Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view as members of the military are honored during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NFL Draft: Broncos Complete Draft, Sign College Free Agents

The Denver Broncos head into the rest of the offseason following the end of the draft.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Broncos Go For TE Tyler Eifert In Way Too Early Projection

With the 2012 NFL Draft over and not a single game played in either the 2012 college football or NFL season, there's time to start making premature 2013 NFL mock draft, just as SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber did just two days after draft ended. In Van Bibber's 2013 NFL mock draft, the Denver Broncos are once again a playoff team but fall short of a Lombardi Trophy. Rather, the team holds the No. 26 overall pick in this projection:


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

26. Denver Broncos, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

2012 mock drafts started putting Coby Fleener here, but the Broncos thought otherwise. Eifert gives Manning another weapon.

Van Bibber was riding the Coby Fleener train for the Broncos quite hard in the final days before the 2011 NFL Draft, but this ignores Denver's two tight ends already on the roster: Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme. Both are under contract for three years, and while neither might be on the elite level Eifert is supposed to be as a tight end, do we really believe the Broncos would look to a tight end in the first round?

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Mel Kiper Gives Broncos 'C+' For Class

In the all too premature world of grading a draft as it happens, 2012 NFL Draft grades are already out. ESPN's Mel Kiper has graded every team and given the Denver Broncos a 'C+' for the overall haul. Kiper is excited for defensive tackle Derek Wolfe's future in the NFL, believing he could have gone in the first round. The others all receive mixed reviews.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

Kiper questions the utility of Brock Osweiler sitting around doing nothing (whatever that really means) for a year, but that has more to do with Osweiler leaving school early than the Broncos actually picking him. Kiper discusses running back Ronnie Hillman, cornerback Omar Bolden and offensive lineman Philip Blake with the verb "could." They could do this, but...

Kiper arrives at the 'C+' grade by giving the team a 'B-' for need but a 'C' for value.

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Denver Broncos Draft Picks 2012: Denver Will Select 4 Times On Saturday ... Possibly

The Denver Broncos have four draft picks on Day 3, the last and final one, of the 2012 NFL Draft. After trading down twice on Day 1 to acquire an extra fourth-round pick and the No. 36 overall draft pick, the Broncos made three selections on Friday, as expected. However, the third and final choice the team made came about as the result of another trade. The Broncos moved up several spots to draft where the Cleveland Browns had been slotted. The teams swapped third round picks, which means the Broncos kicked in one of their extra fourth-round picks to make it happen.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

Meet the Broncos' draft picks thus far:

Cincinnati DT Derek Wolfe
Arizona St. QB Brock Osweiler
San Diego St. RB Ronnie Hillman

Here are the final draft choices the Broncos have (barring trades):

Round Pick (Overall) Notes
4 6 (101) (From Jaguars through Buccaneers)
4 13 (108) (From Jets)
5 2 (137) (From Rams)
6 18 (188) (From Jets)

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Broncos Trade Up, Grab RB Ronnie Hillman

The Denver Broncos made a trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up to the top of the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft to grab San Diego St. Aztecs running back Ronnie Hillman. Denver traded the 87th and 120th overall picks for the No. 67 pick.


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Hillman was just a sophomore in 2011, but he was unable to play in 2009 so he was in reality three years removed from high school. He rushed for 1,711 yards and 19 touchdowns in the fall, but he is just 5 feet 8 and 200 pounds. That might not be a disadvantage, really. He has been compared to Darren Sproles, who has had success with the Chargers and the Saints.

Hillman likely won't challenge Willis McGahee for the majority of shares, but he will certainly be heavily involved, possibly as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Denver Broncos Draft QB Brock Osweiler

The Denver Broncos have not only Peyton Manning as the quarterback of now, but also the quarterback of the future with Brock Osweiler. The team used the 57th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft to select the Arizona St. Sun Devils junior man under center.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

Osweiler became the object of many mock drafters on Friday, projecting the 6-foot-7 pass-thrower to the Broncos. He could have played college basketball, but he decided he'd much rather throw the pigskin around.

With the Broncos, Osweiler will be able to play a year or two behind Manning, learn, grow and then assume the mantle of starting quarterback. Or maybe Osweiler will need to be thrown into the fire if Manning's health ever comes into such concern that he can't play. But no one is looking forward to that potential future.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Derek Wolfe Goes To Broncos At No. 36

With the 36th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Derek Wolfe, a defensive tackle/defensive end prospect from the Cincinnati Bearcats. Wolfe played 45 games during his time with the Bearcats, picking up 19.5 sacks and 89 tackles during his four years of play. He was co-named Big East player of the year in 2011, his senior year.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

This pick fills a need for the Broncos, who lost Brodrick Bunkley to the New Orleans Saints in free agency. He'll play in a rotation that includes Kevin Vickerson, Ty Warren, Justin Bannan and Mitch Unrein. He certainly could be the young anchor on the line, especially if Ty Warren's injury-prone nature creeps up again.

