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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Jerel Worthy Off Board To Broncos In SB Nation's Projection

If defenses win championships, as the old adage goes, the 2012 NFL Draft would be the place for the Denver Broncos improve its defense. The team has a great pass-rush with Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, but there are other areas of concern. Cornerback and safety are needs, but defensive tackle might just be the more important one. That's why in SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL mock draft the Broncos take Michigan St. Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy with the No. 25 overall pick.

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Ryan Van Bibber writes:

The Broncos can get much further with some fixes on defense than figuring out what the hell to do with Tim Tebow. Worthy gives John Fox a stouter defensive front, which could really help Von Miller thrive. Of course, Worthy himself is no slouch when it comes to the pass rush.

That does make sense, but the Broncos still need to help Tebow on offense, and drafting a running back could help the team as well. Van Bibber has had the Broncos select Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller in previous versions. This time, though. Van Bibber offers Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams as a possibility. He's obviously not feeling Orlando Franklin as a pass protector for Tebow. Rookie Orlando Franklin did a great job on run protection, but there was always a gamble on passing plays. Franklin could move to guard, a position he played in college.

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