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Months and months of speculation and predictions come to an end on Thursday night when the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft commences in prime time once again. As in the previous two prime time drafts, the first round will be the only round that will take place on Thursday. Rounds 2 and 3 will take place on Friday while Rounds 4-7 will close things out on Saturday.
Unless the Denver Broncos trade up -- they reportedly talked with the Jacksonville Jaguars about the No. 7 overall pick -- it will be some time until their draft choice of No. 25 overall comes up. Or maybe it doesn't come at all because the team trades out of the first round. We won't know until later on Thursday evening.
Draft time/date: 6:00 p.m. MT, Thursday, April 26, 2012
Location: Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
TV: ESPN, NFL Network
The 2012 NFL Draft begins on Thursday evening with the first round, where the Denver Broncos have just one draft pick: the No. 25 overall choice. In total the Broncos have seven selections, but that is certainly open for change. John Elway and John Fox aren't afraid to wheel and deal during the draft.
The Broncos will select once each in the first, second and third rounds. The team has two fourth-round picks as a result of acquiring the No. 108 pick from the New York Jets in the Tim Tebow trade. They also acquired a sixth-round pick in that deal, the only choice they have in that round. The team's own sixth-round choice went to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 Joe Mays trade (after J.J. Arrington failed to make the 53-man roster). Denver sent its seventh round choice to New York as the other piece moved in the Tebow deal.
The Broncos have the St. Louis Rams' fifth-round choice as a result of the Brandon Lloyd trade, upgraded from a sixth-round choice upon Lloyd's 30th reception with the team. Denver's own selection in the fifth round went to the Cleveland Browns to complete the Brady Quinn trade.
Here is the complete list of Denver Broncos draft picks entering Thursday's first round:
|4||13 (108)||From Jets - Tim Tebow trade|
|5||2 (137)||From Rams - Brandon Lloyd trade|
|6||18 (188)||From Jets - Tim Tebow trade|
We are just hours away from the 2012 NFL Draft, providing us precious few opportunities to read many more mock drafts. But the NFL Network's Mike Mayock has come out was his one and only mock draft of the season. For the Denver Broncos, Mayock foresees the team grabbing Memphis Tigers defensive tackle Dontari Poe
I've been trying to find a spot for him since pick No. 11 with the Chiefs. The Broncos need a guy who can come in and play inside. At 350 pounds with movement skills like Haloti Ngata, Poe is the guy. On third down, when most defensive tackles are out of the game, Poe will be at his most effective.
Comparing Poe to Ngata is high praise, indeed, but is it just hyperbole. Poe, for all his reported skill, was a standout at the combine and that propelled him in many mock drafts to a high draft spot. If he falls to No. 25, Poe might be a steal or we're seeing how teams really feel about Poe.
He never really dominated opposing teams while playing for Memphis, accumulating just five sacks in three years.
The Denver Broncos have discussed making a trade with a Jacksonville Jaguars to move up to the No. 7 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, according to Shawn Zobel of Draftheadquarters.com. Denver would then use that pick to select South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, one of the top players in the class at that position.
Rumors have come out recently saying that the Jaguars are interesting in trading down in order to accumulate more draft picks, and the Broncos may be interested in gathering up difference-makers for a short championship run with Peyton Manning at quarterback.
At the moment, the Broncos are selecting No. 25, so they'd need to add some significant pieces to the package in order to move up 18 spots. Gilmore is generally considered the second-best cornerback in the draft behind LSU's Morris Claiborne, but his stock has been rising and the Broncos have been looking at defensive players with their current pick.
We're just about 24 hours away from the 2012 NFL Draft, and ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr. has released the fifth version of his mock draft. For the Denver Broncos, nothing changes as Kiper keeps LSU Tigers defensive tackle Michael Brockers as the choice for the team at No. 25 overall:
This is another pick I'm staying with since the previous mock. With LSU in 2011, so many guys made so many plays, you have to go back and look at where it started. In many instances, it was with the disruptive Brockers, who can create havoc from the inside, blowing up the run and penetrating against the pass. Denver needs to strengthen the inside to complement a solid group of pass-rushers.
We'll see if this turns out to be the case. Brockers has been rumored to be a top-15 pick, as well, but, hey, we all know what happens during the NFL Draft: craziness. The No. 26 overall selection, Stanford Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener, could be a possible pick for the Broncos.
Or the Broncos could trade the pick. Who knows?
Just one day away from the beginning of the 2012 NFL Draft, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has the Denver Broncos selecting Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy with their first-round pick. Defense has long been expected to be the route for Denver in the first round of this year's draft, with Banks explaining his projection of the Broncos' No. 25 pick:
Nothing fancy about this pick. The Broncos need a wide-load type in the middle of their defensive front, and this is the year to get one in a first round that's ridiculously deep at defensive tackle. Worthy isn't as flashy as some of the other first-round DTs, but he's got a solid body of game tape tucked under his mostly obscured belt.
Defensive tackle has generally been the spot that most mock drafts have Denver addressing with its first pick. The other player at that position frequently tied to the Broncos is LSU's Michael Brockers, but Banks has the Dallas Cowboys taking him with the No. 14 pick.
We're just a bit over 24 hours until the 2012 NFL Draft, which means it's time to break out those seven-round mock drafts that will ultimately prove futile for any predictive purposes. But Chad Reuter's projected seven-round mock draft lands the Denver Broncos some solid picks. Here is the complete list:
1 (25) Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
2 (57) Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
3 (87) Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
4 (108) Ben Jones, C, Georgia
4 (120) Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
5 (137) Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
6 (188) Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
Brockers addresses the team's immediate need at defensive tackle while Osweiler will receive a couple of years or so of studying behind Peyton Manning. Givens provides depth for a receiving corps that was so stretched at one point last fall that Tim Tebow needed to play the slot. Ben Jones could push J.D. Walton, who was almost pushed out until Jeff Saturday decided to go to the Green Bay Packers.
Gray could work well with Willis McGahee, who likely won't receive as many touches as he did last year (injuries came on late in the season for him).
