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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Broncos target defensive line

Denver is widely expected to bolster its defensive front with the No. 28 pick. But with whom will they do that?


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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