2012 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Prepare For April Festivities

The 2012 NFL Draft will allow the Denver Broncos to replenish a team in need of fresh talent.

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2012 NFL Draft: League Releases 2012 Pro Day Schedule

The college pro day schedule has a full crop of NFL hopefuls, including some Northern Colorado, Air Force and Colorado players.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Peter Konz Goes To Broncos In Latest SB Nation Projection

Could the Denver Broncos throw a curveball in the 2012 NFL Draft and take a player that isn't on the defensive line or a skill player off the line on either side of the ball? Ryan Van Bibber's latest SB Nation 2012 NFL mock draft does just that with the Broncos' No. 25 overall pick. The Broncos select Wisconsin Badgers center Peter Konz.

Related: Updated 2012 NFL Draft Order

Van Bibber writes that the Broncos need to get Tim Tebow a new center, protecting him from the onslaught of opposing defensive linemen. The New England Patriots showed how this could happen in its playoff victory over the Broncos. Second-year center J.D. Walton hasn't been able to fill in the shoes of former center Tom Nalen quite that well, but he did improve from his rookie season to his sophomore year. Still, Konz would certainly be an upgrade at center.

However, we could also see the Broncos go a different route in this scenario. Safety Mark Barron goes two picks later, and defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Jerel Worthy are both take toward the end of the first round.

If Konz is ranked higher than some of those names just mentioned, there's no reason to doubt that John Fox and John Elway will sway from their board. They will take the best player available, regardless of position. And in this mock draft, we certainly get something better than the stale selections we've had in recent weeks.

For in-depth coverage of the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. For more on the NFL, be sure to check out SB Nation NFL and Mocking the Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Broncos Take Devon Still In 1st Round Of 4-Round Mock

It's a fool's errand to project an NFL mock draft for four rounds, but there's one over at Mocking the Draft. While it will likely be quite wrong come the actually draft, and, really, it will be obsolete in a couple of days, the Denver Broncos do come away with a nice haul in the projection. In the first round, the Broncos take defensive tackle Devon Still, who would instantly upgrade the Broncos attack up the middle of the defensive line. With several potential free agent losses at the position, the Broncos could certainly go this route in the first round.

Related: Updated 2012 NFL Draft Order

In the second, the Broncos pick up Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller, who has often been projected as a first-round selection for Denver. If the Broncos could pick Miller up in the second round it could be a similar story to 2002's draft of drafting Clinton Portis in the second round.

Then in the third round, the Broncos take Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater. Prater could prove to be better than Andre Goodman, we would hope. And in the fourth round pick up wide receiver Ryan Broyles from Oklahoma. He's coming off a knee injury that ended his season in November. However, he'd certainly be another weapon for Tim Tebow to look for on the field.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Projects DT Fletcher Cox For Denver Broncos

The NFL Draft season never seems to really start until ESPN's Mel Kiper puts out his first postseason mock draft, and he just released his 2012 one (Insider required). Kiper waits until all of the underclassmen have declared, for which the date passed earlier this week. While there's no surprise with the No. 1 pick being Andrew Luck to the Indianapolis Colts, where does Kiper go with the Denver Broncos?

Related: Updated 2012 NFL Draft Order

The answer is that he goes defense and has the Broncos selects Mississippi St. Bulldogs defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, drifting away from where other mock drafts have gone. Kiper writes:

Denver had some really good stretches on defense, particularly in the pass rush, but the Broncos weren't very consistent and the numbers were a little worse than people might realize. The pass rush is there on the outside, but Cox is a guy who can penetrate and get tackles for loss from the inside

But he notes that the Broncos could go in other directions, particularly wide receiver. We've also seen running back and tight end as the choices in other mock drafts.

Cox had 5.0 sacks as a junior and 14.5 tackles for a loss. He was credited with three quarterback hits, as well. The Broncos could use a young, talented defensive tackle. Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas could depart in free agency and Ty Warren, lost for the entire 2011 season, is injury prone.