The Broncos' next pick will be the 57th overall selection later in the second round.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Projects G Amini Silatolu, QB Brock Osweiler For Broncos In Round 2

Mel Kiper Jr. has released his Round 2 mock draft, and if things fall the way he has projected them, Denver Broncos fans might be up in arms with the first pick and possibly the second as well. With the No. 36 overall pick (acquired through trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), the Broncos draft Midwestern St. guard Amini Silatolu. Kiper writes that this isn't a need pick but one meant to help its offensive line become elite. Then at No. 57 overall, the Broncos grab Arizona St. Sun Devils quarterback Brock Osweiler to wait in the wings once Peyton Manning hangs up his cleats.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

If the Broncos traded down twice to pick up a Division II guard to fill in an area that isn't a huge need that will likely upset a segment of the fans. The Broncos have Zane Beadles, who is a decent start, and Chris Kuper is one of the top guards in the league, albeit recovering from a broken leg and dislocated ankle. This wouldn't address the team's need at defensive tackle while Devon Still, Jerel Worthy and Kendall Reyes are all still available with that first pick.

The Osweiler pick certainly makes sense. He will be able to gain valuable learning experience from Peyton Manning and hopefully correct his shortcomings by the time he is ready to be the team's starter. But we know not everyone will be 100 percent behind this possible selection.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Broncos Receive An 'A' From SB Nation

We're not even 24 hours past the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but the draft grades are already rolling out for selections made and not made on Thursday evening. The SB Nation YouTube team and NFL analysts stayed up all night to break down the first round, and in the AFC West the Denver Broncos come out with the best grade from the first day:

As we saw in the video, the Broncos come away with a solid 'A' grade from Ryan Van Bibber. He likes the Broncos two trades down because they didn't move down too far -- just 11 spots. Van Bibber thinks this move will pay off if tight end Coby Fleener and a defensive lineman are taken with the team's two second-round picks, but I'm not sold on John Elway and John Fox being that obvious with their choices on Friday night.

The San Diego Chargers receive a 'B' from David Fucillo for Melvin Ingram's selection while the Kansas City Chiefs take a 'C' for Dontari Poe, who has potential that might not translate to the NFL. The Oakland Raiders come in last with a 'C-' as a result of not having a first-round pick, which they traded for Carson Palmer.

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2012 NFL Draft Trade: Denver Broncos Trade Out Of No. 31 With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Denver Broncos won't be drafting in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After trading out of the No. 25 slot and down to No. 31 with the New England Patriots, the Broncos then flipped No. 31 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the No. 36 overall pick. The teams also swapped fourth-round picks with the Broncos receiving No. 101 for No. 126.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

This is not too surprising since John Elway was up front about the team possibly trading out of the first round. The team obviously didn't find any players it wanted to in the first round and is looking to make value picks in the second, third and fourth rounds.

Will this play work out for them when the draft continues on Friday and Saturday?

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2012 NFL Draft: Broncos Trade With New England Patriots For Pick No. 31

The Denver Broncos have traded the No. 25 overall pick to the New England Patriots for the No. 31 pick and a fourth-round pick. This was the second time the Patriots have traded up in this draft, gaining the No. 21 overall pick from the Cincinnati Bengals to draft Syracuse Orange defensive end Chandler Jones. The Patriots used the 25th overall pick to select Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dont'a Hightower.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

The Broncos will now have three fourth-round draft picks as a result of this trade. The Broncos acquired the second one from the New York Jets as part of the Tim Tebow trade back in March.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: ESPN's Todd McShay Projects Boise St. RB Doug Martin For Broncos

The 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday night should make one college player the latest individual to join the Denver Broncos. Will that person be a defensive tackle, a receiver or maybe even a tight end? Nay, writes ESPN's Todd McShay in his latest mock draft. He foresees the Broncos going with Boise St. Broncos running back Doug Martin with the No. 25 overall pick.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

This pick makes sense with the way the rest of the mock pans out before and after. Defensive tackles Dontari Poe, Fletcher Cox and Michael Brockers are all gone in the top 15 picks and Devon Still looks like a second-rounder in the final few days (which, you know, might mean nothing).

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is off the board two picks earlier and wide receiver Kendall Wright the pick before that one. The Broncos then are left with a choice of running back Martin or Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. Martin would be able to compete with Willis McGahee for half the snaps, maybe, and provide a complementary back if he can't do that to begin with in 2012. The Broncos already have Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme locked in at tight end.

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