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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Projections From ESPN's Mel Kiper

ESPN has two Mock Draft gurus that often disagree about where they think certain players will get drafted, and those arguments often get heated. That's part (most) of the fun of it. When Todd McShay and Mel Kiper agree on who they think teams will draft, I mean, what's the point? They both came out with three-round Mock Drafts this week. We already talked about McShay's latest projections for the Broncos, and disappointingly, Kiper's look incredibly similar.

In the first round, he has them taking Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus, same as McShay. 

There are several guys Denver could take here to bolster their defense, but Dareus makes a lot of sense. A scheme-versatile player who can be a disruptive, penetrating force as an interior lineman, or a fantastic pass-rusher as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, Dareus is a safe pick. He doesn't have remarkable quickness, but his agility and versatility at a full 319 pounds is the stuff of an elite lineman. Denver could also consider a corner or linebacker here, but Dareus fills a significant, immediate need.

In the second round, he has the Broncos taking the same players as McShay (UCLA safety Rahim Moore and Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph) but in the reverse order.

Their third rounds differ a little bit, where McShay had Quan Sturdivant, Mel Kiper has the Broncos taking Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard. Both would provide some help along the defensive front seven. Hopefully an editor at ESPN gets a hold of them and forces them to mix it up a little bit in the next round.