With the 28th pick in this April's draft, the Denver Broncos are widely expected to bolster their defensive line. The player that will be selected, on the other hand, is a source of widespread disagreement. At CBS Sports, five NFL analysts have the Broncos selecting five different defensive linemen: defensive ends Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore, and defensive tackles Sylvester Williams, Jonathan Hankins, and Jesse Williams. A sixth, Clark Judge, has Denver selecting a running back.
Werner, widely considered one of the 2013 draft's top prospects, started at Florida State for two seasons and entered the draft as a junior. He is 6'3, 265 pounds and posted solid workout numbers, but questions remain about his strength. Moore, a 6'5, 260-lb. pure pass rusher from Texas A&M, has been projected anywhere from the top 20 to the second round.
The three defensive tackles mentioned in connection with Denver are all space-eating run-stuffers in excess of 310 pounds. All three have been projected in the late first round and mentioned by 3-4 scheme defenses, but could easily slot into Denver's 4-3 defense should they be available at pick no. 28.
Judge has Denver taking Alabama's Eddie Lacy, the first halfback off the draft board. The 5'11, 231-lb. Lacy certainly has the build and track record to be an every-down back in the NFL, but would likely be the only halfback selected in the first round if chosen.
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