The Denver Broncos appear to be among a number of NFL teams interested in Beloit College's standout WR Derek Carrier. According to ESPN, the Broncos and the Oakland Raiders are looking into drafting the little-known Wisconsin native. Earlier reports have indicated that both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks have also been in contact with Carrier.
Carrier finished his career at Beloit with over 3,000 yards receiving to go with 29 touchdowns. ESPN reports he also managed to runs a 4.49 40-yard dash with an impressive 40-inch vertical and 6.69 three-cone drill time.
The 6'3" wideout would certainly not be the first small-school player to reach the NFL. WR Jerry Rice was selected in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft after playing his college years at Mississippi Valley State, a Division I-AA school.
The 2012 NFL Draft is just two days away, which means everyone is out there making their final mock draft based on the latest rumors that have crept out. Or, if you are Greg Cosell, you are making your first mock draft -- possibly ever. Cosell decided to base his first ever mock draft on his film study of the players (and that leads him to giving the Indianapolis Colts Robert Griffin III at No. 1 overall). For the Broncos, Cosell provides them with Stanford Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener:
Fleener is a more athletic Dallas Clark, a tight end that can align all over the formation and get down the vertical seam. Seam routes off play action are critical in the Manning offense, and Fleener is a fluid route runner with deceptive speed. [...] His ability to beat linebackers, safeties and even corners at times will give the Broncos offense the extra dimension Manning desires.
The Broncos at one point had been connected with Dallas Clark, shortly after Peyton Manning signed with the team. However, the front office went with signing Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme. While that might seem to preclude a tight end early on, the Broncos certainly won't shy away from taking Fleener if he is the top player on the team's board when pick No. 25 comes up on Tuesday.
The 2012 NFL Draft is just a few days away, but in many cases it's still tough to guess which way teams are leaning with that crucial first round pick. In his latest mock draft for NFL.com, Bucky Brooks has the Denver Broncos selecting defensive tackle Jerel Worthy from Michigan State.
John Fox could give Peyton Manning another offensive weapon, but the Broncos need to add a powerful interior playmaker to shore up their dismal defense. Worthy is an explosive athlete with exceptional first-step quickness, and his ability to create penetration up the middle would alleviate some of the Broncos' issues against the run.
In discussing the draft earlier on Monday, John Elway didn't tip his hand with any specifics, but he did say that he feels good about the defensive tackles currently on the roster.
As it did last year, the NFL is bringing in prominent alumni of its franchises to announce the selections on day two of the 2012 NFL Draft. For Denver, that means former running back Terrell Davis will announce the Broncos' second and third round picks.
The NFL disclosed Monday that 33 of its alumni — one for each team and two for the St. Louis Rams — will announce each second- and third-round pick on Friday’s second day of the draft. The league began this approach last year and hopes to make it an annual tradition.
Related: Draft Week Monday: Elway Speaks
In seven seasons with Denver, Davis accumulated 7,607 yards rushing and scored 65 touchdowns.
The 2012 NFL Draft gets underway with the first round on Thursday, April 26.
John Elway, the top executive for the Denver Broncos, spoke with the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming draft. Among the topics Elway addressed, he made a particular point to reaffirm his commitment to the team's current group of defensive tackles, including DT Ty Warren and DT Kevin Vickerson:
Elway: "We don't feel as bad about our (defensive) tackles as everybody else does...Ty Warren will be back...Vickerson's coming back."— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) April 23, 2012
Elway further suggested that the team may surprise some pundits as they draft the best available talent instead of try to fill their team needs:
Elway: "You have a lot more misses when you draft for needs." #Broncos— MaxBroncos (@MaxBroncos) April 23, 2012
And as well as potentially drafting in an area of relative strength, Elway also shared that the team's first round pick is available for trades:
Elway said the team is "open" to trading up or down from pick No. 25.— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) April 23, 2012
The 2012 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, and concludes on Saturday, April 28.
The 2012 NFL Draft is just a few days away, which means it's almost Christmas in April for NFL fans. It also means we'll get our last round of mock drafts for those who purport that they know what teams are thinking and who will be taken where. Such is the lead up to the NFL Draft. Over at SB Nation, Ryan Van Bibber takes his latest stab at predicting who will go where in the draft. In that NFL mock draft, the Broncos used the No. 25 overall pick on Baylor Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright:
This could be really interesting pairing within town. There was a minor stink over Wright's forty time earlier in the spring. It was overblown.
Wright caught 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns with Robert Griffin III, the projected No. 2 overall pick, during the 2011 season. Give Wright a good quarterback and he'll catch anything thrown to him. Give him Peyton Manning and the possibilities as a rookie are endless.
Like many mock drafts before them, Drafttek.com projects the Denver Broncos to select LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the No. 25 overall pick in their latest mock draft. The site uses a series of pre-designated team needs and a "Big Board" that ranks prospects by value to create a series of computer-generated mock drafts in the days before the draft.
After focusing a bit on scheme-fit here, we're back to thinking any DT (with appropriate value) would be worth taking at #25. The current roster feels tilted a bit toward run-stuffers, but there is such a lack of young talent on the D-Line any DT somatype would be welcome. Brockers may be a bit raw, but he has outstanding upside, natural ability, and he stands a good chance of contributing right away at a position of massive need. This is an easy pick.
As they note, Brockers appears to be a very strong fit for the Broncos. This isn't the first mock that's tied Brockers to Denver, so clearly there's more behind this than the simple fact that the Broncos could use some help on the defensive line.
The Denver Broncos will have two fourth-round draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft due to trading Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. The Broncos picked up the 108th overall pick in the draft to go along with their own 120th overall pick. Wes Bunting over at National Football Post is projecting each round of the draft and has the Broncos going offense and defense in this round.
With the 108th overall pick, the Broncos grab Michigan Wolverines center David Molk because he can play in a zone scheme, according to Bunting. Then at No. 120 the Broncos nab Arizona St. Sun Devils cornerback Omar Bolden:
The skill set is there for this guy to be a starter in the NFL. Needs to play a little stronger and has to clean up his footwork in order to stick, but gives you some versatility to play inside and out on a defense.
