NFL Mock Draft 2012: Post-Combine Mock Keeps Broncos With A Defensive Tackle

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

We continue the march to the 2012 NFL Draft with pro days during March. We'll need to wait until April 26 to start hearing names called from the podium.

The 2012 NFL combine is over and done with, in the books. Mock drafts are supposed to change as a result of the numbers we get from this event. In SB Nation's latest NFL mock draft, that certainly happens up at the top of the board, but for the Denver Broncos defensive tackle is still the position for the team to go with:


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25. Denver Broncos, Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State

Another big winner at the Combine, Cox might find his name called well before this spot. If not, the Broncos would certainly consider the powerful defensive tackle. Cox would bolster the Broncos' ability to pressure quarterbacks from their defensive line.

Cox's name is no stranger to the No. 25 pick and the Denver Broncos. At the Combine, Cox measured in at 6 feet 4 and 298 pounds. He ran a 4.79 40-yard dash.

Cox would be a great young player to center the defensive line around. Ty Warren is often an injury waiting to happen and has yet to play a down for the team. Kevin Vickerson is also expected to return from injury. Brodrick Bunkley is a free agent, as is Marcus Thomas. Even if all four of those guys are back, attrition would count at least one out, and Cox is the type of defensive tackle the team has missed over the last several years.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. For more on the NFL Draft, stick with SB Nation NFL and Mocking the Draft.

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