For in-depth coverage of the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. For more on the NFL, be sure to check out SB Nation NFL and Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Draft Order 2012: Broncos Will Select At No. 25 In 1st Round

The Denver Broncos now know where its first round pick will come in the 2012 NFL Draft -- that is, as long as they don't trade up or down in the coming months or on the day of all the fun. The Broncos had the worst record (8-8) among teams remaining in the 2012 NFL Playoffs, which meant the team would slot in at No. 25 with a loss to the New England Patriots. That 45-10 final score in favor of the Patriots guaranteed that.


Related: What Will We Do Without Tim Tebow? And Nine More Important NFL Playoffs Questions

Also settling draft positions this week were the Houston Texans, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. They took, in order, draft picks 26-28. Yes, the 15-1 Packers must now pick at No. 28. Such is the fate of a team that fell at Lambeau Field to the New York Giants.

The Giants will pick 29th overall if they fall to the San Francisco 49ers next week since they had just a 9-7 record during the regular season. The Ravens then come in with a 12-4 record while the Patriots and the 49ers are each 13-3.

This is the current draft order through the divisional round of the playoffs:

1. Indianapolis Colts, 2-14
2. St. Louis Rams, 2-14
3. Minnesota Vikings, 3-13
4. Cleveland Browns, 4-12
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-12
6. Washington Redskins, 5-11
7. Jacksonville Jaguars, 5-11
8. Carolina Panthers, 6-10*
9. Miami Dolphins, 6-10*
10. Buffalo Bills, 6-10
T-11. Seattle Seahawks, 7-9*
T-11. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-9*
13. Arizona Cardinals, 8-8
14. Dallas Cowboys, 8-8
15. Philadelphia Eagles, 8-8
16. New York Jets, 8-8
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders, 8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers, 8-8
19. Chicago Bears, 8-8
20. Tennessee Titans, 9-7
21. Cincinnati Bengals, 9-7
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons, 10-6)
23. Detroit Lions, 10-6
24. Pittsburgh Steelers, 12-4
25. Denver Broncos, 8-8
26. Houston Texans, 10-6
27. New Orleans Saints, 13-3
28. Green Bay Packers 15-1

*Will be determined by coin flip, likely at the NFL Combine.

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2012 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos May Draft QB, But Not In 1st Round

The Denver Broncos are playing in the postseason, so they're likely not all in yet on the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. They'll need to soon, though, given the numerous places where the Broncos need to show improvement. One of those places might be quarterback, where Tim Tebow has had an up-and-down year for Denver, but Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that fans shouldn't expect the team to select a quarterback in the first round.

But first round? The Broncos will take a cornerback, or a defensive tackle, or a linebacker or a running back. They won’t take a quarterback.

So, presumably, Denver will try to improve an already strong defense, or try to strengthen the running game with a better feature back. There are two legitimately elite QB talents in the 2012 draft- Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III -- but neither of those players is expected to be available when the Broncos pick in the 20's. So rather than reach for a different quarterback, the expectation is that the Broncos will try to improve in other ways while giving Tebow another year to show that he can be a championship-caliber quarterback.

Klis notes that the Broncos do like some of the other quarterbacks in the draft, though, so they may use a later pick to select a new quarterback prospect. Names that Klis mentioned as possible options are Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Arizona's Nick Foles, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and Boise State's Kellen Moore.

Head over to SB Nation NFL and SB Nation NCAA Football for more on the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report, SB Nation's Denver Broncos blog.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: SB Nation Predicts Miami's Lamar Miller To Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos won't know for sure where they pick in the 2012 NFL Draft until they are eliminated from the 2012 NFL Playoffs, but they do know that it will be between Nos. 21-32, the playoff team positions. If they fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round of the AFC playoffs, the Broncos will select between Nos. 21-24. In SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL mock draft, the Broncos select Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller with the No. 21 overall pick.


Related: Updated NFL Draft Order

This selection steers away from what appears to be the expected norm in mock draft territory: selecting a defensive tackle. While the write up concentrates on pairing Miller as a complement to Tim Tebow the runner, it also allows the Broncos to transition away from Willis McGahee. McGahee had a big rebound season with the Broncos, but he will be 31 years old in 2012 and is still an injury risk, as we saw during the latter half of this season.

Will we see the Broncos with a higher selection after the coming playoff game?