Even with Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter playing corner this season, the Broncos certainly learned last season that they need more depth at the position. A corner like Jonathan Wilhite (since departed) won't cut it long-term. Chris Harris might not be more than a nickel back due to his size.
The Denver Broncos signed tight ends Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme in March shortly after bringing in Peyton Manning as the team's quarterback. But does that mean the team will shy away from drafting a tight end next week? Possibly, but the National Football Post's Wes Bunting sees the Broncos taking a tight end in the third round (87th overall):
87. Denver Broncos: Orson Charles TE, Georgia
A gifted athlete who can create a lot of mismatches in the pass game. Should be able to improve as a route runner as well. Not quite as polished as Aaron Hernandez as an H-back coming out, but could end up playing a similar type role.
This makes sense if Charles is used more like an H-back, but it would still be hard for him to get playing time. Along with Dreessen and Tamme, the Broncos also have second-year tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green who will look to improve on quiet first seasons.
Boise St. Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore is projected as a late-round quarterback prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft due to concerns about his arm strength and lack of height, but that doesn't mean he can't contribute at the next level. Steve Muench of ESPN profiled late-round QBs that could hold value, and he thinks Moore has something to offer a team like the Denver Broncos. The Broncos signed former Colorado St. Rams QB Caleb Hanie in the offseason, but Muench says Moore could still be the perfect No. 3 option as a late-round draft pick that could learn behind free agent prize and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. Here is a bit of the analysis from Muench:
...the NFL is a bottom-line business, and there is no substitute for winners. Moore won more games (50) than any other quarterback in NCAA history, and he's at his best when the game is on the line. He doesn't have Wilson's mobility, but Moore is the son of a coach and makes sound decisions and has the potential to develop into another coach on the sideline.
Denver signed Caleb Hanie to back up Peyton Manning and he has some upside, but Hanie isn't the clear heir apparent and the Broncos could be in the market for a No. 3 quarterback. The idea of Moore learning the trade from Manning is intriguing to say the least, and the thin air in Denver would help him in terms of throwing the deep ball.
SB Nation's NFL Draft site, Mocking The Draft lists Moore as the No. 15 QB prospect in the 2012 draft class and offers a quick scouting report on the former Boise State star here.
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The Denver Broncos are less than one week away from exercising the 25th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but there is still no consensus on the direction the team will go with the choice. Offense, defense -- no one really knows. In the Sporting News' correspondents' mock draft, Andrew Mason of Max Denver has selected Michigan St. Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy for the Broncos:
Defensive tackle has long been a weakness, and new coordinator Jack Del Rio needs improvement inside to make his defense work. Jerel Worthy’s pass-rushing ability makes him the best fit.
There are a number of defensive tackles that could fall to the Broncos at No. 25. LSU's Michael Brockers is a candidate to drop to this spot, or Penn State's Devon Still could also be had here. Or maybe the Broncos want an offensive weapon for Peyton Manning. The possibilities are numerous.
The Denver Broncos have a thing for talented athletes with flawed throwing mechanics who have consulted quarterback guru Noel Mazzone, it would appear. Former Broncos QB Tim Tebow worked extensively with Mazzone during the past two off-seasons and prior to the 2010 NFL Draft to iron out flaws in his throwing motion, footwork, release and accuracy, and now Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post is reporting that Arizona St. Sun Devils QB Brock Osweiler is catching the team's eye after cleaning up his delivery with Mazzone:
[A]fter working with former Sun Devils offensive coordinatorNoel Mazzone, now at UCLA, Osweiler showed the Broncos a far more upright delivery in his private workout, with a consistently higher release point.
"Since I've been to college, we've kind of slowly adjusted my throwing motion with each season. I've worked on it a lot," Osweiler said. "Coach Mazzone has done a tremendous job with it, and we've done things all the way through, not just leading up to (the draft). We've done a lot of work just to make sure my elbow is where it needs to be."
"I don't feel like there has ever been a quarterback who is 6-7, 240 pounds and has the athleticism I do and can make every throw on the football field," Osweiler said. "I feel good about what I can do."
We are one week away for the 2012 NFL Draft, which means even more rampant speculation over where players will wind up going in the first round -- or even go in the first round. While there is no general consensus on whom the Broncos will select, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks agrees with fellow co-worker Peter King that the team should draft LSU Tigers defensive tackle Michael Brockers:
Brockers was once considered a top certain top-15 pick, and the Broncos are starting to feel like they're the NFL's charmed team this offseason. Denver finds its replacement for the departed Brodrick Bunkley, who left for New Orleans via free agency.
And yet, one can just as easily go out and find a mock draft that predicts the Broncos will select a running back like the Boise St. Broncos Doug Martin. The defensive tackle pick seems far more likely, but we could also be completely up-ended and see an entirely different position addressed next Thursday.
The Denver Broncos hold the No. 57 overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft, and while there has been plenty of focus on what they'll do with their first round selection, later picks often produce the most surplus value. With that concept in mind, Wes Bunting of the National Football Post created a two-round mock for the 2012 NFL Draft and has Denver taking Virginia Tech running back David Wilson at No. 57.
Here's what Bunting had to say about Wilson :
He's a compact kid who runs stronger/harder than you would expect from a guy his size. Has a dynamic quality to his game both inside and in the open field, and looks capable of maturing into a very good NFL running back early on in the NFL.
The clock is certainly ticking on Knowshon Moreno at this point, but will the Broncos take a running back that early in the draft? Stay tuned to 2012 NFL Draft coverage on SB Nation Denver for more heading into the draft.
The Denver Broncos have had great success with their last draft selection out of Boise State: offensive tackle Ryan Clady from the 2008 draft. Will the Broncos look to the northwest once again and pluck a Broncos from Boise tate? The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold has released his own mock draft and h foresees the Broncos taking Boise State running back Doug Martin with the No. 25 pick:
This will likely be what it comes down to in the Broncos' draft room next Thursday. Does the team take a defensive tackle, a position the team has ignored in the first round of the draft for over a decade, or will it look to put an offensive weapon, like a running back, on the field for Peyton Manning?
Defensive tackle seems like it should be the pick since running backs fall all the time. Denver might be better off waiting until Round 2 to grab a running back.
