NFL Mock Draft 2013: Broncos projected to select Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

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The Denver Broncos are slotted to take a defensive player with their upcoming 2013 first-round draft pick.

Even though the Denver Broncos will not actually know their draft position until their postseason ends, the organization is currently expected to take the best defensive player available with their first round selection in a majority of mock drafts.

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com thinks that with the 30th overall choice the Broncos could easily wind up with Florida standout defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, an ideal interior pass rusher possessing elite athleticism for his position. Despite already having a developing tackle in youngster Derek Wolfe, Rang believes the addition of Floyd would put Denver's defense over the top:

Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: With three veteran defensive tackles scheduled for free agency following this season (including starters Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan) Denver will likely address this position on draft day. The team found a good young standout in Derek Wolfe a year ago and he's played well as a rookie. The 6-3, 303 pound Floyd has the quickness to take advantage of the one on one blocks he'll face in Denver as opponents focus on the Broncos' outstanding edge rushers.

While Floyd's undeniable combination of strength and speed would be a valuable asset on any NFL roster, the junior lineman is expected to be available in the later stages of the first round barring a significant boost to his stock. In a draft pool that has the potential to be ripe with intriguing talent at both defensive line spots, Wright figures to remain a viable target for the Broncos going forward.

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