre Dame product missed a 6:20 a.m. flight out of the airport because of unforeseen traffic just before the break of dawn.

"I have no idea why there was traffic," Bruton said. "Maybe construction? I have never seen traffic at five o'clock in the morning."

With few flights to Denver scheduled for the rest of the day, Bruton made the 78-mile trek to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for a soon after departing flight. But trouble struck again.

"I missed that one, too," Bruton said.

Eventually, the safety did arrive at Dove Valley and, despite the difficulties associated with his journey to team headquarters, he apparently made a strong impression on team management.

Earlier in the spring, Bruton could tell the club had interest in his skill set. During his senior campaign with the Irish, the 6-foot-2, 219-pounder posted a team-high four interceptions and, for his efforts, was named an honorable mention All-American by The NFL Draft Report. Soon after, defensive backs coach Ed Donatell flew to South Bend, Ind. to work him out in person at Notre Dame's training facility.

Still, Bruton, like his collegiate counterparts, waited to find out his professional fate at April's NFL Draft. Surrounded by family, friends and old high school coaches at a local restaurant in Miamisburg, Bruton watched as the Broncos nabbed him in the fourth round with the 114th overall pick.

"It was just a very emotional day and a very important day," he said. "I had a lot of smiles. I was very excited."

After sharing draft day with family and friends, Bruton quickly realized he'd be sharing the field with former collegiate comrades. David Grimes, who was a co-captain with Bruton for Notre Dame last season, joined the Broncos as a college free agent on Apr. 27. Third-year pros Darius Walker and Ryan Harris, who acted as big brothers for Bruton during his underclassman years in South Bend, are also on the club's roster, and have helped ease his transition to the NFL.

"My college family is here," Bruton said. "It definitely helps (the transition) because you have people you are comfortable with, people you knew for four years -- not just people you heard of on TV. You actually knew these people; you actually went through the ringer with them."

So far, Bruton is looking to repay the Broncos for their belief in his game.

He was a mainstay at Dove Valley during minicamps and passing camps and was a fixture during voluntary workout sessions this offseason.

Bruton's showing himself to be a student of the game, too. During secondary meetings, he has been sitting next to seven-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins, picking the veteran's brain on how to read an offense and how to attack the quarterback.

"Less than two percent get to make it to this level and everybody has their own special talents," Bruton said. "Like they've said, they can find a different guy like you, so you've got just to keep putting in work, day in and day out."

This season, Bruton hopes to set himself apart from the pack by establishing himself as a key cog on all of the club's special teams units. With the Fighting Irish, he quickly built a reputation as one of the top special-teams gunners in the country. In total, he was a part of 596 special-teams plays during his collegiate career.

"It's something I've always taken pride in, especially early in my college career," Bruton said. "I did it in high school and have always excelled at it."

Bruton said he is willing to do anything and everything special teams coordinator Mike Priefer asks of him this season. The same goes for all of his coaches. After all, he is still looking for ways to reimburse the team for the extra frequent flyer miles he racked up on that pre-draft visit.

"Before the draft, my dad always used to joke, 'They invested a lot of money in you just trying to get you there for that one (pre-draft) day," Bruton said. "You'll probably go there. You owe them."'
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:45 PM   #2
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I like McBath, but I HATE this kid...
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:52 PM   #3
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i like this pick. seems like he could be at worst a mainstay on ST for a few years, and if he is as dedicated as this article makes him seem, he may end up being valuable on defense as well.
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He HAS to be better than those turds we tossed onto the field last season.
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He's sitting next to the right guy in DB class. And Bruton has got the size and speed, here's hoping he can become another Atwater for us while tearing it up as a gunner in the meantime.
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I like McBath, but I HATE this kid...
I have similar misgivings but probably not to your extent. Don't "hate" him but If he is a decent special teams player I'll consider it a success for what I expected. I think I'm less excited about McBath than you, though - At least in the short term.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:26 AM   #7
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We have Darius Walker?! When did that happen
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We have Darius Walker?! When did that happen
Walker was signed by the Denver Broncos on May 7, 2009

Another RB who can catch passes. Think we will run any screens this year? lol

At Notre Dame, Walker owns the school record for most receptions in a season by a running back (56 in 2006) and most career receptions by a running back (109). He ranks fourth all-time at Notre Dame in rushing yards (3,249), third in all-time carries (693) and third in average yards per game over a career (90.3). He rushed for 100 yards in a game 15 times in his career and scored 26 touchdowns — 23 rushing and three receiving.

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I don't know much about McBath but I have watched Bruton his entire collegiate career. He is a talented kid with great measurables who is really just putting it all together. He bumped around some with different coaches at ND but his best days are ahead of him IMO. I think he will end up as a starter for us in a couple years.
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I like McBath, but I HATE this kid...
Considering that he's only a 4th round draft pick, and that we've been fielding the most unutterable garbage at the safety position for the last few years, that's a pretty strong statement!