The Denver Broncos are one week away from using its No. 25 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft to bolster the current roster, be it an offensive weapon for Peyton Manning or a defensive tackle to secure the line. Opinion seems to favor the defensive player, but that's when a mock draft is taken in isolation for just the first-round selections. ESPN Insider's Mel Kiper has created what he believes an A-grad draft would be for every team (AFC here) through the first three rounds.
Kiper has the Broncos taking Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Derek Wolfe in the first round because of his versatility on the line and the team's need to pick up a young defensive tackle. Then in Round 2, the Broncos grab Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James. He is a small running back who could work as change-of-pace back and a receiver out of the backfield. Then Fla. International Golden receiver T.Y. Hilton lands with the Broncos in the third round. It's a solid choice for a team that has just Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker at the position. It remains to be seen what Brandon Stokley has left in him, but anyone playing with Peyton Manning is bound to have a shot at improving production.
Predicting NFL draft choices is a fool's errand. One can look great if those predictions come true, but the way in which people keep producing mock drafts after mock drafts makes it all a waste of time. But that's beside the point. People love mock rafts. Over at National Football Post, Wes Bunting takes another stab at determining who will wind up where on April 26. For the Denver Broncos, Penn St. Nittany Lions defensive tackle Devon Still is the choice:
He’s not the most dynamic of pass rushers. However, he’s a big, strong kid with a good get off, long set of arms and knows how to play the run. He’s a potential anchor inside who can push the pocket and give the Broncos a guy they can win with inside.
The Broncos don't need Still to be a dynamic pass rusher since they already have Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller to take care of that. What they do need is a big body in the middle of the line, which Still can provide. With defensive tackle being a position of need and of questionable depth, adding Still would be a great move for the team.
Over at SI.com, Peter King has released his 2012 NFL mock draft a week ahead of the actual event. For the Denver Broncos, King's projected pick is LSU Tigers defensive tackle Michael Brockers, a selection that firmly fits with most thinking about the team's draft:
Denver will be stunned that Brockers is still on the board. And delighted. The Broncos lost free-agent defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to the Saints a month ago, and this raw but promising 6'5" 322-pounder could play nose or a more versatile tackle role. "On potential," one coach told me, "Brockers deserves to be a top 10 pick."
Brockers, we'll recall, had several exciting plays during LSU's loss in the national title game, including a blocked field goal. It's no lock the Broncos will take a defensive tackle, but Brockers would be as good as any one the team could take.
The NFL Draft always has most of its focus on the first round, especially now that it is the only round to take place on the first day of festivities. But the second round is quite important as well, and NFL.com's Charlie Casserly has taken a stab at not only the first but also the second round. After giving the Broncos Michigan St. Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy at pick No. 25, Casserly sticks with defense for Denver at No. 57:
57) Broncos: Josh Robinson, CB, UCF. The Broncos need an influx of youth at corner.
It's not a bad pick, by any means, but the Broncos don't need too much help at cornerback yet. Yes, Champ Bailey is aging and will need to move to safety down the line, but the team did sign Tracy Porter and released Andre Goodman. There still isn't much depth there, which makes this pick sensible, but if a running back falls that far down, that position might be the pick.
The Denver Broncos might use its first-round selection for a second year in a row in the NFL Draft after taking linebacker Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick in the 20111 Draft. Should the Broncos do that in 2012, it is widely believed the Broncos will take a defensive tackle at the 25th overall pick on April 26.
Worthy fills an area of need, but he's also arguably the best talent available. Could be a steal at No. 25.
However, adding some offensive weapons for Peyton Manning could be in the cards, meaning a tight end like Stanford's Coby Fleener or a wide receiver like Kendall Wright could be the selection for the Broncos.
The Denver Broncos added a couple of tight ends during free agency with the Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, but that doesn't mean the team won't look at drafting someone who could play like Peyton Manning's former teammate, Dallas Clark. In SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL mock draft, the Broncos select Stanford Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener with the 25th overall pick. Here is what Ryan Van Bibber wrote about the selection:
Signing Peyton Manning is all you need to know about the Broncos immediate goals. To get the most out of the twilight of Manning's career, Elway needs to get him an array of weapons. Manning will make the pairing of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker an effective set of weapons on the outside. Adding Fleener could give him another version of Dallas Clark to round out the offense.
This would go against the prevailing notion that the Broncos need to draft a defensive tackle in the first round. Guys like Fletcher Cox, Jerel Worthy and Devon Still have been discussed as possible selections for the Broncos here.
We'll find out the Broncos' direction in a little over a week.
The Denver Broncos have Peyton Manning for at least the next couple of years even though his contract last for five years. Whether he plays the entire length of the deal is another question. The Broncos will surely look to select a developmental quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft to learn from Peyton Manning over part of his contract. Might he be the Michigan St. Spartans' Kirk Cousins or the San Diego St. Aztecs' Ryan Lindley, who will visit the Broncos this week, according to the Denver Post.
The Broncos have been quiet about which prospects they have met so far, but there have been a few that leaked out. We already know the Broncos went down to Arizona St. to see Brock Osweiler work out.
With Caleb Hanie and Adam Weber the other quarterbacks behind Peyton Manning on the roster, the Broncos surely do need another signal caller, especially one who can be groomed to take over for Manning at some point in the future.
All three quarterbacks are expected to be drafted in the second round or later and possibly not until Day 3 of the draft.
The latest free gizmo from Sports Illustrated provides fans a tool to not only follow along the upcoming draft, but look at players capsules and rankings before the selections are made. The 2012 NFL Draft Tracker offers a variety of excellent supplemental functions for the event, including:
The 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m. MT.
With the No. 25 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos are looking to fill holes at defensive tackle, cornerback and along the offensive line, but they may have Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick at the top of their list. The talented cornerback came off the board at No. 20 to the Tennessee Titans in SB Nation's meta mock draft and in the same spot in Todd McShay's mock, but the CB is reportedly drawing the Broncos' interest.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post had this to say about the connection between the Broncos and Kirkpatrick as the draft approaches:
Kirkpatrick is on the Broncos' short list of possible selections with the 25th pick of the first round later this month. At 6-foot-1½ and 186 pounds, Kirkpatrick is the kind of big cornerback who routinely sees his stock rise on draft weekend.