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2012 NFL Draft Order: Denver Broncos Draft Pick Unsettled Until Playoff Run Ends

Unlike a year ago, the Denver Broncos won't know where their first-round draft pick is until they are eliminated from the playoffs. While the Broncos are just 8-8, they are in the playoffs and they will need to be eliminated from the postseason or win the Super Bowl before finding out their draft pick. They will pick between Nos. 21 and 32.

The Kansas City Chiefs will select at either No. 11 or No. 12, but they will need to flip a coin with the Seattle Seahawks, which also finished 7-9 and with the same strength of schedule. The San Diego Chargers will pick somewhere in the 13-19 range but the league needs to determine the final strength of schedule rankings and then go to coin flips in case teams are tied.

Here is the current non-playoff team 2012 NFL Draft order:

1. Indianapolis Colts, 2-14
2. St. Louis Rams, 2-14
3. Minnesota Vikings, 3-13
4. Cleveland Browns, 4-12
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-12
6. Washington Redskins, 5-11
7. Jacksonville Jaguars, 5-11
8. Carolina Panthers, 6-10
9. Miami Dolphins, 6-10
10. Buffalo Bills, 6-10
11. Seattle Seahawks, 7-9*
12. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-9*
13. Philadelphia Eagles, 8-8
14. New York Jets, 8-8
15. Arizona Cardinals, 8-8
16. San Diego Chargers, 8-8
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders, 8-8)
18. Chicago Bears, 8-8
19. Dallas Cowboys/New York Giants loser, 8-8
20. Tennessee Titans, 9-7

*Will be determined by coin flip

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Will Denver Look To Miami Hurricanes' Lamar Miller To Replenish RB Position?

The Denver Broncos have been powered by a strong defense and a revived rushing attack in 2011, allowing them to be in contention for the AFC West title. But the Broncos would do well to think about drafting a long-term answer at running back in the 2012 NFL Draft. Might the Broncos be able to draft one of the top backs in the draft?

In Russ Lande's latest NFL mock draft at the Sporting News, the Broncos select Lamar Miller of the Miami Hurricanes with the No. 21 overall pick. As Lande points out, Willis McGahee, despite rejuvenating his career by moving to Denver, will be 31 in 2012. Injuries have certainly slowed McGahee down this season, though he did break the 1,000 yard mark.

Miller rushed for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011 before declaring for the draft in mid-December. The Broncos last drafted a Miami running back in 2002 when they selected Clinton Portis in the second round.

In Lande's mock, however, there is the tantalizing possibility that Alabama's Trent Richardson could drop into the 20s. As it stands, Lande has Richardson off the board at No. 19 to the New York Jets. Running backs usually fall in the first round, and it's not out of the question that Richardson could as well.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: ESPN's Todd McShay Sees Denver Broncos Looking At DT, Like Penn State's Devon Still

With Tim Tebow nearly a lock to be the Denver Broncos 2012 starting quarterback and the team likely headed to the playoffs, John Elway and John Fox won't be looking to draft a quarterback in the first round come the April NFL Draft. Over at ESPN, Todd McShay has an Insider mock draft for the full first round. While he still leaves it open about the Broncos looking for a quarterback, he actually makes a sensible selection for the Broncos:

Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Tim Tebow is not yet locked in as the Broncos' long-term starting quarterback, but assuming Tebow does hold on to the job, Denver would do well to continue building on defense to complement a low-risk offensive philosophy. Still could help do that with his ability to disrupt plays and cause havoc in the middle.

In the 2011 draft, the lead up to the actual even was mostly centered on the Broncos selecting a defensive tackle since the team had an awful run defense and little in the way of talent on the line. Alabama defensive tackle and ultimately Buffalo Bills draft selection Marcell Dareus was thought to be the selection. Ultimately the Broncos went with linebacker Von Miller, who was their top-rated defensive player on the board.

Defensive tackle isn't any longer a glaring weakness for the Broncos as it was last season, but adding a talent like Still (11 career sacks, 4.5 in 2011) would anchor the line in the years to come. Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas are both free agents, and Ty Warren is coming back from injury. He would definitely be a solid addition to the Broncos, but, as always, four months remain until we know what actually happens.

For in-depth coverage of the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. For more on the NFL, be sure to check out SB Nation NFL.

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