Not questioning your judgement - I know nothing about the kid - but I am curious to know what it is exactly that provokes your wrath....is it him as a player or as a person? Did he cost you money in bet or something? Spill the beans, please.....
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I have similar misgivings but probably not to your extent. Don't "hate" him but If he is a decent special teams player I'll consider it a success for what I expected. I think I'm less excited about McBath than you, though - At least in the short term.
I'm actually really happy with both of them. Between them and Josh Barrett, we got a good young crop of safeties.
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He HAS to be better than those turds we tossed onto the field last season.
You're not kidding. I started a poll a few weeks ago, "Which was our worst safety in 2008?" and listed the choices...

People could't vote fast enough


I think Marquand Manuel and Calvin Lowry tied, but there were plenty of votes to go around ...
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Our secondary is crowded ... after the starters we have:

S: David Bruton, Darcel McBath, Vernon Fox, Josh Barrett
CB: Alphonso Smith, Josh Bell, JMFW
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Our secondary is crowded ... after the starters we have:

S: David Bruton, Darcel McBath, Vernon Fox, Josh Barrett
CB: Alphonso Smith, Josh Bell, JMFW
I really like our secondary. Good solid veteran starters and talented young depth. The free agent acquisitions will allow the young guys time to develop and gives us the nickel and dime depth we did not have last year.
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I can't comment on him, because I didn't watch any Irish football last year.

However, if he can become a special teams stud, I will like him right off. Setting the tone by ripping people's heads off is a good way to make an impression as a safety.

We might look pretty decent on ST with guys like Woodyard, Larsen, Bruton and Smith out there. I have kind of felt like the problems on our ST lately have been about attitude and sacrifice, more than coaching. I think we have guys that will now play with discipline - and reckless abandon.
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Seriously? Well, Drek made Bruton his "adopt-a-rookie" this year, his avatar picture. That's good enough for me
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Bruton reminds me too much of Josh Barrett, amazing athlete, looks like superman, but just doesn't play naturally on the field.
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Bruton was a ball hawk at ND. He had some fine hits and caused some fumbles, but his coverage skills were inconsistent while there. Still, he seems to be a pretty sure tackler and a workout warrior who is coachable. He's got a chance.
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Bruton reminds me too much of Josh Barrett, amazing athlete, looks like superman, but just doesn't play naturally on the field.
Early in his career, he played a little tentatively in the secondary. Their front 7 was weak and he seemed like he was thinking too much and worried about getting beat deep. As his career progressed he simply reacted and was much more aggressive. He is a sure tackler who takes great angles. He also makes a lot of plays on the ball for a big guy. That's what I mean when I say he is just coming into his own.
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You never know what will happen with guys like Dawkins showing these kids the ropes.
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Bruton reminds me too much of Josh Barrett, amazing athlete, looks like superman, but just doesn't play naturally on the field.
Barrett was more productive than everyone's favorite young stud collegiate safety, Taylor Mays, up until his senior year in college. He's not a look like Tarzan, plays like Jane, he just missed out on a lot of fundamentals development because he's so athletically gifted he could always get by, and his senior year was basically a throw away (when he should've been taking the next step). Guy plays with heart, but he's got a lot of schooling to go before he should see regular time on the football field.

I like Bruton, as you can see from my avatar. I know Rev hates him and says he plays with no heart, but I don't see how one of college football's most standout special teams gunners can play with no heart. That job is the definition of heart. In the defensive secondary he can play like a chicken with his head cut off at times for sure, but he's shown a knack for hanging onto the ball when it comes to him (something we haven't seen in a while from Denver safeties) and more importantly, he knows how to hit and how to work on STs.

If he's ever a regular starter for us I'll be mildly surprised. I think Barrett has the leg up on him in that regard and I think McBath was hand picked to replace Renaldo Hill as a ball hawking FS who can move down and cover a 3rd WR or receiving TE as needed (both he and Hill share some CB pedigree and similar athletic skill sets). But I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Bruton at STs gunner is a huge step in the right direction to us finally covering punts and kickoffs with some consistent quality. He really knows what he's doing in that role and he embraces it.
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love the entire draft, every one of these guys has extremely great attitude and character, and just love the game. they are true team football players.
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David Grimes, who was a co-captain with Bruton for Notre Dame last season, joined the Broncos as a college free agent on Apr. 27. Third-year pros Darius Walker and Ryan Harris, who acted as big brothers for Bruton during his underclassman years in South Bend, are also on the club's roster, and have helped ease his transition to the NFL.
That's alotta Golden Domers at Dove Valley.

But here's an interesting fact: Bruton was the only Notre Dame guy drafted this year.
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I have similar misgivings but probably not to your extent. Don't "hate" him but If he is a decent special teams player I'll consider it a success for what I expected. I think I'm less excited about McBath than you, though - At least in the short term.
Would've rather had Moore, but I can't knock the FO for taking McBath one bit.

In fact, I love the majority of the players they've picked. There were just three moves that I considered sheer mental retardation (Next year's 1st for Smith, trading for Quinn, and, worst of all, Bruton). The other guys were either great, in my opinion (Ayers--though I'm still shaky on him as a 3-4 player-- and McBath, for example) to "well it makes sense" (Knowshon, considering the viability of our passing game took a hit).

It really follows the off-season theme for me. Like to love the majority of things, but then several things happen that seem so ungodly stupid that I stare in awe.
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