...In recent weeks, he has defused at least some concerns that teams have about an arrest for marijuana possession earlier this year. He obtained a signed affidavit from the former Alabama player he was with when arrested that the marijuana wasn't Kirkpatrick's and that Kirkpatrick was unaware that marijuana had been purchased.
In other words, if he falls on draft day, don't expect him to get past the Broncos.
Bloggers from SB Nation's NFL communities made the picks for their teams in this latest 2012 NFL mock draft from SB Nation; Broncos blog Mile High Report decided to grab defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the No. 25 pick in the first round.
This would probably be some kind of best-case scenario for the Broncos. The board has played out that the only defensive tackle off the board is Fletcher Cox. That seems somewhat unlikely to me, but Cox is not the top DT on my board so for the Broncos, this could be ideal and could result in a move down. From what I've been told, the Broncos would like to trade down if they can, so this would be the ideal scenario to do so. However, it'd be very tough to pass on the talent that Michael Brockers possesses. He is my top-ranked DT this year, and I think he's going to be an absolute stud in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos hold the No. 25 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and with needs at defensive tackle, cornerback and along the offensive line, there are plenty of directions they could go. It all depends on how the draft landscape develops when the picks become official, which is why Todd McShay's latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft breaks down multiple scenarios for Denver's late-round selection. He lists DT Michael Brockers of the LSU Tigers as the pick this time, but the whole mock draft is more about the process. Here is what McShay had to say:
Scenario 1: The Broncos have a glaring need in the middle of their defense, and Brockers is a great fit. He's big and powerful and has good tape, and his best football is still ahead of him.
Scenario 2: Jump on Kirkpatrick if he should fall down the board.
Scenario 3: If the defensive players they value are not available, the Broncos could look trade back and pick up extra selections. That could allow them the luxury of taking Peyton Manning's heir apparent (Brock Osweiler?) in the second round while also addressing a need at running back (Boise State's Doug Martin), corner (Jenkins) or defensive tackle (Washington's Alameda Ta'amu).
Boise St. fans might be excited to see Doug Martin linked to the Broncos, and if Kirkpatrick and Brockers get snatched up early on a trade and pick like that should become more likely, according to McShay.
The Denver Broncos are projected to select LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the No. 25 overall pick in the latest mock draft from Sports Illustrated's Don Banks. Brockers has been brought up frequently by analysts as a good fit for Denver in the upcoming draft given his ability to change the game at the line of scrimmage.
The Broncos defense got run on in the second half of 2011, and Brockers is a prospect who can develop into a middle-of-the-line anchor for John Fox's team. Stanford tight end Coby Fleener is the name to know if Denver opts for offense in the first round.
Other analysts have also brought up Fleener as a potentially good fit given how the Broncos offense will presumably look with Peyton Manning pulling the strings. Manning always loved using tight end Dallas Clark as a receiver in his Colts days, and Fleener could potentially emerge as a similarly effective offensive weapon.
Have loved the idea of this since Peyton Manning landed in Denver, even if the club just signed a couple of vets at this position of need.
Fleener was the second-leading receiver for Stanford in 2011 -- he finished the year with 34 receptions, 667 yards and a team-best 10 touchdown receptions. Statistically, it was his best season in college.
The Denver Broncos have plenty of options when it comes to this year's NFL Draft, and expert opinions have differed quite a bit when it comes to projecting who the Broncos will select in the first round. In his latest mock draft, SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber sees Denver strengthening its offensive line by selecting Wisconsin center Peter Konz.
Konz led an offensive line at Wisconsin in 2011 that helped establish a potent rushing attack -- the Badgers ran for nearly 3,300 yards.
The Denver Broncos made the biggest move of the off-season when they signed prized free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning is 36 years old though, and after trading last season's starter Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, Denver now must identify a future quarterback prospect. According to reports, the team held a private workout with Arizona State's Brock Osweiler.
Osweiler is an interesting prospect. The 21-year old has only one full season of college football under his belt, but it was an impressive one: Osweiler set a school-record by throwing for 4,036 yards, to go with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Osweiler is also the tallest quarterback available in the draft, standing at 6-foot-8. Most expect the former Sun Devil to be drafted between the second and fourth round.
Just because the Denver Broncos have Peyton Manning as its quarterback doesn't mean the offense is set by any means. Manning has capable receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker and the addition of tight ends Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme should help things, but Manning can never have too many options to throw to during the season. The Broncos could very well target a receiver in the first round, as the National Football Post projects in its latest NFL mock draft:
25. Denver Broncos: Baylor WR Kendall Wright
After signing QB Peyton Manning, adding a big play threat to open up the field vertically and complement the pieces the Broncos already have in place makes a lot of sense for Denver.
Having Thomas and Wright as Manning's top two options with Decker as the No. 3 receiver would certainly make for some good times for Manning. However, the Broncos might be leaning more toward defense, specifically a defensive tackle. With the loss of Brodrick Bunkley to the Saints and no one signed in free agency yet, the Broncos could certain target a defensive tackle such as Penn State's Devon Still or Michigan State's Jerel Worthy.
ESPN's Mel Kiper projects the Denver Broncos to select LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the No. 25 overall pick in his latest mock draft. With the acquisition of Peyton Manning giving Denver new life on offense, it seems likely that defense will be the team's focus early in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The LSU defense in 2011 was the kind of unit that makes you rewind the tape a lot. So many guys made so many plays, you have to go back and look at where it started. In many instances, it was with the disruptive Brockers, who can create havoc from the inside, blowing up the run and penetrating against the pass. Denver needs to strengthen the inside to complement a solid group of pass-rushers.
Kiper also projected the second round of the upcoming draft in his latest mock. He sees the Broncos taking Oregon running back LaMichael James with the No. 57 overall pick in the draft, citing his receiving skills out of the backfield as a good fit for a Manning-led offense.
One of the major criticisms— if not the main one— of Peyton Manning's decision to join the Denver Broncos was that Denver's defense last year was in the bottom fourth of the league last season in points allowed per game. John Elway and the rest of the Broncos front office has made some strides this offseason, notably in signing ex-New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter.
