We're finally in April, which means that the 2012 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away, rather than months. It's a time when fans can dream of their team finding that future anchor on offense or defense, or that diamond in the rough from the sixth round blossoming into a starter by the middle of the season. In SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL mock draft, the Denver Broncos are projected to take Penn St. Nittany Lions defensive tackle Devon Still, no stranger to this draft slot. As Ryan Van Bibber writes:
Lost in the Peyton Manning circus is the fact that Denver's defense still needs a little help. Still adds some strength to the middle of John Fox's four-man front. He also brings the ability to pressure quarterbacks from the middle, which should only help what was already a solid Denver pass rush thanks to last year's addition of Von Miller.
Adding Peyton Manning hasn't really changed how people project the Broncos' first draft pick. It's still either: let's surround the quarterback with a ton of youthful talent or let's solidify the defense since a strong defense will make better an improving defense.
Adding Still makes up for the loss of Brodrick Bunkley to the New Orleans Saints. Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson will return from injury, but the former is anything but a sure thing to play the entire season healthy.
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