After being bounced from the 2012 NFL Playoffs by the AFC Champion New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos have turned their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft. With the number 19 pick overall, Denver is largely at the mercy of the teams that draft ahead of them. There are hundreds of permutations of the first 18 picks that could leave Denver looking at vastly different players and players and positions on the draft board, but mock drafts do help to highlight the most significant team needs heading into the draft season. In the latest mock draft at WalterFootball.com, the Broncos add Michigan State Spartans DT Jerel Worthy, a defensive linemen with plenty of potential:
Worthy entered the season as the top player at his position in the nation. In 2010, he notched 40 tackles, with eight tackles for a loss. Even though, Worthy recorded only four sacks that year, it led the Spartans. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder is a solid run defender. He had 3.5 sacks with 30 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and two blocked kicks in 2011. His conditioning seemed to be off at times judging by his snap count.
If the team could add another disruptive player inside to pair with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, the defense just might reach an elite level in the near future.