We're finally in April, which means that the 2012 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away, rather than months. It's a time when fans can dream of their team finding that future anchor on offense or defense, or that diamond in the rough from the sixth round blossoming into a starter by the middle of the season. In SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL mock draft, the Denver Broncos are projected to take Penn St. Nittany defensive tackle Devon Still, no stranger to this draft slot. As Ryan Van Bibber writes:
Lost in the Peyton Manning circus is the fact that Denver's defense still needs a little help. Still adds some strength to the middle of John Fox's four-man front. He also brings the ability to pressure quarterbacks from the middle, which should only help what was already a solid Denver pass rush thanks to last year's addition of .
Adding Peyton Manning hasn't really changed how people project the Broncos' first draft pick. It's still either: let's surround the quarterback with a ton of youthful talent or let's solidify the defense since a strong defense will make better an improving defense.
Adding Still makes up for the loss of Brodrick Bunkley to the New Orleans Saints. Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson will return from injury, but the former is anything but a sure thing to play the entire season healthy.
The Denver Broncos have Peyton Manning to lead the offense, but will they now focus on defense in the draft or will they surround the quarterback with young, new talent? In Mocking the Draft's latest NFL mock draft, the Broncos are projected to take Wisconsin Badgers center Peter Konz with the No. 25 overall pick:
Lots of people have Denver going defense here, and I agree. That makes sense. However, if John Elway truly has no "Plan B" after he roped in Peyton Manning, then protecting Manning has to be the franchise's No. 1 priority. Elway failed to sign Jeff Saturday, Manning's former center in Indy. Thus, he goes with Konz.
Clearly, the Broncos aren't all that satisfied with the job J.D. Walton has done over the last two years, so an upgrade at center wouldn't be too much of a surprise. Yet, Penn St. Nittany Lions defensive tackle Devon Still goes two picks later to Bill Belichick's New England Patriots. The Broncos might be better off taking Still, allowing the team to build t he defensive line around him in the years to come.
The 2012 NFL draft is less than a month away, and now that the Denver Broncos have washed their hands of Tim Tebow, they need to start looking at developmental projects to place behind veteran starting quarterback Peyton Manning. Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill is one of the signal callers hoping to be the next QB off the board after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III get snatched up early in the first round, and now it appears Tannehill's pro day at Texas A&M has attracted 20 NFL teams. Among those teams were the Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN
According to SB Nation's NFL draft blog, Mocking The Draft, Tannehill is the No. 3-rated quarterback in the 2012 draft class, behind Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. Jon Dove of Mocking The Draft assembled his scouting report on the QB, and here is a snippet of that analysis:
6'4, 219 pounds | Quarterback | Texas A&M
- Tannehill has nice size and decent bulk for the position
- He will have no problem seeing over his offensive linemen
- His athletic ability allows him to escape the pocket and pick up yards with his feet
- Tannehill doesn't have great arm strength and at best has an average NFL arm
- His throws lack the appropriate zip and tend to float towards the target
- However, what he lacks in arm strength he makes up for with throw anticipation
- I would categorize him as a game manager
- He has decent mechanics and does a good job setting his feet towards his target
- However, he has a long delivery kind of like a sling shot motion
- Tannehill has inconsistent accuracy which worsens the further he goes down the field
- He likes to lock onto his main target and rarely goes through his progressions
Well before the Denver Broncos brought in Peyton Manning as quarterback, NFL mock drafts featured the team selecting Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller, either in the first or second rounds. While that still could hold true, Todd McShay sees Miller going off the board in his latest mock draft (Insider only) before the Bronco's second round pick, but that doesn't mean Denver will be without a running back to take that round.
McShay projects Virginia Tech Hokies running back David Wilson to the Broncos at No. 57. Wilson is the third and final running back selected in the second round, behind Miller (Bengals, No. 53) and Doug Martin (Steelers, No. 56).
Wilson ran for 1,709 yards on 290 attempts, averaging 5.89 yards per carry. He found the endzone for nine rushing touchdowns. At the Combine, Wilson ran a 4.49 40-yard dash, had a 41-inch vertical and a 132-inch broad jump.
The Denver Broncos' interior defensive line has generally been considered the most obvious spot on the roster that needs to be upgraded for next season, and that still appears to be the most obvious position for the team to address when the draft goes down. In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Broncos to select LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the No. 25 overall pick.
The interior defensive line is clearly the Broncos' biggest need, and Brockers could prove to be a steal at this point. He has a big (6-5, 323), well-proportioned frame and better mobility than his production indicates, and, with some coaching and time in the weight room, Brockers could become a force.
Brockers would give Denver a potentially huge force at the line of scrimmage that could ultimately open things up for other defenders like linebacker Von Miller. The Broncos had a good defense last season, but expectations will be higher in 2012 with Peyton Manning on board.
McShay also did a mock of the second round of the upcoming draft, and he projects the Broncos to take Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 57th overall pick.
After the Denver Broncos failed to be one of the 15 teams to receive compensatory draft picks, the team's draft selections are now finally set, barring any trades. The Broncos still hold their initial first-, second-, third- and fourth-round draft picks, as well as the fourth- and sixth-round choices received in the Tim Tebow trade and the fifth-round selection received in the Brandon Lloyd trade.
The Broncos traded their own 2012 fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns back in 2010 for quarterback Brady Quinn. The sixth-round choice went to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Brodrick Bunkley trade while the seventh-round pick belongs to the New York Jets as the last piece of the Tebow trade.
Here is a complete list of the 2012 NFL Draft order:
Round 1, Pick No. 25
Round 2, Pick No. 57
Round 3, Pick No. 87
Round 4, Pick No. 108 (from New York Jets)
Round 4, Pick No. 120
Round 5, Pick No. 137 (from St. Louis Rams)
Round 6, Pick No. 188 (from Jets)
The Denver Broncos didn't receive any extra draft picks when compensatory awards were announced on Monday afternoon. The Kansas City Chiefs were the only other AFC West team to fail to pick up extra draft choices this way.
