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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Broncos Improve Defensive Line In Don Banks Mock

One of the major criticisms— if not the main one— of Peyton Manning's decision to join the Denver Broncos was that Denver's defense last year was in the bottom fourth of the league last season in points allowed per game. John Elway and the rest of the Broncos front office has made some strides this offseason, notably in signing ex-New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter.

But their work is not yet done, and in his updated 2012 mock draft SI.com's Don Banks has the Broncos selecting LSU Tigers defensive tackle Michael Brockers at No. 25 overall. Here's Banks on the pick:

Brockers has slipped some as the draft scouting process has unfolded, but he'd be a great value for a Denver team that needs some heft and athleticism in the middle of its defensive line. I gave the Broncos Stanford tight end Coby Fleener in my 3.0 mock, but then Denver went out and signed veteran tight ends Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen.

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