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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Projects DT Derek Wolfe, RB LaMichael James In 1st 2 Rounds For Broncos

The Denver Broncos are one week away from using its No. 25 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft to bolster the current roster, be it an offensive weapon for Peyton Manning or a defensive tackle to secure the line. Opinion seems to favor the defensive player, but that's when a mock draft is taken in isolation for just the first-round selections. ESPN Insider's Mel Kiper has created what he believes an A-grad draft would be for every team (AFC here) through the first three rounds.

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Kiper has the Broncos taking Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Derek Wolfe in the first round because of his versatility on the line and the team's need to pick up a young defensive tackle. Then in Round 2, the Broncos grab Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James. He is a small running back who could work as change-of-pace back and a receiver out of the backfield. Then Fla. International Golden Panthers receiver T.Y. Hilton lands with the Broncos in the third round. It's a solid choice for a team that has just Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker at the position. It remains to be seen what Brandon Stokley has left in him, but anyone playing with Peyton Manning is bound to have a shot at improving production.

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