The Oakland Raiders picked up three selections: one in the third round, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Raiders' third-round choice is the only one to appear there. The San Diego Chargers received an extra seventh-round pick.
These were the players the Raiders and the Chargers lost in 2011:
Kevin Boss, Stephen Heyer
The NFL explains how it rewards compensatory draft choices:
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
The Denver Broncos have signed Peyton Manning and surrounded him with the free agent signings of tight ends Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, but the team will still need more options for the quarterback to throw to this fall. In the latest SB Nation 2012 NFL mock draft, the Broncos select with the No. 25 overall pick Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright:
Wright's Combine and pro day had some wondering about his first-round talent, all because of his 40 time. Foolishness. Wright can get down the field and has the explosiveness to get away from defenders.could make him a household name this season.
If we add the two tight ends and Wright to the existing receiving corps of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Manning would have five strong options to toss the ball to in the fall. That's a deadly situation for opposing teams.
Still, the Broncos might be better served by looking at a defensive tackle at this point; however, Devon Still is long gone at this point, which might lead to the Broncos opting for offense.
For the Denver Broncos, the 25th overall draft pick represents an intriguing challenge for the team since they could go in multiple directions with it. Defense seems the most likely, but what about getting a brand new, shiny weapon for Peyton Manning. That's exactly what SI.com's Don Banks predicts in his latest NFL mock draft with the Broncos taking Stanford tight end Coby Fleener:
The Broncos landed themselves a starting quarterback in free agency, and I bet it would make him happy to get a young, play-making weapon like Fleener in the first round. Fleener further impressed NFL scouts with a stellar pro day showing this week, and he has emerged as the draft's clear-cut top tight end prospect.
This mock draft was made before the Broncos signed both Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme on Friday. That would seem to make this an unlikely fit going forward, but if Fleener is the top player on the team's board when it comes time for pick No. 25, he might just be the selection. Peyton Manning is a dangerous weapon and giving him multiple options to throw to only helps him more.
The Denver Broncos are working the free agent pool now that they have Peyton Manning in the fold, but they also need to prepare for the draft. With the team targeting offensive players of late for Manning, the Broncos might turn to using its first-round draft pick on a defensive player, like a defensive tackle. ESPN's Bill Williamson projects Mississippi St. Bulldogs defensive tackle Fletcher Cox as the pick:
This is Denver’s greatest need and Cox is a high-quality player. Denver may have to hope he is available at No. 25 and if he is, I think he’ll be the choice.
This could change if the Broncos bring back Brodrick Bunkley, who is near the top of the team's priority list now. However, as we saw in 2011, the Broncos certainly need to add depth to the line. Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson return from injury, but the former is far too injury-prone to count on for a full season.
Safety and linebacker could be positions addressed with the team's pick at No. 25 overall. Even if Brian Dawkins returns, the Broncos need to address the issues in the secondary, and middle linebacker, despite Joe Mays' three-year contract, is not at the level of Von Miller or D.J. Williams, the other two starting linebackers.
Depending on what happens with Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos will certainly feel the ripple effects in the 2012 NFL Draft, especially with their own pick. Defensive tackle still appears as the most likely pick for the Broncos, which is exactly where Ryan Van Bibber goes for the Broncos in his latest SB Nation 2012 NFL mock draft:
25., Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State
Denver needs to get stronger and more capable of getting more pressure along its defensive front. Still would be a fine addition, if he really were to fall this far. The defensive tackle picture is unsettled. Denver will have several possibilities for their defensive front with this pick. If they end up winning the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, this pick could change.
With the team looking to re-sign Brodrick Bunkley, the Broncos could still use a young talent like Still to provide depth and an eventual anchor on the defensive line. And if Bunkley doesn't come back, the need on the line is only exacerbated, especially with Ty Warren injury-prone and coming off a missed 2011 season.
While we all wait for the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning to complete their courtship, there still remains what the Broncos will do with their first-round draft pick. Plenty can change with that pick should the Broncos sign Manning. But SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL mock draft still is based in the current reality of Tim Tebow being the Broncos' quarterback. And, as such, Ryan Van Bibber still stick with a defensive tackle for the Broncos, since Tim Tebow is either not the person to turn around the defense (obviously) or he is not a quarterback who can be solved:
25. Denver Broncos, Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Not even Tim Tebow could summon any help for the Broncos' defensive line against the better pass protecting units in the league. Still gives them some strength at the point of attack and some potential as a pass rusher.
Going defense makes sense with either Manning or Tebow as the team's quarterback. Defensive tackle is a position of need, but so too might linebacker following D.J. Williams' six-game suspension. Or cornerback. Or anywhere. Seriously, we're still so far out from the draft that we can start predicting most positions.
With so much attention on the Denver Broncos and their chase for Peyton Manning, it should be noted that Manning isn't the only QB on their radar. In fact, just a day before meeting with Manning in Denver, John Elway, John Fox and Brian Xanders were in Stillwater, Oklahoma for a meeting with former Oklahoma St. QB Brandon Weeden. According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, the two sides had an extensive meeting, which included a video session and dinner:
A key figure in the day's activities was Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden. The Broncos' group took Weeden out to dinner Thursday night after having met with Weeden earlier Thursday to quiz him on football matters as well as to put him through a short private workout in the team's stadium.
The group also looked at video, with Weeden answering questions, from Oklahoma State's Fiesta Bowl win over Stanford — Elway's alma mater — this past January. In the game, Weeden completed 29-of-42 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-38 overtime win.
The Denver Broncos are certainly a hot topic in the football world these days, mostly a result of their reported interest in free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. But that interest can't blind them to the realities of possibly not signing the quarterback. So, on Friday John Elway and John Fox will be in Stillwater, OK, to attend the Oklahoma St. Cowboys pro day, reports MaxDenver.com's Andrew Mason.
The main reason Elway and Fox are attending this one, it appears, is to scout quarterback Brandon Weeden, a 28-soon-to-be-29-year-old former minor league baseball player. While his age might turn some teams off, Weeden is often mentioned as one of the more pro-ready quarterbacks available in this draft. He is most likely going to be a second-round selection, but a team such as the Broncos could grab him with the No. 25 overall pick (the same slot Tim Tebow was taken two years ago).
Clearly, the Broncos, despite public announcements of Tebow being the quarterback entering camp, aren't sold on Tebow being the quarterback for the 2012 season and beyond. John Elway might be looking for a quarterback who plays the more traditional role than the one Tebow does. And with reports of the Broncos "desperately" wanting Manning, we are certainly in for a crazy few days.
Like many other draft analysts before him, ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Denver Broncos to select Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy with the No. 25 overall pick in his latest mock draft. McShay notes that the depth of this year's class of defensive tackles benefits Denver, as it'll likely be able to get some nice with its first pick.
It's not often a team can stand pat at No. 25 overall and still get a good player at a position of need, but the Broncos are in position to do that given the depth of this year's defensive tackle class. You'd like to see Worthy play with more consistency, but he has the explosiveness and quickness to penetrate, disrupt and make plays in the backfield.
Scouts love Worthy's athleticism and size, particularly as he's shown improvement over the years. Getting him would be a nice upgrade to Denver's interior defense.
The noted draft analyst mentions that cornerback and quarterback could be interesting positions to address as well, but he thinks that Cox is a good fit for Denver's defense.
Denver has the pass rush on the edge but must add more depth on the inside, because despite the flashes this defense had last year, overall the Broncos profile as a team that has some holes on that side of the field. Cox is an active guy, a penetrator who will be a great fit in the Denver system, and can help them get some inside push.
Cox, named to the All-SEC First Team in 2011, finished the season with 56 tackles and five sacks for the Bulldogs. He's considered one of the best defensive lineman in the draft. Kiper added that Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill could be highly intriguing if he's still on the board.
The 2012 NFL Draft will almost certainly see its first two picks be quarterbacks: Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. However, the Denver Broncos will need to wait until No. 25 to make their first-round selection. It can go in any number of ways, and in the National Football Post's latest mock draft the Broncos selected Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller.
Bunting writes of the selection:
Miller is the kind of big-play back that could really enhance the Denver offense. He’s a guy who can press the edge, be electric in space and take a lot of pressure off QB Tim Tebow from having to consistently run the football.
But if we look beyond the No. 25 pick, there are players in the next several picks that the Broncos might want more than Miller: WR Kendall Wright, CB Stephon Gilmore, LB Luke Kuechly. Willis McGahee is already over 30 years of age and unable to carry the entire load, but running backs typically fall, which could leave the Broncos with a running back in the second round.
March is finally here, meaning college pro days are set to take place. And for mock drafts, that means there are still plenty of changes to be made before we reach April 26. In SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL mock draft, the Broncos have their No. 25 overall pick go in a different direction than the last few weeks: Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright is the choice
Ryan Van Bibber writes about the selection:
I think Wright is a good fit to pair with Percy Harvin. Wright is a multifaceted threat, capable of working on the outside, in the slot and out of the backfield. He can make their option offense better and still be a threat in more traditional NFL packages.because it sort of replicates what had at Florida with
Of course, in previous weeks Van Bibber has written that it would be better for the Broncos to fix the defense instead of solving the Broncos offense with Tim Tebow as the starter. But Tebow needs more than just Demaryius Thomas to receive passes. Eric Decker is more of a No. 3 receiver, so taking a guy like Wright (who caught over 100 passes in 2011) would be a great addition.
The Denver Broncos could look to address their defensive tackle situation in the 2012 NFL Draft, and one potential target is LSU DT Michael Brockers. Brockers did not test particularly well at the combine, as ESPN's Kevin Weidl outlines here:
Brockers had a poor showing in pretty much every area: 5.36 in the 40; 26.5-inch vertical jump; 8-foot-1 broad jump; 4.81 short shuttle; 7.46 three-cone drill. However, Brockers has impressive natural core strength and power -- as opposed to weight-room strength -- and the tape of his regular-season performance against Alabama is one of the most dominant I saw from a 2012 prospect. The Crimson Tide simply had no answer for him inside.
But as Weidl begins to explain at the end, Brockers' on-field performance in 2011 was impressive and Weidl believes the defensive tackle is a definite first round pick. He also says that the Denver Broncos would be getting a steal in Brockers at No. 25 if they were able to land the DT.
The 2012 NFL Draft might not be the time for the Denver Broncos to select a defensive tackle in the first round, even though so many mock drafts have the team doing exactly that. It is a huge need for the Broncos, but let's remember that Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson will be back from injuries and that Brodrick Bunkley is a target for being re-signed. So, as we see in Russ Lande's latest mock draft for the Sporting News, he has the Broncos selecting Boston College Eagles middle linebacker Luke Kuechly at pick No. 25.
Kuechly impressed everyone at the NFL Combine and is more than likely to go between pick 10-20 than to fall to No. 25. In SB Nation's latest mock draft, Kuechly goes to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 15. Still, if Kuechly did fall to the Broncos, it wouldn't be out of the question for the team to take him.
Yes, Von Miller went No. 2 overall to the Broncos last season, but he's quite more like a defensive end. D.J. Williams is on the other end of the linebacker corps, but the middle is a question mark right now. Joe Mays is a decent starter, but he is a free agent. Nate Irving disappointed as a rookie, but there are still some hopes for him. Kuechly, who was an insanely productive tackler in college, would give the Broncos one of the top linebacker units in the league -- if it isn't already there.
In any NFL mock draft, we can always spin an argument to justify why this team or that team should or should not draft player X or Y. And then when the actual picks happen, we are confounded because, "How can my team make that pick!?" But during mock draft season it becomes all too tiresome to see the Denver Broncos glued to a defensive tackle. The NFL Network's Albert Breer, however, has predicted Stanford Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener for the Broncos in his latest mock draft.
Just a hunch here. Nothing would help Tebow more than an athletic tight end, and former Stanford QB John Elway's aware of how good Fleener is when healthy.
Daniel Fells, Dante Rosario, Julius Thomas and Virgil Green all disappeared for the most part later in the season, especially the latter two who were rookies. Fleener would be the sure-fire catching tight end, and Tim Tebow needs that safety valve when Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are unable to break free.
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.
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